House Concert in Rotterdam

We just had another wonderful house concert in Rotterdam!

Daniël and Oliver, whom Joe met in 2016 through Couchsurfing, organized a wonderful evening in their beautiful home.

We arrived one day early to spend some time with them, since they became our dear friends in the past three years. Oliver, who loves food and has his own food-blog, made an amazing dinner (vegetarian, just for me 🙂 )!

Roasted Cauliflower, Koussa Moutabbai (pan-roasted zucchini in tahini), a yoghurt-rice dish based on a recipe called Chick Barak, and a vegetable omelet. Super tasty!

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Plus the best dessert Joe ever had 🙂

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The next day – concert day – Oliver and Daniël needed to work in the morning and we had time to set up our instruments and sound check. It’s always exciting to wait for the audience and set up the room so that everyone will be able to see us and have the most pleasant experience.

Finally more and more people arrived. Daniël even posted the event on Couchsurfing, which is why a group of young travelers attended as well. By show time, the living room was packed.

We played two 40 minute sets consisting of our original songs and some covers. Everyone was attentive and engaged and we all had a blast!

You could really tell that our music touched the audience, which lead to super nice conversations about our songwriting and lyrics afterwards. Even the idea of writing our own musical came up.

Thank you Oliver and Daniël for your hospitality and for organizing this fun event! We had a wonderful time at your place and feel grateful to have you as friends!

Here’s a little clip of our experience:

– L



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Hand-in-hand with our travel is the desire to write, record, and perform our original music. Both of us had a number of incomplete song ideas, which with the other person’s help, are finally coming to life. Utilizing a rather simple recording setup, we have begun tracking for the preliminary demo.

Recording is a process that’s taken me years to refine. I recall really honing these skills while living/working in Los Angeles. When the clock’s ticking and money’s being spent, you quickly sharpen your game. Since we’re doing this ourselves, there’s no pressure and plenty of time to develop the songs to their greatest potential.

I believe there’s an art to everything, and song writing/recording is no exception. You’re basically organizing sound in such a way that not only evokes emotion from you the artist, but hopefully the listener as well. Along with the actual music is some kind of message in the form of lyrics; these can’t be too literal nor too abstract. The trick is finding the right balance for all the components involved, and when you do, it’s pure magic!

– J