Alchemyst’s music is meant to “appeal, disturb and arouse” [I’m starting to feel a tingling sensation in my pants]. His tracks are “lightly moody” [sounds like my girlfriend in the morning], his beats “as tuneful as they are chaotic” [sounds like my sister driving], his basses “subterranean and stark” [sounds like a bad case of flatulence]. As many of you like to organise their record collection by “genres”, and file everything, in alphabetical order, in king-sized Tupperware boxes with little plastic slips, his style stands half-way between Grime and Dubstep, with a touch of Electronica.
Jerome was born somewhere near Namur and raised somewhere near Mons. He was given his first guitar at the age of 11 and never really looked back since. He followed the well treaded path of playing in a couple of bands, moving to the big city, playing in a couple of more bands, doing a few gigs, so on. In 2002 Jerome launched his solo project, called aMute, as a compromise between his passion for the genre coined as “post rock”, with its traditionally sad melodies, and his taste for all glitches great and small. Jerome gave birth to aMute with the aim of releasing some tunes, playing out some and messing about with mates, and that’s exactly what he does, despite an attitude problem, which he treats with large amounts of our native special brew. In 2005, Jean-Francois and Stephane joined the aMute project, on the violin and the drums respectively.
Ard fell for electronic music as soon as he heard it, somewhere round 1993. Shortly thereafter he felt the urge to make his own music, instead of just passively listening to it. Subsequently, he studied electronic composition at The Hague. His music is characterized by down-tempo beats, atmospheric soundscapes, and a substantial amount of melancholy, all fused into a funky fresh form. No one knows why he chose to remix Secret Alien.
Baxter wrote his first Symphony for Toyota Electronic Organ at the tender young age of six. Having met a rather cold, sometimes hostile, reception from the critics, he decided to opt for another direction. In 1992, at the height of his acne, Baxter joined a punk band as bassist, the name of which both history and Baxter have forgotten. In 2005, modern technology having made its point, Baxter chose to animate his tepid daily life with computer-assisted music.
As any red-blooded, porn-downloading male will confirm, things can penetrate your computer without your explicit authorisation. Blue box, aka Qiol, functions in a similar fashion. He has a “Trojan horse” approach to sampling, worming his way into places he shouldn’t be, lifting what he can, and moving on. This time round we supplied him with the samples, Music Machine’s Secret Train, and he dealt with them in the manner that he usually does with the sounds he steals from the NASA.
Bun-Zero is Belgium’s prime Dubstep ambassador. A member of the Future World Funk crew, he’s into anything in and around 140 BPM and with roots outside the UK. A DJ for fifteen years, spinning House and Nu-Skool Breakz, Bun-Zero switched to Dubstep circa 2002. He’s now on the line-up of most European Dubstep nights, writes for several music magazines, runs his own nights in Brussels, and compiled the Substance compilation for Aeclectrick.
Code 314 is actually called Pierre. The hypotheses as to why the Code 314 alias are numerous. My best guesses are to commemorate the Battle of Cibalae, an ongoing childhood Boeing fetish, or a polite reference to his tendency to indecent exposure. He specializes in the down-tempo, Trip Hop genre. He’s also very active with Onlit – an on-line literary magazine. I assume that explains his choice of Secret Fiction for the remix. His mate MC Banshee then supplied the supplementary vocals.
Deed is the keyboardist of Music Machine in the three-man live combo format. He was therefore a natural choice for this remix project. Deed’s been making his own down-tempo tunes for a while now, or with Roland as XP-43. He lives in a small village inhabited principally by ruminants, so his tracks usually have a chilled-out, bucolic feel to them. This time he opted for a more “dancefloor-orientated” remix of Secret Snow.
Benja’s the man behind Deflowered. None of us want to know why he chose that particular moniker. Benja plays bass for Music Machine in the three-man live combo format. He’s also one of Belgium’s finest fusilatelists, representing our small nation far and wide. We’re therefore very, very proud to have him participate to our remix project.
Digitt & Mist
Steven [Digitt] & Thomas [Mist], are both members of the Maldegem [Ghent] based trio Original Vibez. Steven usually spins Drum’n'Bass back to back with third member Tribblz. Their style is more breaks orientated than the usual Ghent sound, which is more beat orientated. The music they deliver can best be described as hard, deep and dubby, with the occasional oldskool touch and ravey edge. Steven mixes the proper dark stuff. He likes both the rolling side of things as well as the breaks, and he always tries to mix the tunes at the right place, to avoid out of key mixes, and to make sure tracks don’t loose their power as they drop. Thomas spins the more down tempo shit, a style described as “hard to say, easy to listen …”
Fat Chance is a generic term for the awkward yet combined efforts of the promotional whores for the common good of the Unrezt crew and the tributary Thin Consolation imprint.
Funckarma / Quench / Mystery Artist
Dif:use is yet another alias of the ever prolific Funcken Brothers, respectively Don and Roel. Together they are already well known as the masterminds behind such household names as Funckarma, Quench, Cenik, d’Enborage and Shadow Huntaz. Both have been under the influence of music from the moment they first appeared on this ugly planet. Music as sound has always been the dog’s bollocks to them. Not surprisingly, both studied something involving sound. Don and Roel have already released loads of stuff, on labels ranging from DUB and Skam to Isophlux and Arcola. From Day One it’s been clear that they like their beats bitter and twisted in every possible way. If an evolution must be found in their work, let’s say that their long standing Hip Hop fetish, [in particular the raw stuff] I believe their exact words were, and Reggae [and anything remotely Jamaican for that matter] is ever more obvious. The entire lot of course drowned, starved and sedated in a deep dish Electronica seasoning.
