JOY WELLBOY is a duet from Bruxelles, Belgium.
Since 2009 Wim Janssens and Joy Adegoke play together the game of love and music, passion and sounds. Here’s how Bpitch Control – Berlin (their record label) describes their sound:
Unusual harmonies and compelling melodies cut deep into the core
and on top there’s Adegoke’s voice, uplifting, bedazzling, spirited.
Sometimes she’s a knife that cuts, somethimes she’s a gun that blasts.
But she always speaks from the heart.
We had the chance to investigate in their lives, listening to their music and feeling trapped inside a beautiful movie. Here’s the result of a very curious chitchat with this promising band, together with stunning videos shot on location as they are keen to travel and discover the world in perfect Reykjavik Boulevard style:
Your first project and your future project: how would you describe them?
My first and future project is Joy Wellboy. Everything that I do with my boyfriend is close to my heart. We write about what is happening to us. It’s our story. We handle each song with care and think a lot about the places where we want to bring people with our songs.
What do you find inspiring and how would you describe your lifestyle?
For the moment I find the air and the big lanes of Berlin very inspiring// The water of clear lakes also… When you come out of it, you can have loads of fresh tiny ideas// Blissful summer faces// My grandfather… He has no short memory left and says the most interesting things// Specific dark atmospheres in the middle of the night , especially when it’s full moon and quiet// Clear blue sky with the sound of footsteps in the snow and the particular smell of snow… Or lying down in the snow till it’s too cold// The moment I wash my hair// Running on the beach// Spinning around on the grass// Ropeskipping// Woods full of blue bells and lightgreen moss// Bach// Red beet juice// Heavy storm with big flashy lightnings// Paintings of Caravaggio and Rothko// Greek Mythology// William Blake// Precious stones// Dolphins// Indonesia// Frightening situations or places// Dramatic situations// Having a lack of money or …Sleep: It sometimes makes me more aware.
I want to live on the moment and get rid of fears by throwing myself in the unknown. I want to learn as much as possible, spread a lot of love, grow more aware and embrace every situation, wether good or difficult. Earth is a beautiful and magical place. I believe that you can attract what you dream about and that your thoughts make your reality. I also believe that you can change whatever you want to change if you really want to. I love to take risks that could turn my whole live upside down. Even if it means that I suddenly have to live in another country! I want my life to be full of surprises. I believe that nothing can really harm you as long as you are doing what you love to do, as long as you are being honest with yourself, as long as you know where you want to go and as long as you thrust in life. What’s for you will not pass you by!
What would you probably be today if you hadn’t followed your dreams of working in the music field, or what is your actual dream?
I don’t want to do something else than what I do right now. If I was not making music I would maybe be working in a garden full of flowers, or I would be a professional snorkeler in oceans filled with the most colorful fishes. My actual dream is to travel more and far away to the most extraordinary places. But above all: I want to move more people with music.
Artists and events: can you tell us the most interesting that you’ve found in your career until now?
Interesting artists: Antony and the Johnsons: a lot of his songs our very powerful and they changed my life positively// Joni Mitchell: she sings so effortless and her melody lines are astonishing// David Bowie: his face, his voice, his style , especially in the seventies// Anita O’ Day: for being so ahead of her time and for sounding so fearless// Björk: for waking a lot of people and opening up worlds with her unbelievable amount of imagination// Roisin Murphy’s attitude especially when she was singing in Moloko// Mal Waldron’s way of playing the piano// Alison Goldfrapp and the atmosphere she creates on “Felt Mountain”// Joan as Policewoman: her particular way of singing, her timbre and her stories//
Interesting events: I’ve never been to the ”Burning Man – festival“ but I absolutely want to go there!!
The place where you were born, the place where you live, the best place where you traveled with your work: can you tell us something that only you know to describe them?
I’m born in Brussels. I love the fact that I was born there. I don’t think I would have created the songs that I wrote till now if I was not born there. Now that I’m not living there anymore, I can feel this more than ever and it makes me more grateful. Not so long ago I heard someone saying that Brussels is the gateway to hell. I do agree for a part. There is something gloomy going on there. The weather is often rainy and grey and there is nothing spectacular or fairytale-like about Brussels.
I think you need a lot of imagination… To keep on going when you live there. Especially when you want to do something out of the ordinary: People will always talk to you in a realistic way, calm you down and try to keep you with your feet on the ground. I recently heard that Brussels was build on a swamp. That makes it hard to finish creative works.
The atmosphere is very rough, chaotic, disorganized. But this is also charming. The beauty of Brussels is hidden in the details. Brussels makes you listen more carefully. It makes you look more carefully and there are little special places hidden everywhere.It’s a crosspoint with a lot of different nationalities which makes you more tolerant and geographically it is located very well if you quickly want to go to bigger cities like Paris, Amsterdam or London.
The mentality of Brussels is very honest. I feel that nobody is exaggerating. Nobody is throwing with compliments, there’s not a lot of impulsiveness. The people in Brussels are modest and not patriotic at all. That sometimes gives the impression that things are falling apart, that there is no core at all. In good days it’s just what you need. You can grow more independent and it makes you more flexible.
I live in Berlin right now. I love the big lanes, the abundance of space and the lakes I have the feeling that there is enough place for everyone and that it has a peaceful effect on the people. I never saw one fight in the streets. The energy is flowing. Some places seem stuck in the ‘80, which is very funny! I will never forget the moment that it started to rain very hard after a 37° hot day. Loads of people spontaneously ran out in the streets in their underwear to celebrate the rain. That is something that I never saw in Brussels.
So, do you now love them like we do? Find out more in Bpitch Control official presentation here: