Thirsty Thursday Featuring Singer, Songwriter, & Multi-instrumentalist, Sarantos
Thank you for talking with us! Where did you grow up and how has that influenced your style of music? Chicago, I feel like it's underrepresented and we’re kind of like an underdog. I love it.
What was the best piece of advice you've ever been given about pursuing a career in music? Be yourself
What song that you have recorded means the most to you and why? What if I never see you again - Death is a very traumatic time for everyone involved. When my dad passed away, the grieving process began but I’m not sure it will ever truly end. Although I am still desperately trying to hold onto his memories as time tries to make me forget, there was a point several years ago when I couldn’t sleep at night and I wondered to myself - Will I ever see him again?
Whether you are religious or not, it is natural to wonder at some point if you will ever see your deceased parent again in some form or another. This will also probably bring to the forefront new questions about the complexity of our planet and maybe our deliberate designer who not only created the universe but also helps sustain it today. Eventually, the
question becomes does God really exist. Is there really a heaven? Will I see my dead parent again - in heaven or elsewhere?? What will happen to me after I too pass away? The questions will come. Unfortunately, no one will answer them definitively for you. It’s just how it is. And so I took all my feelings of angst and frustration and put them into a song.
Looking back, what was the first album or "Vinyl" you bought? Michael Jackson, Thriller
What's your advice for young artists trying to establish a name for themselves? Make the music you want to make, not Music you think other people want. Do not make what you think other people want to hear. Listen to your heart!
Was there ever music playing in the kitchen growing up? I grew up in my dad's family restaurant and we always had background music playing. At home, every time we were cooking there was Greek music playing and I have very fond memories of this during my childhood.
What is your favorite dish to cook? Pizza
Favorite music to listen to while you cook? Absolutely anything and everything
How do you drink your coffee? I hate coffee and don't drink it. I've tried it twice in my life and it's just not for me.
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? 7-Up or Sprite. This is pretty much the only pop I drink and I've been doing it since I was a kid. I think it's much healthier than the other alternatives and it's very nostalgic and near and dear to my heart.
Sarantos is a DIY international award-winning solo music artist, singer-songwriter, proud nerd, multi-instrumentalist, book author, comic book nut, radio show host, poet and part time spy. His music is a cross between Queen, Michael Jackson and Ed Sheeran. 2021 is Year #8 of his journey. Sarantos continues to release a new song, music video, book chapter and poem every month shaping his music to life! In 7 years, he has released 14 albums with 178 original tracks as well as 7 fiction/fantasy books that parallel the songs! He has had numerous media placements for his songs, instrumentals & cues.
Every year until the day he dies, Sarantos will release a new song and lyric video on the 1st week of every month, a new music video the 2nd week, a new book chapter the 3rd week, and a new Uncut Behind The Scenes video & Poem the 4th week of every month. The CD & book will then be released every November along with a surprise Instrumental CD. Every year. Forever.
Sarantos has been nominated for the International Music & Entertainment Association Awards, Hollywood Music In Media Awards, Josie Music Awards and the Hollywood Songwriting Awards. He currently has over 1 million Social Media followers and has been consistently rated #1 on Reverbnation in the rock and even pop genre worldwide. Sarantos has performed at multiple venues including the Toronto Music Festival to a sold-out live audience. His May 2021 single, “I Never Catch The Train” reached #1 on the iTunes South Africa chart, and stayed there for multiple days. It also hit Top 5 on the UK ITunes charts!
Sarantos is proud to donate a portion of all proceeds to charity, hopefully inspiring other artists to do the same. His fans help him choose the charity each month. A few of the charities chosen so far include the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Make-a-Wish Foundation, American Heart Association, St Jude's, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Children's Hospital of Chicago, Feed The Starving Children, Meals on Wheels, Alcoholics Anonymous and many more.
Sarantos also hosts “The Songwriter Show” which is broadcast live on #1 ranked Pesmou Radio with listeners in all 206 countries in the world and every state in the US.
New single, “I Just Don’t Care” is out now!