‘My dad is a musician. It was because of him that there was always music around me, growing up. I remember singing along with the piano in my own gibberish English as a four-year-old.’
‘Music was important to me – I sang and played the violin – but after the gymnasium I thought an academic study was a logical next step. If not, it would be a waste of education, better chances, those thoughts. It was my father who pointed out to me that a musical career wasn’t such a crazy idea.
I opted for a combination between the two: a studies in musical science. That was not my cup of tea. I quit and went away for four months to work in Ibiza. One night, I saw a female singer accompanying a DJ. Just jamming away with his tracks. I thought that was so cool and instantly got the idea: I can do the same. The next day I visited a couple of clubs with the proposal. I could start straight away. The evening was awesome and I felt that this was what I wanted to do. The jamming, the connection with the DJ and the audiences, it was all addictive.
Once I was back in Amsterdam I knew for sure that I wanted to be a singer and applied for the jazz class of the Amsterdam conservatory. I only just started when I stepped on stage with Wicked Jazz Sounds and got my own night per month. Ten years ago, I was one of the few in Amsterdam, accompanying a DJ. At the conservatory they looked down on it. Now most young singers want exactly that.
All of this has led me to where I am today, the lead singer of Kraak&Smaak, touring the whole world. I feel privileged.’