Posts tagged ‘Popronde’

Brainstorm for new music video!

November 22nd, 2016

As you know, we hardly sit still. Popronde hasn’t come to a end yet and we’re already making plans for a new music video with director Krischan de Beer. It’s all utterly exciting 🙂 Here, Krischan is showing Tonny sketches based on conversations we had about our new song Cold, cold heart, that may as well be called Shine down back on me eventually; it’s all a work in progress, we can’t wait to be able to tell you more about it!


Popronde #11 and #12 Enschede!

November 19th, 2016

Yesterday, we were asked to do the Popronde preview in Enschede, because the initial band couldn’t come. We joyfully accepted the invitation and thus played in the greatest bookstore of Enschede, Boekhandel Broekhuis. Famous Enschede photographer Cyril Wermers took some pictures:
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We once played in a bookstore before, in our hometown Deventer: Boekhandel Praamstra. That was lovely too. Since Johanneke was born in Enschede and her parents and some family still live there, they invited us to eat with them in between the two shows. They also invited family from Nijmegen to watch the show in the evening, which was great fun. On top of it all, her brother and his wife and friends came to support us. The gig in the evening in Het Vestzaktheater turned out to be pretty exciting. Rein, the theater host had to send at least forty people away, because all the seats were taken. It was an intense last show, you could hear a pin drop and you could feel that the words were really heard. You wouldn’t probably imagine NNENN in a theater (we wouldn’t either), but it worked wonderfully well, so perhaps we’ll be doing that more often in the future 🙂 It was interesting to see that it worked to tell something about the songs and our album. On a festival, you don’t really do that much.
Pascal, Johanneke and family from Nijmegen captured by Marion
Pascal, Johanneke and family from Nijmegen captured by Marion 

After the show, we stayed in Enschede, hanging with some fellow musicians such as members of The Royal Engineers and the guys from The Grand East. One of them turns out to be our neighbor which is really funny, because we’ve never met in Deventer before. Popronde Enschede and Popronde Nederland, thank you so much for all the wonderful experiences, see you all the 26th of November in Amsterdam at the final party!


Popronde #8 and #9 Rotterdam!

November 6th, 2016

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.

Can you spot us?


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.
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



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!


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


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? 😉

Johanneke by Click Rick Photography

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

Jurriaan by Hiske van Keulen

Pascal by Click Rick Photography


Popronde #5 Assen!

October 21st, 2016

Yesterday, we went to a cute cafĂ© 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.




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 cafĂ©.



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.
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)


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 cafĂ© 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.

Johanneke winning Talent Award Overijssel

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!