Armed with nothing but her intriguing voice, her acoustic guitar and the cello of her buddy Febe, she transforms her layered and carefully crafted songs into the sweetest ear candy. Her melodies burrow their way into your brain, while the choruses take up residence in your head and refuse to leave.
Meskerem Mees is all set for a beautiful summer packed with exciting concerts in Belgium and Europe, Werchter Parklife and Montreux Jazz to name but a few.
Photo © Kaat Pype
In the spring of 2018, Franco-American brothers Elliott and Virgile Arndt invoked the union of their inner gene genies and gave birth to Faux Real. As they conceived it, Faux Realism combines elements of post-punk, glam rock, and contemporary R&B with a unique sense of humor, boy band tropes, and a forward-thinking approach to modern pop culture.
Far before releasing any music, Faux Real began performing live, wooing half-confused, half-amused crowds one unconventional venue at a time. Building on a lifetime of inside jokes and shared mp3 libraries, the Arndt brothers created a signature show that simultaneously fetishizes, destroys, and re-invents their kinship through compelling choreography, playfully exploring the boundaries of duality, ridicule, and sexuality.
Faux Real quickly earned a reputation for their wild and unhinged avant-garde anti-rock performances, rewriting the rulebook as they went along, performing anywhere the city allows, from sweaty nightclubs and house parties to street corners and illegal raves, sometimes even hijacking existing concert bills with impromptu slots. Circumstances dictated strict minimalism and so Faux Real embraced it, opting for a hyper-simple backing track set-up more akin to the staging of a hip-hop event than a trad rock ‘n’ roll show. Indeed, Faux Real’s trademark Augmented Karaoke™ sees Elliott and Virgile mixing absurdist Frenglish poetry and Stooge-esque self-flagellation with ersatz athletics and improvised quasi-ballet.
Photo © Faux Real
Discovery Zone is the moniker of musician and multi-media artist JJ Weihl who is also a founding member of the experimental pop project Fenster. Raised in New York City and currently based in Berlin, Discovery Zone is the space in which Weihl creates pop music, video collage, powerpoint presentations and algorithmic art experiments exploring the ever shifting holographic lines of code representing our reality and what it means to be a human in relation to cyberspace. Her performances utilise a laboratory of instruments and visuals to explore the universe as a source of information that one can also dance to.
Photo © Lucas Chantre
“Clausen channels moods and sounds with a sense of unbridled freedom, optimism and inquisitive liberty, touching on elements of krautrock, avant-pop and progressive rock, whilst bassy vocal refrains and expansive approach to composition is unmistakably the Casper Clausen fans have come to know.” – City Slang
Photo © Casper Clausen