Liège-based VLE & DJ and Bon Goût are what one could call music activists; easily swerving from DJ to production, to radio-shows and setting up concerts. They are somehow all over the place and, not surprisingly, so is this Exclusive mix 41.
Described as a “a voyage through time, space and feelings following our instinct and no particular genre” the mix covers an impressive spectrum of sonic oddities, anthem covers, and ballroom music with an edge, mixed at a somewhat hectic pace. We couldn’t find a better way to prepare you for VLE’s mix at Micro Festival this Saturday.
Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, etc…
VLE: I am a 30 year-old multidisciplinary artist from Liège, Belgium. I’m involved in Digital Bal Musette, an artists collective I created with friends more than 10 years ago. We work in the fields of painting, videos, music, installations and photography. We also organise events to promote ourselves and other artists and musicians we like. To me, art (including music) is just like a laboratory.
DJ Bon Goût: I’m mostly a DJ, singer, musician, radio host and party lover. I’m from Liège too. For me, there’s no “wrong” music genre. My favourite one is 90’s acid techno but I love Acid Arab’s modern “fusion” approach!
How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?
VLE: I started when I was a child. I remember improvising and recording on tapes. At the same time I began using my dad’s VHS camera. Since then I just continued making videos, music, DJing, collecting records and instruments. I’m a real keyboards lover!
DJ Bon Goût: I also started as a kid with tape recorders, a turntable and found objects. Later I tried to join some local rock bands but I never felt comfortable with the “leader” role. At 18, I begun singing for fun in a “queer electro-punk” band in Brussels and we stayed together for 10 years! Meanwhile, I continued my own experimentations, I took some singing lessons, joined a “math rock” band, a popular choir, a contemporary orchestra and other obscure projects. The meeting point of all these experiences was my obsession for sound, my curiosity and need to share music and my will to improvise and challenging myself.
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?
VLE: Not at all! I’m making animation movies and videos at a studio called Camera-Etc. I’m specialized in video shorts but I also do features and give workshops. I’m also a painter (under the same nickname) and a VJ in the V-H-S Visual colective.
DJ Bon Goût: Yeah, DJing for the radio shows and parties is my most frequent occupation. I released a “spoof” mixtapes as DJ Bon Goût (wich humbly means “good taste” in French) and a second one is about to come soon! I started to record my own album 5 years ago in a vast array of styles. I’m quite stucked with that at the moment because, obviously, I cannot sing, play like 5 different instruments and stay behind the mixdesk at the same time so I’m basically in search of open and curious musicians willing to improvise on my stuff. Appart from all that, I’m a vlunteer in a STD’s prevention local association and a militant for LGBT rights”
Can you describe your mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?
DJ Bon Goût: I’m regularly hosting two live radio shows at our hometown university’s radio (one on Mondays called “Pyjama Parti” and the second one on Sundays, called “Flux”) I invited VLE to play with me some time ago. Then we had some free time in that studio to let ourselves go with CD & mp3 players. One of my players had a technical problem that night so I decided to use the second one and just sing and play little instruments on top of it to add a funny live feeling.
VLE: “I would love that people just sit back, relax and try to listen to the whole mix from A to Z. We’re open and curious to hear about the sensations people have experienced!”
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix?
VLE: We chose several exclusives tracks from our current projects. They were mostly improvised and home recorded for our little DIY label called DBM Records.
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
VLE: It’s impossible to choose!
DJ Bon Goût : I was so pleased VLE played a Fréhel tune and I’m always moved by his african influences! As my all-time super-hero, I was about to chose Björk’s “Where Is The Line” (my favourite song from that brilliant composer… remixed by Mike Patton! Dream team!!!) but the eternal feet-stomper in me would pick the Grimes track because I just cannot resist it!
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
DJ Bon Goût: I’ve got this fantasy of a solo DJ summer tour as I recently get a bit nostalgic of my punk years when we used to tour on trucks through Europe with cheap booze, barking dogs and energic tapes! But this time, it would be just me and my records. So, readers from Belgium and abroad; just ring my bell to get the party started!
VLE: I’ll take part in exhibitions. I’ll be DJ & VJing for parties and festivals. Making new videos and hopefully taking holidays!digitalbalmusette.tumblr.com/ soundcloud.com/digital-bal-musette mixcloud.com/DJ_Bon_Gout/