LIVE: Ruud Houweling with Egon Kracht and Amir Swaab


On Thursday April 9th I’ll be playing at the Parktheater in Alphen aan den Rijn, with two musicians I admire: Egon Kracht on double bass and Amir Swaab on grand piano and accordion. We’ll play some of my recent songs and new interpretations of the best Cloudmachine songs. The theater is very charming and a personal favorite (since it’s in the town I was born). I’m excited about this evening, it’s the first step on a new path. I hope to see you there…

Reservations can be made through this link.

Posted on February 15th, 2015

Future posts related to Ruud Houweling

You can find Ruud Houweling’s website  here.  Hope to see you!

Posted on January 19th, 2015

Cloudmachine wants to thank you for listening

Over the last ten years Cloudmachine recorded four albums and experienced countless great adventures. Within the group many personal qualities came together which taught and brought us a lot. Each and everyone of us gave his best and worked hard for the love of music and the pleasure of playing together.

Each of those four albums got many wonderful reviews. The last two were of international standards. Back On Land was a part American and A Gentle Sting a part English production. We had some good airplay in the US with over 150 college radio stations, but also worldwide on for instance Radio Paradise. We’ve traveled and experienced how differently making music is in other countries. An American award confirmed the band’s craftsmanship. The last three albums make us feel proud and to speak on my own behalf, on each of those reords are a few songs that have captured something significant for me.

For me personally the time has come to end Cloudmachine and to move ahead alone on my own musical path. For creative reasons. I feel a desire to discover new things. Realizing this I notice how much we have grown attached to eachother and saying goodbye was not an easy decision.

Thankfully, over the years we’ve met some wonderful people within the Dutch music industry who welcomed us with their visors up. We are very grateful to you for the opportunities or attention you gave us. For sticking out your necks or backing us up. Thank you. Bookers, journalists, radio dj’s, Mascha and Yvo. And ofcourse the listeners who appreciated our music, who bought our records and came to our shows, from inside and outside of the Netherlands. Your warm and sometimes touching response kept us pouring our love into Cloudmachine for over 10 years. Not because we were looking for the spotlight but because we wanted to create the best work possible within our possibilities. This may not have brought us great fame but it brought us a lot nevertheless. With our songs we’ve reached people in over 190 countries. Experiences, interactions, friends. Things of value that can’t be measured. Knowing this makes the feeling of loss of the moment a little easier.

Our albums will still be available. On CD through (online) stores, and as streams or as downloads through Amazon, iTunes and just about every digital store around the world. The website will be maintained. So will our Facebook page. We will take good care of the things we have created together.
Now it’s time for something new. Thank you all for your support.

Ruud Houweling

Posted on January 14th, 2015

New York shows

New York

Ruud came back from an amazing trip to New York City and had such a great time.  He loved meeting everybody who came to listen and met so many wonderful people, made new friends, had special moments with old friends who made the effort to come see him play. Ten shows in ten days. Heart warming response. Sharing the stage with so many talented New York musicians. Trying out new songs. Thank you hosts for your hospitality. Thanks You Live In Your Living Room for this opportunity. New York, thank you for being such an inspiration. Check out Ruud’s Facebook photo-report.

Posted on January 12th, 2015

Live In Your Living Room NYC Festival

From november 13th til the 23rd Ruud will perform solo as featured artist at the Live In Your Living Room NYC Festival. Each year, one emerging, promising act from Holland is featured, alongside NYC-acts co-billing each concert-night. Aside from the usual real living rooms, each edition of the Live in Your Living Room NYC Festival a few venues are included. This year, these are the CitizenM Times Square Hotel, and Rockwood Music Hall. More information

Hope to see you there. For tickets, just call the hosts (phone numbers). Full schedule:
Fri 14 Nov East Village, Manhattan 917-439-6365
Sat 15 Nov Park Slope, Brooklyn  invitation only
Sun 16 Nov Bay Ridge, Brooklyn 646-545-8832
Mon 17 Nov Bushwick, Brooklyn 347-446-8728
Tue 18 Nov Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1, 196 Allen St  212-477-4155
Wed 19 Nov Rolling Orange, 269 Baltic St, Brooklyn  718-935-0695
Thu 20 Nov CitizenM Times Square, 218 West 50th Street, 212-461-3638
Fri 21 Nov East Village, Manhattan
Sat 22 Nov Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan  646-441-1093
Sun 23 Nov Sunset Park, Brooklyn 917-544-1559 / 917-587-3883

