PSY'AVIAH

open-minded electronic music with heart & soul

About

Antwerp based band Psy’Aviah brings open-minded electronic music with energy and soul. Their sound is best described as “eclectric” as they fuse several genres and into their own musical world. The band was initially founded in 2003 by producer and composer Yves Schelpe, later joined by vocalist Emélie Nicolaï and guitarists Kristof De Clerck (2007-2011) and Ben Van de Cruys (2011-…). From 2013 on the project moves away from a tradition line-up, and Yves focuses back on inviting guest vocalists and musicians into their music. 2017 saw a new album “Seven Sorrows, Seven Stars” and a brand new live line-up that started perform again Fall/Winter 2016 with legendary Ben van de Cruys on guitars, songwriter & producer Yves Schelpe on keys and the famous Marieke Lightband who will certainly have a big impact on you.

Discography

Explore our discography filled with albums, singles and full albums below.

Soul Searching
album, november 1st 2019

Personal stories told with passion and interpreted by highly skilled singers in the likes of Mari Kattman, Kyoko Baertsoen (ex-HOOVERPHONIC & LUNASCAPE), Lis van den Akker, Ellia Bisker, Addie Nicole, Saydi Driggers, Alicia May, Roeland van der Velde, Marieke Lightband, Mark Bebb as well as psychiatrist Prof Dr. Dirk De Wachter speaking on the intro track “Becoming Human”. As always, PSY’AVIAH knows no boundaries and crafts music ranging from atmospheric floating ethereal songs to harder pumping industrial/EBM tracks through sensual trip hop, nostalgic synthwave and other catchy dance pop tunes. It’s electronic music without limits for your ultimate pleasure!

Dream Fever
ep, march 8th 2019

Dream Fever is an introspective song telling the story of a person trapped inside a hallucinating dream you can’t wake up from, a description of escapism where reality and fiction merge into one, a glimpse into a dystopian future where some questions arise like “Can I dream forever, will I fade away? Will I live again or do I fade away?"

Looking for the Sun
ep, february 9th 2018

"Looking For The Sun" is the perfect complementary release to PSY’AVIAH’s recent album “Lightflare”, expanding the quest for light and happiness in the desperate world of the blind we all live in. An accelerated new chapter taking a straighter approach and more direct critical view on our artificial society and its pseudo-heroes… With 3 brand new songs and plethora of club oriented remixes, the Belgian electronic act does not only give us food for thought but also manages to offer us a remix of tunes you can dance away your problems to.

Lightflare
album, february 9th 2018

"This album is my testament to hope!", says Yves Schelpe. "It’s a journey from utter despair towards joy and happiness. With "Lightflare", I leave behind those bitter moments in life, the album is a beacon, shining, standing tall like a lighthouse in a rough ocean storm, waiting to be a guide for all those lost at sea… For those wandering souls, for you, and perhaps - and more than likely - even for the "future me".

Chasing the Speed of Light
ep, november 11th 2016

With Kyoko Baertsoen (ex-HOOVERPHONIC, LUNASCAPE) and her unique timbre fitting so well this sorrowful blend of trip-hop rhythms and EBM basslines on "Alcubierre Drive" and Fallon Nieves and her powerful vocals with attitude on the floor-packing “Not What I Expected” and its incisive synth lines and hypnotic grooves à la PRAGA KHAN, Yves Schelpe nicely summarizes PSY’AVIAH’s amazing dichotomy of sound stretching from moody mid-tempo electronic tunes to modern upbeat club songs with a dark industrial edge.

Never Look Back / Words
album, october 17th 2014

With "The Xenogamous Endeavour", Antwerp based artist Yves Schelpe decided to make a return to the core of his PSY'AVIAH project, employing total artistic freedom and studio experimentation, writing all the songs on piano first and then only later transposing them into PSY'AVIAH's characteristic electronic world before searching for the right voice fitting the song and its atmosphere. A creative approach not only reinforcing the personal and almost autobiographical side of this new album, but also reaching the best "cross-pollination" from the numerous refreshing collaborations featured on the album and its unique blend of influential music genres of synthpop, rough electro, trip-hop, ambient, etc.

7 Sorrows, 7 Stars
album, april 15th 2016

On this (magic number!) 7th full length release, PSY’AVIAH creates some distance from its darker and almost depressive roots taking us towards more joyful and positively driven atmospheres while keeping his unique emotional and almost ghostly creative touch intact. The lyrics deal more this time with magic, wonders and mysteries and beautifully match with the band’s characteristic sound-mix of futuristic electro, moody trip hop, floating ambient and other groovy eurodance.

Xenogamous Endeavour
album, october 17th 2014

With "The Xenogamous Endeavour", Antwerp based artist Yves Schelpe decided to make a return to the core of his PSY'AVIAH project, employing total artistic freedom and studio experimentation, writing all the songs on piano first and then only later transposing them into PSY'AVIAH's characteristic electronic world before searching for the right voice fitting the song and its atmosphere. A creative approach not only reinforcing the personal and almost autobiographical side of this new album, but also reaching the best "cross-pollination" from the numerous refreshing collaborations featured on the album and its unique blend of influential music genres of synthpop, rough electro, trip-hop, ambient, etc.

