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MARIA KOTROTSOU

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW MARIA KOTROTSOU WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya Maria, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I started piano lessons from the age of 6, and for me, that moment was the start of this endless journey. From early on in my life I understood the special bond I have with music and that I wanted to pursue this love professionally. Despite the difficulties in this path, I never abandoned my wish, for me it was, is and will always be a one-way road. 

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

I am a pianist and composer of neoclassical and electronic music, I also write music for the cinema and theatre. In parallel with my musical studies, I also completed a degree in law, the diploma of which I have left in a drawer. I give concerts in Europe and America, in small and very large halls and I am invited to perform my music at events of big companies.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I have a profound classical education, owing to my studies in classical music from an early age. I was taught classical music for half of my years and the other half I was immersed in electronic music. The result of these is that I am classified into the genre of contemporary instrumental, neoclassical, electronic, instrumental crossover, easy listening music.

What was your best experience on stage?

I cannot say which one is best, I find it impossible to choose. Every time I am on stage and communicate with my audience via my music, I feel being in another dimension, a euphoria I cannot explain with words, because the vibes are unique in all concerts.

What was your worst experience on stage?

The only concert for which I could say I experienced some difficulties, not that it was a bad experience, was when I had caught Covid and I had to go on stage to play with fever, weakness, headache, coughing. I did everything to achieve a nice atmosphere and to make sure the audience did not perceive how weakened I was from the virus.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I believe that animals deserve respect and dignity as much as human beings. 

I love the politeness of a person, I find that it’s one of the most charming characteristics.

I hate lies. (Nothing better than listening to a lie when you already know the truth 🙂

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I don’t know if this will surprise people but I would like to share my excitement during these last months: This year I started learning Korean and I love it!! My professor is sooooo kind and patient…

What are the next steps you plan to take as a soloist to reach the next level?

I will continue to perform my concerts in the beautiful places that are booked for me, to compose music for projects that I consider suitable for my temperament, to play in interesting events I am invited to … Is it not important in our lives to enjoy everything we choose to live for? And after all, …. nobody knows what tomorrow will bring.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

“Reconnection” is an album released on June 29th, of electronic dancing music, with a strong presence of piano, either through virtuosic moments or playing the central melody in all the tunes. It is an album with 14 tracks and it is a mix of electronic dancing and neoclassical style, it’s like an electronic soundtrack. I have already presented tracks from this album in concerts where the public warmly embraced them. 

What was the recording process like?

It was an amazing moment in the studio. To begin with, this album is different from all the others I have recorded. The whole process was a challenge for me. I have already composed electronic dancing music for other albums that have been released, but this time there were 14 tracks of the same type and style I followed. They were moments with lots of fun owing also to the atmosphere of the album, there was an uplifting mood.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

It was the whole technical part that had to balance the electronic element, the synthesizer melodies with the beats and the piano with its melody. It was a very fine line, that if it deviated even slightly, it changed the whole mood of the track. Excellent moment, in new pathways that I wanted to explore further and further.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Absolutely nothing. I’ve heard it again and again, I tested the tracks in different places to check the sound, as in clubs, in open spaces, in small, large, dry, wet … I’ve done my tests, I’ve taken the necessary time for each one of them, so the result is as I had imagined it. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Yes. “Reconnection” with our Higher Self!!

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