Because Achim (b.1979) has always heard and played rhythms everywhere, the drums were a logical choice for him. At age 12, he started playing, adding more and more percussion instruments along the way. Especially during the Master program he attended at the Amsterdam Conservatorium, where he specialized in tabla, sabar and djembé.
After graduation, he studied in New York City for three months (on a Dutch scholarship). In this period, he was taught by master drummers Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Jim Black, Joey Baron, and Billy Martin. He also worked on the combination of drums and tabla rhythms with Dan Weiss and Samir Chatterjee.
Achim is the drummer for a variety of Dutch bands beside earswideopen: singer Anne Chris, at the Floating Jazz Sessions, the Convocation Bigband, the Daan Herweg Trio, Twitching Eye (percussion) Trio, and Multifoon. With the last two ensembles, he produced musical theatre shows ‘Romeo & Julia in India’ and ‘Trommelvuur’(drumfire).