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 distorted sound hit me straight in the soul. Around 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 it.. that’s what I want to do.
In 2008 I started my first band Purest of Pain, a modern melodic death metal band. 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.
Below my career in a nutshell.
– PUREST OF PAIN – SOLIPSIS (2018) produced, guitars & bass, wrote all songs (except E.M.D.R.)
– USA tour Delain and South America support tour 2018 Delain (Nightwish)
– Russia, USA, EU Danse Macabre tour with Marko Hietela (Delain 2017)
– Festival Season 2016 Graspop, Download UK, Hellfest, Metaldays, Tuska etc.
– USA + EU tour (Delain 2016)
– Joined Delain 2015
– Europe Tour Delain (Sabaton + Battle Beast)
– The Gentle Storm 2015
– Joined MaYaN 2015
– PUREST OF PAIN – WACKEN 2014
– Started Purest of Pain in 2008
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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, Born of Osiris – The Discovery
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, at some point I would love to do paragliding :)
Hobbies: Traveling, Street Food, Cafe racers/scramblers, Gaming, Snowboarding
One last personal note: “Follow your Heart”