Protasis Music was founded in 1994 as an independent Greek record company.
The managing director Nikos Economou, is a high qualified musician and record producer with working experience in the major Greek Music Companies, such as WARNER GREECE and BMG GREECE from 1989 until 1994 when he launched his own record company.
Protasis music is very well known as a record company which is specialized in world music production in Greece, producing rebetiko, traditional - ethno Greek music , Jazz, and very carefully selected popular Greek music.
Protasis Music has collaborated with almost all the major distinguished singers/ performers in Greece such as Kristi Stasinopoulou and Stathis Kaliviotis, Giorgos Dalaras, Glykeria, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Giannis Kotsiras, Agathonas, Babis Tsertos, Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Loukianos Kilaidonis, Mario, Notis Mavroudis, Katerina Tsiridou and Rebetiko band, Vassiliki Karakosta, among others, producing collections that sold thousands of copies and continue to distribute on line through 46 digital sellers worldwide.
Protasis Music, owns approximately, 7000 master tapes from almost all the Greek music genres, such as the classic / contemporary, traditional, Jazz, Rock, soundtracks, instrumentals, and of course rebetiko. Protasis is the most specialized record company in Greece concerning rebetiko with a vast catalogue all of the most important composers such as V. Tsitsanis, G. Mitsakis, G. Papaioannou , A. Chatzichristos, M. Vamvakaris performed by famous Greek artists .
Some of the most important recent productions of Protasis among many others are :
1. Babis Tsertos sings Michalis Sougioul, which was presented via 2 sold out concerts in ancient open theater Odeon of Herod Atticus,
2. Mario the last female singer of rebetiko, widely famous in Europe
3. Κaterina Τsiridou and rebetiko band, the famous rebetiko voice, which was at no. 5 for several weeks on the official European radio chart of Ethnic/world Music. She has performed concerts in many European Countries as Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel etc.
Denia Kourousi. An excellent, female rebetiko performer with a very important career in Greece.
Giorgos Tzortzis. A famous and a very experienced Greek performer of rebetiko and traditional Greek music.
Vassiliki (Karakosta) a female world music performer with a great strong voice performing both rebetiko and traditional music mixed with jazz and ethno music elements in her performances. One of the most well promised artists of Protasis.
Special collaborations with three of the most important Greek composers / soloists:
Νicos Antipas, a composer with international acknowledgment, was the person behind the composition for the commencement of the Olympic Games, Greece 2004
Andreas Katsigiannis, a santruri (santur) soloist and composer of the official theme for the Mediterranean Games, Τurkey 2013), founder and director of Estoudiantina, the smyrneiko music / songs most specialized Greek band.
and Nicos Chatzopoulos, probably the best Greek violin virtuoso around the globe. His marvelous violin sound, describes with the most remarkable way the colors of the Mediterranean Sea areas, the traditional music sounds of the Greek Islands.
Additionally, some of the greatest Greek soloists such as Μanolis Κarantinis (bouzouki), George Rokkas (bouzouki), Panagiotis Plastiras (clarinet), Κostas Pitsos (Laouto - Guitar), Giorgos Koros (violin), Petros Saridakis (Cretan lyre) and more are included in Protasis Music record productions.
In 2014 PRotasis Music Publishing was founded as the sister publishing company, representing the copyright of 35.000 Greek music titles. PRMP has signed sub-publishing agreements with 39 countries up until now as well as a publishing company, having for both activities, ( copyright and masters ) contracts with top of the list Greek composers and soloists for publishing rights and music tracks as a main representative copyright and album / tracks owner for worldwide promotion of owned Greek music repertoire.
Protasis Music through the experience and timeless cooperation with almost all the important the Greek music market’s players of its founder Nikos Economou, holds a respectable position in the market, able to undertake any request concerning the Greek music scene in general.
Some of the most important and timeless artists/ composers on copyright basis that PRotasis music Publishing represents worldwide are among others G. Mitsakis, G. Papaioannou, A. Chatzichristos, P. Toundas, G. Mouzakis, Μ.Sougioul, Ap. Κaldaras, G. Lavranos, N. Lavranos, Ant. Vardis, St Kazantzidis, G. Koros, K. Pitsos, and plenty more as well as the contemporary and in famous in Greece : Haris & Panos Katsimichas, Ν. Ζoudiaris, D. Tsaknis …
Protasis music is also the concert promoter / agent in Greece and internationally for the most of its artists.
Member of the Societies
PRS-MCPS (England) GEMA (Germany) BUMA STEMRA (Holland) ACUM (Israel) SGAE (Spain)