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With barely one single out (check out that sweet sound of Summer Blues if you haven’t already), it seems there’s no stopping Martha Da’ro. The 23-year-old former Soul’art singer (and movie star, most notably in the 2015 blockbuster 'Black' by Adil El Arbi) carefully selects her every move forward. Today, that move comes in the form of a huge second single called ‘Sugarman’, inspired by Sixto Rodriguez’ classic ‘Searching for Sugarman’. In the Yaqine Hamzaoui-directed and Heleen Declercq-filmed video, the Brussels-based Martha explores the city scapes of bustling Berlin.

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'Martha Da'ro - Sugarman' is out now on all streaming platforms. Follow Martha on Facebook and Spotify to stay up to date with her every move.

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Ask any hip hop-minded music fan which two Antwerp-raised rappers are currently making big waves and we bet the answer will be Glints and DVTCH NORRIS. The former, Jan Maarschalk Lemmens aka Glints, has been around throwing his fast-paced rhymes on Yong Yello beats for a while now, most notably on his previous single ‘Gold Veins’.

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In 'Fear’, Glints tackles his ongoing battle with anxiety in the sickest way possible: by addressing the matter in a hard-as-hell tune in a flashy video that should come with an epilepsy warning. DVTCH NORRIS, who just released his debut album, joins the madness with a solid contribution we have come to expect from him. A little bird told us a first Glints album is on the way. For more background info about ‘Fear’, read the statement from Lemmens himself:

“I must have been about 15 years old when I was biking home and something triggered my mind drastically”, Jan explains, “It felt as if a switch had been turned off (or on) in my head. Staring at my hands I realized that I had lost all sensation in them, and I was dissociating from my identity. All of this was wrapped in a layer of fierce anxiety. This feeling, or non-feeling would sometimes stay for days on end and though I was always good at hiding it, I would have issues communicating and interacting with people as it felt like an objective spectator withholding my own life. It would be extremely hard to look at my own reflection. At times it evolved to the point that half of my face felt paralyzed. At first, I thought I was going mad, but after talking to some people, the experience got a name and I knew that I was not alone in encountering this issue. 10 years in, the trigger still gets switched on every now and then, and when it happens the anxiety still gets to me. But I’m not mad or sad that it happened to me, as I believe that it had an impact on how I see the world, and who I am becoming. It has always been one of the places where my music comes from, and it felt like the right time to do it in clear terms. So there you go: Fear. I hope you like it.”

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Follow Glints on Facebook and Spotify to stay up to date about the latest and greatest. Catch the man on one of his upcoming shows:

14.07 – Woo Hah! – Beekse Bergen (NL)

10.08 – Cirque Attaque, Ekeren

15.08 – Pukkelpop

23.08 – Maanrock, Mechelen

24.08 – Fire Is Gold, Antwerpen

07.09 – Crammerock, Stekene

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“Nothing but classix, straight from vinyl!” De slogan van het Limburgse ‘12 Inch Lovers’ collectief klinkt als een klok. Zondag vindt hun jaarlijkse openluchtfeest plaats in Alken en dat is al weken uitverkocht. Berichtjes van zij die angstvallig naar een kaartje zoeken op de event pagina volgen elkaar in ijltempo op. Ook tijdens hun winterfeest in februari van dit jaar ging het hard. De Tiendschuur van Herkenrode bleek al snel te klein op zaterdagavond, zodat het feestje de dag erna gewoon nog eens werd over gedaan. “Op een zondag, zoals in de goeie ouwe dagen van de afterclubs”, vertellen oprichters Christophe en Dimitri over dat tweedaags bachanaal. 

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12 Inch Lovers is gegroeid uit een nostalgisch\ngevoel naar de clubscene uit de jaren negentig en tweeduizend. Het was in die\nperiode dat Christophe en Dimitri, beide dertigers, hun passie voor\nelektronische dansmuziek en nightlife ontdekten. Ze begonnen muziek te draaien\nin jeugdhuizen en op lokale fuiven, toen nog 100% met vinylplaten want een\nwijdverspreide digitale mediaspeler bestond nog niet. Toeval of niet, maar\nzowel Christophe als Dimitri wonnen een DJ-contest die Christophe zelfs tot op\nmuziekzender TMF bracht. Het leverde hem ook een residency in de legendarische\nLierse discotheek Illusion op, waar\nhij The Level (de bovenverdieping, red.) van house en grooves mocht voorzien.\nChristophe nodigde op een avond Dimitri uit om platen te komen draaien, wat het\nbegin van een lange vriendschap betekende. De heren draaiden ontelbare nachten\nin de club die op zondag vaak tot de middag openbleef.

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Maar aan alle mooie liedjes komt onvermijdelijk een einde. Illusion sloot na de nieuwjaarsnacht van 2012, net als tal van andere legendarische Belgische discotheken rond die periode, zijn deuren. Tegelijk ontdekten DJ’s de steeds straffere digitale technologie om hun favoriete platen af te spelen. Vinyl is sinds een paar jaar nog amper te bespeuren in de DJ-booths van clubs of events, iets wat Dimitri en Christophe jammer vonden. Hun collectie was hen nog altijd dierbaar, dus kwamen ze op het eenvoudige idee om kleine feestjes te organiseren waar ze terug konden grijpen naar hun favoriete platen, maar dan enkel en alleen op 12 inch (de lengte van een vinylplaat, red.). Dat liep vanaf het begin lekker, vertelt Dimitri: “De intieme kelder van Jeugdhuis De Put in Heusden-Zolder zat meteen vol en ook de volgende editie in Club Universal in Hasselt trok meteen 750 bezoekers. Iedereen deelde ons enthousiasme om weer te feesten op house gespeeld vanop vinyl platen. Zo geven we intussen al zeven jaar events - en het blijft maar groeien. Vandaag focussen we ons op twee edities per jaar: één indoor in de winter en één outdoor in de zomer.”

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Ook al staat een nostalgisch gevoel naar legendarische clubmuziek centraal bij 12 Inch Lovers, dat wil niet zeggen dat ze niet meegaan met de tijd. Dimitri en Christophe kruipen zelf ook nog steeds achter de platendraaiers en kopen nog regelmatig stapeltjes nieuwe vinyl. “Ik noem dat future classics”, verduidelijkt Christophe. “Nieuwe platen waarvan je meteen voelt dat ze ook binnen twintig jaar nog mensen aan het dansen zullen krijgen. Wat DJ Koze en Kölsch maken vind ik bijvoorbeeld fantastisch, of ‘Sorry I’m Late’ van Kollektiv Turmstrasse is nog zo’n voorbeeld van een recent nummer dat perfect vroeger in Illusion had thuis gehoord.”

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Ook het publiek van 12 Inch Lovers evolueert mee. Waar in het begin vooral de vaste kliek van Christophe en Dimitri de weg vond naar hun feesten (dertigers die de DJ-sets van het duo in Illusion en elders zelf hadden meegemaakt vanop de dansvloer) boort hun concept vandaag ook een nieuw en veel jonger publiek aan. Er worden zelfs bussen ingelegd vanuit Antwerpen en Leuven richting Limburg. De goede reputatie gaat dus als een lopend vuurtje rond. Zondag staan Studio Brussel-presentator Jeroen Delodder en ex-Café d’Anvers resident Prinz achter de draaitafels naast een heleboel lokale DJ’s die de filosofie van 12 Inch Lovers perfect uitdragen. Christophe en Dimitri houden zich bewust weg van grote en dure headliners en daar zit een duidelijke reden achter, vertelt Dimitri: “Het gaat ons om echt om die sfeer van in de Belgische clubs, dat kan niemand beter opnieuw brengen dan onze vrienden die er echt bij waren en die hun platencollectie altijd zijn blijven koesteren. We organiseren ook telkens een DJ-contest, want er is ook heel veel jong talent dat zich opnieuw interesseert in vinyl en house”. 

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12 Inch Lovers Outdoor vindt deze Zondag plaats in Alken. Tickets zijn helaas uitverkocht. Blijf op de hoogte over volgende events via de fanpagina.

