Started my solo project in 2011,
before that I vocalized my way through
life in different projects.
where are you from:
Born in Windhoek, Namibia. Raised in the Netherlands since age of five.
instruments you use:
Guitar, Vocal chords
style of music:
Soul / singer-songwriter
I played together with guitarist Koron for 5 years since I was 18, writing songs and performing. Life happened and I left the project. Once I went to Namibia 2011, I picked up a guitar and started writing new songs by myself. A rollercoaster ride took place. I was playing alll over the place and writing more and more material. Back in Amsterdam in summer 2011, I decided to start a band with my friend/guitarist, who had a friend who was a drummer, who had a friend who was a bassist, who had a friend ... We all went on a roadtrip to Poland, made music and had crazy spiritual experience together. Now we're family.
what’s your message?
Be nice, shine light, stay critical.
do you play shows and how do they look like?
I love intimate shows where I can really connect with the audience, talk, tell stories... Zone out together completely.
what was the craziest show you’ve ever played ?
At an official gala event in Windhoek, in a room full of the most imporant people of the country, very posh.. I remember playing very critical songs, including Minority and having 3 people clap in a room of 100 people. The difference in our opinions were very strongly felt, that's for sure. But had a few people step up to afterwards giving love. It was very special.
what was the worst and why?
The worst was me singing in a cover band when I was 17 at a student party and having a drunk ass jumping on stage, grabbing my mic and completely doing his own thing, salvating all over my mic. My pure innocent soul was completely shocked.
what are your future plans?
Right now I'm working towards recording my full album this year and play play play.
are you going for the big deal or are you more the d.i.y. type?
your 3 favorite bands:
D'Angelo, Meshell Ndegeocello and Radiohead
your 3 favorite colors:
red,turqouise, and black
your 3 favorite dishes:
Eggplant in black bean saus with fried rice
Yam Salad Nau (some thai salad)
your 3 favorite movies:
Haven't watched movies in ages either!!! - what is my life :S These are the ones that I remember though:
- Flamenco by Carlos Saura (1995) !!
your 3 favorite books:
Haven't read in ages...so I'll list my favotie study books!
- Ongoma: Notes on Namibian Musical Instruments by Minette Mans (1997)
- Discover Musical cultures of the Kunene - Minette Mans (2004)
- Music & Identity: Transformations & Negotiations (2007)
Sarawati Hotel (Poland)
your 3 favorite hobbies:
- being on a youtube frenzie with my band
- trying to meditate, with emphasis on trying
- re-discovering music from the 90s, which includes me screaming along with my favorite Mariah Carey hits
your favorite joke:
I'm usually laying on the floor before I even told the joke. I'd rather refer to watch some Ren&Stimpy..
your 3 favorite animals:
dogs & any other animanl in their baby stage
3 things you totally need on stage:
As I'm freezing my butt of this winter I would say HEAT.
I need light: preferably sun or candles.
I need peace from university deadlines harassing me at the moment.
Countless Hugs, world peace for all living creatures, and taste of how it could have been living in the Woodstock era. I'm sorry, but I want to get this whole 'born in the wrong era"-thing over and done with once and for all!
what do you fight?
Next to winter, I would say personal fears, pollution, discrimination, corruption, bad governance, the whole social-activist shebang.
what’s your best song eva and why?:
Minority. It's very personal and yet, I feel it came from somewhere not only mine. Let me say, of all the songs I've written so far, this one was the most heart felt.