About Maidstone

 

Maidstone

Maidstone is an ambitious and upbeat all female rock/pop band from the Netherlands, formerly known as Ladies Decision. The band consists of Renée van Rooij (lead vocals), Nadja Geskus (drums & backing vocals), Myriam Geskus (guitar), Fleur van der Meer (guitar & backing vocals) and Judith Overbosch (bass & backing vocals). We primarily play our own songs and occasionally perform songs of great artists we admire.

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Renée van Rooij

Renée van Rooij - Lead vocals

As long as I can remember I wanted to be a singer. According to my parents, I could sing before I could walk. Not very surprising, considering the fact that at home it was all about music. My mother used to sing and my father worked as a tour manager for several bands, played the drums and manufactured custom drumsticks. Ever since I was a kid I joined my parents to concerts and dreamed of standing on that big stage myself.

When I was 10 years old, I had my first vocal- and guitar lessons. After two years I stopped playing guitar and decided to concentrate on singing. I participated in talent shows, joined the Vocal Group and Big Band of my school and started my first cover band.

At the age of sixteen I did an audition for the Dutch Pop Academy, where I graduated in 2015. After singing in several school bands and (cover)bands I decided to take a break and to concentrate on backing myself on the piano.

At the moment I’m giving vocal lessons at “De Popschool” and I am proud to be the singer of Maidstone. I’m very happy to be part of a band again, because nothing is more fulfilling than making music together.

Nadja Geskus

Nadja Geskus - Drums and backing vocals

When I was about 4 years old, I was a big fan of the drummer from my father's band. Since then I wanted to play the drums. But I took a bit of a detour. I had recorder lessons for a few years and piano lessons for a few years. On my 13th birthday, I walked downstairs and there was a drumkit in the middle of the room. WOW!

After a few years I found myself playing the drums in the band called Snaer. At first it was a lot of fun, but later on the band started to fall apart.

I took a masterclass with percussion specialists 'Slagerij van Kampen', which was very cool, but I really wanted to play in a band again. My sister and I started Ladies Decision, now known as Maidstone. It is great to make music with these girls! Every time I look forward to our rehearsals and performances!

Myriam Geskus

Myriam Geskus - Guitar

Ever since I was a kid I loved music. From my 8th birthday I took some piano lessons. But after two years I stopped. This was not what I wanted.

I picked up the guitar on my 12th birthday. There were different guitar teachers who educaded me. Now I'm improving my skills through books and listening to songs from my idols.

I started to play the guitar, because I have a lot of admiration for my father and the former guitarist of Guns N 'Roses: Slash. I really enjoy my time with this band. We are a very close group of friends. Even rehearsing with this band is making me feel great!

Fleur van der Meer

Fleur van der Meer - Guitar and backing vocals

I was born in a musicians environment. At home I had almost every instrument you can think of (I know what you're thinking and no, it didn't actually fit). Of all instruments, the guitar has always been my favourite. At my 4th birthday I was already singing and playing the ukulele. When I was seven I began playing the classical guitar. When I grew up I started playing the electric guitar too.

Playing classical music is fun, but it's not really my thing. I wanted to play the music I listened to on my iPod, write songs and play rock and I wondered, how it would feel to play a solo.

Making music with the band is one of the best things I can experience. Previously I performed with the World Music Ensemble with flutes and guitars under the strict instruction of a church. Now I just rock ahead with the girls in Maidstone. In our own way, no rules!

Judith Overbosch

Judith Overbosch - Bass and backing vocals

My love for music began when I was quite young. Music was something very common in our family, so there was always something to play. I started playing the recorder, mostly to learn how to read music. I started playing the guitar on my 9th birthday.

I spent a lot of time singing and playing the guitar in quite a lot of bands. I liked playing the guitar, but I was looking for something different, a different sound. After playing with some other musicians, I noticed that my admiration was really directed to bassists, as that was the sound I was looking for! I learned playing the bass myself by listening and rehearsing.

After being a singer and guitarist, I embraced the bass and that's how I continued on my musical path. I am glad to be a part of Maidstone, because sharing this experience together is awesome!