Ulises Hadjis
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Ulises Hadjis

Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | INDIE

Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2008
Solo Alternative Latin




"Ulises Hadjis steps in Bogota's Pavimento (Pavement) and this is how it went"

Sometimes there aren’t many good reasons to go out on a Sunday evening . However, it’s totally worth it when it has to do with watching an artist like Ulises Hadjis face to face. In fact, it was a perfect concert for that hour and that day. Sincere songs that know how to reach the heart, were being performed one after the other in front of a public that went to see the Venezuelan at Cine Tonalá.

Right after landing from Medellin after his visit to Circulart, Ulises performed in the capital his most recent album “Pavimento” and sang others that now can be considered as classics.

The album consists of 13 singles. When put together, these thirteen majestic works of Latin American “pop” are like a journey with eventual stops in anguish, distress, oppression, nostalgia, joy or just about staying voiceless while dancing.

Folk, alternative pop, alternative rock… whichever label you want to tag this Venezuelan with Greek roots with, we have to say that it is an album that was born from the heart of a voice that has a lot to say and think about. An album with songs that stay dancing in the subconscious, intimate songs, at least in their great majority.

Some, like “Movimiento”, are a perfect match with their collaborator, like Gepe, the Chilean that infuses a dose of Chilean folk to his songs. And another one like “Consecuencias y Reclamos” featuring Esteman and Juan Pablo Vega, takes into account this sonic universe that is being brewed in the continent and that is a pleasure to listen to. - shock.co

"Ulises Hadjis Strips Down And Goes For Something Bigger With Pavimento"

It takes less than a minute into “Movimiento,” the opening track on Ulises Hadjis‘ new album, Pavimento, to know what you’re in for. While Ulises is not exactly a household name, least of all a pop figure, he’s not new to the scene entirely. You might have certain expectations if you’ve enjoyed Hadjis’ music in the past, but there’s something new here that even a guest appearance from Gepe can’t prepare you for.

There’s no two ways about it: This is Ulises’ big pop record. Pavimento follows a sound and a mood that have been practiced by big-name Latin American pop stars who care more about romanticism than dancing the soles of their shoes off. You’ve heard this sort of music on the radio before, in many forms with many different voices. The tones are warm, the production lush, and Ulises’ voice intimate, well manicured, and emotional.

But this hasn’t always been the case for Ulises. The Venezuelan singer began with a folky sound that didn’t quite stay put or even want to. His second album, Cosas Perdidas, earned him three Latin Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best New Artist. It’s one of those records that’s melodic, lovelorn, beautifully crafted, and sonically challenging. For his follow up, Hadjis doesn’t want to play it safe; this time, he’s going for the gold.

Pavimento features a low key candor and ambition, a soft light environment that make all the instruments sound right no matter where you choose to listen to it. There’s a feeling the songs are presented with gentle smiles to strangers, hoping to make everyone feel good. The aforementioned “Movimiento” could easily be a smash hit for Juanes at his most earnest. The album is produced by Andrés Levin, who has helmed records by Miguel Bosé and John Legend as well as Ely Guerra and David Byrne, and that should be telling of what’s going on here. At times it reminds me of Carlos Vives at his most commercial, in the sense that the base sound he works with is ever present but there’s an irresistible quality to what he does for mainstream audiences; “Consecuencias y Reclamos” (with Esteman and Juan Pablo Vega) being the prime example for me, since it also features some socially conscious lyrics.

The general pace of the album is that of a romantic ballad but there are moments when the spell is broken and that’s when highlights happen. There’s “Al Final Del Tiempo” with its big singalong finale that begs to be played at the end of each one of Hadjis’ shows. “Amuleto” stands out because of its ambitious shift at the end of the song, where it becomes more rhythmic. “Basura” is one of the shinier tracks of Pavimento, which has some nice Torreblanca-like cabaret-funk to it. The record closes with a song called “Ulises Hadjis,” a little ditty where the singer recounts some situations and the way which makes him act, painting him as a sort of awkward person with a cute backdrop thanks to the music.

