In 2011, Qeaux Qeaux Joans and her band opened for Seasick Steve, after she spontaneously jumped on stage when he performed at the Paradiso in Amsterdam in 2009. Seasick Steve was so impressed with Qeaux Qeaux that in 2011 he booked her for his tour in order to introduce her to audiences during his Dutch tour. This subsequently led to an appearance in the national TV program De Wereld Draait Door (The World Keeps Turning).
Qeaux Qeaux Joans was only seven years old when she wrote her first song, which began her music career. Because of dyslexia, Qeaux Qeaux never got the hang of reading notes, but this did not matter when playing chords and making structures for songs. Qeaux Qeaux has the ability to literally communicate emotions through singing. You feel her pain and she feels yours; this is the beauty and power of her music. With her warm but raw and lively voice, Qeaux Qeaux Joans sings straight into your heart.
Starting at age 17, Qeaux Qeaux studied for four years at the conservatory in Amsterdam, but eventually decided to discontinue her training there. “If you have a strong conviction about the path you must walk, there is no structure or authority that can bring you from there.” Instead of neatly following the designated nine hours singing, Qeaux Qeaux wanted to jam overnight in Amsterdam with blues musicians. She also toured with Beth Hart and Keith Caputo, shared the stage with Bobby Mc Farrin and performed with Wicked Jazz Sounds. All Qeaux Qeaux wanted was to make music and tell her story. Qeaux Qeaux decided to work with producer Reyn Ouwehand (Ane Brun / De Staat) to record an album. The recording of the album took place within three days, in which 80% was completed in one take, so as to emphasize the live feeling of her music. After that, they enlisted the help of none other than artist Rahi Rezvani to make the artwork and press photos. Rezvani has collaborated with James Blake, The Bloody Beetroots and currently has a running project with artist Marina Abramović.
And then there was ‘No Man’s Land’, Qeaux Qeaux Joans’ debut album and a record deal with [PIAS]. This gave Qeaux Qeaux confirmation to always follow her heart. On the album, you can hear influences from Amy Winehouse, Antony Hegarty, Feist, Billie Holiday and Solomon Burke. Qeaux Qeaux herself describes her music as alternative Rhythm & Blues.
Coco Jones – Vox + Guitar
Isa Azier – Guitar
Andert Tijsma – Bas
Jody van Ooijen – Drums
Richard van Bergen – Slide + Bariton + Vocals
Timothy Banchet – Keys
Ferran Huijsmans – Sounds