They’re young, talented and are blessed with good looks. Sitting at the back of Café Normo in Antwerp, Amélie Lens and Rosalie De Meyer are also known as Søren, the DJ act they launched together last year. Both striking and charming, the pair exude self-confidence and strength.
Amélie is an established fashion model, having walked for Ann Demeulemeester and graced the Antwerp Academy Show poster last June. Rosalie studies Communications in Antwerp and met Amélie by chance at university, “It’s funny, because we had a lot of friends in common, but never talked to each other. The minute I met Amélie, I knew we would get on.” Inspired by her boyfriend – who is also a DJ – Lens realised there was a gap within the Antwerp clubbing scene and she was looking for alternatives, “There were parties, but nothing we could relate to,” she explains. “We wanted to have our own party and decided to give it a go last summer. People loved it and they started booking us, which we didn’t expect. We’re not into these huge clubs with hundreds of people dancing. We wanted to have something more personal and intimate. At the beginning, our friends came to see us play and we liked this feeling of familiarity.”
‘It’s funny, because we had a lot of friends in common, but never talked to each other. The minute I met Amélie, I knew we would get on’
Søren is not a common name for a DJ either, but, here again, the story stems from personal memories: “When I was a child, my parents used to have a boat,” explains De Meyer. “The guy parking next to us was Swedish and his first name was Søren. I found it beautiful and liked how masculine it sounded. I guess it contrasted nicely with who we are.” When it comes to music, both girls have exactly the same taste, which makes it easier when it comes to planning sets. With hardly any age difference between them – Rosalie is 19 and Amélie 22 – they could almost be sisters, even though they don’t look alike. There’s an obvious chemistry between them and they seem to like spending time together, as well as travelling for gigs, “Our first gig abroad was in Amsterdam and it was nice being around each other,” says De Meyer. “We get on and take it easy. During gigs, we tend to be spontaneous and play what we like. We’re dancing and mixing at the same time, which means people see we’re enjoying ourselves. I think it makes a big difference and they like to see us having fun. It definitely helps.”
If having the right look is a plus, it’s not enough when it comes to music, “I’m a model, and I’m aware clubs may book us because of how Rosalie and I look,” explains Lens. “That doesn’t cut it when it comes to playing music though. You will be judged on the quality of your sound and no one will come back if you don’t live up to their expectations. You see acts where girls are pretty, but the music’s bad. Actually, when it’s girls at the tables, they probably have to prove themselves even more. We focus on our mixes and keep developing our own style. We’re looking for finesse in our music, with a feminine touch.”
Combining hypnotic grooves with warm vocals and softer melodies, Søren’s mixes are catchy and refined, something that seems to relate to the girls themselves. Their Matterhorn nights in Antwerp and Ghent have been increasingly popular, and they recently played Les Ardentes and Bob Beaman Club in Munich with DJ Hell. Even if they’re part of a young generation where women have more options when it comes to career choices, they still acknowledge the fact that the music industry is mostly male-dominated, “We’re aware that most DJs are men. There are probably only five or six women who are at the top of their game in this field,” asserts Lens. “We’re mixing music, because we love it, and there is no strategy behind what we do. We want to see how it goes and have no master plan. There’s no rush, is there?”soundcloud.com/soren-mttrhrn