Dirk started to play drums at the age of three. 1982 he started his orchestral career at the Youth Orchestra of the Music Society Niederheimbach, followed by the start of his professional drum training at the Police Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1983. Two years later he became a member of the District Youth Music Orchestra of the Music Society Rhine-Hunsrück.During his membership of 6 years, he played a lot of concerts, also abroad in Italy, the former Czechoslovakia and France, among others. In the years 1987 - 1990 he passed several music exams and became instrumental teacher and instructor at the Music Society Rhine-Hunsrück.
In 1993 he joined the Rock Band MADISM. During this time he played successful gigs together with well known German bands like The Crackers, Batchkapp as well as The Spider Murphy Gang and won awards like "German Talentleiter".From 2005 until 2019, Dirk played the drums at the German Progressive Rock Band NERONIA and appeared on 5 Neronia releases since. After 14 great years and 5 albums Dirk decided to go new musically paths. From april 2017 until august 2020, Dirk was the man behind the drums at the Gothic Rock Band GODEX. He played several festivals among others at the Gothic Meets Rock Festival, Castle Rock, Herbststurm, etc. and played "The Heartcollector Tour 2017" as support of the Crüxshadows in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria.In September 2019 Dirk joined the Metal Band AMANTIS. The first gigs started in november 2019 followed by the first recording session for the new EP. With "Downfall 2022" and "Lost @ Sea" AMANTIS released the first 2 songs in 2022 after the corona pandemic. More new songs are currently in progress for upcoming recordings. Stay tuned ...
Recording Custom (Live & Studio), Stage Custom (Practice) 8", 10", 12", 14", 16", 22"
Maple Custom Absolute 14"x6,5" Jimmy Chamberlin Signature 14"x5,5"
22" Z3 Medium Heavy Ride 20" Z3 Rock Ride / 20" K Sweet Crash 18" A-Custom Crash / 18" A China Boy 17" A-Custom Medium Crash 16" K-Custom Special Dry Crash 13" K / Z-Custom HiHat / 13" A-Custom / Z-Custom HiHat 10" K Splash 6" ZIL-BEL
Yamaha Pedals Evans Drumheads Drumsigns "Dirk Hartel" Custom Drumheads Rohema "Dirk Hartel Signature" Drumsticks K&M "Gomezz" Drum Thrones Hardcase Drum & Cymbal Cases Tama Rhythm Watch Latin Percussion, Thomann and Cream Music percussions