Aquiles Priester was born in Otjo, South Africa. His first exposure to the instrument was at age four, while watching a jazz ensemble perform on television.
Aquiles had moved to Brazil in 1977, and played professional soccer until 1985. In 1985 he attended the "Rock in Rio" festival, and decided to become a drummer. Although he began playing on cans, he had assembled a set consisting of a snare, tom (which he had borrowed from his school), bass drum, hi hat, and a cymbal which hung from his roof. He was strongly inspired by Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden). A local television band named "The Tropical Band", had seen him play, and invited him to play a couple of songs. Later a band by the name of "Stylo Livre" (free style) had seen him play and recruited him. He would have struggled for years to come, but he found success with metal outfits throughout Brazil, and eventually got the audition for Angra.
Aquiles performs with Angra and Hangar and is one of the hardest working drummers in the world.