As the founder and chief in staff of Merchants Of Air, an international music blog, Serge has been writing reviews and articles for years. Born in Hasselt and currently residing in Antwerp, the writer combines his passion for music with his love for writing. In 2017 Serge published 'Cecilia's World - a novel about alternative music'. This lighthearted book narrates the story of a girl who discovers the world of records, concerts and musicians, plus it gives the reader a firm insight into the history of a wide array of musical genres.
2020 sees Serge return to his roots: the Dutch language. In 'Niet Weerhouden' he assaults the job market with loads of humor. Two other books are currently in production.
When did you first start writing?
A very long time ago. I think I wrote my first stories on a typewriter back in the eighties. Later I used our first computer to write a children's story about living snowmen. Three years ago, I founded Merchants Of Air and since then I have been writing all kinds of reviews and articles. And then there are still countless of stories and ideas written down on paper.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write about music, about the impact that music can have on a person's life. I was actually writing another book, a nonfiction book about the different musical styles, from ambient music to black metal and from krautrock to grindcore. However, when I reread the parts I had written, I thought the whole thing was dry. It was becoming something like a schoolbook and I wanted to create something lively, something fun to read. Then 'Sophie's World' suddenly came to mind. In the book by Jostein Gaarder, a young girl gets acquainted with philosophy. I thought "if Gaarder can write that about philosophy, I can do it with alternative music". The same day, I started writing 'Cecilia's World'.