Can you describe what you do? Where you are based, the neighbourhood you live in, your daily routine, the people you work with, the scene you feel the closest to.
I’m a musician. I make compositions on a synthesizer. Nighttime is the most relaxing time to work on my music, as I compose and record by myself. I then send over my recordings to the label (up until now mostly to Dennis Tyfus, who has released two 7-inches, one tape and two LP’s of mine on Ultra Eczema). I feel close to Antwerp’s experimental scene: Radio Centraal, Ercola, Gunther & Stadslimiet and the old Scheld’apen: great places where you got to see and hear people doing interesting stuff. The Antwerp-based musicians I feel the closest to most likely also feel some love for these places – DSR Lines, Orphan Fairytale, Lieven Martens Moana, Spencer Clark, Hiele, Milan W. I live near the Central Station, at the back of the city Zoo, which is in my opinion one of the most vivid neighbourhoods of Antwerp with a great mix of people.
How do you perceive Antwerp? In your view, what kind of city is it? Its people, its cultural landscape, its vibe? How does it compare to other, similarly-sized cities?
Small by size, big by footprint, Antwerp is a good city to live in. I do miss being surrounded by hills and mountains (I was born in Sarajevo). And it’s a pity that the food is so expensive compared to, say, Berlin.
What would you say is Antwerp’s main appeal for creatives? What gives the city its edge?
Antwerp has a very unique style and an extremely vivid nightlife, which makes it easy to find kindred spirits when in need. Also, everything is a bike ride away, Antwerp is a village with the megalomania of a metropolis.
How would you say has Antwerp contributed to making you who you are today? What role has the city played in shaping your outlook and career?
The place you grow up in unintentionally has an effect on who you are. I spent my formative years living in Wolstraat, and I really loved it. Being raised by two artists in a creative environment definitely had a strong influence on my perception of the world in general. The city’s vibrant art and music scene offered me great possibilities to play live and hang out with people who share similar interests.
On a personal level, what would you like to see more of in the city?
A bridge over troubled water reaching out to Linkeroever.
To you, what is the best way to spend a weekend in Antwerp? If you had to take out-of-towners to one place that truly symbolises the city, what would it be?
Dinner at Ciro’s.Photography Miles Fischler