Euro Cinema is a Dutch instrumental funk quartet. Groove oriented, jazz influenced and led by a twin attack of roaring Hammond organ and chicken pickin' guitar, their energetic funk sound often reminds listeners of a B-movie soundtrack - hence the name!
Euro Cinema is Tim den Heijer (guitar), Niels Piay (drums), Dennis Orsel (bass) and Rob Schepens (Hammond organ). The band took off when the track Euro Boogaloo off the first demo was picked up by influential DJ’s including Craig Charles (BBC Funk & Soul Show). The group started gigging on a regular basis and built a reputation for their frantic, sweaty live shows. In 2010 Euro Cinema had the honor of opening Saint Paul Soul Jazz in France, the number vote festival in the world for raw, retro funk.
In 2010, Euro Cinema released the vinyl single Brooklyn Groove on the U.S. deep funk label Hammondbeat Records. The single got airplay around the globe, from the Netherlands to BBC, the U.S. and Canada. In march 2011, full length album debut "Ten-4" followed. It was presented at music temple Paradiso, whose staff named Euro Cinema "Holland's hottest souljazz/funk band". Like the single, the album was produced by Dutch funk mastermind Phil Martin, known for the Soul Snatchers and Laura Vane. It received much acclaim from funk aficionados around the globe.
In 2012, Euro Cinema collaborated with saxophone and flute player Susanne Alt to record the single Der Alte b/w The French Confusion, released on Légère Records, home to first rate funk acts like The New Mastersounds and Mocambo Allstars. The A-side is a funkafied version of the theme to famous German Krimi series.
2013 saw the release of the band's heaviest funk tracks yet. For the singles Koekwaus, Thank You (The Cuckoo) and Ducktape, the band partied like it's 1969, playing live in the studio using vintage analog equipment. The end result is raw and smelly like Holland's favorite dish, haring. Tenor man Efraim Trujillo, founder of Holland's illustrious Ploctones, joined the band for the rousing uptempo funk tune "Ducktape".
"***** one of the heaviest slices of hammond funk you’ll ever hear" -Monkeyboxing.com
"THE new Dutch funk sensation" - Radio 6
"One heavy collection of Hammond led grooves" - Craig Charles, BBC Funk and Soul Show
"Euro Cinema's record is top notch!" - Onno, Lefties Soul Connection