Michel van Wassem | Keyboards Vocals
Started to play the accordion at the age of 8, ‘cause there was obviously no
money to buy an organ or piano.
With a very strict dad, I had to practice one hour a day, while my friends
where playing soccer outside.
But my musical career, I have to thank my dad (and friend) for …. and even
At the age of 14 I started with my 1st garage band … impressing the girls in the
With Jaap de Jonckheere (Urban Heroes) I started my 1st real band band “Frantic”.
Being influenced by Jazz-Rock and bands like “the Mahavishnu Orchestra” and
In ’74 this band became “Storm” with Jaap, Peter Slot, and
Willem Jansen (Tall William a.k.a. Billy Cobham ).
In ’76 I played with “The Internationals” and “Mobilae”.
And then came 1977, my 2nd and biggest love ‘Symfonic rock’ with Kees Bik,
Ronald Brautigam, Albert de Keijzer and Tom van der Meulen,
the band “Plackband”!
Albert de Keijzer worked at the legendary music store “Servaas” in the Hague,
who heard me playing at a synth, asked me how I thought
about a symphonic adventure, which lasted till 1984 .
In 1994 I started a band with Ronald Brautigam and Karel Messemaker (both
Bob Blok and Ed Wernke a band named “November”, we recorded a beautiful CD
called “the First of”.
It was until 1999 when the reunion of “Plackband” was a fact …. “Plackband”
was my life!
And now “PBII”, which will be a new chapter in my musical career.
With bass player Harry den Hartog we’re gone experience new musical
and write new material which will be a little more technical and dynamical,
and maybe a little scent of Jazz Rock will be found.
Where this ‘ll lead us I don’t know yet, but it’s 100% sure we’re gone go
for it with passion!
One of my great inspirations these days is Jem Godfrey of “Frost*”,
who I met at a mutual gig in Rotherham (UK) in 2007 at the Classic Rock
Society, the year “Plackband”
continued as a quartet.
And now as ‘PBII” with our new bass player Harry we’re about to generate
Ronald and I were usually responsible for new songs, but from now on Harry
will also do some writing and arranging stuff.
Which will be a great addition and inspiration for Ronald and me.
‘Music’ remains my passion, and to share this passion with my friends of
PBII, including the indispensable crew, is the summit!
Have fun with us!