Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2017

2017 Red Bull Elektropedia Awards

Voting has now ended, winners will be announced on November 15 at Flagey, Brussels. Follow everything live on our Facebook page on November 15.

Categories

In 2016, there were twenty Red Bull Elektropedia Awards categories: Artist of the Year, Best Producer, Best Live Act, Best MC, Best Song, Best Remix, Best Album, Best Festival, Best Party, Best (Really Big) Party, Best Label, Best Video, Nightlife Photographer, Best Radio, Best Media, Breakthrough (DJ/Artist) & Breakthrough (Club/Festival/Party), Most Promising Artist, Belgian Club Top 30 and Belgian DJ Top 100.

There are no changes in the number of categories this year.

In addition, the Marc Meulemans Award will once again honor the designer(s) of the year’s best artwork. The award is named after the legendary Belgian graphic designer Marc Meulemans.

The Chase Award will once again honor the year’s best hip hop, soul and/or RnB act. Nominations are decided upon by a special jury – handpicked by the music platform Chase.

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

The 2017 Red Bull Elektropedia Awards cover everything that happened (or was released) between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

Every year, an unspecified number of Red Bull Elektropedia Vanguard Awards and/or Belgium: The Vinyl Frontier Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to individuals in recognition of their significant contribution to the Belgian electronic music or club scene and to musicians who have sold a considerable amount of black gold. 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); Arbeid Adelt; Philip De Liser (10 Days Off); Carl de Moncharline (Who’s Who’s Land, The Wood); Peter Decuypere (Fifty-Five, Fuse, I Love Techno); Geert Deblaere, Hessel Tieter, Lieven Van den Broeck & Jan Vanneste (N.E.W.S); CJ Bolland; Stephen & David Dewaele (Soulwax, 2ManyDJs); Bernard Dobbeleer (Radio 21); 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); Yves Smolders (Versuz), Eric Smout (10 Days Off); Telex; The Neon Judgement; Stefaan Vandenberghe (T-Quest, Dr. Lektroluv, N.E.W.S.); Jan Van Biesen (Studio Brussel); and Renaat Vandepapeliere & Sabine Maes (R&S); Jean-Marie Cannie, Frederic Vanmol en Frank Van Biesen (FruityLoops) and André Brasseur.

A category rundown:

  • BEST SONG: A song is eligible in this category if it’s an itty-bitty electronic and 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 for this category. There is, however, no long list to choose from 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 not open to bands, unless all members are credited as the producer of a certain song or remix.
  • 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, the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards Academy Board 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 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.
  • BEST MEDIA: Any TV show, TV station, newspaper, magazine, website, blog, etc. partly dedicated to nightlife and/or electronic music is eligible for this category.
  • BEST RADIO: Any radio show, radio station or podcast partly dedicated to nightlife and/or electronic music is eligible for this category.
  • BEST 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.
  • BEST VIDEO: Any video produced for a Belgian artist, DJ, club, party or festival is eligible for this category.
  • NIGHTLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER: 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).
  • CHASE AWARD: This category awards the best in hip hop, soul & RnB.
  • BELGIAN DJ TOP 100: 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.
  • BELGIAN CLUB TOP 30: 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.

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 October 1, 2017, Belgian labels, clubs, producers, DJs, etcetera are sent an exhaustive list of songs, albums, remixes, parties, festivals, … which were released or took place between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Everyone is given ample time to add names/titles to the list.
  • STEP 2: On October 16, 2017, all members of the RBEAA will be asked to nominate three names/titles in at least eight categories. Single votes will not be registered – three nominations are required, in no particular order. Votes of members who fail to meet the minimum number of categories will be annulled.
  • STEP 3: On October 28, 2017, 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 November 2 until November 9, 2017, 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 50% of the final result. The other 50% are votes from the RBEAA, who will be asked to choose two favorites in at least nine categories.
  • On November 15, 2017, the winners in each category – numbers one, two and three – will be announced during a ceremony at Flagey in Brussels.

