How ironic: just when you think we'll all go digital, we're going analog. Needle, turntable, grooves, black, sleeves, analog...As a vinyl lover I've always dreamt about having my music on black plastic, until now... just received my own! It's a 10 inch one (25,4 cm), 3 songs on each side, so that way it fits in the post box. I listen while writing this and immediately I recognise those deep, warm nostalgic 70ties sounds, haha. Of course I had to choose which songs would make it. Six favourites from the last three albums are on it. Good fun!
Just to add another way to find the obvious. Yes, I have one ( JoosTVD's vids) where I upload my own promo videos, but these days YouTube collects all the songtitles associated with the artist. Quite a varied bunch I may say....
Hey there world! As I write this, that song "Don't Do It Again" has been played and liked by a few radiostations, unexpected listeners, picked up by websites. I'm glad, because I'm real proud of this song. I feel lightning coming up. Thanks for listening!
"4.Don't Do It Again This song started out with a funky groove looping around and a few
guitarchords, but it really caught fire when I wrote the melody on
piano. I've noticed that I can create motives and melodies easier on
piano than on guitar. Groovy."
100 pages long! Wow, that's a lot of words. Of course there are these great pictures of intense looking blues artists too to satisfy the view of tired readers. What an honor to be part of the review section (page 59!) of this german online blues-magazine, Wasser-Prawda, standing next to the latest of Boz Scaggs and Van Morrison. I already showed you this great review of my latest album in one of my last blogposts, but there is so much more. I think what this magazine adds to the current "scene" is the balance between the old and the new, the already known and the upcoming unknown. Some forgotten heroes like Andy Fairweather-Low or Leadbelly get large overviews. All written with the love for (blues) music.
Anyway, read the stuff, it's good for the soul! WP-Magazine pdf
Someone took notice of a certain soundcloud playlist I was on with "Unscrew Yourself". It read TBE. To Be Edited? No, it's a playlist of personal "To Be Evaluated" choices by Tom Robinson. You know that guy that sang "Glad To Be Gay" and a personal hero of mine songwriterwise. Comes to mind "War Baby", "Listen To The Radio" and "Still Loving You". What he will do with the songs only Joost may know...TBE.
Now with his sixth review since The Vanished dutchman , Nathan still knows how to impress me with his couraging words. Well, it is his work, he's a journalist, always busy writing in a generous way. Thanks again, I'm very grateful!
It's in german, but I've put an free, loose english translation underneath it.
Here's the original Link
JoosTVD - Lightning Dutchman
Manche Musiker sind einfach zu clever und gleichzeitig zu humorvoll, um
in dieser ach so ernsten - und so erfolgsgierigen Welt - erfolgreich zu
sein. Bin ich froh, dass jemand wie JoosTVD davon nicht entmutigen
lässt und in jedem Jahr dennoch ein Album voller musikalisch großartiger
Lieder zu veröffentlichen.
Es geht um Verschwörungen im Whirlpool, Paranoiker mit Knarren, den
Narzissmus der Mediengesellschaft oder arme Schuhputzerjungen. Dabei
trifft Rock auf Funk, Jazz, Latin und schamlos poppige Melodien. Und
zuweilen holt Joost van Dinter sogar einen Slide heraus, um seine
Gitarren zu spielen.
Klar gibt es in den Songs jede Menge Humor – wer aber JoosTVD wie ich
über Jahre hinweg mit seiner Musik verfolgt, der lernt ihn darüber
hinaus lieben als einen unwahrscheinlich reflektierten und feinfühligen
Musiker, der einfach lieber drauflos lacht, als über all das Elend zu
Some musicians are easy too clever and at the same time too amusing to be successful in these oh so serious - and thus successful-greedy world. If I am glad that not everyone allows to discourage the likes of JoosTVD of it who can publish every year an album more fully musically of great songs.
It is about conspiracy in the jacuzzi, paranoic with rattles, the narcissism of the media society or poor shoeshine boy's boys. Besides, rock on radio, jazz, Latin and shamelessly poppige melodies hits. And now and again Joost van Dinter gets out even a Slide to play his guitars.
