I grew up in the 60s, 70s and 80s and as a guitarist I am also most influenced by bands from that time such as Rush, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, YES, Golden Earring, Bad Company, Pink Floyd, Free and more 70s rock.
I also like Y&T, AC/DC, Vandenberg, Whitesnake, Van Halen, Tony MacAlpine, Yngwie Malmsteen, and I used to like bands such as Anthrax, Metallica and Slayer, but now I’ve grown a bit over that. 😉
When I was about 25 I discovered bands like Psychotic Waltz, Spock’s Beard, Dream Theater, Trouble, Enchant, and more progressive rock and metal bands.
Since then I feel like there’s no more great bands like those, with a few exceptions. I really love what Derek Sherinian has done, and also a few Dutch bands such as Cartographer and TANK86.
I have a soft spot for guitar players like Eric Johnson, Pat Metheny, and more Jazz musicians, because I will never reach their level of playing, but I can always give it a shot. 🙂
In this video you’ll hear Derek Sherinian on the keyboards and Hammond B3.
I really like what he did in the beginning of the song, playing very smoothly along with my guitar parts. In the middle parts he’s adding some really nice sounds, and then at the end there’s this incredible solo.
That is what I like about Derek, he is looking for the limits, and has the ability to control it. Something I have to keep practicing, but his influence is there I think, as well as other musicians of course.
Only with your support my music and production quality can be even better, because I can hire good musicians, studios, engineers and other people such as graphic designers, camera operators, etc.
Photo of a screen printing by Gré Leffers.
She made this when I was about 23 years.
These are my most current musical projects:
My soloproject, Instrumental Classic Rock with a progressive touch.
Ideas come naturally and develop into complete songs.
- Project Eyestare
Progressive metal all about 6 songs, written by Synergy aka Eyestare between 1993 and 1995, a band I co-founded.
Together with singer Machteld Maat I play a varied mix of acoustic covers from famous bands and artists from the 70s to the present.
- Structure Seven
Progressive Metal with some Doom, Hardrock and also “jazzy” bits.
This band was founded in 2011, a reincarnation of Synergy / Eyestare.