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Ruud Adrianus Jolie


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Born April 19, 1976 (1976-04-19) (age 32)
Origin Netherlands
Genre(s) Symphonic metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instrument(s) Guitar, mandolin, dobro
Associated acts Within Temptation

Early life

Ruud is an only child. Growing up, he first initiated himself to music by playing the keyboards, but his passion for music developed in favor of the guitar soon after he watched a video of an Iron Maiden concert. Thus, after he was done with high school, Ruud attended the conservatory for his college education majoring in jazz guitar. He graduated in 1999.

Work prior to Within Temptation

Ruud started out by playing with several local bands. He joined “Brotherhood Foundation”, a nu-metal band whom he stayed with for a period of two years. When Brotherhood Foundation was playing at the 1998 “Dynamo” festival in the Czech Republic, Ruud met Within Temptation who were also playing there. Back then, Michiel Papenhove was still Within Temptation’s guitarist, and there were no initial plans for Ruud to join the symphonic metal band yet. In an interview with Starfacts, Ruud stated that his most embarrassing gig experience was when he still had long hair and it was caught in the microphone while headbanging. He thought it was doubly embarrassing because the girl he loved was in front row. They never got together.

After Brotherhood Foundation, Ruud joined an alternative rock band “Vals Licht” (False Light) in 2001. This band was known for its combination of heavy music with Dutch lyrics, something that had never been done before. They released several singles on the Dutch market, of which “Het Licht” reached the top ten charts.

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