Mike Vlahopol – Chitaristul magician!
Mike Vlahopol – The Magician Guitar Player!
Review by Raluca Curteanu
He is the founder of The Crossroads Band, and his shows are spiced with closeup magic numbers.
He started to play guitar during high-school when he started his first band. That happened in 1986 and the band name was “Safir”. The chords were coming out form a 5$ uds, Russian 7 string guitar. In the mean time he learned to build his own electric guitars.
From Rock to Blues
“In that period guitars were either very hard to find, or very expansive. So, I improvised a very small workshop in my living room and I build my own electric guitars for personal use or for very close friends”, said Mike. Now he’s got Read-Head, a 4.000 euro limited edition guitar, but he would like to restart building guitars. In the beginning he played hard-rock than heavy metal, later on white metal (Christian Rock Music), and now his band plays generally for “corporate people”: blues, rock, funk, pop-dance. “Our public is generally around 30-35 years old. We play songs from Robbie Williams, Scorpions, ACDC, Donna Summer or even ”Oh, That’s My Life” (a very hated Romanian song). When I announce this song they all start to say “Boooo” than i start by playing “It’s My Life” from Bon Jovi than they all go extasic when they see it was only a joke”, said Mike.
With a stature built in the years when he was playing professional Rugby added to his 25 years of experience, Mike manages to transform any show into an unforgettable moment. The spiced up moment is when he takes out a deck of playing cards and starts making closeup magic numbers. “I grew up with Leonard Iosefini and i believe he is the one that made me fall in love with magic” Mike tells us. He never goes out anywhere without few deck of cards and his red scarf which he makes it disappear in his hand. Many times the public is astonished by his magic and they ask for more until the concerts is about to change into a magic show.
He Played in More Than 20 Bands
He started different musical projects or played with more than 20 bands like Foisorul de Foc, Ad-Hoc (band which always changed a member to keep up with the name), Karisma, Requiem, Split Blues Band, or the mainstream bands like Animal X, 3SE, Cristiana Raduta, Exist or Of the Lord. Right after the Revolution he became interested about show-biz and because of his English he collaborated with promoters to organize shows for The Scorpions, Deep Purple, Michael Jackson or Julio Iglesias and many others.
Since July 2010 Mike Vlahopol is recognized officially as an representative endorser of the guitar brand D’Addario Strings for which Mike wishes to thank Marco Soccoli. Mike is hoping that his son Mikey to follow him and love music. “When he was three months old we took him to one of my concerts and he slept the whole time. As we finished playing he started to cry” Mike said.
Questions and Answers
You also play covers, when should we wait for an original album?
We are working on it. It will be an album which will be launched in Germany because we intend to transform it into an international project. For every show we intend to have an international star to join the band.