The Sound Of Me

Koen Galle

Music — this thing that is as much part of our life as it shapes it. Whether we’re going through the perks of early mornings or in search of the perfect catalyst to get a party started, we all have a mental playlist for specific memories and moments. This month we asked dj Kong, label runner and Listen Festival’s creative director Koen Galle to take some time to reflect on moments in life and the music that completed them.

Picture by Thomas Sweertvaegher

A song for waking up

This song is sunshine, blue sky, nice weather, peace, love, harmony and anything else a morning can be, just before your daily routine kicks in.

A song for nostalgic moments

I’m not very nostalgic, I actually have a bad memory and forget easily. I tend not to look back too much, but if there is one thing I’m nostalgic about it’s the birth period of electronic music and club culture. I would have loved to be at the Loft in New York in the 70s (and be quoted in a Tim Lawrence book) or even at the end of the 80s in our own little Belgium on the dance floor of Boccaccio.

A song that helps you focus when you’re working

Somehow I got hooked to this podcast of Japanese techno Dj Nobu. It’s a 3 hours live recording and I love playing it in the background when I’m deeply focused. It’s like a smooth back wind. The pace of the music is perfect. He sometimes slows down the mood during the mix and one of these moments is probably my favorite. It starts at about 1h19min:

A song for relaxing

I only started listening to Wim Mertens just a few weeks ago, after a visit to Seymour Kassel, the record shop in Brussels. I was touched by the Struggle For Pleasure album, not realizing how subtle and clever his music was in the past. I randomly picked this album out of his large discography and now I can’t stop listening to it. 

29 March Listen Festival : Stroom x Crevette label night
30 March Listen Festival presents: MHYSA
31 March Listen Festival : Rozzma + The Mauskovic Dance Band 
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