Dirk Hartel - Drummer and Recording Artist

More About Dirk

Dirk started to play drums at the age of three. 1982 he started his orchestral career at the Youth Orchestra of the Music Society Niederheimbach, followed by the start of his professional drum training at the Police Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1983. Two years later he became a member of the District Youth Music Orchestra of the Music Society Rhine-Hunsrück.
During his membership of 6 years, he played a lot of concerts, also abroad in Italy, the former Czechoslovakia and France, among others. In the years 1987 - 1990 he passed several music exams and became instrumental teacher and instructor at the Music Society Rhine-Hunsrück.
In 1993 he joined the Rock Band MADISM. During this time he played successful gigs together with well known German bands like The Crackers, Batchkapp as well as The Spider Murphy Gang and won awards like "German Talentleiter"; followed by several Jam Sessions with locally well known musicians like Marcus Breiteneder (Hubert Kah).

From 2005 until 2019, Dirk played the drums at the German Progressive Rock Band NERONIA and appeared on 5 Neronia releases since. After 14 great years and 5 albums Dirk decided to go new musically paths and to leave Neronia.
"Like the rest of the band, I’m just excited to see and hear the response of the new album Second World and stay connected to the boys in friendship. Many thanks to Falk, Lutz, Ruediger and Mike for the great time together!"

In April 2017, Dirk joined the Gothic Rock Band GODEX. One month later, the first gigs followed, among others at the "Gothic Meets Rock Festival and then in September "The Heartcollector Tour 2017" as support of the Crüxshadows (12 gigs in 14 days) in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria.In 2018 he played more gigs on different Festivals (Castle Rock, Herbststurm, etc.) throughout Germany.
Some new releases and video shoots are planned for 2020.

In september 2019 Dirk joined the Metal Band AMANTIS. The first gigs started in november 2019 followed by the first recording session at the Empire Studios Bensheim.
With "Helios" the first new song was release on march 19th 2020.
In 2020 more gigs, a second recording session and video shoots are planned.

Dirk is known for his timing-solid groove and his musical drumming. He does see the drum set as an accompanying instrument which gives the song its individual frame and punch. The song is always in the foreground. He is used to playing with click both in the studio and live on stage.


Dirk played the drums on following releases:




Yamaha Drums

I am using Yamaha Drums and Zildjian Cymbals for several years. Yamaha Drums, especially the Recording Custom Series, give me the perfect sound and the quality I've always missed on other manufacturers. Zildjian Cymbals, especially the K Series, have done it to me. For me, the best Cymbals on earth."

Recording Custom 8", 10", 12", 14", 16", 22" in Cherry Wood
Recording Custom 10", 12", 16", 22" in Deep Blue
Stage Custom 10", 12", 16", 22" in Honey Amber

Zildjian Cymbals

  • 22" Z3 Medium Heavy Ride
  • 20" Z3 Rock Ride / 20" K Sweet Crash
  • 18" K-Custom Dark Crash / 18" A China Boy
  • 16" K-Custom Session Crash / 16" K-Custom Special Dry Crash
  • 13" K / Z-Custom HiHat / 2x 13" A-Custom / Z-Custom HiHat
  • 10" K Splash
  • 6" ZIL-BEL


  • Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Snare 14"x6,5"
  • Yamaha Jimmy Chamberlin Signature Snare 14"x5,5"


  • Trick Drums and Yamaha Pedals
  • Evans Drumheads
  • Rohema Drumsticks
  • Hardcase Drum & Cymbal Cases
  • Tama Rhythm Watch
  • Latin Percussion 449C Concert Bar Chimes


In 2018, Dirk founded the d-drumming recording studio to provide drum tracks for bands and other artists.

In the D-Drumming Studio professional drum tracks are produced, according to your requirements. You are always the one who decides on the recordings and have the major influence on the results. The generated audio tracks will be provided in the desired format for download, or if required also on CD and/or USB stick.

The prices are set per song, depending on the performed effort and are really competitive compared to a "normal" studio hour or day. Starting from the simple stereo track to the 24 channel recordings (raw or mastered), everything is possible.
Bigger projects can be realized due to good contacts to other producers like Rolf Munkes from the Empire Studios. Don't hesitate to ask for it!


  • Desone S:Box ZS Recording Cabin
  • Soundcraft Ui24R Mixer
  • Beyerdynamic Mics (TG D58c, TG D71, MCE 530)
  • Yamaha HS5 Studio Monitor
  • Focusrite Scarlett Audiointerfaces 3rd Generation
  • Cakewalk by Bandlab (DAW)
  • several HOFA Sound & Mastering Plugins + "Eventide Ultrachannel, Nomad Factory Drum Tools, iZotope Ozone ...."

Live Dates

Check the current live dates


2020 2019


2020 2018 2017
  • 26.05.2017 GOTHIC MEETS ROCK - Kierspe-Rönsahl
  • 27.05.2017 ALTSTADTFEST - Hattingen
  • 19.09.2017 Krefeld - Kulturfabrik
  • 20.09.2017 Frankfurt - Das Bett
  • 21.09.2017 Nürnberg - Hirsch
  • 22.09.2017 Leipzig - Täubchental
  • 23.09.2017 Dresden - Beatpol
  • 24.09.2017 Berlin - Nuke Club
  • 26.09.2017 Hamburg - Knust
  • 27.09.2017 Leiden (NL) - Gebr. de Nobel
  • 28.09.2017 Köln - Luxor
  • 29.09.2017 München - Backstage Club
  • 30.09.2017 Kaiserslautern - Kammgarn Cotton Club
  • 01.10.2017 Wien (A) - Chelsea
  • 13.10.2017 AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL - Hameln

Keep In Touch

Feel free to contact me for any
project idea or collaboration