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Broken Glass Heroes

Broken Glass Heroes
In 2010 komen de sixties en seventies tot ons via Broken Glass Heroes: de groep van Tim Vanhamel en Pascal Deweze leunt op de muzikale erfenissen die The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Crosby, Stills & Nash en The Band achterlieten. Initieel om de verborgen camera grappen van Benidorm Bastards van passende soundtrack te voorzien, maar van het een kwam het ander. De themasong van het televisieprogramma werd een radiohit en in september komt een volledig album: Grandchildren of the Revolution.

Harmonieus en melodieus, sexy, zomers en feel good. Live doen met Sjoerd Bruil, Marc Bonne en Hans De Prins nog drie extra ervaren rotten mee. Breng uw smilende sandalen mee! Breng uw smilende sandalen mee!

Halve Neuro

Halve Neuro
Opgevoed met de platen van de Strangers en de moppen van Tony Bell, smijt den Halve Neuro zich nu volledig op den hip hop en RnB.
Fritkot is de eerste single van de Blut en Blijven Gaan mixtape.

Halve Neuro - Nederlandstalige hiphopband die in onvervalste Scheefhoek-stijl hiphop- en R&B-classics de Antwerpse remix geeft die ze verdienen: sappig, grappig, plezant en cultureel onverantwoord, met slechts één missie: to put the smile back into hiphop..

En gaan ze live alsof olskool block parties nooit hebben opgehouden te bestaan: a trip down party memory lane, geserveerd op een bedje van 20 jaar hiphopbeats..

Na talloze projecten met verschillende crews liet den Halve - het brein achter Halve Neuro - in de zomer van 2010 dan eindelijk de single "Fritkot" op de wereld los, onder het wakende oog van Money P, Vlaams topproducer met roots in de frithop, Onmiddelijk werd 'Fritkot' een internethit.

Optredens volgden elkaar snel op met memorabele passages in de Trix Club, Petrol Club en het Rodeo festival. Zo verzorgde Halve Neuro het voorprogramma van bekende acts zoals Necro, Mad Cobra, Civalizee, Lee Perry en een hoop anderen. Als support of headliner bij acts uit de electronica, reggae, hiphop, urban of rock, Halve Neuro is op z'n sterkst als crossover act - hiphop voor heads én àlle crowds.

Live wordt den Halve bijgestaan door z'n Halve Fam, de Zologie in de volksmond (ZLG) : Slongs, hiphop-legende en DJ-icoon Nonkel Guy - een beest achter de draaitafels - en z'n halfbroers Pol Boetiek en LL Congée, een beestenboeltje dat publiek en podium laat versmelten tot één kolkende massa van zweterig feest - een olskool block party is bij hen live nòòit veraf!

Juni 2011 : als beloning voor het bereiken van 1000 Fans op hun Facebook page, wordt de video van 'Pakt De Velo' online gereleased. Op de beat van Wiz Khalifa's 'Black And Yellow' bejubelt den Halve het fietsen in al zijn aspecten. Het nummer wordt meteen opgepikt door de nationale media en door velen als dé zomerhit van 2011 beschouwd.

Deze track wordt létterlijk een onverwacht succes; 1 jaar later staan er al meer dan 300.000 views op de teller, én heeft het nummer viraal zo veel verschillende fans bereikt dat het ondertussen als online hitje geldt en zelfs meermaals wordt aangevraagd op events als 'Music for Life'.

Een zomertour volgt - en onder het motto 'Blut & blijven gaan' doet de ZLG tijdens deze 'Tour de velo' een 25-tal gigs doorheen het Vlaamse land - op die manier wordt hun staalharde live rep alleen meer bevestigd..Steevast ontaarden hun live gigs in interactieve performances' met een enthousiast publiek.

De Halve Neuro-vibe slaat wel degelijk aan, en boekingen lopen binnen tot eind november, wat de teller op zo'n 30 gigs in 5 maanden zet.

Profi festivals van allerlei groottes, of zweterige jongerenketen, spiegeltenten en muziekcafés: steevast gaat de crowd vollédig uit z'n dak, met als hoogtepunten gesmaakte passages op Willrock (als headliner), Laundry Day 2011 (8000 toeschouwers), Antwerp Street Kicks, Het Bal van de Burgemeester en de Oude Ketel in Hést-oep-den-Baarg (250 toeschouwers, waarvan 200 stagedivers, ml. en vrl.!)..

Einde 2011 last de ZLG dan ook een welverdiend winterreces in..

Na enkele opwarmingsgigs in het voorjaar van 2012 slaat de Halve Neuro-vlam alweer onmiddellijk in de lokale feestpan! Ook bookings voor Halve Neuro $ound$ystem lope binnen.

April 2012 : Halve Neuro komt uit met de wereldprimeur 100 dB in samenwerking met Belgian Asociality en Squarelectric. Voor de videoclip hebben ze niemand minder weten strikken dan Evi Hanssen en CJ Bolland! Ook nu weer steekt de ZLG-kru menige lokale festivaltent in de fik, met verschroeiende parties on stage én in het publiek.

Ook MNM & StuBru krijgen hun deel van de muzikale Halve Neuro-koek, live & direct..

Juni 2012: Om 5000 fans te vieren op Facebook wordt de verse mixtape 'Half & half' op de download-markt gegooid, midden in de 'Tour dB - Tour door België', alweer een 30-tal gigs verspreid over de zomer.

Een aantal nieuwe tracks schoppen het onmiddellijk tot live anthems, een effect dat duidelijk wordt op de Antwerpse Mechelsepleinfeesten: de wisselwerking tussen de 3000 toeschouwers van alle slag, pluimage & leeftijden én de ZLG als live act leidt tot een verschroeiende show - effe thuiskomen jawel...

Hieruit blijkt alvast dat Halve Neuro echt klaar is voor de grotere zomerfestivals van 2013, crossover gegarandeerd.

Maar eerst nog het vervolg van de 'Tour dB' afwerken, vanaf eind augustus tot diep in november, langs o.a. de Bollekesfeesten & Antwerp Street Kicks, lokale festivals & muziekclubs.

Om dan vanaf november de studio in te duiken voor dat officiële debuutalbum, met eigen producties door de crew zelf, bevriende en/of bekende producers, onontgonnen talent, special guest features, gastmuzikanten en andere muzikale neuroten - denk aan Beastie Boys voor de Lage Landen..

2 Funky Djs

2 Funky Djs
2 Funky DJ's' oftewel DJ Tom en DJ Driez brengen u meteen in de gepaste stemming! Beide heren hebben al van jongs af aan een passie voor muziek. Ze deden hun eerste DJ-ervaringen op tijdens privé- en 18-jarigenfeestjes. In 2003 vonden ze elkaar in de Que Pasa in Overpelt. Ze draaiden een setje samen, de tent stond op zijn kop en 2 Funky DJ's was geboren. Zij komen bij ons de avond afsluiten.

The Germans

The Germans
(The Germans is also the name of a band formed in 2003 consisting of Rat Scabies from The Damned, Peter Coyne and Kris Dollimore, both originally from The Godfathers.) The Germans is a Belgian band consisting of brothers Lennert and Timothy Jacobs (drums & bass), singer Jakob Ampe and lead guitarist Vincent Cauwels. Influenced by other Beligan bands such as Evil Superstars and Millionaire, but also by krautrock and American bands such as Pixies and Pavement, they bring melodic rock songs with an experimental edge. The debut album "Elf Shot Lame Witch" has been released in March 2008. It has been mixed by Boris Wilsdorf, sound engineer of the legendary German band Einstürzende Neubauten.

Gentlemen Of Verona

Gentlemen Of Verona
Ruw, opwindend en compromisloos zijn drie woorden waarmee je de sound van de Belgische garageband Gentlemen of Verona het best kan omschrijven. Voortgestuwd op ruige drumritmes en snijdende gitaarrifs boort het vijftal zich als een roestige kogel door het alternatieve muzieklandschap. Hun aanpak blijkt wonderwel te lukken. Precies een jaar na hun eerste optreden, tekende de muziekgroep een contract bij het Belgische e-label The Wack Attack Barrack (A Brand, Triggerfinger, Mauroi, Buscemi...). Hun debuutalbum verscheen op 13 mei 2008. Voor de opnames van de plaat trok de band niet naar een dure studio, maar sloten ze zich enkele maanden op in hun repetitiehok. "Wie rauwe garagerock in de stijl van Iggy Pop, Pj Harvey, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs en The Goxxip wil maken moet zijn sound tot de basis uitpuren", vertelt zangers Debby Termonia. "Via een Londense kennis kwamen we in contact met de mensen van de legendarische Abbey Road Studios. Tijdens een bezoek aan de Beatles-studio vertelde technicus Sam O'Kell ons dat je,om een echte garageplaat te maken maar drie dingen nodig hebt: een garage en twee steengoede microfoons. We hebben zijn raad opgevolgd. Een paar maanden later stond alles op band."

