Famous Dutch Musicians

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Martin Garrix
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Birthdate: May 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amstelveen, Netherlands

Dutch DJ and record producer Martin Garrix has been ranked No.1 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list. He decided to become a DJ when he was a child, and at the age of 17, he became the youngest DJ to headline the 2014 Ultra Music Festival. He has performed at many music festivals including Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival.

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Tiësto
(Dutch DJ and Music Producer Known for His Albums: ‘In My Memory’, ‘Just Be’ and ‘Elements of Life’)
Tiësto
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Birthdate: January 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands

Tiësto is a Dutch record producer and DJ. Popular among fans, Tiësto was voted the Greatest DJ of All Time in a poll conducted by Mix magazine. Considered the Godfather of EDM, he was voted best DJ of the last 20 years by DJ Magazine readers in 2013. Tiësto is credited with founding the Dutch record label, Black Hole Recordings.

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André Rieu
(Violinist and Conductor Best Known for Creating the Waltz-Playing 'Johann Strauss Orchestra')
André Rieu
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Birthdate: October 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maastricht, Netherlands

André Rieu is a Dutch violinist whose work has earned him international fame for over 30 years. Also an orchestra leader, Rieu is credited with founding the Johann Strauß Orchestra, which is renowned for its unorthodox performances of classical works. André Rieu has played all over the world and is well-known for his performances of classical works by Johann Strauss. 

Armin van Buuren
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Birthdate: December 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden

Armin van Buuren is a Dutch record producer and DJ. He is best known for hosting a weekly radio show called A State of Trance (ASOT), which is broadcast in 84 countries to nearly 40 million listeners on over 100 FM radio stations. Armin has been named by DJ Mag as the number one DJ on a record five occasions.

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 5 
Floor Jansen
(Lead Vocalist of Finnish Symphonic Metal Band 'Nightwish')
Floor Jansen
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Birthdate: February 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Goirle, Netherlands

Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer best known for her association with the Finnish band Nightwish. She is also widely known for her role in the popular TV program Beste Zangers. In 2018, she was honored with the Buma Rocks! Export prize. In 2020, Floor Jansen won the Popprijs at the Noorderslag festival.

 6 
Martyn LeNoble
(Dutch Bassist and a Founding Member of the Alternative Rock Band 'Porno for Pyros')
Martyn LeNoble
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Birthdate: April 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vlaardingen, Netherlands

Martyn LeNoble is a Dutch musician and bass guitarist who has contributed to the success of many bands like Porno for Pyros, Thelonious Monster, The Cult, and Jane's Addiction. Martyn LeNoble, who has courted controversy in the past due to his drug addiction, is currently working on a solo album.

 7 
Mark Rutte
(Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 2010)
Mark Rutte
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Birthdate: February 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Dutch politician and VVD party leader Mark Rutte has been serving his nation as its prime minister since 2010. While he initially aspired to be a pianist, he later studied history and then worked for Unilever, before stepping into politics. He is known as Teflon Mark for recovering from controversies unscathed. 

 8 
Hardwell
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Birthdate: January 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands

Hardwell is a Dutch record producer, DJ, and remixer. In 2013 and 2014, he was named the world's number one DJ by DJ Magazine. In 2019, he was ranked 12th in a poll conducted by DJ Magazine to determine the top 100 DJs around the world. He is also credited with founding a record label called Revealed Recordings.

 9 
Tom Holkenborg
(Dutch Composer Whose Remix of Elvis Presley's 'A Little Less Conversation' Became a Worldwide Hit.)
Tom Holkenborg
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Birthdate: December 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
 10 
Afrojack
(Dutch Disc Jockey and Music Producer)
Afrojack
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Birthdate: September 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Spijkenisse, Netherlands

Afrojack is a Dutch music producer and disc jockey who often collaborates with other popular musicians like Pitbull, David Guetta, and Eva Simons. He is also credited with establishing his own record label, Wall Recordings. In 2019, Afrojack was ranked ninth in DJ Magazine's list of top 100 DJs.

 11 
David Oistrakh
(Violinist)
David Oistrakh
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Birthdate: September 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Odessa
Died: October 24, 1974

Two-time Grammy Award-winning Soviet violinist David Oistrakh had been trained in the instrument since age 5 and performed in his first concert at age 6. He later taught at the Moscow Conservatory and performed throughout the world, especially in Europe and the US. He also played for Soviet soldiers during World War II.

