There are many young people who develop a drive to accomplish goals beyond their reach. Many of these young people acquire this drive during their college years. For those who are gifted with artistic talents the drive seems to be endless.
This can be true for the up-and-coming DJ Zilos who hails from Albany, New York. His superior musical talents have proven to be a cut above the rest. Zilos siphoned his skills under the tutelage of Jeremy Wall former member of Spyro Gyra. He studied under him and learned the foundations of songwriting and musical theory. Jeremy also enlisted Zilos in a campus funk band at SUNY Oneonta where he studied.
“Jeremy taught songwriting techniques ranging from the classical genre, all the way to pop and rock. My knowledge of music theory was constantly being expanded and challenged through his vigorous lessons and real world applications.”
Zilos was influenced by music at a very young age. He used to watch music shows on TV and was caught by his parents banging away at anything that would make noise. His parents realized Zilos’ hidden talent and bought him his first drum. This eventually fueled his desire to pursue music. One of his first true inspirations was the famous drummer Neil Peart from the band RUSH. He quickly took to honing his drum skills by studying the techniques of Neil Peart.
DJ Zilos would further his musical acumen by enlisting as an intern for the record label Amathus Music. The President Chris Panaghi began to realize Zilos’ potential and decided to take him under his wing. This opened more doors for the young DJ to spread his musical talents. Zilos was introduced to many styles of music and further expanded his knowledge of Electronic Music while doing the Amathus Music internship.
“Electronic music entered my life while I was in the Empire State Youth Orchestra during high school. Through some of the percussionists I was working with, I was introduced into some electronic groups which I absolutely found interesting. This shifted the way I thought about making music, and after experimenting with digital synthesizers and DAW’s, I knew this is how I wanted to work with music.”
He would soon learn the ins and outs of production and developed his own unique style. Zilos’ worked with Matheos and Chris “The Greek” on the cutting edge “Bazook” which entered the charts worldwide. The single was very unique since they all share Greek heritage and decided to infuse ethnic instruments into the production. Hence, the title “Bazook” which is short for the Middle Eastern instrument the bouzouki.
Zilos took his production experience and began to delve into the remixing end of the business with the guidance of Chris “The Greek” Panaghi. He began working on remixes for Amathus Music recording artists’ Sophia Cruz, Diamond Boy Luis, Linda O and Laylah. These became great hits and landed spots on college radio, internet radio, and even Promo Only issues that have support from DJs spinning in both clubs and radio mixshows. These developments only opened more doors to collaborating with PK Project and Mike “Thunder” Pennino.
“So far the collaborations have been amazing! What is great about working with these guys is that their style is completely different from my own. When we work together and combine those styles, the final product is something that is unique, exciting, and cutting edge, something that we most likely wouldn’t have thought of on our own.”
Besides working on remixes Zilos has also landed a slot as a Mixshow DJ on the global internet station 24/7 Dance Radio as well as the syndicated Radio Show Amathus Mix. Being involved on-air has offered him the opportunity to be heard around the world which is important for an electronic music artist. DJ Zilos has accomplished to not only be a remixer and be a featured Mixshow DJ but he has already been included on three issues of Promo Only in the past year. Finally, he has just released his first single “Always Changing” featuring Sophia Cruz (www.amathusmusic.com). It’s due to be a smash summer hit. Zilos is on the way to becoming another major force in the music industry.