Artist TV Arid (Belgium)

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Although they were always captivated by music, Arid were relatively 'late-starters' when it came to discovering the joys of musical performance for themselves. In fact, it wasn't until they were in their mid-late teens that they picked up their respective instruments and started to play. But before diving into the music industry most of them dipped their toes briefly into the world of commerce. After completing his education, David worked in a Marketing company, while Jasper tried his hand as a layout artist at a Printers. Meanwhile Filip studied at the Film School in Brussels to become a Sound Engineer as well as serving a three-year stint in the army. IN THE BEGINNING In the mid-90's, David's passion for music inspired him to form his first band - an instrumental outfit called Voltashop (a name which was later changed to AridOvac, and eventually evolved into Arid). Voltashop was primarily a rhythm-oriented band. David explains: "at that time we had no singer to make it interesting so we had to change rhythms and play a lot of riffs". David and Filip were long-time friends, so when Voltashop's Bassist decided to move on, David immediately thought of Filip as the ideal replacement. Meanwhile, Jasper was singing with his own band called Kaya - playing in the local pubs and developing a taste for making music. But he soon found himself restless and frustrated by the other bandmembers' lack of focus, and decided to seek out like-minded musicians who would take the music more seriously. At the same time David was on the lookout for a singer to complete Voltashop. Acting on a tip-off he'd been given to check out "a band with a fantastic, amazing singer", he went to the pub where Kaya were performing and was immediately impressed with Jasper's exceptional vocal talents. The two 'clicked' immediately, but Jasper was almost scared off when he saw the intimidating surroundings of Voltashop's rehearsal room. He recalls: "It was a dark and really hostile neighbourhood. And they rehearsed with only one red light, and this drummer with lots of tattoos..." Jasper's reluctance to play with the band almost led him to turn down an opportunity to perform with them in public for the first time in the musical contest at Gentse Feesten (a local Festival in Gent). But fortunately David persuaded him to join them. At this stage Jasper had only rehearsed a handful of the band's songs with them, so he was forced to improvise the lyrics to songs he wasn't familiar with.

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