WHo Am I?
Hello fellow traveler! My name is Jannis. Being born and raised in Germany, spending most of my childhood in Belgium, graduating from high school and university in Austria, yet being originally of Greek origin, I have been traveling my entire life. I still don’t know exactly why this way of life keeps haunting me, but even now, as a so-called „grown-up“ (what the hell is that supposed to mean anyway?) I have difficulties staying at one place. I visited the U.S. and many parts of the Far East plenty of times, looking for something to find, only Zeus knows what … I travel to my so-called home country Greece all the time, in desperate need of rest, fulfillment and deep connection, watching the waves crushing on the shore, listening to the whispers of the ancient muses, and writing sentences like this one. (Facepalm)
But it seems like … I still haven’t found what I’m looking for … Cause … I’m a legal alien … And … The road goes ever on and on … Okay a last one: And my guitar still weeps in the gentlest way.
(God bless all those amazing Englishmen (and Irishmen for the matter of U2 of course) that I just quoted, wherever they may be on their journey right now!)
Anyway! This is why I decided to take YOU on a journey with my current project TRAVELER …
Castles, knights, and the medieval tales of central Europe as well as the breathtaking myths of my home country Greece have shaped me since my earliest childhood, which may be the reason why I became a storyteller in the first place, finding my niche in the German speaking high fantasy market, publishing ELASPHERA and my fantasy folk Troubadour songs.
But it was the same me who couldn’t resist the glory of Rock’n’Roll, the transcendence of Jazz and the mysticism behind all kinds of folk music styles. I had to use my skillset in those genres, combined with my storytelling ability and knowledge about modern pop music in order to connect with you. I had to write TRAVELER. I had to find YOU and talk to YOU with TRAVELER.
24 songs in 24 months
… a 24-song cycle including the „travel diaries“ blog & podcast, videos and much more, being released monthly, starting in April 2023. I’d love to invite you to embark with me on this adventure and check out not only those songs about life, love and traveling on our beautiful planet, but also encourage you to join me on my everyday life as a storyteller and musician, mindfulness practitioner, yoga and healthy lifestyle aspirant, nerd, and baby elephant lover!
Sometimes I have no idea who I am.
But so far it has worked out pretty damn good.
Let’s travel and get lost together.
Click here if you want to travel with me right away.
Fantasy novelist & world builder, Troubadour & Streamer for German speakers
I will never stop being a Tolkien fanatic and fantasy fan in general which is the reason I keep writing fantasy novels and doing fantasy folk medieval music as my emotional equilibrium. If you speak German or want to improve your German speaking skills, I invite you to check out this piece of work. Also, I adore fantasy themed board games (although I lose most of the time) and started hosting an ASMR live stream on Twitch where I play MMORPGs casually, whispering the crap out of them.
Lover & Performer of high-quality music from Greece
Teaching for many years in schools and privately, I still offer 1:1 guitar lessons. For those of you who can’t afford a lesson but still want to learn and support me in a different way there’s a lot of content (including my guitar course „Shred like the 80ies!“ on my Patreon page. (Starting September 2023).