With just four days to go before the release of our Brussels Special at Hunting and Collecting and the after-party that’ll follow at BIP, we’ve asked Holger’s Captain Starlight, one of four DJs heading up the night’s line-up, to record an exclusive mix for us. When asked to describe it, here’s what the notoriously eclectic selector had to say: “It’s particularly appropriate for home listening, working or driving a car.” Which is why he’ll be playing first in Friday, making sure to ease you into the night’s craziness. Listen to the mix and read a short interview below.
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Can you describe the mix in a few words?
The tracklist is a reflection of the music I listen to while working, staying home, eating or falling asleep. Therefore it’s both background music and headphone-listening stuff to my ears. When i’m dj’ing in some bar or at some party, or when doing a show on Stroom (www.stroom.tv), some of these tracks might get played as well.
Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, etc…
I don’t make music myself (never have, and probably never will), but I run a party called Holger with my friend Stijn, who also goes by the name Sixsixsixties. Holger is mainly disco/house/techno-orientated. Somewhat out of necessity though. I would love to make it broader and weirder, but we’ld probably lose even more money then. With Stijn I also curate the disco playlist on 22tracks. Apart from Holger, I collect and listen to pretty much anything in between 1950 and now that tickles my fancy.
How did you first getting into music? How does it fit into your life?
It’s just a major passion since my teenage years. I don’t think I would want it to be my profession. Or maybe I do, but only on my terms, as making concessions would take away all the love.
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 guess you could listen to this mix anytime and anywhere, except for clubs at peak time maybe. It’s particularly appropriate for home listening, working or driving a car. When I make a mixtape, I usually have some friends in the back of my mind that I know will listen to it on repeat.
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?
Who really cares about exclusivities these days? I don’t. Almost every song that is considered exclusive, is not exclusive anymore a few weeks later. I’m pretty sure there’s a couple of songs in the mix most folks will never have heard before, so they’re exclusive in some way, and I hope people will feel the same about those tracks as I did when I first heard them. I want to thank Lawrence Le Doux for letting me use a live take from a show he and Roger 3000 did in September though. Sorry for fucking it up with the voice-over, Laurent!
When and where did you record it?
I recorded it in my living room at home in Cureghem, after work. Figuring out which tracks to use and then scaling down my selection to little under an hour took me a week and a half, stitching the whole thing together took me a couple of hours.
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
Close call between the Joe Tossini song and the last track.
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?
1. Mittland Och Leo – Optimists (Antwerp does it better)
2. Dean Blunt – Black metal (pretty much at the top of his game)
3. Frank Hunter And His Orchestra – White Goddess (my favorite reissue of the year)
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
Nothing but christmas dinners. And then loads of great stuff with Holger in 2015.