Academy members

  • Akkus Ugur (Labyrinth) *
  • Beutels Benjamin (Faded)
  • Blaute Jens (James Marvel)
  • Bosmans Baptist (WBY / Bruksellive)
  • Buelens Yannick (Aftrwhat)
  • Callebaut Jergan (Vuurwerk)
  • Charles François (Digizik)
  • Claes Kristof (Goldfox) *
  • Consiglio Anthony (Back In The Dayz)
  • Cuvelier Michèle (Studio Brussel)
  • D'hont Stijn (Neon)
  • DaCosta Massimo (Raw District)
  • Daelman Jochem (Horst)
  • Daeninck Peter (Lokerse Feesten)
  • Darcon Kristof (Rampage)
  • De Boeck Lenn (Cedex & Higher Underground)
  • De Brabander Sam (Karawane / Kerk)
  • De Brabandere Antoine (Club Vaag)
  • De Bree Tim (Club Kop)
  • De Coninck Youri (FloorFiller)
  • De Ruyck Dirk (Listen)
  • de Sy Stef (Rick Shiver)
  • De Wind Tatiana (Le Cadran)
  • de Witte Charlotte (Charlotte de Witte)
  • Debouvry Yves (Spacid)
  • Decuypere Peter (We Love Events) *
  • Dekegel Maxim (Voodoo Village)
  • Deliaert Sam (Farrago)
  • Delodder Jeroen (Playground)
  • Deloose Brice (FTRSND)
  • Denis Jéröme (LouLou Records)
  • Derycke Lisa (Leesa)
  • Donkor Jesse (Le Cousin)
  • Duckers Elliott (Folie Douce)
  • Eetesonne Jarne (Crown Collective)
  • Fedele Christophe (Crap Inc)
  • Fernandez Miguel (Sony Music Belgium)
  • Fonsny Mathieu (Dour Festival)
  • Fournier Julien (Vlek)
  • Gadeyne Max (DBNR)
  • Gahide Jules (Bafana)
  • Galle Koen (Kong)
  • Genicot Théo (BSMNT)
  • Hectors Robin (Het Bos)
  • Hellebaut Elisabeth (Hitjes For Bitches)
  • Hoebeke Stijn (Sixsixsixties)
  • Huylebroeck Pieter (Pete Howl)
  • Jacobs Marc (Bozar)
  • Janssen Eppo (Pukkelpop)
  • Janssens Yoann (GoldFFinch)
  • Josse Pierre (Juke Ellington)
  • Kenis Niels (Gewelt) *
  • Kerckhof Mathias (Kozzmozz)
  • Kidula Guillaume (Schiev)
  • Lannoy Paul (TLP)
  • Laval Simon (t-heater) *
  • Leclercq Julian (Play Label)
  • Leclerq Fabien (Le Motel)
  • Ligny Fabrice (Fabrice Lig)
  • Lion Jonas (Jonas Lion) *
  • Liyo Gong (Heartbroken)
  • Luyckx Victor (Nächtvøgels)
  • Luypaert Lennert (Club Vaag) *
  • Maes Matthijs (Konna) *
  • Marynen Joachim (Ampere)
  • Mathijs Kim (Michael Midnight)
  • Méli Max (Back In The Dayz) *
  • Merckpoel Lander (Lokerse Feesten)
  • Naesens David (Nasty Mondays)
  • Noseda John (Kitsch)
  • Pascucci Damien (M&T)
  • Peeters Jochem (Atmosphere) *
  • Psar Jay (Jay Psar)
  • Ramoudt Nick (Fuse)
  • Reumont Jean-Yves (Les Ardentes) *
  • Roman Bart (WECANDANCE)
  • Salas Diego Cortez (Pure) *
  • Samson Rien (Soul Shakers)
  • Santens Pieter (Sue Avenue)
  • Santos Ritchie (Ritchie Santos)
  • Scholiers Koen (Live Nation)
  • Serra Lorenzo (Listen festival) *
  • Shah Nadiem (Eskimo Recordings) *
  • Shug Sarah (See You There)
  • Stevens Alex (Dour)
  • Thijs Jules (Jewels)
  • Thijs Wim (Poppunt) *
  • Thomas Pim (Crevette Records)
  • Tran Tung Thang (Thang) *
  • Tricot David (DTM Funk)
  • Vaes Joris (Tangram Records) *
  • Van Alboom Ben (De Morgen)
  • Van Asbroeck Arne (ROM)
  • Van Belle Steven (Ohm)
  • Van der Haegen Jarri (Disco Naïveté) *
  • Van Hecke Sil (Diep)
  • Van Neste Bart (Red D)
  • Vandenberghe Stefaan (Dr Lektroluv)
  • Vandesande Willem (All Eyes On Hip Hop)) *
  • Vanhaecke Tim (Chase)
  • Vanlommel Bert (Noord / Spek)
  • Verbrugge Antoine (DkA)
  • Vercruyssen Maxime (Lowup)
  • Verhoeven Tom (Curle Recordings)
  • Vermiglio Chris (Mr Magnetik)
  • Verstraete Elisabeth (Polar Youth)
  • Vicente Igor (Igor Vincente)
  • Wessaert Nick (Fuse) *
  • Willem Jef (Trillers) *

* Member of the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards Academy board.

Special jury

Best Video jury

  • Brion Dominique (Red Bull Elektropedia)
  • De Leijer Kurt (CAVIAR)
  • Franssens Jeroen (Tomorrowland)
  • Lefillatre Gregory (Digizik)
  • Umut Aykan (Farmboy)
  • Van der Vieren Richard (AOOA)

Nightlife Photographer jury

  • Boes Jef
  • Burez Athos
  • Kayacan Guillaume
  • Lion Jonas
  • Popelier Alexander
  • Swerts Joeri (Headshot Photography)

Marc Meulemans Award jury

  • Bloemen Deborah (Uber & Kosher)
  • Dries Bert (Musketon)
  • Liebens Cedrik (Plastik Goodies)
  • Robyn Victor (Ekster)
  • Specht Stephanie (Stephanie Specht Studios)
  • Weyns Francis (Red Bull Belgium)

Chase Award jury

  • Beda Peter (Re:Fresh)
  • Benaicha Lenny (Flus)
  • Chaboteux Mathias (Beatchronic
  • Champeau Odilon (DJ Odilon / Bruzz)
  • De Sterck Astrid (AB)
  • De Turcq Nico (Night Republik)
  • Demir Ufuk (Champion Sound)
  • Di Troia Audrey (Full Colorz / Lady Destroy)
  • Fonsny Mathieu (Dour)
  • Galle Mitchell (Viziez)
  • Génicot Théo (BSMNT)
  • Lallemand Stéphane (Lefto)
  • Maertens Barry (De Hossel)
  • Nkuna Anne Sarah (Tarmac)
  • Reumont Jean-Yves (Les Ardentes)
  • San Fatoo (SupAfly)
  • Stevens Alex (Dour)
  • Thys Jules (Grensloos)
  • Van der Speeten Sasha (De Morgen, Bruzz)
  • Vanesse Gilles (Niveau 4, Couleur Café)
  • Vanhaecke Tim (Chase)