Biography

Han (Uil) is a Dutch singer-songwriter and has been a front man of the progressive rock bands Antares and Seven Day Hunt. His vocal abilities and guitar playing attract attention. He also acts as a record producer for his solo albums.

Han started writing songs in the mid nineties. Gaining experience as a singer-songwriter by recording two acoustic solo albums on and old 4-track (released under the moniker Purple Shadow) and playing lead guitar in a couple of bands. In the year 2000 he became front man of the Dutch progressive rock band Antares. The in own management released album ‘Choking the Stone’ (2001) was praised in the press. Highpoint in the band’s existence was a spot at the ProgPower Europe festival in 2002. Three years later the band decided to disband.

In 2006 Han released his first album under his own name. Accompanied by former Antares band mates he created the mellow, unconstrained debut album ‘Alone’. The album did not do very well commercially, but it included some strong tracks like ‘Alone on the rack’ and the Peter Hammill cover ‘Just good friends’. In the same year Han was approached by Seven Day Hunt to write lyrics and record vocals for an album in the making. He joined the band, consisting of three former Edgon Heath members. Two years later the album ‘File this dream’ was released on UK label Festival records. It has been regarded as one of the most mature albums of the last decade from the Dutch progressive rock scene.

During the finishing of this album Han started writing material for a new solo effort. With this new album ‘Dark in light’ (2010) Han created a very diverse but consistent record. It has become a blend of (progressive) rock, blues and singer-songwriter style songs. Featuring guest performances by Seven Day Hunt members Aldo Adema, Jaap Mulder and Carola Magermans. ‘Dark in light’ has become a very distinct and uncompromised album, displaying unique compositions and crafty performances on guitar and vocals by Han and his guest performers.

Currently he is working on an album project called TumbleTown together with producer/guitarist Aldo Adema. Also another solo album is in the making.

Edited by han_uil on 7 Aug 2012, 07:38

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