Babis was born October 29, 1982 in Athens, Greece. He studied electronic engineering (TUC), lifeguarding (ENAK) and music performance at Berklee college of music, where he won scholarships (World Tour, Dave Holland, Nakas) and played the 2009 Guitar night. He relocated to Chania, GR (2000), Boston, MA (2008), Austin, TX (2010), London, UK (2012) and finally returned home in 2013. His love for sharing music has kept him on the move ever since.
Babis has shared the stage with internationally acclaimed artists such as: Pinetop Perkins, Russel Jackson (BB King), Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters), Bob Corritore (Bo Didley), Stanton Moore (Galactic, Maceo Parker), Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Toto, Sting), Ephraim Owens (Eric Clapton, Tedeschi Trucks band), Lynn Dobson (Soft machine, Nick Drake), Michael Milligan (Altar Boyz), Tomar & the FCs, Lucas Sideras (Aphrodite’s child), J.T. Colfire (Songwriters across Texas hall of fame ’14), Doug Woolverton (Aretha Franklin, Warren Haynes), Mark Early (Albert Collins, Taj Mahal), George Kontrafouris (Marcus Stockhousen , Louisiana Red, Lou Donaldson), Kirk Fletcher, Adam Levy, Bruce Arnold, Andrew Bello, Adedeji Adetayo (Lionel Loueke), Reiner Witzel (Fela Kuti), Stavros Lantsias (Athens Kamerata string orchestra, Peter Erskine, Lars Dannielson), David Lynch (Human Touch, The temptations, Barry White), Vasilis Xenopoulos (Hiromi Uehara, Jason Lindner), Manos Achalinotopoulos (Montreux jazz festival), Alastair Greene (Alan Parsons), etc.
He has been performing live since the age of 16 as a sideman for various bands/artists around the world at venues such as the BPC (Boston, MA), Antone’s (Austin, TX), Technopolis (Athens, GR), Athens Music Hall, Vrahon Theatre (Athens, GR), Badmington theatre (Athens, GR), The Sanctuary (London, UK), the Continental Club (Houston, TX), The Brooklyn Bowl (Las Vegas, NV), Thalia Mara Hall & Duling Hall (Jackson, MS), Jammin’ (Nagoya, JP), etc, at festivals :
Hellenic Festival 2009/2013 (Athens, GR), South by Southwest (Austin, TX), Pecan Street festival (Austin, TX), HAAM festival (Austin,TX), Jazz in June (Norman, OH), Riverfest – support act for The Roots (Wichita, KS), Big Blues Bender (Las Vegas, NV), Firday after 5 (Owensboro, KY), Cukorakko (Steele, AL), etc, worships (Journey Bible Fellowship church-US, Levite church-UK) and national tours (Greece, USA & Japan). He is also a gear demonstrator for Tsakalis Audioworks, Jam pedals, Nick Silver Pickups, etc.
Babis composed ‘Transatlantic’ (2013) as a founding member of Epirus Quartet, which was performed by world class musicians (Brad Houser, Nate Basinger) and produced by grammy awardee Adrian Quesada. He co-wrote and recorded for Roxy Roca’s latest album ‘A Better Way'(2018) which was produced by Chris Frenchie Smith (grammy governor). Babis has recorded on various projects over the years such as Dana Imannuel’s ‘Dotted Lines’ (UK, 2013) , DeBisi’s ‘All to you’ (UK, 2015), Mihalis Kalkanis’s ‘World echoes in Athens’ (GR, 2015) ; the album was based on a compilation of refugee’s prayers to promote peace and friendship and served as the soundtrack for a photography exhibition at Benaki Μuseum, Mighty N’s ‘Retribution’ (GR, 2016), with E. Karaindrou for Dandoulaki Theatre regarding T. Williams’s – Sweet bird of youth (GR, 2017), Irene Ketkidi’s ‘A sky for all’ (GR, 2018), etc.
He has worked as a private instructor for Attiko Music School in Chania, GR (2003), as a freelance partner of Fakanas Odio Technis in Athens, GR (2009), as a private instructor for Modern Music School and LAB Music Education in Athens (2014-2017), and has participated in workshops and summer camps throughout that time.
During the last 5 years Babis has been part of or led various projects; most notably The Deep throat sessions-3 year residency, Roxy Roca, Gumbo Ya Ya, Smart as Bait, The Hoochie Koos, Guitar Talk (weekly open workshop), Stanton Moore’s trio in Athens. He is currently the guitar player for Roxy Roca based out of Austin, TX.