Now playing:

Helloween “My God Given Right”, Kamelot “Haven”

Now watching:
Jurassic World, The Age of Adeline, Maggie

Now reading:
“The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” (J. Dicker)


Day of birth?
October 29th

When did you start playing?
At 11 some classical guitars but I hated it. I started with electric guitars at 14.

Why did you start playing?
I wanted to become a metal musician

Favourite bands?
Helloween, Skyclad, Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, Dark Tranquillity, Cradle of Filth, Candlemass, My Dying Bride, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Simple Plan, Queen, Angels & Airwaves, …

Favourite musicians?
Alexi Lahio, Jeff Waters, Adrian Smith, Andy LaRoque, Kai Hansen, Snowy Shaw, Ronnie James Dio, Loreena McKennith …

First album bought?
Helloween “Keeper of the 7 keys pt 2” in 1989 for metal albums but I think the first ever was something from Madonna.

Favourite albums?
Helloween “Keeper of the 7 keys pt 2” and all Helloween stuff, Skyclad “A burnt offering for the bone idol”, Iron Maiden “Seventh son of a seventh son”, Children of Bodom “Hatebreeder”, Nightwish “Once”, Cradle of Filth “Midian”, Dark Tranquillity “The gallery”, In Flames “The jester race”, Mercyful Fate “In the shadows”, Annihilator ”Set the world on fire”, Black Sabbath “Dehumanizer”, Savatage “Streets”, Skid Row “Slave to the grind”, Manowar “The triumph of steel”, WASP “The crimson idol”, Candlemass “Nightfall”, My Dying Bride “Turn loose the swans”, Gamma Ray “Sigh no more”, Meatloaf “Bat out of hell 2”, Loreena McKennith “The mask and mirror”, Def Leppard “Hysteria”, Therion “Gothic Kabballah”…

First concert (as visitor)?
Iron Maiden + My Dying Bride (X-Factor tour), 1995 (talking about metal concerts)

Best live show you’ve seen / would like to see?
Nightwish (Milan – Once tour), In Flames (Wacken ‘01)

Favourite EK songs?
Seasonspeech, The divided heart,  Runereader, Trows Kind, King of the Elves,… but this can change every time.

Favourite EK song to play live?
The winter Wake, Jigsaw Puzzle, Runereader, etc.

Which band would you like to open up for?
Helloween, Children of Bodom, Nightwish

Highlight of your career on/off stage?
Pestpop ’06 (BE), Summerbreeze ‘09 / First contract signed

Craziest situation on/off stage?
RAR Festival ’05 (Germany): everything happened during the gig: the stage was full of people doing stage diving and we stopped the show several times to be sure that nobody was injured. At a certain point one guy was trying to climb the big stage speakers to stage dive from there and he felt off bringing one of the top big speakers with him. This was falling on to my head, and in the very final moment I saw it and had the reflex to move from there. The speakers felt on to the guitar pedalboard and broke it in two. It wasn’t mine, somebody borrowed it to me!

Most embarassing moment of your career?
There was a pretty emabarassing situation at Pestpop 06 (Gorlan, remember?) but cannot tell more!! Or when I do bad errors on stage!

Favourite drink / smoke?
Coke, White beer / No, thank you!!

Favourite movies / actors?
“Silence of the lambs”, “Dead poet society”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “Braveheart”, “Lord of the rings”, “Deep Red”, “Suspiria”, “The Others”, “The hours”, “Back to the future”, “The prestige”, “Eyes Wide Shut”, in general movies from Tim Burton and David Lynch and an uncountable number of horror movies being a total horror maniac / Johnny Depp, Edward Norton, Uma Thurman

Favourite TV series?
Lost, Friends, Twin Peaks, X-Files, Californication, Sex & the City, Neon Genesis Evangelion

Favourite books?
”Lord of the rings” J.R.R. Tolkien, “The name of the rose” U.Eco, “Norwegian wood (Tokio blues)” H. Murakami, “Bilico” and “Mani nude” P. Barbato, lots of book from Stephen King, Tiziano Sclavi etc. / Dylan Dog (comics)

Favourite computer/console games?
All Monkey Island series, Tomb Raider, Guitar Hero and Rock Band

What do you like to do on your freetime?
Well, basically relaxing since I had not much for this. Usually I hang out with some friends, then going to the cinema, see some live gigs, reading, etc. Obviously writing music

Describe yourself with 3 words:
Determined, calm, reflecting

Equipment you use?
AYDAN endorses: JACKSON guitars,  EVH amps and cabinets, D’ADDARIO and PYRAMID strings, PLANET WAVES cables, EGO SONORO pedalboards + uses a lot of various other stuff