Panagiotis explains that when he was 14 years old he bought his first drum kit, second-hand, from a shop in Plaka. Later, his grandfather bought him some other drums.
When I was still in elementary school, at 9 years old, I would take wooden sticks from my father’s shop and I would sit and play. After some time I got the second-hand drum kit that cost two thousand drachma – at that time an average salary was about 12 thousand drachma – and I had given two thousand for the drums: Hollywood.
When he was in the army, he kept playing drums in the afternoons, when they would finish the training.
I would go play in a small room in the cafeteria and one time I got really into it and the commander passed by and watched me through the window. A lot of time passed and when I turned around I saw him looking at me with a look between irony and congratulations […] I mean to say that wherever I was, I would play drums, including in the army. In Avlona, I would play in the music group we had. Sometimes in the Christmas holidays, or at Easter… when we were younger, about 17 years old, we would give concerts in cinemas. There are photos where we have long hair. I have photos but I haven’t seen them in many years because they bring me melancholy, they remind me that we had a lot of skill in music and all that.
In 2018, when I was in therapy, I was also in the music group and I would play drums, as well as while I was in rehabilitation where I was for one year. Every afternoon I would go, take the drumsticks, I had put pillows, a chair, and a blanket so that it would be soft and I would play with a timer that was given to me by a teacher at a music school in Ilioupoli, who was recommended to me by my personal therapist and I used to go there and he would teach me for 2-3 hours a week, with sheet music. What I was taught there, I would play it in the afternoon in the guest room, with the timer, to learn to play with the right times. Even there, without instruments, I would play drums. I would also go to a studio in Kypseli, but I haven’t been there in many years. It’s something that attracts me. I could easily buy a drum kit right now, not a very expensive one, 250 euros. But the thing is that I live in an apartment building […]