They were already veterans in different genres of the Dutch music scene when they joined forces in 1999 to become an All Star Dutch Reggae Massive: Beef!
Their early recordings, released only on cassettes (the 1.1Gr.Fm Sessions), have become collector items. Same goes for the 10 inch EP release “Babylon by Beef” (Drunken Maria/1999). By the time the band delivered their first full studio album entitled “Flexodus” (Partners in Crime/1999), they had already established their live act to be known for it’s energy and craftsmanship.
Record company Pias picked up on the buzz, signed the band and had them record their self-titled 2nd album in England. Under productional leadership of singing legend Bitty Mc Cleann, “Beef!” was created.
“Late Night sessions”, the first single from the album, reached out to an even bigger audience when airplay on radio and television took off. Same goes for their live show reputation with the Special Request Horns* joining their line up for the big shows.
2002 was the first year that the band was invited to the Nuit Tipique festival in Burkina Faso. Later, in 2005, they were voted “the most popular foreign band to attend the festival in the last 10 years” by the festival visitors.
2002 was also the year the band won the prestigious “Zilveren Harp” for their contribution and promise to the Dutch Pop Culture.
Michel Schoots (Urban Dance Squad) is responsible for the production of their 3th album “Last Rudy Standing” (PIAS/2005). He took the band into the ICP studios in Brussels and on a different musical path. This resulted in an album with singles like “Cashing the Money” and “Last Rudy standing”. The latter was used by Amnesty International in their “Control Arms” campaign, in which the band took up the role as Ambassador.
2007 started with the recordings of a new studio album and a release of their live album “Last Rudies Live – the singles” (the first release on their own label “Beef Foundation”). It’s also the start of “the Sneaky Previews Tour”, the tour in which the band will give their audience a glimpse of the new material..
“The Rudies are on a Mission again with shit that’s gonna hit …. the fans!”
Pieter Both – Vocals
Bram Wouters – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Bas vd Biggelaar – Vocals, Keys
Twan v. Gerven – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Koen Lommerse – Bass
Jonas Filtenborg – Drums
*Introducing the Special Request Horns:
These cats are one of a kind! Heavily influenced bij jazz, soul and funk, they play their horns in their own sweet way. Besides their individual projects with Candy Dulfer, Paul Weller, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Paul Young, Bob Brookmeyer, the Jazzinvaders and many, many others, they first met as a horn section with Dutch reggae stars Beef! Playing together worked out so well, they decided to form their own band, write music together and cut their first album called Volume One (2007).
Ten top-class stereo tracks are brought to you by these hip youngters. Please play them loud and get touched by the soul of the Special request Horns!
The Special Request Horns:
Jan van Duikeren – trumpet
Louk Boudesteijn – trombone
Guido Nijs – tenor sax
End of 2009 Beef took a 1 year Sabbatical.