In collaboration with Dutch Music Export we are continuing our digital road trip. After a succesful sync mission to Europe, we are now crossing the channel to the United Kingdom.
Below you’ll find all participants who are joining us for this Digital Sync Mission to the United Kingdom. Participants vary from composers, artist managers, sync and licensing managers to publishers and everything in between. Click on their names to know more about them (and their music)!
Roland de Vries
George van Wetering
Robbert Becker (composer, orchestrator)
Studying jazz, piano & keyboards at the Hilversum Conservatory in The Netherlands, I developed a long lasting love for music & film music in particular. I recently finished up my 2-year eduction (professional certificate in Composing and Orchestrating for Film & TV) online at Berklee in Boston, giving me a solid understanding and practise scoring for Film, TV & Games. Whenever I can, I will include live players as it will breath live into a piece and add an extra emotional layer to the music and to your project. I love orchestral writing, both classical as well as contemporary. Combined with electronic elements, percussion & sound design, I believe it is the ideal combination for film music.
Early this year I wrote the music for a comic short I also happened to produce, Covid Love with director René Nuijens. Playing at over 30 film festivals around the world, it received numerous nominations as well as winning 7 awards. I recorded the main theme with Dutch Lame Sonore player Annette Scholten. Six members of the Dutch String Collective played a short cue I wrote during their weekly lockdown rehearsal in a beautiful and emotional way.
Music Robbert Becker
Koen Cramer (composer)
Koen Cramer is a Dutch composer known for his music in Odds (2021), Feed Me Slowly (2020) and Witte Schaduw (2018). Koen Cramer was born in a small-populated city in The Netherlands named Hardenberg. At the age of 23 he moved to Los Angeles to start his internship with Cavalry Music, a critically acclaimed publisher focussing on a curation of boutique catalog of high-end music as well as custom trailer scoring for world's biggest entertainment properties including Disney, Universal, Warner and Amazon. Currently living in The Netherlands with his Mexican wife where he works from his music studio with international clients.
Music Koen Cramer | koencramer.com
Jelle Dittmar (composer)
Jelle Dittmar is a composer who has dedicated himself to music for media. He has been very active as a library composer for the last three years and currently works for major libraries such as BMG and Warner Chappell in Los Angeles. With Warner Chappell, he recently scored an album for their new label, recorded live with the Budapest Art Orchestra. Currently, he is working on a collaboration with vocalist Julie Elven, who was the vocalist of ‘Aloy’s Theme’ in the Playstation game ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’. Jelle’s music can be heard in a variety of productions such as ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, ‘The Grand Prix of Portugal 2020’, the official trailer for the new Bob Ross documentary, and the Netflix Original series ‘Dark Desire’. Besides working for libraries, he has also scored two movies, namely ‘The Schoolgarden’ (2020) and ‘Cat Fun 2’ (2021). Both were released in theaters in the Netherlands and one of which has been made available on Disney Plus.
Music Jelle Dittmar
Sofia Dragt (composer, producer)
Composer, producer, vocalist and pianist Sofia Dragt works as a recording and performing artist in pop music, as well as a composer and producer for film and media. Recent work includes the score for a television documentary series named ‘Het WAD’ by Ruben Smit, and premiered last May on VARA – a Dutch television broadcaster and the score for the short film by Jonathan J. Smit ‘Ik wil je graag bedanken’ [I’d like to thank you], that premiered last September during the NFF.
She won several awards including ‘De Grote Prijs van Nederland’ [the Dutch national grand music award] in 2013, won the award for ‘’Best Music - Pop’’ at the Berlin Motion Picture Festival in 2018. And in 2019 she was runner up for ‘Best Film Scoring’ at the CAIFF (USA). Lastly, her song ‘Come Home’ which was written for the TV commercial of a Dutch insurance company ‘Interpolis’ ranked second on the ‘Reclamemuziek Top 40 2020’ [Top 40 Commercial Music Charts 2020].
Music Sofia Dragt
Tess Gaerthé (head of sync, Cloud 9 Music)
Tess has been singing & songwriting since she was 13 years old, representing The Netherlands during the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with her song, Stupid (2005). She studied Jazz followed by International Music Management, played various stages with various bands and leads a monthly jam session. She has been responsible for syncs at Cloud 9 Music since 2016, taking care of all sync & licensing activities for both the records- and publishing department. In her role at Cloud 9 Music, Tess has synced tracks for brands such as Coca Cola, FIFA, Volkswagen (to name a few) and has recently music supervised the movie Anne+, now playing in Dutch cinemas.
