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The Imagine Music Experience is a global music program by JM International for young musicians (solo & bands!) between the ages of 13 and 21, that currently takes place in 8 countries across 3 continents. At Imagine, musicians get to share their talent with the world, receive training from music industry experts and connect with young musicians from different genres and countries.
How Imagine works
Registrations for Imagine Belgium are open until 22 may. The Belgian National Finals are set to take place on 25 june at VK (VaartKapoen) in Brussels, and the winners will have the amazing opportunity of participating in the Imagine International Finals together with musicians from 7 other countries including Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Zimbabwe.
Imagine Belgium 2022
KICKSTART YOUR MUSICAL CAREER
After a successful relaunch in 2021 - with Ventus winning both the national and international finals - Imagine Belgium is coming up with a new edition in the spring of 2022.
The aim remains unchanged: to offer young musical talent between the ages of 13 and 21 coaching and stage opportunities! The winner of the national final also gets to perform at the international final, together with finalists from Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Zimbabwe. An unforgettable experience, and a solid push towards a great musical career.
Imagine 2021 international final © Quentin DM
Feel like following in the footsteps of Ventus, Milo Meskens or Compact Disk Dummies? Sign up on 22 may at the latest via mubazar.com!
Keep 24 june free for the coaching sessions, and 25 june for the national final at VK (VaartKapoen)!
Imagine 2021 winner Ventus:
“This Imagine experience was well… better than imagined! We learned so many things from so many different people. We took a close look at ourselves and were very inspired by the workshops with the coaches. It was one of the best experiences for us so far and on top of that we won! Not only have we won an extra taste of this life-changing lesson but we also won a lot of minds who think alike. We are right where we want to be at this moment.”
Ventus © Quentin DM
Imagine Belgium 2021
After a 5 year hiatus, Imagine is back in Belgium! JM Wallonie-Bruxelles and JM Brussel, the competition's organisers, are excited to announce the relaunch of Imagine Belgium and what it means for their country's young musicians. Hundreds of young Belgians got their first break at Imagine since it started in 2003 including the Compact Disk Dummies, Green Moon, Milo Meskens, and Geppetto & the Whales to name a few.
Discover the 8 finalists!
Here they are, the 8 finalists of Imagine Belgium edition 2022: Glow, Linca, Fresh Boogie, Emilie Tirelli, Lizz, Jema, Arthur J. Labrique en Kusek!
Ixelles, °2004, solo
Gloria - Glow - is one of the youngest candidates. She’s from Brussels and sings and accompanies herself on the piano. Passionate about music all her life, she loves to write and produce her own songs. She describes her style as 'Electro pop'. Without any stage experience and on the advice of her music teacher, she signed up for Imagine. This was the push she needed to get her own songs out there. We are curious to see what this young talent has to offer!
Arthur J. Labrique
Ixelles, °2000, solo
Arthur J. Labrique is a musician from Brussels.
Alone on stage, but together with his acoustic guitar, he takes you into the world of Delta Blues. He combines the energy of rock with the depth of blues. With his deep and soft voice, he brings everyone in ecstasy!
Judoigne, °2004, duo
The project around Kusek was born from the collaboration between Timour and Clément, two friends who were raised with music from an early age. With their sharp lyrics about the ups and downs of life and their rhythmic instrumentals, they try to be more original every time. They already released their own EP and produce everything themselves. A golden duo!
Linca is a Brussels-based rapper who values quality over quantity. For 7 years, he has been immersing himself in his favorite music style: rap. In 2019, he was winner of the SoundTrack final at the Ancienne Belgique. From open-mics in youth centers and Madame Moustache to the famous stages of VK Concerts and the Beursschouwburg, Linca is an established name in the Brussels rap scene.
Louvain-la-Neuve, °2000, solo
Jema is a young French-Anglo-Belgian artist from Louvain-la-Neuve. In 2019, she launched her solo career and released her first song 'Asterism'. With her poppy songs and enchanting voice, she takes you all the way into her universe.
