If you love unlikely collaborations and storytelling, Takis (real name Peter Takis) should hold a top spot on your artist shortlist. The Canadian creator loves bringing together artists who differ stylistically to produce relatable, emotion-driven music as he did with ‘Wait For Me’, his debut, an all-Canadian match-up with Goody Grace and Tory Lanez.
Takis’ relatable backstory, charged with conflicting feelings surrounding his hometown, threads through every aspect of his upcoming ‘Welcome Home’ project, a lodestar for aspiring creators dealing with similar, oftentimes discouraging conditions.
“The day I started making music, I had a confusing love-hate relationship with my hometown that I couldn’t seem to shake. It wasn’t just the powerful nostalgia of past relationships or the magnetic pull to never leave and stay in comfort, but also my urge to explore, my ambition to make a name for myself and my obsession to make my hometown proud."
Putting the inner perfectionist and storyteller in full view, Takis’ ‘Welcome Home’ project is more than just a collection of lyrically inspired, well-thought-out records. It’s a place of acceptance.
“This story seemed like it was mine alone, but when I started working with other artists, I came to realize that they all had their own stories about where they grew up and that everybody wants to become their own person and explore. You can’t hide from where you came from no matter how hard you try. What started out as my story growing up in a small town and seeking acceptance, became all of our stories and the reflection of our earliest memories.”
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