Synesthesia - from the Ancient Greek syn, "together," and aisthesis, "sensation" - is a neurologically based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.

Over 2006 J. Wijn, D. Sleutjes, R. Heijnen and F. Honkoop formed the band Synesthesia. In 2007 N. Hermkens joined as singer. 2008 saw the first performances. Early 2009 MJS joined the band to reinforce Synesthesia and replace R. Heijnen after leaving the band in December 2008.

Later in 2010 H. Hermes and T. v. Aarle joined our group on bass and keyboards, and in 2013 Paul Smolders replaced Jeroen on guitars

Synesthesia has an sonic output of guitar oriented progressive rock, with alternative, symphonic and ambient incense. With influences from various regions of modern rockmusic, Synesthesia envisions to fuse the best of several worlds and make it explode.


Lead Guitars, Vocals

Started out as a guitar player, hopes to end as one as well…

Was abducted from his home planet XTyzch697, from a galaxy far, far away to play guitar on earth.
Several bands who had and enjoyed him are: Ironing Maiden, Wolfsheart, Gewoon Simpel.

Name: MJS
Birthdate: 1974
Birthplace: Tilburg
Instrument & Gear: Ibanez JEM77FP (The Original!!), Hughes&Kettner, Boss, ENGL
Musical influences: Iron Maiden, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Paganini, Dream Theater etc. etc.
In Everyday life I: Am
Personal note: to self??

Niels Hermkens
Lead Vocals
Started singing at the age of 8. Luckily for him, he changed, and so did his musical influences.
Was singing in a party band, a folkmetal band, even thought of starting a solo carreer. Now with Synesthesia and being coached by Alfons Verreijt his music-life just turned a whole lot more interesting...

Name: Niels
Birthdate: 12 Februari 1988
Birthplace: Oss
Instrument & Gear: Voice, Sennheiser microphones
Musical Influences: Kamelot, Dream Theater, Shinedown, Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Porcupine Tree, Alter Bridge
In everyday life I: study Chemistry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.
Personal Note: Our music is not just slamming on our guitars, screaming into the microphone and producing weird sounds. It's a way of life.
Dennis Sleutjes

Started out on drums at age 16, and picked up a guitar a year later and has been playing ever since. Played drums in Outrage and former band Silver Dawn. Also writes tunes for the band. Very much into progressive rock!

Name: Dennis
Birthdate : 21 October 1982
Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Instrument & Gear: Pearl EX-Radical Drumkit, 22x18 Bass, 10", 12", 13", 14" and 16" toms, 14" Pearl 'Chad Smith' Signature Snaredrum, 6"+8" tymphs, DR-7 Drumrack, Pearl hardware, Pearl Eliminator P-2002C Twinpedal, Remo Pinstripe drumheads, Evans Dry drumhead for snare, 14" Zildjan ZXT Titanium hihats, 14" Paiste Alpha Crash, 16" Paiste Sound Formula Power Crash, 17" Zildjian Z Custom Crash, 20" China, 22" Paiste Alpha Power Ride, 9" Zildjan Sound Effects Trash Splash, Vic Firth 5AN Sticks.
Musical influences: Pink Floyd, Rush (Neil Peart), Spock's Beard (Nick D'Virgilio, Neal & Alan Morse), Yes, Tool (Danny Carey), Mike Portnoy, Riverside, Porcupine Tree.
In Everyday life I: work as an IT Consultant, hang out with my friends, listen to great music.
Personal note: Trust yourself, question all authority.

Check out my kit here !!!

Hugo Hermes
Bass guitar

Playing Bass for Synesthesia since 2010

Name: Hugo Hermes

Tom van Aarle

Info coming soon

Paul Smolders

Info coming soon

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