Sem Jansen en Leif de Leeuw, of the Leif de Leeuw Band, with the ins and outs about Until Better Times.
Broadcast Monday August 27, Radio Duivenstraat http://www.radio.duivenstraat.net (19:00 CET – 01PM CT)
Saturday September 01, (K)ansas (C)ity (O)nline (R)adio http://www.kconlineradio.com (6PM CT – 24:00 CET).
From an early age Leif de Leeuw, guitar player and founder of the Leif de Leeuw band, received several music awards. He won the Sena Young Talent Guitar award twice (2009 and 2013) and in 2016 he was awarded as best blues(rock) guitarist of the Benelux by the readers of the magazine “De Gitarist”. This year he has two nominations for this award, one as ‘Best Guitar Player Benelux’ and one as ‘Best Blues(rock)/Country/Folk Guitarist’.
The band, with the members Leif de Leeuw (guitar), Tim Koning (drums), Boris Oud (bass guitar) and Sem Jansen (vocals and guitar), has also been awarded several prizes. In late 2014 they won the Dutch Blues Challenge and in 2015 they were named ‘Best Band 2015’ by the European Blues Awards. Even though the band has mostly won Blues-awards, they are not restricted by musical boundaries. Their music portrays a lot of different styles such as funk, soul, roots, fusion, country and rock.
In the summer of 2014 the band released their first EP, named ‘EP Deluxe’. This short album with 5 songs and a playtime of nearly 30 minutes is produced by Robin Freeman (Herman Brood, Billy Preston, etc.). The EP was met with great acclaim by the press and it made everyone long for a full-fledged first album.
The band traveled to America to take part in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. This experience provided them with a great inspiration for the recording of their first album. Again they worked with producer Robin Freeman and this time they were joined by guest-musicians Tony Spinner and Sonny Hunt. In Januari 2016 the album, named ‘Leelah’, was released in a crowded club in Zoetermeer.
The album was the start of a lot of beautiful experiences. The band played at a some major festivals like Ribs ’n Blues, Sziget (HU), Haarlem Jazz & more and Blues ’n Jazz Rapperswil (CH). It also opened doors to perform in lots of other countries. The band toured in Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Belgium and Austria. If all goes as planned this list will be expanded in 2017!
Right now the band is very busy writing the songs of their second album, that will be released in October 2017. The new single will be released sooner; during Record Store Day (april 22, 2017)!
Website Leif de Leeuw Band