Sotos Bakas was born in 1989 in Athens, Greece.
His interest in music started at age 15, when he began playing the drums.Soon after, he had recorded 2 albums and played with bands in various shows as a drummer.At the age of 18, intrigued by the world of music production, he began his studies in Sound Engineering and Music Technology. In 2011 he completed his bachelor’s degree with honours at the IEK AKMI in Athens, Greece, and immediately after was accepted for a Master’s degree in Music Composition & Production at the Utrecht School of Arts (HKU) in the Netherlands.
While doing his Masters Degree Sotos started playing the guitar.After releasing his first solo EP “Odyssey” and completing his master’s degree in 2012, he found himself getting more and more interested in the style of fingerstyle & percussive acoustic guitar.
Since then he has been focusing on composing music for solo acoustic guitar and mixing-mastering the music for solo artists and bands at his home studio in Hilversum, Netherlands.
His studio productions have been released by well known musicians and channels such as Candyrat Records.
Sotos has received positive feedback for his acoustic guitar work from highly rated acoustic guitarists such as Erik Mongrain, Mike Dawes and more.
Sotos is playing a custom Jumbo Pellerin guitar,made by Michel Pellerin in Canada. ( http://guitarespellerin.com/ )
Sotos is officially endorsed by K&K Sound and using the Trinity System and Quantum Blender preamp. (http://kksound.com/)
Music Technology & Sound Engineering, Bachelor Degree, AKMI Sound Engineering college, Athens – Greece, 2007-2010.
Music Composition – Master Degree,Utrecht School of the Arts(HKU), Utrecht-Netherlands, 2010-2012.
*Awards and Scholarships:
Scholarship for the 2ndXtreme Drum Camp in Athens, Greece, 2007.
Semi Finalist in UK Songwriting Contest with his song ‘Jericho’, 2012.
Honourable Mention in Mid Atlantic Song Contest with his song ‘Dreaming My Escape’ in Washington, United States, 2012.
Suggested artist in Song of the Year international contest with his song ‘Jericho’, 2013.
Semi Finalist in Song of the Year international contest with his song ‘Dreaming My Escape’, 2013.
* Sotos has collaborated as composer, drummer, guitarist, recording/mixing & mastering engineer with many great artists from the Netherlands, Greece, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and more.
Sotos provides custom music for any project in need of musical accompaniment – for example films, advertisements etc. – in a variety of styles such as fingerstyle acoustic guitar, ambient, cinematic, rock, funk and many more.
Professional music production services by Sotos for any artist, band or project – such as albums, songs, films, advertisements, etc. – where the music needs mixing-mastering.
Sotos offers guitar lessons via Skype or in person in Hilversum, Netherlands. His main focus is on fingerstyle and percussive acoustic guitar style and techniques, alternate tunings, percussion and composition. The lessons can be adjusted to suit your individual needs in order to improve your skills as a composer and guitar player.
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