‘You can choose one: Football or music,’ my parents said in the car. I wasn’t a good football player at school, so I chose music. I wanted to play the piano, but in the family there was this violin that was passed down from father to son. And so my father introduced me. He can’t play himself, but his knowledge and collection of classical music is huge. He took me to a concert, and when I saw all the violinists playing, I was convinced. I learned the Suzuki method for 3 years, but barely passed. No talent,” said the teacher, and away went the violin.
When I was a little boy, I saw a guitar in my aunt’s house. She played it herself, very beautifully, and let me try it out. That left a lasting impression, and although I preferred the piano, the guitar became an important support in my life. It wasn’t until I was 13 that I got to play with a piano, and that was in the form of a keyboard.
I set out to find other boys who played it to learn, and I found the perfect teacher: Jeroen.
We sat down for days and weeks playing quatre-mains blues accords and solo’s. He also taught me the same chords and progressions on guitar. We often jammed and made recordings, and most of what I play today is based upon his teachings.
I moved from Antwerp to Leuven and went on to study and record on my own. I had a very productive couple of years, where I made around 20 tracks, some with video. I recorded crude video’s in zoo’s and museums and animated clay and other stuff using stop-motion. I had a bit of success, but mostly with friends and family. The Spherehead artwork is made by lo-fi (Germany).
I have recently bought a Korg Piano to satisfy my childhood dream. I make time to play it almost every day. I took a little detour playing violin, but it taught me discipline and what it takes to play an instrument. In the end, I’m happy with my keyboard.
Thanks for hearing me out, and see you in the next project!