The music career of Jelle Brekelmans from Vaassen, started early at the age of 8. His first instrument was the flute after which he switched to the clarinet. it was an experience he shared with his grandfather, they often played the clarinet together.
After 6 years his uncle introduced him to the guitar and taught him the first basic steps. Jelle was instantly hooked and started watching tutorials and looking up online tabs. During the next 6 years he had various guitar teachers.
In 2014, Jelle founded Black Rabbit together with Hidde. Jelle graduated as a sound engineer and thus he was able to record and edit the first songs and videos for the beginning band himself. Five years later Jelle is still writing and playing with full dedication.
From playing video games to the real thing. That's how it all began for Hidde Hofland from Apeldoorn. After an infinitive amount of Guitar Hero challenges, his gaming buddy Jelle encouraged Hidde to pick up a real guitar. After receiving his first guitar pick for his 16th birthday, Jelle started teaching him the basics.
By practicing together and writing their own guitar riffs, Black Rabbit became a fact in 2014. Hidde, now 21, has been playing for over 5 years. In May 2018 he completed his Designer studies and now also contributes to the band via logos and posters.
Son of a melomaniac father, Martin's fall for music can hardly be pinpointed even by himself because he has always been exposed to it. However his love for metal music began an afternoon after he looked up, by order of a teacher, the band "Rage Against The Machine" that read in his shirt. The 10 year old quickly fell in love with the sound and at twelve years old, following the steps of his older sibling, he got his first guitar and became proficient with it.
He has had a number of guitar teachers but he has mostly taught himself how to play. In 2018 he joined the death metal band "Warborn Waste" from the Hague where he met drummer Max Hendriks. In 2020, he was invited by Max to audition for Black Rabbit as a bassist. Finally, inspired by the likes of Vogg, Pat O'Brien, Jeff Loomis, Kerry King and others, Martin found an outlet to write and express himself through extreme music.
Playing drums, booking shows and organizing festivals. This is a small selection of what Max Hendriks deals with in his daily life. The 24-year-old from The Hague first came into contact with music on his fourth birthday when he received a drumming lesson as a gift.
It was a rather fitting gift, since he started tapping on everything the first minute he walked on this earth. His tapping never stopped and after 20 years he still plays the drums.
During his graduating year at the Metal Factory in 2018, he founded The Hague Metal Fest. Max tries to do as much as possible for the Metal Scene. His motto "this cannot be a coincidence" became reality when he moved to Apeldoorn the exact same month Black Rabbit was looking for a drummer. From the get go it was already clear that this formation was completed and you will experience that in 2020!
Like Hidde, Nino also started his love for music through Guitar Hero. After a while he bought his first guitar and started to teach himself how to play. 5 years later he began experimenting with vocals. Death, Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God, all were influences on how he wanted to sound.
He kinda gave up on joining a band because in Apeldoorn the metal scene was dead. Then out of nowhere he saw an ad that a death/thrash metal band from Apeldoorn was looking for a singer. And so his journey began.