I started playing the electronic organ at the age of nine. So everything with keys is my instrument. I also tried playing the guitar a little bit, but I was never really good at it. I do, however, play the ukulele for fun.
In 1985, I got the recording and synthesizer virus.
I was in a fantastically advantageous position to have my music instruments dealer lend me one or the other synth or sampler so I could record them for my music. Mind you, a sampler in the late 1980s still could cost a five-digit amout of money. So I was happy enough to just have them for a weekend. In return, I helped my music dealer as a roadie or mixing assistant on concerts. This brought me even closer to how all that recording and signal processing thing worked. And the carrying around of all those–
From 1988 to 1994, I used to play keyboards and occasionally sing in bands. However, I learnt that I was not cut out to be a band member. I had different plans for making music. So I started my music project Clink Machine. But I never sent out demos to record companies in order to get signed. It just didn’t come into my mind. I was quite happy to record my music and spread it among friends and peer musicians. With the advent of home CD production and the World Wide Web in the late-1990s, I came to the conclusion that it was time to release my music properly. I started my very own label em play records in 2001.
So there I was: musician, producer, wanna-be record label owner. But I was still in a day job, so there was little time to do it properly. I quit my job in 2003, which rendered friends and family of mine to think I had gone nuts. Nuts I was, releases came. There were highs and lows, but I never truly regretted quitting everything for sound and music. Because it wouldn’t make sense to me.