Made In Belgium 2017: Collective Conscience

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October 8 marks the day that Lefto, Democrazy and Red Bull Elektropedia join forces for the fifth consecutive year, just to bring you the raw, new and undiscovered local talents in the electronic music scene our tiny country has to offer. Made In Belgium will shine a light on 8 young artists or bands that have the potential to make it big, each of them in their own particular way. In anticipation of the free event which will take place at NEST in Ghent, we have sent this year’s participants a couple of quick questions in order to see what we’re dealing with. Say hello to the guys of Collective Conscience!

So tell the world: what is Collective Conscience and what kind of music do you guys make?

"Ah, the dreaded question. Collective Conscience is one of those bands that’s not so easy to define, as we draw inspiration from so many different sources. We like to say we drift somewhere between epic jazz and electronic hip hop - or jazzy hip hop and epic electronics? Honestly, we don’t know. What we do know is that we are a trio focusing 100% on our live performance with the highest possible impact, creating a hybrid mix between electronic and acoustic sounds."

When and how did the group come together?

"We’ve literally known each other our whole lives! As kids, I remember we were daydreaming about what music we were going to make together. Things naturally evolved from there, with Wannes picking up bass guitar, Sander starting to produce electronic music, Bram experimenting with adding electronics to his drums and all three of us getting more and more serious about pursuing music. We really took our time to find our direction. Now, we feel we found it. That’s why we finally released our first EP this year, “Prayer”.

Which artists are an inspiration to you and why?

"First mentions go to the legendary J Dilla and Madlib, because of their out of this world sense of groove, and their ability to change a ‘simple’ beat into something transcendental, which deeply connects with you. Flying Lotus and the whole Brainfeeder crew, for building on this foundation and taking it to a new level in such fresh and exciting ways, every single time. Brad Mehldau and Mark Giuliana for their mind-blowing skill and imagination. Robert Glasper Experiment and Chris Dave, for effortlessly dissolving all boundaries between jazz and hip hop in the most amazing ways. Kendrick Lamar for his work-ethic and determination in working out his concepts and artistry. Hiatus Kaiyote because of their amazing way of doing complex things but in a very truthful and beautiful way... There’s many more we’d love to mention but I think we have to stop ourselves here, before this gets out of hand!"

Are you guys looking forward to play Made In Belgium?

"Of course! We feel very honoured and excited to be part of this great event! We love what it does for upcoming artists. Hopefully we can check out the other shows and connect with all the talent that will be around. Plus, we’re curious about playing at NEST in Ghent. We’re looking forward to see what the fuzz is all about!"

If there's one goal you want to achieve (no limit), what would it be?

"We have many dreams, but building the best possible, unforgettable, mind-blowing live experience for the whole audience is high on our list. Creating this sense of oneness is one of those things that’s so special about music. We're trying to do this by adding amazing reactive lights and visuals to our show (shout-out to TAAI) and of course by aiming for the unreachable levels of our inspirations. We want to overwhelm the listener in ways so that it becomes almost too much to process and they can do nothing but just taking it all in. Reaching as much people as possible in this way would be absolutely amazing."

Head over to these fellas' Soundcloud page for more jazzed up tracks. Or head over to their Facebook page and stay up to date!

Made In Belgium, Sunday October 8, NEST. Click here to head to the Facebook event page