By Maria Gregoriou
Let’s move away from December and turn to the start of January when everything seems brand new and we want to hold on to that party spirit of Christmas and New Year for just a little bit longer.
As expected, the first few days of the year are full of music and one man who really was born to make music, Cayetano (or George Bratanis) from Thessaloniki, will be spinning some of his tracks on Saturday at Ammos Beach Bar in Larnaca.
Bratanis started his musical career at the age of 19 as a part of the band Strongilo Kitrino (The Round Yellow). The band received much success in 1996 with the release of their first album, which they toured with around Greece and Italy.
In 1999 Bratanis packed up, left the band and moved to Spain where he composed music for theatrical plays and films. While there he also toured the country and played as a session musician for a number of Spanish bands.
But in 2004 he decided it was time to move, so once again he packed his bags and left Spain in search of even more success and a career as a solo artist under the name Cayetano.
Now under a showbiz title, the artist released his first track, the vinyl EP Mr. White, while still living in Barcelona. His international recognition, however, came a little later in 2006 when he released the album Focused, which managed to get extensive airplay on many radio stations and was very high up on the list of likes for critics around the world. His following collaboration with Loopa Scava resulted in his next album Up & Down.
Cayetano has since received a nomination for the French Annual Prizes Prix Radiophonie, the first award for film scoring for the Swedish film Herr Holger, numerous remixes from the likes of Parov Stelar, Wax Tailor, and Mod X, has licensed his music to a diverse selection of media, and has given many, many live appearances.
His third album, The Big Fall, kept his success going as its tracks quickly climbed the iTunes and SoulSeduction.com charts. This album is where the artist stepped into a darker and more mature musical stage.
In October 2010 Cayetano released the album Back Home and four months later began the Back Home Tour. October seems to be the month for new starts for the artist as in October 2012 he released his next album Once Sometime. Getting right up to the present now, in January of 2014 the mixed version of his latest album hit the airwaves.
A lot of music for one night!
Live performance from the Greek musician. January 3. Ammos Beach Bar, Makenzy Beach, Larnaca. 11pm. Tel: 24-828844