Snel is shocked that he is going on tour in Belgium: “I had no idea that I am so popular with you” | Music

MusicHe sold out the Lotto Arena in March without any problems, but now Snelleis once again moving to smaller venues. Together with the Lieve Jongens Band,the Dutchman plays his ‘Tot Nu Toe(r)’ in smaller clubs, and he also providesseveral stops in our country. “And then I hope to write a song for PommelienThijs or Camille. They are doing really well.”

A few years ago he still worked in a hotel for six hundred euros a month,today the Dutch rapper Snelle (27) strings together the successes. His twoalbums – ‘Twenty-four’ and ‘Lars’ – did extremely well, he was the firstartist from the Low Countries to receive his own Netflix documentary and lastsummer there was ‘Kijk Ons Nou’ – his monster hit with Metejoor . “And nowthere is that club tour”, says the Dutchman while slurping from a cappuccino.“We still do a show where you can dance and jump, but it’s more intimate.Secretly I like that the most: then you are closer to the audience, and – inmy opinion – it is more about the music. The audience gets to hear songs thatI’ve made from 2015 to now.”


The rapper is surprised that he is coming to Belgium with his tour. “I had noidea I’m so popular with you,” it sounds. “Or yes: when I filled the LottoArena, I realized that. (laughs) With the upcoming shows I want to furtherconquer Belgium.” Snel does not immediately have an explanation for hissuccess in our country. “My best guess is that you guys really like lyrics,and mine likes the positivity in them. But is that really the reason? Noidea.”

The love he gets in Belgium is – Lars assures us – mutual. “When I writesongs, it’s always in your country. ‘Kijk Ons Nou’ was also created duringsuch a session, my duet with Metejoor. I had met Joris a while before, in thefull corona period. He then played a one and a half meter concert at RockWerchter, and I was very impressed. I asked him to come over to one of mywriting sessions, and he did. Originally the intention was to come up withsongs for him. But it was so much fun that we suddenly made a song together.”

The two decided to perform the song as a duo as well. “As a result, I saw yourcountry a lot last summer,” the Dutchman laughs. “It definitely leaves mewanting more. In the future I would like to collaborate more often withBelgian artists. I would like to write a song for Pommelien Thijs or CAMILLE.They are really doing well, and I think their songs are so cool. What if theysay ‘no’ to my offer? Well, then I’m going to cry on the couch. (laughs)”