Music from the Netherlands – De Staat

De Staat – a band from the Netherlands founded 2006. The story of De Staat proves that humble beginnings can lead to great things. It all started as a one man project by the Dutch singer, musician and composer Torre Florim. As a graduating project from his studies ‘Music Production’ he wrote, played and produced the stunning debut album ‘Wait For Evolution’. Though before it was even released, De Staat was already a full grown band. Since then – early 2009 – the band established itself as the most exciting new rock band that Holland had to offer in a very long time. Their concerts got unanimous rave reviews. Their stage reputation grew so fast that within a year the band played festivals from the likes of Sziget, Pinkpop, Lowlands, Dour and took on the acclaimed John Peel Stage at Glastonbury.(from their homepage -band biography)

I saw them last weekend at the Mini Rock Festival in Horb/Germany, entered unfortunately too late the tent where they performed but realized immediately that i´m watching someting unique  and great ; They play Rock Music but always with an intermezzo of experimental music. Singer Torre Florim attracted immediately my attention, after a while i realized , each of these guys is an unique original , the man on the bass , Joop , jumping around as “Flea” from the RHCP; Tim the man on the drums , got a haircut like the animal of the Muppets , working on the drums as an animal do……Rocco , the man on the keyboards and the master of the horn ( car horn ) and last but not least the only member whos not coming from the Netherlands – the croatian (cool man ) Vedran Mircetic , playing the guitar like Pink Floyd in their experimental phase and never moved around, wearing sunglasses at night  , always concentrated on his guitar the only resting pole in this band . I´ve met them afterwards , after the gig , bought their actual CD ” machinery “;  they have been so kind and signed the album for me ; and we found out that Vedran is born in a city named Vinkovci  , probably 5km away from my croatian hometown – what an irrational accident – the world is sooooooo small !

Here is their song “I´ll Never marry you”  from their album”  machinery ”

Music from the Netherlands – Lodilikie

Lodilikie is a rapper from the Netherlands , his music style can be explained as surinamhiphop , the Netherlands due to their former colonies is a melting pot of european and other influences of for example Surinam . So you get a special mix of different elements in one song , if you are interested you can follow a dutch blog with excellent interviews and news  about the surinam hiphop scene . Here a good example his song : Click Clack”

Music from Belgium – Triggerfinger

Triggerfinger is a three piece rock band from Antwerp, Belgium that formed in 1998.  They have released 3 albums.  The single “I Follow Rivers” is a cover orginally sung by Swedish recording artist Lykke Li.  The Triggerfinger cover is #1 in Belgium as well as Netherlands this week.

Eurovision Song Contest: Netherlands – Joan Franka

Joan Franka, born in 1990, as child of a turkish father and a dutch mother, is a dutch pop singer and candidate for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku. Here’s her song “You and Me”: