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-favorite 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. How many times the line-up has changed over the last 6-7 years?
“Many times!! Except me, Chris (Drums) & Gus (Keys), the other two
positions have their upside downs during the years. On the vocals we
started with a guy named Jon Soti, but our first promo recorded with our
2nd singer, Tassos K. With Tassos we also recorded our 1st album -
Illusion – and after that he was replaced by our current and 3rd singer,
Dimitris Giannakopoulos, who has taken part on our two latest EP’s. With
the bassists, the thing is even more complicated…I think, if I remember
correctly, we had 6 different bass players since the begging of the
band! Nevertheless, the current line-up holds for almost 2 years and the
future will show what will bring!”
5. What is your favourite SI song and why?
“It’s not so easy to choose one, but I could say that the dearest songs
to me are -Echoes in the shadows- & -Serenity- !! The lyrics mean a lot
to me also and I remember that I was very emotionally driven when I
wrote these songs! I also like a lot –Beauty of a lie- and –Point of no
return- , which is, in my opinion, the most mature composition I ever
made till now.”
6. 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!”
7. What are SI’s future plans?
“Make good & melodic music, as long as we are able to do it and get as
many people as we can to know us and support us! Apart from that, a tour
around Europe (and around the world), would be a dream come true!”