ALASKA POLLOCK, the second self of Amsterdam-based singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Jelte de Vries, combines synthesizers, electric guitar, drum machines and lush vocals to create strong, atmospheric electro-pop. Inspired by Flume's future bass-sounds, Jack Garratt's songwriting and John Mayer's blues, ALASKA POLLOCK paints his own intriguing sonic landscape.
After hearing some old blues record, then 5-year-old Jelte insisted on becoming a musician himself and started playing the guitar. During his music study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Jelte joined several bands and eventually started playing with Lucas Hamming. At the same time he supported DJs such as Cleavage. While established in both EDM- and pop/rock-worlds and playing festivals varying from Pinkpop (pop/rock) to Mysteryland (EDM), Jelte felt a strong urge to write and produce songs that fill the gap between electronic music and contemporary pop. At the same time he wanted to expand his musical experience with more than sound only: ALASKA POLLOCK was born!
Late 2016 the single 'Where Do We Go', featured on the online platform IndieXL, was released, followed by 'Read Between The Lines' in 2017. The acclaimed animation video for 'Read Between The Lines', co-created by ALASKA POLLOCK, has won several music video awards around the globe. Subsequently ALASKA POLLOCK started touring the Netherlands in 2017 with Dutch touring showcase festival Popronde and playing venues such as Sugarfactory and Melkweg. ALASKA POLLOCK presented new songs of the upcoming EP on Amsterdam showcase festival Uitmarkt 2018.
Live, Jelte is accompanied by the electrifying beats, bells and whistles of Rogier van Roosmalen and the gnarly, yet groovy bass lines of Tommy Veenstra. The live-set alternates between modern pop, intriguing soundscapes and energetic guitar-improvisation. Paired with the self designed stage lighting, ALASKA POLLOCK plays a mind-blowing live-set you have to see and hear to believe.
'So Bad' is the latest single and will be featured on the upcoming EP that will be released on October 30th in OT301, Amsterdam.