Latin, jazz, rock ‘n roll, soul, Albert ‘Budi’ Lafontaine plays it all. But such versatility only comes with years and years of experience. And like most musicians, he started out with the guitar at a young age. He was only twelve years old, when he picked up his first guitar. From that moment on, his love for music was unequivocally stirred up. However, the four strings of the bass guitar turned out to suit him even better. His aptitude for rhythm secured the instrument to be his profession from that moment on. In the early years, his style was mainly influenced bij jazz-fusion. Weather Report, Miles Davis and Pat Methany all played a major part in his formative years. Jimi Hendrix was also an important figure in his musical journey and it was Hendrix’ repertoire that was the basis of his first three-piece. In the ninetees, he was nationally and internationally known for his work with Shabbick. This band scored high at de Grote Prijs van Nederland (one of the most prestigious talentshows in The Netherlands), and numerous European tours were soon to follow. For Budi, the time had come for a new challenge. He turned his fascination for the drums into reality by buying his first drumkit in the late ninetees. His sense of rhythm and precision are the key elements of his style. Even though he still plays the bass every once in a while, he has long been a trusty drummer in different bands. With singer/ guitarist Theo ‘Mosquito’ Tahitu and bass player Gregorio Rangel, he makes up the line-up for latin-soulband Mosquito. With this band he also hosts our weekly Open Stage on monday nights.