Following the device ‘everything has been done before, just not by me’, Simone Roerade (the Netherlands, 1969) is not looking for a new style, but sings her songs straight from the heart. Soulful, funky, and sometimes sensitive with a rough edge. Her personality invites you to go along with her energy, because that is what her music is all about.
At the moment, Simone performs under the alias Mrs Hips; she is a sought-after guest for various bands and sessions. She sings with Licks & Brains, led by saxophone player Rolf Delfos. With this big band she recently travelled to China for a number of concerts. Simone is often asked to sing backing vocals in studio sessions. She is involved in a number of projects as a vocal coach.
Simone is a Codarts alumnus (she graduated with honours in 1994). Many of her former fellow students are now her colleagues at Codarts.
With the funk/soul formation Hips, Simone had a number 1 hit in Spain in 1997. Also: a world tour with Candy Dulfer (Sax-A-Go-Go), to Japan with Paulo Mendonça, two CDs with Hips, backing vocals with Kane and Golden Earring, a solo CD.
Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?
“Codarts is a wonderful learning environment, where you will find like-minded musicians with whom you will make strong musical connections. The atmosphere is fantastic, because everyone is able to fully develop his or her creativity to the fullest. Here, you will be handed the tools needed to make a solid basis for the rest of your career.”
What are you going to teach them?
“I teach them to express as best as possible what they stand for as an artist. How do you come across with an audience, what do you want your audience to take home from your performance, how do you want your voice to perform during a performance, how do you keep going in a healthy fashion, and what are possible pitfalls? These are the kinds of questions that we will discuss during the lessons.”
How will you do this?
“By using real-life examples, the student is the one to indicate what to work on: performance, technique, or a combination of those. Really, everything the student will come across as an artist is discussed in a committed and personal manner.”