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Billy Pod

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)

MUSICIAN Born:

Vassilis Podaras

Awarded on the Top 10 New drummers for 2019 by French ''Batterie Magazine’’ Greek drummer Vassilis Podaras (aka Billy Pod) has performed in festivals and venues in Europe, USA and Asia.At the same time he remains one of the most in demand drummers in the Greek music scene for more than ten years. The music from his debut album 'drums to heal society' has already attracted the attention of press, media, and fans in 14 countries.

Remains(Live at Jazz in the City)

Label: Re-Define Productions
Released: 2019
Track listing: Goldon; Lost; Remains Intro; Remains; On the Wave; Darkest Hour;

NEWS: RECORDING

Greek drummer and composer Billy Pod releases Drums to Heal Society on Puzzlemusik

Greek drummer and composer Billy Pod releases Drums to Heal Society on Puzzlemusik

Drums to Heal Society—contemporary jazz that draws on elements of free improvisation, pop-electronica and rock to create a sound of unified diversity mirroring human experience in modern society. “Billy is an accomplished composer and arranger with both a great command of his instrument and the sensitivity to create authentic music with others.’’ —Tivon Pennicott, Saxophonist for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Billy Pod: Drums To Heal Society

Read "Drums To Heal Society" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Athens-based drummer Vassilis Podaras, going by the name of Billy Pod, has been an active musician on the contemporary Greek jazz scene for over ten years and now decides it's the right time to record and release his debut album Drums To Heal Society. With the exception of Feist's “Limit To Your Love," all of the ...

Drums To Heal Society

Label: Puzzlemusik
Released: 2018
Track listing: Void; Minor Mystery; Reminiscence; L.; One Heart; Limit to Your Love; Dark Passenger; Drums to Heal Society; Connection; Billy Pod; Healing (Reprise).


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