I thirst for young politicians, honest and visionary

I thirst for young politicians, honest and visionary
I thirst for young politicians, honest and visionary

I remember everyone’s initial “shock” in the early days of the 8’s releaseu album by Phoebus Delivorias “ANIME”. The discussions about the best album of his career, the subject matter of the songs, Phoebus himself is new and consistent.

He himself, always restrained in his events and statements, let time speak by simply doing what he knows best. To sing them and communicate with his audience.

To become a storyteller who travels within us, but telling not fairy tales but the greatest truths. More mature than ever, lyrical, sociable and incurably romantic (in the sweet sense of love), Phoivos Delivorias always writes about things that concern him – first – and society as a whole.

“ANIME” was loved for a thousand and two reasons that we would need extra time to list them. In its 49 minutes, you love the excellent production of Vassilis Dokakis, the musicians, the subtle presence – participation of Nefelis Fasoulis, its aesthetics and so much more, but most of all you love Phoebus who is now like a big brother (how strange to use term “big” to a kid we’ve known since he was 15, when he took some of his songs to Manos Hadjidakis and that’s how “Parade” was created in 1989) who returns every time we need him.

The months passed, “ANIME” found (easily) a place in the hearts of the listeners and Phoivos Delivorias brings it to Thessaloniki, for an evening filled with his songs and more. On the occasion of his concert at the Lazarist Monastery on Saturday, September 3, we talked about the album and more. After all, a conversation with Phoivos Delivorias is always interesting…

Let’s start with “ANIME” which is also the reason for your concerts this year. What is this album for you and now, that some months of its “life” have passed, what impression does it leave on the world from what you are told?

I have never experienced such instant warmth and love. The record has already sold out 3 times, the digital listens show a lot of love for all the songs and the messages I receive are the most touching of my entire career. And this is of great importance to me because “ANIME” is really a photograph of my soul, which was “taken” in a particularly difficult period for all of us.

In “ANIME” you talk about issues that concern society lately. Is it time to talk openly about all this and how much do you think art can help with this?

It’s always time to speak openly, especially through art. The artist is among all the rest also a citizen, particularly sensitive and direct in his reactions. And this helps a lot to all the sensitive people who don’t have a step or who feel panic and can’t express it. I wouldn’t say we’re psychotherapists, that’s presumptuous. We are sick too, but we speak loudly about what is happening to us – and in front of everyone.

In recent years, however, you have always been at the forefront of artists’ issues as well as social ones with your interventions. Is this a need of yours to speak up?

Yes, purely my need. I feel that at the age I am, I have to speak because my voice has mastered the ability to be heard. So it’s better to say something that everyone is thinking, even if I eat a little “wood”, than to leave it unsaid.

What has changed from Phoebus of “Mirror” to “ANIME”?

“Shattering my mirror”, i.e. breaking all kinds of posturing and narcissism, was a necessary stage in order to have a pure soul, visible to those I love.

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Next winter you decide to do a TV job at ERT. What will we see in “Numbers”?

It’s a comedy. A surreal comedy, where the things I love, singing and spectacle, are treated like a comic dream. I want to say something that I have always believed about performing artists in a festive and uplifting way. That they are the only “numbers” that move life forward. Which can be contrasted with the absurd numbers of marketing and shopping, which have destroyed the planet. It is no coincidence that the mass attack on artists by totalitarian regimes of all kinds.

Were you afraid that on public television you could do whatever you wanted in this program?

But I have fought for the existence and flourishing of public television. When the famous “black” had fallen on ERT I had gone straight to the radio station to sing and oppose it. I believe that public television is something that belongs to all of us and that – at least in its entertainment program – it has always made the most daring and advanced proposals, precisely because it does not depend on numbers, like private channels. So I will fight to be free, creative and worthy of the viewer I dream of.

“Taratsa” was another station of yours if I’m not mistaken. She was loved by the people, the artists and I think you too. What did it give you artistically?

It made me love my colleagues even more and show it to them. It also gave me the pleasure of coordinating a large group of people with love and vision. He showed me strengths that I didn’t know I had in me, I, a very hermetic and shy person.

What will the show at the Lazarist Monastery in Thessaloniki mean for those who come to hear you?

First of all it is a music all star game. The musicians who play are among the most important in Greece. Together with my well-known – and great – musical group, Fotis Siotas, Thodoris Rellos, Vassilis Dokakis and Christos Lainas are coming to collaborate. You will hear the entire “ANIME” and the most important songs for me from all my records in a way that has never been captured musically before in my concerts. In rehearsals I was constantly in tears – my music sounds like I dreamed of it as a teenager.

How much do you enjoy your contact with the world?

Endlessly. I am one of those people who write to communicate, to meet new people, friends, loves.

What is your opinion on the increasing number of femicides in recent months? What is happening in Greek society and in the Greek family?

The way we see women over here is deeply sick. We mythologize them to the extent that we consider them “ideal” for us, while we walk around our manhood, without wanting to change at all. In recent years, women do not want to be anyone’s ideal, they want and can talk openly about their eroticism, work without being treated as objects of desire, be beautiful without being reflected in others. Greek society shows intolerance towards this. I hope it is the last bites of the snake that are happening. However, what is happening is also political. You can’t claim to be liberal and tolerate far-right thinking. While this is happening, very sick phenomena will be bred.

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Have you ever thought about going into politics? Shouldn’t the “hands” at the helm of this country change sometime, with people who will want to make substantial changes?

Never. And I won’t. I can make changes to my records – and to the rest of my projects. But I am thirsty for young politicians, honest and visionary. Not just fireplaces and good words.

Very often we return to the words of Manos Hadjidakis to this day. What is it that makes them timeless and what do you remember from him?

That he combined a truly revolutionary and influential work with an almost anarchic freedom of thought. He had no vanity. He wrote music and spoke as he wanted.

What do you think about the big loss that happened this summer with LEX, but also the trend that exists with trap, reggaeton and other similar genres?

For LEX I feel great joy because I have been a fan of his for years – and I say so at every opportunity. The rest is an accurate picture of the dominant ideology at the moment: sexism, racism, misanthropy and mafia dreams. Aren’t these dreams exactly – and unfortunately – supported by the modern government?

The young children they listen songs and artists that are outside the ‘system’, thereby making some sort of revolution perhaps?

Always a portion of young children shows us where the man and the dream are. And we must listen to them because they are the only ones with a clear, pristine look. Most of course become pawns of the system – and quickly disappear, expendable daffodils. I want to always be close to others – children with a clear eye.

What will anyone who comes to the Lazarist Monastery, to your concert, get when leaving?

All my soul. I hope they take care of her and take her on a journey to freedom and healing.

Thessaloniki is a city that loves you and I think you too. What are the elements – feeling, places, persons – that make it up in your mind when you refer to it?

Even the word ANIME speaks for Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki hides my big secret. But it’s a very personal thing and I don’t want to expand more…

*Phibos Delivorias at the Lazarist Monastery on Saturday September 03, 2022 in a live presentation of the album “ANIME”. With him is Nefeli Fasouli

The article is in Greek

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