Richard Buckner and Tonnie Dieleman (who performs as broeder Dieleman), met just a few short years ago when Dieleman opened for Buckner at a house show in Belgium. A mutual respect and appreciation for one another’s craft soon developed, and we are thrilled to present the pair together again at the very first Red Cinema Session show December 4 at Amsterdam’s legendary Roode Bioscoop!
In honor of this excellent event, we asked these gentleman to play Bamshakalah’s MOST FAVORITE GAME: the Q&A!
Richard asks Tonnie…
You told me that you haven’t been performing live very long. Were you writing and playing at home for years without playing in front of audiences, deciding later to play live, or did you start the whole process of writing and performing live at the same time?
I was always scribbling down words and later combining them with chords and little melodies when i got a guitar. The first songs I recorded weren’t meant to be performed. Later the desire to perform them grew, and as I tried so did my confidence to do so. The whole process of overcoming fear and stand up in front of people and raise my voice is still a fun ride to learn so much from.
When I played a show with you a few years ago, you had a real connection with the audience. Is that something that is inherent, or something that you’re conscious of during a show?
I try to make it as much communication as I can, in song and in attitude, and when it doesn’t happen, the show suffers from it I think. I love it when people talk back, or yell stuff. Often audiences don’t realise how much of an influence their energy has on shows.
Your approach doesn’t seem to come from a certain songwriting tradition—- it just seems fluid, like a natural storyteller. Do you see it as coming from a Zeeland perspective/song tradition or a more borderless amalgam?
Thats interesting. I’m curious about how non-Dutch people look at my music. I wasn’t aware of any musical culture from Zeeland till a short time ago. And still, it’s very fragmented and hardly alive anymore. I did try to invent my own sort of folklore, with my own symbols, stories and heritage. People call it Americana, folk, or worse: singer songwriter, but “borderless amalgam” sounds really good to me.
Tonnie asks Richard…
What do you consider sacred on this earth and why?
I have someone who loves me. Even when my truck won’t start and my teeth are falling out and I’m broke, this is the one thing that makes me want to wake up again.
What was the most important lesson in music you ever learned?
Trust the subconscious.
What songs have changed your life and how?
Anything by Townes Van Zandt. They carry meaning.
We asked Buckner to put together a ‘Songs You Love’ playlist, too! Introducing: the Richard Buckner Midweek Mixtape.
For more information on all upcoming EU/UK tour dates for Richard Buckner, please visit his Belmont artist page here; for broeder Dieleman, please click here.
To get your tickets for the awesome & intimate Richard Buckner + broeder Dieleman Red Cinema Sessions show in Amsterdam, please visit the Roode Bioscoop website by clicking here.