Interview to George Florakis
Interview to Giorgos Florakis @athensvoice.gr
Sofia Labropoulou: “To tear down you have to know how to build”
She has her ears to classical music as well as the music of the East. At the same time, she leans into rock, punk, and Avant guard. “Sisyphus” is her new album and it’s so pivotal you wouldn’t know it.
I’ve always appreciated musicians who chose a particular musical style and immersed themselves in it. I appreciated their tenacity, the depth of the decision they had made to go all the way. But as much as I admired that dedication, my personal world was more a world of blending. And the more different the basic ingredients were from each other, the more mismatched they seemed at first glance, the more I was fascinated by the end result.
Sofia Labropoulou does just that: she mixes classical music with the music of the East, adds the pentatonic scales of folk musical traditions, throws punk and rock into the fire. The mixing is her basic essence. And if mixing music is almost self-evident in our postmodern times, putting Camus and Palamas side by side is no easy task. Sisyphus and The Demolisher walk hand in hand. And that is sublimely dangerous and at the same time, dangerously sublime.