Mike Coolen

General info


Full Name: Mike Coolen

Date of birth: 09-06-1975

Band member since: 2011

Hobbies: Playstation 3, sports (running), trying to play the guitar, recording in homestudio, reading (Stieg Larsson)

Favorite music: Stone Sour, Muse, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails

Favorite movies: StarWars, Minority Report, War of the Worlds, LOTR


Mike Coolen was born in Tilburg on June 9th, 1975. He started playing drums at the age of 10 and started his first band with high-school friends when he was 13 years old. In 1999 Mike joined the Dutch crossover metal band Brotherhood Foundation in which Ruud Jolie was playing. Next he joined Chillburn, a Dutch Elektro Rock band, where he played the drums from 2001 until 2005.

In 2005 he played for the first time with Within Temptation as an additional percussionist at the Java Eiland concert in Amsterdam. In 2007 he joined the band again at the Beursgebouw Eindhoven show and in 2008 for the band’s first theatre tour.

2009 was the year of ‘singer-songwriter’ band Cloudmachine and in 2010 Mike also joined the band Maiden United as their drummer.

After joining Within Temptation again in 2010 for their second theatre tour Mike became their new drummer as from February 2011 on.

Besides playing the drums himself, Mike also teaches drum classes and is the proud father of his son Storm, born in October 2009.

All bandmembers

  • jesseroy324

    Lucky Bastard!!

  • mitch3043

    Great meeting you in Baltimore and looking forward to the band’s return visit sometime next year!

  • freekdewolf

    Hey Mike, Ik heb jullie gezien in Heerhugowaard en ben net begonnen met drummen…any tips?

  • fenizio

    Will you come to South America in 2012????

  • DanaeDenAdel

    Hello Mike!

    I’ve seen your live performances through youtube and I have to say taht you’re such a great drummer, I can’t wait to see you play alive, and I’m hopping that happens soon.

    I’m a little bit interested in what kind of games do you play? It’s just amazing for me to know that is a member of Within Temptation that likes to play videogames!

    A big hug from Mexico!

    Danae (Azerus)

  • murder730

    i was just wondering what made you chose the drums? im also a drumer…

  • marioandrade

    Hello Mike and welcome to the great band in the World :D you’re a great drummer :) I see you in your concert in Porto :) . I have a question for you what is your favourite drummer? and how hard is playing drum? big hug and ROCK ON!!! continuacion of great Tour with this best band in WORLD :D Respect WITHIN TEMPTATION :D

  • wt4life

    hi mike ik zag je in heerhugowaard drummen en terecht dat je bij deze band mag zijn en ga niet weg plz alleen waarom is stephen er niet meer hij was ook goed ik wist het niet dus ik vond het best raar maar ik weet het niet maar misschien ben je wel beter dan hem je was wel geweldig ik zou heel graag willen dat je als je zou kunnen en willen dat je zou reageren naar nickdegamer@hotmail.com ik ben nu al je grote fan en je bent mijn grote voorbeeld ik wil ook drummer worden later BYE BYE

  • wtmay

    Hi Mike…my question is: in a place with zombies..what is the first thing that you would do? thanks for your time greetings from Mexico

  • fenizio

    There is a rumor that you will be in Chile in February … please tell us if it’s true!!

  • ann13

    Hey Mike!
    I have a question for you: Who is your Favorite Drummer and why?
    Thank you for a great show in Cracow!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Konstantin-Polivtsev/100002420535312 Konstantin Polivtsev

    Hi, Mike! i`m from Russia and i have a question))))) In one of vlog`s i saw what your hi-hat was broken. Did you changed him? And how long time you using broken hat??

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FF43MPSNO24LQKMLNYZ7OLY7V4 Rachel

    do you really run? what video games do you think are the best for any game system? not PlayStation 3. there are some great running places out her in the USA. really good in Portland, Oregon

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Despina-Mpl/100001277143939 Despina Mpl

    Which is your favourite Within Temptation song?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002230144744 Kylie Marcella Koonzee

    How does it feel to be the new drummer of WT?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gniecha-Pietrzykowska/100002068022625 Gniecha Pietrzykowska

    Hello, Mike!
    I’m your big fan from Poland. That was amazing to see you on the concert last year in Warsow. You’re a Great Drummer for me! Fantastic show! I wonder how long do you know each other with WT? It is your first concert tour?How do you like in Poland? I hope you’ll come back to us soon.Just can’t wait!:D
    P.S. Sorry for my english but we have bad english teaching here;p
    Agnieszka( or Agnes) from Warsow

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001045429359 Jolanda van Mechelen

    We hebben je gisteren zien drummen in de schônste stad van het loand…het was geweldig…we hebben genoten…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001820541496 Evelien Heijne

    Vind je het goed als ik je over een paar jaar vervang? ik begin na de zomervakantie aan mijn drumlessen dus.. goed idee ofnie? xEvelien (13)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545818471 Kutay Soysal

    I saw WT in Goldfest, Istanbul, and wonder which snare you used on stage was. Its sound was absolutely brilliant.
    Thank you.

  • Gyuri

    Hello Mike!
    You are hitting the drums very good! See you next March in Budapest!

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