“The mix was recorded on a hot Friday afternoon in my bedroom studio in Brussels. The first part is more hip hop & beats orientated, with a special focus on some soulful French and Belgian artists. The second part of the mix evolves into deep and melodic housy & future beats, even some footwork, before ending in a nostalgic mood with a track by Prince.”  72 soul – DJ, recording artist, promoter and host of Re:fresh, a weekly future beats and hip hop-flavoured radio show on BRUZZ – on the sunshine-savvy, soul-heavy mix with undertones of boom-bap he’s recorded for us.

 Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, etc…

Cool, calm and composed. In my approach to making music and mixing, I pretty much go by feeling: moods come and go, the idle mind postpones creation, a lot of time is spent absorbing different sounds and ideas – and then I’ll write a song over a stolen beat in an hour and post it on Soundcloud without a masterplan. My influences are mainly from the positive side of nineties hip hop to the latest future beats, as long as the beats per minute don’t upset my metabolism. The advantage of living in Belgium is you can appreciate all the good music from France, UK, EU, the States and beyond… so a lot of my early influences like funk, rap, jazz, soul always came from all over – with a special mention to Prince who showed the way by doing it all with style and ease.

How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?

I started by imitating Elvis and The Beatles when I was five, breakdancing in front of TV in the eighties, writing my first song at 15, joining a grunge band at 20, but I really started writing and making music (hip hop) when I was at university in Ghent. In 2000 I moved to Brussels, collaborated with Arsenal and played in ska/soul and funk/hip hop bands in Antwerp and Brussels. I used to make beats too but nowadays it’s mostly writing, singing and mixing. Music has always been in my life: listening, sharing, collaborating, doing a radio show or creating my own universe in my bedroom – I probably don’t take it too seriously, which is a blessing and a curse.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?

Besides doing the Re:fresh radio show on BRUZZ with DJ Odilon, I also have a vinyl talk show called EXPOSED plus the occasional mixes, guest appearances and 72 Soul or Pierre Citron recordings. I’m trying to bring my passion closer to the paycheck, but for now I still have a day job (as a marketing and communication manager in the public service) – plus I do freelance press and PR for Detours and other festivals. Toujours occupé, jamais débordé.

Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special

I always like to makes mixes that can be enjoyed as mellow background music, but can get surprisingly deep if you make the effort to really listen to the lyrics and the messages involved. Discovery is the key word: fresh tracks by emerging (Belgian) artists, little known remixes and a feel-good tune thrown in for good measure. This mix is best enjoyed through a good soundsystem, at the end of a sunny day, with a cocktail near the pool, the smell of meat on the BBQ, surrounded by some friends and a beautiful woman who gives you that tingling feeling, like something new and exciting is about to happen.

Exclusive track?

The exclusive track is also my favourite track in the mix. It’s a remix by FLUOKIDD of a Pierre Citron song called “Tu veux me faire un bébé” – originally produced by Frencg beatmaker GüMs. FLUOKIDD is actually DJ Odilon’s moniker as a producer, and Pierre Citron is my French crooner/rapper alter-ego. It’s one of the tracks of my upcoming Pierrre Citron Remix Project (Jazz.Eau.Citron.), for which I asked a whole bunch of mainly Belgian beatmakers (TMB, Smimooz, Le Motel, Wax Mantic, Dr Blaster, Solo700, Huru, ShunGu, Cris Prolific, Turtle…) to recreate their favourite Pierre Citron track – should be coming soon(ish), so now it’s official ;)

Top 3 albums of the year so far?

Anderson. Paak – Malibu

There’s a really fresh approach in his music, a regular who’s who of talented musicians and producers and a sincere message – it feels like it’s coming straight from the soul, which is rare in US music nowadays.

Elvis Roméo x Le Motel – Morale

The perfect blend of mellow beats and clever raps by two of Brussels’ nicest cats. Brussels has been getting a lot of crap in the mainstream media lately, but creatively we’re booming like never before, it’s incredible – a lot of talent out here.

Prince – Parade – Music From The Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon

Because. Purple Light is Eternal in the After Life.

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

Re:fresh radio show every Monday on 98.8 FM (www.bruzz.be), a Phuture night in Café La Pompe on the 18th of June, probably some more episodes of EXPOSED, and hopefully the Pierre Citron Remix project before the end of summer. Oh, and you can vote on Make.Brussels to make my Lazy Rebel Beats Festival a reality.

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