In Remember getting a Fax from an old schoolfriend …
Basically it asked me if:
I wanted to play in a Rock-Cover Band
I wanted to do that on a Stage?
I wanted to get Paid for doing that
I would be playing with my old school Buddy on the Drums and 2 new guys who I’d never really worked with before.
well………What’s the Catch?
I had to Travel 10,000 Kilometres to get there first!
My Friend Faxed me from Bangkok with a story that he’d met a Manager there who could get us playing there , Good accommodations etc….
All I/ We had to do was Play music I really liked! Mr Big, Bon Jovi and even songs “nobody” knew by Ritchie Kotzen! But also some Cranberries, Steppenwolf and even Richard Marx!
So I bought a 1 way ticket and Headed east….
I don’t want to get into too many details about what a 21 year old , guitar playing, guy gets to see and do in Bangkok……
What happens in Bangkok, Stays in Bangkok…..
The same day we arrived in Bangkok we had some Auditions in ( For me) really big venues! It was great! People taking us in as Rock Stars! After 2 months gigging in Bangkok we landed our first real gig in Ubon Ratchathani , That’s North- Eastern Thailand! We shot some Promo- Posters and they were up throughout Ubon… From Holland: Highrise!
At that time I also discovered that I liked to sing! What better place to practise that than on stage with an audience! Well , I guess not in everyone’s case, but for me it worked!
We were Rockstars there in good old Ubon Ratchathani! We played two 45 Minute shows every Night 6 days a week, A Hotelroom with AC, Cable TV, Roomservice, a Swimming pool Free Food and the kind Thai People showing us around and taking care of us! (I was kinda sad to see the whole place didn’t exist anymore when I visited in 2008….)
Unfortunatly there were some Personal issues and blah blah blah , so the whole thing lasted a full 4 Months!
The band needed a break! And they wanted to do that back in Holland.
Not This guy I can tell you!
I did go back to Holland , but only to tell my Family that I would be in Thailand for a while longer!
I had this thing going with a local Celebrity , I had just tasted the life of a Musician and I wanted more of that! Besides I had just Resigned from my job at the musicstore to go and make it Playing Music!
So, Long story short , I Returned to Thailand all by my Lonesome self with two Guitars , My PGM100 and PGM 500, And my Rocktron Chameleon Effects/Pre-amp.
Luckely a lot of the people who’d seen me play with “ Highrise” remembered me, and really wanted me in their bands! So I had a lucky break!
My Celebrity Girlfriend episode didn’t last very long, we broke up and I played everywhere in Thailand! In Ubon, Udorn, Khon Kean, Khorat, Lopburi Bangkok and some other places I can’t really Remember..
I learned the Thai Language on the street by beeing surrounded by people who didn’t speak any English( That way You’ll learn much faster and easier I guess), and I also started singing in Thai…
That Paid off!
I was singing ( more than playing guitar ) in this nice place called “ The MonkeyPub” in 1999, and one day some Producers from RSPROMOTION came by and offered me a Record deal…
Here’s a Little Promotional Scoop……
I worked with them for a few months, then they hooked me up with Goldie Stanley , who was working with RS at that time , to form a new Duo!
Remy- Goldie : The Tycoon
When I found out about the name , It was already on the Album-cover…
Why not just Remy & Goldie??
I did two albums with RSPROMOTION.
Man! The Sales were Devastating! The internet had Many downloads available…
With The 2nd album it became worse, 2 weeks before the release I was walking around in The Famous “ Phan Thip” plaza and I found my own Album With Cover and all…
The worst thing that I can Remember was this one time after a concert a fan showed up and asked me if I wanted to Sign his album. Sure! When he handed it to me it was a Re-writable Cd…
That really ticked me off! I Told him to buy my album first!
So! In 2002 , with some persuation from my Mom and other Family Members, I decided to go back to Holland and Start again…
In the 7 years In was in Thailand I had like 3-4 months off.
The rest of the time I was always Playing /performing from Football Arenas to the Tiniest #$#$holes you can imagine! I learned a lot from playing live in almost everyday different sound conditions! In 2000 I was asked by IBANEZ Thailand to join Paul Gilbert on stage during his Asian Clinic tour! After that amazing event, the 5 other guitarists and me were asked to join Paul for Dinner. Which was also very nice ! We talked about everything ! Not just guitars… Personal stuff etc.. While eating Incredibly Good Chinese Food on one of the top floors of the Bayoke Sky tower! Lightning even struck that evening…
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