Independent female fronted rock from the Netherlands

New single "Too Much" is out now!

Cover of single Too Much

New Single "My Heavy Heart"

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New Album "Emergence"

Cover of album Emergence

With debut album ‘Emergence’ Dutch rockband ‘Mental Shift’ makes quite the appearance in the rock scene, hence the album title ‘Emergence’. Their sound is heavy but accessible. Recognisable melodies, heavy riffs and the ever changing voice of lead singer Daphne makes this a record you just keep on playing! Steady rock but also fragile songs all written straight from the heart. The meaningful narrative lyrics are sure to move you. Theme of the record is your own Mental Shift. The way you view the world you can control with your mind. Stay true to you, whether it’s love, friendship or a career. How does this all sound? Listen to our album and find out for yourself…

Download the album booklet here.

The Band

Mental Shift is a Rockband from the Netherlands! Their sound has been described as similar to Skunk Anansie, Kate Bush, Placebo, The Gathering and Within Temptation. While alternative in its core, the different musical backgrounds of the musicians result in a mix of influences from pop, metal and indie.

The songs are mostly mid tempo and are characterised by heavy riffs, high pitched vocals, accessible melodies with a solid base of drum and bass which leads to the very accessible, melodic, alternative rock of Mental Shift, sometimes rap or grunt.

Mental Shift shows are lively, theatrical and filled with humor. The band celebrated their second anniversary in September 2018. The band has accomplished a lot in their first years and builds on this foundation to expand their activities.

In summer 2018 their debut album ‘Emergence’ was recorded in the Netherlands at Rockinc. Recording and released on rock label ‘Snakebite Records’ in November 2018. The album was produced by most respected producer and musician Joss Mennen (Zinatra and Mennen).

Mental Shift hits the stage regularly. A repertoire of over 30+ self written songs allows the band to play up to an evening filling performance when required.

You can also listen to Mental Shift on any music streaming service worldwide like Spotify, TIDAL, 7Digital, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon etc.

Mental Shift is: Daphne: all lyrics, song melodies, ad libs, choirs, raps. Hans: all guitars, arrangements, song themes, riffs and Michiel: all drums.

For bookings, interviews or more information contact us here.

Line Up

Daphne Gobius du Sart – Lead Vocals, Songwriter, Lyrics


Daphne started her singing career at an early age, joining The Academy Of Vocal Arts in The Hague at the age of 8. This intensive vocal training allowed her to develop her voice and a solid understanding of music and singing in general. In releasing several albums and performing throughout Europe her passion for singing was awakened.

Through her teens and twenties she enjoyed singing lessons in pop (Musical Academy Leiden) and classical singing (Het Phondament The Hague). She also took lessons with Floor Jansen (Nightwish) to develop a more powerful style and learn belting techniques. She has been writing songs and lyrics for over ten years which she performed in several bands. Very experienced in live gigs she performed dozens of times at festivals and pop stages.

Hans Flikkema – Guitar, Backing Vocals


Hans is playing the guitars in Mental Shift. He started playing classical guitar at the age of seven, inspired by the great Segovia, his father used to listen to. He taught Hans the basics of fingerpicking. Somewhat later, during highschool, Hans got inspired by Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore, Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath, Uriah Heep’s Gipsy, Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies and Peter Frampton’s live guitar playing. Hans wanted to make such sounds too. He stopped classical guitar lessons and learned himself how to rock, by playing at least three hours a day. As a teenager he got his first 3 man band, creating their own rock songs and sound. Covering other ones songs just was not done these days. From that moment this band changed musical style, line up and had several band names every few years.

After 25 years of changes, ups and downs, lots of gigs though, Hans finally quitted the scene and ended up toggling an acoustic guitar and rediscovered the classical guitar for a bit, while raising kids and stuff. From 2010 Hans started up again, doing classical rock songs in several cover bands. Later on playing the modern blues-rock. He got inspired by guys like John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa. A challenge it was for sure, learned new guitar playing technics and he still likes playing this genre once in a while. But still it didn’t give him the ultimate satisfaction that he used to experience in his earlier days. Making new music, creating his own sounds on Daphne’s creations, that’s what really keeps him going.

Michiel Flikkema – Drums


Michiel started playing drums when he was 15 years old. He learned playing the drums mainly autodidact and attended one year of education in jazz-feel drumming to improve his techniques for playing the style of drumming he likes best. His first inspiration came from drummers like Ian Paice, John Bonham, Steve Copeland and John Cogholan from very successful bands at that time. More recent through the large numbers of drum clinic video’s on YouTube he keeps on developing his drum skills. Together with Hans, who plays lead guitar, he played in a band for twenty years long with the same bass player rock feel music. They arranged their own compositions for most of the years. In the third life of this band they had a period of covering rock music hits from various legendary bands from the seventies and eighties. Additional to their steady band formation of the three men they had different guitarists singers, background vocalists and keyboard players to join them.

In between this long period with the same band Michiel also played drums in various gospel bands, pop ensembles and musical orchestras. He likes to play different kinds of musical styles to enrich his musical experiences and skills. But the style he likes most is rock feel straight bold or massive symphonic.

He is playing his Japanese manufactured Yamaha drum kit over the last 25 years of his drumming career. An excellent kit completed with Latin percussion accessories, chimes and a large cymbal line- up of Zildjan K dark series. From crash to splash, ride, crash ride, china and of course the hi-hat set. Although not playing drums full time like a professional, it is by far his most favourite habit to do in life.

