My home is in The Hague, The Netherlands. This is where I was born, raised and live to this day. Fortunately, The Hague has always had a vibrant music scene and thus proved to be a musically fruitful place to live in.
Thanks to my parents I was offered all kinds of music to listen to, but I especially remember listening to tapes my dad made for me with music from Queen, Abba and Scottish Folk Music. After trying out different instruments when I was very young I settled for piano and took classical lessons from a great teacher, Jan de Rooij, until I was 16. Around that age I started listening to rock and metal and that meant I gained an interest in other instruments. After trying out a regular guitar for a short period I got my hands on a bass guitar and decided that was going to be my next instrument.
After about two years of lessons my bass teacher, Marco Dirne, said I had a shot at getting into a music school. Up until until then it had never even crossed my mind, but thinking it over I became very excited about the prospect of studying music and maybe even making a living out of it.
After auditioning with my high-school band ‘Idlehearts’ I was admitted to the Pop-department of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam in 2007 and started a more serious venture into music.
Over the following 4 years I expanded greatly on my musical knowledge and skills. Through the Conservatorium and its teachers I was also introduced to a huge network of other musicians, studio’s, producers and all of that combined kickstarted me as a capable and enterprising musician.
During that period I joined Klopje Popje, which was a theatrical punk rock band, and started playing bars, stages, bandcompetitions and having huge amounts of fun while doing so. Through this adventure I started learning about the dutch bandscene and the people and organisations which keep it alive and kicking. Besides Klopje Popje I was also fortunate enough to play with lots of other great musicians in projects like early Sue the Night, Schoppenheer, and Bombay Show Pig among others.
In 2011 I joined forces with Klopje Popje drummer Marco Burggraf to host our very own graduation concert. Besides performing with Klopje Popje we both presented 2 projects of our own. This is where my solo project Dunn and metalband Skellot were born. These were my first solo adventures into writing my own music and being a frontman. An experience I thoroughly enjoyed!
After celebrating my graduation and freedom for some time I eased into a work life which included lessons, bands and side-jobs. This is basically what I still do. I try to balance my regular work with running bands, lessons and maintaining a healthy social life.
So stay in touch by following my projects and the music we release and send me a message if you have any questions or just want to say hello.
Meshuggah, Tim Christensen, Car Bomb Anderson.Paak, Animals as Leaders, Palm, Entheos, Queen, Gojira, The Faceless, Radiohead, Soulwax, Textures, TV on the Radio and much, much more.
Things I like to do outside of music:
Games (console-games and boardgames)
Organisation and technical production