PORCELAIN ID

PORCELAIN ID

Porcelain id's maverick style and commanding voice have become a champion for authenticity. The Rwandan-born twenty-something grew up in a small Belgian village. Here began a journey into the world of music at a young age, guided by perseverance. 

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You just moved to the big city, you end up at a party where you don't know anyone and someone walks up to you and asks: "Hey, are you alone here?". That is exactly the feeling that Porcelain id describes on their debut album Bibi:1, short for the Arabic pet name Habibi. Porcelain id is the pseudonym under which Hubert Tuyishime (they/them/their) has been unleashing unique songs since 2020.

The album - inspired by their move from a quiet provincial town to Antwerp - is the soundtrack to walking into city traffic during rush hour and trusting to get out of the chaos in one piece. It is an ode to exciting encounters with complete strangers and to the friends you can come home to afterwards. A story about being a stranger in a city you've romanticized for so long, the rejection that comes with it, and the false nostalgia with which you look back on it all later on.

At first hearing, the completely English-language Bibi:1 may seem like a brusque farewell to the autobiographical intimacy and lo-fi singer-songwriter music on the previously released EPs Mango and Reprise, and especially on songs like Vlaanderen. But to Porcelain id it feels like an organic evolution. One towards more abstraction, experimentation and electronics, but never detached, and still building on the core of Porcelain id.

The new sound is the result of an intense collaboration with producer and partner in crime Youniss Ahamad, who, despite their different musical backgrounds, immediately felt challenged after Porcelain id's legendary elevator pitch: 'I want to make something that is situated between Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Yeezus by Kanye West'.

Together they drew the blueprint for Bibi:1 in Youniss' home studio. Track by track, without looking back. A sporadic, but rigid process that added to the intensity of the album. In the studio, the songs were taken to a higher level. The two invited a pack of talented friends and young musicians to the studio to add parts, a stark contrast to the solitary approach of previous EPs. Aram Abgaryan (recording engineer/synths/vocals), Nard Houdmeyers (guitar), Tim Caramin (drums), David Idrisov (bass), Alban Sarens (sax) and Emma Hessels (vocals) came by. Aram Santy was at the controls during the mixing sessions.

The result sounds like the ultimate symbiosis of Porcelain id and Youniss. Lofi, but ambitious. Fragile, but rough. Poppy, but disruptive. Sometimes challenging. Then welcoming again. Sometimes even danceable. Each song forms a small vignette that is part of a diverse, but coherent unity. Adam Coming Home and Low Poly are closest to the melancholy of Porcelain id's earlier work, while Lights! strikes a new path. First single Man Down, on the other hand, is inspired by the Antwerp students who drown every year and sounds like a wandering nightly stroll through the city. For Brilliant, David Idrisov was asked to 'play bass as if Chet Baker were not a trumpet player, but a bass player', a bizarre assignment that he accomplished with verve. And Cellophane flirts with emo trap and was sung with raspberries between the teeth, to simulate the effect of grills.

Bibi:1 will be released on Unday Records in February 2024. Porcelain id has emerged in recent years as one of the promising talents on the Belgian scene, won the renowned Sound Track competition, built a solid live reputation and was called 'a folk singer for new times' by national newspaper De Morgen. With this unique and crushing album, Porcelain id seems to be on its way to conquering a place all its own, far away from formats and from the beaten path.

Tourdates

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Tour History

Date Band Location
20-10-2023 Hit The City PORCELAIN ID Eindhoven, NL
21-09-2023 Fifty Session (+ Charlotte Cardin) PORCELAIN ID Brussels, BE
28-08-2023 Boterhammen In Het Park PORCELAIN ID Brussel, NL
26-08-2023 Buitengelezen (Bijloke) PORCELAIN ID Gent, BE
06-08-2023 Stories Unfold (+ Meskerem Mees) PORCELAIN ID Zemst, BE
29-07-2023 Totaal Festival PORCELAIN ID Bladel, NL
11-07-2023 Provinciehuis PORCELAIN ID Gent, BE
24-06-2023 Eindeloos Eiland Festival PORCELAIN ID Kortgene, NL
12-06-2023 Botanique ( + Harisson Storm) PORCELAIN ID Brussel, BE
27-05-2023 Geluidsgolven @ Stormkop PORCELAIN ID Antwerpen, BE

Press

14-02-2024

"Tuyishime finds a fine tension between fragility and disturbances. Porcelain id's another unique Belgian pop songwriter." DE STANDAARD wwww

13-02-2024

"An eclectic infusion of inspired folk with raw soul and edgy electronica. (...) A particularly idiosyncratic debut, as poetically evocative as it is confrontational." FOCUS KNACK

