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Hans Eijkenaar
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Artist Biography

Everything you need to know in one spot.

  • Band/Affiliation: Gino Vannelli / Natalia / Roger Hodgson
  • Country: Netherlands

Hans was born in the Netherlands in 1963 and became a professional musician at the age of 19. His main instrument is drumset but he is also trained in percussion, orchestral percussion, vibraphone and piano.The list of artists he has worked with is many and varied.

From his jazz work with Woody Shaw, Bill Hardman, Junior Cook, Dee Daniels, Toots Thielemans, Michiel Borstlap, Hans Dulfer, Ferdinand Povel, Bart Lier, Peter Guidi, Toon Roos, Karel Boehlee, Mike del Ferro, Thijs van Leer and Jimmy Haslip, to his Pop works with Candy Dulfer, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Angela Groothuizen, Robby Valentine, Rick de Vito, Rob de Nijs, Hans de Booy, Jody Pijper, Dilana Smith, Rob Janssen, Nadieh, Hans Dulfer, Valensia, Gordon, Rene Froger, Herman Brood, Barry Hay, Dana Winner and many others.

Hans has an extremely hectic schedule of live and recording work and has been voted #1 "Drummers Drummer" and "Rockdrummer" for the Benelux for 2001 and 2002 in Holland's top percussion magazine Slagwerkkrant. Hans: "Drumming is a rough trade?! Have you ever worked in a coalmine?"

Hans is currently playing in the European band of Gino Vannelli and performs at summerfestivals with Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) in Germany, Spain and Portugal.

He was voted the nr1 drummer/rock drummer in The Benelux from 2000-2008 in the yearly reader's poll of the Benelux drums and percussion magazine.

Bands 2009: Gino Vannelli, Natalia (Belgium), Roger Hodgson, many studio sessions throughout the Benelux.

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