As long as you do good things, good things will come to you. Good things aren't always easy though
The June issue usually gives way to a new 20-something list, featuring models, musicians, actors, illustrators, fashion designers, photographers, artists, architects,... and so much more. The people who are a representation of young society in Belgium, a generation ready to rule our world. In 2020, hence the double number, we’re serving you, hungry hearts, 2 editions of our acclaimed list. That’s right, we’re doubling the number of features, starting a bit earlier. Let us introduce you to the faces you didn't realise you wanted to meet!
DJ, El Sistema Pasota, Nooit Meer Naar Huis & Ogen Toe, Ghent
What do we & our readers need to remember about you?
What an odd question. I guess the passion and energy I invest in music and our projects. I believe a person is constituted by the things he or she does and the people he or she chooses to keep close.
What is the (near) future bringing you?
If I’d know, I’d sleep better. Last year showed me that as long as you do good things, good things will come to you. Good things aren't always easy though.
I believe a person is constituted by the things he or she does and the people he or she chooses to keep close
What artists are you listening to?
What a terrible question! As a DJ I often find it hard to pin down specific artists because I mostly think in genres. To name a few artists: Himera, Aïsha Devi, ascendant vierge, HDMIRROR and The Weeknd.
Which records are you playing most right now?
I can’t really say, it changes every day. I often fall back on Himera because it brings me great comfort. But the last record I listened to was upsammy’s Zoom. I’m a sucker for sound design, and this record is as good as it gets.
What makes your heart go faster these days?
Not only these days but in general: listening to a song and imagining it blasting through a sound system with all my friends around me. For me, the most representative song for this feeling is the last quarter of Djrum’s ‘Tournesol’. Close your eyes and let your body move. Try it.
What does your face mask look like?
Just as my regular face, serious and angry. But I always say, even hard-boiled eggs are soft on the inside.
What satisfies you?
It sounds corny, but hearing that one well-designed dancefloor filler for the first time and being overwhelmed by the endless complexity and the sheer talent of the artist. That’s what keeps me going, that’s my bread and butter. Try ‘Xull’ by Bruce, for example, it’s mind- and genre-bending.
What’s your favourite lockdown Instagram account?
@meta.maur.phos.een is pure eye candy. @carcajv as well.
What’s one of your sources of inspiration that may surprise people?
I guess Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. They’re both thinkers with extremely powerful, fruitful and flexible theories. Foucault taught me the perspective of historical social constructivism, and Derrida a mindset of poetic never-ending analysis.
What would you like to be doing in 10 years?
Having a co-working, co-living and co-creating space with all my friends, because dreaming is dull when done alone.
How does the current crisis make you feel?
I’ve never been so sensitive for and furious about the inequalities and cracks in our broken and vile neoliberal world. It only inspires me more to implement mechanisms and stepping stones of change into our projects. Even if they're at the micro-level.
I’ve never been so sensitive for and furious about the inequalities and cracks in our broken and vile neoliberal world
Who is the person that most influenced you throughout your development in life?
My mom, without a doubt. She’s a single mom, she learned Dutch from scratch, and she worked herself up quite well while raising two kids. She’s the strongest person I know.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned lately?
How fragile we are, as a person, as a species, and how important care and solidarity is. And how detrimental some societal and global mechanisms are to our well being.