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Racoon: Interview with Dennis Huige

Posted by Kathy Jo Keller on March 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome back Racoon fans! You can read statistics about band members: Bart van der Weide (singer/songwriter), Dennis Huige (guitar), Stefan de Kroon (bass), and Paul Bukkens (drums) on this English version of Racoon Wikipedia site; (from beginning days in 1997 to the release of their seventh CD, ‘The Singles Collection’). After catching up on historical highlights, read Racoon: Dennis Huige–The Man Behind the Guitar (Part One), then join us for (Part Two).


Exclusive English Interview (Part Two)


RacconFirst off, Dennis, welcome back and thank you for this follow-up interview. For those of us not among the more than 100,000 people who experienced the sights and sounds of the 16th Annual Vrienden van Amstel Live last month, what did we miss? Well, for us musicians it is, as we say in Dutch, such a ‘gezellig’ event. What is ‘gezellig’ in English? I think cozy, but it feels stronger than that. True, cozy is common translation, because we don’t have just one English word for ‘gezellig’. Perhaps, ‘cozy warm commerarderie’ would describe it best. Yeah, that works. (laughs) VVAL is catching up with musician friends; always a late night, often with one too many Amstel beers. (laughs) It’s a very professional show, with many technical wonders and each time it is so different. Great fun! I really enjoyed it!

Read the entire interview here:


Handsome Poets: Tim van Esch Interview

Posted by Kathy Jo Keller on March 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)



Handsome Poets, the Dutch indie pop band featuring, Tim van Esch (lead singer), Daniel Smit (drummer), Nils Davidse (keyboard), became well-known in the Netherlands, after they received 3FM’s Serious Talent Award, shortly after release of Dance The War Is Over. Handsome Poets wasted no time winning over the public with their upbeat tunes and inspirational lyrics. After holding the number one spot on several national radio stations, Sky On Fire, became the Dutch anthem for London Olympics-2012. This song also earned Handsome Poets a nomination for Best Band at the Annual 3FM Awards. On a cold, rainy Wednesday in February, interviewing Tim van Esch made the day Brighter.

Read the full interview at the link below:


Freelance Journal Blog passed 150,000 views!

Posted by Kathy Jo Keller on March 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Special thank you to the fans of Nax and The New Shining... 

What an amazing fanclub. Over 10,000 views in less than one week! Perhaps because we made the public wait so long for the interview series. :) It was with good reason... 

Up Close And Personal (Part One) click here:


As always, thank you for your ongoing support. 

Cheers, Kathy

Freelance Journal Blog passed 80,000 views!

Posted by Kathy Jo Keller on January 15, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Happy New Year: 2014 Blog Changes!


Thank you for supporting my Freelance Author Blog, which grew at an amazing rate, even surpassing my 75,000 view goal; as of 1/Jan/2014, the blog passed 80,000+ views. WOW!

Although a huge success, there was one problem with that blog. Since it is sponsored by my publisher in America, the 'like' & 'share' features are not available in the Netherlands. Comment feature was an option, however, too often other American bloggers tried 'marketing' unrelated items in the comment section, and it was distracting from the actual article, reducing my Dutch readership. So, 2014 welcomes the creation of this Blogger' Blog, (which you are reading now)! On this new blog, you will find each article published http://kathykeller.bookblogworld.com/ has been linked to the 'comment', 'like', and 'share' page on this blog. :) For more info visit:



Freelance Journalist Blog approaching 50,000

Posted by Kathy Jo Keller on September 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)


In two months time the blog has captured quite a large crowd. Naturally, about 20% of the viewers are repeat visitors...but that's a good thing! Keep them coming back for more! :D


From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for the support and for sharing the blog with your family and friends. Today I received an invitation from a Dutch online newspaper to submit an article, and they are taking my 'music correspondent column' suggestion under advisement.

Hold good thoughts...I'll keep you posted. Naturally, if my article is published you will all be copied on the link. :)

Cheers, Kat

Funny side-note: When I had finally finished jumping up and down (from excitement as well as the kind words of the Editor of the newspaper regarding my portfolio and writing style), my husband congratulated me and said, "I can't imagine being excited about writing anything".

Author Blog tops 31,000 views!

Posted by k.keller@sgzuidwest.nl on August 4, 2013 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)



Today my blog hit 31,450 views (29,000 are unique visits) .... Wow! That was more than I had expected for only six weeks of posting. My publisher, SBPRA and marketing agent, AMI said it was the most active blog for authors, and I have to say, I am convinced!


I have just finished two interviews and hope to have both published by end of the week.

For now, just a short note to say, thank you all for the support.

Cheers, K :D


Exapts Entertainment Extravaganza!

Posted by k.keller@sgzuidwest.nl on July 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

77,000 Brits; 32,000 Americans; 17,000 South Africans; 5,000 New Zealanders; 15,000 Australians – What could this fine group of people possibly have in common? We all live in the Netherlands! Yep! English native speakers are now 144,000 strong in this little land, and the number increases every year.


