Biography

I was born on 27 February 1992, Blaricum, the Netherlands. I love music since the day I remember. All kinds of music: 90’s trance, classical music, metal, hiphop, 70’s rock and alternate rock. From 6 to 12 years old I played the piano (poorly), because I always wanted to be a drummer. But hey it’s a good musical base!

When I went to turned 14/15, I discovered the electric guitar and it did something with me. The distortion sound hit the right spot. At the same time I discovered metal like In Flames, Arch Enemy and Epica and I fell in love. I started going to as many concerts as possible, only in weekends because I wasn’t aloud to go on the other days. When I saw those bands playing I just knew what I wanted to do. I started my first band Purest of Pain, a modern melodic death metal band in 2008.  Through the years I grew as a musician and I was super passionate. Without an album we managed to locally support bands like Unearth, Suicide Silence, Opeth, MaYaN and many others. In 2018 we launched our full-length ‘SOLIPSIS’ successfully through Indiegogo. I will never forget the support and response that we received.

One of the reasons why it took so long to release the full-length album is because my professional career as a musician started around 2014 when I joined MaYaN, The Gentle Storm (Anneke van Giersbergen&Arjen Lucassen) and Delain.

Highlights:
– PUREST OF PAIN – SOLIPSIS (2018) produced, guitars & bass, and wrote all songs (except E.M.D.R.)
– South America support tour 2018 Delain  (Nightwish) + EU tour
– Russia, USA, EU Danse Macabre tour with Marko Hietela (Delain 2017)
– Festival Season 2016 Graspop, Download UK, Hellfest, Metaldays, Tuska
– USA + EU tour (Delain 2016)
– Joined Delain 2015
– Europe Tour Delain (Sabaton + Battle Beast)
– Joined The Gentle Storm as a session guitarist 2015
– Joined MaYaN 2015
– PUREST OF PAIN – WACKEN 2014
– Started Purest of Pain 2008

Proudly Endorsed by:
VandermeijGuitars
Monster Energy
Jim Dunlop

Main influences: Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Prog metal, Trance, Classical Music, 70’s & 80’s Rock
Favourite albums: Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal, The Neighbourhood- I Love You., Pvris- White Noise, Arch Enemy – Rise of the Tyrant, Septicflesh – Communion, The Arcane Order – Infinite Ghost Anathema, Muse – Origin of Symmetry & Absolution, The Faceless – Planetary Duality, Rivals – Damned Soul, DayShell – Nexus, Freddy Mercury – solo album, As I Lay Dying – An Ocean Between Us
Favourite guitarists: Michael and Christopher Amott, Henrik Danhage, Vanhalen, John Mayer, Flemming C. Lund
Favourite movies: Harry Potter, She’s the Man, Venom, Into the Wild,
Favourite books: Harry Potter, Les Jeux Sont Faits (de Teerling is Geworpen)
Sports: Snowboarding, Hiking&Trekking, Bouldering
Favourite cuisines: Surinam, Italian, Indian, Thai (but they should be traditional!!!)
Hobbies: Traveling as much as I can, gaming, riding my white custom motorcycle Kawasaki w650, future hobby would be building cafe racer/scramblers ;)
One last personal note: “Follow your Heart”

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