Happiness Junkies

ABOUT US

Enjoy a slow pace in a fast world...

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

Happiness Junkies
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 (yeah, what's in a name...?!)

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

The 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)

Enjoy a slow pace in a fast world...? Check out our dreamy slowbeat rock sound >> MUSIC page


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Update Dec 16
NEW review Indie Spoonful.com... NEW single+video YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR LIGHT ON ... send review & win our shirt... hot TOP-10 college radio KALX 90.7FM Berkeley CA... >> NEWS

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'a welcome addiction...' 'a very relaxing, calming album'...'reminds me of Portishead'... >> Reviews & Quotes

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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.

 

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

NEWS

updated
December 16, 2018

 

 >> VIDEO NEW SINGLE 'YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR LIGHT ON'

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

(featured review:)
'HAPPINESS JUNKIES ARE A WELCOME ADDICTION'

REVIEW ON INDIE SPOONFUL.com for our new single You Can Leave Your Light On: "...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... 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...)

WRITING PRESS, BLOGS...

>> POPULAR PUBLICATIONS write about Happiness Junkies: Musicperk (Asia), Muzique magazine (US)...

>>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

>>GUESS WHAT OUR NEXT (3rd) SINGLE + VIDEO will be and WIN FREE Happiness Junkies band shirt -- send your wild guesses to us at [ info ] @ [ commuse.com ]

>> SO YOU THINK YOU'VE MADE A GREAT 'SLOWBEAT ROCK' ALBUM, cool, what's next? as nowadays journalists, bloggers, magazines, ad makers, popular Spotify playlist owners and (internet) radioshow hosts & music directors get lots of new music submissions every week... and as we don't have big budgets to bribe them haha, we hope music will do the talking... we're happy to hear about...

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...

>> HOT TOP-10 COLLEGE RADIO -- KALX 90.7FM Berkeley, CA shines in the TOP-10 Best College Radios in the US - their Deep Mission host Mark Langan will give tracks from our debut disc some airplay on his show Deep Mission (6-9PM Pacific time). he 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..."
GO RADIO: you can listen here to all KALX shows online too... (BTW: clicking their iTunes player works perfect for us - here in the Amsterdam area)

>> 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 , like in US states 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... --- 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...

>> WNIR national indie radio - our new single You Can Leave Your Light On added into rotation on WNIR National Indie Radio (US)

>> 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.... 'I AM A HAPPINESS JUNKIES FAN' -- Jango radio listeners from US, Canada, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Croatia, Rumania, Israel, New Zealand... clicking the FAN button on their screen after hearing You Can Leave your Light On, Miss You Like Crazy, Just Say So & Ow Ow (Space Station)... go Jango internet radio!

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

>>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 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!

 

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'a welcome addiction...' 'a very relaxing, calming album'...'reminds me of Portishead'... >> Reviews & Quotes

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MUSIC


Have a listen to some more tracks of our debut 'Happiness Junkies'

• Happiness Junkie (Soundcloud)
• On a Tuscan Hill (on Spotify or Soundcloud)
• You Can Leave Your Light On (on Amazon or AmazingTunes)
• Miss You Like Crazy (on CDbaby)

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 from 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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  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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QUOTES

'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)

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

(Don, Los Angeles, US)

'Happiness Junkies are a welcome addiction'

'Slowbeat rock duo Happiness Junkies from the Amsterdam area have released a 10-track self-titled debut album filled with music that makes you feel and think. The female-male duo, made up of El (lead vocals, piano and percussion) and Onno (guitar, bass backup vocals and drum programming) offer up rock melancholia with intelligent lyrics that you can ease your mind into. Off their debut, their first...' (read full review here on Indie-Spoonful)

https://www.indie-spoonful.com/­single-post/­2018/­12/­07/­Happiness-Junkies---You-Can-Leave-Your-Light-On

(by Silvie Marie on 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)

'love those little sounds and melodies'

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

(Cliff, Spotify listener, NL)

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

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

(Stevie Gordon, Radio Seagull, NL)

'Excellent song!'

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

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Happiness Junkies [cover cd]

 

 

Happiness Junkies [cover cd]

 
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  Full album  
  Tracks            
  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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