Anton Walgrave

Anton Walgrave
Anton Walgrave has taken some interesting turns in his career. His 2000 debut album 'The Hum' was acclaimed by the press and knowing fans. The CD was recorded in London and produced by Kevin Armstrong, who had already worked with great names like David Bowie, Youssou N'Dour, Morrissey, and more. In 2003 there was ''Before the dawn', a dark, haunting CD perfectly combining strong songwriting and tasteful electronics. The single 'Awake' enjoyed a lot of radio airplay and made it onto several compilations. Flanders' biggest girl group Scala even took it as far as Japan. More than enough good reviews, again and again hearty applause from those in the know. Anton played live, and every time he was convincing. But a real performer always wants to go deeper and wider. Walgrave did what he had to do: write songs, scrap songs, rewrite songs and scrap some more songs. Day in, day out, rain or shine. Week after week, month after month. Lots of songs. And then more work, to make good songs into great songs. The great songs caught the attention of Frank Vander linden. Although he'd won prizes for outstanding production work on De Mens Cds, Vander linden had never dared to produce any one else's work yet. But Walgrave's compositions twisted his arm, his voice gave him shivers and the man's passion was simply contagious.

Nailpin

Nailpin
Nailpin is a Belgian band.

After scoring big in their own country, with such hits as "Endless Conversations", "Movin' On" and "Together", from their debut album '12 TO GO', the boys decided to give the rest of the world a shot.

Their performance at the 2004 TMF awards (where lead singer Niko amused the crowd by stripping on stage and prancing around in a thong) caused Avril Lavigne to ask them to open for her on her Japan tour.

The band's influences include the bands Mest, Goldfinger, New Found Glory, Homegrown, MXPX and Green Day.

At the end of September '05, the band took part in MTV's Road Rally, in which they had to cross the USA from West coast to East Coast, earning their way and scoring shows. After starting in Los Angeles they ended up just beating Dutch competitor Di-rect in New York. When the serie was aired from November to January, it was a great hit.

The second Nailpin album "White Lies & Butterflies" was released in april 2006, while the band toured Japan for the second time.

Their newest album 'III' was released in april 2008, and got great reviews. The singles 'The Ending' and 'It's Allright' did good in the charts.

Flatcat

Flatcat
Flatcat is a punkrock band, that was founded in 1993 by brothers Dirk (guitar) and Wim (drums). In 1995 Minx and Alex joined the band and after some member changes this became the steady line-up. You can expect a good dose of westcoast punkrock, mixed with emo influences. The band appeared on a compilation cd for the first time in 1996, it was called "Best of Belgium, best Belgian punkbands". After lots of shows with bands like Janez Detd., Heideroosjes, Gwyllions, Undeclinable, I against I,... they were represented a few more times on different compilations. The Belgian punkrock scene got to know Flatcat better after they played support acts for the likes of The Vandals, The Ataris, Satanic Surfers,... In that same period Janez Detd. asked the band to contribute a song on their new single cd on Virgin records, and they got an offer out of Brazil. In January Flatcat travelled to Brazil for a promotional tour, where they played a headliner show for 500 people in Sao Paulo, even before they released a cd!! The first "piece of art" was a split cd with a Brazilian and two Canadian bands, who played on the Vans Warped Tour. It was released July 2001 on Highlight Sounds. Other licensed bands on there are Samiam, Bombshell Rocks, 59 times the pain, Good clean fun,... A second release on highlight sounds, and also the debut full lenght called "Better luck next time" saw the light of day around the end of February, just one week before the second Brazilian tour, where the band did 16 shows, recorded a videoclip and gave some cool tv-interviews in only 17 days!! As if this wasn't enough they also got a 1 hour radio special on Brazil's second largest radio station! The tour was a huge succes, an average of 300/400 people showed up every time with exceptions like Sao Paulo (750) and Volta Redonda (1200)! Back in Belgium they were supposed to take the time choosing between about 4 Belgian labels, but had to act fast because Groezrock was coming up, playing with Bad Religion, Sick of it all, Down by law, Guttermouth, ... Just about some of the biggest bands in punkrock and hardcore history. With the help from Green Leaf/Goodlife recordings, Eye Spy Records (a small independent label that's growing fast) released the European version from the debut album, and it's one of the better selling Belgian punkrock cd's ever! As a tribute to the underground scene they released a single 7" at the same time called "Beautiful in Venice", the song that makes everybody sing along on the many shows played troughout Belgium, time to invade the neighbour countries!

The Subs

The Subs
Rambunctious. That's the least you can say about Belgian beatbastards The Subs. Having already released a couple of underground dance maxis - 'You Make Me Spill', 'Fuck That Shit', 'Substracktion' - over the past years, they hit it hard in 2008, with 'Kiss My Trance', a punktrance-juggernaut of a hitsingle.

The track started off as a joke, the band wanted to see how far they could push the limits of the trance-genre and get away with it. A true jack-in-the-box, 'Kiss My Trance' turned out te be a massive cross-over success: in genuine guerilla-style, 'Kiss My Trance' peaked both commercial charts AND dj-lists - it terrorized the radio AND put club dancefloors on fire.
So much for the joke then, The Subs are in business. For real.

The Subs are not your average 'let's mess around with some analogue machines' band.
The Subs are Jeroen De Pessemier aka Papillon (singer/producer), Wiebe Loccufier aka Tonic (half of dj-duo Starski & Tonic, heirs to the Culture Club-throne, as they took over the residency spot at the infamous Ghent club from 2 ManyDJs and The Glimmers) and Stefan Bracke aka l'entrepreneur also fronting the raverockband Foxylane.

Since their eponymous debut album Subculture landed at the dusk of 2008, The Subs have.........

Played more than 160 shows, travelled to 14 countries, used 12 different airline companies, 2 tour buses and 1 private jet. Between the three of them, they've mailed about 250 post cards and drank about 80 bottles of vodka. On the road, they've lost 5 iPhone adapters and 6 pairs of earplugs. 480 T-shirts were sold and they've counted at least 12 stage invasions and 13 scuffles with venue security. The band remembers 10 speeding tickets and were questioned by the police at least 3 times. They've made 6 music video's, launched 1 blog and recorded 3 videocasts. Their audience took home 3 shoes and ripped 2 pairs of trousers from Papillon's body, who did vomit on stage once. 7 live shows ended with a broken wireless microphone and 2 AX-7 keytars got smashed up. A total of 68 rolls of Gaffer tape were used, about 100 glitter balls were 'customised', more than 70 interviews were given and their tunes featured on 78 compilations. About half of the past 730 days they've spend inside a studio, 45 demo's were made and 21 different versions of new artwork got rejected. About 28 hours were spend discussing the definitive, 11 songs counting track list... but it's here, the second album by The Subs: Decontrol.

A lot has happened to the crew from Ghent, Belgium, since their electroravepunk-whatsinaname powered train started rolling: they celebrated 10 years of Fabric with the give-away Mitshubitchi track, for instance. But also released their acclaimed Vomit In Style EP, featuring stellar remixes from Mixhell, Don Rimini and Les Petits Pilous. Together with the latter, The Subs hooked up for the release of a banging double biller, My Body Is Gonna Rememb/Rototom. But stressed about the most important evolution, the band agree unanimously: their maturation into a fully fledged, all hands on deck live band. "It's our fingerprint", the band says. "Our ticket to open doors and roads. Gone are the freshmen days of 'two CD-J's and a microphone', travelling from one church tower to the next. With this live setting, we can travel anywhere in the world and show the people what the heart, mind, arms and legs of The Subs truly are.".

Are the new tunes that make up Decontrol the fall-out of The Subs' live incarnation? "Not exactly", stresses Papillon. "Playing a live show is not the same as recording an album. They're two different worlds. Electronic music doesn't evolve from four guys jamming together in a shed, it's the fruit of many dark hours sitting behind keyboards and computers", the singer/producer/jumping jack flash adds laughingly. All the new tracks have been road tested though. Sometimes the band stretched soundchecks into a three hour tweaking session, before unleashing new bits and pieces to a live audience later the same evening. There's been a lot of (soul) searching, trying to find the right tone and feeling of the new album, for which Papillon claims that, besides a new found love, chaos was the main inspiration: "All creativity is born out of chaos. When you allow yourself to give up control, unexpected, beautiful things happen." Creativity from chaos; it almost echo's Malcolm McClaren's famous 'cash from chaos' manifesto - "Well, we don't know about the cash, but there's always plenty of chaos surrounding The Subs", the band agree on, grinningly. And this: "Decontrol is much less a 'fuck you' album than Subculture, and more an 'I'd like to fuck you' album.".