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Things are getting serious at the Ampere HQ. The Antwerp superclub is shifting to a higher gear now that the magic date of Sunday August 25 is creeping closer. In case you missed it: you can expect no less than 5 stages filled with the best the current electronic music scene has to offer, including a Boiler Room stage. Today, we are pleased to release a bigger part of the lineup. Here's a taste of the artists that will grace the stage:

New additions:

DIXON / DJ TENNIS / ION LUDWIG LIVE / YVES DERUYTER / VALENTIN TSZIN / PUR SANG LIVE / FROM ITALO TO DISCO SOUND SYSTEM / LOST DESERT / NICK BRIL / EMILY JEANNE

Names already announced:

JEFF MILLS - LEN FAKI - MARCEL DETTMANN - RECONDITE LIVE - RARESH & PRASLEA PRESENT PRASLESH - AWANTO 3 - BEN HAYES - BOROKOV BOROKOV LIVE - DAN SHAKE - DAVID VUNK - DJ ASSAULT - DONNA LEAKE - ELENA COLOMBI - GABRIELLA VERGILOV - HIELE LIVE - LOST DESERT - PABLO VALENTINO - PALMBOMEN II & BETONKUST LIVE - RENAAT VANDEPAPELIERE - ROD - SAN PROPER - SKY H1 LIVE - STELLAR OM SOURCE - SYNKRO LIVE - ARKLINE - ARNO LEMONS - DJ BOATS - FBQ - HAISSEM - JUICY ‘THE DJ’ - LIL LAWAW - LOLA HARO - PIRRÈS

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Ampere Open Air takes place at Middenvijver, Linkeroever, Antwerp on Sunday August 25. All information can be found on the event page. Tickets can be found through this link. Group tickets for 5 people are available for €140.

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Antwerp has been getting it fair share of open airs in recent months, but if you thought that things would slow down, you’re mistaken. The two local crews of Vice City and Lucid are teaming up for the second year in a row to bring us ‘Lose It In The City’, a one-day (and night) open air festival that will take place in the middle of a lush forest at Noordkasteel on Saturday July 20.

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“Both our crews have a lot of experience throwing club nights and festivals, so it was obvious we could reach an even better result if we worked together”, explains co-manager Floris Machiels (one half of the DJ-act Hill Men) of Lucid crew. By emphasizing on an edgy lineup and a cosy atmosphere, the organization wants to attract people from far and wide. “We believe we have a good mix of international and local acts, established and upcoming DJ’s to make sure we reach that goal. Other than that, we will install a killer soundsystem that will give every DJ-set that little extra power it deserves”.

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On the lineup: Luke Vibert, Bjørn Torske, Margie B2B Kennedy, Hiele, DTM Funk, Mika Oki, Victor De Roo, DJ Sofa and a many more. The Word Radio will host the second stage.

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Feeling lucky? In for a great day out with friends and quality music on a beautiful outdoor location? Fill in the form below and maybe you’ll win one of 3 duo tickets! More information about Lose It In The City can be found on the event page.

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\n\n\n\n“By virtue, I believe it’s in our rights to go\nout when we want and how long we want”, says Bert Vanlommel, former manager at Klub Goud and TRANS in Antwerp and promoter of Full Circle. “But I’m not sure these long parties are really needed\nhere in Belgium”. A relatively unexpected opinion, right of the bat. Currently,\nthe regulations around the operating hours of nightlife businesses are dictated\nby the municipality in which they are located. In other words: there is no federal\nlaw that says until what time you are allowed to go out. In theory, if a\nnightclub wants to stay open until 12AM, it can do so, as long as there is a\nclear line of communication between the city on one side and the promoters on\nthe other. Some city councils are more receptive towards these proposals than\nothers; although in general, it doesn’t seem that most club owners are actively\nadvocating a regulated 24-hour license – which is something you wouldn’t expect\nas their business is, well, selling as much tickets and drinks as possible.\nLonger clubbing means more money, no?

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Let’s address the elephant in the room now. Nick Ramoudt, manager at the long-running techno institution Fuse explains why he is not in favour of a 24-hour license for nightclubs. “Let’s not be blind to the issue of serious substance abuse”. It is most definitely true that very few people are able to dance through the night altogether without some additional ‘help’. Surely, most of the patrons in a club know how to behave, but it would be naïve to assume there wouldn’t be a rise in drug-related issues when round-the-clock parties become more common.

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One of the direct implications of such a licence would undoubtedly be the rise in attention nightclubs will receive from the authorities. This can be a bad and a good thing. “It would lead to more transparency and control, taking the business out of relative obscurity”, explains Vanlommel, contradicting Ramoudt, who fears that the stigma around substance abuse means tighter measures: “an excess in drug use will ultimately lead to more scrutiny and security measures from the authorities, which in turn will create a situation in which we have less freedom than we currently have”.

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Now, venues in certain other cities are able to host marathon parties because of a simple reason; they have large numbers of experienced and educated music fans that frequently visit nightclubs. Over time, Berlin and later Amsterdam have attracted club crowd from all over the world, thus creating a healthy and versatile nightlife scene that is well-developed and able to offer a wide range of different kinds of events every weekend. Club folk over there – generally, not always – is more used to experiencing different ways of club culture: starting the night much later or only heading down to the party in the morning instead for example. “We don’t really have that culture over here”, says Vanlommel. “Eventually, you do need that kind of crowd to support 24-hour-long parties and keep them up to standard. On the closing weekend of Klub Goud for example, we hosted an extended party that lasted from day to night to day again – and at the end you’re mostly left with the last few standing”. Ramoudt concurs: “After like, 10 or 12 hours the vibe on a party in Belgium starts to change: things get a little edgier. Some people perfectly know how to handle themselves, however, but there are always some that push things too far”.

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A different, more optimistic perspective on these matters is given by Jens Grieten, owner at Ghent’s iconic Kompass: “a 24-hour license would create the possibility for promoters to experiment more, like moving the party outdoors in the morning (given that the venue has an available outdoor area) or letting the sun shine through the windows. Playing with the cycle of the sun allows you to program different kinds of artists when the mood of the party changes”. It does sound alluring to rave it out on a proper 4x4 techno set, before winding down with a deep house-y sunrise mix before you head home. Additionally, the promoter is able to cater to different kinds of music fans, as the party is not just about one vibe anymore. People that prefer to go clubbing during the daytime now don’t have to change their sleep cycle if they have to work the next morning. ‘But wait, there are daytime parties already’, you may think. But as many know, most of these only really get going in the late afternoon and early evening, by which time the morning and its ‘magical atmosphere’ have long passed already.

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But it’s not just the mindset of the club crowd\nthat needs to change if we want a healthy scene that can support\nround-the-clock events. Promoters themselves need to change their booking\napproach: instead of focussing the whole event on the peak time set of one\nheadliner that plays a 2 hour set between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., they need to make\na daring step towards scheduling long sets that span multiple moods during over\nthe course of the extended operating hours. “I wouldn’t mind to see an\nevolution in this direction”, says Vanlommel. “The club experience then becomes\nsomething ‘endless’”. It’s this ‘endless feeling’ your friend who went to\nBerlin last weekend keeps talking about.

There’s also a way of meeting in the middle, as Ramoudt suggests: “it would be nice if you could be granted a 24-hours license 4 or 5 times a year if you can give valid reasons why you would need to keep a party going for such a long time”. Apart from New Year’s Eve, special occasions like openings, closings or anniversaries are the kind of events that come to mind. Aside from what these regulations would look like exactly, the process of laying down the groundwork for them will start an open conversation about clubbing culture with not just the authorities, but the municipality and the neighbourhood residents as well. Too often, proper conversation about nightlife is not taken at face value by people that don’t actually go clubbing. We may have overcome the organized demonization of discotheques in the second half of the 90’s, but those negative connotations still linger on in the general public. This impedes any real progress for the nightlife economy. Regardless of the outcome, a dialogue is necessary to go forward. Take Amsterdam for example, where a ‘night mayor’ is appointed to function as a bridge between politics on one side and the club people on the other. This spokesperson may not have much power to actually change regulation, but it makes the conversation about these matters a lot easier for all parties involved.

