Milk Inc.

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Milk Inc.
Regi Penxten (Left) and Linda Mertens (Right)
Regi Penxten (Left) and Linda Mertens (Right)
Background information
GenresEurodance, dance, techno, electronic, vocal trance
Years active1995 – present
LabelsARS Entertainment
Antler Subway
Zooland Records
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
MembersRegi Penxten
Filip Vandueren
Past membersLinda Mertens
Ivo Donckers
Nikkie van Lierop
Sofie Winters
John Miles Jnr.
Ann Vervoort

Milk Inc. is a dance band that formed in the commercial dance scene in Belgium in 1995.[1][2] The discography of the band includes a total of seven studio albums and forty-one singles.[3][4] Concerts are performed annually by Milk Inc. at Sportpaleis.[5]


Milk Inc. released their first hit single "La Vache" in April 1997. Milk Inc. have had several tours throughout Europe. Their music is characterized by a specific emotional mood, which is created through the use of appropriate synthesizers. In its early days as Milk Inc., the band had also had a guitarist and harpist, John Miles Jr., which is an unusual instrument to be used in dance music. The band also experimented with different genres such as death metal, punk and opera, but their music was unsuccessful in these genres[citation needed].

The band has had many line-up changes throughout its history. The band has found much success in Europe, with many of their singles charting in countries such as the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France and Spain. They are most successful in their native country Belgium, where they have twenty-seven hit singles which have been in the Ultratop Chart, twenty-two of them being in the top ten and four of them being number ones.[6] Furthermore, all of their seven albums have charted there, with two of them reaching number one.[7] The band are the current record holders for the number of TMF Awards in Belgium and the Netherlands, with a total of 17 awards received.

In 2006, to celebrate their 10th anniversary, Milk Inc. decided to surprise fans with a two-hour live concert at the Sportpaleis Arena in Belgium. They performed many of their well-known hit songs as well as songs from the album Supersized.[citation needed]



Regi Penxten[edit]

Regi was born on 4 March 1976 at Hasselt in Belgium. At the age of 12, he got his first computer connected to a synthesizer. This marks the beginning of his passion for music. He studied at the music academy to learn to read music and he also played the guitar from an early age.

Regi Penxten decided to make music his career after, at the age of 18, he released some Underground and Trance EP on the Dance Opera and Illusion Label. Despite this, his parents wanted him to have a good education, thus he studied Telecommunication Electronics in Belgium. His success in the music industry started with "La Vache" in 1996, which was a big hit in France.

The Milk Inc. project was not enough for him, so he has more music projects ongoing with several singers and other producers.[8] Regi's first solo album Registrated went gold before its release date. It is a compilation of various Belgian artists.

Filip Vandueren[edit]

Filip Vandueren co-produce Milk Inc. with Regi Penxten, and plays keyboards in the band's full live shows and concerts.

Vandueren works as a producer under several names, including Philip Banks and Jedidiah Albertson. He started as a hard trance and underground producer at the DanceOpera Label. He has different projects to his name, such as K-Lab (known for Reunion — old school trance with a happy late-nineties feeling), The Klan, Karnak-X (Sky-Trance), Vidts and Vandueren with Quality Trance at the Oceanic Records label, and DJ Jan vs Vandueren with progressive and hard trance with remixes for DJ Tiësto and DJ Esteem.

Former members[edit]

Linda Mertens[edit]

Linda was born on 20 July 1978 in Wilrijk,[9] Belgium. From her early years Linda dreamt of becoming a performing artist. She studied art and after high school spent two years studying hairdressing. In 2000 Linda went to a club with some friends where Regi was deejaying, whilst there she asked him if he needed a singer for any of his projects and was asked to audition. At the time she did not know that Regi was looking for a new singer for Milk Inc.; she has been the lead singer for Milk Inc. ever since. In 2017, her 2-year-old daughter Lio died due a cancer. Linda got shaken by this, will not sing until she feels like it and has no plans for it.[10]

Ivo Donckers[edit]

Co-founder and member from the start of the project Milk Inc. until 2000. He was the most important member, and producer of this project. Studio technician at Antler Subway (EMI), he was responsible for many projects and remixes for 2Unlimited, Ace Of Base, 2 Fabiola, etc. The gimmick in La Vache was a piece of vocal from a previous recording from Ivo Donckers & Sven Maes, pitched up.

