René Creemers

René Creemers

René Creemers (*1959) is a Dutch rock pop drummer, composer and author. Creemers gives lessons at the Arnhem Conservatory, the Tilburg Rock Academy and the Drummers Institute in Düsseldorf. Together with Wim de Vries (also participating as a master’s teacher at the Drums & Percussion Camp) they form the duo “Drumbassadors”. From 1977 to 1982, Creemers studied at the Conservatory. During that time, he became a member of the band “Blowbeat” founded by Tor Engels and Cor Mutsers, and together, they made several tours through Germany, Switzerland and Austria. 1985 saw the release of their first album “Hands Up!”, followed by “Blowbeat” in 1989 – particularly successful in Germany. Between 1993 and 1996, he toured with singer Margriet Eshuys and recorded the albums “In the Wee Small Hours” and “Shadow Dancing”. In 1996, Creemers produced the video “A Matter of Pride”. The following year, he recorded the album “PARaDOX” together with bass guitarist Pieter Douma, and in 1998 the album “Break the Seal” with Marcel van de Beeten, Pieter Douma, Bert van den Brink and Robert Pijnenburg. Together with Martin Verdonk, Ben Gerritsen, Reno Steba and Maik Schott he formed the world music band “Martin Verdonk’s Tribal Fusion” in 1999. In 2000, he formed the duo “Drumbassadors” with Wim de Vries.

Drumbassadors
Without any doubt Rene Creemers and Wim DeVries belong to the kind of drummers who give a whole new prospect to the very term of “drumming” – those who follow a vision how to create something new out of several distinct styles of music. The Dutch top drummers René Creemers and Wim de Vries are working together closely since 2000, representing the top league in Europe. With sheer incredible virtuosity and endless creativity they’re able to tell the most astonishing stories with their drum kids. With their inimitable style the Drumbassadors combine European, African and American grooves, sounds and loops. Often their starting point is a minor musical theme made from simple forms, which then takes on a central position in their pieces. That way, the Drumbassadors perform “melodies” on their percussion instruments and create all possible acoustic colours virtuously, produced by a variety of sticks, their hands or other, sometimes rather unusual objects. A Drumbassadors performance is a unique experience also for non-drummers. Countless concerts (e.g. Modern Drummer Festival 03, Montreal Drum Fest 05, Drummer Live 2005 in London, and PASIC 2005 in Columbo, USA) and “Clinic” tours (in Germany and Canada 2005, USA and Switzerland 2005, and more) are proof of this.