Athanasios ‘Sakis’ Tolis (Αθανάσιος ‘Σάκης’ Τόλης), born 29th June 1972, is a Greek musician best known as the vocalist and guitarist of Rotting Christ.
Rotting Christ formed in 1987. They are noted for being one of the first Black Metal bands from Greece. To date they have released 13 studio albums and are regarded as one of the foremost underground European Metal bands.
1.) WHICH RECORD HAS HAD THE MOST PROFOUND INFLUENCE ON YOU?
Venom’s Black Metal marked my life from the very first listening. It whispered to me…’Hey boy, this is the path you gonna follow for your rest of your life. Hope you enjoy it and I did!’
2.) HOW MANY HOURS DO YOU SPEND A WEEK RECORDING/PLAYING/CREATING?
The creative process is always on my mind, 24 hours a day. This is how I live. Now, concerning recording or playing, the more I grow up, unfortunately the less time I spend on it for obvious reasons. This is an endless fight within myself.
3.) WHICH OF YOUR OWN CREATIONS IS YOUR FAVOURITE?
I can’t choose between my babies. Writing all the music for the band since its birth sounds difficult to choose. I am happy that I can still create and I find this procedure really interesting.
4.) WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST REGRET?
Some old signings with labels. But, in general I wouldn’t change anything from my past as I learned a lot. I got wiser from my mistakes and I can say I became stronger.
5.) WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
6.) OTHER THAN FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHAT IS YOUR MOST CHERISHED POSSESSION?
I can only say the invisible power of music.
7.) TELL ME THREE OF YOUR HEROES/HEROINES?
I have a lot of respect and a lot of admiration to many out there but – NO MORE HEROES ANYMORE…
8.) WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD?
Greece and that’s why I never moved from my homeland… despite the countless travels and challenges all around the world over the years.
9.) IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE YOUR ART WHAT OCCUPATION DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE DOING?
Astronomer… But I was not that good a student at school. The cosmos attracts me a lot and I want, in the next life, to discover more about its secrets.
10.) IF THERE IS ONE THING THAT YOU WOULD WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT YOU HAVE NEVER
CONVEYED IN AN INTERVIEW BEFORE WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
I am still alive!