Hi, my name is Hans Flikkema, session guitar player, composer, producer, founder of GH Music Services and cofounder of rock band Mental Shift.
I started playing classical guitar at the age of seven, inspired by the great Segovia, my late father used to listen to. He taught me the basics of fingerpicking. Somewhat later, during high school, I got inspired by Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore, Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath, Uriah Heep’s Gipsy, Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies and Peter Frampton’s compositions and guitar playing. I also wanted to make those rough sounds, so I quit classical guitar lessons and taught myself how to rock and I played guitar for at least three hours a day. As a teenager I got my first 3 man band, creating our own style of rock songs and sound; early alternative rock I think. Covering other ones songs was hardly done these days. In a period of 25 years this band changed in musical styles, line up and band names.
What really gives me the ultimate satisfaction is composing new music, creating new songs and sounds, like I used to do in the early days, but nowadays also record it and releasing this music independently. And that’s what I can offer you as well!
Besides creating and recording songs I create several other audio products like jingle, voice-overs, radio tunes, soundtracks for gaming and leaders for video productions.