This week Coen Grooten a.k.a. rapper Are MC blogs for his hometown Uden. At the age of 7 Coen started playing drums at the Music School Uden and at the Wiebert. Later, in the early 80s, he was seized by the Hip Hop virus. MC-ing became his thing. Inspired by RUN-DMC Coen and his friends for life founded the rap group Dope Posse, and after that The Family Jewels. Meanwhile Are MC is the energetic frontman and rapper of Seven Eleven for 25 years. Want to see Are MC live in action? Friday September 2nd Seven Eleven performs at De Pul in Uden (NL).
Photography © Nico Brons
7-1-1 on Soundcloud. P-Funk in 3D from the flatlands, inspired by George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic. 7-1-1 was produced by Rob Manzoli (Right Said Fred) and appears on the Seven Eleven album ‘Back to the Source’. Artwork by MVE Music Productions.
Listen to ‘Pumpin’ It Up’ on Soundcloud. This funky jam comes from the album Back to the Source and was produced by Rob Manzoli (Right Said Fred). The artwork was designed by MVE Music Productions.
Friday September 2nd De Pul presents two concerts by excellent live bands that also enjoy popularity outside The Netherlands: Tristan and Seven Eleven.
The music of Tristan can best be described as ‘feel-good vintage Acid Jazz ‘ with funky guitars, fender Rhodes, cool synth sounds and a rhythm section whose members play together since 2000. This gives leadsinger Evelyn Kallansee a solid foundation to shine like never before. The music takes you directly back to that crazy seventies sound. TOTO guitarist/vocalist Steve Lukather is one of the many fans of Tristan. When he heard the music for the first time last year he said: “The best of the seventies brought` to 2015.”
Seven Eleven needs no introduction in Uden. Rapper Are MC and star bassist Dodge are well-known citizens. Last year Seven Eleven presented their eighth album ‘Back to the Source’ at the Melkweg in Amsterdam and toured in The Netherlands. When they played at the Late Summer Jazz Festival in Uden, Jazzism wrote: “Even more successful than Typhoon was Seven Eleven, an Amsterdam based funk band with roots in Uden. The battle who could play the best funk was won by Seven Eleven who did this brilliantly in a kind of home game with starring rapper Are MC and singer and dancer Jewl.” Also nothing but good reviews in the media about the new album by Seven Eleven. Seven Eleven is looking forward to present ‘Back to the Source’ at De Pul in September.
Saturday June 11th Seven Eleven is the main attraction at FunkyNight in Hellevoetsluis, a new event at ‘De Vesting’ hosted by The Old Wharehouse. Support act: The Gonzo’s.
• “Catchy and danceable funk” (TV-Gazette)
• “A wonderfull dry and yet full fat sound” (Lust For Life magazine)
• “A group sound that is timeless” (Writteninmusic.com)
• “The single ‘Disco was not good enough’ can compete with the current disco-funk hits by Chic feat. Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson’s’ Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars). For a band from Amsterdam and Uden that is kinda special” (Maxazine.nl)
• “Funk formula worked out to perfection” (Eindhoven Dagblad)
• “Seven Eleven funks like crazy on new album” (Cultuurpodium Online)
• “Sounds nice and sexy” (Mpodia)
• “Temperamental funk songs with light shades of soul, jazz and hip hop. Enough ammunition to start a tour.” (Popmagazine Heaven Edition Nov / Dec 2015)
The presentation of The Rock Awards 2016 has been moved to a new date and place: September 25, at the The National Western Complex in Denver. It’s Colorado’s Premier Black Tie Event. Seven Eleven is nominated as best live performer in the Global Eye Category and also for best video.
“Although my raps are often about back in the days, I am someone who always keeps looking ahead at new projects and initiatives” says Seven Eleven rapper Are MC (in the ordinary life named Coen Grooten) in the Brabants Dagblad. With local friends Are MC started Musical Center Uden; a partnership network of independently operating parties in the music industry to encourage making more music in and around Uden.