In this podcast series from Buma Music in Motion we talk to media composers. In the Netherlands there are many composers and producers who create high-level music for films, series, games and commercials. From Netflix series to Dutch hit film. Discover the stories behind a composition and get to know these composers. During the special ESNS edition we will specifically discuss the benefits of writing for commercials and sync as an artist. How can placing a song in a series increase streams? Could writing music for commercials and/or documentaries be a nice addition to creating your own work?
Blankscomposer, artist, NL
Blanks, the 26-year-old songwriter, is one of the most promising indie pop artists from the Netherlands today. A happy, melancholic feeling, that is what this musician wants to evoke with his music.
He tries to involve his fans in the process of making songs through his social media channels. This concept resulted in several tracks and his YouTube channel ‘Music By Blanks’. He shares his love for music through concepts such as ‘One Hour Song Challenge’ and ‘Blanks Invites’. He is also an online mentor in his own songwriting and production class.
Blanks played at showcase festivals such as ESNS, New York Indie Week and Reeperbahn. In 2020, he headlined VidCon London 2020, participated in Dutch TV show Beste Zangers 2022, appeared on MTV’s TRL and was nominated for an MTV Push Award. Blanks will be an assistant coach with coach Pommelien Thijs during the new season of The Voice Kids Flanders. Blanks released his latest EP And So It Begins in December.
Laura BellMusic supervisor, Bell Music Supervision, NL
As conservatorium-trained and seasoned music industry executive, having worked in roles as record label manager, sync director and managing director for production music, Bell is now proud to be an advocate for the craft of music supervision, shaping many soundtracks over the past 2 years for Dutch and international films, documentaries and series. Credits include Steve McQueen’s Occupied City, Netflix’ Stromboli and Happy Ending, Amazon’s Modern Love Amsterdam series, Cannes-nominated drama series Childhood Dreams, Dana Nechushtan’s Piece of My Heart, Aaron Rookus’ Goodbye Stranger and Sacha Polak’s Silver Haze.
Amber Roner (moderator)Presenter, Story Art Studio, NL
As a freelance presenter and multimedia journalist, Amber Roner has been providing a platform for stories for almost 20 years. She does this with great energy as a host, interviewer and program maker for events, podcasts, TV and radio shows. In the past, among others for ESNS, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Sublime and Omroep ZWART. Now you might know her voice from the ‘Brood en Spelen’ podcast by GRAP Amsterdam, in which she talks to guests about current events and important themes in the music industry once every two weeks. Besides music, the main topics Amber likes to talk about are: sports, talent development, mental health, sustainability, diversity and inclusion.