Born in 1974 in Zwolle, Joost Van Schaik started playing drums at the age of six and took his first lessons when he was ten. At the age of twelve he played Dixieland in the group of his father.
During that time he also got interested in the modern jazz of the 40's, 50's and 60's. At the age of sixteen he entered the preparing year at the Zwolle conservatory, combined with private lessons from some of Holland's best jazz drummers like John Engels, Henk Zomer and Han Bennink. When he was eighteen he entered the Conservatory in Hilversum, where he studied e.g. with Marcel Serierse and Cees Kranenburg.
In 1995 he was the winner of the "Tama drummers award", a prize for the most promising young drummer of the Benelux. In that same year he went to New York, where he studied with: Jeff "Tain" Watts, Kenny Washington, Carl Allen and Gregory Hutchinson.
Since 1994 he has played with e.g : Curtis Fuller, James Moody Toots Thielemans, Lew Tabackin, Toon Roos, Benjamin Herman, Jasper Blom, Karel Boehlee, Martijn van Iterson, Eef Albers Jarmo Hoogendijk, Rein de Graaf , Bert Joris, Nathalie Loriers, Hein van de Geyn, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Pascal Mohy and many others.
He is a current member of: The Toon Roos Quartet, The Benjamin Herman Trio, The Philip Catherine trio/quartet, The Jurai Stanik Trio, The Sjoerd Dijkhuizen-Martijn van Iterson quartet and The Amsterdam Jazz quintet.
He recorded several cd's, with e.g. Benjamin Herman, Beets Brothers, Amsterdam Jazz quintet, Glenn Miller Orchestra and Philip Catherine.