Zita Swoon

Zita Swoon is a Belgian indie rock group. They entered the music scene of Antwerp in 1993, still under the name A Beatband with the EP "Jintro Travels The Word In A Skirt". The group is typical of the music scene in Antwerp, with members playing in numerous other groups. Best known member is singer Stef Kamil Carlens, who founded the group and also played in dEUS. The initial group also included Tom Pintens and Aarich Jespers.

The same group released "Everyday I Wear A Greasy Black Feather On My Hat" under the name Moondog Jr. in 1995. Shortly thereafter they encountered legal trouble over the name Moondog with Louis T. Hardin, and changed it to Zita Swoon. The success of this album was awarded with invitations to the Lowlands, Pinkpop and Rock Werchter festivals. The same year they also appeared live on MTV in Most Wanted with Michael Blair.

Their first appearance in the US was at the South by Southwest festival in 1998. Zita Swoon has played at numerous places, from New York to the Belgian Rock Werchter festival, the Holland Festival, as well as in Germany. In early 1999 their work was recognized by the Flemish government with a grant of 1.5 million Francs and the title Cultural Ambassador of Flanders (a title previously awarded to DAAU and dEUS).

In 2009 Stef Kamil Carlens participated with Lexus Concert, a 'hybrid' concert where Stef does a crossover concert at Klara festival with a musician from a totally different style and background. The winner of Lexus concert wins a private try out concert onboard a new Lexus RX 450h.


Original members
Stef Kamil Carlens - vocals, guitar, piano
Aarich Jespers - drums, percussion
Additional members
Amel Serra - percussion
Joris Caluwaerts - piano, rhodes
Bart Van Lierde - bass
Eva Gysel - backing vocals
Kapinga Gysel - backing vocals
Tom Pintens - guitar, backing vocals, piano, clarinet (as of April 2008)
Kobe Proesmans - percussion
Thomas de Smet - bass
Bjorn Eriksson - guitar
Benjamin Boutreur - saxophone
Leonie Gysel - backing vocals

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