Describe yourself your background and what you do today.
My name is Alex, I have a passion for house music and I’ve been involved in this industry since 1998. After playing in different nightclubs for over 15 years, I decided to launch my own parties called ON in 2015. We had the pleasure to host guests like Magdalena, Karmon and Hosh in a cheerful atmosphere and it’s been very succesful. Besides that, I also play every year at renown festivals like Extrama, Pukkelpop, Voodoo Village and Tomorrowland.
In your view, what explains Belgium’s considerable contribution to global house music? What “makes” our sound what it is?
To be honest I don’t believe we have a specific musical identity like we used to in the 80s and the New Beat era. Nonetheless we do have talented artists representing the Belgian scene worldwide like Amélie Lens, Charlotte De Witte, The Magician, Lost Desert and Kolombo to name a few.
Can you talk to us about your Brussels’ nightlife scene and its main players?
When it comes to clubs, Fuse is definitely Brussels main player, but we also have a lot of events organised by promoters all over the city that are worth mentioning.
To you, which place in Belgium best symbolises the country’s way of partying?
As pretentious as it might sound, I am going to give props to my own project, ON. Party people from all over the country come to enjoy a night that builds a bridge between generations of ravers, which makes it a unique experience.
What, in your opinion, is missing in Belgium nightlife-wise?
We need more electronic clubs in Brussels and the audience should learn to be more curious and give a chance to DJs they haven’t heard of yet.
What can politicians do to better support the homegrown scene? For instance, what do you make of Amsterdam having a nightlife mayor?
I think our authorities should be more loose when it comes to outdoor events like rooftop and block parties. I have travelled quite a bit and visited cities where they had a nightlife mayor, so why not give it a go on the European capital?
In your opinion, what are the key ingredients for a good night?
A seamless venue, friendly staff, a high-end sound system, a responsible crowd and of course, a quality line up.
If you could put together the line-up of your dreams, which top five Belgian acts would you book and why?
I would invite Lost desert, Sifa, Raw District and Kapibara because their various influences would take to crowd on an interesting musical journey. And then myself, of course.
Can you talk to us about a memorable night out?
At the beginning of my career I used to play vinyl only and accept all the gigs I was offered, no questions asked. One night, the organiser forgot to mention it was a salsa event… I leave the end of the story to your imagination.
What’s in the pipeline for you in the coming months?
I’m super excited about this festival season as it’s always a pleasure to play at Voodoo Village, Tomorrowland, Extrema Outdoors and Pukkelpop. Besides that, I am currently working on my first EP, which I hope will be released before the summer.