Trees Vermaas
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ABOUT

I bought myself the latest Roland RD88 portable keyboard Roland released in Jan 2020 and am loving it - good new toy to play during corona lockdowns and post lockdown - hope to be back performing musically soon in 2022 after having a much needed break, and will add some samples of audio tracks soon. I love listening to all types of music, whether it's jazz, blues, classical or new age ambient music or good rock music, but when it comes to singing and playing, I feel most at home with the blues, blues rock and classic rock music~!

Screen name:
Trees Vermaas
Member since:
Aug 20 2016
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
35
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week

Influences

In my very young early years, i grew up listening to my older brother's Pink Floyd and Moody Blues record collection and added that to my own which included The Doors, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Deep Purple, King Crimson, Aerosmith, Cream, Jethro Tull, Doobie Bros, Eagles, Little Feat, Chicago, CCR, Procul Harum, Blue Oyster Cult, Three Dog Night, Santana, Supertramp, Dire Straits, and many more good rock bands that were around in the 70's~!!
That all got me started and wanting to learn more, so i ended up studying a Diploma in Arts in Music ( Classical ) at the Qld Conservatorium to know all the theory and history behind music. I also worked as a sales assistant in the records department of Palings Music Store in Brisbane, which gave me access to all sorts of recordings of music in all sorts of genres, and I was employed as the stock control clerk and service clerk at Fords Music Company and Sound Centre at Woolloongabba that sold pianos, organs, keyboards, guitars, basses, drum kits, PA's, amps, accessories etc etc, so it was good experience working with two retail music companies back then.
I had some fun in earlier years playing in a 6 pce band in a rock musical at the Schonell Theatre, and ended up playing with that band on a TV show, and more promotional gigs, and played with a recording studio sessions band. I've mostly done solo piano bar work over the years at clubs, cafes, restaurants, hotels, even a haunted mansion and in a train carriage lol etc.....and some duo work as well.
But as you get older, your tastes in music become more refined and you know exactly where your niche is: Mine is blues and blues rock, and i'm looking forward to focusing on that genre of music in 2021, whether with a vocalist/guitarist for duo performances or with a blues and blues-rock band~!!

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Advanced
Keyboard:
Advanced
Piano:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

I have a Yamaha EMX660 powered mixer and 2 x Yamaha 15" club series unpowered speakers and 2 x EV 12" unpowered speakers, and a couple of electronic keyboards and use Shure SM58's mics. Have bought the latest Roland RD88 professional portable keyboard that Roland released in Jan 2020 and am loving it and discovering more about it every day during corona lockdown and post lockdown.