Daniël van der Weijde

Which instruments do you play? Including brands and effects.

I play guitar since the age of 13. Most of the time I play electric but I also play various acoustic guitars including an Ortega 8 string classical guitar, which for example was used on the Silhouette piece ‘Sakura’.

My main Axe and weapon of choice is the Music Man John Petrucci Majesty 7 string guitar. It’s the most brilliant guitar I’ve ever played. You should definitely try one if your pads ever cross someday.

When it comes to guitar effects and modeling, I use my Line 6 Helix LT as mastermind and effects controller/amp modeler live and in studio. Before that I used Blackstar Amps. These amps have such a lot of horse power but still manage to keep a brilliant clean sound.

What bands or artists made you want to become a rock musician?

When I was young, my dad always played a lot of music in the car and at home. I grew up with music from U2, Simple Minds, Björk, Marillion, Within Temptation, Ayreon etc. etc. and when I saw live DVD’s of these bands playing their music for so many people, doing what they loved and did best… I knew I wanted to be on a stage like that someday playing my own music!

Which three CDs would you like to take with you on an uninhabited island?

Ayreon – 01011001
Dream Theater – Score live CD (20th anniversary world tour)
U2- Achtung Baby
Very diverse… but hé, you need to have some diversity when you’re on a uninhabited island for a while :p

How did you end up with Silhouette?

At the march 2013 Marillion convention, I had the opportunity to play with Marillion because I had won the swap the band contest for guitar. After my performance Erik came by at the bar with the question whether or not I would be interested to play in the Dutch prog rock band Silhouette. From one thing comes another and next thing I know is that I play live at great venues, making awesome music and have a new very warm and kind musical family.

What’s your favourite Silhouette song?

My ultimate favorite would be ‘The Bitter Sweet Memory Suite’ from Silhouettes latest record ‘The World Is Flat and other alternative facts’.

What else is worth telling our fans of your life outside of Silhouette?

I like to nerd, play video games and stuff. I like to be on the road with my race bicycle or in the gym whenever it rains (I hate rain). Besides that, I live in the far north of the Netherlands together with my very sweet girlfriend and we think about getting a cat...