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Dragos Badoi: His Musical Journey Through Cultures

Interview by Vassilios Nicolaos Vitsilogiannis

(IG: @vassiliosvitsilogiannis)

 

In the vibrant tapestry of Romania’s music scene, Dragos Badoi shines as a multifaceted artist, singer, composer, and lyricist with a captivating musical journey. Hailing from the scenic country of Romania, Badoi first gained recognition as the lead singer of the renowned band ‘Direcția 5’, and after as the lead singer of band ‘Transylvania Phoenix’ enchanting audiences with his soulful voice and heartfelt performances.

 

However, as a true artistic soul, Badoi eventually embarked on a solo career, and his musical evolution soared to new heights, allowing him to explore his artistic expression in a more profound and personal manner. Embracing a diverse range of genres and influences, one particular passion that sets him apart is his profound fondness for Greek music, which resonates deeply within his heart.

 

Driven by an insatiable wanderlust and a yearning for musical inspiration, Dragos Badoi frequently finds himself journeying to Greece, where he immerses himself in the rich musical traditions and the vibrant cultural tapestry of the Mediterranean nation.

 

With a voice that exudes emotion and a talent for crafting stirring melodies, Badoi continues to captivate audiences with his musical prowess, seamlessly weaving together Romanian roots and Greek influences into a harmonious symphony that transcends borders and touches the hearts of music enthusiasts worldwide. As he ventures on his solo odyssey, Dragos Badoi’s star shines ever brighter, leaving an indelible mark on Romania’s musical landscape and beyond.

 

How old were you when you first remember yourself singing?

 

When I was 15, a harmonious passion blossomed within me as I joyously sang along with my brother playing the accordion. Little did I know, that harmonious duet ignited the spark that would set ablaze the path of my flourishing musical career.

 

When did you first start singing professionally?

 

During my transformative years as a student at the prestigious Conservatory, an invaluable opportunity presented itself – my maiden participation in a captivating and awe-inspiring production. This momentous event ignited my passion for the performing arts, propelling me towards an exciting journey of artistic exploration and growth.

 

Who else in your family sings or plays a musical instrument?

 

My exceptionally talented brother passionately plays the guitar, producing soulful melodies that captivate listeners and create an enchanting atmosphere. His devotion to mastering intricate chords and harmonies is truly admirable.

 

Who are your musical inspirations?

 

As a young and curious individual, my heart has been profoundly touched by the captivating essence of diverse cultural influences spanning across the globe. During my formative years, the entrancing melodies of Depeche Mode left an indelible mark on my soul, solidifying them as an iconic and influential musical phenomenon. Their innovative sounds opened a gateway to an unparalleled world of artistic expression, shaping my own passion for music and creative exploration. I continue to draw inspiration from this rich tapestry of ethnic artistry, embracing its profound impact on my journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

 

Do you write music and lyrics?

 

I passionately immerse myself in the artistry of music, skillfully crafting both captivating melodies and poignant lyrics for my soulful compositions. Each song becomes an emotional journey, a harmonious blend of my creative expressions, connecting deeply with the hearts of my audience.

 

Do you like to develop your own singing style? And what would that be?

 

During my transformative years at the conservatory, a magical journey of self-discovery unfolded, revealing my unique and captivating singing style. This cherished revelation became the cornerstone of my growth as a consummate singer and a visionary composer.

 

 

Did your participation in the talent show make you known to the public?

 

Yes, in the exciting beginning of my journey, I wholeheartedly embraced the opportunity to showcase my talent on ‘The Voice of Romania.’ Interestingly, when they requested a U2 song, I fearlessly voiced my desire to present my own original composition. Undeterred, I took the stage and passionately performed my creation, leaving a profound impact on both the audience and the judges. This courageous decision not only reflected my authenticity but also garnered immense appreciation and support from the viewers, leading me to the next stages of the competition. It was an empowering experience that reinforced the belief in my artistic vision and individuality as a performer.

 

What would be your dream place to perform at?

 

I am filled with immense passion and a burning desire to perform at the Acropolis. Moreover, the thought of captivating audiences at Dubai’s prestigious theaters fills my heart with joy and excitement. It would be an absolute dream come true!

 

What other artists/singers do you admire and want to work with?

 

I am extremely eager to join forces and collaborate with the immensely talented Indian actress and singer, Priyanka Chopra. Her captivating performances and versatile skills inspire me greatly. Additionally, I am in awe of the mesmerizing vocals of the Swedish singer, Loreen, whose powerful voice touches hearts worldwide. Working with both of them would be a dream come true.

 

What genre of music do you love to listen to?

 

I absolutely adore immersing myself in the harmonious melodies of classical music and embracing the cultural richness of ethnic tunes. It brings me immense joy and tranquility.

 

What other hidden talents do you have?

 

I play the guitar passionately, skillfully strumming melodic tunes, and I also find immense pleasure in rejuvenating yoga sessions, fostering tranquility and balance.

 

What’s the title of your upcoming album? And what’s its release date? Could you share a few details about your new album?

 

My highly anticipated upcoming album, “Times,” will encompass a harmonious blend of diverse melodies and heartfelt lyrics. It’s not just an album; it’s a musical journey that will immerse listeners in a captivating experience. Accompanying the album is a mesmerizing music video, shot amidst the picturesque landscapes of Greece, adding an enchanting visual narrative to the soulful song “Times.” Prepare to be spellbound by this artistic venture that aims to ignite emotions and leave an indelible mark on the hearts of music enthusiasts worldwide.

 

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