What do you do as a reporter when you want to do an interview with Johan van Stratum (bassplayer of The Gentle Storm and Stream Of Passion) and already wanted to go to a concert of The Gentle Storm? Yes combine it! We agreed some things by using whatsapp and November 20th I arrived at P60 in Amstelveen, The Netherlands during their soundcheck. Nice to see how that goes and being in a venue with only a few people. After the soundcheck we went to the dressing room backstage, took a drink and started talking about Johan and his gear.
Bass Guitars: Bo-El Big Generation Deluxe (2x).
Pickups: Standard Bo-El pickups.
Guitars: Bo~EL MC7 7-string.
Amps & Cabinets: Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI and a Markbass 120 Watt Pro (which I actually do not use anymore).
Picks: InTune GP 1,14 mm, which I only use for 1 song (Witnesses), because for the rest I play everything with my fingers.
How long have you been playing guitar/bass/keys/drums?
I started playing when I was fourteen. Later in high school I nbecame friends with Joost van den Broek and went to the Rock Academy. Sometime later I started playing in Stream Of Passion and from there took it a step higher. So now I also play in The Gentle Storm, was I part of The Theater Equation, I filled in for The Sirens and I am coordinator at the Metal Factory in Eindhoven. Also, I gave till recently bass lessons at Let's Play in Eindhoven and I also like to work on the sound and technique behind the scenes.
Which piece of gear gave you your most beautiful memories and why?
Yes, I think still my very first bass, a brandless set of 50 euro that I bought from saved pocket money and which I fully covered with stickers. With that bass I also played in my first band that was punk/grunge.
Do you have an endorsement deal or a signature model? If so, could you tell us a little bit more about it?
Yes, I have got an endorsement at Bo-El guitars which I am very glad and proud with.
What was your worst purchase ever and why?
When I am buying something I always do good research, but once I bought a ZOOM Multipedal and with ZOOM you get an extra zoooooom sound for free hahahahaha.
Who are your influences (musicians)?
Absolutely the bass player from Rage Against The Machine, Chris Wolstenhome (Muse) and Fieldy from Korn.
Do you use the same gear for all your bands?
Actually yes, only I do or do not use a certain effect.
What was your first guitar/bass/keys/drums?
See my previous answer.
What is on your wish list?
What I really want and is on my bucket list is playing at Paradiso Amsterdam.
Ultimate goal as a musician?
I already have so many things accomplished, so just keep enjoying the music.