The impulse to form the "Drummers Double Bill" emerged when Rob Verdurmen, drummer for the Willem Breuker Kollektief since 1974, discovered how much fun composing could be. Although he had written several pieces for the Kollektief, that ensemble played works penned principally by Breuker himself.
The first live concert took place on 31 December 2001 as part of the "Klap op de Vuurpijl" festival in Amsterdam. A series of concerts followed in 2002 and 2003. In 2003 the CD S.O.S. was released by BVHaast Records. In addition to a Dutch concert tour, 2004 also saw a ten day tour through China. In late 2005 and 2006 another series of concerts culminated in the recent released Drummers Double Bill CD 2 Texel.
"So then you have to create something yourself. No jazz quartet, no piano. An ensemble with two drummers creates a variety of new possibilities. Certainly if both drummers are writing the compositions. Add a bass, a guitar and a four-piece horn section to achieve the desired diversity in sound. I wanted to create my own distinctive sound with the DDB."
"The drums don't dominate here. Arend is another sort of drummer. He's more pop and I'm more jazz. You can certainly hear the difference in sound. It's as if the drums have become another melody instrument, not just accompanying, but making music without any frills."
"Our music is not purely jazz music. There are traces of pop, classical and film music. But because of the way we interpret these influences, a form is created that alludes to jazz."
- Rob Verdurmen