Alex Sypsomos climbs the charts with his hit single “Four Walls”
Musician Alex Sypsomos is trying to be healthy, but It Happened to Be a Closet, the restaurant where we meet, has a menu laden with sugary delicacies. He vacillates between crepes and eggs before settling on the latter. Baseball cap on backwards, wearing a t-shirt and shorts, Sypsomos looks the picture of ease, and when I point it out his brown eyes twinkle with amusement.
“I’m on vocal rest now so I’ve been taking it slow, travelling, accompanying my girlfriend to her events.” He says it casually but his girlfriend is Da Endorphine, one of the most popular recording artists in Thailand, and facing her worshipping public sounds anything but relaxing. Sypsomos concedes the frenzied attention but he doesn’t mind hanging back from the spotlight for now. He has his sights set on the world stage and with his trademark vocals, sterling songwriting, and natural charisma, it’s only a matter of time.
A prolific musician who grew up in Bangkok (his family moved to the city when he was seven), Sypsomos has been a staple on the music scene here for a few years now. He’s a bona fide local talent who refined his musical chops playing at Soul Bar, as well as The Alchemist and The Overground (both now defunct).
He recently released his first single, “Four Walls”, under his new moniker SYPS, and it has quickly become a hit—reaching #6 on Spotify UK Viral 50 charts, and gaining acclaim with its catchy feel-good vibes and endearing music video starring Da and Sypsomos.
The singer is thrilled with the reception. “As the first step in the arc of my art, I couldn’t have asked for a more positive, collaborative experience; getting to co-write the song with two great musicians, Richard Craker and Femke Weidema, both of whom I met at Karma Sound Studios. Then my best friends came in from LA to shoot the video, which my girl’s in, so it’s fantastic. I’m grateful for the people in my life and the song’s success.”
Managed by multi-Grammy nominated producer Chris Craker, Sypsomos is looking forward to releasing more music. He has several songs in the pipeline, one of which he says is particularly meaningful to him about looking at a past relationship with positivity.
“I’m a firm believer that you enter a relationship with love and there’s no reason to leave without, even if it doesn’t work,” he explains. “This song is about wishing someone from your past the best. It may not be a popular sentiment but it’s what I feel. I consider myself a student in the studio but I’m also coming into my own and learning to trust my instincts about the music I make. It takes me a while to get a song right as I try to put as much of the truth of me into it as possible.”
The decision to use SYPS as his stage name is also similarly motivated. “It’s been my nickname forever with my friends, my football team. In college in Boston (he studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music), we’d throw parties and when I visited another campus for a game, I’d hear kids I didn’t know yelling ‘Yo Syps, sick party last weekend!’ It definitely feels most me. And I’d like to hold onto that—allow the person I’ve been all my life to be in the driving seat, not a version of myself I’m trying to project or aspire to.”
It’s this remarkably confident approach to his music, along with a soulful, raspy voice most singers would kill for, that sets him apart. 2017, for him, will be about shuttling between London and LA to meet various music labels, showcase his music catalogue, and perform at shows there to widen his audience. He also hopes to gig here in Thailand soon, so keep an eye out for his next live appearance and be sure to check him out.
Check out SYPS at: www.facebook.com/sypsmusicofficial
By Rianka Mohan