Made In Belgium: Rare Akuma

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Every year, Red Bull Elektropedia and badman selector Lefto join forces to showcase a new batch of fresh Belgian beatmaking talent that’s ready to show the world what they have up their sleeves. On Sunday, October 7, Concertzaal Vooruit will be the scene for night full of exciting discoveries that cross the classic boundaries. No less than 8 different artists/groups have been selected, each of which has a different sound, a different vision and a different story. This is the part where we shine a light on some of those. To warm you up for what’s about to hit you, Lefto sat down with these young prodigies to talk shop. Up next: the hard-hitting mosh music of Rare Akuma.

Have you heard about Made In Belgium before?

"Yeah, I did. I first got to know about it through a DVTCH NORRIS interview (who was a former Made In Belgium participant, ed)."


Where do you live? Is this a good place to expand your creative horizons?

"I love my city Antwerp, born and raised there. It's filled with creative people."


When did you first start to make music? Which instruments did you use?

"I started back in the days when I used to live at my dad’s, who is a musician as well. He had a studio, where I used to watch him make music. One day, when I was 13 years old, I got on his laptop and started playing around. After that I got my own computer and things hit off from there."


Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

"It’s going to sound weird, but... Skrillex. He’s the reason I started making music in the first place. Then there’s Kanye West and James Blake. I don’t know, there are so many people I look up to."


In which ways do you create your own sound? What makes yours stand out from the rest?

"I think I found my own sound now. Of course, I still get inspired by people around me, but I feel like I can add my own touch to it now. I’m very picky, though. Before I’ll go any further with a project it needs to sound exactly right. When people hear my tracks, they’ll know it’s me. I try to differ my sound from other trap/metal artists. About that, I definitely don’t like to refer to myself as a trap/metal artist. I started out with a lot of brutal, aggressive music – and I still like making it – but I’m trying to expand now. Obviously, I can’t always make angry music. (laughs)"


What can we expect from your live show?

"You can expect the show to be really really hype! I’m very calm when I talk to people, but I get really crazy on stage!"


Are you looking forward to playing your music in front of a large audience at Vooruit?

"Of course I’m looking forward. I’m really excited!"

See Rare Akuma perform live at Red Bull Elektropedia x Lefto present Made In Belgium on Sunday, October 7, at Concertzaal Vooruit in Gent. More info right here.