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Savvas Ysatis

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Savvas Ysatis, a native of Athens Greece, began an early fascination with the synthesizer in the late 70’s. Through the strong influences of Kraftwerk and Jean-Michel Jarre, Ysatis was inspired to pursue his own electronic identity. At age 15 he left Greece, and moved to New York City where he acquired his first equipment and began exploring their possibilities, while at the same time started to get involved with various electronic bands.

His own first release was under the name Omicron with the “Symbolis” EP (Instinct NYC, 1993), an underground trance-house record. In late 1993 he met Taylor Deupree of Prototype 909, forming a long-time collaboration that would eventually produce eight LP’s for the pair between 1994 and 1998 under the project names Seti, Futique (trip-hop electronica), Arc (Detroit style Techno), Skai (tech-House), and Savvas Ysatis & Taylor Deupree. Ysatis would record two additional solo albums for Instinct and two more for KK Records, Belgium between the years 1994 and 1997.

In 1997, Ysatis returned to Athens with the intention on contributing to the development of the local electronic scene. He formed Sonar, an experimental tech-house label, with radio DJ Giannis Papaioannou, and joined singer/lyricist Elias Aslanoglou, in what eventually would turn into the project Allou: the fusion of Ysatis’ sound with Greek vocals. Recently signed by V2, the project‘s appeal holds much in store for those fans yet unaware of Ysatis’ excellent talent.

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