Nikkie Van Lierop[edit]

Born 7 March 1963 in Simmern, Germany, Anita Dominika Cornelia van Lierop, better known as Nikkie Van Lierop, and by her artist name "Jade 4U" and as a co-founder of Lords of Acid. In the spring of 1997 Praga Khan produced a remix of the song "La Vache". Since then the singer Nikkie along with Praga Khan contributed parts in lyrics and melody. In the music video "La Vache" that was filmed in England, Jade 4U can be seen. After the resounding success of the songs she sang in the performances during the first tour of Milk Inc. in France and Corsica. She left the band in order to concentrate on Praga Khan and Lords of Acid which had gained a cult following in the United States.

Sofie Winters[edit]

Sofie Winters was born 22 May 1976 in Leuven, Belgium. She replaced Van Lierop for a few months. During her time at Milk Inc., Winters was a singer in the song "Free Your Mind". Winters was then, and still is today, a model and actress.

Ann Vervoort[edit]

Graphic designer Ann Vervoort (10 March 1977 – 22 April 2010) was a dancer for Pat Krimson before she joined Milk Inc. She was brought in by Regi Penxten in 1997 as a replacement for Sofie Winters as a singer for appearances. Karine Boelaerts, a Belgian studio singer, who was already working for other projects such as 2 Fabiola was hired to record all the songs.[11]

In the middle of September 2000, Vervoort left Milk Inc. and moved to Ibiza with her boyfriend Patrick Claesen (alias Pat Krimson) producer of 2Fabiola, Nunca and Leopold 3, where they founded the record label Beni Musa Records. Vervoort was replaced by Linda Mertens. On 22 April 2010, Vervoort was found dead at her house in Houthalen-Helchteren. According to the newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, an amount of alcohol and drugs were involved.[12][13]

John Miles Jr.[edit]

John Miles Jr. is the son of the renowned musician John Miles. Miles studied pop music at Newcastle College and worked as a guitarist already known as "Popmusikern", with artists including Debbie Harry, Bryan Ferry, Joe Cocker and Andrea Bocelli. Miles co-wrote songs with Regi Penxten and Filip Vandueren when he became a group member in 1997 and performed as their guitarist on stage. The first single he was involved in making, "In My Eyes", was a commercial success. That was partly Miles' merit, his influence as a songwriter and the new style of the music effect he brought to the group. This in combination with the voice of Karin Boelaerts brought the music to a new level. All the songs he co-wrote were published during his time at Milk Inc. At the same time Vervoort stopped as playback, Miles wanted to leave Milk Inc. as well. He accompanied the group until the beginning of 2001. In 2002, the group had two top ten hits in the UK with "In My Eyes" (UK #9) and "Walk On Water" (UK #10). In the years 2006–2008, he rejoined Milk Inc. as a guitarist on their Supersized and Forever shows at the Antwerp Sportpaleis. Miles has since gone on to join another Belgian dance act, Sylver.




Year Title Chart positions Certifications
1998 Apocalyps(e) Cow 5
2000 Land of the Living 26 58
2001 Double Cream 39
2002 Milk Inc. 47
2003 Closer 11
2004 Best of Milk Inc.
2005 Essential
2006 Supersized 3
  • Platinum
2007 Best Of 2
  • Gold
2008 Forever 1
  • 2× Platinum
2011 Nomansland 1
  • Gold
15: The Very Best Of 4
2013 Undercover 1


