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 32)
Karpathos, Greece
Origin Oxford, England
Associated acts
Website www.wearefoals.com

Yannis Philippakis (born 23 April 1986) is the lead singer and guitarist 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] Yannis had lived in Greece until he was 4 years old when his family moved to South Africa. After living there for a year, his parents had gotten a divorce and his mother had Philippakis and his brother move to Oxford, England. His father had left them and went back to live in Greece on his own.[3] Every summer Philippakis would visit his father in Olympos on the Greek island Karpathos. His father played a significant role in his life regarding music as his father had taught him traditional songs.[4] Philippakis was raised in the Greek Orthodox religion.[5]


Philippakis was educated at Magdalen College School. There he had met all of the requirements for assisted place at Magdalen, where he had taken classes on French, literature, and art. While attending school, Yannis faced many difficulties due to his father's absence. Yannis would get into trouble with the teachers and was ill-tempered. This has led to Yannis being suspended twice. Philippakis then went on to study English Literature at St John's College, Oxford. He dropped out before completing his degree to focus on the band.[6]




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.

Other musical projects[edit]

In a BBC 6 hub session interview, Philippakis expressed his desire to write a 'ballet with beats'.[7]

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.[8]

In 2010, Yannis had appeared and was interviewed in Anyone Can Play Guitar.[9]

Yannis produced the track "Wolf" on Trophy Wife's 2011 EP Bruxism.[10]

In January 2018, Yannis begun a monthly club night in Southern London called MILK. The special guests that will perform are kept secret until the performance, making every night different. Every night at MILK, is recorded and goes onto a vinyl for purchase. There are a limited number of vinyl's available that can be obtained the following club night. Yannis had spoken about his night club and said, “I want to make a club night that me & my friends would want to go to. Where the night acts like a sort of dream collider of different musicians in the hope of the surprising, the life affirming & the down right dirty."[11]


He performed as an actor in an adaptation of Marguerite Duras' Moderato Cantabile, directed by Alexander Zeldin.

TV appearances[edit]


With Foals[edit]



  1. ^ "We're brainy - and proud". thejc.com. 
  2. ^ Dave Simpson. "Foals: 'I built an enamel around myself'". the Guardian. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Tim (2016-06-26). "Yannis Philippakis of Foals: 'There's something feral in me'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  4. ^ "From Karpathos to the charts, By Yiouli Eptakili - Kathimerini | Kathimerini". Retrieved 2018-05-07. 
  5. ^ "Religion informs the Foals new album - The West Australian". yahoo.com. 
  6. ^ Simpson, Dave (2010-05-06). "Foals: 'I built an enamel around myself'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  7. ^ Denney, Alex. "BBC - Music - Review of Foals - Total Life Forever". Retrieved 2018-05-07. 
  8. ^ "An interview". www.repeatfanzine.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-07. 
  9. ^ "Yannis Philippakis". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-05-07. 
  10. ^ "Watch: Trophy Wife & Yannis Foals In The Studio With 'Wolf'". This is Fake DIY. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Foals' Yannis launches "hedonistic", vinyl-friendly club night with surprise guests - NME". NME. 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 

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