You might know him as Hamertje Tik, or as the live-drummer of Kraak & Smaak. But this Utrecht-based producer currently known as Feiertag is a master of much more than just a single genre. He prides himself on his live abilities and music knowledge - from sampling sounds he records himself, creating catchy melodies and making extremely sonically satisfying music. We'd almost venture to to say that he's a little bit of a music scientist, and would happily compare him to a BINKBEATS or even a modern-day Groove Armada. We're not sure if we could justify a description of his music - because it's not only difficult to explain, it's also so varied that our advice would be to go have a listen yourself. That being said, we're proud to say we did an short interview with him:
Our favourite track: Feiertag - All I'm Giving ft. David Dam
Explain your sound to us? How would you describe it?
My tracks are very rhythm-driven, and electronic, filled with samples of drums, percussion, and found objects. I like to record weird and random things I find in my kitchen and studio. My sound is pretty electronic, so I like to combine it with all organic sounds. I love synthesizers as well, and spend a lot of my time screwing around behind a keyboard, so you will hear a lot of synths in my songs.
Explain where your name comes from? What’s the meaning of it? Why the change from Hamertje Tik to Feiertag?
Feiertag is my last name. I always liked Hamertje Tik, but people that are not Dutch don’t understand it and can pronounce it. Hamertje Tik is a children’s game, so it didn’t sound mature. I guess, I grew out of that name. Aside from that, my live set up changed, and sometimes change is good. It’s a fresh start.
What’s the one thing you absolutely love about the music-scene at the moment? That reminds you every time why you chose this profession?
What I love the most about my job is the satisfaction that I get when I start a fresh new track. I work very fast and I usually get 80% done in one day. It is one of the best feelings.
Recently I have been working with a very talented Australian singer called Meeka Kates. It’s so crazy that he is in Australia but because of the internet we can collaborate.
What’s the one thing you’re cringing about at the moment, when it comes to the music-scene? Something that (almost) makes you want to stop?
I am spending a lot of time making my tracks. I am fine tuning them for days and I put everything into that. Everyone is so hasty! One day you’re hot news and you get with you deserve, but one day later it is old news. And sometimes I ask myself if that’s worth all the time and effort I put in just one song… People don’t understand that you can’t pump out awesome music day after day. The creative process takes time.
Which of your own productions are your favourite? (and why?)
I guess that would be ‘High Expectations’ or ‘Brainfreeze’. I am proud of the dark atmosphere of Brainfreeze. The beat got pretty cool too; those are my real drums ☺. And for ‘High Expectations’, I like all the organic sounds I put in there, and most important thing of all; this is really something I would listen to myself, when I would not have made it of course haha.
Which artist right now is the one you’re most excited about, that you feel everyone should know about?
Oh boy, there are so many good artists I listen to. There are so many talented artists right now. There are a few Dutch producers you should keep an eye on. Check out Yakumo, Bastard Sugar, Stormvloed, Uffe, Frits Wentink, Moods to start with… !
If you could collaborate with anyone world-wide (and resources weren’t an issue), who would it be and why?
That would be Yukimi Nagano, from the band Little Dragon for sure! I am a big fan of her for over a decade. I love her voice, her way of writing, her melody-lines. I can’t describe it, but she has something very special. I listen to a lot instrumental music, but with Yukimi, she always touches me .
What can we expect from you in 2016?
I will drop another EP in (probably) March again via Boogie Angst. But I am working on a lot of tracks right now, so I am definitely working towards an album! Maybe that’s gonna be the beginning of 2017 though… we will see.