1. How the name “Secret Illusion” came up?
“Actually the name I had in my mind, long before the formation of the
band, was ILLUSION. After I did a research for the availability, I found
out that it’s a common name, used by many other bands around the world,
from all kinds of music. But I was still stuck with ILLUSION!! And there
it happened…! One day, talking with a good friend of mine and the band,
he came up with the idea…SECRET ILLUSION!! I really liked it from the
beginning and here we are today! I still believe it was a great idea,
sounds very melodic and fits with our music!!!”
2. Which was the first song you ever composed for the band?
“I remember clearly that it was “Silent voices”. I composed it when I
was 20 years old, in a small apartment at Nea Smyrni, Athens where I was
living back then. I think that someone can easily figure it out by
observing the anarchic and non-experienced structure of the composition.
I never wanted to change anything though, I liked it that way, reminding
me how it all started! It still remains a fan-favourite tune!!!”
3. What is the composing process, how you start building a song?
“Most of the times, I have a simple melody in my mind, that probably
will end up as main theme or vocal line. I start adding the basic
instruments alongside the melody, extending the track to a complete
tune, with start/end. However, I cannot achieve it all the times…I have
also many half-completed tracks and ideas, waiting to come up in the
future! To build a track and put down any ideas I have, I ALWAYS use
4. Is there a song on it that you would say is more about emotion and
less about the music?
“I think that music comes from emotions and feelings. The deepest and
well-hidden things inside our souls can be revealed through notes. For
me, music and emotion was always one thing, united and combined.
But if I had to choose one song from each album, I would choose
"Serenity", "Winter Poem" of course and “Awake Before the Dawn”.
Especially "Winter Poem" is a really special song for me."
5. What is the story behind the song “Beauty of a lie”?
“Although that seems to hide a real love story behind it, actually is a
fantasy story but based in real life, everyday life and things that
happen to everyone all around us. It has to do with common cases, where
someone desires so much another person but for some reason cannot be
together! This is when you wish your fantasies to become reality and the
-angels- to be real!”