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Wouter Hamel

Hamel’s songs are achingly catchy, or sometimes just aching. They often juxtapose deeply sad and even scathing lyrics with happy melodies that sweep you in. Imagine the musical landscape of a lush big band who would play with Frank Sinatra or Peggy Lee set against the emotional palette of Jeff Buckley...

Hamel is complex, seductive, clever. His songs reflect subtlety, anxiety, euphoria.

"But at the same time I would like to listen to PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Peggy Lee, who is very sexy and strict and melancholic, but I also like Prince and Carmen McRae"

“By the time I was 17 and finished school I moved immediately out from my parents, not because I didn’t like them, but because I didn’t like the place they lived. I moved to the city of Utrecht.” He applied for a course in literature and journalism but left after the first year. “I was just interested in working for magazines like Vanity Fair and this course was very technical - how to write a news story.” He toyed with the idea of music school. He had guitar lessons and he was compulsively listening to Smashing Pumpkins. He wondered if music school would try to change the style before he had even developed it, but he was unhappy with journalism and decided to apply. “I wanted to make my voice bigger and learn theory so I could write songs. 120 people applied to music school and only four could be accepted, and I was, so that was quite an honour.”


OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival: Shenzhen, China, October 8-23, 2012

Read "OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival: Shenzhen, China, October 8-23, 2012" reviewed by Ian Patterson

OCT-LOFT Jazz FestivalShenzhen, ChinaOctober 8-23, 2012The OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival, in Shenzhen, Gaungdong Province, is one of the youngest jazz festivals in China, yet in just two editions it has already established itself as one of the best. Financially, it can't compete with the Shanghai Jazz Festival, which for its 2012 edition attracted renowned ...


Label: Dox Records
Released: 2011

Nobody's Tune

Label: Dox Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: One More Time On The Merry-Go-Round; Big Blue Sea; When Morning Comes; In Between; Nobody's Tune; Sir Henry; March, April, May; Quite the Disguise; Once in a Lifetime; Tiny Town; See You Once Again; Amsterdam.


Wouter Hamel: Nobody's Tune

Read "Nobody's Tune" reviewed by Guy Zinger

Wouter Hamel is a young vocalist of Dutch origin, touring the world successfully with his laidback and velvety sound. He surrounds himself with pop harmonies and rhythm lines, bridging the gap between jazz and pop in his own special way. Nobody's Tune, his second CD, is a cross between the musical fields of The Beatles' Sgt. ...


Label: Dox Records
Released: 2008


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