Spycker is the creative alias of Michiel Omtzigt, an Amsterdam based musician/producer. In November 2013 he released his first full-fledged album Voted Away, a free dive into the realm of psychedelic acoustica. 

Having parents with a bad-ass record collection and a big sister with intimidatingly terrific musical taste – at age 12, Michiel began cultivating his own love for music. From the moment he discovered a vintage acoustic guitar in his grandma’s attic, the Dutch beer-brewing town of Zoeterwoude experienced its Big Bang. Spycker: ‘From then on, I was always on the hunt for new and original melodies. I just couldn’t stop writing, strumming and singing, and soon I started to create my own sound universe.’ 

This went on for a while, until it suddenly struck him: it was time to let out the pent-up creativity, to share his compositions with others. More than ever, Michiel began living up to his artist name. Spycker – the Dutch word for ‘nail’ – was apt for someone who let his passion hammer him into submission. 

Spycker has now finished recording and producing the album Voted Away. Listeners will hear a mix of psychedelic troubadour songs, soft-strummed ballads and atmospheric soundscapes. Spycker’s melancholic lyrics paint images of a world looked at with wonder and distress. 

Prior to Voted Away, Spycker put out a number of online releases: the experimental electronica album Ner Begot Kish (2012), the dark, guitar-driven album Fonderie Olive (2011) and the labyrinthine synth album It Was Tremendously Scary (as TozzRox – 2008). 

He wasn’t always a solo artist. Spycker played as a guitarist in several Amsterdam ensembles, including the eclectic rock band In Advance and the improvisation duo The Renaissance Elbow. These experiences were literally instrumental in broadening his horizon. They also helped refine his song-writing skills. 

A culmination of all of this is heard on Voted Away. Spycker: ‘The album feels like a slow, groovy dream, where you never know what to expect round the next bend. And when you wake up, you’re not quite sure of exactly what just happened.’