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.

Stavroz

Stavroz

Gert Beazar, IJsbrand De Wilde, Maxim Helincks, Pieter De Meester, producers

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

We are four dysfunctional guys from East Flanders constantly trying to find new ways to perform electronic music on and off stage. We play electronic music as a live band, but also as a DJ duo sometimes.

How has where you come from shaped who you are?

We all come from a different musical background so we have a wide variety of musical influences. From fanfares to rock bands, DJing and folk bands, we all got into music through different channels.

In your view, what explains Belgiums considerable contribution to global house music?  

As the centre of Europe, Belgium has always combined influences from many genres and countries. This combination has given way to many extraordinary bands such as Soulwax and Telex, but also genres like the New Beat and jumpstyle just to name a few.

What, to you, characterises the countrys unique nightlife?

Belgium has a rich history of clubbing, but what makes it extra special is the possibility to really keep partying until the early (or even late) hours the day after. In the morning, only the real players remain.

It should be understood that nightlife is a gathering of many creative people with lots of ambition.

To you, which place in Belgium best symbolises the countrys way of partying?

Fuse, for its melting pot of French-, Flemish- and English-speaking people, for letting in people from all types of background, and for being the first true techno club in Belgium.

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

We need more support from the government and less interference. It should be understood that nightlife is a gathering of many creative people with lots of ambition, even more ambition than you could find in the private sector. There are very few scenes where you will find as many volunteers as in the nightlife. Think festivals for instance; there might be lessons to learn here.

What can politicians do to better support the homegrown scene?

If you have a look at Berlin, some clubs have turned into cultural hubs supported by the government. Not only does it attract tourists, but it is also a way for people to escape their everyday life.

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

A cheerful crowd, booking the right artists for the right night, a good sound system and affordable prices.

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

As heard on radio –  2 many Djs (part 2)

Pump up the Jam

Frisco in den disco

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

Soulwax and Balthazar without hesitation.

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

The most memorable nights are the ones we’re having trouble remembering.

Whats in the pipeline for you in the coming months?

We have EP’s coming out, we’re throwing a party with our label on May 12 in Ghent and we’ll be travelling a lot.