BIOGRAPHY: JOHN SARHIANAKIS
I was born in an artistic family. My father was a traditional Cretan music artist (lute), and my older brother is a musician playing Greek music (bouzouki). Through the different sounds of my surroundings, rock music stood out for me.
At the age of 15, I bought my first electric guitar and I began writing songs.
I created my first rock band named "NO NAME" with school friends. During my military service I created a new rock band named "ONAR".
I have sent a 4 song demo to "NEAT RECORDS" (England) receiving the first good reviews.
I have studied singing and music theory, solfege and harmony, at the Olympic Heraklion Crete conservatory. I also studied specialized digital sound manipulation using computer technology, sound editing software and how to create a recording studio using a computer.
After a trip to England, where I have lived for one year, I learned the English music scene from an English guitarist, friend of mine.
When I came back to Greece, I looked for musicians to create a rock band , different from usual to Greek standard rock bands. In other words, alternative rock bands influenced by: Red hot chili peppers, Nickelback, Audioslave, Nirvana, Oasis, etc.
Finally, I have managed to create the rock band "INFRARED" in the summer of 2003. The band gave its first concert on September the 5th of 2003 in a Rock Festival which is held in Heraklion Freedom Square. Since then, a series of appearances followed in various places of Crete.
A year later, on September of 2004, the band has released its first album with a song for the Olympic Games named "Light the Flame", and also with the help of director M. Androulakis, a video clip of the song has been created which it has been broadcasted from all television stations in the country.
On the Christmas of 2005 the band signed a contract with the Swedish company TURMIC RECORDS (www.turmicrecords.com) and the American company CDBABY (www.cdbaby.com) for the international promotion of INFRARED music.
Big Live concerts : New Year's Eve of 2005, Pancake Day in 2005 & 2006, Municipality of Heraklion Crete.
On the summer of 2006 the song "Light the flame" appeared and stayed for a week at number 2 of American Idol Underground.
I come back to the music scene with new songs with lyrics in Greek and alternative rock music style. I made the shooting of the video clip "Lathos" and the video clip "Me ena tsigaro enoho" completed by director Mano Androulakis, which took place in my hometown of Crete.
In the end of October 2010 I uploaded my song "Oute pou roteises" on YouTube.
Even before the song is released on a CD, it appeared on November of the same year into exchange song sites as TOP Greek song and as a member of the collection "Greece Dance Hits 2010", together with other songs, made by featured artists.
On December 8th, 2011, Warner Music Greece has released the Digital Album "John Sarhianakis : Mia poli pou ehei sopasei ..." (iTunes,Amazon,Virgin,Cosmote,Vodafone, etc.)
On December 12, 2011 my album entered the Digital Store Cosmote "COSMOTE Music Zone Charts" - No 1 TOP ALBUM!!! (all kind of music Greek & International) and stayed there for two months.
In 2012 I had many concerts and I participated to the "MATALA FESTIVAL 2012 HIPPIES REUNION" international festival.
At the begining of 2013, I have decided to move permanently to USA, thus I have started to make my new album, in English, this time.
A total of seven songs will be included to this new album, which is called: "California Lover".
In the summer of 2013 I have participated in the "Young People Festival" of Olympus.
On Christmas 2013 I will move to Los Angeles, CA.