Future Past
mini-album, may 28th 2013

This new “Future Past” mini album builds on PSY'AVIAH's previous album "Introspection/Extrospection", and takes it one step further. They have tasted electro-pop, dubstep and electro-house... and then made it their own. Resulting in a blend of ambient-dubstep on “Circles”, ballad like electro-pop on “Letting Go”, pure EBM vs Electro-House with acid elements on “Look Beyond”, and some dubstep-electro influences VS ambient textures on “Paused” and “Our Common Future”.

OK / Virtual Gods
ep, april 15th 2012

A 100% pure dancefloor/DJ oriented EP featuring progressive trance mixes by M.I.K.E. (PUSH, PLASTIC BOY) and JAN VERVLOET (FIOCCO, SCOOP). Add to this the Breakbeat/Dubstep power by MASAMUNE and NUDE, the progressive electro by RADICAL G or yet the subtle electro-bleep pleasure by Belgium's new "KRAFTWERKian" sensation METROLAND or yet the atmospheric rework by Ghost of GHOST & WRITER.

Introspection Extrospection
album, november 25th 2011

Moody piano based songs like "Ok" beautifully merge with upbeat electro-techno moments ("Human Garbage", "SOS Overdose" or yet the virulent "Virtual Gods") and other more electric electro pop tunes. An uplifting musical trip where genres are subordinate to the emotions and messages the songs carry. Isn't it what we should call futuristic wave pop? Faithful to their concept of experimentation, through studio jam sessions / collaborations, and after having worked in the past with people like FRONT 242 or yet AYRIA, this time PSY'AVIAH joined hands with the beautiful Swedish artist and model Kari Berg (ex-ASHBURY HEIGHTS) who delivers dark melodic vocals for the track “Deep Dark Desire”. “Home” is coloured by the vocals of the talented MISERY singer Lis van den Akker.

Eclectric
album, march 19th 2010

Faithful to their concept, the Belgian act continues developing a network of fruitful collaborations bringing us this time impressive results on "Ophelie" featuring Jean-Luc De Meyer of FRONT 242 as guest 'poet' and the dancefloor filler "Into The Game" with Jennifer Parkin of AYRIA as lead vocalist.

Entertainment Industries
album, august 29th 2008

Created in 2003, PSY'AVIAH entered the spotlight for the first time when they won Belgium's famous national radio station Studio Brussel's demopoll. Their debut album "Creationism" and their sexy and dynamic live performances allowed them to establish themselves on the Belgian indie scene as one of the most promising talents. By teaming up again with producer Len Lemeire (32CRASH, ANNE CLARK, IMPLANT, UNTER NULL, etc.) for the recording of their 2nd album, PSY'AVIAH again brilliantly scored a top 20 entry in BBC's "The Next Big Thing" contest with their collaboration with poet Suzi Q. Smith.
For their new LP "Entertainment Industries", you can expect a more upbeat and danceable attitude, with the unique and sensual female vocals of Emélie and Yves' unmatched vicious synth arrangements. PSY'AVIAH integrates elements of noise and distortion into their intricate melodic electronics reinforcing the rawness of the emotional purity of their work. The album also includes 4 bonus remixes by LEAETHER STRIP, IC 434, IMPLANT and DIFFUZION.

Live Tour Dates

Upcoming see you soon, book us at info@psyaviah.com

November 2nd 2019 Umeå (Sweden) - (festival tba) Umeå, SE
August 2020 W-Festival Amougies, BE

Past a selection of our past concerts

September 29th 2018 Nachtschade at ORKZ Bar (see pictures) Groningen, NL
September 15th 2018 Kinky Star Club (see pictures) Ghent, BE
August 22nd 2018 Muziek In De Wijk at Park Hof De Bist / 252cc Ekeren (Antwerpen), BE
August 13th 2017 YoYoGi Festival at Rivierenhof Deurne (Antwerpen), BE
July 28th 2017 CABRON (see pictures) Antwerpen, BE
November 25th 2016 B52 Music Club Ichtegem, BE
September 14th 2016 Kinky Star Club (see words (video), not what I expected (video)) Ghent, BE
February 3rd 2013 Soirée Dark at Le Palais d'Arlon Arlon, BE
January 17th 2013 Ancienne Belgique at 25 Years Praga Khan (see pictures, kings & queens (video)) Brussels, BE
April 21st 2012 FNAC Acoustic Tour at FNAC Antwerpen Groenplaats Antwerpen, BE
April 14th 2012 FNAC Acoustic Tour at FNAC Brussels City 2 (see pictures) Brussels, BE
October 26th 2012 PLUTO Festival at NIJDROP (see pictures) Opwijk, BE
February 25th 2012 OJC Kompas Sint-Niklaas, BE
June 16th 2011 Garcia Lorca Brussels, BE
April 23rd 2010 Le Klub (see something evil (video)), keep hope alive (video))) Ghent, BE
August 14th 2009 Lichtfeesten Reet, BE
December 20th 2008 BIMFest at Trix / Hof Ter Lo Antwerpen, BE
October 10th 2008 VK Concerts Brussels, BE
June 26th 2008 Gothic Festival at Waregem Expo Waregem, BE

Contact

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