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.

Charlise N Chaplin

Charlise N Chaplin

Miguel Ruiz Garcia and Sofie Segebarth, DJ duo

Describe yourselves, your backgrounds and what you do today.

We are a DJ and producer duo who are also in love with each other and have a passion for music, melodic sounds, compelling beats and free-spirited clubbing. To be more specific, we like to mix subtle, melodic and soulful techno with hypnotic house music to create electronic music in various forms that evoke powerful emotions and dreamful energy. Beyond any preconceived ideas, we love to enhance our mixed soundscapes with ethnic flavours, vocals and classic gems.

How did you make your first steps in DJing?

Miguel: I was born in Madrid and started DJing at the age of 16. When I was 25 I moved to Ibiza to work as a sound technician in the biggest clubs of the island such as Amnesia, Privilege, Dc10 and Space. I had worked at the Space Ibiza for the last fifteen years when closed last year, so I decided to move to Brussels to join Sofie, keep DJing and produce my music.

Sofie: I have always had a passion for music, dancing and theatre. When I was a teenager, I was more into concerts than clubs… Until I met Peter, the owner of Fuse back then. He invited me to his club and that’s how I got into techno and house music. I started collecting records with my friend Candice and we formed a DJ duo called L-Fêtes. We used to play eclectic groovy mixes ranging from hip-hop to funk, nu-disco, deep house and classics, and later on, we became residents at Libertine Supersport, Dirty Dancing and Bloody Louis.

In your view, what explains Belgium’s considerable contribution to global house music?

Charlise N Chaplin: Belgium’s major contribution to electronic music was definitely New Beat and EBM, which emerged in our country. Back in the days, DJs and producers from all over Europe came all the way to Belgium to buys records from our local artists.

“We need more parties where music lovers and dance floor addicts of all kinds, ages and cultures unite and bound thanks to music and the strong emotional vibes it triggers.”

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

Charlise N Chaplin: We need more parties where music lovers and dance floor addicts of all kinds, ages and cultures unite and bound thanks to music and the strong emotional vibes it triggers. Monthly parties ON in Brussels and EDGE in Antwerp are bright examples of how these kinds of unique and magical moments can be achieved.

 

What can politicians do to better support the local nightlife?

Charlise N Chaplin: It would be great if politicians came to realise how strong our electronic music culture is. We need more facilities and venues to organise parties and let our scene express its talents, and in order to be able to do so, we need our authorities to value our work and support us.

To you, what are the key ingredients for a good night?

Charlise N Chaplin: Good music, a good sound system and a cheerful crowd with a good vibe.

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

Charlise N Chaplin: These are the first tracks that comes to our mind:

Compuphonic – Sequoia 

Deep and melodic as we like it. This song is a classic.

Eran Aviner – Muze 

Loving the oriental vibe of this track.

Spirit Catcher – Hidden Memories

A beautiful track with dreamy melancholic vibes.

If you could put together the line-up of your dreams, which top five Belgian acts would you book?

  • Eran Aviner
  • Mike Tohr
  • Lost Dessert
  • Lexx On
  • Sifa
  • And Charlise N Chaplin of course.

Talk to us about a memorable night out, good or bad.

Charlise N Chaplin: One of our most memorable parties was the closing of legendary Space Ibiza in October 2016. There were five rooms, a big stage on the parking lot and a crazy line-up we had the honoured to be a part of. The Monday after the club closed, they organised a brunch on the rooftop for the DJs and the staff. There was a CD playing with chill music and when it stopped, the manager asked to us to put another CD. But since we had our USB stick and headphones with us, we started playing. A few minutes later, people were dancing and the brunch turned into the craziest after party ever. A memorable 26-hour party!

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

Charlise N Chaplin: We just had a baby so everything is a bit in slow motion music-wise. So in the mean time you can find us in our little home studio doing what we love: music.