Other acts performing are: Walking For Pennies, Nat Osborn, XNY, Nikolaus Schuhbeck & The Avalanches, Sri, Aron Blue & The Bootleggers, Matt Kanelos ft. Ilusha Tsinadze & Dana Lyn, Rachel Sage, Marco With Love, Buffie Rosanne, Greg Smith Group and Beecher’s Fault. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Posted on October 7th, 2014

New single: Against The Tide

A new single will be out on Wednesday August 20th, on iTunes. It is Against The Tide, which can be found on the album A Gentle Sting. Hopefully you will hear it on Dutch radio! Fingers crossed.. The cover painting is by Canadian fine artist Jennifer Walton.


Posted on August 19th, 2014

Some nice press

We are very happy 3FM, Holland’s leading rock radio station posted this on their website (Dutch). We were once the first band to be picked for their succesful Serious Talent platform, 8 years ago. Also a piece appeared in Haarlems Dagblad today (Dutch). A piece will also appear in the September edition of Music Maker magazine.
Posted on August 14th, 2014

We won an Independent Music Award!

A Gentle Sting has won an Independent Music Award at the 13th Independent Music Awards for Best Rock/Indie Album of the year. The American awards are anually given to ‘exceptional independent artists from all over the world’, writes the organisation. There’s an award picked by industry notables aswell as an award chosen by the general public for each category. We’ve won this years Vox Populi award!

Past winners include Jamie Lidell, Joan As Police Woman, Pokey Lafarge, Gemma Ray, Fun. en Angus Stone. For the duration of a year the winners will be promoted to millions of music lovers all over the world by the IMA’s and it’s affiliates.  A Gentle  Sting was released a year ago and has been produced by Tristan Longworth (UK). Since it’s release it has been played by more than 160 college radio stations in the USA and Canada.

We especially want to thank everybody that has voted for us. Thank you for your support! <3


Posted on August 12th, 2014

Acoustic shows in New York

Great news. We will be featured artist for Live In Your Living Room Festival in New York City, this fall. Small scale, acoustic shows.
We are aiming for 13-23 November 2014.  More to follow. Dates and places will be announced over time.

Posted on April 14th, 2014

A special evening

Last night we played in the remains of a castle from 1280. A very special evening with a nice fire, bats flying around, and many wonderful people (full house) . Thank you all so much for coming, hope to see you again soon.

Posted on March 22nd, 2014

Nominated for The 13th Independent Music Awards

We are happy to announce A Gentle Sting has been nominated (in probably the densest category) for best Rock/Indie Album for The 13th Independent Music Awards! The international awards “honor exceptional independent artists traditionally ignored by mainstream media and big box retailers”. Thousands of contestants from all over the world submitted their work.
Judges are, among others: Ann and Nancy Wilson, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega and Meshell Ndegeocello.

You can vote for us. It is much appreciated!
Among the artists who won or were nominated in earlier years are: Jamie Lidell, Joan As Police Woman, Pokey Lafarge, Gamma Ray, Fun. and Angus Stone. The Independent Music Award Winners will be promoted to nearly 1 Billion music fans worldwide. They will be announced in July 2014.


Posted on March 11th, 2014

New video: VEVO Power Première

Ok here we go. New single & video: To Be Found. This weeks VEVO Power Première in the Netherlands! Hope you like it. Sharing=friends’s the link ‪#‎VEVONLPowerPremière‬
Possibly the link won’t work for some countries, this one does:

Thank you:, Svenno Koemans, Isabelle Bequet, Thijs Vrij, Costa Light, GUN Guitars.

Posted on February 21st, 2014

Live on Radio 1

Sunday night 16-17 February, we were guests for an entire hour, chatting away with host Adeline van Lier and playing semi-acoustic songs on Dutch Radio 1 in “De Nacht Van Het Goede Leven” (KRO). You can listen to the hour here, interviews in Dutch, songs in English.


Posted on February 15th, 2014

Live In Your Living Room @ Brederode

March 21st we will be playing an intimate semi-acoustic show on a very special location, the ruïn of castle Brederode, near Santpoort. A unique setting, dressed up with torches and lights. It’s a beautiful area.

