Iori (NL)

February 21, 2019

Fabz Pi left his home in Ethiopia at the age of 16 to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player in The Netherlands. He had to watch his dream fall apart when he injured his knee and was forced to forfeit playing soccer. That moment lead him to find his passion for music as it was his light through the dark periods he passed through after his injury.
Fabz is like an alchemist on a journey leaving a trail of spiritual trap combined with high energy performances. When on-stage, he brings a combination of deep, self-reflecting lyrics and highly motivating songs while being fully engaged with the crowd he’s performing for as well as mosh pit energy in a punk like delivery and auto tune inspired melodic trap music. He has quickly risen to be an artist to keep an eye on in the scene of Rotterdam according to Red Bull Music top 13 to watch out for from the 010. He’s a 2x finalist in the “Big prize of Rotterdam” competition and has also reached the final stage of the “Most Wanted” competition in Melkweg Amsterdam. In the Summer of 2018 he released his first EP “Life of Pi Season” and it has now been streamed more than 100,000 times. Pop Unie mentioned in their review that he is one of best and most versatile Trap Rappers in the country. FABZ Pi is currently working on Season 2 of his Life of Pi series coming out early 2019

The New Skool Rules anthem will be released on 6 April on all streaming platforms

March 31, 2018

We’re super proud to announce this year’s New Skool Rules anthem and Exchange group artists!

New Skool Rules is organized by the Epitome Entertainment foundation and each year we organize an artist Exchange program connected to the conference and festival. This year’s 6th edition of the Exchange program involved four rounds of auditions and some tough selection processes. Eventually, we selected six talented artists: one producer, four singers, and one rapper. The winning artists got to work with industry experts while writing, producing, and recording the New Skool Rules anthem, which will be performed at the opening of New Skool Rules 2018 on Friday, May 18th at 17.30 hrs.

Working with this year’s talented and diverse group of Exchange winners was Prynce Tha Writer, an Atlanta, Georgia-based songwriter and engineer, and Troy Taylor, Grammy-award winning songwriter and producer (Trey Songz) who created the beat and coached the team through the process.

The impressive group of artists that put together the 2018 New Skool Rules anthem are:


  • Sam Ouwehand: A producer and writer from Delft, Sam finds his creative calling in multilayered productions. He worked hard with the group to craft the sounds and story you’ll hear in “I Still”.
  • Bernice Christine: A Dutch singer with a light, breezy vibe and a jazzy edge that’s well-suited to the pop music she creates, Bernice has a poetic songwriting voice and brings a bright energy to her music and to the anthem.
  • FABZ Pi: Hailing from Ethiopia, FABZ Pi developed his deep love for music after moving to the Netherlands at age 16. He has been very active in the Rotterdam music scene with multiple, cross-discipline collectives while working on his own, energetic mix of old- and new-school rap. 
  • Angel D’Amor: Born in Portugal to Cape Verdean parents, Angel immigrated to the Netherlands at a young age to grow up in Rotterdam. With Angel, Cape Verdean world music, pop and soul come together in multiple languages and emotional performances.
  • Pim Bossink: A singer-songwriter from the south of the Netherlands, Pim usually makes pop music with an R&B edge. Now living in Rotterdam and studying at Codarts, he is focusing on honing his skills, especially with more commercial pop music.
  • Dasilvian Bruce: Amsterdam-based Dasilvian mixes multiple genres to arrive at a particular sound and voice all his own. A strong believer in the power of music and musicians as role models, he strives to positively touch others with his own work.


Get ready – the New Skool Rules 2018 anthem drops on April 6th on all streaming platforms!


Canadian Blasts line up’s announced!!

April 7, 2017

For the 4th time in a row, New Skool Rules wil feature Canadian Blast by C.I.M.A., Socan Foundation and Socan. The Canadian Blast we held so far was a Hiphop showcase with some of the biggest names in Canadian Hiphop like Juno winners Big Tona and Rich Kidd. For this fifth edition we added a new Canadian Blast to the line up for Canadian R&B artists from all over Canada.

The Canadian Blast (R&B) will take place at BIRD Rotterdam on the 19th of May from 22.00-23.00 followed by the Soultastic night. The artists performing are JENNA, Tessa, AHI and Divine Brown.


The Canadian Blast Hiphop will be held in de Unie (Rotterdam) on Sunday May 21st with a Canadian reception first, followed by dope performances by Canadian Hiphop artists: iLLvibe, D.O., Devontee, Quake Matthews, Myer Clarity, Mc Evoy, DSG Samurai Champs, Monique Spence and King Bliss.

First time collaborator Popunie will feature some or their Urban Talents at New Skool Rules

February 12, 2017

Popunie is a local organisation that supports pop music ranging from Metal to Urban. For New Skool Rules they’re putting together a showcase with their top Urban talent. The Popunie does several different competitions every year and financially supports artists from Rotterdam for international gigs, but also supports small pubs and bars to programm unknown acts to create more platforms for artists to become more experienced.