Belgium Booms @ SXSW 2012

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The SXSW Music and Media Conference showcases hundreds of musical acts from around the globe on over eighty stages in downtown Austin. This year's edition will introduce 4 of Belgium's top rated artists. Milow, Balthazar, Baloji and Netsky will no doubt leave and indelible mark on this year's festival.

Milow, a singer/songwriter is one of Europe's most successful and hard working artists. Milow is anchored at the #9 spot of Musicmedia. His music fuses folk music with acoustic pop elements. His cover version of 50 Cent's "Ayo Technology" charted in 14 countries for over 340 weeks. The video, since its viral release, has been viewed more than 50 million times, resulting in sales of more than 650,000 CD's and 1.5 million singles.

Balthazar's 2010 self produced debut CD "Applause" won "Best Album" award at the MIA's (Belgium's Music Industry Award) in 2011. The band members, while very young in age, have drawn musical comparisons to Arctic Monkeys with a wink to The Streets and Gorillaz. Balthazar have been touring throughout Europe and North America, and are currently making their way to SXSW in Austin, TX, via New York City where they will perform at Pianos on Saturday March 10th and at that Glasslands Gallery (in Brooklyn) on March 12th. They recently signed a deal with PIAS Records for the release of their second CD, expected for later this year.

Baloji is the 3rd Belgian artists to attend SXSX this year. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and raised in Belgium, Baloji has been a force in the Belgian Hip-Hop scene for almost two decades. Voted MTV 'Iggy' artist of the week in January 2011 Baloji's style combines a futuristic African sound post hip-hop sound with a musical elements from rock, rap and electronic music. His CD "Kinshasa Succursale", just released in North America, includes remixes with guest appearances by Brooklyn-transplanted Ghanaian rapper Blitz The Ambassador and Brooklynite Theophilus London. The R&B flavored track "Nazonki Ndako Pt.1", with Detroit's Amp Fiddler, was inspired by Baloji's voyage back home to visit his mother he had not seen for 25 years.

Last but not least at SXSW is Belgium's leading Drum&Bass star Netsky. Though still only 23 years of age, Netsky (birth name: Boris Daenen) has rapidly become one of the leading artists at London's legendary Hospital Records. With his 2010 self-titled debut album, Netsky was awarded 'Best Newcomer Producer' at the 2010 'Drum&Bass Arena Awards' and was invited to remix artists like Swedish House Maffia, Miike Snow, Jessie J and Pendulum. With a huge fan base and celebrity status in his home country, Netsky's star just keeps on rising. What's more there are more big things in the pipeline, including a new album underway, meaning 2012 is looking to be another golden year for Belgium's premium D+B export.

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