Johnny (Reaching Forward)





1.) Statistical Stuff


        Name:     Johnny

        Band:     Reaching Forward

        Birthday:     24-07-1975

        Sign of the zodiac:     leo

        Place of birth:     oss

        Occupation:     artist

        Residence:     den bosch

        Shoesize:     41

        Colour of eyes:     brown

        Colour of hair:     dark

        Brothers or sisters:     1 brother, 1 sister

        Girlfriend:     lieke

        Pets:     rem and co (goldfish)


2.) Favourite Stuff


        movie:     taxi driver

        book:     american psycho

        animal:     cat

        author:     friedrich nietzsche

        food:     asian

        drink:     coca cola     seinfeld

        actor / actress:     robert de niro

        number:     3

        artist:     chris ware

        fragrance:     cinnamon

        best record ever:     gorilla biscuits 'start today'

        stuffed animal:     harrie

        band:     autechre

        label:     bloody fist

        song:     the smiths 'there is a light that never goes out'

        country:     italy

        straight edge band / song:     insted / earth crisis 'firestorm'



3.) Various Stuff


        Hobbies:   making music, listening to records, reading books / comics, watching movies, hanging out with lieke and my other friends, cooking, going to shows, making art, writing

        First and last record you bought :   first: sacred reich 'ignorance' (yeah! - Stefan), last: jaques brel 'greatest hits vol. 1'

        Idol of your childhood / teenage years / nowadays:     lee towers / jello biafra / merzbow

        As a child what did you wanna be when you’re grown up?   car-designer

        Favourite toy when you were a child:    lego (esp. space-lego)

        Name any 3 persons (alive/dead) that you’d love to meet:    morrissey / nietzsche / jaques brel

        Do you consider yourself a spiritual person?    no

        If you were sent to a deserted Island and you’d only be allowed to take three things (anything, food/water is provided!!!) with you, what would they be?   computer / radio / pen & paper



4.) Personal Stuff


        Your first kiss: When and with whom?   about 4 years ago with natasja

        Your first time: when and with whom?   about 4 years ago with some girl

        What do you like in particular about yourself?    uh, i like my cooking

        What don’t you like about yourself?    my lazyness

        Where would you like to live?   ireland / france

        Do you like tattoos / piercings? Do you have any?   no

        First and last hc-show ever:    first: sick of it all in 1991 last: liar, brothers keeper, do or die, lenght of time some weeks ago

        If a fairy granted you the choice between Sporty Spice and Britney Spears to be all yours, whom would you take?   well, uh, sporty seems like a friendly person, but i'm not into all the pretty people from T.V., it seems pretty fake to me.



5.) Musical Stuff


        How did you get involved with music / sXe?   i got into loud music 12 years ago with bands like iron maiden, S.O.D., napalm death, toy dolls, slayer, metallica and D.R.I., (you rule - Stefan) then i discovered more hardcore / metal-bands such as carcass (the gods - Stefan), cro-mags, morbid angel, sick of it all, sepultura, suicidal tendencies, impulse manslaughter, the exploited, dead kennedys, biohazard, agnostic front (you totally rule - Stefan) and then finally i discovered all those great posi-core bands like insted, gorilla biscuits, youth of today, bold, uniform choice and side by side (isn't this guy great?! - Stefan). after that i sold my soul to hardcore and started a band with some friends. after playing some shows and recording a demo my friend jeroen from mainstrike called me and asked if i wanted to join. i was like 'YESSSSSSSSS' because i really liked them. then my old band broke up and i tried to get another old school straightedge-band together where i could sing. this didn't work out but my friends from reaching forward lost their old singer and i told them how much i was into that whole youthcrew-revival. i was reading all ages and tension building like it was the bible. so they thought i would make a good frontman and i became their new singer.

        Which instruments do you play?   i play bass, but, uh, not really good and i like making noise with keyboards and computers.

        Who gave life to Reaching Forward? When was your first show?   pieter, harm and emiel started a punk-band 6 years ago and this was the start of reaching forward, about four years ago it became like a serious straightedge-band.

        Who writes the lyrics and music in Reaching Forward?   harm writes the music with the other guys and i write the lyrics

        Releases?   -pride is everlasting 7" on commitment

  -for the cause lp / cd on reflections

  -split 7" with bloodpact on reflections

  -split 7" with ensign on reflections

        Who else is in Reaching Forward?    pieter, harm, emiel and tuur

        What was the best and worst show you've ever played?   worst: ieper 1999,  best: plzen 2000

        Is there anything you like in particular about being on stage?   jumping around and letting go off my aggression. the best thing is when people are having fun and there are tons of stagedives and massive singalongs

        Anything you hate?   sexist people, narrow-minded people in general.

        What are Reaching Forwards plans for the future? Releases? Tours?   discography-tape on refuse records from poland called 'the conflict' and a new full lenght on reflections which will be released in the summer. in the end of march we'll do another european tour.

        In case you can think of a good closing statement feel free to tell the world:   believe in yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!