The Sound Of Me

Hannes Rooms

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.

Photo by Caroline Lessire, shot in Brussels

Hannes Rooms is a student, DJ and DIY promotor from Ghent. In his hometown Sint-Niklaas he organizes the electronic music festival BEAM, together with two of his best friends. This week he’ll host his first GAZE concert at In De Ruimte in Ghent. He talks about his hero Johnny Jewel, pushing the boundaries and today’s Aaliyah.

A song for waking up

I have to admit I only bought this vinyl for its cover, but it has now become my favourite record to accompany my first coffee in the morning.

A song that boosts your creativity

M.E.S.H. is one of those artists who are constantly pushing the boundaries. Hearing compositions that don’t sound like anything else, inspire me. I’m not making music myself but it pushes me to go deep in whatever I do.

A song that helps you focus when you’re working

I’ll never work or study without music on and this Symmetry record is made for moments like these because of its tempo and linearity. Johnny Jewel is one of my heroes, I literally appreciate all his music whether it’s with Chromatics, Symmetry or solo.

A song for making out

Tinashe’s Black Water mixtape is without a doubt the most sensual one from my music library. You can disagree with me, but for me she’s today’s Aaliyah. I’ll recommend everyone to make out to this song.

A song for going out

Undeniably the club anthem of last year. Cannot choose another one here.

A song for relaxing

This beat. This song. Although I can’t really relate to ‘taking percocets with some strippers’, I totally understand Future.

A song that makes you sad

I picked this one since it features 3 of my favourite artists today. The vulnerability and emotions in their work is so strong and truly addictive. That’s what I’m mainly looking for in music: something that touches me, when the adrenaline starts flowing just by listening to music.

GAZE ft. Adamn Killa and Killavesi takes place at In De Ruimte, Ghent on 2 March. The concert is free for Subbacultcha members. Become a member here.