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.

Franco y Gael

Franco y Gael

Franco Bonano and Gaël Kapenda, DJs, producers and residents at Fuse

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

We are two childhood friends who used to hang out and skate together a lot. When we were teenagers, we started going out and party in Brussels and we got introduced to electronic music, its scene and its artists. That’s how we started making music together. After a few years, in 2012, we became residents at The Wood and today we are residents at Fuse.

In your view, what explains Belgium’s considerable contribution to global house music? What “makes” our sound what it is?

The house music scene was booming for a little while, especially during the New Beat era, but it didn’t last long and we quickly moved the focus to techno and more industrial sounds. There’s one thing we can’t deny: our electronic music was deeply marked by our history, which explains why we are still into industrial, dark sounds today.

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

Belgium is a small country so we can easily go out in different cities. Besides that, our crowd is well known for being welcoming, cheerful and open-minded and it definitely has an impact on the scene.

“There’s one thing we can’t deny: our electronic music was deeply marked by our history.”

In your view, which place in Belgium best symbolises the country’s way of partying?

Fuse is without hesitation an institution in Belgium. On a more personal level, we value this club because it contributed to our musical education, especially thanks to Deg and Pierre.

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

What we need is more support from the authorities in order to facilitate the job of promoters and club owners.

What do you think of appointing a nightlife mayor?

It can only be a good thing if we want to promote our nightlife and boost tourism.

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

A good-quality sound system, line up, communication and crowd.

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

It is not easy to pick three so we’ll go for classics from artists who were signed by international labels :

This is an emblematic techno track is from 1991.

Lhasa – The Attic

Fabrice Lig is recognised internationally and this track comes close to the music we make.

Fabrice Lig – Universal Tech EP

These two guys from Mons had a really good vibe in their early days, even though their style has changed quite a bit over the years.

Vernon & DaCosta – About Our Music

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

We would book Glico, Pierre, Deg, Jerome C and Rorson, a young talent you better keep an eye out for.

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

All of our first Lessizmore parties were pretty epic, but there’s one in particular that stuck with us. It was about ten years ago; back when Crystalmafia were doing performances and the Fuse was getting a makeover for each party they organised. Turkish DJ SIS was playing live and it blew our minds.

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

We have lots of exciting gigs coming up in Belgium and abroad and we will be playing at Tomorrowland for the first time this summer.