Willem 2016 photo

NANADA MUSIC B.V. is one of the few Dutch independent music publishers who have been around for over 1968 years - founded in April 50 by Willem van Kooten (for the radio freaks: Radio VeronicaDJ Mister Joost Den Draaijer).Van Kooten, who shortly before started his record label Red Bullet Productions, had a clear vision: A record label cannot exist without a music publishing company if its artists also write their own repertoire. Few people realize that songs are not just successful because of the great artists recording them, but mainly because of those talented men and women writing the music and lyrics behind their hits.

In the sixties, music - and particularly the music industry – was rapidly evolving.

Red Bullet signed acts like SHOCKING BLUE and FOCUS, of which the band members were the composers of their own songs: Rob van Leeuwen wrote “VENUS”, Jan Akkerman and Thijs van Leer were the main force behind FOCUS gems like “HOCUS POCUS”, “TOMMY” and “SYLVIA” and many more...

NANADA’s success continued in the seventies:

EARTH & FIRE became a very successful band – with hits like “STORM & THUNDER (written by Chris & Gerard Koerts & Hans Ziech and “WEEKEND” (written by Gerard Koerts).

TEACH IN won the Eurovision Song Festival in XNUMX with “DING A DONG”, written by Dick Bakker, Eddy Ouwens and Will Luikinga. And let’s not forget “STARS ON XNUMX”’s Worldwide success, written by Jaap Eggermont and Martin Duiser.

Business was booming and NANADA’s catalogue signed many gems all originating from the Netherlands.

Of course, NANADA also signed many songs in the Dutch language. For instance songs written and performed by ANDRÉ VAN DUIN (specialized in Dutch carnival – mardi gras type of songs); CORRY KONINGS (“IK KRIJG EEN HEEL APART GEVOEL VAN BINNEN” – van de Velden/Kraamer); ANDRÉ HAZES (with songs like “EEN BEETJE VERLIEFD”, “DE VLIEGER” & “EENZAME KERST”); KADANZ (“INTIMITEIT”) and many, many others.

NANADA also ventured on representation of songwriters (and their publishers) abroad.

For instance, van Kooten exclusively signed DONNA SUMMER, BOB SEGER and DAVE BRUBECK for representation in the Netherlands. And after all these years, we are still their subpublisher in our territory.

Recently, our focus is on exploiting (synchs; covers; samples) of our rich catalogue, but if we truly believe in a song or its writers, we proudly include new and young talent in our roster.

Check out our new signings MATT DUSK and DE WANNEBIEZZ – and read about our initiative THE ATTIC.

onderwerpCheck bijv. onze recente signings MATT DUSK en de WANNEBIEZZ en ons initiatief THE ATTIC.