Elko B. – the man behind ‘I Bambini di Basilisco’, one of 2017’s most interesting releases so far, released on Ekster – provides an hour-long trip across genres and eras, which, as he states, is best enjoyed while cooking dinner or cleaning the house.
Can you describe yourself in a few words?
I am a European male, about 6 feet tall, dark brown hair with some gray strokes. My sound on I Bambini Di Basilisco is generated by using string instruments, synthesizers, voice samples, and drum machines. My approach to music is sometimes purely intuitive and sometimes it is inspired by images or situational sentiments like waking up or going to sleep. Most of the time from my record collection, I guess, or from films and their soundtracks. It all started by listening to my dad’s record collection and dancing to songs of Madness and Cliff Richard.
How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?
I started by playing the guitar, because synthesizers were too expensive and too complicated. Electronics in general still aren’t easy for me. After a year of practicing the guitar, Rudy Trouvé asked me to join a band called Kiss My Jazz. Ever since, I’ve been making music in several settings and bands. So far it fits pretty good into my life.
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?
Yes, it is a full-time thing. No other occupations, so far.
Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?
The mix is a sequence of musical tracks that involve the deepest expression of my deepest emotions. It could be enjoyed while cooking dinner, while cleaning the house or in other situations. The whole mix refers to the album called I Bambini Di Basilisco. Some tracks were inspirational to me, other tracks seem to be related in one way or another.
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?
I chose “Still Untitled For The Moment” by Daniel B. (Prothese) because he is kind of family to me. I met him in the late 90s at a festival in Belgium. I was and I still am a big fan of him and his band Front 242. We also played together for a couple of years with Patrick Codenys in a band called Male Or Female.
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
To choose one track would not be fair towards the other tracks.
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?
It is good to cook dinner to
King Dick: New King Dick
It is good to dance to melancholically
Pawlowki, Trouvé & Ward: 2
It is good
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
Playing in Portugal with Wim Vandekeybus’ performance called Speak Low If You Speak Love, practicing the guitar for a big band called Score Man, going to the dentist, making my weekly Radio Centraal show Het Kralenspel with Jeroen Stevens, making music for an expo by Sharon Van Overmeiren at Morbus Gravis in Antwerp, and some other things.