PINDOS MUSIC**** specialises in creating / producing atmospheric music, with acoustic sounds and world music influences.

SERVICES:

Recording Guitarparts on existing songs with a selection of special guitars and in many styles*
Arranging, producing and spicing up existing songs
-Creating remixes using some unique instruments including Claude Viol, Bike Tyre Bass, Musical Saw etc..
Composing and producing soundtracks for film or documentary
Location** recording with hi-end microphones and preamps
Mixing and mastering*** of existing recordings, using a setup of hi-end analogue equipment

 

*Styles include Tango, Musette, Balkan, Country, Swing, Blues, Brazilian, Greek, Jazz, and the average pop strumming and shredding.
Instruments include a National Resophonics ‘El Trovador’, Kim Lissarague baritone guitar, Luca Waldner Torres style Spanish guitar, a Vintage ‘Bruno’ parlour steelstring, a small handmade Syrian Ud, a fine Greek Laouto, and a number of unique self-made string instruments with crooked sounds.
**looking for a location? we know several great locations throughout Europe. More soon on one of our favourite locations in the Greek Mountains!
***mastering is done by an associate specialised mastering engineer
****Pindos Music is the brand name of recording artist Michiel Hollanders (NL/FR/GR)
*****Since it gets tricky to count the asterisks, it is fortunate that we have run out of footnotes on this page

 

New CD out by Zulya Kamalova

Zulya Kamalova’s CD ‘Six Days Loving’ is out and can be heard at bandcamp! Production by Pindos Music, in close collaboration with Zulya through the wonders of the internet. The album contains 9 new songs written by Zulya, arranged by myself and Zulya, with additions of a couple of great musicians from Canada, Russia and Australia. We spent a lot of time looking for a general productional approach to the album, and then within that concept, lending each song a unique sonic identity in order to support the beautiful poetry by Yoldyz Minnullina. My instruments are featured a lot on this album, as I played most of the parts – the Claude Viol for instance saw some heavy use and doubled as a kind of rudimentary bass-guitar, while also being used in it’s usual distorted cello – like presentation. We decided not to use a lot of traditional percussion but instead went with a collection of pots, pans and various random objects, plus one of my basses which with a certain mic technique works fairly well as a kick – snare kind of instrument – which I then mangled with effects and doubled with some electronic sounds. Zulya recorded her vocals at her home in Australia, which meant she could really take her time to get the best possible takes of each track. This approach in my opinion translates into very focused and intense vocals, free of the stress which can easily creep in during studio sessions under time pressure.
All in all it was a fantastic musical adventure, and one I hope we can follow up in the future with another project.
For more info on this album, and Zulya as an artist in general, check out her site.

Recording Snow Apple in La Fabrique

Producer Zlaya from LOUD asked me to join him on the new project ‘Project Lucy’ of Snow Apple. Snow Apple is the band around singer / songwriter Laurien Schreuder from Amsterdam. The core of the band used to be three girls, but by now Laurien is the only one left (and she was the first one). During her travels, she got involved with a talented and very sympathetic bunch of Mexican musicians. For this session, the band was joined by two excellent Italian session musicians, the quite unique and amazing Alan ‘Gunga’ Purves on squeaky stuff and whatever else makes some noise, and myself lending a hand on the Claude Viol or acoustic guitars wherever there was a need for some extra acoustic string violence.
My role consisted mainly of helping to get the music into some direction, as well as thinking along about the way how to record each song. We were lucky to record this project during 7 days in the La Fabrique Studio’s in the French Provence, which is definitely one of the most special residential studio’s left in Europe. The various spaces available provide some fantastic possibilities in terms of acoustics, and the place is just very beautiful, relaxed and inspiring to work in.  A big bonus is the house engineer Daniel, who was assisting and basically running Pro Tools and all the connections throughout the sessions, allowing us to focus on the music.
Learn more about Snow Apple on their site

Live sound for Lalitades


This summer, I am doing live sound for a couple of shows by the Greek band Lalitades. They are one of the most succesfull Greek traditional wedding and party bands, playing songs in ‘the old way’ from all over Greece but clearly specialising in the music from Epirus – which is where their roots are. Lined up with Clarinet, Violin, Laouto and voices (some handpercussion too), they get crowds going like no other, and often play for more than 6 hours non-stop. In many cases simply untill the last dancing people drop down, which is all to often around dawn. Resulting in us arriving back home some time in the morning.
Although it is only a very small part of their repertoire, I have to say I have a weak spot for their renderings of traditional Epirotic Polyphonic songs, of which you can hear a nice example here.

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Listen here to a selection of tracks which I have worked on either as a musician, engineer, arranger, composer, co-producer or a combination. Clicking on the words ‘view track’ next to each track, will take you to SoundCloud where you can read more info about the track, and follow links to the websites of the artists.