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AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Prelude
I was born on Christmas day, December 25th, 1975. At the age of 12 I started playing the recorder and I started to learn how to read notes. Although I loved making music straight away, I became really enthousiastic when I saw and heard someone in my school play a keyboard. For my 13th birthday my parents gave me my first keyboard, a silver Yamaha SHS-10. After building serious interest in playing the keyboard, a decision to take music lessons was made. To be able to do so properly, I invested in a larger keyboard with large keys, a Roland E-10. Also at this time, I became inspired by some of the great synthesizer musicians like Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre, Harold Faltermeyer and Jan Hammer. In the eight years that followed, I learned to play many different music styles. During this time, I upgraded my Roland E-10 to a Roland E-70.


Mysteries
In the last few years of my music lessons, I increasingly showed interest in composing music to express my feelings and tell stories with my music. To be able to give more shape to this interest, I bought a music workstation, a Roland XP-50, containing the latest sounds of that time. Inspired at the same time by the pop-music performers of the late eighties and the beginning of the nineties, I started to write and compose my first songs. One summer, I wrote "Mystery Girl". The writing and composing of this song would later turn out to mark a defining moment in my music career. After finishing "Mystery Girl", I wanted to continue writing and composing until I would have enough material to put on a CD. In the years that followed, I created the songs that are now on the "Mysteries" CD. Playing the keyboard and studying a variety of music styles led to a style of playing that allowed me to manipulate different sounds in a different way, using the same keys. I played the drums, bass, guitar, organ, strings, piano and lead sounds until all songs were completely arranged. With a background in instrumental music, I created a crossover between my interest in the popular music of that time and my initial background in synthesizer music. This crossover came about by replacing all parts that are typically sung in popular music by the playing of lead instruments by myself. At age 22 I took my music to a professional sound studio (New Road Studios), had Italian designer Cesare DeRossi design the covers for the booklet and the CD and so the dream called "Mysteries" became reality with a CD-launching concert on June 4, 1998, celebrating more than 10 years of making music.


Journey to Salvation
In the aftermath of "Mysteries", much changed. Starting a full-time job kept me from regularly investing time in my music. After a few brief successes based on "Mysteries", my music seemed to die a silent death. Still, in the seven years that followed, I kept investing in my music whenever possible, extending my library of available sounds with new sound modules (a Korg TR-RACK and a Roland M-BD1) and a new controller-keyboard with piano-like weighted keys, a Roland A-90. I always felt that "Mysteries" never became exactly what I wanted it to be. Although the people at New Road Studios delivered a professional piece of work, the sound that I had originally intended for the CD was not brought about, simply because it was too expensive to invest more studio time. Therefore, I wanted to expand my knowledge to include mixing, recording and mastering as well. Over time, I invested in high-end recording equipment to make way for the dormant dream in the back of my mind: to make a new CD, but this time with all the detail and the sound exactly like I wanted it. And so, my own recording studio was born: The Mysteries Studio. In the first seven years, I wrote only four new songs. It was with the last of these songs that I specifically started to write for a new CD. This time, I wanted to make all-instrumental synthesizer music only. Still, although the idea of making a new CD was now more alive than ever, the feeling wasn't yet right. There was no sense of direction for the CD. Just when the entire project seemed to slowly fade away, after a hard period in my life, I found myself writing a song that would later turn out to mark a defining moment. The song, called "Journey to Salvation" was my first track in the style of the synthesizer music that originally inspired me. But much more than this, the emotions I put into the song provided me the direction I was waiting for. As time went by, the music under my hands matured and the new direction led me to come home to my original inspiration: synthesizer music. I wrote five songs the next year and six in the one following that, leading up to the total of 16 tracks on the new CD called "Journey to Salvation". The final song I composed for this CD is called "Live Your Dreams". That title was actually the first concept I thought of after "Mysteries". Now it had become an important statement: live your dreams, never give them up, don't ever stop. In my own home studio, The Mysteries Studio, I mixed, recorded and mastered "Journey to Salvation". Celebrating yet another decade of making music gone past, this time the sound was much closer to what I always wanted my music to sound like.


