The Netherlands-based, Joost van den Broek has produced, arranged, and mixed albums since 2004 with great international success. As a chart-hitting producer with an impressive portfolio, he has gained a reputation in the rock/metal world and beyond because he:
FULL PRODUCTION: Joost mostly does full productions being involved from the first demos until mastering. He manages the entire production process to keep a clear overview and create a great work environment to get the best out of everyone.
Joost is also available to handle separate elements of your production:
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Epica is one of the biggest names in symphonic and female-fronted metal. Being a lot heavier and more extreme than most female-fronted bands in the genre, they combine fast and loud metal with the most epic movie-score esque arrangements and beautiful vocal melodies.
After five studio albums, Epica was searching for a new producer and approach to get to the next level. The band had a few member changes over the years, grew a lot in performance skills, and now contained multiple composers consisting of six strong individuals, all being able to bring something unique and personal to their style. The goal was to create an Epica 2.0 both in production quality, modern sound, songwriting, arrangements, and most of all, authenticity.
The Holographic Principle is the second album Joost produced with Epica where he tried to create an approach that all band members would be able to reach new levels in creativity, performance, and character, forming a unique combination as a band and making the process a true group effort.
On this album, all boundaries of production, performance, and arrangement were stretched, recording every single aspect of this epic masterpiece live and with real instruments. It pushed all musicians involved, including the band itself, to their limits, reaching up to 1,000 audio tracks per song, making it one of the biggest and most comprehensive productions in the genre to date.
Epica, together with the work of a great team, have grown exponentially since their last two albums. World-wide sales have increased and they have garnered great reviews and appreciation by the press, more successful international tours, higher spots on festival bills, and reached a wider metal audience. The Holographic Principle reached #22 in the worldwide charts, meaning various international Top 10 positions.
Navarone is a self-made, old school rock band with great live reputation. Being influenced by bands from the 70s and 90s, they combine pumping drum grooves with sexy guitar riffs and cutting-edge vocals.
The band released two studio albums on their own before working with Joost, but never focused on production like they did on their live performance. The goal was to create a modern sounding rock album, full of great songwriting, with a strong and one-of-a-kind productional vision, reflecting the band's creativity, attitude, and individual musicians. A lot of time was spend in the studio searching for the ultimate sound per instrument, per song. Nothing was taken for granted and every experiment was embraced in order to reach the perfect approach on every aspect. The band was very hands-on during the whole production, using the studio as an instrument instead of just a recording facility – coming up with a great and fulfilling end result.
After the album was finished, the band signed an international record deal, teamed up with great management, gained lots of attention by the media, was recognized by commercial radio, entered the Top 10 album charts, and plays, streams, and bookings went up. The band managed to get their great live reputation reflected on a studio album for the first time.
Kovacs - Shades of Black
Credits: arrangement, co-write
Kovacs is a young, soulful singer with a unique voice in a dark jazzy pop style, who gained international reputation with her successful first album.
Producer and friend, Oscar Holleman (Within Temptation a.o.) introduced Joost to this one-of-a-kind talent to arrange songs for her written by renowned songwriters, finding a style and sound palette that would fit her dark and soulful voice and create something unique using the best of both the pop and jazz genre. After much demoing, programming, pre-producing and writing together, we found a great ear-catching instrumentation concept and have been able to lay it out over the whole album and all songs written for and with her, making it a very strong and cohesive whole with very distinctive, recognizable sound, with a dark edge but still suited for a bigger audience.
The album went straight to #1 in the first week of release, and was awarded by a golden record, won many prices, millions of views on YouTube, gained a big reputation in the international press, and gave Kovacs a perfect start of her young career and a place on the big stages where she belongs.
Ayreon - The Theater Equation
Credits: musical direction, arrangement
Ayreon is a worldwide successful and unique progressive/symphonic rock/metal project created and written by the Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Already for over 20 years he has been releasing albums in a rock opera format with mostly a futuristic theme, being in the absolute top of the scene by gaining a great reputation for his musical and production level. Ayreon always has a great cast on his albums, consisting of the most wellknown and talented singers and instrumentalist in the genre.
Never has Ayreon been a live act on stage, till he did a European tour called Star One/Ayreon in 2002 in which Joost joined on keyboards, as a rookie being the youngest in the band. This was an amazing experience and was the start of Joost's carreer in this genre, plus the start of a long-time relationship both on a professional as personal level with Arjen. After this tour Joost played a lot of synth solos and grand piano/EP on his albums.
In 2014 the idea came to created a theater show around one of his most popular albums called 'The Human Equation'. This show would contain the whole original (international) cast of singer (amongst others: James Labrie, Anneke van Giersbergen, Mike Mills) who would also be acting and the show should be a combination of the original music played by a full band with added arrangements for classical instruments and a big choir, all on a huge theater stage in full scripted production.
