I'm Vincent Smeets aka SixStringSurfer, songwriter/musician and, first and foremost, music lover. I live in Maastricht, The Netherlands. My main instrument is the guitar, especially the electric guitar. My highschool period was during the 1970-ies and that was the era of rock music. I was influenced by bands like Slade, The Sweet, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, to name a few. So rock music is "my cup of tea", you could say! Since the guitar is essential for this kind of music, this became my instrument. Rock music, in fact, developed from blues, so of course I also love the blues. And rock 'n roll! Also, I've always been interested in pop music. To me, pop music is melodic, nice to hear, softer and more mainstream than rock, e.g. ABBA and Madonna. As a child I already liked the music of Motown (from Motor City Detroit): The Supremes, Dionne Warwick, Otis Redding, The Four Tops, etc. That was Soul music! When I played guitar for a few years, in my twenties, I became also interested in some country guitar music and jazz: traditional jazz (guitar) and jazzrock/fusion. Wes Montgomery (jazz guitar), Jimmy Smith (jazz on hammond organ) and Stan Getz (jazz on saxophone) became my favourite musicians, along with Jan Akkerman, Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton (fusion/jazzrock guitarists).
I played guitar in several coverbands in The Netherlands. Also, I started to write and record my own music. Together with Ernest, a good friend of mine, I record my own music in his studio. He is also my producer, always searching for the best sound.
My own music projects are:
-SixStringSurfer (rock, pop, instrumental and with English, sometimes Dutch lyrics)
-WULF83 (rock, pop, instrumental and with German lyrics)
At the beginning of 2020 I started to make and publish playlists with original music by Indie artists on Spotify. I promoted these playlists on Twitter and soon I "met" Ben Blackett there. We started to send messages to eachother, which resulted in our decision to start cooperating with eachother.
So here I am, on Ben's website! My playlists feature good songs by Indie artists, songs with a high production quality and from different music genres. Every 5 or 6 songs there is a song by a famous artist/band on my playlists, because I like that concept. I hope you'll like it too!
Greetz, Vincent Smeets!