Artist Name: Ten Years Today
Song Title: Conflicted
Genre: Alternative pop
Release Date: 21-09-2018
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Interview with Chaos Magazine – Chaos Music Magazine
The Daily Indie “Britpop is flowing through their veins.”
The Next Gig “This band is heading for national success.” All
All Things Loud “Another milestone for van Luijtelaar and his band.” – All Things Loud
Ten Years Today – Conflicted
We’re taking you to a random Ten Years Today gig… Floris, Simon, and Mathijs are giving all they got on stage, the place they belong. They get off with quite the ‘natural high’. That night, the three friends are getting drunk on the festival vibe, when a production-employee offers them a spare hotel room. Nice! Despite the good vibes and energy, they manage to get in one of those silly, drunk arguments. On that hazy night, they manage to lock each other out of the freshly gotten hotel room. The next morning, two of the guys wake up on the floor in front of their hotel room, while number three is still unknowingly dreaming. Later that morning, shit tends to get physical at breakfast, but luckily everything is forgotten after a firm hug. All that’s left to think about is the banger of a set they delivered the day before. Energetic, musically tight, and all in good fun. Stories like this one define the dynamic in Ten Years Today, to give everything, frustrations, and a friendship that can take a punch. We are extremely proud to announce the release of Ten Years Today’s debut album. In 37 minutes, you’ll hear slick rock tunes with recognizable hooks, the way Arctic Monkeys and Red Hot Chilli Peppers used to make them. They have been playing the smaller venues in the Netherlands and are now ready to cross borders. In March it’s the UK’s turn to dance along to tunes like ‘Do Ya’ and ‘Praise The Shit’.
Brief us on how to impress fans during a live performance.
We want our audience to experience an unforgettable night, and to escape the boring reality that’s full of shit. We do this by making music and we’re giving our all during our live sets. Making music is our way of escaping, we’re not even trying to give everything, and it just pours out of us.
List the names of your biggest supporters.
There are a couple of special ones that have believed in us from the start and they’ve been with us through everything, and still are! Love to all the mums!
Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.
Like we’ve said before, music is our way of escaping real life. Everything that bothers us or that goes around in our heads, we can put it all in our songs. The documentary ‘A Dutch Connection’ by Bram van Splinteren has been a huge inspiration. Watch it and you’ll also want to play in a band!
Discuss your experience as an artist.
Being an artist is actually quite complicated. I always thought it just meant making music and that would be easy. Well, that was a lie. Making music is, of course, a big part of being an artist and it can be lovely, but writing music has to be hard and has to cost effort and all of a sudden you have something beautiful. At least that’s how it works for me because it’s different for every musician! When you’ve made something beautiful it feels really good, but being an artist is not just about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. There’s getting gigs, marketing, and a lot of other ‘dull’ stuff like sending out emails over and over again before you get a reply. It’s hard work.
Tell us the biggest mistake you have ever made in your music career.
I started making music at a very young age, it’s quite hard to know then what you should and should not do. I might have pushed people away in the music industry by being too enthusiastic. I wish I would have communicated differently back then, but I learned!
Discuss the story behind the song.
‘Conflicted’ is about having meaningless sex but realizing that in the end, we all want something more, something ‘real’. Every time I tried to have something real with someone, I managed to fuck it up and to end up alone again. This song is actually about loneliness.
Tell us how to fund a music project.
For our debut album, we had started crowdfunding and we got a lot of nice responses to that, so in the end, we were able to make our debut with the money of our fans and supporters. Shout out to them! But next to crowdfunding, we’re trying to make money with shows and selling merchandise as well as vinyl of course!
Discuss your opinion on the safety of fans during shows and live performances.
We play shows because we want to give the audience an unforgettable night where we can all forget everything for a minute. We don’t want them not to be able to retell the night… Sometimes our shows do get wild, but we always keep an eye out for our fans and we always see how other fans take care of each other as well! No one gets hurt; we’ll make sure of that.
Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.
There’s a lot of musicians and professionals in the music business that have helped us load through the years by giving us small advice on how to sell ourselves as a band. The best advice I ever got was not to worry too much about what other people say and think and that I should do what feels good to me.
Tell us what you will improve or change in your music.
Nothing very specific, music is about feeling and I will always write what I feel. We live and we grow. We’ll see what the future brings…
Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.
Every day I practice and right before shows, I make sure my voice is warmed up, which is very important! If you practice for half an hour every day, you notice a proper difference from what you felt and sounded like before. These exercises might sound or look a bit weird, but at least you get to keep your voice… And you’ve only got one.
Discuss your best mood during a performance.
Doesn’t really matter in what mood I am before a performance, as soon as I step on stage, everything changes. We don’t just want the audience to forget normal day life; we do so ourselves as well, it just happens. We lose ourselves in our music, which is the best part about making music.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Ten Years Today – we ever started as a duo on a dusty attic and Simon, our bass player, came up with Ten Years Today. Right before I realized that my brother turned ten that day. We thought it was fate!
List your best artists with reasons.
There are so many! At this moment my favorite bands are Parquet Courts and together PANGEA. I can totally find myself in the lyrics of the latest Parquet Courts album, they’re just so beautifully written. And my forever love are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the way they play their music live is just amazing to me. I always like it when a band is better live than on vinyl.
Discuss your existence as an artist.
I exist, so I’m an artist. There’s nothing I could or wanted to do.
Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing society and the solution.
Social media – It makes everyone a bit of a loner, we keep looking at our screen and we miss out on the lives around us. I’m not really sure what the solution would be, maybe that our brain and body will go through an evolution that will solve the problem itself.
Discuss your songwriting and recording.
Usually, I’m the one that brings in the ideas for new songs, and usually, it’s just a sketch. It’s kind of too much of everything, together with the band we’ll make it into a song. We really need each other to be able to write songs. We always record our music with Roel Blommers, he is our producer and makes us sound even better.