Consoul Training consists of Ioannis Efthimiou (better known as Jay Eff) and Stauros Billios (known as Esbi). They both were born in Agrinio, a small town in the west of Greece. They both pursued a career in the industry of music in their own ways. They didn’t know each other. The one thing that united them was music. When teenagers, they both collected CDs and vinyl.
In 1996, Jay started his own radio show. The show was devoted to house and dance music. It should be pointed out that Jay was the first to start a show devoted to these styles of music. This was also the time when he started taking piano lessons. He learned to play piano for 2 years with a professional teacher and then continued doing it on his own.
Esbi and Jay met each other in person only in 1999 when they started working on the same radio station. Since they both have always been dreaming of producing their own music, they didn’t hesitate to start their own project. Consoul Trainin appeared in 2000. Jay explains that the name of the band means “music that brings stereo and console in one’s sole”.
The same year, they moved in to a bigger city, the city of Ioannina where there were more chances for then in terms of their careers.