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 Celtic 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.
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.
Idlehearts – altrock – 2005-2007
Klopje Popje – Theatrical punk rock – 2008-2014
Sue the Night – Singer-songwriter – 2010-2011
Schoppenheer – Hiphop – 2011
Bombay Show Pig – Indienoiserock – 2009-2012
The Fudge – Rock – 2012-2013
Flying Tiger Squadron – Spaghetti western rock – 2012
Voodoo Chambers – Elektrorock – 2019-2022
The Great Communicators – Indierock – 2014-present
Dunn – Progpop – 2011-present
Skellot – Progmetal – 2011-present
Carceri – Deathmetal – 2014-present
AapNootMies – Dutch indiepop
Suzy V – Mediterranian singer-songwriter
My Thoughts Exactly – Progrock
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
Soldering musical appliances
Fiddling about with graphic design software