On Saturday we played Ste van Holm music live for the first time in four years. It happened in Nordby on Fanø for the Barn Bash event, and the audience was amazing! It is without doubt the best concert experience I have ever had! Thank you Fanø and thank you Tanja Hollerup, Jesper Hedegaard Petersen and Martin Endahl Jørgensen for being my band. Thanks to Anders Frey for playing lead guitar during The Jackdaw song and thanks to Julie Frey for photography!
Left to right: Ste van Holm, Martin Jørgensen, Tanja Hollerup, Anders Frey & Pesper H. Petersen.
Connect the Dots
Lights in the Sky
Garden of Exile
Tanja Hollerup: Vocals
Jesper H. Petersen: Bass
Martin Jørgensen: Drums
Ste van Holm: Guitar & electronics
Special guest Anders Frey: Lead guitar on 'The Jackdaw'
I was taken aback, when I realized 'Constructions' turns ten this month. When it was released in the fall of 2007, I had spend eight years working on what I at that time regarded as my artistic pinnacle. Today I'm not so sure. There surely are some fine moments on it, but here and there I failed in achieving what I'd set out to do. 'Three Red Frames' and 'Fragments' are examples of tracks with good intents and poor execution.
From time to time, I've thought about going back and correct the errors I did on the album, but the multitracks are, unfortunately, incomplete and fragmented. It would require quite some archaeology to work on it again, and on the other hand, the way it is might be a good document of where I was at the time.
During the eight years in the making, I wrote roughly 70 songs which in the end was condensed to the 12 on the album. Some of the unreleased tracks are lost, and some have been reworked on later albums (Truth Serum and Damage from Harvest, Oscillations from Tesla and Capsize and To pin a Butterfly from Illusions) while others remains to have their destiny decided.
It was recieved poorly upon release. I remember a reviewer who compared it to Depeche Mode, and critized the lack of tempo and light. I thought "what the fuck, you haven't understood anything about it at all". Had this reviewer listened to it against the likes of Einstürzende Neubauten or Nine Inch Nails, his critisism would have been more just. I saw next to no positive reviews, and with time I myself became convinced, that I had failed with this album. The remedy was 'Anyway', an album with much less at stake, but also an album with a much weaker artistic profile.
'Constructions' can be streamed / downloaded from all major digital distributors.
Heres a direct link to its Bandcamp site: https://stevanholm.bandcamp.com/album/constructions
The first record I ever bought with my own money was…
"It was Phil Collins' '...but seriously'. I bought it in december 1989, and about a week before I bought the first 'synthesizer greatest' album"
The record that made me want to make music was…
"Discovery" by Mike Oldfield. It had photos from the recording process on the inner sleeve, and I wanted to be surrounded by instruments and equipment like that.
The record I've played more than any other is…
"'The Concerts in China' by Jean-Michel Jarre. I know every nook and cranny on that album."
The record that always make me feel good is…
"The soundtrack for the film 'Amelie' by Yann Tiersen. Both the film and the music gets me every time."
The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…
"'Not an album as such, but Samuel Barber's 'Adagio'"
The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…
"Roger Waters and Ron Geesin 'Music from The Body'. For years I had no idea that it was a soundtrack, but I love the meandering feel of it. It jumps in and out of genres, but still, in the end it feels very together."
The record with my favourite cover art is…
"Einstürzende Neubauten's 'Haus der Lüge'. That said, I think the cover art is almost as important as the music itself, and I could name quite a lot of albums with amazing sleeves. Storm Thorgerson's cover for Pink Floyd's 'Animals' is just epic!"
The record with my favourite title is…
"David Bedford's 'Star clusters, nebulae and places in Devon'"
The record I can't understand why everybody loves
"Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'. There are epic moments on it. In fact some of their finest moments. But as an album, I think it's inferior to it's three predecessors."
The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…
"Steven Wilson 'To the Bone'"
The greatest record of all time is…
"It is impossible to answer that question."
The rarest LP I own is…
"I have sold all the rarities I had in my collection."
The strangest Album I own is...
"I've got a few recordings of Kurt Schwitter's 'Ursonate' which is really weird. Then there's the danish act Pafpetakel, which is pretty messed up"
The last Album I bought was…
"'Is this the life we really want' by Roger Waters and the new Sort Sol album"
The first music video for a track from the 'Illusions' album has landed.
It features Søs Maja, who also provided the vocals on the album.