Team

Frank van de Woord

 

My name is Frank F. van de Woord.
After several years of playing different instruments and singing in bands, I started to know the music business a bit.
When we built The Bandstart Studio with friends (in 2000), we took all knowledge with us from where we rehearsed in the past and where we had contracts with managers and labels. We wanted to do it a bit different with good ambiance and more honesty towards musicians. We created a place that every musician would call home.
My task is being the creative director of this company. To scout, accompany and deliver jobs to talented people, creating music and film are my tasks and passion.

Evert Jan de Braal

 
Hello,
I am Evert Jan de Braal and most people know me as E.J.
I was born in 1955 and from a very young age I was interested in music equipment and in good music itself.
When I was 12 I built my first mixing table from lots of unexpected materials, but it worked. When i reached the age of 23 I had my first analog multitrack recording in a true studio, Just building up experience all the time and at the age of 25 i got the chance of mixing live bands on a multiple days festival with over 60.000 people in Germany.
That was beyond my biggest expectations, it was such a great experience, after that I worked at several places, building all kinds of sound equipment and also done repairs of equipment. That helped me in learning about for example why microphones act the way they do and why they have that special frequency area. And its also good to have knowledge about what actually happens inside a mixing table to process the sound we hear on the outside of it. Later I also got several music projects in Crete.
 
Every summer holiday we make a music tour along all Dutch Islands with Horizon Tour. With lots of large sailboats we sail to all of those islands with good musicians on-board and of course a good team of sound engineers. Its a great event each year. For several years now i have helped Frank as his sound engineer in the Bandstart Studio and together with our good team we built up the music label Compulse Records. I hope we can help all musicians that visit or contact us to get a very nice recording, mixing and mastering product to build their career in music together with us.

Bjorn van der Leij

 
Hello my name is Bjorn van der Leij, 
I am a 19 year old photographer ,filmer, editor and Junior Manager at Compulse Records.
My job is to release the music of our artists and to make sure  the release goes according to plan.
My passions are Music, Photography, Filming and Editing.

Andy Nikiza

Good Day everybody !!

My name is Andy Nikiza, I am 20 years old and born in Burundi East -Africa. I am new to this large organization and to the Bandstart Music Family, so I will introduce myself to you all. My profession is A&R manager. Music label: Compulse Records. At the age of 4 , I came to the Netherlands with my mother and sister. Being just a small young kid I totally didn’t understand what happened. Coming in the Netherlands, we first had to live in an asylum seekers center. There I got the chance to learn a lot about several things. One very important thing, was meeting other cultures and discovering how to connect the best way with them. I learned a big lot about all different kind of music styles around the planet. Music helped me survive this tough period of my youth and gave me energy and motivation. Meanwhile I developed myself and became older and wiser. Empathy, passion and perseverance brought me to immerse myself in philosophy. This pushed me in a special life direction. It brought me the big chance to become A&R manager for Compulse Records. For me it feels great to take away someones struggle and help the person with a music career. The task of being manager is much more than just guiding. I like to be that person they can trust and share their stuff with. I come from a situation where I would have appreciated help .

Next to enjoying music as a true passion, I love to read books and educate myself in philosophy and other meaningful fields of study. I believe it is a gift from God that I now have the opportunity to help people with their music and the future in it.

For Compulse Records I will be the person to approach for artists, all possibilities and the performances. I would like to connect with all stages and their crew, as well as all radio stations with their employees. To achieve that I start with a tour of stages and radio stations to introduce myself to them. I like a personal approach.

So be ready to meet me !

Andy.

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