That year I visited my first ever hardstyle event, Qlimax. I thought I was ready, but boy was I wrong. My body wasn’t used to this fast-paced and heavy sound, so it must have been 3.00 when I decided to sit down on the grandstands and kill the final four hours by watching the camera crane at work. I think that’s when my love for film came to be.

Seven years went by and I started visiting more and more festivals. I couldn’t help but keep an eye on the camera crew every time I would see them walk by, or do their thing. I loved to take a peek at their monitors so a few months later I could scan the aftermovie frame by frame to find out if they actually used that shot. It just fascinated me!

It was time for a switch

In the summer of 2015 I decided to give up on my career of being a chef. I had lost all interest in cooking, while my interest in film grew larger by the day. That’s why I took a leap of faith and started a new future for myself. I had big plans and even bigger dreams, so I searched for a way to realize them.

That same year I found myself at Defqon.1 during The Gathering with a group of friends. Someone was filming on-stage and at that moment I was certain: that’s what I’m going to do! The next thing I said to my brother, who was standing right next to me, was: “give me three years and it will be me standing there, holding the camera.” We laughed for a bit, not knowing where this fast track would eventually take me.

The future starts now

On April 4th 2016 I started my own company. Of course I didn’t have a lot of projects yet, so I spent most of my free time consuming YouTube tutorials and videos of myself that barely made it past 40 views, 20 from myself and probably 10 from my parents. You would think it had a demotivating effect on me, but it was quite the contrary. It motivated me to keep working on myself and try to make something better the next time.

A little over a year later I received a message from Niels (Frequencerz) on Facebook. They were looking for a voluntary editor for #AskRicky, a vlog by one of their friends. This was it! This was the moment I needed, to show myself to the festival world. The message had been sent only four minutes before, but still I started writing my reply like a mad man, introducing myself and offering to help them out. Three hours later I was working on an intro animation, because the first vlog footage was already on it’s way.

Living the dream

Four months, eleven episodes and multiple festivals as a cameraman for #AskRicky later, I realized that I had blasted through the door that Niels and Ricky left ajar. I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunities they have given me, which I took on with both hands. I also want to thank them for having faith in me, at times when I was too busy comparing myself to the big boys. It has all made me who I am, and where I am today.

Oh, and those three years that I gave myself for Defqon.1? Nailed it!


Photos by Menno van der Veen & Vincent van den Boogaard