|WHO IS KEES
| NEDERLANDS |
van Weijen (Rotterdam, 1951) has plenty of experience in the
entertainment industry. His main expertise lies in the music industry,
in which he has worked since 1969. A man who has experienced all the
trends, commercial and artistic highs and lows.
Weijen began his four decennia in the music industry purely as a hobby.
As a host and DJ from the age of fifteen, he introduced bands such as
Golden Earring and Tee-Set in R&B clubs and later as DJ in Le Bateau,
in Rotterdam’s Hilton Hotel.
In the mid-eighties, Van Weijen left for London, where he worked for three years at the Polygram International headquarters as product manager, for artists including Van Morrison, INXS, but also Nana Mouskouri, Elton John and KISS. The extremely varied range of artists means that Van Weijen feels at ease with any genre.
1988, after seven years of international experience, Van Weijen longed
for national repertoire.
IMS (Import Music Service), back in
Hilversum, he set to work closing deals for smaller bands, for
whom there was no place with major Polygram. When Van Weijen joined IMS,
it was close to bankrupcy, but three years later it was a thriving
company. Van Weijen’s biggest success was the album “Voor u
Majesteit” by the Dutch singer Paul de Leeuw, which sold 60.000 copies.
In addition he set up Polygram Video.
1991 Van Weijen was asked to become Polydor’s general manager.
Weijen’s fondest memories however, are of his very succesful period
with MCA. On januari 1st 1994 he took on the challenge of
turning the MCA label into an independent record company in the Benelux.
office opened on april 1st, and on the 5th of april Kurt Cobain shot
himself in the head. A chaotic start, which eventually became a great
success, with projects such as Aerosmith’s ‘15 Big Ones’, ‘Hell
Freezes Over’ by The Eagles, number 1-hits such as Aqua’s ‘Barbie
Girl’, Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, No Doubt’s ‘Don’t
Speak’ and of course the mega hit ‘Nirvana Unplugged’. Within
three years, Van Weijen had set up a successful company from scratch,
with only a small team, with an annual turnover of 35 million guilders
and a market share of 5%.
1997 Seagram bought MCA and the name changed to Universal Music. After
the takeover of Polygram by Universal, Van Weijen became managing
director of Mercury Records. Five years later he was Executive
Vice-President, mainly occupied with anything and everything to do with
‘New Media and Strategy’ as well as sponsoring. An important new
development in the revolutionary digital age, with downloads and
ringtones – initiatives which will bring in money for the music
industry in the years to come.
addition, Van Weijen also had several other responsibilities; amongst
others he was member of the Mega Charts steering committee, board member
of the CPG, board member of the NVPI and chairman of the Edison
foundation. He supervised the organisation of 8 Edison Music Awards
ceremonies, i.e. the ‘Dutch Grammy Awards’.
2004, Van Weijen has started his own company, HIT4US. In this capacity,
he can be approached about anything concerning sponsoring, New Media,
consultancy, A&R, distribution, strategy and artist management.