Milk Me proudly presents a night with Manu Louis (BE) and Fantazio (FR) . Amazing showmen , amazing humans !
“Manu Louis is a Belgian with a subversive spring in his step” BBC
“The Braggart of Kitsch” Libération
“More colourfull than a unicorn vomiting a rainbow” Gonzai
“Pop fantastique et Fantasque” France Culture
“The Stromae of the Underground” Le Soir
Belgium born, Berlin based and Iberian frequenter, Manu Louis travels with a village of electronic instruments and video projections from pop stars or animals to deliver passionate performances that eventually switches gears into an impromptu discotheque.
His music mixes high and low culture to create provocative and decontextualized juxtapositions. His general blueprint remains the same throughout all of his efforts, but the ingredients he uses may vary: from dissident chanson française, genial dilettante, avant-garde composer, new beat, old hit, art-pop & hard bop.
Cream Parade, his new album is a disoriented walk led by synthetizers. It was released in May 2019 on Igloo Records and followed Kermesse Machine (2017) his first album. The last three years Manu performed at over 300 festivals and clubs across Europe and Asia.
Recent collaborations include : visual artists Escif & Systaime, Garrett List’30 piece chamber orchestra Orchestra Vivo, Chinese singer/composer Song Yuzhe (Dawanggang), Spanish instrument builder/musician Truna, electronic weirdos Front de Cadeaux & Too Smooth Christ and Belgian singer Carl Roossens.
An Unidentified Musical Object. An expression often used haphazardly, but in this case, illustrates Fantazio’s universe perfectly. A true showman, a spirit haunted by incredibly extravagant creativity, bringing together the most divers crowds over the course of his performance-like concerts. Covered in tattoos, traumatised for a long time by the figure of Elephant man without having seen the film, his stage name inherited during his punk era, this wild individual is a character out of the ordinary and his music totally uncategorised. As if he and his doublebass where one, his fingers bashed by mishandling the cords, he has travelled with his peculiar music throughout different countries, concert halls, bars, street alleys and is now propelled as one of the most fantastic figures of the Parisian alternative scene. If one had to detect all the different styles in this musical ensemble (one might judge as having no head or tail), you could probably find as much scruffy punk as anxious jazz, hazy hip-hop or truculent childish, dadaist speechs, brassy rock as well as electronic rhythms. A mixture between an aniseed (the drink) brass band and a surrealist experimental work shop, the man-elephant and his Gang playfully dodge expectancies using noises that wander and tranquil sounds to the limits of obliteration. At the centre of these treasures of musical inventiveness, Fantazio narrates, sings with his malleable voice, spits out, roars,howls, becomes a malicious geisha or either a crude crooner, his sudden outburst of words instigate strange stories in a hallucinated storyteller posture.