Generally recognized as the top DJ on the island of Mykonos, Valeron is definitely one of the longest standing and most omnipresent figures of the ever-shifting local music scene.Soon after relocating to Mykonos, he became a producer releasing tracks that helped
register his name in the Deep House and Electronic genre. This carried him through to becoming a founder of the Bercana Music label and releasing 2 personal albums already “Amare” & ‘’Aigaio’’. Valeron’s albums introduces a unique combination of traditional Greek instruments with Electronic beats.
Every Saturday at Scorpios Mykonos Valeron leads ‘’Scorpios World’’ where he performs live alongside Greek musicians of instruments such as: clarinet, Kaval, Ney, Bouzouki, Saz, Oud, Santur, Kanun and many more. With lots of originals and remixes that had climb on top of Beatport charts, on June 2019 he will release his third personal album.
A stalwart of the Mykonos electronic music scene, Valeron is informed by myriad cultures and traditions both on- and off-stage.
What inspired you to do what you're doing?
Inspiration can come anytime and anywhere. The world is full, literally full, of inspirational prompts. You just need to go out and keep yourself open to them. Staying within one environment gives you a limited pool to draw from, so leave your home, your office, wherever it is that you try to express yourself, and get into a larger pool. Move around, try different things. Realize that you may not find what you’re looking for, but something else may find you, so be receptive and think outside the box.
Do you think you'll ever change direction?
Music is just another way to express yourself, describe your surroundings, set a mood and let your mind wander. To me, music is the best kind of therapy. So, I can’t imagine myself doing any other job than making and playing music.
What advice would you give your younger self today?
If I could wind the clock back I would advise my younger self to pay attention to this: the older we get, the more we realize that the best way to take care of ourselves is to make time for ourselves.
Do you consider your work a luxury or a necessity?
I would say it's both. A necessity because it gives me recognition and a way to express myself. A luxury because not everyone can have music in their life and those who do have music in their life tend to cherish it greatly.
What was the last thing that made a significant impact on your thought processes?
Our thoughts are influenced by what we see, hear, feel, touch, and taste as well as by the internet, books, music, movies, traveling, and so on. Our behavior and our creativity is also shaped by the culture we live in, largely through social norms, contexts that cue them, and motives that drive us to follow, reject, or invert those norms. The better we know ourselves, the more we can shape our lives to live the way we'd like to.
What do you do when you're not "working"?
The way we spend our time outside of work can have a big impact on the trajectory of our careers. It’s widely known that following a consistent fitness regime boosts our creativity, confidence, and resilience, both at work and in our personal life. Exercise is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy, functional body, but there is also a time and place for letting myself rest.
What do you want people to take from your work?
When people listen to my music, I want them to just enjoy it. I’m a very optimistic person. I always like to see the glass as half full. In our live shows, we are all invested together in being one positive energy force and connecting with the audience when we perform.
What are you currently listening to, reading, or watching?
It really depends on the mood that I’m in personally. Right now, I consider myself as a listener because I think I am gathering so much information as possible in order to be well-informed and to form my own opinion in general.
Which record or artist influences you most?
My favorite artist is Manos Hadjidakis. Constantly inspired by poetry, he transferred the world of words into the world of sounds by creating a magical universe that has influenced many composers both in Greece and abroad.
As a musician, do you feel any obligations during this global pandemic?
What do you think something like a global pandemic does to collective/individual creativity? Does the isolation influence your creative process?
We have the ability and momentum to change healthcare in this world for the better. It blows me away to see people come together for this common cause, and the passion they have to overcome all obstacles and succeed in that mission! In this time of social distancing, people are finding new ways to stay busy without common forms of entertainment such as shopping malls, movie theaters or gyms. Creativity has become the norm in living everyday life.