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ABOUT US

Enjoy a slowbeat in a fast world...

We are Happiness Junkies from the Amsterdam area... Dreamy slowbeat rock by female/male duo with electric guitar and piano entwined, female vox & a rhythm box


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

What if... piano and electric guitar entwine in a special way

What if... 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 at the same time touched by melancholy

Happy to meet you...
we are Happiness Junkies

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

ThHappiness Junkies [happinessjunkies.com]e range of guitar pedals include an octaver to produce guitar & bass notes at the same time through a split guitar/bass amp setup. This way the duo sounds like a full band.

El – vocals, piano, percussion & Onno – guitar/bass, drum programming, backvocs

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.

‘there's nothing wrong with having fun, and you, you bring out the sun' (from: You Can Leave Your Light On)

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Update March 10
NEW message from the land of MESSI? featured new album' ExileFM UK..From Russia With Love (airplay Sochi) + airplay US, Canada, Singapore, Germany..INTERVIEW, music video
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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 writing and recording songs for our new album as a duo, we felt we were somehow guided into a totally new direction. meaning: besides El's vocals we started working with a drum machine - or rather rhythm composer as it wants to be called - instead of a drummer, an octave pedal instead of a bass player, a guitar loop here and there... and soundwise with a focus on El's vocals, her piano and Onno's electric guitar... that's it... cos the way guitar and piano entwined was totally new to our ears.
Happiness Junkies [Onno]
Sure, it had something to do with the slowbeats and slow pace we like in this fast world, but it had some simple magic that was new to us. the way piano and electric guitar interweaved really struck us as the way to go... although the result was we cancelled all of our previous recordings (oops there goes a year of hard work) and started anew. but happy to say, songs came out of us faster than we could record them. 24/7 our phones were our best friends in remembering all the new songideas.

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INDIE TALK

Welcome to my little corner. In this monthly Indie Talk series I share my adventures as indie musician: part-1

SINGING FROM SINGAPORE

What a wonderful small world it is these days… This rainy sunday afternoon I tuned in to Radio 973FM Blasts That Last, an online radio station broadcasting from Singapore, some 10.000 kilometers further up on the globe from my place close to Amsterdam in Europe. What a vibe! Cos only a few days ago we digitally sent our music to them and they got back to us the next day with enthusiasm and the message they will start playing our new single You Can Leave Your Light On this Sunday afternoon, 13:00 Amsterdam Time, on their show Alternative Arena on their Singapore station. So here I am, only a few hours after waking up, a fresh cup of tea within reach listening to some great indie music I’ve never heard before... >

Working as a duo, El recorded Onno's guitar parts and Onno recorded El's vocal and piano parts. soundwise it was an adventure too with a range of (vintage) guitar pedals and some extraordinary 70's guitar amps... and some fine mics... the engineering and production of this album was 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 small independent production company.

But maHappiness Junkies [El]n, the whole process was so much fun, although 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. ouch... still, looking back it was an adventure of a lifetime, leading to this great new piece of music. and to this new sound for us...

We thank our heroes of past and present for inspiring us and 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 from time to time to maybe share some inspration... best, Onno & El

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Around 13:30 they started the intro I know so well (and love so much) for LYLO and after enjoying this memorable moment in time I have to confess I ate a small apple pie to celebrate another modest mile stone in introducing our new album Happiness Junkies to the world… Cos being indies we are happy with every bit of airplay we get. In between our other work we promote our buts off, for countless hours. So we are grateful for all those indie radio and freeform radio broadcasters and blog writers out there who translate their love of music into broadcasting their favorite indie music and writing about their beloved music. It gives us a chance to reach out and be heard. And… we are grateful to all music lovers who score the web and airwaves looking for a different music menu. A BIG thank you to all… till next time, Onno

NEWS

updated
March 10, 2019

 

 >> VIDEO NEW SINGLE 'YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR LIGHT ON' (aka LYLO)

>> VIDEO PREVIOUS SINGLE 'HAPPINESS JUNKIE' click here for YouTube...

>>NEW video in the making... Guess for which song and try to win Happiness Junkies band shirt! Enter competition

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FEATURED INTERVIEW

 

FULL Q&A HJ

Happiness Junkies have recently been interviewed by Joshua, co-founder of MidTNmusic, an interesting music mag from Tennessee.

