They say you need three things to succeed in the music business – talent, timing and luck. Plus a little something extra to get you noticed. Joep Beving has all four in abundance. At nearly six foot ten, with his wild hair and flowing beard, the Dutch pianist resembles a friendly giant from a book of children's fairy tales. But his playing – understated, haunting, melancholic – marks him out as the gentlest of giants, his delicate melodies soothing the soul in these troubled times. Joep's music is the antidote to that hectic world of uncertainty and fear – a soundtrack for a kinder, more hopeful future; a score for the unmade film of lives yet to come. "It's pretty emotional stuff," agrees Joep. "I call it ‘simple music for complex emotions'. It's music that enhances images, music that creates a space for the audience to fill in the gaps with their own imagination."
His debut album Solipsism was recorded in single takes over the course of three months in his own kitchen, playing in the still of night while his girlfriend and two young daughters were asleep. Turned down by the only record label he had approached, he paid to press 1,500 vinyl copies, with artwork by Rahi Rezvani. Joep staged the album launch in March 2015, in the studio of hot Amsterdam fashion designer Hans Ubbink, and performed it there for the first time. That first vinyl pressing quickly sold out, mainly to friends, and the songs were an instant hit on Spotify, whose team in New York added one tune – "The Light She Brings" – to a popular ‘Peaceful Piano' playlist. "People started saving the tune, so they put another one on. Then they started liking the whole of my album." Soon Solipsism was a viral phenomenon, with another tune, "Sleeping Lotus," now approaching 20 million streamed plays.
As a result of his huge online success, Joep was invited to perform on a prime-time Dutch TV show. The following day his album knocked One Direction off the top of the charts. "Then, a few days later, Adele made her comeback – and I was history," he laughs. But by then he had made his mark and attracted the attention of Deutsche Grammophon, the world's foremost classical label, who gladly reissues the stunning album back on the vinyl format here!