Soulwax

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Soulwax
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Performing as 2manydjs in 2007
Background information
Also known as
  • 2manydjs
  • Fucking Dewaele Brothers
  • Flying Dewaele Brothers
  • Samantha Fu
  • Kawazaki
Origin Ghent, Belgium
Genres
Years active1995–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website soulwax.com
Members
  • Stephen Dewaele
  • David Dewaele
  • Stefaan Van Leuven
  • Igor Cavalera
  • Laima Cavalera
Past members

Soulwax are a Belgian band from Ghent, centred around brothers David and Stephen Dewaele. Other current members include Igor Cavalera and Stefaan Van Leuven. They were first noticed after the release of their album Much Against Everyone's Advice , but after that, the Dewaeles started focusing on their other projects, such as 2manydjs (first known as The Fucking Dewaele Brothers/The Flying Dewaele Brothers [1] ). Their album As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 was named the best popular music album of 2002 by The New York Times. [2] The brothers have also hosted a show on Belgian television, Alter8.

Contents

History

Career

The 2004 album Any Minute Now spawned three singles in "E Talking", "NY Excuse" and the title track. The "E Talking" music video was controversial and restricted to post-watershed broadcast on music television channels. Filmed on location in London's Fabric nightclub, everyone in the video is depicted as being on a different drug, listed from A through Z (including popular drug nicknames). [3]

The group produced a number of official and unofficial remixes, including "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House" and "Get Innocuous!" by LCD Soundsystem, "Robot Rock" by Daft Punk and "DARE" by Gorillaz. They are friends of artists Tiga, LCD Soundsystem and Whomadewho. The album Nite Versions (2005) is a collection of remixes of tracks from the album Any Minute Now.

In January 2006, Soulwax released their second remix album. Titled This Is Radio Soulwax, it was covermounted into the February 2006 issue of Mixmag . Their third remix album, Part of NYE Never Dies, was also covermounted into Mixmag, in late 2008.

In summer 2006, Soulwax completed a "Nite Version remix" of Gossip's "Standing in the Way of Control" as well as their "Ravelight Dub" and "Ravelight Vocal Mix" of Robbie Williams' "Lovelight". The summer 2006 tour was filmed by director Saam Farahmand, and resulted in the documentary "Part of the Weekend Never Dies".

In August 2006, Soulwax were working on tracks for the new album from Tiga. In late 2006, it was announced in Belgian magazine HUMO that David and Stephen Dewaele had formed a band with Shane Doran and his brother-in-law Fergadelic, called Die Verboten.

In 2007, Soulwax produced remixes of "Gravity's Rainbow" by Klaxons and "Phantom Pt. II" by Justice. Remixes for "Ice Cream" by New Young Pony Club and "Pogo" by Digitalism had been rumoured, but were never completed.

Soulwax, under the guise of 2manydjs, headlined their own "Radio Soulwax" tent at the Rock Ness Festival held on 9 June 2007. The following day at the festival, they played a Soulwax Nite Versions show in the "Clash Arena." [4] Later that month, they took part in the Wild in the Country event at Knebworth Park on 30 June 2007. [5] In December 2007, they held Radio Soulwax-mas, a massive Christmas party in Flanders Expo, with guests such as Tiga, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, Justice, Riton, Mixhell, Daniele Baldelli, Hong Kong Dong, Das Pop, Goose, and Milk Inc. [6]

Soulwax produced the debut album by fellow Belgians Das Pop, fronted by Soulwax drummer Bent Van Looy, scheduled for 2009 release in the UK. [7]

In 2009 December, Soulwax produced a song, "We Love Animals", for Crookers with Mixhell. In addition, Soulwax produced the song "Talk to Me" by Peaches. [8]

In 2016, Soulwax returned with a new live show entitled "Soulwax Transient Program For Drums And Machinery." The new line up consisted of three drummers (Victoria Smith, Blake Davies and Igor Cavalera) as well as Igor's wife Laima Leyton, (also of Mixhell) on synths and backing vocals. [9] This live show was the basis for their album From Deewee , released March 24. [10]

As Heard on Radio Soulwax

The only official compilation As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 , was released in 2002 and is composed of 45 tracks the Dewaele brothers were able to clear the rights from. They originally requested rights for 187 tracks and got clearances for 114 of them. 62 were refused and 11 remained untraceable. [11]

All the unofficial releases (As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 1 and 3 through 11) are in fact a compilation of the Radio Soulwax shows [12] 2manydjs did for various radio stations including Studio Brussel (Belgium), Radio 1 (UK), KISS 100 (UK) and Eins live (Germany). [13]

VIVID Sydney 2011

As part of the Vivid Live Festival in Sydney, David and Stephen Dewaele behind 2manydjs and electro-rock outfit Soulwax presented a one-off series of radio shows on 'Triple J' Australian national radio station. The series was broadcast nationally 6 PM nightly from 31 May 2011 to 3 June 2011. [14]

Other work

The 2001 track "Theme from Discothèque" is by David and Stephen Dewaele from Soulwax, under the name Samantha Fu. [1] They produced this track for a Ghent-based dancegroup called Kung Fu.