A prime example of the rewarding, creative chaos surrounding The Subs is the smash single The Pope Of Dope, cooked up with the notorious DJ-squad Partyharders. Papillon explains: "They're such fun guys to hang out with, we wanted to collaborate on something sooner or later." It turned out to be sooner than later, when one night, the boys started fidgeting with a stray disco sample and Partyharders chief Le Colonel performed an on the spot recording of his mischievous vocal. During the summer of 2010, the result went from underground oddity to big room carpet bomb and festival favourite in no time, taking everyone, all three Subs included, by surprise.
The dopey pope is absent on Decontrol, but he gave his blessing to the too cool-for-old school house cut Don't Stop, the hyperactive rave jam that is The Hype, the hard hitting techno beats of The Visible Man and the French movie soundtrack-inspired Hannibal (And The Battle Of Zama). There's even some profound philosophies hidden inside Decontrol - the universally appealing club anthem The Face Of The Planet, for instance, or Lemonade, inspired by a quote from American skater/artist Ed Templeton: 'if life gives you lemons, make lemonade'.

"We make music for the shuffle generation", concludes Papillon. "Decontrol covers a lot of bases, but at the same time it definitely serves as a whole. We've become more positive thinking the past few years, I can't wait to infect our audience with that sensation."

Arid

Arid
Arid is a Belgian rock band, formed in the mid-90s, made up of four members: Jasper Steverlinck (vocals and guitar), David Du Pré (guitar), Filip Ros (bass) and Steven Van Havere (drums). The group first came to the attention of record label Double T when they were finalist at Humo's Rock Rally, a prestigious Belgian rock contest, in 1996. Their first album was 1998's Little Things Of Venom (retitled as At The Close Of Every Day for release in the United States). In 1999, after this album's success, they toured with Suede as well as opening for fellow popular Belgian band K's Choice. The following year they opened for Counting Crows on that band's European tour. 2001 brought extra fame for lead singer Steverlinck, who starred in the IMAX 3-D film Haunted Castle alongside Harry Shearer. The film also featured music by the band during the opening and closing credits. In 2002 the band released a second studio album, All Is Quiet Now, which was soon followed by a live album (Live in 2003). February 2007 basist Filip Ros was replaced by Miko Banovic. In April that year the song Words was released, which immediately was hotshot on Studio Brussel & Pure FM. November 2007 the single Why do you run was released. It was the second single of their new album, which was finished december that year. January 2008 the long awaited new album of Arid, All Things Come In Waves was released. In 2009, Jasper was chosen to be the lead singer of a new Anthony Arjen Luccassen (Ayreon) project, Guilt Machine.

Arquettes

Arquettes
Arquettes is a Belgian band founded in Ghent (°2006). They released a first single called 'It's A Relief' in 2007, followed by an EP later that year. In the slipstream of this debut-EP they did support acts for Built To Spill, The Veils and played numerous festivals (a.o. Pukkelpop). March 2010, Arquettes started recording their first full length with Stéphane 'Alf' Briat (Air, Phoenix, ...) Album release is set for September 2010. Arquettes are: Koen Wijnant (vox, guitars, programming) Jan Borremans (vox, guitars, keys) Tine Gernaey (bass, vox) Mario Govaert (drums, vox) www.myspace.com/arquettes http://www.facebook.com/arquettes

The Black Box Revelation

The Black Box Revelation
The Black Box Revelation is a two man garage/blues rock band consisting of Jan Paternoster (guitar and vocals) and Dries Van Dijck (drums). Their sounds varies from raw rock'n'roll to more bluesy songs. After coming in second in Humo's Rock Rally, they released their first record, called 'Set Your Head On Fire'. The album was received with much critical acclaim and became one of the most played records on national radio. The succes was soon to be followed with a tour to America. In 2009, the band released a second album, called 'Silver Threats'.

Mauro Pawlowski

Mauro Pawlowski
Born in Heusden, belgium (April 1971), Mauro first received local attention when, after joining several garage- and weddingbands, he formed Evil Superstars, The Love Substitutes (on drums, with Rudy Trouvé, Craig Ward,..) and Mauro & The Grooms. At the moment he plays the guitar in dEUS, Tom Barman's band.

PARTCHESZ

PARTCHESZ
Belgian group formed by Nathalie Delcroix ( Laïs ) and Bjorn Eriksson.

VIOLENT HUSBANDS

VIOLENT HUSBANDS
The Violent Husbands is a 3-man indie/folk/pop/mariachi band from Belgium. They recently released their debut album. It contains songs in English and in their Bruges local dialect.

King DJ aka DJ 4T4

King DJ aka DJ 4T4
The man behind the name is Kristof Michiels, born in '73, deejaying, producing, and simply active as a musical artist since 1987. His first platform was hiphopmusic, which was of course a much more open style in those days and as a crossbreed included house, funk and whatnot. It all really started for him after the Beasties and Run-DMC came to town in '85... In 1996 he released his first record, "Do you believe in Magick?", under the name of Magik Ballet Ensemble, which, along with its successor "What do you mean", gained him critical acclaim, but the greater succes only came with 't Hof van Commerce, a hiphopgroup rapping in flemish, together with mc's Serge Buyse and Flip Kowlier. They have scored big with 4 albums and a number of singles since then, with sales and succes topping some of the biggest pop/rockbands in Belgium. Around the year 2000 the interest in dancemusic took the upperhand over the hiphop-oriented occupations, with the exception of the activities with 't Hof, of course. This manifested itself in two ways: as a deejay he would choose a more specific direction and personality and he founded Ultrasonic (7), a soulful danceproject featuring vocalists Tom Derie and Nia Saw which scored hugely on a national level with the hit "Lips They Move" in 2003 and a couple of other smaller hit records. The group was 8 strong on stage, with very memorable sets on some of the biggest festivals in Belgium.

Milow

Milow
Jonathan Vandenbroeck is the 29 year-old singer-songwriter, otherwise known as Milow. This last year has seen Milow have enormous chart success right across Europe with his cover of 50 Cent's 'Ayo Technology'. Milow's career began in 2004 when he was a finalist in the biggest rock contest in Belgium 'Humo's Rock Rally'. Within the next few years, and acting as his own manager, Milow achieved 2 gold singles and 2 gold albums in Belgium, eight Music Industry Awards (MIA), and he has released two albums The Bigger Picture and his second Coming of Age. In 2008 it was time for Milow's career to truly skyrocket. It began with a Belgian radio station who asked Milow to play a cover song as part of a live session. Milow opted for 'Ayo Technology', an acoustic guitar cover version of 50 Cent's original 2007 hit which featured Justin Timberlake. And it worked, to striking, creepy effect. Milow's everyman yearning and the eerie desperation in his vocals and acoustic-guitar interpretation of the track work incredibly and ingeniously, especially considering its total transformation from a 50 Cent/Justin Timberlake/Timberland strip-club jam. The cover became such a lauded success that it was released as an official single through Milow's own indie label, Homerun Records, in September 2008 and went straight in at number 1 in both The Belgium and The Netherlands singles chart. The phenomenon soon spread to the rest of Europe, where the track has had massive top 3 successes in Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Austria. The cover has now achieved bigger success than the original in Europe, with both higher single and airplay chart positions. The sexually charged, tongue-in-cheek video for 'Ayo Technology' has proved a huge sensation online where it has received over 20 million plays on Youtube alone and has been blogged about extensively, including by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton who said of the song, "Milow improves on the original tremendously. His version is sooooo good." Kanye West also gave it his seal of approval by posting the video of it on his blog. And what does the man himself want to achieve? "To keep surprising myself, to convince people that I'm more than 'that cover', to write an even stronger album and to play concerts in as many different countries as possible."

Gèsman

Gèsman
Gèsman (& De Zwoare Combinoatie) is a Western-Flemish band. They recently released their second CD "Omplof!". The first CD "Slich van 't eten" , which means 'Being ill of the meal', was released in 2004.

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The Van Jets

The Van Jets
The Van Jets are a rock group from Belgium. The coastal waves spew forth four of its descendants, including the constantly bickering pair of Verschaeve brothers. The intricate mix of violence and beauty, guitar riffs and great songs, the masculine and the feminine, all mingle to produce The Van Jets' chemistry. The band previously recorded the EP Belvédère Records presents The Van Jets, and the full album Electric Soldiers, from which several songs became hit singles on national radio. Expanding their live reputation outside the steaming clubs, The Van Jets billed many festivals throughout the years, such as Rock Werchter, Pukkelpop, Dour Festival, Marktrock, etc, and toured in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and France. Ready for the next step, The Van Jets have now recorded their follow-up album Cat Fit Fury! at the renowned subterranean studio The Garden in London with producer Jon Gray (The Subways, Editors, Infadels, The Kooks, etc. ). Greg Gordon (Wolfmother, Jet, Soulwax) mixed the album.

