Sound

World-class international producers and musicians all unite in the Media Capital. Recording studios, music publishers, and music venues offer room for new sounds that help shape the entertainment industry: here, in Europe and beyond. This has been going on for many decades: technological advances, experimental sounds, or intense experiences. Sound begins here – in our organisations, with our businesses. Let your sound be heard in Hilversum.

Hilversum is home to the largest number of musicians anywhere in Western Europe. This is because there are many organisations based in the city operating in the music entertainment industry, including Universal Music, Warner Music, and Spinnin’ Records. The Wisseloord Studios is where many national and international performers record their music. The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Groot Omroepkoor and the Metropole Orchestra – the proud recipient of three Grammy Awards – are all also based in Hilversum. The city has created its very own sound.

Makers in the spotlight

Warner Music | Martin

Martin Jessurun’s father always wanted him to be a doctor, but he was drawn more to the music industry. After working part time as a DJ (with his own drive-in show, no less) and a stint working at record store Kareltje in Utrecht, he knew he’d found his niche, and ever since then Martin has been all about the music. As president of Warner Music Benelux, he oversees an impressive roster of Dutch and international recording artists.

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Reaubeau | Rob

The studio owned by Rob Jager, whose stage name is ReauBeau, is a music lover’s temple, filled with musical instruments, computers, a comfy sofa and music posters on the walls. These are all the tools he needs to create ‘sick’ beats, compose trailer music and produce his own tracks. ReauBeau lives and breathes music 24/7. Having just returned from an inspirational visit to Tokyo, he’s on deadline to complete a new track this evening. ‘I’ve been doing this full-time for three years now. I’ve created a 30-year plan for myself. One thing I absolutely want to achieve in my career is create at least one legendary track.’

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Highlights

Wisseloord

The Wisseloord complex is a musical haven of pure sound. This is where it’s all happening: where numerous Dutch and international artist compose, write and record their music.

Online Radio Awards

These annual awards are presented during Hilversum’s Dutch Media Week and offers a platform for some of the most outspoken and original radio personalities. Will you be there next year?

Mediavalley

Hilversum is right at the heart of the Media Valley: an exceptional concentration of media companies which runs from Amsterdam to Utrecht.

Muziekcentrum van de Omroep

Hilversum’s dynamic musical centre. It has been the home base of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Groot Omroepkoor broadcasting choir, the Metropole Orchestra and Db Mediagroep.