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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 February 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2015 17 FEATURE sails into town “For me, the strongest stimulus is the love I receive from my fans. My inspiration stems from the feedback I get from the people who are able to connect with my music and ‘feel’ my songs at a deeper level.” What happens, though, with the audience in a country like Greece, whipped by the stress brought on by the financial crisis and the uncertainty caused by its unstable socio-political structure? How can a fan-base keep following its favourite artist and support his moves? “Truth be told, the crisis did not just hit Greece in one night. It’s been almost five years since it forever changed the state of Greek society, something which is rather evident in the Athenian nightlife.” “Five million people, who were used to having fun every night, now only go out on Friday or Saturday night, if they do at all,” he says. The crisis has affected daily life and especially entertainment which, as intertwined as it may be with the Greek temperament, remains a luxury good. “The crisis runs too deep and the artists have to adapt according to this predicament,” he believes. “Tickets and drink prices have dropped quite a lot to become more affordable.” “We will all fight to keep Greece alive, together. We live in a beautiful country which was brought to its knees by all of us, so now we have to stand up and fight not only for ourselves, but for our children as well”. Dimitri Basis will perform live in Melbourne on Saturday 14 February as part of the Lonsdale Street Festival, and will perform in Sydney on Sunday 15 February for the Greek Festival of Sydney. The crisis runs too deep and the artists have to adapt according to this predicament. We will all fight to keep Greece alive, together.
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