He started playing guitar at age 13, then shortly went to music school at age 15 and had guitar lessons from Philippe Malfait.
1975-1979 : He was member of the experimental psychedelic rockband Trampolino which didn't produce any recording of their own, except on a Compilation-LP called "The first Belgian Punk Contest".
1980-1982 : After Trampolino Marvin became friends with the blonde singer Luk Bral and performed a lot with him as an acoustic duo, also his first radio and tv appearances. Later they raised The Plastic Dreamband and released a few records, but the dream didn't last.
1982-1986 : Marvin meets Kevin Ayers who invented for him the nickname Starvin Marvin because he was so thin you could pull him under the door. Marvin started writing songs varying blues, rock and reggae to a style of his own and rapidly developped a solo-career.
1994-2004 : For more than a decade Marvin has been off and on the compagnon of Kevin Ayers as a guitarist, keyboard player, producer of demo's, librarian, .....