Ariën van Weesenbeek
Band: Epica, MaYan
Born in 1980 in Waalwijk, the Netherlands, Ariën already seemed ready for a full-time musical career on the drums. Or, at least his enthusiasm for bashing on grandma’s plates with spoons, knives and forks with full volume were an early sign for what would await the young drummerboy later on…
After getting a baby-drumkit from his parents around his 3rd year, he started projecting his energy on that thing. At the age of 7 he started taking serious drumming lessons, which he would take for 11 more years… In the meantime at the age of 10, he would join the local marching band and stayed that for the next 6 years to play in parades with a marching snare drum, and to develop his technical skills, reading drum transcripts, and dynamic control.
After graduating from high school he went to the Rotterdam Conservatory and got his Bachelor’s degree in Music at 2002. He joined the well known death metal band God Dethroned, and he made his first full length CD recordings with them, as well as touring throughout Europe and the USA.
First he’d stay a while with EPICA as session drummer for the upcoming live gigs and tours, though at the end of 2007 he was asked to join EPICA as a permanent full band member and touring the USA, Canada, Europe, Russia, and many more countries to come.
Ever since EPICA emerged on the scene, the band has been caught in a whirlwind of studio recordings, interviews, screaming fans, worldwide live performances and the rock 'n roll lifestyle.
The Dutch female fronted symphonic metal band EPICA was founded in 2002. Mark Jansen had left After Forever to pursue his own dreams. Within a few months EPICA had the material to record the stunning debut album 'The Phantom Agony'. The album was released worldwide in 2003 and was followed by a lengthy tour…
In 2007 we saw the release of EPICA’s third full length album 'The Divine Conspiracy'. “More” is the best word to define this album. More choirs, guitars, grunts, speed and songs… And thanks to the highly talented skills of Ariën EPICA was able to make faster and more complex songs. As with all of their releases, the music on this album was brought to a higher level.
With EPICA Ariën made in 2009 a double live CD-recording, together with an orchestra and choir which would become ‘The Classical Conspiracy’; a compilation of movie soundtracks, classical pieces, and original EPICA-material, performed all together with the orchestra and choir – all put in a full metal jacket!
Ariën is currently about to release another EPICA album ‘Requiem for the Indifferent’, and hit the stages again!!...
The journey continues… make sure you are a part of this and don’t miss it!