Vilvoorde, °2002, solo
LIZZ is a Singer-Songwriter from Vilvoorde.. She started at the age of 14 with nothing but a dusty old guitar and having no idea that there was a musical intuition inside of her. At only 18 years old, she stood on stage in the Ancienne Belgique. Standing courageously strong in her simplicity, she brings her songs pure and honest.
Watermaal-Bosvoorde, °2001, solo
Fresh Boogie is a young rapper, born and raised in Brussels. His Congolese roots have a strong influence on his music and these themes are also reflected in his lyrics. He grew up listening to French and American rap, R&B, Rock, Jazz, Afro,... Thanks to this mix of influences he blows you away with his sharp lyrics and melodious flows.
Nandrin, °2001, solo
Emilie Tirelli is a theater student and learned to sing through karaoke. She likes to make her own music with her voice and piano, but is also experimenting with apps to make her own instrumentals. In the future, she would like to grow and learn in order to be able to perform on big stages!
Ventus is winner of Imagine Belgium 2021
We are proud to present the winner of Imagine Belgium edition 2021!
Ventus will represent Belgium during the international Imagine final on Saturday 4 September 2021 in the Botanique and will compete against the winners from Brazil, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Zimbabwe!
UPDATE: Ventus is also winner of the international Imagine Music Experience 2021!
Gonzalo Temmermans, Emma Demoor, Tijl Coorevits, Rune De Groote, Zohrabyan Taron
Duo Emma Demoor (vocals) and Gonzalo Temmermans (vocals, piano) bring catchy pop songs with a message, wrapped in intoxicating melodies and compelling voices. Recently, the duo has been joined by drummer Rune De Groote and guitarist Tijl Coorevits, which makes for a punchier - but still typical Ventus - sound. Here and there, dreamy synths can be heard as well. They are only 17 years old, but already very busy with music thanks to their education at MUDA. Ventus wants to touch their audience! Also noticed by Luminous Dash and Dansende Beren.
© Sofie De Backere
On Friday 25 June 2021, all finalists received coaching sessions from Alice Vande Voorde (multi-instrumentalist & composer), Pascale Snoeck (sound engineer), Nora Helali (singer & sophrologist) and Aram Santy (musician & producer).
On Saturday 26 June 2021, we welcomed a modest audience in the Orangerie of the Botanique and all finalists played a short set in front of a jury consisting of Loubna Gaïch (House of Cultures and Social Cohesion of Molenbeek), Milo Meskens (musician & ex-winner Imagine), Marianne Binard (organiser La Semaine du Son), Caroline Bertolini & Pablo Fleury (Court-Circuit) and Christophe Loyen (director Centre Culturel de Chênée).
The final can be (re)viewed in its entirety on the Imagine Music Experience YouTube channel (see also below) and was broadcast on RTC Liège, ACTV, No Télé and BX1.
In addition to the Imagine Belgium award, many other great prizes were handed out:
Sabam for Culture award: Ventus
Cash prize worth € 1000
Good Vibes award: Gloria Diana Maria & Jen & Millennial All-Style Collective
Stage opportunity as part of the Good Vibes concert series in the House of Cultures and Social Cohesion of Molenbeek during the 2021-2022 season
CC Chênée award: ShiroKuro
A residency in the cultural centre of Chênée
Court-Circuit award: ShiroKuro
Coaching and follow-up during the residency in CC Chênée
Semaine du Son award: Marie Mawet & Ventus & Jens en Isabel
Stage opportunity during La Semaine du Son in September 2022
Gaume Jazz award: Marie Mawet
Residential jazz camp within the framework of the Gaume Jazz Festival during the summer in Tintigny-Rossignol
JM Luxembourg BE award: Jens en Isabel
Supporting act for a Christmas concert in December 2022 in Tintigny
Le Monde est un Village award: Jen & Marie Mawet
Acoustic session during the radio broadcast Le Monde est un Village (RTBF/La Première)