Onirama the Band were formed in 2000 by Thodoris (singer) and Dionysis (Bass) who met during their military service. Other founding members were the brothers Giorgos (Guitar) and Dimitris (drums) while several months later Kostas (violin, vocals, percussion, harmonica).
Their first performances took place at Mesogeios, a venue in Thessaloniki. Their initial band name was ‘Mixin Up The Medicine’ inspired by Bob Dylan’s song “Subterranean Homesick Blues”. The energy and passion they brought, and still do, in their live performances earned them the love and respect of Thessaloniki’s crowd, meanwhile pushing them to take their musical career more seriously. In October 2003 Christos (Keyboards, vocals) was added to the group as they began performing in bigger venues such as “MYLOS”, “SHARK”, “RODON CLUB” in Athens and various Summer Festivals. During that time the band changes their name to Onirama (short for “Our Dreams” in Greek). Their first gigs as Onirama at the “Malt & Jazz Club” in October of 2004 made them the talk of the town as the venue began drawing larger and larger crowds. Meanwhile the band have started writing their own songs and are seeking a recording deal.
In December 2005 their debut album titled “Diskolos Kairos Gia Prigkipes”(roughly translated “Tough Times For Princes”) is released via Lyra Records. The album consists of 10 songs, all providing their characteristic pop/rock sound. The album was later nominated for an “ARION AWARD” for Best Band (at the time the most prestigious award in Greece”).
In January 2006 participated in the modern musical “Fruitopia” of Evgenios Trivizas, directed by Constantinos Rigos, playing live music while continuing their performances in the city of Thessaloniki.
In January 2007, Constantinos Rigos directs Onirama’s first music video of the song “Mia mera tha’rtheis”, a cover version of Mike Rozakis original tune. On February 21st they play alongside multiplatinum selling Greek singer Antnonis Remos at a special secret concert organized by Greece’s number one Music TV Channel, MAD TV. After that they start playing in Athens at the Club Baraonda in front of a sell out crowd on a weekly basis. In the summer of 2007 Onirama embark on their first tour of Greece alongside Antonis Remos.
In December of 2007 the band agrees to perform at the “Cinema Live Stage” in Athens, a move that would change their lives forever. They sold out every single one of their performances until April of 2008 becoming the talk of the town and a must-see act once again. Their appearances at the “Cinema Live Stage” are memorable to this day.
In June 2008 Onirama release their second album titled “Klepsydra”(“Hourglass”). The album’s first single “I Mpalanta tou Trelou”(“The Ballad Of The Insane”) becomes the soundtrack of WIND Mobile’s National campaign. That summer the band went on their second National tour to promote the album. On August 1, they were the opening act in Lenny Kravitz’s concert in Athens. On their last stop of their summer tour they are joined on stage by Danish rock band Grand Avenue. In the meantime they are awarded with a “Mad Video Music Award” and a “Status Men’s Award” for Best Band. The Album “Klespydra” is certified Gold while the title track reaches the number one spot of the National Airplay chart where it remained for nine weeks.
In January 2009 they begin performing at “Anodos Stage” in Athens where once again they draw sell out crowds. In March 2009 the band members are declared as Heralds of Volunteerism for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Athens.In September they were announced among the nominees for Best International Act at the “2009 MTV Europe Music Awards”. In December Onirama headline MAD TV’s Secret Concert singing on stage with guests such as Italian singer Giusy Ferreri, Romanian pop act Akcent, and the Chicago Mass Choir.
In December of 2009, Onirama release their third album titled “Horis Atia”(“For No Reason”) which consists of two new songs and several covers of their previously released songs but this time featuring other famous multiplatinum Greek artists including Dionysis Savopoulos, Aphrodite Manou, Babis Stokas, Stereo Mike, Myronas Stratis, Melina Aslanidou, Georgia Kefala and Andriana Babali.
Three of their songs (“Klepsydra”, “Oti den exeis”, “Paradwsou”) were included in the year-end Top 100 National & International Airplay Chart.
During the winter of 2009-10 Onirama would perform alongside famous greek musician Mihalis Hatzigiannis in Athens.
In April 2010 Onirama headlined Fresh Radio's 1st Garage Party which drew massive media attention while the performance was later aired on National TV by the country's number one Television network "MEGA Channel"
In June 2010 they once again won the “MAD Video Music Award” for best band while being among the nominees for six other categories including “Best Song”.
In the summer of 2010 they went on a National tour with Greek pop singer and Helena Paparizou meanwhile recording their fourth studio album due to be released in November 2010 produced by Greg Haver (manic street preachers, Melanie C, catatonia, tom jones)
Overall, ten of the band’s songs have reached the Top 5 of the Nielsen National & International Airplay Charts while two of them have reached number 1.
Both their debut and second album have been certified platinum.