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Kalliopi

Interviewed by Gary Hill
Interview with Kalliopi From 2009
MSJ: This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2009  Volume 1 at lulu.com/strangesound.

What's the greatest thing that's ever been said about your music?
“Kalliopi is sure to be burning up the radio waves near you in the not too distant future!”
MSJ: What are your influences?
U2, Rolling Stones, Sting, Blondie, PJ Harvey, Joan Jett, Madonna, Garbage, Nirvana, B-52's, The Cranberries, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, Led Zeppelin, White Stripes.
MSJ: What's your favorite iPod track this week?
Amii Stewart  “Knock on wood”
MSJ: What's the last album you bought that you're enjoying?
A Morcheeba album that was given to me as a gift.
MSJ: Have you seen any great live shows lately?
I saw a great one at the Vortex in London with a band called "Acoustic Ladyland," a mixture of jazz, punk and rock!
MSJ: What's the last huge outdoor music festival you attended?
Ardas Festival  a music festival next to the river in the north of Greece.
MSJ: What was the first album you ever bought?
Must have been something like The Sound of Music or classical from Mozart..
MSJ: What was the first concert you ever attended?
I think it must have been either a concert of Pink Floyd or Simple Minds.
MSJ: The Grateful Dead or  Phish?
The Grateful Dead
MSJ: Have you ever illegally downloaded music?
No, I prefer to get the real CD with booklet, lyrics and all.
MSJ: Illegal downloading has been pegged by the major labels as the leading cause for poor sales. How do you feel about this form of file sharing and would you agree with the labels?
Well, it can't be just the downloading...also being able to make copies on the computer. or even just being able to find songs on the internet and listen to them. Before to be able to listen to a song over and over one had to go and buy the song!
MSJ: In a related question how do you feel about fans recording and trading live shows?
Usually those are of really poor quality.. but no one is allowed to record a live show without permission...so maybe some use their mobile camera which is really bad quality.
MSJ: What has been your biggest Spinal Tap moment?
There was a fly near the microphone at a live concert and I pointed it out to the other singer, who opened his mouth and the fly flew in!! then he reopened it and the fly flew out!
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