Not being able to choose can be an advantage. Billie out of Blankenberge in Belgium – the B-side of the record – learned music in the streets and art at school. She hopped from streetdancing to playing the violin, from battle to recital, from beats to strings.
At summer camp she was encouraged to take up singing. Shortly after she sailed whistling through the auditions at the conservatory in Ghent. There she combined jazz and pop music – again, not wanting to choose, and why should she.
Everybody who got to hear her, wanted to hear more from her. Billie was asked for studio sessions and backing vocals. All the while she was writing her own songs – the lyrics as well as the music. With drummer Laurens Billiet backing her she gained confidence, enough to bring her compositions to a live audience, in clubs and on festival stages. She sang with the likes of The Pimps of Dazzle, Frank Deruyter’s funk band, with The Triplettes (jazz) and Nilfisq (fusion). The groups were lining up for her, but picking one out proved to be difficult – you’re getting to know her a bit by now – so she went on singing with all of them.
Performing on television shows the voice gained visibility, people got to know her face. Billie appeared on the radar of News Records. They promptly offered her a solo contract. Sometimes one gets chosen.
Not one to wait for the apparition of the perfect producer she improved her skills as a singer-songwriter. In 2012 her vocals for Netsky’s instrumental track ‘Puppy’ made it one of his biggest hits – ‘We Can Only Live Today’ they renamed it. Billie didn’t have to think twice when he asked her on tour with his live band. One of those moments when you simply don’t have a choice.
That’s when and where she met Bert Libeert of Goose, her perfect producer – finally.
Billie, don’t lose her number.