the final single from the 'Airplanes EP'
06 | 18 | 2021
ferdinant. - Airplanes EP
Writing this EP was one of the most liberating experiences, I tried to really look at the people who are closest to me and the experiences that shaped me as a human being. When writing about friends and family, it can get overwhelming to get a new perspective on the love and pain you share, because the things that connect you are often the things that used to hurt, and now bring joy, or warmth.
Exploring what makes you ‘you’ possibly is one of the most scary things to do. But I had a lot of fun doing it. What I really tried do is to paint a picture of the major moments in my life so far, and try to give them a home and allowing everything else to fall into place.
Music to me is a way to honour memories and to lend understanding to trauma. And giving it that attention is a way of processing as well, feeding your monsters to me is the best way to make them your friends.
Sister is the oldest song on the EP, and probably the one where I took the longest in finding the right sound for it, (it took me about two years)
funny enough the final product is the closest to the mood we had when writing it.
It is a story of how I grew up, and an expression of love towards our youth.
Family is something you don’t get to choose, and this song to me expresses gratitude towards our shared past.
‘I used to think that as a big brother I was looking out for my little sister,
but funny enough I now see that mostly it’s the other way around.
I lovingly admit that she has helped me through times of vulnerability and loneliness.
She is a backbone and a pure joy and I love her dearly, and this song is a way of honouring that connection.’
#3 Why Bother
#4 Golden Days
The Airplanes EP was released accompanied by 5 visually stunning music videos, mostly shot on 16 mm analogue film with DoP Henk Otte and directed by Sarah Knüpfer of St.Vladimir:
he is showing a more extroverted facet on the catchy, at parts hymnic single ‘Soothe’.
ferdinant. is serving us another gorgeous track in “Soothe.”
This song brought me back to some of my favorite memories from festivals.
Sehnsucht, Reue und gleichzeitig eine Einladung dazu, in Nostalgie über eine vergangene Freundschaft zu schwelgen • DIFFUS
Dutch artist ferdinant. picked up his dads old guitar in Portugal at 20. Not foreign to moving around he accompanied himself by playing music as he traveled through Europe as a model. Often feeling disconnected he found solace in song. In 2018 he finished theatre school and moved to Berlin.
While producing his debut EP in the Famous Gold Watch Studios, Tomas set foot in the Berlin music scene and started working with some of the top songwriters in town like Graham Candy (Alle Farben, Parov Stellar…), Eric Alcock (P!nk, Eminem, Celine Dion…), Daniel Schaub (Casper, Michael Patrick Kelly, Clueso, Lena…) and many more.
In May 2020 ferdinant. released his first collab with Danish artist Dillistone - a reflection on male stereotypes regarding male vulnerability. ‘Boys don’t cry’ got featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Butter and Summer Chillout and streamed over 350.000 times in it's first two months.
Followed by World full of color, his first solo release with a more pop-leaning sound, reminded of timeless early 2000s / late 90s sounds from Coldplay or U2 - But kept his love for intimate folks melodies present. Wishing the first month the tune was streamed over 100k times.
During a writing session in Italy, Tomas met Kilian & Jo, and in a wine-fueled session, the energetic single Golden Days was born. The producer Duo found inspiration and teamed up with ferdinant’ for his upcoming 5-track EP which is set to be released in late 2020.