Steven van der NatAt the age of just 7 years, and after months of saving money, Steve went down to the local record store to buy his first CD: an Elvis Presley compilation album. After going through his parents’ record collection he found this to be the music he connected with most. It wasn’t until more than ten years later when he found out where this connection with Elvis’ music came from after he started listening to people like Freddie King, Muddy Waters and R.J. Mischo; it was the blues that attracted him to this music.

Steve picked up the guitar while in his late teens and in just a couple of years he was playing blues festivals and clubs around the country with his first band which was called Black Apple. After a short stint with blues/rock band The Doubleshots he joined The Backbones at the end of 2003. At just 22 years old he was playing with some of the best blues artists in the country as well as internationally known artists such as Monster Mike Welch, Hook Herrera, Julian Vaughan, Matt Schofield, Mitch Kashmar, Sax Gordon, Boyd Small, Kurt Crandell, a.o.

In 2006 Steven joined the Dede Priest band. Soon after, in 2007, Steven moved to the country of Malta. After a couple years of not playing any music he started the band The Creepers, with whom he soon played all the major festivals on the island, opened up for David Knopfler (Dire Straits) and played with Kellie Rucker.

After Steve moved back to Holland where he launched Little Steve & the Big Beat. He also plays with the Steven Troch Band (BE).

Steven was nominated by the Dutch Blues Foundation for Best Vocalist 2015.

Steve plays .011 McDee Electric Guitar Strings and .012 McDee Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings. www.mcdee.eu