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.

Cleveland

Cleveland

Producer

Describe yourself

My name is Andrea Mancini, I was born in Luxembourg from an Italian family and moved to Brussels 7 years ago. I have a bachelor degree in visual arts but right now I try to focus 100% on my career as a DJ and producer.

How has where you come from shaped who you are?

Although my dad was a fan of Pink Floyd and my mom a painter, I learned everything on my own, helped by the influence of my passionate friends active in the music scene. When I was younger, I used to hang out with indie rock psychedelic bands from Luxembourg and later on, I got to know DJs, promoters, diggers and dancers from Brussels’ underground music scene. Those people have probably been my main influences.

“The past two years, people came up with projects blowing a breath of fresh air on the industry.”

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

Belgium used to be bigger on the map and right now I think that we’re pretty low-profile compared to our neighbouring countries. However I feel a revival coming, which is very pleasing.

Can you talk to us about your home base’s nightlife scene? What makes it special, who are its main players?

When I arrived in Brussels 7 years ago, it was the peak time of an era, with parties like High Needs Low, Holger, Catclub at i-Mal, the beginning of Bruxsel Jardin, 54 Kolektiv and a lot happening at Recyclart. Then it changed; many parties disappeared and others became bigger, with some of them being less qualitative. It was a struggle to find intimate and adventurous parties. Luckily, the past two years, people came up with projects blowing a breath of fresh air on the industry. Think Crevette, Gay Haze, C12 and The Word Radio to name a few.

To you, which parties in Belgium best symbolises the country’s way of partying?

Gay Haze and SPEK.

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

Self-confidence, political support and recognition, which people often see it as something negative.

What can politicians do to better support the homegrown nightlife?

They need to see nightlife as part of the culture and support it by granting 24-hour licences, making the legislation easier and letting us reclaim buildings to use them as a cultural spaces like it’s the case at De School in Amsterdam.

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

Good, and not necessarily loud, sound, nice music, accessible bars, affordable drinks, a mixed and friendly crowd, less visible security and free toilets.

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

I’ll pick three recent releases because it makes more sense to me to support labels that are still active today.

Lawrence Le Doux – HOST

Laurent was my graphic design teacher and has become a real friend of mine. It’s not house music but I want to support him and the label so I choose this gem.

DJ Booth – Basic Moves 04

This release by DJ Booth on our dear Walrus’ Basic Moves label is a weapon on the dancefloor. It’s the first release of the label uniting all the scenes.

VA (2018) to be announced on Le Pacifique.

This record will feature four talented friends of mine.

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

  • Nosedrip b2b Captain Starlight
  • Hiele live
  • Lawrence Le Doux
  • SkyH1
  • Fais Le Beau b2b Gurl

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

I am working on my productions and DJ sets, as well as a new live show and another record on ESP Institute. Besides that, I will keep hosting my Red Light Radio show with guests.