“First I want to put my own name and style”

In a relatively short year, the popular Brabant film FLEMMING has become one of the most popular names for the new generation of Dutch artists. After four successful singles, he thinks it’s time for an album. Of course, some things have to be abandoned. FLEMMING does it at the Hotel Arena in Amsterdam, the city that created the song that took him straight to the top.

You wrote your first songs in English and started composing Dutch songs on the advice of your manager.

‘Right. When I was still writing in English three years ago, I was much more involved at home. But at some point I got a little stuck. I had less inspiration. By switching to Dutch, I fell in love with songwriting again. In English, you are often stuck with Google Translate because it is not your native language. And in English, it’s hard to be “special”. Soon it felt like Ed Sheeran 2.0. I note now that the song is sometimes said to have a typical Fleming sound. This is of course what you want as an artist.

Marcus Adema and Sander DB are two men who played a big part in making your album. How did you contact them?

Marcus works as a home DJ and I know this through my TIZ director. Together we contribute to I miss you Van Tungevaag, Individual Patients, and MARF. When I started working on my Dutch songs, Marcus said he thought it would be fun to think about. At the first writing session, we were in the car. This is the text Amsterdam to arise. Sander joined in later and we finished the song with him. Later, during a writing camp In Kaatsheuvel they together wrote more songs on the album, such as automatic, chance And the you belong with me.’

Did you have a certain starting point when you were putting together the album?

Yes, I’ve done a lot of research on artists’ albums and I’m a big fan of myself, like Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and John Mayer. For example, where did they put their big hits on the playlist? Then look at that. I’ve also noticed that many artists like to tell their personal story as a common thread within an album, but I just want to do that with a second or third album. With this album, I just want to put my name and my style first, with a nice balance between storyboards and uptempo. In that regard, I feel like I can’t make this album any better than what I have right now.

the number aghast It is a duet with Emma Hesters. How did this cooperation arise?

aghast It’s a song I’ve written before. Until then I thought it would be really cool to score it with Emma. At the time, I had nothing of myself and almost no one knew me, so it remained a dream. But then I was allowed to participate in Banners I met Emma for the first time. We clicked very well right away. I later told her I had another track where I heard her voice. I sent it to her and she was super excited right away. Then we planned a session and sang the song together.

I’ve always held onto what I want from my dreams

the song Zipper It’s probably the most personal song on the album, because it’s about your bullying past. So you sing:I felt lonely. I wish it was better. I got scared and looked for a place where I could be safe. When did you come up with the idea of ​​incorporating this into a song and why did you want to?

The funny thing is, I never thought about translating this topic into a song. During a writing session with Rob Peters (with whom I wrote the song), a jubilant whistle blew. I thought it would be nice to put together a serious story against such a cheerful voice. Having my head in the clouds makes me feel safe, that I can focus on my passion: singing and songwriting. So clouds are a nice metaphor. With this song I also want to encourage boys and girls to always chase their dreams and tell them that no one should hold back on what others think. Fortunately, I was never spanked at school, but the bullying was present, because I sang and played in musicals a lot. Fortunately, I have always stood firm about what I want out of my dreams. I hope to be an example in this.

in you belong with me Do you sing about someone who pursues their dreams, but sometimes has to leave the ones they love behind. So you sing: “Every time I go, you stay close to me. I follow my dreams, but sometimes it hurts to be away from you for days and sometimes months. But it’s part of it.” Is this about your life?

“Yes in part. Ramon de Wilde, one of the guys who co-wrote this song, told me he was having some troubles in his relationship. As a guitarist, he loves his family very much, so he sometimes struggles Obtains. I told him that because of my busy occupation I now sometimes have to talk to my mother on the phone and that I want to tell her a lot, but then I find it hard not to have her around with me. That we are all occupied with our dreams, but because of that we have less loved ones around. This seemed like a good topic for us. We’ve put all those separate stories together and grouped them into a generic line, so they’re meant for someone you love.

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Many of the songs on the album are about girls, love, and relationships. Do you already have topics in your head that you want to use for new songs in the future?

“Yes, I would really like to write a song for my brother because I can always go to him when I’m in trouble. Or a very nice song about my parents, telling how I would experience it if they weren’t there. But at the same time in general, so that everyone can relate their story to it.”

Ed Sheeran is a great inspiration for you. Can you remember the moment that inspired you to take on his influence in your music?

On my birthday I got Ed’s first album from my brother, which I played all gray afterwards. I was a bit busy playing guitar and writing songs. Very catchy acoustic pop songs with those fast hip-hop variations, that’s what I really liked. Although I love hip-hop a lot, you won’t soon hear me rap like Snelle and Boef for example. But I really like those fast, rhythmic clips that Ed sometimes has in his songs. You hear it again inside me she wants me And the a picture of youOne of the new songs on the album. What I also love about Ed Sheeran is that it’s a chameleon. He can do anything. From song to uptempo or suddenly release an urban hip-hop half tune. This is what I aspire to. I love to explore all the corners of pop music. so it is a picture of you On the album are some pop/rock music, while automatically It is more pop with disco than with funk. Because of those little forays into my music, I hope it’s still fun to listen to and I stay creative.

As a Dutch speaking artist, you have been successful for a year now. A period when a lot happened. What are the most noteworthy moments that you have the best memory of?

Participate in the friends of Amstel LIVE! It was really something. I and my boss have tried to create a realistic plan for my career. We actually only planned Amstel Friends three years later. I’m in less than half a year after that Amsterdam He was out, he was allowed to participate in the series it was real illness. It was really a great experience! I remember standing behind the scenes at one point and having a moment of realization like: Well, this just worked. And very quickly! Then I became so emotional that I actually wanted to walk away so that other people wouldn’t see my tears. At that moment, Nick and Simone’s Simon Keizer came over, saw how I was doing and gave me a big, very sweet hug. It was a magical moment when I realized I had gone from zero to five hundred.

What are FLEMING’s plans for the future?

I want to take a quick look at the many forms of collaboration. For example, I think it would be cool to do something with Rolf Sanchez and Snelle. But Suzan & Freek would also be great for the song together. Of course I hope to have a long career, like Guus Meeuwis, for example. He’s a Prabandar just like me, so he’s definitely a great example in this regard. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could take over the De Groots Met Een Soft G parties? In the practice room where I train with the boys from my band, there are two posters of Bob’s dress. One from 2002 and one from 2019, but both are named “Guus Meeuwis”. I want that. If I could still pack up and entertain that whole room at 50, I’d be really happy.


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