16 September 2009

Anneke van Giersbergen, Aqua de Annique, Polarskin, Veldman Brothers

Very very short update, because I have been working my a$$ of lately ;-)

-mixed the new Anneke van Giersbergen & Agua de Annique album. And it is a f#cking briljant album. It has everything I would be looking for in an album; catchy tunes, different moods, layered songs and also stripped ones. And she sings beautifully! This album is gonna impress a lot of people I can assure you!
The album will be released in 10 countries all over the world.

-recorded/mixed/produced an album by a brand new band called Polarskin. It's a band with layered & atmospheric songs with a great singer. Their style is difficult to pin down, since I don't know a band that does what they do. The best I can come up with (to describe their original sound) is a combination of bands. So elements of; Coldplay (intense), Snow Patrol (dynamic), Starsailor (emotion) with Editors (verb guitars).
We just got the final master of all 15 songs we recorded. Now we will start looking for a label that will pick their favorites (12?) and release that as an album.

-mixed a live TVperformance of Bertolf @ Pauw & Witteman. And also the "rooftop set" he did for that same program. (Besides that also some other Radio/Tv gigs of Miss Montreal & Bertolf, including sets&sessions at Lowlands)
Bertolf in the P&W show:

And here a part of the "rooftop set" in memory of the Beatles:

(all songs from the rooftop can be found on YouTube)

-mixed a live record by bluesband The Veldman Bros.
This limited edition cd proves that VB is the best Blues band in this country right now. Loads of energy, atmosphere and steamy performances!

Besides that I also did some pre-production with acts that I might record with real soon & I did 2 projects for a publishing company.
And.... I might get my own personal mixing&overdub room!! Looking into options right now. It has to be a room that is build around the combination of Pro Tools HD together with an excellent analogue mixing desk & all my analogue outboard.
Looking into several locations at the moment.

07 April 2009

Miss Montreal, Nina June, Bertolf

WOW!!! Man, I have been very very busy lately... So that's why it took me so long to update this news section.
First of all.... YES; I am finally on Hyves, so you can stop asking about it ;-)

I am almost ready with the album production for Miss Montreal.
The second single is already released. The rest of the songs are "on their way to blow you away!" ;-)
Here's the video for "This is my Life" (the 2nd single):

This song is already on most playlists, so you will hear it very often on Dutch radio!
In February went to ICP studio's in Brussels and recorded all basics for the album (drums, bass, electric guitars and most acoustic guitars). And in March Sanne and I flew to Portugal, where we recorded vocals (as you can see in the video above) and some percussion. Click here for pics of all those recoding sessions
Right now, I am in the middle of finishing the mixes for the album, so we are almost done.
Her first hitsingle "Just a Flirt" while still being played a lot on Dutch radio is now also picked up by Belgium radio! So it might become a big hit over there as well?!
The live-circuit also picked up this vibe, cause right now the band is already booked for over 40 festivals!!!

I almost forgot to mention that both Sanne (Miss Montreal) & Bertolf are nominated for (each) three 3FM Awards!!!

Bertolf is also still going strong. After the succes of first single "Another Day" (wich reached all the way to number 2 in the charts!!) the 2nd single (For Life) is just out. Check out the wonderfull video:

All this resulted in a lot of radio & tv appearances and some damn-good album-reviews in magazines!

I also finished a single with Nina June. It's something different then you might know from her since she sings this one in Dutch. That's because it's a soundtrack for a new book by bestselling author Patrick van Rhijn. People who buy the book will also get this song on a cd to play along. (More info can be found on her MySpace)

Besides all this, I also demo'd some songs with a band and I mixed a single for Gaia Nostra, wich will be released later this year when they start touring.

These were some highlights for now; I will try to keep you updated.

05 January 2009

Bertolf, Nina June, Dolorous Daze

The best wishes for all of you.Keep going strong in 2009!

Talking about going strong ;-) Bertolf's first single "Another Day" is launching his career with rocketspeed. Radio 3FM declared it the first megahit of 2009, and I assume it will hit the top ten of the charts in a couple of days.

The album (For Life) was due to be released on the 9th of january 2009, but since everything is going so well, it is already being released.

Besides all the radio & tv appearances Bertolf and his band are also going to hit stages everywhere. Two important shows comming up: Noorderslag festival on the 17th and supporting James Morrison on the 14th of january in the HMH. Go check em out!
I also recorded a single with Nina June.
It's gonne be something different then you might know from her. I am going to mix/finish it next week and will post more details once it's ready. I can tell you however that it's a very very nice song! [keep you posted!]

"Just a Flirt" the hitsingle I did with Miss Montreal is still being played a lot on the radio. It reached number 4 in the charts, wich makes me very proud.
At the moment we are scheduling the recording of her second single and her debut album. So you can expect the new Miss Montreal single by the end of february (I guess).

Dolorous Daze's single 'Shine' will be released on the 26th of January 2009! It's the second single of the forthcoming debut album 'Headstart', which will be released on the 27th of Febuary. I think Shine is a real good radio song. You can check snippets of their songs on their MySpace

There is more to come... 2009 has so much nice things comming up!
These were the highlights for now; I will try to keep you updated.