With the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards having now been moved to the 16th December, we took advantage of the extra time allowed to ask female DJ duo Beauhause – Angke Nadine Henri Wullus and Lissa Callens – to record a mix for us that’d lift the mood a little and bring a smile to our faces. Mission accomplished.
Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, etc…
Mutual friends introduced us to each other and immediately a new ‘Joey and Chandler’ were born. Ever since, we’ve enjoyed every minute spent together, especially those moments on the dance floor. Both in love with the same music, we started playing at little pre parties when at one day a friend challenged us to play at a bigger party in one of our favourite clubs. Challenge accepted of course! And so it all started. In February 2013 we played our first set and we got a taste for DJ’ing. We immediately hit it off seen the fact our musical minds are alike. We can describe our sound as a funky, melodic, deep and groovy bland of house and techno, incorporating tracks from both present and past times.
Lissa: My greatest influence is my 3 years older brother, who took me under his wings when I was 14 years old. He started DJ’ing in 2006 and I could join him to some of the biggest clubs in Belgium. At first it was the perfect excuse for going out at that age, but after a while my standards became high. When my friends wanted to go to a party, my first question was: ‘Who’s playing?’ I became very curious about the life of a DJ. When I was going out, I was always guessing what the next song would be. I became interested in composing the perfect DJ set: choosing the right song combinations while also paying attention to the atmosphere of the crowd and so this dream started about standing at the other side of the booth…
Angke: I grew up in a house that was filled with music all the time. Thanks to my mother I learned to appreciate all kinds of music, she made me curious to find out what music exists apart from the songs you hear on the radio. Together with her brothers, she was always looking for new music to discover. One of her brothers is a DJ and producer and I will always remember entering his studio for the first time. I was blown away. The only problem was that I couldn’t touch anything ‘cause back in the days, most synths didn’t have patch memories, so my eight year old hands were forbidden to fiddle with the knobs. Luckily I met my boyfriend a little over 4 years ago. He too is a DJ and producer. He had all kinds of gear and this time, I was allowed to touch it! So big up to my boyfriend who was happy to teach me everything he knew (which is quite a lot so I’m not there yet). Anyway, I always had a special feeling about music. For me it’s a dream come true to share the music I love. Although I can’t play everything during our Beauhause sets ‘cause we stick to house and techno :p
How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?
Lissa: I’ve always had a passion for music. I played the guitar and I loved singing when I was young. I even bought an electric guitar and did little concerts on my own. My teenage dream was to be in a rock band (glad that didn’t happen). When I started going out, a lot changed. Unfortunately, my voice disappeared, but happily (with credits to my older brother) I got to know good music. From that moment on, electronic music has been a big part of my life. The last few years our musical project Beauhause has really become an important part of my life. In the weekend I can fully horse around behind the decks with my partner in crime. Furthermore, I’m singing again and I’m learning to play the piano too.
Angke: On our first trip together in France, my boyfriend got my attention when finishing some remixes. I was curious. So we opened a bottle of wine, a new project in Logic and I started exploring. I never heard such crappy music, haha! So I switched to DJ’ing to still my musical hunger. I am certainly interested in producing music and I’m in a learning process, but it takes time and one should never rush into things. I do have a degree in music theory, and I used to play the piano and the drums. But that was ages ago. I’m not even sure I could still play those instruments.
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?
Angke: nothing could ever be full-time for me. There are too many things I love to do such as reading, playing theatre, walking my dog in the forests, doing yoga, redecorating my apartment over and over again and then there’s my job at KERK Gent which I simply love. But of course, music plays the leading role in my life at the moment.
Lissa: I need music every day, so for me it’s a full-time occupation for sure. The thing is that I want to live in a house with a roof above my head, so in my other life I’m an industrial psychologist. That’s why the last few years it felt like I didn’t have enough time to fully enjoy this musical project we’ve been living. It’s always rushing from work to the studio and recovering from the weekend. It’s a hard knock life but it’s fucking worth it! ☺ My dream is to make a full-time occupation out of it, but for now that’s not possible. Although I believe in it cause we’re working our asses off and hard work pays off (as they say ;)).
Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?
Our mix is easy to feel and melodic. We think you should enjoy it in a little dark club with an intimate atmosphere. Order a glass of wine and let the vibes run through your body!
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?
The exclusive track in this mixtape is Simion – The Groove (Kevin Knapp’s Thunderboy Remix).
We played Simion’s track Give You Love (and the Ninetoes Remix of the same track) a thousand times! So we keep an eye on this producer. This is a new track that will be released on his own imprint Hedonism on the 11th of December. The press release describes it as ‘A hypnotic, bass-led bomb with a passive vocal that builds to a chugging breakdown’ and we fully agree!
When and where did you record it? Describe the room, the furniture, the walls, the view from the room, the neighbourhood, the weather at the time, etc…
We recorded it in our own music studio. It’s situated in the basement of a building that is located right in the middle of one of the many party areas of Ghent. We have a custom made DJ booth that Angke designed, so it’s perfectly adapted to our needs. The studio is rather dark, but it smells good.
The studio actually belongs to Angke and her boyfriend who’s a fervent music producer. You can find a big 32-channel mixing desk, some analogue synths, an effects rack and some other gear in our studio, which is awesome because we love to jam with all those tools. In a few, these little machines won’t have secrets for us any more.
About the weather… we obviously have no idea about the weather, as the studio is a little cave.
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
Angke: The Reaver – Mmmm
Lissa: 2000 and one – State of house
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?
Angke: The thing is, I have a shitty memory. I know a DJ is supposed to know everything about his music but I simply don’t manage memorizing names and titles. I have enjoyed so much good music the past year, but I can’t allocate it to a specific album.
Lissa: I’m not very into albums to be honest. When I hear a song that I love, I look it up and buy it. I also listen to a lot of sets of other DJ’s and producers. For example, I heard the song of 2000 and One while listening to a set of Ricardo Villalobos.
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
On Wednesday the 16th of December it’s the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards. We’re happy to bring a set at midnight! The 5th of December we also get to share the decks with Ejeca at Sober.