SXSW 2017 Interview: Someone Who Isn’t Me

By on Thursday, 30th March 2017 at 11:00 am
 

If you’ve been a regular reader of TGTF in the past few months, you’ll know already that we’ve recently broadened our focus to include more international bands, as well as making an effort to highlight outstanding female-centric bands. Here, in the spirit of new music discovery, we’d like to introduce you to a band that fits into both categories, Greek electronic music trio Someone Who Isn’t Me. Their set at the Music for Listeners day party at El Sapo on the Saturday afternoon of SXSW 2017 comprised both purely instrumental tracks and songs with vocals, and I was intrigued by their deliberately artful, vaguely cinematic aesthetic.

As band members Marilena Orfanou (aka Lou, keyboards and vocals), Maria Hatzakou (drums) and Gina Dimakopoulou (guitars) explained to me in the interview clip at the bottom of the page, Someone Who Isn’t Me is a music project in its very early stages. The band initially evolved from a composition project when its members were commissioned to write music for the Greek film ‘Chevalier’, which was named Best Film at the London Film Festival in 2015. Though their music didn’t ultimately make it into the film, Orfanou, Hatzakou, and Dimakopoulou felt that they had done quality work and decided to officially form Someone Who Isn’t Me in order to play their music live and release it to the public.

Someone Who Isn’t Me were the first ever Greek band to play the Music for Listeners showcase, and also one of only two Greek acts selected to play official showcases at SXSW 2017. The other Greek showcasing artist was pop singer/songwriter Σtella, who collaborated with Someone Who Isn’t Me on one of their standout tracks, ‘Stop and Remember’, which you can hear in the video just below.

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As a newly formed ensemble from a country in economic crisis, Someone Who Isn’t Me were forced to get creative with their funding for the trip to Austin, starting a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. After their return to Greece, these resourceful musicians will begin work on a longer release to follow the 7-inch vinyl ‘Stop and Remember’ / ‘Leap of Faith’ from earlier this year. We at TGTF hope to hear more from Someone Who Isn’t Me in the near future; keep your eyes and ears here for any news we get from the Greek trio.

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