Belau: Optimism Meets Innovative Electronic Beats
Belau is one of the most promising electronica newcomers around the European music scene.
The message of Belau is a simple one: leave the busyness and monotony of everyday life behind, get rid of our barriers, and experience every moment to its fullest. In two years they had more than 120 live performances in 19 countries. The debut Belau full-length album, The Odyssey was released in 2016 and won the Hungarian Grammy in best electronic music album category.
We interviewed with group leader Peter Kedves to discover Belau’s inspirations, start of music and shaping the duo into a global phenomenon.
Where is your artistic home? What city, neighborhood or country helped inspire and inform your art?
Budapest, Hungary also, is our home, it’s a beautiful city, we born and raised here, so it’s also inspired us a lot.
How much has your style changed since you started doing music?
It becomes clearer, we know better what fit for us and what not.
What’s the best part of being a musician?
Writing new songs, tour a lot, and meeting a lot of interesting people.
What was the defining moment you realized you all wanted to do music?
I started to play on guitar when I was 16, I wanted to play Arctic Monkeys songs because they were my role models.
Music is all about expression, what do you like expressing in your work?
We would like to express our stories, experiences, feelings. Belau takes listeners to cheerful places, filled with sunshine, where one can relax, unwind and find peace and harmony. The music starts you on an inner journey which is a gift in our world of increasing isolation.
Has music always been your career plan?
No, it wasn’t. It was all just dream and now we’re living it 🙂
The Fox Magazine is all about inspiration, what/who inspires you all the most?
Our main inspirations are travel, seaside mood, and nature.
Name a few artists would you love to do a song with and why –
We usually have featured songs with vocalists, some of our favourites: Ibeyi, Portishead, MØ, Banks.
What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you all?
We’ve already played in 21 countries this year!
What’s your best advice for aspiring musicians?
Work for your dreams.
Follow Their Journey!