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Hortense Van den Brande

24, Aries
Subbacultcha member since:
July 2016


Tell us, what do you do in life?
I’m finishing my degree in music management at PXL Music, but I’m already managing two artists. This year I want to further establish myself as an artist manager focused on leftfield electronic music. One of the artists I work with is BOLT RUIN. Fans of destructive electronic music take note. At the moment it’s all hands on deck for the release of his debut EP. I also co-organise QUIVER, which aims to create an immersive experience of dark electronic music and arts.

Photos by Bibi Euse, shot in Ghent

What do you like best about your place?
I live in a huge ‘Belle Époque’ mansion near the Citadel Park in Ghent, which had been abandoned for ten years. Now we temporarily occupy it until the owner finds a new purpose for it. The magnitude of the place (17 rooms) and its faded glory make it the perfect place for creative projects. Our 360 sqm garden – totally overgrown by bamboo – is the ideal setting for video- or photoshoots.

What kind of music are you listening to at the moment?
Recently, I’ve been checking out the 2019 artists from SHAPE, a European platform for innovative music and audiovisual art. It consists of 16 festivals and art centres that aim to support and promote aspiring musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interesting sound. It’s a goldmine for discovering new music! Among the alumni are Amnesia Scanner, Pan Daijing, SKY H1 and M.E.S.H..

What’s the first record you bought?
I didn’t really buy my first record. Let’s just say that I permanently ‘borrowed’ the self-titled debut of Crystal Castles from Mechelen’s public library. I only had to pay a lost items fee. This record was definitely the kickstarter for my passion for leftfield electronic music.

Let’s just say that I permanently ‘borrowed’ the self-titled debut of Crystal Castles from Mechelen’s public library

What’s your favourite pastime?
I’m someone who likes to learn something every day. Therefore I mostly watch documentaries instead of movies or series. I really enjoy learning about the process behind different arts and crafts. If you’re interested in the production process behind a ballet show, I can recommend the behind-the-scenes clips of the Royal Opera House.

Any guilty pleasures?
Going to places not a lot of people know about. A recent favourite is the indoor botanical garden of the university of Ghent. A real hidden gem!

What’s the worst/best birthday present you ever received?
Impersonal and useless gifts like ‘Happy Birthday’ mugs are the worst. They’re often very ugly and clutter up my space.

Have you experienced any regrets recently?
In an attempt to speed up my Mac, I accidentally deleted all my bookmarks. Three years of interesting finds – gone.

Which Subbacultcha event were you at recently?
SCRPR x MONTAGE at La Vallée, Brussels.


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