NEWS – 2017 is coming!

In contrary to the recent silence on this website, I have been incredibly busy last couple of months and I’m very much looking forward to 2017 with so many great projects and releases coming up.

I’ve been producing and mixing a large popalbum/project with a well known Dutch singer/guitarist about which I can’t really disclose details yet, but we’re working really hard to make it groove even harder.

The film Wild Flower by Fathia Bazi is still going around festivals and had a wonderful Dutch premiere at the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in the Hague.

Haider Aljezairi’s film The Last Wall is also still playing. This director has the most amazing life story: he’s a war reporter, a refugee and he made his first fiction film in a war zone.  He’s already working on new projects. Keep an eye out for his name, because this is truly a great talent of which we will undoubtedly hear more in coming years.

Wachtnacht a short by Ken van Mierlo is released online. I had a blast doing the sounddesign for this one and it had a good festival run as well. Also check out the music by Yero Pharaoh, a talented composer and generally great guy.

With visual artist Rosa Johanna I’ve just finished Trumpet, a short artistic movie to be shown in an art installation. I love collaborating with her because she always comes up with fresh and wild artistic ideas. She’s a great graphic designer too by the way.

I’m working with Dutch artist/writer/musician Emily Kocken on a performance and installation project for an exhibition. Emily is an inspiring artist. Her new book ‘De kuur’ will be released by Querido in the spring of next year.

I’m co-curating an exhibition next year at Tetem in Enschede. AKI Electrique will be shown from the 9th of February 2017

I’ve been doing a lot of commercials for radio/television and online lately. This Renault commercial is maybe the most interesting of the bunch from a sounddesign perspective, but I love doing functional design any day of the week.

I’ve been engineering for a writers camp during Amsterdam Dance Event at Studio de Keuken. A wonderful bunch of young producers and singers kicking out funky stuff. Here you can find a Spotify playlist from the participating artists.

I’ve been teaching philosophy at the AKI University of Arts this semester. Which has been a blast. I’ve met so many inspiring students that are working on a great variety of projects. It makes you wonder what this new generation will bring to arts.

My own music is also building steadily. This has always been a slow and tedious process for me, but I hope to release some new stuff in 2017.

I’ve been building a lot of equipment this year for different producers and studio’s and we’ve been rewiring the Votown Studio in Volendam. This studio is owned by Dutch musicians the 3 J’s and Jan Smit and which I have helped building from the ground up with Jaap Kwakman. These guys are great friends and some of the nicest people in music I know.

Have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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