Alien Skin: Electronic musician & former keyboardist with Australian band 'Real Life' whose 80s multi-million seller 'Send Me An Angel' is now regarded as a classic of the synthpop genre and has been covered by a plethora of artists since.
George Pappas (b. 1959) emigrated to Australia from Greece at the age of three. A soon to develop obsessive love of contemporary music took root in his early teens, especially a fascination with songs and songwriters. Beginning with the youthful excitement of 60s pop and experimental British psychedelia, he was further inspired by the vanguard of innovative new artists of the day, prime amongst them being David Bowie. After becoming a guitarist and serving an apprenticeship in various local 70s rock bands, his future musical direction was reshaped by the climactic music convulsions of the later decade. Post punk and especially synthesizers were, as to many of his generation, an epiphany. His switch to all things synthesized was consummated by the early 80s, the agency and decisive influence being the peerless electronic modus operandi and songwriting of Gore/Wilder version Depeche Mode.
Prior joining Australian pioneering synthesizer band Real Life in the 90s, he led a number of Melbourne synth-driven acts of the era. Real Life had already achieved major success in most world markets and after a hiatus re emerged with Pappas as replacement keyboardist and co-writer. A number of albums and world tours ensued before the band wound down in 2005.
The concept of Alien Skin was born during the winter of 2007 with the recording of what was to become the debut album Don't Open Till Doomsday. Released by US label 'A Different Drum' in 2008, the album's success alongside its well received singles Razor Arms and the eponymous Alien Skin, validated the continuation of Alien Skin as a musical entity. To date 8 studio albums have been released, the most current being 'European Electronic Cinema' - See more at: http://www.alienskinmusic.com.
Alien Skin is beautiful, haunting, cinematic: musik electronik