Venturing into a fantastical world
Mathilde and Matilda, both 20-somethings, are the brains behind Overlast, a new series of events in Antwerp’s De Studio. Their mission is to provide a place for emerging Belgian artists to grow. These two badass ladies have only held two events up until now, but they’re always aiming higher. You can even call Overlast a festival if you’d like: there is such a big diversity in acts every time. The next event on 27 October has an all-female killer line-up and spits out a big f**k you to elitism.
Interview by Laura-Andréa Callewaert
How did it Overlast start?
It all started here at De Studio while we were working as volunteers during the last Leave Us at Dawn party (they still exist by the way – they ended up moving to another venue). These parties had more than just DJ’s on the line-up: they had performances and live acts as well. We were both so gutted that these nights would end. To ease the pain, we started fantasising about our own future events and line-ups. All of a sudden we knew we wanted to organise something ourselves. Something different, where true talent comes first, without elitism nor nepotism. We came up with a concept and Matilda pitched it to De Studio. They really liked it, and so here we are.
Something different, where true talent comes first, without elitism nor nepotism
How did De Studio help you until now?
We pitched our ideas and vision at the perfect moment because De Studio was looking into working with young curators. They gave us a huge opportunity, which we really appreciate.
What is your ultimate goal with Overlast?
Our main goal is to give a space to emerging artists to do whatever they like. If they’re happy, we’re happy. We want to be a kind of stepping stone for artists, and we want the audience to discover something new. We started Overlast because there was something missing in Antwerp according to us: we wanted a place to discover music that breaks with the usual suspects and combines live music with a party concept. But we don’t want to go commercial – that would be the opposite of what we believe in – we will continue to book small artists and hidden gems, because that’s what we stand for.
We wanted a place to discover music that breaks with the usual suspects and combines live music with a party concept
What can we expect in the future?
We’re still growing; neither of us has ever done stuff like this in the past. It’s a learning experience. The events will take place twice a year and we want to get better with every edition.
Overlast with Miss Angel, SAHRA, SuMI, Romi Luna & SWEATS
27 October, DE Studio, Antwerp
Free for members. Join us here.