Origins as a guitar player

Stephan Schultz was born and raised in a small town called Gemert in The Netherlands. At the age of 16 he started playing the acoustic guitar. Soon after that he got his first electric guitar and amp from his parents and the Schultz-residence would never be the same! Guitarist like Brain Setzer, Gary Moore, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John 5, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughn inspired him.
As his love and passion for the guitar and music in general grew stronger by the day Stephan decided to do ’the sensible thing’ and attend College to study marketing. After graduating he went on to study at a business university. During his first year of university he decided it was time to drop out, follow his heart and pursue a music career.

The university books got swapped for books on guitar techniques and a lot of guitarmags. Stephan is, accept for a few basic lessons, a completely self-taught musician. Learning licks and riffs from watching and listening to his heroes.
That year he practised every day and auditioned for the Dutch Rock academy. He got accepted and learned a great deal about music, guitar techniques and the music business.

In that same period he joined various Dutch bands as lead-guitarist, session musician, bandleader, tour manager and (co)-songwriter. He worked with Daniel Gibson (Producer Within Temptation), Kim-Lian van der Meij, Jochem Jacobs and Joost van den Broek. He also did a lot of Live Dutch TV-shows like, Top of the Pops, BZT-show, Laat de Leeuw and the English version of Top of the Pops and CBBC.

After extensive national and international tours with television and radio performances and (co)-writing songs Stephan started looking for new ways to express himself… and along came Stream of Passion. Stream of Passion really got things going on an international level doing Tours in Canada, all over Europe and shows in Israel and Russia.

More about Stream of Passion and Steve’s other bands and projects can accessed by clicking the links below.


Stream of Passion

Third Half

The Bad Ass Berettas

The Blues Brothers Tribute Band



Steve’s born and raised in a town called Gemert in the South of The Netherlands where he still lives today.

Music to him is a never ending mystery that never stops intriguing.

Guitars, amps and effects are his addiction. His ‘Guitarsenal’ keeps growing and growing.

He likes every kind of music as long as it comes from the heart.

He enjoys giving guitar lessons to people of all ages and musical taste and ability.

Shred-Ahead.com is his web shop specializing in innovative and quality products for guitarists.