"Ce plat pays II"
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song : Starflam
Productie :ALB/M16/JC CREMERS
Year : 1998
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song : Starflam
Year : 2000
Rec Co: Warner
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song : Starflam
Year : 2001
Rec Co: EMI
The earliest ancestors of the band date back from the beginning of the nineties
in the environs of Liège as the H-Posse. (DJ Mig One, Fred'alabas, Seg en Balo).
When this rap-crew merges a few years later with hiphoppers from Brussels (Akro
en Mista R.) the band "Malfrats Linguistiques" is born. A few years
later Mista R leaves the group for an adventure in France (where he rebaptizes
himself to Monsieur R. and raps with the band "3 Coups"). He is replaced
by 2 new rappers from Liège : Kaer en Pavé. After this event, they (5 MC's, a
bass-player and a DJ) reverse their name to Starflam.
The description of their music : "A headstrong rap act that respects the
values of hiphop and is influence by rappers and bands like KRS One, A Tribe
Called Quest, Public Enemy, Gangstarr Tradition, Rakim, Nas, Mobb Deep, Boot Camp
Click and the Wu-Tang Clan. Apart from that there are also influences of Salsa
(the DJ is Columbia), reggae, soul/funk, hardcore en even lyricists like Léo Ferré
or Jacques Brel."
Steadily, the gang builds itself a solid live reputation as front-runners for
bands like Urban Dance Squad and The Goats and well-received performances at the
Dour-festival. After an appearance on some rap-compilations ('Fidèles au vinyl',
'Fat Unda Compil' en 'Calmage') the band finally signs a record deal in march
1997 (with Discipline Records).
A first maxi (12'' vinyl) was released in july 1997, half a year later a full
CD is ready "filled with 12 fresh sounding hip-hopsongs on which old-school
influences flawlessly intermingle with poignant raps." The song "Ce
plat pays" (this flat country), a razor-sharp text loosely based on Jacques
Brel's "Le plat pays", manages to get quite some airplay both in
the South and North of the country and means the breakthrough for the group.
ALB in an interview with De Mix : "We've waited years for this. We
have such a long history behind us already. It may sound naïve, but for us
this CD is the ultimate proof that it all makes sense, that we exist." Balo
: "For us, everything comes down to two things : rhythm and words. Old School,
new school, hiphop ... just try and define those terms. We strive to have some
credibility, but we aren't looking for the "ultimate street credibility".
On the Belgian hip-hop scene (De Puta Madre,
CNN and on the Flemish side 't Hof van Commerce
and ABN). "Three or four rap-records at about the
same time doesn't mean there is a scene. Record firms still look at Belgian bands
often as a good tax deduction post. The groups from Flanders are a nice new feature,
but that's all .. not nearly close to the situation in the Netherlands. In France,
rap is successful, but often it is varit-rap, rapping from the wallet. I fear
that the most interesting rap-acts in Belgium still don't have a record contract,
but don't depict us as purists who hate every successful rapper. As long as you
don't loose your integrity as an artist, you can sell a million records. I think
Starflam would be a good example of that ;-)".
In 1999, Starflam signed with "major" Warner. A first product of
their cooperation was released in January 2000, the song "Bled
Also for Warner, they remix a track on Zita Swoon's
"Disco Adventures", and start recording an ambitious album. To shorten
the waiting, the band also gets to release "Live & Direct", a recording
of a concert at the Ancienne Belgique (with De Puta
Madre e.o.). On the way to the release of the album, however, their main contact
at Warner dissapears to other horizons, the firm isn't entirily happy with the
results etc.etc. which causes the release of the 2nd full-cd to drag on for ages.
In the end Starflam change partners yet again, sign with EMI, and released the
CD "Survivant" in March 2001.
Aided by a guest appearances of such artists as Arno,
Marie Daulne, Shyrock, Profecy, Uman ..., a tour with
Assassin in France, the cheerful & poppy hiphop track "La Sonora"
a series of concerts, a nice website and more, Starflam were back at the top of
the french scene of the Belgian hiphop-world, and now have a good shot at doing
some serious damage on the scene in France.
Band members :
- Fred'Alabas (ALB) - bass / keyboards
- Seg - MC
- L'enfant pavé - MC
- Akro - MC
- Kaer - MC
- Balo - MC
- Fatal - MC
- DJ Mig One (beats)
Buy CD's of this band at
- Corde Raide (12", Discipline Records, 1997)
- Starflam (CD or 2LP, Discipline Records / Rough Trade, 1998)
- Bled Runner (12" - MCD, Warner, 2000)
- Live & Direct (CD, Warner, 2000)
- Survivant (CD or 2LP, EMI, 2001)
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