Get your tickets by going to March 21st in the agenda field here. We would love to see you. Tickets are limited…


Posted on February 12th, 2014

New Ricky Koole album

January 6th the new (5th) Ricky Koole album No Use Crying will be released. Ricky once again worked with the cream of Dutch musicians. This time stylish trio Ocobar and frequent collaborator, hammond player Roel Spanjers accompany her. Other players are guitarist Wouter Planteijdt, K.O. Brass and Helge Slikker. She produced it with Martijn Groeneveld.  It’s a wonderful record, with songs about loss and farewells, roots rock, a dash of 50-ies nostalgia and a little David Lynch. Ruud wrote the song Dead Again and co-wrote Don’t Wait Up For Me with Ricky. Did the brass arrangements for those songs too, and some backing vocals.


Posted on January 3rd, 2014

A great collection of beautiful songs

We are proud a song of ours, Safe Haven, was handpicked by Dutch connaisseurs Leo Blokhuis and Ricky Koole, for this beautiful collection of ‘Songs We Shouldn’t Forget’(Universal). An 8 cd-collectors box with often obscure gems from many great artists, like Johnny Cash, Jeff Buckley, Nick drake, David Bowie, Loudon Wainwright, Otis Redding, Steve Earle and many others. A great gift for the holidays. And you won’t have to worry what music to play to your guests. You can order it here.


Posted on November 25th, 2013

The Unfinished Sunday Afternoon in Toomler

In Toomler, on Sunday november 3rd, pianist Amir Swaab presents a variety of artists who talk about unfinished songs. The first season offered artist such as George Baker, Spinvis, Niek Barendsen, Renate Dorrestein and Janne Schra, this season brings many new big names and unfinsihed works. This Sunday Ruud Houweling is speaking, among others.

Posted on October 27th, 2013

The opening of the Harrie Geelen Vogeltjesboom-exhibition

Last Saturday Ruud, Richard and Dutch composer Wouter van Bemmel (adding wonderful trumpet) played a few Cloudmachine songs at the opening of the Harrie Geelen exhibition at WG Kunst in Amsterdam. The exhibition is linked to the annual Dutch Kinderboekenweek (children’s book week) as Harrie is (among many other things!) famous for his work in that field. We had a wonderful afternoon with a lot of wonderful people. The video’s Harrie made for Cloudmachine are on display at the exhibition aswell. It runs til november 10th!


Posted on September 23rd, 2013

A rather cloudless summer

A little update in a rather quiet Cloudmachine summer… in which we still did a lot of work. Ruud focussed on writing and working on most of the music for a 20 episodes Dutch TV-series, Marco played plenty on it aswell. It’s called NTR Academie. You can hear some of the tunes here. Ruud also collaborated with Ricky Koole on two songs for her next album, with the wonderful men from Ocobar and Roel Spanjers. Mike toured the European summer festivals with Within Temptation. This autumn we will release a 4th single from A Gentle Sting with a video that we will hopefully shoot in September. We hope to add a few new shows for this fall aswell. A nice highlight will be playing a few songs on the opening of the exhibition in Amsterdam showing works from the entire  career span of Harrie Geelen, who made two animated videos for us. Hope to see you somewhere soon!

Posted on August 8th, 2013

Opening for The Veils

Last night we opened for the incredible The Veils (NZ) at a sold out Melkweg in Amsterdam. We enjoyed that very much and we hope we made some new friends. Thanks for being there, if you were. Hope to see you next time!



Posted on June 10th, 2013

Club shows

Lately we have been enjoying playing a few club shows, in Apeldoorn, Breda, Haarlem, Amsterdam. If you were there, thank you for giving us a great evening!


Posted on May 18th, 2013

US and Canadian Radio

We’re getting continues reports from our US radio promotor the radio campaign is going really well. The album is available for aiplay on around 120 stations.We made it to #21 in the airplay Top 30 on CUH in Honolulu, HI. We are supported with medium rotation on many stations such as WFCF in St Augustine FL, WSHL in North Easton MA, KCSC in Chico CA, WMCX in Monmouth NJ, WZLY in Wellesley MA, and KSAU in Nacogdoches TX. Other stations unclude WCVF in Ferdonia NY, WHUS in Storrs CT, WFNP in New Paltz NY, and KSLU in St Louis, WCFM in Williamstown, MA, WCWS in Wooster, OH, WECB in Boston, MA, WHCL in Clinton, NY, KWCW in Walla Walla, WA, and WAKE in Winston-Salem, NC, WNYO in Oswego NY, WUDR in Dayton OH, WGMU in Fairfax VA, WHFR in Dearborn MI, WPTS in Pittsburgh PA. A warm thank you to all stations. And to others..we’ll keep you posted.

