Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.
I was born in New York to Belgian parents and grew up in San Francisco. I moved to Belgium at the age of 19 to study graphic design at La Cambre in Brussels before moving to London to do a masters in typography. I got married right after graduating and became a full-time mom of two daughters, Alix and Nine. I didn’t stay married for that long and never really got around to work as a graphic designer. Instead, shortly after my husband and I separated, I started to DJ to earn some quick bucks. However, what started as a side job became a full-time job, and I’m still DJing today. I love my job, music, dancing and making other people dance, but I also love cooking and eating. As a matter fact, I opened a restaurant four years ago serving organic, raw and steamed food. Unfortunately, we had to take another direction since then, and it’s now a wine bar only serving natural wines. I’m currently a full-time DJ working on a new project again involving delicious food.
How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?
It’s hard for me to answer this question, as my childhood in California is what shaped me as an individual. I grew up doing full-time sports with parents who loved cooking and eating, while my musical influences definitely came from San Francisco. It just continued to follow its course once I arrived in Belgium.
List three things you like the most about Brussels.
- It’s a small and very intimate city where you know almost everyone, but it’s big in many other ways.
- You can get everywhere by bike.
- There’s plenty of good-quality places for eating, drinking and partying.
List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.
- I’ve always loved being outside on my bike; in the present rather than in a metal box with wheels.
- I obviously feel like I’m doing my part for the environment. It might be a drop in the ocean, but it still feels good.
- I got my licence suspended for three months a few years back, so I guess that played a role too. I never went back to my car since, except for long trips with my daughters and cats.
List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.
- I love to go to see my grandmother who lives in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert / Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, passing by the CBR headquarters and riding along Boulevard du Souverain / Vorstlaan. It brings back great childhood memories.
- Riding to Brussels-South station to hop on a train going anywhere in Belgium, or Europe for that matter.
- I have a fixie bike, so I just enjoy riding all over the city. My bike is my real means of transports; I hardly ever drive through forest or along beaches.