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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