The Dutch are multi-lingual, and English seems to be their favorite second language. As English native speakers, we are never at a loss to find our favorite films, television programs and music, and after a few months, it is easy to overlook the Dutch subtitles on the bottom of the screen. News is also not a problem with CNN, BBC and Internet. Most parties take on a bi-lingual tone as the host and guests effortlessly hold their own, shifting between Dutch with their family and friends and English with the expats in the room. So, one would think there is nothing lacking for expats in the way of entertainment, right? Wrong!


Expats are seriously out of the loop when it comes to local Dutch entertainment! How many times have you heard your colleagues chatting at Monday coffee break about the great festival they attended during the weekend; you know, that huge event that took place less than a mile from your backyard. How could you have missed it? Daily radio advertisements, posters and the rest of the hype….oh, wait; you don’t understand Dutch, that’s how you missed it.


Having lived most of my life in Arizona, a border state to Mexico, it became standard procedure to see Spanish subtitles, or Spanish articles alongside the English counterpart. Although having English versions for everything would be handy, this would be an impossible task in the Netherlands, and unfair to the non-English speaking foreigners. This small country is home to nearly 17 million inhabitants, approximately 2 million of which were born in another country and of that two million only 144,000 are from English speaking countries. Many foreigners myself included, plan to remain in the Netherlands, so we have learned to speak Dutch. However, more than half of the English speaking expats are here on temporary assignment and have no intention of learning this difficult language.


Most of the Expat media venues cater to the over 50 crowd, and the focus for entertainment news is in the realm of literature reviews and book signings; dance and theater performances; and classical or jazz music. The Rock and Pop music genres receive little promotion on the major Expat news sites, which is a pity, as the majority of Dutch rock, alternative and pop bands perform in English. My quest is to bring local Dutch bands to the awareness of the expat community, and some to our homelands, as many of these musicians already have one foot into the International music arena. To get you started on your summer quest for music worth adding to your collection, Google any of the following artists: The New Shining, Ivo Gleeman, B Sharp, The Real Thing and The Next Thing. I will continue to link updates to articles and interviews on all major expat sites, but you can also follow my blog directly at: http://kathykeller.bookblogworld.com/43/


Mark your calendars for August 10, 2013 to attend Waterpop. This final music festival of the summer in The Hague brings you non-stop music from 12:00 – 23:00 at Hofpark, Wateringen, with a line-up of a dozen or so bands, all of which perform English lyrics. Check out the article on my blog to read more about my favorite headliner at Waterpop 2013, The New Shining. See you at Waterpop!


K. J. Keller/FLJ-24/07/2013





K.J.Keller-Summer Interview Series: B Sharp

Posted by k.keller@sgzuidwest.nl on July 20, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Waiting for a few editing adjustments from my friends in the video-technical department and then the interview, and acoustic version of their new single, 'Look For New', will be published.

 I appreciate your comments on Facebook and here on my website, but please take a moment to leave a comment on the blog page for the band to enjoy. Cheers, K

WOW! Freelance Journalist Blog hits 13,000 Views!

Posted by Kathy Jo Keller on July 10, 2013 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)



The above link will explain in detail the recent hype for Blogging and interviewing popular Dutch musicians...but in addition, it is also a public thank you to my publisher and marketing agent, Jessica Smith, for guiding me this direction. Below is a little after thought I'd like to share...


As most of you know, my first novel, 'The Butterfly Clinic' dealt with some very real and heavy issues of spousal abuse and teenage runaways fated to become victims of the underworld of internet pornography network. My second novel, 'Chapter Closed' was not a light theme either, rape, date rape in particular. These issues were of great importance to me, and having known many women and teenage girls who have survived one form of abuse or another, I felt compelled to write their story, with a quirky fictional twist.


When I was a student at London School of Journalism, the very first lesson proved to be the one that made the strongest impression on me. Write about something sparked by passion that you have knowledge about, and the article or novel will write itself!


Perhaps one day I will feel the need to write another novel, but until that day arrives I will focus on writing articles and building my Freelance Journalist portfolio, writing about my greatest passions of life: Music, Travel, Arts & Entertainment, Literature and my hobby-Cooking!

"The New Shining"-English translation project completed!

Posted by Kathy Jo Keller on July 5, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 What a great feeling!

After spending many hours translating the Official Wikipedia site for The New Shining, I can honestly say it was worth the extra effort invested. The finished product gives a clear and precise overview of this popular Dutch Alternative Rock Band. The New Shining have paid their dues and have earned their rightful place in the national Dutch music scene, kicking off 2012, as headliner act for 3FM Serious Talent Tour. I believe with all my heart that it won't be long before this band finds an international audience, and as they say, 'the rest will be history'.  TNS management will place the translation on the internet soon; I will share the link.


At the moment the band is busy with placing the final touches on their new album. The single, 'Do The Right Thing' has already been released, so click the link in the article below and add it to your music collection today.  After the dust settles and the band has time to come  up for air, we will sit down for an exclusive English interview. It will be worth the wait.  Until then, it is off to other writing endeavors. More TNS updates in August. Cheers,  K