Posted on April 16th, 2013

April 28th: Club Ziggo Live


April 28th live at Club Ziggo in Amsterdam, OZARK HENRY, THE MOONS (UK) and CLOUDMACHINE. Hope to see you there. No tickets needed, just put your name on de guestlist. The show will be recorded for on demand television broadcasting.

Posted on April 15th, 2013

First reviews and interviews

The first reviews and interviews are seeping in. It looks promising so far, which makes us very happy. They are in Dutch below, but the highlights are in English on the press page.
MediaZine  ‘A Gentle Sting mag nu al een van de mooiste albums van 2013 genoemd worden’
• Leo Blokhuis ’Prachtige plaat. Live erg sterk gebracht.’
OOR ‘Internationaal niveau. Melancholie vermengd met optimisme en hoop, in mooie poëtische liedjes’
Lust For Life  ‘Nauwelijks te plaatsen. Tijdloosheid’ (****)  ‘Cloudmachine bewijst opnieuw gedreven en zeer ervaren te zijn’  (****)
Gitarist ‘Brengt afwisselend Lennon, The Waterboys en Radiohead in herinnering. Weet een eigen geluid neer te zetten.’
Media Totaal ’Vol melancholie, maar ook positivisme’ (****)
Music Maker  ‘Bijna elk nummer vertelt een nieuw en treffend verhaal, sleurt je mee en laat je vervolgens niet meer los’
• Music From NL ‘Mooie mijlpaal in de discografie met enkele zeer radiovriendelijke uitschieters’ ‘Groeibriljant van de eerste orde’
Music Credo ‘Cloudmachine is een van de belangrijkste hedendaagse Nederlandse bands’ (9/10)
IO Pages ‘Verblufffend goed’

Apeldoorn Direct ‘Cloudmachine pak Gigant Café in’

Music Credo Interview by Stefan Peters on webzine (Dutch)
Gooddayz  Interview by Anneke Ruys on webzine (Dutch)

safe_image.php  We were on (until March 7th)  3voor12 Luisterpaal

Haarlems Dagblad  interview by Peter Bruyn (Dutch). Leesbare versie


Posted on March 11th, 2013

Live on Radio Rijnmond

Thursday March 7th we played a session for Live Uit Lloyd, one of the few radio shows in Holland that offers live music, daily. We played 5 songs. You can listen to them on air (with interview in Dutch) tonight between 22-23hrs.  Thanks Radio Rijnmond, great being with you again.

Posted on March 7th, 2013

A Gentle Sting is officially out!

Thanks everyone, for making the release show in Paradiso, Amsterdam such a memorable night for us. We enjoyed it very much and met such wonderful people. Renown music writer Leo Blokhuis gave a beautiful speech and symbolically handed the first copy of A Gentle Sting to producer Tristan Longworth who flew in from England to be with us on this special evening. A great weekend, that started on Saturday with a live appearance on Dutch Radio 2, to celebrate te release. Hans Schiffers played a track on Radio 2 aswell on Sunday. A Gentle Sting is officially out now, we hope you will get your hands on a copy or download mp3′s. Please let us know if you like it on Facebook. We’ll talk back.

(photo: Laila Willems)


Posted on February 25th, 2013

See you on Sunday!

We hope to see you this Sunday 24 February, in Amsterdam. We will release our new album A Gentle Sting in the small hall of Paradiso at around 7.30 p.m. It will be a very special evening for us. We’d really love to see you! There are still some tickets  available!

Posted on February 22nd, 2013

Opening for James Walsh (Starsailor)

We had a great time last night at Paard van Troje in The Hague, opening for James Walsh (such a nice guy too!). Thanks everyone!


Posted on February 18th, 2013

Live on Radio 2 (NL)

Saturday February 23rd we will be playing three songs live on national radio in a popular show called Tros Muziekcafé, broadcasted live from De Vorstin in Hilversum. Audience is very much welcome (free admittance) . Hope to see you there!


Posted on February 16th, 2013

Single Time Passes For Everyone out in the Netherlands

Radio promotion started for the new album, with a first single: Time Passes For Everyone. It has been released in the Netherlands on iTunes and Spotify ahead of the album, which will be released February 24th. Foreign friends can stream it on the Cloudmachine website, on the right side (not on iPad/iPhone)
Hope you’ll like it. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know…


Posted on January 25th, 2013

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