Dimitris Varelopoulos was born in Athens. He studied musicology (B.Sc‐M.A) at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as music theory and composition at the Municipal Music Conservatory in Moschato. He is a PhD candidate at University of Hildesheim in the department of Ethnomusicology, under the supervision of PD. Dr Julio Mendívil. His dissertation, based on an one year field work in an athenian recording studio, explores the “Sound Recording” puRng it in a wider socio‐ cultural discourse, about the anthropological perspectives of sound.
He is currently working on a paper entitled “Producing Éntechno: amalgamation and Hybridization in a Controversial Musical Style” intended for a collective volume edited by Dafni Tragaki, under the title “Made in Greece : Studies in Popular Music”. Routlege Global Popular Music Series, Franco Fabri & Goffredo Plastino (ed.).
Dimitris is also establishing member of the band "Checkmate in two flats", he plays Greek island lute,mandolin, bouzouki, guitar and he's a singer and a composer. His musical collaborations feature: Orfeas Peridis, Dionysis Savopoulos, Melina Kana, Melina Aslanidou, Nikos Grapsas, Nikos Xydakis and more. He has also worked as a producer and arranger with extended discography. He has also worked as a lute tutor at the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia ‐ Greece. In year 2000 he co‐founded "IHOTRON", the overarching company for Ihotron Recording Studio and Ihotron Productions. He is a member of BEAM (Berlin Ethnomusicology and the Anthropology of Music Research Group).