Brussels-based producer Musique Chienne’s form of brutal honesty translates into a uniquely unpretentious sound – think lo-fi girl-pop for empty ballrooms. To mark her live performance at Art Brussels this weekend, she recorded an exclusive mix for us with a selection of tracks « linked by their rhythm and poetry » that, in our view, perfectly soundtracks the current upswing in sunshine.

Exclusive mix 36: Musique Chienne by The Word on Mixcloud

Musique Chienne will be performing this Saturday 25th April at 16h00 at Art Brussels. Bright Entity perform at 17h00, and Different Fountains perform at 18h00.

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

I’m 25 years old and I grew up between Paris and Meudon. I’ve been in Belgium for the last five years, studying graphic design. When I was little I learned to play the xylophone, the vibraphone, the marimba and the kettledrums. I grew up listening to my father’s records, a lot of Frank Zappa, Bashung and Pink Floyd. My songs are mostly ballads, ambient, which is very different from my classical education.

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

I started four years ago, I did some collaborations with Musique Riche, (a duo with Léo Hoffsaes), when I arrived in Belgium. We made a mix with guitar, piano and voice, we recorded everything in our apartment in Liège using just the Mac Book microphone. Then I started a long distance relationship with Maxim, a friend from Paris. We called our project, “Champagne aux fruits”. I finally decided to do things by myself, with a synthesizer, my looper and sometimes a rhythm box, and it became Musique Chienne. Collaborations are very important, they allow me to grow as an artist and discover other ways to compose. Normally I collaborate with friends from Soundcloud like Tg Gondard, Présent Parfait, Claude Barbara, Mrogsta, Ponney Gallant, Samuel Boudier, Mac Noddy, and Unterflora.

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

No, it’s a not a full time occupation. I also draw a lot.

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

You got a little bit of rock, some you may know and others are just things that I like to listen. There are also some personal productions, collaborations and some very special tracks from my mates from Soundcloud.

Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix, why did you chose to include this one ?

The exclusive track is, “être en Vie”, one of my last tracks. It’s a bit different than the others because I’m singing in English. I collaborated with Jonathan Chandler for the lyrics, he’s a cartoonist and an English writer. Actually the lyrics came from one of his comics. I did everything with my new synthesizer, that I got for Christmas, it’s a Novation, Mininova; I discover a new sound everyday, it’s really not that bad; then I use a pad and my sticks for the part with more rhythm.

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…

I started the mix on Garage Band before going on holidays. On a sunny day I think, I got a lot of sun in my bedroom in the afternoon. So there was definitely some light on the Pascal Brutal portrait (Riad Sattouf), which is pinned to my wall. I can see a young couple from my window, I observe them sometimes; but I can’t remember what they were doing that day. I continued it in the car, on my way to Paris, with the laptop on my knees, surrounded by a salsa dancer and a nutritionist. I must admit, I haven’t been very sociable and haven’t looked at the landscape much. I finally finished it in a quiet french house, at my father’s place, in a nice living room full of plants and sun.

What ‘s your favourite track on the mix?

Tough question! I really love all the tracks that I’ve chosen for the mix. Two weeks ago, I went to the Kraak Festival in Alost , and I discovered Rodion G.A. The first track of the live was Linistea Noptil, I had a crush on it. So if I have to choose, I’ll choose this one.

What are you top three albums of the year so far and why ?

-“Trik” de Alex G, for his youth and his tracks with Advice and Kute.

-“Black Metal” by Dean Blunt for the duo voices and the sadness of his tracks.

-“Missil Traid” de Marcel D Swamp, for his tracks Iron and Wodd and also his live at the Student last year.

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

I’m playing at Art Brussel this weekend; I think it’ll be funny. Until then, I will draw, write my thesis, record a new cassette, make new tracks, eat, play football and then go somewhere to enjoy the sun.