Clear there is in the songs a lot of humor – who pursues, however, JoosTVD like me for years away with his music, that learns him, in addition love as an incredibly reflected and sensitive musician who laughs simply rather, than to howl about all misery.
It's been a year since I delivered "I Mimic Me". And now after an endless and addictive noodling situation in my homestudio, I'm going to tell the story behind them songs. It's always difficult to stop that creative process and give those babies away, but I'm also curious and excited- in a "what will happen with them?" mood. Not that I'm expecting too much...
This time I've chosen more songs than I had in mind, but I think they all fit the complete puzzle as It was meant to be.
Now JoosTVD, what about touring? Mmmmmm...
Back to the homestudio: how did I do it?
1.Unscrew Yourself The last song I wrote for this album. Unexpected. After strumming a lot of different D chords, I caught myself singing a simple melody to cheer me and you up! The build-up arrangements were a challenge, breaks and all, but then lightning struck. Now unscrew yourself.
2.Paranoiac With A Gun Tense, nervous song, a bit like David Byrne's Psycho killer maybe. I wanted a more menacing, crazed voice. so a moment of rage I put down quickly and I think that's why it works. Notice the contrast with the more melodic and softer bridge (where I sing "but it's high....bullet in the sky"). Danceable.
3.Conspiracy In My Jacuzzi Hitchcock fantasy. A dangerous story! So I had to switch to narrator. the pitches in my voice were done deliberately. That paranoiac (pt.2)is everywhere, even in your own private bathroom.
4.Don't Do It Again This song started out with a funky groove looping around and a few guitarchords, but it really caught fire when I wrote the melody on piano. I've noticed that I can create motives and melodies easier on piano than on guitar. Groovy.
5.Lost In The Underground Pure Songwriting: knocked out guitar and melody parts all at once. Got this upand fast tempo! Which Arrangement? That latin touch was not difficult to choose. Melodies in the instrumental parts were found on piano. Joyful.
6.Rock'n Roll Me In Or Out Fun fast write. This mirrors the paranoia of song 2 & 3. Blues turnaround outfit with country boots underneath it. I had lots of fun creating melodies. It always puts a broad smile on my face when I hear the first tones. Obvious video will follow...
7.Guru In A Lovetown Satire on the narcistic way we use the media. One of the first songs I wrote that paved the way for some of punchier directions of this album. Dangerous guru charm!
8.Merenque Me Inside Out Some ideas reveal their identity a couple years later. This is one of those ditties, where my voice didn't fit with the melody (not what I'd like to hear in my head), not until I found those latinesque melodies on the piano.Simply sung the title which finished it. Seduction.
9.Limo I think the first song I wrote for this album. More a vibe. I had a motive on electric piano. I used a fat wurlitzersound to get in the mood. Smooth.
10.But Do I Miss You Love, o my, what a serious topic... still I can't resist an old fashioned pop ballad about some lost love andI came up with one. Tried to sing with sincere vulnerability. So hard...
11.Never Get Tired An older idea, first meant tobe sung. That didn't satisfy, so I tried it the instrumental way which gave me a chance to experiment with instruments and melodies. Tireless energy.
12.Put Me To The Test Mood: a little R&B and a smooth funky groovegot me this far. A little Innercity Marvin Blues...
13.When The Chili Hits The Fan Purpose of the song: hot (chili) humor counterbalances the heavy stuff. Just for the fun. After diner.
14.Your Hard-To-Get Got Up And Went James Brown spoof? That chant ("hard to get"), the slow down effect on horns and funny noises did the trick. Funk me.
15.Shoeshine Boy Rockish (classic?) ballad. And yes it's personal. Took a looooong time to get that final touch. Even played the solo slide guitar (haha). Even that is personal and not technical. Strength.
16.On A Good Day Both relaxing and groovy song. Melodies written on the piano.
