Music runs deep through the veins of Andrew Christopoulos who began playing classical piano when he was seven years old. Influenced by a talented father and uncle, Andrew expanded his musical interests and started drumming two years later.
His first experience in a band was when he and his friends formed the Axidents. He played drums and co-wrote songs. The Axidents have spent the last six years playing shows around the Chicagoland area, and recently appeared at Buddy Guys Legends. His musical career was just getting started, when suddenly, everything changed.
In seventh grade, Andrew was diagnosed with LCH- a rare blood disease. He underwent over a year of chemotherapy, completely stopped playing piano, and spent most of his time in bed. Through the long, hard journey of his illness, he was surrounded by friends and family who supported him.
Ultimately, as with everything else in his life, he made it through by turning to music.
After not touching the piano for two years, Andrew started playing again. This time he began to sing and write songs. For the first time in his life, he was able to be completely in control of the direction of his music.
Andrew and his father took a month-long trip to Northern California in April 2011, where they spent days writing songs, secluded from modern day technology, such as cell phones and television. The time spent living simply, focused, and in nature was exactly what Andrew needed to start maturing as a songwriter.
His music is attracting attention, and the future is bright. As Andrew says, “I want to be a musician, produce and be in the music business for the rest of my life. This is my passion.”