An interview with music artist Ero Seagull

by | Mar 5, 2022 | Interviews

Ero Seagull is a Greek – Canadian artist based in Athens, Greece. She has released the album “Evolution”, three covers and two singles “Doin’ Our Game” & her latest release “Requiem”. Ero started playing piano at the age of six. When she finished school, she decided to hone her creative talents with a course at the prestigious Bretton Hall College in Leeds studying Theatre Studies/ Dramaturgy. It was there that Ero started writing her own music. This is when she entered The People’s Music Awards in the “Off The Beaten Track” category and then, played the prestigious Scala venue in London.

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Ero Seagull [ES]: Music is my passion and when I sit down to write I put my full energy to it. Every song I write is different to the other because it’s a different story and each story has a different energy to it. I would never limit me or my music. I let it be free. In one (The Gospel) I speak through Jesus’ perspective, in another “What’s in a Romeo” through Romeo’s. I have developed a musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres spanning hip-hop, pop, early post-punk and now with the new release “Requiem” we have a soothing – atmospheric song, with soft & rich vocals, soft gradual instrumental development, emotional setting, solid mixing, cinematic synths and it deals with the impunity of police brutalities.

Ero Seagull1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

ES: My teachers always said that I was gifted with the art of writing. In the school essays I would always dive into the chores of my imagination. I would write stories, sometimes fictional, where I would step into some character’s shoes with my whole entity and some times auto biographical based on my experiences. I’ve also published a book “Ero and The Remembrance” that deals with the ‘trip’ I had after 8 doses of LSD and the psychiatric wards that followed. This experience taught me a lot. To accept people, have compassion. I came back in sanity alright but what this also taught me is that you can reinvent yourself and you can achieve whatever you put your mind into. I love the storytelling. I also love to observe. All these elements shaped my music. I support myself in this reality.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

ES: After my gig in the venue Scala in London I knew that that was where I belonged, I loved being on stage and communicating my message through this art. My best friend Stefanos helped me in my baby steps.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

ES: I listen from Britney Spears to Beethoven. From the soundtrack of Beauty & The Beast to Stone Roses. I tend not to limit myself at all when it comes to music.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

ES: I’ve never thought about that. Nice question. I guess Brian Eno, not many people know him with 17 solo albums.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

ES: I’m like Eminem in 8th Mile. I practice practice practice. In the supermarket, I practice lyrics. I’m in the car I sing them out loud. I’m in the shower I tell them by heart.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

ES: When I don’t do music, I see my friends and we have fun. I go cycling. I flirt. I dance I could go on forever ’cause I’m passionate about life.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

ES: Success to me is to feel happiness, serenity, having fun with your loved ones, learning together about life, learning that life is ok.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

ES: Relax, you won’t win the Oscar at the age of 18, enjoy the simple things, enjoy the process of creativity. You don’t have to hurry about anything. Make sure YOU like what you create.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

ES: The “Requiem” video clip will be out soon. We are preparing the new album “Revolution” and who knows what else will inspire the path.

Requiem - Ero Seagull zakero7Requiem is a single. It was written one day after George Floyd was murdered and the song is dedicated to all the victims of the police. I sat on my piano and the lyrics “Perhaps I’m million bucks but now I feel like I’m dirt on the ground” came instantly to my head, like someone dictated them to me. I wrote the lyrics in that voice melody and sent the demo to Marilena Orfanou who created the composition and did the mixing. Later one afternoon we met in Marilena’s Studio and recorded the voices. I had won a competition in Melboss “Antonio Escobar will do Mixing – Mastering to 1 track of yours” and so the song was sent to him and here it is. Requiem is a plea to the offenders all around the globe to rethink the choices they have and consequently alter the decisions they may take. It’s a call for unity. The video clip is directed by Smaragda Nitsopoulou and it will be released to the public very soon.

1 In Music: Where do we find you music?

ES: On Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/4cQwXNyiEV4T5y3MaBfqJd?si=7XPvcj96RQG_2UWwNNWG-A YouTube http://www.youtube.com/c/EroSeagull, Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/eroseagull, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/eroseagull/ or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/eroseagull/