Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.
Gilles was born and raised in Ghent and Oli is from Antwerp and moved to Ghent about 4 years ago. We’ve been making music together since 2012 and released our first record as Asa Moto in 2015 on DEEWEE.
In your view, what makes Belgium’s sound what it is today?
For us, the sound of Belgian house music is defined by slowing things down and mixing things up, which brings us to New Beat. One of our favourite homegrown dance classics is Poison by The Weatherman, a weird mix of EBM and new wave which is a perfect example of the Belgian touch.
To you, which place in Belgium best symbolises the country’s way of partying?
Ghent is the place that symbolises our country’s way of partying the best to us because it has a rich nightlife history with good DJs and nightclubs. There might be less venues than 10 years ago, but with the rise of great initiatives like KERK/NEST and the new super-club KOMPASS, it feels like Ghent’s nightlife is in good hands for the next couple of years. On top of that, when those clubs close their door in the early morning, you can keep after-partying at Charlatan. This is a very distinctive part of our party culture… A part that Oli hates, and Gilles loves.
The sound of Belgian house music is defined by slowing things down and mixing things up.
What can politicians do to better support the homegrown scene? For instance, what do you make of Amsterdam having a nightlife mayor?
We don’t think a mayor can solve the issues our nightlife is facing. On the contrary, a lot of the regulations implemented by Joke Schauvliege have been absolutely counterproductive. Belgian politicians need to start looking at our neighbouring countries and realise that cutting government spending on culture is not the right thing to do.
If you had to pick three essential Belgian house music releases, what would they be?
Pump Up The Jam – Technotronic
Telex – Moskow Disco
Soulwax – Another Excuse
If you could put together the line-up of your dreams, which top five Belgian acts would you book?
Placebo, Arbeid Adelt!, Lords Of Acid, Soulwax and Jacques Brel.
What’s in the pipeline for you in the coming months?
We will release a new record on DEEWEE as well as a couple of remixes and some more originals here and there. Besides that, we also have gigs planned at Dour and WECANDANCE festivals this summer.