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.

Kolombo

Kolombo

DJ and co-founder at Loulou Records

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I have a predominantly hip-hop, disco and funk background and I have been a DJ and producer for as far as I can recall. I founded Loulou Records with my best friend Loulou Players. When I am not extensively touring worldwide as a DJ, I produce loads of records and remixes.

How has where you come from shaped who you are?

I’ve been nurturing my sound for a long time, experimenting with a wide variety of styles and labels and always kept the dance floor as the most important reason I’m doing this.

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

I would not say we have our own sound as a lot of different styles could be trademarked as Belgian. The simple fact that Belgium had a massive, popular electronic club culture before house music exploded worldwide undeniably explains our large footprint on the scene. New Beat was our own sound but we have moved on to loads of different other subgenres.

we should give more props to our own artists instead of magnifying the presence of guests to make a party a sell out.

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

It’s its people; their good musical education, easygoing personality and a hell of a party spirit.

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

Antwerp and Ghent rock.

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

I think we’re blessed with an incredibly wide range of international guests coming to our country, but let’s be honest, we have some amazing homegrown talent. So I reckon we should give more props to our own artists instead of magnifying the presence of guests to make a party a sell out. It’s going in the right the direction at the moment but we need to do that more… Be proud.

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

The problem is the DB limit theatens big cities’nightlife. Nightlife mayors in Amsterdam, Paris and London are essential to deal with public powers so we need to have one in our main cities, too. Besides that, we also need drugs controls because there’s loads of dangerous stuff on there that threaten our dance floors.

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

Well if u have an open-mind, a desire to discover music you haven’t heard before, if you are ready to live the moment instead of filming it, if u want to transcend your inner-self and you’re in the mood to congregate with like-minded souls from any sexual and social identity, then you will have a very good night in my house.

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

Telex – Moskow Diskow

Mugwump – Boutade

Guaranteed Raw — Get A Load Of This (1990)

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

Telex, Soulwaxand Front242.