For sure it was too difficult for a greek electro duo to survive in Greece during the 80s.
The Greeks were more… “guitar oriented” back in those days and bands such as the Depeche Mode, Clock DVA,
OMD etc were only known to the fans of the underground sound.
Out of this small number of people came Alex Macheras and Nikos Veliotis to form In Trance 95.
The duo released the 7″ single “Desire to Desire/Brazilia” in 1988.
It was produced by Kostas Sokialis, the guitar player of the band Film Noir (check previous posting)
and the recordings took place in Blue Moon studios (owned by Christos Manolitsis – check previous posting).
As there was an on-growing interest in Greece in the EBM and electronic music on the late 90’s/early 00’s
this single became a collectors’ item.
But this wasn’t the only release of In Trance 95.
That was only the begining.
Being real electro pioneers, the duo “filmed and edited on 35mm film
back in a period that it was almost impossible in Greece (high cost and lack of media)…”
in trance 95 – desire to desire
In 1989, they released the track “21st Century European Temptation” on a split 7″ EP with an other Greek electro band,
Dada Data (which was actualy a Coti K’s project).
During the year 1990 two releases would follow.
One of them was the release of their one and only album, titled “Code Of Obsession” in the same dance spirit
of the previous releases and the 12″ EP In Trance 95 And Sonny E – So Sad 12″.
A year later, In Trance 95 were signed to Elfish records through which their Warm Nights Driving On Wet Streets 12″ vinyl
was released (engineered by Coti K. who was something like a shadow member for them as well as for many other bands).
The last time I heard of them by the name In Trance 95 was because their track “The Lesser Water Snake” was featured on the
compilation “Crash – A Tribute To James Graham Ballard” in 1993 among bands and artists such as the Clock DVA, Cotie K., Raw
, Slow Motion, Forward Music Quintet, Pankow and others.
In Trance 95 were active untill 1996 and since 2006 that they decided to make a come back by switching their name to ITeNeF.
George Geranios (who if I am not mistaken is the owner of Hysterica, the Depeche Mode fan club in Greece) replaced Nikos
Nikos Veliotis was initially trained as a pianist but he later devoted himself to the cello. Leaving In Trance 95, participated in lots of releases
that you can check either on his web site: http://www.nikosveliotis.com/
or his myspace profile: http://www.myspace.com/nikosveliotis
As for ITeNeF , they arel recording nowdays their first album.
You can check their myspcae profile here: http://www.myspace.com/itenef
The first two tracks on the myspace music player on their profile are the ones of their very first 7″ single of 1988.
itenef – The Sound of Sexy Machines