John ‘Chief’ Stergiou
John Stergiou was born in Athens on the 18th of January in 1978. He grew
up in a family with a long tradition in music and he started playing music at a
very early stage of his life. He took classical guitar lessons and music theory
when he was 8 years old at the “North Suburbs Music School” from where
he obtained his degree in Classical guitar and Harmony.
Besides classical music he played various music styles but his love has
always been the Blues, Rock music which, according to him,
finds its origin in the ancient pentatonic scale of Epirus in Greece.
Epirus is also the place of John’s parentage.
By the age of 18 he studied Sound Engineering and Music Production at
“Mixing Is Art” with some of the best exponents in Greece as far as Acoustics and
Music Production is concerned. (Akis Golfidis, Kostas Kalimeris, Charalambos
Spiridis, Dimitris Mourtzopoulos, Panagiotis Petronikolos , etc). Automatically
he got into music production, recording with artists, other times as a
session guitarist and conductor, other times as a sound engineer.
Meanwhile he worked as session guitarist, his credits include:
Greek Composers: Nikos Mamagkakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Stavros
Xarhakos, Yiannis Spanos, Antonis Vardis, Lakis Papadopoulos and many more.
Greek Singers, Bands: Locomondo, Kitrina Podilata, Manolis Mitsias, Kostas Chatzis,Vicky Moscholiou,
Melina Kana, Eleni Dimou, Giannis Giokarinis, Nikos Ziogalas and many more.
A very special and memorable time in his musical career occurred when
Garry Christians of the legendary “Christians” band sang his compositions, as
well as a remake of ”Words” the song that made the ”Christians” famous.
Since 1998 and to this day he produced and worked with many Greek
bands of the underground scene such as Nightstalker, Last
Drive. Deus ex Machina, Earthbound,1000mods, Blend, Van ripper to name a few.
A few albums at Discogs:
On 2002 he traveled at the U.S. were he performed live
with the ”EXPERIMENTAL CHOIR OF DIMITRIS PAPAPOSTOLOU”
as a classical guitar soloist. Special moment was their performance at the
Kennedy Center on Washington D.C. as they where the first Greek
Musicians to perform in this Historical Center for the Performing Arts. in U.S.
On 2003 John starts a company “X-ART.ICI music” an indie record label and
after 2 years in 2005 he founds “REACTION STUDIOS” the biggest
recording studio in Greece in conjunction with “REACTION STUDIES” a
professional center of Music technology, Sound engineering and Music
production seminars which he maintained up to 2010.
A few albums at Discogs:
Despite his whole enterprising activity John continued playing music as a session guitar player,
and as a conductor with various Greek artists.
On 2008 he created the Heavy Rock band “PHASE REVERSE”.
He wrote music and arranged all the songs of their first album while he also
produced, mixed and mastered.
Since then Phase Reverse have released 3 full length albums and toured in Europe.
On 2010 John produced ”YEAH” an experimental project an instrumental
album with music composed since 2000. Influenced by the traditional Greek
music to the World’s Classical masterpieces, YEAH was an experiment on a
personal basis sounds and experiences tailored to today’s music. The
subjects of Yeah stems from the very title of the project which means Earth
(nature) in Greek and is for John the mother of us all.
North Suburbs Music School
- 1990-1998 Degree in Classical guitar and Harmony
Mixing is Art
- 1995-1998 Degree in Music Production, Sound Engineering and Acoustics
Reaction Studios (2005-2010), Cornerstone Studios
- 2005 - UNTIL TODAY CEO, Sound Engineer, Producer