Playing in the band Mental Shift with their inspiring and overwhelming vocals of front woman Daphne is for him the ultimate experience in performing. He likes playing concerts and he is at his best on stage. Maybe sometimes so eager that he needs to be tamed, but never too much!

Adrian Cejas – Bass, Backing Vocals


Adrian was born in Buenos Aires Argentina, emigrated to the Netherlands in 1988. There he bought his first worn out bass guitar from his neighbour for 50 quid and started off playing day and night. It turned out to be a great hit! In no time he played in several bands, every time, anywhere possible.

He plays the bass for over 30 years now. Adrian is a very skilled bass player, experienced in studio-recordings and on stage, performing live gigs all around the globe. He feels at home in several music styles like, blues, jazz, big band, salsa, funk, metal and rock.

Since 2019 he is bass player, composer and backing vocalist in Mental Shift, developing alternative rock styles.


Upcoming Shows

Previous Shows


Sat 23-11-2019 Rock Inc. Festival

Location: Muziekcentrum de Bosuil, Vrakkerveld 2C, 6002 AZ, Weert, the Netherlands.


7-6-2019 Live en Lazaru's 2019 @ Rockcafé Lazaru's

Location: Nieuwe Beestenmarkt 32, 2312 CH, Leiden, the Netherlands


11-5-2019 CatEaters DE + support Mental Shift NL

Location: B52 music club, Eernegem, Belgium


20-4-2019 Mental Shift + Rufusking

Location: Muziek Cafe De Hommel, Schiedamseweg 37, Vlaardingen, the Netherlands


11-5-2019 CatEaters DE + support Mental Shift NL

Location: B52 music club, Eernegem, Belgium


19-01-2019 Mental Shift @ De grote prijs van Dordrecht

Location: Talent Stage, Energiehuis, Noordendijk 148, Dordrecht, the Netherlands.

Show Starts aprox.: 21:00

16-03-2019 Mental Shift & The Arthurs @ De Beuk

Location: 1e Barendrechtseweg 53-55, 2991 XE Barendrecht, The Netherlands

Show Starts: 21:00


13-4-2019 Mental Shift + Hotel Charly 2 @ Muziekcafé Lohengrin

Location: Erasmusstraat 9, 5216 HM ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Show Starts: 21:00


15-11-2018 Mental Shift: Album Release Party @ Popcentrale

Location: Talent Stage, Energiehuis, Noordendijk 148, Dordrecht, the Netherlands.

30-09-2018 Mental Shift @ De Vorstin

Location: Koninginneweg 44, 1211 AS Hilversum, Netherlands


22-09-2018 Mental Shift & The Arthurs @ KOFA

Location: Zomerstraat 41, 3131 EW Vlaardingen, Netherlands

12-05-2018 Mental Shift @ Saturnus Live Music & support act Dead Wizards

Location: Keizerstraat 58, 2584 BK Scheveningen, Netherlands

22-04-2018 Mental Shift @ Echt Erik (live radio show)

Location: Studio RTVGO! Mr. D.U. Stikkerlaan 251, 9675 DG Winschoten, The Netherlands

21-04-2018 Mental Shift @ New Café Image

Location: Rolderstraat 8A, 9401 AS Assen, The Netherlands

20-04-2018 Mental Shift @ Ons Cafe

Location: Peyserhof 14 7824 CP Emmen, The Netherlands


31-03-2018 Mental Shift @ De Beuk

Location: 1e Barendrechtseweg 53-55, 2991 XE Barendrecht, The Netherlands

08-03-2018 Mental Shift @ Dordt Rocks

Live recording for local TV and Youtube show “Dordt Rocks” (+ miniconcert)

Location: Talent Stage, Energiehuis, Noordendijk 148, Dordrecht, the Netherlands


11-03-2018 Mental Shift @ Gluren bij de Buren – A livingroom concert!

Location: Hilversum, The Netherlands

22-12-2017 Mental Shift @ Muziekcafé de Hommel

Location: Schiedamseweg 37, 3134 BA Vlaardingen, Netherlands


18-11-2017 Mental Shift & The Agony @ New Café Image

Location: Rolderstraat 8A, 9401 AS Assen, The Netherlands

16-11-2017 Mental Shift & The Agony @ Ons Cafe

Location: Peyserhof 14 7824 CP Emmen, The Netherlands

04-11-2017 Mental Shift goes DOOR!

Location: DOOR, Voorstraat 142, 3311 ES Dordrecht, The Netherlands

28-10-2017 Alternative Rock Night with Societas Legitimus alpha Mortalis

Location: Get Rhythm, Nikkelstraat 41, 2984 AM Ridderkerk, Netherlands

26-08-2017 Mental Shift – Filming Liveclips + full show

Location: Popcentrale, Talent Stage, Energiehuis, Dordrecht, Noordendijk 148

18-05-2017 Mental Shift @ Via Cultura Muziekantencafé

Location: Popcentrale, Talent Stage, Energiehuis, Dordrecht, Noordendijk 148


25-02-2017 Mental Shift @ Let There Be Rock

Location: MCA, Ambachtsweg 17, 3161 GL Rhoon


You can listen to Mental Shift's releases on the following platforms:

Video clips


June 2017
Mental Shift (song)
September 2017
Mental Shift (EP)
January 2018
Cyberspace (Single)
November 2018
Emergence (Album)
Back To Life (Single)
February 2019
My Heavy Heart (Single)
May 2019
Disclosure (Single)
July 2019
Too Much (Single)


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