Happiness Junkies


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NEWS october 11/18: 1st video added... internet radio airplay in 37 countries... new radios in UK, US & Canada playing our music.. new TOP-3 streams Spotify... HAPPY FOR FREE? join our monthly FREE band T-shirt contest... track considered for film... IMA Awards...  >> NEWS & our studio monks story

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We are Happiness Junkies... style: Emo slowbeat rock by f/m duo with electric guitar and piano entwined, female vox & a rhythm box... enjoy a slow pace in a fast world

Happiness Junkies
What if... with just female vocals, piano and electric guitar you sound like a band

What if... piano and electric guitar somehow entwine beautifully

What if... while songwriting the simple sound of a drum machine seems just right

What if... you turn the tempo down to a slowbeat and...

What if... two band members are more than enough

What if... you're addicted to happiness, but in this world of contrast at the same time touched by melancholy

Happy to meet you...
we are Happiness Junkies

with El - vocals, piano & Onno - guitar/bass, drum programming

presenting to you our mastered album with emo slowbeat rock; electric guitar and piano entwined, female vox & a rhythm box

o yeah, to add bass to our sound, we use octave pedals and a pretty smart 'ALT' (by Andy Alt, California) octave pickup on a Telecaster guitar.

Our Happiness Junkies debut contains 10 original songs, written, recorded, mixed & produced by HJ and mastered by Don Tyler at IO Mastering, Los Angeles, CA.

‘...maybe it’s a vibration, like a radiostation and is it all frequency’ (from track: Happiness Junkie)

Some say in our sound they hear some Eurythmics meets Angus & Julia Stone, with a touch of Jeff Buckley... whatdoYOUthink?

Enjoy a slow pace in a fast world... Check out >> MUSIC page

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NEWS -- updated october 11, 2018


>>NEW ALBUM? CONGRATS, WHAT'S NEXT? so you think you've got a great new album, cool, what's next? well, you start to promote it to the world, so people know you're out there. but how? as nowadays journalists, bloggers, magazines, ad makers, popular Spotify playlist owners and radio music directors get hundreds of new music submissions every week... and as we don't have big budgets to bribe them haha, we hope the music will do most of the talking... and occasionally we jump on promo vehicles and opps that fit our small promo budget... like these superb fine promo opps that make us very very happy (cos although being Happiness Junkies, of course we're not happy every single morning, but we're working on it ;-)

>>START COLLEGE RADIO CAMPAIGN (US & Western Europe) -- at the start of the new college season we joined a radio promo service bringing 4 of our new tracks: You Can Leave Your Light On, Move Along, Miss You Like Crazy and Happiness Junkie to 40 college radios and community radios in the US & Western Europe, like we're soon in playlist rotation on popular Monies New Music radio from UK & Coverage Radio Show (lifestyleradio.net) from Ontario, Canada & Sound Machine Radio (3 time winners New Music Weekly Internet Radio Station of the Year)... (more radio stations added soon)

>>INTERNET RADIO AIRPLAY -- we also jumped up and down to hear that especially our tracks You Can Leave Your Light On, Move Along, Miss You Like Crazy, Just Say So and Ow Ow (Space Station) from our debut album 'Happiness Junkies' are enjoying internet radio airplay on worldwide streaming internet radio Jango Radio , like in US (including sunny California, Michigan & New York) -- and we're also get confirmed radio airplay reports from these 38 countries: Australia, Germany, France, Serbia, Ukraine, Portugal, Bulgaria, South Africa, Colombia, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, China, Aruba, Romania, Turkey, Norway, Lesotho, Equador, Bolivia, Korea, Russia, Taiwan, India, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Singapore, Poland, Bahrein, Italy, Spain, Israel, Indonesia... --- how? we're working with fine international internet radio promotion service, resulting in airplay on popular internet radio channels which also play artists like John Mayer, Angus & Julia Stone, Portishead, Coldplay, Bush, Eurythmics, Foo Fighters, The Dandy Warhols, Red Hot Chili Peppers...

>>MOST LIKES of Jango Internet radio fans for these Happiness Junkies tracks:
1. You Can Leave Your Light On
2. Just Say So
3. On a Tuscan Hill

>>IMA 2018 -- our album Happiness Junkies is accepted to enter the Independent Music Awards (IMA) 2018

>>FILM -- track Miss You Like Crazy considered for film soundtrack

>>SPOTIFY STREAMING -- tracks from our album Happiness Junkies currently streaming through Spotify in UK, US, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Switserland, Chili, Phillipines, Australia, Indonesia & Japan

>>NEW TOP-3 most streamed HJ tracks on Spotify:
1. You Can Leave Your Light On
2. Miss You Like Crazy
3. Ow Ow (Space Station)

