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I had actually seen Niki on a picture sometime at some place and it was a few months later, that I actually realized the girl in the picture is the voice of Wise Lines, along with Thodoris Sourvinos – the brains behind the project. Talented, creative and really grounded Niki, posed for imatioθiki in her sunny apartment in Pagrati, just days before Wise Line’sconcert at 6 d.o.g.s.
How did you join Wise Lines?
I have always been involved in music. I have attended music schools and classes ever since I was a little girl. But I was mostly the piano – loving girl, or the jazz fan. Pop or electronic music was something outside from what I usually got involved in. But it turns out I really love it and I enjoy it a lot. As for the band, I started doing some demos and after a while I was a part of Wise Lines. I saw some pictures of you with your hair shaved!
How did that happen?
It was an accident, really. It has happened twice actually. I have been wearing my hair short since I was 18, and I really wanted to try something out myself, so I grabbed my dad’s shaving machine and I did something really stupid to my hair. So, I shaved it.
You have an upcoming concert in Athens. What are you planning on wearing? Do you plan your outfits ahead?
My talented friend Ioanna Daniel is designing all my outfits for my concerts. I really loved this white dress she made for me for a concert we gave back in January. It was a short white dress with this construction of feathers at the neck. I loved it. As for this concert… it’s a surprise.
You are also studying International and European Studies apart from singing. What are your plans and hopes for the future?
I truly love music. And if it goes well, I would love to dedicate my future to it. But I am on the verge, you know? I am also finishing with my studies, and at the same time I feel I am going through the most creative phase of my life, so…. we’ll see.
How do you feel about people downloading music for free?
Well, I too belong to the generation of people that have found it tremendously easy to find and download music online. But I am not pro free downloading. I really support selling your music online, for a small price. I feel like the past 10 years this situation of free downloads has gotten a bit out of hand, and it’s time we found a balance. It is important for the fan to be satisfied, but also for the band to be given some credit.
Which Greek bands do you admire?
Keyser Soze, Zebra Tracks and Keep Shelly in Athens.
How would you describe the relationship of Greeks to music?
There are a lot of stuff going on, and I see people are really interested in listening to new things and discovering new bands. But there is also a large portion of people that will just go through the pages of Athens Voice and just see that there is something going on at some place, and they will attend the event just because somebody said it’s cool and not because of their personal taste. I also see a lot of people who are planning trips to attend concerts abroad. That’s nice. But there is also a large portion of people that are snobbish about other people’s music tastes. They just listen a particular type of music, drink at particular bars and wouldn’t even thing of going someplace different.
If Athens had a soundtrack, what would that be?
People are strange? I think people in Athens are much more jaded and freaked out lately. They act like they have lost everything. And a lot of them are also thinking of leaving the country. It’s sad, really sad. There are values that have been lost and the situation is getting out of hand. It’s like you lose the money and you lose the values. I am just hoping on a change, a change of attitude, of the way we think, that got us to where we are today.
Which are your favorite places in Athens?
Ραδιόφωνο, in Athanasiou Diakou. The barman there, makes the best cocktails in town. Also Wine Bar in Makrygiannis. But I also visit a lot of bars around the neighborhood. They have a really nice feeling to them. I also love walking on Dionysiou Aeropagiou and Plaka. Oh and Filopapou Hill.
What is it that you don’t like about Athens?
I have been to some other cities abroad, and the sad thing about Athens is that the bad or dangerous areas are actually the city center. You don’t see that in Paris or Barcelona. The city center of Athens, Omonoia Square, is dangerous and full of drugs and that makes me sad. I also don’t like people’s rudeness. You tell someone good morning and it’s like they will yell at you!
If you weren’t living in Athens, where would you be staying right now?
Naflpio! It is so beautiful. I am seriously thinking of moving there after some time. It’s a 2 hour drive from Athens!
What is your relationship to fashion?
None! I don’t really care about fashion. I just like wearing things I find beautiful and comfortable, but I wouldn’t say I follow a particular style.