have been possessed with music as long as I can remember. But as a
real late bloomer I first picked up the guitar when I was already 16 years
old. Not seriously yet, but nevertheless the
seed" was planted
Because of the overall lack of bass players and surplus of guitarists in the early 80's
my first real local band
effort was as
a bass player
in a obscure band called
LEDGE. However, I soon realized I really needed to become a
real life guitar player ....
The very first band to write my own material for
as a Guitarist was in the late
80's with a band called
Soon after that colorful experience too many to mention bands
outs were subject
to my everlasting search for my musical goals which were to be
found somewhere between
and Metal and beyond!
If I would like to mention one band from that period I think it must be
LEGAL NOISE (1991 - 1992).
In 1994 I found
'the best of
those both worlds' by joining
developing a band called
(1994-2002). Next to several Demo tapes a CD called
released in 1998.
MISCHIEF was a very promising act musically but
unfortunately lack of professional ambition made me ultimately leave the band.
Late 2003 I joined the well
known early 80's Heavy Rock Band
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
KEEPER OF THE EARTH
(2009) was released worldwide through Mausoleum Records.
remained and remains a valid asset still but in
between my activities for
HIGHWAY CHILE I also
played a lot
with the Hard
Rock Cover band
(2006-2010) featuring singer
(Vengeance, Elegy, Consortium Project).
Next to that I
too many to mention musical projects like for
(2007) which was a special project to support
TALISMAN featuring Jeff Scot Soto
(Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sons of Apollo).
I also played in
Holland's first Metal band
PICTURE for a year (2010-2011)
and joined a Ronnie James DIO
Tribute band called
After leaving PICTURE
the regular outfit in those days but besides that I
kept busy with various other musical projects like for instance
AEROFORCE ONE which was an Aerosmith tribute band, Rock Cover
and DEATHRIDERS which is the band of original
that I am proud to have
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
an ALICE COOPER tribute band.
I continued to do
various guest appearances,
for instance with the iconic Metal band
The latter was a great event at Boerderij in Zoetermeer (NL)
with a lot of great music friends
to honor guitarist and friend
(RIP 1963 - 2015).
DEATHRIDERS in 2016,
in 2017 and left DEO early 2018.
August 2018 a debut album for a brand new Progressive
project with singer Bryan Ketelaars
LIFE sees the day of light.
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).
2019 we begun to do live shows with AUGUST LIFE and
AUGUST LIFE is as of then a real band instead of a project. The debut album New Eternity is
now also released on vinyl through
No Dust Records.......
story to be continued...