After joining Micha Maasbach for his concert in Amsterdam, we got to hang out with him for a little bit. – You can catch the review on Micha’s concert here – We asked him about his current tour and plans for the future. Enjoy!
I don’t think we’ve ever seen you in a solo-project. What made you decide to take on this one?
A while ago, I was asked to sing a few songs in a city in Holland called ‘Leeuwarden’ as a performance. (we’re used to seeing Micha as a worshipleader for MAP band and Maasbach Worship) I realized right then and there that this concept of a vocal with an acoustic guitar, singing out Bible scriptures in the Dutch language, isn’t really out there. I define it as ‘music to relax’. After this performance I was asked to use this concept while performing in another meeting and then another one. Eventually I was asked by David Maasbach (president of the Johan Maasbach World Mission and director of Maasbach Radio) to tour around the Netherlands using this exact concept.
What is your favorite song of the evening?
I don’t have one particular favorite. I think all of the songs have something about them that makes them exciting to play. I do get goosebumps when I play the song ‘Lachai-Roï’ and I cry almost everytime when it’s time for the song: ‘Ik wacht op U, o Heer’, meaning: ‘I wait on You, Oh Lord’.
Yeah, we noticed that. Thank you for sharing your story behind that song! It was about a particular period of your childhood..
Yes, it’s about the time when I was too young to go to youthservice with my older brother. My younger brother and I stayed home with my uncle, who took this time to study the bible with us. I have such a special memory of those moments that it touches my heart everytime I talk about it!
You seem very comfortable showing your heart on stage.
When I was asked to do this tour, I was asked to really be me. To give the church a taste of what I do when I’m alone with God. I can be an emotional wreck sometimes! These songs are about me, my friends, my family, stuff I’ve been through, stuff I’m going through. So naturally it’s gonna lead to an emotion. All of us go through the ups and downs of life and with my stories I show how I deal with those circumstances.
Yes, we loved it! How many concerts are included in this tour?
8 in total. I will be visiting all of The Blessing Churches. Everybody’s more than welcome to come! I still have a few more to go, you can find my tourdates on maasbach.nl
All of the concerts take place inside the Netherlands, your homecountry. Do you think you’ll ever take the tour international?
I think one of the strengths of this tour is singing songs in Dutch. I’m not a real big fan of translating songs so if I were to tour outside of Holland, I would write new English songs instead of translating these ones.
Stephen, Maasbach’s main drummer, is your wingman on this tour as a percussionist. Do you write his parts for the song too?
In my head, I know what I want the song to sound like, but I’m very bad in articulating that to other people. Stephen really understands the value that a drummer/percussionist can add to an arrangement. He’s great at using the freedom he has in writing a rendition, yet not overdoing the part. We always try to give each song it’s own sound.
The final question we’re dying to ask… Can we expect a solo-cd to be released anytime soon?
I might, I’m not sure yet. Can’t tell you more right now… I guess you’ll just have to stay in touch about that one!
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