On the 13th of April, against all odds, Hidden Doors won the semifinals in De Grote Prijs Van Dordt.
We hadn't managed to get through the preliminary round before, coming in second for both the jury- and audience prizes. Even so, the competition has a wildcard for fan favourites, and more people than we ever expected took to voting. Our wonderful fans got us an overwhelming majority -nearly fifty percent of all votes- and once again, we want to thank everyone who helped out.
Armed with strong jury feedback we tried to put together a stronger set, though after having heard the competition (a perk of being the last to play) no one knew if we even stood a chance. After all, we hadn't even won the previous round... And yet, coats on and ready to head home, we were called onto the stage victorious.
So far this competition has been a rollercoaster, but we've played two fun sets in front of an energetic audience, and we can't wait to do it again. We've given our first official interview, asked the jury for more feedback, and are ready to make even more progress for the next performance. We're playing in the finals of De Grote Prijs Van Dordt and we hope you're all there to listen us kill it on stage at Bibelot on May 11th!
Exiting news! We've decided to renovate part of Tracy's house into our very own recording studio, which we'll use to record demo's and hopefully, to put out some new releases...
While drums will be recorded off-site, later to be mixed and mastered in the studio, vocals, guitars, and bass will be recorded here from now on! This enables us to work both more efficiently and independently, so that you guys can look forward to new material coming soon
The band came together today to work on a cover for the EP, which is scheduled for release next February. We'd delayed this meeting several times, on account of us all being much better at making music than we are at talking business.
However, with the deadline getting closer, we couldn't really keep putting it off. With a full afternoon freed up and the whole band on lockdown, we forced ourselves to be productive.
Within an hour though, we'd managed to make great progress. Steven credits this to "the table effect," a theory that when a band actually sits around a table they are far more efficient than when they lounge about on a couch.
Let's see how long we keep it up.