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 Wooot??? The city blew a Fuse! (28/02/2004 -- tekst: Nicolas Deckmyn)
Why did I find Thierry 'Fuse', Olivier and all the Fuse staff at Pablo Discobar at 4:30 deep in the night of Friday, when they should have been at work in the Fuse?? It's something totally surrealistic... just impossible. The answer was even more unbelievable: Last friday night, Bob Sinclar was ready to spin his music at Fuse, as it has been planned with a big and nice fuzz since two months. So, all his supporters and fans were in the place, and a long queue already at the door. The party was about to be really great. And it started great... for 15 minutes. Then POOOF!! No more light, no more sound, no more nothing... the power was just down. After a short investigation, it went up that the Fuse was not responsible for the electric breakdown, but well the city of Brussels which controls the main Sibelgaz powerlines in the Blaes street. Some city-workers came within an hour, but the party was in a no-go situation, so it was too late to restart it.

It is to mention that Fuse club refunded all and every party people with the full cloakroom and door price... so it wasn't about the money. -Fuse lost all the benefits and they payed the deejay anyway- But Thierry looked deeply touched when he told several times about those young party children asking him to restart the music (which was of course impossible)... or even crying because Bob couldn't play. "To answer to that passion is something really difficult... it was so emotional. I was really feeling as bad as them, but there was nothing i could do. It was not my call."

Of course Sinclar will come back soon to crush the frustration down to a party level... but there are the facts: it's the second time that it happens and the powerlines should have been enlarged since the first time. Some of you might remember the NewYear's Eve (was it 96? or 97?) when suddenly everything stopped because of a local power breakdown. The powerlines in the street were already the cause. It's strange that many years later the effects are still there. Shouldn't the city put MORE MEGAWATTS on this very exact location? Anyway, now the Fuse staff starts thinking to a power generator to avoid any further trouble.

http://www.fuse.be

 Belgium lands on Miami Beach! (26/02/2004 -- tekst: Suzee Kay)
The very mention of the name Miami instantly conjures up visions of sun-kissed beaches, scantily clad but oh so beautiful people, sultry palm trees, WMC_first_logo hot and humid temperatures, decadence and hedonism in every shape and form, Don Jonson lookalikes driving high powered speedboat, loads of charlie and the precence of shady gentlemen with lucrative South American connections. Very Disco for sure... But it is also the nest of the famous deep kicking Miami Bass House sound which enhanced House music in the early 90’s and boosted the local scene to an international level. So, the decision to hold the ‘Premier Dance Music Conference For the World’ in such a location really came as no surprise. What is more surprising for the larger public is that this event has been in existence for 18 years and goes from strength to strength each year.

The Miami Winter Music Conference (WMC) brings together all the movers and shakers involved in the dance industry world wide for five electronically charged days (and nights This year it will be from March 6th to the 10th in Wyndham Beach Resort ; Miami, Florida. It is one of the two such conference (with the more recent ADE in Amsterdam) to attract the big name deejays, artists, producers, labels, audio software and hardware companies, music websites, etc... in one place for a huge meeting of like-minded souls.

WMC_current_websiteHowever, it has to be said that is only in the last 5 years that it has become THE definitive direction for dance music as we know it today. This is the event that brings together deejays normally found mixing far and wide to meet up and exchange ideas and demos. WMC_first_logo Partying is mandatory in such a up for it location and the poolsets are legendary as are the hangovers sported by the deejays and other such delegates and performers. Some describe WMC as reducing the whole Ibiza summer scene into 5 crazy days, such is the energy of the event.

More recently the commercial element has surfaced, so that the general public can now take part. It is for this reason that the UK Radio 1 management now send the whole of their dance team to Miami and broadcast live on www.bbc.co.uk/radio1. However, it has to be said that deejays, producers and artists look to deliver their biggest tunes at Miami, hoping they will become this summer’s hits played everywhere on FM stations, in Ibiza of course and in clubs around the world. Such pressure spawns a feeding frenzy from the record companies desparate to sign That Tune, the subsequent crossover to main stream radio play is a bonus to all. The auction that surrounded Ilio’s Rapture being a classic example, eventually being signed by MOS.
Prinz_Harrisson_Crump_and_Youri_Cocquyt So the message is simple, if you are not in Miami in March, then you cannot yet counted as a big time player in the music business scene. So it’s natural that Belgium’s premier deejay agency ‘Deejaybooking.com’ is showcasing its best at this year’s closing party on March 10th at Tantra – Miami as it already did successfully in September at the Amsterdam Dance Event.

