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Gert has been possessed with music as long as he can remember. But as a real late bloomer Gert first picked up the guitar when he was already 16 years old. Not seriously yet, but nevertheless the "Music seed" was planted permanently! Because of the overall lack of bass players and surplus of guitarists in the early 80's Gert's first real local band effort was as a bass player. However, Gert soon realized he really needed to become a real life guitar player....

The very first band to write his own material for was in the late 80's with a band called VERSAILLES (1987-1989). Soon after that colorful experience too many to mention bands and try outs were subject to Gert's everlasting search for his musical goals which were to be found somewhere between Rock and Metal and beyond!

In 1994 Gert found 'the best of those both worlds
' by joining and developing a band called MISCHIEF (1994-2002). Next to several Demo tapes a CD called VISIONS was released in 1998. MISCHIEF was a very promising act musically but lack of professional ambition made Gert ultimately leave the band.

Late 2003 Gert joined the well known early 80's Heavy Rock Band
HIGHWAY CHILE.
HIGHWAY CHILE,
revitalized in the beginning of the new millennium, appeared to be a very cooperative collective and next to other great achievements a brand new full length album called
KEEPER OF THE EARTH
(2009) was released worldwide through Mausoleum Records.

HIGHWAY CHILE remained a valid asset still but in between his activities for HIGHWAY CHILE Gert played in the (Hard) Rock Cover band HEADS DOWN (2006-2010) featuring singer Ian Parry (Vengeance, Elegy, Consortium Project) and participated in too many to mention musical projects like for instance DUST (2007) which was a special project to support TALISMAN featuring Jeff Scot Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sons of Apollo). Gert also played in Holland's first Metal band PICTURE for a year (2010-2011) and joined a Ronnie James DIO Tribute band called DEO in 2011.

Gert frequently plays with DEO but besides that Gert was always busy with various other musical projects like for instance AEROFORCE ONE which was an Aerosmith tribute band, Rock Cover project ROXX DOWN and DEATHRIDERS which is the band of original ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin. Besides that Gert is proud to have done a very special one-off New Years show to celebrate the coming of 2015 with A TRIBUTE TO MONSTERS OF ROCK in Baroeg Rotterdam (NL).

Some shows were done in 2016 with a DEEP PURPLE tribute band with members of a.o. Ayreon, Epica and Elegy
) and COOPER'S NIGHTMARE which is a Alice Cooper tribute band and Gert continues to do various guest appearances. For instance with the iconic Metal band MARTYR and FRIENDS OF ROCK. The latter was a great event at De Boerderij in Zoetermeer (NL) with a lot of great music friends to honor guitarist and friend Mario Roelofsen.

Gert joins DEATHRIDERS in 2016, DUTCH DISCIPLES in 2017 and leaves DEO early 2018.

Late August 2018 a debut album for a brand new Progressive rock/metal project with singer Bryan Ketelaars called AUGUST LIFE sees the day of light. NEW ETERNITY is a very strong concept album. It features on drums Hans in 't Zandt  (PRAYING MANTIS) on bass Peter Vink (AYREON, KNIGHTAREA) Rob van der Loo (EPICA), Marchell Remeeus (HELLOISE, HIGHWAY CHILE) and Harry den Hartog, Keyboards and Hammond Gerald Vos, backing vocals, Amèlie Mangelschots (AURACLE), Madicken Devries (ANNATAR, HEIDEVOLK) en Samantha Greenwood. On cello Jacqueline Hamelink (SOUNDING BODIES).

In 2019 Gert will begin to do live shows and tour with AUGUST LIFE and New Eternity will be released on vinyl through No Dust records!


Gert proudly uses the following equipment:

     

   

 


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You can download Gert's short Bio HERE.
Feel free to
contact Gert HERE.