Following two successful editions, VI.BE – the focal point for artists in the music industry – together with Clubcircuit, Ancienne Belgique, Het Depot, Trix, muziekclub N9, Democrazy, De Casino, Cactus Muziekcentrum, Wilde Westen, Muziekclub De Zwerver, Het Entrepot, 4AD, Entree and AFF go in search of tomorrow’s talent for the third time.
They come together in each region to spot a new generation of ambitious artists and provide them with tailored coaching: this makes Sound Track more than just a music competition. Anyone hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Meskerem Mees, Shaka Shams, BLUAI or Meltheads can sign up from today through the VI.BE platform.
Would you like to seize this opportunity? You can from NOW until 28 May 2023 via VI.BE platform, the largest online platform for playing and opportunities in Flanders and Brussels.
Not your average music competition
Sound Track is not your average music competition: it’s much more than that. Those who sign up not only have the opportunity of winning a trophy, but also of tailor-made support from pretty much the entire Flemish and Brussels live sector. The Sound Track organisers are open to all genres: from hip-hop, afrobeat and R&B, via metal, indie rock, traditional music and folk, to ambient, electronica, jazz and punk. Band, singer-songwriter or MC, solo act or live producer with ambition: everything is possible as long as it’s live!
8 ambassadors advise on the selection
In each region, the club juries select 136 artists to prove their worth live during the 22 preliminary rounds. They won’t be alone, as they will again be assisted by the expertise of 8 ambassadors: Brent Vanneste (STAKE, Klakmatrak), Lefto Early Bird, Meskerem Mees (former winner), Dijf Sanders, Bryan MG, Lies Steppe (Klara), Anne-Sophie Ooghe (High Hi) and Steven Reynaert (Muziekcentrum Dranouter).
“One message for those still considering signing up: just do it! The pathway that awaits is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for artists,” says Anne-Sophie Ooghe.
Those who are selected via the VI.BE platform will get to showcase their talent in the live rounds. The real competition starts in October, with 22 selection nights, spread around the music clubs and youth centres of Antwerp, Brussels, Limburg, Flemish Brabant and East and West Flanders. Out of the 136 artists who reach the selection stage, 46 will gain a place in the 6 regional finals. In addition, they will receive artistic coaching and a professional P.A. rehearsal in the run-up to their regional final.
A year of personal development both on and behind the scenes
Giving new talent a long-awaited and deserved opportunity to play is just one aspect of the overall Sound Track pathway. Each regional final, scheduled for 9 December in AB, Cactus, C-Mine, De Vooruit, Het Depot and Trix will result in 3 winners. The 18 final winners will follow an intensive ‘track’. They will be given over a year of individual coaching with residences, opportunities to perform at home and abroad, P.A. rehearsals, coaching sessions, masterclasses, personal advice, studio recording sessions and so much more.
They can also expect exposure via a great many players in the wider Flemish and Brussels media who support the project: Studio Brussel, Knack, Dansende Beren and Luminous Dash. Spotify, Sabam For Culture and Playright are also backing the project, while Lotto presents the audience prize.
All the information is available at sound-track.be!