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 in 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 did some writing for other Belgian musicians (Kommil Foo, Mozaïek, PP Michiels, Mark Vanhie, …) and Staf worked himself up as an outstanding studio engineer and producer (BRNS, Selah Sue, Melanie De Biasio, Calexico, …). In his days as owner of the Jet Studio (Brussels) the idea grew of writing and recording together. To work with Frank and look for a female lead singer.
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. It made it into A-rotation on Radio One.
In the late 2010s Fiona Brown (Fiona Brown, Reymer, Sebastopol, …) 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.
Finally 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. Although the actors still work on their own creative projects (fiona-brown.com, vi.be/RAY, stiffstudio.com, www.marijkeaerts.be, facebook.com/theromansfrombelgium) Mojak proves 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 plans to keep releasing singles on a regular basis.
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