THE STORY SO FAR
It all started back in 2020, my wife got diagnosed with cancer after the birth of our daughter.I lost my father 9 months before to the same disease, memories of his suffering were still fresh in my mind I felt helpless and suffocated by fear.
After months of both a physical and mental battle, my wife managed to go cancer-free and finally enjoy the warmth of being a mother, we needed to process a mental rollercoaster of emotions.
As we went through this very challenging phase in our life, writing music was one of the things which kept my head above the water, I wasn’t filled with anger or hate, but with strength and hope, cause these were the things I focused on. Being a father, and husband I could not let my energy slip away in spite, but had to remain positive, cause that was the mindset we all needed to get through this.
The Optimist In Me was there, always, keeping a positive attitude, and now I hope to inspire others, those in need of mental help and guidance, to give them a sense of hope even tho everything seems to fade into darkness, don’t give up, don’t give in.
YOU SHOULD SMILE MORE OFTEN
Between May and July 2022, we recorded three tracks with Caleb Bingham (ex-Fiver Finger Death Punch) and Dan Brooklyn at our studio Warehouse 37 in Groningen, The Netherlands. The tracks have been mixed & mastered by Chris Clancy (Machine Head, Kataklysm) who was recommended by my friend Andy Sneap (Judas Priest)
A mix of modern and classic alternative rock/metal, appealing to audiences of all ages, with lyrical themes leaning toward hope and positivity, we thrive in contributing to a larger good, which we also want to reflect in our live shows.
A GATHERING OF JOY – SHOWS
Having a broad contact list of people to reach out to we will carefully check what opportunities work best when it comes to support tours, and eventually headlining tours.
Already penciled in multiple festivals for 2024 we have received strong feedback from colleagues, as both music and our vision towards live shows have a strong added value to any rock-metal-related festival bill.
With 10+ years of experience as a manager, booking agent, (festival) organizer, and promoter, I’ve been booking over 250+ club shows for bands like Alien Ant Farm, Dark Tranquility, Evergrey, Metal Church, Monuments, Vola, Anneke van Giersbergen’s VUUR, Don Airey, Shadow Gallery, Tarja, multiple European tours and having artists playing at festivals like Graspop Metal Meeting, Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze, Alcatraz Metal Festival, Barcelona Rock Fest, Kiss Kruise we have the right connections for hitting the road and promote our music
A GATHERING OF JOY – FESTIVAL
We have plans to host our very own annual festival, and currently, in touch with several partners, we are looking at opportunities to host a gathering of joy, with live music, speakers, and more.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
From a personal experience, we want to support our community in every way and want to share our music and vision with everyone, contributing to a better world
MR.OPTIMIST – PODCAST SHOW
Mr. Optimist will host a regular podcast show with guests talking about all kinds of regarding one’s state of happiness.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO
Björn Goosses @ Killustrations
Caleb Bingham @ Nightmare Sound
Christopher Clancy @ Audioworks Productions
Maciej Naruk @ Warehouse 37 Studio
Dries @ Code Faires
Daan van Breukelen
Vocals, Guitars and Bass
Daan van Breukelen
Vox Amps UK
Odery Custom Drums