Exclusive mix 86: Dance floor stompers with Martin Marique and DJ Bambooh

Born out of an intense B2B session during last year’s Brussels Electronic Marathon, here’s over one hour of beats and four-to-the-floor goodness from Balaise’s Martin Marique and Bedroom Beats founder DJ Bambooh.

Can you describe yourself in a few words?

Martin: I’m primarily an event and party organiser, as well as co-founder and artistic director of Balaise ASBL/VZW. I became a DJ by force of circumstance. I’m not the best technician, I just like to share my musical discoveries. I’ve always been strongly eclectic in my programmation, but electronic music will always be the common thread linking everything together.

Bambooh: I’m a Brussels based DJ and producer with a foot in Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela. I’ve released several EPs and singles with Vinyl Boutique, a vinyl-only label specialising in micro-editions. Currently I’m curating the Bedroom Beats nights at Bonnefooi Brussels and I’m part of several collectives: MO’LO’ (specialised in bass music), Le French Work (French crew releasing juke and footwork compilations) and Spread Out (Brussels crew of global bass & hybrid global sounds)

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

Martin: I learned to DJ on the over-pitched record players of Thuin’s youth centre (just next to Charleroi) during director Greg’s mixing workshops. It’s also the place where I organised my first events, and where everything started. I’d love to produce more music, but I often lack the time. Balaise takes up a lot of space in my life.

Bambooh: I just started making music for fun with an old piece of software called Impulse Tracker (who remembers it?), then I got into a rock band – back in the day it was cool for rock bands to have a DJ – with high school friends and we released a couple of albums. Then I moved to Brussels and I couldn’t bring my friends with me so I started producing on my own again. I prepared an EP and I showed it to Sandra Freitas who at the time was managing the Zebra bar in Saint Gery; she sort of liked it and invited me to play there as a resident DJ, and that’s how everything started.

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

Martin: For me it is.

Bambooh: I have a couple of profitable music related projects: not only as a DJ and the sound engineer of VinylBoutique.Co, but I’m also working for a small NGO/ASBL/NZW in Brussels where I co-ordinate projects and do communication work.

Can you describe the mix in a few words? What are its overriding influences, where would it be most enjoyed, what makes it special?

Martin: During the Balaise x Bedroom Beats (Bambooh’s monthly event at Bonnefooi) show organised within the previous Brussels Electronic Marathon, we spent the whole night mixing together and realised how much we enjoyed ourselves, so decided to record a B2B session. Bambooh sent me a dozen or so tracks, I added a couple from my own collection and recorded it myself – Bambooh was in Afghanistan at that time, making it tricky for us to record it together. It’s a mix full of a large spectrum of discoveries; from future beat to electronica to nu-jazz, from the depths of the Internet to Belgian sounds to tunes made by friends. To be listened to with headphones or a high-quality soundsystem on an autumn night, comfortably settled in by the fireplace with a cup of tea.

Bambooh: As Martin aka Penny Hitch points out, this all started at a rather crazy night during the last Brussels Electronic Marathon #BEM16. I think the mix captures a bit of that craziness with a few rather impossible transitions from beats to juke and footwork and other unexpected influences.

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?

Martin: I included two exclusive tracks; the first one a live version of M.A. Beat’s Toy Box, recorded by Rochenoir, and the second one by Brussels collective ATK. They host audio-visual showcases composed of hundreds of machine-controlled neon lights.

When and where did you record it?

Martin: This mix was recorded on the collective FTRSDND’s record players (I don’t have any of my own, they were kind enough to lend them to me), in the office of my shared house in Brussels; on a pink couch surrounded by many exotic plants.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

Martin: It’s hard to have to choose, but I would pick the ones which to me are most associated with my relationship with these amazing artists.

  • Koloto – Fox Tales
  • Sparkling Bits – Metro
  • Liar – Pygmalion
  • A BEAT! – Before I Leave

Bambooh: Bonobo – Kiara (I’m a fan I can’t help it)

What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?

Martin:

  • Blank Banshee – MEGA
  • BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
  • Imarhan – Imarhan

Bambooh:

  • Ital Tek – Hollowed
  • FaltyDL – Heaven is for Quitters
  • Clap! Clap! – Tales from the Rainstick

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

Martin: Preparing and sorting out upcoming projects for 2017.

Bambooh: Lots of stuff: prepare a new monthly DJ residence in Brussels, finalise some tracks for a compilation we are about to launch with VinylBoutique.Co, host a Bedroom Beats night at Bonnefooi and prepare the launch of Le French Work Volume 2 at Bar du Matin and…