Marnix Dorrestein (1991, Amsterdam) is a musical jack of all trades. He is a composer, producer, guitarist, lyricist, arranger, singer, and drummer. He even plays the thumb piano. Dorrestein made his debut in 2005 at the age of 14 in the Concertgebouw, when he won a composition competition held by the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. As a drummer and member of the band Sheriff of Hong Kong, he also won the Grote Prijs van Nederland (the Grand Prize of the Netherlands). This year, Dorrestein completed his Master’s degree in pop music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam of the Amsterdam University of the Arts.
In 2013, he started his solo project, IX, yet he finds it difficult to describe his own musical style. Dorrestein explains: 'It's really a blend of electronic indie. The 1960s have been a huge influence, but more for the songs then for the sound. There's also a healthy dose of modern elements, African music, psychedelic things. A little bit of everything' (source: 3voor12).
In addition to his solo project, Dorrestein plays with numerous Dutch musicians and bands. This led to a tour of the Netherlands as the guitarist for Kris Berry & Perquisite in 2014; and, he was also a co-producer of an album by the Dutch legend Herman van Veen.
Marnix Dorrestein is part of the Music Coalition which consists of Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Tolhuistuin. In the coming year, Dorrestein plans to work on an EP of his solo project IX, which he hopes to present in 2017. In addition, he will be working on new material, which will include a collaboration with the Young Netherlands Wind Ensemble among other things.