May 14, 2017

A heartwarming tale of a Dutch pianist’s success

Filed under: Music by Orangemaster @ 8:25 pm

Dutch amateur musician Joep Beving, 41, has become a one-man recording phenomenon with his self-released recordings on Spotfiy being streamed more than 85 million times and counting. True, he became big earlier this year, but then once in a while you need some nice piano music.

Beving told British newspaper The Guardian that he never imagined that the contemplative, atmospheric piano tunes would draw such a vast audience worldwide. But after scoring with his album ‘Solipsism’ online, four record companies were soon fighting over him, a fight won by the prestigious classical music label Deutsche Grammophon.

Beving’s success is more extraordinary because he had been turned down by the only record label he approached, and had to pay to press 1,500 vinyl copies of Solipsism. “I wanted to make something tangible,” he said. By day he used to work as an advertising manager for a company that provides music for commercials. He worked on his debut album in his kitchen at night, while his girlfriend and two young daughters were asleep.

The director of new repertoire at DG, Christian Badzura, heard Beving’s music by chance when the vinyl copy of Solipsism was playing in a late-night bar in Berlin at 2 am a while back. One of Beving’s German advertising colleagues had left it with the barman. It impressed Badzura so much that he had to sign him up. As for Beving, he said he wasn’t counting on this and is truly grateful for technological developments opening up the music market and making it more democratic.

Hailing originally from Doetinchem, Gelderland and now living in Amsterdam, Beving composes music that is a search for tranquility and beauty, as highlighted by the video accompanying the music. I personally enjoy the music and can hear many influences of great composers as well as someone who is very concentrated at the piano with much ease.

Enjoy ‘The Light She Brings’:


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May 18, 2010

Spotify music service now in the Netherlands

Filed under: Music,Online by Orangemaster @ 2:18 pm

Online music service Spotify is now available as of today in the Netherlands. Instead of continuously having to go to YouTube and weed through bad mobile phone recordings of your favourites artists or be subjected to everything that sounds like the band you like but never the actual band from, it could be time to try Spotify.

“With Spotify, there are no limits to the amount of music you could listen to. Just help yourself to whatever you want, whenever you want it.” Even, and Zonga get their songs from YouTube, while Spotify is what everyone wanted and nobody was getting: that one song you needed, right away.

They claim to have eight million songs, including a specially recorded track by duo Guus Meeuwis and Marco Borsato, teaming up for a song called ‘Schouder aan Schouder’ (‘Shoulder to shoulder’) available exclusively on Spotify.

(Link: Spotify, Photo by Quistnix, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 1.0)