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In part, you could definitely say the Belgian nightlife crowd isn’t ready for a 24-hour license. But if there are no club events that regularly span from night to day, then how could one ever learn to appreciate it? Like many things, this too is something that people just need to get familiar with, we guess. Clubbing culture could be a lot more colourful and versatile – and we shouldn’t always go to Berlin or Amsterdam to experience realize that. No one can really deny nightlife isn’t doing good in Belgium if you see where we came from in a not so distant past; but this doesn’t mean things can’t get better. In conclusion: do we urgently need a 24-hour license for our clubs? Not really. Is it absolutely necessary asap? Again, not really. But could it be the catalyst for the transformation and improvement of the quality of our club culture? Most definitely.

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2018 meant a big change for the Dour festival: the historical charming slag heap was replaced by the wind mill park. How did the organisation assess the move to the new site?

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Moving our playground was a huge challenge. It was necessary however, as the previous site didn't meet today's standards anymore. The festival had become too big. At the same time, we think it is important to dare to evolve constantly. It’s not obvious for a 30-year-old festival to adapt to today's reality. The easiest thing would have been to keep doing what we were doing, but our audience evolves continuously. The majority of our original audience grows older and a younger audience with different musical preferences takes its place. Simultaneously, the way people discover and consume music changes. So it’s important to question ourselves continuously, our whole team is imbued with the question: 'which kind of innovation can we introduce this year?' Last year's conclusion was positive: the festival made significant progress on convenience, not only for the visitors but for our staff too, without changing the spirit of the festival. The sunset between the windmills gave it a magic touch, it was the cherry on the cake.

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What 's new this year?

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As everything worked out well last year, the overall setup of the site won't change much. The Red Bull Elektropedia Balzaal however, will be completely redesigned. Last year was great, but we think it lost a bit of its magic: by entering the festival site you immediately bumped into the Balzaal. Maybe that was a bit too obvious. On our former site, this stage was kind of hidden; you had to walk a bit to discover. Once you were there, it was like entering a cathedral: first you saw it from behind and by walking into it, you discovered its magic. So this year, we will invert its orientation and add some novelties; our visitors expect that from us. Here’s a sneak peek: we will line up three huge screens, covering a total size of half a football field.

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Another change is the transformation from 'La Caverne' to 'La Salle Polyvalente'. It was impossible to make a strictly metal line-up for four days, so we decided to diversify the selection of artists on this stage. Saturday will be dedicated to all things metal, Thursday will be all about underground hip hop, on Friday it’s dub and reggae’s turn and Sunday will be about the new French pop movement. At night, solid techno and twisted electro will rule over the stage. Consider it as a Lablo XL. As the name 'La Caverne' didn't really capture the multitude of niches, we decided to rebrand it as 'La Salle Polyvalente'.

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There are plenty of festivals every summer. How does Dour distinguish itself?

Especially 'La Salle Polyvalente' and 'Le Labo' will feature artists you won't come across on other festivals. Acts such as Skee Mask, Ansome and Under Black Helmet play a kind of raw, industrial techno that’s lacking on other events of this size. This is also the case the sounds of artists like Kampiré, a DJ from Uganda or Moonshine, a Canadian collective. Both can be filed as ‘global sounds’, they fit perfectly in the Dour line up. This variety of genres and bands sets us apart from other festivals.

With 40 acts out of 240 featured artists, Belgium is well represented in the line-up. We suppose this isn't a random choice?

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTen years ago we consciously chose to retain a part\nof the line-up for homegrown artists. At that time there weren't hardly any\nBelgian headliners making it abroad. That was until Stromae and Selah Sue\nstarted making waves. Nowadays, we have a whole generation headlining festivals\naround the world such as Damso, Roméo Elvis, Angèle, Charlotte De Witte\nand Amelie Lens. We are more than\nhappy to have all of them headlining Dour 2019. The former two will perform in\nthe Last Arena, the latter two will tear down the Balzaal. We have been\nfollowing each of them from the very beginning of their careers, so we are very\nproud with the way things have been going for them. Moreover, we have reached\nthe perfect balance: two female and two male artists, two Flemish and two\nFrench speaking artists (laughs). This is Belgium at its best! Besides these big\nnames, we selected plenty of upcoming Belgian artists. They are so many to pick\nfrom nowadays; we really had to make tough choices. I remember some years ago\nwe really had to dig deep to find them and today they have become a natural and\nessential part of our festival.

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Any gigs in particular you are looking forward to?

I am very curious to see The Brums perform live on Saturday, a group from Liège bringing a mix of jazz, groove and electronics. I also look forward to Disclosure, Koffee, Ansome, etc. Too many to sum them all up here.

We talked a lot about music, but Dour is also famous for its particular atmosphere, what is the secret behind it?

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPeople come to Dour festival to live the moment\ntogether with friends, regardless of nationality, work or social status. The\nfestival is a world on its own for five days. Our slogan 'Dour mon amour' is\nvery simple: have a good time and talk to each other. These are the simple\nthings we lack in our daily lives sometimes. At Dour, we forget everything and\nwe focus on the moment. Consider it a form of collective meditation, pursued by\n50.000 people a day.

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Last year Dour celebrated its 30th birthday; what will the festival look like within 30 years from now?

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That’s hard to say, but probably it won’t be about music only. I hope by this time we’ll have a lot of audio-visual art as well. I guess technology will be very present and will contribute to the interaction with the audience. I’m thinking about music or art created live in interaction with the audience. Probably the festival will become even more of an experience, a bubble in which we could all live together for 5 days. Looking back at the past, I think the festival will become more diverse. Compared to the early days with just one stage with live music, present day Dour has become very diverse with 7 stages, multiple campsites, an enormous audio-visual production, lasers, etc... My main concern has to be that we need to keep doing things differently than other festivals. If we would lose this attitude, the spirit of Dour won't be the same anymore. Only time will tell!

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Dour Festival will take place between July 10 and 14. All information and tickets can be found on their website. Feeling lucky? We have 4 combi tickets left to give away. Fill in the form  below and by Wednesday we'll contact the winners personally.

","key":1561678541,"id":11},{"type":"codeblock","quote":"","key":1561704083,"id":12,"html":" \n After a decade of providing Belgium of alternative art content, The Word sadly pulled the plug on their paper magazine in March. Luckily, the platform is far from dead, albeit in a new form: radio. The Word Radio was launched almost 2 years ago by Nicolas Lewis and Quentin Materne and it proudly broadcasts heaps of homegrown, alternative artists and DJ’s from their Brussels studio on a weekly basis. Right now, the radio is co-managed by Mika Oki, a Parisian who’s been living in Belgium for 5 years. Other than a radio manager, she also hosts her own show, DJ’s across the world and exhibits her own (audio)visual installations. In this age of ever-shifting cultural trends, we sat down with Mika for a chat about the online radio phenomenon, an outsider’s point of view on the Belgian scene and the ways artists can express themselves with modern tools at hand.

Hi Mika! What brought you to Belgium? And how did you end up at The Word Radio?

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nI\nmoved to Belgium five years ago to finish my masters in sculpture at La Cambre,\nalthough this was just an excuse to move to Brussels. One of my earliest\nmemories of this city was Bozar\nElectronic’s 2015 festival. This was my first experience with the local\nnightlife scene and even though it’s not a venue I would normally hang out, I\nwas having a party in an open exhibition space, forgetting all the conventions\nthis institution normally represents.

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As a Parisian, how do you experience the Belgian music and nightlife scene?

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As an eternal nightlife kid, I’ve spent a lot of time hanging out in Paris’ various hangout spots. So to me, the Brussels nightlife scene felt completely new. The real charm of the local artistic scene is its authenticity: alternative and underground venues remain authentic, keeping its regulars attached to something they like, being genuinely creative without falling into expected hype.

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Many say the online radio landscape is saturated. With the rise of stations like NTS, Red Light Radio or Kiosk Radio, we can see why. What makes The Word Radio unique?

