According to her fans and bandmates Liseth Horsten is the best kept secret of Tilburg: a woman with strong and passionate songs with a hint of rock, folk and country and a voice that is warm and aged but clear like glass, down-to-earth and dreamy. A voice with much depth and character and a delightful timing.
Liseth began writing acoustic songs in the nineties, after the rockband in which she started as a bassist had broken up. This brought her to music stages at home and abroad. Much later, during and after her study at the Fontys Rockacademy in Tilburg ('99 - '04, her second Bachelor) she build her professional practice as a freelance musician and teacher, i.a. she starred in several commercial projects. But the desire to pay structural attention to her own music again was undeniable...
Her music was given a new lease of life in 2014 when she recorded a handful of her songs in California with guitarist/singer Michael Roe and bassist Mark Harmon (The Lost Dogs, The 77s). The tangible result of this special collaboration was the EP Kites and Traffic Lights, a sundrenched record with melancholic guitarsongs about friendship, love, loneliness, doubts and hope. The EP was released in 2015.
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"such beautiful music, such honest songs..."
(Hijlco Span, radio presenter and producer, about Kites and Traffic Lights)
"A beautiful voice, warm, sometimes dreamy but always flawlessly in tune. Her stage performance is natural and relaxed. A woman that sings from her heart so that the music really touches the audience. Gorgeously accompanied by Lucas Beukers on bass and Eric van Dijsseldonk on guitar. The question that rises during the concert is: why is this woman with this quality not much more known?" (W.R., venue programmer)
Back in the Netherlands, Liseth started performing her repertoire live with her new band Liseth & The Lost and Found, with guitarist/singer Eric van Dijsseldonk (JW Roy, Ricky Koole, Malford Milligan) and bassist Lucas Beukers (Gé Reinders, Frederique Spigt, Marcel de Groot).
The shared love for well-written songs and Americana, and the organic guitar sounds of the sixties and seventies, brought these three experienced musicians together. But Liseth can still also be found solo on acoustic stages.
2021 ~ NEW EP ~ NEW NAME
In between everyone's own music projects and tours, the trio started working on a new EP. Due to 'the crisis' things were postponed, but in the spring of 2021 the studio recordings finally started, together with drummer and producer Gabriel Peeters. A single and video will be released in the summer, followed by the entire EP with four bandsongs and a live acoustic bonus track. With this new EP, the band name is also due for renewal: Liseth & The Satellites are ready for the stage again!
From earlier reviews:
"Her voice is powerful and fragile, sensual and compulsary at the same time" (New Folk Sounds)
"strong timing and a good voice".. "convincing" (Bottomline)
"her voice is flexible as a rubberband, clear as water" (Popcall)
"beautiful, warm voice that definitely shows talent" (Fret)
"I seldom saw a singer being so herself on stage" (Fer Abrahams, popjournalist)
ONCE UPON A TIME, when Liseth was still in pigtails, they tried to teach her some musicality by making her play the recorder, followed by (voluntary this time) clarinet. She didn't really connect with the instrument after all, so a year later she called it a day... But a few years later her teenage eyes lightened up when an old nylon-stringed guitar entered the house and into her older sister's room, and once she got her hands on it she tuned the strings down to play 'bassguitar'...
After the breakup of the rockband in which Liseth had learned to play a real bassguitar (halfway the 90's), and after discovering she also liked to sing, she started writing intimate and expressive songs on acoustic guitar. These brought her to various venues in The Netherlands and abroad: cafés and clubs, Flevofestival (NL), Greenbelt Festival (UK). In 1998 she did a short tour through Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands, together with Mr Bennet (CAN) & Jeff Tarayla (USA), and released her first EP.
From 1999 until 2004 Liseth attended the brand new Fontys Rockacademy in Tilburg (NL), a Bachelor music course that helped to bring about a big change in both her musical and personal life. She played her songs solo and with her band The Disposable Souls with which she recorded a demo in 2002, played in a few schoolbands, and in jazz/singer-songwriter project The Gift that released a stunningly beautiful CD in 2003.
In 2004 she started working as a vocal teacher, played guitar and sang in an acoustic commercial cover project, and even dressed up as a discodiva to sing her rent and groceries together. Too busy building and surviving and trying out new things, her own original music faded into the background only to come to the surface on special occasions. Meanwhile she did some cool projects though: backing vocals in other bands, writing songs for a theatre play (in Dutch), putting someone's poems on music, or singing oriental improvisational melodies during a modern dance theatre production.
And because blood is thicker, new songs pop out from time to time, and shows with her own repertoire suddenly appear in the agenda. Her 2015 EP Kites and Traffic Lights was a good step towards new songs, new recordings, new directions, new frontiers... to boldly go where she has never gone before >>>
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