Music competition Art Rocks 2018 begins

Today, Art Rocks ambassadors Yung Nnelg and Blaudzun release their track inspired by a famous work of art. The release serves as a starting signal for the music competition Art Rocks 2018.

Take inspiration
The two well-known Dutch artists, Blaudzun and Yung Nnelg, have both made a track inspired by a famous work of art. Blaudzun, together with David Douglas, has made an entirely new arrangement of the HATY HATY track High as the sun with Vincent van Gogh’s Wheat field with reaper and sun (1889) as his inspiration. Yung Nnelg was inspired by the work Kings of Egypt II (1982) by street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat for his number Basquiat. They have written these songs to inspire other musicians to participate in Art Rocks.


Blaudzun on the painting that inspired him: ‘When I stand before the painting, it invites me to lose myself in the yellow brushstrokes to then return reborn. That is where the inspiration for High as the Sun began.’
Yung Nnelg on the painting that inspired him: ‘Basquiat also fought for equality in an art world that was/is mainly white. His ideology appeals to me greatly. He was also super stylish. I feel him as a person very strongly.’

Masterclasses in the museum
In addition to the tracks, the ambassadors also give songwriting masterclasses, sit on the professional jury and give performances during the preliminary rounds and during the final in Paradiso. At the Kröller-Müller Museum, Blaudzun gives a masterclass on 20 October. Learn more.

More information on Art Rocks. Registration starts on 28 August 2018 and ends on 22 October 2018. Participation in the music competition is for both amateur musicians and professionals above 15 years of age.

Photos: Blaudzun beside Wheat field with reaper and sun by Vincent van Gogh from the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum/Yung Nnelg with Kings of Egypt II by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen