Red Bull Elektropedia Awards

2018 Red Bull Elektropedia Awards

Voting has now ended, winners will be announced on November 13 at Flagey, Brussels. Follow everything live on our Facebook page on November 13.

Categories

In 2013, there were sixteen Red Bull Elektropedia Award categories: Artist of the Year, Best DJ, Best Live Act, Best MC, Best Song, Best Remix, Best Album, Best Club, Best Festival, Best Party, Best (Really Big) Party, Best Label, Best Video, Best Party Photographer, Breakthrough (DJ/Artist/Producer/MC) & Breakthrough (Club/Festival/Party).

This year, we’re introducing two more Red Bull Elektropedia Award categories: Best Producer & Most Promising Artist. At the same time, we’ve transformed the Best DJ category into The Belgian DJ Top 100, and the Best Club category into The Belgian Club Top 30.

The Marc Meulemans Award honors the designer(s) of the year’s best artwork. The award is named after the legendary Belgian graphic designer Marc Meulemans.

The Tomorrow in the Papers Award is given to a TV or radio station, print publication or online platform, which highlights or reports on electronic music and/or club culture. The name refers to a song by The Neon Judgement.

This year, a Special Red Bull Elektropedia Award will go to the Best Belgian Party Ever. Previous Special Red Bull Elektropedia Awards were given to Fuse (Best Belgian Club Ever), 2ManyDJs (Best Belgian DJs Ever), Technotronic’s Pump Up the Jam (Best Belgian Dance Song Ever) and 2ManyDJs’ As Heard On Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2 (Best Belgian Dance Album Ever).

All of the above awards are determined by public vote and by the members of the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards Academy.

Every year, an unspecified number of Red Bull Elektropedia Vanguard Awards is presented to individuals in recognition of their significant contribution to the Belgian electronic music and/or club scene. The recipients are decided upon by Red Bull Elektropedia.

Past Red Bull Elektropedia Vanguard Awards winners include Rudy Victor Ackaert (Teknoville, 10 Days Off, Culture Club), Philip De Liser (10 Days Off), Peter Decuypere (Fifty-Five, Fuse, I Love Techno), Stephen & David Dewaele (Soulwax, 2ManyDJs), Maurice Engelen (Antler-Subway, Lords of Acid, Praga Khan), Fly & Marnik Braeckevelt (Bonzai), Front 242, Herman Gillis (Sherman Filterbank), Mathias Kerckhof & Leo Bruynoghe (Kozzmozz), Marc Meulemans, Mo & Benoelie (The Glimmers), José Pascual & Frie Verhelst (USA Import), Eric Rozen (Out Soon), Eric Smout (10 Days Off), Telex, Jan Van Biesen (Studio Brussel) and Renaat Vandepapeliere & Sabine Maes (R&S).

A category rundown:

