Biography Bas Maas

I started to play live music when I was about 16 or 17 years old. When I was young I never listened to Hard Rock. But after my brother bought a guitar I started to listen to Hard Rock. The bands I listened to were Guns N’ Roses and Iron Maiden. 

The first bands I played in were coverbands, mainly playing old rocksongs of the 70’s and 80’s. Next to playing guitar I always used to somehow end up as the leadsinger. We played in bars and small venues, nothing big. But I had a lot of fun during this period. During these gigs I learned a lot about putting on a good liveshow. 

During my study to become a teacher, about 10 years ago, I met Sander Gommans. We had the same taste in music and soon we became good friends. When his band After Forever recorded their first cd and started to become famous I offered him to become his guitartech during liveshows. I ended up doing that for 2 years. When Mark left the band, I was offered to become one of the band’s guitarplayers. An offer that, of course, I couldn’t refuse. It was the beginning of the best time of my life and still it continues! Not only are we playing around the world, but the bandmembers became very good friends. 

Next to playing in After Forever I’m working on some material of my own that I hope to record and play live sometime in the future. It has nothing to do with the After Forever-sound, but it’s more rock ‘n roll, like the music I used to play before I joined After Forever. 

Next to playing in After Forever, a special moment for me personally was a gig I did with Doro Pesch. It was an honour for me to share the stage with this wonderfull woman who I see as an example. And a few weeks after this gig she shared the stage with After Forever to perform our new song Who I Am.
In my free time I like to read a lot of science fiction and fantasy books and I’m even trying to write a book myself, but I guess it’ll take about ten more years for me to finish it =)


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