3 Steps Ahead

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3 Steps Ahead
Peter-Paul Pigmans in 1996
Background information
Birth namePeter-Paul Pigmans
Born(1961-01-31)31 January 1961
Rotterdam, Netherlands
OriginRotterdam, Netherlands
Died27 August 2003(2003-08-27) (aged 42)
GenresHardcore house
Years active1994 - 2003

Peter-Paul Pigmans (31 January 1961 – 27 August 2003) was a Dutch gabber music producer, best known for his production under the pseudonym 3 Steps Ahead.

Born in Berkel en Rodenrijs and based out of Rotterdam, Pigmans' music is widely considered one of the most innovative specimens of the gabber genre;[1] while many gabber producers favor raw force and little virtuosity when creating a song, Pigmans' music always had a strong technical side, and his songs often featured atmospherical elements, an unusual thing in the genre at the time.[citation needed] He was also known for his extremely wild live shows.[citation needed]

His first full-length album Most Wanted & Mad (1997) reached #35 on the Dutch album top 100.[2]

Pigmans was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1999. On 18 July 2003 in Zaandam at the Hemkade stadium, fellow Dutch producers organized a fundraising event for him called "3 Steps Ahead 4 Life" where the cream of the Dutch gabber scene performed (for free - all income was spent on his treatment in hope of curing him) and paid respect to him.[3] A couple of weeks later, he died. Two months later the annual Thunderdome started with a one-minute silence in his memory.

He's been elected into the Thunderdome Hall of Fame.[4]



  • Most Wanted & Mad (1997)
  • Junkie (2000)


  • Step 1 (1994)
  • Step 2 (1994)
  • Step 3 (1994)
  • Drop It (1996)
  • Hakkûh (1996)
  • Gangster (1996)
  • It's Delicious (1997)
  • Paint It Black (1998)


  • In the Name of Love (2010)

Film soundtracks[edit]

Two of his songs were used in the soundtrack for Brüno (2009): "Thunderdome Till We Die" and "Stravinsky's Bass".[5]


  1. ^ "Scanned Poster". Party Flock Netherlands.
  2. ^ "3 Steps Ahead - Most Wanted & Mad". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  3. ^ partyflock agenda: 3 Steps Ahead For Life · 18 juli 2003
  4. ^ 3 Steps Ahead Hall of Fame entry Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine on Thunderdome.com
  5. ^ Brüno (2009) soundtrack listing at the Internet Movie Database

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