Femke and James form Partners. Their name perfectly describes them as an entity, because you will never find two people who complement each other like they do. Their music is a recreation of an experience, a mood, a place that has stayed with you. Like that huge reverberating space in Tresor or Kompass, where you go through before you reach the dance floor. That excitement you feel when you go through that in-between part. The melancholy when you make your transition back into the outside. This feeling of transition through the twilight zone of the club is what they try to recreate with their music.

Photos by Partners
Text by Laura Callewaert

Where does your inspiration come from?
James: Our inspiration comes from experiences. Things we experience throughout our daily life. A lot of the feelings we feel during these experiences are hard to put down in words. That’s why we put them into music.

What are you listening to lately?
Femke: We always go through certain phases where we listen a lot to one artist. Recently we have been listening a lot to US Girls’ first albums. It’s more about raw, less produced beats.
J: A lot of Frank Zappa too, a big pool of crazy, humoristic music where you can dive into. Since a week I listen to a lot of Captain Beefheart as well.
F: We are listening a lot to David Byrne as well. In the 90’s he created the soundtrack for In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, a performance by Wim Vandekeybus ‘Ultima Vez’. This soundtrack was so ahead of its time, you can hear the beginning of all sorts of music we listen to today. We never really buy a physical album, but with this one we had to. We both needed it physically with us.
J: That album is such a trip. It had been a while since I really listened to music that had changed my life.

If you had to eat one dish for the rest of your life what would it be?
F: For James’ birthday I bought him a whole plate of Baklava. You would think it’s too sweet, but the one’s from Baklavaland are not.
J: You haven’t lived if you haven’t tried the Baklava from Baklavaland. But I don’t know if I could eat something sweet for the rest of my life. Maybe we could combine it with something less sweet like a lentil salad.

What is the strangest dream you had lately?
J: My dreams are often about post-apocalyptical landscapes and zombies where I have to survive. Or that dream where you’re naked somewhere in a public space, I have that one often.
F: I don’t really remember a lot of my dreams, but when I do it’s more like psychedelic experiences instead of real stories. Where you see yourself dreaming in your own dream and you can’t get out of it, you’re trying to wake yourself up but it isn’t working and you’re stuck in this weird abstract room. I’m always very jealous of people who remember their dreams, wish I had that ability. Or learn to lucid dream, would be cool too.

Partners play Subbacultcha at S.M.A.K., April 25. This show is free for members. Become a member here.