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Eternal Journey

Progstravaganza Questionnaire: Eternal Journey

The “ETERNAL JOURNEY” is a Progressive Space Metal Project from german guitarist and songwriter Alex Papatheodorou. Influenced by music from artists like Pink Floyd, Dol Ammad, Ayreon or Opeth, a new musical journey will begin!

How did you come to do what you do?

First of all, it started with the early contact to reaggae and greek folk music :-) Yes, that’s right :-)

At some point, i had the inner wish to play the electric guitar. After watching AC/DC in 2001, it became definitely!

What is your first musical memory?

Greek singers like Mikis Theodorakis and Georgios Dallaras. Soon, there was Jethro Tull and Supertramp. Awesome musical taste, mother! Thanks :-)

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from sounds. Let’s say “sound” like guitars or drums sounds, especially Synthesizer sounds give me chills. I just love “hearing”. When my guitars are setted up well, just the sound of the instrument gives me ideas and fresh musicality.

What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?

It means this to one person and that to another … be your own judge. Maybe the song has a great message, maybe none…. you decide :-)

Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?

Of course not. When i have to describe my music to strangers, one of the first things to mention, is, that there is no classic song structure or anything like this (no chorus, no verse etc). And btw, these thing on the record are not songs to me, they’re pieces of a cake. Songs are on the radio!

What is your method of songwriting?

Get a great tone (guitar or synthesizer) – write riffs – fill it up with FX and Synth Pads – bring it into structure – write lyrics – let all the guest musicians play theire stuff – done! :-)

How do you see your music evolving?

First of all is see a steady increase of professionalism in my recording and mixing technique (yes, i do it all by myself). On the musical side, i see more open mind to unconventionall ideas, It used to be metal, now it is more like Music … haha :-) metal guys, don’t hate me :-) everything is possible, everything is allowed and everything should be given a try.

What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?

Forget about cliché, use cliché, abuse cliché. Play what feels naturally to you.

What are you looking forward to?

I want people to like my music. I want them to take their time an listen to the music. This is no background stuff. Take some headphones, drink yourself a scotch (or whatever you prefer :-) Listen to whole goddamn thing from the beginning to the very ending.

In the end, i am trying to get a fine record label which believes in the music i do, and maybe make a few releases possible. I am full of ideas :-)

Bands, send your music submissions for the Progstravaganza compilation series to info@prog-sphere.com

Eternal Journey

Eternal Journey

The “ETERNAL JOURNEY” is a Progressive Space Metal Project from german guitarist and songwriter Alex Papatheodorou. Influenced by music from artists like Pink Floyd, Dol Ammad, Ayreon or Opeth, a new musical journey will begin!

Since the beginning of his musical journey in 1999, at the age of 13, Alex started to love heavy music. His first love AC/DC brought him closer to his musical goals. After playing in bands, he started to record his own ideas in a small basement room in his house. First, there only was guitar and synthesizers, but soon, the songs started to grow and guest musicians were needed.

So the musical concept made more and more sense to him. The power of heavy metal, the melodies of folk and psychedelic music and the “spaceyness” of the analog synthesizers. This combination made totally sense to him and made clear his vision.

This is no background music. Hopefully you’ll need some spins in your CD player to “get” the music.

Forget the classic song structures and let yourself go with the music, be surprised and don’t expect nothing… take a trip on your “ETERNAL JOURNEY”!

After a first Demo recording called “A Space Metal Adventure” (2009) the first full length album was released through the own website. The first Album was called “Threshold of Pain” (2011).

Three years later, after studying and working, the new trip through space takes part. 2014 is the year for “ETERNAL JOURNEY.”

Be prepared for “NEBULAR” – out soon.