Hantrax Vinyl Release & Studio Palermo Turns 4

‘De Studio’ Antwerp, Belgium / October 2019 ©Pieter Huybrechts

Live at Rubenshuis (pictures Jeroen Broeckx)

Framed Het Paleis theatertour

Symphonic piece for B-Classic Hantrax, Yip, De malsche

Planet Hantrax De Studio (c) MArk Rietveld

Hantrax is the alias of Antwerp based composer, performer, and pianist Han Swolfs (1984). Renowned for his live electronic performances and imaginative piano stage productions, his shows are kinetic, atmospheric, hypnotic, and cinematic. A multi-faceted musician who is both enigmatic and kind, Hantrax traverses music categories with whimsical ease from classical to jazz to edgy electronic music.
As a composer, his music in spirit is experimental, taking seemly incompatible influences and mixing them into his self-invented musical language. He breaks the rules of genres, cross-pollinating styles at will into his oeuvre of dark ‘undanceable’ dance music. His ingeniously crafted compositions reimagine standard forms. Old and new technology is an integral part of his process, exploring the possibilities of analogue and digital systems, music machines and recording systems. Dubbed the illustrious prince of the Antwerp underground, Hantrax creates transformative music championed by connoisseurs and barbarians alike
His collection, which includes his piano compositions and his edgy electronic tracks, is available on Palermo Records, Ekster label, Roulete Records, Jack playmobile, and Jheri tracks. In October 2019, Hantrax will release his new double LP ‘Paroxysm’ with Palermo records. Off stage, Hantrax can be found hosting a modernist music program called Klankmeanders with his father, Hendrik Van Geel, on Radio Central and can be heard on his radio show titled Headroom on the Word Radio, that exposes cool innovative music of all categories.
Working at the intersection of the arts, Hantrax has been involved in numerous creative collaborations and productions. Highlights include work with visual artists Anne-mie van Kerckhoven, Pieterjan Ginckels, artist duo Arocha-Schraenen as well as performances for the theater company Abattoir Fermé and for the classical orchestra of Michiel De Malsche as a soloist.
Hantrax realized from a young age that he wanted to pursue a life of music above all else. He began his music journey, studying the cello at the age of 9, and then quickly gravitated towards the piano, beginning formal studies at the age of 12. He followed intensive classical piano training with Dorothea Haers and jazz piano with Christoph Erbstosser. Along with private instruction, he attended the prestigious Antwerp Jazz Studio. In parallel, during his volatile adolescent years, he was captivated by electronic synths, hip-hop, anarcho punk, new wave, fine-tuning his own style, figuring out how to command the stage, performing in bars, concert halls, and festivals. Light years since, he continues to build a music sphere of relentless experimentation that constantly defies boundaries and pushes the parameters of sound and performance.

