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Burntfield’s Top 5

Following on from the sublime ‘Something Real‘ and the fragile beauty of ‘Empty Dream‘, Amsterdam’s Burntfield recently presented the third and final single and video to be taken from their forthcoming album Impermanence.

Trust In You‘ is an effervescent track, overflowing with rich melody and dancing rhythms that reveals another side to Impermanence’s complex character. Exquisitely performed and yet so easy to listen to and enjoy, ‘Trust In You’ epitomises Burntfield’s warm, melodic take on modern progressive rock.

We grabbed the opportunity to connect with the band and learn a bit more about them.

This is Burntfield’s Top 5

TOP 5 pieces of equipment that every musician must own.

1. Sonarworks SoundID Reference (formerly Reference 4): A calibration software for studio monitors and headphones. The headphone edition is a must for always having a reliable reference sound on your headphones, wherever you are. The software supports an increasing number of headphone models. With this you’ll listen differently!

2. Headphones: Linked to the previous one, own good headphones, preferably different ones (open/closed etc.) for different situations and uses.

3. Audio interface: One that fits your needs and budget of course (smaller/bigger, more/less connections and features), but I’d say most musicians will benefit from owning one, and all its creative uses for from recording at home and on the go to performing live with electronics with your laptop or tablet.

4. Long jack-jack cables and/or female-female extensions: When you perform anything anywhere with electronics, having that extra length available comes in handy more often than imaginable.

5. Gaffer tape: a lifesaver that fixes and secures everything.

TOP 5 pieces of advice NOT to follow, to make it in the music industry.

  1. “Put yourself first”: To some healthy extent, you of course have to, but when it’s at the cost of being rude, mean, inconsiderate, disrespectful and unprofessional towards other people, I believe thinking about yourself and yourself only is a less sustainable path than being kind, generous, compassionate and accommodating to others, whereby you’ll ultimately gain more too.
  2.  “You don’t need to invest”: In the beginning and for a good while, in all likelihood you’re going to have to invest a lot in a project yourself, in order to get things going and make them happen, develop, improve the quality of the artistic outcome and grow, which will pay off in the end as you’ve shown your project is one to take seriously. To turn it around: if you don’t believe in it enough to invest yourself to begin with, how can you expect anyone else to do.
  3. “Just do it yourself”: Yes, but collaboration is key. Surround yourself with professional, positive, encouraging and stimulating people with a hard-working and collaborative mentality.Having other people on your team to support you and believe in you enables you to achieve great things together.
  4. “You don’t need to be signed to a record label”: This one from the perspective of a small independent artist – while I appreciate there’s controversy around this and opinions do vary, it comes down to what you want to focus on in your work. A label, even a small independent label brings a contact network which in terms of distributors, for instance, is most likely wider than your own as a musician. If you will only be doing digital releases, the benefit of label is smaller, but certainly with physical releases, distributors and media: see it as teamwork – what can you give to the label, what can the label give to you, and how by joining forces you can be stronger, widen the potential reach and generate more sustainable results.
  5. “PR = social media”: The online music marketing puzzle is so much more elaborate and complex, and the role of all the different media as part of the whole “getting your music out there” thing is significant. PR campaigns only focused on social media marketing, targeting and and increasing social media following/engagement – which, whilst certainly imperative, isn’t everything – tend to neglect a large group of potential audience that’s not active on these platforms but can be reached and engaged with differently via other media.

TOP 5 clicks on your playlist. What are you currently listening to, on repeat?

  1. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Proxima
  2. Max Richter: Invasion
  3. Volker Bertelmann: Sörensen hat Angst, Stowaway & The Old Guard (the last one together with Dustin O’Halloran)
  4. Harry Gregson-Williams: The Last Duel
  5. Snorri Hallgrímsson: Sandlóa

I enjoy listening to and checking out new soundtracks, especially the more ambient/atmospheric ones, so included are a few different ones from influential film score composers that have recently been playing on repeat. From Ryuichi Sakamoto’s vast discography of soundtracks and beyond, the ethereal Proxima soundtrack from 2019 has something truly special and magical to it. The Icelandic composer and producer Snorri Hallgrímsson’s new single Sandlóa is introspective, evocative and utterly beautiful, and the whole Landbrot II EP, that releases on 19 November, following on from last year’s Landbrot I is sure to be breathtakingly beautiful moment in music.

TOP 5 adventures you’ve been on with the band.

  1. Finland, winter 2019: The recordings of drums & bass for Impermanence took place in Helsinki during one December weekend and the workflow of those sessions was particularly inspiring and organic, so a positive adventure.
  2. The Netherlands, spring 2016: This was when the band was still based in Finland, I had been living in the Netherlands for almost two years, so organized these shows and flew the other Finnish guys and a technician over from Finland. What was remarkable was that we somehow managed to do the entire tour, with all the instruments and equipment with us, by public transport – an exhausting but somehow memorable experience.
  3. The Netherlands and Belgium, spring 2019: These were shows I had booked for a triple-bill of artists from our record label. An “adventure” often has ups and downs, and this trip had it all: the first night in Holland was an absolute disaster, everything had gone terribly wrong in communication from the venue already before the day, but the events during that day and night just kept getting worse. The next day’s show in Belgium was in turn well-organized, and all in all a pleasant experience, so in contrast to the night before they definitely compensated for each other.
  4. Western Finland, summer 2015: the adventure of the first night was that I actually had two shows to play with two completely different projects in two venues, luckily in the same city and even within a walking distance from one another. So I would set-up and soundcheck with Burntfield, run to set-up, soundcheck for and play this other gig, then pack up and run back pretty much just on time to start the Burntfield set. Everything is possible but the intensity of it all remains a memorable experience.
  5. Central Finland, summer 2015: Show at a bar that from the moment you walked in served the artists 1 litre pints of beer with an “obligatory” shot of a typical Finnish spirit on the side, casually telling us that the artists there normally pass out in the backstage and then the staff gently wakes them up before showtime… None of the Burntfield members did though, and it turned out to be a good show with an enthusiastic audience.

TOP 5 ways in which your band is awesome.

  1. Burntfield’s music is emotional: the songs tell stories of relatable themes which makes it approachable.
  2. Burntfield’s music relies on strong melodies, powerful harmonies and immersive atmospheres, which means that if you’re not really into the highly intellectual and explicitly technical prog, Burntfield may just be something for you.
  3. All members of Burntfield are professional musicians with degrees in music performance – not that it makes the music better as such, but diverse professional musicianship contributes to colorful and varied arrangements and more.
  4. Burntfield’s music is progressive in that it embraces a wide range of musical influences from metal, soundtrack, ambient, funk, R&B and more.
  5. Burntfield’s music is rich in layers and nuances and is thought in whole albums: you can put on the album from the beginning, listen concentratedly and just let the music take you on a journey.

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