 12 
Simone Simons
(Dutch Singer-Songwriter Best Known as the Lead Singer of Dutch Symphonic Metal Band 'Epica')
Simone Simons
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Birthdate: January 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoensbroek, Heerlen, Netherlands

Popular Dutch mezzosoprano Simone Simons has also been the lead vocalist of the symphonic metal band Epica, a band she joined at age 17. She has collaborated with bands and projects such as Kamelot and Ayreon. She runs a lifestyle blog and is married to Kamelot keyboard player Oliver Palotai.

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Anneke van Giersbergen
(Rock Singer & Lead Singer for the Rock Band 'The Gathering' Between 1994 and 2007)
Anneke van Giersbergen
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Birthdate: March 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands

Anneke van Giersbergen is a Dutch singer best known for leading her band Agua de Annique where she is the main vocalist. Over the years, her contribution to Dutch music has been honored with several prestigious awards like the Edison Music Award and the Buma Rocks! Award.

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Anouk
(Singer-songwriter)
Anouk
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Birthdate: April 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Anouk is a Dutch singer widely regarded as the most famous rock singer in the Netherlands. She achieved popularity in 2013 when she represented her country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden with the song, Birds. Anouk is one of the most decorated singers of her generation; she has won several awards like TMF Awards and Edison Music Awards.

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Sevdaliza
(Singer-songwriter)
Sevdaliza
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Birthdate: September 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Sevdaliza is an Iranian-Dutch singer whose debut album ISON earned her the 3voor12 Award under the Best Album of the Year category. Although she is not very popular in the Netherlands, Sevdaliza performs all over the world. A former professional basketball player, Sevdaliza played for the Dutch national team before embarking on a career as a singer.

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Candy Dulfer
(Dutch Jazz and Pop Saxophonist Known for Her Album 'Saxuality')
Candy Dulfer
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Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Candy Dulfer is a Dutch saxophonist best known for her solo career as well as for her association with the band The Ladies of Soul. Dulfer became a household name in the Netherlands in 2013 when she started appearing as a jury member in the popular TV show X-Factor. During the 1990s, Candy Dulfer won many Conamus Export Prizes.

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R3hab
(DJ and Record Producer)
R3hab
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Birthdate: April 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands
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Ilse DeLange
(Country Singer-Songwriter and a Member of the Dutch Band 'The Common Linnets')
Ilse DeLange
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Birthdate: May 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Almelo, Netherlands

One of the bestselling and most popular artists from the Netherlands, Dutch pop and country singer Ilse DeLange had a successful solo career before she joined the band The Common Linnets. She was part of Eurovision 2014 with the band and later churned up hits such as Calm After the Storm.

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Natalie La Rose
(Dutch–Surinamese Singer, Songwriter and Dancer)
Natalie La Rose
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Birthdate: July 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dutch-Surinamese singer Natalie La Rose soared to fame with her Billboard-charting single Somebody. She moved to Los Angeles after being disappointed with her career in the Netherlands and struck gold when she signed with Flo Rida’s label I.M.G. Her music in influenced by the likes of Aaliyah and Beyoncé.
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Ferry Corsten
(Disc Jockey, Record Producer)
Ferry Corsten
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Birthdate: December 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Dutch DJ/producer Ferry Corsten is known for his hit tracks that he churned out throughout the 1990s and 2000s, using a variety of pseudonyms such as Gouryella. A master of trance and progressive house music, he has also created concept albums such as Blueprint and supports VH1’s Save The Music Foundation.

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Aad van Toor
(Actor, Singer)
Aad van Toor
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Birthdate: October 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maassluis, Netherlands

Aad van Toor is a Dutch recording artist, acrobat, director, actor, and lyricist. He is known for his work with his brother Bas with whom he created popular acts, namely Bassie en Adriaan and The Crocksons. Bassie en Adriaan, which featured acrobatic acts of the duo, was televised from 1978 to 1996. Van Toor also established a couple of companies.

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Charlotte Wessels
(Multi-Instrumentalist & Former Lead Vocalist for the Dutch Symphonic Metal Band ‘Delain')
Charlotte Wessels
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Birthdate: May 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands

Best known for her 16-year stint with the symphonic metal band Delain, Dutch singer Charlotte Wessels soared to fame with tracks such as Burning Bridges and We Are the Others. Trained in both classical and jazz, she has also experimented with a collaborative rock musical, which came along with her debut novella.

