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Relation to Blues music:
Blues Band Member
I play or do:
Guitars, Vocals
About Me:
ELIAS ZAIKOS Elias Zaikos was born in 1960 in Thessaloniki, Greece, where he is permanently based. During his early teen years, he showed relatively little interest in music and listened mainly to Greek traditional and popular songs. Sometime around 1976, he was introduced to soul and to rock and roll music. Little by little he got so involved with music that being a listener just wasn't enough. A friend of local rock musicians, he followed them on to their gigs and got a first hand knowledge of the pleasures - but also the difficulties - that are all part of a musician's lifestyle. He soon found out what it really means to express oneself through an instrument. As he turned twenty, he picked up the guitar for the first time. The six strings became his constant companion and he devoted his time to practicing and playing. Around the same time he discovered the blues, the musical genre that had such a powerful and profound effect on him that he dedicated himself to it completely. A self-taught musician, Elias Zaikos developed a particular technique on the guitar, using a thumbpick together with the bare fingers of his right hand - something he saw for the first time on a live Muddy Waters video. In the early eighties, Elias Zaikos founded Blues Wire (or Blues Gang, as they were initially named). In 1983 the band recorded the first blues album in Greece, which paved the way for a long series of successful albums that followed. Performing an average of two hundred nights every year in a small country like Greece is an achievement indeed, but Blues Wire have done just that, confirming thus the band's hard work and also its enduring popularity. All these years, Blues Wire have been constantly active in countless jam sessions, backing and supporting famed bluespeople, like Katie Webster, John Hammond, Albert King, Otis Rush, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Larry Garner, Carey Bell and many others: They were all amazed by the authority and style of these Greek blues players. Europe was the obvious next step for E.Z. and Blues Wire. The band has played in clubs and festivals in most European countries and received a well-deserved enthusiastic response from audiences everywhere. Renowned guitar players such as Buddy Guy, Louisiana Red and Gypie Mayo have been impressed by E.Z.'s chops and style, and so were the diverse audiences throughout Europe while E.Z. was handing them his fiery and passionate solos: from the singing crowd of Athens to the dancing gig-goers in Trieste and the standing ovation in Austria. Over the last fifteen years Elias Zaikos has worked together with a great number of artists and earned the respect and admiration of his fellow musicians and peers. Nowadays he is considered to be the most important blues musician in Greece - a guitarist of rare talent and expressiveness, a strong and passionate singer and a charismatic performer. The elements that prevail in his live and recorded work are his complete love for the guitar and an endless quest for the spirit behind the music at all times away from ego trips and other pretensions. In early 1997, E.Z.’s first solo album, the critically acclaimed Off The Box, was released. It is an instrumental effort, which occasionally breaks away from the standard blues format and adds an emphasis on melody and composition. Between Spirit and Time, his second solo album was released in late 2000. An eclectic collection, Between Spirit and Time features recordings from three different periods in styles ranging from traditional acoustic blues to contemporary electric rock/blues ballads. This was followed by a recent live recording, Jimi Jam (2003), which is a tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix. Additionaly, Elias Zaikos performed as an actor (the leading role of Socrates) in a theatrical adaptation of Aristofanis' classic "Nefeles" and also had a small role as a monk in the movie film "Doxombus". Around 2000, inspired and organized a show intitled "Story of the blues", a musical trip to the many sounds and styles of the blues through time, starting from the raw rural acoustic songs of late 19th century to the electrifying stages of today's scene. The show was filmed for Greek national TV and recorded in Athens, waiting to be released as a double album sometime in the near future. 2005 found the band recording and filming their first DVD (out on Smile records) while E.Z. began to teach blues guitar at NAKAS conservatory of music, Greece’s biggest and most famous organisation for studying and practicing musicians. In 2007 released "Take my hand to the sky" which is a collection of all original songs and featuring many unreleased tracks. 2008 saw the release of Acoustik Wire's debut album entitled "Assorted blues, ballads and other hippy related songs". These days Elias Zaikos continues to be the leader and the driving force of Blues Wire, keeping his weekly radio show for more than 10 years now and planning to record another solo album as well as the new Blues Wire album. http://www.blueswire.gr Info: info@blueswire.gr
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Posted on June 20, 2010 at 7:30pm 1 Comment


Απο τις κιθάρες που πίστευα πως ποτέ δε θάρθει η στιγμή να δώσω.

Δε θα σας πω πολλά...Η κιθάρα είναι 100% αυθεντικό μοντέλο 1933 (με την εξαίρεση της μιάς σειράς κλειδιών-κι αυτά…


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At 2:01pm on May 4, 2011, Sotiris Zirganos said…

Γεια σου Ηλία.

Ανέβασα ένα βίντεο από το live στο Βόλο.Black Magic Woman και τα 13 λεπτά!!!

Σας ευχαριστούμε για όλα, εύχομαι να είστε όλοι καλά!

At 12:32pm on October 16, 2010, Goran Pangovski said…
Elias thanks for the add:) hope I see you soon in Macedonia!!
At 4:01am on September 25, 2010, babis Simply Blue said…
At 5:22pm on March 1, 2010, Tsiamtsikas Nikolaos said…
Next time , i ll' push things to see you and talk to you, even if it's so crowded. I just dont want to bother you, with all theese people around buddy.
At 10:05pm on February 27, 2010, Tsiamtsikas Nikolaos said…
I tried to see you on friday at Kyttaro. But it was crowded...
At 6:44pm on January 8, 2010, Yannis Rousochatzakis said…
Καλή χρονιά εύχομαι Ηλία! Να ΄στε όλοι καλά!
At 7:02pm on December 23, 2009, Bill Markos said…
Μarry Christmas my friend!
At 7:45pm on November 8, 2009, TUBESCREAMERS said…

At 5:23pm on October 12, 2009, Tsiamtsikas Nikolaos said…
Είδα μια αφίσα στα εξάρχεια την περασμένη παρασκευή για τους Blues Wire. Δεν πρόλαβα όμως επειδή οδηγούσα να δώ πότε και πού. Αν παίζετε Αθήνα τον Οκτώβρη, θα ήθελα πολύ να σας δώ...
At 4:42pm on September 26, 2009, Popi Dragoumi said…
You' re welcome! Hope to see you soon...έχω περάσει καταπληκτικά γενέθλια δύο φορές ως φοιτήτρια με Blues Wire που δεν ξεχνώ!

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