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We are Cartographer

We are Cartographer
We are Cartographer

Cartographer is an instrumental rock band from Tilburg, the Netherlands. The band’s sound is firmly rooted in heavier music genres. Inspiration is drawn from melodic and heavy bands that span decades of musical styles while trying to maintain a sense of wonder and diversity throughout their music. In the fall of 2014 their first full-length album ‘A SEA OF SUNSHINE’ was released and presented in front of a sold-out crowd. In 2017 they return with a new drummer to hit the stage hard and bring renewed enthusiasm to push their creative boundaries.

First formed in 2010 on the backs of various projects, Cartographer evolved into their final form in 2011. In the fall of 2012 they released their first self-titled EP which was inspired by Dr. Kübler-Ross’ work on the model of the five stages of grief. Following the release of their EP the band has been invited to play several supporting shows for artists such as Karnivool, Anneke v. Giersbergen (ex-the Gathering), and Wisdom of Crowds (w/ Jonas Renkse from Katatonia and Bruce Soord from the Pineapple Thief).

The band quickly began work on a full-length album after finishing their EP and on the 26th of September, 2014 ‘A SEA OF SUNSHINE’ was released. The album was a step forward for the band and a fresh new start in many ways. It features songs that have naturally evolved over months of rehearsing and performing live. The overall theme is more positive and open than their EP­ and focuses more on leaving dark days behind you.

In the summer of 2015 drummer Bart den Ouden decided to part ways with the band in mutual agreement.  After a long process of screening and auditioning potential drummers the band decided on good friend Yuma van Eekelen (ex-Exivious, Our Oceans, OneGodLess) as their new drummer. With Yuma’s extensive experience and expertise, both on and away from the drums, they hope to expand their horizon even further and break into new musical grounds.  

Despite being instrumental the band has been applauded for accurately portraying raw emotions while leaving the listener room for personal interpretation and allowing them to project these emotions onto their own experiences. Cartographer grant themselves time to slowly build up tension, making the feeling of an inevitable climax even more daunting; A climax that, as in life, might not always turn out to be what you expect it to be.

Cartographer is:
Yuma van Eekelen // Drums
Desmond Kuijk // Bass
Milan Roerdink // Guitars
Marvin Roerdink // Guitars
Yoep de Ligt // Guitars

Past members:
Bart den Ouden 

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