Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.
I started organising events in May 2014 when I joined the Opus Brussels crew and threw quite a few great events together with Geoffroy Simon. Next to Opus I started my own concept called Thursdays Groove, a monthly night with no boundaries that took place at La Villaine and later on, Epicerie Moderne. Today I mainly focus on The Void, a house / minimal house music party I started organising last year at Zodiak. More than a party, The Void has evolved into a creative platform with a monthly show at Drrrip Radio and a record label in the making.
How has where you come from shaped who you are?
I grew up in Brussels in an artistic and musical environment. My mother used to organise parties and my dad is a music, book and art freak, but like really freaky. I got into music at a very early age: my parents introduced me to Congolese rumba, rock, classical and jazz music, my nephews introduced me to hip-hop and my friends to drum and bass. I still remember being fascinated by my dad’s associate’s vinyl collection of reggae, New Beat and good old techno records.
In your view, what explains Belgium’s considerable contribution to global house music? What “makes” our sound what it is?
Belgium lays central in Europe, which means we get influences from all over and I think we have one of the most diverse community in the world with 184 different nationalities only in Brussels. As a result, each music style has different cultural aspects to it.
What, to you, characterises the country’s unique nightlife?
Our eclectic and open-minded crowd. Belgians are passionate about music and they love to party, so the mood is always right and party always good.
More specifically, can you talk to us about your home base’s nightlife scene and its main players?
Brussels is an open scene. There’s a shortage in clubs indeed, but I guess you can’t have it all. In my opinion the main players are Future Sound, Fuse and the newcomer C12 managed by the Deep in House team. When it comes to artists, I would say Sagat, Deg, Lawrence Le Doux and Veebo are on top of their game.
What can politicians do to better support the homegrown nightlife?
We need real support from the authorities and clearer guidelines and rules for the industry. We should have a union that represents clubs, dancing bars, bars and the Horeca sector in general, as well as a nightlife mayor and tangible rules.
There are 184 different nationalities only in Brussels. As a result, each music style has different cultural aspects to it.
In your opinion, what are the key ingredients for a good night?
A good infrastructure and organisation, friends, music and good weather is must during the open air season.
If you had to pick three essential Belgian house music releases, what would they be and why?
Telex – Moskow Discow
This classic speaks to everyone because it has so many influences and vibes to it.
FCL- Let’s go (We Play House)
FCL was formed by Red D and San Soda. This duo is all about warm grooves with vocals.
Sjef wanders – 3001 (Sauve le monde)
If you could put together the line-up of your dreams, which top five Belgian acts would you book?
Sagat Live, Walrus, Deg, Geoff Wichmann and Veebo.
Talk to us about a memorable night out?
I can’t mention one in particular because pretty much every weekend in just as crazy. When I say crazy, I mean I have really seen and done some absurd, but satisfying things!
What’s in the pipeline for you in the coming months?
I have a few events planned at Fuse and C12, which I’m pretty excited about. The first release of my record label The Void Project is planned for October and there’s a lot more to come this summer so stay tuned brother and sisters.