Every year, Red Bull Elektropedia honors the significant achievement in nightlife and/or electronic music of one or more Belgian key players with a Red Bull Elektropedia Vanguard Award. In 2012, the award will be presented to a truly legendary DJ and infamous radio host/boss: Mr. Jan Van Biesen.
Jan Van Biesen has been a fixture in the Belgian nightlife scene for three decades - earning him a spot in the Best Belgian DJ Ever Top 10. However, equally important has been his role in servicing quality dance music to the masses. Much to the disgruntlement of rock fanatics, Van Biesen brought an end to years of simply ignoring electronic music on national radio - at first as the producer of Teknoville, later on as the architect of Mixomatose, Easybies, Headroom and Switch. The outcome: dance music became an important part of Studio Brussel’s DNA.
The creators of The Sound of Belgium were awarded a Red Bull Elektropedia Special Vanguard Award for their perseverance and truly remarkable skills in documenting decades of nightlife and electronic music in Belgium. Their excellent documentary explores the rich and largely untold story of the Belgian dance scene.
From the dance halls with Decap organs to the golden days of Popcorn. From EBM and New Beat to Belgian House and Techno. A chronicle of electronic music, The Sound of Belgium - directed by Jozef Devillé for visualantics production - goes in search of the spirit of a nation and the people that danced to it.