A new season of The smartest person is in full swing. For the occasion, KRO-NCRV has opened a can of celebrities to compete for the win the program. But who are all these people? JFK highlights them. This time: Marco Roelofs.
Marco Roelofs is a singer and guitarist. Most will know him as the frontman of the Dutch punk band Heideroosjes. He is also a copywriter, theater maker and presenter. Roelofs first appeared on television when he took part in the Mini playback show. He was ten years old and mimed the medley ‘Did I shine my shoes for that?’ by Robert Paul.
Marco Roelofs and the Heideroosjes
Marco Roelofs was born on July 19, 1974 in Horst, Limburg. There are not many Dutch punk bands, let alone punk bands that can enjoy international success. But the Heideroosjes is one of them. The Heideroosjes’ adventure all started in high school. Roelofs and three friends founded the band in 1989.
What followed was a career in music that lasted for many years, with tours, hits and awards. Well-known songs by the Limburg punk rockers include ‘Lekker Important’, ‘Damclub Hooligan’, ‘Sjonnie and Anita’ and ‘They melt the Easter bunny’. Marco Roelofs and his beloved friends feel at home on stage and that is where their strength mainly lies. For example, in 1995 they played at Lowlands and in 1996 they played at Pinkpop, Rock Werchter and Pukkelpop, among others. In total they have given more than 1,500 performances in Europe, the United States, Japan and South Africa.
Marco Roelofs wrote more than 130 lyrics for various studio albums. The foursome sold a few hundred thousand records. In 2004 the formation won an Edison. In addition to his music career, Roelofs also studied at the Fontys Hogeschool Journalistiek in Tilburg and the Koningstheateracademie in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Book, MH17 song and presenter
In 2012, Marco Roelofs’ first book, entitled Weight. A year later he starred in his first self-written solo theater performance with the same title. In 2014, the show was extended due to success. Furthermore, Roelofs was one of the regular presenters on television for Pinkpop from 1997 to 2007.
In 2014, Roelofs wrote a song for the victims of the MH17 disaster. The song, ‘The monkey who saw everything‘, you can listen on YouTube. Finally, he was also a TV presenter on the Dutch version of Ink Master. The Heideroosjes will celebrate their 35th anniversary in 2024. Can Marco Roelofs have a party first? The smartest person?
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