The band “Syndromo” virtually sprung from the residues of the band “Liza” in the Greek music scene in 1980. Their first work was created in the summer of 1979 on the island of Ios, where Nikos Ginis was working as a DJ. The following winter, on his returning from Paris, there is set the basis for a group through a series of rehearsals, and a unique sound, influenced from new wave, funk as well as hard rock, is starting to form.
In January of 1982, Panos Katsikiotis (Chiko) replaces the initial drummer Antonis Loxas, while in February of 1982 Kostas Theodorakos takes over the bass and Stavros Theodorakos the guitar, both coming from the progressive rock band Habeas Corpus. The band's “godfather” and unofficial manager was Tasos Psaltakis, who urged them to record their own songs so as to release them as an independent production in case of not striking a deal with a record company. The recording began on their own expenses in March-April 1982 at the Cosmosound Studios with Sakis Trikis as sound engineer and Stelios Fotiadis as a producer, recording a total of 12 songs in the format of a live rehearsal. Because of budget issues, Polygram's record producer Makis Milatos managed to secure the necessary funds for the multi-channel recording of the songs and the release of the album on the label Vertigo. In the creation of the album, many session musicians took part, such as Stefanos Stefanakis on flute/clarinet, George Maglaras on violin, Costas "Coco" Efstathiou on percussion/vocals, and Alekos Xintaris on saxophone. All of them took a permanent place in the band, participating in many live gigs that followed.
The album was released in 1982 and the first 1000 copies included a bonus single with 2 unreleased songs recorded live at the club “Kyttaro” the same year. The album’s reviews in the press of the time were overwhelmingly enthusiastic (Argyris Zilos – “Ihos” Magazine Issue no.19, Anestis Martinis – “Mousiko Express” Issue no.26). Furthermore, after a plethora of live performances (Kyttaro, Sofita, etc), the band acquires an unprecedented dynamic that does not go unnoticed from the musical press of the era. The journalist-radio producer Yiannis Petridis gave the group big support featuring on his popular radio show songs from the album.
In June 1982, Stavros Theodorakos leaves the band, and with the help of Stelios Fotiadis as a producer, who also performed as a musician playing the piano in the first album, starts the production of the 12'' maxi single "You/Rizes", on which we accounter the first influences from the Greek tradition, a direction the group had started to take. In September 1982, Kostas Theodorakos would leave and will be replaced by Vassilis Mitropoulos, while in the beginning of 1983 the maxi single will be released which would also meet with great appraisal from the music press (A.K. – “Ihos” Issue no.124). At the same time, Nikos Ginis gets acquainted with Yiannis Kyris, who apart from being an exceptional photographer -after all he had designed the cover of the first album of Syndromo – he had bought in 1982, the pioneering for the era, Synthesizer PPG, which produced a quite distinctive sound color referring to the sophisticated electronic music of Bryan Eno and David Byrne. Based on this sound color and the harmonious integration of elements of the traditional Greek music, there appears a new electro-oriental basis. Eventually Yiannis Kyris became a regular member of the band. In 1983, the first rehearsals for the new material began. At the same time the band played in a music festival in Mytilini, along with Simpligades band, Dr. John and Nikos Bassias. In view of the new sound, Eleni Kalantzopoulou on clarinet and Vangelis Vekios on percussion offer their contribution.
The year of 1984 finds Syndromo in the forefront, as Nikos Ginis along with Panos Iliopoulos were founding members of the music movement MU.SYN.KA, through which a number of successful concerts were given both in the provinces (Aktio Festival - summer 1984) as well as in Athens as headliners (Lycabettus Festival with Lakis Papadopoulos, Scraptown, etc.), Rodeo, Sporting and Amore Theater (20/11/1984). The show at the Amore was filmed by the state television and a track ('To Stigma tis Stigmis') was included four years later in the compilation 'Ihoi tou Chimona'. The recording of the new album started at the studio of Stamatis Spanoudakis with Nontas Antonopoulos as sound engineer and the participation of a number of session musicians, both at the studio and the live performances. Among them was Lena Petris on female vocals, Agis Danos on vocals and guitars and Gerassimos Skouris on bass. The recording was produced by Makis Milatos, but his sudden departure from Vertigo undermined the financial planning of the album, since Polygram didn’t wish to continue the production. The band received proposals from a number of multinational record companies, but there was no substantial interest except for Yiannis Petridis, who advised the band to finish off the recording with their own funds, in order for it to be released from the Greek brunch of Virgin records where Petridis was about to become the director. In front of the deadlock of the recording’s cost and the risk of the loss of the multi-channel reels, Nikos Ginis liquidates part of his family fortune so as to be able to retrieve the multi-channel recordings, which he will then mix in the studio Kyriazis and in the studio of the sound engineer Fragiskos Softas.
With all this material ready, in 1984, the band tours the provinces (Ioannina) making successful live appearances, while in October 1984 they will appear again in Rodeo as well as in solidarity concerts (Propylea with Dimitris Poulikakos, Nikolas Asimos, Litis et al). At the same time, the video-clip for the song "Varos", which will be included in Nikos Mastorakis' "Hellenic Rock" video tape, will be recorded live in the legendary disco Barbarella. At the same period, the artist Nicholas Liber (Nikos Lymberopoulos), who was an intimate friend of Nikos Ginis, will undertake an original creation that would feature on the album cover. The delay in releasing the album coupled with the increasing parallel obligations of the band members, will lead to their joint decision to break up the band at the beginning of 1985.
Since then, Nikolas Ginis will collaborate in the project “Taksidi stin Anatoli” with Petros Tambouris, will work as a producer, musician and orchestrator with Takis Alexiou, Stelios Vamvakaris, Giorgos Michelis and many other musicians and creators, will be manager in Mass Media (902 FM, Top FM, Planet, ERT, EPENDYTIS, SPORT TIME, EXOUSSIA, etc.), will be project manager in all the sound events of the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 53 stadiums in Athens in collaboration with Power Music and Vassilis Dertilis. Currently he runs the multi-dimensional group “Groova Niko” and also “Hellenic Traditional Project”.
Panos Katsikiotis (Chiko), in his turn, will participate as a musician in Dimitris Poulikakos’s Adespota Skylia, in Alla Mandata and Achilles Persides' Notios Ihos. At the same time he will establish Palyrria (1999-2012) and Dubient (2000-2007)and will cooperate as session musician with Lena Platonos, Stamatis Spanoudakis, George Pilali, 667, Giorgos Margaritis, as well as a number of Cretan musicians such as Psarantonis, Yiannis, Giorgis & Lambis Xylouris, Giorgos Manolakis and Antonis Stavrakakis .The latest band he takes part creatively is "Kato Apo to Dentro".
Finally, Yiannis Kyris, apart from his prosperous career as photographer, will record some independent productions such as LifeLine, Pempto Feggari, Eurobasket '87, the single "Black and white", he will take part in ‘Lepidoptera’ of Lena Platonos as the main sound engineer. In 1989 he will share with Marianna Efstratiou the composition of the song "To diko sou asteri", the Greek participation in Eurovision Contest (taking the 9th place). From 1987 till 2007 he wrote the music for 800 TV commercial (jingles). From 2000 up to 2007 he wrote 7 soundtracks for short films. Nowadays he is experimenting, studying and using state-of-the-art digital technology, trying out new sounds and new concepts which he intends to release in an album.