Kampenhout, Belgium

Into the Dark


About Illuminine

Illuminine is the alter ego of the Belgian musician Kevin Imbrechts, currently based in Kampenhout, nearby Brussels. Besides working on his music, Imbrechts works in a library, “a place for tranquility and inspiration.”

Imbrechts debuted in 2015 with the untitled “#1,” a record that set the foundation for his unique guitar sounds and soundscapes. “#1,” as well as “#2” and “#3” are all mixed at Sigur Ros’ Sundlaugin Studio in Iceland by Birgir Jón Birgisson. Today, Illuminine’s music has reached almost ten million streams on Spotify. Imbrechts signed with publisher McDade (London), also known for their collaborations with Nils Frahm and Balmorhea.

Besides his own work, Illuminine collaborated with other artists such as Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (A Winged Victory for the Sullen) for the track “Dear, Utopia” on the album “#3” and Alex Somers (Sigur Ros, Jonsi) made a rework of “Atlas, Eyes,” an initial collaboration with Will Samson. His latest release, “Dear, Piano,” contains reworks from 19 well-known artists, such as Jakob Lindhagen, Sergio Diaz de Rojas and Simeon Walker. For “De Stig,” a movie about cyclist Stig Broeckx, Illuminine composed the soundtrack together with Hannes De Maeyer and was directed by Eric Goens and Diederd Esseldeurs.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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