Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.
I run We Play House Recordings, own 15000 records and have played all over the country and beyond. Tapes, Boccaccio, SIS, Cherry Moon, Cirao, Fuse and many more.
“Our sound in the past was our very own and just like our beer it wasn’t exported enough. “
How has where you come from shaped who you are?
This is a non-question, because this just ‘happens’ and can’t be explained. I am who I am because of what I do and learn. And I never stop learning.
In your view, what explains Belgium’s considerable contribution to global house music? What “makes” our sound what it is?
Our contribution to ‘house’ music today is pretty poor to be honest. Our sound in the past was our very own and just like our beer it wasn’t exported enough. But that’s Belgium for you and I like it like that. I’m the same with my label and as a producer, I don’t give a f*ck about trends or expectations and just release what I like. Anybody that thinks too much about music should lighten up and let the music decide what happens and not the other way around.
What, to you, characterizes the country’s unique nightlife? More specifically, can you talk to us about your home base’s nightlife scene? What makes it special, who are its main players?
It’s unique especially because it’s not really organised but still it works. My hometown Ghent is a prime example with Charlatan at the core, where anything kinda goes. Next to that there’s always young people and young crews picking up on things everywhere.
To you, which place in Belgium best symbolises the country’s way of partying?
Charlatan in Ghent without any competition.
What, in your opinion, is missing in Belgium nightlife-wise?
Less techno and tech house and more musicality. And promoters who book music and not just friends with friends or Facebook likes…
What can politicians do to better support the homegrown scene/nightlife? For instance, what do you make of Amsterdam having a nightlife mayor?
View nightlife as a culture and not as a nuisance.
In your opinion, what are the key ingredients for a good night?
Good music and more girls than boys on the dancefloor and DJ’s that know there’s more than one BPM or genre on a night.
If you could put together the line-up of your dreams, which top five Belgian acts would you book and why?
San Soda, Jensen, 2 Many DJ’s playing new beat and proto house, Telex live and myself to bring all those people drinks. The why should be obvious: I want music and not just tracks and beats.
Talk to us about a memorable night out, good or bad.
Way too many to pick one. But basically, any night where you end up at the bar, in a hotel, in your car or wherever else and go “wtf was that?!” and want to repeat it the next day.
What’s in the pipeline for you in the coming months?
Buying more records, finishing music, releasing six 10 Years We Play House Recordings vinyl samplers and playing the records I buy on a weekly basis.