"In this interview spotlight, I chat with Happiness Junkies about their latest project, challenges, listening preferences, technology and more.Full Q&A along with links and music below..." (like to read some more? click:
MidTNmusic interview Happiness Junkies)

 FEATURED REVIEW 

'HAPPINESS JUNKIES ARE A WELCOME ADDICTION'

REVIEW ON INDIE SPOONFUL.com: "...music that makes you feel and think...  intelligent lyrics that you can ease your mind into...  El’s voice is very moving. When she sings, it hits a nerve deep in the soul and stays. She has a clear, warm and articulate tone that resonates with the track’s pensive vibe... (about You Can Leave Your Light On:) The song’s mesmerizing arrangement has a floating feeling that listeners will get lost in. At the very end El elevates her vocals for an overall very convincing performance....  Lyrically, the songwriting is superb...  True to their genre, the Happiness Junkies are never sappy or overtly sentimental and this is key to making really good melancholic rock. With moving vocals, creative guitar playing and intelligent lyrics, the pensive and dreamy Happiness Junkies are a welcome addiction."

(read the full review here...)

 RADIO RADIO... 
Being indies we are happy with every bit of airplay we get... like:

>>A HELLO FROM THE LAND OF MESSI & AJAX AMSTERDAM' TAGLIAFICO...!! 'Hi guys from Happiness Junkies! Thanks for sharing your music personally. I'm Nicolás the person who runs Blur FM. I'll add "You Can Leave Your Light On" on Punto Caramelo, a late night playlist consisting on downtempo and chill out melodies. Definitely, it will be a great addition Cheers, Nico Zicarelli (music director BlurFM, Buenos Aires, Argentina) LISTEN HERE HOW SOCCER MEETS MUSIC...

>>IN MEXICO THEY DO MORE THAN BREW GREAT BEER (CORONA...) that have great radios too, like La Libelula Radio! and they're playing our track You Can Leave Your Light On as their Single of the Week: (now come on, how's your Spanish?) 'Ellos son Happiness Junkies y son nuestra recomendación de la semana.  Ya puedes escuchar su single “You Can Leave Light On” en nuestra programación' -- back to English now, they say: -- 'It is a relaxed disc, but its sound variations can bring you from the most powerful to the most clear and magical' (and now in Spanish:) 'Es un disco relajado, pero que sus variaciones sonoras pueden transportarte de lo más poderoso a lo más claro y mágico...' GO TO La Libélula Radio, Mexico

>>HUH?! EXILE ON MAIN STREET...? our debut album has been chosen 'Featured New Music Album' on ExileFM radio from UK. radio dj Martin Haskell is known for discovering new bands and being an advocate of new music: 'Hi guys, I had a listen to your album yesterday and love it, I am playing three tracks from it on 'Sunday Brunch'

we had a listen to his show on podcast and it's all you'd ever want to hear from a radio show. he's playing a mix of old and new music, easily combining Hotel California and Bird of Paradise with This is not America, but also new sounds like Asgeir from Iceland and... Happiness Junkies from Amsterdam area... highlighing our 1st 3 tracks of the album: Just Say So, On a Tuscan Hill and Happiness Junkie -- and commenting: 'fantastic album... well done...' thank you Martin... LISTEN? jump to this Sunday Brunch PODCAST or ExileFM UK

>>'FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE...' -- all-right! our music is crossing borders, we even get feedback all the way from Russia...: 'Interesting music... I think that this blues and melancholic sound is suitable for our main channel. So we took in the rotation the track Just Say So. Expect appearance on the Main Channel and in the premiere section on Patreon', said Sochi Lounge Neon Radio. LISTEN to our music on this radio from Russia? get your Russian experience here

>>'TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS...' FEATURED NEW MUSIC TRACK ON BIRCH STREET RADIO, MONTREAL, CANADA - Making our debut on Canadian radio waves... Dan at Birch Street Radio (listen) from Montreal just told us: 'We've decided to add "You Can Leave Your Light On" to our regular playlist as one of our featured New Music tracks. That means it will get about a dozen spins a week for the next three weeks, then settle back into our big music mix. A blurb about the song will be in the weekly New Music blog post going up on our website and there will be mentions on Facebook and Twitter.' cool station! besides tasteful new indies they're playing a mix of The Cranberries, The Beatles and David Byrne.

