With his second album, Mike Opani delves into the cultural heritage of his father and therefore also dedicates himself to the history of his hometown, Naples. The inspiring splendor of this city, founded by the Greeks as Neapolis (New City) and later expanded by the Romans, forms the basis of his new work. “Charon” witnesses the unique influence of these two great civilizations. Mike Opani’s fascination with Greek and Roman mythology unfolds in all its glory and results in a passionate engagement with these rich cultural traditions. With “Charon” he has created a remarkable work of art. It is a musical melting pot that impressively displays the diversity and fascination with its historical roots. With two programs you can listen to him on Evosonic Radio for a long time. It’s good that he is now also represented on Evosonic Records with his second album.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing the producer and this has been the result.What was the first thing that attracted you to the world of electronic music?
The first electronic music that captivated me were the first Depeche Mode albums followed by Front 242, Nitzer Ebb and Frontline Assembly longpayers.Do you remember any album or concert that made you see everything in a different way?
The concert that chanced everything was: MAYDAY 2 at Eisstadion, Cologne 1992 .
Since you got into this professionally, what did you miss at a national, international level? And what helped you grow the most, including believing in yourself?
I was a freelance artist for almost 20 years but after this time I decided to switch back to my old professional field (I work in the health sector and manage a department). This allows me to allow myself to play a lot fewer gigs, I’m not someone who needs 5 gigs on the weekend. I think the energy suffers extremely as a result. And at my age, energy management is extremely important. And funny enough, my output has increased dramatically by my standards. Which is a really great side effect for me. This helped me a lot to grow.
How did you decide to embark on your last job?As I said in the last question, the pressure I had to play a lot of gigs because of financial interests made me switch back to my traditional field of work.How are you living the music scene in your city with this cloudy pandemic situation?
Situation is over and the partys are packedWhat are your favorite places to hang out in the city?Not much time to hang out in the city and in the meantime i live a little bit outside the city.Have you had time to focus on making music, spending time with your family, or planning future projects?I try to get all those things in line and it works pretty well for my nowadays.Next year there will be the tour and, above all, remixes for the album for which we are currently selecting remix artists.
Do you have any final words of wisdom?Always try to keep both feet on the ground. Don’t think you’re better than anyone else just because of success. Always be friendly and keep your good nature.