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.

Mickey

Mickey

Mickael Bursztejn, DJ and founder at Kiosk Radio

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

My name is Mickaël Bursztejn, I started DJing when I was only 15 as a resident at Café Central. Three years later, I became a resident at Dirty Dancing, and then Libertine Supersport. This is how I got involved in the clubbing scene. After a few years of producing music in my bedroom with vintage synths, I sent my first demo to Dirk De Ruyck and released my first EP on Berlin-based label Relish Records in 2009. Ever since, I have had the chance to tour around the globe and I recently launched an online community radio called Kiosk with a bunch of friends in Brussels.

In your view, what makes Belgian house music what it is?

To me, Belgian house music is a reflexion of what our country is: a crossroad between different genres and cultures where people don’t take themselves too seriously.

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

From what I know, we have a very responsive crowd and good-quality parties. I truly think there’s a good party for every taste at least once a week in Belgium.

“Nightlife is an important part of society and it’s also a source of income for the city, so it shouldn’t be managed by some random politicians.”

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

I’m not a promoter, but I know that venues are hard to find and the noise policies are getting ridiculously strict. In Brussels, I have noticed that the city is slowly becoming the main promoter of all major events, at the expense of promoters facing unfair competition. We should be thankful to all the dedicated professionals who work hard to keep our nightlife vibrant.

What do you think of the relationship between politicians and actors of our nightlife?

Nightlife is an important part of society and it’s also a source of income for the city, so it shouldn’t be managed by some random politicians. Unfortunately, it’s really hard to get anything from them unless you have personal connexions. All of this has an negative impact on the quality of our culture and our nightlife.

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

Two rules : respect each other and and let it all go.

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

It’s clearly one of the greatest producer of the country and one of the few who got signed on Carl Craig’s legendary label Planet E.

Fabrice Lig – Universal Tech

This track was released on Turbo around 7 years ago. It reminds me of the good old days at Dirty Dancing.

Compuphonic and Kolombo – Antimatter

This one remains one of the most famous Belgian house records of all time.

Junior jack – Thrill me 

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

Telex, Allez allez, Nacht und Nebel, Chackachas and Antena.

Tell us about a memorable night out, good or bad.

I remember the first time I went to this party under a bridge in Tervuren in wintertime. You had to take the tram, walk accross the wood and you would end up at this crazy party with people freezing on some dope breakcore. When we decided to head back home, the sun was rising and it was snowing… I wasn’t even 15 so that’s a great memory from my youth.

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

I’m really busy with Kiosk Radio but once I’ll get a bit more space my schedule, I’d like to sit down and produce new music. I also have a score for a movie to get done for the end of this summer,