Due to the internet, I feel that the cultural landscape is saturated in general. Back in the days, certain media platforms, especially print, determined which scenes people followed. Nowadays, it’s up to us to educate ourselves by choosing the media we feel related to. I also think that there are two types of web radios that can be complementary. Radios like Red Light, The Lot or Kiosk operate as a window front, showcasing continuous live streams and offering a way to greatly promote on the act and moment of the performance. Meanwhile, ‘community radios’ like LYL in France, Dublab in Spain or NTS in the UK are based on a network, a common field where, as a listener, you can pick what interests you most. Therefore, it’s not so much about the live moment as it is about the narrative and story behind every podcast. The Word started as a free cultural magazine 10 years ago and it launched its radio last year in order to highlight the Belgian music scene. Each of our 100 monthly residents nourishes a show centred around a topic, story or atmosphere. It’s a place of experimentation where they can do live performances and collaborate with visual artists as well. Because of The Word’s editorial nature, we also organise events and work with institutions like Wiels, De Singel or CIVA. Since the paper magazine chapter is over, the radio now tends to become a digital cultural platform of its own.

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Your own radio show is called Waking Life. Is that a reference to the 2001 animation film? What’s the mission of this show?

Yes, this show is a reference to the animation that movie by Richard Linklater. In my mixes, as in my installations, altered waking states are a big inspiration. It’s all about creating oneiric landscapes with abstract narrations that can shoot in our imagination dealing with the difficulty of being tied up to reality, as well as the risk of living an ethereal existence. One quote from the movie I really like is, \"the worst mistake that you can make is to think that you’re alive, when really you’re asleep in life’s waiting room\".

DJing, producing, video, sculpture, visual art: you’re basically an artistic centipede. Do you feel like using different ways of expression makes it easier to articulate your message?

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIn an\nage where artists are becoming more multidisciplinary, the different mediums\nbecome infinite ways to materialize ideas. As images and narratives are always\nlinked in my creations, the choice of materializing them depends on which\nsenses I want to trigger. My video, sculpture and sound practices have merged\nspontaneously. Maybe because, whether by listening to music or playing it, I\noften see forms and colours moving through space. These are synesthetic\nsensations. I compose my music in the same way as I create my installations, by\nsketching lines, forms and textures moving as narratives.

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In general, my work is based on unconscious and altered states. But in my opinion, illustrating the sound with visuals can spoil the experience sometimes. That’s why I only use light and abstract images in order to keep the visuals as physical as the music itself. Also, what I find most interesting about working with light is that it’s intangible. And so ‘reflection’ is essential, but the most important thing is the space in-between: time and energy. It’s also a way for space to become a sort of container of light. When I present my installations in a gallery or mix a DJ-set in a club, I want to immerse bodies and trigger physical sensations. However, my radio shows or electro-acoustic productions are lingering soundscapes with abstract narrations that the listener can use to feed his own imaginary space.

You travel around a lot for your art and DJ-sets. What have been the most memorable touring experiences for you this past year?

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMy\nmost memorable experience was performing at Uganda’s Nyege Nyege Festival, mostly in terms of the general musical and\nhuman interactions. Despite the external image and the hype this festival\nreceived, what was most striking was seeing African youth and local artists meet\nup and dance together. And I mean really dancing!\nNyege Nyege is doing great things for the East African music community,\ntrying to offer real music experiences. I got quite upset when I saw a certain French media\nplatform publish headline stating that “a local DJ was killed because the\npublic didn’t like his music”. This was a copy-paste story lifted from a\nUgandan newspaper without taking into consideration the fact that the government’s\nstance towards nightlife is condemning to say the least.

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You’re also part of the SHAPE platform. Could you describe what that is exactly and what it did for you?

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Yes, I was part of SHAPE’s 2018 selection of artists. Every year, SHAPE selects 48 musicians, DJs, audio-visual and sound artists - made up equally of men and women - and offers them opportunities to perform around Europe. It’s thanks to SHAPE that I was able to play at TodaysArt, Sonica and Schiev. The project has been extended till 2021 and you can apply for it every year. It has been a wonderful experience of travel, visit unconventional festivals and interacting with brilliant artists.

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Are there Belgian DJ’s or artists you think should get more attention? If so, why and why?

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So many great artists and musicians to focus on these days... The Belgian music scene has always been effervescent but it’s on going increasingly well because of resonant record labels like Ekster, VastesChoses, Stroom. I’m also starting the co-curation of a project with the Air Texture and Kompakt record labels. We’ll select some favourite Belgian producers to make a track for a charity compilation. All the proceeds from the release will go towards a local human rights charity (more info soon). Meanwhile, you can listen to The Word Radio to discover some of them.

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Find Mika Oki's work on her website or check her out on Soundcloud. Follow The Word on their fanpage or visit their webpage to have a listen at Brussels’ current underground scene. On Friday June 28 and Saturday June 29, The Word will host a stage on Festival Kanal at Centre Pompidou in Brussels. Mika will play a live set as Tucuxi alongside Basses Terres at Festival Kanal on the first day. More info here and here.

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Whenever you have a chat with a friend that has just come back from a party weekend in Berlin, chances are you’re going to get a lecture about how amazing it was to go out until 10 a.m. in the morning. The thing is, going out in a city like this is fundamentally different for a wide variety of reasons, but one of the key questions many ravers like to ponder about is ‘why don’t clubs in Belgium stay open longer’? Sure it would be nice to do as you would in Amsterdam and get up early on a Sunday morning to go to the club, knowing that it will remain open until much later. After all, weren’t ‘after clubs’ a Belgian speciality in the early 90’s? Sometimes, the occasional ‘really long’ party does occur, especially for New Year’s Eve celebrations. But why isn’t this more common throughout the year?

\n\n\n\n“By virtue, I believe it’s in our rights to go\nout when we want and how long we want”, says Bert Vanlommel, former manager at Klub Goud and TRANS in Antwerp and promoter of Full Circle. “But I’m not sure these long parties are really needed\nhere in Belgium”. A relatively unexpected opinion, right of the bat. Currently,\nthe regulations around the operating hours of nightlife businesses are dictated\nby the municipality in which they are located. In other words: there is no federal\nlaw that says until what time you are allowed to go out. In theory, if a\nnightclub wants to stay open until 12AM, it can do so, as long as there is a\nclear line of communication between the city on one side and the promoters on\nthe other. Some city councils are more receptive towards these proposals than\nothers; although in general, it doesn’t seem that most club owners are actively\nadvocating a regulated 24-hour license – which is something you wouldn’t expect\nas their business is, well, selling as much tickets and drinks as possible.\nLonger clubbing means more money, no?

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Let’s address the elephant in the room now. Nick Ramoudt, manager at the long-running techno institution Fuse explains why he is not in favour of a 24-hour license for nightclubs. “Let’s not be blind to the issue of serious substance abuse”. It is most definitely true that very few people are able to dance through the night altogether without some additional ‘help’. Surely, most of the patrons in a club know how to behave, but it would be naïve to assume there wouldn’t be a rise in drug-related issues when round-the-clock parties become more common.

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One of the direct implications of such a licence would undoubtedly be the rise in attention nightclubs will receive from the authorities. This can be a bad and a good thing. “It would lead to more transparency and control, taking the business out of relative obscurity”, explains Vanlommel, contradicting Ramoudt, who fears that the stigma around substance abuse means tighter measures: “an excess in drug use will ultimately lead to more scrutiny and security measures from the authorities, which in turn will create a situation in which we have less freedom than we currently have”.

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Now, venues in certain other cities are able to host marathon parties because of a simple reason; they have large numbers of experienced and educated music fans that frequently visit nightclubs. Over time, Berlin and later Amsterdam have attracted club crowd from all over the world, thus creating a healthy and versatile nightlife scene that is well-developed and able to offer a wide range of different kinds of events every weekend. Club folk over there – generally, not always – is more used to experiencing different ways of club culture: starting the night much later or only heading down to the party in the morning instead for example. “We don’t really have that culture over here”, says Vanlommel. “Eventually, you do need that kind of crowd to support 24-hour-long parties and keep them up to standard. On the closing weekend of Klub Goud for example, we hosted an extended party that lasted from day to night to day again – and at the end you’re mostly left with the last few standing”. Ramoudt concurs: “After like, 10 or 12 hours the vibe on a party in Belgium starts to change: things get a little edgier. Some people perfectly know how to handle themselves, however, but there are always some that push things too far”.

