The following description comes from the event organizer.Critically-acclaimed Dutch act Weval (AKA Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers) arrive on Ninja Tune's Technicolour imprint with their new EP Changed For The Better. The duo hail from Amsterdam, where they have been cultivating a unique sound that balances high energy electronic funk and emotive synth arrangements with bold, beautifully composed melodies and songwriting. The duo recently embarked on a mission to rediscover themselves and what truly drives them, in a process of liberation from self- imposed constraints. Their creative process was reinvigorated with an uninhibited approach and Changed For The Better represents Weval unﬁltered, accepting themselves for who they truly are. It's sincere and heartfelt and unashamedly positive.
First meeting in 2010, Harm and Merijn formed their formidable creative alliance back in 2012 when they were both working in ﬁlm -- when Harm brought Merijn on board to assist with a music video for some friends in a band (two of whom are now part of their ﬁve-piece touring band). They began experimenting together, enjoying the music production more than the ﬁlm editing. Neither had experience of making music before forming Weval, so they have evolved organically together for the entire 9-year duration of their partnership. It's an ongoing project that evolves naturally, each new release a learning experience that feeds back into their creative output.
Their core inﬂuences growing up converge and contrast to produce a perfect balance. Harm listened to more subdued music during the nineties, "I always had a true sweet spot for sentimental pop and RnB and from the beginning 2000 hits from N.E.R.D. Aaliyah, Usher and Madonna." Harm commented. "After some time, I stepped away and discovered Yonderboi and St. Germain and that opened the door to Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis and the whole world of jazz. So much fun to step into new worlds, I guess the red line between all those things is that the sound was not screaming but more gentle and clean." Merijn grew up with more high energy stuﬀ, "for me, the ﬁrst time hearing those 90's movie soundtracks like Fight Club, Blade and the Matrix was really inﬂuential. Later on hearing DJ Shadow for the ﬁrst time, RJD2, Amon Tobin." Merijn added.