updated January 24, 2019

Paperclip Agency’s Hilde Spille writes a lot about mental health for musicians and for the live music business on her blog Compass for Creatives. ILMC’s IQ Magazine asked her to write about mental health; the article has been published end of last year.  Hilde says: “I hope that with a bit of courage, we will all be able to talk more openly about our mental challenges.”
For the same issue, Hilde was interviewed for another article about mental health. “There are some myths I want to see dispelled and one of them is that you can’t show any weaknesses otherwise you are not going to make it in this industry.”
At ESNS she participated last Saturday in a panel about the Fair Practice Code of the creative industry in the Netherlands. The main topic was the financial insecurity for artists and people working in the industry, and the mental impact of it.
At the Werkconferentie Arbeidsmarktagenda last Monday, Hilde was in a panel about the same subject. The conference ended with a general call for more solidarity of artists with each other.

Pussy Riot‘s Maria Alekhina has done two public interviews this week, as start of a world wide tour of Pussy Riot. The first inspiring interview was at Paradiso’s “Fun, Art & Activism” event in Amsterdam, the other one was at Radboud Reflects in Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen, organized by the Radboud University. End of January, Pussy Riot will come to the Netherlands for 5 shows, see below for the dates. Meanwhile there are several interviews with Maria published or due to be published in the Dutch press, like Oor Magazine, Volkskrant, Eindhovens Dagblad, Haarlems Dagblad, de Gelderlander.

We are pleased to welcome Hazmat Modine on our roster for Dutch shows. This American roots band mixes various genres like blues, country, jazz and gospel to a swinging and smashing sound. In May/June they are in Europe and available for Dutch shows. All summer they are available for festivals.

On their new album, Huun Huur Tu combine traditional Tuvan throat singing with a classical orchestra and a choir. The otter plays a central role on this album. It is an important figure in the Tuvaninan mythology. Only for a selected amount of (semi-)classical festivals, Huun Huur Tu is available in this line-up. Of course they will be still available as quartet for all other venues and festivals.

Canadian rock-diva Sass Jordan is releasing her own wine, with the suitable title Kick Ass Sass, in white and red from the Niagara region. In May, Sass will be on tour in the Netherlands again. In Summer she is available for festivals all over Europe.

10cc‘s founding member and current band-leader Graham Gouldman will come to The Netherlands early February for seven shows. Together with two other singers/guitarists and a cajón-player he will present an intimate and acoustic evening filled with Gouldman-hits and stories. Songs will include ’60s hits that Gouldman wrote such as “For Your Love” (Yardbirds), “Bus Stop” (The Hollies) and “No Milk Today” (Herman’s Hermits), plus several Gouldman-songs from 10cc, plus recent material from Gouldman such as the wonderful and passionate love-song “Ariella”.

new signings:
Hazmat Modine (USA)
website, facebook, youtube
The band distills American music into an essence from its myriad forms: Blues, Country, R & B, Rock-n-Roll, Jazz, Gospel, World Music – yet it adds to this mixture something raw and mysterious that feels at once familiar and new.
New album “Box of Breath” due spring!
Available for festivals in May/June and all summer through.
Bookings for the Netherlands (by Hilde)