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Name: Jan-Simon

Jan-Simon A long time ago, when I first started to be interested in music, you had to choose: top 40 or alternative, punk or hardrock. I chose punk and new wave and listened to the cassettes of Hüsker Dü and Dead Kennedys recorded by classmates who occasionally went to the big city, all the way from the most northerly part of Noord-Holland. Clever mathematicians should be able to determine my age from this info. :-)

Making choices never was my thing, it still is not, actually. I happened to like metal as well, but as punk/new wave fan it was out of the question, to admit that. Hardrock fans were weird people. Fortunately this rather narrow-minded vision changed and I could call myself a fan of My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost, without having to make up excuses.

In the following years I gradually cared less and less about what you ought to like and started on my personal voyage of discovery through music land. Krautrock, avantgarde, black metal, stoner, garage rock… labels are of no importance, as long as it is original (and if possible obscure, I am a bit of a snob) I am interested. My preferences are as inconsistent as the weather, but in order to give you an idea, current favourites in, among others, 3rd and the Mortal, Moonsorrow, Skyforger, Minutemen, the Kliek, Man-or-Astroman, Boris, Circle, Amon Düül II, Heads, Flower Travellin’ Band, Blut aus Nord, Celestial Season…

As much fun as music may be, my main hobby is (living) history, in particular the 9th century in the Netherlands. In my spare time I regularly try to bring that period back to live again, and so it happens I spend quite some time at places like Archeon. It means I am always collecting material like oak, wool, wicket etc and my house slowly changes into a workshop where you trip over half-finished chests, tents, baskets, clothes and books with archaeological data. It is a good way to keep myself occupied, because if there is one thing I am not good at, it is doing nothing.

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