I started singing when I was very young. For many years I sang in a choir and had different types of singing lessons. For a while black metal was one of my favourite music styles. Then I discovered symphonic metal. Inspired by bands, like Epica, Nightwish, Xandria (and others) I picked up my singing lessons again. Working in a nature area made me dream away about singing in a symphonic metal band and creating our own music. I found my own sound, which I use to create some new music with Egeria.
I am Max, Egeria’s keyboard player and composer. I’ve been playing classical piano since I was eight, occasionally played at small venues and in my high-school band, but after completing my history major I decided to find myself a proper band to play in, as I wanted to do a bit more with music other than just occasionally play for friends and family. I found out that Egeria was looking for a keyboard player through an online advertisement and joined them in early 2014. So far it has been a blast!
“Good music is a ghostly performer that plucks your heartstrings like a violin, playing a macabre medley of enlightened vice.”
I started playing guitar around the age of 12 on my brother’s acoustic guitar, studying some guitar books with classics like Bob Dylan. First learning some chords and later playing actual songs. Later when I was 17 I bought my first electric guitar.
During my study at University in Twente, played in some campus bands and had some nice small gigs. Also I joined my brothers band and as I got more experienced began playing solo’s. One of the first solo’s I performed live was the one of Burning Heart by Vandenberg.
So I’m autodidact, never had any lessons and just learned myself by playing along with music. Regarding musical preference, as I grew up in the 80’s I was very much into new wave (Cure, U2, Simple Minds) and lateron gradually went into heavier rock (Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Europe, Bryan Adams). Steve Vai and Joe Satriani became my favorite guitarists.
Like 5 years ago I became familiar with symphonic metal, starting with Within Temptation and Evanescence until a biker friend introduced me to Nightwish, which became one of my favorite metal bands along with Stream of Passion, Ayreon, the Gentle Storm, Devin Townsend, just to name a few.
I joined Windforce in 2011. We made an EP and had a successful gig in december 2012, but shortly afterwards the band was split up.
Since then I have been looking for a similar band and ran into the ad of Egeria. Looking forward to growing our repertoire and hitting the stage.
Hope to see you there!
Boss GT-8 multi-effects
Marshall Valvestate 8280
Music has been an important part for most of my life. Although I play and listen to (mostly) harder musical genres nowadays, like metal, I learned to enjoy and appreciate a wide variety of musical styles that are quite in contrast with metal. Some of the musical styles I also really like are folk music and old-school jazz.
At first I started playing guitar around the age of 13, but after a few years of lessons and trying some stuff out, I came to the conclusion it wasn’t really my thing and put the instrument aside, also due to lack of time.
During my time in college, my fingers began to itch again for making music, so I picked up a bass guitar and started teaching myself the ways of the instrument. This time, all pieces fell into place and I haven’t stopped playing since. Among my sources of inspiration are Marco Hietala (Nightwish) Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) and Cliff Burton (Metallica).
In my career as a bass player, I previously played in two bands. The first being Killing Season, a band that made a combination of different metal genres (inspired by bands like iced earth, 3 Inches of Blood and Judas Priest). After a few years of writing awesome songs and preforming at very cool gigs, the band fell apart and I joined the second band and called Zapata. This band played a variation on old school hard rock with a new groovy twist (you can think of bands like clutch and karma to burn, but with a sound that is inspired by Jimi Hendrix Experience and Black Sabbath). Due to various reasons, Zapata stopped and since the summer of 2017 I joined Egeria as the new bass player.
In my style of play, I find it important to (together with the drummer) create a foundation, on where the rest of the band can place their musical building blocks upon. Be sure to expect a lot of groove and some very nice bass riffs. See you during our next gig!
Fender Jazz Bass
Orange terror bass Head
Aguilar GS212 Cabinet
Electro Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi
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