A UK based progressive rock project by Dmitri Ermakov and Koos van der Velde recently put out two new songs: “Jonathan Livingston” and “Migration.” The band that grabs inspiration from plenty of different genres talked with Progarchy about their creative chemistry.
Koos shared his treasure trove of vintage microphones – great collection, including a Tesla AMK 102 and an Astatic Model K-2.
Here’s Dmitry checking out a Krundaal Dynamic Cardioid Microphone Mod. 607. We used it for the low frequencies in a recent session to record percussion for a new track.
For the top side of the drum we used a Samson Q4. Quite a cheap mic, but stuck into a convenient hole in a chair back, it did the job. In fact, the whole set-up was pretty makeshift, as you can see! Improvisation? We love it! 😉
Koos playing his vegan Djembe – custom built by his Dad! @ Market Place Studio, North Pennines, UK.
Summer’s made a late entry here in the North Pennines and ‘rain stopped play’ at the home studio for a while, too, as we tussled with technical trouble. Back on track now, though – treated ourselves to an upgrade, so MetaQuorum are now the proud owners of Cubase 8 Pro! The interface had been totally reworked, plus there’s lots of cool sounds to explore, so we’re looking forward to experimenting with them.
Koos van der Velde, born 1973 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, began playing the snare drum at the early age of six. He got his first full drum kit four years later, and by the time he was thirteen, he was already playing in his first metal band, Lunacy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QULMxnFK_30
During his six years with this popular Frisian band, Koos also drummed for Disgrace and various other local metal and punk bands, gaining plenty of experience in playing live gigs.
In 1993 Koos joined experimental jazz-core band Megakronkel http://vimeo.com/102509114, a Dutch group which opened the way for bands such as Victims Family and NoMeansNo. Together with Megakronkel, Koos toured extensively throughout Europe and recorded the album ‘Neurotransmitter’ (Konkurrel, 1994) as well as a song for ‘Project Fake, A Tribute to the Minutemen’ (Easy Money Records, 1997).
With over 25 years working as a freelance drummer, Koos has recorded drums for a wide range of bands and artists from all corners of the globe, and has also led several workshops. But when asked what he loves most, well, it has to be playing progressive music styles like fusion, so that’s why we’re really pleased to welcome him on board at MetaQuorum!