Press kit – English
My artist’s name is aart and I am a real 43-year old ‘Global Soul’, having lived in Chile, Australia, England and France before my arrival in the Netherlands in 2001. From the age of 15, I have written, played and recorded my own songs. I’ve played in many different bands, mostly in England where I grew up and also later in Chile, where I was born.
My 1st CD, Blue Belly, by my former band ‘Back to Belly’ was published by Warner Chappell Music in Chile and was acclaimed by the Chilean national press. Songs from this CD received airplay on national radio and we played & were interviewed live on national TV. This CD was also presented to A&R at Warner Music London and was considered music with potential on the English market. Unfortunately, ‘Back to Belly’ disbanded in 2000.
As a solo artist, I’m currently playing live at various venues in the Netherlands and England. I am also playing at festivals and participating in competitions, and can be heard on local radio in the Netherlands – click here for sound bite.
My music is an eclectic mix of styles, colours and cultures that I describe as:
“aart is a new musical energy… aart is ‘Global Soul’: music from the heart, for the heart. ‘Heartcore’ pop-rock-folk-urban soul songs about love, connection, inner peace, energy, creativity, heartfelt rebellion, playfulness and personal transformation. ‘Global Soul’ is a new song waiting to be born.”
My new CD ‘Global Soul’/listen
‘Global Soul’ is the result of 6 months recording in Studio Zeezicht, one of Holland’s top recording studios. It was mixed and mastered by Huub Reijnders, who currently works with some of Holland’s best artists (including Bløf & Guus Meeuwis).
‘Global Soul’ was released independently on 22nd March 2013.
I can just as easily play live with an acoustic guitar and sing (plugged or unplugged), as play live with ‘backing’ vocals, guitars and percussion (from my studio recordings), which are played via a digital recorder – in this case, I sing the main vocals and play the main guitar live. I vary the sounds greatly and between songs, resulting in both a full, dynamic sound as well as simple sound. Please find my technical rider attached to this mail.
In order to experience the different live sounds, please click on ‘listen’ in the options below:
– option 1: listen to full live sound (live performance, amplified with ‘backing tracks’)
– option 2: listen to unplugged (live performance)
– option 3: for living room concerts, a chilled setting or contemplative mood, the following songs are probably the most fitting: Halo, Island, Love Flows, Familiar, Captain, Real & Free – listen via this link (live performance).
In the press & other feedback:
Quite a few people have listened to my CD ‘Global Soul’ and had this to say about it:
‘Global Soul by aart is a beautiful album, which really stays in your head after you’ve heard it a couple of times.’ (Tijmen Horstman, Radio DJ VechtdalFM)
‘The well-produced songs are very dynamic and tell a great story. Songs that stick out are Contact, She shows & Halo’ (T-man, www.nieuwstehits.nl)
Some friends & family:
‘Violently lovely’ (Harry)
‘Your voice sounds like Brian Ferry’ (Roelien)
‘I can hear the Chili Peppers in some of your songs’ (Nelleke)
‘You have a wide vocal range’ (my mum)