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Musically discovering… Aafke Romeijn TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTO: AAFKE ROMEIJN
Aafke Romeijn is singer, journalist and writer. Three passions that she seems to have effortlessly intertwined: Romeijn’s music reflects her inspiration sourced from daily life as well as hot political issues. Her latest EP Versplintering op Rechts (Shattering on the Right) was released in March, and serves up more of Romeijn’s unique sound. More than enough reason for Discover Benelux to catch up with the Utrecht-based musician. Congrats on the new EP! You chose an interesting title… Thanks! The title, aimed at our current political landscape, shows what I love about the Dutch language; imagery. Our language hosts so many interesting expressions that perfectly lend themselves for my music. I have sung in English too, but express myself more freely and easily in Dutch. How is Versplintering op Rechts different from your earlier work? With every new project, I want to try out something different; a new sound, playing 82 | Issue 41 | May 2017
different musical instruments. That way I keep developing myself. You are a journalist too. Do you find the inspiration for your music and writing in the same place? Inspiration is everywhere: from little things happening in my everyday life, to societal issues that wind me up. I am interested in so many different things: science, television series, music, and so on. I basically want to express what I am thinking or feeling: sometimes that is via text, sometimes via music. Why did you start making music? I come from a musical family: both my parents are musicians. I went to the Conservatory to play harp. After finding out that classical was not really for me, I founded a band with some girls from school and that got the ball rolling. Best recent musical discovery? Childish Gambino, originally a stand-up comedian. His music is absolutely unique.
Is there a particular show of yours that really stands out? Eurosonic Noorderslag: we rehearsed like crazy for that show, and it went so well! The release show for my third album, where everyone specifically came to see me play, was pretty amazing too. What does the future hold? First I am going on tour with Sef (a Dutch pop artist and rapper). Since we made a song together a while ago, we have been working together every now and then. And of course, continuing to make music! www.aafkeromeijn.nl
AAFKE’S RECORD COLLECTION: Britney Spears – Glory Moderat – III Jay Z – Magna Carta... Holy Grail Nada Surf – High/Low Cloud Nothing – Attack on Memory
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