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Jan Akkerman
(Dutch Guitarist)
Jan Akkerman
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Birthdate: December 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman not just co-founded the internationally acclaimed progressive rock band Focus, but also had a phenomenally successful solo career as a jazz-rock/fusion musician and became known for tracks such as Streetwalker. The son of a scrap dealer, he had learned the accordion before switching to guitar.

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Headhunterz
(DJ and Music Producer)
Headhunterz
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Birthdate: September 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Veenendaal, Netherlands

Willem Rebergen, popularly known by his stage name Headhunterz, is a prominent Dutch DJ and music producer who is known for his hard style music. His works include albums like Studio Sessions, Sacrifice and The Return of Headhunterz. Also a voice actor, he has dubbed for animated movies and television series like The Land Before Time and Rocket Power.

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Anita Doth
(Dutch Singer and Songwriter Best Known as the Former Singer of the Duo '2 Unlimited')
Anita Doth
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Birthdate: December 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Best known for her mega hit No Limit, as part of the Belgian-Dutch duo 2 Unlimited, along with Ray Slijngaard, Anita Doth initially worked at a police station. She is a breast cancer survivor. After reuniting with Ray, following the first break-up of the duo, she quit again, in 2016, to go solo.

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YoungKio
(Record producer, Songwriter)
YoungKio
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Birthdate: December 3, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Purmerend, Netherlands
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Imran Khan
(Singer-songwriter)
Imran Khan
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Birthdate: May 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Born in the Netherlands to Pakistani parents, Imran Khan began his music career in his teens. Known for tracks such as Amplifier and Imaginary, which garnered millions of views on YouTube, Khan has also sung for the Bollywood film Tevar and has been appreciated for putting Punjabi music on the global platform.

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Adrian Vandenberg
(Best Known as the Guitarist for the Rock Band 'Whitesnake' and Founder of the Band 'Vandenberg')
Adrian Vandenberg
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Birthdate: January 31, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

One of the most popular Dutch rock guitarists of all time, Adrian Vandenberg soared to fame as part of the hard rock bands Whitesnake and Vandenberg. Known for tracks such as Your Love Is In Vain and Burning Heart, he later formed another band, Vandenberg's MoonKings.

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Do
(Singer)
Do
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Birthdate: September 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Dutch singer Dominique Rijpma van Hulst, better known as Do, was a promising tennis player in her early days. However, an injury made her switch to music. She soared to fame with the cover version of Bryan Adams’s track Heaven and later churned out hits such as Love Is Killing Me.

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Eva Simons
(Singer, Songwriter)
Eva Simons
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Birthdate: April 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Laidback Luke
(DJ and Founder of 'Mixmash Records')
Laidback Luke
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Birthdate: October 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Laidback Luke, whose real name is Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, is a Dutch-Filipino DJ and music producer who has released albums like Psyched Up and Electronic Satisfaction and is the founder of Mixmash Records. He is also a vlogger and a kung fu world champion. 

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Barry Hay
(Musician)
Barry Hay
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Birthdate: August 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Faizabad, India

Born to a Dutch mother and a Scottish father in India, Barry Hay later moved to the Netherlands, where he lived with his mother. Initially part of the Dutch rock band Golden Earring, he later went solo and also contributed as a singer and flutist on as Ayreon track.

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Esmée Denters
(Dutch Singer and YouTube Celebrity)
Esmée Denters
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Birthdate: September 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Arnhem, Netherlands

Esmée Denters first gained attention with her cover versions on YouTube. At 19, she signed with Justin Timberlake's label and accompanied him on tours. The MTV Europe Music Award-winning Dutch singer is best known for her UK top 10 hit Outta Here. She has also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Thijs van Leer
(Dutch Musician and Founding Member of the Rock Band 'Focus')
Thijs van Leer
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Birthdate: March 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

The founder member of the Dutch progressive rock band Focus, Thijs van Leer was the son of a flautist father and a singer mother. He began training in the piano and the flute as a child. Known for hits such as Hocus Pocus, he has also received a Dutch knighthood.

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Mark Jansen
(Guitarist, Singer)
Mark Jansen
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Birthdate: December 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reuver, Netherlands

Mark Jansen is a Dutch singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Over the years, Jansen has been an important contributor to the symphonic metal subgenre and has worked with popular bands like After Forever. Mark Jansen is also credited with co-founding symphonic death metal bands like Mayan and Epica.

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George Kooymans
(Guitarist, Vocalist)
George Kooymans
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Birthdate: March 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

A renowned guitarist, George Kooymans was also the founder of the Dutch rock band Golden Earring. A talented songwriter, too, he penned the Billboard-charting Twilight Zone and co-wrote other smash hits such as Radar Love. He also co-wrote tracks for the debut album of Anouk, making her a star.

