C12 live recordings
Here is a series of live recordings from our club. Connect to our soundcloud channel and stay locked on our social media.
We have co-founded a Facebook group called << south/MIDI >>, supporting nightlife and electronic music in 🇧🇪. Find in through the link in bio. You can join & share content or just enjoy what others post, see it as an aggregator of all the good stuff happening: DJ mixes, radio shows, merchandise, articles, interviews, …
We are teaming up with Kiosk Radio and Crevette Records for this brand new “Support Your Local Scene” t-shirt designed by Guillaume Kohn. Pre-order via Crevette’s website.
Some good news in these weird Corona times: award-winning documentary film The Sound of Belgium is available to stream for free, gratos, gratis!
The Sound of Belgium explores the rich but untold story of Belgian dance music. From the dance halls with Decap organs to the golden days of Popcorn; from EBM and New Beat to Belgian house and techno.
At the end of the 80s, Belgium was taken by surprise by the New Beat, a once immensely popular, almost surreal type of dance music. Its unexpected but short lived success didn’t only leave a mark on a new generation of musicians in Belgium in the years to come; its eclectic mix of sounds and styles actually had its seeds in earlier decades.
A story that has been widely ignored by ‘serious’ music critics and the mainstream media in general, ‘The Sound of Belgium’ goes in search of the spirit of a nation and the people that danced to it.
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)”.
To celebrate their second birthday and International Women’s Rights Day, Psst Mlle presents ‘Intersections’.
On 7 and 8 March, womxn programmers and artists will take over Brussels’ prominent venues Ancienne Belgique, Beursschouwburg, C12, FFORMATT, LaVallée and VK.
Ten programmers gather their forces to present a weekend with womxn line-ups only, bringing together different genres, venues and organisations.
Intersections, as in the circuit between six venues.
Intersections, as in the intersectionality feminism needs so bad.
Intersections, as in the mix between music genres.
Intersections, as in the connection between female programmers.
• Tinkling by Talitha De Decker
The performance ‘Tinkling’ derives its name from the Philippine folk dance ‘Tinikling’ in which two people skilfully dance between beating bamboo canes. Choreographer Talitha De Decker, composer BenjamienLycke and architect Jason Slabbynck took this traditional dance as a departing point for a hypnotising pocket-sized show. Bright LED strips in three Plexiglas floor panels are the contemporary translation of the Philippine bamboo canes. Together with the music, they challenge the dancers to increase their virtuosity. The surprisingly simple movements of Talitha De Decker’s choreography are generated by highly complex dance patterns and figures. When two floor panels are erected, there is no escape anymore from the inextricably wickerwork of sound and light. Are the dancers able to keep up with the pace?
• Bora Bora (DJ set)
We here at the C12 headquarters are excited to see ‘The Flow EP’ land on Futurepast. You probably have danced while Dardenne (aka Session 4000) was testing his freshly produced tracks during one of his resident DJ-sets at C12
The Flow EP is inspired by a passage through the buzzy closing hours of Belgian nightlife. Elegantly simple hooks & driving basslines result in the brighter side of dark. Everything to keep you rooted to the dancefloor while your mind floats through the atmosphere. A dip in the pools of timelessness.
Get your copy at Crevette Records in Brussels.
21 december was not only the winter solstice, it was also Global Orgasm. The idea behind this action is for people around the world to have an orgasm during these 24 hours, which would have a widespread positive effect on earth and human well-being.
Psst Mlle and C12 celebrated this day with a pluridisciplinary event celebrating orgasm and peace while opening the conversation about female pleasure.
Pictures by Illias Yayouss
21 december is not only the winter solstice, it is also Global Orgasm. The idea behind this action is for people around the world to have an orgasm during these 24 hours, which would have a widespread positive effect on earth and human well-being.
Psst Mlle and C12 would like to celebrate this day with a pluridisciplinary event celebrating orgasm and peace while opening the conversation about female pleasure.
Psst Mlle founder Souria talks us through the program of Saturday’s Global Orgasm in C12! For the full timing, see below!
