My musical journey started sort of next to my cradle (1971), where my parents putted a little turntable, softly playing their favorite records. Seeing and hearing my dad play the acoustic guitar, performing Neil Young songs, also was a trigger. I remember as a kid playing his acoustic guitar, having the urge to make up my own melodies. Listening to music just was a great deal in our house. At that time I also liked the track 'Autobahn' by Kraftwerk. I could listen to it over and over….and over. Those sparkling, pulsating synthesizer sounds suited the album cover so well I thought. Being 11 years of age I bought this little Yamaha PS200 keyboard. It triggered me to make up melodic patterns and loops.
Part of my musical learning curve back then was listening to records from my parents' collection. One of the records that really sparked off something was the EP version of 'Russians' by Sting (a song based on the Luitenant Kye suite by the Russian composer Sergej Prokofjev). A nice crossover between classical and pop music. That lingering, bombastic orchestra took me completely and suited the story being told by Sting so well.
In my early teens, inspired by the music of Metallica, Slayer and Yngwie Mailmsteen, I started playing the electric guitar. Mostly heavy metal music, in several bands. I'm sure we did the aggressive chrunchy job, but it never took off, although it was a lot of fun and I did learn a lot...
During a cold winter evening, december 1989, turning my radioknob, I accidentaly stumbled on classical music again, hearing violinist Nigel Kennedy performing the Four Seasons (by composer Antonio Vivaldi), together with the English Chamber Orchestra. It triggered me to start playing the violin right away. That was when things really took off. I joined a little baroque orchestra and chamber orchestra, started learning music theory, listened to a lot of classical music and visited many classical concerts. This classical music was so transparent, having such a diverse and rich pallet. The deep musical loom!
Music teacher, composer and mixer
On my route to become a conservatory student (1997-2001) I also learned to play the piano and since 2007 I play the original Swiss Hang. These are all welcome skills as a composer, but I sure rely on them in my job as a music teacher in high school. There, for almost twenty years now, I devotedly teach young students learning them how to play instruments and perform together. But also teaching composing and the architecture of music.
Besides teaching I have always composed and arranged music, just as a hobby. Mainly classical music at first. When I got into musical software I started composing dance music, combining it with classical music. More and more my music evolved to a cinematic type of music, well know for being the sort of ultimate carrier of stories and emotions. That’s where I arrived since a few years. In this cinematic genre my musical heritage, ideas and preferences fall into place. All seems possible. A few years ago I decided to halve my teachers job just to be able to spend more time composing and producing. Next to composing I also like to spend time mixing my music to give it the final touch; the sort of subtle 'musical make-up'.
I believe that all these individual abstract notes and tones out there want to become something beautiful all together; tangible music that is able to resonate in you.