The rock band Maidstone consists of Renée van Rooij (vocals), Judith Overbosch (bass and vocals), Moniek Roeloffs (guitar), Myriam Geskus (guitar) and Nadja Geskus (drums and vocals). Maidstone plays 80’s rock, in which various music influences are reflected. They had a few nice highlights such as reaching the Album Top 100, playing at Halfvastenfeesten, Bockbierfestival and performances at Radio 538, 3FM and Radio Veronica. Maidstone recently released their new album The Tree of Life through record company Marista Records and is bursting with energy and ready to play.
See you soon at one of our shows!
Renée van Rooij – Lead vocals
For 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 – 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 – 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 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!
Moniek Roeloffs – Guitar
Music has played a fairly small role during my childhood. I enjoyed browsing my parents’ CD’s. A small, but varied selection of albums, which I borrowed to listen to in my room after playing outside. What I really remember are the long car trips with my family through Europe when we went on vacation. For decades we played the same four CDs enthusiastically. Best Offs from Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson and the Eurythmics.
Music became an escape at secondary school. Grunge, alternative rock and metal appealed to me the most. Until I discovered Jeff Buckley’s music I had never played the guitar, but how he mastered his instrument was so magical for me that I also wanted to play the guitar! After a while I had a Telecaster like Jeff! A year later I bought my first bass guitar, after seeing the goodbye show of The Smashing Pumpkins, never knowing that the bass could also be a cool instrument! Since then I have been active on both instruments.
My mission to find new bands and artists is central to my life, there is something beautiful in every genre. From doom metal, to old prog and from post-rock to electronics, I try to get influences everywhere. Now I’m going to do that as part of Maidstone, see you soon on stage!
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!