Greek-born alt male model Sion Inhuman has been donning his New Rocks and striking poses since 2009. We spoke to him about what inspires him, modelling in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and his metalcore band, October Ends. Interview by Jarod Lawley.
Thanks for your time Sion, how are you today?
Hello and thanks for giving me the opportunity for this interview. I’m great, just pretty tired because I’m dealing with many different things in my life at the moment but at the end of the day I really enjoy what I’m doing so I can’t complain about it.
Although your birth name is George, you go by the name of Sion Inhuman, how did you choose this name and what does it mean to you?
Well it all started when I was 14 years old, I used to play guitar in a black metal band and the rest of the band already had nicknames so I was searching for one as well.
The singer (Revant) of the band Nipenthis found a really cool nickname (Sion) and he said I should use it. I really liked the pronunciation of this word though I didn’t know what it means. He said it’s from a character in the Star Wars movies which I’ve never had the chance to watch, so I said yes I will use it (since I couldn’t think of anything cooler than Sion).
But after some google research I found there’s another meaning about Sion which is Priory Of Sion. For more information I would say you better go and read the books or check the wiki because I wouldn’t stop talking about it.
As for the Inhuman part I never talked about it so far and not planning to at the moment.
As a Greek living in Newcastle, what bought you to the UK?
Hmm that’s a long story too!
I’ve always had a dream to succeed with music which I’m still working very hard to achieve it and I would travel anywhere in the world for it. So I started from UK cause I knew the music industry, at least regarding the kind of genres I like, is bigger than it is in Greece
How do you find the modelling scene in the North-East of England, are there plenty of photographers/artists living there?
To be honest I haven’t done many photo shoots so far cause I’m very picky as a person. I’m a perfectionist I would say when it comes to art I just want it to be perfect in any way possible. So I haven’t had the time to find a great photographer and work with them unfortunately, but if an opportunity shows up I will take it without hesitation!
You describe yourself as an alternative model, but what kind of styles and ideas do you like to incorporate and express in your modelling?
I always liked B-Movies so I mostly like haunted places and dark style concepts.
I like to put a feeling to any photoshoot I do, though it’s not that easy to achieve that with such small amounts of experience, but of course but I’m trying my best.
What kind of make up and clothing do you like to wear in your shoots? Do you do it all yourself?
The make up I use is not that extreme since I’m doing it by myself,, though in the future I would love to work with a make up artist as I’m a big fan of make up & special effects.
I usually like to mix different styles of clothing if I like something I will wear it, I won’t say “oh this is not in my style I can’t wear it”, I’m an open minded person and I don’t like to use any label about my style.
Are there any shoots you’ve recently done that we should know about, or is there anything coming up that you’re particularly excited about?
I did a photoshoot a year ago with my best friend and one of the best photographers I’ve ever worked with (Panos Bakogiannis). He came from Greece for holidays so we did some photoshoots to see if Im still capable of doing it.
Yes there’s a band photoshoot coming up very soon and I’m very excited about it because me, the photographer, and the rest of the band have all put so much effort to it so far and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!
As somebody who got interested in alternative lifestyles and cultures at a young age, what bands/movies/literature were you first drawn to?
The 1st band that made a massive impact on my life was Wednesday 13, then Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails and Slipknot.A few of my favourite movies are Strangeland, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, The Messengers, Fragile. Strangeland especially made a big impact in my lifestyle.
About literature I would say obviously Priory Of Sion which doesn’t have to do anything about my lifestyle but I love history and it’s pretty fascinating to me.
Dawn Of The Dreadfuls is one of my facourites as well I mostly like books with detectives who deal with haunted houses and odd/old stories/cases that haven’t been solved like ghosts etc.
You are also vocalist of metalcore band October Ends, what kind of expression do you have as a musician that modelling doesn’t give you?
Yes, I would say music is my oxygen on this planet. I started playing classical guitar at age of 9 and I haven’t stopped playing since then.
I’m also a graduated of music theory/solfege and harmony.
As I said before I started playing in bands at the age of 14 as a guitarist and sometimes bass guitar though I started as a vocalist at October Ends a year ago. I like it a lot; it’s a new challenge for me and I love it more than ever. Also I’m really thankful that these guys haven’t given up on me and that makes me feel very positive and gives me incentive to improve myself the fastest way possible.
Has the band got any tour dates or releases coming up that we should look out for?
We’ve released our debut album “To Whom It May Concern” this year and we toured around the UK in May, but we looking forward for our next tour which is not confirmed yet.
Untill then we just writing new songs for our next album and trying to expand our fanbase with more gigs etc.
When you’re not working on modelling or music, what do you get up to?
Im working in a construction company (Claes Construction Ltd) mostly as a decorator but I’m doing other stuff as well. I see it as an art and not only just a job so I love what I’m doing.
In my free time I like to watching anime writing lyrics/music and learning new covers (I love acoustic covers).
Do you have any advice for those looking to break into alt-modelling?
Try to always be yourself, stay possitive and never give up on something you really love.
(Rome wasn’t built in a day)
Finally, where can we find you, or your band, online?
I’m mostly active on Facebook. I don’t like it that much nowadays but it’s the easiest way to commuicate.
You can find my band at the following links.
Thanks a lot for the interview Jarod, I enjoyed it very much and I hope the best for The Independent Voice Ezine!