• Spotted!

    Spotted: SAAH – Fragile

    Today I’m introducing you to the track Fragile by the Austrian composer and piano player SAAH. SAAH lives in a small town close to Vienna and has played the piano since the age of nine.

    The track Fragile was released as a single on the 9th of July, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Fragile!
    my latest release „fragile“ was created and recorded in my tiny beloved homestudio. I always work/play in the early morning or late at night, when everybody else is sleeping or nobody else is at home(except my cats,  they love to join my creative process , spreading love by taking a nap on my pianos pedal or cuddling my feet or hands while i am playing) that sometimes lengthens the recording process a little.

    „fragile“ is a song about humans strenght and fragility, about standing up again and moving on. The main theme repeats itsself to reflect the process of believing in oneself despite our human fragility.It means a lot to me.

    Thank you very much for sending in their track SAAH!

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    Spotted: Michael Koch – Zwei Schritte vor, einer zurück

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Zwei Schritte vor, einer zurück by the German composer and piano player Michael Koch from the town Paderborn. Michael has played the piano since the age of eight and has studies music, composition and has produced tracks in a variety of genres.

    The track Zwei Schritte vor, einer zurück was released as a single on the 9th of July, 2021 and will be part of an upcoming album as well.

    Tell us something about the track Zwei Schritte vor, einer zurück!
    This track symbolizes the way we learn: 2 steps forward, one step back. If we understand that, it can give us the courage to move on, to get up again knowing that we can always make progress and that the step backwards may just be a breather on the further way forward.

    Thank you very much Michael!

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    Spotted: Andrea Sertori – Earthrise

    Today I’m presenting you with the brand new track Earthrise by the Italian composer and piano player Andrea Sertori which you can read all about here! Andrea started his classical piano studies at the age of nine and had his first experiences with keyboards when he was 15 when he had the opportunity to play in various rock bands.

    The study of synthesizers allowed me to learn how to combine classical piano music with electronic music.

    The track Earthrise was released as a single on the 9th of July, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Earthrise!
    Earthrise is a new solo piano piece. This is a peaceful tune, with a sound of felt piano. It’s serene and calm rhythm opens up to landscapes of nature, such as the sunrise or the image of the Earth in space.

    Thank you very much for sending in Andrea!

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    Spotted: Chafa – Aurora

    Today I’m introducing you to the composer and piano player Chafa from Los Angeles in the United States. Chafa has been composing piano music for the past ten years and is mainly self-taught.

    The track Aurora was released as a single on the 9th of July, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Aurora!
    I was at the piano late one night when I began writing the main 4-note melody. The track wound up being more of a soundscape than a song, which I felt captured the nostalgia and surrender I was feeling in the middle of the pandemic lockdown.

    Thanks for this Chafa!

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    Spotted: Jean Bell – Luna

    Today I’m introducing you to the composer Jean Bell and his track Luna. Jean is originally from Panama, but have also lived in Norway. He is now located in France. Jeans is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and composer.

    The track Luna was released as a single on the 2nd of July, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Luna!
    To write Luna, I took a different approach to my previous releases and wrote the way I usually write pop songs on guitar.I wanted to write a minimal, soft piece. Almost a lullaby, with a simple but strong, catchy melodic line. Each note well-spaced out, allowing them to breathe and reverberate.This reminds me in some ways of a quote by Mozart: “The music is not in the notes but in the silence between”. I think that sometimes, for some songs, less is more, and I think that’s the case with Luna.For ambiance and to add a touch of melancholy, I used a good amount of reverb; I think it adds a dreamy texture to the track. Cinematic feel as well.But above the musical theory and technical aspects of songwriting and recording, the most important thing to me is how the song makes me feel as I’m playing it while writing. If you use instinct, the song will evolve naturally. Almost magically into what it is meant to be.The melody and overall feel must move me and awaken emotions, otherwise, it is not telling me a story.

    Thank you very much for this Jean!

  • 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: Steve Luck – Small Song Of Hope

    Today I’m presenting you with another great track by the British composer and piano player Steve Luck from Newcastle upon Tyne. You can read a lot more about Steve and his music here!

    The track Small Songs of Hope was released as a single on the 29th of June, but will also be part of an upcoming album in October, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Small Song of Hope!
    Most of my music explores the boundaries between melancholy and hope. I love mixing major and minor chords in close proximity. This piece is the archetype for the style of music that will be released on the album. It’s a piano miniature, slow paced and played on my felted Kawai upright piano. Hopefully the listener feels a sense of poignancy, tinged with a little bit of hope. Thanks for listening.

    Thank you very much Steve!

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    Spotted: Aija Alsina – I Hope You Live

    Today I’m introducing you to the Latvian composer and piano player Aija Alsina and her track I Hope You Live. Aija comes fram Riga and has played the piano since the age of six. Aside from playing the piano; Aija has also played the bass guitar in several indie- and rock bands! Currently Aija is focusing on modern classical composition work for film, commercial and standalone releases.

    The track I Hope You Live is the first single from the upcoming album Creation to be released later in 2021. 

    Tell us something about your track I Hope You Live!
    “I Hope You Live” is the first single and also the track that opens the whole album (and closes too, but an EDIT version of it), thus following a journey from the moment you find out you are expecting, until the day you meet your little one. It is difficult to separate one composition from the rest of the album, as the whole is based on a very personal experience. Like never before, after becoming a mother myself, I have become sensitive and emotional towards all the child-related pain in the world. “I Hope You Live” therefore is the composition that best conveys my worries and hopes, and is dedicated to all the women who struggle to become mothers, to every lost unborn or born child, and to every unloved child. My heart goes out to them. 

    Thank you very much for this Aija!

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    Spotted: River Camille – Elevate

    Today I’m presenting you with the composer and piano player David Shoults and his moniker River Camille with the track Elevate. David was born in Calgary in Canada but is now located in Halifax where he works as a full time musician and indie label owner.

    The track Elevate was released as a single on the 30th os June, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Elevate!
    I wrote and recorded Elevate in the spur of the moment in one take at 2am a couple of months ago. Due to COVID, it has been nearly 2 years since I have seen my mother, the person in my life who has elevated me more than anyone else. I harnessed that emotion to create Elevate, a song about longing, love, and gratitude.

    Thank you very much David!

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    Spotted: Norse Mythology – You in Midair

    Today I’m introducing you to the track You in Midair by the very secretive composer and piano player Norse Mythology. I’ll leave it to him/her to explain!

    Norse Mythology is a project that explores the magnified sound world of piano. The project debuts with a calm, meditative neoclassical piece. Inspired by the theme of loss and disconnection, You in Midair is an intimate piano record that soothes and binds. The title comes from the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s classic Send in the Clowns: 

    Me here at last on the ground
    You in mid-air
    Where are the clowns?

    In the current state of affairs, the sense of loss is familiar to many people. The piano can breath hope into our senses, can alleviate our wounds and inspire us. Recorded on an upright Yamaha, this simple piece resonates with our deep needs of reconnection and intimacy. A soft and slow piano melody leads thought a series of smooth chords and dreamy harmonies. The major key evokes elation and optimism through repeated iterations of the theme. I hope this record will inspire hope, delight and peace to the audience. 

    Thank you for this lovely track!