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A different, more optimistic perspective on these matters is given by Jens Grieten, owner at Ghent’s iconic Kompass: “a 24-hour license would create the possibility for promoters to experiment more, like moving the party outdoors in the morning (given that the venue has an available outdoor area) or letting the sun shine through the windows. Playing with the cycle of the sun allows you to program different kinds of artists when the mood of the party changes”. It does sound alluring to rave it out on a proper 4x4 techno set, before winding down with a deep house-y sunrise mix before you head home. Additionally, the promoter is able to cater to different kinds of music fans, as the party is not just about one vibe anymore. People that prefer to go clubbing during the daytime now don’t have to change their sleep cycle if they have to work the next morning. ‘But wait, there are daytime parties already’, you may think. But as many know, most of these only really get going in the late afternoon and early evening, by which time the morning and its ‘magical atmosphere’ have long passed already.

\n\n\n\nBut who in their right mind dances for 24 hours\nstraight? “It’s not necessary to spend all those hours dancing”, adds Grieten.\n“You can have a break, get some sleep, take a shower and just come back. I\nbelieve it’s better to give people the choice to go home when they feel like,\ninstead of closing a packed club at 7AM. It’s better to let it fade out”.\nAlthough that last statement is definitely not true for every club, but the\nidea that this should be an option for promoters if they wish is something that\nshould be debatable.

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But it’s not just the mindset of the club crowd\nthat needs to change if we want a healthy scene that can support\nround-the-clock events. Promoters themselves need to change their booking\napproach: instead of focussing the whole event on the peak time set of one\nheadliner that plays a 2 hour set between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., they need to make\na daring step towards scheduling long sets that span multiple moods during over\nthe course of the extended operating hours. “I wouldn’t mind to see an\nevolution in this direction”, says Vanlommel. “The club experience then becomes\nsomething ‘endless’”. It’s this ‘endless feeling’ your friend who went to\nBerlin last weekend keeps talking about.

There’s also a way of meeting in the middle, as Ramoudt suggests: “it would be nice if you could be granted a 24-hours license 4 or 5 times a year if you can give valid reasons why you would need to keep a party going for such a long time”. Apart from New Year’s Eve, special occasions like openings, closings or anniversaries are the kind of events that come to mind. Aside from what these regulations would look like exactly, the process of laying down the groundwork for them will start an open conversation about clubbing culture with not just the authorities, but the municipality and the neighbourhood residents as well. Too often, proper conversation about nightlife is not taken at face value by people that don’t actually go clubbing. We may have overcome the organized demonization of discotheques in the second half of the 90’s, but those negative connotations still linger on in the general public. This impedes any real progress for the nightlife economy. Regardless of the outcome, a dialogue is necessary to go forward. Take Amsterdam for example, where a ‘night mayor’ is appointed to function as a bridge between politics on one side and the club people on the other. This spokesperson may not have much power to actually change regulation, but it makes the conversation about these matters a lot easier for all parties involved.

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In part, you could definitely say the Belgian nightlife crowd isn’t ready for a 24-hour license. But if there are no club events that regularly span from night to day, then how could one ever learn to appreciate it? Like many things, this too is something that people just need to get familiar with, we guess. Clubbing culture could be a lot more colourful and versatile – and we shouldn’t always go to Berlin or Amsterdam to experience realize that. No one can really deny nightlife isn’t doing good in Belgium if you see where we came from in a not so distant past; but this doesn’t mean things can’t get better. In conclusion: do we urgently need a 24-hour license for our clubs? Not really. Is it absolutely necessary asap? Again, not really. But could it be the catalyst for the transformation and improvement of the quality of our club culture? Most definitely.

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2018 meant a big change for the Dour festival: the historical charming slag heap was replaced by the wind mill park. How did the organisation assess the move to the new site?

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Moving our playground was a huge challenge. It was necessary however, as the previous site didn't meet today's standards anymore. The festival had become too big. At the same time, we think it is important to dare to evolve constantly. It’s not obvious for a 30-year-old festival to adapt to today's reality. The easiest thing would have been to keep doing what we were doing, but our audience evolves continuously. The majority of our original audience grows older and a younger audience with different musical preferences takes its place. Simultaneously, the way people discover and consume music changes. So it’s important to question ourselves continuously, our whole team is imbued with the question: 'which kind of innovation can we introduce this year?' Last year's conclusion was positive: the festival made significant progress on convenience, not only for the visitors but for our staff too, without changing the spirit of the festival. The sunset between the windmills gave it a magic touch, it was the cherry on the cake.

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What 's new this year?

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As everything worked out well last year, the overall setup of the site won't change much. The Red Bull Elektropedia Balzaal however, will be completely redesigned. Last year was great, but we think it lost a bit of its magic: by entering the festival site you immediately bumped into the Balzaal. Maybe that was a bit too obvious. On our former site, this stage was kind of hidden; you had to walk a bit to discover. Once you were there, it was like entering a cathedral: first you saw it from behind and by walking into it, you discovered its magic. So this year, we will invert its orientation and add some novelties; our visitors expect that from us. Here’s a sneak peek: we will line up three huge screens, covering a total size of half a football field.

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Another change is the transformation from 'La Caverne' to 'La Salle Polyvalente'. It was impossible to make a strictly metal line-up for four days, so we decided to diversify the selection of artists on this stage. Saturday will be dedicated to all things metal, Thursday will be all about underground hip hop, on Friday it’s dub and reggae’s turn and Sunday will be about the new French pop movement. At night, solid techno and twisted electro will rule over the stage. Consider it as a Lablo XL. As the name 'La Caverne' didn't really capture the multitude of niches, we decided to rebrand it as 'La Salle Polyvalente'.

\n\n\n\nThe other stages remain what they are known for: The\nLast Arena is the main stage for our headliners, Boombox is the attraction for\nthe younger generation that loves all things hip hop and urban; La Petite\nMaison Dans La Prairie focusses on indie music in all its forms, Le Labo is the\nintimate club to discover the bands of tomorrow regardless of genres and the\nDub Corner remains the meeting area for dubplate lovers.

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There are plenty of festivals every summer. How does Dour distinguish itself?

Especially 'La Salle Polyvalente' and 'Le Labo' will feature artists you won't come across on other festivals. Acts such as Skee Mask, Ansome and Under Black Helmet play a kind of raw, industrial techno that’s lacking on other events of this size. This is also the case the sounds of artists like Kampiré, a DJ from Uganda or Moonshine, a Canadian collective. Both can be filed as ‘global sounds’, they fit perfectly in the Dour line up. This variety of genres and bands sets us apart from other festivals.

With 40 acts out of 240 featured artists, Belgium is well represented in the line-up. We suppose this isn't a random choice?

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Any gigs in particular you are looking forward to?

I am very curious to see The Brums perform live on Saturday, a group from Liège bringing a mix of jazz, groove and electronics. I also look forward to Disclosure, Koffee, Ansome, etc. Too many to sum them all up here.

We talked a lot about music, but Dour is also famous for its particular atmosphere, what is the secret behind it?

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPeople come to Dour festival to live the moment\ntogether with friends, regardless of nationality, work or social status. The\nfestival is a world on its own for five days. Our slogan 'Dour mon amour' is\nvery simple: have a good time and talk to each other. These are the simple\nthings we lack in our daily lives sometimes. At Dour, we forget everything and\nwe focus on the moment. Consider it a form of collective meditation, pursued by\n50.000 people a day.

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Last year Dour celebrated its 30th birthday; what will the festival look like within 30 years from now?

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That’s hard to say, but probably it won’t be about music only. I hope by this time we’ll have a lot of audio-visual art as well. I guess technology will be very present and will contribute to the interaction with the audience. I’m thinking about music or art created live in interaction with the audience. Probably the festival will become even more of an experience, a bubble in which we could all live together for 5 days. Looking back at the past, I think the festival will become more diverse. Compared to the early days with just one stage with live music, present day Dour has become very diverse with 7 stages, multiple campsites, an enormous audio-visual production, lasers, etc... My main concern has to be that we need to keep doing things differently than other festivals. If we would lose this attitude, the spirit of Dour won't be the same anymore. Only time will tell!

