On Saturday, October 8, 2011, Greek rapper So Tiri performed at the Tilles Center, in Brookville, NY, as part of the 2011 GALA Concert, which was presented by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection in Brookville. So Tiri opened for Fame Story alum Thanos Petrelis. Prior to his concert, he took some time to talk about his musical endeavors, the GALA concert, and future plans.
A YouTube sensation, So Tiri remarks, “it is amazing to be performing here tonight. It’s such a great benefit. I am proud to be a part of it. I hope we raise a lot of money for the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund (HTSF). I’m excited to be in front of my friends and family, and I cannot wait to go on.”
Born Billy Anastasiou, So Tiri notes that he listens to all different kinds of music ranging from hip-hop, R & B, to rock music, as well as classics such as Dean Martin and The Beatles. “My music tastes really vary,” he admits.
His YouTube video for the song “Feta kai Psomi” was an instant hit, and garnered over 3.3 million views since May 31, 2011. “It feels amazing. I wasn’t expecting it. It was such a great feeling,” So Tiri acknowledges.
Regarding his future plans, So Tiri states, “I am working on my album right now with my label, Hefty Kid Entertainment. I have some music videos and performances coming up. I am really excited to see the reactions from my new videos.”
On the origin of his name, So Tiri reveals, “it came from my father. His name is Sotiri. He is a man I respect very much, so I wanted to use it as my stage name.”
So Tiri Concert Review:
In the GALA concert, So Tiri performed a four-song setlist. He opened his set with “Avgolemono,” which he co-wrote with John Sakellariou, and featured a cameo from his yiayia who joined So Tiri on stage. It was followed by “Eimai Stin Ellada,” where he pays tribute to his Greek heritage.
His performance of “Feta kai Psomi” garnered the greatest response from the audience, and featured yet another cameo, this time from a goat. After singing about feta, avgolemono and Greece, So Tiri closed his memorable set with a song about a popular Greek dessert, entitled “Baklava.”
Overall, So Tiri put on an entertaining show that was full of many surprises. To quote a classic line from Forrest Gump, So Tiri was like “a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” He surely had the audience with him!
For more information on So Tiri, please visit his official Facebook page.