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.

Serge Ramaekers

Serge Ramaekers

DJ

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I started playing the piano and the electronic organ 40 years ago. In 1980, I got my first synthesiser and started composing music. Foolish Mind was my first single (released in 1986) and I started DJing in one of the biggest clubs in Belgium back then, Highstreet.

How has where you come from shaped who you are?

I don’t think anything shape me in particular; for me it was logic evolution.

In your view, what explains Belgium’s considerable contribution to global house music? What “makes”our sound what it is?

The Belgian New Beat caught the attention of the international press and the rest is history.

Can you talk to us about your home base’s nightlife scene?

My true home base was Highstreet where I played for 22 years.

To you, which place in Belgium best symbolises the country’s way of partying?

Tomorrowland without doubt.

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

Solidarity.

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

Two things: good music and polite hosts.

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

Confetti’s – The Sound of C

This track symbolises the commercial breakthrough of New Beat.

Technotronic – Pump up the jam

A world-wide number 1.

DJ Licious – Calling

It had been a long time since an instrumental club track went crossover.

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

I’m working on the new single of Jelle Van Dael, 2 Fabiola and many other DJs.