Soloists » Sven Figee, hammond organ

Pulsating and inspiring beats stem from five guys with a vibrant, energy-driven and rhythmic vibe in their music. They know what it means to give it all they got, who go crazy and know how to play the audience and captivate them with every note. Straight to the inner depths of one’s soul, the music created is genuinely from the heart. On Sven Hammond Soul’s new album The Usual Suspects, Sven and his band of brothers go all out. Maximum ”rock ‘n soul”.

Sven Hammond Soul’s previous albums are reputed for their steaming hot soul but on The Usual Suspects Sven goes back to basics. No tightly timed horns, no violins and no guest vocalists but one singer who reigns supreme: ‘Ivan Peroti’. The Hammond organ is still the ‘hero’ throughout the album and Sven manages to give this unique and amazing instrument a distinctive place and character in each of the songs. Sometimes raw, like an eighteen-wheeler on a bumpy gravel road, at other times smooth as a cruise liner. A unique combination of musicians who live for this music and do justice in putting ‘soul’ into Sven Hammond Soul. The tunes are truly versatile. The song titled Children of the Dark aims to get the audience grooving to the high energy beats. The song Happy People and The Usual Suspects leaves unforgettable impressions on one’s auditory senses.

Sven worked intensely with top producer Tony Platt. Tony Platt has also worked with Motörhead, AC/DC, Bob Marley,Gary Moore, ‘Funky Kingston’ van Toots & The Maytals. Tony knows his way around decibels. He is knowledgeable on funk, jazz and soul. Tony Platt, who has worked with many a superstar said of Sven Hammond Soul: ”It really was a pleasure to work with Sven and the musicians. They are great guys with talents of an international standard”. The album was recorded at ICP studios in Brussels, mixed by Tony Platt at his London Strongroom Studio and mastered by Ray Staff (Bowie, Clash, Black Sabbath) at the Air Studios in London. In other words, a real dream team.

The ‘mean and lean fighting machine’ which Sven Hammond Soul seems to be these days consists of Ivan Peroti (lead vocals), Glenn Gaddum (bass), Joost Kroon (drums), Tim Eijmaal (guitar) and Sven Figee behind his superb Hammond organ. When SHS is on the road they play in some of the best venues nationwide, on TV (DWDD and Toppop) and can be heard on all major radio stations. During the Edison Awards, SHS was nominated for a variety of awards.

SHS already brought the roof down at Paaspop, Solar, Carribean Jazz, North Sea jazz and a variety of other highly sought-after music events and festivals. Sven Hammond Soul can blow like a cyclone (check out the intro from Bad News). One moment you’re in the swirl and the other you experience the calm of the eye. It’s both boisterous and humble. My Name is a such a song and probably the emotional highlight of the album. Ivan Peroti awakens the soul by pouring out his heart as he sings about his little boy. Sven follows with gentle and extremely well timed strokes on the keys of the Hammond. This song is an absolute gem. The Usual Suspects is an album for the ‘rocker’, the ‘soul freak’, the ‘funk lover’, the pop and jazz head’. The Usual Suspects takes one on a roller coaster ride with a plethora of emotions. The high energy beats captivate the mind and body, while their poignant tunes stir the soul.