photography by Lisanne Soeterbroek

Martijn Soeterbroek (born 1981) aka DrummerMartijn is a professional drummer, educator, composer, videographer and producer from Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Born and raised in the very south of The Netherlands, Martijn got his first drum lessons at the local music school in Sittard at the age of only 6 years old. Later, he studied jazz drums at the conservatories of Rotterdam (Codarts) & Utrecht (HKU), where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degree cum laude.

Martijn works as a recording and performing artist, both as a freelance and regular band member. He is well-known for his versatile playing and is maintaining his signature no matter the style. Martijn’s repertoire is in a wide variety of genres, from big band jazz to progressive rock. He is also a renowned teacher at Centrum voor de Kunsten Eindhoven (CKE) and Conservatory Utrecht (HKU).

Since 2009 Martijn has been shooting drum videos for his Youtube channel ‘DrummerMartijn‘ which is one of the biggest independent Dutch drum channels today. Here Martijn is exploring a wide range of drum related subjects, from video drum tutorials for absolute beginners to highly advanced players, to drum solo performance videos and musical collaborations.

With 20 years of experience as a drum educator under his belt, Martijn published his critically acclaimed drum method book “Drummers Of The Future – Intermediate” in 2018. ‘Prequel’ “Drummers of The Future – Beginner” is planned to be published in 2023.

Watch Martijn’s ‘HKU Mid Term Presentation video’ (short version 2018) here:

“Between 2016 and 2018, I studied at Utrecht Conservatory (HKU) to pursue a Master of Music degree. In January 2018, I was asked to prepare a Mid Term Presentation video about my own reflections considering my personal development in relation to my chosen study pathway; about “Where am I now?”.  I guess it’s about my ongoing journey to find my true identity as a creative artist and human being. “

Read Martijn’s 4-page interview with Sticks Magazin (March 2018, in German) here: