Tue. Jan 18th, 2022

Tom Smak

My drum career started when I was 6. My grandpa gave me a small drum that I used to play on for hours on end, coming up with all types of beats and rhythms. It was love at first sight. Since then, I’ve had a huge love for music. When I was around 10 me and my granddad used to ride around in his truck, and he would blast Queen for the entirety of the trip. We would stomp our feet to the beat and sing along to the lyrics. Later that year he gave me my first drum set; an electric Roland kit that I mainly got so I could make music without bothering the neighbors. Later that year however tragedy struck as my grandpa had a terrible accident which led him to be hospitalized for a full 2 years. This made me want to pursuit a carrier in music to make him and my parents proud.

When I started going to DSOPM (Dutch School Of Popular Music), a music school that is run by well-respected musicians within Amsterdam, I really got to see what drumming is really about – it’s not just keeping a beat. Here I also learned how it is to be in a band and I loved it; creating music together. Here I also learned about bands that would soon because some of my biggest role models. Sum41, Green Day and Smash Mouth among others would really shape how I looked at music and drumming as a whole.


At some point I would get band lessons together with Diederik and not soon after he asked me to join No Offense. I, being recently kicked out of my previous band, immediately agreed after hearing their first recording of I am Nothing. I’ve been their drummer ever since. Our first gig was at my granddad’s birthday and we had a blast. We played a cover of One Way Wind by The Cats, which was the first time I saw someone cry of joy upon hearing me play music. This makes that song have a special place in my heart to this day.

When I was 20 tragedy struck again: my granddad got terminally ill. This was during the time I auditioned for the Herman Brood Academy, one of the most prestigious music academies in the country. I told him on his deathbed about all the things I wanted to do and that I really wanted to get accepted to that school. It had been my dream ever since I was about 14, and I shared this with him. I remember this man on his deathbed turning to me, looking me straight in the eyes and saying “I believe with every fiber of my heart you will make it onto that school,” and “you guys will make it.” He really believed No Offense and I are going to make it big, and I’m going to try to make my grandpa’s prediction to come true.