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), Jason Corbiere (Jimmie Vaughan), Adrian Myers (Bob Seger), George Kontrafouris (Marcus Stockhousen , Louisiana Red, Lou Donaldson), Kirk Fletcher, Adam Levy, 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 performed as a sideman for various artists around the world at venues such as the BPC (Boston, MA), Antone’s (Austin, TX), Technopolis Music Hall, Vrahon 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 (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 five nationwide tours (USA & Japan).
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), 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 (Athens, 2014) and LAB Music Education (Athens, 2015), and has participated in workshops and summer camps throughout that time. As a gear demonstrator, he has collaborated with Nick Silver Pickups, Tsakalis Audioworks and Jam pedals.
During the last 5 years Babis has been part of or led various projects; most notably: The Deep throat sessions, Roxy Roca, Gumbo Ya Ya, Smart as Bait, The Hoochie Koos, Guitar Talk (weekly open workshop), Stanton Moore’s trio in Athens, Lantsias Trio+, Reiner Wietzel & Athens Underground, D.Lynch Quintet.