Initially releasing music under the moniker of Kid Flicks from 2010-2017, experimental artist, Dervisis, has now traded this in for his given name. Seizing each moment and demanding the future.
Utilizing a roster of techniques and values, Nikolaos Dervisis has been dubbed a “musical chameleon”. He has introduced the use of darbuka pattern, an Arab percussive instrument common among Balkan and Middle Eastern music, inspired beats amidst lush electronics and soulful vocals. His latest track, ‘Sync’, premieres here today.
Born in Athens, Greece, Nikolaos Dervisis grew up on punk influences; He played his first gig at an anti-war anarchist festival before diving into the experimental musical realm. After performing with bands in his early years, Dervisis soon realized where his true calling was.
Influenced by a multitude of genres and emotions from the electronic throbs of Burial, to the soulful stirs of Stevie Wonder, the stylings of Turkish percussionist Okay Temiz, right down to the experimental quirks of Sun City Girls. He characterises himself as a ‘musical nomad’, Dervisis produces via a laptop, wherever he may feel comfortable; whether it’s inside a tiny venue, or even just a friend’s home.
Dervisis’ debut EP is something of a future-classic. Lush, atmospheric textures roll in-and-out throughout the entire three-track offering like a colour-drenched, dream-induced oil painting. “Missing” is an explorative post-pop delight; processed vocal-techniques, warm synth tones and percussion lost in bliss. “Voice Call” rises in with a swimming arp-synth amidst a concise, throbbing beat. A phone-call sample rings out against lush, chimed soundscapes before a fully immersive darbuka drum section. “Sync” is about self-reflective isolation, gushing with sentiment and personality; repeating lyrics “Who do you wanna be?” reminds us all of the uncertainty life can bring.
The EP is a profoundly emotive body of work. Speaking about it, he explains that the tracks derive from a larger batch of music he’s been working on for the past 10 months. “I’ve been between my London flat, where I stayed until November 2017 and in my friend’s flat in Athens. Because my main instrument is the laptop, I love not actually having a studio and being sort of a music nomad. I love including the influence of any place’s energy while experiencing it. And by “any place” I don’t mean a different continent, it could be a nice cafe or a friend’s kitchen.”
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Dervisis’ self-titled EP is scheduled for self-release on 25th May.