Yesterday, we experienced three new things; 1. we played in a hostel 2. The hostel was situated in Rotterdam 3. we started the first gig at nine o’clock am. It turned out to be a lot of fun, but initially, it looked like we we’d never arrive in time; we had a little party of a good friend in Utrecht the evening before (we would spend the night in Rotterdam to be in time for the early gig) and after the party, we forgot the name of the parking-lot where we’d parked our car with the equipment. After some running around the crowded city, accidentally bumping on strangers, panicking about arriving too late for the check-in in the hostel, our asses were saved by some helpful strangers and by Google Maps. We arrived in time in Rotterdam, the trip went well and it was a relief to be in the super cosy Hostel Ani and Haakien where we were given bed sheets, the key of the room that we shared with some other people and the opportunity to put our equipment in the hostel office. Deadly tired, we fell asleep only to wake up by the sound of people snoring from time to time. On Saturday morning, the hostel manager suggested we’d play a little later than 9:00, to give people the chance to wake up first, so we did. While sound checking, the hostel cat made herself comfortable in the piano case. The show itself went pretty well. We were told that there’d not be any equipment, so we had some small boxes with us that we usually connect to our laptops to make them sound louder while watching a movie and connected the piano with a bass amplifier, which all worked wonderfully well. The show can be considered our first sort-of acoustic set 😉 While eating their toast and enjoying their cereals, people were attentive and happy to hear us. We sold two albums and gained our first Swedish and Canadian fan.
Johanneke with Nina from Sweden
We spent the rest of the day eating roti, talking to people in the hostel and sleeping on the comfortable couch to prepare for the gig in the evening where Jurriaan would join us. For this gig that also took place in the hostel, we could borrow the equipment from the band Orange Maplewood who played after us, to make a little more noise. Thanks a lot, guys! While we played, a man that had seen us before in the morning was skyping with his children in China and showed us to them. We can say now that we’ve been heard live in Asia. We also discovered that two men in the audience saw us for the third time this Popronde tour. One of them said he wanted to check us out in Zutphen today as well. Crazy shit! After some good conversations with people from the staff and visitors, we returned home, feeling like we’d just made a trip around the world.
Tags: hostelanihaakien, Popronde, Rotterdam
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