We had the good fortune of connecting with Lefteris Ioannou and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lefteris, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks in my life has led me to expanded growth, self-empowerment and getting to know myself better. That being said, I focus on my intent and being honest with myself when taking a risk. Don’t get me wrong, a risk will most likely feel uncomfortable in one way or another. However, what I’ve experienced is that, given the right intent, what my brain considers to be a risk is an opportunity for me to grow.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a composer who writes music from the heart, for the heart. I specialize in writing storytelling music – music for visual media. My approach to composition is informed by my ability to express the adventure of healing through music and the gift of building a bridge for others to give birth to their unique expression.
I am currently excited about a library album I recently released by Mpath Music titled: The Eye of the Storm (https://www.apmmusic.com/
After graduating with my BA from Berklee College of Music, I moved back to Athens – Greece, which is where I grew up. There I played with well-known Greek artists as a guitarist, composed and produced for them as well. In time I pursued a recording artist path with original compositions of mine and released three personal records with SONY-BMG, IMPACT MUSIC and UNIVERSAL-EMI.
Later on, I decided to depart from the Greek pop scene as the music that I enjoyed performing at the time was blues rock oriented. This led me to form three blues trios, playing a lot of concerts while making my guitar scream. Prior to 2015, I witnessed myself composing film music. It was something that flowed very naturally from within me. A new aspect of myself was being revealed to me which led to my concept album 1+1=ENA (ONE) that was signed to UNIVERSAL-EMI. I actually consider this album of mine to be my first one, as it expresses me with no limitations posed by record companies or other external factors. This project was the beginning of a new phase in my life as I discovered my passion for film music to which I am committed to.
In September 2018 I decided to leave Greece and further expand my knowledge by studying Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain; which ended up bringing me to live in Los Angeles with the intent to follow my path in music. One thing is for sure, my music career has definitely been an adventurous, enriching journey with many different experiences, which has helped me grow and mature musically and on a personal level. I have learned many life lessons along the way. If I could sum some of them in a few words I would say: Don’t expect anyone to do for you what you are not willing to do for yourself. Learn from everything around you, but don’t copy anyone’s path, because it is not yours. Judging yourself will not help you move forward, it rather stagnates you. Worrying is a waste of one’s creative energy. Learn to live now, don’t wait for this or that to happen in order to start enjoying your life. Practice being honest with yourself, it’s the fastest route to change, and the only way to know where you currently are in life. Learn to recognize your intent, it will define the outcome of your creation, and most importantly get to know who you are, why you are here and what’s your purpose in life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have only been in Los Angeles for a year and a half, and most of that time was under lockdown, therefore; I would tell my friend: “Let’s discover more about this city together, because I don’t know enough about it either!”. One thing is for sure, I would visit nature spots with them, as there are beautiful trails near Los Angeles and so many wonderful places to explore in this wonderful state.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, there are definitely people that I want to dedicate my shoutout to, some I will mention by their first names. To begin with my parents, and especially Olga. Leaving Athens-Greece in 2018, was a major transition in my life, and I have experienced a lot of support from my family. Going further back in time Vasiliki who supported me in my first steps of embracing the composer within me, and Alexander who always directed my attention to composition even during challenging times of my life. Alexander helped me learn the importance of commitment to my craft and to myself. Since I moved back to the U.S I have met people who I call my tribe. Their friendship has been heartfelt and I cherish it dearly. I want to thank my dear friend Linda, whose support and guidance has been immense, and Hossca, whose wisdom has assisted me in ways that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I have come to live that when one is willing to support their unique life path, they will also attract the necessary support in their environment.