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.

Catclub

Catclub

Lady Jane, founder and bar owner

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I started DJing in 1992 under the name of Lady Jane. I’m also the organiser behind Catclub and the Black Out events, known for throwing LGBTQI-friendly parties in abandoned buildings or mythical architectural spaces like Galerie Ravenstein, Le Chambon, Solvay, GB58, Canal Wharf, Centre Monnaie. Finally, I’m the proud owner of a wine and cocktail bar called JANE’s – believe it or not, I’m not a narcistic person.

How has where you come from shaped who you are?

Going out a lot in the early 90s when house music was still completely underground and having the privilege of being part of this whole new movement, I was heavily inspired and influenced in creating the concept for Catclub and Black Out.

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

In my opinion, the only time Belgians accomplished something truly exceptional in electronic music was in the 80s with the birth of New Beat.

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

Besides my own parties, I never go out – especially if it’s not in Brussels, where the scene is always open-minded and fun.

“Music and DJ culture play a very important part in today’s youth culture, so politicians better start embracing the movement instead of criticising it constantly.”

In your opinion, what is missing in Belgium in terms of nightlife?

Sexiness.

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

Music and DJ culture play a very important part in today’s youth culture, so politicians better start embracing the movement instead of criticising it constantly.

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

The crowd, location and music.

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

The line-up of my dreams wouldn’t be limited to house music nor Belgian acts only, sorry.

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

We’ll see what the future brings.