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.

Piknik Elektronik

Piknik Elektronik

Fady One, promoter

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I love to explore new paths both professionally and musically, so I have quite an unusual backgroun, starting off as a lab scientist, moving on to work on trains and later in software development and machine learning. The last 14 years, I have developed a passion for Djing, producing and organising events, so I started organising Zukunft and Piknik Elektronik.

How has where you come from shaped who you are?

My beloved family and friends give me a lot of energy and inspiration. I also travel as much as I can to experience different cultures and meet new people from all around the world and that’s something that helps me grow.

In your view, what “makes” our sound what it is?

Belgium counts many different music styles, even just within the house music scene. I think what makes our sound unique is the country’s multiculturality that shines through our music.

What, to you, characterises the country’s unique nightlife?

Belgians just love to hang out and have a drink and when night falls, we also like to dance together. Also, the quality of life is pretty good in Belgium so we can actually afford to go out and enjoy the night.

Can you talk to us about your home base’s nightlife scene?

I believe the crowd’s role is just as important as the artist’s, and the atmosphere in Brussels in quite amazing most of the time. It’s very nice to see a mix a people from different countries, backgrounds and social classes coming together.

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

Good parties can take place anywhere in Belgium ; in a famous club or an hidden place.

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

What I really miss is small clubs. I think the scene would be much more fun if we had a lot of events happening is small venues, rather than just a few big, impersonal parties.

I think what makes our sound unique is the country’s multiculturality that shines through our music.

What can politicians do to better support the homegrown nightlife? For instance, what do you make of Amsterdam having a nightlife mayor?

There’s a lot that can be done, but sadly enough, I doubt they will do anything at all. The problem is they are stuck between people complaining about the noise and people trying to make our city more vibrant. It’s hard to find the right balance and make everyone happy, so maybe they should appoint an expert to take care of these issues. Solving them would have a huge impact on the country.

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

A good sound system, DJs booked for their music and not their name, fresh drinks and a diverse audience.

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

Rodrigez Junior – Monticello

I love his energy and his universe in general.

Joy Wellboy – Before the Sunrise

For the sweet voice and the melancholy.

Thds – Walonreye

I discovered these interesting young artists from Liège last year.

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

  • Darko because he has been one of my favourite Belgian DJs for years he goes really far into the mind.
  • Helori, Balengo and Ferdinand because they always make me discover great tunes and they are fabulous people.
  • Damso because I’ve been a big rap fan since I was a teenager so let’s go crazy!

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

I really enjoyed our last Zukunft. We specifically didn’t do much promo to keep it a bit secret. It took place in some kind of legal squat in the middle of Uccle, between villas and fields with sheeps. I loved the authentic character of the venue and the effect it had on the crowd.

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

The start of Piknik Elektronik’s new season will keep me busy all summer. Besides that, like every year, I organise Afterwork Zukunft open-air events and more surprises will come.