Remy Stroomer is born on October 9th, 1979 in Haarlem (The Netherlands). At the age of nine, he starts to take keyboard-lessons and around the same time, he creates his first compositions. With expanding his skills on keyboards, he attempts on performing on stage for the first time in 1994. First as a solo-performer, but from halfway the nineties also with other bands and musicians and playing music in many different areas, such as electronics, jazz, rock and symphonic/progressive rock. In April 1996 he conducts his composition ‘Evolution’, written occasionally for the opening of the new part of the Mendel College in Haarlem, in front of nine musicians. One year later, he scores the music for the play ‘Faust 2000’, which is being performed by students of the high school that Remy attends. This year also marks the release of a first demo cdr, containing a compilation of selected tracks that he has recorded so far. During the MEM-Event on November 13, 1998, Remy performs a solo-live performance featuring material of “Exhibition of Dreams”, his first full album ‘in progress’.
While he graduates from high school in 1999, Remy starts his study Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (The Netherlands). At that time he intents to learn from the educated visions on music in a way to integrate and apply this into his own music, but later one he realizes that a lot of things that are being taught there, struggle a lot with the ideas and thoughts that he has about making music. After having completed his second year there, he decides to quit his study and chooses to keep on making music in his own comfortable way. He likes to do his own thing, exposing his own dreams, feelings, thoughts and experiences to the listener of his music. Besides all kind of music Remy has listened so far - varying from classical to hard rock- it also becomes clear that he is also a devotee of the music of Klaus Schulze. Although Remy tries to let hear his own things and following his own intuition into his own musical journey, Schulze is mostly mentioned in reviews of Remy’s work as a comparison. But, surprisingly, Remy already started to make Schulze-like tracks before he has ever took notice of this musical style!
At the end of 1999, Remy’s first album “Exhibition of Dreams” is released as a double-cdr on AKH Records, the label he owns together with Ewout Koek. The album contains tracks that have been recorded over the previous two years. It doesn’t take long before all copies are sold and when one comes in the hands of Dutch mail-order and electronic music label Groove Unlimited, it is decided that a new album will be released nearly a year later after Remy’s debut and as a cooperation of AKH and Groove Unlimited. On September 10th, 2000, his first official cd “The Art of Imagination” sees the light of day and is more successful than expected. With this album, Remy wins the third price in the category ‘Best Newcomer Electronic Music’ at the 2001-edition of the well-acclaimed German Schwingungen-Festival (hosted by Winfred Trenkler).
Remy starts working on new material in 2001, this time preparing two separate albums. “DisConnected” and “Connected” are released on AKH on September 27th, 2003, on which he explores his music style even further, using several analogue synthesizers and his trusty Atari ST sequencer. Both albums gain a lot of attention from both listeners as critics. The follow-up, “Different Shades of Dust” gets its release on October 9th, 2004 and coincides with three performances at the annual E-live Festival in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). The three tracks on this album represents his view on several aspects of life. While moving to another home, Remy builds a new studio in 2005 in IJmuiden, near the Dutch coast and prepares new material in a new surrounding. While recording his new album, his performs in early 2006 at the Pelibar in Leiden (The Netherlands) and at the ()Toon) Festival at the Patronaat in Haarlem (The Netherlands). Much of his new album is premiered at these performances. One part of the Pelibar gig becomes part of the track “Destination” on his new album “Sense”, which is released on May 12th, 2006. The musical style on this album is much more introspective and experimental and features some vocals by Mattie (from Todd the Nose). In 2007, Remy appears at the 8th edition of the Langweiligkeit Festival in The Hague (The Netherlands) on July 27th and gives an unique performance on November 10th at the Great Church (Grote of St. Bavokerk) in Haarlem (The Netherlands), for which he prepares a piece intended as a cooperation with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Haarlem. Due to circumstances he performs on his own at the last moment.
Remy’s new album “This Is Not The End”, again on AKH Records, will hit the streets on April 13th, 2008. On the same day, he performs live at the annual E-day Festival in Eindhoven, supporting the first solo performance of Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream).
(biography by Wouter Bessels)
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