Deejaybooking.com is an international deejays agency based in Belgium but showing up on internet to provide a better and complete information. For each of the deejays you can find there a bio, a discography, a picture and a mix ... free to listen. About 15 years of House music related bookings made it one of the strongest name on the European scene, thus is Deejaybooking.com also present at the main dance music conventions in Amsterdam and ... Miami.

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WMC About the deejay line-up of the night, who can forget last summers biggest dance hit E-Samba produced by Vito Lucente under the name of Junior Jack? Along with his deejay-partner Nicolas Scaravilli aka Kid Crème, they have been storming clubs across the world including a year at Ministry Of Sound in London, and a summer residency with Defected label in Ibiza in 2003. This resulted in the accolade of Best Newcomer and Summer Anthem voted by DJ Magazine at the DJ Awards held in Pacha, Ibiza in September. With the recent release of Junior Jack’s debut album ‘Trust It’ in February 2004, Miami looks set to take off and put Belgium firmly back on the international dance scene.

WMC Along side Junior Jack and Kid Crème, The Closing Party to be held at Tantra Club will guest Paul Johnson (the precious hitmaker of the Chicago House scene) and K-Alexi, Dr Kucho (from Spain... the father of floorbanger ‘Belmondo rulez’), DJ Pierre (more than a legend, one of the early founders of the House sound), Rune RK aka Artificial Funk (from Denmark), Harrison Crump (the finest tunes and the widest soul from USA), Jules Spinner – Bhangra Nights (UK keeps shakin !) and DJ Prinz (our very own Café d’Anvers resident).

Other names known to the Belgium scene who will be showcasing their sets this year include Dimitri from Paris, John Digweed, Sander Kleinenberg, Ferry Corsten, DJ Dan, Miss Kitten, Tom Stephan, Josh Wink, Armin van Buuren, M.I.K.E., the Gigolomaster DJ Hell, Ritchie Hawtin, Dr_Kucho 2 Many DJ’s (Belmondo parties, Gent), and the beloved Felix Da Housecat. Who’s missing??

We really hope you all recovered a good shape after your nights in Goa in February. In Miami, expect mayhem, no sleep, but loads of good memories.

And the dance world waits in eager anticipation, so next stop will be Ibiza from May to September!

For an overview of 2003 issue, check this link at eye.net

http://www.deejaybooking.com

 From Disco to Disco is back
+ Antwerp is Burning first names
(25/02/2004 -- tekst: Nicolas)
The concept of Disco to Disco is not new but is one of the best and most uniting idea ever. To put many clubs of a same city under one brand and for just one entrance ticket. We've seen that by AntwerpIsBurning 4 years ago, or by Claude 'CityParade' in Liège, Brussels (the Axe night), and Liège... and each of those has been a success. More diversity for the public, more public for the clubs... everyone wins.
But what makes Disco to Disco very special is the reason why it went up that big. The first editions came in 2000 and 2001 but at Café d'Anvers and Fill Collins club only. The first big edition on 30 April 2003 has been set up together by five club managers in Antwerp (Café d'Anvers, Club Industria, Club Geluk, Fill Collins Club, Café Local) as a peaceful answer to the new law to be granted by the Chamber back then. That law was about to limitate clubs to 6:00 in the morning and has fortunately not been granted as it was.
Now the event is coming back on a second edition... that's the 30 April (same day as Koninginnefeestdag in Netherlands, and Mayday in Germany... you'll have to make a choice).
[soon on fromdiscotodisco.be but not yet]

