His mother is a Trinidadian nurse and his father is a Dutch oceanographer.
After his parents had divorced in the early 1970s, he decided to live with his father in Europe, while his mother moved to the USA. Some years later, he lived with her for some years.
He has a United States Permanent Resident ("green") Card.
Has a degree in political science and history from the George Washington University in Washington D.C..
Is fluent in English, Dutch, German and French.
Being one of the biggest eurodance and house stars in the 1990s, his hits include "What Is Love" (1993; #1 Italy and Austria, #2 UK and Germany), "Life" (1993; #2 Germany, Austria and Italy) and "I Miss You" (1993).