YouTube
Finishing "Journey to Salvation" completely by myself was an important achievement in my life. I had closed the book on a hard period in my life and I felt I was now ready to move on to the next stage with my music and at the same time help others make their dreams come true. I had just moved house and had the opportunity to build a home studio just the way I wanted it. The only problem now was again time. Matters got worse when bad fortune befell my father around this time and a battle against an awful disease had begun. At the end of 2009, the severity of his situation reminded me that life is short, but it is never too late to live your dreams. Inspired by his will to go on, I started down a new path in music. A colleague of mine once said to me:"Everything is on YouTube nowadays!". Indeed, Internet has brought the world closer together and therefore it is a great opportunity to reach out across the globe. For starters, I had the idea to look for people on YouTube that sing (a-capella or acoustically) in a way that spoke to me. After arranging my own version of the song, I extracted the audio from the YouTube video and synchronized it with my own arrangement. This I did for the first three covers. With enough practice, I decided to start to really reach out and try to find talented singers to work with. The first person to respond was Geanie Jenkins, an incredibly talented singer with a dream, just like me. The fact that she lived in San Diego with 9 hours of time difference was testimony to the fact that the Internet indeed makes boundaries fade away. We worked on a fully arranged cover and a live-performed cover very intensively over a few months. The results amazed us both and because I happened to be travelling there for my work, we even got to meet face to face in the summer of 2010; memories to last a lifetime... I knew I found myself at the start of a new, beautiful dream with hopefully many more successful collaborations to come, making music that brightens people's day and opens up their hearts.


Infinite Singles
In the years that followed, I continued to invest in my music equipment, including an E-MU Proteus 2000, a Roland Fantom XR with 6 expansion boards and a Yamaha Motif-Rack XS. During that same time I got to collaborate with a variety of people, some of who I met via Internet only and some of who I met in real life. Working with different people and, especially for local talent, being able to give them the opportunity to get high-quality recordings and productions, proved to be an incredibly happy, fun and fulfilling experience. Next to producing covers with many people, I even got the opportunity to produce original songs written by other artists (Peter Francks, Nadine, Nic Honey). This then led me to take the next step and ask selected artists (who I believed to be a good match with a particular song) to perform songs that I had written myself. Because my network of collaborators and music friends kept growing, it now even included professional artists such as Broadway singer Tamra Hayden and local Dutch talent such as record-deal-winning Maaike Mae. And so it came to pass in the summer of 2012 that I met up with Tamra Hayden in the USA for the first recording ever of the vocals for one my recent pop songs: "The Great Unknown"; a happening that moved me to tears. It was only a month later that Maaike came to my studio to sing another of my recent songs: "Broken"; another unforgettable day. Getting the chance to work with such talented artists and getting their vote of confidence has been an amazing experience. It marked the start of the realization of yet another beautiful dream: producing my own songs, both synthesizer music and pop music with selected vocalists and releasing them in this modern era via Internet in an infinite strand of singles. At the end of 2013, having released three new singles, I celebrated this dream of an achievement by letting go of what had become a vintage way of producing music, selling my hardware-module rack synthesizers and investing into a bright new future of all digital, all-in-one-PC, more efficient and effective production with the highest quality virtual instruments that any music producer can wish for, 1) real acoustic instruments recorded and sampled in some of the best studios in the world: the virtual instrument libraries by EastWest, 2) the biggest, baddest synthesizer available to date: Omnisphere by Spectrasonics and 3) the most modern r&b, hip-hop, dance, techno and trance sounds used in so many hit records: Nexus 2 (with a variety of expansions) by reFX. Combining these new sounds with the highest quality professional industry-standard Lexicon PCM reverbs and the best mixing and mastering plugins avaiable from Waves, all combined in a DAW that fits my style perfectly, Cakewalk Sonar X3, made me ready to take on new challenges for many years to come, while sounding better then ever before.
 




Yamaha SHS-10




Roland E-10




Roland E-70




Roland XP-50




Korg TR-Rack




Roland M-BD1




Roland A-90




E-Mu Proteus 2000




Roland Fantom XR




Yamaha Motif-Rack XS




EastWest Sample-based Virtual Acoustic Instruments




Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synthesizer




reFX Nexus 2 Virtual Modern Instruments




Lexicon PCM reverb plug-ins




Waves mixing and mastering plug-ins




Cakewalk Sonar X3