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Hi there, I am Youri the drummer of the band PULSE. 

Born on the 8th of March 1991, I started to get interested in music at a very young age. When I was around 10 years old I started to play drums, I also bought my first kit. Ever since then I started practicing very hard, I surely but slowly got better and better. I took drum lessons for 7 years. After my confidence grew I bought a new and much better drumkit, a Pearl Export. This to improve my sound and my motivation which led me to play even more. Then I still wanted to expand even more! So I started to make adjustments on my cymbals too. I improved with the help of Paiste cymbals. The sound was just what I needed in my playing. Even now I still like to get new stuff to experiment with. 

When I was 14/15 years old I got in touch with Alissa, who I already knew from elementary school. I even saw one of here first gigs there! When we decided to fool around with music we  became best fiends. We decided to form a band in 2005 or maybe even earlier, we came up with a three-headed band called XXL. We played a few gigs in the neighborhood together but it had no further success. The band existed for 6 years and I learned a lot. 

When XXL ended, Alissa and I remained with nothing, no gigs or whatsoever.
We did not play together very often anymore. Then I had to take a break from music because I was full-time occupied with school and work. I did not see Alissa for al long time because we both went in different directions. Our friendship however and the passion for music always stayed the same. After a few years I decided to pick up drumming again,
I was really serious about it. This time, obviously I found out that I could not live without music after all. I immediately called Alissa to see if she was as enthusiastic as me to jam and start over again. We had grown older, but from the moment I walked into her house again, the friendship had not changed a bit and we were ready rock again! 

Of course we started jamming right away without any hesitation. We tried to form a band but the guitarists came and went. None of them could share the same passion for our music and it often was too hard for them to learn it. After a few months of steady playing we started PULSE in 2012. As was said before, guitarists were not good enough, but we had a great time though. We recorded an album and did some awesome gigs. After the band broke down again we decided that two of us would continue and never stop no matter what. 

I remember Alissa once said she had some awesome ideas for songs. Strong riffs and more complicated parts with a steady rock-feel! I sure was enthusiastic about those ideas! So we recorded a lot of those songs for ourselves, however we felt the urge to play them live. Now we can do that again with our new guitarist Robin.
We grow day by day and we are writing more songs then ever before. That makes me proud. This is PULSE in full form and I am the drummer, how cool is that! My wish is to play worldwide and see lots of places. Our music should be heard because its unique and rare!!! 

Inspirations are: Toto, Deep Purple, Noel Gallagher, Rush, George Harrison, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, любз, ДДТ, Led Zeppelin and much more! 

Gear: Pearl Export drumkit, Paiste cymbals, Pro-mark and Regal Tip sticks, Evans/Remo skins. I like to experiment with different drum heads and sticks to determine a sound for the music that I play. 

Other hobbies besides music: cooking and being out in the country. 

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