Their sound is raw, sleazy, psychedelic and has the riotous nature that you know will drive your evening into the next gear of savageness. They’re called Shame, they originate in Brixton, South London, and their music can be described as a mixture of Happy Mondays, The Doors, Sleaford Mods, Sex Pistols and Slaves.
Teaching yourself to play guitar at age 14 by learning to play Radiohead’s OK Computer is not a bad start for any musician. But growing up in the middle of Norway Koen van de Wardt didn’t have much choice. At college he did, but yearning for the lonely creative days, he created Klangstof and uploaded Hostage to Soundcloud.
Treading new musical ground, Deprez who co-fronts Belgian rock band Balthazar, has emerged from his home studio with an altogether different sound, a cornucopia of evocative synth beats drawn from a range of influences; be it his father’s love of Kraftwerk or the pop sensibilities of his own musical discoveries,
Jacques is a different story altogether. His haircut is obviously not inspired by Keith Flint (Prodigy). Actually he chose it to become more self-confident, as he explained during his TED Talk. The ‘Anti-Hipster’ haircut is supposed to force him to avoid boring jobs, to sleep with very open-minded girls and to focus on his music:
Thomas Azier is a Dutch singer, musician and maker of electronic pop with a compelling dark melancholic tone. He moved to Berlin aged 19 and released two EPs on his own Hylas Records label which led to a deal with Universal Music France. In 2014, after five years of work, his first studio album Hylas was released, which charted in The Netherlands, France and Belgium.
Fil Bo Riva
With a voice that has the soul of blues and the gravelly tones of Tom Waits, young Fil Bo Riva strikes you immediately. You could call the 26-year-old a ‘true European’. He is half-Italian, hailing from Rome, grew up in Ireland and took off to Berlin, where he learned his craft busking in the streets.