First, thanks for the kind words! It has been 10 years already? Yikes! Haha, time really flies! It has never been our goal to stand out, but we are just stubborn in doing our own thing and not following certain procedures other artists do.
I guess the automatic consequence of it is that things go a little bit differently in some aspects. Artwork is one of them. Charlotte has a very keen eye for art and has an educational background in that area. Regarding the music I make, I guess things just evolved in my own way since the starting point of when I played with Within Temptation. I somehow never get tired of the saturated fat guitar sound (that’s how I would say it in Dutch, but I’m not sure how to say that exactly in English!) and orchestral elements in music. I love dramatic, epic, big bombastic music. Always have. I also love the ’80s vibe in synth music which is why electronic elements show up from time to time in our music. This combination is a bit different than other music in our genre.