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Jan was born in Nieuwenhagen nearby Aachen and Maastricht. He felt the love for music at a young age. He was 12 years old when he learned to play on a guitar that he had borrowed from a cousin. Shortly thereafter he bought his first electric guitar and the amplifier was an old radio.

Jan is influenced and inspired by music from the 70s. His favorites are The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones and Ry Cooder. His passion, however, lies in the raw blues, with his great example Rory Gallagher. Jan plays live music for more than 25 years. With brother Frans he started the 'Voorter Blues band', named after the hamlet in Landgraaf, and the roots of MAYTREE RHYTHM & BLUES BAND. Jan played in various local bands and regularly takes part in blues-sessions..