THE EARLY YEARS
Some folks might think I’m a new kid on the block and that’s alright. Always loved operating under the radar, being the musician in the shadow. But my sounds hit you in the face with a sledgehammer when you pass by. The truth is; I’ve been a musician for a long time. Started out with keyboard and synthesizer lessons. After a little while also guitar/bass lessons. The first band I played in was as rhythm guitarist and lead singer in a -drumroll please- metal band, but I really sucked at that.
Traded my guitar for a bass, much better! Also was doing vocals and different styles in multiple bands. I bore easily, so I need to keep myself entertained. That’s the point sound design, synths, drum machines and programming came in. Always been a gear-head with an absolute fetish for pedals and stomp-boxes.
Growing up in the ’90s meant I experienced the whole Rap Superstars wave blowing over from the USA. The original Straight outta Compton CD is still in my collection. The crossover between metal and rap with Body Count was another thing I really embraced, as metal and Hip-Hop both ended up on my cassettes. I clearly remember how the deaths of Eazy, Tupac, and Biggie impacted me.
While other kids played Street Fighter or Super Mario, I was up in my room trying to recreate Hip-Hop and other electronic beats in ProTracker on the Commodore Amiga 500. It got better when the Amiga made room for an Atari 1040ST with Cubase.
I kept at it for years, sometimes on the backburner, but creating Hip-Hop beats has always been a thing in and around my Studio. Sold beats, sample packs and collaborated on various Mixtapes with rappers from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
INTRODUCTION INTO THE DANCE-SCENE
A big mouth and obviously some talent got my ass introduced into the Dutch hardcore scene (Gabber). It didn’t take very long to get noticed by one of the scene pioneers. My metal background and wayward thinking made up for the lack of skills at that point. Idea exchanges became collaborations and some of those became releases. A lot of stuff didn’t make the cut for just being too odd.
My true passion has always been dark, odd and raw stuff. Weird sounds, tons of percussion, repetitive and broken beats. In my own Industrial tracks, there are hardly any melodies. I love weird, chaotic percussion, but odd meters and dance music usually don’t mix so well. Thinking commercially is a thing that I still have to learn today! If I just didn’t love coloring outside the box so much.
A DIFFERENT PATH
In 2011 I sold almost my entire hardware studio, wanted to follow a different path. I continued my focus on sound design and creating audio content for music products and DAW software. To help me relax I make weird, Glitch music and all kinds of crossovers. Breakcore and Hip-Hop are still favorite genres to work on, alone or with others.
My sound design developed more and more by the years. Have been building wonderful friendships around the globe with other sound designers, developers and artists. My presets can be found in the factory libraries from Unfiltered Audio, Glitchmachines, kiloHearts, Creative Intent and Rob Papen products, among other things. The list of these fun projects keeps on growing.
In 2018 I started field-recording to add an extra dimension to my sound design. Making your own library with unusual and uncommon sounds is very satisfying work. I sculpt those sounds into other things like drum kits and -racks, instruments or complex wavetables.
Also bought more DAW’s to work and beta-test in. Currently, I have the latest versions of StudioOne, Nuendo, Ableton Suite, Reason Suite, Bitwig and Wavelab Pro.
In 2021 a new journey started, I started building my very first Eurorack. It started as a 3U – 84HP Doepfer case. Exciting times ahead!
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