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In the Wisseloord Academy you not only enter a highly professional educational center. You also enter the network of some of the the main artists, composers, producers, songwriters, engineers and industry professionals of the country.
The participants (we do not look at students, but at musicians and artists who join us to develop their skills, no matter what their level is) learn to produce from some of the most succesfull producers of the dutch pop, rock, dance, indie or rap scene. They learn to write toplines or songs with platinum award winning songwriters, they learn about publishing from publishers, they hear artists talking about their career or learn to record or mix with engineers recording or mixing succesfull records on a daily basis. 
All the classes are designed in such way that the lecturers share their own work approach while the participants are at the center of the attention to get the space to develop their own music and work methods.

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Ramon Ginton

Bizzey, Maan, Ronnie Flex, Ali B, Boef, …


Waylon started his career in 1995 singing in the television program Telekids where he sang the chorus of the song “Harry Stallion.”[2] Since childhood he was inspired by country music and he played the drums with the band West Virginian Railroad.[3] He was signed in 1997 by EMI and went to Nashville to record an album. The album was never completed.

In 2001, he lived and worked for a year in the United States where he also performed with his idol, Waylon Jennings. After Jennings died in 2002, Waylon returned to the Netherlands. Waylon’s talent was further developed with Lisa Boray. After returning from the United States, he joined the cover band Santa Rosa. He also sang in the band Millstreet.[3] In 2005, Waylon and Rachel Kramer performed as the duo Rachel & Waylon in the preliminary rounds of the National Song Contest with the song “Leven als een beest.”


Waylon took part in the first season of Holland’s Got Talent on SBS 6 in 2008. He auditioned with the song “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown. He received positive feedback from jurors Henkjan Smits and Patricia Paay.[4]Waylon reached the final and finished second.

A year later, Universal Music signed Waylon as the first Dutchman to the Motown label.[5] His first single, “Wicked Way”, was released on 7 August 2009 as a preview of the album Wicked Ways, released later that month.[5] “Wicked Way” reached the top 10 in the Dutch Top 40 charts.

In April 2010, Waylon won his first major music award, a 3FM Award for “Best Newcomer”. A month later he received in a gold record for his debut album on the television program De Wereld Draait Door. In June 2010, Waylon was one of the winners of the TMF Awards, winning the Borsato Award for new talent. The prize was awarded to him by the namesake, Marco Borsato, at the TMF Awards Festival in Enschede.

Waylon released “The Escapist” in October 2011 as the first single from his second album, After All, which was released on 3 November 2011. This was followed by the singles “Lose It” and “Lucky Night”. Waylon was voted best singer in the April 2012 3FM Awards.

Eurovision Song Contest 2014

Together with singer Ilse Delange, Waylon was the Dutch entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen. The two formed the duo The Common Linnets and sang the country/bluegrass song “Calm After the Storm“.[6] They won second place with a total of 238 points behind Conchita Wurst from Austria, who scored 290 points.[1]

Waylon last performed with Delange at a concert on 21 June 2014 in Enschede, following which he left The Common Linnets.[7][8]

Heaven After Midnight

Waylon’s third studio album, Heaven After Midnight, was released in September 2014 and reached #1 in the Dutch iTunes charts as well as in the Dutch Album Top 100 in the week of its release.[9] He worked in Nashville and Hollywood on the album with, among others, Bruce Gaitsch, who previously wrote for Chicago and Madonna.[10]


In 2016, Waylon made a few appearances on talk show RTL Late Night; he lectured about the origins of pop-music and previewed tracks from his forthcoming album which came as a surprise. Seeds covered all styles and was led by the 70s-disco-tribute Our Song. He continued to explore his versatility by playing an annual concert-series in at the Rotterdam Ahoy in a joint venture with Radio Veronica’s Top 1000 All Time Classics.