>>HAPPY FOR FREE... YOU... CAN JOIN our monthly HAPPY & FREE band T-shirt contest -- WIN your own cool Happiness Junkies T-SHIRT in your fave size and color? Enter the competition by sending us your review of our Happiness Junkies debut album... listen on Spotify, Deezer, Bandcamp... (check MUSIC section on our site) -- then send us your review by e-mail -- check bottom banner in right column for e-mail link - join & win your HAPPY price... FREE... we look forward hearing from YOU!

and now... Our studio monks story

To be honest, at first we had totally different plans for this album, but like John Lennon said: 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans...' so while songwriting and recording songs for our new album as a duo, we found out we were somehow guided into a totally new direction. meaning: besides El's vocals; a drum machine - or rather rhythm composer as it wants to be called - instead of a drummer, an octave pedal for the guitar instead of a bass player, a guitar loop here and there, and soundwise with a main focus on the sound of El's piano and Onno's electric guitar... the way the two instruments Happiness Junkies [Onno]entwine on the new songs was something totally new to our ears.

Sure, it had something to do with the slowbeats and slow pace we like in this fast world, but still the way piano and electric guitar interweaved really struck us as the way to go. songwriters and producers will no doubt recognize this feeling that in fact the song tells you which way to go, rather than you telling the song what to do... so it was a matter of carefully listening and going with the flow... although the result was we cancelled all previous recordings (oops there goes a year's work) and started anew. but happy to say, songs came out of us faster than we could record them. our phones were our best friends in remembering all the new songideas.

working as a duo, El recorded Onno's guitar parts and Onno recorded El's vocal and piano parts. the engineering and production of this album is a joint effort, done in every free hour, soundscaping, philosophizing, and working on the analog/digital recording system till late, like studio monks, in between the other work that needs to be done here in our indepedent production company.

But maHappiness Junkies [El]n, what fun did we have recording and producing this album. of course it was not only fun, cos life at times shows us the mystery of contrast so we had to counter some issues that we did not see coming. still, looking back it was an adventure of a lifetime, leading to this great new piece of music. and to this new sound we are sure we'll stick to for the time ahead of us. so while you are (...hopefully...:-) enjoying our Happiness Junkies debut, we are already having fun with the follow-up album cos the songs keep coming and like most songwriters and producers will know, you'd better get it on tape when it comes... before it flies out of the window...

We thank our heroes of past and present for inspiring us and - although it's not always easy *&%# - meanwhile keep our focus on trying to feel as happy as possible along the way, cos after all, isn't happiness what we all in our own way try to achieve here on this rotating planet in this endless universe...? we'll be updating these pages and stories on a regular basis, so feel free to land here more often to maybe share some inspration... happy to hear from you...
best, Onno & El



Have a listen to some more tracks of our debut 'Happiness Junkies'
• On a Tuscan Hill (on Spotify or Soundcloud)
• If Not Wiser, Just Older (on Bandcamp)
• Miss You Like Crazy (on Bandcamp)

Get it on CD...? Like the crispy and deep sound of a CD? Get our debut album from the worlds biggest independent record store CDbaby NOW for only $ 11.00 (and hey, it's a pro mastered & manufactured CD, so you get the full audio, exactly what we did in the studio!)

album title: 'Happiness Junkies'

Written, recorded & produced by Happiness Junkies • Lyrics by El •
Mastered by Don Tyler @ IO Mastering, Los Angeles, US • Label: Commuse •
All songs 2018 BumaStemra • All rights reserved ©Commuse 2018

Happiness Junkies [cover cd]
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  Full album  
  Just Say So      
  On a Tuscan Hill    
  Happiness Junkie  √    
  Move Along     
  If Not Wiser, Just Older    
  You Can Leave Your Light On     
  Miss You Like Crazy    
  Ow Ow (Space Station)    
  Hold You in Your Love    
  And the Sunset    
  Full album      



'This new CD is great. Onno's guitar is at a new level of excellence... El's vocals are outstanding'

(Dennis German, Michigan, US)



'love those little sounds and melodies'

'her voice somehow reminds me of Portishead...'

(Cliff, Spotify listener, NL)


'cool album... def. great summer music'

(Don, Los Angeles, US)

'a very relaxing, often calming album with your beautiful warm and at the same time powerful voice... and Onno's relaxed guitar playing, so much variation in sound, from crystal clear to powerful and magical...!'

(Andrea, Bruxelles, BE)


'Excellent song!'

(Ernesto from Guadalajara, Mexico, after hearing Miss You Like Crazy on Jango internet Radio)




Happiness Junkies [cover cd]



Happiness Junkies [cover cd]
Download /buy
  Full album  
  Just Say So        
  On a Tuscan Hill      
  Happiness Junkie  √    
  Move Along   √    
  If Not Wiser, Just Older  √    
  You Can Leave Your Light On       
  Miss You Like Crazy    
  Ow Ow (Space Station)    
  Hold You in Your Love    
  And the Sunset    




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