We had the good fortune of connecting with Dimitris Dodoras and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dimitris, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think it is important to take risks in life and go above and beyond, despite the fear of possible failure. In my journey, I have learned that taking risks can be very rewarding. Of course you may stumble across difficult times in this roller coaster called life, but seeking your dreams and potential is worth that chance. After I finished high school, I moved to Berlin and applied to music school. I loved Berlin and was driven to live there, but on the other hand, I took a big risk pursuing a traditional, conservatory college because I never felt comfortable playing piano in front of people, and, unfortunately I was not accepted to any of the schools I originally applied to. I was frustrated and wasn’t sure if I would ever find the right place for me. Thanks to my brother, I found a school in Groningen in the Netherlands; it had a studio style approach and was a practically driven school. I applied, auditioned, and got in. During my final year, I decided to take another leap and study a year abroad in Philadelphia, where I met my wife and decided to stay in America. I took the risk of leaving my home and my family to pursue a career and life with my wife in the states. Together, we took another risk and moved to Los Angeles, away from our families. I would not be where I am today if I did not take a leap of faith and follow my heart and gut.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was born in the beautiful city of Cologne, Germany and grew up in a culturally diverse family. My father is from Thessaloniki in Greece and one of my paternal aunts moved to Ravenna, Italy with her Italian husband when she was young. As a result, I spent most of my early years visiting Greece and Italy. This is where some of my fondest memories come from. The food, culture, music and way of life inspired my creative output. My travels have had a huge impact on my life and my Greek heritage sometimes finds its way into my music. Early on in my life, my parents often took me to the opera, theater, movies and concerts. I became more and more interested in various forms of art. At first, I aspired to become an actor and joined different theater groups and local workshops, but as a very emotional person, I realized that I needed a creative output that directly reflected my emotions, and that was music. At the same time, I was studying piano, but I hated practicing and would always improvise instead of playing what was on the page. I also listened to a lot of film music and classical music for example Mozart, Vivaldi, Ravel and Debussy and fell in love with the delicate orchestration as well as the use and manipulation of themes. I decided to take lessons in music composition and electronic music instead. My love of movies and story-telling sparked my love for film scoring. There is nothing more satisfying than staring at a blank piece of paper and ending up with a piece of music that reflects my interpretation of a story. My music reflects who I am. It is whimsical, adventurous and most of the time reflects a story, image or experience in my life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I already have an itinerary ready: Hollywood, Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Downtown and…. Disneyland! I would also take them to the Grove. In Downtown, I would show them the Last Bookstore, Grand Central Market, the OUE Skyspace with the most incredible view of LA or the Bonaventure Hotel a bar with a 360 degree rotation. For a bite, I would take them to Gracias Madre and afterwards either to Donut Friend or Magpies which have the best vegan sweets in town. During summer, we would visit the Hollywood Bowl and experience fantastic concerts under the stars.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank my wife Lindsay, my mom and dad, my brother Kosta, my in-laws, my friends and the people who have shaped my music including the teachers and students in Groningen, the University of the Arts and my private teachers in Cologne as well as my music friends all over the world who inspire me every day.
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