Kostis Gardikis was born in Athens in 1979.
He has studied classical guitar (degree 2000, Thalis Conservatory with professor Eleni Skarkou), harmony and composition with Eleni Skarkou and Argyris Kallianiotis and vocals with Christoforos Stampoglis and Mina Giannopoulou.
He also has a degree in Pharmacy (2003), a Master's degree (2005) and a PhD (2010) in nanotechnology from the University of Athens, Department of Pharmacy and works as a musician and researcher in the field of natural product innovation.
With the nickname “Dance with Invisible Partners”, he composes music and does sound design and production for theater, film and visual poetry while performing live dark pop shows either solo or as a quartet. His works have been presented live in Greece, France, Italy, England, Switzerland and Japan. His music is influenced by the baroque, the avant-garde and electronic scene, minimalism, punk and rebetiko.
Indicative theatrical performances where he has participated as composer and / or as sound designer are: Black Light (Directed by Maria Louiza Papadopoulou, 2013), Buy me (Directed by Natasa Daliani, 2016), Sexton and the Coyotes (Directed by), Three damaged works (Directed by Charilaos Trouvas, 2019), Cordelia – A daughter’s leap (Directed by Maria Antigoni Fryda, 2020).
He has also composed the soundtrack of the feature-length documentary "Laboratorio Grecia" directed by Jacopo Brogi (2019).
His first studio album "Honey" was released in October 2018 as an independent production. It includes nine dark alternative pop songs, with elements of electronic, classical and oriental music.
His second studio album "#artificial" will be released in September 2021.
He is also a founding member, composer, sound designer and producer of the experimental collective "lokatola", with which he released in 2020 the album "monotonia roth" from the company "A Man out of a Man”