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2016: Douwe Bob

Meet Douwe BobDouwe Bob (23) was born and raised in an Amsterdam artists' family. For someone of his young age he has an impressive CV. In 2012 he was voted The Best Singer-Songwriter in the Netherlands. However, he is far from being the archetypal, introverted singer-songwriter who bares his soul while hunched over a guitar. ‘I am an interpreter, an entertainer.’ Douwe Bob swapped his life as a barman (‘I was a cocktail maker’) for the life of a professional musician. In 2013 he took the Dutch music scene by storm with his début album Born In A Storm and the hit Multicoloured Angels.

Douwe Bob combines the typical audacity and panache of Amsterdam with rock-solid songs which are rooted firmly in the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies but which are also extremely contemporary. His love for music from the time of The Beatles and The Stones, The Byrds and The Band is the result of the home environment he grew up in. As a member of the designers collective called 'The Fool' his father, Simon Posthuma, was a part of The Beatles' entourage in the swinging sixties. With 'The Fool' he designed the colourful costumes which The Beatles are wearing on the sleeve of Sgt. Pepper’s and he painted the piano on which John Lennon composed I Am The Walrus.

Douwe Bob has converted his father's former atelier into his own Fool Bar where he organises parties, plays pool and can indulge in his passion for vinyl. Douwe Bob refers to Crosby, Stills And Nash from 1969 as his all-time favourite album and Glen Campbell as his favourite singer. Nevertheless he is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a retro purist. ‘I want to take the best of the different musical eras, including today's. After all, it is 2016 and I am a young man of this era.’

Douwe Bob is indeed young and has lust for life. He is a charmer, barfly and dandy, and his stylish clothing masks a rebellious spirit which is perhaps best revealed in his tattoos of a bandit and a half-naked woman accompanied by the words free bird and sin. ‘Life is much too short and too boring not to allow yourself to fall head over heels in love’, he explains. ‘I am in my prime. I'm hungry. That can be said of everything I do.’

Douwe Bob is a musician pur sang. The chemistry he has with his band musicians, who have more than earned their spurs on the Dutch club circuit, is something he believes is essential. Together they have a formidable live reputation, with performances at major national (Pinkpop) and international (Sziget) festivals and their recent tour of the Netherlands was a sell-out. The intense sound they produce as a band can be clearly heard on Pass It On, which is Douwe Bob's second album and which reached number one in the Dutch album top 100 in the summer of 2015. Pass It On produced two major hits. The irresistible, up-tempo Sweet Sunshine and the ballad Hold Me, which is a passionate duet with songstress Anouk, who herself is no stranger to Swedish Song Contest success (ninth in Malmö in 2013).

The words which Douwe Bob uses to explain his own contribution are typical of his personality and ambitions. ‘I write songs and now I am getting the chance to showcase my music on the largest stage in Europe, at the European Song Contest. I am going to Stockholm to win and I'm extremely happy that I can do so in my own unique way.’

BIO IN 1000 CHARACTERS
Douwe Bob (23), born and raised in an Amsterdam artists' family, is a musician pur sang, a charmer, barfly and dandy, whose stylish clothing mask a rebellious spirit. In 2012 he was voted the best singer-songwriter in the Netherlands and  has become established in the Dutch music scene with the #1 album Pass it On and hits like Sweet Sunshine en Hold me now (duet with Anouk esc13). His music is characterised by the combination of typical audacity and panache of Amsterdam and rock-solid songs, rooted firmly in the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies but, at the same time, extremely contemporary. A love for music from that time was something he grew up with. The chemistry with his band members is essential. Their live reputation, with performances at major national and international festivals and their recent tour of the Netherlands, is formidable. ‘I write songs and now I have the chance to showcase my music on the largest stage in Europe. I am taking part to win and am happy that I can do so in my own unique way.’

BIO FOR TWITTER
Musician pur sang, singer-songwriter, Amsterdam, ’60 and ‘70’s, barfly, dandy, rebel and formidable live reputation.