Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.
I own a wine bar called Le Fabiola with a friend near Flagey. Besides that, I sing and play the guitar and synth in two bands in Brussels. The first is Walking Ghost Phase where I play together with my twin brother on drums and two other guys at the bass, guitar and vocals. We play a mix of post rock, alternative rock and electronica. We started this project in Valencia, as I lived there for a few years. My other band is called S O R O R and it’s mainly inspired by psych rock. I play together with three lovely girls on drums, bass and vocals. The project is quite new but we already have some cool gigs coming up.
There’s always a way to consider other visions to express yourself in a common language: music.
How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?
I was born in one of the most authentic and popular parts of Brussels called the Marolles. I used to live with a lot of different cultures and nationalities. At my school, there were about 30 different nationalities if I remember well, but it never felt special or unusual. To me, it was a part of my education: there were tensions sometimes, but most of the time it was just an extraordinary mess. We had to live together and help each other. That’s it; no other ways. Today I’m not a child anymore, but I still feel like there’s a lot of opportunities to work with different people, especially in the music world. There’s always a way to consider other visions to express yourself in a common language: music, the language of your heart.
List three things you like the most about Brussels.
- Everything you want to see and visit is within walking distance. Most of the time, I don’t even use my bike or public transport, because everything you need is near.
- The people: it’s a kind of happy, messy mix of origins, cultures and languages that gives you the feeling that you live in several countries at the same time.
- Now I realise that, with the new urban transformations – better late than never – Brussels becomes more and more bike-friendly every year and pedestrians, notably with the pedestrian zone, which brings some fresh air to parts of the city where you could easily suffocate in the past.
List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.
- The centre, especially the streets around Sainte-Catherine/Sint-Katelijne are perfect for a bike stroll. There’s a lot of bars and restaurants to hang out if you need a break or to rehydrate your body with a local special beer.
- Bois de la Cambre / Ter Kamerenbos is a cool place to get some fresh air. There’s no cars allowed on Sunday so it’s even safer for families, dogs, cats and children.
- The Tour et Taxi zone has become a great part of the city, especially for the alternative nightlife with the Magasin 4, Barlok, Le Lac, Le Volta and other new industrial places with a singular programme.