Welcome…

  • April 3, 2010 17:41

Welcome, I am a musician from Amsterdam currently based in the Los Angeles, California area.
Here you will find all about me, my artistic endeavors, offered services and instrumentarium.
The news/blog section below will also contain some more personal and random stuff.

Feel free to contact me, enjoy

-Nils

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Fender VibroChamp tremolo goodness…

  • June 4, 2015 22:15

Just a quick video of the Rockett Archer OD on a clean setting using my Gibson LP and Fender VibroChamp.
See if you can guess the tune!
Enjoy…

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  • May 29, 2015 00:50

I’ve spending some time with this little guy today, one of the best “Klones” out there.
More on this as well as some exciting related news coming soon…

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Vogue Netherlands fashion shoot

  • May 21, 2015 00:37

A ‘rock ‘n roll’ inspired fashion shoot I was a part of together with Dutch Victoria’s Secret model Marloes Horst and a couple of other local musicians back in January has been published in the June edition of Vogue Netherlands. I haven’t seen the photo’s myself yet, except for this preview:

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Magnolia Fire EP Sneak Peak

  • May 13, 2015 17:32

Here’s a quick vid I did of me recording the solo for a song called ‘Back Home’ which will be on the soon to be released Magnolia Fire EP.
For this one I used my Telecaster with Lollar Pickups and Curt Mangan Strings straight into ProTools using the Bogner XTC (RB101) amp simulation from Positive Grid’s Bias Desktop plugin.
Sounds pretty decent already, and obviously tweaks can be made easily afterwards as well…

Check out Magnolia Fire here: www.facebook.com/thebandmagnoliafire

Another demo of the Berkos Third Stone Fuzz

  • March 29, 2015 10:37

Here’s another video I did on the Third Stone Fuzz, made by Berkos FX.
This time using my other partscaster (with Klein pickups)tuned to Eb, into the TC Electronic Flashback mini, into my cranked Super Reverb which was hooked up to my new 2×12 loaded with Scumbacks.
Somehow this combination worked quite well, even though it was quite bright, it was the perfect platform for controlling the amount of fuzz and high end by rolling back the guitar’s volume knob.
Enjoy, more vids to follow!

Berkos Third Stone Fuzz

  • March 24, 2015 10:27

I was recently given the opportunity to spend a couple of days with one of the best Fuzzface style pedals around, the Berkos Third Stone Fuzz, a tweaked silicon Hendrix style fuzz (hence the name) with a bass cut control and 2 different modes. It’s a very smooth fuzz, which makes it suitable for plugging directly into a clean amp, although it still sounds a bit better into a slightly broken up amp (like all fuzzfaces).

I did a couple of short demo video’s, here’s the first one, using one of my partscasters loaded with Lindy Fralin pickups, a TC Electronic Flashback Mini delay and Hall Of Fame Mini reverb, into the Bassman head set fairly clean, into my EV 2×12.

Enjoy, more vids soon to follow!

‘Save the Posthouse Dance Space’ Fundraiser

  • March 13, 2015 00:07

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The PostHouse has been my home since 2011 and I really couldn’t wish for anything more ideal, as it allows me to do all my recording, practicing and teaching in a relaxing and inspiring environment.
As the house was designed and built by a professional dancer who wanted to create a place that would support the artistic community, it’s main feature is the beautiful rehearsal space, which currently serves a ton of dancers and dance companies in the LA area (and although I’m not a dancer, I do occasionally get to use the space for musical purposes).
I’d hate for such a popular, unique and historic place to be sold and torn down, just to be replaced by yet another multi million dollar mansion without any real value to the community, so please consider making a donation (every little bit helps), over at the IndieGoGo page:

Save the Posthouse Dance Space

Or simply ‘like’ the facebook page, and spread the word!
More info in the video below:

Debut show with Magnolia Fire

  • March 2, 2015 00:42

I recently played my first show with one of my new projects, a pop/rock band called Magnolia Fire.
We had a great time, Alex’s Bar is a pretty cool place with a very cool and authentic vibe, and it was packed.
More news soon to follow, but in the meantime, you can check us out on facebook here

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New String Day

  • February 2, 2015 00:31

After meeting with them in person at NAMM, I placed another order for a couple more boxes of Curt Mangan 10-46’s, which should hopefully last me for a while.
Most orders are eligible for free 2-day shipping, and for an even better deal, use coupon code “NILS20″ for a 20% discount on your order total.

Check them out at CurtMangan.com.

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Freshly set up Telecaster

  • January 26, 2015 11:17

Shout out to John Wescott for doing a great job setting up/redressing my workhorse tele with a fresh set of CJ Guitar Tooling saddles, since the old ones were quite rusty and worn out and a fresh set of Curt Mangan Strings. I already got it back last week but didn’t have time for it yet due to the NAMM madness.
Finally no more sitar sounds…

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NAMM 2015

  • January 25, 2015 12:21

I had a great time at this year’s NAMM convention, obviously running into lots of familiar faces and meeting some new ones. Special thanks to Catalinbread for the pass, who’s new pedals this year include the very impressive Talisman plate reverb, and the very unique but cool Antichthon fuzz.

For me, the most exciting stuff this year was happening in the synth/keys department, most importantly Moog has reissued their legendary Modulars, which are financially out of the question for most musicians, but they did have a couple on display and being demonstrated, which was a great pleasure to watch/listen.
Moog weren’t the only ones reissuing legendary vintage (analog) synths, as Korg released their version of the ARP Odyssey, which is thankfully much more affordable and also a lot more user friendly, and the same goes for my personal favorite, the DSI Prophet 6, a reissue/update of the classic Sequential Circuits Prophet-5.

