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Member of the Isengard Collective, Rogergoon’s melodic, ambient sound is making waves in the Brussels’ DIY scene. Supported by like-minded underground communities, including Slagwerk, Rogergoon is part of a network of talented, emerging creatives. When sitting down with the artist, he shared his world and revealed a seemingly hidden layer of the city.
Interview by Jacob McPherson
Photos by Elena Majecki, shot in Brussels
In addition to emphasising the importance of Isengard and Slagwerk for his success, Rogergoon considers the internet equally as important, functioning as a tool for meeting collaborators and identifying similar communities in other cities. In a place like Brussels, where underground communities aren’t highly visible, the internet allows for creative discovery and exploration.
Rogergoon is currently working on a soon-to-be-released EP, which is influenced by music, books and video games he discovered within the past year. Incorporating classical material, video game samples and electronic sounds, he’s working to create stories and immersive content. You can experience this new project, and unreleased material, at upcoming shows.
How did you end up in Brussels? Do you think being here helps you creatively, more than other places? What makes the Belgian underground scene special?
I moved to Brussels about a year ago to start a programme at ERG, from the south of France. I wanted to evolve both musically and personally, and I do think being here helped me find new opportunities. I helped create the multidisciplinary collective Isengard, which fueled my creative discovery.
In thinking of where I fit in within the Belgian music scene, and how I feel about it, this concept of ‘scene’ is a bit detached from what I’ve experienced in the past so it’s kind of new for me. Usually, I work with people from many different places via the internet, but also enjoy collaborating in the ‘real world’. In Belgium, I’m able to find a balance between both.
Where do you find audiences for your music?
After moving here, I started working with Otis and Dennis from Slagwerk. They shared their platform with me and involved me in their ‘Hauntology of the Body’ series, and invited me to play at one of their events and radio show, which I’m super grateful for. I think those great experiences helped my music to be heard.
In Belgium, I’m finding a lot of independent organisations – like Subbacultcha, for instance – whose main goal is to promote and grow young artists (?)
Are you focusing on becoming international, and do you think being a Belgian-based artist is good in that context?
I just want my music to be heard, both internationally and locally. When sharing music online, it will naturally reach people from other countries. Since moving to Brussels, I’ve had the opportunity to play in the Czech Republic and Poland and see being part of the local community as valuable and supportive. In Belgium, I’m finding a lot of independent organisations – like Subbacultcha, for instance – whose main goal is to promote and grow young artists.
What are your favourite places to discover music?
If you consider the internet as a ‘place’, it’s definitely the first ‘location’ that comes to my mind. In thinking of more physical spaces, I’d say my school, the people who teach there, and my friends give me access to a lot of information. In Brussels, some of my favourite spots include Décor Atelier, Brasseries Atlas and the Beursschouwburg.
The Sound Of The Belgian Underground with Rogergoon
26 Jan - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
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