Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Machiel Scholten, born in The Netherlands, on 12-04-1992.

Grew up in a large and warm family, with two younger brothers and one younger sister. In a rural area. Plenty of space to play outside and build tree houses and stuff, which was very nice!

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

At first, I was in a cover band and we gradually played some songs I wrote. But it was difficult to motivate everyone: I seemed to be wanting more than the rest. So I started solo, which was quite naked at the beginning. That’s been 3 years ago and I gradually improved on a lot of aspects. Now I also play bass, keyboard and starting to get the hang of drums. So my goal for February is to produce an EP and play all the instruments myself, Mac Demarco style :).

The name Rum for Breakfast originated when I was in Panama for my internship. With 3 friends, we went a weekend away for some surfing. We did a surf-session before breakfast, and when we came back, prepared some good breakfast: oats, milk, apples, fresh coconuts and stuff. A friend of mine saw the bottle of rum from the night before and poured a bit in the breakfast, which appeared to be delicious haha!

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

Genre is always difficult, especially as I seem to be moving more and more to danceable techno. I consider my music to belong to the genre of indie-pop.

The music video has been shot during our family vacation this summer, in Central Asia. As the lyrics touch on a heavy topic (breakup after +2 year relationship), I wanted the videoclip to be not related to that. We brought a standard and a good camera, and my brother filmed me at nice places in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. I also wanted to mock all the videoclips in which people act like they’re playing an instrument, but which is not even connected. That’s why at some shots I strum bread, my ukelele still in a cover and my ukelele backwards.

The song is about my relationship, which ended after I came back from +8 months abroad in Panama/Colombia. My feeling was over and the song has been written during that period. It is the first time that I confessed to myself that the feeling wasn’t there anymore, but I was still positive that it would return if we just started to date again without any strings attached. That didn’t happen, but the feeling of the song is still quite positive.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I’m not as talented as other people. I mean that in a way that I’m good in many things, but not really outstanding in one part. I can sing, but am not the best singer. I can play guitar, but ain’t a Jimi Hendrix etc. In that way, it is quite difficult to be ‘noticed’ by the gatekeepers, as they are mostly searching for someone who is very talented in one thing already. But I’m getting there, and right now, I kinda don’t care anymore about the professionals. I’d rather make music for people who appreciate me as a person and what I stand for and see where that takes me. Just wanna keep everything inside my own hands, which makes me to learn a lot :).

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

With this song, I got a bit of help of my friend Paul, who was already together with me in the cover-band. We make music together quite often. I wrote the song and recorded the guitar in my room. Then, I went to Paul’s place where he recorded the bass-guitar and the rhodes-keys and electric guitar, made a demo-version of it. My singing teacher mixed it all together and added the voices on the end and another good friend of mine mastered the track. The song has been recorded in a real DIY-style, with people helping me out 🙂

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

My goal is to be able to travel the world while playing. I consider myself to be in the ‘music industry’ for 3 years, from the moment I started to go solo and really wanted to make a future out of it. I work on the side but I hope to be able to make a complete living out of music someday. I want to move more towards danceable music, to really be able to make a party. Loop myself, a bit like Chet Faker does, but then more up-tempo songs. And then travel the world with that. Would be awesome 🙂

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I mostly get inspired by things which don’t feel good. Say, a feeling that I cannot pin down completely and then I start to write. That’s mostly how the lyrical part gets born. However, the music is always first, I just jam and record things I think are nice and then I write songs about them. For instance, a lot of times I play guitar, sing some gibberish words for a melody and record that. Then, when I listen back it appears that I sing some words which stand out and which get me thinking. Then, I start to write the lyrics around those words.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Repetition, 4 chords (like F/Am/G/C) and some topic about loving someone.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Do whatever you like. Don’t listen too much to other people on what you should do. Listen to yourself. Try to make the world a better place by positively influencing the ones around you. Nothing is possible if you don’t believe in it. So you can better believe in it that you can make a change.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Keep on practicing everyday in a structured way. Like every day 10 minutes of vocal training. That’s how I gradually improved over the years.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Last year, I was selected to go abroad to Estonia, as a representative from my city, Rotterdam in The Netherlands. That was an awesome experience, where I got to meet very kind and cool musicians from different countries, and we basically played music, talked about music, dreamed about music for a week, with gigs in between! It was a real good experience.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

IndieXL is a very nice platform in The Netherlands that really gives undiscovered Dutch talent a chance to get aired. They don’t care about reputation or whether other people like it. They just give new music a try!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

For singing, I find it difficult to get the most out of myself at ‘the moment supreme’. I tend to think too much about how I should sing and try too much to not sing a false note, which actually makes me sing worse.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

– Mac Demarco

– John Mayer

– The National

– JJ Cale

– Pearljam

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Collaborated with Novelfae, a folky Dutch singer-songwriter who now lives in Sweden.

If I ever have the chance, I’d like to collaborate with Bas Bron, a producer/dj from The Netherlands.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Facebook –>

https://www.facebook.com/rumforbreakfast/

Instagram –> https://www.instagram.com/rumforbreakfast_/

Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/rumforbreakfastrfb

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjOiWmbtk6UGsYpDC7wDdaQ

 

Website

http://www.rumforbreakfast.com/

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

http://www.rumforbreakfast.com/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I don’t like to think of my happiest day and saddest day.

Every moment can be happy, every moment can be sad. It’s not about the activities you the feeling you have.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d use 1/4 of it to be able to live for the coming 10 years without needing to earn money to ‘survive’

I’d buy a house in Rotterdam and all the musical gear I really need right now and the rest I’d put in a bank account and pretend like I never had it


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