“Meu motivo principal de se tocar uma Odery é o som dos seus tambores. São simplesmente sensacionais! E são feito com amor pelo instrumento e pela música. É isso que eu ouço no som dos tabores. Eu simplesmente amo!” – Collin L
picture by Mattias Vanderhoeven
Collin Leijenaar is a Dutch drummer and one of the founding members of the international progressive rock/metal band Affector (www.affectormusic.com). He is also drummer for UK based guitarist/keyboardist Dave Bainbridge and plays in in the Dutch post-prog band Dilemma.
Collin made a name in the progressive rock scene by becoming the drummer, bandleader and tourmanager in the European live band of Neal Morse (Transatlantic/Flying Colors) where he subbed for Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic/Flying Colors/ex-Dream Theater). Between 2005 and 2012 Collin has toured with Neal Morse extensively throughout Europe and released several live albums and DVD’s.
To date he has played, guested, toured and recorded with many bands and artists, including: Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Flying Colors), Dave Bainbridge (Iona), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, PlanetX), Mike Portnoy, Steve Hackett, Paul Bielatowicz (Carl Palmer Trio), Duffy, Andy Pratt, Spock’s Beard, Eva Kathryn, Sinfonietta Consonus Orchestra and many others.
You can hear Collin play on a lot of recordings, including:
Jordan Rudess – Explorations
Dave Bainbridge – Celestial Fire
Affector – Harmagedon
Neal Morse – So Many Roads Live
Neal Morse – Sola Scriptura & Beyond (DVD)
Neal Morse – Question Live
But he is not only a musician but also a successful entrepreneur. One of the four companies Collin founded is Tour Support Europe, from which Collin works as tourmanager, agent and concert promotor. He has toured and worked with artists and bands including: Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Transatlantic, Affector, Dilemma and others.
His main company is Novae Popschool, a modern music school which is operating in The Netherlands. To date his music school has grown into an organization with over 500+ students and a team of 35 teachers, staff members and volunteers and has several locations across cities in The Netherlands, while more cities are continually added to the roster.
As an artist, educator, author and entrepreneur, Collin works and lives with a mission: “To create a more socially, loving & giving society through the power of renewed music education that will help people have more succes and fulfillment in life”. He believes that music education is something that should be rooted at the basis of everyone’s education and upbringing, as it is part of mankind’s general development.
He also coaches and helps music teachers, musicians and cultural entrepreneurs in finding a better and successful balance between artistically and business like entrepreneurship.