Hailing from The Netherlands, René has been active in the drumming community since the mid eighties. He played in The Bootlegs and was a supporting act for The Golden Earing, De Dijk ,and Cuby, and the Blizzards with his band Private Eye. He toured Europe and recorded several albums with the band Hurricane Joy.
René was further educated with masterclasses by the very best in the business: Dave Weckl, Simon Philips, Gregg Bissonette, Hans Eijkenaar, Fred Cohen, and Cesar Zuiderwijk. In the nineties, he recorded a hit single and album with Recht uit het Hart (EMI Records). He also became the main demonstrator and endorsing drummer for Pearl Benelux, BMI which he continued from 1992 until 2007. René is a studio artist in several musical styles and can be heard with the Toto tribute band Kingdom of Desire.
René has endorsements with Dixon Drums, Turkish Cymbals, Vater drumsticks, and Variphone In-ears and often holds Masterclasses.