After a long period of writing, recording ,finetuning, re-recording, mixing, even more finetuning and mastering, my Debut EP has finally been released!!
BordeauxRoad is the title of the EP, as this EP all started with a surf-roadtrip to the French coast, passing by at Bordeaux. I was traveling and playing together with Ken Saes, my hometown homie, who almost always plays electric guitar with me when I play somewhere.
Little did we know that this random Couchsurf-pitstop in Bordeaux would change our musical lives…… ^^
In Bordeaux we met Caroline, a Norwegian girl living and working in Bordeaux. She hosted us during that first night of our trip and she appeared to be singing very well. Like…. VERY well!! We were flabbergasted, amazed and, even more important, we felt like there was a real connection between us three.
So, what happened next? Caroline happened to have just quit her job, which meant she had a week off. Of course Caroline would join us on this surf/music-tour across the French and Spanish coast. We left just enough stuff (even the spare-tire haha) at Caroline’s place to make sufficient space for her to fit inside the car and off we went…
Here you can see a photo of Ken (center), Caroline (right) and me, taken in Bordeaux, in front of our American Stallion. I liked the organized randomness of this photo, so I decided to use it as the artwork of the EP.!
I think it perfectly catches the vibe of this trip, which has been the start of this whole journey after all :).
This musical trip was not the end of our adventure. It really was just the starting point. For me personally, it gave me the realization that a female voice is of utmost importance for delivering my musical message. Moreover, it gave me the opportunity to finally (and properly) record and release the many songs I’d written up until that day.
This all resulted in us three recording the songs we played at the French/Spanish surf-camps in a cosy studio in Holland. With the help of Rosalie and her mixing/producing/recording Jedi Master-skills, we recorded five songs in three days. For each song, we aimed at catching this live-vibe we had during that summer roadtrip, by going for ONE TAKE for each song, at which we all felt we excelled. I think you can also hear that when listening to the end result :).
There, in that studio in Kaatsheuvel, during autumn 2018, the foundations of BordeauxRoad were laid. After this, I started the process of editing, arranging, adding layers, etcetera etcetera. With the help of Rosalie (producing/mixing), Maurice (mixing/mastering) close musical friends for playing (thank you Daniel, Dennis and Niels!) and lots of feedback, the result is finally there. BordeauxRoad is alive!
I am very, very proud of the result!!
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do :).
On Wednesday, 29th of May, 2019, the EP was released with an amazing, sold out event on ship Vessel 11 (V11), in the centre of Rotterdam. A full-package show, together with support (by the amazing WARD and afterparty (thank you Wortel!!), which made it a memorable event!
Check here the aftermovie, created by Glenn from Evolution Studio.
Do you want to get to know the place where ‘Rum for Breakfast’ all started?
Check out this videoclip and you’ll know! It was this very piece of paradise, in Panama where I poured my first Rum into my breakfast. More specifically, at minute 3.12 of the videoclip, you’ll see it in real-life. Thanks to Tom, who was the first ‘el pollo loco’ who had this creative idea and thanks to Joan for connecting this crazy experience to the quest of me looking for a decent artist name.
Rum for Breakfast was born!! :D