LIA HIDE process way later, I think it was the humbleness that my classical music training brought into my psyche, that keptme away from being audacious and bold about making MY album, and MY music. Back in the day, making an entire album seemed like a huge responsibility to me and I spent 3 years in the making of my very first solo album. Who were some of your earliest musical inspirations and influences? It was Manos Hadjidakis, the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel when I was a kid, and later on, it was Lisa Stansfield, Belinda Carlisle, Janet Jackson and even Bon Jovi. Soon after I suffered a Metallica and Dead Can Dance phase, that was followed by a Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkings and Moby/Massive Attack period, while my 20s were filled with Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Faith no More. Lia Hide is a classically trained dark pop artist from Greece. She’s just released her highly-anticipated concept album,‘The Missing Fourth Guest’; a verywell thought out album whose story is based upon Plato’s Timeaus Sonata.We’re very grateful to Lia for her time for this interview. Can you please describe your music to someone that has never heard of Lia Hide? Our music is a bit demanding. If you’ve heard Kate Bush (not only the Stranger Things hit), Tori Amos, Depeche Mode and someEnnio Morricone andSon Lux you’ll feel at home. People say we bear resemblance to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, although I feel most at home with a Radiohead list of similarities. Its context is a bit...intellectual and you’ll find yourself troubled with your ghosts if you sink into the lyrics. How did you get into the music ? Music was always around in my home, as I was growing up. I decided to be a musician, as a profession, since everything else severely depressed me (and I did try, trust me). I got into making my own songs way early, I think I wrote my first song when I was 14 years old but I got into the album making and ‘Lia Hide’ identity www.peek-a-boo-magazine.be - 10 - You are a music educator, what is your favourite part of teaching music? Music teaching is very, very tiring and comes with a huge responsibility. It also wears my voice and stamina greatly but make nomistake, music teaching is the elixir of life, the fountain of youth! My favourite and most demanding aspect is my students’ personalities and how we bond our lives, and blend our paths, finding new identities and creating new wonders! What was your first music teacher like? Horrible. I am a “metoo”.. victim.He was avery respected teacher and bassoon player (yes, I was sent off to a very famous Conservatory to learn the bassoon, when I was 12 years old. He took advantage of my shyness and made all sorts of (sadly, successfull) attempts to exploit my naive and young head and sadly, parts of my body. And like all victims, I too was very ashamed to speakout and share this with my family, until it was too late, and I amvery thankful that when I did, they stood bymy side. Sadly, we did not seek legal justification, that was something you just wouldn’t do, way back then. I sometimes wonder if the darkness that dwells in me was planted in my head and soul, then.

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