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The professional career of Babette started at the age of 18. Babette started her own band named ‘Babette & Friends’ after her study at the Conservatory. In the following years, a debut album named ‘Babette’ is recorded and ends up in the album charts top 100. Only a few weeks later, Babette gets a major chance when she’s asked to work with the famous Rosenberg Trio. Together they head into the studio to record the song ‘Querer’.Her talent in music making and singing is being expended when she incorporates the children’s choir ‘The Babbeltjes’. Now, 10 years later, this initiative has developed into a school for singing and performance counting more than 300 students. But also talent shows on Dutch television like Idols, Popstars and X-Factor are part of Babette’s success story in vocal coaching. And the list of achievements is still growing. In 2009, Babette starts to write new songs. She heads into the studio. A personal record with raw and straight from the heart lyrics is the result. Close friends Cyriel Directie, Ronald Kool and Arie Storm team up for the musical part of the record that’s being mixed by producer Frans Hendriks.
Babette Labeij (singer/songwriter)
Arie Storm (guitarist)
Cyril Directie (drums)
Ronald Kool (keys)
Dimitri Veltkamp (bass)
Daan is a Belgian band. It is a solo project from the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniël "Daan" Stuyven. When the band acts live, it is composed of:
Daan Stuyven (guitar)
Geoffry Burton (guitar)
Otti Van Der Werf (bass guitar)
Isolde Lasoen (drums)
Jeroen Swinnen (synthesizer)
Jo Hermans (trumpet)
Daan was already active in for years when in 1999 the first cd Profools came out. It is a hard copy of songs from Stuyven that he recorded between 1993 and 1999. The influence of Dead Man Ray, Stuyven's previous project, can clearly still be felt, even though there are some electronic plays in the tracklist.
The second cd, Bridge Burner (2002), meant the great breakthrough. Partly this is thanks to the fact that Stuyven chooses to go more into the direction of electronically flavoured dance music. The dance number Swedish Designer Drugs grows out to become a club classic and the frontman gradually gathers a live band around himself, consisting of top musicians like Isolde Lasoen (drums, vibraphone and backing vocalist), opera singer Gregory Frateur, Jeroen Swinnen (synthesizer and backing vocalist), Steven Janssens (guitar), Otti Van Der Werf (bass guitar), and Jo Hermans (trumpet and backing vocalist).
In 2004 Victory came out. Daan further continues the way it went with Bridge Burner but pushes its artistical limits by experimenting with rock and dance. Also this cd turns out to be a smash hit: Stuyven obtains gold and top of this he wins the ZAMU Award for best album of 2004. The title song Victory and the instrumental dance track Housewife reached gold status and delivered him a strong live reputation. He appears on numerous festivals, among others Rock Werchter 2004 where he ascends the main stage one year later.
In the second half of 2005 Cinema makes its appearance, a compilation cd with film music that Stuyven made for the cinema and TV films Verboden te zuchten, Meisje, Un honnête commercant and Suspect.
Camera, his first DVD, appears in the spring of 2006 and contains the AB-concert of December 2005, an RTBF documentary and a couple of video clips.
In November 2006 the fourth album came out, titled The Player (PIAS), that obtained gold within a year. The single with the same name became a hit in the Ultratop 50 purely based on the number of paid downloads. In the second single Promis Q Stuyven further investigates the limits of artistical accuracy and creates a bridge between the genres dance and German schlager.
At the ZAMU Awards of February 2007 Daan Stuyven is the only artist that achieves five nominations and two prizes. His The Player is rewarded as best video clip (DOP Carl Rottiers); the public selects the number as the best song of 2006.
Stuyven unexpectedly brings the evergreen song De lichtjes van de Schelde together with the composer Bobbejaan Schoepen, who gets awarded a Lifetime Achievement ZAMU Award himself. In March 2007 Stuyven drags the song in the final of the VRT-programme Zo is er maar één, in which the most beautiful song in Dutch is searched. It also becomes the usual encore during a tour in 2007, his largest musical tour until then.
In the summer of 2008 an extra tour through Belgium follows, shortly afterwards followed by an amount of concerts in which Stuyven makes proper and contemporary arrangements from forgotten work from the period of Volt, Dead Man Ray, Supermarx and Running Cow.
On 25 April 2009 the fifth, Manhay was brought out. Synthesizers have a less prominent role then in earlier work of Stuyven here. Guitar, piano and singing take the lead. At the occasion of this new disk also a club tour through Flanders had place. In that year, the album stood interruptedly in Humo's top 20 of Belgian albums since it came out.
Music Industry Awards
On 8 January 2010 Stuyven and the group Absynthe Minded were the big winners of the 2009 MIA's, receiving four prizes each. Stuyven won the important MIA for best male solo artist and was also awarded prizes for best author/composer, best video clip with Exes and best graphical design with Manhay. At the MIA's 2010 Stuyven was again among the winners. On 7 January 2011 he obtained the MIA for best male solo artist, just like the year before.
This album came out on 26 November 2010. It mainly contains restyled versions of older titles of Daan, apart from two new numbers (Protocol and I'm What You Need). All numbers are executed by Daan (zang, piano, gitaar), Isolde Lasoen (drums, song) and cellist Jean-François Assy (cello, backing vocals). The album was accompanied by a tour, albeit without the entire live band, but just with Stuyven, Lasoen and Assy.
Concert and Le Franc Belge
In 2011 the album Concert came out. In April 2013 the album Le Franc Belge follows.
In December 2011 Daan gave a roof concert for the last edition of the Belgian charity action Music for life.
In August 2013 an incident occurred as Stuyven stood drunk on stage at the festival Linkerwoofer. After half an hour the band members left and the concert was entirely shut down. In October 2013 the single La Crise, a song reflecting the misery of the contemporary European economic crisis containing Greek music (Greece was among the most vulnerable countries), becomes infamous in Greece as some local media perceive it as an insult against the country. To clarify that he does not criticize Greece but only ironically chants about the European crisis in general, he also adds Greek subtitles in the YouTube-video.
The Tellers are a rock group from Belgium.
Ben Baillieux-Beynon started the band in 2005, originally with Nic Van Assche. Van Assche was then replaced by Charles Blistin. In 2006 they recorded the More EP. The band rapidly gained popularity. Their first full-length album, 'Hands Full of Ink,' was released at the end of 2007 and was followed by an intensive European tour. At the same time, the Tellers added band members Kenley Dratwa (drums) and Francis Gustin (bass).
After a two-year tour with this ensemble, the band split, reverting to its original duo. Soon after, members Beynon and Blistin parted amicably. Beynon soon added three new members to the band - Fabrice Detry (bass), Cesar Laloux (drums), and Joos Houwen (guitar).
Although the band only emerged recently, (having released two albums), the group has achieved fame in Belgium, where their album Hands full of ink reached 7th in the charts. They have also had success in Germany, the Netherlands and most recently in France in part due to advertising for Canon .
The song More was included in the soundtrack of Electronic Arts' game FIFA 08 and was featured in an ANZ Bank advertisement in Australia.
They recorded their EP in the studio of 62TV Records (home of Girls in Hawaii).