George Kollias is a name that is synonymous with the best of extreme drumming. He is most popularly known for his intense drumming with the death metal band Nile. Apart from being an extreme drummer he is also a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. George Kollias currently based at Athens, Greece where he started the department of Extreme Drumming at the Modern School of Music. His work and associations with various bands in the past has established him as one of the greatest drummers alive today. George Kollias is currently endorsed by Sabian, Vic Firth, Evans, Axis, Pearl, Serial Drummer Clothing and D’addario. His signature products include his Axis George Kollias Special Edition Pedals and Vic Firth SGK Signature Sticks.
You are right, but you see, i didn’t want to prove anything….i just wanted to write some good music. Nobody heard me writing some songs that could be out on a cd, except years back with demos. I never wrote music for Nile or Sickening Horror and Nightfall, never wanted to do it, so i have a lot of music inside me that i just wanted to get it out. And as you can tell by listening to Invictus, what comes out from me is just totally different than any of my bands. It’s a different story, i think i sound like “George”, completely. Another reason is that, Extreme Death Metal is the music i serve for years, that is who i am as a player and writter so this is what comes out from me and enjoy to play more than anything.
Is ‘Invictus’ a concept album? How would you define the lyrical themes behind ‘Invictus’? What makes ‘Invictus’ different from all your work in the past?
We are aware of your new Nile album and we have considerable expectations. Tell us something about it. Would it sound different from the previous Nile albums? As a drummer, what was the hardest part that you faced in the process of creating the album?
As a multi-instrumentalist, what aspect of creating music do you enjoy the most? And as a word of inspiration, what would you tell to all the aspiring musicians out there?