A scene is nothing without the people that inhabit it, the bold ones that power it forward day in day out. Likewise for a city’s nightscape. And, unbeknown to most, a dedicated tribe of instigators – from promoters and producers to DJs, radio hosts and label heads – take to studios, basements, dance floors, fields and tents to ensure that no stone is left unturned and no night is left untouched in the pursuit of unfiltered and unfettered fun. Here, in a new collaboration with favoured gin imprint Bulldog, we meet six of the country’s nightlife movers and shakers – Dour’s Mathieu Fonsny, Horst’s Jochem Daelman, Deep in House’s Tom Raoul, Hush Hush’s Hush Hefner, Crevette Records’ Pim Thomas and Studio Brussel’s Charlotte de Witte – who each in their own right extoll the benefits of the country’s unique electronic music diversity in a six-part series of videos. For part five, Crevette Records’ Pim Thomas – alternatively known as DJ Borealis and Alfred Anders – takes up Brussels’ nightlife scene’s oft-overlooked nooks and crannies.
Brussels has a plethora of different subsets and subgenres that really gives it its edge.
There are a lot of people doing a ton of exciting stuff musically in Belgium at the moment, but if I had to pick one that stands out I’d say that Nosedrip’s definitely up there. He has literally lost himself in the things he does and loves, be it with Stroom.tv or his own recently launched label of the same name, and making quite a name for himself along the road. I also really love the Brussels scene and couldn’t imagine being part of any other one – that local affinity is really important to me. We might not have that many big clubs, but in my view that’s what makes us special. Brussels has a plethora of different subsets and subgenres that really gives it its edge whilst also guaranteeing we have a lot of parties to choose from when going out. For instance, nowadays there’s a really bold techno and minimal scene here, which is partly because all the main clubs are currently pushing these genres. But next to that – and this is the more interesting part for me – you have a ton of splinter cells inside this electronic scene that have a more specific crowd that is guided by their instinct and mainly stay away from the bigger events. Like, for instance, the resurgence in interest in all the downtempo, Balearic and disco stuff you see going strong. All this – this mix of big and small, mainstream and niche, bold and smooth – makes it a very interesting time for electronic music in Belgium today.