The Sound Of Me

Marc Hollander

photo by Philippe Lévy

Music — this thing that is so much as part of our life as it shapes it. Whether we are going through the perks of early mornings or in search for the perfect catalyst to get a party started: we all have a mental playlist for specific moments and memories. Since here at Subbacultcha music is essential to our existence, we decided that from now on, every month, we’ll ask interesting friends to take some time to reflect on those moments in life and how music completes them. Marc Hollander is a founding member of the avant-garde electro pop group Aksak Maboul, and the man behind the independent label Crammed Discs. He talks about the soundtrack to put his kids to sleep, friendship and Donovan.

A song for flying 

I can’t get tired of this mesmerizing 56 minute song. It’s like gliding over beautiful landscapes which keep slowly morphing.


A song for looking through crystal spectacles

A quick way to time-travel back to the nutty, optimistic atmosphere of London in ’66. Eccentric, mischievous, quirky, Donovan at his most inventive.


A song of controlled madness

I recently discovered this recording and have come back to it repeatedly: the energy, the textures, the polyrhythms, and the outer space playing of the great Larry Young fire my imagination (check out the piece that starts at 9:34).

A song for dancing without moving

Like many great deep Detroit tracks from the 90s, this piece can make you dance with your toes inside your shoes without leaving your sofa… Note the kinship with Steve Reich’s music (though is was created for a different purpose and with different means).

A poisonous nursery rhyme 

I play this song to put my kids to sleep, while explaining to them that “giants exist to deceive, they retreat if they’re clearly perceived”…no, just joking. I simply love this album, a real gem by a highly-influential band which is a bit neglected these days.

An otherwordly song 

Listening to inspired Coltrane pieces such as this one is probably the closest impression I’ll ever get of what a quasi-religious experience would be.

A song about friendship

This beautiful song is indeed an ode to the friendship between the members of what is one of my current favourite bands. And it’s come to also epitomize the new friendship between them and Aksak Maboul, as Aquaserge’s Benjamin Glibert & Julien Gasc are playing with us in the ‘Revue’ show (on 22/10 at Botanique, Brussels), and we will be performing a version of this piece together. Check out the long version (not on this video).

Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul celebrate the release of the “16 Visions of Ex-Futur” tribute album with a show at Botanique, Brussels on 22 October, featuring Laetitia Sadier, Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Aquaserge. The show is free for Subbacultcha members. Become a member here