Gunnar van der Stelt is a First Year student from The Netherlands studying Guitar at BIMM Berlin. He also performs in an indie rock band under the name of Gunnar Lines. Here he tells us about his experience at BIMM Berlin.
How did you get started in music?
Most people get into guitar playing because they see Jimmy Page, Steve Vai or just this dude that played Wonderwall and got laid. For me, it was a bit different. My guitar hero was my father’s friend who just started playing guitar and did a crappy ‘Smoke On The Water’ version – just the main riff. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. So I went to a teacher my mother found online… but I hated it. I hardly touched my guitar for two years. My teacher and mother were getting frustrated with me not doing anything with it. One day I was trying to write a guitar solo but didn’t know how to do it, so my teacher taught me about the blues scales. I then learned that for months and months. I liked it because I could improvise and not play cover songs. And ever since then, I’ve been writing my own songs and challenging my playing ability.
Why did you choose BIMM Berlin?
I studied Architecture and the Built Environment for one year before I got to BIMM and hated it! I couldn’t understand how someone could do that every single day, and I had always dreamed of playing music all my life, so I made the decision to study it. I was looking on Facebook and found an ad which said: ”Do you want to study music abroad?!”. I didn’t think about it too much but I applied and then forgot about it. Three days later I got an email back from BIMM. I could see myself studying there and meeting new people from different cultures, countries and musical backgrounds, so I made the decision to move to Berlin. For me, going to BIMM is the best decision I’ve made in my life. I can’t wait for what the future holds for me!
What is your favourite thing about studying at BIMM Berlin?
I love that everyone comes from the same background yet we are so different. For example: we all had to leave our home countries to study here and we all have a passion for music. What is so unique about BIMM is all the different nationalities. From Italian drummers to the ‘Skandy’ singers. This variety of people makes me feel at home!
What advice would you give to future students?
Always say yes to everything, because you might end up in Berlin!
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