Exclusive mix 73: Experimental grave music KOO

When we asked Antwerp-based production duo KOO – half Belgian, half Turkish – to record an exclusive mix for us, little did we know they’d come back with an entire album of exclusive material. Defined by its experimental and ambient undertones, the mix is mood music from start to finish.

Can you describe yourself in a few words?

Tristan and I both feel insufficient to put our style or sound into words but my mom doesn’t. She thinks it is like “grave music”, although it sounds definitely stronger (and droll at the same time) in Turkish as “mezar müziği.” We just feel it has a sort of weirdness to it and maybe also some darkness from time to time. We basically try to create things that we would enjoy hearing.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment?

Full-time, apart from the fact that we’re trying to make money on some other things to survive and to keep making music.

Can you describe the mix in a few words?

We can say that we wanted to create a whole bunch of new tracks for this mix. We went over our old sketches and made totally new ones too. For example, we now have tracks called “Intro” and “Outro”, thanks to this mix. And therefore, we feel like all tracks are as exclusive as the entire mix. You can consider it an album, though, if you’d like to. We like the idea that music can be free and available for all people as well as art in general, when it’s under favourable conditions.

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

We started doing live performances at the beginning of this summer and the next two are in the middle of September. We’ve been collaborating with our friend, visual artist Natalie (NATCHE) and now have an audiovisual show together. Friday the 16th at Mekitburn Festival in Vilvoorde and the next day 17th at BYOB, organised by KOP in Antwerp.