Minas Vakaloudis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1994.

He started playing the guitar from an early age and turned to the electric bass when he was about 13.

He attended the local Music High School where he started playing in bands while also taking classical guitar, piano and later double bass lessons.

Vakaloudis started recording original music in 2012 with his band “Deep in the Top” and has been involved in original music releases every year since.

He graduated from high school in 2012 and went on to study History & Archaeology in the University of Ioannina. He dropped out after less than a year to focus on music.

In 2014 he started studying double bass under scholarship in Philippos Nakas conservatory, while also enrolling in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he studied Journalism for a year before dropping out.

In 2017 he started studying classical double bass in the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki where he stayed for two years before moving abroad for further studies on music.

He is currently studying electric bass in the Jazz & Pop department of the HKU Conservatory of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

 

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In 2015, Vakaloudis filled in as bass player for Greek blues-rock band “Full Houze”, going on tour through eight European countries playing eleven gigs in pubs and festivals promoting the band’s second album. This resulted in Vakaloudis’ first literature publication, a book about being on the road with the band: “Tour diary: Around Europe with the bluesmobile”.

The next summer he went back on the road with Deep in the Top for a short UK tour, promoting their album “Blues in different colours”.

In 2017 they repeated their touring adventures, adding a European leg that took them all the way up to Poland before returning to Greece for another tour of live shows.

In 2018 and after participating in other projects’ discography, Vakaloudis released his first album under the name Blebiru. “Simple Songs for Lonesome Lovers” featured the sound of the electric bass in a mellow pop instrumental setting that became the signature sound of these early Blebiru compositions. The album also gave a first impression of Blebiru’s love for the use of samples.

Later projects like “Point Nemo”, “Equilibrium” and “Naked & Pure (Songs of Coffee)” relied heavily on the use of samples and other “found” sounds to create a unique atmosphere somewhere between ambient music, musique concrete and sound collage.

He continued releasing music and books throughout 2019 and 2020 while also expanding to producing for others. He produced “It’s Time to Go” by Trifonas Tipou and later launched the Tocupo Project, a series of solo improvisation albums that features many good friends and talented musicians showcasing their own musical world.