- Sarantos: Who says nerds can’t make hit music?
- Sarantos and music
- Sarantos: The artist’s inspiration
- Digging a little deeper in the artist’s life and thoughts
- What next for Sarantos?
Sarantos: Who says nerds can’t make hit music?
Sarantos is a Chicago-based nerd and retired superhero who always has a story to tell. He is a DIY international award-winning solo music artist, Top 7 iTunes UK Charting Rock, Top 5 iTunes UK Charting Singer-Songwriter, Top 8 iTunes UK Charting Country, #1 iTunes South Africa Charting Folk & Country Artist, #1 iTunes UK Charting Christian, #1 iTunes UK Charting New Age, #2 iTunes UK World, proud nerd, multi-instrumentalist, book author, comic book nut, radio show host, poet and part time spy. His music is a cross between Justin Bieber, Queen, Journey & Ed Sheeran. He’s an alien who landed here to infect the human race and spread the disease of music. 2023 is Year #10 of his journey as he continues to release a new song, lyric video, music video,book chapter and poem every month bringing his music to life! In 9 years, he has released 18albums with 226 original tracks as well as 9 fiction/fantasy books that parallel the songs! Well, 1 In music was curious to interview this exceptional human and artist.
Sarantos and music
1 In Music: About your relationship with music…
Sarantos [S]: I believe music is important because music is the heartbeat of my soul. Anytime I am happy or sad, music is always there for me. My life would be so difficult without music and it has always been there for me – in my darkest hour or in my brightest moment. It never judges me, it never ignores me, it just soothes my soul and allows me to be the best version of myself every minute of every day.
1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?
S: I have undergone several personal challenges in the last few years but my dad’s passing away in 2010 after a long, hard-fought battle with lung cancer really put me over the edge. I had also personally dealt with some health issues like asthma and allergies, which severely affected my singing style. After mourning my father’s death for a long time, I woke up one day and decided that the timing was finally right. This was always my lifelong dream and I was tired of doing nothing about it and watching life pass me by. My main inspiration, however, is to raise money for charity. A nice chunk of any music related sales go straight to charity!
1 In Music: When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
S: After my dad died.
Sarantos: The artist’s inspiration
1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?
S: Everyone and anything I can get my hands on. Ed Sheeran’s my man crush.
1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
1 In Music: 🙂 How do you prepare for your performances?
Rehearsal rehearsal rehearsal. If you’re well prepared, the performances are the easy part.
Digging a little deeper in the artist’s life and thoughts
1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
S: I’m involved in many things. Obviously I have a day job. Other than that being a typical nerd, reading comic books, working out, going for long walks and bike rides. I no longer do triathlons and marathons, but I try to stay as active as I can. I love being outdoors with nature.
1 In Music: Success to you is…?
[Success is] Being happy with what I do every day, hoping to touch a fan every day, in a positive way, to inspire them and make their day a little bit better.
1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
S: Ask yourself if this is a job or hobby for you. Adjust your goals and workflow accordingly. Sleep well, workout, meditate and have time to yourself. It’s not 100% music all the time. Enjoy your friends and family. Your brain, ears and mind need a break. Take it. It will help you focus more.
What next for Sarantos?
1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?
S: I am currently working on my next music video launch. I just had a song place on the top 10 in the UK for iTunes on the charts. It’s going to be an exciting year!!
1 In Music: Where do we find you music?
S: Here are some links where for free, you can listen to the song and view the video:
- The Songwriter Show RSS feed: https://www.spreaker.com/show/4297091/episodes/feed
- The Songwriter Show on iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/209-the-songwriter-show-29999203/
- Sarantos Book Shop Page: https://store.bookbaby.com/bookshop/profile/index.aspx?profileURL=Sarantos
- Sarantos Amazon Author Book Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B08PQ5DM27?ref_=pe_1724030_132998070
Sleep well, workout, meditate and have time to yourself. It’s not 100% music all the time. Enjoy your friends and family. Your brain, ears and mind need a break. Take it.