About myself, very short:
I’m born in the spring of 1981, female and living in the south of The Netherlands.
Screenshots of my websites in the past
They are shown in reverse chronological order.
- [Link] Most recent: Januari-April 2013, the ‘responsive’ try-out (left) / Oldest: halfway 2011 – halfway 2012 (right)
- [Link] Most recent: Spring 2011 (left) / Oldest: Halfway 2008, my first WordPress design (right)
- [Link] Most recent: Early 2007 – halfway 2008 (left) / Oldest: Autumn 2000, the very first designs (right) —— all designs on this pic were made with Frontpage 2000, btw.
Personal music history in short:
— The early days —
I started listening to music early 1990, at first only my fathers cds and vinyl records (rock classics, classical music, corny 70s stuff and typical Dutch acts like BZN) and a Dutch children act, Kinderen Voor Kinderen.
Since halfway 1991, I’m listening to contemporary pop and dance music.
— Dance music, 1991-2000 —
Since 1991, I was a huge dance lover. I was following the latest stuff intensively, and – in the first half of the 00s – discussing everything at discussion boards (in combination with a new phenomenon called ‘downloading’; both a little bit too much in that era).
Tastewise: Mostly extremely commercial till 2000, except some rave and mellow stuff in 1991-1993 (influenced by the Dutch House Party etc. compilations, and Dutch radio shows like For Those Who Like To Groove) and some clubtrance etc. around 1998 (thanks to a Dutch dance station called Radio Atlantis/Channel X, I discovered autumn 1997).
A huge 2 Unlimited obsession, lasting from 1992 till the split-up in 1996, was included in the ‘extremely commercial’ part.
If I discovered a source like Atlantis/Channel X, I was open for more ‘serious’ dance. But at the moment such great sources weren’t easily available anymore (the Atlantis/Channel X fun was over already after 15 months), I tended almost exclusively to the extremely commercial side.
— After 2000; growing up and also experimenting with other styles —
After discovering internet radio (late 2000/early 2001), and Audiogalaxy shortly after that, my taste in dance music became clearly more grown-up, and now for good. Although the general feel was still quite accessible.
In 2005, I started listening more to other styles, often on the funky side, and in general a lot more music released before the 90s. Since I discovered contemporary hit/dance music in 1991, I hadn’t played that much golden oldies by myself anymore, despite playing my father’s cds in the year before. But suddenly, there was a revival of playing really old stuff.
Besides that, the general feel became more relaxed; also on the dance side. A natural feel became more important. And in the years to follow, more non-chart music entered my collection.
In 2006/2007, my relation with dance music became more casual. I felt less connected to ‘the scene’ in general.
— Spring 2008: Everything fell into place —
Since spring 2008, my musical taste hasn’t changed anymore. At some moment, all influences from the past fell into place. The last phase was discovering jazz/world/etcetera, and almost at the same time the less mainstream side of urban music; thanks to Dj Lefto of Studio Brussel’s show ‘De Hop’. Nowadays, he’s the owner of Laid Back Radio, a station I frequently listen to.
I’m still listening to dance music nowadays, just less obsessed compared to the past (like I said before).