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Biography

Over the Sea is a singer-songwriter collective stretched between the North Sea and the Mediterranean. The band is based in Ghent and is a member of Ghent Music Movement. The sound of Over the Sea contains melodies from England, Belgium and Turkey. Our music combines the amalgam of unfamiliar cultures by means of clear, crisp melodies with vocals that contain a dash of blues. The sound of Over the Sea blends natural, acoustic instruments with fresh, electronic synths.

The band was initiated by Ays (vocals), a Turkish expat in Belgium, spent countless hours in her room as a kid trying to figure out that guitar bit in that 90s song. She created melodies of her own as far as she could remember, but never had the courage to put it out there, until 2018, the annoyingly agitating year in her calendar that led her to make Over the Sea become a reality and no longer just an element of her dream world. Her song-writing is mostly inspired by Bat for Lashes, Ben Howard and Jeff Buckley.

Freddie (guitar) found Ays at the exact time Over the Sea needed him the most. An English man and a guitar obsessive that stood on a stage in almost every European city, who decided to take a breath from touring and followed love to Ghent. He is still a highly active songwriter with projects as a song a week and his own solo project Freddie Webber. His idols are well spread over the music spectrum but on top there are definitely John Frusciante, Freddie Mercury and R. Stevie Moore.

The puzzle got completed by Tom (synth), a self- taught musician who is the expert in connecting the dots and creating bonds in styles of music that are often seen as alien to each other. He is the founder of Ghent Music, an NPO focused on supporting the Ghent local music scene. He makes music under Whispers from the Sea, a non-genre specific quest in putting thoughts and feelings into music. He is inspired by everything but naming his most listened artists would be Keaton Henson, Arctic Monkeys and The War on Drugs.

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