Jarl Hector (co-founder – ECD, Clear Music Amsterdam)
Jarl is equally at home in the studio as the boardroom. Jarl Hector is widely experienced in creative production and music supervision. He has worked on the campaign music for Bol.com, Samsung, Diesel, Netflix, Plus Supermarkt, MINI, Volkswagen, Bavaria and Vodafone. As well as the soundtracks for movies like Soof 2, Weg Van Jou, Wat Is Dan Liefde and many more. His love for music developed working in record stores, organising music festivals, showcase events (club 3voor12), DJing and playing with his band, The Medics. Did you know one of their songs was on the official FIFA12 soundtrack? Jarl also traveled the world on his motorcycle and is a licensed yoga instructor.
"Music is my world. I love using my network and experience to elevate brands, bands and filmmakers. And help them connect and resonate with new audiences."
Music Clear Music Amsterdam
Justin Hendrik (founder & managing director, Maktub Music Publishing)
Maktub is a boutique style independent publishing company based in Amsterdam – The Netherlands. We believe in quality over quantity, in building strong long-lasting relationships, being inclusive and fair. We champion songwriters, we nurture and develop talent. Over the past years, we have been awarded with multiple Buma Awards for every consecutive year since we started the company in 2010.
Daan Hofman (composer, Hofmusik)
Daan Hofman is an award-winning composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born and based in Amsterdam. He studied theater in Utrecht and music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. More recently, he obtained a degree in electronic music from Point Blank London and completed a master's degree in Media Composition at Chichester University. He is best known for his playful chamber music with a melancholic touch, hybrid sounds and lyrical melodies. In all this, storytelling and reflecting the human condition is the most important element of his work. For years he toured with his songs and wrote music for theater, but things really fell into place when he mainly focused on composing for film in 2018. In total he had scored 15 short films, two of his soundtracks were nominated for “Best Musical Score” on the 48-hour film projects and he won the prize in Rotterdam. He also composed the music for the documentary ‘De schrijver, de moordenaar & zijn vrouw’, broadcast on Dutch television, and wrote a track for the BBC Ireland docu-series Spotlight. Things gained momentum when he received the BMIM New Talent Award 2020 for his orchestral score of Danny and the Wild Bunch. Shortly after, he was runner up at the California independent Film Festival Scoring Competition. Since then, Daan has worked on various films, including the documentary ‘Who's James Payton?’, a feature film Little Amsterdam and the short film De Overkammer.
daanhofman.com | music Daan Hofman (password: hofmusik)
Ayu Lestari (producer, composer, Signature)
Ayu Lestari is a producer, composer, co-owner of the indie record label ‘Signature’ and co-founder of ‘Sisters in Songwriting’, a community based in Rotterdam. Besides being a music entrepreneur, Ayu studies IT-Law at the University of Groningen. Music is her passion and profession. Recently she released the first all-female compilation album ‘20 Feet Tall’. In her own studio she records, produces and mixes for artists, helping them to find their signature sound. Ayu studied Electronic Music Production at SAE and had the opportunity to watch and learn from mentors Spaceman Patterson (Miles Davis, Frank Ocean) and Grammy award-winning producer Jerry Wonda (Fugees, Whitney Houston), in New York where she lived for six months. As a film composer Ayu won several national and international awards with film documentaries Streetkids United II (executive produced by Stephen Daldry known from The Crown, The Hours and Billy Elliot), Streetkids United III and Becoming Lev. The latter screened at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2020.
Music Ayu Lestari
Jan Mittendorp (owner, Black and Tan Records/Publishing)
Born in 1959 and started playing music (guitar) when I was 14. First acoustic jazz / skiffle and later on electric blues. Started booking my own bands and in 1988 founded Crossroads Agency. From 1993 my main focus was booking European tours for USA artists and I worked with a a lot great blues men and women. With Boo Boo Davis I recorded 12 CD’s and since 1998 we did more then 1000 live shows at almost all big European jazz & blues stages (a.o, Montreux Jazz, North Sea Jazz, Jazz a Juan and Peer Blues). In 1997 I founded a record label and publishing company (Black and Tan Records & Publishing). Besides more traditional blues / roots music I also have some interesting projects that mix blues with (electronic) elements of modern dance music. So far I've released over 800 tracks and I control the worldwide distribution rights. For 550 of those I also control the worldwide publishing. Over the years I secured more then 50 placements in (USA) TV series and commercials. I have a deep love for American roots music and with all my musical activities my goal always has been KEEPING LIVING MUSIC ALIVE.
Music Black and Tan Records
Annemarie Overwijn (singer-songwriter, creative accountmanager, TRX Music)
She first appeared on the music scene in 2015 as ANEMARY when she released her debut EP Truthfully. As ANEMARY she performed in London and at festivals such as Bevrijdingsfestival, The Life I Live, and Fringe Festival. In 2018 she released her last single, Lucky Penny, as ANEMARY which won the 3FM Elevator Pitch.
She started 2019 with a new attitude and a new name to match it -ANN KING. As Ann King she has released several new singles and her 7-track debut EP called Fake Flowers. In December 2020 she released a dark academia-themed ballad called Primrose Hill, which she followed up with her empowering single Do me this favor and her emotional single Shiver which are all featured on her second EP Fiercely that was released on the 29th of October.
