It all started in 2012 when 20 year old Lodewijk Fluttert took a semester off of his study Psychology to discover different sides of himself. For two months he danced, filmed, made music, did stand-up comedy, wrote and much more, until he found out what he loved doing most: making music. He uploaded a couple of tracks on YouTube and Soundcloud, and BAKERMAT was born.
Bakermat has been having a strong start to 2017, with no chance at slowing down. We sat down with him to discuss his latest releases, future releases, and what the meaning is behind what he does with his music. We decided to dive deep into his production methods and how he is able to work on iconic pieces and create his own spin while staying true to his own work. Read below and get a closer intimate look into the mind and creativity that is Bakermat.
1. Your single 'Baby' was released end of January and went platinum in the Germany music charts, how did this help build momentum for your Good Vibe Tour?
I always try to make music mainly for people to get inspired, happy and energetic. I’m not really a marketing kinda guy so I wasn’t even thinking about the effect it would have on the Good Vibe Tribe tour! But it really helped a lot since there was a small buzz, and that always increases ticket sales a lot. Tour so far has been amazing with packed venues everywhere!
2. What was the inspiration to use Thelma Houston's iconic 1977 hit "Don't Leave Me This Way"?
I’ve been in love with that track forever, I have it on vinyl and I play it on days I need some feel good vibes. Last time I was listening I thought it just needed a bit more energy and I recorded the vocal and started working on it on my laptop. So you could say I made this track to begin with for myself, to get hyped up for work and such. I sent it out anyways to the label and they really liked it and wanted to release it!
3. Your version of 'Baby' is much of what Houston did from the original Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes version, taking iconic pieces and melodies from the song to create your own. What was the process like taking a Grammy-winning song and creating your own style along it? Were you ever hesitant taking on such a historic piece?
I always really watch out with working on someone else’s piece of music. The good thing about it though is that you’ll always need approval from the writers of the original to use their song. So if they approve and even compliment my take on their song, it makes me feel more confident about my production. I always try to add a new dimension, to make it actually a song that adds something to the musical spectrum out there. I did that in this track by chopping up some samples, adding saxophone and making this an overall energetic house song.
4. In just two short months you have stacked up over a million (moving close to 2 million as we speak) listens on Spotify, did you ever anticipate such a response to this song?
No I didn’t. Especially because it was a song not meant to be released ( see my answer on question 2). As an artist you always have to watch out in general that you don’t make music with the sole purpose of having a lot of Spotify plays. I try to never think about it while producing, but I have to admit I do sometimes keep it in mind. It’s nice recognition to have a lot of streams, but I’m also very proud of the tracks I released that didn’t get a lot of streams. The amount of streams is not a way of measuring the quality of a track, but a way of measuring popularity.
5. On your Good Vibe Tour what made you select these particular cities on this tour? They seem to have been carefully selected on this short but well anticipated tour.
Because I just did a tour in November with Sam Feldt, I skipped some cities that I already did a big venue show at. I want it to still be special if I show up somewhere, and it won’t be if I show up every three months in a city. So this time I selected some cities I skipped while I was on the November tour.
6. Do you have another tour planned for the end of the year or an album we can look forward too? We've read in other interviews that you try to steer away from EPs/Album's, why is that?
I really love experimenting and releasing songs in different genres all the time. If I were to make an album, I’d really have to stay in a particular sound/genre to make the album stay consistent and tell a story. Maybe I might try to do that in the future, but at the moment I feel really comfortable just releasing singles. Also I get the feeling a lot of consumers nowadays see music as a snack rather than a meal, and the patience is gone to listen to an entire album.
7. Tell us about The Circus, what does this represent to Bakermat?'
When I look at the people that come to my shows I see a super diverse crowd. Because I’m not super consistent with my sound, I get an omnifarious audience that comes to my shows. I started thinking on how to still have a concept that unifies this group. The original circus is a place where all kinds of super different people are all performing under one roof to make it an entertaining night. I reversed that concept and see my crowd as all of the different people, that, with all their differences still are united by that roof when they come to the circus. Once they are in my bigtop, it’s one big group of people that share their love for music and have one goal that night: together make it the best night of their life. The concept, in one sentence, celebrates uniqueness but also unity. Thus showing the two are not necessarily opposites.
8. Last unrepresented question, but a very valuable one. What is the craziest, wildest, most memorable thing you have ever done, witnessed, or been a part of since starting your career?
The most memorable thing must have been my show at L’olympia in Paris. I think I was the first electronic music performer from Holland to headline there. It’s a venue I looked up to from a very young age. Everyone, from The Beatles to Madonna have played there and I think it’s the most famous venue in France. I brought my parents for the very first time to my show, they had no idea what I was up to until that night. The whole experience, playing for a sold out Olympia, with my parents seeing me was absolutely magical. It’s still the best show for me I’ve ever played.