  • BEST SONG: A song is eligible for this category if one of the composers is Belgian (even if the other twenty composers are Vietnamese).
  • BEST REMIX: It’s about the remix, stupid – not about the original song. So when a song is written by a French artist but the remix is produced by a Belgian artist, that remix is eligible for this category. A song by a Belgian artist remixed by an American artist is not eligible.
  • BEST ALBUM: Any Belgian release that contains a minimum of five new songs (excluding remixes) is eligible for this category, regardless of whether it’s officially called an album, EP or compilation.
  • ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Any Belgian musician, producer or band that has made at least one song, remix or album, or has played his/its own material live once, is eligible. There is, however, no long list for this category. Nominations will be based on the nominations in the other categories.
  • BEST PRODUCER: Anyone who has produced at least one song or remix is eligible for this category. This category is, however, not open to bands, unless all members are credited as producer of a certain song or remix.
  • BEST DJ: Anyone who has spun records (or MP3s) at a noteworthy party is eligible for this category. The Red Bull Elektropedia Awards Academy Board decides on the noteworthiness of parties.
  • BEST MC: Anyone who has graced parties with his/her voice, in any capacity, over the course of the past twelve months is eligible for this category.
  • BREAKTHROUGH (ARTIST/PRODUCER/DJ/MC): Any artist, producer, DJ or MC who has seen his/her reputation grow significantly over the course of the past twelve months and has not been nominated in any other category in the past, is eligible for this category.
  • MOST PROMISING ARTIST: Every year, Red Bull Elektropedia selects one to three upcoming artists who they believe to be on the verge of a breakthrough.
  • BEST LIVE ACT: Anyone who has played live at a noteworthy venue is eligible for this category. The Red Bull Elektropedia Awards Academy Board decides on the noteworthiness of parties.
  • BEST CLUB: Any (partly) electronic music venue, which has been open four consecutive weeks over the course of the past twelve months, can be considered a club.
  • BEST FESTIVAL: Any (partly) electronic music event spread over at least two days or at least three stages can be considered a festival.
  • BEST PARTY: Any (partly) electronic music event that took place at least once over the course of the past twelve months.
  • BREAKTHROUGH (PARTY/FESTIVAL/CLUB): Any (partly) electronic music festival, party or club that has seen its reputation grow significantly over the course of the past twelve months and has not been nominated in any other category in the past, is eligible for this category.
  • TOMORROW IN THE PAPERS AWARD: Any radio or TV show, radio or TV station, newspaper, magazine, website, blog, podcast, etc. partly dedicated to nightlife and/or electronic music is eligible for this category.
  • LABEL: For a label to be eligible, it must be owned by a Belgian party and must have released at least one track by a Belgian producer or artist over the course of the past twelve months.
  • VIDEO: Any video produced for a Belgian artist, DJ, club, party or festival is eligible for this category.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Any Belgian photographer who has taken photographs, in a professional manner, at a noteworthy party over the course of the past twelve months, is eligible for this category. The Red Bull Elektropedia Awards Academy Board decides on the noteworthiness of parties.
  • MARC MEULEMANS AWARD: This category awards the best in graphic design, related to nightlife or an electronic music release (artwork, flyers, T-shirts, etcetera).
  • BEST BELGIAN PARTY EVER: Any (partly) electronic music event that took place at least two times since 1984 and has made a significant contribution to Belgian nightlife is, technically, eligible for this category. The Red Bull Elektropedia Awards Academy Board decides on the significance of the event.

The nomination process

Every year, Red Bull Elektropedia handpicks a jury of – give or take – one hundred industry professionals. They are called the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards Academy (RBEAA). About ten members of the RBEAA are subsequently appointed to the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards Academy Board (RBEAAB).

Membership of the RBEAA and RBEAAB is limited to three consecutive years.

  • STEP 1: On September 24, 2014, Belgian labels, clubs, producers, DJs, etcetera will be sent an exhaustive list of songs, albums, remixes, parties, festivals, etcetera which were released or took place between September 15, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Everyone is given eight days to add names/titles to the list.
  • STEP 2: On October 3, 2014, all members of the RBEAA will be asked to nominate three names/titles in at least nine categories. Single votes will not be registered – three nominations are required, in no particular order. All votes of members who fail to meet the minimum number of categories will be annulled.
  • STEP 3: On October 18, 2014, the votes of the RBEAA will result in a top twenty per category. The first seven names/titles will automatically be nominated. To safeguard both quality and diversity, members of the RBEAAB will subsequently be given the task to settle on the remaining three nominations in each category. They will be presented with the full top twenty, from which they get to choose three additional names/titles during a debate.
  • STEP 4: From October 23 until November 2, 2014, everyone – including you – will be able to vote for his or her two favorites in as many categories as he or she likes. We feel that asking people to pick two winners will make for a more balanced result. The public vote will account for 60% of the final result. The other 40% are votes from the RBEAA, who will be asked to choose two favorites in at least nine categories.
  • On November 8, 2014, the winners in each category – numbers one, two and three – will be announced during a ceremony at Flanders Expo, Ghent.