AIB_flyerStill in Antwerpen but at the Sportpaleis, Antwerp intents to burn one more time on Saturday 1st May. Management talks about a Techno and Trance edition with BIG names of those scenes, plus a sortof intergalactic hardware to shook your eyes... lasers and stuff. But that's it for the officials.
Additional gossips could speak names such as Sven Väth and Ritchie Hawtin, but nothing is confirmed yet. One only steady thing: the ticket will be sold at 30 Euros.

http://www.antwerpisburning.be

 A Decade With Fuse:
party at Tour & Taxi
(24/02/2004 -- tekst: Nicolas)
Yep... 10 years from April 1994. Back then it was just a double hall with a Spanish past. Some deco left from an old Spanish Meson... still today you can see some blue walls from that time.

fuse_main_room Then it turned to both 'Disque Rouge' and 'Disque Vert' in the 80's ... where many parties were organised by young or small organisations. Reggae, Hip Hop, even early UK Hardcore or Rock concerts had their only hosting dancefloor there.

In late 1993, Thierry Coppens, the manager of La Démence parties, came from Kortrijk ... and had an unexpected success of his party which lead him to inform his friend, the manager of the Fifty Five club in Kuurne: Peter Decuypere. That man was about to create one of the most relevant Techno club on the planet: the Fuse.

In April 1994 that was it and it opened with some of the most refined electronic artists ever... Sun Electric, Black Dog, Thomas Heckmann, Kirk Degiorgio... and the early residents Quinten, Joost de Lijser, Pierre... soon followed by Trish, dj_Pierre_Fusethen Deg, T-Quest, Psychogene and as regular guests names such as Dave Clarke, Mr C, Carl Craig, Kenny Larkin, Aphex Twin, Alex Paterson, Dave Angel, Miss Djaxx, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Luke Slater, Monika Kruse, Electric Indigo, Sven Väth, ... I mean... they *all* came at its decks since it really launched with a Laurent Garnier's night in October 1994 (check the complete list on their website).

The crowd followed with passion the revolutionary moves of Techno Music ... so well that some massive stars went there to perform some limited access concerts... just to mention The Orb and Björk. Fuse also gave birth to I Love Techno in 1996, still under the management of Peter 'Fuse'.

Stacey_Pullen_at_Fuse And in the meantime, many tryouts have been made on the first floor... House of course, as it is now, with names such as Koenie, Steve Cop or Kenneth... but also Drum'n Bass when almost no one was doing that. The resident of that Drum'n Bass floor was Neil, alongside great blenders such as Hype, Grooverider or Fabio... the experience remained for 6 months, but the Fuse crowd was definitely more Techno & House.

Now things didn't changed that much, that's maybe why it remains such known and respected. Peter, the founder, left the wheel to Thierry (who was co-founder anyway) and the artistic directors changed from time to time... but the Techno spirit remained kicking its dancefloors with the right new breeds and the steady stars. Today it's still *the* place to hit the ground till sunrise for Techno heads of any age. 10 years of Techno ... and still fresh. Not bad, dude, not bad. :-)

Ok... so what? So there's a PARTY at Tour & Taxi on 17 April. 25 Euros. With deejays: Dave Clarke live (UK), Jeff Mills (USA), Monika Kruse (Ger), Ricardo Villalobos, Marco Bailey live, Pierre, Deg, T-Quest, Psychogene, St-Dic

http://www.fuse.be

 da Bassline is Back next Friday! (23/02/2004 -- tekst: Nicolas)
simon_bassline_smith Remember Simon Bassline Smith? Of course you do. He's already been guest in an Inside party in January 2001 alongside Nioc, and he came back a couple of times around since then. He's mostly a great deejay performer from the UK scene and an outstanding producer on Prototype records and Technique rec.

If it was not enough to make you jump onto the Silo in Leuven, then let's mention Digital simon_bassline_smith (Metalheadz rec, Timeless) and some of the true Belgian Drum'n Bass pioneers since the mid 90's such as Wontime (Radio Scorpio) or Murdock. A second room will guest B-Key, Woodrow, Rascal and Clone for more UK Ravy soundzz. Friday 27 February at Silo - Vaartkom - 3000 Leuven. Got it?

