The year draws to a close. Time to overthink things and hibernate for a little bit. A couple of weeks ago I was invited on the Helden & Hordes podcast by Eddy Boom. We talked for on hour straight about climate action, system change, climate justice, music, heroes, entrepreneurship and much more. You can now listen to the podcast at www.heldenenhordes.nl or on iTunes/ Spotify etc. (it’s in Dutch btw).
The new year will bring new music, more climate action, more wonderful experiences in this crazy life. Have a peaceful and strong beginning of 2019.
Once again I will take part in the civil disobedience action Code Rood. Last year we've managed to block the Amsterdam coal harbor. This time Code Rood take place in Groningen where the local people have been haunted by earthquakes due to gas exploitation for years now. Lots of bureaucratic hassle is preventing people from getting rightfully compensated for the damage to their houses. Protest after protest have led to nothing but empty promises by politicians that don't make their houses any safer. That's why we need to take it one step further and use civil disobedience to demand a quicker stop on the exploitation of Groninger gas and a much faster and fair compensation for the damage by earthquakes. Code Rood wishes to end the fossil fuel era as soon as possible. I'm contributing with music, conducting the Climate Choir on sunday evening August 26th at the climate camp in Leermens, rehearsing songs that will be sung during the action day on August 28th. Please feel free to join this action or drop by at the camp. Your support is very much appreciated. Here's one of the songs (in Dutch) that we will sing. For more information on Code Rood go to www.code-rood.org.
2018 is well underway. Eurosonic Noorderslag is already behind us, Counter Jib is working on the release of brand new songs and the writing and producing of my new solo album gently proceeds. In the meantime I bump into nice people who happen to be journalists who like to write about the green way I run my music business. Recently I had a nice photshoot with Prisca Visser who interviewed me for the Dutch online magazine called Moderne Hippies. Check out the interview and pics here. (in Dutch)
Another Dutch online magazine called De Goede Gids was also interested and asked me what my favorite vegan dish is for the season. Read up and eat up! (also in Dutch)
For those of you who didn't know... Through my music I try to inspire people to make the transition to a sustainable future. I do this with the help of the Green Machine, a human powered powerstation build my green partner in crime Erik Groen. I've been performing like this for several years but I think the machine itself and this way of performing deserves more attention. Therefor this video was made by Thomas Jeninga and Wouter de Graaf (and thanks to some voluntary cyclist friends) and it's ready to be shared by and with whoever likes this concept and message. So please feel free to do so.
I hope this video will inspire you to find ways of greening up your own personal life or business. And of course I'd be happy to come and perform for you live anywhere, anytime. Just drop me a line.
As some of you may know, I'm very much concerned with the well-being of our planet. Since the industrial revolution we've made a tremendous technologoical development, but it comes at a cost that weighs heavy on our environment. To tackle the growing threat of climate change it is necessary to bring the CO2 emissions of our industries worldwide down to preferable zero. And even then the process of global warming won't be stopped, but the effects will be less destructive if we stay beneath 1.5 or maximum 2.0 degrees temperature rise. I'm doing everything within my power to not contribute to this growing issue and if I can help to stop the CO2 emissions. I change my lifestyle and become involved in all kinds of climate related actions and initiatives. I perform with the Green Machine that allows my audience to produce the power I need on stage, I've started to eat only plantbased food and I'm participating in ceveral direct actions. Last weekend I joined Ende Gelände which is a climate action and camp in the Rheinlands where the second biggest coalmine of Europe is located. Together with a couple of thousands other peaceful protestors we managed to blockade the coalmining infrastructure for a couple of days. This was a very educational and meaningful experience. After having done the same in Amsterdam in June at Code Rood the Germany version of this type of civil disobedience brought me an even bigger insight in the size of the industry and the growing movement trying to stop it. I can totally recommend everyone who's looking for a practical way to fight climate change to join such an action or at least come to one of the action conferences where these actions are prepared. Find out more at https://code-rood.org/ and https://www.ende-gelaende.org/en/
Other news: Album production is under way. The 22nd and 24th of September I'm playing to nice invitation only shows, if you want to be there drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org :)
The 24th of June I took part in a climate action called Code Rood (Code Red). With 350 people we blocked the coal harbor of Amsterdam and disrupted its business as usual. Check out the aftermovie here. We carried ou the message that we need to get rid of the fossil fuel industry as soon as possible in peaceful and empowering way. It was the first mass civil disobedience climate action in the Netherlands and was inspired by Ende Gelände that will take place for the third time this August in Germany. We sang quite a bunch of climate songs and chants and will do the same again in a few weeks. Join this peaceful movement and find out how much fun climate activism can be.
Saturday April 29th I had the honor to conduct a climate choir of a couple of thousands people in singin 'Sing for the Climate' at the People's Climate March Amsterdam. About 8.000 people gathered at the Museumplein and joined in singing. The 10th of May Klimaatkoor will sing again at the Global Divestment Mobilisation, urging three major pension funds to divest from the fossil fuel industry. Feel free to join!
Coming to Groningen for the most awesome and biggest European music showcase festival Eurosonic Noorderslag? Feel free to drop by at House Of Dudettes @ De Kast coming Friday 13 January at 21:45 where I'll be playing a solo performance, premiering some brand new songs from my upcoming new album. The show is also available for guests without a festival bracelet. Hope to see y'all there and then! #esns17#houseofdudettes#eurosonic#groningen
It's been a busy couple of months. Besides working on new songs of my own and touring with Counter Jib I've been developping my teachingskills and participating in climate related actions. This winter I'm picking up the creative thread and take my new songs to the next level. Expect some first glimps of what my new album is gonna sound like in spring!
For now I wish you the best of luck for the new year. May 2017 bring peace, hope and light to all of you and may we all grower closer and more connected with each other. And may music be always at your side :)