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.

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Polé and Guillaume, producer duo

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

We’ve known each other since high school and became closer friends due to our passion for music. It all started with mixing records in our youth club, bars, small clubs… By discovering so much new music our interest in the industry kept growing and we started producing and organising parties. In 2017 we released our first EP on Crevette Records, then a few months later we got a phone call from Red Bull Elektropedia informing us we had won the award for Most Promising Artist together with Témé Tan, and Blackwave.

How has where you come from shaped who you are?

I think Brussels is a place with a lot of different kind of people, cultures and scenes that work together and inspire each other. Our music is not really inspired by one specific genre within electronic music, it’s pretty diverse and Brussels is just like that.

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

Globally, Belgium’s biggest contribution is without a doubt the New Beat sound of the 80s and 90s, which is still played by DJs all over the world. Today, we have so much talent here in Belgium but it just doesn’t really get out there.

What, to you, characterises 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?

These are really bad times for Brussels nightlife scene. They keep closing new bars and clubs. Even places such as Recyclart that have been there for more than 20 years get closed suddenly without alternatives. There are so many spaces in Brussels. It’s really difficult for concepts and promoters to build a solid scene here in Brussels. Last year Kumiko opened and they’ve managed to attract some nice bookings. And more recently C12 opened in downtown Brussels, bringing a lot of fresh names to town. But we need more stuff like this happening in this city.

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

Tomorrowland…? To be honest there’s no place anymore apart from some not so legal parties we had. It’s been a long time since we really felt a connection somewhere.

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

Political support, more (public) spaces and places for artists, dancers and music business in general.

What can politicians do to better support the homegrown scene/nightlife? For instance, what do you make of Amsterdam having a nightlife mayor?

That’s exactly what Brussels needs. A nightlife mayor. Someone who carries music by heart and who stands for a strong and responsible nightlife scene. We’re not here to talk politics, but more support is welcome.

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

Good people, good music, good sound, good space and a good atmosphere.

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

Marc Moulin – Hotel

Marc Moulin is one of Belgium’s best Jazz musicians of all time. He was always innovative for his time, always breaking boundaries. We chose this album because it was co-produced by Daniel Lacksman who produced a lot of Belgium’s classics.

Chayell – Beach

Classic!  Released on Antler Records in 1987. Successful Belgian New Beat label that released most of the best New Beat records during the 80s and really represented our Belgian sound.

Hiele – Return To See

First release on Antwerp’s Ekster. The entire album is sick. ‘Return To See’ was released about five years ago and still works on the dancefloor.

“The most memorable thing about a good night out has to be the after-party.”

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

A combination of friends, insane selectors and strong musicians. Nosedrip, Cleveland (live), Weird Dust (live), Hiele & Milan W (live) and the entire Crevette Records posse.

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

The most memorable thing about a good night out has to be the after-party: a few records, the sun coming up, ice cold beers and Capri-suns.

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

A few gigs in Belgium, some festivals, our monthly show on The Word Radio “Still Waters Deep Grounds”, finishing remixes and working on our next album.