Juan van Emmerloot

Juan van Emmerloot (born 12 November 1965 in Waalwijk, The Netherlands) is a drummer and recording producer.

Juan started playing drums and percussion at the age of 10 at the local music school where he followed lessons of Marius Spikmans.. He joined his first band ‘Penthouse’ and played live performances at the age of 13. He continued studying music in school until the age of 17. The next step was intensive musical training at the Rotterdam Conservatory. After that he played in his country of residence with Kaz Lux (Brain Box), Julya Lo’Ko, Laura Fygi & Robby Valentine.

Live performances
From 1993 he played on stage with various guitar players and singers such as: Mick Moody & Bernie Marsden (White Snake), Omar Dykes (Omar & The Howlers) and Poppa Chubby. The years following, Juan performed on tours with some of the world’s greatest guitarists: Snowy White (Roger Waters, Thin Lizzy), Walter Trout, Mick Rogers (Manfred Man’s Earthband), Pat Travers, Steve Lukather and some other great performers.

Besides touring in Europe he also toured through Asia with the artists Valentine and Valensia. He also went on a tour in North America with acoustic guitarist Peppino D’Agostino who was chosen to be the best guitar player in the United States of year 2007. And last but certainly not least he played on many tours with Snowy White & The Whiteflames. In this band he played together with Max Middleton (Kate Bush, Chris Rea). In the past 8 years Juan is a member of the ‘SBL’ (Stef Burns League) and they’ve been touring in Europe, most of it in Italy.

Studio performances
The first time Juan entered a studio to do a professional studio gig was at the age of 17; he was invited to play on a record of the band of Rudi de Queljoe (Massada, Vitesse) in Joe’s Garage Recording studio. After making his entry as a freelance drummer, Juan was asked frequently at the big Dutch studios: Dureco Studios, Wisseloord Studios and Fendal Sound Studios. In 1996 he did his first international studio session for Snowy White at Jacob’s Studio, where he had the chance to play tracks with Gary Moore, Chris Rea and David Gilmour. Through this session he played in various studios in the UK, such as Black Barn Studios (Surrey), Barefoot Studio (London) and Curtis Schwartz Studio (Surrey). Other studios where he performed on drums are Real Life Studios (FA), the Urban Recording Studios (IT), Sound Vision Studio (NL) and Bios Music Productions (IT).

Today’s band: For more than 10 years Juan is a steady band member of the SBL, which stands for ‘Stef Burns League’. Their music has evolved from instrumental guitar fusion to energetic poprock songs. In this band bass player Stuart Hamm comes occasionally on he road.

“Burnin the Rules” is a live band that Juan has put together to perform instrumental rock/pop/fusion tunes. The band members are: Juan van Emmerloot on drums, Damian Corlazzoli (Postmen, Giovanca) on guitars and Jos Kamps (Eric Steckel) on bass.

Tour Project: April 2012 Stef Burns, Billy Sheehan (Steve Vai, Mr Big) and Juan decided to join together and toured in Italy. The project’s name is called: “POWER OF 3”.

Side Projects: In 2010 and 2011 Juan performed on stage at the ‘North Sea Jazz Festival’ with Motown artist Waylon from the Netherlands. In 2017 he accompanied Paul Gilbert and Guthrie Govan during the Masterclass shows in Germany & The Netherlands.

Teaching: In addition to performing, Juan has been teaching for over 30 years. He started teaching when he was 19 years old. In 1992 he started his private drum school. In 1998 he began to teach clinics and workshops in the Netherlands. From 2000 till 2012 he was teaching at the Conservatorium at Rotterdam (also known as “Codarts”) where he worked with talented students from all over Europe. Today Juan is CEO & founder at the Groove Impact Academy, where he teaches on a weekly basis in Hilversum (The Netherlands).

Producing: As a drummer Juan did a large amount of studio sessions in the UK and the Netherlands. His fascination and passion for recording music started at the age of 15, using the “pingpong” technique with mono tape cassettes players. During the studio sessions later on, Juan has had the privilege to work with many great producers such as Ken Thomas, Curtis Schwartz, John Sonneveld and Don Willard. Through these occasions he learned to listen to the acoustics of a live room, how to use various microphones and how to combine the analogue and digital recording sessions. Today Juan works in his own studio “40 Lions Place” on a daily basis, recording drums for: Marco Canepa (It), S.O.B. Studios (Amsterdam), Bi-OS Productions (It), French House Recording Studio (Fa), Arthur Antoine Theunissen from STUDIO CUBE, George Konings at SOUND VISION Studio. In addition Juan is producing EPs and albums for national and  international music artists like John Bundrick (The Who, Bob Marley), Stef Burns (Alice Cooper, Sheila E) and Snowy White (Rogers Waters), and for songwriters like Frederike Schonis (NL) and Niccoló Bolchi (IT), Micha Molthoff (NL), Emiel Scholsberg (NL).

Juan’s focus is to spread new music into the world created by YOUNG talent. Simio Jazz Trio is one of those music groups that is winning territory on both the digital music market as well as in the live performance circuit.


VIC - Here we are

Vic – Here we are

WE MAKE MUSIC™ 16 dec 2018 Theater Zuidplein

WE MAKE MUSIC™ 16 dec. 2018 Theater Zuidplein

Frederike Schonis - Love was so nice

Frederike Schonis – Love was so nice


Juan van Emmerloot – G30

Freederike Schonis

Flow of Life – Frederike Schonis


Jazzindahouse – YEP YEAH! Drum video by Juan van Emmerloot

Juan van Emmerloot

Jazzindahouse – Night Over Rotterdam feat Juan van Emmerloot


Juan van Emmerloot – Way Beyond Reason