VARRAS feat. MARK BOALS -Rock You Hard
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1. Please tell us, who is Costas, what have you done
I’m a guitarist, songwriter & a band leader.My musical style is a
blend of Metal & Classical music. I was born in Athens,Greece in
1983.I started playing guitar when I was about 12 years old and by age
13 I started taking guitar lessons at a conservatory in Athens.I spent
12 years in education for music and in 2008 I graduated from Musicians
Institute in Hollywood CA. I started playing shows with my band in
Athens in 2001 and in 2006 I moved to Los Angeles to pursuit my career!
In 2001 I had a self release Demo(7 tracks) under the name of
“PERPETUAL” which was also my band’s name. In 2004 Sonic Age Records
released my first solo Album “Overlord’s Perpetual”. In 2009 I went to
Kent,England to record my second solo album with legendary Producer
Chris Tsangarides. These recordings were never released though. Years
later in 2015 i worked again with my old time friend Bob Katsionis on
new music and in 2018 Symmetric Records finally released Costas
Varras’s second solo album entitled “Neon-Classical”. At the moment I
am working on my 3rd Album and now your Label is going to release my
new single featuring the great American singer Mark Boals.
I love Metal & Rock music since 1991.I grew up listening bands like
Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera,Black
Sabbath,Manowar,Stratovarius,Rainbow,Dio, Iced Earth,Van Halen,Ozzy
Osbourne,WASP, and many other famous and underground bands.
My favourite artist thought was and still is YNGWIE MALMSTEEN!
I listen to other guitar players as well..like: Joe Stump,Paul
Gilbert,Marty Friedman,Randy Rhoads,Scott Henderson,Frank Gambale,Steve
Vai and others.
On that point I have to mention that during the years I explored other
styles of music as well Like: Classical Music mainly Baroque, Jazz Rock
Fusion, Blues, Modern RnB and Pop.
I’m planning to release my 3rd solo Album and then later on to go on
Tour in Europe ,North America and Japan! I’m already talking with 2
booking agencies but things are not clear now cause of Covid.. So
Hopefully in 2022 I will go on Tour.. In general I want to release more
records in the future and eventually become a famous musician! That’s
my target since I was very young!
I had the idea for this song back in 2007. I was at an airport in
Germany and I wrote some of the Lyrics there. This song is about a
friend of mine from L.A. who wanted to become a Rock Star but his
girlfriend couldn’t keep up with his dream and they finally broke up. I
dedicate this song to those who want to be Rock Stars and they are
having problems with their girlfriends! Anyways..so I did the demo for
the song back then but I never finished with the whole thing and in
2019 i recorded it at the Studio and now is finally published! I
really love this song and it brings me back memories from my first
years in Hollywood.
I met Mark in L.A. when he was singing for Uli Jon Roth in 2007 and
2008.We talked several times there but later on I lost the contact with
him. So 2 months ago I was looking for a singer and I thought that it
would be great if Mark would sing on my song! So I have a very good
common friend with him from Berlin and I asked him to get me in touch
with Mark and that was it! So thanks to my friend Mike Dimareli! It’s
an honor for me having Mark Boals singing on my music! Mark is a legend
I’m playing only with Fender Stratocasters since 1997..before that I
was playing with Gibson flying V. But yeah Fender Stratocasters are my
favourite ones till now! So bad I don’t have an endorsement with Fender
yet!! As far as amplification goes I use mainly Marshall.
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