Be Who You Wanna Be
Playful, funky album by the Antwerp scene legend!

Be Who You Wanna Be

Stef Kamil Carlens

€ 30,95
  • LP
Starman Records
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A playful, funky album, born from the desire to play live again; a playful and funky band that will tour in Belgium and the Netherlands from April.

First single 'Walk On Red, Stop On Green' that is included in the Radio 1 playlist and the Vox list is a song like 'My Favorite Things' from the film 'The Sound Of Music': 'If anything bothers me, and I' m feeling unhappy, I just try and think of nice things! What kind of things?

The song sets the tone of this new album. A simple structure, over which a web of rhythm is woven using instruments from an old drum machine: the Roland CR-78, in dialogue with live drums and percussion. Lots of sax, tenor and baritone! A pumping bass. A frisky pizzicato violin. Vocals based on the 'Boy Scout Trail' principle; the leader sings and the others repeat. And then of course the classic keyboards: the Fender Rhodes, the Hohner Clavinette D6, the L-100 Hammond organ. And many analogue synthesizers: a rippling Juno-106 draws the path to be followed, which is crossed with phrases from other museum pieces: Crumar's Stratus, Farfisa's Synthorchestra, Sequential's Prophet-10. Or the Casio Club M-100, which is actually a toy, but has been subtly coloring SKC's songs for years!

These instruments are the sound and subject of the song. The singer praises with great enthusiasm the skills and ingenuity of its builders. Through years of collecting and restoring, SKC has surrounded itself with a very extensive collection of musical instruments. They are the raw materials for the many projects he works on as a songwriter, producer, arranger and composer of film and theater music. But his enthusiasm also extends to other, local makers: luthiers, traditional clothes, shoe and hat makers, bicycle factories, the small workshops spread across this country, where despite the crushed competition of mass production, with heart and soul and a lot of know-how, wonderful creations see the light day in and day out.

And then there are the big examples: Prince and his entourage, an artist who SKC has started to follow with increasing admiration since he pulled 'Controversy' out of a record bin in the corner of a small shop in Antwerp's Kammenstraat in the early 1980s. . Or John Lee Hooker, who knows how to create an irresistible groove with his silent power and clicking heel. And Little Feat, the band of the legendary Lowell George, whose irresistible grooves of, for example, their 'Spanish Moon' made a deep impression on SKC.

SKC has often delved deeply into the repertoire of artists he highly values ​​in search of forgotten or forgotten gems to edit. Also on this album!

With his 6-piece band he interprets 'The Future', the opening song of the soundtrack that Prince made in 1989 for Tim Burton's idiosyncratic version of Batman.

'Suspicion' by Dez Mona is given a hue and cry of tranquil funk, based on a driving Fender Rhodes riff and an off-centre snare, which gives the song, despite the melancholy of the lyrics, an almost cheerful quality.

'C'est Comment qu'on Freine' from Alain Bashung's dark album 'Play Blessures' from 1982, with lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg, is, in contrast to the cold and atonal arrangement of the original, immersed in a warm bath of funky guitars and brass. It has been since Zita Swoon's 2007 album 'Big City' that we heard SKC sing in the French language, but his love for it is still intact. And your own work?

'Love Me Like A Prayer' about an intense love that endures despite the passage of time and its turbulence. A plea to separate what is really important from what is not.

'Take A Little Time' is a song about friendship. About taking time to be with someone, to share stories. With a beautiful quote from the 11th century Persian poet and philosopher Rumi.

'Alone & Attracted' about an unattainable love. About a desire so great that the person who carries it is willing to deny himself and pretend to be someone else.

'So Much Love' is inspired by the film 'Zeitgeist - Moving Forward', the 2nd part of Peter Joseph's trilogy. SKC already wrote a number of songs from the first part on his previous album 'Making Sense Of Infinity'. An attempt to capture the frustration and anger that exists today in a song.

Recorded, produced & mixed by SKC at The Rabbit Field, Hoboken, Belgium



  • 1.The Future
  • 2.Suspicion
  • 3.Love Me Like A Prayer
  • 4.Take A Little Time


  • 1.Walk On Red, Stop On Green
  • 2.C'est Comment Qu'on Freine
  • 3.Alone & Attracted
  • 4.So Much Love


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