Academy members

  • Akkus Ugur (Labyrinth)
  • Albert Sebastien (Bredren)
  • Baouche Tauba (The Lizzies)
  • Bellemans Yoeri (Onda Sonora)
  • Benoit Ward (Elements Festival)
  • Blondeel Niels (AMyn)
  • Bosmans Baptist (Bruksellive)
  • Braconnier Bastien (Le Cadran)
  • Bregadze Felix (Felix Cage)
  • Brion Dominique (Private Sessions) *
  • Chatar Faisal (Faisal)
  • Coicou Philippe (Strictly Niceness)
  • Cologne Dimitri (Red Bull Elektropedia)
  • Daelman Jochem (Horst)
  • Dimaculangan Chimvie (Moonlight)
  • De Kimpe Dries (I Love Techno)
  • De Meyer Arne (ARtroniks)
  • De Roover Adriaan (Oaktree)
  • Declerck Bjorn (Tomorrowland)
  • Delodder Jeroen (Playground) *
  • Denis Jéröme (LouLou Players)
  • Deru Renaud (ATTAR!)
  • Dries Bert (Musketon)
  • Dullaert Sven (SD Photography)
  • Engels Ylli (Vision Machine)
  • Englebin Ben (BunzerO)
  • Faisca Andy (A.N.D.Y.)
  • Fernandez Miguel (Sony Music)
  • Fersini Damiano (F*ckin Beat)
  • Fournier Julien (Vlek) *
  • Franquet Benoit (Pole Folder)
  • Gahide Jules (Bafana)
  • Gallagher Tania (Nid & Sancy)
  • Galle Koen (Kong) *
  • Geladé Robin (Forty Five)
  • Gobbe Jean-Christophe (Rockerill)
  • Goffings Jeffrey (Multivision)
  • Haesen Jane (Catclub)
  • Hendrix Maxime (Play Label)
  • Hulstaert Laurent (Electronical Reeds) *
  • Janssens Toon (Title)
  • Janssens Yoann (goldFFinch)
  • Jérôme Denis (LouLou Players)
  • Kara Nadia (Survivor) *
  • Kiesekoms Jonas (Mumbai Science)
  • Kokanovic Nikolai (photographer)
  • Kortekaas Boy (The Oddword)
  • Latifi Hamdi (Liberty White)
  • Leclerq Fabien (Le Motel)
  • LeFtO (Brownswood)
  • Lemaire Jeff (Goûte mes disques)
  • Lens Amélie (Renee)
  • Libeert Bert (GOOSE)
  • Loncke Simon (Fuzz) *
  • Machiels Floris (Lucid)
  • Maes Jeroen (N.E.W.S.)
  • Maison Charlotte (Soldout)
  • Major Kevin (Major K)
  • Merckpoel Lander (Lokerse Feesten) *
  • Meuris Koen (MC Mota)
  • Moens Ben (Fuzz)
  • Mortelmans Jan (Krush Club)
  • Motteux Philippe (Wood)
  • Mourlon Julien (Laidback) *
  • Naessens Frederic (Fred Nasen)
  • Naudts Mathias (Silverback Recordings)
  • Ouni Elisabeth (A Polaroid Story)
  • Peetermans Jeroen (Fuzz)
  • Primez Charles (Electro FM)
  • Ramoudt Nick (Fuse)
  • Reumont Jean-Yves (Les Ardentes) *
  • Salas Diego Cortez (DC Salas)
  • Savic Milo (You)
  • Schillebeeckx Thomas (Moodprint)
  • Stevens Alex (Dour)
  • Stoop Tom (Laundry Day)
  • Swennen Björn (Home)
  • Swerts Joeri (Headshot Photography)
  • Thienpont Lennart (Caoutchou Records)
  • Thijs Wim (Poppunt)
  • TLP (Studio Brussel)
  • Torres Christopher (Madfingaz)
  • Tyler Jon (Bloody Louis)
  • Vaes Joris (Tangram Records)
  • Van Asbroeck Arne (Doomsday)
  • Van de Meutter Tim (Locked Groove)
  • Van Herck Niel (daMusic)
  • Van Ruyskensvelde Jens (Revolt) *
  • Van Wouwe Britt (Café d’Anvers)
  • Vandesande Willem (All Eyes On Hip Hop)
  • Vanhessche Jurgen (Star Warz)
  • Vanvoorden Line (MC Elvee)
  • Verhoeven Tom (Curle Recordings)
  • Vernon Bara (Raw District)
  • Vernon Justin (Vuurwerk)



* Member of the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards Academy board.