‘Melodic, dark, blurry’ | Interview with Ted Regklis

Apodimos. The one who lives far from home.
Could you describe a song as picturesque? Ted Regklis‘ latest work is evocative,stimulating and superbly satisfying. As his rest of his back catalogue. Read our interview with the immensely talented artist below!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Melodic, dark, blurry

Apodimos is part of a series of music pieces, aiming in exploring a more direct and unfiltered way of composing music. Can you elaborate a bit more? For example, does technology, and the ability to produce music much easier compared to the recent past, ruin music?

Digital tools allow for a quicker creation of “produced” sound, but I don’t believe that this ruins music. People are getting better and better in navigating through this ocean of stuff, and when they find an artist they like, they follow them. Moreover, these tools allow me to be able to compose for and listen to an orchestra for instance. Doing this in the past would require resources not everyone had. I hope we’re just getting closer to a golden era of intellectual competition, where access to tools is no longer an issue. This is my hope at least.

Listening to your catalogue, your sound is brilliantly cinematic but also has a touch of late romanticism, or at least this is our opinion. What is your music background? Also artists and people who have influenced you?

I was privilege to be offered an education in classical piano. This was a life saving thing for me and classical music is deeply rooted in my work I think. Other than that, I absorbed elements from several other artists, some of which are, in no particular order, Nirvana, Dream Theater, Prodigy, Radiohead, Klaus Nomi, Cliff Martinez, Arvo Pärt, Wendy Carlos, Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, Thomas Newman and James Newton Howard to name a few.
Other than artists, I get deep influence from people in society and business who’s moves and vision inspires me.

How different is it, in terms of your creative process, to produce music for theatre plays, video games, dance theatre etc?

In essence it is the same. You have to produce music or sound for a story which consists of heroes, antiheroes and situations. The format may be different, but the goal is the same. Creatively, I just try to understand these elements of the project by pushing my director or any person leading it, to break it down for me until I can understand it’s basic parts. It’s not easy for them because I’m a bit slow 😛
If I understand it and if I’m able to simplify it, I can work on it. Only after those steps comes putting it to form.

If your music was a film, which film would that be?

That’s a hard one! Can I say 3? I’d say Hannibal, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Devil’s Advocate.

How do you relate to the music scene of Greece? Also name one Greek artist (active or not) with the quality to make an international career if they had used Foreign lyrics in their songs.

In this question I’m afraid I wont be of any help. I am a bit of a hermit and don’t really listen to lots of music, local or otherwise. From the past I would pick out the bands Diafana Krina, Trypes, and the composer Manos Hadjidakis.
I don’t know about their international career, but I believe Trypes would have done great with foreign lyrics.

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

Sapiens by Harari and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

What isn’t a crime but should be?

Lobbying.

Thank you!

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