I Kissed A Girl

January 27th, 2009

Together with Sander I recorded this funny version of ‘I Kissed A Girl’ by Katy Perry and shot a video for it.

You can download the mp3 for free on my Bandcamp!

Recording vocals in Graveland

December 25th, 2008

Some weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night, feeling all confident about this record I’m trying to finish. I’m going to finish it. Let’s record vocals. So I called my favorite producer Arno Krabman from Graveland Studios and asked if he wanted to help me. He said yes. I said yay.

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Mixing, mixing, mixing…

September 15th, 2008

Everything is recorded, except for the vocals (kind of important, maybe I should write it down somewhere so we don’t forget…). So now were making the first mixes. Because it’s hard to sing nicely when all you’re thinking is “this mix sucks!”.

Sander is helping me out a lot with his technical knowledge and a good set of ears. It’s good thing we live in the same house, because I have to call him out of his room every ten seconds with some stupid question about Logic. After a few “Sandeeeer? Saaaandeeer!!” he then slowly walkes into my room, with some sarcastic smile/frown on his face and all he does is stare at my screen(s) for a while. Just long enough for me to discover my stupid mistake. Oops. Thanks. You can go back to bed now.

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Recording acoustic guitar

September 12th, 2008

A few years ago Abel (NIRC, Try Drowning, Piranha Hotella) and I wrote some songs together: he wrote the music, I wrote the lyrics. One of those songs, ‘Don’t Know How To Say This’ meant a lot to me, because I wrote it about someone very special. So I decided I wanted the song on my album, and I asked Abel to play the acoustic guitar.

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Recording the bass

August 31st, 2008

Next on the list was the bass guitar! I really wanted to replace all the synth-basses with real ones, just to get that human feel.

So I asked my friend Hinne (Only Seven Left) to play bass on some of the tracks. I was very happy he said ‘yes!’ and so we practised a few times and he picked it up really fast and within no time we were ready to record! (click photos for large version)

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Recording the drums

August 5th, 2008

One year later, and you probably didn’t expect me to still be working on the same album… Well, I am! The same 12 songs, but in a slightly new arrangement. I suddenly got all fed up with the beats and electronics and how fake and flat it all sounds. I want it to be organic! Alive! Let’s do the human thing!

So we started out by recording some drums, for seven of the songs on the album. Sander and I built a diy-studio in the Only Seven Left-rehearsal room. Let’s get to the pics (click for larger versions)!

The producer.

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Hee Marco van Basten

June 9th, 2008

Een paar jaar geleden maakte ik een parodie op mijn eigen liedje ‘Cum’ voor het WK, en tadaah hier istie weer, gelukkig is onze Marco nog één keer bondscoach:

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Bad news for people who love good news

March 12th, 2008

Hey there!

Good news and bad news.

The cd is almost finished. It contains 12 songs, most of them new, some you already know. And it rocks.

The bad news is… it’s not coming out until late this year/early next year. Actually, it’s not all bad news, because there’s a good reason for the delay.

I started playing drums in a very nice, cosy, succesful and talented band called Only Seven Left. We’ll be releasing a single and videoclip and playing shows every week, so there’s not much time left for Impossible Situations. But I’m in no hurry, if I like the songs now, I will still like them in a few months.

So. Don’t hold your breath, just listen to the older songs here in the player or on MySpace, and come check out Only Seven Left some time! We actually play one IS-song, Worst Friend Award.

Hope to see you soon!


Random bandfun

August 25th, 2007

Photofun with the boys…

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Recording the guitars

July 10th, 2007

The recordings for my debut album are almost done! We need some more vocals and synths but all the guitars have been recorded this week. Sander did an amazing job playing nice arrangements that actually contributed to the vibe of the songs. Check out the pics!

There he is! We recorded five songs in one week in my bedroom, also known as the Rbbknl Studios.

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