Jonathan Vandenbroeck a.k.a. Milow moeten we in Herent niet meer voorstellen. Milow komt in Herent een echte thuismatch spelen. We zijn dan ook bijzonder trots dat hij naast de internationale podia ook in Herent stopt.
Wereldster in Herent
Het begon allemaal in 2006 toen Milow zijn debuutalbum getiteld ‘The Bigger Picture’ op zijn eigen platenlabel Homerun Records uitbracht.
De single You Don’t Know werd in 2007 een van de grootste Belgische hits. Zijn album The Bigger Picture stond hier 110 weken in de album hitlijsten.
Het was pas met zijn album Coming of Age (2008) – in 2009 uitgebracht onder de titel ‘Milow’ – dat hij in heel Europe bekend werd. Het album behaalde de top tien in veel Europese landen.
De single ‘Ayo Technology’ zorgde voor Milow’s grote internationale doorbraak. ‘Ayo Technology’ behaalde de eerste plaats in Nederland, Zweden, Denemarken, Zwitserland en België. Milow mocht voor de single diverse platina- en gouden platen in ontvangst nemen. Sindsdien blijft Milow de hitlijsten bestormen met nummers als You And Me, Little In The Middle en Howling At The Moon.
MILOW – MODERN HEART (2016)
If you welcome change, you can truly grow.
Milow recognized this while making his fifth full-length album, Modern Heart. Climbing
uncharted creative peaks, he naturally progressed and embraced a host of unexpected, yet
completely apropos and inspiring influences.
“In terms of what I wanted to do, I saw things very clearly,” he affirms. “It’s such an eclectic
time, and I realized any limitations I had regarding my music came from me and not the
audience. So, I decided to dive in headfirst and expand my horizons and styles. I wanted to
infuse elements of alternative R&B and hip-hop production—similar to Frank Ocean, Drake,
and The Weeknd—into my world with the acoustic guitar adding color. It was the most
liberating thing. I knew as long as I stayed true to my instincts for melodies, lyrics, stories,
and the way I sing, it would sound like me.”
The critically acclaimed award-winning Belgian singer and songwriter preserves the
hallmarks of his songwriting, that millions of fans initially fell in love with—i.e. hummable
melodies and poignant lyricism—but he alters the delivery mechanism ever so slightly. In
order to uncover this nexus of acoustic and electronic soundscapes, he hit the studio in
January 2015 with a cadre of different collaborators. Alongside producer and songwriter
Brian Kennedy [Rihanna, Chris Brown], Milow tackled writing from a different angle
“Previously, I’d start with an acoustic guitar,” he continues. “I thought, ‘What if instead of a
guitar, it’s some beats or an instrumental?’ This was a deliberate decision for me. I chose to
work with people who I don’t have a lot in common with at first sight.”
Their initial collaboration, the airy and upbeat “The Fast Lane,” built a template for the sound,
becoming what Milow dubs, “My mission statement. I wanted to raise the bar for the songs
and the album, leaving my comfort zone behind.”
Kennedy introduced Milow to Grammy Award-winning producer and singer James
Fauntleroy [Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake], and they cut the album opener
“Waiting Around for Love” and “Running Blind.” Meanwhile, Jamie N Commons delivers a
chilling spoken word on the epic and spacey closer “Way Up High.” Diversifying the palette
yet again, Milow collaborated with chart-topping German electronic dance music producer
duo Rufus Dipper on the first single, “Howling at the Moon.” The song pairs lithe acoustic
strumming and tambourine with an ethereal tropical house crescendo during the hook.
“‘Howling at the Moon’ gives the album a little more light,” he says. “It just came to me one
afternoon at home in Belgium. It’s a super simple folky song sung over four guitar chords,
but it’s so much fun to sing. The beats add an extra touch of summer. That rounds out the
Elsewhere, second single “Lonely One” sees his voice careen over a nocturnal bass line,
handclaps, and orchestral swells.
“It’s got this dark nighttime vibe,” he continues. “‘Lonely One’ is about how technology affects
our interactions with each other. In the times of social media, it’s not so easy to actually
meet someone in person. It’s an anthem for two lonely souls in the city and maybe their
paths will cross.”
Tying his vision together cohesively, Milow also worked with producers Joe Chiccarelli [The
White Stripes, Jason Mraz] and Marius de Vries [Björk, David Gray, Rufus Wainwright].
“The live performance was on my mind,” he adds. “I didn’t want the songs to become sterile
or overly mechanical, so I picked Joe and Marius to add another layer. They understand my
language in terms of vocal production and live musicians. It’s the perfect crossroads.”
In many ways, the record’s title, Modern Heart, represents both his personal and creative
evolution. The heart beats as loudly as ever but through a fresh musical body.
“I’m a sentimental guy,” he smiles. “It’s important for me to put that emotion into the music. I
always try to maintain that within the production. Also, if you look closely, Modern Art is
inside Modern Heart.”
That heart is what attracted countless fans to his music in the first place with 2009’s selftitled
European debut Milow. By 2010, he had gone platinum in Germany, Belgium and
Switzerland, and gold in France, Austria, and The Netherlands, selling more than 500,000
units across mainland Europe and Canada. His acoustic cover of 50 Cent and Justin
Timberlake’s “Ayo Technology” went viral with 60 million views on YouTube and 40 million
Spotify streams, and an article in Time Magazine. In between releasing 2011’s North and
South (with the hit single You and Me (In My Pocket)) and Silver Linings during 2014, he
earned a total of 12 Music Industry Awards in Belgium.
Now, Modern Heart signals Milow’s most adventurous chapter yet.
“Every album I make is the first time that someone hears me,” he leaves off. “I keep that in
mind and ask myself, ‘Could this be a debut album? Does it say enough about me? Is this
who I am?’ There’s nothing like a first impression. There are songs that fit everything we go
through in this day and age: the anxieties, the doubts, and dreams. This can be a soundtrack