Eurovision Song Contest 2018

On 9 November 2017, it was announced that Waylon would participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 for the Netherlands. The choice of the song “Outlaw in ‘Em” was announced on 2 March 2018. The Eurovision Song Contest fans gave him the pet name ‘Walton’. He performed in the second semi-final on 10 May 2018 and qualified for the final on 12 May 2018. Waylon finished 18th place with 121 points. In June 2018, Waylon returned to RTL Late Night to perform Thanks But No Thanks, one of the other shortlisted songs, for the departing host Humberto Tan.

In 2019 Waylon returned as a professional in It Takes Two. He also hosted the second episode of DWDD Summerschool exploring the key-artists of Outlaw country. He continued to do so in a theatre-tour titled My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.


Late 2019, Waylon released his sixth album Human; early 2020, he announced that the fifth edition of his Ahoy concert-series will be devoted to Dutch(-language) pop classics.

JB Mejers

Common Linnets, De Dijk, Acda de Munnik, Blof, Go back to the Zoo, etc…

Glen Faria

Carlos Projectmoney

Frenna, Famke Louise, Lil Kleine, Yade Lauren, Broederliefde, Jonna Fraser, B Brave, Steve Aoki, etc

Ronnie Flex

Plasschaert started making music at a young age. In 2012, he got his first hit in the Netherlands with his song “Soldaatje”, which he made with fellow rapper Mr. Polska. On 20 March 2013, Plasschaert released his first solo single, “Tankstation”, which reached the 100th place in the Dutch Single Top 100. He released his debut album De nacht is nog jong, net als wij voor altijd on 14 November 2014. Plasschaert then released several singles, including “Drank & Drugs“, a song made in collaboration with fellow rapper Lil’ Kleine, which achieved first place in the Single Top 100 and remained in the chart for a total of 35 weeks.

Plasschaert took part on the 16th season of the television series Expeditie Robinson in September 2015. Since 2018, he has been a member of the judging panel on the television program It Takes 2In June of that year, in collaboration with BLØF, Plasschaert released the single “Omarm me”. On 12 July, he released a remix of the song “Wine Slow” in collaboration with Idaly, Famke Louise and Bizzey.

In October 2018, Plasschaert launched his own clothing line in collaboration with clothing company CoolCat.

Jordan Wayne

Ali B, Ronnie Flex, Jonna Fraser, Jack $hirak, Boef, Lil’ Kleine, Sevn Alias, Mula B

Nouri Avery

Noah Avery is a singer, song writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He studied vocals at the Herman Brood Academy, and now writes for different artists. He thinks stories are the most important part of a song and the instrumental should be a perfect fit.
Noah has worked with artists such as: Wulf, De Hofnar, Miss Montreal, Thomas Nan, George Holliday, Collin Jax and Robbie Mendez.

Davide Ruffini

Soul & Noamle, Supa Dupa, NAVY, Nelson Dialect, Leelo, MAJAN, Kilian & Jo, The Voice,

Marieke Mckenna

Marieke McKenna (London, 1994) is the founder of independent record label Mink Records, artist manager (Jeangu Macrooy, Torii), creative director and A&R scout. Mink Records is a relatively young yet wave-making record label, being the supporting force behind the (inter)national success of some of The Netherlands’ most exciting upcoming alternative artists, like Pitou, The Visual, Torii and The Mighty Breaks. The label is known to help push artists with a non-mainstream sound and get them attention through careful business accumen, without making creative concessions. In 2019 Marieke founded a joint venture ‘Mink Music Publishing’, together with Cloud 9 Publishing, creating opportunities in publishing and sync for upcoming artists. She’s a regular guest speaker at educational institutions like The Abbey Road Institute, Codarts and the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and appears on panels at conferences such as Eurosonic, The Great Escape and VNPF. She is also a keen music collector and researcher, and regularly DJs at events.

