The Happy Groover DJ-set on Partycast TV

Jonathan Joosten, producer of The Happy Groover, was invited to play a DJ-set on Partycast.tv. The set was pre-recorded and airs march 13, 2021. For this occasion, Jonathan only played tracks produced by himself. Most of these tracks are currently unreleased, and some may never get an official release.

Among the tracks that may never see an official release are a bootleg remix of Giorgio MoroderFrom Here To Eternity, Farley Jackmaster FunkLove Can’t turn Around, Phil FearonAin’t Nothing But A House Party, and Jonathan’s entry for a recent KlubbheadsTurn Up The Bass remix contest. The entire DJ-set is an eclectic combination of various styles of House Music (Disco House, Melodic Techno, EDM, and more), with lots of roots in the 80s. Enjoy and if you like the mix, feel free to share it with your friends!

Hindsight: Lessons learned from The Scary Groover

Final cover art for The Scary Groover

Back in 1998, following the success of The Happy groover – When I Snap My Fingers, the record company was looking to release a follow-up single to continue the success. As a producer I felt the unique sound I came up with for the first single, had been done and i didn’t want to simply copy myself. As a DJ I was playing in credible clubs and I wanted to be seen as a credible artist as well. The track i had in mind as follow-up single was very different and much darker than When I Snap My Fingers was. So in that area I wasn’t copying myself. But it felt weird to release such a dark track as The Happy Groover. So I suggested to change the name of the artist with every release, depending on the mood of the track. That’s how The Scary Groover came to be.

In hindsight I regret several decisions I made at the time. Changing your artist name with every release is simply a bad idea. People looking for your music won’t be able to find you. I was lucky the Dutch release contained a parody of the previous single as a bonus track, as that got supported a lot by Radio 538, who produced the parody as well.

Backglass of Gottlieb’s Haunted House pinball machine

I also learned to keep creative control when it comes to cover artwork. The cover artwork on the CD-single was created by an artist working for the record company. The original idea I pitched was a cover similar to the backglass of a pinball machine called Haunted House. Come to think of it, The Haunted Groover may have been a better name as well. I think I described what I had in mind to my A&R manager at the time, who would then brief the graphic artist. As a plan B I may have suggested to do something with the face of a Dracula look-a-like. That must have been easier to create, as that was the only concept that was ever shown to me. As there was a rush to release the track, I reluctantly approved the concept, but I still feel the Haunted House cover would have been a better choice. Oh well.

Eternity hits 100.000 streams

Screenshot from the Spotify for Artists page indicating the total amount of streams for Eternity

Today, The Happy Groover latest single Eternity (feat. Heleen de Geest) crossed the 100.000 streams mark on Spotify. That’s great news as it means the track has now earned about 20 cents 🙂 All joking aside, thanks for all the support for this track and please continue to support it. Here’s a list with links to all streaming services offering the track.

New Happy Groover single coming December 4th

The new single by The Happy Groover, Eternity, is scheduled for release on Friday December 4, 2020. The track is a radio-friendly Psy-Trance remake of Datura’s 1993 number 1 hit of the same name. The spoken vocals are by none other than ANWB radio host Heleen de Geest, one of the most popular female voices on national Dutch radio. The track can already be pre-saved by Spotify users. Follow The Happy Groover on Facebook to stay up to date as well.

New release: The Happy Groover – Hummell Gets the Rockets

Available on all your favorite streaming services and online music stores as of today: The Happy Groover – Hummell Gets The Rockets (Theme of Expeditie Robinson). While the title may not ring a bell with many, the music certainly will. Hummell Gets The Rockets is composed by Hans Zimmer and is part of the original soundtrack for the movie The Rock. The song is also used in Expedition Robinson and similar Survivor-like TV series. The release of the new Happy Groover single coincides with the start of a new series of the Dutch Expeditie Robinson variant.

The new Happy Groover single starts off with an orchestral intro, building up to a heavy climax. When the beat drops, an energetic Trance arrangement has taken over. The Happy Groover – Hummell Gets The Rockets is available in a Radio Mix and an Original Mix.