Confuse The Cat

Confuse The Cat
CONFUSE THE CAT BIO Confuse The Cat beheld the white stage lights in 2002, the same year The Back Street Boys split. In truth a blessed year in music. Their first album Kiss Kiss Kissinger still being bedroom pop, their second album pushed the band towards a more optimistic big-city-sound with impressive drums and old-fashioned electronics. Gradually Confuse The Cat worked at their popularity, with the hit 'Akela' (from their third album 'We can do it') being a major culmination point, camping out on Studio Brussels's play list for months on end. In their own country as well as abroad, the band succeeded in attracting attention with their energetic live reputation. Now, anno 2008, the band is ticking on the window of the better alternative scene with a sturdy 'Aufmachen'. The band, conducted by Geert Plessers (Reiziger, Kosjer D) has returned with new fire shots ahead, with the album 'Kericky' to be released on Zealrecords in the fall of 2008. And the sirens are shrieking. Shelter women and children in the basement and entrench yourself beneath your headphones because Confuse The Cat is whirling into town! The band, injected with fresh members, still avails itself of sharp-edged beats and cleaving guitars. The raging raw live sound owes its reputation to Thielemans' melting guitar echo's, Neyens' metronome-steady grooves, Hoskens' deep propelling bass and most of all the intense ripping-everything-apart voice of front man Plessers. Due to an armoury of dub-sounds, Wobble-bass lines, firm slam-riffs and Luna Park-guitar effects, this pack doesn't allow itself to be labelled. Confuse The Cat is back from never been gone. This time the Belgian pop brigade is marching ahead with swinging hips in the direction of trendy clubs and fresh festivals. The dub-influences recall to memory the great London riots, though be it in white tennis slacks and with a large emphasis on dance, equally due to the portion (collaboration!!!) of Luuk - Shame on you Boy - Cox (Buscemi, Tim Vanhamel, Arsenal), operating from a Malteser mixing table. Kericky! Confuse The Cat is: Geert Plessers: Vocals & Guitar (ex Reiziger, Kosjer-d) - Dirk Neyens: Drumset - Sven Hoskens: Bass - Dirk Thielemans Guitar and Keys

Minguz

Minguz
Minguz is a Belgian band formed in Antwerp, in the summer of 2006. Minguz produces songs for bass, drums and male vocals, with sparsely added home grown samples. The Minguz rule: "A song comes to life only when the composer grants it a soul. Silence and Emptiness are like musical instruments and therefore deserve as much attention as music and lyrics. Groove and Punch have many meanings and different disguises." Bass & vocals: Doozy Drums & sampler: Joez

Campina Raggae

Campina Raggae
Campina Reggae werd uit de grond gestampt door Steven van Gool. Als bassist van Wawadadakwa, El Tattoo del Tigre, Obatala, Raymond van het Groenewoud, ...verdiende hij al wat strepen; nu wil hij ook iets vertellen. Wat heeft een bassist nu te zeggen? Wel: Reggae, dansmuziek die deint op diepe bassen en die poezie verdraagt, die messcherp uit de hoek kan komen en liefst ook opzwepend is. Op deze leest is Campina Reggae geschoeid. En bovendien volledig verstaanbaar zonder ondertitels: er wordt uitsluitend in het nederlands gezongen door een Kempenaar en een Cubaanse dame. Kempisch exotisme over de grenzen heen. Diepe bassen, messcherpe rifkes en zo zot als een rasta-konijn: dat is dus Campina Reggae.

Ugly Papas

Ugly Papas
UGLY PAPAS http://houbi.com/belpop/groups/uglypapas.htm Group from West-Flanders, Belgium that evolved from "psychedelic bluesrock" to "eclectic dadaïsm". The band was founded back in 1989 somewhere between Menen & Kortrijk. The first exploit of the group - participating in the Rock Rally of 1990 - became a bulls-eye immediately. Ugly Papas got to the final (that was one by Noordkaap btw) and received comments such as "ugly, loud and raised on West-Flemish manure", ""supertight contemporary bluesrock with Screaming Blue Messiahs as a possible point of reference", "Is Dr. Dekerpel the new Jean-Marie Aerts?", "not without humor" and "Ugly Papas wère absolutely Ugly, but also rather impressive". In November of the same year, they released the EP "Facin' The Crap", with on it also a Lee Hazlewood/Sinatra-cover "This Town", and an psychedelic adaptation of a Sun Ra song "The Satellites are spinning". Despite the limited sales - the EP is some sort of a collectors item nowadays - the critics loved it. In 1991 they did a bit of touring (for example at -15° in Wallonia) and warming up gigs (logical) for other groups (for example Tragically Hip), and recorded the very first full-Ugly Papas-cd at the studio of George Kooymans - Golden Earring - in Rijkevorsel. This cd was in the same line of their first gigs and EP, with "very loud, decadent rock'n'roll mingled in with psychedelics, R&B, metal and experiment". Humo adjudged is thus : "Ugly Papas play the blues as it occurs them naturally : not in the conventional way, not within the lines that the woke up this morning-experts prescribe. No, "Papa Rules" walks no well-trodden paths, but contains equal doses of Captain Beefheart, Sex Pistols, TC Matic, Claw Boys Claw, Birthday Party, AC/DC, Beasts of Bourbon, Howlin' Wolf." Throw in La Muerte and we're there. Despite reactions such as these, "Papa Rules" also meant the closing of a period for the band. To their own feeling, they had gone into an dead-end alley. So they decided to turn the wheel drastically, or perhaps throw away the wheel altogether. Dr. Dekerpel - who's a doctor in "gitarica" btw - explained this to the "Krant van West-Vlaanderen" : "The last two years we've opened up our music. We had no choice : it was either changing course drastically, ór closing the group. I was getting tired of the direction we were headed. We didn't want to become no goddamned Scabs." This meant that they left the bluesrock for their second - titleless - cd of 1994, and replaced it with "all kind of variants of psychedelics : lots of sound effects, ominous bass-loops, freaking guitars, hypnotizing rhythms, unrecognizable adaptations of Frank Zappa, Serge Gainsbourg, Johnny Hallyday and Bing Crosby, changing the genre from reggea to hardrock to ... " - as Gonzo Circus wrote at the time. Also Jacky Huys noted "Flipped, but in a way that should be stimulated". And the Dr. himself described the cd - which got it's press release in the biggest - empty - concert hall in Belgium - as a "a muggy, drugged nighttime album, a polyvalent DIY-disc, a trip for which you need the right atmosphere to enjoy it fully. Undoubtedly there will be people abandoning us, but there will also be those who will only start to like us now". After this statement, the group continued for some while as a "progressive show- & dance orchestra, which has earned the title of being the Grateful Dead of Belgium, predictable in it's unpredictability". In 1997 all activity was halted. Dr. Dekerpel tries to convince the world of the benefits of macrobiotics. Dick Descamps and Luc Dufourmont have been or are busy with diverse project such as Two Russian Cowboys, The Sparkling Pistols, De Willem Vermanderens, The Whodads, Ozark Henry, Les Bourvils Superstars and such. They even won't rule out a "come-back" of the Papas. We'll keep you in touch. In February 2006, the band plans a come-back indeed for a series of reunion concerts from May until December 2006. Band members : - Luc Dufourmont (zang) - Dick Descamps (bas) - Dr. Dekerpel (gitaar) - Paul Dreze (1989-93) / Rik Debruyne (1993-1997) (drums) - Peppie Pepermans (1994-97, sax) Albums : - Facin' The Crap (EP, Getter Records, 1990) - Papa Rules, OK? (Indisc, 1992) - Animal Reservation/Saviour (7" single, Indisc, 1992) - Météorite/Purperen Pillen (CD single, Liquid, 1994) - Ugly Papas (Indisc, 1994) - Ma Guitare/Te Pletter (CD single, Liquid, 1994) DVD: Live in Gent-Reunion Tour 2006 (to get one dufourmont@myonline.be )

The Love Substitutes

The Love Substitutes
The Love Substitutes are a Belgian band comprised of dEUS guitarists past and present; Mauro Pawlowski on drums, Rudy Trouvé and Craig Ward on guitar, and completed by Bert Lenaerts on bass. They were formed midway 2004. Their debut album (released - 14th February 2004) Meet the Love Substitutes while the house is on fire was recorded in a day and a half. The Love Substitutes are a band for music store browsers. Like the people that go to recordstores to endlessly browse in the collection, and end up buying a CD they already have, just because it is such a great CD to buy.

