Dennis Winkel

Instrument: Bass guitar
Birth date: 25-07-1995
Education: MA Russian and Eurasian Studies / MA International Relations: Global Conflict in the Modern Era (To be completed)
Lives in: Vlaardingen, Netherlands
Member: 2018 –


Musical Background:

Hi Im Dennis, born and raised in Vlaardingen near Rotterdam in the Netherlands. At a young age I was introduced to music with a programme in school called “music in the class”. Through this programme I got to experience playing guitar after which I started taking lessons. Around the age of 16 I decided to add bass-guitar to my skillset. At a very young age I was already exposed to (progressive) rock so this still holds a very special place in my heart. My introduction to metal was a live performance of Metallica’s Seek and Destroy at school when I was around the age of 13. This quickly evolved to a much broader music taste in metal.

In the past few years I have played in a multitude of bands. The genres differed from Metalcore and Black/Death metal to Progressive, Power and Symphonic metal. After all these bands which provided tons of fun, I wanted to pursue something more serious in music. I first saw the ad of Beyond God on Facebook but thought it was too far (Eindhoven is 2hrs by public transport or 1.20hr by car). After I got tagged in the post a week or so later I responded with my concerns about the distance. Persistence could be Meryl’s middle-name because she urged me to contact the band regardless. After giving it a second thought I realised that distance should never come between you and the thing you love to do most; make music. I contacted Ferry and decided to make a demo. After that, I got invited for an official audition (shortly after Graspop 2018). This turned into an invitation to play along with Beyond God on the tour in the fall of 2018. And now, here I am, playing bass guitar for Beyond God!


Gear: ESP LTD D-6 Bass and Electro-Harmonix Battalion DI
Favorite Albums: Toto – Seventh One, Disturbed – Indestructible, Ice Nine Kills – Every Trick in the Book, Epica – The Quantum Enigma, Affiance – Gaia, Amaranthe – Amaranthe, Nick Johnston – Remarkably Human, Rise Against – Endgame, Alter Bridge – Blackbird
Musicians: Billy Sheehan, Nick Johnston, Jari Mäenpää, Sami Hinkka, Paul Gilbert, Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Lukather, Steve Harris
Bands: Toto, Stratovarius, Hammerfall, Amon Amarth, Ice Nine Kills, Rise Against, Disturbed, Amaranthe, Epica, Ensiferum, Arch Enemy, Behemoth, In Flames, Parkway Drive, Architects, Sabaton, Alestorm, Týr, Alter Bridge, Trivium, Sympuls-E, Symphony X, Shaman’s Harvest, Mr Big, Polyphia, Pantera, Orden Ogan, Machine Head, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Iron Maiden
Drinks: Blond and Tripel beers
Writers: J. R. R. Tolkien, John Flanagan, George Orwell, Vladimir Sorokin
Movies: Lord of the Rings, Kingdom of Heaven, The Green Mile
TV: Game of Thrones, The 100, Family Guy, The Simpsons
Holiday: Canada, Russia (bucket list), Georgia (bucket list)
Sports: I always think curling looks fascinating! I do not regularly watch or practice any sport, but I can drink a fair share of beer I guess!
Man: Bruce Dickinson,Chris Pratt
Woman: Jill Janus (RIP), Simone Simons
Food: Pizza, Spareribs, Lasagne