My musical journey started 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 (laid down flat on my lap), having the urge to make up my own melodies.
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, putting them into a certain form.
Part of my musical learning curve also was listening to all kinds of records from my parents' collection. One of the records then that really sparked off something was the EP version of 'Russians' by Sting (based on the Luitenant Kye suite by the Russian composer Sergej Prokofjev). A nice crossover between classical music and pop music. The lingering, bombastic orchestra suited the story being told by Sting.
In my early teens, inspired by the music of Metallica and Slayer, I started playing the electric guitar. Mostly heavy metal music, in several bands. I'm pretty sure we did the aggressive, noisy 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. 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.
Music teacher, composer and mixer
On my route to become a conservatory student I also learned to play the piano and since 2007 I play the original Swiss Hang drum. 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 arrived since a few years. In this cinematic genre my musical heritage, ideas and preferences fall into place. All is possible. A few years ago I decided to halve my teachers job to be able to just spend more time composing in my new build up musical environment. 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 in the unique, irreplaceable strength music has. I believe that all these individual abstractive notes and tones out there want to become something beautiful all together; tangible music that is able to resonate in you, make you feel, think or even act. For me music in the end is all about melody, harmony, motion and movement. In the wide cinematic spectrum I like to arise the musical support to the fullest, although music is still secondary here I like to experiment with that supporting balance.