I believe in personal growth through artistic development. For me, the following activities and thoughts are of great help in this:
I compose contemporary and alternative pop music, this can be acoustic, electronic, autonomous, applied or something in between; i usually am in between anyway. I sing-and-songwrite, i collaborate with artists from other disciplines (mainly from performing arts), i am a musician (mainly ‘self-thought’), i am an active member of Soundlings, which is a network of professionals that work with sound – in any way, i love contemporary dance because it’s physical, only if it’s not faked, i sometimes create sound installations, i organize and initiate projects, concerts, events, collaborations, i teach compository basics, i am a tutor, i check and sell tickets at a jazz club. I have an avant-garde and open source mindset and cherish the underdog, i enjoy primal instruments, such as the voice and also wind instruments, i’m curious towards creative outbursts that balance on the edge of personality and technology, i think a lot – perhaps overthink certain things – i ‘dream’, when on the way, traveling, and then – at some point – try to make it happen. I’m interested in the performance of music, which is something else than playing it, i have certain ideas that are technologically not possible yet, but in time they will be, one of the reasons why i dislike when people propagate ‘everything has been done’ – didn’t they say this more often in history? I believe each era, with its unique personalities, will prove this statement to be not true, so don’t give up.
I’m a lousy programmer but am able to create reliable/messy systems for musical means (‘mistakes’ often guide me in creative decisions), i write essays based on recurring thoughts, reflections and notions that keep me busy, sharing is nice, i produce raw/polished electronic tracks, i love melancholy and abstraction, i believe everything is connected (interpret this the way you like), i love collaborating with other makers, because of the learning, the growing, the confrontation and yes, because it’s fun, i prefer to choose person over instrument – to me the extension is less relevant, i am fascinated by details, interpretations of ideas, images, sounds – one of the reasons why i prefer working in small groups since otherwise superficiality becomes a threat, i love choirs, i do performances – not only as a musician, i love extreme stuff, especially when it’s subtle, i feel strongly connected with all aspects of intensity, i think we need more freedom for expression, whatever that may be, i strongly dislike dogma (yes, particularly in the arts).
I really love words – and their power, hate it when this is abused, and even more when this goes unnoticed (also by me), i flourish when surrounded by (almost) complete freedom, and even more when wandering the fields that exist between excitement and fear.