John 'Chief' Stergiou
Producer, Session Guitarist
John 'Chief' Stergiou is a Music Producer, Session Musician and Composer born in Athens, Greece and currently living in Berlin Germany. Back in 1996 at the age of 18 he got into music production, recording with artists, other times as a session guitarist, Composer and conductor, other times as a sound engineer.
Story so far...
1996-2000 RIA MUSIC (Record Label)Athens, Greece
In-House Producer, Sound Engineer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer, Componist, Arranger, Session Musician
2000-2006 Nikos Mamangkakis Studio & IDEA Record Label
Session Musician, Sound Engineer, Sound designer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer
2003-2010 X-art.ici Music(Record Label) Athens, Greece
CEO, Componist, Arranger, Producer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer
2005-2010 Reaction Studios, Athens, Greece
CEO, Arranger, Sound Engineer, Producer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer
2005-2010 Reaction Studies (Sound Engineering & Music Production College), Athens, Greece
2012-2016 Cornerstone Studios, Athens, Greece
Phase Reverse's Studio, Sound Engineer, Sound Designer,Producer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer
A few albums at Discogs:
A few albums at Discogs:
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Interview with John 'Chief' Stergiou
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: • ''Epirus of Pentatonia'' a huge project of 4 CD's, 1 CD-ROM and a 600 pages book about Pentatonic music's journey through the ages from the ancient Epirus to the whole world. He worked as a member of the production team composing, arranging, recording and performing. • Among hundreds of performances one of the most significant was with the ''EXPERIMENTAL CHOIR OF DIMITRIS PAPAPOSTOLOU'' as a classical guitar soloist at the Kennedy Center on Washington D.C. as they were the first Greek Musicians to perform in this Historical Center for the Performing Arts. in U.S. • Garry Christians of the legendary “Christians” band sang his compositions, as well as a remake of the legendary song ''Words'' .
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: In terms of Sound : Analog all the way! In terms of Creativity: Digital all the way!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: They will enjoy it and be happy with the outcome!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Usually about the procedure and I describe it to them.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How would you like to sound like?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Enjoy it!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1)Solar power system 2)Laptop 3)Microphone 4)Guitar 5)A box with all necessary Cables and headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since 1996 the path was always hard but in the end good music production is rewarded!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Making today's Sound, creating tomorrow's, with the past as a guide.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: AC/DC cause it would be a hell of a session!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Compression and EQ are nothing more than hammers in your toolbox. Learn how to wield them. Use them to get the job done!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Any type of music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Musicality, Inventiveness, Creativeness! Getting into the artist's mind, understanding him and make his dream come true!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Every artist must present their music in the most favorable light possible...! Can you afford NOT to take the time and resources to go toe to toe with Breaking Benjamin (for example).... because every record exec on the planet will be comparing your product with theirs? When you post something on the web you better bring your “A” GAME, because the web has now become the world’s largest radio station...! My work, based on too many years in the trenches, is to take your music to the next level in a very cost effective way ..!!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: DDA Inteface Console, Echo audiofire 12, Lucid genx6-96 World Clock Generator, Harrison MixBus 4, Protools 12, Sequoia 13, Logic 10, Martin Logan Aerius i Hybrid Electrostatic Speakers, etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Brendan O'Brien, Roy Thomas Baker, Bruce Fairbairn, Bruce Swedien, Andy Wallace, Mike Clink etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio: Recording, Editing, Mixing, Mastering, Music: Guitar sessions, Midi Programming, Arranging, Composing