Balthazar is a Belgian indie pop and rock group. The band consists of Maarten Devoldere, Jinte Deprez, Patricia Vanneste, Simon Casier and Michiel Balcaen. The band members come from the areas of Kortrijk and Ghent.
The group started in the second half of the year 2004. In the spring of 2005, Devoldere, Vanneste and Deprez (aged 18 at the time) won the national Kunstbende competition for young people with the song Lost and Found. On 3 December that year they also won Westtalent, the rock contest of the province of West Flanders, Belgium.
On 22 March 2010, their debut album Applause came out in Belgium and the Netherlands. The album was produced by the then 22-year-old Martin Devoldere and Jinte Deprez and was mixed in Norway by Ynge Leidulv Saetre.
The second album, Rats, was released on October 15, 2012 in Europe, excluding the UK.
On 26 January 2015 Balthazar released the single “Then What”, which preceded the album “Thin Walls” that released two months later. Then What was generally well received, with among others a first place in [De_Afrekening|Studio Brussel’s Afrekening] for four weeks in a row. “Thin Walls” was released on 30 March 2015 and is their first album where a producer is involved. This time Ben Hillier, known from his work with Blur and Depeche Mode. The Thin Walls tour streched over the whole of Europe, with Balthazar playing at many big concert halls and festivals in Belgium, France, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, Switserland and Turkey.
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