Harry Kappen spills the beats: Exclusive interview with the Netherlands’ musical mastermind
Dutch musician, multi-instrumentalist and music therapist Harry Kappen is known for making bold political statements and raising awareness on global issues through his music. While his previous music often calls for large-scale global change, his latest single “The Freedom Inside” is a gentle reminder for people to start a positive change from within themselves, which will ultimately impact the world. Released on March 1st, 2023, the new single reached the UK iTunes Pop Songs chart at #52. The single teases the full-length album that fans have been waiting for since Harry’s 2022 album release, “Escape.” That album produced the 50K+ -streaming Spotify hit, “WarGames.”
Harry took some time out to speak with us about his career and his upcoming plans…
Hi Harry! How are you doing? Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. Tell us about your music. What can fans expect?
Hello, I’m a musician from the Netherlands and I’ve been playing and writing music all my life. I started as a guitarist, but now play multiple instruments such as piano, drums, bass and am proficient in working with Logic Pro, the music program. In addition to being a musician, I work as a professional music therapist. My clients are young people and their families. The fact that I play many instruments also comes in handy for my work as a music therapist.
My music is eclectic; I like solid guitar rock, the grand gesture, but I also like to make quiet romantic string compositions. So you can expect anything from me between those two polarities.
What has been the biggest challenge of putting together a solo project like this?
No, it’s not a challenge at all, it’s fun! I love putting together a project like this. Writing songs is like putting together a big puzzle; the music, the lyrics, the orchestration, the variety of songs and everything eventually comes together in one atmosphere, one idea, and the album becomes one cohesive identity. And to be honest, I’m almost disappointed when the work is done. I enjoy the process and humbly accept the outcome. However, it takes a lot of time, also because I also have a professional life as a music therapist. But it’s the way it is.
How have you used your background as a music therapist to influence and incorporate into your music? Its the other way round
Yes it’s the other way around! Thanks to experience in making music (and the study I have done), I know what music does to people. I use the qualities of music (rhythm, structure, emotion, harmony, etc.) to help people with their treatment.
And instead of having to talk about your problems, for many clients, especially young clients, it’s much more acceptable to experience these things in the music. By taking on issues in and through music, they change themselves in real life.
What inspires you to write? Do you have a set time every day that you create, or is it whenever inspiration hits you?
I make music all the time; I sit on my couch and play some notes on my guitar and something useful pops up and I record it. So my phone is full of little ideas, chord progressions, melodies, styles that I can use later. Daily life inspires me to write lyrics. Something I see on television, something I see on the street, my own emotions and experiences, everything.
In the end I think it’s a big mystery to me; I just start a big puzzle and there comes a point where everything falls into place. Always a magical and wonderfully satisfying moment.
How do you think that being from The Netherlands has affected your music career, either positively or negatively?
The Netherlands has always been an open society with a huge port (Rotterdam) and many people of different nationalities live there. I heard there are over 180 in Amsterdam alone! So you hear many different types of music and there are many different music scenes.
I grew up in the north in a city called Groningen. Many bands used to play there. And there were many stages, bars, clubs to play. Once a year there is this big European music event called Eurosonic. Growing up in Groningen was therefore a privilege, because starting a band and playing a lot was quite easy.
Do you think you’ll ever do a tour? Why or why not?
Well, a tour… that’s quite ambitious at the moment, but I’d love to perform live again. I think my music is very suitable for playing live. And I think it would be easy to get a band back together. Who knows what the future will bring. The tours I’ve done in the past I’ve organized myself and I know it’s a lot of work and takes a lot of energy. So I’m not very excited to do that again. I’d like to focus on my music and performing, maybe if I meet a really good tour manager, who knows.
What is the main point that you want to get across with “The Freedom Inside” single?
The main point is that I get tired of people complaining all the time. There is a tendency that people no longer trust governments, that people would rather believe some unproven conspiracy theory than the truth, the facts, that people nag each other on social media etc etc. Feel the freedom and take the liberty to take a critical look at yourself first .
First ask yourself what you can do better instead of blaming and criticizing others.
What can you do to help yourself or someone else? I just think that’s a much better and more social idea.
Any plans for a follow-up album to your previous one?
Yes, I am now writing and recording! And the new album will also contain the last two singles ‘Wargames’ and ‘The Freedom Inside’. So I’m in the middle of that interesting process I mentioned earlier and I’m enjoying doing it :).
Any final thoughts for your fans?
Stick to the facts and check the facts more than once before believing them. And besides; dream and fantasize as much as you can. Be creative!
Swizz Beatz Thinks DMX Sent Scar Lip To Him
The producer thinks the late rapper had something to do with him taking the NY based rapper under his wing.
Swizz Beatz is having some interesting encounters with the spirit of DMX recently. During an interview with The Breakfast Club last month, Swizz recounted a powerful dream he had. In it, he felt the presence of his late friend and iconic rapper. Prior to sharing this extraordinary experience, Swizz expressed that it didn’t feel like DMX was truly gone, but rather just temporarily absent. He described feeling a sense that the rapper was somewhere relaxed and at ease. However, when significant anniversaries related to the DMX approach, Swizz is struck with a profound realization of his friend’s physical absence.
Swizz went on to describe his dream about the late rapper. “But the thing that make me feel easy about it is he came to me,” he continued. “I seen him in my dream. He came to me. And this was, like, super quick too. And he let me know he was good. I’m the person that be like, ‘He ain’t come to see you, what you talkin’ about?’ I seen him. I felt him.” However, that isn’t the only thing that DMX is doing for Swizz Beatz. In fact, he says he feels like the late icon sent up-and-coming rapper Scar Lip to him.
