Trying to be the Greek Dann Huff
I have been honing my craft for 24 years. Since I was 7 years old. I am still learning and exploring my abilities under the world-famous guitarist Panos Arvanitis.
I specialize in 70's hard rock/blues-rock, 80s "Glam" metal, synthwave, soft rock and AOR. I offer a unique approach to your projects since I have a diverse background in music (even reggae) which translates to my playing. I can contribute rhythm tracks,solos even weird sounds because of my equipment. Perfect for something ethereal and atmospheric.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
Interview with Apostolos Stamatopoulos
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Melodic, soulful, expressive, precise, aggressive
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: My teacher Panos Arvanitis
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because of less weight, great tone and about 95% close to the real thing (especially guitar amplifiers)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I deliver. And if I can't do what they ask I will simply tell them. I will never say "I will try"
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Expressing myself through my guitar and meeting people form across the globe.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I'll let you know when I get one!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Playing guitar is easy (biggest misconception ever).
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: "What do you need?" and "What story you're gonna tell with the song?"
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: There are many players who are starting now. Give them the chance.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Gibson Les Paul Zakk Wylde, a Kemper Profiler, an Eventide Harmonizer, a 4X12 cab with Celestion speakers and a BBE Sonic Maximizer
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am starting now in the business. I wanted to learn as much as I could first (and I am still learning)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: We have a draw here. Neal Schon and Dann Huff. They are my idols
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Turn down the gain and compression. Turn up the volume
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Heavy Rock / Blues-Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Bends and vibrato
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Diversity, precision and tone
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I receive a track , I think of what kind of tone and playing I should do. Depends on the mood of the song. A ballad for example needs a solo that you can sing and a hard rock song needs one that will lift you up.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many! But if I had to choose, it would be Zakk Wylde, Nile Rodgers, John Williams (the film composer), James Brown, B.B King, Itzhak Perlman and our very own Manos Hatzidakis
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record rhythm tracks and solos.