Triggerfinger

Triggerfinger
Triggerfinger is a Belgian band with an international sound which appeals to both younger people, who recognize Queens of the Stone Age and old rockers, who are reminded of Led Zeppelin. Triggerfinger receives rave reviews from the media. One such review claims Triggerfinger's live show makes about 500,000 other so-called rock bands instantly redundant. Triggerfinger consists of three talented musicians: singer/guitarist Ruben Block (Sin Alley and Angelico), bassist Paul van Bruystegem - aka lange Polle / Monsieur Paul - who still plays with BJ Scott and drummer Mario Goossens (Noordkaap, Monza, Hooverphonic, and many others).

HORMONIA

HORMONIA
Hormonia is thé hottest girl group in the world! These three fashion icons are all from Flanders, Belgium (obviously the center of good taste and class). Shania de Bie, Rani van Dessel and Audrey Verpooten have proven to bring pop music at his best and become role models for every self-respecting person in this cruel, cold world that we live in. With hits like "Sex in de nacht", "Kevin" and "Gij zijt nen John" they are here to stay. They also have produced touching ballads like "Haag&Das" and the song "Hapjes" deals about those lonely moments that we all have. Some people are said to recognize Tine Embrechts, Karlijn Sileghem and Nele Bauwens in this flamboyant trio but it's widely known that this rumour is spread due to their own jealousy and disbelief.

Red Zebra

Red Zebra
Started out as a band of four sixteen-year-olds in 1978 under the name of The Bungalows. After learning to play some instruments and a name change to Red Zebra, they debut with a self-produced, self-written and self-sold EP. This EP includes the song "I can't live in a living room". This biting indictment of bourgeois society became a radio-hit and is considered one of Belgium's finest cult classics. In 2000, the band was celebrating the 20th anniversary of the legendary song, with a special 2-hour performance in front of a seated audience in the Stadsschouwburg of their hometown Bruges (October 28th). This performance was also captured on CD, and released on the Belgian Parsifal label in 2001 with the title "Last Band Standing". On it, there were 13 new interpretations of the songs that made their fame.

Nono Newton

Nono Newton

DAAN

DAAN
Daan (Stuyven) is a Belgian artist who has already been active in the music business for about 20 years. He was first known for his work with alternative/experimental rock band Dead Man Ray. His first two solo albums were made while still playing with Dead Man Ray. His first solo album called Profools was released in 1999, still showing a lot of influence from his work with Dead Man Ray but sounding less experimental.

Spacid

Spacid
Plugt zijn koptelefoon al 21 jaar (!) in de ontelbare mengpanelen van de Belgische scene en draait nog altijd mee bovenaan. Resident op (oa) Kozzmozz en Beats Of Love en regelmatig op de affiche van vele grote events (10 Days Off, ...). Having sex with music and able to go all night long. Disco, house, techno, spaced out stuff, ... Spacid has it.

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Sint Andries MC's

Sint Andries MC's
a hiphop group from Belgium ( Antwerp), they rap int Antwaarps

Vitalski

Vitalski

Metal Molly

Metal Molly
A "One Hit Wonder" that was an influental indie rock band who had some decent hits in the '90s in Belgium and one very popular song, Orange. Currently, the band has split, but occasionally they reunite to play a gig (for charity e.g.).

Skeemz

Skeemz
Skeemz is a Belgium based hip hop band from Gent. They combine different styles as soul, hip hop and other urban genres.

Flip Kowlier

Flip Kowlier
Rapper of the West-Flemish hiphopcrew 't Hof van Commerce who one day got a guitar in hand and suddenly turned into a sort of singer-songwriter, as he says himself a musical crossing between "Urbanus and Ween".

'Ik heb altijd muziek gemaakt omwille van het spel', zegt Flip Kowlier. 'Het is een kriebel. Van zodra ik een instrument zie wil ik het vastpakken. Dit is het vak dat ik als kind al wilde doen: dat vond ik gewoon evident.' The MC in question was Filip Cauwelier, aka Flip Kowlier (or "Levrancier"), who had already given proof that he had something more to offer than rhyming in the dialect of West-Flanders, by playing the bass in the formation My Velma (the band that Jan Leyers founded after the demise of Leyers, Michiels & Soulsister). After the second Hof van Commerce album he (and the rest of the band - e.g. 4T4's "Atomic") craved for something else, and more precisely a solo-adventure "Because I'm kinda lazy, thing dragged on for quite a while though. One day, however, I drove to a music shop and bought me a microphone stand and a 4-trackrecorder and started writing songs. These were quite close to the things of 't Hof: lots of rap, lots of beats. I've stil got these at home, I can do something with them later. But the real spark came when i was offered an acoustisc guitar after one of the last gigs of 't Hof by a girl ... It was just a nice girl who happened to have some guitars at home she didn't play on anymore. I first wanted to buy it of her, but she didn't want anything else than me taking her to a gig of 't Hof. OK I said, that's a deal. It was then and with that guitar that I started to write popsongs.". So, the song "Gele Stylo" on the second Hof Van Commerce-cd ".herman" got a sequel. A band was put together, with as the drummer Joost van den Broeck (who played with Flip Kowlier in his early days in the West-Flemish crossover band "The Prophets of Finance", and later drummed with De Mens, My Velma, Riguelle & Hautekiet or de Laatste Show-band), bass-player Pieter van Buyten (see also Marianne Debaene, the 2000-incarnation of punk-band The Kids, and the country-outfit Chitlin' Fooks) and keyboard player Peter Lesage (Moiano, Krewcial, Magik Ballet Ensemble, Atomic ...). With a few demo's, they also stirred the intrest of producer Wouter van Belle (see eg. Axelle Red, Dead Man Ray, Gorki ...) and Dead Man Ray drummer Karel de Backer, who got involved in it. The name of the band eventually became simply "Flip Kowlier", after "De Barabassen" and "Bernard & Edwyn" didn't pass the test. The plan was to release a full-cd in September 2000, but to all kind of circumstances, it took till September of the year after for these plans to materialize. A first time Flip Kowlier introduced himself to the audience through a gig in the Ancienne Belgique opening for Laïs (spring 2001), and by spreading an MP3 of the folkpop song "Kwestie van Organisatie" (with the "wist je da in bad zitt'n schreien een vorme van besparing is" line - did you know that crying in bath is a way of saving). Just before the summer, he released a first single, the angry "Welgemeende". Especially this 2nd song - despite the very incomprehensible lyrics for anyone not born in Izegem - became a breakthrough - on modest scale - through the anger and energy that shined from this "sincere fuck you" (it was even dubbed a "West-Flemish Nirvana"). In September 2001 then came the longawaited CD, with the self-mocking title "Ocharme Ik" (translated that would be "Oh poor me"), with an number of melancholic popsongs and some firmer tracks. "I know what atmosphere the album had to have when we started recording. It had to sound like a gig in a small pub, withouth minding a creaking amp or so. The CD has to give you the feeling that we're playing right next to you." As Peter van Dyck wrote in Knack : "For some, who know Kowlier only as the rapper Levrancier, the folky popsingle Kwestie van Organisatie will have come as a complete suprise. But the mixture of folkrock, bossanova, punk, country, gypsy music, reggae and Tom Waits on the full-cd Ocharme Ik will surprise them even more. The young lad demonstrates what born artist he really is". Good to know also is that there's finally a lyrics-sheet included in the album, so that people from outside the Westhoek can also get a glimpse about what the heck he's singing. Members : - Flip Kowlier (gitaar, zang) - Karel de Backer / Joost van den Broeck (drums) - Peter Lesage (keyboards) - Pieter Van Buyten (bas)

