22 November 2008

Airplay for Bertolf

Both Q-Music & Radio 3fm have put Bertolf's first single "Another Day" on their playlist! (and it is also being played at Radio2).
And the videoclip premiered at RTL Boulevard!
His album (For Life) will be released on the 9th of january 2009.

18 November 2008

Bertolf @ DWDD, New single Jeremy's, Miss Montreal scores hit!

Things with Bertolf are going really fast. The first single "Another Day" is just being released and is already played on the radio. Especially by DJ Giel Beelen who is really raving Bertolf (and he knows what he's talking about; because he is one of the few people who actually heard the entire album!). "2009 is gonna be Bertolf's year", according to Giel.
Thanks to Giel (?) Bertolf was also invited to be a guest on one of the most populair TV-shows in The Netherlands "De Wereld Draait Door". In wich he performed a fragment of his single together with his band:

Bertolf's album "For Life" is probably going to be released in the beginning of 2009. You can check out his single on his MySpace, and if you like it please buy it, or download it here, or with iTunes. The single also features a lovely acoustic version that we recorded live in the studio (after we finished mixing the album).

"Just a Flirt" the single I did with Miss Montreal has been high up in all charts over the last weeks; with the highest position (so far?) being number 4! (besides that she is on every radiostation's playlist).
Miss Montreal will also play at Noorderslag (just like Bertolf & I Kissed Charles).

Jeremy's new single "I want a Girl" is also picked up by radio 3fm.
It's the 3rd single from their album 'O Yeah Aha Oh'

12 November 2008

Bertolf's album ready, I Kissed Charles =Serious Talent

I finished mixing the Bertolf album. Last thursday (very early in the morning) Bertolf made his debut on Giel Beelen's populair morning show with a live performance of the single "Another Day" (together with his band).

Bertolf is also Serious Talent on 3FM and according to LiveXS he is playing at the prestigious Noorderslag Festival!
The album was mastered last friday, and the single is just being released.
AND.... Bertolf played in the HMH last night for 5500 people as a support act for Amy MacDonald!

I Kissed Charles is also 'declared' by 3FM as Serious Talent! AND... the band is gonna be kicking some a$$ at the Noorderslag festival!!!
I'll keep you posted...

02 November 2008

Miss Montreal, Bertolf, Duroc

Very short news-flash;
"Just a Flirt" was 3FM Megahit last week, and all big radio stations are playing it a lot. Sanne aka Miss Montreal is also interviewed on a lot of TV and radioshows and is labelled the next big thing. Remember I told you this was gonne be a hit ;-)

I am almost done mixing the Bertolf album. Just two more songs, plus a bonus-track. Also we have to record and mix a b-side for the first single. On thursday morning B will debut on Giel Beelen's morning show with a live performance of the song (with his band).

In between all of this, I also managed to work on a demo-cd with a band called Duroc. Two songs of wich, can be found on their MySpace.

More on all of this later....

03 October 2008

Sanne Hans aka Miss Montreal

Short update; mixed a single for Sanne this week. Although I am still spending all my time on Bertolf's album, we managed to slip one day of mixing for Sanne into the schedule

For those idiots who have missed it:
Sanne aka Miss Montreal aka Sanne Gans aka the girl from the Slankie commercial. (almost) Every record company is offering her a contract at the moment. Nice how these things work; she was singing her a$$ off in Ysis for years (and not a lot of labels showed interest), but ever since the commercial (and her stuning performance on TV for "De Wereld Draait Door") she is hot.
On monday she recorded her single (called "Just a Flirt"), and on wednesday she came to the studio for the mixing. We re-recorded her lead vocal because I thought it could/should be better. She is a great singer, so that went very fast. Then I kicked her out of the studio and started mixing ;-)
Went out to have dinner, finished mixing, and kaboem here we have a hitsingle!
I know it's dangerous to say this in advance, but I really think this is going to be a big hit.
I'll keep you posted...

16 September 2008

Bertolf, Dolorous Daze, Jeremy's,

Yeah I know... It's been a long long time since my last news update. I am sorry, but I was just f@#king busy.
And since I am still very busy, I won't tell you about the construction work on my home (I was actually mixing concreet instead of songs!), and some other projects I did before the summer hollidays (sorry to all that feel ignored now ;-))

What I do have to tell you about is this big project I am working on right now. Do you remember Bertolf? He used to be the singer of a band called The Junes, and after that he played guitars in Ilse de Lange her band. Well, I am recording and (co-)producing his debut album at the moment.

