Marten de Paepe

Marten de Paepe

 Amersfoort, Utrecht, NLD
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Marten sings about things everyone can sympathize with; morning moods, lost friendships or driving around in his car. His folky style of playing is hard to compare with that of others. Here and there, Marten winks at the heroes from his youth. Neil Young and Nick Drake are never far away.

Biography

For singer-songwriter Marten de Paepe being a musician isn’t about sex, drugs & rock ‘n roll. It’s about hard work. Het likes to retrieve for days, only with his guitars and a cassette deck. Coffee, cigarettes & tangerines.

Marten’s modest character can be heard in his songs. Well considered finger-picking, shaped after hours of playing. Only the best ideas should stay. After years of practicing his voice sounds warm, full and firm. There’re no gimmicks or phoney emotions in his music. “That’s not the way you wake up in the morning” he often says and remains true to his feelings. All of this makes Marten de Paepe here to stay.

Marten sings about daily life and things everyone can sympathize with, for example his morning moods, lost friendships or driving around in his car. His folky style of playing is hard to compare with that of others. Here and there, Marten winks at the heroes from his youth. Neil Young and Nick Drake are never far away.

Marten’s new record Boskoop is about the devotion of upcoming musicians. People can’t tell where a young, successful artist has been the last couple of years, judging him only by his looks. Suddenly he’s on a big television show or the national radio. Years before that, he roamed from bar to bar and played for a handful of people on the oddest places.

This too was the case with Marten. He could be spotted somewhere on stage every week for a couple of years. One specific gig in a greenhouse in Boskoop, a little town in the Netherlands, is symbolic for this period. At night the greenhouse was cold, the wait was long, and the audience had almost gone home. To move a listener with a song can’t be more beautiful than in a place like that.

Boskoop is an optimistic and graceful record about this period of hard work. It brought Marten to various places: he performed in Paradiso, Melkweg, Tivoli and the Arenbergschouwburg in Antwerp. He appeared as support act for Tim Knol and Joan as Police Woman and played the Lowlands Festival in August 2010.

The new band of Marten de Paepe that appears on his new album and tours along with him fits like a glove. Singer-songwriter Johan Borger (guitar and pedalsteel), Jesse Borger (bassguitar, a.o. Johan Borger), Mischa Porte (drums, a.o. Tim Akkerman) and Chantal van der Leest (vocals, harmonium) exactly fill in the right spot. They know how to give backfire, but keep silent when a song asks for it. It’s pretty rare to hear a group of musicians that play this tight together.

Marlon Penninkhof (guitar, a.o. Florian Wolff) joined the band since January 2012.

Frans Hagenaars recorded Boskoop and produced it in Studio Sound Enterprise.
The album is released will be released by V2 Records on September 12th.
Marten de Paepe will play his new album for the first time with his band in Ekko, Utrecht on September 10th.

Discography

Boskoop (V2, 2011)
Marten de Paepe (Dying Giraffe/Sonic Rendezvous, 2007)

COMPILATIONS
Track 13 Vol. 2 (Gonzo (circus), 2009)
Poetracks (Wintertuin, 2008)
The Pet Series volume 6 – the Mouse (Sally Forth, 2007)

Set List

Boskoop
In the morning
In your dreams
Go in circles
Perfect man
Island in the sea
What you need this silence for