Cato Van Dijk

Cato van Dijck has been active in the music industry from a very young age, growing up in a musical family and playing her first shows from the age of 9. Since 2013 she has been the the front woman and personification of the band MY BABY conquering stages all over the world such as Glastonbury, Pinkpop, Sziget and Lowlands. Cato has a remarkable voice and style and takes her inspiration from seventies funk like Sly & the Family Stone, to the electronic alternative pop of Little Dragon. MY BABY have been praised for their unique sound and approach and Cato is interested in sharing her experiences as a touring musician, a songwriter and likes to help you finding your own style and voice.

Erik van der horst

EV Acoustics, Studio builder, Chris Brown, Nielson, Pat Leonard, Maher Zain, ALAIN CLARK,

Sam Jones

I like to refer to myself as a Music Engineer. I want to get my hands dirty with anything that has to do with producing, recording, mixing and performing music. I consider myself lucky to have learned my recording skills in an analogue recording environment where finding the right sound and enabling the best possible performance was paramount to having a successful session. Only later was I introduced to the power of DAW’s and post production possibilities. I love both approaches and I’m happy operating both tape machine and DAW. On my journey of becoming a sound engineer I dedicated myself to artists that I felt connected to and inspired by and thus have also been working in the live sound sector as a Front of House Engineer.

Erroll Antonie

Music Publisher – Head of A&R BMG

Rogier Bol

This is Rogier Bol with more than 15 years working in the music industry as marketeer/project manager setting up strategy and a release plan for singles, EPs and full length albums locally and internationally / digitally and physically.

Working for and with the majors like Universal Music and indie labels like Fully Charged and artists from Billie Eilish to Inge van Calkar across all genres. His own company Stroomlijn (Streamline in Dutch) is service label and marketing/promotion helping artist to streamline their releases and dreams.

Colin Benders - Kyteman

Kyteman, Colin Benders

Misha V/D Winkel

Dj, Producer, Songwriter en mede oprichter van het platform en muzieklabel INI Movement.

Van de 1e Noahs Ark club tour samen met Jiggy Dje door Nederland  of samen met Pete Philly & Perquisite de wereld rond tourend, naar het produceren voor een grote verscheidenheid aan artiesten en genres.

Het nummer Walking on Fire samen met Rilan & The Bombardiers is te bewonderen in meerdere Amerikaanse Series als Shooter en Shut Eye.

Heeft les gegeven op de Rockacademie en de Nederlandse popacademie.

Mathijs Kievit

Luwten, Kim Janssen, Blaudzun, Bartek, Kapok, Broken Brass Ensemble, BOT, Ode to the
Quiet, the Kyteman Orchestra.

Rafil Sam

Ali B, Lijpe, Mula B, Ismo, Ashafar, Young Ellens, Sandra Sahi

James Castelijn

Snelle, Famke Louise, Kimono, Young Ellens, Henkie T, Defano Holwin, The Cool Quest

Shakil Bholasing

Ronnie Flex | Frenna | Jonna Fraser | Fresku | Winne

Yori Olijslager

Kyteman, Willem (de opposites), Sef, PAX the humanoid, Pete Philly, Secret Rendezvous, Lisa Lois, Rilan & The Bombardiers, The Indien, Maydien, JNTHN Stein, Grayson Capps, Michael Martin Murphy, Ableton Expert

Felix Tournier

Akon, KRS One, Young Thug, David Guetta, Ilse DeLange, Jett Rebell, Kensington…

Philippe Weiss

Madonna, David Guetta, Dua Lipa, Alicia Keys, Selah Sue, Ben L’oncle Soul…

Malik Berrabah

Malik Berrabah is the owner of Wisseloord and founder of the Wisseloord Academy. His track record as songwriter, composer, arranger and producer is rich of countless national and international successes in various genres. Since the start of his career 25 years ago, Malik decided to work under divers nicknames and to keep his work secret to the public.

Daimy Lotus

Since early childhood singer and songwriter Daimy Lotus (24) has been involved with music, singing and dance. Even at the tender age of five she could be found performing at the yearly cultural market in her home town. In 2009 she decided to pursue a career in songwriting as well.