Joost joined the team as the musical director and arranger. He was responsible for all musical aspects, such as forming and rehearsing with the band, the choir and preparing the singers, writing all the musical scores, making the adaptions to the songs and writing extra reprises/alternatives to fit the storyboard, leading the full production on stage rehearsals… and much more.
The 4 theater shows, which we all sold out in no-time, were a great succes and were received very well by the fanbase. Even so that Arjen and Joost, with a great team around them, are now working on a new live show later in 2017 which will be a 'best off' Ayreon full-on rock show with a big modern live production and amazing 16 singer cast (amongst others: Floor Jansen, Hansi Kursh, Tommy Karevik) called 'the Ayreon Universe'. All 3 shows sold out within 48 hours. Joost will be having a role as lead producer and musical director next to Arjen Lucassen, arranger, plus also be playing the keys in this once-in-a-lifetime show!
VUUR (Anneke van Giersbergen) - tba
Credits: production, recording, mix, co-write
VUUR is a new metal band formed around Anneke van Giersbergen, who is a big name in the female/symphonic metal scene and famous for being the original lead singer of the Gathering, having a very characteristic and unique vocal sound. The new formed band is a true all-star band, consisting of ex-members of bands like Gorefest, ReVamp and Stream of Passion.
When Anneke released an album with Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon) in 2015 called 'the Gentle Storm', she made her return to the metal scene after years of playing in a more alternative/pop scene. This album and the following tours, in which Joost also joined as a keyboardist, were a great succes, re-opened doors for her in the genre and gave her the urge to do her own metal album with a full band again.
The vision for the album was to create a heavy metal album, with lots attitude, a modern and in-your-face sound, not polished and not symphonic, having technical/progressive elements while hearing a great band performance on the record. This all to stand out in between of the 'more traditional' symphonic female fronted metal style acts and better reflecting Anneke's taste for bands like Mastodon and Gojira.
Anneke and Joost wrote the major part of all the songs together, searching for the right style and balance of all elements in the preproductions. Once the blueprint was set, also a few songs of the band members and 'guest writers' such as Mark Holcomb (Periphery) and Esa Holopainen (Amorphis) Joost transformed and rearranged to the new found VUUR style.
With this strong vision Joost started working with the (instrumental) band. First finalizing the songs in the rehearsal room all together each band member, bringing a personal touch to the songs, later on doing fully miked preproduction sessions in the studio. Preparing the band maximum for the studio period, getting the songs in the exact form and arrangement and finding the perfect attitude and sound on each aspect of the band. The production should be 100% honest, drums/guitar/bass driven and with a really high performance level, so the band had to be brought on top of game. Every effort made during recording should be heard and felt on the record, which also ment a very transparent and highly detailed mix.
The album will be released in october 2017 by Inside Out/SPV and has received overwhelming reactions by the inner circle listeners, the business partners and Anneke's huge fanbase. The first song 'Days go by - London' just got released in order for VUUR to head some big festivals in the summer of 2017 and get the fans excited for what's to come.
METAL: After Forever, Age Of Dust, Anna Phoebe (Transiberian Orchestra), Ayreon/Star One, Casual Silence, Cecile, Celestial Ruin, Dream Ocean, End Of The Dream, Epica, Ethereal, Facelifter, HDK, Karmaflow, Kingfisher Sky, Knight Area, Kowai, MaYan, Melted Space, My Favorite Scar, My Propane, Nemesea, Nightmare, POUND, Rani, ReVamp (Floor Jansen), Sound Storm, Sphere Of Souls, Stream Of Passion, Sun Caged, The Aurora Project, The Gentle Storm, The Last Element/Serious, Tiamat, VUUR (Anneke van Giersbergen), Xandria
POP/ROCK/ALTERNATIVE: Altrego/Jasper Erkens, Andrei Lugovski, Ben Saunders, Charly Luske, Davine, DJ Brennan Heart, Ellen Ten Damme, Evant Garden, GoMute, Guild of Stags, Hadewych Minis, Hello Madness, Houses, Jeroen van der Boom, Join The Cavalry, Kovacs, Laura Macri, LouisV, Leta Bell, LudoWic, Machine Makes Man, Marcela Bovio, Marsman, Navarone, Nick & Simon, STEREO, Syb van der Ploeg, Vic Anselmo, Wende (Snijders), Who vs Who
ORCHESTRA: Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Dudok Quartet, Dutch Brass Ensemble (NBE), Dutch Metropole Orchestra (MO), North Dutch Orchestra (NNO), Magnum Opus Rockestra, PA’dam (chamber choir), Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (RFO), Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Sandlane Recording Facilities is Joost's headquarters, established in 2009 in Rijen, The Netherlands. A state-of-the-art recording studio with a big live room characterised by stunning acoustics, a Neve mixing console, a phenomenal collection of microphones, amps, instruments, and a wide range of high-end outboard equipment.
"A pleasant working environment helps musicians reach their peak performance, which is why atmosphere is of paramount importance to us."