This Month's Cover  
- XII -

‘Swing Low’

- XI -

‘All Is Fair’

- X -

‘Skip the Intro’

- IX -

‘Young Gods’

- VIII -

‘Work Song’

- VII -

‘SONG NO. 7’

- VI -

‘Burning Son’

- V -

‘City Song’

- IV -

‘POLICE SOUNDS’

- III -

‘Apprentice’

- II -

‘MADSTONE’

- I -

‘GOLD’

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Tickets 02/11 CC Strombeek Strombeek-Bever
Tickets 08/11 Arenberg Antwerpen
Tickets 09/11 CC De Mol Lier
Tickets 13/11 C-Mine Genk
Tickets 14/11 Cultuurzaal Oud Gasthuis Asse
Tickets 16/11 Cultureel Centrum Merskem
Tickets 22/11 CC De Schakel Waregem
Tickets 23/11 Cultuurcentrum Sint-Niklaas
Tickets 24/11 CC Het Bolwerk Vilvoorde
Tickets 28/11 CC Zoetegem Zoetegem
Tickets 29/11 CC 't Vondel Halle
Tickets 30/11 De Velinx Tongeren
Tickets 06/12 CC Casino Koksijde
Tickets 07/12 De Warande Turnhout
Tickets 12/12 Cultuurcentrum Evergem
Tickets 13/12 Cultuurcentrum Mechelen
Tickets 14/12 CC De Werf Aalst
Tickets 20/12 CC ha Hasselt
Tickets 21/12 De Spil Roeselare
Tickets 08/01 Ter Vesten Beveren
Tickets 09/01 Den Egger Scherpenheuvel
Tickets 10/01 CC De Herbakker Eeklo
Tickets 11/01 De Muze Heusden-Zolder
Tickets 17/01 CC De Steiger Menen
Tickets 18/01 CC 't Getouw Mol
Tickets 23/01 30 CC Leuven
Tickets 24/01 De Boogaard Sint-Truiden
Tickets 25/01 CC Belgica Dendermonde
Tickets 30/01 CC Ter Dilft Bornem
Tickets 31/01 Cultureel Centrum Lokeren
Tickets 01/02 CC De Breughel Bree
Tickets 06/02 CC Zwaneberg Heist-op-den-Berg
Tickets 07/02 Stadsschouwburg Brugge
Tickets 13/02 Vooruit Gent
22/02 Vorst Nationaal Brussel
Tickets 29/03 Anciènne Belgique Brussel
26/04 Jimmies, Eskimo Fabriek Gent
Tickets 30/04 Vooruit Gent
Tickets 01/05 Gebouw T Bergen op Zoom
21/06 Rivierenhof Antwerpen, Belgium
Tickets 25/06 Music For Specials Hemiksem
Tickets 29/06 Couleur Café Brussel
03/07 Festival Beauregard Caen, France
16/07 Francofolies de Spa Spa, Belgium
17/07 Festival De Poupet Saint Malo du Bois, France
Tickets 19/07 Gent Jazz Bijloke
22/07 Les Voix du Gaou Le Petit Gaou, France
24/07 Arènes de Nimes Nimes, France
Tickets 26/07 Puurs Live Puurs
Tickets 02/08 M-idzomer Leuven
Tickets 03/08 Dranouter Festival Dranouter
Tickets 07/09 Bruis Festival Maastricht (NL)
Tickets 20/09 Leffinge Leuren Leffinge (BE)
14/10 Zenith Nantes (Support Stromae)
15/10 Zenith Nantes (Support Stromae)
16/10 La Grande Halle Tours (Support Stromae)
17/10 Arena Loire Angers (Support Stromae)
18/10 Antares Le Mans (Support Stromae)
Tickets 24/10 Cirque Royale Brussel (BE)
28/10 Le Docks Oceanes Le Havre (Support Stromae)
29/10 Zenith Rouen (FR) Support Stromae
31/10 Zenith Clermont Ferrand (FR) Support Stromae
01/11 Hall Tony Garnier Lyon (Support Stromae)
02/11 Zenith Saint Etienne (Support Stromae)
12/11 Salle Gayant Douai (Support Stromae)
13/11 P12 Brussel (Support Stromae)
Tickets 21/11 Sonic Visions, Rockhal Luxembourg
Tickets 22/11 Songbird Festival Rotterdam (NL)
Tickets 26/02 Privatclub Berlin (GER)
Tickets 27/02 Mojo Jazz Café Hamburg
Tickets 28/02 Haldern Pop Haldern (GER)
12/03 Täubchental (support show) Leipzig
14/03 Astra (support show) Berlin
15/03 Grosse Freiheit (support show) Hamburg
18/03 LMH (support show) Cologne
22/03 Kaufleuten (support show) Zürich
23/03 Les Docks (support show) Lausanne
24/03 Bierhübeli (support show) Bern
29/03 Batschkapp (support show) Frankfurt
30/03 Olympia (support show) Paris
03/04 Kraakpand, Handelsbeurs Gent
24/04 Ik zie u graag, Mezz Breda
30/04 Rockhal (support show) Luxembourg
Tickets 09/06 Steinbruch Duisburg (GER)
Tickets 10/06 Goldmark's (Universum) Stuttgart (GER)
Tickets 11/06 E-Werk Erlangen (GER)
Tickets 12/06 Beatpol Dresden (GER)
Tickets 13/06 Moritzhof Scheune Magdeburg
Tickets 14/06 Schlachthof Wiesbaden (GER)
Tickets 18/06 Garage Club Saarbrücken (GER)
Tickets 20/06 Franz Mehlhose Erfurt (GER)
Tickets 21/06 Theater der Wohngemeinschaft Cologne (GER)
28/06 Rock Werchter Werchter
Tickets 26/09 Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg (GER)
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Welcome

For one year between October 2013-2014, I posted a song a month on this website. The songs now constitute my fourth studio album, This Marauder's Midnight. An illustrated short story was included in the special edition of the record about an infamous serial hair-fetishist in fin de siècle Paris that manages to get himself caught red-handed by an unlikely heroine while trying to obtain yet another trophy for his abominable collection. The Marauder realizes he has broken into the wrong room when he encounters a 10-year-old girl who demands that he tell her a story in exchange for not screaming. Granted, I might have gotten a little carried away with this indulgence but it comes close to describing one of the feelings that I both enjoy and dread when writing and performing music: almost on command, a song has to be able to move a stranger.

