Local Rockstars: Dream away with Anouk Visée

Local Rockstars: Dream away with Anouk Visée

Apr 22, 2015 |  by  |  Event, Music
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Jerry is the name, online is my game. I'm a digital enthusiast, ranging from old skool gaming and Space Invaders to iPads and social media. The integration of digital elements in everyday life and art have my particular interest, and besides that I'm part time rockaholic.

Whether you went out last weekend to check out an uber-geeky beat magician or a depressingly awesome indie rock band, we all know there’s always some serious musical talents rocking around the Dam. You might not recognize them all yet, but don’t worry, you will soon. In this series of interviews we talk to remarkable artists about their music and their inspirations.

I have to admit, the first promise is a good one: not another singer/songwriter, again. Indeed, Anouk Viseé is anything but your standard musician. Quirky and witty in personality, which translates into some pretty good songwriting. Next Saturday she´ll release her first EP.

Mellifluous tones

It’s hands down the best way to describe her music. I asked her if we can we expect the same from the EP: “Although I’d love to create deep and dark techno, I’m apparently best at writing dreamy and melancholic songs. Catchy and easy to remember. Just what I like to listen to myself, soothing music where you can just close your eyes and calm down, imagining you’re drifting in the calm ocean after a sunny day. But then again, who would ever make music they don’t appreciate themselves?”

Don’t expect any songs about euforia and nights never to forget. This EP is about uncomfortableness, insomnia, loneliness and disappointment.

Your EP deals with quite a lot. Can you give an example of an experience that inspired you?
“For a while I wanted to live in Berlin so badly that I regularly went there to see if I’d fit in. After a great night out with a close friend we lay in bed, but I just stared at the balcony with the oppressive idea that I’d never be able to sleep again, and I felt like I lost luck somewhere along the way. At the same time I realized that the same lonely feeling overtook me in the midst of hundreds of partying people. It intrigues me that your mood can drastically change so suddenly, and that a similar situation can feel so different. That’s when I wrote Worried Nights, on my phone. I was satisfied and fell asleep, knowing I wasn’t alone.”

The title of the EP (Party Time) seems to contrast with the topics. But Anouk doesn’t see it as a deliberate paradox: “My songs are about other aspects of partying, but they do deal with that scene. I’m having a hard time seeing parties as a sanctuary for happiness. I partied a lot but I keep asking myself why I do that, it exceeds ‘just liking it’, or going there for the music. It’s definitely meant to flee from reality sometimes.”

Will you escape reality with us?

Party time EP release

When: April 25, 20:30
Where: Bloemenbar, Handboogstraat 15
More info: Facebook event

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