Exclusive mix 89: Louis Vogue

This eclectic yet intimate vinyl-only mix (including the needed clicks and pops) from Merchtem-born, Brussels-based Louis Vogue (1997) goes from ambient and leftfield to art rock. It takes you on a sonic journey through different cultures, genres and periods of time. The perfect mix to make you dance, float around the room or dream away on your sofa.

Can you describe yourself in a few words?

My name is Lodewijk Germanes. I’m 19 years old, 6ft3 and pretty quirky. I’m a DJ and student in Brussels.

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

I grew up in a small town near Brussels where ‘good music’ was rather hard to find. The internet gave me the opportunity to discover sounds from all over the world at a very young age. I moved to Brussels last year, this has influenced my taste in music a lot. Nowadays I tend to go for a more personal way of experiencing music. Vinyl records became my medium of choice.

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

Unfortunately not. Apart from spending a lot of time hunting for records, I study graphic design at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels.

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

It’s different from what I usually do. I wanted to create a certain atmosphere and play different records from what I play in clubs or any other venue. I choose songs that touch me and went very intuitively from there. The result has a certain intimacy, I could see myself enjoying it when I’m lounging around on my own.

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

I included a track from ‘The Nap’ by Baleine 3000 which came out on Vlek Records in 2016. The record came out as a limited edition of 350 copies. The entire album is great, Dimitri Runkkari did an amazing job on the artwork and to top it all: it’s Belgian!

When and where did you record it?

This mix was recorded on a grey morning in the apartment I share with one of my friends in Schaarbeek. We live right next to the St. Mary church, which is a Byzantine-Romanesque building that makes for a beautiful view.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

I can’t pick a favourite, I see the mix as a whole and like every track of it.

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

I’m hosting the first ever evening with Call For Cuts (a podcast series I run) for which I have invited Nicholas Lewis to play some music at Kumiko in Brussels. I’m also finalising the bookings for the second one which will happen in May at Bonnefooi. The line-up is full of young and emerging deejays, something to look forward to!