Marijn Roeland van de Ven was born in The Netherlands
(Venray) in 1989. He grew up in a musical environment, his parents both played
music, and at age 9 he got his first piano lessons.
When turning 16, he looked
for a new challenge, and picked up the electric bass. Soon he started playing
pop and rock music in local bands, as a hobby. But the hobby was becoming more
and more serious, and at age 18 he entered the conservatory of Maastricht.
However, being exposed to Jazz at the conservatory, he felt drawn to the
acoustic bass and decided to switch again.
Two years later, he moved to
Rotterdam to study acoustic bass with his idol, Hein van de Geyn. Four years
later he graduated (with honors) from the Rotterdam Conservatory. After that he
chose to pursue a masters degree at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. During
this time he moved to Austria for half a year to study music in Graz. He
finished his Masters Degree at the Royal Conservatory in 2015, and currently
he's busy playing in Holland and abroad, with tours (including but not limited
to) to Russia, Brazil, Cyprus, Austria, Italy.
Over the years he built a
reputation as a reliable sideman, and he's always playing in many different
projects at the same time. These range from big theater productions, to
festivalbands, to smaller gigs in bars and cafes, to background gigs. His main
focus is playing Jazz, but he's experienced to play Pop, Rock, Latin, Tango and
Classical music, on both electric and acoustic bass.