When I feel uninspired I take a book from the living room
Name: Jonas Reubens
Zodiac sign: Leo
Location: Brussels, St - Gilles
Subbacultcha member since March 2020
Tell us, what do you do in life?
I work a full-time job in retail at a streetwear store called Giraffe Leuven. Next to that, I'm always taking on various assignments as a freelance photographer. Ever since I chose to become an official freelancer, it has given me some great opportunities like working for Horst Festival, Recyclart, Joris Van De Moortel, ... When I'm not doing either of the previous things I'm busy helping Veduta, a non-profit focusing on providing a platform for young and promising artists through a series of events in Brussels and Leuven.
I'm helping Veduta, a non-profit focusing on providing a platform for young and promising artists through a series of events in Brussels and Leuven
What do you like best about your place?
First, I live on the 4th floor without an elevator so it helps to stay in shape! I live together with 2 other roommates in an apartment near the Horta museum in St. Gilles. We're all doing things in the creative sector (Lauren is a graphic designer and Niels is a producer) so it's nice to come home to a place where someone is always making music or working on a drawing, ... We are starting to house quite the art book collection. So whenever I feel uninspired I can just take a book from the living room and browse for a few hours! I also like the neighbourhood a lot. It's a bit steep, but that makes a great downhill with the skateboard in the summer and there are a lot of cute places around the corner. It's a bit trendy and hip but once you go down more to gare du midi you'll find yourself in Brussels again.
What kind of music are you listening to at the moment?
Well while typing this I'm listening to Arca her KiCk i album. I recently went through a long read about the five albums and wanted to hear them all again in one sitting after reading that. Some other artists I'm liking lately are VTSS, Dijon and Ivy Lab.
What’s the first record you bought?
I didn't own a record player until recently, so I think the first record I bought was a Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds compilation called Lovely Creatures.
I think my favourite pastime is going to concerts and parties
What’s your favourite pastime?
I think my favourite pastime is going to concerts and parties, discovering new music or seeing artists I've been a fan of for a long time already and taking my little analogue point and shoot camera everywhere and seeing what the night brings for it!
Any guilty pleasures?
Pre-made sandwich triangles and Emily in Paris (yes they're both bad).
If you could be famous, what kind of celebrity would you be?
I hope down to earth? Just being able to go to the stuff you like and still meet up with the friends you hold close.
I'm working together with my roommate Lauren on a photography zine
Have you experienced any regrets recently?
Not picking up photography earlier again after having a complete art block a couple of years ago. It took a long time to convince myself it's something I could one day make a living from and be happy with the work I put out. I’m not there yet but it's heading in the right direction! I'm even working together with my roommate Lauren on a photography zine which we'll be self-publishing and selling at Replica Bookshop. It will also be accompanied by a small exhibition. It might seem small for some people but it's a big personal milestone for me. So I'm super excited to see what else the future will bring!
Which future Subbacultcha event are you looking forward to?
Navy Blue at Botanique on 22 March! Song of Sage: Post Panic! Is one of the best recent hip hop albums I've heard, and whenever he pops up in a skate video (Converse/ Fucking Awesome/ Supreme) it's always a joy to watch!
Who do you wanna give credits to?
Anyone who sat through the entire Emily in Paris show and is still holding it together. But to end on a (I hope not too) serious note, I want to give credit to my father. He passed away five years ago and he has given me a lot of extra motivation to make everything you do count, and most of all he taught me to appreciate small everyday things!
22/03 - Brussels, Botanique
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