He spent the majority of his childhood living with his mom, with whom he traveled abroad due to the nature of her work. She initially took him to India where he learned how to play a local wind instrument in an ashram. They then moved to the Caribbean. In Aruba he was taught to play voodoo infused percussion whereas in Suriname he learned how to play the guitar. In the 70’s they returned to Amsterdam. He got involved in a genre-bending variety of bands such as an experimental free-jazz group and a symphonic rock group with Dutch singer Mathilde Santing and avant-noise band Minny Pops before leaving to the UK to work with The Associates, Lotus Eaters & Act.
He also works as a composer/arranger/producer/ music director for mediaprojects. www.stephenemmer.com