BIOGRAPHY FRANK BLUEKA

 

Frank Blueka's music can be characterized as soulful, with influences from modern rock, blues, folk and Irish influences. Since Frank took his own way internationally, his career has taken a surprising turn. Songs from his albums Acoustic Avenue, Room88 and Harvest Waits are streamed worldwide. New singles like SEVEN YEARS and MY BIRD attract a lot of visitors on YouTube. At INSTAGRAM Frank is building a loyal club of followers. His craftsmanship is striking, but also his love for songwriting. Frank Blueka is inspired by songwriters such as David Gray, Lady Gaga, Christy Moore, Lewis Capaldi. Kelly Jones (Stereophonics) and Tom Waits… But also by songwriters from Uruguay and Argentina like Jorge Drexler and the artistic Juana Molina.

When you ask Frank what kind of music he makes, he says: “Songs, preferably in all their simplicity. I keep arranging with my acoustic guitar and piano for a long time. And often I make a melody line just by murmuring or humming some sounds. These resources sometimes limit me, on the other hand they ensure that I do not lose myself too much in the possibilities. The trick is to retain created creativity. That's why I always record the first pure versions of new ideas. Guitar and vocals at the same time or piano and vocals. I include that purely as a source concept. Then I give the song the chance to expand into a fuller arrangement… “ 

Frank Blueka has been working with Producer-mixer Raymond van der Vechte since the beginning of 2020 to broaden his sound. The two combine an acoustic sound with beats and an atmospheric flow. The result is an almost cinematic broadening of Blueka's acoustic sound. The first single 'SEVEN YEARS' was the first example of this. Successor 'MY BIRD' received a remarkable amount of views and reactions on YouTube and currently exceeds 60,000 hits. The Lady Gaga cover also passed 30,000 hits and had a flood of reactions about love. Well worth a look. The gentlemen are currently very curious how the release of HOLY MAMA will do. There are already rumors about possible hit potential. The outlook is promising.

Frank finds inspiration for his lyrics in mystical stories, dreams and everyday worries. Supplemented in own words: "Feelings of love, longing, anger, humor, sadness can suddenly find a place in a song. I never know exactly how that process works for me. Sometimes a song is created very quickly, sometimes it takes a long time to grind. and planing. Just like a sculptor can do or a painter keeps mixing his colors. It's the fragments of emotions and experiences that together form a whole within a song. When that feeling of a whole becomes strong, I know that it is almost is finished… ".

Frank finds inspiration for his lyrics in mystical stories, dreams and everyday worries. Supplemented in own words: "Feelings of love, longing, anger, humor, sadness can suddenly find a place in a song. I never know exactly how that process works for me. Sometimes a song is created very quickly, sometimes it takes a long time to grind. and planing. Just like a sculptor can do or a painter keeps mixing his colors. It's the fragments of emotions and experiences that together form a whole within a song. When that feeling of a whole becomes strong, I know that it is almost is finished… ".

Life-cycle:

Frank was born in Heerenveen in the Netherlands. As a young boy he played the piano, memorized pieces because he could not read notes well. Billy Joel, Chopin, Mozart. But as erratic as he was, he suddenly dropped the music because he preferred to play football and play outside. The musician in Frank seemed to lose out. However, at the age of seventeen. When he went to live on his own and left for Zwolle, he picked up music again by playing the guitar. Why guitar? Frank gives the answer sober: “Actually purely practical. The piano was not that easy to carry on my back… ”.

The guitar turned out to be a good choice. After guitar lessons from Jan Bartlema (classical), Anton Arema (pop) and Ralph de Rosario (jazz), Frank Blueka started to find his own style and also to accept that he did it differently than was often traditionally intended. The street bastard mentality, the underground and the band life may have shaped him the most. Frank played bass in a punk band for a short time, was the lead guitarist of the school band that later continued as a cult cover band. Frank became a singer in the same band because the then singer was picked up by a well-known band. At first she did not dare to sing and went to play in the street in Antwerp for a summer to get the guts to sing in public. Got inspired by Belgian bands like Deus and Zita Swoon. Founded own bands like Tuesday's Gone, Ooops Danny and BLZ15 (ao DWDD). He left the last band to definitely start a solo career. As a professional, open-minded, as a bread player, preferably as pure as possible settings. That was reflected in his first written and released songs.

His first already sold-out album was largely recorded with 2 average SM58 microphones and a digital 6-track recorder. Sometimes half hanging under the microphones to get both the guitar and the vocals on tape well in combination. He hardly knew cutting, pasting and making loops. The result was his debut CD “Acoustic Avenue”. With plays on national radio and in folk circles highly appreciated “Spancil Hill” Frank immediately handed over his business card. Acoustic Avenue is Frank Blueka's debut album from 2008. Room88 followed in 2012, Unplugged Live (limited edition) in 2015 and Harvest Waits in 2018.

In recent years, Frank Blueka has had a renowned team of professionals around him. The purity and feeling, however, remain an important asset in Frank's songwriting. It remains at the heart of his song writing. That is why he always works for a long time in his own “White Room Studio” before he visits the other professionals with his ideas.

As far as living is concerned, Amsterdam continues to attract regularly, but its musical heart and roots are actually not tied to any place. . Love brought him back to the East of the country. There Frank Blueka has found his place in the cozy Deventer. As mentioned, he has his music studio and lives there with his wife and small daughter of seven.

Short story...

Judging from his stoney silence, the cab driver is downright furious. You can't really blame the guy: I've just asked him to forsake the antiseptic safety of downtown Zwolle downtown to drive deep into a known hippie-hideout territory on the outskirts... a place where feelings run soul-deep while guitars, bottles of wine, and sometimes funny cigarettes are passed around. We go flying off the road where the highway turns to dirt, just a stone's throw from the IJssel River Bridge. We have arrived at the "Bunker of a New Time"...

The cab screeches to a halt. I reluctantly step out onto the grassy ground. No sooner is my body clear of the car when the driver puts the pedal to the metal, leaving me stranded and alone... they've been expecting me, but it makes me no less nervous. Down the dark tunnel I go, the faint light at the end thankfully getting closer as I make my way toward it. I really hope that there's someone inside this mysterious building... softly the sound of an acoustic guitar beckons... a slight ghostly echo touches the walls.... finally a huge ragdoll opens the door and whispers in my ear ".....feel welcome my friend.......Frank Blueka is playing........."