NL The Hague – Acoustic / Indiepop / Experimental / Britpop / Rock


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Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder live video DVD 2016
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder livevideo DVD 2015
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder sneak preview Compilation 2014
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Imitating Angels DVD 2013
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Billie Jean Single 2010
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Straight Stories Album 2016
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Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Nightporter Album 2004
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Adventurous dutch pop-noir band with enchanting female vocalist with a whopping four octave vocal range.

Two released albums: a live album and a studio album. Both got a lot of positive press reviews in the Dutch and international media ( to watch some reviews, visit our reviews page ). The new album is due to be released in the Spring of 2017. The first track on the album is recorded with featuring artist Fay Lovsky on theremin and singing saw. Chabliz took up influences from dreampop, rock, opera and gothic jazz. In March 2016 the band played four liveshows in New York City, USA. In June 2014 they won the Public Award of the Delft Fringe Festival (category “music”).
Piano / keyboards, double bass, vocals ( a core of 3 bandmembers) and sometimes drums and / or guitar ( on the band picture you see the extended band with the drummer and guitarplayer). They’ve been compared to “New Romantic” -and other- bands (Bat For Lashes, My Brightest Diamond, Beach House, Kate Bush, Nina Hagen, London Grammar, Ute Lemper, Nico and Nick Cave). Three bandmembers are also influenced by Joy Division. In 2013 Chabliz released two videoclips on You Tube, and in November 2014 another one. In 2015 and 2016 the band released three livevideos.

Singer-songwriter Petra de Winter signed a record deal with major Roadrunner-Arcade (CNR). She performed at stages all over the world including London, Copenhagen and Tunisia. In Holland she was a guest of Paul de Leeuw at his popular national TV show. Petra has also worked with other Dutch musicians and producers, such as Holger Schwedt, Leendert Haaksma, Michiel Papenhove ( ex- Within Temptation) ,Arie Spaans (Suburbs, Naked), Cor Gout (Tresspassers W), Daniel Derks (ex-de Dijk), Hans Eijkenaar, Michel van Schie, Shell Schellekens, Mick Paauwe, Bobby Jacobs and Tjeerd van Zanen. She was the leadsinger of musical theatre group “Danse Macabre”. Petra studied at the DJAM and the Royal Conservatory. She also does studio work (vocals) for producers in several studios, and she is singer-songwriter and coproducer in the Copenhagen- based band “Olsen Winter”. She sometimes sings vocal lines for the Croatian group “Far Go Traders” too and she produces her own songs.

Double bass player Marcel Peters has performed four times at the North Sea Jazz Festival. He also accompanied jazz vocalist Faye Claassen and Mariska Veres (of Shocking Blue fame).

Pianist-keyboardist Pim van Riezen had some small hits with several house songs on the Rave Records label. He studied music technology at the faculty of Art, Media and Technology of the Utrecht School of the Arts. Pim plays pop, classic organ and jazz piano. His extra speciality is recording, mixing and producing. He loves old fashioned synthesizers. Pim has taken up a leading role in getting our new self-produced album off the ground.

The musicians underneath play on the new studio album and sometimes, with bigger concerts, also live with Chabliz on stage :

Drummer Ap de Ree entered the finals of the important “Big Prize of Holland” with his band “The Butler”. He also played in new wave band Basic Scream, and formed a duo with his ex-wife, a gifted singer and pianist. They toured together for several years. Nowadays he also plays rockcovers with his coverband “Liverpool” and latin-american drums with his salsaband “Del Norte.”
Guitarplayer Rene Meester joined the band since summer 2012. He played in many bands, including The Faint Lights. He did the SAE and recorded and mixed his own songs with the Faint Lights. He left the band in 2013, but sometimes he’s still on stage or in the studio with Chabliz.
Guest players of Chabliz are guitar player and songwriter Henrik Olsen, who lives in Copenhagen, and guitar player and studio technician / producer Marcel van Ling. Marcel owns his own Mosound studio and also did some studio work for the band. Cello player Giselle Bentvelsen
played cello at one of the new songs. She also accompagnied Barbra Streisand at her concert in Holland (Ziggo Dome, 2013).
Chabliz’ studio album “Nightporter” has been produced by Wim Oudijk in his Discofair Studio. He had several top 40 hits in the seventies with his band ‘Navel’. Last years he worked with bands as a producer; Wim produced a.o. “Venus Flytrap”, “Attila the Stockbroaker” and the hitalbum of the famous dutch artist “Doctorandus P“. He co-founded the “Tresspassers W”. Wim guest-produced one track of the upcoming new album.

Chabliz did five short tours of Romania (Bucharest) at the Jeunesses Musicales Festival and played there in 2009 at the EUROPAFEST festival and at the Hardrock Cafe. Their concerts were broadcasted on the Romanian State Television. The band played extensively all over Holland, in all sorts of clubs, festivals and venues from 2002-2015. Some highlights are the several clubcircuit-stages and festivals all over Holland, The Hague Jazz Festival (where they played gothicjazz), the dutch “Popronde”, Festival de “Falckhof Affaire” and several live radio concerts, also for Radio 2. In March 2016 the band travelled to New York City, USA, where they played four live gigs, one of them at the Real Radio Show.

The Live-to-DAT-recorded debut-album “Black Blue” was highly acclaimed by the Dutch music-press (a.o. OOR, Fret, Music Maker). Chabliz’ studio album “Nightporter” has been produced by Wim Oudijk. This album got very good (even better) press-critics in the Dutch and international music-press. The album was distributed by the Coast to Coast label. Amongst Chabliz’ fans and appreciators are several celebreties: the late Theo van Gogh, Van Dyke Parks and Adriaan Bontebal.
Chabliz made it to many finals, several jury members chose Chabliz because they love this special kind of music.
Right now Chabliz has just finished recording and remixing a new album, due to be released in Winter 2015. A tour through Holland, Belgium and Germany is planned around the release. The new album is recorded in the band’s own rehearsal room and home studio, and entirely self-produced (DIY). Chabliz just found their very own stagesound right now again, doing several try out concerts in the music cafe’s and in theaters.

Partial History
Chabliz’ pianist Jan-Kees Haks deceased at the age of 37 years. He was replaced by Ewout Willems. After the release of the album “Nightporter” he left the band and was replaced by Henk Greven. Henk later left the band (in 2009) and was replaced by Pim van Riezen.
In 2007 drummer Arthur van Keppel died, also far too young. After a short period of mourning he was replaced by Ap de Ree.
Half of the original band members are gone now, which has left its impact on the remaining members.
In 2009 Chabliz recorded a demo with the famous Dutch guitar player Dany Lademacher.
In 2010 the band released a quite weird coverversion and video from Michael Jackson‘s song “Billie Jean”. The band made a resonant gothic version of this song. It was played many times at several radio stations, as well as on radio 2. People loved or hated this version, and there was nothing in between. In 2011 this track was re-recorded for the new album. In 2014 famous Dutch multi-instrumentalist and singer Fay Lovsky became the featured artist in one of the songs from the new album. She played theremin and saw in this song. In 2013 and 2014 Chabliz also released three new videoclips on You Tube, and two songs on iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud. They give and gave several concerts all over Holland and abroad.