My Music Journey
Dimitris Liolios was born in Athens, where he has based his entire musical career mainly in Greek alternative and progressive music. Self-taught initially on guitar and piano, he has been writing music, lyrics, and singing from a young age. His live performances started during his school years.
At the age of 16, wanting to move beyond school bands, he became a member of the legendary Greek group Lethe & Tryke. Among the many performances of the band, he participated with them in the historic series of concerts titled “Sounds of Winter” with the cream of rock artists of that era.
Subsequently, his musical explorations brought him closer to traditional music and to Lakis Halkias, where he participated as a musician in his concerts for a long time, playing a twelve-string guitar.
Continuing his musical quest, the next “station” was Cuban music, participating in musical groups with members of Apurimac and Rasta De Combre. He then performed with Martha Moreleon and later participated for two seasons in the concerts of the Katsimixa brothers playing bass and singing.
He also participated as a musician on their legendary album “Tis Agapis Maheria”.
He was introduced to the music industry by Manos Xydous after they met during one of Dimitris’ performances, where Manos happened to be in attendance. In 1996, Dimitris signed a contract with Minos – EMI Greece for the CD album “To Skotadi Kaigetai” (1998 – Minos / EMI), followed by “Mia Thalassa Pou Agriespe” (2000 – Victoria / BMG), “Ti Einai I Agapi Telika?” (2009 – AYLOS), and the digital release “Ta Logia Tis Psychis” (2011 – Music mirror – Kathreftis) in the following years.
From 2011 to today, there have been individual releases, with the most recent being his collaboration with the legendary Italian band Nomadi, covering and performing their hit “Io voglio vivere” in Greek with George Chatzis under the title “Thelo na ime edo.”
Along his journey, he has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the Greek music industry, such as Lavrentis Machairitsas, Yiannis Zouganelis, Panos Mouzourakis, Sofia Vossou, Yiannis Giokarinis, Christos Dantis, Sofia Arvaniti, and many others.
He has also worked with international musicians such as Michael Paouris, Menios Pasialis, and Italian drummer Nunzio Favia.
In 2009, Microsoft selected one of his songs, “Stormy Eyes” with music by him and lyrics by Jan Caroll, along with artists from around the world, as part of the first Windows 7 campaign under the title “Sponsored Songs”.
In 2011, he wrote music to Manos Sfyrakis’ lyrics titled “Elpis” which was performed by Psarantonis.
In 2015, he participated, along with other Greek artists, in the collectible CD “Xanadiavazontas ton Miki” arranging and covering the song “To treno fevgei stis 8” with music by Mikis Theodorakis and lyrics by Manos Eleftheriou, while Erasmia Manou performed it.
He has composed music for theater and contemporary dance performances. Since 2016, in addition to his live performances, he has also acted in his own productions, which have a distinctive music-theatrical character.
In 2020-21, amidst lockdowns and the pandemic, his musical presence has been constant, releasing new songs and simultaneously preparing new material for himself and other artists.
In the winter of 2022, he released a digital album titled “Distance” featuring 13 instrumental compositions inspired by the search for his inner self.
Currently, he is working on songs with lyrics in Greek, English, and Italian.