Here are some of the drummers that most influenced me in the past and still inspire me a lot.

Metal drummers:

  • Gene Hoglan (Death, Strapping Young Lad)
  • Thomas Haake (Meshuggah)
  • Sean Reinert (Cynic, Death)
  • Ed Warby (Gorefest)
  • Peter Wildoer (Darkane)
  • Henry Ranta (Soilwork)
  • Dirk Verbeuren (Scarve, Soilwork)
  • Jan Axel Blomberg a.k.a ‘Hellhammer’ (Mayhem, Arcturus, Winds)
  • Trym (Emperor, Zyklon)

Not so metal drummers:

  • Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa)
  • Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
  • Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
  • Gavin Harrisson (Porcupine Tree)
  • Steve Smith (Vital Information e.a.)
  • Virgil Donati (Steve Vai e.a.)
  • Will Calhoun (Living Colour)

I strongly believe in broadening your horizons, not only in life but also in music and thus in drumming. Injecting inspiration from styles that you don’t really play, can really untie some hidden knots in your playing.