Billy Pod (aka Vassilis Podaras) was born in Athens, Greece in 1988 and started playing drums at the age of 11.
His musical studies include six 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 five 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 Next Step Quintet (latest release feat. Tivon Pennicott) and he is soon going to release his debut album entitled ‘Drums to heal society’ which is a blend of electronic, contemporary jazz elements.