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“I can not deny that it is nice to be famous at home but career wise we want to get ahead.”

ductions, the situation in France allows already to do bigger tours. Though it could be said, having had a big summer hit in France, our hopes are now high.” Having always played in bands as a child, Ostyn moved to the city of Gent as a late teenager. There he started writing his own songs, a lot of sonds. He started to record them at his place. Soon enough he made friends with Jan Duthoy (piano), who was in turn in a band with Renaud Ghilbert (violin). “From there things just evolved naturally.”

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“I started playing music when I was just nine. I always thought I wanted to perform. It is all about setting goals and achieving those goals. Life is so short that you might as well just give it a try.” Bert Ostyn, lead singer of Balkan influenced quintet Absynthe Minded, knows that if you don’t try then you can not succeed. It is with this in mind that he approaches the band’s move from success in their home country to an attempt to break the UK. “England is really the gateway from Europe to wider releases.”

“We have always been the same guys, with the same band. We are at the end of the day good friends. For us it is all about the music.” With Having seen their career go from strength to their success having already spread to Belgium’s strength in Belgium, where they are not just com- neighbours France and Germany, the quintet mercially acclaimed but also critically lauded. “I hope that the UK takes to them in a similar fashcan not deny that it is nice to be famous at home ion. Whilst many will write them off as just anbut career wise we want to get ahead. Belgium other bog standard indie pop band, Ostyn insists is after all a small country, so the next dream and there is more to them that meets the eye. “What goal is to make it in Europe.” we have is original. We are are not your average rock band. We are, and have always been, influDespite the rigid ambition, Ostyn remains real- enced poets, artists and folk music.” istic. “At the moment it is just fun to play in England. We do not have anything rigid setup. We “Our minds are always somewould like to be succesful there, but if it all does not work out, then we can carry on.” For Ostyn where different to our bodsuccess is only a bi-product of what Absynthe ies.” Minded do. Yet part of him feels that cracking the UK is crucial to the furthering of Absynthe “Our name, Absynthe Minded” stems from a peMinded. “We need to do this. You know, I am riod when artists were getting crazy on absynnot as naive as I once was. It is not just about the. That whole period really interests me. But having songs you think are good, it takes more. the connotations with just the alcohol work well You need a strong record deal and an awful lot enough for us. That is what we are about, our of luck.” minds are always somewhere different to where our bodies are. That is what absynthe does.” “People say that for us to be ready to make it in the UK we have to want to do a college tour. But Though a mutual love of poetry and traditionwe are now too old for that. Whatever it is we end al arts united them, they also found they had a up doing, it will have to be very well organised.” shared love of music. They decided early on that Had the quintet tried to launch their career simul- though they are Belgian, they will record songs taneously throughout Europe, Ostyn would have in English. “It is language of rock and roll. But had no problem slumming it on a hard tour, but also the through language of literature. I have having experienced success already he is less read so much in English, I do not care for transwilling to make those compromises. “In France lations. When I sing people will hear that I am the records had not come out, so we released an not English and so they will forgive any mistakes album which compiled the best of the first three I make. The power in what we do is in the music, and our new album. We wanted people to like but there is also an art to our lyrics.” us, but we needed to first fill that gap. Whilst in the UK our shows will be modest, almost introwww.abysntheminded.be www.thekaje.com

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