Hi, my name is Hans Flikkema, session guitar player, composer and above all playing the guitars in 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 live guitar playing. I wanted to make those rough sounds too! 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 20 years this band changed in musical styles, line up and band names.
1978-1982 Shocking Years, early alt rock, own compositions
1983-1988 Taxi, danceable ska and funk rock, own compositions
1989-1993 4-Ohm, great rock covers
1994-1999 Home Made Jelly, alternative rock, own compositions
2010-2015 various cover bands
2016-present Mental Shift, alternative rock
After these roaring years of changes, ups and downs, lots of gigs though, I finally quitted the scene ending up toggling an acoustic guitar, rediscovering the Spanish guitar for a bit, while raising kids and stuff. When YouTube appeard I learned playing lots of new stuff, got inspired by bands like Pearl Jam, Radio Head, Bush, Placebo, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Trigger Finger, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Foo Fighters, etc.
From 2010 I started up again, doing classical rock songs in several cover bands and playing the modern blues-rock, among others got inspired by John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa, Samatha Fish. A challenge this was for sure, learned new guitar playing technics. I still like playing this genre once in a while. But still, what really gives me the ultimate satisfaction is composing new music, creating new sounds, like I used to do in the early day and that’s what makes me “tic”.