Mintzkov

Mintzkov
One of Belgium's finest bands... After the tight and straightforward sounding '360°' album, Mintzkov intended to open up their music a little more. On their third full length recording, 'Rising Sun, Setting Sun', the fivesome from Antwerp reaches out for a more streamlined and more dancefloor orientated sound, in which the role of keyboard player Pascal Oorts has become more prominent. "What we were after was a little more movement within the songs", singer and guitarist Philip Bosschaerts explains. "Or rather: a different kind of movement." The new album was recorded with Jagz Kooner, a British producer whose services were previously called upon by the likes of Primal Scream, Kasabian, New Order and Reverend & The Makers. Kooner, a one time member of Sabres of Paradise and a prolific dj and remixer in his own right, heard a Mintzkov demo at his manager's office and was drawn to the "undercurrent of Krautrock" in their music. In the studio he basically tried to emphasize the anthemic qualities in Mintzkov's songs. His advice was: "If you have a great chorus, then don't hide it at the tail end of a track". Still the band regularly caused him to raise his eyebrows. The 5/4 signature of 'The Simple Future' or the downright weird structure of 'Roadbuilding' caught him slightly off balance. Gradually a lack of understanding made way for admiration. One thing to remember about Mintzkov is their songs need some getting used to. And to give him credit, Jagz Kooner made some very useful suggestions during the recording process. Although 'Opening Fire' originally presented itself as a fairly abstract, epic tune, he managed to uncover the concise pop song that lay dormant in it. He also convinced the band that 'Gemini', the quiet track that closes off the album, worked better in its stripped down guise than with layered instrumentation. Another of Mintzkov's principal assets is the gorgeous sounding harmony of Bosschaerts' singing with bass player Lies Lorquet. The latter can also be heard as a guest vocalist on the latest albums by dEUS and The Go Find. Philip Bosschaerts' lyrics are no linear stories. Instead you could compare them to a carefully woven tapestry of images and metaphors. But as you listen to 'Rising Sun, Setting Sun', it does not take long before certain themes start rising to the surface. The singer, who recently celebrated his thirtieth birthday, seems to be obsessed with the passing of time and crossing borders. There is also a huge amount of acceptance and resignation in the songs. "You shouldn't waste any time or energy on things in life you cannot change anyway", Bosschaerts says. 'Rising Sun, Setting Sun' will come out simultaneously in the Benelux countries, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. A French release is to follow in the fall. The artwork of the album was made by Kati Heck, a German visual artist currently living in Antwerp whose work can be seen in museums and art galleries all over the world. She made some drawings for the booklet and authorized the band to reproduce her painting 'Fratzenpleite' on the cover of 'Rising Sun, Setting Sun'. A fitting image to a nearly perfect pop record. Play it loud. DIRK STEENHAUT www.mintzkov.be Mintzkov is: Philip Bosschaerts : Vocals & Guitar Lies Lorquet: Bass & Vocals Pascal Oorts: Keyboards Daan Scheltjens: Guitar Min Chull Vansteenkiste: Drums

goose

goose
Formed in the summer of 2000, they won the Belgian National Humo Rock Rally which led to a live session on the Belgian Radio One and MTV equivalent. Later in 2002 they recorded the debut single 'Audience' with producer Teo Miller (Placebo - Nancy Boy). In 2006 they released their first full album 'Bring It On' (on the Skint label). Dave Martijn was the temporary tour bassist for fellow Belgian band Soulwax whilst on the promotional tour for 'Any Minute Now' between 2004-2006. Goose started out as a AC/DC cover band, but they quickly found their own agenda by absorbing great amount of synth into the musical system. Belgium is located just between France and Germany - and in the same manner, Goose are the sound of an intense duel between Kraftwerk and Daft Punk at a lay-by in the Benelux. website: http://www.goosemusic.com myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/goosemusic

Jona

Jona
IJonathan Troupin aka Jona was born in 1983 in Liège, Belgium. Eclectism is a master-word for him. Having honing his technical skills as an engineer, and following early forays into electronic house production for Strobe Music and Toys For Boys, 24-year-old Belgian Jonathan Troupin's true arrival on the house and techno block his debut 12" for Get Physical, The Learnings. Since then, he's chalked up another acclaimed E.P. for Physical, Tizia, not to mention assorted releases for labels like Fumakilla and Resopal Red, and high profile remixes for Michal Ho, Soffy O, Daso and labelmates Booka Shade and M.A.N.D.Y.

Get Physical's efforts to cultivate new talent has been ongoing and their A&Ring has been far-reaching, encouraging producers from around the world to send them fresh music, The first fruits of this hard work is evident on this debut release by Belgian producer Jonathan, who, although still in his 20s, will be a name to watch in 2006 if 'Learning From Mistakes' is anything to go on.

Originally a guitar player of some repute, who was influenced by legends like Joe Satriani and who was schooled by the great Gérard Jouffroy, Jona's blues background as well as his love of techno - he has studied sound engineering and has also released on Serie Records and Color - shapes his Get Physical debut.

Jan Van Biesen

Jan Van Biesen

Fixkes

Fixkes
Fixkes are six fellows from Stabroek, a village north of Antwerp, Belgium. Sam Valkenborgh, his brother Jan Valkenborgh, Peter Deckers, Johan Pauwels, Bart Palmers and Joris Van den Broeck combine since 2005 acoustic pop and rap in the local Dutch dialect. Fans of Jack Johnson, Everlast, G. Love and Flip Kowlier will probably like the band.
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Like so many bands, Fixkes intially distributed their songs on their MySpace page. In 2007, they were picked up by the Dutch Excelsior Recordings. One month later, their first single Kvraagetaan (Irequestit) entered the Belgian singles chart at #2 and hit #1 for 16 weeks, a belgian record and most sold single of 2007. Fixkes released their debut album 'Fixkes' in November 2008 which received Gold status one month later.

In January 2010 Fixkes released the single "Rock-'n-Roll" from their forthcoming second album "Superheld" which will hit the stores on March 8.

De Mens

De Mens
De Mens is a Flemish rock band from Belgium. The current members of the band are Frank Vander linden, Michel de Coster, and Dirk Jans. After playing in many hobby groups together, long-time friends Vander linden and De Coster decided to start De Mens. Vander linden, a journalist for the acclaimed Belgian magazine Humo, left his job to pursue a career as a full-time musician. In 1992 the band released its first radio single, "Dit is mijn huis" ("This Is My House"), followed by the full album De Mens. Later came other successful singles "Jeroen Brouwers (schrijft een boek)" ("Jeroen Brouwers Writes a Book") and "Irene". De Mens became a popular Belgian rock band. The band's second album, called Ik wil meer (I Want More), contains the singles "Nederland" ("The Netherlands"), "Zij zit daar en ik zit hier" ("She Sits There and I Sit Here"), and "Lachen en mooi zijn" ("Smiling and Being Pretty"). Meanwhile, Vander linden developed a reputation as writer. Thanks to his success in the Studio Brussel radio programme Collage, he has frequently been asked to be a columnist and spoken-word performer. In winter of 1995, Vander linden did a small tour titled Solo bij u thuis. A mini-CD, Patti Blues, followed. During that same winter, the band recorded a new album titled Wil je beroemd zijn? (Do You Want to Be Famous?) at the ICP studios in Brussels.

DAAU

DAAU
De immer metamorferende Abendunterhaltung: goed om weten dat de Lenski's en co. op hun laatste plaat terugkeren naar het geluid van de begindagen (folk, klassieke muziek, Balkan en pop). Tof!

JERBOA

JERBOA
"Jonge Gentenaar die zeer overtuigend in het spoor van DJ Shadow treedt. Of hoe cut en paste tot impressionante sampelhop leidt. Luister naar zijn debuut ""Music for My Instruments""."

DE LA VEGA

DE LA VEGA
Momenteel met "Little Clouds" goed bezig is in De Afrekening op Studio Brussel. De band zal ongetwijfeld een flink aantal nummers voorstellen van het binnen niet al te lange tijd uitkomende nieuwe, 2de album!

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MERDAN TAPLAK

MERDAN TAPLAK
Merdan Taplak, born in Antwerp and raised Asianly, is without doubt the next big thing in the Belgian and European deejay scene. Rocking all stages of all major festivals in Belgium, Merdan Taplak is hitting the crowd and he is hitting them hard.

Often referred to as "the Bosphorus' third bridge", he creates a new world with new sounds through melodies from across the globe, passionately reconciled into electronic worldgroove. Like a Turkish grocer, trafficking in sounds. A fresh shop, always discovering new flavours which take you by surprise. You won't believe your ears. Not even mentioning your legs.

Merdans international acclaim is growing steadily, due to his energetic dj-sets and upcomming electro-world productions. His latest single, "MARCH OF THE SULTANS" is supported by lots of worldmusic deejays, worldfamous deejay Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio One) called it "a festival banger!". The track has been compiled on the infamous "BALKAN BEATS" compilation by Robert Soko. The METISSE EP covers both sides of Merdans musical spectrum: a heavily electrified track topped with african vocals, an absolute floorfiller.

Merdan is highly positioned as a deejay/producer but he keeps on going. Attending every (world)music festival, he is acknowledged by international connoisseurs as one of the rising stars in his genre. From New York to Vienna, from Brussels to Berlin, Merdan Taplak mashes it up globally!  

Buscemi

Buscemi
Since 1996, Dirk Swartenbroekx (Belgium) is making "warm" records under the name of Buscemi. He called himself after Steve Buscemi, one of his favorite actors. His style is deep and difficult to categorise: nu bossa, nu lounge, house, brazilian grooves, afrobeat, drum 'n bass... "Dancemusic with a latin feel" is maybe the best description of the sound of Buscemi. Buscemi is much in demand as a DJ for his eclectic, warm and deep style, but he can also be booked for a live-act. On stage, Swartenbroekx completes his sound with drummer Luuk Cox, bassist Hans Mullens, Dree Peremans on trombone and Sam Versweyveld on trumpet, and together they serve up a steaming cauldron. Buscemi is no stranger to the live circuit, having appeared on major festivals like Rock Werchter, Pukkelpop, Axion Beach, Lowlands, Dour, I Love Techno, Marktrock, Montreux Jazz, Asparragus Rock, Oppikoppi...

