van sereno

van sereno

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Sydney singer/songwriter Van Sereno has a fresh sound that fuses organic pop with urban roots & rnb with jazzy overtones. With catchy guitar riffs & infectious chorus hooks, his innovative approach will leave you humming his tunes to the wee hours of the morning.

Biography

Growing up in the innerwest suburbs of Sydney, Van has emerged as one of the most innovative songwriters today. He mentions Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Ronny Jordan, George Benson, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Ani Defranco as heavy influences.

Joining his first covers band "Evail" as guitarist at 21 years of age, the late bloomer learned all he could in its 3year lifespan. In the meantime, he joined numerous other projects, both live and recorded works, amongst the small network of friends within the small Sydney scene. He formed his first vehicle for his songwriting "VAMPit" in mid 1999. As frontman and only songwriter of the four piece funk outfit, Van lead the group to two EP releases and countless liveshows that made agents and industry personnel alike stand up and take notice. After 4 and a half years, the group disbanded and Van took up the task of launching his solo career early 2004, continueing to work the sydney live circuit as a solo-acoustic performer, utilising his hand crafted Marand guitar.

In the past he's supported local australian acts as diverse as Vanessa Amarosi, Diesel, Martinez, Tiffani Wood, Marcia Hines and also high profile international acts such as Andrew Roachford (UK), John Hammond (Blues USA) and John Legend (RnB USA).

Van Sereno released his solo debut album "i think i know" to a capacity 250 crowd at Vbar, in the heart of the Sydney city on April 29, 2005. Nationally distributed on MGM, the album continues to gain momentum, on rotation on selected radio stations across Australia, Van is currently doing more live shows to promote the CD.

July 2005, the title track to the debut album "i think i know" made it to volume7 of "Sounds Like Cafe" compilation CD. December 2005 the dance track "Leave" made it to volume 9 of "Sounds Like Cafe" compilation CD. September 2006 "On the 3rd week" made it to volume 13.

"Suspicious" the first single lifted off the album has aired on Channel ABC's "Rage" music television program, and also on "NoiseTV" Channel SBS and "Pinoy TV" on Channel 31.

"Are You Ready", track one on the album has been selected as a download on the amo website and Oztracks website.

His debut album is on regular rotation on 2RDJ 88.1fm, 94.5 FBIfm, 2NSBF99.3 in NSW aswell as couple of rural community radio stations across Australia.

Van also appears in Home Grown Roots Volume 1. a compilation CD that features australian roots singer/songwriters. Both tracks "Little Bonsai" and a duet with itu "You're Out" have been received well by radio and industry critics.

A Van Sereno show is a very unique and special experience. His playing is fluid yet funky, and heavily in the groove making audiences bop and thump to the beat. and when those hooky chorus' kicks in there's no choice but to sing along the infectious melodies. His blend of roots, rnb and groove is a winner to suit any festival or tour.

Lyrics

Amanda

Written By: Van Sereno


I can’t figure you out, one day you tell me you’re free and you’re all about
Being honest to me and that it’s over with him
I tell myself you know exactly what you are doing, you’re in control
All I can do is wait for you to come around

‘cause I’ve been there before and I remember just what it’s like
made up your mind it wasn’t right tryin’ your best to move on
while he’s hangin’ on
and he won’t let you go

So go on play your violin
Amanda keep doin’ your thing
Well I’ve watched you from afar before and I’m willing to watch you some more
But I’m caught in the middle and I don’t like being second fiddle
So I’m warning you Amanda before we move on

So we meet when we can taking it slow we understand
Though we know that this man’s still around
Now I question your feelings, dare I say even lack of
It brings a bitter taste on little things that we do

And whenever your phone rings and you ask me to leave you alone
Lie to him and say you’re at home
Do you whisper sweet nothings still to him God knows
Will you ever let him go

How do you expect me to act when you know I deserve more than that
If I’m in the way then straight away please plainly say to me
I’d gladly leave this Godforsaken triangle
I should’ve known way back before
I thought I was doing the right thing
Waiting in the wings maybe I was wrong
God forbid you’d string me along
So now do you see, can you feel what you’re doing to me
I’d rather break free before it’s me…

©v.c.ilagan2005

3 Guesses

Written By: Van Sereno


Gave it some thought, I gave it so much thought I thought I was thinking too much of the sort
Of you and I and what more
Could I offer you, I want to do everything but before
I go for what you’d like to know more
Well I guess it’s now or never

SHALL I GET DOWN ON MY KNEES
COULD YOU SPARE ME THAT SCENE TONIGHT
CLOSE YOUR EYES GIVE ME YOUR HAND NOW PLEASE
THREE GUESSES
WHAT DO YOU THINK I’LL ASK YOU TO BE

Call me what you like, call me old-fashioned, call me conservative, I don’t mind
But I don’t want to waste my time
If you don’t like my way, then I’d say
Why are you even trying
I can’t pretend
We’ve got a good thing goin’

The way I look at it, it’s best by the book
Thank God we took the time now look how far we’ve come
Now you know me, I’m not one usually to be
Romantically inclined but its time I’ve made up my mind…
It’s got something to do with having you or holding
Whether in sickness or in health
For the richer or for the poorer
Till death will we part
It aint’ all that hard

I guess you’’ve figured it out by now yeah
I guess you have, I guess you have have

©v.c.ilagan2005

Believe What You Want

Written By: Van Sereno


They look at you and they acuse you of the truth you found
They don’t condone you of the way you act when I’m around
They can’t accept me they say you can definitely do much better than that here
You’re worth better than that Dear

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THEY THINK
THEY SEE WHAT WE DON’T AND WE THINK
DIFF’RENTLY TO THEM SO WE’LL PROVE THEM WRONG
BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT
ALL I KNOW IS THAT
WE GOT SOMETHING GOIN’ ON

And so we thought they’d change their attitude just give them time
We’ll bite our lips, we’ll force a grin and try with open minds
They test our patience and it’s obvious they can’t appreciate what we do here
And they’ll never change that’s clear

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THEY THINK
THEY SEE WHAT WE DON’T AND WE THINK
DIFF’RENTLY TO THEM SO WE’LL PROVE THEM WRONG
BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT
ALL I KNOW IS THAT
WE GOT SOMETHING GOIN’ ON

They don’t know us from the cloud of dust of fear
That just surrounds them
Must be awful for them
Watching this when
They condemn what they’ll never understand
So we’re damned by their eyes
And yet it’s only them who cry

©v.c.ilagan2005

Discography

"another way"
Van Sereno
independently solo acoustic album 2007
not yet released

"persistence"
Van Sereno
independently released band album 2007
Foghorn/MGM Distribution - Australia

"i think i know"
Van Sereno
independently released Solo Debut album 2005
MGM Distribution - Australia

"Little Bonsai"
'Home Grown Roots Volume 1" compilation cd
Byron Bay Records
MGM Distribution

"You're Out"
'Home Grown Roots Volume 1" compilation cd
Byron Bay Records
MGM Distribution

"This Thing This Something"
VAMPit
EP independently released 2001

"You Don't Know Me"
VAMPit
EP independently released 1999

Set List

Van Sereno plays strictly original material.
If he is hired to play one set he will do tracks from his debut album, plus tracks for his new album.
he can play two or three long sets.
van works a residency covers gig at paddy maguires star city casino (2years into it now), he plays three hours of covers ranging from classics mixed in with top 40.