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Happy 2019 and good news!

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Happy 2019 and good news!

Happy New Year! I hope 2019 will be a productive, exciting and music-filled year for you (and for me)!

Why not start the year with some good news? After 3 years of playing my NS Design 5-string electric cello, I am now listed on the NS Design website as one of their NS Cello Artists! So that’s good news to start the year. I am listed alongside some of my idols who I’ve met in person including Grace Chatto (read that blog post here) and Ernst Reiseger (read that blog post here).

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To see the link where I am listed, go to: https://thinkns.com/artists/janice-wong/

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Graduating at Abbey Road Studios

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Graduating at Abbey Road Studios

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What an experience! Graduating at Abbey Road Studios with my fellow Abbey Road Institute classmates from all over the world: Amsterdam, Paris, London, Melbourne, Frankfurt and Berlin. The most exciting part was being on the stage to collect my Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in Studio Two, home of The Beatles.

It felt very exclusive, with a lot of security, groups of tourists having a guided tour, no photography down the corridor where all the famous people who have recorded there are framed on the corridor walls, and strange, after so much anticipation, to be at the most famous recording studio in the world receiving my diploma.

We had a nice introduction, filled with inspiring words from the CEO of Abbey Road Institute Luca Barassi, and the heads of each school, including Amsterdam’s director Robin Reumers. Then, we got called up one by one on stage to receive our diploma, along with an engraved tuning fork (A 440Hz). After that, it was time for the networking and celebration event in Studio One where we had more speeches (to name some: Universal Music’s COO David Sharpe & MD Abbey Road Studios Isabel Garvey) and a captivating performance by Rhys Lewis.

While I was on Abbey Road, I thought I would do the touristy thing of taking a photo walking across the street like The Beatles cover. However, little did I expect that it was busy, not only from tourists, but of traffic! So many cars were passing on a Saturday morning, it was impossible to cross. So I ended up taking an alternative:

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One year has passed surprisingly fast! To think that one year ago, I could not call myself a “music producer”, and now, besides the piece of paper, I can say I am a music producer, whose last school project was to lead a recording of a rockabilly swing band with a 13-piece brass band, and my first project out of school was to be invited to compose a track for an advertisement for a panel at ADE, the biggest electronic music festival in the world. Pretty cool!

But I know it’s just the beginning. So, watch this space!

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THE FOX on TransVormers CD

My band THE FOX were invited to perform at the last TransVormers festival (we performed there last time while filming for MTV Was Here) but a foot injury with our drummer meant that we had to cancel at the last minute.

Fortunately, we were also invited to have a track on their compilation CD, celebrating the 5th year of the Volkskrant building as a cultural and creative centre. There we are on track 21.

More info (in Dutch):
http://www.volkskrantgebouw.nl/agenda/transvormers-het-festival-van-het-volkskrantgebouw

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Joining all girl band THE FOX

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Joining all girl band THE FOX

So I've recently joined an all girl pop-rock band, and had my debut performance on guitar. As a compromise for not singing harmonies I gave myself in to the guitar. It didn’t matter that I can only play 3 chords, because I just became the new rhythm guitarist! Who are THE FOX?

From L-R: Sharon Steinfort (lead guitar/backing vocals), Janice Wong (cello/rhythm guitar), Eva Koreman (drums), Celine Prins (lead vocals/keys) and Mirjam von Bannisseht (bass and vocals). (Photo by Andreas from The Dingo Birds)

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Michael Kiwanuka blogs about me

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Michael Kiwanuka blogs about me

I had sent Michael Kiwanukavideo of myself playing to his track Home Again. He liked it so much he posted it on his blog, AND he invited me to Adele's sold out show (where he was supporting) and I could bring a friend. Amazing man he is!

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The weirdest cello end pin stopper (or most innovative)

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The weirdest cello end pin stopper (or most innovative)

In Amsterdam there are 3 very typical about Dutch houses: large windows with no curtains, high ceilings and wooden floors. Beautiful houses, perfect for making music actually. But it concerns me to put scratches and dents into the floor boards with my cello end pin. On this particular day I forgot to bring an end-pin stopper (rubber stopperdonutblack hole etc.) so we had to improvise. I asked if the boys had any type of carpet and this is what they came up with:

His name is Gorgon Korvar Berg from IKEA. He’s from Sweden. Yes, one tiger was hurt in the making of this photo. :’(

PROTECTIVE OF FLOOR: 5/5
NON-SLIP: 2/5
OVERALL EXPERIENCE: 3/5

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