Oh. (Olivia Hadjiioannou) Interview in Downtown Magazine (Greece)
by on June 21, 2019 in Interviews Metallia Press

In the June 2019 issue of DownTown Magazine (Greece) is an interview about the French Riviera Film Festival in Cannes and “Red Lion“. DownTown Magazine is a print magazine in Greece that comes out once a month and is also an addition to the Sunday newspaper, TA NEA every 1st Saturday of the month. DownTown Magazine started in 1995 as a weekly magazine and continues to be a very stylish and modern magazine with great articles and stunning photography. #downtownmaggr @downtownmaggr

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Her New Yorker mother brought her up believing that “nothing is impossible” and her Greek father to recognize authenticity. Today, Olivia Hadjiioannou brought those two values together and returned from Cannes and the French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) and in her luggage an award for Best Music Video. The progressive rock metal song “Red Lion” from the album “Metallia” was awarded for its authenticity and innovation and that is how Oh. (which is her stage name) truly proved nothing is impossible.

Progressive Music Won

“I was surprised to win, it was enough just to be there with my film. That’s why when I heard my name I was stunned. It took me a few seconds to realize that I was the winner!

I was very proud not only for myself but also for the country I represent, but it is also a great artistic satisfaction that a progressive metal piece was recognized in Cannes.

Generally people don’t know that it was progressive music that pushed the boundaries of rock.

Cannes, A Life-Changing Experience

Cannes is a lovely little town that transforms into Hollywood during the Festival de Cannes.

The journey was life changing, a unique experience. I met many famous Oscar winning actors, directors and composers from all over the world.

The wonderful thing is that the entire city becomes like one big “company of friends” as if you know each other for years. Especially through the parties that are going on from morning till night.  The dress code there is tuxedos and evening dresses all day long.

Almost Blue Blood

I was born in Athens and for a while lived in New York and the rest of the time in Greece.

My father plays guitar and has played with many famous musicians such as Al Di Meola, Xarhako, Dalaras, Plessas, Hatzis and Bilgalis, my mother piano and flute.

The truth is that I carry a great legacy from my heritage and this makes me more sensitive to my Greek identity.  My grandfather was the well-known Solon Vlasto who created the first Greek newspaper, ATLANTIS for the Greek immigrant community. Knowing the story of my family, its roots go back to Byzantium! In fact, the family also has a coat of arms. It’s funny but yes, some jokingly call us blue-bloods if you can believe that.(!)

I have heard stories from my grandfather about when my great-grandfather played cards with Onassis and the King of Greece. Of all this, what matters to me and makes me proud is that my grandfather’s newspaper helped thousands of Greek immigrants find work and to adapt more easily to the difficult conditions of America then. The only thing that reminded me of this old grandeur is when I used to pass in front of my grandfather’s home father, “Villa ATLANTIS” by the great architect Ernst Ziller in Kifissia while I was walking to school.

If you are wondering if I own this villa unfortunately … no! The crisis makes no exceptions.

A Promenade in Glyfada

I live  in Glyfada, which I love.
I spend endless hours in the studio. When I want to rest my mind, I  take a walk on the beach.

At my favorite kiosk in Glyfafa with Mixalis Mpellos

Olivia Hadjiioannou, Ολίβια Χατζηιωάννου, Oh., Press photos, Official Photos, Music, News, Greece, metal, RockMulti-instrumentalist and director Olivia Hadjiioannou as the artist Oh. has been honored for her ingenuity, innovation and creativity in music and video with multiple international awards. She made her debut as Oh. on the international music scene with the award-winning music video, "Trials" in 2013 – cited as one of the 50 top events to mark Greece during the economic crisis. With the advances of immersive video, she released her single "Love of Avalanches", mentioned in Huffington Post as one of first 360-degree immersive VR videos released by a Greek artist on YouTube in 2016.

The music video "Red Lion" is presently a winner and official selection in 12 film festivals worldwide. Winner of Best Music Video award in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France. Winner Best Music Video at the Cosmocinema Film Festival in London. Winner of the Best Music Video Short in The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival that took place on May 25, 2019 at The Producer’s Club in New York City. Winner Best Experimental Mixed Media Short Film at the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in Southwestern Crete in Greece. Read more in her Bio and EPK

The EP “Metallia” has received over 32 reviews from 13 countries worldwide, is in top 10 progressive rock and metal charts and listed as one of the best albums of the year for 2018 on Metal Nation Radio.

CD Metallia - Oh. aka Olivia Hadjiioannou

“Metallia” by Oh. is an epical prog-metal composition in six parts. A multi-layered sonic piece of ravishing solo electric guitars, time-bending tempo shifts, grooving bass lines and deranged drums.

This instrumental progressive metal album will reveal its intricacies and hidden depths over time. It will extract from your mind pure visions, to mend your mental pictures, preen presumptions and to elicit an element of the unexpected…. because that is what will transmute your subliminal mind map into a remarkable blueprint which will lead you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to be.

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Weird and Wonderful World of Oh.

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