A Chat With: Aestrid

We caught up with Ray Murphy the drummer for Dutch band Aestrid for another chat. Coming back to Ontario for another tour we wanted to see what they’ve been up to, music, and of course hockey.

 1.Are you guys working on new music?

 Yes, definitely. We have a new record coming up!  

2. Who is your favourite Canadian musician or band?

The Hip, no doubt. How can you not think of Canada when listening to them? We were on tour in Canada when Gord Downie past away, it really struck us what effect this had on the country and the music scene. We closed that tour off in Kingston ON, man that was intense…  

3.  As visitors to Canada you no doubt know that hockey is a huge part of our culture. Have you ever watched a game? 

In the Netherlands, yes. Would you call that an actual hockey game? Doubt it… When on tour sadly there’s no time for that. So it’s still on the wishlist! I used to play NHL ’94 for hours on my snes. Also wear my Toews jersey occasionally. I was just born in the wrong country. 

 4. What is your favourite thing about Canada?

 Everything in Canada just makes a huge impression if you grew up in the Netherlands. The cities are huge. And when you get out of them, there’s actual silence. Something you can’t really experience in Holland. I think the contrast between those is my favorite thing about Canada. And maple syrup, yes.  

5. Biggest difference between Canada and The Netherlands?

The infrastructure. The Netherlands is incredibly small. I live in the fourth biggest city of the country, still I can walk out of my door to get groceries and be back home cooking diner in 10 minutes. People in the Netherlands have family living 1,5 hour drive away and see them only once or twice a year. Where in Canada that’s just a regular thing to visit a friend in the next town. Touring over there definitely changed my perspective on distance, time and there’s no reason to complain when it comes to traveling back home.  

6. Favourite music related movie to tv show? Or favourite music in a tv show or movie?

Oh man, there’s so many good series going on lately with incredible music. I think if I have to name one that we’d all agree on has great music it’s Stranger Things. Especially our earlier records have a little bit of 80’s going on. And I can’t deny we’re all fond of synthesizers. When talking about movies or music documentaries, Salad Days by Scott Crawford. It’s about the beginning of the hardcore punk scene in Washington, DC. We do not make hardcore punk music at all, but I think everyone can relate to this documentary very much when growing up like we did.  

7. Hobbies outside of your music careers?

Bo is into cross country running. Jurriaan is into climbing. I play drums with another band as well, so I turned my hobby into my daytime job which is making and drinking coffee. 

 8. Are your planning on touring outside of Ontario?

We’ll be heading out to Montreal again this run. So yes, Quebec. Furthest west will be Windsor this time. We’re dreaming of making it to Vancouver one day.  

9. How do you entertain yourselves during tours, especially when you’re in a country on a different continent?

Well it’s kind of easy, sounding really weird from a bunch of Dutchies, but yeah. We got used to it I think, touring around Europe and Canada (This is going to be our seventh time over). So we don’t really have to entertain ourselves! Apart from Aestrid we’re all really good friends, so we talk a lot. Listen to music of course, writing music, even making music when travelling. And there’s the occasional nap. The actual entertaining has to be done between soundcheck and showtime, haha! 

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