In May 2015 she released her debut EP named ’15’ including her first single Saturday Girl and second single Cannonball which she got acknowledged for by Dutch radiostation 3FM by naming her Serious Talent. Other radiostations followed along.
 For this EP she worked closely together with Martijn Konijnenburg (aka Tienus). She played at many festivals and did a Dutch tour through twenty different cities.

Now her focus is on songwriting. After writing songs and performing them for her solo project for several years, she decided to focus on writing for other artists as well. Therefore she has written with a variety of songwriters, producers and artists like Filous, Janieck, Joshua Hardy, Kameron Grae, Marlon Roudette, PollyAnna, Roxanne Emery and TV Noise. Nevertheless she is working on solo material too which will be released in the course of 2020. In the meantime, there will be songs getting released in which Daimy plays a part by either singing the song, writing it or both.

Noah Smits

Noah is one of the most recognized music marketeers of The Netherlands. Working as consultant for numerous artists and labels, Noah of one of the figures of the field that cannot be missed out.

Brynja Mary

Brynja Mary is a Singer and a Songwriter and a performing artist, She’s been singing and dancing since She can remember and started writing songs from a very Young age. There’s nothing She loves more than writing personal storytelling songs and getting up on stage to perform them.

When She was 13 She was in a Danish tv show called “En sang Fra hjertet” and recorded a song with one of Denmark’s biggest producers, and at 14 She signed her first publishing deal. Then when She just turned 16 She competed in the Icelandic national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with an original song that She had written at the age of 14.

She’s been working with people all over the world in Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Los Angeles, London, Canada, Spain and the Netherlands and in February 2021 She signed a record deal with Universal music group as a duo with her sister (sara Victoria) called EYJAA, their first single (Dont forget about me) charted as nr 3 on Denmarks airplay chart top 100 for over 16 weeks and it became the song of the week in Denmark and along with their second single (The Wrecking Crew) that got 4th place on the airplay chart top 100.

And their 3rd single (Ultraviolet) did also very well and ended up getting 3rd place on the Icelandic radio for most popular played songs of the month in April 2022.

She’s always loved performing and it’s one of her favorite things to do besides writing. She’s performed a lot, in LA and spain and on live television for the Eurovision Song Contest national final and performed support shows as her duo EYJAA and a few festivals in the summer of 2022,  She also studied herself at the Wisseloord academy from 2020 – 2021 and after that She’s been studying professional dance and performing in Copenhagen and Los Angeles.

Jim van Kooten

As head of program at venue De Vorstin in Hilversum, Jim is always closely involved with the live music world. He works with upcoming talent as well as the big international names. He developed the upcoming talent platform ‘Patat Met’, a monthly live platform to showcase the best new and upcoming artist from The Netherlands. Besides working as a promoter, Jim is also co-founder of the booking agency ‘Atlas Agency’, a company that books tours for in the BeNeLux for Americana/Roots artists from mostly the USA and UK.


ReauBeau’s sonic journey started at the very roots of his present future bass undertakings. Due to a strong love for hiphop during his formative years, his passion spurred into the restless fiddling and fine-tuning art of conveying finer (and often ineffable) emotions through the craft of composition. His sound has emerged into a versatile blend of (future)bass and trap with a touch of euphoria.


ReauBeau’s funky, hiphop influenced productions are always spot on. With shows at festivals such as Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Dance Event, Aalborg Festival, SXSW and Distortion Festival, his tracks have been supported by radio stations worldwide, including BBC Radio1 & 1XTRA (‘ ignition mix ‘, GB), SLAM FM (NL), KISS FM (DE), Diplo’s Revolution Channel, Hardwell on Air and more.

Eventually evolving his music asperations into two new dimensions called CASUAL (Pop, Funk, Soul ) and DOWORK (Hiphop instrumentals ) His music has landed syncs with America’s Got Talent , Mercedes ,Lincoln,JBL, Adidas,Victoria’s Secret and he has composed for major game trailers like FIFA 20 / Need For Speed HEAT and Apex Legends.