17.Live It Up For Me My spanish guitar always brings out a certain latin charm that was the basis for this song. I found some melodic twists and turns (bridge), satisfying enough to be chosen for this abum.
18.For A Lifetime In A Daydream Dreamy, melancholic popballad written and played in one take on piano.
Well, if you have made it this far, you can relax/ scream/ laugh/ cry/ take a leak. Fill me in! Thanks for listening. Spread 'em folks!
I really liked radio as a kid. I don't listen often now, but this evening at 8 o'clock I'll be listening. Here is Radio Eins Not only I'll be on the playlist (he started the program with Unscrew Yourself), but some of my favourite great bluesplayers and singers are there too.
Sometimes you meet the most couraging people without seeing them face to face. Modern times I guess. Had a lovely "encounter" yesterday with a music writer (and other nice music enthusiasts, like Wim Oudijk!), who asked for an interview, well sort of..more like a questionaire. Thanks again for the nice puttings! His blog is HERE
POP'N'ROLL THE FUSION IF YOU DARE
Thunder and lightning... A fusion you just can't ignore... He's back
with a full length album... JOOSTVD is bound to get you smiling whatever
style you're in... Welcome...
Sometimes it takes an orchestra,
sometimes a band,
sometimes a duo,
every time it's the love for music
and this time it's just one man...
JOOST VAN DINTHER
The disappearing and reappearing Vanished Dutchmanis back with a full length album
and he made a really enjoyable music fusion
that can be tasted HERE
but you should take five to read what the man himself
had to say in his defence:
A short story about who you are and what you do...
I’m now an old(er)looking guy with a kid’s attitude.
Growing up in the seventies (listening to Roxy Music, Can and David
Bowie e.a.), I followed in the footsteps of my father, whose collection
of history, art books and music inspired me to make music. Now I‘m
living the dream of creating songs, recording and spreading them.
I’m collecting myself too of course.
A new album every spring... What's the trick?
I love the album concept. Regular life. Breathing in and out.
Being a family man, trying to enjoy the little things. Boring maybe, not
the obvious too much sex/drugs/rock’n'roll lifestyle I guess. I like
the working pattern I have developed. It’s like a cycle: ideas pop up, I
bring them to life and then hopefully this very intense process starts
over. I’m already busy with new songs now this new album is out. Guess
you have to be (and I am) kinda disciplined. Work to make it work!
Doing all this work by yourself... You must be a little crazy :) Why are you crazy about music?
Yes you have to be crazy! I’m addicted to sound and the “what will
happen if I push this button or play that chord the whole time” method.
I’m also a fervent listener and a fan of lots of great artists, like
Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa, whose individuality have educated and
inspired me to do this
You can take only one instrument with you. Which one? Why?
To an island? Drums (that’s maybe too heavy to carry with me, but still).
I started out as a drummer. That was the first reall kick and my direct
connection with playing an instrument. Around 1979 Stewart Copeland
(Police) provided the stimulation. O my god, I can’t write songs on a
cowbell! Maybe an acoustic guitar will do then.
Admit something that makes (made) you blush?
A lot of people watching at the same time…. at the introverted me.
It's a sunny day, you feel good but real hungry, walk into a restaurant... What's your order?
First I’ll take a cold Belgian beer (Palm) to cool off.
If I’m really hungry I’ll order pizza… Hawaii.
How do you perform a live show?
I don’t anymore. I did with a few bands in the Netherlands from 1980
till 1995. First as a drummer, later as a frontman performing my own
songs. Acting like a clown on stage. I do like performing, though I
don’t see myself as a “good” performer. Not by technical standards I’d
like it to be.
Message for our viewers?
I’m always grateful to new and loyal listeners and as a musician it’s
even more rewarding to get feedback on your stuff. It all helps to get
better and to keep this “cycle” going. It’s an acting- reaction thing I
guess. Just like this interview. Thanks for asking me!
Promo video of the new album
starts with a small provocation
but hey... if life gets too complicated...
and you feel screwed up... well... unscrew yourself!