Saint-Marteau is a belgian singer-songwriter, with a stage
persona somewhere in between a rockstar, a cabaret artist
and a 'meneur de revue'. For several years he has been
performing in his own stage shows, with their unique blend of
humor, tacky outfits, razor-sharp lyrics and solid music. As a
great lover and connoisseur of french chanson, he is - while
composing - often extensively inspired by the rich history of
the genre, although he avoids any kind of nostalgia in the
arrangements and the performance of his work. He is
surrounded by four musicians who count among the best on
the Belgian rock scene.
Born in Ghent to a family of artists, the young J.-F. Haemers
seemed predestined to become a painter. Quite unexpectedly
he found himself behind the keyboards of a rock band at the
age of 15. This band enjoyed a short-lived success, but other
groups followed and he became a much solicited musician.
This wasn't enough for him however, so he decided to explore
new horizons. During a theatrical engagement he discovered
his own voice and the magical world of the footlight.
From then on he knew he was going to be a singer. Gradually,
Saint-Marteau found his own style, influenced by French songs
from the 1920s and 1930s. At first, he performed in bars and
cabarets, singing and accompanying himself at the piano,
presenting a highly original act, tinged with a keen sense of
humour. After a few years, Saint-Marteau was ready for the next
step: he founded his own band. With Isolde Lasoen on drums,
Steven Janssens on guitar, Bruno Coussée on bass and Luk
Vermeir at the keyboards, he was able to blossom as a showman
and a performer. In 2011 Ben Van Camp replaces Steven Janssens
From 2011 to 2014 Saint-Marteau went on tour with a theatrical
show called "Saint-Marteau se fait Gainsbourg", built entirely
around songs by the great Serge Gainsbourg. In this production
Saint-Marteau introduced several totally unreleased Gainsbourg
songs and gave his very own interpretation of some of the well-
known classics. His hilarious take on "Je t'aime... moi non plus",
in which he played the man's part as well as the woman's, has
already been imitated by various artists and will long be
remembered by all those present.
In july 2013 the single "Belgissimo !" was released on Parisiana
Records, just a few days before the coronation of King Philip I.
Nevertheless, this was not just a situational song but a joyous and
timeless hymn to Belgium and its royal family.
"Belgissimo" is also the forerunner of a second theatrical show,
"Saint-Marteau à la folie !" , made up entirely of Saint-Marteau's
own compositions. The premiere takes place in october 2014.
The public response is unanimous: this show is even more exciting,
even funnier and even more sumptuous than the previous one.
A second reason takes place the fall of 2015.
In the meanwhile, Saint-Marteau had put together another show
with singer Pauline. "Avec les anges" is their tribute to the french
chanson of the 1950's. This well-recieved show, more intimate but
visually still quite spectacular, was first performed in juliy 2015 and
will be on tour across the country.
Saint-Marteau's latest single "Viens à Paris", produced in collaboration
with C.J. Bolland, is released on Parisiana Records in march 2016. The
follow-up single "En trottinette" is released in september 2016.
In juli 2017,Saint-Marteau and Pauline premiered their second show as
a duo, "TARARA BOUM !", in which they revisit French songs from the