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Catching up with Xenia Ghali: 'Places' and Cielo in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 15, 2017 in Music
New York - Electronic DJ and producer Xenia Ghali chatted with Digital Journal about her show tonight at Cielo Nightclub in New York, as well as the success of "Places."
On May 15, she will be performing at Cielo in New York. "I'm actually preparing for it as we speak," she said, with a sweet laugh. "I'm a very vibey person, so I go with the vibe of the crowd and the room. It will be funky and it will consist of remixes of 'Places.' There will be a cool diversity of music tonight."
Her smash single "Places," reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance charts, which marks her second consecutive single to accomplish this milestone. "That was very shocking and something I was hoping for, but by no means expected. It's a huge honor for me to have that," she said.
Ghali's "Places" music video features Teen Wolf’s Ryan Kelley, as well as singer and actress Raquel Castro. "That was actually a really challenging video for me, because up until that point all of the videos I ever did were shot in Greece. This is really my first video that I did in New York. It's a completely new group of production people, but it was an incredible experience and we had a lot of fun," she said. "Ryan is an incredible actor and a really great person. He is one of the nicest people I've ever met."
On her Greek heritage, she said, "I'm half Greek. My mom is Greek and I grew up in Athens. I was there until I age of 18, where I graduated high school. Then, I went to the U.K. and did a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition. After my Bachelor's, I came to New York and did my Master's degree in Music Composition."
Ghali continued, "The Greek market is very important to me, and I still go to Greece for touring and televised events."
Her future plans include working on her next singles, as well as a summer tour in Greece. "I'm headlining a festival in Greece on June 17, which is going to be a lot of fun. I'm working on the concept right now. I like combining the art, and my set will involve a story. I'm very excited about that one," she said. "You're going to hear a lot of new music from me, which is always very exciting."
To learn more about DJ and producer Xenia Ghali, check out her official website and Facebook page.
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