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 Plug into parties... (12/02/2004 -- tekst: Nicolas Deckmyn)
A new tv for the youth, that's what RTL claims for the new Plug tv. Ok, we'll see what that new crew can do. But there's already a great concept for the week-end nights: they'll put videocams in some of the major clubs in Belgium and they'll broadcast it. So finally the mainstream public will have access to what happens in the nightlife... and so Plug will show them that there's nothing wrong with partying. Of course it only concerns the largest and popular clubs, but that could really boost up the nightlife by attracting new customers globally. The tv itself will be frenchspeaking, but music has no frontier. Most of the Belgian party children are watching Jim TV or even Viva isn't?
By the way, many of you knew the Plug parties at Fuse, so it seems it was a good name.
http://www.plugtv.be

 A Party Night at Vaudeville? (09/02/2004 -- tekst: Nicolas)
Yes, in 1990 in Brussels there was mostly two big clubs reaching the bigger crowds: Mirano (which still runs today) and Vaudeville.
The Vaudeville, in Galerie de la Reine next to Grand'Place, was a crazy Disco-House club in an old and stylish 19th century theater (white marbles and baroque goldies, statues, mirrors and purple velvet). The old tavern in front of the club also was a classic to chat with friends and meet newcomers.

door_of_the_original_Vaudeville_Theatre_in_the_50'sVenue for the cool and beautiful people, it was crowdy from Friday to Sunday. Deejays were Skander (aka PanPan), Olivier Gosseries & Jos, Yves-E-Zone, Mike, and some 'new names' such as Murvin Jay or Geoffroy who are now essential names of the Belgian House scene, plus of course many international deejays such as Derrick May, Laurent Garnier or Blake Baxter.
Rising manager names were Yannick (the ex-owner), Steph X, Fabio, among others.

Closed in 1994, for several reasons (rental terms, small drugs found in razzias, etc), by pressures of the ex-mayor of Brussels, it was suddenly a big hole in our nightlife. Vaudeville dancefloor was kicking since 1981, so it turned a page in Brussels for many clubbers. And a weird feeling went when the regulars later saw in the press that the tavern has been completely crushed and removed.
doors_of_the_new_VaudevilleBut! But there was a laaarge renewal of the place in the last months... a nice lifting work has been done to give back its style to the place. And after an 8 Millions Euros investment (by the gallery owners and two private partners), Le Vaudeville will now be a theatre again. Not only for theatre even, but also for dance and concerts. Dominique Jonckheere is the current artistic director in charge of the shows selection.

The official opening was on last 4 February ... and... and? And there will be a PARTY there on 5 March! Ok, not really with the Vaudeville deejays BUT with the Alka crew... featuring Philip (25 years of partying! at Mirano, at Belgica, at Saint Bar...) & Goryx. Shortly? Vaudeville is back for one night with Alka: 5 March in Galerie de la Reine - 1000 Brussels.

Do not miss!

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 New Barocco - Tongeren (06/02/2004 -- tekst: Nicolas)
Vreren is the place, near Tongeren and Liège. Barocco is the name, and 21st February is the night of the launch after complete renewall and with a new crew. new_clubSo, get ready coz one guess it won't be a small thing. Most of you already know Tc Brain, one of the few deejays able to spin records alongside Techno deejays such as Miss Djaxx, D-Jack or Deg as well as with Trance names such as Marko or Phiphi. Tc Brain already has a long nightlife career (10 years for sure), which has slowly moved from heavy core sounds (in the mid 90's, Inertia on Bonzai) to Techno & Trance. With him for the opening night, some of the finest Prog Trance deejays: CP, Phiphi, Peter Novak, Luca, TC Brain, Sonik. And on 20 March, in a way more Techno atmosphere, Jack de Marseille will turn the crowd mad during 4 full hours. With him that night: Fixtrax, Tc Brain and Sonik. Another date: 27 March will host a House Madness around Jan Van Biesen, the deep voice and touch from Studio Brussel. Pierre (fuse) is also monthly part of the trip. So, from Trance to Techno to House, that's the Barocco. Expect some baroque deco and a bold soundsystem... well... expect goods. Every Saturday, 590 Luiksersteenweg - Vreren. 8 Eur for members, 10 Eur for non members.
http://www.clubbarocco.be

