A big warm trumpet sound and catchy melodies is what I'm going for. From fluffy whispering sounds to tough loud screams, but always in service to the music.
Trumpet player (Trigg & Gusset / Amsterdam Funk Orchestra / Amstel Big Band) all set to spice up your song with a trumpet or flugelhorn solo, a brass top line, muted trumpet or mellow trumpet pads. Experienced in afrobeat, funk, jazz, electronic music, indie pop, rock and singer songwriter.
I've been playing trumpet for over 20 years. I have recorded/worked with artists such as Trigg & Gusset, Amsterdam Funk Orchestra, Happy Camper, No Ninja Am I, Marten de Paepe, De Breek, Feaver, small jazz combos and big bands. I have performed live on countless stages, theatres and Dutch TV shows.
Recently I started writing music for my own project 'Call of the Yellow Bird', a kind of afrogroove like music. You can find the website link below to listen. On this track, I play trumpet, guitar, bass and organ.
I am all about providing artists with high quality trumpet playing - whether it is a part that is already prescribed, an improvisation over part of a track, or new parts that I write and arrange for an existing piece of music.
Every project is different, every artist/producer is different, and therefore rates will vary. I'd love to hear about your project, so just contact me and let's get creative!
I record at my studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I will send you dry/uncompressed trumpet tracks, as well as a rough mix track.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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5 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Coen Hamelink
Coen is a consummate professional. Delivered his tracks in a timely manner and they sounded great! Really on point, nice and clean. Looking forward to the next time I can work with him!
It was a fast and satisfying delivery and a very professional sound. We can highly recommend Coen! He will make you happy.
Coen really listens to your brief and he delivered first time. He’s an extremely musical and sensitive player. Files are excellently recorded too.
Will use him again!
Coen is incredible! He plays beautifully with tremendous feeling, and he does an exquisite job recording his instrument. He was also a pleasure to work with. I gave the smallest bit of creative direction, and he absolutely crushed it! Highly recommend.
Incredible artist and musician. He delivered before the promised delivery date with an exceptional version! No revisions needed as it was absolutely on point. Thank you Coen, I would definitely recommend him.
Interview with Coen Hamelink
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record in my small, treated dry sounding studio. Mic's: Coles 4038 ribbon, Electrovoice RE20 dynamic, No Hype Media LRM-2 ribbon. Pre amps: UAD Twin Finity, Triton Audio D2O, DAW: Logic Pro X + all kinds of professional plugins.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide dry recorded trumpet parts for anyone that would love to work with me.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Trumpet players like: Mathias Eick, Roy Hargrove, Avishai Cohen and Chet Baker. Bands like: Jaga Jazzist, New Cool Collective, Amsterdam Funk Orchestra, Sunny Day Real Estate, Zap Mama. Singer songwriters like: Thomas Dybdahl, Kings of Convenience, Jeremy Enigk and No Ninja Am I. I'm into jazz, pop, rock, soul, funk, world music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 01. Briefing of the client. 02. listening to the music sent by the client. 03. Discuss wishes and creative advice when needed. 04. Agree on price. 05. Recording trumpet. 06. Revision(s) when needed. 07. Deliver .wav file to client. 08. Send invoice to my hopefully happy client.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Warm, atmospheric trumpet sound, section or solo parts, creative input when needed, music sheets when needed, but most important: soul.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My big, warm trumpet sound. Musically thinking simple: it should serve the music. Less is more.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: World music, singer songwriter, electronic music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Some music producers think that trumpets always sound loud and shrill, but a trumpet is like a voice. It can sound warm, whispering soft and lyrical, but also screaming, ugly and yes, also shrill. It's an extremely dynamic instrument.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Melodic and a bit melancholic that suits singer songwriter music pretty well. I can play funky thight horn section parts as well.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: At 7 years old (30 years ago) I started playing trumpet in the local march band. Later on I started playing in different big bands and learned how to improvise. After years of trumpet lessons from great teachers and playing in jazz combo's, world music bands I started working with singer songwriters and recorded a few albums and singles which I still do. In 2017 I recorded the album 'Pure Fiction' with the Amsterdam Funk Orchestra as a lead trumpet player. In 2019 I recorded a new album with electronic music producer Trigg & Gusset which will be released soon.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My trumpet of course, a guitar, a bass guitar, a piano and a drum kit. Just to have fun playing music all day if I would have enough food around me.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you have some knowledge about trumpet sounds and also the range of the instrument. The relation between pitch and sound is pretty extreme on trumpet. The higher the pitch the thinner and shriller the sound will become. The higher you have to play on a trumpet, the more heavier it can be or even impossible (for me at least).
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a specific melody / music part in mind that's already created in MIDI (or vocals)? Do you need me to write and arrange music parts? What kind of sound do you expect from me? Do you use my trumpet as part of a horn section or as a solo instrument?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm an experienced trumpet player, but like most musicians, I have my musical and technical limits and strengths.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Would you like to work with me? Me: yes of course, let's discuss and get creative!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: When all music parts fall into place and sound as a coherent whole, a big smile on my face will appear.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will deliver the best possible quality I can offer, musically and technically.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Trumpet is an analog instrument which can be translated to a digital file which can be used for music recordings. Pretty handy!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on my own music and a new Amsterdam Funk Orchestra album.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Lately I recorded the new Trigg & Gusset album, which will be released soon. It will sound amazing. I'm really happy with the end result. I can't wait to let other people hear the music.