Wild Young Minds: July 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Roadtrip nr. 2 - there we go!

Saturday morning I'm leaving for Berlin early in the morning, so this will be the last post I'm writing in more than a month time. Have to say that I feel quite sad about that fact, because I finally had a bit of time to start posting again. Well, not anymore ;) This afternoon I had my last workday and when I was cycling home through Amsterdam (the Vondelpark was extremely crowded, you can't imagine) I actually had the feeling I was going to miss this city a bit while I'll be away.

Enough with the sad thoughts. I'm going back on the road! Many, many cool cities are waiting for me, many new people from all over the world to meet and many great things to experience. I don't know what I'm looking forward to most - the strolling around city streets in summer, the drinking cocktails in alternative bars or maybe just the journey and train travels itself. There's no doubt it's going to be an amazing summer and although it will be extremely hard to beat the last one, I have a feeling there's a chance it will. Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful summer yourselves to. Don't plan too much, do drink too much and enjoy the sun. See you in a month!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Amsterdam Fashion Week

For the first time I walked a show during Amsterdam Fashion Week.
It was Dido Yland whose collection I got to show. I opened the show and was one of the two models who had to show 2 outfits. Quite an honour!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

4th year North Sea Jazz on a row: we never get tired of it

According to tradition, Ramai and I made the journey to Rotterdam again. This time we would only go one day to North Sea Jazz, unfortunately. The choice was quite tough, since there were many great artists performing this year. We chose to go on Friday, to see Mr. Carlos Santana, a legendary artist. As always, the program was planned very shitty, because two of the artists I wanted to see desperately were playing at exactly the same time: Santana and Lianne Lahavas. Eventually, I saw them both. No, I can't be at two places at the same time (God, I wish I could!) but I ran back and forth. Crazy, right?

The first artist we saw was Larry Graham and the Graham Central Station. Last year I won tickets to see him and he lifted me on stage. This year he gave a great show again. He always loves to jam and is famous for his plugging. A few songs of Sly & the Family Stone (his former band) were performed and he invited another guitarist on stage: Mark King. Too much testosterone on stage, if you ask me. At some point the beats hurt my ears - and that doesn't happen very often. A bit later two other artists appear on stage. One of them looks like a younger version of Prince with an afro. He plays one song along and doesn't even sing. A few minutes later he disappears again.

We left a bit earlier at Larry Graham to see upcoming artist Laura Mvula. Apparently not early enough because 'The Darling' (the hall were she performed, which has seats) was completely full. Quite disappointed as we were, we went back to 'The Nile'. Seasick Steve had already begun and gave a hell of a show as well. Seasick Steve is an old country-rocker from the South. I loved, loved, loved his sound. He brought many instruments he had made himself: small guitars from beer bottles, car parts, etc. He invited a Dutch girl from the program 'Best Singer-Songwriter' on stage and was extremely full of her.

After Seasick Steve, it was time for the one and only Carlos Santana. I had to admit I didn't know that many songs of him but it turned out to be no big a problem. In the beginning, I was afraid it would be a concert like many others, since he was only playing the guitar (other guys were singing) and Carlos Santana was chewing gum the entire time.

But eventually he became a bit more talkative. He told us he had played at Woodstock and was also wearing a Woodstock shirt. I really loved the versions of 'Black Magic Woman' and 'Maria Maria' that he played. In the middle of concert, which lasted 2 hours, I was extremely thirsty, so I walked through the crowd to get a drink. Not a very good idea, since we were standing front row and there were millions of people. It was certain I couldn't go back, so I decided to have a look at Lianne Lahavas, who was performing in the hall next to Santana. Great decision, because at that moment she was singing the song 'Age', which is my absolute favourite. She has such an amazing voice, which came out very well in that hall.

Afterwards, it was a quite  a difficulty to find Ramai again, who stayed at Santana's concert. After about half an hour we found each other and went to the last concert of the day: Anthony Hamilton. This guy is such a lady killer, comparable to Marvin Gaye. He played many smooth songs and was almost quitting early, when he returned on stage and played the magnificent duet with Jill Scott (who wasn't there, unfortunately): 'So in Love'. I danced my tireness off and was feeling quite depressed North Sea Jazz was already over for us, when it was continuing for many other persons. Ah well, next year 3 days again if you ask me. That many great artists in one weekend, you just have to be there. In the train back home, when I was almost asleep, Ramai woke me by saying it was Prince on stage. He flew over to play one song with his friends Larry Graham and Santana, before going to Switzerland. We unexpectedly saw Prince again. Crazy world it is.
First photo doesn't belong to me but to, but the rest does. The last one as well, unfortunately ;)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Congrats to big brother Bas!

A personal post again. More to follow this week, I've had many great experiences lately (which costed me lots of sleep - my eyelid has been shaking for the last three weeks, quite annoying) so I'll try to stay up to date.

