Music of a personal journey from Manchester to Athens
“Dimitris” of “Eteros Ego” remembers his adolescence in the north-west of England, Simply Red and Mick Hucknall and… music-music reaches his theater and television present.
That Pygmalion Dadakaridis is an excellent actor you know. That he is also a very nice guy, you can probably imagine that and I can tell you that you fall in too. What you might not know is that he hails from Manchester.
A city that has been associated with the biggest rock bands, whose members may have been drinking their beer at the next table from you. “I had the pleasure of listening to Simply Red all the time, because Mick Hucknall was from there and used to see him all the time in the hangouts of the city” he says to “Ef.Syn.”.
We met with Pygmalion in a musical microcosm called Syd Records in Psirri, a record store with a lot of good stuff. We were fooling around with the vinyls and his joy was like that of children entering a candy store for the first time. “I would like to experience Trypes, Active Member, Mikro, Stereo Nova, Papakonstantinou, Machairitsa again. An incredible generation of musicians who were very important in my own coming of age. We identified with Greek artists and traveled with them. It was a flag for the soul of every teenager.”
The discussion turns to powerful sounds and the impact they have on us, and Pygmalion explains what happens to our body when we are under the influence of music. “I’m sure all the people have put a track in their house, pretended to be rock stars and jammed like nothing!” It’s about an inner psychedelia that each of us seeks to ascend to a throne. Some chords, some notes, an image, a figure puts you in this state of mind as if you are stepping ten points above the Earth.
A part of shyness, shame and propriety is released. At work there is a specific linguistic way of communication. In the concert with your company there is nothing. If you make a couple kiss in the street they are embarrassed, while at the concert they can kiss for two hours with a million people around them. The way music stirs our mind and soul is the most amazing thing that can happen to a human being. Many times I thought I was Freddie Mercury, Keith Richards, Metallica, MC Hammer, Michael Jackson. The important thing about music is that it creates a common code of communication between people.”
When his love for music meets his acting skills, only good things can happen. “I am lucky because in the cinema and theater I constantly hear music and sounds. Great composers, such as Vangelis Papathanasiou who recently passed away and has written hymns. I’m lucky that what I love to do involves mind-blowing artists who can open doors for you psychologically.
I can listen to a piece and it unlocks me to write different situations, emotional, funny or internal. Many times before premieres I listen to specific pieces of music that make me feel like a child. Because I think sometimes we take ourselves too seriously and we shouldn’t. I’ll listen to Bohemian Rhapsody as standard 2-3 hours before the premiere and when it’s rocking I’ll go in and level everything.”
The news of the upcoming third and final cycle “Nemesis” of “Alternate Me” spread excitement and a great anticipation among the fans of the series. A cycle that will be shown at the end of the year, but will never close for Pygmalion.
“I had the pleasure and the honor that Sotiris (Tsafoulias) gave me to make the last cut. I haven’t given mine away and I’m not going to. You can’t cut something you love. It hasn’t made it to the final cut of “Laini” yet. “Dimitris” will exist in me. When I got those black glasses the process would start, put them on and bang. It was a very emotional thing. It will grow over the years as life does, it’s a huge journey.”