Most successful musicians were not forced into piano or violin lessons as a child. Rather, something inside of them drove a need – beyond a desire – to play music. In Theo’s case, he realized his increasingly insatiable love for music as a pre-teen. By the age of 13 – a time when a boy begins his journey towards the inevitably of manhood – Theo had sticks in hand, and set out with youthful enthusiasm to become a great drummer.
The seeds of Electric Mute, or E-MUTE were sown when Theo was performing in cover bands while he was teaching drums. In 2013, he joined his first ‘original material’ band, called Furdelux, a seven-piece retro Mod/funk outfit from London. The band however disbanded after a few years with Theo soon moving to Athens.
During his time in Athens, Theo was writing more than he ever had before, and he also began to discover his voice – not just as a songwriter, but as a vocalist. But he found that his teaching and work as a session drummer were leaving him no time to work on his songwriting. In order to devote his time to his new project, he decided to drop most of his paying work to focus on songwriting, and began recording demos as E-MUTE.
Theo's first attempt at recording under E-Mute in 2009 saw huge success, joining up with multi-instumentalist Koby Israelite, his old friend and guitarist Tolis Zavaliaris (Vanessa Mae), his old teacher Svetlana Vassileva (Moby), and Darren Ashford (The Drifters), a professor of drums.
Once the EP was released, the reaction was immediate; it scored a number of great reviews in various publications including Music Week and Indie Rock Cafe, and soon found there was a demand for them to perform live. Right away, the collective of talented musicians started performing in London venues such as The Underworld, The Dublin Castle, and The Underbelly of Hoxton. E-MUTE’s sound can best be described as a mix of Franz Ferdinand meets Muse, and the Foo Fighters team up with Depeche Mode.
Theo over the last few months has morphed into mostly a solo project, utilising 'a collective of musical friends.'
Theo: “E-MUTE is at least for now primarily a solo project, or the proverbial one-man band that has exploded in popularity in the recent years. I like the idea of the one-man band – going into the studio and recording, arranging the various instrument tracks, collaborating with other musicians, and then mixing and mastering the songs.”
In April, 2014, E-MUTE released a new song, “Miracle“, that has garnered good reviews online.
Theo continues to write new songs, and released a series of songs throughout 2014 while getting ready to start performing live again with E-MUTE being a new band.