Gert has been possessed with music as long as he can remember. But as a
real late bloomer Gert first picked up the guitar when he was already 16 years
old. Not seriously yet, but nevertheless the
seed" was planted
Because of the overall lack of bass players and surplus of guitarists in the early 80's Gert's first real local band
effort was as
a bass player. However, Gert soon realized he really needed to become a
real life guitar player....
The very first band to write his own material for was in the late
80's with a band called
Soon after that colorful experience too many to mention bands and try
outs were subject
to Gert's everlasting search for his musical goals which were to be
found somewhere between Rock and Metal and beyond!
In 1994 Gert found 'the best of those both worlds' by joining
developing a band called
(1994-2002). Next to several Demo tapes a CD called
released in 1998. MISCHIEF was a very promising act musically but
lack of professional ambition made Gert ultimately leave the band.
Late 2003 Gert joined the well
known early 80's Heavy Rock Band
HIGHWAY CHILE, revitalized in the beginning of the new millennium, appeared to be a very cooperative collective and
next to other great achievements a brand new full length album
KEEPER OF THE EARTH
(2009) was released worldwide through Mausoleum Records.
remained a valid asset still but in
between his activities for HIGHWAY CHILE Gert played in the (Hard)
Rock Cover band
(2006-2010) featuring singer
(Vengeance, Elegy, Consortium Project) and
too many to mention musical projects like for
(2007) which was a special project to support
TALISMAN featuring Jeff Scot Soto
(Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sons of Apollo).
Gert also played in
Holland's first Metal band
PICTURE for a year (2010-2011)
and joined a Ronnie James DIO
Tribute band called
the regular outfit in those days but besides that Gert
always busy with various other musical projects like for instance
AEROFORCE ONE which was an Aerosmith tribute band, Rock Cover
and DEATHRIDERS which is the band of original
Besides that Gert is proud to have
very special one-off New Years show to celebrate the coming of 2015 with
A TRIBUTE TO
MONSTERS OF ROCK
in Baroeg Rotterdam (NL).
Some shows were done in 2016 with a DEEP
PURPLE tribute band with members of
a.o. Ayreon, Epica and Elegy) and
which is a Alice Cooper tribute band and
Gert continued to do
various guest appearances.
For instance with the iconic Metal band
The latter was a great event at De Boerderij in Zoetermeer (NL)
with a lot of great music friends
to honor guitarist and friend Mario Roelofsen.
DEATHRIDERS in 2016,
DUTCH DISCIPLES in 2017
and leaves DEO early 2018.
August 2018 a debut album for a brand new Progressive
project with singer Bryan Ketelaars
LIFE sees the day of light.
NEW ETERNITY is a very
strong concept album. It features
on drums Hans in 't Zandt (PRAYING MANTIS) on bass
Peter Vink (AYREON, KNIGHTAREA) Rob van der Loo
(EPICA), Marchell Remeeus (HELLOISE, HIGHWAY CHILE)
and Harry den Hartog, Keyboards and Hammond Gerald
Vos, backing vocals, Amèlie Mangelschots (AURACLE),
Madicken Devries (ANNATAR, HEIDEVOLK) en
Samantha Greenwood. On cello Jacqueline
Hamelink (SOUNDING BODIES).
2019 Gert begins to do live shows with AUGUST LIFE and
it's debut album New Eternity is released on vinyl in May through
No Dust records.......
story to be continued!