Last Thursday my 24 year-old brother graduated from university. He finished his master Marketing with a master scriptie concerning football and marketing. Quite cool, since he's a huge fan of football (he even is Dutch champion football quiz, I'm sure you never heard of that title, but now you do!). His family and girlfriend were allowed to be present when he got his evaluation.
When we came outside, his entire 'dispuut' (a society within a student society) stood outside with a black and yellow vehicle. We had a couple of drinks and went for dinner at the Greek with the six of us. I'm very proud, especially since he also already has a job at Vitesse (a Dutch football club in Arnhem). Not all students have a job before finishing university. So I dedicate this post to my brother, wishing my study may continue for a long time, since working life isn't attracting me yet. Not at all!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Pitch Festival 2013

Never thought I'd be that big a fan of electronic music but Pitch was a hell of a party. Two days of music, food and sun in Westerpark (Amsterdam), what else can you wish for? To speak for myself, that's probably the best you can give me. It definitely was exhausting but it was completely worth it. We were extremely lucky to have two summer days (which are very rare in Holland) so we could relax outside as well. 
The artists I mainly bought my ticket for were AlunaGeorge and James Blake. James Blake performed the first day and gave a magnificent show. He sat behind his little table and made the entire audience dance their feet off. Especially his newest single 'Retrograde' was mindblowing, such an overwhelming sound, which I really love about his music. Other artists we saw the first day were Fat Freddy's Drop, a band from New-Zealand who played uptempo music. The show was hilarious. There were three old men wearing crazy outfits and one of them was even wearing sport shorts and long white sport socks. Once in a while he took off a garment until his shorts was the only thing left.
Flume, an artist whom I had never heard off, was amazing as well. Just a young guy standing in the Gashouder, entertaining hundreds of dancing people. The light effects at this show were the best of all the shows I'd seen so far. Unfortunately we didn't see a lot of Azealia Banks, since James Blake was performing at exactly the same time at her. Eventually we saw the last 2 songs of her show, one of them was 212! Azealia Banks wore fewer clothes than Britney Spears in the days she was still fit, so you can imagine what kind of show it was. Amazing, indeed.
Hudson Mohawke was a bit disappointing. His music wasn't really danceable, cause it changed every second. Innovating, yes. Agreeable, no. So we decided to have some mint tea (coffee for me of course) and Indonesian spekkoek (de-li-ci-ous) and listened to the silent disco of FS Green. I realized I really love different kinds of music but that music is my absolute nummer 1: bedroom soul & club r&b. 

We started the second day with making some waffles at home and sitting in the sun at Pitch. The first artist we saw was Chvrches, an electronic band with a tiny singer dressed in a red dress. It sounded really good but considering the fact I couldn't sing along with a single song, I couldn't wait for the next artist that would perform: AlunaGeorge. What a show. I have loved AlunaGeorge for quite some time now, especially the songs 'You know you like it' and 'Just a Touch'. These were the first two songs they performed but the show didn't become less good after my favourites had ended. On the contrary, they had made their own version of 'This is how we do it' and they also performed 'White Noise', which they had produced together with Disclosure. Aluna had such an attitude, she looked extremely fit in a croptop and sporty shorts. She has almost a childish body but it suits her.
After AlunaGeorge we rushed to see Disclosure, which was one of the highlights of the weekend. I danced till my entire body was covered in sweat (not sure if this sounds cool or just disgusting) and we had so much fun (this just sounds too joyful but it was true though!). After Disclosure we went to see Cashmere Cat, a DJ. This was the last artist we saw, it was more club music than festival. I enjoyed the music but it was a bit too crowded to really enjoy the show. 
All in all, Pitch was a festival to turn into a tradition. The line-up was amazing, the atmosphere was all good and the weather was even better. I could finally wear my festival outfits (almost all my clothes are festival-worthy so you can imagine I was very delighted I could finally wear them) and I ate the most delicious food (especially lots of falafel). My feet were happy it was over but my mind and soul definitely weren't. No worries, this afternoon I'm going to North Sea and I'm sure the whole festival thing will be repeated in a good way again. That's the life I love :) 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Keti Koti: 150 years of freedom

Today, the 1st of July, it's exactly 150 years ago that slavery was abolished in Suriname. Suriname was a colony of the Netherlands until 1975 but the date that slavery was abolished was the 1st of July in 1863. 40.000 of slaves became free men and women. Today there were many activities in Amsterdam to celebrate this wonderful fact, like a free breakfast at Leidseplein and lots of concerts in Oosterpark.
'Keti Koti' means broken chains and thus also means freedom. Freedom for the forced, freedom for the slaves, freedom for Suriname. A great, great reason to celebrate this on a large scale!