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Ray Slijngaard
(Dutch Rapper and One Half of the Eurodance Duo '2 Unlimited')
Ray Slijngaard
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Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ray Slijngaard is a Dutch rapper best known for his association with fellow singer Anita Dotho; the two had formed a musical duo named 2 Unlimited, which became the most affluent Dutch-Belgian pop band of all time. After the disbandment of 2 Unlimited, Ray Slijngaard started focusing on his own record label Rayvano Records.

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Arjen Anthony Lucassen
(Dutch Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Best Known for His Long-Running Progressive Metal/Rock Opera Project 'Ayreon')
Arjen Anthony Lucassen
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Birthdate: April 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hilversum, Netherlands

While Arjen Anthony Lucassen began his career as a backing singer and guitarist for Bodine, using the pseudonym Iron Anthony, he later soared to fame as part of the progressive metal/rock band Ayreon. In his career of over 2 decades, he has been part of countless projects and has also released solo tracks.

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Robbie van Leeuwen
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Birthdate: October 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Robbie van Leeuwen is a Dutch pop musician, guitarist, and songwriter. He is credited with founding the successful rock band Shocking Blue and wrote the highly popular song Venus, which earned him international fame. Van Leeuwen was honored with the Buma Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

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Loona
(Singer)
Loona
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Birthdate: September 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: IJmuiden, Netherlands

Loona is a Dutch dancer and singer-songwriter best known for her collaboration with DJ Sammy and her cover of Vamos a la playa. She is also popular for her cover of Paradisio's Bailando, which became a hit in Germany in 1998. After taking a break from 2005 to 2008, Loona started performing again, much to the delight of her fans.

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Herman Brood
(Musician & Painter Known for His Hedonistic Lifestyle of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll)
Herman Brood
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Birthdate: November 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands
Died: July 11, 2001

Best known as part of Wild Romance, Dutch musician Herman Brood was the poster child of Dutch rock and roll and the Netherlands’s biggest rock superstar but was also notorious for his addiction to drugs and alcohol. He later turned to painting but committed suicide by jumping from an Amsterdam hotel at 54.

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Douwe Bob
(Singer-songwriter)
Douwe Bob
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Birthdate: December 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

The son of Simon Posthuma of the designer group The Fool, Douwe Bob began playing the piano at age six and the guitar at age 14. He gained fame after winning a Dutch talent show and has also been part of Eurovision. Openly bisexual, he has fathered children with multiple women.

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Murda
(Rapper)
Murda
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Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Dianne van Giersbergen
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Birthdate: June 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liempde, Netherlands

Dianne van Giersbergen is a Dutch singer best known as the founder of the popular symphonic metal band Ex Libris where she has been performing as the lead singer since 2004. She was also associated with the German band Xandria where she was the lead singer from 2014 to 2017.

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Dotan
(Singer-Songwriter)
Dotan
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Birthdate: October 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Israeli-born singer Dotan moved to the Netherlands as a toddler. He began his music career performing at private functions and soared to fame with his debut album, 7 Layers. Though he hardly appeared in his own music videos, he was later criticized for hiring troll accounts to boost his social-media reputation.

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Ummet Ozcan
(Disc jockey, Record producer)
Ummet Ozcan
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Birthdate: August 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Putten, Netherlands
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Robert Westerholt
(Guitarist and Co-Founder of the Symphonic Metal Band 'Within Temptation')
Robert Westerholt
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Birthdate: January 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waddinxveen, Netherlands

Robert Westerholt is a Dutch grunter and guitarist. He is best known for his association with a symphonic metal band named Within Temptation, which he founded along with Sharon den Adel in 1996. Within Temptation, for which Westerholt served as a guitarist from 1996 to 2011, is one of the most affluent bands in the genre.

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George Baker
(Singer-songwriter)
George Baker
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Birthdate: December 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hoorn, Netherlands
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André Hazes
(Former accomplished levenslied singer who recorded 36 studio and live albums, and 55 singles prior to his death in 2004)
André Hazes
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Birthdate: June 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: September 23, 2004
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Keren Ann
(Singer-songwriter known for her song)
Keren Ann
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Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caesarea, Israel

Keren Ann is a singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and engineer. In addition to playing the guitar, clarinet, and piano, Ann also writes and engineers musical and choir arrangements. Over the years, she has also contributed to the soundtrack of films like Thelma, Louise et Chantal and Yossi.