Some have already spent years in the shadows, waiting for the right moment - 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 a lot of heads. With this feature we shine a light on some of the most interesting emerging new talents our tiny country has to offer.
The keen listener will have noticed that Latin American influences in hip hop and club music are making a solid comeback – and we’re not talking about the current Baile Funk hype. Music from faraway places like Mexico, Colombia and Peru are slowly creeping into the crates of tastemaking DJ’s around the world. Whether it’s the infectious rhythm, the signature drums or silky smooth way the Spanish languages rolls of the tongue, you can’t deny these genres are made for optimal hip-movement. One of the best examples of producers in this country to embrace these vibes is the Bart Van Obbergen Pérez aka Susobrino. This young man from Limburg turned to his Bolivian roots for inspiration - and came back with a sound pallet that’s pretty unique in Belgium. With his debut EP coming up soon, it was never in doubt we had to include this producer in our ‘Fresh On The Scene’ series.
Oi Bart, tell us your story in a nutshell:
Hola, me llamo Suso and I always get confused about which bottle is the shampoo and which one is the body wash. As a 7-year-old chicito, I started experimenting with making music and I have always continued to educate myself on it, although a lot more didactically nowadays. My music is inspired by the ethnic and traditional music of South America, but other exotic energies from around the world are definitely not excluded.
You have been making music under the Bcote moniker before you switched to Susobrino. Why the artist change name?
I guess you can call ‘Bcote’ the puberty phase as of my life as a producer. Now I’m evolved into an adult version ‘Susobrino’, very much like a Pokémon revolution. There was no real story behind my first name and I always felt a little cringe-y when I heard that name. I think people often perceived that name as ‘B. code’, as if it’s my first (real) name, ‘Bart’, plus ‘code’. *insert chest pain stock photo picture*
Which corners of the electronic music universe currently excite you the most?
I’m deeply into all things Latino. I guess it’s the instinct of a young ‘ese’. Cumbia, Balafon music of Las Esmeraldas like Papa Roncón, Mercedes Sosa, Analog Africa, etc. The kind of modern music I currently listen to is the Peruvian outfit Dengue Dengue Dengue - they recently released a new EP and it’s puro fuego. Other than that, I follow the activities of ZZK Records, Wonderwheel Recordings and of course there’s a lot of Soundcloud digging.
We heard you recently came back from Bolivia with a hard disc full of field recordings you plan to use in your music… Tell us a little more about that if you like.
Yes, I went to my motherland, Bolivia, for a about a month. Normally, me and my family always visit our relatives, but this time I went all by myself to really experience the country de mi corazón. I visited the various regions like the Amazone, Santa Cruz, Sucre, La Paz and I witnessed the traditional and folkloric carnival in Oruro. This trip was a life-changing journey, I’m telling you. It may be a cliché, but travelling really does inspire you so much. I brought along my field recording equipment and I recorded a variety of sounds: from cultural events to natural sounds and noises from the daily routines of peoples’ lives. I used all these sounds in my music production process at home and the result is my upcoming debut ‘Mapajo EP’, which will be out on March 14th!
Which tools are essential in your daily music making activities?
A portable recorder: a Zoom digital recorder, a cassette recorder or even my Motorola smartphone will do. Then: Ableton, a mic and the rest is kind of replaceable. I always record the music instruments in my room or the sounds in the environment around me. I have a habit of collecting every type of music instrument I can find. When I’m old and I feel like I have completed my mission on this Earth, I want to fill my house with everything I’ve ever collected, so when I scream “AIAIAIAIAIAIAIIII JAMMMMM” everyone there can grab an instrument to start a massive instant jam session.
Do you prefer to bring your tracks live over DJ-ing?
Weirdly, it’s still a little weird to play my own tracks on parties because most of them are kind of ‘emotional’ and ‘calm’. I still have to learn how to accept that or teach myself to find a way to blend my own cuts in my DJ-sets. I do have some edits that I like to play out, though. When I’m performing, I like to select a wide variety of energetic dance music like Baile Funk, Cumbia, Palenque, Salsa and whatnot.
What do you hope to achieve some day?
I want to master Portuguese and Quechua – and to really improve as an artist. The best way to get there, is by travelling and making music. I believe expanding your borders is the best school you can ever apply to. I want to do crazy sh*t. Not only in music, but every type of art form. Comedy is my breakfast, lunch and dinner, so I will probably pursue in that direction too someday (laughs). As for clear goals: I wish to play Dour Festival one day – and being able to make release music for a loyal fan base at home. Appreciation and confirmation of the audience is really important to me.
Let’s see what comes next first: Which things that are coming up this year are you looking forward?
Well yes, as mentioned, I have my debut EP coming out soon – which I’ll present on a release show in Le Seventy-Five in Brussels on March 15th. Then on March 23rd, I’m doing the warm-up for Kunde in Ghent. Hope to see some of you there :-)