 Brazil goes Drum in Brugge (02/02/2004 -- tekst: Nicolas)
So! Now that Cactus club has moved in the brand new Magdalena zaal... let's check it out. Saturday 14 February: Brazilian Drum'n Bass! (sounds new) Marky + Xerxes De Oliveira aka XRS + mc Stamina.
It's in his hometown Sao Paulo, dancing and clubbing capital of Brazil, that Marky became popular as a drum'n bass deejay. He explored in the early 90's the sound of UK Jungle and Drum'n Bass, but seen from Brazil, and worked it out for many years in parties. Now he's a leading name in Brazil and has been voted many times 'Best Deejay' in the local scene. Xerxes De Oliveira aka XRS also grew up in Sao Paulo, but he's mostly known as a terrific producer. His taste for early hardcore beats made him meet and work with Marky since the mid nineties. Allied that way, both of them really blew up the Drum'n Bass scene in Brazil. And since Cactus always does things big, there's also many Belgian deejays (also for the lounge room) a live concert and a Capoeira showcase. For sure, that will be unusual. 14 Feb at Cactus club - Ma/z, Magdalenastraat - Brugge
http://www.cactusmusic.be

 Light reduction on the roads at night (01/02/2004 -- tekst: Nicolas 'Noctis' Deckmyn)
Belgium remains one of the very few countries where the motorways are enlightened. It's part of a quality of nightliving we have in our country and most of the clubbers do feel safer and better that way. [For instance, the lack of light on some Dutch roads increased car-attacks and drugdeal-jackings on some road near the frontiers. That would never happen on lightened roads.] Unfortunately, in some areas in Vlaanderen, there's no light on the roads anymore between 2 and 6 am. halfIn Wallonie area, the question is also up-to-date again. The minister Michel Daerden does not wish to apply the same principles as those in use by the Flemish Community (which is purely and simply to turn off lighting during the off-peak hours of the night).
"We try to save budget without loosing the safety, so we'll set up a modulated lighting. This means: there are electronic counting cells located at regular intervals on the Belgian motorway network to permanently measure the traffic in real time. When in the night the traffic goes under a minimal limit, then the modulation will consist in turning off two out of the four lights of each lamp", one explain to the press at the cabinet of Minister Daerden.
The first experience will start in June 2004, probably on E411 or E25. 750.000 € will be spent to buy new roadlamps with sensor cells. Those will be active from 23:30 to 5 in the morning. If those tests are conclusive, the system will extend to most of the highways, such as A8, E40, E19, E42. The whole should be finished within ten years.

Belgium Actually there was already some try-outs in the seventies, and it really wasn't a success (costs were heavier than savings)... but the technology was far from what we got today. Other tests in USA (Austin-Texas or Milwaukee-Wisconsin) in the 80's showed night crash increasing from 14 to 22%... but that was with a complete turnoff, which is very different.

More recently (2000), a sample of a report by Patrick Hasson and Paul Lutkevich (**) said: "Many countries reported research results that indicated a 20 to 30 percent reduction in the number of crashes when roadway lighting was installed. In an experiment in southern Finland, road lighting was cut in half and resulted in an increase of 13 percent in the crash rate. Total elimination of lighting resulted in a 25 percent increase."
And it also mentions: "Clearly, any efforts we can initiate to reduce nighttime fatalities are worthy of attention. [...] One traditional technology, namely roadway lighting, can make a substantial difference. Roadway lighting serves several purposes. It provides improved visibility for users of roadways and associated facilities. It reduces crashes by helping drivers obtain sufficient (visual) information. Finally, it supplements vehicle headlights, when warranted. Side benefits that often are overlooked include civic beautification and the reduction of crime."current

So, now we'll see what the active traffic light regulation will do, but there are reasons to care.

(**) http://international.fhwa.dot.gov by Patrick Hasson (FHWA's Midwestern Resource Center, USA) and Paul Lutkevich (supervising engineer in Boston, USA. Over the last 18 years he's been involved in the design of more than 200 million US$ of lighting systems for roads and tunnels throughout North America).

This text partly based on dhnet.be, tfhrc.gov and livingearth.com.

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