THURSDAY, JULY 7: VROOOM #40
–– YZ & GOGOLPLEX (ma/be)
–– ZEN LU + CHEN MULIAN + ZO-ON SLOWS (cn)
–– SPOELSTRA (nl)
LOCATION: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance: €6
Vrooom hits 40! Oftewel uitgedrukt in percentages: plusminus 40% bijzondere electropop en post-postrock; 35% electronica made in China, 25% visueel vernuft… Younes Zarhoni zong al als zesjarige in de Antwerpse en Brusselse moskeeën en jeugdhuizen. Inmiddels geschoold in de mystieke soefi-zang en koranrecitatie maakt hij nu als YZ zijn versie van de eerder genoemde electro pop en het resultaat is verbluffend. YZ wordt live bijgestaan door het Brusselse Gogolplex videocollectief. Verder is er de XY records label showcase uit China. Zen Lu, Echo Ho en Mulian Chen zijn afkomstig uit Shenzhen en Peking, en alledrie gelieerd aan eerder genoemde, hard aan de weg timmerende label. Hekkesluiter is niemand minder dan onze eigen Spoelstra.
YZ & GOGOLPLEX VJ's (be)
YZ is the artist alias of Younes Zarhoni; born of Moroccan parents in Antwerp, but now active in Bruxelles. Little is known about this emerging artist but that is likely to change soon judging by his intriguing music; a catchy mix of gritty electro pop and Arab singing (Younes is a scholar of Quran recitation and mystic sufi singing). YZ is about to release a vinyl record on the Belgian Lexi Disques (Colombey, City Hands, TAV Exotic, The Rebel). At Vrooom, YZ will perform with the Brusselian audio-visual collective GOGOLPLEX.
ZEN LU (cn)
Zen Lu is a sound artist, event curator, and founder of the Shenzhen city based independent label 'We Play!' as well as and numerous other projects. The reception of Zen Lu’s meticulous digital music and the events organized by him has played a major role in bringing a new wave of art activities to Shenzhen, for which the latter has been long considered a cultural desert.
ZO-ON SLOWS a.k.a. ECHO HO (cn)
Echo Ho is a Beijing-born, Cologne based artist. Her work covers installations, live performances and audiovisual compositions. She works with field recordings and experimental electroacoustic composition. In 2015 she launched her solo project Zo-on slows; merging voice, experimental beats and pop.
CHEN MULIAN (cn)
Chen Mulian is a sound/visual artist based in Beijing who co-founded of XY Records. His electronica blends ambient/soundscape elements that alltogether evoke the guarded qualities of the eastern spirit. Most of his video works are made out of raw documentations.
Spoelstra: brilliant one man mutations of noise rock and electronics made live on the spot on a guitar, a synthesizer, samplers and effect pedals. Spoelstra knows how to mold his riffs, stumbling patterns, country style outbursts and tearjerker twists into a good song. To everyone's detriment, the man is sadly still one of NL's best kept secrets, musically. So enjoy his genius now if you haven't already. Think: U.S. Maple, The Rebel, Skin Graft.
This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.