Rob Veugelaers, a guy born (1986) and raised in Amsterdam, growing up in the same pace as the internet. I have an official degree (Bachelor of Music) in jazz guitar, but never actually had to show that to anyone.
Music and funny stuff mostly. My main occupation is playing theater shows throughout the Netherlands with my group "Herman in een bakje Geitenkwark". Besides that I compose, produce and mix music for other bands, film and television. I also make healthy smoothies for myself on a daily basis and a mean risoto once in a while.
My family and friends, my work, and the city I live in. I also have a slight obsession with robots, artifical intelligence and the prospect of having artificial superintelligence some time in the future.
finger drumming inspiration and more
The Quest for Groove is an initiative to help (aspiring) musicians from all over the world on their never ending quests for groove. The main thing I do here at the moment is teaching people finger drumming. An exciting, new and very practical way of drumming on an mpc-style pad controller.
Contrary to what most people believe, finger drumming can be used to create all genres of music in many different styles and not just hiphop, electronic or other loop and/or sample based music, even though that is what they're used for by most people right now. On top of that, also within the aforementioned genres, most people you see online playing mpc's only scratch the surface of what's actually possible in terms of technique, dynamics and overall musical possibilities.
The reason for that is pretty obvious. Because this instrument has only existed for a couple of decades, and software-based instruments have only in recent years evolved into the extremely realistic ones of today, the amount of highly skilled finger drummers in the world is only a fraction of the amount of highly skilled 'real' drummers, or guitarist, or, piano players for that matter.
The Quest for Groove is gonna change that by doing the following:
- Demonstrating to the world what's possible by putting out videos of me playing all kinds of musical styles over on the QFG YouTube and other social media channels.
- Making it possible for everyone with an internet connection to learn how to play by creating and sharing lots of free lessons and courses.
- Spreading the message by creating an international community of finger drumming enthusiasts.
angsty musical powercomedy
I met Polle, Rein en Benny in highschool, where we started singing in the stairwell because of the nice reverb it had going on. We graduated, went to college/conservatory, graduated again and then we realised that our little close harmony group was the only 'band' that we never got kicked out of and/or had withstood the test of time.
That's when we decided to give this thing a real shot and now, around eight years later, we have played our first two shows more than 260 times troughout
the country and are currently touring with our third one, which has over a 100 shows planned. One could argue that we are 'living the dream' at the moment and I would have to agree.
I'm making a living out of doing what I love and I'm doing it with dear friends that I have known since I was a teenager.
The places we performed our shows include:
- De Kleine Komedie, Amsterdam
- Theater Diligentia, The Hague
- De Utrechtse Shouwburg, Utrecht
- De Leidse Schouwburg, Leiden
- Vondelpark Openluchttheater, Amsterdam
In 2014, I got the opportunity to assist the girls from Zazí in the creation of their latest album "Zazí zingt Dorrestijn". A record with lyrics from dutch poem-writing-legend Hans Dorrestijn, with whom they would embark on a tour throughout the Netherlands after recording the album. I served as a producer throughout every stage of the process. First by helping with the creative stuff leading up to the studio recordings, then by overseeing the actual two weeks of recording, and finally by editing every song into the best version of itself and assisting during mixing and mastering stages.
To this day I am very proud of this project, and extremely grateful for the trust I got from the girls, who took a leap in hiring a producer without any experience recording a full length LP. I gave it my all to give them their money´s worth and it paid off: I was invited to work with them again! This time I'm helping out with the creation of their new theater show "Supernova", which will be playing in multiple locations in the Netherlands from fall 2015.
Check out the 'Zazí zingt Dorrestijn' album here
Or visit the Zazí website
High quality productions for film, television and music projects
Over the past few years I've had the pleasure to work on some great projects as a composer/producer. Even though sometimes I had a fully equipped professional studio at my disposal for certain projects, I am a firm believer in the power of modern day computers and convinced of the fact that anyone can make high quality recordings in their home studio, as long as one knows what one is doing. At the moment I'm actively learning the latest mixing techniques by reading and watching tutorials on websites like puremix.net and collecting a high quality chain of outboard gear that can be used to make professional grade recordings from the comfort (and cheapness) of my own home. Since I usually build tracks by playing every instrument (I play guitar, bass, piano and recently took up finger-drumming and Linnstrument) one at a time, it didn't take me long to realise that I did not need a lot of high quality channels, but only one stereo chain of uncompromizing gear and strategic use of software plugins to make my stuff sound like the real deal. Even then, quality does not come cheap, so collecting goes slowly, but I'm doing quite nicely already (check out gear list) :-)
↠ Check out some the demo's I made on Soundcloud ↠
ATC SCM-20A Studio Monitors
Neumann U87 and KM184 microphones
RoR Guitars, Expressiv MIDI Pro Guitar
Roger Linn Design Linnstrument
1978 Fender Jazz Bass
Fender deluxe USA strat
1983 Tokai P-Bass
Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate
Scoring 'Gelukkig ben ik gelukkig'
Playing live @ vondelpark Amsterdam with 'Yentl en de Boer'
Hanging out in front of the studio with the girls from Zazi, Rik Elstgeest (co-producer) and Jan Schenk (engineer)
PERSONAL LESSONS IN AMSTERDAM
On mondays and tuesdays I teach guitar at my place. About 8 hours a week, to a wide variety of students. It is my mission to remain more valuable as an actual person then some online Youtube lesson. So far so good, but you never know when a robot is going to take over for good :-)
THE GUILTY JOHNNY EP
In the Summer of 2016 I started working with Johannes and Felicia, aka 'Guilty Johnny'. Together we spent many weeks in my studio crafting a unique blend of folksy Amricana songs. Everything was done in my bedroom studio, all the drums were played by yours truly on an MPC (Check out the record an tell me honestly: doesn't sound like it does it?), and I'm very happy with the results. An organic-sounding, guitar- and vocal driven record for the ages!