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Dour Festival will take place between July 10 and 14. All information and tickets can be found on their website. Feeling lucky? We have 4 combi tickets left to give away. Fill in the form  below and by Wednesday we'll contact the winners personally.

","key":1561678541,"id":11},{"type":"codeblock","quote":"","key":1561704083,"id":12,"html":" \n After a decade of providing Belgium of alternative art content, The Word sadly pulled the plug on their paper magazine in March. Luckily, the platform is far from dead, albeit in a new form: radio. The Word Radio was launched almost 2 years ago by Nicolas Lewis and Quentin Materne and it proudly broadcasts heaps of homegrown, alternative artists and DJ’s from their Brussels studio on a weekly basis. Right now, the radio is co-managed by Mika Oki, a Parisian who’s been living in Belgium for 5 years. Other than a radio manager, she also hosts her own show, DJ’s across the world and exhibits her own (audio)visual installations. In this age of ever-shifting cultural trends, we sat down with Mika for a chat about the online radio phenomenon, an outsider’s point of view on the Belgian scene and the ways artists can express themselves with modern tools at hand.

Hi Mika! What brought you to Belgium? And how did you end up at The Word Radio?

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nI\nmoved to Belgium five years ago to finish my masters in sculpture at La Cambre,\nalthough this was just an excuse to move to Brussels. One of my earliest\nmemories of this city was Bozar\nElectronic’s 2015 festival. This was my first experience with the local\nnightlife scene and even though it’s not a venue I would normally hang out, I\nwas having a party in an open exhibition space, forgetting all the conventions\nthis institution normally represents.

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As a Parisian, how do you experience the Belgian music and nightlife scene?

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As an eternal nightlife kid, I’ve spent a lot of time hanging out in Paris’ various hangout spots. So to me, the Brussels nightlife scene felt completely new. The real charm of the local artistic scene is its authenticity: alternative and underground venues remain authentic, keeping its regulars attached to something they like, being genuinely creative without falling into expected hype.

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Many say the online radio landscape is saturated. With the rise of stations like NTS, Red Light Radio or Kiosk Radio, we can see why. What makes The Word Radio unique?

Due to the internet, I feel that the cultural landscape is saturated in general. Back in the days, certain media platforms, especially print, determined which scenes people followed. Nowadays, it’s up to us to educate ourselves by choosing the media we feel related to. I also think that there are two types of web radios that can be complementary. Radios like Red Light, The Lot or Kiosk operate as a window front, showcasing continuous live streams and offering a way to greatly promote on the act and moment of the performance. Meanwhile, ‘community radios’ like LYL in France, Dublab in Spain or NTS in the UK are based on a network, a common field where, as a listener, you can pick what interests you most. Therefore, it’s not so much about the live moment as it is about the narrative and story behind every podcast. The Word started as a free cultural magazine 10 years ago and it launched its radio last year in order to highlight the Belgian music scene. Each of our 100 monthly residents nourishes a show centred around a topic, story or atmosphere. It’s a place of experimentation where they can do live performances and collaborate with visual artists as well. Because of The Word’s editorial nature, we also organise events and work with institutions like Wiels, De Singel or CIVA. Since the paper magazine chapter is over, the radio now tends to become a digital cultural platform of its own.

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Your own radio show is called Waking Life. Is that a reference to the 2001 animation film? What’s the mission of this show?

Yes, this show is a reference to the animation that movie by Richard Linklater. In my mixes, as in my installations, altered waking states are a big inspiration. It’s all about creating oneiric landscapes with abstract narrations that can shoot in our imagination dealing with the difficulty of being tied up to reality, as well as the risk of living an ethereal existence. One quote from the movie I really like is, \"the worst mistake that you can make is to think that you’re alive, when really you’re asleep in life’s waiting room\".

DJing, producing, video, sculpture, visual art: you’re basically an artistic centipede. Do you feel like using different ways of expression makes it easier to articulate your message?

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIn an\nage where artists are becoming more multidisciplinary, the different mediums\nbecome infinite ways to materialize ideas. As images and narratives are always\nlinked in my creations, the choice of materializing them depends on which\nsenses I want to trigger. My video, sculpture and sound practices have merged\nspontaneously. Maybe because, whether by listening to music or playing it, I\noften see forms and colours moving through space. These are synesthetic\nsensations. I compose my music in the same way as I create my installations, by\nsketching lines, forms and textures moving as narratives.

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In general, my work is based on unconscious and altered states. But in my opinion, illustrating the sound with visuals can spoil the experience sometimes. That’s why I only use light and abstract images in order to keep the visuals as physical as the music itself. Also, what I find most interesting about working with light is that it’s intangible. And so ‘reflection’ is essential, but the most important thing is the space in-between: time and energy. It’s also a way for space to become a sort of container of light. When I present my installations in a gallery or mix a DJ-set in a club, I want to immerse bodies and trigger physical sensations. However, my radio shows or electro-acoustic productions are lingering soundscapes with abstract narrations that the listener can use to feed his own imaginary space.

You travel around a lot for your art and DJ-sets. What have been the most memorable touring experiences for you this past year?

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMy\nmost memorable experience was performing at Uganda’s Nyege Nyege Festival, mostly in terms of the general musical and\nhuman interactions. Despite the external image and the hype this festival\nreceived, what was most striking was seeing African youth and local artists meet\nup and dance together. And I mean really dancing!\nNyege Nyege is doing great things for the East African music community,\ntrying to offer real music experiences. I got quite upset when I saw a certain French media\nplatform publish headline stating that “a local DJ was killed because the\npublic didn’t like his music”. This was a copy-paste story lifted from a\nUgandan newspaper without taking into consideration the fact that the government’s\nstance towards nightlife is condemning to say the least.

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You’re also part of the SHAPE platform. Could you describe what that is exactly and what it did for you?

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Yes, I was part of SHAPE’s 2018 selection of artists. Every year, SHAPE selects 48 musicians, DJs, audio-visual and sound artists - made up equally of men and women - and offers them opportunities to perform around Europe. It’s thanks to SHAPE that I was able to play at TodaysArt, Sonica and Schiev. The project has been extended till 2021 and you can apply for it every year. It has been a wonderful experience of travel, visit unconventional festivals and interacting with brilliant artists.

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Are there Belgian DJ’s or artists you think should get more attention? If so, why and why?

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So many great artists and musicians to focus on these days... The Belgian music scene has always been effervescent but it’s on going increasingly well because of resonant record labels like Ekster, VastesChoses, Stroom. I’m also starting the co-curation of a project with the Air Texture and Kompakt record labels. We’ll select some favourite Belgian producers to make a track for a charity compilation. All the proceeds from the release will go towards a local human rights charity (more info soon). Meanwhile, you can listen to The Word Radio to discover some of them.

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Find Mika Oki's work on her website or check her out on Soundcloud. Follow The Word on their fanpage or visit their webpage to have a listen at Brussels’ current underground scene. On Friday June 28 and Saturday June 29, The Word will host a stage on Festival Kanal at Centre Pompidou in Brussels. Mika will play a live set as Tucuxi alongside Basses Terres at Festival Kanal on the first day. More info here and here.

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Some have already obtained small successes, spending years in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to shine and others have barely left their bedroom studios. Some aim for headlining festival stages, others aim for nothing in particular – but all of them have developed a sound with the potential to turn heads. With this feature we shine a light on some of the most interesting new musical talents our tiny country has to offer.

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For the Antwerp-born Angela aka Miss Angel, things have been going incredibly fast. About 9 months ago, she was doing slam poetry shows across town, but little did we know she was working hard on her rap career behind closed curtains. After the drop of her three first singles (‘Ghetto Superstar’, 'Money Making Mami' and ‘All Of The Shmoke’) and a couple of live shows, she was invited by Zwangere Guy to perform as his support act in front of a sold out Ancienne Belgiques. She must have impressed a couple of bookers over there, because she’s on the bill of an impressive list of grade-A festivals like Rock Werchter, Dour Festival, Pukkelpop and Couleur Café. Now that her debut EP ‘Ghetto Mami Vol. 1’ is out there, nothing seems to be able to stop Miss Angel. Seems like we were lucky to even get this talent in front of our lens for a quick interview. 

