Koen Herfst (1983, The Netherlands) is a versatile drummer, playing rock, metal, pop, hiphop and dance. He is known for his work with one of the biggest DJ’s in the world; ARMIN VAN BUUREN and metal bands I CHAOS, DEW-SCENTED, EPICA, & AFTER FOREVER amongst many other bands and projects. Playing on a professional level since he was 17, he has now played in more than 35 countries for audiences of 18 to 180.000.
Readers of Dutch drum magazine ‘Slagwerkkrant’ recently voted him as #1 rock/metal drummer of the Benelux and #3 in the ‘Drummer’s Drummer’ category. Koen just finished a massive world tour with ARMIN VAN BUUREN where he, as part of the ‘ARMIN ONLY’ show, played drum solo’s in venues like MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (New York), THE FORUM (L.A.), ZIGGODOME (Amsterdam) and COCA COLA DOME (Johannesburg).
Later this year, in autumn (English for ‘Herfst’, what’s in a name!), Koen will release his first solo album “BACK TO BALANCE”; which brings together many (25!) musicians he played with throughout his career. To mention a few: MATS LEVEN (Krux, Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass), COEN JANSSEN (Epica), MARCELA BOVIO (Stream of Passion), MARCEL SINGOR (Holland’s nr. 1 rock guitarist) and DANIEL DE JONGH (Textures). On this album Koen not only plays drums, but also guitar, bass and does vocals as well!
Koen has been making music since he was 18. He started out with programming all sorts of beats in ‘Reason’ and a few years later, when he bought his first guitar and drum kit, he discovered all the cool things he could do with these instruments in combination with his programming skills. Over the years, all the things he had been creating, from Hip hop to Drum ‘n Bass and from Metal to Trance, have been piling up on his computer.
After having gone through some lows in his life, having been close to a burnout, the breaking up of and the ending of a long-term relationship, Koen took a trip down memory lane in going through all what he had created in the past and decided to use these as the basis for producing an instrumental album. Koen called in the help of some of the musicians he had worked with in the past and started to work out some of the material he found to turn them into the compositions he was looking for to compile his album. During this process and to his own surprise, he learned that the material they had been working on provided a basis to include lyrics as well. While reflecting on his recent experiences in his personal life -- and for the first time in his life -- Koen devoted himself to writing lyrics as well. Before he knew it, creating this album became a journey to find his way ‘Back To Balance’, hence the title of his first solo album.
Koen is official endorser for TAMA drums, ZILDJIAN cymbals, EVANS drumheads, BALBEX drumsticks (Koen Herfst signature), ROLAND electronics, HARDCASE hardcases.