Joakem – Multi-influenced progressive rock & metal hailing from Cyprus – Est. 2018
Spearheaded by Stelios Ioakim; Joakem delivers a progressive rock / metal punch reminiscent and taking influence from the likes of Opeth, Haken, Leprous, Sons Of Apollo, Tool, Soilwork and many more, with diverse musicianship, broad influences, and full-band collaboration from some of the top musicians Cyprus has to offer.
Originally a classical pianist since the age of 6, the Cyprus based musician Joakem (Stelios Ioakim) started expanding his skills after becoming a member of several bands since 2009, with which he performed at numerous music venues and festivals, sharing the stage with bands such as Septic Flesh and Rotting Christ. Many of those bands are active to this day. He gradually evolved to become a sound-exploring keyboardist, vocalist and composer with influences ranging from progressive rock, metal, ambient, classical, jazz and fusion music.
Despite the unified project Joakem having only launched in 2018, Stelios has performed over 150 live shows internationally, and continues to gain fans throughout the world, having gained international publicity after being the finalist of The Voice of Greece, taking second place.
In February of 2018 he released his first solo work, the progressive rock single called “The Path” followed by his second single released in November 2018 titled “Generation Z”. On December 7th 2018 he released his debut 8 track album, titled “Mind Matter”. Musically the album is a blend of complex melodies and time signatures, heavy synth sounds, aggressive guitars, intricate drum patterns and a blend of different vocal techniques.
Since the release, Joakem has formed a live band, has been performing his songs at various venues and festivals, and has engaged in relentless self-promotion resulting in the signing to worldwide agency Metal Music Bookings & Management.
Stay tuned for news on tour dates and releases coming soon.