Biography

Born and raised in the Netherlands…

I started drumming at age 9. I studied drums in a group at a local music school, Trias, until the age of 11. Of course hitting the classic pots and pans before that. After that I proceeded to follow drum lessons at Codarts (conservatory of Rotterdam) for one year. At the age of 13, I went to study drums at Drumschool Voorburg and followed lessons by Paul Reijenga. From here on out, I took music more seriously as I knew that this was what I wanted to do professionally. I started a band with some high-school friends and recorded two singles, this was my first real studio session. However, this group would soon fall apart due to lack of management. After 3 years of lessons, studying the fundamentals of drumming, I started following coaching lessons at the Groove Impact Academy given by Juan van Emmerloot in 2016. From the year 2017, I also followed drum lessons given by Matthijs de Ridder and Milan Pestel and followed music theory lessons given bij Robin Meerkel in pursuit of a new direction: studying the essence of jazz/improvisation music. This all the while I was still finishing school. In the summer of 2017 I started composing my own songs to express myself and all that happened personally in summer 2016 until summer 2017.

Eventually I wanted something else…

…A new start. I applied for ‘the school for young talent’ at the Royal Conservatory The Hague for my senior year in high school (September 2017 – May 2018). I met Sergio Abdoelrahman and after a year of playing we formed a jazz ensemble: The Simio Jazz Trio (now SIMIO). June 9th we recorded their debut EP Delusional at Vanmerloot Music Pros, which was released by label New Jazz Adventure.

I started to develop my own sound and philosophies, which resulted in me venturing out independently in 2018 (after I finished school). With these philosophies, I started gaining different perspectives on matters music related. I did a research paper to explore harmony theoretically, started developing lessons and routes, searching for the essentials of (for example) groove. This led to the Jazz Experience.

October 24th marks the date I led my first, self-developed workshop “Drum Solo’s”.

Around the same time he started a new group, co-led with Benjamin Tetteroo. A long time friend (since age 4) who studied music along with me all throughout the years. This group is called Sonorous.

While gaining knowledge over the music business, managing a band and developing my entrepreneurial skills, studying drums and playing is my main focus.

April 6th 2019 SIMIO recorded a new EP where the maturing of the group comes through. April 13th 2019 Sonorous recorded their first EP. A lot of exiting stuff! I even managed to get de Regentenkamer to work with SIMIO, to create a special release concert in het Koorenhuis. Which is a milestone for me and the band.