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Fab is a Belgian-American hip hop blues band. Jazz drums: Dave Williams (USA), upright bass: Aaron Mitter (USA), Belgian Delta blues guitar: Fabien Van der Stappen (BEL), keyboard: Tom Vaitsas (USA), Belgian backing vocal Geraldine Capron (BEL) and a hip hop DJ: Aaron Judlowe (USA) team up for an eccentric sound from 21st century Chicago.

Bandleader and guitarist Fabien Van der Stappen is a native of Belgium. In gritty French and broken English, he proclaims -- and promises to cure -- the international vice grip of the blues.

Fab's first album, "I Didn't Choose the Mood" was released in 2005. In 2006, Fab participated in compilation Heavy Breathing VOL 1 “Bite it” on Normal records distributed in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The second album, "Incursions ostentatoires", is released on Label Travers asbl in Belgium distributed by AMG in Benelux in 2009. The new album features Swiss artist Chris Harper on harmonica, and the lead slide guitar work of Max Getzel from Urban Twang.

Van der Stappen has worked for many years as a sound engineer, and produces bands in Chicago for his own label, Fabsound Records. His influences include Willie Dixon, Tom Waits, G. Love, Beck, Portishead, Serge Gainsbourg, and an array of bluesmen.

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