MORPHO and Trix launch The Brewery
The demand for rehearsal and working space for musicians and artists working with sound is high. The residency programme of Trix and MORPHO's spaces are overcrowded. Moreover, the spaces in our buildings are often not suitable for musical residencies due to possible acoustic disturbances.
The Brewery is MORPHO's first project in collaboration with Trix and offers an answer to additional space for creation and development for musicians and sound artists. The Brewery will be a lab for experimentation for young makers, where they can brew, let ideas ferment, make mistakes and so much more. These nine artists will be the first to occupy the central workspace in The Brewery:
Belgian alternative pop band High Hi has been playing a mix of eighties indie music with a contemporary twist since 2014. The band from Leuven knows very well what they are doing, successfully combining new wave, pop rock and shoegaze. Their latest masterpiece is titled Firepool and consists entirely of those summery good vibe songs that perfectly complement your go-to indie playlist.
Abel Ghekiere makes bedroom music straight from the heart and soft on the soul. His unique sound comes from the fusion of modern jazz, traditional folk and field recordings. Through classical arrangements and a cinematic approach to composition, Ghekiere tells a story about grief and the search for solace.
Annelies Van Dinter
At the intersection of alternative indie pop and rock, Annelies Van Dinter (Echo Beatty), after serving as a musician in other bands (Trixie Whitley, Mauro Pawlowski, The Black Heart Rebellion, Bed Rugs), released the EP 'Ode To The Attempt' in 2019. In four incantatory songs, she builds her own universe, otherworldly and haunting, and writes off the breakdown of her relationship.
Big names such as Wilco, Jonathan Wilson and The War On Drugs are never far away, but despite their youth, The Calicos already have the mettle to extract their own sound from these rich influences. They won Humo's Rock Rally in 2018 and released The Soft Landing on Mayway Records in May 2021, featuring 9 diverse songs that cover the spectrum between americana and indie rock and together form a homogeneous, warm record.
Sietse from Meltheads
With Meltheads, Sietse Willems makes a combination of garage rock and surf punk served with an egg and a beer. In The Brewery he works solo. He also has a label Boldie and Boldie Records with which he focuses on DIY culture and cassette releases.
Aarde Aan Daan
With Aarde Aan Daan, Daan Hafkamp goes on an expedition through the Dutch language and wraps it up in dreamy, poetic and colourful indie pop, the Sufjan Stevens or Spinvis of ours, between literature, dream pop and experiment.
When he was sixteen, friends introduced him to hip-hop, and a little later he was one of the founders of the Antwerp rap group Roedel. But he has never been a rapper full of cool talk about being hard on the street. As with J Dilla - one of Simon's great heroes - the love of music and experimentation has always been greater than the desire to be seen. But the rhythmic language, he carries with him in his heart, for life. And meanwhile, in his no man's land, the 26-year-old student of cabaret still likes to write heartbreak songs.
The young theatre company de.ploeg of actors Taeke Nicolaï, Vincent Van Sande & Danny Bouman, musician Zino Moons and writer Matthias Hellemans has already made three successful productions: their debut 'Het is niet elke dag dat we nodig zijn' and then 'Koningskloote' and in 2020 'kop'eraf'.
Blue Viola wants to create atmospheres and tell stories. Stories about temptation and giving in to it. About erotic delusions, obscene dreams and nightmares. About the adoration of both the Muse and the Femme Fatale. Told by threatening, repetitive drums and bass lines, flirtatious synths and nervous guitar and piano playing. Whipped up by the compelling, intrusive vocals of Evert Vanheertum. Think Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Serge Gainsbourg, Tom Waits, Lee Hazelwood...
The Brewery is a pilot project. Together, MORPHO and Trix want to continue making space in the city where musical residencies are possible.