Dimitris Panagoulias was born in Thessaloniki in 1974.He studied at the School of Agricultural Science, of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.He has played the drums since the age of 15 with various rock bands, and in 1997 he started studying Greek traditional music and percussion (bendir, rek, davul and darabuka), at Dimitris Barbas’ Greek department of the D. Agostini School of Drumming. He has taken darabuka seminars with Misirli Ahmet and Levent Yildirim.
He has also taken courses of Byzantine music with Panagiotis Drakopoulos and Sakis Axenopoulos, of oud with Ziad Rajab and Kyriakos Tapakis, as well as of tabla and Indian rhythms with Sakis Laios.He’s currently playing with the bands Loxandra, Ragafary, and with Dilek Koç.
He has also worked with the Ziad Rajab Ensemble, Yeden, Contrabando, Neas Ionias’ Estudiantina, and numerous Greek and foreign artists, such as , Chico Freeman, Kostas Magginas, Vaggelis Kontopoulos, Giannis Giakoumakis, Kostas Vomvolos, Dimitris Nikoloudis, David Lynch, Peter Salchev, Nikos & Giasemi Saragoudas, Christos Zotos, Lefteris Zervas, Christos Tsiamoulis, Glykeria, Kariofilis Doitsidis, Talat, Dimitris Barbas, Markos Skoulios, , Manos Ahalinotopoulos, and several others.
He has participated in music and dance festivals and concerts in Greece, Switzerland, Italy, France, U.S.A, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Cyprus and Serbia. He’s also teaching traditional percussions on a regular basis.He has worked for the National Theatre of Northern Greece in “Twelfth Night” (direction: E. Gabrielidis, music: F. Tsalahouris), “An Italian Straw Hat” (direction: N. Nikolaou, music: N. Kypourgos), and “Fragments from Euripides’ Vakhes” (direction: T. Ratzos, music K. Vomvolos).
During the 2010-2011 theatrical season, he has participated, as a member of the “Loxandra” ensemble, in the production of the successful play “Loxandra” (direction: S. Hatzakis, music supervision: F. Baxevani).
He has participated in recordings for the “Loxandra” ensemble, Ziad Rajab,Nostos, “Empirotechnes”, Sakis Xenoudis, Kostas Bravakis, Dimitris Nikoloudis and several others. He has collaborated with Giorgos Psaltis for the musical arrangement of Dilek Koç’s album, “Sevdalim aman”, while he's responsible for the arrangement of Koç’s current album, “Suvenir de Salonique”.