Born in 1983 in Aschaffenburg, Germany, Anika was born into a family full of drummers. Her two uncles, one cousin and father are all drummers, so her picking up the sticks was almost written in the stars. She started drumming at the age of 6 when her father started teaching her after spotting her keen interest in playing.
Anika continued drumming through her school life and went on to have a career in social education before stepping down to pursue her drumming career full time at the age of 26. She applied to study Popular Music at the Popakedemie Baden-Württemberg and earned herself a scholarship in her second year for extraordinary and outstanding performance. After completing her degree, Anika started doing her own drum clinics and since then, she has taken the drumming world by storm and hasn’t looked back.
She released her first track “Wild Boy” in 2013 along with a follow-up track “Alter Ego” in 2014. These videos got millions of views on YouTube and helped Anika gain global recognition, which led to her being booked for clinics all across Europe, America and China. as well as this, she received the ‘Rising star’ award in “DRUM!” Magazine in 2015 and 2016 and the ‘Up and Coming Artist’ award from Modern Drummer Readers Poll. Her debut album “Pikalar” came out in 2017 and was then followed by “For A Colourful Soul” in 2020, which were both performed with her full time touring band Nevell. More recently in 2022, Anika has released a new EP called “Opuntia” and is due to be joining Jeff Beck as his touring drummer on his UK and EU tour.