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Koen Herfst

Drummer – Composer – Producer


Koen Herfst is one of the most energetic and versatile drummers of The Netherlands. He is known for his work with Armin van Buuren, VANDENBERG, Epica, Anneke van Giersbergen, his own bands The Cards and Voodoo Chambers and was voted ‘Best Hardrock drummer of Benelux’ for 6 years in a row. 

Next to being a drummer, he also runs his own drumfestival ‘HERFSTFEST’ (Holland’s main drum-event) and co-organized the biggest drumevent ever in The Netherlands: ‘2000 drummers on the beach‘, together with his great friend and Dutch drum-legend Cesar Zuiderwijk of Golden Earring. Koen is a multi-instrumentalist and composes his own music as well as music for other artists and events. He has his own (drum)studio and records and writes for and with artists all over the world.

Interested in working together? Get in touch!


Koen Herfst and Sandlane Recording Facilities proudly present the Koen Herfst Rock Grooves & Samples Pack. A collection of superb sounding drum loops and oneshots, recorded and mixed to our highest personal standards to be both natural and punchy. Browse the loops for instant inspiration in songwriting, or enhance your drum recordings with oneshot samples in multiple velocities.

  • 300 grooves and fills, divided into 60, 80, 100, 120, 140 and 160 bpm
  • Mix-ready stereo files for instant inspiration
  • Dry/room splits for added control and experimenting
  • Oneshots of Koen’s personal kit in multiple velocities
  • 48kHz/24bit WAV files, mixed on high quality analog gear (Neve, Urei, SSL, Pultec, etc.)


Bands & Projects


‘Koen Herfst presents: DRUMLUST’ is my solo-act (live triggering of visuals and lights) & alias for my electronic music.

Brand new single #wanttoplaymydrums out now, listen here.


Legendary rock band with Adrian Vandenberg on guitar, Ronnie Romero (RAINBOW) on vocals and Randy van der Elsen on bass.

New album ‘2020’  out now, listen here.


Voodoo Chambers combines alternative rock and electronic dance music into a unique blend.

Listen to our debut EP ‘Prologue’ here.


Blues/rock band with SAXON founder and guitarist Paul Quinn (UK) on guitar and Harrison Young (USA) on bass/vocals. New single ‘The Gamble’ (about our touring adventures during the Corona-outbreak in Europe) out now; listen here.


Deriving from The Cards, The Jack & The Joker is a side-project of me and Harrison (Jack of all trades), playing covers of our favorite tracks in our own way! Be sure to check out a livestream one of these days! 


Singer Annicke Shireen’s debut solo EP ‘The Serpent’ (c0-written and produced by me) will be an immersive dark and moody crossover EP containing three songs with enchantingly feminine vocals, heavy drums and a touch of electronics. More info here.


Drumgroup founded by Cesar Zuiderwijk (Golden Earring) and me.  We’ve played our original tracks together with 2.000 drummers on the beach! Check out the video here


My latest solo album (progressive rock/metal concept album) feat. Anneke van Giersbergen, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) and Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) amongst others. Listen here and/or watch the documentary here.


“Koen is not only a great drummer, but his performance and expression are also why I love to have him in my shows!”

Armin van Buuren

DJ, producer

Koen has been voted Holland’s best hard-rock drummer now for several years. He has the sort of fire in his belly that would make any greats such as John Bonham and Ian Paice smile.

Adrian Vandenberg


Koen, Again, I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your preparation, professionalism and for sounding so great last night at the SENA guitar awards. great job!

John Petrucci

Dream Theater

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