Archive for May, 2011

Charley says ARTIST! Stefanie Callebaut of SX

May 24, 2011

I finally get it.

At first I let lead singer Stefanie Callebaut’s odd vocal delivery put me off SX’s ‘Black Video‘, but then one day it just hit me.

The full atmosphere of the song just kind of took over and I now see that this song is one of the most intriguing musical journeys in Belgian music at the moment.

You may be wondering how a band like SX ends up on a pure pop loving blog as this one. Well, you know I’m a sucker for talent show contestants soldiering on and – I’m not sure if she minds you knowing this, but – Stefanie is exactly that.

Way back in 2005, in a time long before being geek chique and making trippy videos, she was one of the finalists on Flanders’ only season of Star Academy. She may have been one of the first to be booted out, but she was there for the group cover of ‘Fame’, the tie-in album and the ‘Sex Medley‘ performance. (‘Bad Girls’, ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ and ‘Sex Machine’, if you were wondering)

About a year later Princesss emerged, Stefanie’s pop/rock alter ego. Despite Zornik’s Koen Buyse having a hand in ‘Get Up‘, nothing much seemed to be happening with this project. More music was in the works and even posted to MySpace, but Princesss ended up slipping into oblivion.

It wouldn’t be until 2009 when things would finally fall into place for Stefanie. Since joining SX things started speeding up. ‘Mister Lion‘ won the indie electro band TMF’s Road 2 Fame contest and got them their first round of mainstream attention. Now, two years of gigs and contest later, ‘Black Video‘ is the band’s first proper hit.

I guess what I like best about this whole story is how being on a talent show doesn’t mean you’re pigeonholed for life.

Sometimes it really is about who it gets you to meet, finding your style and then giving it all you’ve got.

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Charley says TV! Audrina Opening Credits

May 16, 2011

Here are the gorgeous opening credits to Audrina Patridge’s ‘The Hills’ spin-off, with music courtesy of Sara Bareilles (You know, the ‘Love Song‘ girl!) in the form of ‘Uncharted‘.

Just because.

Charley says SONG! Kat DeLuna – Drop It Low

May 2, 2011

Words aren’t even necessary at this point.

I adore this woman to death and want to hold her and hug her and tell her everything’s going to be alright.

If you fancy something to read while listening to Kat’s awesome new club banger, you can check out my interview with her around the time of ‘Push Push‘ below!

See also: Charley says INTERVIEW! Kat DeLuna
See also: Charley says INTERVIEW! Kat DeLuna (Part 2)