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You just dropped your debut EP ‘Ghetto Mami Vol. 1’. How does it feel to have it out there?

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People have been really positive, so I can’t complain! Most people in my circles know me as a dancer, so not everyone believed I was serious about making music. With this EP, I wanted to show everyone who I was: a ghetto mami who likes to rap (laughs). There’s not really a central message in there. It’s ‘Angela in a tape’, with all sorts of different vibes and moods. Basically, it’s all me in 5 songs.

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So, are you a dancer as well?

Originally I am one, yes. That’s why I would call myself an artist, rather than just a rapper. Unfortunately, I have to keep dancing on hold for the moment, but that’s where it all started for me when I was around 9 years old. It helped me to understand rhythm, so I’m always on beat. Maybe it makes me hear things in a different perspective sometimes. That’s why dancing helped me a lot throughout my life.

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So did dancing help you realize you wanted to become a rapper?

Well, I never really wanted to become one; it\njust happened. I have always been listening and dancing to hip hop and rap,\nespecially the female MC’s. This inspired me to write, so me and a couple of\nfriends founded a little slam poetry group called Female Takeover, which contained all sorts of different artists.\nSeeing other people standing in front of the mic, using their voice… I wanted\nto do the same. Slowly I was doing open mics here and there; and there was this\none time I was put on a real stage. No music, just acapella, but people loved\nit. That’s when I knew: I’ll give this rap thing a shot. Next thing I’m looking\nfor beats, and contacting producers all over the place. It took a while for me\nto take this step, because there are not a lot of female rappers in Antwerp. It\ndidn’t take long before my first real rap song, ‘Ghetto Superstar’, was made.\nWhen the music videos for ‘All of the Shmoke’ and ‘Like That’ (featuring Blu Samu and KRANKk) dropped, that was when things really started taking off. I\nwas finally making music as a ‘rapper rapper’.

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What’s your relation with the music scene here in Antwerp?

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That’s a hard question, because I think people out here still don’t really acknowledge the fact that I make music and do shows. It’s a hard city for someone who wants to break through, because it can feel like people don’t really work together or appreciate each other enough. Of course you have the pioneers who are doing their thing, but it's challenging.

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Is it that bad?

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Yeah. I don’t know why that’s the case. It’s painful to feel this way, because when I go to Brussels, it’s clear they love me. Out there, they come to my shows, they support me, they show me love… It has been like this for years. At least, now it feels like more artists are coming up, so we’re trying our best. Maybe one day we’ll all get the love we all deserve out here.

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Would you consider moving elsewhere then?

Brussels sounds tempting, but I don’t know if I would take my chances elsewhere. Part of me still wants to shake things up around here. It’s our duty. Antwerp is where I’m from, so not wanting to leave is understandable, right? At least I want to be able to have made a real impact before I move to another place.

Now that you’re out there, are there things that come with this relative fame that have surprised you?

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nYes! You know how they say that people around\nyou who have never paid attention suddenly become your ‘best friend’ once you\nhave a video out? That really happens! I thought it was an exaggeration, but\nit’s not. Clout chasers, that’s how\nyou call it, right? When you’re doing good, that’s when they say “I’m proud of\nyou” or “we should hang out again”. When I was a dancer, people didn’t send me\nmessages like that! It’s mad, because I really seem to have many folks like\nthat; and I didn’t expect it.

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What does Miss Angel sound like on a stage, compared to your recorded music?

I consider myself an MC, a spitter. When you hear songs like ‘Oh My Dayz’ or ‘Bassdrum’, you can hear what I’m talking about. Now just imagine that kind of energy on stage; I go absolutely crazy. I just enjoy myself, I laugh with the audience, I make jokes, … It’s just one big party, for sure.

So what’s the game plan from here?

\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIt’s festival season and I’m ready for it. Rock\nWerchter, Dour, Couleur Café, Pukkelpop, Fire Is Gold, Lokerse Feesten: it’s all happening. There are some\nsmaller shows sprinkled in here and there. Other than that, I’m already in the\nstudio cooking up something new for you guys.

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Never wanna miss another beat? Follow Miss Angel on Facebook, Spotify and Instagram.

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Maurizio: “When Ugo visited me in Brussels, we regularly spent the entire night listening to 45 rpm records at 33 rpm. I have a lot of new beat, acid, breakbeat and techno records from the early 90’s and we were always very curious about how these records sound when you play them on a slower speed than intended. It was an interesting experiment for mixing too: the lower speed gives you extra time and options. These nocturnal listening sessions formed the basis for this technique that was later called 'supreme rallentato”.

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Ugo: “I have always been into hip hop, funk, dub and black music. Around 2000, when a lot of my friends from the techno scene stopped DJing and gave me their records, the music was way too fast for me. I think that music sounds much better at 33 rpm.\"

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Both Ugo and Maurizio have Italian roots. When one of their Italian friends asked to play a Front 242 song and pronounced the classic Belgian EBM group as 'Front de Cadeaux', Maurizio thought it was so funny that the name stuck. In 2013, after several nightly sessions, they decided to raise their experiment to a higher level. When they started looking for a name for their project, Maurizio didn't have to think twice: Front de Cadeaux was born. Besides their DJ sets, they released their first two EP's in 2014 and 2015 on the Roccodisco label by Hugosan and Rodion. In the ensuing years, a number of releases followed slowly, whereby they further refined their signature sound. In 2018, 'Supreme Rallentato Volume 1' followed.

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What exactly does 'supreme rallentato' mean?

Maurizio: “In the 70’s, popcorn DJ’s were already playing soul records at 33 rpm instead of 45; new beat was created in the 80’s by applying the same technique to coldwave and EBM. We didn't reinvent the wheel. It is not a trend nor is it a gag. The technique ensures that you experience the music differently: deeper and more sensual. It becomes easier to dance to and there is more sensuality on the dancefloor. In the beginning of our sets, confusion usually reigns the dancefloor. The audience is not always sure what’s happening. We often get the reaction from people that they feel like they are on drugs (when we aren’t). It's like you're dancing to slow motion music in realtime. Do you know the feeling when you walk on an escalator that doesn't move? That’s how it feels. Once the audience gets used to it, they like it. It’s only the music that counts; who cares if the tempo is fast or slow, or if the DJ plays with vinyl or digital files?”

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Ugo: Sometimes it feels like an unwritten rule applies in many clubs or festivals: the higher the bpm, the better. We couldn’t disagree more. Many promoters and DJ’s say we’re crazy when we start our set at 98 BPM at 3 AM. For us, the pace is just a side issue; it's the groove that counts. Our sets are a counter reaction to what we call this 'peak time BPM fascism'. This unwritten rule does not only apply in clubs; you can also find it in the online music shops. We think it is absurd to buy music on web shops based on the number of beats per minute, regardless of artist or label”.

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Are certain genres better suited for the 'supreme rallentato' technique than others?

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Maurizio: “Based on our experience, there are two factors that make music suitable for this technique. First and foremost, we use music that was produced before the turn of the century. Until then, most breakbeat, beat, acid and techno was analog. If you slow it down, you still have a very full sound. If you apply the technique to digital productions, you feel something is missing. Secondly, the quality of the vinyl pressing is important too; tracks covering an entire side on the record are better. The grooves are deeper and there’s more space, which results in a deeper and fuller sound”.

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You have made a handful of EP's over the years. Do you have a fixed production workflow?

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Maurizio: “As Ugo lives in Rome and I live in Brussels, it is not always obvious. We have no rules; everything is possible. Sometimes Ugo starts a track in his studio and sends it to me; sometimes vice versa. Or we work on a track at the same time, each from his own studio. We see each other at least once a month and we always try to free up some time to make music. Above all, we are very good friends.\"

Ugo: \"After a number of singles and EP's, we wanted to make a compilation of our edits. That resulted in ‘Supreme Rallentato Volume 1’. We just bundled the remixes we often used in our DJ-sets. It gives an insight in what the ideal dance floor tracks for us sound like. Sometimes people ask us where they can buy that record, upon which we have to answer that this record does not exist. It’s a modified version of an existing track we released digitally. We couldn't find a label for it, so we released it ourselves. Volume 2 has just been released now too”.

