Erik was born in Wapenveld, The Netherlands. He has studied at the Hogeschool Constantijn Huygens (1986-1991) but continued his musical education at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, where he studied jazz- and leadtrumpet, later followed by jazz arranging. Erik has worked with Bill Holman, Herbie Hancock, John Clayton, Paul Anka, The Themptations, The Four Tops, Toots Thielemans, Bob Mintzer, John Scofield, Steve Vai and many more.