Elias Mavrias

Elias Mavrias

Elias Mavrias is a drummer based in Athens, Greece. Born in August 1984 and raised in Nafplion, a small town in southern Greece, he began drumming at the age of 14 for the junior-high school band. While attending the Sociology department of Panteion University of Athens, Elias played the drums for several college hard rock and metal bands, such as “Sleepy Hollow” and “VAMOS” and after being dismissed from his service in the Armed Forces, he joined the pop-rock band “Elxis” for about a year. In April 2010 he left Elxis and alongside with the tremendous vocalist/guitarist Nikos Poniros and the versatile bass player Ermis Adamidis, they formed the “Jethro Talibans”. For almost 3 years the band appeared in several venues in Greece and released a single-EP. In January 2013, Poniros passed away due to brain aneurysm. The band, after a short hiatus, continued mostly touring than recording. In April 2017, 4 years after Poniros' passing away and several changes to the lineup, the band was renamed to "Strain Rate". Elias quit the band in November 2017.

Elias’ playing style combines classic and progressive rock patterns with elements from Greek traditional and folk music, as well as metal, blues and afro-Cuban rhythms. He cites Nicko McBrain, Giorgos Trantalidis, Vassilis Vassilatos, Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Ignacio Berroa, Steve Gadd and John Bonham as his major influences.

Elias is well known for playing rather big drum kits, accompanied with electronic samples and many percussion instruments and chimes.

Elias endorses R-Stick drumsticks since October 2011 and since February 2012 Elias is the first official Soultone Cymbals endorser in Greece.

My Soultone Set: 

6" Custom Brilliant Splash
7" Extreme Splash
7" Gospel Splash
8" Custom Brilliant Splash
10" Custom Brilliant Hats
12" Extreme China
12" Custom Brilliant China
14" Extreme Hats
15" Extreme Crash
16" FXO Crash
16" FXO China
17" Custom Brilliant Crash
18" Extreme Crash
20" Extreme Ride
22" Gospel China