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“The next step is a Supreme Rallentato vinyl series. We will select a number of tracks that we often play in our DJ sets and we will hide all the information of the original track. You can see it as an anti-capitalism statement. We don't have to make new music to express ourselves, everything has already been done. The majority of the records that we play aren't even worth a penny; they are for sale on Discogs for half a euro or less”.

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In February, you released the single ‘We Slowly Rot’, accompanied by a manifesto. I quote: \"our sound is the sound of destruction, the sound of the process of rot”. Is that the ultimate description of your sound?

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Maurizio: 'For us, the sound of destruction is the sound of records at the wrong speed. At the same time, we intend an epistemological rupture. It is important to break with certain accepted ideas in order to make progress. Nowadays, the DJ culture is mainly about music that has to be sold, which results in a huge overproduction. It has become impossible to listen to all the promos we receive. With that, there’s an excess of podcasts and DJ mixes. People no longer really listen: they scroll through a mix, listen for two minutes and then proceed to ask the DJ for track ID's (when you want to know the artist and song title of a certain track, ed.). It has all become very momentary. After our Boiler Room set last year, we received some bizarre reactions from people because Shazam could not tag our music. Since we play the records at the wrong speed, the algorithm does not recognize our music (laughs)”.

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Ugo: “In the manifesto we state: “dance music was fun, dance music was new, dance music was high, dance music became a standard”. A lot of dance music today is characterized by a fixed formula, so everything sounds the same. This stands in sharp contrast with the early days, when freedom used to be the essence of dance music; everything was possible. We miss those times”.

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Any more Front De Cadeaux releases planned for the near future?

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Maurizio: “Our remix of Tapan's track 'Ghana' on the Malka Tuti label came out on vinyl in May. All the above mentioned releases are linked to our DJ-sets, so consider them as tools for the dance floor. After this, we want to devote more time working on our album. We already have a number of unfinished tracks, so by 2020 we should be able to release an album”.

“Besides Front De Cadeaux, we each have our side projects too. Ugo runs Tropicantesimo with a bunch of Roman friends, which is not only a monthly party at the Fanfulla cultural centre in Rome, but also a collective of singers, musicians and visual artists. He also runs the Pescheria studio, where he regularly hosts workshops, concerts and listening sessions. It’s a label as well: he just released a 7 inch by Torbido, which includes a Tropicantesimo remix”.

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Supreme Rallentato Vol. 2 is out now (get it here). Follow Front De Cadeaux on Facebook to stay in the loop. Maurizio releases solo under the DJ Athome moniker. Just the other week, a new track of him was released on the Serenades compilation.

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“Fooling you, it’s that trick of mine / Loving you, it’s my alibi”. The Ghent-based Tsar B clearly admits to being a little sneaky behind her boyfriend’s back in the lyrics of ‘Alibi’, the track featured in our newest See.Hear.Now live session. Since the drop of her debut album ‘The Games I Played’, the cheeky producer, violin player and vocalist has been appearing on many charts, playlists and magazine covers (like our very own Red Bull Elektropedia magazine in January).

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On ‘Alibi’, the tsarina balances a catchy electronic beat with a layer of thoughtful verses. “I sometimes look for instruments that I play around with and after that I start to build a track by adding gibberish on top”, she says. “What I’ve learned over the years now is that this gibberish is often my subconsciousness. That’s where I often get my inspiration from”. With a tour in Brazil and lots of new material on the way, this won’t be the last we hear from this homegrown pop queen.

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Follow Tsar B on Facebook, Spotify and Instagram to keep track of her latest adventures.

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If you dig laid-back electronica and immersive soundscapes full of emotion, Oaktree would have been a great artist for you to follow. Luckily, the man behind the moniker has broken the year-long silence with a message we like to hear: a new album announcement. Apparently, this news was a package deal with a name-change. From now on, you can call the Antwerp-native by his given name. Curious to hear where your favourite Belgian ambient act has been all this time (tl;dr in an isolated cabin) or what he sounds like now? We asked the artist for an interview and we got an exclusive track premiere to go with it:

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Hi Adriaan, why the name change?

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I’ve always played with the idea to release under my given name, it feels more genuine. Even though I made this new record before that decision, the time felt right, maybe because I hadn’t put out new music in a long time. This new music may sound different from what I’ve made before too, I find that hard to judge on myself. For me, it’s all still pretty much up the same alley, a continuation of a path I'm exploring.

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How does this chapter then differ from the previous one?

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Throughout the last few years, I received commissions for theatre, performance arts, documentaries,... Making soundtracks for stuff like this really had an impact on me. It gave me time and an excuse to just focus on sound and vibe, and play with a different sense of structure and time. I was allowed to let a track evolve at its own pace, without having to rely on rhythms or big melodies.

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So does that mean we can expect an ambient album?

I wouldn’t say it’s a calm background record (laughs). It’s anything but easy to digest chill out music. Even though there’s no focus on traditional song-writing structures, some parts are actually really busy. Like I said: it’s more about the creation of a certain atmosphere, rather than delivering a catchy hit. And that atmosphere isn’t always comforting, I like to put in some annoying sounds as well, so in that way, it’s definitely not ambient.

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On which label can we expect the record to come out?

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I’m releasing it myself. I’ve come to enjoy this freedom of doing everything myself, keeping things small, using my own name,... Of course I can imagine some labels I would love to work with. But creating my own platform feels good. Music, publications, artwork, etc. Whatever it may be. It gives me freedom to work on my own, and maybe other peoples unfiltered creations in this way. It entices me to be creative in different ways.

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You have this very peculiar way of making music in total seclusion. Is this the only way you can focus?

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I’m most productive when I’m in complete isolation. It’s hard to focus when I’m in the daily routine of living and working in Antwerp. Coming home from a day of work, or just having some appointments or social contacts; that makes it tough for me to get into the right flow. So for the new record, I’ve gone to a cabin in the faraway village of Erezée in the Ardennes. I went there 4 times for around 10 days. When I’m alone in a secluded place like this, I get into a different mindset and I become so much more productive. In this cabin, there are no phones, no internet, no luxury (there’s a wood stove to keep me warm however) and most importantly, no other people. Even the convenience store in the village is a 6 kilometre bicycle ride away. I spend those slow days over are with producing music, going on long walks in the forest, reading books, contemplating stuff, cooking, listening to other music, etc. I’ve learned that the mindset you make your music in is really important for the outcome. This simple cocoon life has made my music more spacious and it has allowed me to get inspired by the most mundane, simple things in life. Or at least, things we tend to consider as simple.

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Why don’t you move to a quieter place than Antwerp then?

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I’ve thought about that, but I can’t bring myself to completely retract from the social life I share with the people close around me. I think this whole thing is rather a question of discipline. As long as I’m able to zone out in the Ardennes every now and then, this formula works.

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We’ve seen you on stage as Oaktree with a full live band (that even included a harp). What does the show look like now?

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I am very proud of everything we did with the band, and I really enjoyed that, but it was time to explore different ways of performing this music on a stage. I just did some solo shows, which was quite scary, but the freedom was so exciting. That said, the try-outs also made me realise that I needed an additional drummer. So now I will start rehearsing with drums. I’m building everything from scratch, basically. A live show shouldn’t be a fixed outfit for me; it should be a continually evolving formation that’s open to change.

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So the track you’re premiering with us lasts for a whopping 15 minutes. How come?

This track was born when I was making the soundtrack for a light installation with Thomas from Nacht Collectief. It found place on Antwerp’s Grote Markt. It’s divided into 3 different parts, which I’ve linked to the ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ (‘Tuin der Lusten’, red.) by Bosch. This painting gave me directions when I rediscovered the track last year and decided to finish and share it: it’s about the origin of humanity, the moment we lose ourselves in beauty and our downfall. Not the most light-hearted material for a song, I know (laughs).

So what’s going to happen with you in the coming months?

The album is done and should hit the internet after the summer. I’m currently working hard on the live shows, which will start as soon as the release drops. Before that happens I still have a documentary soundtrack and other music to work on.

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