Van Sereno

By May 24, 2013

Van is adamant to make music that means something, songs that have a strong message with a catchy chorus. His music can be best described as urban roots, with a funky, mainstream pop sensibility, a kind of acoustic storytelling with a groove. He mentions Babyface, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Prince as strong influences. Currently he enjoys Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Ani De Franco, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews Band & Jamiroquai among others. Van Sereno likes to be known as a songwriter first and foremost. He’s worked as session guitarist and vocalist on numerous projects, both covers and originals (In Full Swing, Evail, Afrofunk, Jacuzi, The Pop Experience, The Smooth Groove). He’s supported Australian acts such as Christine Anu, Marcia Hines, Richard Clapton, Vanessa Amarosi, Diesel and even US blues legend John Hammond, UK soul artist Andrew Roachford and US RnB artist John Legend in the past.

Yeah I Know is his fifth independent album, two years in the making he begun this project back in the Philippines in mid 2009 on the back of a controversial major label signing that fell through. Not to let his hopes down he independently recorded this project at Springfield Studios in Sydney, mixed it in Boston Massachusetts USA at Fader Vu Studios and mastered it in Portland Oregan USA. His new band consists of Deva Permana on drums, Carlo Tapia on bass, Byron Mark on keyboards and percussion and Van on vocals and guitars. Definitely his best work yet, this latest instalment is a culmination of maturity, growth and wisdom in both songwriting craft and his technical musicianship.

*Vans videoclip “suspicious” has aired on “Rage” ABC, NoiseTV” SBS, “PinoyTV” TVS channel31 Sydney 2005
*Vans videoclip “persistence” has aired on “Music jungle” channel 9, “Rage” ABC and “PinoyTV” TVS channel31 Sydney 2006

*The song “I think I know” is included on “sounds Like Cafe: volume 7” compilation CD. Sydney 2005
The song “Leave” is included on “sounds like cafe: volume 9” compilation CD. Sydney 2006
*The song “Third Week” from the album “another way” is included on “sounds like cafe; volume 13″ compilation CD. Sydney 2007
*The song”If I Die” from the album “together” has been included in “sounds like cafe: volume 19” compilation CD. Sydney 2008.

*The song “little bonsai” was placed on high rotation on Australias commercial radio station Triple J, on Sarah Howells thursday nights “roots’n all” show. April 2007
*The song “Just Come Here” was played on Australias commercial radio station Triple J, on Sarah Howells thursday nights “roots’n all” show. November 2007
*The song “little bonsai” was included on the compilation cd “Home Grown Roots volume1”. early 2008
*The song “little bonsai” was placed as background music in a scene on a US tv show airing on Channel ABC in North America and Canada called “Big Shots” June 2008

*The song “What Then” from the album “i think i know” was aired on Filipino morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda” channel ABS CBN in August 2008. The clip can be seen on youtube.com
*The song “Too Good” from the album “together” was included on the compilation cd “Home Grown Roots Volume3”. Sydney late 2008.

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Van Sereno Song List:

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Frankie Valie

Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love -Barry White Barry White

Crazy Love – Van Morrison

Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band

Call Me Al – Paul Simon

Cherish – Brian McKnight

Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley

Cruisin – Hewey Lewis & Gwenyth Paltrow

Corner of The Earth – Jamiroquai

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Come Together – The Beatles

Faith – George Michael

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

Fall At Your Feet – Crowded House

Father & Son -Cat Stevens

Feel Like Makin Love – Roberta Flack

Fever – Little Willie John

Flake -Jack Johnson

Flame Trees -Cold chisel

Sarah Blasko version

F You – Cee Lo

Fields Of Gold – Sting

Fire – Babyface & Desree

Five Hundred Miles – The Proclaimers

Sway – Michael Buble

Sway – Bic Runga

Sing It Back – Moloko

Stir It Up – Bob Marley

St Patricks Day – John Mayer

Solace Of You – Living Colour

Someday – Sugar Ray

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Sweat -Inner Circle

Smile – Lily Allen

Summertime – SmoothGroov

Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams

Slice Of Heaven – Dave Dobbyn

Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye

Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon

She Will Be Loved -Maroon5

Sittin On the Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

Shake Your Tail Feather – Ray Charles

Waiting In Vain – Bob Marley

Waiting On An Angel – Ben Harper

Wait Till Tomorrow – Jimmy Hendrix

Waiting On The World To Change – John Mayer

Why Georgia – John Mayer

Who Says – John Mayer

Weather With You – Crowded House

Who Knew – Pink

Whenever Wherever – Shakira

Walking In Memphis – Marc Cohn

Walking Away – Craig David

When Will I See You Again – Babyface