Besides playing music, I really love listening to music. It’s basically what gets us into music in the first place. You hear a melody, a chord or a lyric that sends shivers down your spine. It was the moment I knew I wanted to be a musician. Let me paint you a picture. I was in a car looking at the passing fields somewhere in the south of Italy. I was listening to “…All This Time” by Sting. Expressive singing, poetic lyrics and lush chords (that I didn’t understand, but eagerly wanted to understand) made me fall in love with the record. I probably played that record more times than any other record I own.

It was also the first record I heard that used soundscapes mixed with acoustic instruments. 

This is an important part of what Keri and I do now with Hireth. On the 25th January we released our first real single called “Snow”. I wrote it looking outside the window on a snowy day in Amsterdam. The snow was falling down so fast that you couldn’t tell if the snow was falling or ascending. Keri and I worked a lot on soundscapes in the mixing progress, trying to capture the movement of the snow.

Its thrilling to know that music you once heard in your head to be available online!

You can listen to “Snow” here:

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Hi all, I’ve decided to change the setup for my site. Every once in a while I will write stories about composing, teaching, playing the guitar, getting pedals etc, basically anything that’s on my mind and situations I run into being a musician. So, let’s do this thing.

Last week I had the pleasure to play some of my songs on Christmas Eve at Poppodium Grenswerk in Venlo. The evening was organized like a mass, but without the religious aspects. There were multiple speakers and musicians who all shared personal stories through words or music. It was really exciting to play a concert like this. I played “Turn Off The Lights” and “Rosy”.

I’ve also been busy with mixing and tracking some of the recordings I made last summer for my solo project and for Hireth. It’s not done yet, but because I want to share more music online here’s a snippet of “Rosy”: 

Hope to see and hear you guys soon!

Photo of Christmas Eve at Grenswerk by


Robbert was one of the coaches of ScratchJazz. An initiative to get young people to play music together. All students played one standard (from “The Great American Songbook”) and one pop tune that was arranged together with the band. On the 8th of October all bands played at Poppodium Grenswerk in Venlo as part of the ScratchJazz festival.

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Photo by Karin de jonge