Yannis Philippakis

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Yannis Philippakis
Yannis Philippakis - Foals - Roskilde 2011.jpg
Yannis Philippakis performing at Roskilde Festival 2011 with Foals.
Background information
Birth name Yannis Barnabas Emanuel Philippakis
Born (1986-04-23) 23 April 1986 (age 29)
Karpathos, Greece
Origin Oxford, England
Associated acts
Website www.wearefoals.com
Notable instruments

Yannis Philippakis (born 23 April 1986) is the lead singer of the British indie rock band Foals.

Early life[edit]

Born to a Greek father and a South African-born Ukrainian-Jewish[1] mother (Renee Hirschon),[2] Philippakis left Greece with his mother when he was five years old.[3] His father taught him traditional folk songs and dances.[3] He was raised in the Greek Orthodox religion.[4]



Philippakis formed Foals in 2005 with friend and former Youthmovies frontman Andrew Mears after the break-up of his former band The Edmund Fitzgerald, which also featured his Foals bandmate, drummer Jack Bevan. He appeared on Series 21 of BBC's Never Mind The Buzzcocks, on 24 January 2008. In a BBC 6 hub session interview Philippakis expressed his desire to write a 'ballet with beats'.

Intentions to develop his Bins Are For Bombs project with former Foals and Youthmovies member Andrew Mears appear static, but may be rekindled at some point in the near future.

Yannis produced the track 'Wolf' on Trophy Wife's 2011 EP "Bruxism".[5] He then went on to record the new Foals album, Holy Fire, which was released via Warner Bros. on 12 February 2013 in the U.S. and 11 February 2013 in the UK. [6]


TV appearances[edit]


  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks

With Foals[edit]



External links[edit]