Sketches of a new song

November 5th, 2016


While chilling after a rehearsal, Johanneke tried a melody on her phone. Later, we worked it out in the studio. It’s now part of our new song Cold, cold heart, that you’ll soon hear more about. We’ll keep you posted!

 

 

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Popronde #7 Oss!

October 31st, 2016


Sadly, we couldn’t play in Leiden, because Tonny was ill. He slept for three days in a row. Luckily, he recovered in time for our gig at De Nieuwe Wereld in Oss. DNW is a great, hip place on the cozy town’s square that fits our music wonderfully well. While sound checking, they played Let it Happen by Tame Impala. It’s from their album Currents that we discovered while exploring the coast of France. We listen to it a lot at home too, so it made us feel at home as well as on vacation 🙂 Along with a proper PA system, there was a big sub woofer, which made Tonny’s sounds and beats come out great. We haven’t had the luxury of having a sub woofer on many Popronde occasions. While we opened our set, many more people entered the venue. If she wanted to, Johanneke could easily touch people’s noses in the audience 🙂 After the show, we talked to some of them and to our surprise, we sold five cd’s! Happy and inspired, we returned home.
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Picture via instagram account @dnwoss

Next Popronde shows:

-05-11,  Popronde Rotterdam, 09:00 @Hostel Ani and Hakim
-05-11,  Popronde Rotterdam, 19:45 @Hostel Ani and Hakim
-06-11, Popronde Zutphen, 18:00 @Mixxim
-18-11, Popronde Enschede, 20:30 @Vestzaktheater

 

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Popronde update

October 26th, 2016


So far, we’re blessed with great Popronde experiences on cool places all over the country.
This is another picture of our gig in Chez Ratatouille, Hengelo. It was taken by Lidewij Olive Photography, thank you Lidewij!

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Next Popronde shows:

-27-10, Popronde Leiden, 22:30 @Meneer Jansen
-29-10, Popronde Oss, 21:45 @De Nieuwe Wereld
-05-11,  Popronde Rotterdam, 09:00 @Hostel Ani and Hakim
-05-11,  Popronde Rotterdam, 19:45 @Hostel Ani and Hakim
-06-11, Popronde Zutphen, 18:00 @Mixxim
-18-11, Popronde Enschede, 20:30 @Vestzaktheater

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Popronde #6 Hengelo!

October 25th, 2016


Popronde Hengelo was even better than we hoped for! On a sunny afternoon, we arrived in the hidden theatre, called Chez Ratatouille that reminded us of a The Red Room in Twin Peaks, a fantastic, inspiring series, we just discovered last year. We truly enjoyed playing with the whole band. That hasn’t occurred often before. Our hosts took good care of us and made us lovely food and a dessert that’s still making our mouths watering, thinking back on it. (creamy Custard pudding and apple crumble pie with nuts), Again, we had an attentive, mixed audience (Johanneke’s brother arrived with his wife and their three children aged from 0 to 5). To our surprise, Bas and Maike from Productiehuis Oost-Nederland came by for support. Playing with all four definitely tastes like more! There were a lot of photographers that took some great shots, don’t you wish you’d have been there? 😉

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Johanneke by Click Rick Photography

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The whole band (sadly, Pascal is hidden behind a plant) by Click Rick Photography 

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Jurriaan by Hiske van Keulen

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Pascal by Click Rick Photography

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Spooky rehearsal with Jurriaan

October 21st, 2016


Tonight, we prepared for our next show in Hengelo that we expect to be a lot of fun, because the owners of the place are going to cook for us, the setting is a hidden theatre behind a design store, we’ll be playing with the whole band and… family and friends from the east of Holland will be joining us! We just can’t wait!

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Popronde #5 Assen!

October 21st, 2016


Yesterday, we went to a cute café in Assen called Crazy Old Dutch. It had the tiniest stage you can possibly imagine. Luckily, only the two of us had to fit in. After some mixing and matching, we decided to place the piano in front of the stage which got Johanneke even closer to the people. The show went very well. It was beautiful to see people drifting away on the music, moving slowly. Afterwards, we spoke to a friendly old man that told us he’d enjoyed the show greatly, while his wife couldn’t stand it at all. That was funny and honest. After all, there is no accounting for taste 😉 He made us promise to come back to Assen soon. I’m sure we will! Thanks to Jan Lenting, a great photographer, you can get a sense of what it looked like. What do you think of Tonny’s cap? He’s bought it at our last concert in Koffie Leute Brauhaus, Utrecht.

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Popronde #4 Utrecht!

October 13th, 2016


Tonight, we played with Jurriaan in a cosy living room that could have been your crazy grandmother’s place. It’s called Koffie Leute Brauhaus and the people there are very friendly. Before we hit the stage, we enjoyed a nice, Asian meal that they’d prepared for us. We ate in a former greenhouse behind the cafe/living room from where we could hear A Fugitive play her set. When it was our turn to show up, we were lucky to meet a great, attentive audience. Some people that we hadn’t seen in years came to see us. That made it extra special. This is a picture at the end, when everyone except for us had left and we would extend the evening in Utrecht a little with drinks and good conversations in another café.

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NNENN on Roulette FM!

October 9th, 2016


Today, Johanneke was interviewed by Conjo Vergeer from Roulette FM. We talked (in Dutch) about Don’t Feel Guilty Love, our experiences with Popronde so far and the Popronde gig in Utrecht next Thursday. Please enjoy!

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Popronde #2 and #3 Haarlem!

October 9th, 2016


Yesterday, we played two Popronde gigs in Haarlem. The first was with Pascal on drums in a very cool place with a lot of handcrafted things, that used to be a well-known Dutch warehouse called V&D. It’s now called Uiltje bij Gather.
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The second one was in café De lange heer. Yannick, the Popronde guy that booked us, offered us his home so we could relax in between the gigs, which was great. The house appeared to be a very inspirational place that stores a record label and serves as an artist hotel too. If you want to know more about it, please visit: Geertruida. Next Popronde stop: Utrecht! (13-10-2016, 20:45 @Koffie Leute Brauhaus)

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Popronde #1 Delft!

September 24th, 2016


Our first Popronde show at Cafe Tango in Delft was one big adventure. “Shit was on”, said drummer Pascal, with whom we played for the very first time. Having caught an interesting glimpse of Nairobi Golf Kid, the band that played before us, it started off chaotic (two cars full of equipment and less than half an hour to build-up and soundcheck in a crowded café is a challenge, to say the least) “Welcome to the Popronde, you’ll get used to it”, they told us. During our first two songs you could hear a pin drop. We followed with heavier songs like “Don’t Drink the Ink” and “I’m Ready”. It was great to feel how much extra power you have when you play with a drummer. Pascal is not just a drummer; he meticulously feels which intention is required per song. Occasionally, he made his basins weep by sliding their edges with the cello bow. On that way, each of us could come into its own. There were moments where piano and cello became one. With the adrenaline from winning the Talent Award in Zwolle still fresh in her blood, Johanneke wasn’t nervous at all. This made it possible for everyone to simply enjoy playing together.

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At times, she stepped into the audience to sing the words straight in the faces. We ended up playing a lot longer than planned with a great, attentive and clear-cut audience. On to the next!

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