Halvard Music

Halvard is a music project led by Onno Kestens, operating under his label Stoffer Bliksem. www.halvardmusic.com ''Around 2003, a friend of my dad (named Halvard) gave me an external speaker box. 10 years later, I decided to swap the speaker for a better one, and pimp the grill cloth and so fort. I was really content with the results and called the speakerbox 'Halvard'. Later I found out that Halvard derives from the Old Norse name Hallvarðr, which meant "rock guardian" from hallr "rock" combined with varðr "guardian". So, that's pretty cool.''


What is music to you? What does it give you?

Relaxation, challenging, social, and much fun.

What is your music dream?

Playing guitar, bass, drum, keys, teach guitar, play in a couple of bands.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Give everyone a instrument for choice.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

'Till The End' by Toto.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

There are a lot... For now: Kurt Vile, John Scofield, Michael Åkerfeldt, Tom Petty, Agnes Obel.

What inspires you to make music?

Go on mind-off modus.

What is the message you want to send with your music?


How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Like a human.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Drooble is very nowadays. Artist could get paid better by iTunes and Spotify.

What do you think of Drooble?


What frustrates you most as a musician?

Ofcourse! Join gigs, buy vinyl.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Get the right people together or be an all-rounder.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Yama, Major Mitchell, Ojos de Brujo, Halvard.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Yama, Major Mitchell, Ojos de Brujo, Halvard.