Pavimento should propel Ulises to mainstream recognition. It’s rounded and well written but lacks a little bit of charisma in some tracks. On Cosas Perdidas and the album before that, Presente, Ulises’ songwriting had an otherworldly quality absent here; as a songwriter, he was cool and savvy enough to dress his songs up in odd-in-an-exciting-way that remained starry eyed and catchy. Granted, that’s not for everyone’s tastes, and Hadjis might have grown tired from this more-is-more approach and decided he would rather focus on the meat of the songs. In this sense, it’s a more stripped down record, but the architecture is by no means less ambitious than what he’s done. It’s more conventional, but that can be an exciting challenge for someone who has been used to his own devices.

Making a more palatable album isn’t bad, and there’s plenty of winners here. Ulises Hadjis can take care of his own person in the world of big commercial TV and radio, and come out a smiling, true to himself victor.

The tour in support of “Pavimento” starts with shows in Miami, Medellin, New York and Mexico City. - Remezcla

"Ulises Hadjis - Consecuencias y Reclamos"

The latest video from Venezuelan singer/songwriter Ulises Hadjis highlights his breezy, melodic brand of indie-folk. With a charming video that recalls the work of Michel Gondry, “Consecuencias y Reclamos” is one of the finest tracks yet from Hadjis with a simplicity to the sound that belies the intricate arrangement and constant shifts in melody and rhythm.

The track was co-written with Colombian singer/songwriters Esteman and Juan Pablo Vega and is the second brand new single to be released since his last album Cosas Perdidas in 2012. We are presuming that “Consecuencias y Reclamos” will feature on his upcoming third album, which is currently in production. - Sounds And Colours




This Venezuelan singer-songwriter, currently living in Mexico, made his debut in 2008 with his album “Presente”, and his second LP, “Cosas Perdidas” (2012), received three Latin GRAMMY nominations in the Best New Artist, Best Alternative Album and Best Rock Song categories.  Fans and influential critics and media worldwide have critically acclaimed both of his albums, including Rolling Stone Magazine, which gave his first album 4 stars, and CNN en Español which called his second album “an extraordinary production”.

His songs have a unique identity with hints of Pop, Rock, Indie and Folk; and exquisite lyrics due to his sensibility and his psychoanalysis studies, which he started after finishing his master’s degree in Philosophy.  According to Ulises, “the subconscious plays a very important role in the creative process of all artists”.

Ulises is one of the most innovative representatives of current Latin American pop, and made his live debut in USA in July 2012 with shows in New York, Philadelphia and Miami.  Internationally, he has performed in numerous stages including festivals such as Vive Latino and RMX (Mexico), El Vecinal (Argentina), LAMC and Levitt Pavilion Pasadena (USA), Llegando a Montevideo (Uruguay), Monkey Week, Zaragoza Latina and Lavapiés Diverso (Spain), Fest. Centro and Hermoso Ruido (Colombia), Panama, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela.  He has also been a special guest opening act for Jarabe de Palo, Fonseca, Kevin Johansen, Julieta Venegas in Mexico and Caracas, and Natalia Lafourcade’s tour in USA. 

In 2014 he offered conferences about composition and production in important institutions such as Berklee College of Music in Boston and later that year he was selected to participate in SGAE’s Songwriters’ Week in Zaragoza, Spain.

On May 26th Ulises released his new studio album, titled “Pavimento” (Pavement), which marks a great evolution in his career not only because of the maturity and artistry reached in his songwriting, but also because he worked under the direction of renowned producer Andres Levin who has led projects for artists as diverse as Miguel Bosé, David Byrne, Aleks Syntek, Marisa Monte, Ely Guerra and many others.  His first single is titled “Consecuencias y Reclamos” (Consequences and Claims) and its video was recorded in Mexico City.  The single was premiered the week of Festival Estéreo Picnic, while Ulises visited Bogota promoting his performance in the festival. He will continue promoting the new single and album throughout the year around Mexico, Spain, USA, Colombia and many other countries.

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