How would you describe what you do?
HS71 is an eight-headed collective/label, consisting of producers, graphic artists, and those who aim to lead everything in the right direction. We produce and issue our own music every year which is visually reinforced by graphic work. The opposite is equally true. As a label, we also aspire to take other artists under our wings for the future and provide them with a platform where they can release their music. The core of our creative ‘onion’ is music that connects everything that surrounds it, ranging from exhibitions and workshops to collaborations and joint efforts, all of it without any hierarchical relationship. Everything gets just as much attention, love, and enthusiasm.
What are you currently busy with?
We are currently preparing ourselves to organize events at Broei, in Ghent. Besides that, we are trying to entice some new artists to share our platform with. And of course, we are releasing a lot of new graphic projects and music this year, so stay tuned!
Anything planned for the future?
We are planning to organize a lot of events and big parties once we are allowed to as we really want to catch up on the time we lost due to Covid-19. At the end of the year, we also want to release a zine which would consist of a summary of what we released and organized the past year, but also our upcoming projects and newly proclaimed artists.
We are currently preparing ourselves to organize events at Broei
Nickname(s) people have given you?
HS71 is already a nickname and actually comes from our gathering place in Ghent, Hoogstraat 71.
Latest déjà vu?
Every Zoom meeting feels like a déjà vu. Fucking done with it.
Any new habits?
Zoom meetings, walking, and getting drunk behind our computer screens.
What’s your daily routine like?
Eat, sleep, Zoom, repeat.
Weirdest dream you’ve had?
Having a big-ass party with all of our friends and kissing everyone.
What artists are you listening to?
Each member of our team recently made a playlist with 30 songs that describe themselves. If you want to know what artists we’re listening to, you should head over to HS71 on Spotify!
Each member of our team recently made a playlist with 30 songs that describe themselves
Our group of friends has the tradition of organizing a Christmas party every year. We really liked that concept so we organized a bigger party a few years back where the friends of our friends and their friends could come. It was a public party in a pittoresk shisha bar in Centrum Ghent.
What advice would you give your younger/older self?
We would rather give our younger/older selves no advice, as we did everything from our gut feeling, which made us who we are today. Apart from that, each new experience provides us with advice that we take into account in that same moment.
Cutest desire you have?
The idea that we grow old together and stay together forever and ever.
Love of your life?
Our cats and dogs, obviously. S/o Maki, Nori, Rikkert, Malik, Radja and Nouchka.
Biggest personal change since last year?
We became a lot more feminine as a group the past few years. The women of our collective/label joined our team to support us with the graphic work and management and are undeniably crushing it.
We became a lot more feminine as a group the past few years
How did last year change your perspective?
We began to think more digitally. It also showed us the importance of dancing together, talking in real life, and those random evenings where we would come together and end the night full of laughter. We learned that dancing together keeps us thinking and coming together keeps us dreaming. To see each other in real life (not on a screen) is quintessential.
Are you nostalgic persons?
I would rather describe us as a melancholic group. Being nostalgic is a fast, shallow, non-constructive feeling. And when we say melancholic, we don’t mean the depressive side of it, but the side where you’re being nostalgic on a deeply existential level. We want to move forward as a collective while carrying and reflecting on all the things we’ve done together. Being melancholic is all about that. Carrying the past with you and drawing strength from it as we advance in time.