Koos van der Velde, born 1973 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, began playing the snare drum at the early age of six. He got his first full drum kit four years later, and by the time he was thirteen, he was already playing in his first metal band, Lunacy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QULMxnFK_30
During his six years with this popular Frisian band, Koos also drummed for Disgrace and various other local metal and punk bands, gaining plenty of experience in playing live gigs.
In 1993 Koos joined experimental jazz-core band Megakronkel http://vimeo.com/102509114, a Dutch group which opened the way for bands such as Victims Family and NoMeansNo. Together with Megakronkel, Koos toured extensively throughout Europe and recorded the album ‘Neurotransmitter’ (Konkurrel, 1994) as well as a song for ‘Project Fake, A Tribute to the Minutemen’ (Easy Money Records, 1997).
With over 25 years working as a freelance drummer, Koos has recorded drums for a wide range of bands and artists from all corners of the globe, and has also led several workshops. But when asked what he loves most, well, it has to be playing progressive music styles like fusion, so that’s why we’re really pleased to welcome him on board at MetaQuorum!