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
“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.
November 15th rapper Are MC went to Kytopia in Utrecht (the old Tivoli-building at the Oude Gracht) for a last videoshoot with director Lex van Dop and his cameraman Ynze for Seven Elevens videoclip ‘Disco wasn’t good enough’. The single and the video will be released on December 19th.
The tourschedule of Seven Eleven in November starts tomorrow with a concert of rapper Are MC at a sold out ‘Uje Swingt‘. It’s the opening of a brand new concert hall in theater ‘Markant’ in Uden (NL). Are MC will be supported by Jewl on vocals, Dice on guitar and Dodge on bass.
Next week Seven Eleven has three concerts in the Netherlands with Incognito (UK): Thursday November 14th at Luxor Live in Arnhem, Friday November 15th at Tivoli in Utrecht and finally on Sunday November 17th at De Pul in Uden.
Only at Luxor drummer Hans van den Hurk a.k.a. ‘Captain Hurk’ is part of the Seven Eleven line-up. After that Hans will be touring in Europe with Gloria Estefan, Wyclef Jean, Amy Macdonald and Hiromi until December 23rd as part of the anual ‘Night Of The Proms‘ circus. Chris Mohrhenn a.k.a. King Chris’m replaces Captain Hurk at Tivoli and De Pul.
In December the band hopes to finish their new album ‘Back to the source’. More about that later.
Today Are MC and Dodge were editing and remixing the track ‘Piece of the funk’ at Sonante Studio in Amsterdam for the upcoming anthology ’25 years and still funkin”.
The album will be released October 26th when Seven Eleven is celebrating their 25th anniversary at De Pul in Uden (NL).