Marijn van Laerhoven is given birth in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on November 3rd in 1982. In his years as a teenager, gabber house dominates the dance scene in Holland. Still too young to visit the parties he does make his first electronic music based on this genre with an old MS DOS program named Fast Tracker 2.
It's not until years later that Marijn is introduced to techno. It's the continues drive that compels Marijn to return to dance floors of raves and festivals week after week. Living in the moment, totally connecting with the music, with likeminded people. As he gets more into the music; the artists and the events, Marijn starts to develop more and more musical ideas of his own. Never with the ambition to play someone's records as a DJ, but the wish to create something that's entirely his.
In 2008 Marijn finally picks up his old but not forgotten hobby. Music creation. From day one with the intention to create a live act. It's to no surprise that it's love on first sight with Ableton Live. Already within a few months an opportunity arises to play for an audience at a private party. Although he's only just getting started, Marijn does play a set and people do say to appreciate his new initiative. It's the impulse that he needs to start the momentum. In the next year Marijn invests in an Apogee duet audio interface and KRK monitor speakers. Later he also buys Ableton Live Suite and the AKAI APC40 controller that totally matches with his ideas on shaping his live act. That live act is M for momentum.
With a network of party people from all over Holland, Marijn is able to play M for momentum live sets at Access Live Festival - Minimaal = Maximaal stage; the Nature One festival campsite in Germany; Arnhem initiative New Dutch School and Amsterdam's EMMA. His sets exist out of nothing but improvised combinations of short clips of kick drums, bass lines, percussions, melodies and background sounds. It's exactly how he foresaw his setup two years ago, but that's two years ago. Times change. Ideas and beliefs evolve. By the end of 2010, Marijn comes to the conclusion that what was freedom has now become a limitation of his musical creativity.
Early 2011 Marijn rediscovers his sound and vision. Now focusing on producing tracks rather than loops, his new productions get more character, and a more distinctive style. It's an evolution to a more grown-up sound and a brand new live set. Minimalistic yet heavy beats. Hypnotic grooves, and an unmistakably dark mysterious edge. It is this, combined with his earlier vision of live improvisation, that should make M for momentum become a live act with an identity of it's own. One with passion written all over it.