When and in which conditions has MOONSHINE
been created ?
Moonshine has been founded in november 1988 by me and some friends I
had previously played with in hardrock bands. We didn't set out to play
Southern Rock but somehow that fitted us best.
Where do your main influence come from ?
Initially the hardrock-like southern rock bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Blackfoot and Doc Holliday. Gradually though, thoughout the many line-up
changes, we started leaning more towards the Allman-like freer forms
of Southern Rock.
Could you present the Band ? Who compose the songs ?
Right now we're a five piece band: Jan Postema-guitars, Christof Bauwens-guitars,
Herman Timmer-bass, Harrie Groenewold-drums and myself, Hans Bergsma-vocals.
Six of the eleven songs on our CD are originals. I wrote the lyrics
and the music was written by ex-guitarist Emiel Hoving (now in Amsterdam
working on a cross between country and symphonic hardrock.) and by Bas
Meijer, who I worked with for 12 years and has only tecently left the
band to try his luck (lovesick blues) in Portugal. Currently we're workin'
on some new ideas and have three finished songs.
Do you live by the music ?
If you're not willing to compromise (who do you think knows about Southern
Rock in Europe? It's not the biggest selling thing out in musicland),
you're not gonna make a living in music. We play a couple of times a
year, where they really want a Southern Rock band. We don't do background
Is your style of music appreciated in the Netherlands ? Do such bands
as your exist in your country ?
The people in Holland don't know the music very well. But, once forced
to hear out an entire show, they get enthusiastic.
Southern Rock can be quite dancable, you know. I know of only one other
Southern Rock band from Holland. They're called Gasoline and they're
a bit heavier than Moonshine. But we've played together and get along
Do you feel a "Southern Man" ?
Have you read the book "Southern Rockers" by Marley Brant? This book
defines Southern Rock very narrowly, she basically keeps the music confined
to the region. Obviously Southern Rock has long since the early days
evolved into more than that of which it originated. The roots lie in
the South, no question about it. But I feel Southern Rock these days
also represents a way of thinking that could easily be adopted by any
kindred spirit, no matter where they're from.
Southern Rock for me has to do with an open-mindedness, eclectic when
it comes to making music. Adapting any style, from country to rock and
jazz to make the music feel good and to make it uniquely your own. Due
to bands like The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band
Southern Rockers have this image of family men, being simple, importance
of friends and all. That I think is great. I may have crazy thoughts
but I have simple needs.
Have you already opened a concert for a great band ( as Lynyrd Skynyrd
or Molly Hatchet )? If no, do you hope it and for who ?
Not yet I'm afraid. I would love to open for The Allman Brothers Band
(the best!) or Blackfoot.
Is Moonshine music released in Europe ? ( cd & concerts )
We released an independant CD called Roughhousin' in 1997 on our own
Free Bird Records. It's still for sale.
In your opinion what can we hope to Moonshine ?
I hope for Moonshine to release another album. But this could take some
time. Besides that, I hope for Southern Rock to become a little more
popular. Maybe than it could be possible for us to tour a little more
outside of Holland. I would love to work with other Southern Rock bands.
A Southern Rock Festival? Wouldn't that be great?