2013.09.25 09:30 – 10：30pm
Venue: B10 Live, North District, OCT-LOFT
Wouter Hamel – Vocal
Sven Happel – Double bass
Jasper van Hulten – Drums
Rory Ronde – Guitar
Thierry Castel – Piano
Gijs van Straalen – Percussion
Wouter Hamel is one of those rare artists that make people think that he and his songs have been around forever. But he’s only been an established musical figure since 2007 – in his native Netherlands and far beyond.
With catchy, self-written songs that surf blurs the line between pop and jazz, Wouter Hamel was quick in winning the hearts and minds of a large public. His debut album Hamel from 2007, with its hit singles ‘Breezy’ and ‘Don’t Ask’, achieved platinum status, as Wouter and his band played not only the main stages of the Dutch club circuit but also every major pop and jazz festival. His success was welcomed but it also proved somewhat overwhelming for both Hamel and his producer Benny Sings. After getting through the chaos of their 2008 breakthrough, they returned to the studio to work on the follow-up album Nobody’s Tune. Further deepening Wouter Hamel’s sound, the album came out in 2009 during his first major national theatre tour which brought him to 50 major Dutch stages.
As Wouter Hamel’s star rose in his own country, the ‘buzz’ around the young singer-songwriter also began spreading around the globe. Japanese radio picked up on him in 2008 as tracks from his debut Hamel began appearing on their playlists. Later in the year, his debut was released in the land of the rising sun, followed in 2009 by Nobody’s Tune. His Japanese successes proved to be the catalyst for a pan-Asian career. In 2009 he was invited to the Seoul Jazz Festival and its enthusiastic South Korean public. As Nobody’s Tune went platinum in his own country, Wouter Hamel and his band returned another five times to South Korea, where the album has meanwhile gone gold.
Currently Wouter Hamel is working on his fourth album, set to be released in autumn 2013. This fourth album is preceded by the five- track EP ‘G.I.R.L.S.I.N.T.H.E.C.I.T.Y.!’ with the title track being a duet with Lucky Fonz III. The release of ‘G.I.R.L.S.I.N.T.H.E.C.I.T.Y.!’ also marks the beginning of the 2013 theatre tour of the Netherlands, which will keep Hamel and his band busy until the end of April. Later, summer festivals around the world will be welcoming their new favourite son to their stages.