A short questions and answers
as conducted by Elenka Freikkar via e-mail, Norway
Elenka: Welcome Freek! I’m so happy you are willing to have this chat with me!
Freek: My pleasure.
Elenka: What is your motivation to make music?
Freek: I love to work with words and music, make them fit, give them meaning. To me, creating is an organic part of day to day life.
Elenka: What is the importance of titles in your work?
Freek: The titles of songs are an integral part of the song and are often clues to certain things – it’s like a treasure hunt. I enjoy treasure hunts.
Elenka: What is the difference between Beequeen, Brunnen and other projects?
Freek: The music of Beequeen was a combination of two, later three very different personalities. Brunnen was a solo song-based project, which, after many years has run its course. The Beautiful Glassbottom Boat displays my love for the king of instruments: the organ. I intend to record more under my own name. Then there is The Blue Mask, a Lou Reed tribute project, which sprang to life in 2016. And then there is the British Institute of Dreams… but only in my dreams.
Elenka: I am looking for a copy of the cassette Cris en Mouvements released by Tranches De Vie, which has a track called Faustus Opus Magum by you. Where can I find it?
Freek: If only I knew. This was my first contributions to a compilation cassette and I was never sent a copy (or it never arrived). I tried to contact Tranches De Vie but they appear to be all out for lunch indefinitely. If anyone has a copy of the cassette I would be thrilled to hear about it.
Elenka: What is the first record you ever bought?
Freek: Tarzans Nuts by Madness, which I still have. Originally I wanted to buy Embarrassment by Madness on single, but bought this one by mistake as I couldn’t remember the title when I got in the store.
Elenka: You collect records by Adam and the Ants. Why is this?
Freek: Because they’re great! In 1980 I watched Top Pop, a Dutch music TV-programme, that aired 30 seconds of Antmusic by Adam and the Ants. It was a revelation; this was what I had been waiting for, somewhere between Punk, New Wave and the New Romantics – exiting and colourful music. The next day I went to town and bought Antmusic, my first Adam and the Ants record. This time I remembered to write the title down.
Elenka: What is the record you would never part with?
Freek: There are several, but I think I would never consider parting with my original 1969 pink label LP of Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake. I have quite a few signed albums I also would hate to part with, like my signed copy of Celestial Ocean by Brainticket, Shadow Lady signed by Gudrun Hardardottir, She And She As One signed by Anton Heyboer, the Emmanuelle soundtrack signed by Sylvia Kristel or my copy of the Floris LP signed by Rutger Hauer. What about cassettes? I love the format – so much more interesting than CD’s! My cassette copy of Dots On The Eye by The Legendary Pink Dots, which was given to me by a close friend is precious. Or my copy of Gerogerigegege’s Piano/River (number 9 out of 10!). I also have a weak spot for Japanese music, ranging from the traditional to the naughty – the LP made by 70s Japanese porn start Ike Reiko took me years to track down. The list goes on.
Elenka: What are some of your favourite books?
Freek: Glad you asked! My all time favourite book has to be The Coming Of Joachim Stiller, a beautifully surreal story written by Hubert Lampo in the late 50s. Translated in English, but best read in Dutch. Other favourites are My Wicked Wicked Ways, the autobiography by Errol Flynn and Beam Ends, his book about his adventurous sea travels in the late 30s. And what about Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-up Bird Chronicles and Dance, Dance, Dance, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye, Salman Rushdie’s Haroun And The Sea Of Stories, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Colin MacInnes’ Absolute Beginners, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Jewel Of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker, most books by Tennessee Williams, Yasunari Kawabata and most later books by John Irving? Great books – I enjoy good surreal storytelling.
Elenka: What are some of your all time favourite TV-programmes or movies?
Freek: I don’t really watch a lot of television, but I love to go to the cinema. Some of my all time favourite movies are West Side Story, Ghost World, Mulholland Drive, Rear Window, Night Of The Iguana, Singing In The Rain, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, La Dolce Vita, Midnight Cowboy, Tokyo Story, Fire Walk With Me and Nocturnal Animals. TV series such as The Avengers with Diana Rigg or, perhaps a bit more contemporary, Twin Peaks, Sherlock, Fargo and Lewis are close to my heart as well.
Elenka: Should I want to surprise you with a record as a gift, which record would be appropriate?
Freek: I used to have a copy of the South African Decca records pressing of the Young Parizians 1978 single by Adam and the Ants, but sold it in a moment of total delusion. I’m tearing my hair out now of course. If you have one to spare, please contact me. Please. Please. Please me.
Elenka: If I would like to take you out to dinner, where would I best take you?
Freek: Any good Indian restaurant.
Elenka: What do you think about Scandinavia, say for instance Norway?
Freek: Unfortunately I have never been to Norway, but would love to go there and enjoy nature.
Elenka: Do you like being massaged?
Freek: I love being massaged, but……
Elenka: Are you a good lover?
Freek: I beg your pardon?