25-year-old Ares (real name: Rens Ottema) is a phenomenon in Dutch hip-hop. Inspired by The Opposites he starts out making beats in his hometown Oosterhout in 2012. Successful performances – from the studio of 101Barz up to the main stage of Appelsap – establish his name in the scene. Signed by the Top Notch label he releases five EP’s and two albums. As of 2018, he chooses to release his music himself, in complete freedom. Ares sounds unique, just listen to his album Lotus from 2020: over relaxed, soulful beats he raps and sings in an inventive, personal and above all positive way, sharing his life and feelings with us.