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Y.O.P.E North Sea Round Town

YOPE is the project of bassist Joop de Graaf. Joop is also known as the bassist of Brintex Collective, Imaginarium, Diana Dzhabbar Quartet and Dandana, among others. With all the influences of the projects he plays in, Joop decided to start his own project and record an EP with one of his favorite drummers Luis Possollo. This EP was released on the Wicked Wax label at the end of 2022.

In 2023, Joop was busy graduating from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, but his project still managed to win the Conservatorium Talent Award and the composition prize. The prizes made it possible to complete his first album, which will be released in the summer of 2024, called 'Peer Pleasure'.

The band has now expanded from a trio to a full band with Anton de Bruin on keys, Luis Possollo on drums, Miguel Valente on alto sax and Sam Peetermans as singer. The upcoming album will therefore not only contain instrumental music but also songs with lyrics written by Sam and Joop.

“The vision of the project is to make danceable beat music that blurs the line between club and live band. It is a mix of danceable electronic music where the improvisational elements lie more with the bass guitar and drums instead of the usual solo instruments.”

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Thu 11 Jul

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