08-02-2024

"'Bibi:1' is an unforgettable experience. This is one of those records that people later make documentaries about: utterly unique and ahead of its time." DA MUSIC

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24-02-2024

"Seems Crazy? Sounds like it too (...)" GVA wwww

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22-02-2024

"Echoes of Bowie" Front page + Interview in HAARLEMS DAGBLAD (NL)

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22-02-2024

"Diamond in the rough" FOCUS VIF

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21-02-2024

"Epic & intimate" FOCUS KNACK wwww

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19-02-2024

"A melancholic, experimental and at the same time bloody beautiful collection of songs." DANSENDE BEREN wwww

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16-02-2024

"Porcelain id delivers a solid, original and very recognisable debut album that doesn't go by unnoticed." LUMINOUS DASH

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16-02-2024

"Porcelain id possesses broad musical interests, a creative mind and elastic vocal chords. Porcelain id is an asset." OOR + INTERVIEW 

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16-02-2024

"On their debut album Bibi:1, Hubert Tuyishime aka Porcelain id shows they are ready to claim a place in Belgian pop history" DE MORGEN

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14-02-2024

"Tuyishime finds a fine tension between fragility and disturbances. Porcelain id's another unique Belgian pop songwriter." DE STANDAARD wwww

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13-02-2024

"An eclectic infusion of inspired folk with raw soul and edgy electronica. (...) A particularly idiosyncratic debut, as poetically evocative as it is confrontational." FOCUS KNACK

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08-02-2024

"'Bibi:1' is an unforgettable experience. This is one of those records that people later make documentaries about: utterly unique and ahead of its time." DA MUSIC

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15-11-2023

"Adam Coming Home" video premier on PINGUINRADIO (NL)

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15-11-2023

"Porcelain id brings a beautiful piece of tenderness to life on 'Adam Coming Home'." DANSENDE BEREN

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14-11-2023

Interview by LA VAGUE PARALLÈLE with Porcelain id 

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09-11-2023

"One of the best picks on Fifty Lab: Porcelain id" FOCUS VIF

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25-08-2023

Interview with Porcelain id by BRUZZ

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04-08-2023

Porcelain id interviewed by DE STANDAARD

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28-09-2022

"More than rightfully claiming their place in the Belgian Musicscene" INDIESTYLE

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26-09-2022

"The polyphonic equivalent of a rainbow" OHLALALA on Porcelain id live in Brussels 

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26-09-2022

Interview with Porcelain id in DE MORGEN

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17-09-2022

"Reprise shows the versatility of this promising artist" DAMUSIC 

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30-08-2022

"An amazing song by a damn' amazing musician." LUMINOUS DASH on Porcelain id's 'Blauw'

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10-06-2022

Interview in FOCUS KNACK + Video premiere of 'Vlaanderen'

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08-06-2022

Interview with Porcelain id by OHLALALA

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23-02-2022

Porcelain id in FOCUS KNACK

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22-02-2022

"So yes, Porcelain id have got it..." LUMINOUS DASH on Porcelain id live

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26-01-2022

Porcelain id is PROXIMUS PICKX's artist of the week

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06-01-2022

DANSENDE BEREN interviews Porcelain id

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19-12-2021

"It didn't take more than two sentences to make the room go completely silent." DANSENDE BEREN on Porcelain id live

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19-12-2021

"A deserved standing ovation" LUMINOUS DASH on Porcelain id live at Sound Track 2021

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10-10-2021

"This is honest, furious, in love, hopeful, heartbreaking and fragile in all colours." LUMINOUS DASH on Porcelain id live

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09-10-2021

For those still wondering why we are such fans of competitions like Sound Track? For magical moments like this. DANSENDE BEREN on Porcelain id live at Sound Track

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27-09-2021

Porcelain id interviewed by LUMINOUS DASH

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Video 

Porcelain id - Brilliant

Porcelain id - Adam Coming Home (Live@VrtRadio1 Wonderland)

Porcelain id - Moon (Live@VrtRadio1 Wonderland)

Porcelain Id speelt Brilliant, Cellophane en Adam Coming Home live @ KINK

Porcelain id - Moon

Porcelain id - Adam Coming Home (Official Video)

Porcelain id - Man Down! (Official Video)

Porcelain id feat. Martha Da'ro - Rhythm Machine (Official Video)

Porcelain id - Blauw (Official Video)

Porcelain id - Vlaanderen (Official Video)

Porcelain id - MONTANA (Acoustic Version)

Porcelain id - NO DENIM (Acoustic Version)

Porcelain id - MUSCHEL (Acoustic Version)

Porcelain id - MONTANA ft. NARD (Official Video)

The Arts (demo)

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