MP3 Demetri - You Mean the World to Me (Single)
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URBAN/R&B: Traditional R&B, JAZZ: Jazz Vocals
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Demetrios Constantinos Andrianis was born to Lambrini and Constantinos Andrianis at Vassar brothers hospital in Poughkeepsie New York on May 10, 1978. Demetriâs mother, Lambrini Andrianis, born in Malaouse, Greece 1944 was a school teacher. Demetriâs father born in Lesvos, Greece June 6, 1944 is an independent business man. They owned a convenience store in a rural area that progressively got worse as the years past. Demetri also has three brothers Panayotiâs aka Pano, Costaki aka Gus aka Scarface of Athens, Alexander and one sister Maria. Demetri also has a niece named little so-so aka Sofia. Demetri and his brothers constantly went back and forth to Lesvos Greece where they learned about there family and culture.
Demetri was a good student and by some is considered a genius. He succeeded in the sciences and liberal arts as a child. At age five Demetri exhibited an interest in the arts specifically music. As a young child Demetri was inspired by artists such as Dizzy Gillespie ,Duke Ellington, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton John, Boy George, Michael Jackson and LL Cool J to name a few. His parents owned a record store which gave young Demetri access to many different genres of music. Sad to say the records and tapes were his toys, and he recalls at a young age using one of Elvisâs records as a Frisbee.
Demetri also showed an interest in Greek and Spanish music. Demetri was a member of the Governor George Clinton state public school chorus from first grade to fifth grade he sang many Christmas songs and famous pop songs of the time, he recalls two of his favorites to perform where Dionne Warwickâs That's What Friends are For and from the movie An American Tale soundtrack Somewhere Out there.
At twelve years old Demetri started to show a keen interest in artist such as Boys to Men and Bel biv Devoe and many Hip Hop and R & B artists of the time. He recalls his favorite songs during this era where Poison and Motown Philly, but to date his favorite Boys to Men song remains Itâs so hard to say Goodbye to yesterday. Now at Poughkeepsie Middle School Demetri also sang in the chorus from sixth grade to eighth grade. Demetri also sang in hi school when he attended, but bad influences made chorus seem like it was not cool.
At fourteen, Demetri began to associate himself with bad influencing youthâs, he began cutting class and smoking marijuana chronically. This led to his demise and he had a serious desire to gain the acceptance of street types. Demetri wanted to gain the respect of the wrong element. He sold drugs for a small period and reminisces how crack heads are really diabolical people, the entire experience lasted 3 years. Demetri also had good influencing friends that worked at keeping him away from the bad influences, to them he is thankful. One of the most difficult experiences he recalls was in June of 2006 when he was at a night club, this is his recollection:
âI remember being with a friend of mine in this club we frequented and the DJ called out some people from a different city stating how they were whacked etc. They made comments to the DJ and told him they would take him out after the party, one of my associates coerced me to go get some loaded guns and come back to the club. Luckily when the DJ came outside to see the weapons in the trunk of the car the guys in the MPV drove away. I thank god everyday for the fact that they drove awayâ.
At age eighteen Demetri moved to Lesvos Greece. Demetri didnât want to be in Greece he did not want to leave the life he established for himself, the insurmountable amount of street credit he established was measurable. He returned to the United States only months after trying to adapt to a new culture. Demetri then worked at obtaining a General Equivalency Degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz a college he later would attend. He worked hard at cleaning himself up and realized that he missed his family. Demetri then officially left the United States in April 1997 where he moved to Mytilini Greece on the island of Lesvos.
One of the most difficult experiences was adapting to the new culture, he had a hard time leaving behind his friends and this life. It was difficult to make friends in the beginning but after a time Demetri begin to appreciate his enormous family and his history. One of his favorite experiences was visiting the Church of Saint Simon which his great grand father a merchant and priest erected in the 1920âs. Demetri learned how to sing Greek Music and enjoyed hanging out with the local gypsy kids that sold napkins.
Demetri made many new friends and begin running various businesses for his family. He began to learn the value of money and became business savvy. Demetriâs family brought a very close American family friend to Greece whom they considered family. His name was Xavier, he was a recovering crack head and he helped the family adapt to the new culture. In January of 2001 Demetri attended New York College which was affiliated with SUNY New Paltz. In the fall of 2001 two tragedies befell Demetriâs life, the first Alfred Ambrose Blaylock Aka Xavier was diagnosed with full blown Aids, and the second were the 911 attacks.
In January 2002 Demetri got accepted to the State University of New York at New Paltz. One of the biggest obstacles of moving back to the United States and to the same area was the fact that Poughkeepsie was ten minutes away from New Paltz. . Demetri did not want to be associated with the Street anymore due to fear of a relapse. Demetri states how the most difficult thing in his life was leaving that life behind. One of the ways Demetri closed off himself from that world was to listen to alternative and rock music.
In December of 2002 Demetri was extremely conflicted he recalls purchasing fifteen hip hop cdâs, he states how it was a struggle, a deep inner struggle with self. He also recalls seeing an old friend at the train station who invited him to a club where he grew up. Demetri never went to that club, at times he recalls crying himself to sleep at night due to the extreme difficulty. He says how people rarely realize how difficult it is to let go of something like that, it takes strong character (he told himself).
Demetri purchased a keyboard in 2002 where he began practicing piano. Demetri also became an Emergency Medical Technician in 2003 and is active until today where he serves the community. In November of 2004 another painful tragedy plagued the family when Demetriâs youngest brother was incarcerated for the illegal distribution of narcotics, he is still incarcerated until present. Something that immensely hurts Demetri, he doesnât like to think or talk about it.
In the fall of 2005 Demetri took a class on music, he also begin writing songs, in spring of 2006 he took a semester off and begin to fully pursue a career in music and acting, Demetri started private lessons and begin to do songs in professional recording studios.
Demetri has worked on the movie sets of Spiderman 3, American Gangster, We own the night (featured extra), and many other films. Demetri performed in various establishments in Manhattan. Demetri only required 2 classes to graduate with a chemistry degree and didnât want to regret not finishing his studies; Demetri went back to school, where he studied chemistry and attended advanced acting and music courses in piano and voice. In September of 2006 Demetri had a small problem with the authorities where he stupidly tried to out run the police on his motorcycle, Demetri was caught detained and fined heavily. Demetri regrets this occurrence and as self punishment wonât ride a motorcycle for a long time.
In the spring of 2007 Demetri became a DJ at WFNP the edge the radio station of SUNY New Paltz serving one million listeners, where he is contracted until present. In the spring of 2007 Demetri graduated with a chemistry degree. Demetri continues to attend SUNY New Paltz taking courses in the musical sciences and acting, perfecting his skills in acting, voice, piano and digital audio. Demetriâs goal is to become a professional recording artist. Demetriâs newest songs are on FM radio.
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