• Spotted!

    Spotted: Sacha Hoedemaker – Better Days (Piano Version)

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Better Days by the Dutch composer Sacha Hoedemaker. Sacha works at a local theater in Amsterdam and is specialized on improvising music for theater. In 2020 he started recording his own music and has been releasing one track each month since then.

    The track Better days was released as a single on the 30th of December, 2020 but will also be part of an album in the future.

    Tell us something about your track Better days!
    It was time for me to write a track and I had a strong nostalgic feeling. With that in mind the term Better Days came to mind and I started dreaming about the Better Days of the past. Especially now more than ever, we are all longing for the ‘better days’. We long for better days from the past and those yet to come. Our rising from the pandemic into a society that’s more connected mentally starts soon. Saying hello to strangers, or a hug from a dear friend. Until that time, we can think about how we can shape the future. Create Better Days together. This track has both a piano version, as well as an orchestrated version.

    Thank you very much for this Sacha!

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  • Spotted!

    Spotted: Sacha Hoedemaker – In The Air

    ​Today I’m introducing you to the track In the air by the Dutch composer and piano player Sacha Hoedemaker. Sacha started playing the piano at a young age and has mainly focused on improvising music for theater. He also works as the musical director at a local theater in Amsterdam!

    Since this year, I strongly felt the desire to record my own music and start building a portfolio of pieces that were my very own. A legacy, if you will.

    The track In the air was released as a single but will eventually be part of an album. The single was released on the 1st of December, 2020.

    Tell us something about your track In The Air!
    In The Air was born from one of the improvised sessions. The suggestion  I’d gotten was the word ‘Rainbow’. I started thinking about the spectrum of colors, moods and the literal up and down movement of a rainbow. Interestingly enough, I enjoyed playing that piece so much that it stuck with me. The D-dorian scale combined with a playful melody was very interesting to me. It feels grounded, yet still very open and free. One day, I just sat down and started playing the melody. I recognized that I was playing the Dorian scale again, closed my eyes and immediately started the recording session. When I opened my eyes, it was as if I had been floating ‘In The Air’. The name came just as natural as the piece itself. 

    Thank you very much for this Sacha!

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  • Behind the piano

    Behind the piano: Lianne Steeman

    Today we will go Behind the piano and learn more about the piano artist Lianne Steeman!

    Where are you from? And where do you live?
    I am from The Netherlands.

    How long have you been playing the piano, and do you play other instruments as well?
    I have been playing piano for 23 years, I started when I was 6 years old. I’ve also played violin for about 10 years.

    Tell us about how you started playing music. 
    As a small child I used to sit on my father’s lap while he was playing piano. I loved it from the start. When I was 6 I wrote a little note to my parents to ask them if I could take piano lessons. I never stopped playing piano since that moment.

    How long have you been making piano music?
    I started composing piano music 1,5 years ago.

    Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
    When my father was diagnosed with incurable cancer, I started writing piano music. It started out as a coping mechanism, but it turned into a beautiful adventure on Spotify and Instagram. Composing has become a big passion of mine.

    What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”?
    Sacha Hoedemaker and Ron Adelaar.

    Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano? Your own or someone else’s? 
    I am completely in love with the Chopin Ballade no. 1 (op. 23). It is my favorite piece to play.

    What rules (in making music) needs to be broken?
    I think composing should come from the heart first and should not be guided by music theory.

    How do you record your music?
    I record my music by myself in my home studio. I record my music digitally through MIDI and use several piano softwares. 

    Whats your take on sampled instruments?
    They can be really beautiful and realistic. Especially when you take some time to finetune the settings and develop your own unique sound!

    The last question is asked by my 7 year old son:
    Where do all your songs come from? 
    All my songs are inspired by the illness of my father, they are songs straight from the heart.

    Thank you very much for this Lianne!

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