His parents being music lovers Rik (1986) started playing bass guitar at age 15 and discovered that making music is one of the best things in the world. Years later he acquired a usb microphone and after a while started a YouTube duo with Eline van Hooff. This ment going back to school and get a head start. Sound Education Nederland was the weapon of choice and graduated cum laude in 2017.
As a bassist he took part of Hemaroids, Verona Beach, Strike in Time and Seven Days Remain. In Ellow he played (upright) bass, guitar, organ, synth, percussion, ukulele, melodica and much more.. Nowadays he works on an album for a new band formed with Eline, works as a guitar tech for the band Gifter, writes stock music twice a week and sometimes produces songs for singer-songwriters like Chris Jones (UK).
Engineering and recording
Black Cat Studio is a little but functional mixing space with a nice pair of monitors and a lot of instruments in a circle. While the mixing part happens in this room the recording part is mostly done on location. For recording a 16 channel interface is used with ProTools 12 or Logic Pro X. For mastering iZotope Ozone 7 is the tool for the job.
There are several royalty free stock music websites where Black Cat Studio is running a store and selling music. The BCS catalog is updated on a weekly basis. These are compositions that can be used for YouTube video's, advertisements on radio or TV or in games.
This doesn't mean that there is nothing to choose from. But the studio is set up to be portable and as lightweight as possible. Most of the processing happens in the box so we have the advantage of total recall while still making use of some awesome oldschool sounds.
Since guitars and other instruments are a big passion, the choice to help out Gifter as a guitar tech and allround tech was easy to make. Keeping their guitars in the best condition possible and making the changeovers more efficient is a fun and rewarding task.
Custom guitar pedals
To relax sometimes guitar effect pedals are to be built. The base models are a booster and a bass fuzz. With some cool, one of a kind, designs on the shelf an Etsy page with the Epic Beard Pedal creations will soon emerge and the pedals will be available worldwide.
Mobile: +31(0)6 17 770 344
I work from Eindhoven, the Netherlands
but my studio is portable.