Born and raised in Ridderkerk, near Rotterdam the Netherlands. I started playing the guitar at the age of 14.
Frank Zappa, Psychotic Waltz, Watchtower, After Forever, Evergrey, Devin Townsend, Tyketto, Ozzy Osbourne, Rosenberg Trio, Vivaldi, Fear Factory…. I am a musical omnivore
Music before Ulysses:
as always been very dedicated to one band at a time, therefor no long track record. For over six years I worked on Near Dark and tried to get it off the ground. Besides this band I have played in several other bands. (Exist, Pangea, Ceremony)
I never had one particular band or artist who I idolized. Although I was always quite interested in the playing of Randy Rhoads. At home I grew up with the music of Kansas, Black Sabbath, Zeppelin, Rush, Yes, Zappa and later I started to listen to as much as possible different kinds of music. Sources of inspiration were bands/musicians like: my dad (very good guitar player) Malmsteen, Ozzy, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Atheist, Testament, Al Dimeola (and similar kind of guitarists) and lots of more bands and musicians.
My first “real” guitar was a Gibson/Epiphone also produced under the brand Vester.. a genuine piece of shit, but I still have it ! Soon I got myself an ESP M1 a 1989 model. So, the real thing ! Also this guitar is still in my collection. Let move on for a decade or two.. Now I use Vox Humana guitars. This Dutch manufacturer /customizer build me two 7 strings guitars. I call them SV-107 and SV-207. The SV-107 has mahogany body and quilted top, with a Floyd rose and EMG 707 and EMG 707V. The SV-207 (blue model) has no tremolo but a tone pro bridge pimped by Graphtech and the guitar is fully equipped with a Ghost system of Graph Tech. This means that the guitar has MIDI, Piëzo and EMG’s… 1001 sounds and tricks up the sleave.
|Guitars:||Vox Humana SV-107|
|Vox Humana SV-207 * Graph Tech|
|Preamp:||2x Digitech GSP2101|
|1x ART Prochannel tube preamp (for Piëzo)|
|Power:||1x Marshall 9100|
|1x Kitty Hawk 60/60|
|Cabinet||Iso Cabinet: Box of Doom|
|Wireless||1x Rexer guitar|
|IEM||1x Thomann in ear system|
|1x SURE IEM system|
|Tuning||1x Korg DT-1|