Music is me...
My name full name is Marloes Groen, I was born at the 7th of November
1984 and I come from the Netherlands. I grew up in a small village called
Heiloo a cute village near a hot town called Alkmaar. This is also where
I live today. My dream has always been to have a well going career as
a singer songwriter.
When I was little I used to have a lot of music around. My mother is
a professional piano player and she has played several styles and sorts
of music, which has influenced me a great deal. My father used to be a
great guitar player. In 1990 I started taking piano lessons. At the beginning
I used to go from one teacher to the next teacher. I didn’t adore playing
the piano so much from the start until I started using what I learned
from my piano lessons to create songs. The more I learned from my piano
classes the more melodies came in my head. Ever since the piano and I
were each other’s best friends. Every now and then I did performances
in my hometown, which stimulated me to play the piano as well.
From 1990 until 1993 I took classical ballet classes. This hobby gave
me the first opportunity to perform for a large audience in ‘De
Vest’, a theater in Alkmaar, which I obviously enjoyed very much.
In May 1995 I got the chance to play some of my first compositions at
ATV, a local television station in Amsterdam.
September 1997 I started taking jazz-dance classes at the ‘Graphelli Dancestudio’
In September 1998 I became a member of the National Theater for Youth
at this dance school. They’re doing shows all over the country. We had
to wear special designed clothes. There were make-up artists to make us
look like clowns. I really enjoyed doing the shows. Luckily at both elementary
school and high school, they organize several music events a year such
as ‘Closure of the Month’ & ‘Music Nights’. Most of the time at elementary
school acting was also one of the things I did with pleasure, for instance
In 1999 I went to a recording studio for my project ‘All abandoned by
you’ for the first time. The reason for this was that I wanted to participate
to the Princess Christina Competition.
Although it is a contest where musicians play more traditional styles
of music, I got through the first rounds of audition anyway. My demo version
I recorded at the studio, still based on the classical influences I got
back then, has a poppy beat with synthesizer instruments as example of
how it should sound eventually, which to me is the purpose of a demo.
Eventually I got through the auditions and performed my song, just behind
a grand piano. I then decided to always write my songs that way.
In the meantime I had heard about a great dance teacher called ‘Randall
Scott’. In 2000 I moved to his dance school.
In 2001 I auditioned for a TV-show called ‘Starmaker’ at TV-station Yorin.
The same year I started recording my songs at the studio of Remko
Rijpkema (EDS Music).
At that time I had written many songs which desperately needed to be recorded.
Right then I didn’t have a clue of what he was doing in the studio. At
his studio we recorded the songs ‘Did I ever say so’ and ‘Music is me’.
Through my mother I met a great American guitarist, Niki Buzz. In 2002
at his home studio we recorded ‘Tough Girl’. In February 2003 we recorded
‘Don’t try and change me’.
Smaller facts 2002 till now:
- Throughout 2002/2003: Performances with a school band ‘Expedition’
of the Artiance
in Alkmaar at places nearby.
- June 2002: Crossroads, musical “Wanted”- Project of the Alkmaar Youth
Theatre I performed as a piano player and singer together with an all
ladies saxophone trio.
- August 11th 2002: Recording Session 1, ‘No one like you’ at the music
days of the Wisseloord
- October 20th 2002: Recording Session 2, ‘No one like you’ at the music
days of the Wisseloord
- Throughout 2003/2004: Performances in Atlantis
with the projects:
||Michael Jackson Uncovered
Bob Marley Uncovered
Doe Maar Uncovered.
Stevie Wonder Uncovered
- Since spring 2003: I have stopped following piano classes and dance
classes due to obligations to college. I had to make place for another
important reason, my graduation.
- Spring 2003: photo shoot with a professional photographer Rico d’Rosario.
- Spring 2003: through Grote
Prijs Van Nederland I got in touch with producer Evert
Nieuwstede who is going to help me record 2 of my songs professionally.
- Summer 2003: I’ve done a performance singing my own songs in Grand-Cafe
"Sonneveld" in Alkmaar.
- In September 2003: I started a studiotechniques/producerstraining
at the AudioVisual
Academy in Hilversum and ended it successfully in November 2003.
- Fall 2003: Recording Session at the Audio
Visual Academy. ‘All about love’ and ‘Tonight we’ll fly’. Both were
recorded and mixed by Melchoir Meijer: teacher and audio engineer at
the Audio Visual Academy.
- Fall 2003:I’ve played the main character of the new video of the Dutch
funk/pop/reggae/rock band LEA ‘You can’t make me stop’.
- I’ve done a singer/songwriters competition at Atlantis the 27th of
- Winter 2003 till Summer 2004: Together with professional musicians
and recording artists such as Chris
Beckers and Saskia
Laroo I’ve been recording a song against violence called ‘Ik hou
niet van geweld’ professionally.
- April 27th 2004: singer songwriters contest ‘Noord
- Fall 2004: Promotion for ‘Ik hou niet van geweld’ (I don’t like violence).
Performances in Utrecht, Leiden and Noordwijk aan Zee. Interviews with
local radio stations in Leeuwarden (Friesland), national newspaper ‘Noord
Hollands Dagblad and local TV station ‘RobTV’
- February 13th 2005: singer songwriters competition ‘Bronzen Buurvrouw’