Year Song Album Chart positions


1996 "Cream" Apocalypse Cow Vinyl only
"La Vache" 24 18 23 86 3 26
1997 "Free Your Mind" 19 54
1998 "Inside of Me" 6 62
1999 "In My Eyes" 2 2 9 29
"Promise" 3 3
"Oceans" 8 2 8
"Losing Love" Land of the Living 2 1 4
2000 "Walk On Water" 1 1 10 3 47 1
"Land of the Living" 2 2 18 16 7
2001 "Livin' a Lie" 3 3 44 56 4
"Don't Cry" Promotional single only
"Never Again" 17 2 69 1
"Wide Awake" Closer 2 9 50 1
2002 "Sleepwalker" 6 2 5
"Breathe Without You" 7 7 45 92 5
2003 "Time" 10 4
"The Sun Always Shines on T.V." 5 2 82 71
2004 "I Don't Care"
(featuring Silvy)
3 7 66
"Whisper" Supersized 1 14
2005 "Blind" 5 2
"Go to Hell" 4 7
2006 "Tainted Love" 7 2 37
"Run" 7 14 56
"No Angel" 10 12
2007 "Sunrise" Forever 3 13
"Tonight" 6 44
2008 "Forever" 7 91
"Race" 18 10
2009 "Blackout" Nomansland 1 67 - 84 -
"Guilty" Forever Canadian digital single only
2010 "Storm" Nomansland 1 7 3
"Chasing the Wind" 10 17
2011 "Fire" 5
"Shadow" 42
"I'll Be There (La Vache)" 15: The Very Best Of 6 86
2012 "Miracle" Undercover 16
2013 "Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life" 3 32 48
"Sweet Child o' Mine" 5
"Imagination" 3
2014 "Don't Say Goodbye" 7


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1997 "La Vache" Caswell Coggins
"Free Your Mind"
1998 "Inside of Me"
1999 "Oceans" Steven Buyse
2000 "Land of the Living" Filip Vandueren
2001 "Walk On Water" Frank Schneider
"Livin' a Lie" Peter van Eyndt
"Never Again"
"Wide Awake"
2002 "Walk On Water" Stuart Fryer
"In My Eyes" Damian Bromley
"Land of the Living" Andreas Tibblin
"Sleepwalker" Peter van Eyndt
"Breathe Without You"
2003 "Time"
"The Sun Always Shines on T.V." Alex Diezinger
2004 "I Don't Care" Raf Verbeemen
"Whisper" Peter van Eyndt
2005 "Blind"
"Go to Hell"
2006 "Tainted Love" The Black Sheep
"Run" Peter van Eyndt
"No Angel"
2007 "Sunrise"
2008 "Forever" Alex Diezinger
2009 "Blackout" Peter van Eyndt
2010 "Storm" Peter van Eyndt
2010 "Chasing the Wind"
2011 "Fire"
2011 "Shadow"
2012 "Miracle"


Year Title Notes BEL DVD
2004 Milk Inc. - The DVD
3 [23]
2006 Milk Inc. - Supersized
  • Contains footage of a concert.
4 [24]
2008 Milk Inc. - Forever in Sportpaleis
  • Footage of a Concert in Sportpaleis.
1 [25]


Year Award
  • MIA Award – Beste Dance/Elektro
  • MIA Award – Beste Dance/Elektro
  • Kids Awards 2009
  • TMF Awards Belgium – Best Dance Act National
  • TMF Awards Belgium – Best Live Act National
  • MIA Award – Beste Dance/Elektro
  • TMF Awards Belgium – Best Dance Act National
  • TMF Awards Belgium – Best Live Act National
  • TMF Awards Belgium – Best Album National
  • TMF Awards Belgium - Best Dance Act National
  • TMF Awards Belgium - Best Dance Act National
  • TMF Awards Belgium - Best Dance Act National
  • BelgaDance Awards Belgium - Best Producer Regi Penxten
  • TMF Awards Belgium - Best Dance Act National
  • TMF Awards Belgium - Life Time Achievement
  • TMF Awards Belgium - Best Dance Act National
  • TMF Awards Belgium - Best Dance Act National
  • Hitkrant The Netherlands - Best International Artists
  • Hitkrant The Netherlands - Best International Single "Walk On Water"
  • TMF Awards The Netherlands - Best Dance Act International
  • TMF Awards Belgium - Best Dance Act National
  • TMF Awards Belgium - Best Video "Never Again"
  • Top Radio Awards Belgium - Best Vocalist Ann Vervoort
  • Radio Donna Awards Belgium - Best Holidaysong of the year "Oceans"
  • TMF Awards Belgium - Best Single National "Walk On Water"
  • Radio Donna Awards Belgium - Peper Award "In My Eyes"
  • Move X Dance Awards Belgium - Best Dance Single "In My Eyes"
  • TMF Awards Belgium - Best Dance Act National


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