Next to being an artist she works behind the scenes in the music industry as an account manager of the royalty free music library TRX Music.
Music Annemarie Overwijn
Charlotte Stricker (sync manager, CTM Entertainment)
After studying Media & Entertainment management, working at Stichting Norma, CNR Records and Overamstel Publishers, she started as sync manager at CTM Publishing and Production Music. CTM Publishing is one of the leading independent music publishers with offices in Hilversum, Brussel, Stockholm and Miami. CTM Publishing works with copyrights from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Roy Orbison, Scott Storch, Migos, Joey Badass, Post Malone, Tiesto, John Lennon, Jonny Nash, Zara Larsson and many more.
As Head of Sync, Charlotte is responsible for pitching and licensing both the commercial catalog as the production music catalog and coordinates with all sync teams worldwide. She has worked on different advertisement campaigns for example T-Mobile, Toyota, Plus , Lego, but also movies, for example Penoza: The Final Chapter, De Oost and tv series like Van Der Valk.
Charlotte Stricker's projects
Bas Veeren (owner, Planet Creon)
Planet Creon has a catalogue of Artist tracks that potentially could work out great for synch, but also has a collective of composers and producers ready to work on more specific pitches with a quick turn around. Some placements in the past were with Nintendo, Rabobank, Pro Sport, NPO Radio2, but also big music festival and movie trailers. Founding Artist Cr3on had his own track “SHIVER” used in a US movie trailer “The Divorce Party”. His hit release “IS IT REALLY LOVE” on SPINNIN’ received massive support of basically all the biggest DJ’s around the globe, started as #1 trending track on 1001 Tracklists. It entered Viral Charts and hit more than 37 million streams on Spotify alone.
On top of this success he also won a Buma Award, the most prestigious prize for a composer/writer to win in the Netherlands.
Recently he co-wrote and produced ”HEARD ABOUT ME” with former number one DJ’s of the world Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and successful German DJ Felix Jeahn released by Sony music.
Music Bas Veeren
Roland de Vries (international client relationship manager, Strengholt Music Publishing)
With over 20 years of experience within the music industry, Roland is a true music professional. In the late 90’s he started working at Buma Stemra, the Dutch author and rights organization, as an account manager for the Dutch music publishing members. Later he moved on to Fintage Music and was responsible for clients, like: Herbie Hancock, Eminem, Frank Zappa, Jason Mras, Raoul Midon, Tori Amos, Fiction Plane and many more. At Midem in Cannes, Roland shared is knowledge and experience at ‘Meet the Publishers’ and was simultaneously lecturer at the Alsbach Foundation for the Music Publishing course.
In 2012, he joined Strengholt Music Publishing as an International Client Relationship Manager and has been working there ever since. In his day-to-day job he’s responsible for handling all incoming sync -, cover - and sample requests. Over the past year Strengholt won the Buma Award for Best Synch Award for TV, film and online for the use of "Zing, Vecht, Huil, Bid, Lach, Werk en Bewonder", performed by Maaike Ouboter for the Netflix original series “Our Planet”.
Justin Welgraven (composer, by Raven)
Justin is a multi-award-winning music composer who creates music with impact. For commercials and trailers.
Working from his company 'by RAVEN' he's been fortunate enough to work with major brands like Netflix, Electronic Arts, Blizzard Entertainment, Harley Davidson, Hyundai, Vodafone, ID&T, and many more.
Join us on our mission to get rid of boring music in advertising. Let's make people go WOW again!
Music Justin Welgraven | byraven.com
George van Wetering (artist, composer, Monokino)
George van Wetering / Monokino (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is a protean artist of sorts. His music slips and slides between sonic palettes and tropes, transcending genre and creating an entirely new sonic landscape of its own. And his art has not gone unnoticed. Hailed as “a free spirit that finds harmony with disparate elements and a pattern without a formula” Monokino’s unique rock/pop has struck a chord with audiences across the globe. His music has been released by labels in the US, Europe and record company Modern Sky - a major player in the Asian music industry. His latest singles "Bend or Break" and “No Return” made a splash internationally this year, getting airplay on BBC radio. Describing who this artist is, Yack Magazine notes: "If Adam Curtis made music instead of documentaries Monokino would be the sound, his latest release 'Bend or Break' dives into how social media and misinformation can consume the unwary, the soundscape is suitably odd and unnerving with little solid ground to feel steady on but the sonic journey is an unforgettable one."
Working with producer Tony Visconti and fellow Dutch artist/producer Jacco Gardner during his career, Monokino has a reputation as a keen collaborator; a trait he also brings to his latest release: “Your Underground'', on which he worked together with J. Laser (former bass player of M83). Monokino gained a large following in China while also gaining traction in North America. Monokino completed five consecutive tours of China and North America, visiting landmark festivals from China’s Strawberry Festival to the US’s South by Southwest.