Drummer Rene de Hilster (born 1867 The Hague, Holland) started to play drums at age 14. A year later he was a much sought after drummer who did a lot of gigs with local musicians and also was the youngest active musician around at that time. During his career, Rene played with all leading dutch musicians and was the house drummer at the famous North Sea Jazz festival after-party jam sessions where he accompanied a lof of famous musicians from Wynton Marsalis to George Benson.
René is an old school bebop drummers and he has intensively studied the styles of Kenny Clarke, Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, and Roy Haynes. A while ago modern more freely playing drummers like Paul Motian, Joey Baron, and Matt Wilson also got his attention.
Within the jazz world, Rene is not only active as a drummer but he’s also employed as sound-engineer. producer and writer. In that latter role, he made articles for the famous dutch jazz-glossy Jazzism.
Outside the world of playing, recording and jazzproduction, René is busy with 3D modeling and is within the Simulatorworld famous as builder of virtual public transport networks.