Belgian producer Maekelberg punches hard with Faces on TV
As a producer for top Belgian artists like Bazart, Tsar B, Warhola, and Warhaus, Faces on TV’s front man, Jasper Maekelberg, proves his multidisciplinary talent both on and off stage. With debut album Night Funeral, released on 20 April 2018 at Ancienne Belgique, Faces on TV participated in Belgium’s Rock Werchter music festival. The groovy pop group also performed at Pukkelpop, Xpo North, and Eurosonic, supporting artists like dEUS, Yeasayer, and Balthazar.
Signed by Ghent-based Unday Records, home to Trixie Whitley, Millionaire, Tamino, Intergalatic Lovers, Het Zesde Metaal, Madensuyu, and Flying Horseman, Faces on TV is in good artistic company. Experimental by nature, Maekelberg draws inspiration from his immediate community while adding a global element. Throughout Faces on TV’s various songs playful synths, psychedelic beats, grooving bass lines, and tribal elements are experienced. As Maekelberg’s music doesn’t require a rigid definition, pinpointing Faces on TV’s style to a particular style isn’t necessary. It’s better to let go of preconceived notions while experiencing the group’s sonic world.
Faces on TV encompasses immense talent. Aside from lead singer Jasper Maekelberg, the group is comprised of Sander Verstraete (bass), Ruben Vanhoutte (drummer), and Dienne Bogaerts (keyboards). Music has always played an important role in Maekelberg’s life. He practiced piano throughout his childhood, and studied music production at the Hogeschool Gent Conservatorium, where he met Verstraete and Vanhoutte. Maekelberg’s unique skill was recognized at the 2016 Flemish Music Awards. With much support from within Belgium and beyond, Faces on TV has already proven its artistic worth.