Brussels-based Dj Aidons Antoine’s musical upbringing involves parents at the village’s Fanfare Orchestra, playing clarinet at a tender age of six, and coming of age with sounds from Thunderdome and La Bush among others. In this exclusive mix, the founder of record label Le Pacific Records fuses classic favourites with local and miscellaneous tracks.
Can you describe in a few words your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, etc…?
I started to study music when I was 5, before being able to read. My parents were members of the village’s Fanfare Orchestra and they taught me the treble clef. Then I started to play the clarinet in B Flat when I was 6, the same as my dad. When I was 12, I had the chance to learn another instrument, I choose the classical guitar. My first introduction with Electronic music was in my Belgian cousin’s car listening to Thunderdome (especially Rotterdam Terror Cops – The horror) & Bonzaï, Captain, La Bush compilations. I grew up 120km far the nearest big city so having internet connexion at home and P2P helped make my music culture bigger.
How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?
I started making my own music when I got my first computer. I made many unfinished compositions that amounted not to much – from rock n’ roll to electronic. I really started to make music when I began buying hardware, like my first Keyboard in 2011. Since 2010, I run “Le Pacifique,” which was a place for gigs when it started. Now it’s something more like a collective and music exchange platform for publications, podcasts, releases, parties.
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?
I think about music everyday so I play/make/dig music as often as possible but I also have a day job. I’am working on getting a teaching certificate, AESS, to be able to teach Art at a special Secondary school.
Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?
This mix is just a compilation of new records, some local, some I never play in parties, some with my eternal influences. I tried to bring together different styles in the mix, something easy to listen to at home. I tried.
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 is from No Buo. It’s an unfinished (not for me, haha) and unreleased track. We are friends, and we now play together 2 to 3 times, and I can tell you he’s slowly becoming part of Le Pacifique Family.
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
Mori Ra and Mosey’s tracks, I play them all the time.
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?
Baba Stiltz – Total
Lawrence Le Doux – Pollution & Terrestre
Girl Band – Holding hands with Jamie – go to their concert, you’ll understand why…
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
A booking for Le Pacifique Parties and working on a few releases for 2016. I hope to play records again & again with my homeboys Lawrence Le Doux & Dekeyser (Bepotel).soundcloud.com/aidons-antoine