An introduction to Futurepast, the label curating Saturday’s line-up

An introduction to Futurepast, the label curating Saturday’s line-up

Published on March 04, 2020

Run from both Berlin and Brussels by Davy, Futurepast is a label focusing on deep and timeless electronic music. We are celebrating its fourth anniversary on Saturday March 7th and look forward to present live acts by Arpanet and Aleksi Perala, backed up by DJ-sets by Futurepast label boss Davy, Thomas Hayes and our resident Dardenne. C11 will be headlined by Onur Özer and our close friend Brassac.

For the occasion we sat down for a moment with Futurepast label boss Davy Vandegaer, who just spent half a day in his Berlin studio working on new music. It’s been three years since the producer has set camp in the German capital, after eight years in London. The Belgian (originally from Flemish city Tienen) has always kept a solid connection with his home turf though, working from and in both Germany and Belgium.

Futurepast is an interpretation of the future inspired by sounds of the past. It’s a space where time itself can unfold into an endless moment. Sense of time is irrelevant.

“Futurepast was born when we organised our first night about four years ago in Fuse. The name comes from the David Lynch directed television series Twin Peaks, the word just struck me. At the time I was digging up a lot of 90s records with a futuristic sound, so it did and still does make sense as our nom de plume. Nowadays I try to combine old and new stuff in every DJ set I perform. Over the years we had over a few of my favorite people in the game: Convextion aka E.R.P., David Morley, Jane Fitz, Acronym, …”

Everything in the Futurepast world is curated with a certain emotion I embrace towards music. Even if I have a very strong passion for techno I don’t like to settle for one genre or style, I like to keep the scope wide and also keep space for experimentation. Our podcasts series are a perfect example of what the Futurepast laboratory sounds like. The logo and artwork were made by Overdrijve (Ina Freienstein), a good friend of mine from Berlin. She really captured the vibe of our imprint well.”

“Our fourth release ‘The Flow EP’ by C12 resident Dardenne is just out, a dance floor driven release. I wish to continue investing in young talents I meet along the way. And I definitely wish to release more of my own music through the label, just as I did for the first ever Futurepast two years ago.”

“The second EP is by the hands of M GUN, a Detroit producer who delivered two house tracks and an abstract track on the flip. I also had the honor of working with David Morley. This veteran British producer has been living in Brussels for a while and helped me with the mixdown of my own music. We became friends and while hearing him play a live set in Berlin’s venue Kraftwerk during the Atonal festival, I completely fell in love with two tracks he performed. When I told David these tracks would work really well on Futurepast, he agreed to set up a release (FP003)”.