Klaas de Somer
Drum Demons ft. Cesar Zuiderwijk
Michael Schack (host)
Winning multiple awards as one of the finest modern drummers to explode on to the scene in 2014, German Anika Nilles is proof that it is never too late to start. She didn’t take up the sticks professionally until she turned 26, but she has never looked back since. “Anikas international notoriety had been earned precisely because of her willingness to commit to traveling down an uncharted, unpaved road. As it turned out, an unprecedented number of us were ready and willing to go along for the ride” (Modern Drummer). Playing with sophistication, style and a musical finesse, she is an inspiration to women the world over in what has been a traditionally male-dominated industry. Boasting over 20 million views on her original songs, she turned out as an initiator of the “modern age” of todays drumming scene. Fierce and determined, she pours over her kit creating melodies through rhythmic complexities that normally sit within other sections of the band.
Working out of Mannheim Germany, Anika spent many years building up her notoriety through live performances and video content which truly connects with her audiences. The intimate solid grooves that surge through her inner spirit are played out on the skins in a way rarely experienced these days. When you think of legendary drummers like Ginger Baker or Bernard Purdie, you get an inkling of the abilities she possesses.
Anika’s sound is a melting pot of influences ranging from modern Jazz, Funk, Rock, Pop, and anything in-between. Her vibrant personality as a performer is etched on her face as she explores every opportunity to build a new narrative from behind the drum riser.
Goossens is vooral bekend als drummer van de Antwerpse rockband Triggerfinger. Hij begon zijn carrière bij Hoodoo Club en speelde ook bij extreminator, Hooverphonic, Noordkaap, Monza en de Britse band Winterville. Als producer werkte hij mee aan albums van The Black Box Revelation, Jacle Bow, Steak Number Eight, Anton Walgrave, Team William, Roza Parks, Rusty Roots en The Damned and Dirty. Verder speelde hij als sessiemuzikant tal van nummers in voor onder andere Arsenal, Tom Helsen, Milow, Creature with the Atom Brain en Cowboys and Aliens.
In 2019 startte Goossens samen met de Nederlandse drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk (Golden Earring) het muzikale project Sloper. In 2020 verscheen de debuut–ep Sloper op het onafhankelijke platenlabel Suburban.
Virgil’s drumming has arguably been at the leading edge for many decades, with his accomplished compositional and orchestration skills also gaining recognition. Never one to seek approval or security, he has maintained an introspective, independent mind, transcending traditional boundaries, always alert to the possibilities beyond the norm.
At the age of 16, Virgil turned pro to enable him to tour and focus on music, and he has since devoted his whole life to his art. The motivation has been his endless and restless pursuit to express himself through his playing.
During his formal years in his homeland Australia, he carved a path in the pop-rock scene culminating in multi platinum success with his band Southern Sons, at the same time pushing progressive and fusion boundaries with Loose Change, and On The Virg.
He has recorded and toured with the likes of Planet X, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, Tony MacAlpine, Kiko Loureiro, Bunny Brunel, Scott Henderson, Steve Walsh, and the Virgil Donati Band, amongst many others.
Klaas De Somer is drummer bij onder andere Tourist Lemc, Eefje De Visser, Selah Sue, J. Bernardt, Faces On TV, Stellar Legions en Pomrad. Bij Tourist Lemc is hij ook Musical Director van de band.
Daarnaast focust hij zich vooral op zijn persoonlijke ontwikkeling als muzikant en geeft hij privélessen.
Drum Demons is the percussion group of the well-known drummers Cesar Zuiderwijk (Golden Earring, Sloper) and Koen Herfst (a.o. Armin van Buuren and Vandenberg) together with other top drummers and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Harrison Young. Different every time, from special act to full set, every time with a lot of drum violence on fat dance beats and catchy tracks!
Host of Herfstfest Antwerp is the one and only drumhero MICHAEL SCHACK!