For me, it all started in the attic of my parents’ house. My dad had a big white Remo drum kit which I discovered at the age of three. He gave me a pair of drumsticks and taught me to play the acoustic version of ‘Layla’ (Eric Clapton) and ‘Another 45 Miles To Go’ (Golden Earring). From that moment I knew this was what I wanted to do. From then I grew up with the music of Golden Earring, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Bryan Adams and later bands such as Nickelback and Alterbridge.
At the age of four I started my first drumming lessons. After 18 months of lessons and having Cesar Zuiderwijk (Golden Earring) as my drum hero, my parents gave me the opportunity to have drum lessons at Cesar’s music school. I learned a lot from Cesar himself, and without him I would never have laid down such strong foundations as a drummer at this young age.
Alongside Cesar, I also learned a lot from the three great teachers I had at his music school. At the age of fourteen I decided to move on by myself and took a few lessons from different drummers. My goal? To find out who I was as drummer and create my own style. After a few years of practising I started playing in bands at the age of seventeen.
From then on I played in cover bands, my band THE RED17, with Jasper Mook, did studio sessions and became the drummer and producer for up-and-coming American guitar hero Eric Steckel.
Besides playing drums, I tend to hear instruments and music in a certain way. This led me to feel I also wanted to be a producer. I wanted to project how I hear music into a physical product and share it directly with the world without having to depend on others.