Music for Argwaan a film about Luc Tuymans Theatertour with Framed Het Paleis Live at Rubenshuis Music for Otherworldly Walter Vanbeirendonck Live at  at dokrijk with orphan fairytale, elko bleyweert & true zebra live at magazijn de snoeck boutersem dj set los ninios friday june 10 c12 performance: forbidden city anwter stimular vooruit ghent with rt60fieldsxlaura (live), klakmatrak hantrax & elko bleyweert: oude badhuis antwerp jan verstraeten + hantrax thu 3 mar 22: ab bruxelles live with neila , gabrielle simon planet hantrax at de studio strobo: night of the pawlowski syndrome / hantrax / naga ghost / dj faster pussykat hantrax liveperformance / sleepers/dreamers by misanthropozine (pieterjan ginckels,studio snowflake + guests expo: outdoor hiking with sound & other fireworks one stage for horst live with elko blijweert for this is antwerp hantrax livestream concert for kiosk radio during quarantine 202 a special night with brutus/hantrax • ‘vooruit’ gent, belgium af20 artefact night • ‘stuk’ leuven, belgiu hantrax vinyl release & studio palermo turns 4 • ‘de studio’ antwerp, belgium
art united x ghost • ‘pukkelpop’ limburg, belgiu ‘out loud’ festival • ‘beursschouwburg’ brussels, belgium kap bambino / hantrax / party harders • ‘reflektor’ liège, belgiu 38 jaar radio centraal • ‘het bos’ antwerp, belgium party harders night • ‘la vallée’ brussels, belgiu high-tech low cost favela paradice • ‘terrain gürzelen’ biel/bienne, switzerlanghost haunted house edition • ‘vooruit’ ghent, belgium cultuur caféconcerten: hantrax • ‘cosa nostra’ aalst, belgium the word turns ten • ‘c12’ brussels, belgium fly over ghent: ghost interventions • ‘fly over’ ghent, belgium
ghost by raveyards night • ‘de singel’ ghent, belgium strop festival: ghost stage • ghent, belgium
copacabana festival: ghost stage(icw bar bricolo) • ‘blaarmeersen’ ghent, belgiu de nor openingsweekend • ‘middelheim museum’ antwerp, belgium underground occupy mainstream! • ‘ancienne belgique - ab brussels’ brussels, belgium midweek live: hantrax • ‘bonnefooi’ brussels, belgium
urb [at] tank (achbar) • ‘tank bar’ bruges, belgiu anne-mie van kerckhoven exhibition • ‘m hka antwerpen’ antwerp, belgium 30 bang bang he shot me down it’s a trap / hantrax & dj jeremie grr ‘madame moustache’ brussels, belgium
ghost by raveyards / stuk opening night • ‘stuk’ leuven, belgiu conférence bohemienne • ‘pulsar’ antwerp, belgium subbacultcha release party - the fall issue • ‘de nieuwe anita’ amsterdam, netherlands ghost by raveyards/wallifornia park • ‘les ardentes’ liege, belgiu palais chalet a liége: hantrax & pierre normal • ‘cercle du laveu’ liege, belgium space bubbles • ‘het bos’ antwerp, belgium
“de uitnodiging” red light radio: hantrax/ nosedrip/orpheu the wizard • ‘club smederij’ tilburg, netherlands late night concert bougeb hantrax/borokov borokov • ‘de singel’ antwerp, belgium
ghost by raveyards • ‘recyclart’ brussels, belgium wintergeest/ghost by raveyards • ‘sint-jacobs’ ghent, belgium euromoney festival • ‘de gym x oost’ groningen, netherland 3 in 1+2: hantrax/other robots/true zebra/dj’s wagonman & pj • ‘muziekcentrum kinky star’ ghent belgium  ghost by raveyards / closer / dichterbij festival • ‘postgebouw’ antwerp, belgiu destination earth • ‘occii’ amsterdam,netherlands hantrax + dj wagonman • ‘vooruit’ ghent, belgim herr seele presents hantrax • ‘l’excuse’ oostende, belgium Live with bonnie banane • ‘het bos’ antwerp, belgium
11 kunstenaars tegen de muur • ‘born in antwerp’ antwerp, belgium vernissage ‘het zwarte gat’ • ‘kasteel hof de bist’ ekeren, belgium hantrax ᴲ • ‘gouvernement’ ghent, belgium hantrax live • ‘kaffe ‘t hof’ middelburg, netherland hantrax “ticker tape parade vinyl release party” • ‘publik’ antwerp, belgium @ fintech futures • ‘vlerick business school’ ghent, belgiumhantrax @ stadslimiet • ‘stadslimiet’ antwerp, belgium artefact music festival • ‘stuk’ leuven, belgium keiurban festival • ‘de effenaar’ eindhoven, netherlands 30 jaar witzli poetzli • ‘witzli poetzli’ antwerp, belgium
de keuze van de artiest • ‘flimhuis klappei’ antwerp, belgium 5 year renaissance • ‘renaissance’ antwerp, belgium premiere ‘de mythologische roof’ • ‘jc den eglantier’ antwerp, belgium extra fort/studio marcel • ‘recyclart’ brussels, belgium some loopholes ain’t so loopy/flux • ‘broeltoren’ kortrijk, belgium private sunday • ‘palazzo’ antwerp, belgium the sound of the belgian underground ‘ab’ brussels, belgium mauroworld • ‘mezz’ breda, netherland ignorance is strength • ‘hunting and collecting’ brussels, belgium hantrax lp release • ‘cafe strange’ antwerp, belgium mr. make-do’s official launch • ‘publik’ antwerp, belgium soundscore for a sculpture: hantrax_raphael • ‘homey’ antwerp belgium miaux_hantrax_rei hayama • ‘stadslimiet’ antwerp, belgium
mismeesterd/ultra eczema/theater zuidpool • ‘theater zuidpool’ antwerp, belgium hantrax • ‘tenace boot’ antwerp, belgium