Brent Vanneste: “Thanks to Covid-19 I make even more music” – Culture & media

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You know Brent Vanneste as the frontman of the bands STAKE and Raveyards, but he also does his thing solo. Surprisingly, his first EP ‘Templation Islands’ featured atmospheric techno. With his second EP ‘Purple Venom’, the Wevelgemoever refugee is shifting even more towards electronic (dance) music. Brent cannot be pigeon-holed: “I love nothing more than making completely different forms of music.”

On Friday, August 7, Brent Vanneste celebrated his twenty-eighth birthday and that’s why he’s treating himself to a new EP. ‘Purple Venom’ opens with – how appropriate – an ‘Intro’ that is introspective, almost meditative in nature. As the EP progresses, Brennt (with double n) ramps up the beat of the beats. “The order of the tracks has been carefully chosen. Hopefully, as a listener, you will get into a trip with it”, Vanneste thumbs. In addition to the particularly catchy ‘Colors end’, this approach also produces ‘Void’, a real stamper that grabs you by the scruff of the neck.

On Friday, August 7, Brent Vanneste celebrated his twenty-eighth birthday and that’s why he’s treating himself to a new EP. ‘Purple Venom’ opens with – how appropriate – an ‘Intro’ that is introspective, almost meditative in nature. As the EP progresses, Brennt (with double n) ramps up the beat of the beats. “The order of the tracks has been carefully chosen. Hopefully, as a listener, you will get into a trip with it”, Vanneste thumbs. In addition to the particularly catchy ‘Colors end’, this approach also yields ‘Void’, a real stamper that grabs you by the scruff of the neck, thanks to Benjamin Desmet, the male half of SX and Vanneste’s musical godfather. “When I was thirteen, he gave me software packages from programs like Reason and Ableton. For a curious teenager, this turned out to be the ultimate toy to get started with. It was more or less the go-ahead for me to start making music myself. Initially I produced psychedelic trance together with my late half-brother Thobias, which later turned out to be the prelude to Steak Number Eight “, says the imported West Flemish resident of Ghent. Vanneste’s interest in techno and related dance genres is not new. He likes to rave himself to heavy techno and acidcore, but just as much to the beats of Charlotte De Witte and Amelie Lens. He will not even turn down a party with flat discs. “I love the music of a group of Gentenaars, such as Jeroen De Pessemier of The Subs (One Track Brain), Twan (who makes music between industrial and rave), the equally energetic Mathlovsky (producer of energetic boenke boenke) and Mr. Gasmask, skilled in acidcore “, explains Vanneste. “It’s great to make music with my buddies from STAKE and Raveyards, but it’s also nice to do that on my own. That’s how I started to discover a year ago”, Vanneste explains. “A month before the lockdown, I designed my first EP ‘Templation Islands’ in an apartment in Berlin and saved the first ideas for the successor ‘Purple Venom’. Berlin also fed me with inspiration. With Brennt there is still music in it. the pipeline. ”Under this nom de plume he hopes to be able to perform a lot in post-corona times. As an electronic artist, but also as a DJ. He would like to share his skills with the upcoming musical generation. “I would like to coach young guests in the field of production. I don’t care what music they produce”, concludes Vanneste, who took advantage of the corona times to continue making music for STAKE and Raveyards. “Covid-19 is very conducive to composing new music. Even Psygasus, the ambient trance project with my brother Björn Vanbrabant, was revived. These strange times have made me think about my – artistic – existence. I still do and how? On the other hand, I can’t wait to play again to the fullest. A live audience remains to the max. ” ‘Purple Venom’ is released on the new Ghent label Kontra Kult Records.

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