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PostSubject: Sharon about grandmothers, temples and Frans Bauer   Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:26 pm

Busy moments for lead singer Sharon from the symphonic metal band Within Temptation. She and her boys have success all over the world: their latest CD was released in 34 countries.

Who is Sharon?
Name: Sharon den Adel
Date of birth: 12 July 1974
Place of birth: Waddinxveen
Residence: Soest
Studies: Mavo (I think itís typical Dutch) studied fashion/management
Relationship: with high school lover Robert Westerholt (guitar player Within Temptation). Together they have a daughter Luna (2).
Career: founded Within Temptation in 1996. The success begins in 2001 with ĎIce Queení. Europe, Japan, Australia, The United States and South-America follow a few years later. The band sold over 2 million CDís and DVDís, and won many awards like TMF- and 3FM- awards.

Wow, itís really hard to make an appointment for an interview with you.
Sharon: ďYes. I know it took some time, but at a certain moment we found out Ėthe other band members and me- that we toured really a lot. We took a time-out and cancelled everything. Soon weíre going to South-America for three weeks, we really need to take our rest for that.Ē

How do you notice you need to calm down a bit?
ďO, on everything. I have less patience and all the other bandmembers get irritated so much more easily. As well as that, some things happened in our families this time. When we were on tour in America last summer, my grandmother died and it didnít really go well with one of the parents from some band members. Then you need to take time for yourself and the people at home.Ē

Was you grandmother special for you?
ďYes. My parents are real Ďexpatsí; my father had to travel a lot because of his work. When I was eighteen my parents left Holland again, but I stayed here and moved in together with Robert (Sharonís boyfriend and the bandís guitar player). If there was something wrong, my grandmother took care of me. She was a really interested and active grandmother. I went to her burial, but I couldnít do or arrange anything, because I was in America. You have the opportunity to wash the dead, before he or she will be buried. It would've really meant a lot to me if I couldíve done that with my mother. Not everybody has the strength to do that, but Iím someone who wants to face things. I think itís scary, but also a valuable experience, to make someone beautiful before they close the coffin forever.
In many situations I want to be there from the beginning till the end. Iíll go to the bottom now, but if someone I love is dying I want to accompany this person till the end. Only then I have the feeling Iíve done it right.Ē

Fans ask a lot from you, how do you deal with that?
ďWell, itís hard for me to place limits. Thatís something Iím learning now. I always want to be there for the fans. Ok, Iím not Frans Bauer asking my fans for coffee, but after a concert we usually take the time to meet our fans. Though sometimes I think: Not now. If I donít feel well, or when I have a migraine attack or something; it can be due to all kind of things. Everybody has times they feel very well and times they donít feel so well.Ē

Do fans all over the world react the same?
ďWe were in Croatia recently, and that was complete hysteria. Like with the Beatles, with screaming fans. But most of the time, luckily people donít recognize me when I walk down the street with my normal clothes on. On stage I look more extravagant of course. I was at a fashion show from Marlies Dekkers recently, and in front of me there were a couple of TMF-veejayís and Daphne Deckers. They were interviewed by a journalist, and they didnít recognize me so I was sitting there, feeling great and as anonymous as any other person.Ē

Can you walk down the street abroad, without a bodyguard?
ďNot in Mexico for example. At least not near the venue where we perform. Then we really get threatened by fans. As long as thereís a big man next to me, Iím not scared, haha. But two really relaxed fans showed us the Maya-temples. That was really special. Though weíre known by a very large group of people, not everyone knows us. We are not a mainstream band, and we donít search for publicity. Although the last few years we got more well known, because of the airplay we got on MTV and TMF.Ē

You travel a lot around the world. What do you do with all those experiences?
ďSometimes Iím thinking about writing a book about all our experiences. A history about the band, and how we live through all these things. I donít make notes, itís all in my head. We are actually a wise group and took some free time to finish our studies. That wouldn't work now, we're too well known. Besides that many people work for us and we are responsible for them. This year we play more in Holland and Europe then last year, with the idea to get some rest and write new songs. Traveling is adventurously, but it also undermines you. First I had a romantic picture about it you know, nice food and shopping in a strange city, but thatís gone. Thatís why I prefer our tour bus instead of the plane: at night we get in, have a drink and go to sleep, to wake up the next morning in another country.Ē

