Xenia Ghali, a triplí apeilí – songwriter, record producer and a disc jockey, has made a niche in the electronic music industry. A mesmerising Greek music personality, Xenia is the founder and owner of her own record label, Funky Sheep Records.
In a fun-filled conversation with Smriti Raizada, Xenia tells us about her connection to music and how it changed her life at the age of 5.
Ex: Hi Xenia! You started your musical journey being classically trained at a tender age of 5. How have your early days shaped your music style?
XG: I have actually been classically trained on the piano and the flute at the age of 5 and later, when I was 15 I picked up the guitar and the drums. I formed an alternative rock band when I was in high school and began songwriting for the first time.
I grew up studying and listening to a lot of classical music which enabled me to use music theory and harmony very prominently in the music I currently create. Rock music has been a huge influence on me especially with regards to bass lines and riffs! I use riffs and catchy melodies in most of the records I have released.
Ex: Your single, Lay In Your Arms and Places were a huge success! With Dopamine’s recent release, we’re eager to know what’s the process behind creating your music?
XG: With Dopamine I actually wanted to really push myself. This is the first ‘downtempo’ record I have released so it was something that was very interesting for me to do. Additionally, I wanted to fuse different genres including soul, acoustic and future bass. I started out by writing the guitar part actually and then everything else followed!
Ex: The summer of 2016 must have been special for you with the song ‘Under the Lights’ hitting the #1 spot on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. How did things change after that?
XG: Honestly, I still can’t believe it. Things changed only in that I pushed myself even harder to better myself and to reach another milestone! Of course it is a huge honor and the industry as well as my audience have acknowledged that and have given me incredible love and support, but the real change I focus on is that I am more determined and inspired than ever
Ex: You have been an active spokesperson when it comes to female empowerment. How difficult has it been battling stereotypes being a DJ?
XG: Unfortunately, it’s quite common for people to perceive female producers and DJs as “less serious” and “less skilled” than men. For me one of the greatest challenges was accepting that this mentality does very often exist. Despite that, I have never let this hold me back and as long as I believe in myself, work hard and keep pushing my limits, things work out!
Ex: Technology and music is a trending integrated space. With Electronic Music reaching peaks, what kind of technology do you inculcate into your music?
XG: I use technology in many different ways in my music. Obviously being a music producer I use hardware as well as software to actually create and produce the music itself, but I also use a lot of technology when it comes to visuals. For me music and visuals almost come hand in hand, so between my music videos and my shows, I always love experimenting with the relation between the music and the visuals to create an overall experience.
Ex: Fashion and music is a sphere that is constantly been explored by you which resonates with our unique mix of Lifestyle and Tech. What is your take on Tech and Fashion?
XG: Fashion is an art form just like music. I definitely think that Tech and Fashion have a very strong correlation and we can see that from more and more designers and brands incorporating technology into what they do. This stems from the actual stores all the way to technology being used for runway shows to the fact that electronic magazines are currently bigger than print.
Ex: Being in a creative field requires constantly looking for inspiration and new ideas. How do you overcome your creative block?
XG: The relationships I have with people are my source of inspiration, so thankfully that means that I am rarely in a situation where I have to overcome a creative block.
Ex: In a parallel universe, what would be Xenia Ghali’s calling?
XG: That’s a very tough question! I was always between being a musician and an athlete! So maybe an athlete? Specifically, a professional tennis player!
Ex: With the ever-changing music scenario, how do you stay true to your original music style and rhythm?
XG: I wouldn’t say that I have a specific sound or style. I have always been very much about creating music I genuinely like. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the music I genuinely like is from a specific style or genre. So as long as it expresses me, I know that it’s true to me!
Ex: A piece of advice you want to give budding artists.
XG: As cheesy as this may sound, always believe in yourselves. It’s incredibly important to have confident and believe within yourself before expecting that others have it in you. Be prepared to work hard, to be passionate, to make sacrifices and never take no for an answer!
XENIA GHALI – UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
- Most expensive tech buy:
- Phone you use:
- Car you own and the one you’d like to get:
BMW – I’m happy with my current car!
- Name some essentials tech toys in your music studio:
Minimoog Voyager, my laptop, Shure SM7B mic
- Describe a quintessential day in your life:
Filled with music, friends and family
- Name one thing your fans don’t know about you:
I can eat endless amounts of sushi (actually though)
- Your music icon:
- Who’s owning the electronic music scene currently:
Anyone with a mind creative enough to express themselves!Also Read:
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