Alex Apostolakis

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Alex Apostolakis

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About

Paiste Artist Since
November 2008

Nationality
Greece

Main Affiliation
Independent

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„Quite simply, the widest range of sounds in cymbals, all sharing the common thread of excellence. Their amazing consistency proves that with Paiste sounds, there are no accidental results.“

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Biography

Alex Apostolakis was born in Thessaloniki,Greece in 1967. He began playing drums at the age of twelve, turning professional at 19. He has been a member of The Blues Wire, Greece's best known blues band for 18 consecutive years and played literally thousands of concerts with them in Greece and abroad, appearing at blues festivals all over Europe. With this band he has backed an impressive array of blues luminaries visiting Greece, including John Hammond Jr., Louisiana Red, Carey Bell, Katie Webster, Big Time Sarah, Johnny Mars and many others, all of whom praised the band‘s thorough command of the blues idiom and its many shadings. The late great Katie Webster even went so far to describe them as the best blues band in Europe (high praise indeed!). From 1996 on, he started appearing in sessions for other Greek artists and bands, also appearing live with nearly all of them, turning the roster of the people he has collaborated with into a virtual who's who of the Greek music scene, playing everything from rock to electronica as well as free improvisation to singer-songwriter music, resulting in 54 albums to date. All the names would be too numerous to mention, but the most notable ones are Thanassis Papaconstantinou, Dionysis Savvopoulos and Socratis Malamas. All this work led to his amicable split with the Blues Wire Band in 2004.He has worked with Thanassis Papaconstantinou and the renowned "Laikedelika" ensemble from 2001-2009. The sound they created defied categorization owing as much to Greek folk music as it did to avant-garde, jazz and rock. For the past few years,amidst session work,he has started Seahorse,a band made to play rock as its members feel it; loud,expressive and unrestricted. Alex has also staged, directed and composed music for a number of multi-media shows that featured computer-aided visuals and live music, furthermore his playing has been featured in a number of soundtracks.As of May 2012,he has teamed with the Sonic Ark studios and released "Loophole'',a drum loop library with a snare replacement sample collection as an added bonus. He is known as a highly energetic and enthusiastic player with a strong sense and feel for unusual sounds as well as for his great stage presence, handling many musical styles with authenticity.

Setup Cymbals

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    Sizes: 18", 19", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Bright, explosive, full, sparkling, warm. Wide frequency range, fairly clean mix. Even, giving feel with a powerful attack, sharp response and a nice sparkling fade. A strong, full, durable and cutting crash with radiant sound.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 18", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Aggressive, bright, energetic, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Responsive feel, explosive attack. Powerful, cutting effect cymbal for exotic accents. A good cymbal for noisy crash riding at higher volume levels.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Very bright, raw, full, energetic. Fairly wide range, fairly complex mix. Heavy, controllable feel. Full, dirty, loud open sound. Sharp, cutting, strong chick sound. The sound edge for heavy players.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Earthy, warm, dry, washy. Fairly narrow range, complex mix. Soft, giving and responsive feel. Depending on how aggressively you tighten the pair, they offer a range from dry, trashy hi-hat sounds to shattering, noisy-washy crash effects.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 10"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Bright, full, high pitched, energetic. Wide range, complex mix. Strong feel, explosive, strong splash with quick response. A pair of these would make an excellent mini hi-hat.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 18", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Medium bright, full, exotic, fairly trashy. Wide range, complex mix. Responsive, full sounding crash, complex, trashy ride. The definitive classic rock china sound.

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