Spinvis (a one-man music project by Erik de Jong) released its untitled debut album in 2002. In an attic room in the city of Nieuwegein, De Jong cut and pasted samples and sounds, which, with the addition of poetic lyrics, eventually became music tracks. As well as computers, he also used flutes, pan lids, toys and other objects to create the sounds. Later that year, the album was included on many best-of lists and the track ‘Smalfilm’ came second in the VPRO Song of The Year contest. After that, things really took off.
Eighteen years and many concerts, albums and prizes later, it’s impossible to imagine the Dutch musical landscape without Spinvis. His music defies categorisation, but one thing is certain: there has always been a sense of magic and mystery around Spinvis and his music.