Chronicles of Mojak
All Mojak musicians have had a kind of creative connection in the past.
It all started when singer-songwriter Fred Maenhout left the Candy Dates (Belgium Rock Rally finale) after some successful years of touring with the album ‘Candied Orange Peel’. Together with Staf Verbeeck he started the project Aiming Dishes. They played at the AB in Brussels and their album ‘Vertical Divine’ was released in Japan. Frank Coonen, former drummer of The Romans, a well-known rock band with an acknowledged history, assisted Aiming Dishes in the studio. These were the nineties.
Fred continued writing for other Belgian musicians (Kommil Foo, Mozaïek, PP Michiels, Mark Vanhie, …) while Staf became a renown studio engineer and producer (BRNS, Selah Sue, Melanie De Biasio, Calexico, …). In his days as owner of Jet Studio (Brussels) the idea of writing and recording together took form.
A first flirt with radio was attempted with a draft of the song ‘Mumble Days’. This was the result of a collaboration with singers of Zap Mama. The song was frequently heard on Radio 1.
In the late 2010s Fiona Brown joined the project. Her Indonesian and British origins give her singing skills an extra touch. Finally Marijke Aerts, a young and promising visual artist closed the ranks. She works out ideas and visualises the Mojak sound. You can also hear her backing vocals on some of the Mojak tracks.
Plans were made and songs were written. A productive cross-pollination in the recording studio resulted into a dozen groovy tunes. Brotherhood and inspiration came to its fruition. While the actors still work on their own creative projects (fiona-brown.com, vi.be/RAY, stiffstudio.com, www.marijkeaerts.be) Mojak has proven to be the crossroads where all ideas come together.
Mojak really kicks off in March 2015 with their single ‘Hazardous Girl’. From September 2015 on the band has released a couple of singles on 九rt 9, Mojak’s own label.
The creation of the Mojak sound is initially born in the recording studio and has its roots in everything that influences the actors. With a soft spot for seventies grooves and playful art. The band releases singles on a regular basis, so keep an eye out.
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