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.

Kurious

Kurious

Jochem Peeters, booker and owner at Bar Helder

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I originally started out producing, but soon found myself to be more comfortable backstage. So I’m doing lots of “behind the scenes” kind of things now. I run Kurious, a booking agency with about 40 artists, organise lots of events and I also have my own club, Bar Helder.

 

How has where you come from shaped who you are?

Coming from a producer/DJ background gives me lots of advantages in understanding the needs of artists. Then again, who here hasn’t had a (failed) DJ career :-)

 

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?

I’d say that Antwerp is buzzing in comparison to Brussels and Gent! Clubs have been coming and going constantly over the last years, it’s all been extremely vibrant, with a younger batch of new promoters, DJ crews and music lovers making their way into the nightlife scene by doing their thing and pushing their sound.

 ” Belgian nightlife really needs more sharing and less competition.”

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

We are mainly a festival country and during summer you see the real party happening, with thousands of people on a field somewhere in a small town. Truth is, even if it rains, festivals sell out.

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

Togetherness! Too many crews and promoters operate on their little island, and we really need more sharing and less competition.

 

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

For starters, I think we need to unite as promoters, clubs, festivals and organize ourselves into a structure that can put our goals out there. It’s not up to politicians to organise that, but we need to be able to pressure policy-makers by having clear demands as an industry. We’re working on something in Antwerp, keep an eye out for our project “Full Circle”.

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

My most memorable festival experience was Fusion Festival 2014 and my most memorable club experience was Fuse and Silo around 2000-2001.

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

Plenty of parties planned in Bar Helder and then the festival season begins, where I’ll be following my artists to somewhere around 50 festivals.

http://www.kurious.be