At high school my teacher told me that I was not
very musical. And although musical notation for me was
nothing else but sticks with flags and balls and for sure
not music... I was not willing to accept that as a fact. I
bought my first electronic guitar, the old-fashioned tape
recorder was started and from the first false notes
everything was recorded. No lessons at all.
It was the beginning of several bands. Inspired by
Genesis and Yes I played the guitar, not good, but when you
compose everything by yourself you take care that everything
is within your skills. So I first played the guitar, then
the bass guitar and after that keyboards. This until I
started to sing. Singing was for me the best way to express
myself. I became the lead-singer of bands like 'Brancard', 'Ice on Fire', Big Deal'
and for a long time in Edge of Sanity. The last band last
for 15 years and there were highlights with gigs at the Boerderij, Westerpop
and for composing and playing a tune for a television
program. The music was a mix of Toto, Yes and Genesis and
was surprisingly well appreciated by the public. At a
certain moment the inspiration had gone, so we broke up.
Then a while without a band. For a moment no music. After
15 years I needed a break. Next I started to thing what kind
of music I really wanted to make. And I found out that I
wanted to go for symphonic music with impressive vocal
So I was remembering Plackband. That band played music
like that. I noticed that they had make a restart as PBII. I
met the guys and we really had a musical click. But they
were already so far with their Plastic Soup CD that it
was not possible to work together at that moment.
Fortunately I was approached for the next project,
1000Wishes. Wonderful songs were written so it was for me a
fantastic challenge to make the lyrics and vocal lines. A
fantastic creative process followed in which the music files
were send over and over to e ach other to cultivate. At last
everything was recorded with a youth orchestra in the
Hollandspoor Studios by Chris Muller. This resulted in a
After that we played the rock opera in sold out theatres
and I knew a big wish had come through.