Wim Kesteloot or WiltMan is a 38 year old musician from Ghent, Belgium. Over the years, he covered a varied musical route in diverse formations.
After a short study bass and guitar at the Antwerp Jazz studio, he first set out as a singer-songwriter under the name of Agent Wander, accompanied by piano and double bass. Next stop was the Ghent-based Americana band Viper Rosa, where he played the baritone guitar. With some of the members of Viper Rosa, he later formed Agent Wander as a rockband.
However, the penchant for composition and recording surpassed the ambition to keep playing for an audience as a bandleader. The music itself became the central part. Since then, he creates, as the artist WiltMan, musical landscapes, consisting of melodic layers, carefully refined until spaces arise that capture the imagination of the listener.
Meanwhile, WiltMan released three cd's (Lo-Files I,II,III) as an indepedent (DIY) artist and made music for the theatre play 'Alice in Wond Wond Wonderland'. With Alice, it definitely became clear that composing for theatre suits WiltMan very well. The place where image and sound converse, reinforce each other, support and/or conduct one another, is WiltMan's preferred context to work in. It exactly matches the direction of the way he has covered until now.
Inspired by the work and the philosophies of artists like Brian Eno, JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, he continues creating his personal story, in which an entirely own sound, atmosphere and melodic touch gradually arise.
As WiltMan, the guitar of Wim Kesteloot is central with which he can coulour outside the boundaries of pop- and rock conventions. Different layers of subtle guitarparts create a dreamlike sound à la Ry Cooder, and when edgy, it sounds like Marc Ribot is playing. (Rifraf on WiltMan's debut Lo-Files 01)
Intriguing tunes and headwarming, filmic and captivating sound. (The Nightliners)