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.

Locked Groove

Locked Groove

Tim Van de Meutter, producer and founder at Locked Groove Records

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’m a 30-year-old DJ and producer based in Berlin. I was born in Antwerp and I have had a passion for music for as far as I can remember, constantly playing or listening to music.

“Belgium used to be pretty wild in terms of clubbing so I think this energy nurtured producers and DJs’ music.”

How has where you come from shaped who you are?

Because I was born in Belgium, I got in touch with electronic music at a young age and started digging into the country’s music history. When I realised how rich our culture was, it made me want to make a living out of it.

 

In your view, what explains Belgium’s considerable contribution to global house music?

Some parts of Belgium being pretty bleak, people needed to escape reality and they found comfort in electronic music. Belgium used to be pretty wild in terms of clubbing so I think this energy nurtured producers and DJs’ music.

What, to you, characterises your home base’s unique nightlife and its main players?

Antwerp has always had an interesting scene with Café d’Anvers’ long history, Café Capital, which unfortunately burned down in 2010, and fantastic new additions like Ampere. Besides its venues, Antwerp’s architecture also makes it a pleasant city to go out: it is small so you can easily go from one club to another, and it feels nice to walk around the deserted city at night time.

In your view, which place in Belgium best symbolises the country’s way of partying?

To me it’s Café Charlatan in Ghent because it proves you don’t need bells and whistles to create a great vibe.

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

I´d say they should start by considering electronic music and nightlife as a valid art form and supporting it. A lot of times, places have to shut down because of miscommunication, so having a nightlife mayor would definitely be a good step forward to build a bridge between nightlife and politics.

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

Good music and friends should do the job.

 

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

Aquastep – Oempa loempa

This record is one of my all-time favourites because it’s just the perfect combination of melodies and percussion. And that bassline…


Cj Bolland – Camargue

Strictly speaking, this is not really a house record; I would describe it as a techno track with a house soul. I really love everything about this record. It´s one of the rare ones that give me the goose bumps every time I play it.

V Aka Phil Moon – Massa

This record is often overlooked, however I really love its druggy vibe and the way it loops over and over. I did a 10-minute edit of this record a while ago just because 5 minutes were too short.

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

  • Front 242 for just being absolute legends
  • The Klinik, because I never had the chance to see them live.
  • Placebo, because Marc Moulin and his band’s albums are one of the greatest jazz albums ever made in my opinion.
  • Polar Praxis is pretty unknown, but he wrote this incredible synth album in the 80s called Music for Fireworks. It was recently repressed, which is a great thing because it used to cost 300 € on Discogs.
  • Koenie is one of the people who taught me most about electronic music; his brain is like a library. He´s also an incredible DJ who has the talent of unearthing amazing b-sides that never get played.

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

I went to Berghain with my girlfriend on New Year’s Eve to see Steffi play. When we decided to go home after one too many drinks, we thought it would be a good idea to avoid the long queue for a taxi in front of the club and walk a little further. We ended up walking for hours and when we finally found one, we were only 3 minutes driving from our house. What a great way to start the new year!

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

I´ve recently rebooted my own label so there’s more coming soon and I’m also doing a release on Italian label Just This with two amazing remixes of Prequel tapes.