Though he is primarily a vocalist, he also accompanies himself on instruments including piano, bas and drums.
“Playing and improvising on any instrument just makes me happy.”
Martijn's music is about all aspects of life.
About traveling, music, doubts, loss and of course love.
“ I’m always looking for progress, to find better solutions in lyrics or in my chords progressions.
Just one chord can add warmth or make a phrase sound more melancholic.”
He’s feeling most comfortable in a Soul band sound.
Influences: Gregory Porter, Elton John, Raul Midon, Bill Withers, James Ingram,
Ruben Hein, Wouter Hamel, Alain Clark.
Music is still his biggest inspiration and writing songs helps to ease his mind.
Getting an idea or a melody doesn’t always happen when sitting at the piano.
It can also happen doing dishes, riding a bike on your way to the football practice, when your hiking or
drinking scotch and reading a detective novel.
In 2021 Martijn will be releasing new music.
Five brand new songs.
A ballad, a more bluesy song and some uptempo soul.
He wants to show who he is, as a musician but also as a person, the good, the bad and the worse.
Drums - Joost Visser
Bass - Pieter Althuis
Guitar - Bas Phaff
Saxophones - Mark Lucassen
Trumpet - Jan Wessels
Organ - Cristian Valkenburg
Piano and vocals - Martijn Bakker
Strings - Björn Häming