The House Hundred

Portraits of a scene's past, present and future greats

We’re teaming up with Bulldog to select 100 essential people, places and projects in Belgian house music. From producers and DJs to record labels and festivals, these are the forces driving the homegrown house scene forward, one BPM at a time.

A. Brehme

A. Brehme

DJ, producer and founder at Sonata Forma record label

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’m a DJ and producer focussing on electronic music and I’m also involved in Crevette Records in Brussels, where I’m taking care of the techno selection.

How has where you come from shaped who you are?

To be honest, my surroundings have influenced the person I have become today in almost every way I can think of.

In your view, what explains Belgium’s considerable contribution to global house music? What “makes” our sound what it is?

To me, we don’t actually have a specific sound and that’s exactly why we have such a great presence in the scene. We’re doing a great job creating diversity, so let’s keep it that way.

What, to you, characterises the country’s unique nightlife?

The absence of absolute certainty which forces promoters to keep reinventing themselves.

“We’re doing a great job creating diversity, so let’s keep it that way.”

In your opinion, which place in Belgium best symbolises the country’s way of partying?

I can’t tell which place best symbolises our way of partying because we have so many different ways to party that I don’t think we have any particular standards. Wether it’s an off-the-grid venue with no regulations from the free party scene, a huge club like Boccaccio in the nineties or a cult place like Charlatan in Ghent, they each contribute or used to contribute to our way of partying in their own way.

What, in your opinion, is missing in Belgium nightlife-wise?

The fact that we are missing certain things forces us to search for these elements and try to implement them, but we definitely need policy makers to enter the mindset of the 21st century.

What can politicians do to better support the homegrown scene?

What we need is a platform that allows all the scene’s key players to discuss the essential matters of our nightlife with understanding and an open mind.

In your opinion, what are the key ingredients for a good night?

Three simple things : freedom, diversity and attentiveness.

If you had to pick three essential Belgian house music releases, which one would they be and why?

The sound of the live set that lead me to make the music I am making today.

Peter Van Hoesen – Attribute One (2009, T2X05) 

The sound that caught my attention when I was only five years old.

Neon – Voices (1989) 

The sound and the spirit of a revival.

Walrus – Basic Moves 01 (2017) 

What’s in the pipeline for you in the coming months?

I’ll maintain my focus on my label Sonata Forma, my work in the studio and in the DJ booth.