Scarlet Mae

Scarlet Mae

 Rotterdam, South Holland, NLD
BandPopJazz

Before releasing a full-length album, Scarlet Mae got a lot of national media coverage. They played their jazzy pop songs live on Dutch Radio 1 & 2 (both twice), 3FM and Radio 6 (three times). They also played Appelpop and a sold out Paradiso Main Hall (supporting Jonny Lang).

Biography

Scarlet Mae are a three-piece playing a combination of pop and jazz. They occasionally perform with a guitar player and horn section as well. The personal lyrics are an important part of the songs, which have a light and lively feel and are performed with passion. The young musicians can easily switch from modest to exuberant, playing a catchy chorus that sticks in the back of your mind all day.

Scarlet Mae attracts a wide variety of music lovers: people who like jazz and soul, fans of the likes of Caro Emerald and Room Eleven and also people who just like songs from the heart will go home with a smile on their face after a show of this band.

The band was formed in 2009, by singer-songwriter and piano player Marije van Rijn, drummer Daan van Kasteren and double bass player Caroline Kamp. Marije and Daan already knew each other for a long time. They met Caroline at Rotterdam Conservatory. Marije writes the songs and plays the piano. Her voice combines very well with the backing vocals of Caroline and Daan. The chemistry between them becomes very clear on stage. Musical perfectionism is combined with a liveliness that creates a desire for warm summer nights. Jazz On Stage wrote in a review that “promising should be written in capitals when describing this Dutch three-piece”.

After releasing an EP with four tracks, Scarlet Mae got a lot of media coverage. Radio dj Jaap Boots called them “the jazz pop chicks who are embraced everywhere”, because of their shows on, among others, Radio 1, Radio 2, 3FM and Radio 6. The live circuit also reacted positively on the release of the first Scarlet Mae songs. The band played many shows, for example at North Sea Round Town, Hollands major free festival Appelpop and a sold out Paradiso Main Hall (supporting Jonny Lang).

A full-length Scarlet Mae album will be released around Eurosonic-Noorderslag in January 2012. To fund the recordings, the musicians shew an entrepreneurial attitude, starting a very special crowd funding project, cooperating with Radio 6 and involving the donors in the recording process.

Discography

EP with 4 songs (2010)
Full-length album forthcoming (January 2012)