CUT_, Dakota, Jameszoo, Klangstof, Kim Janssen and Pip Blom will take to the stage at The Great Escape bringing you everything from rainbow-hued synths to psychedelic guitar riffs, with something for everyone’s musical taste buds.
These acts have already built solid foundations and are at the forefront of the Dutch music scene. If their growing fan base is anything to go by, these bands have exciting musical careers ahead of them and are the ones to keep on your radar in 2017.
The Dutch have been building their reputation as a nation worth taking notice of when it comes to the new emerging artists and you can expect more of the same at this years Great Escape. Attend the official Dutch Impact party on Friday 19th May or see one of the other many shows during the Great Escape. See full list of venues and times below.
Dutch Impact Party on Friday 19th May 2017
Komedia (main), 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton
13:30 Kim Janssen
14:30 Pip Blom
Thursday 18th May
Kim Janssen – Queens Hotel 14:30
Klangstof – Coalition 21:00hrs
Friday 19th May
Pip Blom – Brighthelm 20:30h
Saturday 20th May
Dakota – Latest Music Bar 19:30
Jameszoo – Patterns Downstairs 21.15h
More info on the acts and venues here:
About the artists
Electronic duo CUT_ took off rapidly after their rendition of Stromae’s ‘Papaoutai’ went viral. CUT_ has since then played numerous shows, including performances at Lowlands, PITCH, ADE, Eurosonic and various appearances on Dutch national television. CUT_ released their first single on [PIAS] “Tune In Tune Out” (mixed and co-produced by Leo Abrahams), which was released late last year. Focusing on encompassing the full spectrum of artistry, CUT_ have made video and visuals an important part of their image, as well as trying to excel in their live shows. “We find that live shows are a way to really distinguish yourself as an artist nowadays, especially when, like in our case, the music is focused on electronic production. We make a point of doing everything live.” (Sebastiaan Dutilh: production & songwriting)
Do you know that feeling? That feeling of wanting to lay back on the couch, close your eyes and drift away to dreamy and hazy music? The Netherlands’ Dakota do just that. Dakota’s new project titled “Leda” blends Psychedelic guitar riffs with indie-pop roots, coming together into a neatly packaged 6 track EP. But don’t let this lo fi charm fool you, the live show of this four piece band gets you to the edge of your seat.They seamlessly blend California feels with Garage Rock and Dream Pop. Look out for Dakota as they make their way in the underground pop scene.
The word ‘naive’ comes from the Latin ‘nativus’, meaning native, or natural. Today, to be naive is often seen as pejorative, a lack of experience or judgement, but in the art world the word retained some of its original meaning: a quality acquired through birth, a childlike innocence and wonder that produces spontaneous, unaffected art. For Mitchel Van Dinther, the Dutch producer known as Jameszoo, it is this quality that lies at the heart of his debut album released last year, Fool, which he calls “naive, computer jazz.” Van Dinther emerged from the small town of Den Bosch in the southern Netherlands in the late 2000s. First as a DJ – with wide-ranging crates of avant-garde jazz, prog and kraut rock, electronic experiments, and beat oddities – and then as a producer capable of impressive sonic and rhythmic incongruities. This spring, Van Dinther joins Brainfeeder with an album that fits right into the label’s expanding take on the modern evolution of jazz music.
Kim Janssen was born in The Netherlands but raised in Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Kathmandu. His music could be categorized as pop, and it’s swinging in tone from dark to blinding technicolor, with glossy synths, huge orchestral arrangements and Kim’s vocal – at times a Bill Callahan-esque croon, at times a soaring falsetto. His latest album, ‘Cousins’, was recorded across three years and several studios. The album features contributions from Marla Hansen (Sufjan Stevens, The National) and Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson (Sigur Rós) and was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach house, Future Islands) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Graceland).
There’s a patience at play in Klangstof’s aural creations: the musician is a craftsman when constructing the chilling sound that comprises his stunning debut album, Close Eyes to Exit. It’s there in the crisp, slow-building single “Hostage,” electric guitars gently strummed, electronic beats like a rising heartbeat, all giving way to full-throated release: “I ran for shelter/But I got there,” he intones. Or in the way “Sleaze” shifts from whispered confession (“Nintendo is the only thing that makes me smile”) to propulsive, rainbow-hued synths at a moment’s notice.
Never listen to people who want to change your music. With that advice from a fellow musician Amsterdam based Pip Blom (20) started making songs. At first with just a three string Loog guitar with the 14 track demo album Short Stories (2013) as the result. Three years later the sound has changed completely. Gone is the ‘girl with little guitar’. Enter electric guitars, bass and drums. But it is still all Pip.
More info on bands here: http://www.dutch-impact.nl/category/festivals/the-great-escape
BROUGHT TO YOU BY DUTCH MUSIC EXPORT. POWERED BY EUROSONIC NOORDERSLAG, DUTCH PERFORMING ARTS AND BUMA CULTUUR. WITH THE KIND SUPPORT OF THE EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS.
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity | We Are Global