Belgium’s most prolific internet radio has announced the start of a new record label showcasing local producers.
Since its inception in 2017, Brussels' Kiosk Radio has been a staple in the Belgian alternative music scene (they also struck gold in the Best Media category at the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2019). Broadcasting from an actual kiosk in the middle of Parc Royal, the team has a packed weekly program of live DJ-sets, with Lefto, AliA, Le Motel and DC Salas being amongst the resident selectors. Today, the radio station makes another big move towards supporting local talent by launching a record label. We let Nicolas Boochie explain what we can expect from Kiosk Recs.
Why did you start a label?
“We have been thinking about starting a label for some time now, and I guess we were waiting for the right moment to show up. We are constantly surrounded by amazing local producers who are often underappreciated. With Kiosk Recs, we aim to promote homegrown under-the-radar artists, hoping to support their projects and careers both nationally and internationally.”
Just like our radio programming, Kiosk Recs won’t be focused on one specific sound, but rather on the local music community, regardless of genres.
What sounds and artists will you feature?
“Just like our radio programming, Kiosk Recs won’t be focused on one specific sound, but rather on the local music community, regardless of genres. We don’t want to play by the industry rules and release a pre-defined amount of records every year. Instead, we will release a record each time we feel a local artist makes something special without self-limiting ourselves within the structures of the market. As an eclectic music radio, we will give special attention to eclectic projects. This first release, for instance, moves effortlessly between downtempo, wave-synth pop, ambient and spoken word, never sacrificing the groove and power of the outcome.”
Is there a particular story behind the first release?
“In 2020, we were asked by Beursschouwburg to curate one of their On The Go sound walk series focused on Kiosk’s home base, Parc Royal. We have commissioned this work to PAL, a new project by local artists we admire (also known from Undo Seat Belt and Plein Sud). The result had such an impact on our team that we knew it had to be our first release.”
“Music for Hikers is a love letter to Parc
Royal. Recorded during the lonely winter months of 2020, the group reflected on
their favourite spots throughout the park, which took on even more meaning
during the pandemic. From the metro station to the Palais Royal to our kiosk
itself, each track bears different energy and intensity, echoing the natural
aspects of the park and the musical eclecticism that Kiosk Radio has come to