>>MORE SUNSHINE FROM CALIFORNIA - 'Love it...love it...love it. Just listening to You Can Leave Your Light On... superb', says Dave Postal, Music Director of Laurel Canyon Radio (listen), a popular station located in the hills of California, also playing tunes by The Eagles has been playing our track On a Tuscan Hill some Soundcloud Sunday's in a row now...

>>AIRPLAY GERMANY - Radio Trier (loc: Germany's oldest city) playing HJ tracks Miss You Like Crazy, Just Say So, You Can Leave Your Light On (aka LYLO)... have a listen & playlist on Independent Radio Trier

also: airplay on NBTMusicradio broadcasting internet radio from Germany, Toronto and worldwide (except US)
 

>>AIRPLAY SINGAPORE - sunday febr 10 from 13:00-14:00 Amsterdam Time on 973FM Singapore - Blasts That Last, show called Alternative Arena, playing our new single LYLO. listen LIVE to 973FM Online Radio Singapore

>>AIRPLAY BARCELONA - ScannerFM.com: 'Great stuff, we will sure play it at ScannerFM' (music director Carlos)

>>AIRPLAY RUSSIA - indie rock station RadioMinor from Rybinsk playing our new single LYLO

>>1 HOUR OF 'PURE HAPPINESS'... - we're featured Artist Of The Month on ARTISTFIRST RADIO, Ohio (US) - they invited us for a 1 hour LIVE radio special with phone interview talks and 6 HJ tracks.. 'this gotta be the band name of the year', dj Zman said... 'and I like their deep rich full sound' -- listen podcast on www.artistfirst.com (choose one of the 3 radio formats)

>> HJ DEBUT ON KALX 90.7FM, (CA) U.S.  - freeform radio KALX 90.7FM, University of Berkeley, CA has been featured in the TOP-10 of the Most Influencial College Radios in the US - their Deep Mission host Mark Langan has given HJ our debut on his show Deep Mission (6-9PM Pacific time). -- right after David Bowie's legendary song Heroes he chose our track On a Tuscan Hill... check Playlist in our photo PINS section (or enjoy listening) - radio DJ Mark has a great show presenting a tasteful mix of new music & wellknown tracks... his motto: "...from the deepest darkest heart of the mission come the throbbing beats of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. All for you..." - Mark Langan's comment on our HJ debut: 'A great slowbeat rock disk straight from The Netherlands on this two piece band's freshman release. Guitar, piano, a mix of female and male vocals along with a rhythm box creates a great sound. Recommended tracks: 3, 5, 6, 7, 10.' - we had apple pie all day to celebrate our debut on KALX college radio!!

>> COLLEGE & INTERNET RADIO CAMPAIGN -- they're playing 4 of our new tracks: You Can Leave Your Light On, Miss You Like Crazy, Just Say So and Ow Ow (Space Station) on 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) -- Radio Seagull from The Netherlands, IndieCastNetwork from Bloomington, Indiana, US, WDYN from Rochester, New York, US...

 

>> INTERNET RADIO AIRPLAY -- we also jumped up and down after hearing that our tracks You Can Leave Your Light On, Miss You Like Crazy, Just Say So and Ow Ow (Space Station) are enjoying internet radio airplay on worldwide streaming internet radio Jango Radio in US states California, Michigan & New York -- but also in 44 more countries like: 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... --- they're playing our tracks on shows next to artists like John Mayer, Angus & Julia Stone, Portishead, Coldplay, Bush, Eurythmics, Foo Fighters, The Dandy Warhols, Red Hot Chili Peppers...

>>WDYN, Dynamic Indie Radio from Rochester New York added our slowbeat rock tracks 'Happiness Junkie' and 'Just Say So' to rotation - listen to WDYN
>> WNIR national indie radio US - added our new single You Can Leave Your Light On into rotation on listen to WNIR

>> MOST LIKES of Jango Internet radio listeners for these Happiness Junkies tracks:
1. You Can Leave Your Light On
2. Miss You Like Crazy
3. Just Say So

>> REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL PART-3....every week we receive new confirmation notes that more Jango internet radio listeners hit the FAN button after hearing a HJ track You Can Leave your Light On, , On a Tuscan Hill, Miss You Like Crazy, Just Say So or Ow Ow (Space Station) on their station -- these Jango radio listeners are from US, Canada, Australia, Japan, France, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Croatia, Rumania, Israel, New Zealand... go Jango internet radio!

