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.

Crevette Records

Crevette Records

Jakob Van Wassenhove, curator and collector

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

At the moment I work for Crevette Records, mostly selecting records to sell in the store and taking care of the distribution side of things. Before that I was working as communications manager for Ampere in Antwerp, organising small, local events. And I’ve also been collecting music for almost 10 years now!

 “To me, the Belgian sound is characterised by some sort of restrained optimism.”

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

To me, the Belgian sound is characterised by some sort of restrained optimism, often a feeling of suspense and a lot of space allowed for all the elements in the track without sounding cold or empty.

“The last few years have seen quite a few changes, all for the better, with the old making space for the new.”

What, to you, characterizes the country’s unique nightlife? More specifically, can you talk to us about your home base’s nightlife scene? What makes it special, who are its main players?

What makes it special to me is the fact that people from all genres and generations are pretty close in Brussels, we really know each other and help each other out where we can. In terms of key players, the last few years have seen quite a few changes, all for the better, with the old making space for the new. Shout out to all the independent labels and artists, and special mentions to Deep in House/C12, Technoon, Gay Haze, Plein Sud, and some others I’m forgetting.

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

I’d say it’s off-the-beaten track places, those venues that are now-and-then used for a few nights where nothing really is perfect and which leave room for the unexpected.

 

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

Quality, mid-size venues. What’s more, we need local governments to take nightlife seriously, like any other cultural scene, as do administrations in Lisbon, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and the likes. Because, let’s be honest, right now in Brussels, policy-makers themselves are the biggest obstacle to anyone who is not connected and who wants to get something off the ground relating to nightlife.

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

People and music. In that order. And a good soundsystem.

 

If you had to pick three essential Belgian house music releases, which one would they be and why? Please also provide YouTube links.

I’ll ignore the criteria of ‘house’ and ‘essential’, and go for three Belgian releases that have been on heavy rotation lately. In no particular order:

Circadian Rhythms – Frequency

Bepotel – Swth Central

Joris Vermeiren – Evoluon Part 1

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


Walrus, Gols, Davy, Deg and Nosedrip. They’re all vinyl DJ’s with years of experience, a very personal taste and they know how to take you on a trip.

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


Alcachofa at Starbeach. It changed my life.

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

Crevette! Not much I can say right now but we are investing heavily in our distribution platform and will announce some nice new additions to the story of the Shrimp very soon.