Akis Tourkogiorgis & The Blue Airways
Makis Gioulis was born in Athens in 1971. His talent in drums became obvious at a very young age since he grew up in a musical family. He attended the acclaimed "Classical Percussion" Program at the National Conservatory of Athens (1986 – 1992) where he excelled in timpani and classical snare drum.
Since 1990 Makis has been playing and touring professionally. He has worked with some of the most notable artists of the Greek music scene, having participated in their recordings, concerts, and TV shows. Socrates, Yannis Spathas, Antonis Tourkogiorgis, “The Idols”, Demis Roussos, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Kostas Tournas, Eleni Vitali, Mario Frangoulis, Michalis Hatzigiannis, Christos Dantis are just some of the artists Makis has worked with throughout the years.
Makis' most significant collaboration, which propelled his career and placed him amongst the top Greek drummers, was with the internationally acclaimed Greek progressive rock group “Socrates Drank the Conium”, most affectionately known as “Socrates” (2002 – 2010).
Since March 2010 Makis has been a member of “Akis Tourkogiorgis & The Blue Airways”, a classic rock / hard rock band led by one of Greece's premiere guitarists, Akis Tourkogiorgis. They released their debut CD “Three Days of 1969” in 2012 (Gavrielides Publishing). The band has been playing all the major rock clubs in Athens. Since February 2015, “The Blue Airways” has been playing sold out concerts with the legendary guitarist Yannis Spathas (“Socrates”).
Makis has been teaching drum lessons privately; he has also taught at the famous Art Music School Yiorgos V. Fakanas.