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What.A.Year! Pip in numbers

Me and my brother Tender call this the longest year of our lifes. What we mean by that? We've been do

Pip Blom

December 18 · Issue #12 · View online
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Me and my brother Tender call this the longest year of our lifes. What we mean by that? We’ve been doing so many things it’s hard to believe that all this happened in only twelve months. And we’ve been enjoying every bit of it. There’s so much going on, so next year might even feel longer. We hope so ;-)
Thanks for your support! 

3 tracks
Cover Suzanne Stevens, photo Hannah Jacobs
Cover Suzanne Stevens, photo Hannah Jacobs
We released 3 tracks this year. And we did get a lot of good response to them. Have a listen and take a look at the clips. All people involved, thanks a lot!
  • I Think I’m In Love. Produced by Raven Aartsen. Video by Theo Warnier.
  • Babies Are A Lie. Produced by Mathias Janmaat and Simon Akkermans. Released by Nice Swan Records, video by Holly Whitaker.
  • School. Released by Nice Swan Records, video by Kris Rimmer.
Of course we started out doing everything ourselves. But we are very happy to be part of the Nice Swan label now. We love you Alex and Pete! And thanks so much Paul for sorting out the contract and stuff! 
82 gigs
Picture Dave Guttridge
Picture Dave Guttridge
It was a very busy year gigwise! We played 82 gigs. We started the year with the Noorderslag bit of Eurosonic Noorderslag. After that we toured with traumahelikopter before playing 17 European gigs with our new friends Surferblood. And we did a lof of gigs as well as part of the Dutch travelling festival De Popronde. Besides that we went 6 times to the UK which was great. 
We have a lot lined up for the next year. For example: supporting Franz Ferdinand and …. playing the Eurosonic bit of Eurosonic Noorderslag.
Here are some stats!
  • 52 x the Netherlands
  • 26 x United Kingdom
  • 2 x Germany
  • 1 x France
  • 1 x Belgium
  • 6 x Amsterdam
  • 6 x London
  • 4 x Manchester
  • 4 x Brighton
  • 3 x Rotterdam
  • 3 x Leiden
Thanks Pien and Katja (Friendly Fire) for sorting out the Dutch gigs and Jamie and Sally (X-ray) for representing us internationally! 
709.622 Spotify plays
We love all streaming and download services, but Spotify is special to us. Because it was with Spotify that so much started early 2016 when the Spotify system picked us up, promoted us with Fresh Finds and other playlists. And Spotify kept on supporting us. Thanks for all that.
Some stats:
  • We’ve had 709.622 plays on Spotify in the past year.
  • People that play you regularly are fans according to the Spotify definition. There were more than 195.000 of them this year.
  • The amount of Pip minutes played on Spotify was 1.518.275 in 12 months.
  • Listeners from 60 countries have playing our tunes with the Netherlands, UK, US, Germany and Australia as our popular countries.
64 BBC plays
Radio wise, it has been a crazy year too. A big highlight has been the support we’ve had from the BBC with up until now 64 (!) plays on Radio 1 and 6music. And Amazing Radio might even have been more. We lost count! But there is more. Some examples of the support …
  • BBC Radio 1 / Huw Stephens
  • BBC 6music / B-playlist / 2 x Marc Riley session 
  • Radio X / Evening playlist / John Kennedy session 
  • Amazing Radio / playlist / Top 10
  • 3FM / Evening playlist.
  • Pinguin Radio / Station manager
  • Indie XL / Number 1 Indie Chart
  • European Breaking Border Charts / 2 tracks in the charts
And psst … in the new year we’ll be recording a session in the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios for the Radio 1 show of Huw Stephens.
Thanks Olivia (UK) and Corné (NL) for the radio promo! 
78 reviews
1 bad trip
But of course it wasn’t only good news this year. We were on a high after great gigs and festivals in London, Manchester and Middlesborough when our van Dolly broke down on the way to Glasgow. It was impossible to repair the car and in the end Dolly had to be towed all the way to Newcastle to the boat and in Holland to Amsterdam again. It costed a fortune and because of the problems we had to cancel gigs in Leeds, Utrecht and Den Haag. Such a shame. And the whole motor had to be replaced in the end. Grrrrr. But to end on a high: Dolly is up and running again!  Thanks Gijs from the garage!
Thanks so much!
2017 has been a great year for us. Thanks a lot for your support. We will be back with a lot of news in 2018!
Pip, Tender, Casper and Camiel.
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