“Larry Gus, aka Panagiotis Melidis, uses free jazz and psychedelic pop samples to create compositions that sound like the bastard children of The Avalanches and Caribou”
Inspired by the rural environment of his hometown, multi-instumentalist, singer and producer Panagiotis Melidis (born in Veria, Imathia, Greece) started to write music as Larry Gus in 2006. He initially started out composing and producing, but later earned a reputation for his intense and chaotic live performances. He merges his aesthetics of groove based music, along with an obsession for late 60’s / early 70’s free-jazz with sample-based crystal clear psychedelic pop melodies to create an infinitely dense amount of layers and polyrhythms.
His first album proper, ‘Stitches’, was released in 2009 for Greek HipHop label Cast-A-Blast and soon after a year studying in Barcelona a post-graduate student, he returned to produce, ‘Years Not Living’, an album directly inspired by Georges Perec. Set amidst financial crisis’ Greece the album process was documented as part of the feature film ‘My Friend Larry Gus’ (directed by Vasilis Katsoupis). Amongst all of this and many remixes, he also released the mini-album ’24 Beats’ in July 2011 and ‘Silent Congas’ and ‘Years Not Living’ via DFA Records.
Larry Gus (aka Panagiotis) has performed at various venues and festivals around the world. He Panagiotis currently lives and works in Milan,Italy, still carries a certain obsession with Jorge Luis Borges, Georges Perec, Lucio Battisti, Woody Allen and Otis Jackson Jr.