Growing up fascinated by bands like Keane, Onerepublic and The Fray, Teun van Erp has been determined to create melodic, alternative yet accessible music since he was 15. After buying his first apple Macbook with production software, he was able to fill in all imaginary band member's parts for the songs he had written, creating a lot of acoustic pop/rock-demos with a certain electronic feel to them.
Since 2017, Axley is the name that is used to label most of the musical projects that Teun has been involved in. Although the main plans and ambitions for Axley revolve around a fully formed pop/rock-band, so far it has been a broad project. Axley has gradually been showing the different corners of the musical territories it fits, from EDM productions to acoustic string versions of their songs.
Instead of presenting it like it's only Teun's personal venture, the name Axley was chosen to be an overarching project name in which anyone is welcome to contribute and feel connected to it. Axley is also a nod to Tim Rice-Oxley, pianist and songwriter for Keane.
In 2017, Ferd van Stekelenburg (drums) and Jasper van Eck (guitar/keys/backing vocals) joined Teun to bring the songs to life on stage. Ferd's powerful approach to drums, Jasper's rhythmic, graceful guitar parts and Teun's voice and songs make for lively, dynamic live performances.
Axley has released 3 self-produced songs so far: 'Well', 'The King' and 'Redemption', of which the latter sparked the interest of Teun's hometown-based producer colleagues NEVERGLOW and Darlingh, leading to collaborative songs 'Vivid', 'Pay The Bill' and a remix of 'Well'. Next to these productions, Axley released 5 acoustic live songs as part of the 'Trypoul Sessions', showing off both the softer side of Axley's musical palette as their live playing capabilities.
In January 2019, Teun announced that he'd be moving to Volda (Norway) for 5 months as part of his college degree in music marketing and communication. Although this meant taking a break from growing as a band, Axley won't be standing still as Teun has brought lots of audio equipment with him to write and record music during his stay abroad.
1. Teun van Erp
2. Axley performing live
3. Jasper, Teun & Ferd (Axley's band members)
4. Teun with NEVERGLOW
5. Teun with Darlingh