Dutch drummer and percussionist Pim Koopman was the composer of several successful songs, including a total of six entries on the national selection to the Eurovision Song Contest: “Jouw lach" performed by Dick Rienstra (1977), "Later" by Brigitte (1984), "Champagne" and "Déja Vu" by Willeke Alberti (1994) and "De wereld is van jou" by Gina de Wit and "Met of zonder jou" by Clau-Dya's in 1996.
Pim Koopman was born in Hilversum. Pim's father was a classical percussionist in the Radio Chamber Orchestra, and became, unsurprisingly, Pim’s first musical teacher. Pim soon developed as a real multi-instrumentalist, because besides being an excellent drummer Pim was a fine piano- and guitar player as well.
He co-founded the band Kayak in 1972. Four years later Pim Koopman had to leave the band due to health problems and a "manager related allergy". He got offered a job as record producer by Kayak’s former record company EMI, and he produced giant hits for them with artists such as Maywood and Pussycat.
In 1979 Pim emerged with a new band called Diesel, that had a hit single in the USA with ‘Sausalito Summernight’.
Another project of Pim’s that eventually took on the form of a band was called The President (1983-1985). Some more recent remarkable productions were albums for Robbie Valentine and Valensia, an act that not only made it to #1 in Holland, but was also very succesful in Japan. Pim also recorded a new CD with the re-emerged Diesel in the summer of 2000.
Apart from his work as a musician, Pim often used his voice to overdub Dutch versions of cartoons and films.
Pim Koopman died completely unexpected on November 23, 2009.