Pierre

Pierre
Being a Fuse resident for over 15 years, he has played alongside the best dj's in the world and is still maddening the crowd each weekend. In 2005, continuously searching to improve and take new challenges, Pierre created with Jessica Bossuyt their own brand [LesIzmo:r] to represent quality techno parties across Europe and also a booking and promotion agency. The [LesIzmo:r] record label and net label was launched soon after this.

Admiral Freebee

Admiral Freebee
Tom Van Laere is een nieuwsgierig en gedreven artiest die zichzelf graag uitdaagt. Songs (2005) is bijvoorbeeld deels gebouwd op de spanning om in 7 dagen een straffe plaat te maken met een vreemde groep in een verre stad (Los Angeles). Voor The Honey and the Knife (2010) vond hij zijn drijfveer te voet. Kent u The Walk Anyway Day? Vrij te vertalen als 'blijf wandelen, ook als je/het geen zin hebt/heeft'. Van Laere liet zijn gitaar thuis en componeerde in zijn hoofd tijdens lange stadswandelingen. Het nieuwe materiaal testte hij zonder aankondiging op plekken waar niemand hem kende. Amsterdam was zijn favoriete onderduikadres. Admiral Freebee houdt er een debuutgevoel aan over. Een warme herinnering aan het niemandsland tussen het zilver van Humo's Rock Rally 2000 en de release van 'Admiral Freebee' (2003). Hij volgt zijn gevoel en zoekt Jo Francken op, de producer van dat debuut. Vele gevaren liggen op de loer. Maar hij weet precies wat hij doet. 'Niemand weet beter wat ik kan dan Jo. Hij is namelijk ook tien jaar mijn geluidsman geweest en producer van het eerste album. De twee nemen op een paar dagen de basistracks op in Motormusic (Koningshooikt) Daarna hadden ze de luxe om de tijd te vergeten in Studio Dam (de huisstudio van Francken) iets wat Van Laere voordien nog niet gedaan had. The Honey and the Knife is de dwarsdoorsnede van a) een debuutgevoel, b) tien jaar evolutie én c) het leven dat voorbij komt. Zonder dat het expliciet wordt uitgespeeld, voel je dat het hier over diepere dingen gaat. Freebee laat in het midden wie de verteller is. De titel is beeldspraak voor het jezelf tegenspreken. 'The Honey' beeldt zich in dat hij zichzelf kent. 'The Knife' beeldt zich in dat hij de anderen kent. Tegenstellingen regeren het album. Hij/iemand is altijd onderweg (Always on the Run) maar zoekt ook een vaste plek (Home). Hij/iemand keert zijn lief de rug toe (The Last Song about You) maar bouwt ook de hemel met haar (Fools Like Us). De muzikale geografie van Admiral Freebee blijft onveranderd. Maar het spectrum was nooit eerder zo breed. Opener Blues for a Hypochondriac is een potige fantasie over Grinderman. My Hippie Ain't Hip is swingende danceblues die verbroederen kan met Kill All Hippies van Primal Scream. The Last Song about You heeft genen van The Replacements en Always on the Run pendelt tussen eighties-Bowie en Scissor Sisters. Hymns For Demons begint bij de behaaglijke luiheid van Lambchop en mondt uit in gitaarrazernij. De glanslaag komt van Karolien Van Ransbeeck, een Anversoise die klinkt alsof ze het bos weet liggen waar de elfen wonen.

Das Pop

Das Pop
Das Pop is a band founded in the Belgian town of Ghent by schoolfriends Reinhard Vanbergen, Niek Meul and Bent Van Looy. They were initially called Things To Come, but changed later their name to Das Pop. They have a considerable fanbase in Europe. In 2007 the line-up evolved with the addition of drummer Matt Eccles, a 23 year old from New Zealand. Shortly after Eccles joined the band they played a showcase at Manchester's In The City music industry conference and were then signed by Sony BMG imprint Ugly Truth Records. In 2007 Das Pop's song "Underground" was included by French dance act Justice on their mix album Fabric Live and in their A-Z of Justice mix on Rob Da Bank's BBC Radio 1 show. In January 2008 Das Pop released "Fool For Love" on UK independent label Prestel Records. The release featured remixes from French DJ SebastiAn and Yuksek, which the Culture section of UK newspaper The Sunday Times said "the momumental new single from the Belgian electro band". "Fool For Love" is now available as a free download through the band's MySpace page. Das Pop have just finished recording the first album for Ugly Truth which has been produced by David and Stephen Dewaele from Soulwax. It is planned to be released in Summer 2008. "Underground", the first single from the album is released on 4th August and has received huge support from many top DJs and major radio stations across the UK. There are also remixes from Van She, Busy P and Kid Gloves. Das Pop have been touring all over the world at festivals such as Glastonbury, 02 Wireless and Lovebox, plus supporting acts including Gossip, Death Cab For Cutie, and The Kills. Das Pop have a summer full of gigs and a London headline date to follow.

El Créme Glace Quès

El Créme Glace Quès
Waar er te kort van zijn Ze heten El Créme Glace Quès en zo spelen ze ook: met ballen en de kleuren van de wereld. Ze noemen zichzelf Timarisu, Bramboise, Pistache, Straciatjelle, Loorentje, Wannanas en Floflo. El Créme Glace Quès is een band om van te snoepen, met covers die beter zijn dan het origineel en met eigen songs om vingers en duimen van af te likken. Geen soft-ice-gedoe, maar puur vakmanschap. Eerlijk en authentiek. Een feest voor de zintuigen, hoogzomer op het podium, hitsig-ritsig, een icoon van 't Stad, de wereld op een horentje. Kortom, een band waar kinderen van komen. U weet het: daar zijn er te kort van.

Kuskessarma

Kuskessarma
Kuskessarma laat u plaatsnemen in een rollercoaster zonder eindhalte. Op kruissnelheid suizen flarden van Zappaïaanse tijden, verontrustende melodische schoonheid, post-Abbanese jazz, weerbarstig groovende ritmes en vermiste zeemansliederen rakelings voorbij het u allen gekende onderbewustzijn.
JOCHEM: drum/ TIJS: Trombone, zang/ WIM M: trompet, trekzak, zang/ WIM B (den Brion): electrische gitaar/ MATTIAS: electrische bas J/ ORIS(SHOU): gitaar, cello

Nid & Sancy

Nid & Sancy
Eind vorig jaar schudden Nid & Sancy (B, live) ons wakker met The Kidzzz EP. Intussen is hun nieuwe full album 'Yeah Yeah Yes' klaar, gereleased én goedbevonden door de pers. Een nieuwe stap voorwaarts in de boeiende carrière van Nid & Sancy. Zaterdag in (AB in) Petrol!

WICKED (DADDY SEEFHOEK)

WICKED (DADDY SEEFHOEK)
WICKED

Barbie Bangkok

Barbie Bangkok
Plezantigheid uit Gent. Brachten vorig jaar hun eerste full cd uit (People And Geometry) nadat ze een jaartje eerder in de finale van Humo's Rock Rally stonden. Plezantigheid? Zeker weten! Barbie Bangkok is knapperig, retro en simpel. Ze maken aanstekelijke gitaarpop en catchy meefluiters. Sparkling sexy!

SCYPUS

SCYPUS
Jong Antwerps dubstep en d&b talent.

The Hickey Underworld

The Hickey Underworld
"De winnaars van Humo's Rock Rally 2006 brachen pas een (titelloze) debuutcd uit. En die wordt die niet alleen door Humo met 4 sterren beloond. Zo schreef De Standaard: ""Onze kop eraf als er dit jaar nog een Belgische rockplaat uitkomt die even verpletterend klinkt als het debuut van The Hickey Underworld."" Kan tellen! Focus Knack schrijft: het ""voelt aan als een kopstoot gevolgd door een kus"". Rond de band zijn er inderdaad flink wat contrasten te bespeuren: De sound VS het artwork (donker, smerig VS kleurrijk en zachter). Geliefd bij kritische muziekpers VS nummer één in De Afrekening. Smerige gitaarherrie VS mooie liedjes die achter dat geweld verstopt zitten."

Tim Vanhamel

Tim Vanhamel
Started playing guitar with Evil Superstars. They made 2 albums and then stopped. After his career with Evil Superstars he was asked to play guitar for dEUS, mostly at their tours. He did this until 1999 when he started his own band Millionaire. They made 2 albums. Apart from his activities with Millionaire, he also has some side projects like Coca-Cola Met God and Eagles of Death Metal. His first solo album "Welcome to the Blue House" was released early February 2008.

