Vassilis Podaras (aka Billy Pod) was born in Athens,Greece in 1988.
He started playing drums at the age of 11. His musical studies include 6 years of classical piano and
violin lessons. At the age of 18 he was accepted at the jazz department of the Ionian university of Corfu
and 5 years later he got his Bachelor degree and later his Masters degree in jazz performance.
From 2009 he is one of the most active musicians in the Greek jazz scene collaborating and performing
internationally at festivals and venues in Europe,USA and Asia. Tivon Pennicott, Jd Walter , Emmet
Cohen ,Rufus Reid ,Bobby Sanabria ,Manfred Schoof ,Olivier Temime ,Timo Lassy ,Dean Bowman ,George
Kontrafouris ,Takis Paterelis ,Vasilis Rakopoulos ,Dimos Dimitriadis ,Dimitri Vasilakis ,Vasilis Xenopoulos
,Nikolas Anadolis among others are some of his latest collaborations.
He is member of the band the Next Step Quintet (latest release feat.Tivon Pennicott)