WRITING PRESS, BLOGS... 

>> POPULAR PUBLICATIONS =

>>MIDDLE TENNESSEE MUSIC (US) features interview with Happiness Junkies, link added soon here

>>HIGHEST REVIEW RATE OF THE WEEK of all new entries for our album 'Happiness Junkies' on divideandconquermusic (Indie Music Album Reviews section)

>> FEATURED ON INDIE MUSIC REPORTER read more here

>>SEND US YOUR ONELINER REVIEW AFTER HEARING HAPPINESS JUNKIES to enter FREE band shirt competition -- send to [ info ] @ [ commuse.com ]

>>AMAZING... - we connected to a UK based platform for emerging independents: AmazingTunes, they link to AmazingRadio

>> SPOTIFY STREAMING -
- tracks from our album Happiness Junkies currently streaming through Spotify in UK, US, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Suisse, 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)

>> TOP-3 people's countries listening to HJ on Spotify: 1. U.S. 2. Australia 3. Netherlands & U.K.

>>HAPPY FOR FREE...? WIN your own cool Happiness Junkies T-SHIRT in your fave size and color... Enter the competition by sending us your ONELINER review of our Happiness Junkies debut album... listen on Spotify, Deezer, Bandcamp, youtube or wherever you like... (check direct MUSIC links on our site) -- then send us your ONELINER review by e-mail -- we look forward hearing from YOU!

 

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MUSIC

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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

 

 
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  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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QUOTES

'love those little sounds and melodies'

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

(Cliff, Spotify listener, NL)
 

'Happiness Junkies are a welcome addiction'

'...a debut album filled with music that makes you feel and think. The female-male duo, ... offer up rock melancholia with intelligent lyrics that you can ease your mind into...'

(Silvie Marie, Indie-Spoonful.com)
 

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

(Dennis German, Michigan, US)
 

'Great stuff, we will sure play it at ScannerFM'

(music director Carlos, ScannerFM, Barcelona)
 

'Hi guys, I had a listen to your album yesterday and love it, I am playing three tracks from it on 'Sunday Brunch' this morning. Fantastic album, well done!'

(Martin Haskell, ExileFM radio, UK)
 

'I will be happy to playlist your tracks on the NBTMusicRadio stations!'

(Martin, NBTMusic Radio broadcasting from 3 stations: in Germany, Toronto and worldwide)
 

'A great slowbeat rock disk...
...straight from The Netherlands on this two piece band's freshman release. Guitar, piano, a mix of female and male vocals along with a rhythm box creates a great sound. Recommended tracks: 3, 5, 6, 7, 10'

(Mark Langan, host Deep Mission show, KALX radio, CA, US)
 

'This is gotta be the band name of the year... And I like that sound... it's deep rich and full... what a great voice'

(Zman, radio dj ArtistFirst.com radio, Ohio, US)
 

'cool album... '
'great summer music too'

(Don, Los Angeles, US)
 

'Congratulations! Your song has been added into rotation on the Refugees of Rock show on WNIR!'

(Bryon, National Indie Radio, 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)
 

'Interesting music... I think that this blues and melancholic sound is suitable for our main channel. So we took in the rotation the track Just Say So. Expect appearance soon on the Main Channel and in the premiere section on Patreon'

(Sochi Lounge Neon Radio, Russia)
 

Your song 'You can Leave Your Light On' has received several plays

(Stevie Gordon, Radio Seagull, NL)
 

Love it...love it...love it. Just listening to You Can Leave Your Light On... superb

(Dave Postal, Music Director, Laurel Canyon Radio, CA, US)
 

'You're Featured New Music Track on Birch Street Radio from Montreal...!'

(Dan, music director BirchStreetRadio.com)
 

'Hi guys from Happiness Junkies! Thanks for sharing your music personally. I'll add "You Can Leave Your Light On" on Punto Caramelo, a late night playlist consisting on downtempo and chill out melodies. Definitely, it will be a great addition! Cheers,

(Nico Zicarelli, music director BlurFM, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
 

It is a relaxed disc, but its sound variations can bring you from the most powerful to the most clear and magical Es un disco relajado, pero que sus variaciones sonoras pueden transportarte de lo más poderoso a lo más claro y mágico

(translation review in Spanish, La Libélula Radio, Mexico)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happiness Junkies [cover cd]

 
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  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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