Exploring different musical territories with each new release. It’s been my main objective as a music producer ever since I started this creative journey in 2014. While translating emotions into sounds, I draw inspiration from both personal life and social issues.
In 2018 I finally released my debut EP ‘’Reliving’’, which mainly combined elements of electronic and rock music and was all about revisiting personal and emotional memories. With ‘’Past Mistakes’’, I took this sound and theme to a new level. While further developing the electronic rock sound, the EP presents a cathartic listening experience to let go of the past and make room for something new.
My drive to explore different styles of music has led me to collaborate with various artists. ‘’Millions of Simple Lights’’ with Russian producer Меня Нет showcased our shared love for guitar-driven aggressiveness and atmospheric soundscapes. ‘’Let It Go’’ was my first song featuring vocals, provided by conscious rapper Willis the Illest and ‘’Fighting the Storms’’ came to fruition thanks to Riffs at Random’s heavy guitars and drums.
When I’m not making music, I’m on a continuous hunt for inspiration. A hunt which I document in my blog series What I’m Listening To. So far, some of my biggest influences have been Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, Nine Inch Nails and Run the Jewels.
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‘’Netherlands-based artist Rick van Meijel’s own brand of electronica is an aural delight that no matter synth lines you’ve been lost in, I can guarantee you won’t have heard the like of before.’’
– A&R Factory (source)
‘’Unlike many producers who fizzle out due to firing in different directions, Rick van Meijel maintains his unique style and cohesive artistic vision.’’
– Xttrawave (source)
‘’Rick van Meijel is back in our Artist of the month spotlight for June 2018! [Debut EP] Reliving is an epic journey told through emotional synths and hard hitting drums.’’
– Open Labs’ Stagelight (now Roland Zenbeats)