Made In Belgium 2017: Thumez

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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. We continue our introductions with Thumez.

 So tell the world: who's Thumez and what kind of music do you make?

"Thumez is a 22-year-old producer from Oudenaarde. I usually make hip hop and trap beats, combining hard 808’s with dark and wavy sounds in order to create a darker atmosphere."

Tell us about the first steps you made making music…

"These were taken quite early. I started with DJ-ing when I was 12 years old. Three years later, I went to art school and I hung out with a guy who was producing music on his laptop. At this point I realized how cool it would be to be playing my own beats in a mix. So he started teaching me how to work with FL Studio – and it’s been my hobby ever since."

Which artists are an inspiration to you and why?

"A$ap Rocky, without a doubt! He was one of the first artists to introduce me to this 'new school hip hop'. I really dig his wavy style and I think his use of reverb is really on point. Secondly, I would have to say Yung Internet. Their whole presence is very inspiring to me. DJ Hyperlink's beats are very dark, while the lyrics are very hard. In addition, their video’s go hand in hand with their eccentric music. Then there’s $uicide Boys and Pouya. Dark beats with dark lyrics like that are, in my opinion, the perfect combination."

Are you looking forward to play Made In Belgium?

"Yes! I'm very curious about how people will respond to the music I've made, especially on a big sound system like they will have over there! It's also a very nice opportunity to meet new musicians and artists with whom I could possibly make music later on."

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

"To turn my hobby into my profession. Making music every day is something I would like to do for the rest of my life. An other goal is to make music with (international) producers and artists that I really love."

Head over to Thumez' Soundcloud page for more bangin' beats. Or head over to his Facebook page and stay up to date!

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