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Tim van Emmerloot

Marking my name in music with vision and hoping to inspire others to do the same...

About Me

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.

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2019-06-23

I love jazz because it gives me a platform to express myself in music, be innovative and inspire others, be that with compositions, presentation, passion or just working hard! I was first exposed to jazz in 2016, so pretty recently... However, my ideas and philosophies developed quickly and my curiosity keeps me exploring rhythmic harmonies, language and even concert organisation and management! The best show I ever attended was The Bad Plus and Or Bareket Quartet. Purely for the passion, the intelligence and the boldness. They make music in their own ways. Especially The Bad Plus is an inspiration, because they bring the rock and roll mindset to jazz and innovate within their own sound. My advice to new listeners is: Don't get in the mode of "jazz is this or that, jazz is superior". I like the term "improvisational music" more. That's what attracts me the most, anyway... Jazz is FUN and means moving forward (to me). Yes, check out the greats!! But keep in mind that they didn't want for all studying musicians to keep playing what they played, I think they wanted us to move forward and innovate, just like they did. I try to bring all these things to my group SIMIO... We try to get that rock and roll mindset by just doing what we want. There are too many "standard" records STILL being made! Jazz is about moving forward, coming from a social necessity. Let's continue that spirit! I think music is the tool to change everything. Music connects... Music moves...

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