• Behind the piano

    Behind the piano: Frerick Den Haan

    I havre written about a lot of Frericks songs in the past so it was about time we could do a Behind the piano post about him! Let’s start!

    Where are you from? And where do you live?
    I am from The Netherlands. The Hague to be precisely.

    How long have you been playing the piano, and do you play other instruments as well?
    I started to play the piano when I was 7. Over the course of years I also learned to play guitar, bass, drums and recorder. 

    Tell us about how you started playing music.
    I was always more fascinated by improvising than to ‘play by the book’. I grew up listening to funk and jazz and got really influenced by my uncle who played tunes of Oscar Peterson on the piano. I really loved trying to make up songs on my own. In my late twenties I received proper education at the conservatory in Utrecht with regards to jazz piano. That and my well-developed solfege technique helped me tremendously in my creative process of writing new music. 

    How long have you been making piano music?
    I composed my first song when I was 12 years old for my first grungeband. 

    Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
    It felt damn good, and it unlocked some endless hunger to create more and more.

    What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”?
    One of my all time favorites is Dutch pianist and composer Michiel Borstlap followed by Chilly Gonzalez. I also really like Jordane Tumarinson; a composer from France. 

    Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano?
    Pfff, that really depends on the mood I think. Lately I have been playing the song White Keys by Chilly Gonzalez a lot. I really like to vibe of that song. When I am in the mood for practise I play compositions from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. When it rains I play some of my own melodies over again.

    What rules (in making music) needs to be broken?
    That we should stop labeling music. 

    How do you record your music?
    I prefer to do this at home. Big studio’s give me instant pressure.

    Whats your take on sampled instruments?
    They’re getting much better. I haven’t used them yet for a solo release, but I have added VST’s in other productions. 

    The last question is asked by my 6 year old son:
    Where do all your songs come from?
    From the small things I daily encounter

  • Spotted!

    Spotted: Frerick den Haan – One for Olivier

    Today we’re back with another track by the composer and piano player Frerick Den Haan from Hauge in the Netherlands. You can check out more songs and find more information by clicking on the name above!

    The track One for Oliver was released as a single on the 21st of may, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track One for Oliver!
    ‘One for Olivier’ is a melancholic yet romantic sonate’isch composition that I wrote for a friend and encompasses all emotions that go from happy to very sad. Our common appreciation for Beethoven inspired me to write the main theme where Chopin harmony got me out of my comfort zone as well. The composition is a reflection on Olivier’s struggles in life and in special the common struggles my generation (people in their early 30’ties) are dealing with now.

    Thank you Frerick for this!

  • Spotted!

    Spotted: Frerick Den Haan – Sketches of Tomorrow

    Today I’m presenting you to the Dutch piano player and composer Frerick Den Haan. Frerick started to play the piano at a young age and works as a marketer. Partly thanks to his grandparents, Frerick was introduced to a whole legion of classical musicians, including Erik Satie, Debussy, Beethoven and Chopin, who left a lasting impression on him.

    The track Sketches of Tomorrow was released on the EP with the same name which came out on November the 23rd, 2020.

    Tell us something about your track Sketches of Tomorrow!
    I have always loved cinematic tunes because of the melancholy and the story behind it. With this composition I strived to compose an opening tune just like it used in movies. An introduction for what yet has to come in the rest of the story. This composition reflects the past and looks forward to the future. 

    Thank you Frerick!

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    Spotted: Frerick den Haan – Berceuse

    Today I’m introducing you to the track Berceuse by the Dutch composer and piano player Frerick den Haan. Fredrick works in marketing, but as soon as he gets home he “steps into a different world”. He has a past in jazz music:

    Many notes, comping in 180 to 220 BPM and with too many licks and lines I started to ask myself ‘why’ and ‘what’ is the essence of playing the instrument.

    The track Berceuse is featured on the album Noir which was released on the 12th of June, 2020.

    Tell us something about your track Berceuse!
    Berceuse was written in a fortnight while I was looking for one final composition to complement the album. As my girlfriend was half a-sleep in bed (piano is in the bedroom) she gave me small nods if I was going in the right direction with the song. That happened actually with all the songs I wrote. That’s why I dedicate the album to my girlfriend Marjolein. 

    Thank you Frerick!

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