Date of birth:
Violin, whistles, vocals
In my early years all classical violinists, later bands from folk metal to gypsy & klezmer.
1 – Metsatöll – Äio
2 – Opeth – Deliverance
3 – Alamaailman Vasarat – Huuro Kolkko
4 – Moonsorrow – Tulimyrsky
5 – Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick
6 –Finntroll – Nattfödd
7 – Turisas – The Varangian Way
8 – Eluveitie – Spirit
9 – System Of A Down – Toxicity
10 – Ensiferum – From Afar
Too many to name, but here are my most prominent bands: Alamaailman Vasarat, Arkona, Dimmu Borgir, Eluveitie, Ensiferum, Estradasphere, Fejd, Finntroll, Finsterforst, Glittertind, Hanggai, Jethro Tull, Le Grand Guignol, Lumsk, Lúnasa, Metsatöll, Moonsorrow, Månegarm, Opeth, Otyg, Rhapsody of Fire, Skyclad, System of a Down, Tuatha Dé Danann, Turisas, Vintersorg, Vulture Industries, Wintersun.
Music, movies, series, old school video games.
I think André Rieu a very long time ago.
First metal band;
After forever in 1999.
First played concert:
First show with Chain of Dogs in ‘De Oefenbunker’ in 2006. Before that; in a classical orchestra when I was about 6 years old, which I can’t really remember …
Most interesting event on stage:
Probably our show on Metaldays in 2014, although it’s hard to choose one.
First metal album:
System of a Down’s self titled debut cd, and if that’s not metal enough for all of you; Dimmu Borgir’s Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia.
Favourite books and films:
The Lord of the Rings / Hobbit books and movies, Life of Pi, Silence of the Lambs, Shining, 300, Shawshank Redemption, Inception and lots of other movies.
Grimbergen Dubbel, Erdinger Weissbier, Mead and fruit drinks.
I come from a musical family and learned various instruments from a very early age. I started playing flute at music school when I was 4 years old, and had my first violin lesson at the age of 5. For ten years I played in several children’s orchestras while continuing lessons. At the age of 15 I got enough of the lessons because I wanted to play more than just classical music. At the same time my interest for metal started to grow, especially classical and folk influenced metal. A few years later I got asked by an old friend if I was interested in starting a folk metal band, which later became Chain of Dogs.
Yamaha SV-200 silent violin, P. Marshal 1921 violin, Susato Kildare Pennywhistles