Robert Westerholt was born on January 1, 1975 in Waddinxveen, South Holland, Netherlands. He is a Dutch musician and performs the rhythm guitar and backing vocals for Within Temptation, of which he co-founded. He participates in writing music for the band, along with his partner, Sharon den Adel. He once worked in human resource management before his career with Within Temptation kicked off.
Work prior to Within TemptationEdit
In 1992, Westerholt formed the band The Circle with future Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Spierenberg and began writing his own music. The Circle's first demo, entitled "Symphony No. 1", was finished in December, 1992. At this point, The Circle had a complete line-up, composed of Westerholt, Spierenberg, Jeroen van Veen (Within Temptation's bassist), Arjan Groenedijk and Ernst can der Loo, although the latter pair both left the band a while later. In a 1995 compilation album released by DSFA Records, two songs "Broken Silence" and "Frozen" by The Circle were featured. Soon afterwards, Westerholt left The Circle and the band was renamed Voyage . They released their only album, Embrace, in 1995, in which Sharon den Adel collaborated on the track "Frozen" (a completely different song from that of Within Temptation's same-titled 2007 single).
After leaving The Circle, Westerholt began writing more music for a new musical project with his girlfriend, Sharon den Adel. Westerholt sent demo versions of their songs "Enter" and "Candles" to former bandmate Jeroen van Veen , who then left Voyage to join Westerholt's project, along with Michiel Papenhove. Their first drummer was Richard Willemse, who left and was replaced by Dennis Leeflang, with whom Within Temptation recorded their first demo. He left soon afterwards, replaced by Ivar de Graaf. Westerholt recalls that "we always had a little bit of a drummer problem, leaving and coming back again...". By 1997, their line-up had been completed, with den Adel on vocals, Westerholt playing rhythm and grunts, Westerholt's brother, Martijn on keyboards, Jeroen on bass, Michiel on lead and Ivar on drums. In the same year, Within Temptation were signed to DSFA Records and released their debut album, Enter.
Westerholt and den Adel became parents to Eva Luna on December 7, 2005 and Robin Aiden on June 1, 2009. The birth of their third son, Logan Arwin, was announced on March 31, 2011.