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Youri comes from a place called Lessines. After adoption by Lebo Disques, Youri met the budding Elf Cut midwives Gump and Acid Kirk and joined the circus. In the process he got intimate with Acid Kirk, as the Disappointed Wannabees, and countless others. Somewhere along the road, Youri formed First Cask with his childhood mate, and fellow Lessinian, Gael. He then moved to Berlin and worked at Maurizio’s Dubplates & Mastering, before coming back to Brussels to set up Transfermastering - a dub cutting and mastering studio.
M T Nesz
Jurgen discovered what was then still called Jungle circa 1995. His feel for the music resulted in an appetite for DJing, begun in 1998, and later continued as an occasional guest on Boups.com. In 2001 Jurgen teamed up with Temper and formed Area 51, hosting their own Drum’n'Bass nights and invited as guests all over the country. By 2002 Jurgen made producing his main priority. Under his M T Nesz alias, he expresses his love of complex beats and break edits galore.
Nim is a Tree
Nim is a Tree that hides the forest that is Mr Flamey. Previously known simply as Nim, he spins records, makes tunes, runs Carte Postale [a label], Cod&S [a distribution network], and the Belvedere [a venue], and somewhere along the line finds time to sleep and have a girlfriend [not necessarily in that order]. We’re therefore very chuffed he found the time to offers us a down-tempo, Trip Hop-ish remix of Secret 1 2 3.
Nojzz / Nojzz & Sepper 8
Nojzz and Sepper 8 are two lads from Gent, and a part of the Bass:culture.org crew. They’ve made themselves a name, along with Whizz, in the native Drum’n’Bass niche, both as DJs and as producers. True to the Gent sound, they play the smoother, beat based type of drum’n'bass. His style has been described as warm’n'bass rising. Nojzz is also a part of Unrezt crew since he spun a couple of records at one of our bashes at the Schakel in 2002. Nojzz and Sepper 8 generally produce tracks separately, but teamed up, going for the shared roast option, on this particular occasion.
Panzer Kunst is from Mons from what I gather. His style is rather dark, somewhat oppressive and occasionally more chilled out, before inevitably going off on a limb afterwards. He started making tunes circa 1999. He mainly works with a laptop, and sometimes plays the drums. He’s also a part of Mr. Spartako and doesn’t really have much time left for personal productions or live sets anymore.
Petite Porte de Bronze
Petite Porte de Bronze is the musical moniker of our in-house VJ, Antonin De Bemels. As he dabbles with video usually, he naturally tends to soundscaping and has a linear approach to tone and colour. Now personally I’ve always been more wakamezake than nyotaimori, but Antonin seems to have a preference for yeast. Yes, you read that correctly, yeast. He is very proud of the fact that he makes his own bread. He always insists I include it in his bios. He also includes it in some of his videos. But I wouldn’t recommend eating it.
Roland sells puzzles for a living. He’s also been dabbling with sound for several years, either under his solo RF061992 alias [don’t ask] or along with Deed as XP-43 [once again… don’t ask]. He’s usually more of the Industrial Ambient persuasion, but opted here for a more “dancefloor-orientated” approach.
Seb is a “neo-classical keyboardist and electro-amateur musician”. I must admit I know nothing else about him, but I’m sure he’s a very nice bloke, as he’s a mate of Johann’s.
Slemper is Maarten, a young Dutch lad known for pushing the envelope when it comes to experimenting with sound. As a child he played piano and drums, till he picked up on music made with computers. Maarten tries to find new sounds in ordinary things. He’s made tracks by grinding pepper and peeling eggs. His output ranges from frantic drum’n'bass to ambient breakbeat and experimental electronica, but always with that weird twist.
Hugo spent the better part of four years transcribing bizarre borborygmi uttered by a certain Bourlion. Since then he’s moved on from these initial phonetic transcriptions to the quest for those beautiful sounds that are locked inside cheap metallic boxes and expensive glass bottles. One thing led to another, and Hugo finally recorded his childhood memories sublimated into corrugated bassline experiments. His choice for a remix logically fell for Secret Alien.
Velder & Broutin
Velder & Broutin is the dubious moniker for multiple [equally dubious] collaborations between Fa, aka Xeno Xeno aka Lium, and longtime partner in crime Didier, aka Deed. Beware, these men makes no concessions … in every sense of the word!! True walloons with attitude …
Xeno Xeno is one of Fabian’s three different monikers, the others being Lium and Kenobhi. The exact reason behind the use of one rather than the other at one moment or another seems to depend on mood rather than logic. This time it’s Xeno Xeno. Although Fabian’s been DJing for over two decades now, starting out back in the day spinning New Wave and New Beat, he now devotes the better part of his skills to producing.
X&trick / Enkidu
Since 1998, Enkidu aka X&trick aka Kenny’s been DJing left, right and centre. After a couple of years solely devoted to it, Kenny started making his own tunes, and a little later on, got to the point of playing live sets and releasing his tracks. He specializes in all types of syncopated beats. Kenny’s also been the prime motor behind projects Dionysus [on tour] and Peacefull Species since ages, and runs his own label, called Bug Klinik.