Swizz Thinks Scar Lip Has The Same Great Heart As DMX
According to Swizz Beatz, he believes that DMX played a spiritual role in connecting him with Scar Lip. The rapper is an emerging star out of New York. Recently, Swizz has taken on the role of mentor for the young artist. During an interview with Audacy’s Hip-Hop Made, the renowned “Ruff Ryders Anthem” producer shared that the connection to Scar Lip was initiated by the spirit of DMX. Apparently, DMX’s fiancée Desiree Lindstrom urged him to collaborate with the new, talented artist from the Bronx.
“I honestly feel like DMX sent Scar Lip my way because she’s too much of his energy,” Swizz said. “Like I’ve never seen an artist that just naturally have what I know DMX have. And they two different artists, two different levels, yes. But I’m not talking about that. You know, like, that sister’s been through a lot, like Dog been through a lot. That sister, you know, is when you sit with her, she’s amazing and have a great heart the same way X had a great heart.” What do you think about Swizz’s words on Scar Lip and DMX sending her to him? Let us know in the comments!
Emika Love: Rising Music Artist Spreading Positivity
Meet Emika Love, a 19-year-old rising music artist from Sacramento, California. Emika’s unique sound and style are heavily influenced by her love for visuals and storytelling. In this interview, Emika shares how she tackles challenges in the music industry, her creative process, and her focus on making a positive impact on others through her music and interactions. With a big release coming up on May 19th, Emika is all geared up to bring her best self and leave a lasting impression on her listeners.
Honk: Let’s kick things off by getting to know each other a bit better. Tell us your name, age, and where you’re from—as much or as little as you’re comfortable sharing.
Emika: My name is Emika Love, and I am 19 years old. I am from Sacramento, California.
Honk: We all need good advice from time to time. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about music?
Emika: The best advice I got from someone about music was to never stop and to keep pushing my music. One song might not be your favorite, but to someone else, it will be. It’s all about preference. The advice I would give someone is to be unapologetically yourself. It is essential to reach your highest potential!
Honk: If you could go back in time, what would you do differently based on what you know now?
Emika: If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change anything. Everything I do, I stand by. I never have regrets, nor do I ever feel guilty. This is me, and every step and era I had and made was to make me have all the knowledge I have now. I am very blessed, honored, and thankful for everything and everyone.
Honk: We all face challenges, but what’s your biggest one yet?
Emika: My biggest challenge is that I love challenges.
Honk: What keeps you motivated and moving forward when things get tough in the music industry?
Emika: The thing that keeps me motivated is that I know where there’s good, there’s bad, and where there is bad, there’s good. Life only gets more complex, but you get stronger. Being able to do what I love is always the solution. So no matter how tough they are, diamonds need pressure. Nothing can take away from my music and motivation because, in the end, I’m doing it for myself and my people. There are going to be challenges, but bring them on.
Honk: If you had the chance to open a show for any artist, who would it be and why?
Emika: If I had the chance to open a show for any artist, it would be Taylor Swift. She brings such a warm, genuine atmosphere to the stage. Very feminine and whimsical energy, and just an all-around powerful, groovy tone. I believe we would bring an undeniable vibration to the stage.
Honk: Take us through your creative process. How do you come up with your excellent work?
Emika: My creative process is definitely all over the place and comes in so many forms. I usually start off with the visual side of things. So I will create a story visual in my head and say, “Now let’s tell the story. The visual part comes with me being a director, so it really sparks my creative process. Once I come up with the story, it’s time to tell it. I like to sit in the sink in my bathroom, look in the mirror, and sing melodies until I come up with the words. There will also be times where I will have a conversation with someone or read or hear about something that sparks it up as well. Once I come up with all of that, then the wardrobe and makeup come in to finish off the story.
Honk: We all struggle with productivity and scheduling at times. How do you tackle these issues and stay on top of things?
Emika: Productivity I don’t struggle with productivity, but there are times when I get scheduled for something, and the dates and times collide. I tackle this based on the cause. What is the job for? Is it for a good cause? Am I making an impact in others lives? It all depends on what is more effective for not just me but for others.
Honk: What are you currently focusing your time and energy on?
Emika: I am currently focusing on how to help others and have a positive impact on them. It is imperative to me that I leave a mark, add to people’s lives, and help them overcome some obstacles. I do that, whether it is to talk to them in person or through my music. I am also focusing on my music. I have a big release coming out on May 19th that has a message that people need to hear. That being the case, it is a project that holds a lot of weight in my heart. So I’m super focused on that and, all around, being the best Emika Amber Love.
Honk: Lastly, how can our readers follow you online?
Emika: To follow me online, you can find my music on all platforms as Emika Love, and my social media accounts are as follows: Instagram: eemikalove; Twitter: eemikalove; TikTok: emikalovee; YouTube: Emika Love; and Facebook: Emika Love.
Emika Love is a force to be reckoned with. Her unapologetic attitude towards being herself, pushing boundaries, and taking on challenges is inspiring. She creates from a place of authenticity, and her creative process is as unique as her music. With a big release on the horizon, Emika is focused on making a positive impact through her music and helping others overcome obstacles. Follow her journey on social media and join her mission to leave a lasting mark on the world.
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