Born 1982, in Athens, Greece, Yiannis was raised in the city, a setting in which he was exposed to a variety of music scenes. From a young age he exhibited an overwhelming passion and zeal for music. His obsession made him search his inner self for something unique. Something he only could find on his own.
His quest started when he was seven. He fell in love with the sound of the sax being influenced by listening to the twelve inch records of Dave Brabeck, which his father owned. After consulting a music instructor, he was advised to start with the flute to learn the fundamentals of the winds and music theory. At the age of fourteen he obtained his first sax. He played for the school orchestra and for various local concerts learning more and more every time.
At the same time he found himself at parties not just to have a good time, but as an individual that tried to entertain others with his unique music selections. Being influenced from the booming electronic music era, and DJs’ such as John Digweed, Sasha and Paul Van Dyk, he played at more and more parties practicing his dj skills.
In the mean time dPen’s other passion were sports. From a young age he was enrolled in a variety of sports such as karate (shotokan), kick boxing, basketball, track and field. He finally found the thrill and excitement he was looking for in baseball. He played for the Greek team Marousi 2004 earning four consecutive championships and also a spot on the Greek national team.
After finishing high school he was accepted into the Physical Education department of the University of Athens. As a University student he needed some extra cash, so he decided to turn his need into something productive. He got a job as a DJ at a local bar.
After working in a lot of bars and small clubs all over Athens, he concluded that being a good dj just wasn’t enough. He decided that he should use his time, energy, passion and talent for music not just to entertain people through others music, but also through his own.
After a lot of hard work and endless hours on his pc, and in the meantime being a novice to the field, he managed to finish his first three songs in August of 2005. Those songs were immediately signed from 1shot Recs and supported by world famous DJ/producer Hernan Cattaneo.
To the present moment, dPen has released songs in various respectable labels in the progressive house scene, like Deep Focus, Subliminal, Lost Language, Presslab, Tiesto’s Black Hole Recs, Ready Mix Records, Restart, Feral Code, Mestija, Sutil , Bonzai, The Sound of Everything and many many more
His tracks remixed by big star producers like: Moonbeam, Pole Folder, Guy J, Mashtronic, Presslab Boys, Madoka, Clubbervision, IB, Eelke Kleijn, Jay Lumen, Federico Epis, Dariush, 7G, Brusca, Nicolas Coronel, Facundo Mohrr, Pablo Roma, Nick Robson, Daneel, Blue Room Project and many more and have had the support of all the big dj’s like Hernan Cattaneo, Sasha, John Digweed, Nick Warren, Tiesto , Paul Van Dyk , Armin Van Buuren among others.
dPen as a DJ is performing almost all year long in Europe and trying to push his name forward through his music and also through his DJ sets.
His radio show "Boarding Pass" has been broadcasted since 2005 in Frisky Radio, DI.fm, Danceradioglobal and through several local fm radio stations.
dPen is the first underground artist to have his own Iphone application in the iTunes store to be in constant communication with his fans.