Safia is a singer, a tattoo artist and an illustrator based in Paris. She caught our attention with a project she started about a year ago on Instagram where she asked her followers to send her their favourite position so she could bring it to life on paper. She has drawn more than 200 by now, while letting her style evolve from simple black and white sketches to overwhelming blue paintings. With this project, Safia opens a conversation about sexual pleasure, which she beautifully translates into arts. She will create an exclusive series on the occasion of Global Orgasm.
In her performance “L’Encastrable”, Ophélie, better known as Mac Coco, presents her home-made ceramic dildos. Painted in gold, silver, black or white, they look so good you wouldn’t want to hide them in your secret drawer anymore. Is it a piece of art? Or an object of sexual pleasure? Can you actually use it? From their price to their size and their colour, Mac Coco’s dildo’s are a well-thought creation and performance questioning how sex has been (mis)represented in arts for years.
Mika is a visual artist, a Dj, a producer, a radio manager at The Word, and also our dear resident. With a background in sculpture and electro-acoustic music, she explores the notion of intangible spaces and emotional landscapes through AV installations, music and mixes. As a DJ, Mika Oki knows how to surprise the dance floor with a selection ranging from jungle, uk bass and gqom to dark electro, mesmerising trance and heavy EBM. She will close the night b2b with Zeta Lys.
Awarded as “Most Promosing artist of 2019” by Red Bull Elektropedia, Lola Haro is one to watch. She burst into the scene in 2018 with a fresh selection of warm sounds and an intuition for creating the right mood. Her love and passion for music and her authentic approach has been refreshing and gained her a lot of recognition in the Belgian club scene. In only 12 months’ time she got her first Boiler Room under her belt and shared the dj booth with countless highly respected international selectors. She will open our after party on C11.
Lucia Rosalie is a Dutch DJ and artist, based in Brussels. Her ever alternating sets blend together a variety of genres – fueled by broken rhythms and percussion. Once a month she sets off Oskari to discover new places in her radio show at The Word Radio. Other appearances of Lucia include Red Light Radio , Stroom, Listen Festival and Dekmantel. It’s the third time we have the pleasure to invite her and she will close C11 alongside our resident Mika Oki.
Leen is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor with more than 450 hours on her clock. She is currently studying at the Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality with Layla Martin to become a Sex, Love, and Relationship Coach. On Global Orgasm, she will Orgasmic Exploration workshop. Experience neo tantric techniques that allow you to connect to your body, your sensuality, your sexual energy and your desires. Sexuality Coach Leen S. will take you on a journey of movement, breath, sound and meditation. You will feel energized and joyful, ready to have better and more full bodied orgasms!
If you go out sometimes in Brussels, you must have come across Sasha Vernaeve. Though she doesn’t call herself a real DJ, with years of experience dancing in front of ‘real’ ones, this music lover knows how to take over the dance floor better than anyone else by now. Dj Tumide will play some sexy tracks alongside her friend DJ Marais to close our day programme.
Has a passion for digging for all kind of new sounds. Delphine is now a resident at The Word Radio where she has her own radio show called “Internal Session”, which she describes as a “musical session featuring interviews about the guests’ musical genesis and the sounds that represent them at the moment.” She will play some hot track together with Sasha to close the day programme.
2F4F is an audio-visual label run by Daya and Katia. The aim of their project is to truly blend sound and visual when all too often, the music industry isolates the visual component of music creation from its sonic counterpart, reducing it to mere promotional use as is evidenced by the prevalence of the video clip format. They will work with us on a special orgasmic scenography in C11.
15:30 – Opening Orgasm Market
Home-made lubricant and oil by Andrea Istria
Ceramics dildos by Mac Coco
Drawings by Safia Bahmed-Schwartz
Tote bags by Luz Daniela Legrain Sanabria
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16:00 – Orgasmic Exploration workshop
With Leen S.
The session will be 40 min. followed by 20 minutes of Q&A and sexy discussions.
17:00 – Listening session of erotic podcasts by sound magazine QUD
18:30 – Performance “L’Encastrable” by Mac Coco.
19:00 – DJ sets by our dear DJ Tumide (Sasha Vernaeve) and DJ Marais (Delphine Marais)
Special scenography by 2F4F
Party in C11 (23-06h) :
Mika Oki b2b Zeta Lys