Juan van Emmerloot (born 12 November 1965 in Waalwijk) is a drummer, music producer and composer.
“For more than 40 years, I have traveled with my drums and equipment. In order to always be able to play at my best, I need my equipment to remain in good shape as I have to rely on my musical instruments. I take exceptional care of my belongings and utilize the best cases and bags available to keep my "babies" warm and secure."
Juan started playing drums and percussion at the age of 10 at the local music school. He continued studying music in school until the age of 17. The next step was intensive musical training at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In that same period artist Rudy DeQueljoe introduced Juan to the Dutch rock/pop scene and recognized him as a young talented drummer. In addition he was asked to play with Kaz Lux (Brain Box), Julya Lo'Ko, Laura Fygi & Robby Valentine on tours in The Netherlands.
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 Japan with the artists Valentine and Valensia. He also went on a tour in California with acoustic guitarist Peppino D'Agostino who was chosen to be the best guitar player in the United States of year 2007.
Until 2018, Juan played on many tours with Snowy White & The Whiteflames. In this band he played together with Max Middleton (Kate Bush, Chris Rea) and Walter Latupeirissa. In the past 8 years Juan was a member of the 'SBG' (Stef Burns Group) and they've been touring in Europe, most of it in Italy.
The first time van Emmerloot 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 and Bios Music Productions (IT) and The Sandlane Recording Facilties (NL).
Van Emmerloot is a steady band member of the SBL, which stands for 'Stef Burns League'. In the 12 years past, their music has evolved from instrumental guitar fusion to energetic pop rock songs. In this band bass player Stuart Hamm comes occasionally on the road, but the original bass player is Paola Zadra from Italy.
Besides playing rock music, Juan has a love for soul and funk; since 2015 he started
working as a producer / drummer with jazz singer & songwriter Frederike Schonis. After 4 single production & releases a band-commitment has formed between Albert van Dorssen (keys Licks and Brains), Frederike Schonis (vocalist FRE) and Juan. In this band the three of them work as co-writers. From January 2020 they formed a band and named it FREDERIKE MUSIC and signed a record deal with the label New Jazz Adventure. In the trio line up of this band Juan performs on bass guitar.
Burnin' the Rules: a debut album and live project of Juan van Emmerloot: started in January 2014. On this album Juan invited guest artists to join in: John Bundrick - keys (The Who / Bob Marley & The Wailers), Snowy White -guitars (Thin Lizzy, Roger Waters), Brian Zalmijn - vocals (studio artist), Roel de Bock - guitars (studio artist), Roberto Tiranti - vocals (Labyrinth), Max Forleo - vocals (Traveller), Dami Corlazzoli - guitars (band member), Jos Kamps - bass (band member), Martin Verdonk - percussion (studio artist), Micha Molthoff - violin (La Misíon Imposble), Fabio Valdemarin - keys (studio artist) and Age Kat - guitars (studio artist). On the second album titled: "Trappole" you can hear the following musicians: Albert van Dorssen - keys (Licks & Brains Big Band), Ferry Lagendijk - keys (Waylon, Gare Du Nord), Jos Kamps- bass, Damian Corlazzoli - guitars, Raymond Blahowetz - percussion, Micha Molthoff - violin & strings arrangements, Don Willard - Lute and Frederike Schonis - vocals.
G30: Juan created a new project based on melodic fusion rock. The first single titled: "Ring of Fairy" was released in may 2020 on the label TheRoomRecordings. Line up for this track: Mark Bogert - lead guitar, Brian Bordes - lead guitar, Juan van Emmerloot - bass, drums, David Clarkson - orchestration. The first EP titled: "Tutto Be Okay" was released in June 2020.
In 2010 and 2011 Juan performed on stages such as at the 'North Sea Jazz Festival' with Motown artist Waylon from the Netherlands.
In April 2012 Stef Burns, Billy Sheehan (Steve Vai, Mr Big) and Juan decided to join together and toured in Italy. The project's name was called: "POWER OF 3".
In 2017 and 2019 he accompanied Paul Gilbert during the Masterclass shows in Germany & The Netherlands. He joined “ProgProms”, a Progressive Rock project of singer Edward Reekers (Kayak) in 2019.
Ayreon: The composer / producer Arjen Lucassen (Bodine/Vengeance) asked Juan to record drums on a new album tilted: "Transitus". This album was released in September 2020.
In addition to performing, Juan has been teaching for 30 years. In 1992 he started his private drum school. In 1998 he began to teach clinics and workshops in the Netherlands. From 2000 till 2013 he was teaching at the Conservatorium at Rotterdam (aka "Codarts") where he worked with talented students from all over Europe.
Today Juan is CEO & founder at the Groove Impact Academy, where he teaches and coaches on a monthly base in Arnhem (The Netherlands) at the Sound Vision Studio.