Secret Rendezvous is the first Dutch band who did a live recording session for Red Bull Studio Amsterdam. We performed three of our songs 1. Secret Rendezvous 2. Just One More Thing (SR Remix) & 3. Digital Revolution.
Red Bull, Coldplay Hypnofeed, TC Helicon and Akai Professional featured our videos!
We always like to approach the album versions differently live, so this may be a good opportunity to see and how we sound live! Big thanks to Ricardo, Joel, Yori, Musiex, Budy, Micha, Elvin, Felix, Leon and Red Bull!
So last year we did a second tour with the fabulous Divinity Roxx. You might now her as the bassplayer from Beyonce, K-pop band 2NE1 or Victor Wooten. Check out her MC skillzzzz and energy!!! Footage shot by my friend Coen Hamelink at Schuttershof Middelburg. On drums Patrick Dorcean and Keys + Synthbass Babl, both from Belgium.
For the guitarplayers and soundfreaks… Solo and some knob twisting stuff at 3:20. Chain for this track: Me > Guitar > Vox wah (verse only) > Zvex Fuzzfactory > Ernie Ball Volume Pedal > MI Audio Blueboy > Boss DD20 > EHX Memory Man > MI Audio Boost ‘n Buff (solo only) > Fender Blackfaced Super Reverb originally from ‘71. Guitar is a custom made strat by Zwier guitars with Sure pickups more info at http://www.zwiergitaarbouw.nl/
On october 18th during ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) my friends from Bassculture organized an awesome party with Jazzsteppa, Kubus and the legendary Mad Professor.
We did a live set with Mad Professor who dubbed us realtime with all kind of wicked tape echo’s and reverbs. We played some of is classics in a 45 min set. On bass Daniel Labbate, drums Ricardo Simons, keys Erno Klein and me on guitar. First time I played with these guys.
When Daniel called me for this show, I asked him if I was allowed to use FX because MP was doing all the dubs. We had to wait until the second rehearsal with the MP himself. During the first few songs I asked him if he was okay with my dly/rvb/moog tweaks. He liked it and he said “do your thing you got a great sound”. So you only have to say that once to me :-) and I will be in Spacebei world. Fun part of this project is that it’s interesting for me as a guitarplayer and maybe even more as a producer.
For those who don’t know Mad Professor. He’s responsible for the sound of the second generation of dub. He worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry, Massive Attack, Sade etc.. More info here . It was a great day, learned a lot and I hope to work with these guys again in the future!
Last weekend we did a show on Uitmarkt Amsterdam Festival at Remix stage Museumplein. Our friends Sarah-Jane & the Xperience played before us. Pretty cool to share the stage with them! We had a 10 minute change-over. Sequenser, 3 synths, vocal fx, guitars, drumcomputers, synthbass etc. New record :-)! Played some new tunes from our upcoming EP. Keyplayer Joel Dieleman couldn’t be there because of an Ashtraynutz gig so Niels Broos replaced him. Great job Niels, wanna have a Polysix too :-)! We will be back in October. First priority is to finish the new EP! Enjoy this video and I hope to see you all back in October!
It’s official! Our debut album “Paint The Town Red” will be released in Japan on the 25th of July by Sweet Soul Records/Tower Records. They really love the songs and the high quality production work. So that’s cool to hear! Let’s paint Japan red! :-) Right now I’m busy with new material for our new EP scheduled after this summer, OFF the Richter FEST and a couple of remixes. So stay tuned! Peace! Remi Lauw
A couple of weeks ago I was asked by Yori (Secret Rendezvous Drummer) if I would like to play guitar with this upcoming MC called “Maydien” from Amsterdam.
The guy never played with a live band before and he would release his new EP produced by Mitchell LC Yard. Never heard about these guys and vice versa I guess :-)
I don’t really do a lot of session stuff anymore because I want to focus on studio production and Secret Rendezvous, but these guys really knew what they were doing and most of the other bandmembers are friends of mine, so I couldn’t say no!
Like most studio productions in hiphop there aren’t guitarparts involved, so I was free to make my own live arrangement. I also don’t like to copy guitarparts from someone else, I can’t even copy my own guitarparts :-). In my opinion studio and live production are two completely different things and did you ever hear hendrix or coltrane playing their parts the same way twice? Enjoy this live footage and be sure to download his EP it’s for free!
In March & April I was very lucky to be part of the European tour with Beyonce Bassplayer Divinity Roxx. She’s working on her solo album and just released her new single “Ghetto Rock”. She’s a great bassplayer but also a REALLY great MC. She also toured with Victor Wooten. The tour was a great experience, learned a lot and I could do my thing on the guitar and create weird soundscapes with all kind of freaky pedals. Keyplayer Babl(Netsky, Kate Ryan) and also the MD for this band did all the synth and bass stuff on his Moog little phatty and Drummer Patrick Dorcean(Zap Mama, Baloji, Jesse Boykins III) did all the Ableton stuff with my macbook because his setup crashed. There was one show in Gent Belgium where we had to change the sequenser in the middle of the set :-) Crazy! Maybe I will post some other live footage later! Here’s some footage from her single Ghetto Rock!
On Queensday we did a try out of our new show in Rotterdam with Secret Rendezvous. Bird a Jazz venue in Rotterdam organized a really cool Queensday Blockparty. The last shows in the UK and Belgium we did just with the three of us. It was dope to play with the whole band again! Ricardo Lekatompessy bass & synthbass, Joel Dieleman keys/soundscapes, Yori Olijslagers drums/samples and Sietske leadvoals + live vocal tweaking/looping. I did the guitars and played on the Akai Mpk Mini sampled with my Juno 106 sounds that I use all the time in my studio. Yori the drummer and I synced both of our Ableton setups through WiFi for the first time. It went very well! If the band suddenly changes song structures both of us are able to remote control scenes. Enjoy this youtube link at the end you’ll hear two new songs and there’s a picture of my SR live setup! Cu this summer on OFF the Richter FEST!