We started out recording drums at Studio Lobbes, then moved to ICP for 7 long studio days. After that we did some vocal recordings in Zwolle. This weekend we returned from Brussels after recording yet another 7 days at the famous ICP studio's.
On the last day at ICP the guys from the record company came by and we played them all the recordings we have made. (Although some are still missing leadvocals and other additional stuff). We actually recorded more songs than there needed to be on the album, so we got together and decided wich songs are going to make it on this cd.
All the backingtracks are done now. Some more leadvocals, backingvocals, strings and percussion need to be recorded in the next 2 weeks. I can't wait to start mixing, cause man this is gonne be a great album! There are gonne be a lot of amazing songs on this album. Ranging from intimate acoustic to dynamic songs with lot's of layers. Melancholic being the keyword to sum it all up.
Bertolf made a couple of small video impressions [watch em all]:

I also posted some new pics in the photo-section of my MySpace
At ICP they have a huge collection of guitars, basses, amplifiers, keys, drums, FX-pedals. So we were able to create and capture every sound we wanted and we used a lot of vintage stuff for it. The amazing part is that (besides drums) Bertolf plays every instrument himself. Lapsteel, wurlitzer, hammond, guitar, rhodes, bass, moog, banjo, mandoline etc. etc.
As soon as I have any news on when the first single and the album will be released I will let you know.

Short other news:-Jeremy's (aka THE Jeremy's) new single (I want a Girl) will be out soon. They played almost everywhere for the last couple of months, including Lowlands and Goffertpark.
-Dolorous Daze debut album is scheduled to be released pretty soon now. Their new single will be Shine, wich I think is a real good radio song.

That's all 4 now...
There is much more nice stuff comming up on my schedule.
I'll try to keep you posted

14 May 2008

Some nice reviews!!

Here's the Jeremy's track I recorded/mixed/produced recently for a movie score;

Great reviews are comming in all the time, but I want to share the nice words these reviewer wrote: FileUnder Review (Dutch only!)

Here's a translation:
"It strikes me that the name of mixer / masterer Guido Aalbers can be found a lot lately. I understand that talented, but also experienced, bands ask him to mix their CD, because he always deliveres a rocksolid sound. Recently we found two cd's in the mail on wich Aalbers put the icing on the cake. And both are blowing me away."

Also check out this Monolith Deathcult review
quote: "all this has made an impressive presence in the Wagnerian death metal with Slayeresque guitar terror of TMDC. Not in the last place by the devastating sharp and clear mix of one Guido Aalbers (a big name in pop/rock music, a complete nobody in the metal scene). "
hehe. That just puts a smile on my face :-)

BTW: I just finished mixing an album for a band called Pimpersticker. It's waiting for mastering now. More on that album later...

28 April 2008

3FM Award for Jeremy's, I Kissed Charles, Van Katoen, Wilsum, Pioneers of Love, Tarball, Want Want

Wow, I was very busy for the last couple of weeks, so I won't write about everything.

First of all, the biggest news: Jeremy's (aka THE Jeremy's) just won a 3FM AWARD!!!!
But that's not all; there's more Jeremy's news. They were asked to write the theme-song for a movie called "Hoe overleef ik mezelf". So we went into the studio to record & mix this brand new song called "Take you all the Way". We made two versions: a single version, and a slightly longer (with one extra verse!) version wich is featured at the end of the movie.
The movie is not released yet, but the single was picked up really quick. Really really really quick; it was mastered on a thursday morning, and in the evening it was played by DJ Michiel Veenstra on 3FM!!
The day after they played the single live in Giel's radioshow, and the day after that they won the 3FM Award. That's what I call; "let the good days roll"
BTW: the album sells really well, and will be re-released with an extra bonustrack. (the new single)

More award-winning news: Wilsum's hard-rocking seventies rock ‘n roll is reaching out to you the next couple of months. In LiveXS magazine they won the "Local Hero of 2008" award, wich means that they go an an intensive tour.
An expert jury picked Wilsum, so I guess the Wilsum-crew was giving away lot's of booze that night ;-)
It's good to know that bands without big record deals can win awards like these, wich helps them tour all over the country, and will bring extra attention to the ass-kicking album we made.

Just finished mixing the brand new Van Katoen single. It's a very special song, but I am not allowed to tell you more about it... So it's gonna be a suprise!
Jeps is the new bandmember, and he brings a lot of new sonic-soundscapes to their sound. You will hear what I mean, once the single is released.
VanKatoen= Alternative, loud rock with dutch lyrics! The music of VanKatoen is best decribed as a mixture between punk, rock and metal. They sing/scream in Dutch, not only because Bazz, the singer, isn’t particulary vluently in English, but also because VanKatoen believe that’s the only way they can bring across their socially involved lyrics.

Quick Pioneers of Love update: a couple of record-companies showed interest after they heard the demo tracks I did with these guys. So at the next couple of live shows these hotshots are going to check this young band, and hopefully it will get them a record deal.
Tip: see them live at Melkweg Amsterdam may 9th supporting Chikinki.

WantWant is (also) still talking with labels who want to sign the band. Fokko is not in a rush to sign because the record-deal should not interfere with his other band: Jeremy's

Shooting stars Dolorous Daze signed a record deal with APM. And the first single of the album we did should be released very soon. (I think everything is done except for the artwork)
The band produces nicely arranged, meloncollic pop/rock. Their music is enriched with additional vocals, strings, hammond, rhodes, piano and mellotron. They will use everything that helps to make their songs more colourful.
I will keep you posted on the release date of the first single and the album.