Buffalo Beats

Buffalo Beats
Buffalo Beats... zouden dat beats uit het Gentse kunnen zijn? Jazeker: Buffalo Beats is de dj-naam van The Subs!

Landfill

Landfill
Luchtgitaren tijdens de les op goed volk als Radiohead & Muse, en na de uurtjes losgehen in het tuinhuis: daar komt vroeg of laat een heuse band van. Dit vijftal uit Grimbergen-Nieuwenrode hield het, na enig grasduinen in het Middelgroot Woordenboek Engels-Nederlands, bij Landfill. De gebruikelijke covers beugespeeld, maakten ze al gauw hun nummers zélf, al was het maar om er in eerste instantie mee op hun bek te gaan tijdens allerhande rockrally's. Maar afgeven staat niet in hun woordenboek, en dus deden zij gestaag hun ding en kijk, er mocht al eens gewonnen worden, de finale van Music Live bijvoorbeeld in Brugge, waardoor ze naar Zweden vlogen om er live x-aantal vrouwenharten én een gitaarhalsje te breken. Goed voor héél wat stempels op hun rock n rollpas én de aanzet voor hun eerste EP "Hello Planet Earth". Van die eerste demo verscheen "demons wear a crown" op de demopoll-cd's van stubru en poppunt. Hierna volgen de optredens elkaar snel op, van het jubileum van tante jos tot kleinere festivals als pukemarock en rock ternat. In 2008 brengen ze hun 2e EP uit, "Falling like dominoes", en halen ze de derde plaats in de provinciale rockwedstrijd Rockvonk. In 2009 kammen ze hun tuinhuis uit op zoek naar nieuw songmateriaal, en nemen ze samen met producer Bart Delacourt producer Monza, Arid en bassist bij onder ander Monza en MFT hun eerste full-cd op. www.landfill.be// www.myspace.com/landfillmusic

Lefto

Lefto
Trots van de Belgische hiphopscene en nog steeds de beste hiphop party dj. Gaat met even groot gemak de laid back soul en funk toer op.

Nag

Nag
Nag

Absynthe Minded

Absynthe Minded
The Belgian alternative rock outfit Absynthe Minded is heavily influenced by thirties jazz, soul, Merseyside pop, balkan and gypsy music. Absynthe Minded originally formed in 1999 as a one man band. Singer/guitarist Bert Ostyn recorded the first demos solo in his bedroom in Ghent. In 2002 Ostyn recruited Renaud Ghilbert (violin, trumpet, percussion), Sergej Van Bouwel (bass, contrabass) and Jan Duthoy (Hammond, piano) to form the Absynthe Minded Quartet, shortly Absynthe Minded. The History makes Science Fiction EP (2003) was their first release on the independent Keremos label. One year later the band finished second the infamous Belgian rock contest Humo's Rock Rally, which gathered them a serious amount of media coverage. After the addition of drummer Jakob Nachtergaele to its line-up, Absynthe Minded released their first full length Acquired Taste later that year to much critical acclaim. Their sophomore album New Day was released only a year later. With the succes of hit-single My Heroics, Part One, Absynthe Minded start touring Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. They also supported dEUS on their European tour. For the release of their next albums There Is Nothing (2007) and the self-titled Absynthe Minded (2009), the band signed with Universal.

Pirrès

Pirrès
Pirrès can be considered as one of the greatest talents in the current Belgian house scene. Despite his young age of 24 years he already made his mark on the nightlife and convinced many clubbers of his passion for music and granted many partypeople pasionate memories. His own unique style and his technical abilities have made him a popular guest on many quality inspired house concepts over the years. His name and fame are easily spreading over the borders and foreign bookings have no longer become dreams, house lovers of France, Swiss, Spain ,Holland, the UK and even Kazakhstan have had the chance of welcoming this new star. What makes Pirrès rise above other dj's is his own signature sound. His love for electronic music ranging from unknown gems and carefully selected releases that suit his intelligent musical ideas. Genres like deephouse, electro, minimal and acid can be found in his versatile sets. The only guarentee he promises is the presence of black soul that will leave no listener untouched! His musical vision promises every listerner an unqiue journey into his black mind... .

Subreachers

Subreachers
subreachers

Surfing Leons

Surfing Leons
Waals dj duo dat zich rechthoudt op de golven van electro, house, minimal en funky disco. Hebben tevens meer dan 1 vinger in de pap te brokken van de Forma.T parties in Luik en daarbuiten: feesten die de Waalse electroscene de laatste jaren een serieuze schop onder de kont aan het geven zijn.

X-ian

X-ian
X-ian really runs a double life. This prolific progressive house dj and innovative DVJ artist is well known in the club scene for doing his well appreciated DJ / DVJ performances in most of the Belgian top clubs. Not only is he respected by his mixing skills and excellent record-selection, what a lot of people don't know is that he's the man that made PIONEER ProDJ a success in Belgium. He was one of the product-developers that created the pioneer CDJ-1000. This dj-cd-player became a worldwide success and is now a demand in most dj's technical riders. X-ian will of course perform with the latest DJ-gear technology. Expect the most intense sound experience in harmony with the best 'Progressive Deep House' like X-ian likes to call it

Captain Luke (Shameboy)

Captain Luke (Shameboy)
Capt. Luke leeft als veelgevraagde drummer (o.a. Buscemi) en producer (o.a. Arsenal, Krakow, Tim Vanhamel) in de studio. Zo zat hij achter de knoppen wanneer hij de SHAMEBOY-sound uitvond. Met Jimmy Dewit (DJ Bobby Ewing) krijgt zijn project een dubbel gelaat. De studio wordt te klein, "Rechoque" te groot en het duo vindt de weg naar de dansvloer. Als deejay brengt Luke zijn knoppenwerk tot bij de mensen. SHAMEBOY-like grooves in één berekende mix van stomende, vette electro-beats met funky elektronische en organische sounds. En met wat geluk knalt hij er een pimped-up versie van een oude dancefloor klassieker tussen. Zomaar. Capt. Luke draaide al in Zuid-Afrika, Spanje, Duitsland en verschillende bekende clubs in België.

MADENSUYU

MADENSUYU
Het Gentse duo MADENSUYU (B, live) komt zijn nieuwste album D is Done voorstellen in Petrol. Een bijzonder helder en intens werkstuk dankzij het prachtige werk van producer Peter Vermeersch en mixer Pierre Vervloesem, die ook dEUS en Mad Dog Loose begeleidden bij hun eerste stapjes in de studio. We horen zowel echo's van The Kills, Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground en Lou Reed.

MOONSHINE REUNION

MOONSHINE REUNION
Imagine the smell of gasoline and the noise of a heavy-duty dieselengine on a worn-out truck driving on a dusty American highway. A long road and many miles ahead only accompanied by a movie-like dessertlandscape after dusk where the only change comes the neonlights of motels and heartbreak hotels in small lonesome towns. The soundtrack to this all could come from 'MOONSHINE REUNION 'a four piece band,three-quarter'LOS FABULOUS FRANKIES' (Remember their famous Pan European reputation during the 90's)backed up by a ''twangcastering ''guitarman. . More than five decades of American Roots music has been the source of inspiration for these young men starting from trucking country and trad. country over hillbilly to spicy rockabilly and straightforward rock&roll- from time to time venturing upon unexpected covers. With both feet in this wealthy roots tradition their musical passion has brought them frequently on a variety of stages and their concerts are mostly rated very favourable. This made them eager to strengthen their foundationns and finetune their shows. Equiped with double bass,drums,the right tube-driven amps,a bunch of authentic guitars - all played with the right attitude you can witness what it means to shake the audience and set the stage on fire. Untill today they only released a successful demo-CD but plans are under construction for new recordings late 2005. Come and see these guys and feel their heritage during one of their scorching gigs near your hometown. ROLL TRUCK ROLL !

LALALOVER

LALALOVER
LALALOVER aka Tom Kestens is reeds jarenlang een muzikale veelvraat met klasse. Dat onderstreept hij eens te meer met zijn nieuwe album The Runner, een plaat die hij voor het eerst zelf produceerde, waarmee hij onmiddellijk scoorde via de single A Woman Saves A Man en waarvoor hij tal van mooie bloemetjes kreeg toegeworpen van de vaderlandse pers

The Nitwits

The Nitwits
THE NITWITS (The Nitrous & I-Witness) are two drum&bass DJs from Leuven (Belgium). They have been DJ'ing since 2003 and as a back2back team, they've been playing regurarly together for 3 years now. I-Witness has won contests like Young Talent Corner and Pioneer Pro DJ Contest and Nitrous was the winner of the 45 toeren contest (Provincie Vlaams-Brabant). Known for their versatile selection (drum&bass, dubstep, breaks, ...) and fast mixing, they manage to fire up the dancefloor any time!