 

I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From early on, I was the recipient of various eclectic mixtapes compiled by my father. Paul Simon, The Police, The Beatles, Keith Jarrett, Tom Zé, Willie Colón, and Nina Simone, among others, came out of the speakers at home. I spent the last years of my youth playing dive bars in Old San Juan, trying my very best to be worthy of the local punk rock scene before being whisked away at age 17 by a young woman and the Old World promise of adventure and romance. I ended up in Gent, Belgium, where I fronted several bands and studied painting. It was there during my last year of art school that I met Technotronic producer Jo Bogaert, who would go on to produce my first two records. The first, Ghostboy, was an eccentric, nostalgic, bilingual mix of latin, pop rock, and urban beats. The main single, “Broad Daylight,” was well-received and allowed me to build a following in Belgium and The Netherlands as well as a steady summer festival presence. Our second collaboration, Angelhead, delved further into the world of pop electronica and away from songs in Spanish. I was now finding it increasingly difficult to sit through the countless hours of programming and editing that so characterize albums made “in the box.” I had also acquired an 8-piece band and was playing mostly to sold-out audiences who had come  for an uptempo party. Alas, my sojourn as an entertainer was cut short when upon a stage in a small arena in Brussels I realized that I was no longer where I wanted to be. I disbanded the group, started playing solo shows and formed a trio with Jef Neve (piano) and Kobe Proesmans (percussion) to explore the road less travelled. The Dangerous Return was the fruit of this union and its title track gave me my first taste of live recording.The thrill of setting out to capture a unique performance was an unparalleled experience. Yearning to be in an English-speaking city with a healthy live music scene, I left Belgium for New York. It was only then, after three studio albums, that I arrived at the place where many singer songwriters actually begin their journeys: in front of a small audience with a guitar, a mike, and a handful of songs.

 

Almost upon arrival, I was introduced to the world of Rockwood Music Hall, that great little place on Allen street where people go to find good music. The slightly daunting reality of all those people singing and playing great songs became an inspiration rather than a deterring force. I realized that, just like everybody else, the only thing I had to do was come up with the best possible songs and show up to play to whomever happened to be there that night. No soundcheck, no curtains, no introductions. Something told me that if I  did this for a couple of years, the album would write itself.

 

One of those present one evening was Ruben Samama, a gifted musician and composer/arranger who would eventually join me on double bass and go on to produce the album. After trying out several line-ups we asked his wife, the sublime cellist Amber Docters Van Leeuwen, to accompany us on a couple of songs. It quickly became clear that we had found the right instrumentation. The idea then came to make a record with nothing but the three of us playing the songs in a room. This also became the premise for the videos which were directed by Michael Sewandono and consist of us performing the songs live in an empty venue. Keeping the arrangements sparse allowed us to give just a hint of classical orchestration while keeping the focus on the songs and stories themselves. When the time was right, we booked a week at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock and returned with half the record. I began releasing a song a month while simultaneously playing concerts and recording later additions to the batch. This allowed people to preview the record during the course of the year, getting to know the album inside out, track by track. The success of the album's first single “Gold” has kept us busy in Europe and a dance remix version of the same song, made independently by Thomas Jack, went viral, opening doors for us by unexpectedly introducing people to a record they would probably not have found otherwise.

 

When you take away the drums, there’s a lot of empty space in a song. The listener’s body has to react to the pulses in the music and connect the dots. I like watching faces change as they grow accustomed to the sounds, especially when it’s a brand new audience. It’s like adapting to a pitch black room just before shapes and subtle tones become visible. An overwhelming attraction to words and melodies led me to this place -- a place of dimmed lights and expectation. When all is said and done, I like believing that what moves me is going to move you.

 

A song a month for one year; that was the pledge. Now that a year has come and gone and the album has been compiled and released, we hope to be coming to a town near you very soon. Look out for the special edition of 'This Marauder's Midnight' with bonus material and a surprise inside the booklet. Also, press on the star on the top right corner of the page for an intimate video recording of one of 12 cover songs that will be uploaded the third Monday of each month. For those of you who live outside of the Benelux, the album will be released physically and digitally early 2015. In the meantime you can listen here, on Spotify, or on Deezer.

A song a month for one year; that was the pledge. Now that a year has come and gone and the album has been compiled and released, we hope to be coming to a town near you very soon. Look out for the special edition of 'This Marauder's Midnight' with bonus material and a surprise inside the booklet. Also, press on the star below for an intimate video recording of one of 12 cover songs that will be uploaded the third Monday of each month. For those of you who live outside of the Benelux, the album will be released physically and digitally early 2015. In the meantime you can listen here, on Spotify, or on Deezer.

 

Stay tuned,

Gabriel

Management

xtof@gentlemanagement.be

Booking

Netherlands: n.de.kock@mojo.nl

Belgium: werner@busker.be

Germany: r.schmidt@wizpro.com

France: bernard@azimuthprod.com

USA: eric@monarchartists.com

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