For the past year, the HE4RTBROKEN parties have been introducing Brussels’ nightgoers to a revolutionary underground club scene that has some of its roots in the south-east of London. Among these south of the Thames revolutionaries, there is ENDGAME, who gives his own take on reggaeton, applying dark beats and soundscapes to create a twisted atmosphere. In preparation for his gig in Brussels this month, we decided to explore the older and lesser-known areas of The Barbican together, while we discussed his relationship with clubs and the importance of staying true to yourself
Interview by Liyo Gong
Photos by Laurence Von Thomas, shot in London
I see the club as a space to cut loose and be yourself. […] It’s somewhere for outsiders to feel at home, for people that feel that they don’t belong elsewhere
You’re quite proactive in London’s progressive club scene – with your show on NTS but also through the Bala Club and Endless nights. What’s your relation to the club?
I see the club as a space to cut loose and be yourself. Me and my friends felt there wasn’t anything for us, so we built it ourselves. It’s somewhere for outsiders to feel at home, for people that feel that they don’t belong elsewhere.
The NTS show is the same in a way. It’s like a place for music that doesn’t fit in anywhere. We’ve never cared if anyone from the industry comes or talks about it. It’s for us first. It’s about unity and solidarity.
How does it influence you as a producer, and as a DJ?
It’s encouraging me to stay true to what I believe in.
What’s your club culture DNA?
I was really into hardcore and metal as a teenager and I started going to clubs and grime raves when I was about 17. I was always attracted to the energy and that people went there to lose themselves and escape from their daily lives. This has really influenced my approach to making music and DJ-ing. I want people to feel free.
How would you describe London’s club scene right now?
Kinda peak. There are very few good raves and venues. You really have to do your own thing and find your own space.
you really have to do everything for yourself, hold it down, put in work and make money where you can
You’ll be playing with Uli-K and Mechatok here in Brussels. How did you meet them?
I met Uli-K and Kamixlo some years ago at a party that Lexxi was organising. We clicked immediately and realised we had a lot of the same influences and ideas, and we’ve been really close friends ever since. I’ve only met Mechatok kinda recently, but yeah he’s definitely a kindred spirit, and one of the best producers and DJs I know!
You’re also involved a great deal in fashion and arts, I’m thinking of your collaborations with Cottweiler and Primitive. Is there a common statement that you find with music?
Cottweiler and Primitive have been close friends for years, and yeah I don’t see any distinction between collaborating musically and visually. They approach creative expression in the same way; that is, pure and unfiltered. They’re also really interested in a kind of utopian vision of the future that I find really inspiring
How do you feel about the creative industry today in London? How do underground artists or musicians survive the economic situation?
It’s super difficult, you really have to do everything for yourself, hold it down, put in work and make money where you can. But London is always worth the struggle to me, it gives me life…
ENDGAME plays HE4RTBROKEN, Brussels on 25 June.
The party is free for Subbacultcha members.