In guitarland, besides Catalinbread, my personal highlights were the new TC Electronics pedals including a phaser and a univibe (and I’ve been told there is a chance they’ll be released as mini pedals as well sometime later this year!), and the Tech 21 Fly Rig (and the Richie Kotzen signature version) which is a very smartly designed no-frills multi-effect, about the size of a channel switcher, clearly geared toward the travelling/gigging guitarist.
The new hype definitely seems to be about making things smaller, lots of companies have started releasing their simpler pedals in smaller enclosures, and both Xotic and Dunlop released mini wah pedals.

Amp-wise, the biggest surprise for me was the Marshall Silver Jubilee Reissue, and I was pretty impressed by both the Supro and Magnatone reissues (about time those got reissued). The best tones unsurprisingly however, were coming from the Friedman booth, which is probably the best choice out there for hot-rodded Marshall tone.

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Photoshoot for Vogue Netherlands

  • January 17, 2015 00:12

I got asked for a photoshoot for Vogue Netherlands in Downtown LA on a nice sunny friday afternoon.
The actual shots will appear in the June issue, but in the meantime here’s a nice non-pro shot together with the other male ‘models’…

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Farewell to my beloved Tank

  • December 29, 2014 10:46

I recently had to say goodbye to my first car, a beautiful (yes, really) ’99 Volvo V70 GLT Wagon.
It kept me save ever since I got it back in early 2009, with the turbo it was an absolute joy to drive, it took me (and bunch of my friends) all over the country, and because it has tons of space I was able to save a lot in hotel costs and never ever had to struggle to fit all my gear in there.

Unfortunately, maintenance on one of these isn’t cheap over here, which is why I unfortunately had to get rid of it. Up next is probably another wagon, either another (older) Volvo or a Mercedes Diesel.

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Newly restored cab loaded with 12″ Scumbacks…

  • November 16, 2014 17:53

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I recently finally got around to finishing a project that had been sitting for a while, a 2×12″ speaker cabinet which I was given in return for a favor for a friend. I had the cab recovered, installed new salt & pepper grillcloth and hardware and added a partial open back (in addition to the original closed back).

Speaker wise I went with a Scumback G12H 55hz and a G12M 75hz, both with paper voice coil and factory break in.
Both speakers are rated at 65 watts, for a total of 130, so it should even be able to handle my JCM800 2203 (unless I really push it), although it is mostly meant for use with my 50w Fender Bassman and a future 18w Marshall clone.

I chose Scumback speakers because I was really impressed by their G12M’s with the PVC in a 4×12 at one of the LA amp shows, but I was also intrigued by the G12H due to the better handling of the bass frequencies, as well as the fact that Hendrix apparently used them a lot later on.
Thankfully the combination of the two came really highly recommended by both Jim from Scumback himself, as well as a host of other sources.

I haven’t been able to play through the cab all that much yet, but so far they really nail that vintage marshall vibe, overall a little dirtier and more character, and more honky mids than the EV’s, but still a lot of punch, and obviously a lot lighter.

I hope to be able to record some samples soon, but in the meantime, here’s the G12M loaded 4×12 at the LA amp show:

Shows with Ron Armstrong

  • September 30, 2014 22:31

I did a couple of shows with Ron Armstrong and his rootsrock band recently, his first shows since the early 70’s.
We played the Farmer’s Market at the Grove on September 27th and around the corner at Molly Malone’s the following evening. Our next show is at the Farmer’s Market again, on November 22nd, starting around 8:45pm.

We’ve built up quite a decent repertoire over the past couple of months, a nice mix of covers and originals, and I really enjoy playing with these guys!

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Teaching position at Hollywood Academy of Music

  • August 23, 2014 18:31

Besides being available as a private instructor through Craigslist and TakeLessons.com, I’ve also recently been asked to start teaching at 2 different locations of the Hollywood Academy of Music.
So far it’s been a great place to work at, the students are motivated and everything is quite well organized.
You can check them out at http://hollywoodacademyofmusic.com/

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TV Appearance on “Shanice & Flex” on Oprah Winfrey Network

  • August 18, 2014 19:29

I recently did a TV shoot for an appearance on the reality show “Flex & Shanice”, where I gave an acoustic guitar lesson to the young cousin, named Ruba.
Apparently the episode will air on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) in November.
I had a great time and exciting experience, and hope to be doing some more work with them in the future!

Here’s the trailer for the series:

Another day, another gig…

  • August 3, 2014 18:57

Good times today with Mia Koo at the KROQ event in Tustin.
Really enjoyed using my own rig for a change, my trusty DIY Telecaster though the ’66 Bassman and EV loaded 2×12, sounded huge, plenty of headroom, even for an outside gig…

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Warner Brothers Summer Sessions with Brandyn Burnette

  • July 27, 2014 20:16

Did a last minute gig with Brandyn Burnette for the “Warner Brothers Summer Sessions” concert series on friday.
Nice people, good food, insane temperatures, and the band sounded better than ever…

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Josh Smith 2015 Album Kickstarter

  • July 20, 2014 21:06

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited over to the studio to watch Josh Smith, Joe Bonamassa and Kirk Fletcher trade licks and record solo’s for Josh’s new album.
What I heard so far sounded great (not really a surprise), but in order to get the finished product released in the US he has launched a kickstarter campaign:

To any blues guitar lovers out there: these guys are the real deal, please support!