InTheMusic: Belau, interview

Belau is an electronica duo, made by Peter Kedves and Krisztian Buzas. Their main inspiration is travelling and their music purpose is to be a shelter for the modern human. Belau is between the most promising electronica newcomers around the European music scene and their sound is a blend of electronic music and live music.
Colourwave” is their last album, a multi-layered concept release in which the nature is leitmotif.

Duo: Belau
Members: Peter Kedves, Krisztián Buzás
Age: 30
City: Budapest
Nazionality: Hungarian
Released Tracks: Island of Promise, Essence, Breaht, An Ocean with No Waves
Released Album: Colourwave, The Odyssey
Activity period: from 2016
Genre: Electronica
Digital Stores: Spotify, Youtube, Apple, Deezer

Who is behind Belau?

Belau is an electronica duo: Peter Kedves and Krisztian Buzas, in the live perfromances it’s a four piece band.

Where does your stage name come from?

That is an old story that comes from our young ages. When we were kids we were really into geography and know all the capitals of the countries around the world by heart. We discovered Palau’s island, which is a small country on the Pacific Ocean and somehow the name and the culture there remained an inspiration throughout the years. The inhabitants call Palau a different name: it’s Belau. Someday we gonna play there, I am sure about that.

Belau is a duo, so two people together to renovate the music panorama. Why have you decided to create a music project and, before that, when did you have your first approach into the music world?

We started to playing on instruments around 16 years old but, separately and 4-5 years ago, we talked a lot that would be great to have some kind of triphop-electronica project… and that is Belau.

There are a lot of names in the electronic music, probably the nearest to your style is Bonobo. Who are you inspired from?

Our main inspiration is travelling. Right before the virus crisis, we were almost always on the road, visited many great cities and met a lot of people. It was really a shame when we had to cancel the album release tour as well. But to be honest we could be influenced by many films, series, photos, adventures or just hanging with our friends. Our common favourite is, for example, a series called “Dark”.

You purpose is to be a shelter for the modern human. What is the aim of your project and what is the message that you want people to receive listening to your songs?

Belau tries to provide shelter for the modern human through their music – representing the path to self-awareness through the depth of the individual – by making modern and elegant electronic beats with longing lyrics driven for the solace of the mind. Forever inspired by the fundamental elements of the nature, especially the infinite sea.

Belau is between the most promising electronica newcomers around the European music scene. Inspaired by the fundamental elements of the nature, especially by the sea, you produce modern end elegant beats. What are the man features of Belau sound?

Belau’s sound is a blend of electronic music and live music. We use 808 subs, self-collected tunes, exotic intruments like marimba, and many percussion instruments.

Your journey into music started in the 2015. What is changed since then?

Fortunately many people getting known our music played in several countries and we developed the whole project: the sounds, the live permormances, the videos, and hopefully it’s just the begining of our journey.

“Colourwave” is your last album, a multi-layered concept release in which the nature is leitmotif. How did this project come about?

First we made make the chords and beats after the vocal harmonies and last the lyrics with our guest vocalists, all song is a different case, a different story, how it builds up.

We asked all the featured vocalists for take part in our journey, and we’re really glad that we have songs with these super talaented artists. It’s also a concept that we always work with females. Writing songs with them was really different with all of them. We didn’t meet some of them, but we talked about belau, the concept, and our thoughts before the creative process. We asked all the featured vocalists for take part in our journey, and we’re really glad that we have songs with these super talaented artists. It’s also a concept that we always work with females. Writing songs with them was really different with all of them. We didn’t meet some of them, but we talked about belau, the concept, and our thoughts before the creative process.

You’ve gained many international successes since you started your music career. Would you like to share with us your most important experiences?

In the last years we played almost 200 shows in 23 countries and impressed audiences at renowned festivals like Primavera, Eurosonic, Electric Castle, Sziget, SXSW – to name just a few. Belau was supported by radios like BBC Radio 1 or KEXP and mediums like Clash Music, Billboard, The Line of Best Fit, or Ones to Watch. Our first album won the Hungarian Grammy Award, recently Belau reached one million streams with earlier releases.

What are your plans for the future?

We have to reschedule the whole album release tour, but hopefully we’ll start our tour around august and we could make all dates in 2021. There will be new special song in the next months and some music videos also.

Is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?

Check out our fancy vinyls!

Belau for Siloud

Instagram: @belau_music
Facebook: @belaumusic

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