Netherlands

LUWTEN

Artist information

Under the moniker Luwten, Dutch artist Tessa Douwstra records, writes, performs, and produces cunning pop that incites both the head and the heart. In the past Douwstra’s music was an attempt to cast a light on the introverted, embracing comfort in your own solitude and selfhood. Forthcoming second album Draft takes on a different challenge: how to be that person with others in the room.
The name Draft speaks for itself: these songs evoke the feeling of the breeze underneath the door; a subtle reminder of becoming open to another. To illustrate this notion further, Luwten transmutes different sounds together with quizzical warmth: field recordings and organic noise are laced intricately with electronic sounds and melodic live instrumentation. On Draft, these productions tell as much a story as Luwten’s compassionate vocals and soulful lyricism. The title track, for instance, features voice memos from Douwstra’s inner circle of friend, family and loved ones, all of them synthesized together as one big collective voice surrounding her’s.
“Sleeveless” imagines a state in which an individual can move through existence like an open book. “Control” is a club anthem playing out through the lens of the chronic second guesser, entertaining the thought of gaining something out of the act of losing control. “Don’t Be A Stranger” conversely, wants to stay in touch and “Full Well” is a scream into the void for answers. All these songs are reaching out in a certain way; uncompromising, but without losing the other from sight.
The embrace and empathy in Luwten’s music lie in the process itself. She’s looking for new ways, without reading the manual first.

Bookings

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Upcoming shows

LUWTEN Heerlen , Nieuwe Nor
LUWTEN Hengelo, Metropool
LUWTEN Amsterdam , Paradiso
LUWTEN Rotterdam, Rotown
LUWTEN Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg

Past shows

2021

LUWTEN Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ
LUWTEN Nijmegen, Valkhof Festival
LUWTEN Wageningen, Wageningse Cultuurzomer
LUWTEN Eindhoven , Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
LUWTEN Amersfoort, Fluor
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LUWTEN Den Haag , Paard
LUWTEN Arnhem , Luxor Live
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LUWTEN Bergen op Zoom, Poppodium Gebouw-T
LUWTEN Utrecht, EKKO
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LUWTEN Groningen, Noorderslag

2020

LUWTEN Haarlem , Patronaat
LUWTEN Haarlem , Patronaat
LUWTEN Maastricht, Bruis
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2019

LUWTEN Nijmegen, Vierdaagse feesten
LUWTEN Dordrecht , Bibelot
LUWTEN Leiden, Gebr. De Nobel

2018

LUWTEN Amsterdam , Bitterzoet
LUWTEN Rotterdam, Lantaren Venster
LUWTEN Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg /Cloud Nine
LUWTEN Groningen , Oosterpoort
LUWTEN Arnhem , Luxor Live
LUWTEN Maastricht, Bruis
LUWTEN Biddinghuizen, Lowlands
LUWTEN Wateringen, Waterpop
LUWTEN Bladel, Totaal Festival
LUWTEN 's-Graveland, Wonderfeel
LUWTEN Beuningen, Down The Rabbit Hole
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LUWTEN Appingedam, Festival Terug naar het begin
LUWTEN Den Haag, Sniester
LUWTEN Utrecht, Bevrijdingsfestival Utrecht
LUWTEN Den Bosch, Bevrijdingsfestival Brabant
LUWTEN Nijmegen , Oranje Pop
LUWTEN Brussel, Ancienne Belgique (AB)
LUWTEN Amersfoort, Fluor
LUWTEN Hengelo, Metropool
LUWTEN Alkmaar, Victorie

2017

LUWTEN Rotterdam, Rotown
LUWTEN Amsterdam , Paradiso
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LUWTEN Nijmegen, Merleyn
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LUWTEN Vlieland, Into The Great Wide Open
LUWTEN Nijmegen, Valkhof Festival
LUWTEN Amsterdam , Paradiso
LUWTEN Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg /Cloud Nine
LUWTEN Rotterdam, V11
Sold out
LUWTEN Maastricht , Muziekgieterij
LUWTEN Scheemda, Grasnapolsky
LUWTEN Groningen, Noorderslag
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LUWTEN Amersfoort, Fluor
LUWTEN Haarlem , Patronaat

2016

LUWTEN Leeuwarden, Explore the North
LUWTEN Amsterdam , Melkweg
LUWTEN Rotterdam, Duizel in het park
LUWTEN Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg / Ronda
Sold out
LUWTEN Groningen, Grand Theatre
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LUWTEN Breda , Mezz
LUWTEN Nijmegen , Doornroosje
LUWTEN Rotterdam, Lantaren Venster
Sold out
LUWTEN Amsterdam , Melkweg
LUWTEN Scheemda, Grasnapolsky
LUWTEN Scheemda, Grasnapolsky
LUWTEN Scheemda, Grasnapolsky

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