Ask yourself – what comprises a musical legend? Is it popularity? Is it steadfast loyalty to a particular musical movement? Is it having remarkable skills and knowledge? Or is it the ability to keep up with the ever-changing movements within a certain genre? To be a considered a musical legend, an artist should possess all of these features plus so much more…
Living and breathing Hardcore music for 25 years and counting, Dutch Hardcore prophecy Jeroen Streunding, or better known as the notorious Neophyte, is the definition of a musical legend. Being more than just a DJ and producer, Neophyte is also a businessman, mentor and not to mention – the proud owner of the popular record label Neophyte Records. With his experience in producing and DJing extending back to before many of his fans were even born, it’s no surprise that Neophyte is recognised globally as one of Hardcore’s biggest influencers…
In the explorative era of the 90’s, Neophyte burst to the front of the Hardcore scene and led the way as Hardcore grew and developed into a liberated genre. With his undeniable determination, passion, skill and a true rock ‘n roll mentality, he never budged from his position.
Originally established as a trio in 1992, Neophyte consisted of Danny Greten, Robin van Roon and of course, the current front-man and Jeroen Streunding. Together, these badass brothers comprised a multi-dimensional act that consisted of the right herbs and spices to represent the upcoming Gabber movement.
Coming in hard for their big debut, Neophyte released their first EP in 1993 together with the announcement of their signing to the notorious record label Rotterdam Records. Titled “The Three Amiga’s,” the group quickly followed up this massive entrance with more rave anthems such as “Noise Is The Message,” “Execute” and “None Of Ya Left,” just to name a few. Despite the production equipment of the 90’s being quite limited, Neophyte never failed to release hard-hitting and timeless music that stood out during this golden era of Hardcore.
To put it plainly, Neophyte’s energetic and rough productions, as well as insane antics on stage allowed this unique act to spark interest in the Gabber community. Rising to stardom at lightning speed, by the end of the 90’s the trio had countless bookings under their belt. Performing at the most illustrious event concepts of that time, Neophyte sent crowds into a frenzy at Thunderdome, Mysteryland, A Nightmare in Rotterdam, Megarave, Masters of Hardcore and several other popular events of that era.
With his career off to a flying start, in 1999, Jeroen sought out some new and exciting endeavours that would revolutionise the Hardcore genre forever. With excitement, he launched the Neophyte Records imprint, which was originally created during the big ‘recession’ to give Hardcore a pounding heartbeat again. When most Hardcore producers walked away from their PC’s, Neophyte was motivated to provide the breath of fresh air the genre was in need of. With his mission to concentrate on providing talents a platform to grow and develop on, Neophyte Records was soon exploding with quality once guys like Evil Activities, Tha Playah, Nosferatu, The Viper, Panic and Kasparov jumped on board. At lightning speed, Neophyte Records transformed from a vision to an elite platform backed by a strong and unique team of artists.