It’s Thursday, the 28th of August, still early in the morning, and Amsterdam is quiet and peaceful, only just waking up as I rush through the Vondelpark with a guitar case in hand. I had been invited to play a few songs at KX Radio. I managed to miss the tram by a few seconds and arrive at the KX studio a little later than expected. So, while I’m still catching my breath and sipping water, Bastiaan says: ‘You’re live in three minutes!’ Three minutes later, having somehow fiercely tuned my guitar and warmed up my voice a little, I find myself playing live on the radio. Because that’s how things go. Then, Bastiaan gave me the assignment to write a song and play it in the same program. It wasn’t as nerve-wrecking as you may think and I was pretty content about the result! Good, adventurous times all in all!

Want to listen back? Klick here!

Feels Like Home: part 1, 31:30 min
Waves: part 2, 29:30 min
A Message (the assignment): part 2, 57:30 min

(Remember to listen to the 28/8 broadcast!)

MadNes festival 2014Photo by  Roeltje van de Sande Bakhuyzen

MadNes festival 2014
Photo by Roeltje van de Sande Bakhuyzen

Good vibes and a laid-back atmosphere at Kiteboard Open 2014

1st photo by snap-shot.nl / 2nd photo by me

Xookazine, a Dutch online magazine about boardsports and traveling, interviewed me about songwriting, playing flute, surfing, inspiration, ambition and my performance at MadNes 2014. Enjoy!

Enjoying Kingsday 2014 at Klarendal Live!

Enjoying Kingsday 2014 at Klarendal Live!

Waves live at the 3FM speelplaats (playground) in the nigh of Thursday-Friday 10-11 april. Little sleep, lots of caffeïne, heaps of fun!

Listen to the whole interview and performance here at 1.30!

New adventures

So what’s been going on lately? Let’s give you a quick update. In February, I collected every single dime I have been saving since last year and I got myself my beloved new guitar, named Martin. I’ve learnt to play banjo, too.

I started rehearsing with Laurens, Tim, Stan and Rikke from the band Pyrolysis, and yesterday, we played our first show together in Nieuwaal. I can’t even begin to say how amazing it is to play and perform with these guys, they are such good musicians - and really great people, too! I hope there’s a lot more of these gigs to come.

That hasn’t been all, though: I’ve been confirmed to play at MadNes festival on Ameland (sold out in three days!) in July and I’ve been planning a show abroad later this year.

On April 23, I’ll be playing at the finals of my school’s talent competition, and the winner of this contest will be playing at Appelpop! More about this later, so stay tuned.

Last but definitely not least, I will be playing live at national radio station 3FM next Thursday night! Really, really thrilled about this, bring on the caffeïne! I’ll keep you posted!

I’m so happy to be living the dream, and it would not have been possible without the help from my friends, family, fans and everyone who gave and gives me chances along the way. Thank you very much!

2013 in retrospect
I can’t even begin to say how good this year was to me. Not only did I play a record amount of gigs (more than thirty!) in nine months, I feel that I have evolved in my songwriting and style - not solely as a musician, but as a person.
I played in my hometown and nearby cities, but also in The Hague, Amersfoort and even in Spain (that was incredibly awesome and an unforgettable experience)! I played venues such as festivals, living rooms and even a castle, on my own and together with friends (thank you Laurens and Stan!). Combining all of this with a busy school schedule hasn’t always been easy, but it sure has been fun. Of course there have been setbacks but hey, what doesn’t kill you.. =)
December was a great way to end the year with my first time recording in a professional studio, three performances in four days and of course Christmas. I am very grateful for everyone who has helped me along the way and all the wonderful chances I’ve taken.
I’m very curious what the new year will bring! Hopefully, I can perform and travel even more and bring out my first EP, I’m sure everything will be fine either way. The past has already gone and the future has yet to come, so the only thing left is the present: a gift.
I wish you a happy and healthy 2014!

2013 in retrospect

I can’t even begin to say how good this year was to me. Not only did I play a record amount of gigs (more than thirty!) in nine months, I feel that I have evolved in my songwriting and style - not solely as a musician, but as a person.

I played in my hometown and nearby cities, but also in The Hague, Amersfoort and even in Spain (that was incredibly awesome and an unforgettable experience)! I played venues such as festivals, living rooms and even a castle, on my own and together with friends (thank you Laurens and Stan!). Combining all of this with a busy school schedule hasn’t always been easy, but it sure has been fun. Of course there have been setbacks but hey, what doesn’t kill you.. =)

December was a great way to end the year with my first time recording in a professional studio, three performances in four days and of course Christmas. I am very grateful for everyone who has helped me along the way and all the wonderful chances I’ve taken.

I’m very curious what the new year will bring! Hopefully, I can perform and travel even more and bring out my first EP, I’m sure everything will be fine either way. The past has already gone and the future has yet to come, so the only thing left is the present: a gift.

I wish you a happy and healthy 2014!