On February 2, 2009, Soulwax made a guest appearance on BBC Radio 1, playing 420 song introductions in a period of 60 minutes. [15]

Film

In 2004 Soulwax compiled the soundtrack for the Belgian movie Steve + Sky . Soulwax contributed three instrumental tracks on this compilation under the name "Kawazaki".

Soulwax's remix of the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is the credit song of, and featured in the movie 21 . [16]

Director Saam Farahmand has filmed Soulwax on their international dates (2005–2007), capturing all the excitement, chaos and humour of the world tour. Soulwax filmed 120 shows with one camera in Europe, Japan, U.S., Latin America and Australia. This resulted in 2 films entitled "Part of the Weekend Never Dies"; a live music film and a documentary which includes 2manydjs, Soulwax Nite Versions and features James Murphy, Nancy Whang, Erol Alkan, Tiga, Justice, Busy P, The Naked Guy, So-Me, Peaches, Kitsuné, Klaxons and many more in behind the scenes footage, interviews, etc. As of April 2008, Soulwax's clubbing film/documentary Radio Soulwax is finished. They performed a sold-out gig at the London Royal Festival Hall, during which they did a première of the film. [17] It came out on DVD September 2008.

Soulwax composed the soundtrack for the 2016 film Belgica by Felix Van Groeningen, crediting every song on the soundtrack to a different fictional band. [18]

Radio Soulwax

In 2011, Soulwax established a website called Radio Soulwax, in which a continuous mix played all day, featuring 24 hour-long mixes with visuals similar to those used in the 2manydjs live sets, and included music from many different decades. [19] These "RSWX hours" have since been made available on Vimeo. [20]

Soulwax - Machine was conceived and directed by Saam Farahmand, who was inspired to create an interpretation of the ethos behind the project. The result is a film featuring model Marilyn Rose that encapsulates the audio-visual obsession of Radio Soulwax, according to Soulwax themselves [21] . The film was previsualised, edited, and post-produced by Andrew Daffy's The House of Curves in London. [22]

Soulwax FM

Soulwax contributed to the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto V . They hosted and supplied the playlist to the in-game radio station "Soulwax FM". [23]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardsWorkCategoryResult
1998 Zamu Music Awards [24] Much Against Everyone's Advice Album coverWon
1999 Zamu Music Awards [25] SoulwaxLive-actWon
TMF Awards [26] SoulwaxBest Belgian RockWon
2 Many DJ'sBest Belgian VideoWon
2000 TMF Awards [27] SoulwaxBest Belgian RockWon
Much Against Everyone's AdviceBest Belgian VideoWon
2002 Zamu Music Awards [28] 2 Many DJ'sDanceWon
TMF Awards 2 Many DJ'sBest Belgian DJWon
2004 Joseph Plateau Awards [29] Steve + Sky Best Belgian ComposerWon
TMF Awards [30] 2 Many DJ'sBest Belgian DJWon
2005 MTV Europe Music Awards [31] Soulwax Best Belgian Act Nominated
MVPA Awards [32] "E Talking"Best International VideoNominated
2007Rober Awards Music Poll [33] Most of the Remixes Best Various Artists CompilationWon
PLUG Awards [34] Nite Versions DJ Album of the YearNominated
DJ Awards [35] 2 Many DJ'sBreakthroughNominated
2009 International Dance Music Awards [36] SoulwaxBest Dance Artist (Group)Nominated
2011 BT Digital Music Awards [37] Radio Soulwax iOSBest Music AppNominated
Radio Soulwax Best Radio Show or PodcastNominated
DJ Awards [38] 2ManyDJ'sBest Eclectic House DJWon
2012 UK Music Video Awards [39] Radio Soulwax - "Machine"Best Music ADNominated
2017 Best Art Vinyl [40] From Deewee Best Art VinylNominated
2018 UK Music Video Awards [41] "Is It Always Binary"Best Live VideoNominated
2020 Grammy Awards [42] Marie Davidson - "Work It" (Soulwax Remix)Best Remixed RecordingNominated

Discography

Adapted from Discogs. [43]

Albums

Studio albums
Compilation albums
Soundtrack albums
Unofficial albums

An album with remixes that were not included in Most of the Remixes .

Singles

YearSong UK Singles Chart [44] Album
1995"2nd Handsome Blues" (10" vinyl EP)-
1996"Kill Your Darlings" Leave the Story Untold
"Great Continental Suicide Note"
"Caramel"
1998"My Cruel Joke..." Much Against Everyone's Advice
"Conversation Intercom"65
"Much Against Everyone's Advice"56
1999"Too Many DJ's"40
"When Logics Die"56
"Saturday"-
2001"Conversation Intercom" (re-mix)50
2004"Any Minute Now"34 Any Minute Now
2005"E Talking"27
"NY Excuse"35
2016"Transient Program For Drums And Machinery"From Deewee
2017"Do You Want To Get Into Trouble?"

Remixes

Production for other artists

Discography as 2manydjs

Official compilations
Unofficial compilations

These unofficial compilations are bootleg recordings of radio shows that 2manydjs did for Studio Brussel.

A bootleg recording of their Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 in 2005 was released under the title 50,000,000 Soulwax Fans Can't Be Wrong. [49]

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