Music Week Presents: Dervisis

Music Week Presents: Dervisis

Experimental artist Dervisis releases self-titled “EP” on 25th May through his own label, Nikolaos Dervisis. Initially releasing music under the moniker of Kid Flicks from 2010-2017, Dervisis has now traded this in for his given name, seizing each moment and demanding the future. During his time as Kid Flicks, Dervisis performed at festivals such as Glimps (2015) in Belgium alongside Bill Ryder-Jones and Hiele, Fengaros (2017) in Cyprus alongside Fantastic Negrito, Bombino and Xylouris White, Eurosonic (2017) in the Netherlands alongside Dua Lipa and Alma. Dervisis has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with eclectic artists Slow Magic, Craft Spells and A Hawk and a Hacksaw, as well as receiving substantial support from prolific publications such as Clash Magazine, The 405, DIY Mag and Impose Magazine as well as world-renowned American radio station KCRW.

Dervisis' debut EP is something of a future-classic; lush, atmospheric textures roll in-and-out throughout the entire three-track offering like a color-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, seeing Dervisis’ sound takes a compelling turn, crowning him a driving force in the new-age experimental realm of sound, combining an interesting blend of ambient, chill-house and IDM-esque layers with smooth vocals and unique lyrics.

Speaking of “EP”, Dervisis explains: “Both tracks derive from a larger batch of music I've been working on for past 10 months, 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, could be a nice cafe or a friend’s kitchen.”

Artist:  Dervisis

Genre: Experimental-pop

EP + name: Self-titled “EP”

Release date: 25th May

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