As a child you lived in many different countries. How did that shape you?
ďI had a special childhood. Our family lived in Yemen, Surinam and Indonesia. I learnt a lot about other cultures. Regarding that I was a wise child: kids in Holland learn about countries far away in school and I actually saw the slums in Indonesia and the wild animals in Africa. I also changed school constantly, had to adjust to new cultures and I couldnít built up friendships (which was a pity of course). I remember the anxiety involving the December murders in Surinam (1982). But then there was my sixth birthday which we celebrated on a safari with one candle on a hamburger, because there was no cake. Unforgettable. Also we traveled a lot. My parents were always in search for adventure and took my brother and me with them. When I came back to Holland at the age of ten, I felt older then other kids my age.Ē

Do you have time for friendships now?
ďI have a couple of good friends. I neglected them actually. I realized that last year when we were so busy: you lose people if you donít give them attention. They understand that youíre busy, but it still disintegrates. Now Iím trying to correct that. If people are special to you, then you have to show that. What I think is a pity of being famous, is that you donít know if somebody is interested in you, or that you only get the attention because youíre famous. Still that doesn't frustrate me, cause eventually it will become clear. I have the right sensors for that.Ē

You have a daughter of two, Luna.
ďYes! She sometimes comes with us, together with a nanny. Sometimes she stays at home with her grandparents. Last year I was away from home too much. Luna was little, so it wasnít a real problem; now itís already harder for her to let go of me. And I donít want her to get separation anxiety.Ē

How easy do you switch your mind, when you have to tour again?
ďThe week before I leave Iím not in a good mood, cause I hate it to leave Luna. Like last summer when we went to America, that was hard. But when youíre gone, itís not that hard anymore, cause you know sheís in good hands. Still a child belongs with itís parents, thatís why Robert (Lunaís father) and me have to divide the following years in a different way.Ē

I read somewhere that Robert and you have never been a sticky couple.
ďThatís true. We never really show that we are a couple. On the one side itís good for the atmosphere in the band, but on the other hand, we were on tour for a very long time, and we didnít had much time together. When you notice that, you have to work on that like any other couple. We have to find a middle way, and definitely now that Luna is with us.Ē

On stage youíre a vamp. But in normal day life....?
ďOn stage I show another side of me. With a beautiful dress I feel more feminine and I can let myself go easily. Without these clothes I think I would find that more difficult. In normal day life Iím either quiet or very loud. Thereís not much between that. I can talk very lively, but sometimes I also think: gray mouse, do something!Ē

What kind of music do you listen to?
ďI used to listen to a lot of grunge music. I still do, but I also like Tori Amos and Kate Bush. I prefer emotional music. I donít have much with pop music, but recently I took a liking to dance music. It has suddenly become really nice to dance, I never had that before! Suddenly Iím open for all kinds of music. We were already approached by a couple of DJís if they could make a remix from our songs, but for the first time Iím open for that. I would like it even more if I could write a dance song myself. Just to widen my horizon. Though I can let myself go in our music as well, cause itís Celtic, symphonic, metal and rock. Still I sometimes think: why shouldnít I take a day off and write a dance song?Ē
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PostSubject: Re: Sharon about grandmothers, temples and Frans Bauer   Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:35 pm

Thats deppressing....

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PostSubject: Re: Sharon about grandmothers, temples and Frans Bauer   Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:31 am

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I donít have much with pop music, but recently I took a liking to dance music. It has suddenly become really nice to dance, I never had that before! Suddenly Iím open for all kinds of music.

I'm the same way with music recently. Razz That's exciting.

But yeah...the Grandma bit.. That made me want to cry. :-/

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PostSubject: Re: Sharon about grandmothers, temples and Frans Bauer   Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:52 pm

Write a dance song? What a brilliant idea Sharon Wink Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Sharon about grandmothers, temples and Frans Bauer   Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:34 pm

Poor Sharon, she coped with her grandmother dying really well actually. She is a very strong person! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Sharon about grandmothers, temples and Frans Bauer   Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:48 pm

She's so unbelieveably strong Sobbing
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