Got to work at the London Calling festival again. For VPRO 3voor12 we recorded 24 bands in two days!!! As you might know, LC is a festival where new talanted UK bands can show why they are going to be the next big thing. Every edition features bands that we will never hear of again, but every edition also has some acts that will grow huge within the next few months. (examples from the past: Blur / Kaiser Chiefs / Franz Ferdinand / The Kooks / Editors).
My personal highlights of these edition were: Blood Red Shoes / Broken Records / The Rascals / Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly / The Metros / Exile Parade

Worked on a 3-track demo with emo-metal-grunge-rock band Tarball.

Changing rhythms and the use of unexpected breaks and sound effects are characteristic to the band's music.

Went to the EP-presentation of a very young and talented band called I Kissed Charles. I mixed their EP full of catchy tunes for Goomah Music. Their performance was very energetic and suited the songs perfectly.
Several DJ's (including Rob Stenders) already played songs of the EP on the radio. And they were also support act for The Long Blondes.
After a recent show Anton Corbijn came to compliment the band on their performance!!! Is that nice or what?
On their MySpace-page you can check out 3 songs of their 5-track EP.

That's all 4 now...
I'll keep you posted!

12 February 2008

Loads of news!!

yeah, yeah, I know... it has been a long time ;-)
Finally a news update, and I don't know where to begin since I worked on so many projects. So I won't mention everything.

First of all: Jeremy's (aka THE Jeremy's). After scoring a hit with 'Saturday' and being nominated for a TMF Award the band had been talking to different record company's. Finally they teamed up with PIAS for the album release. It's out now, and called 'O Yeah Aha Oh' featuring 16 high energy punkpop songs that kick your butt.
They also just finished shooting a video for the second single 'I want a Girl' wich will be released soon.
The first album reviews are all great (even in OOR magazine!).
It seems that a lot of people catch the adrenaline vibe.
(in case you did not know ;-) I mixed & mastered the album, and I also co-produced it and recorded a lot).

Shooting stars Dolorous Daze are signing a record deal with APR/CNR any minute now. A year ago I mixed a lot of songs they had been recording at home. Last month we went into the studio to record an additional 4 songs. All super catchy!
The band produces richly arranged, meloncollic pop/rock. Their music is enriched with additional vocals, strings, hammond, rhodes, piano and mellotron. They will use everything that helps to make their songs more colourful.
Bas (vocals/guitar) has a very unique voice and he is very good in controlling it. He's an amazing singer and reached all those high notes without autotune or everything. The three other members (Dani and the bros. Thierry & Caesar) are also very talented and multi-instrumentalists.
I completed mixing the new songs so we are all set for mastering the album this weekend at Wisseloord.
I will keep you posted on the release date of the first single and the album.

Talking about young talented bands with catchy tunes: For Goomah Music I mixed a 5-track EP of I Kissed Charles. (not released yet)

Charlotte, the singer is only 16! This young band sounds like the are from the UK, and that's meant as a compliment.
On their MySpace-page you can check out 2 songs.
And remember where you first heard of this band!

The Veldman Brothers scored 3 (!) number one positions in 3 different "Blues Album of the Year "-charts!!

You might remember that I was going to mix a metal record? Well... I did! The band is called The Monolith Deatcult and they used to make speedy and brutal death metal, but for their 3rd album they choose a different approach. I would say: 'bombastic Death Metal with a lot of orchestral and industrial elements as well as fast sections making it a genuinely colossal album'. The mixes were very complex since some songs contained around 100 tracks!
The album is comming out worldwide(!) real soon, but a lot of reviews are already in. All outstanding so far; I mean 6 out of 6 stars and 95 out of 100 points. Stuff like that. I think the worst review gave them 8 out of 10 ;-) All reviews are praising their new epic sound.
These guys don't mind a little self glorification BTW, so be aware when you visit their site ;-)

Talking about great reviews: the debut cd on Goomah Music from Cool Genius (wich I mixed, and did some recordings on) is also getting good reviews. And again; also from OOR.

More news from our 'young-talents-department' ;-) Pioneers of Love had to play at the prestigious Eurosonic festival and wanted to have a new demo to present to all the bizz-people out there. So we hit the studio (guerilla-style) to quickly record & mix a couple of songs. All of wich can be heard on their MySpace-page of course.
They received a lot of good reactions on the demo, and it got them more gigs. This four-piece band puts a distinctive dancable and pumping synthesizer-sound at the centre, suffused with melancholical guitar-riffs the band creates a surprisingly typical atmosphere. Its own musical identity gets strengthened by the intense hitsensitive songs.

I told you earlier about an album I made with Jeremy's guitarist Fokko. It is a side-project with Dutch songs. (Well... he sings in Dutch... allright).
The band is called WantWant and there is a lot of interest from different labels and record-company's to sign this band. Fokko teamed up with publisher Wim Kwakman (PFH) to talk to all the enthousiastic hotshots.
WantWant also has a MySpace page wich features some of the songs we did.

That's all 4 now. As always; I'll keep you posted!