Radio Soulwax presents: THIS IS BELGIUM PART TWO: CHERRY MOON ON VALIUM:
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Even though these Belgian records sound very "now", they are actually 20 years old and were meant to be played at a much, much faster speed. At the time this was the devil's music for us, but we have learned to listen through the claps and distorted kicks and discovered that if you slow these really dark and heavy techno records down all the way to about 115 bpm, it suddenly makes them sound less frantic, ballsier and a lot sexier. Belgium at its best when pitched down.
The covers of these records are quite generic and don't really lend themselves to animating , so we figured we would bring you the visual aspect of this musical genre that you can't not be fascinated by: the dance. We were very lucky to have found some people who can still do the typical moves, and with them dancing in front of the record sleeves (and sometimes inside of them) we bring you our ultimate tribute to a glorious period in our Belgian musical heritage.
We feel very strongly about this hour, and would like to show that quite often, the best things in life are already right in front of us, we just have to open our eyes (and ears) to them. We stand corrected!
Concept : Soulwax, Director : Pol Heyvaert, Producer : Koen Van Heule, Camera : Wesley De Grie, Additional Camera : Kurt Augustyns
Casting : Stefan Bracke, Ruben De Buck, Koen Van heule, Line Producer: Lies Vanborm, Stefan Bracke, Stagehand : Freek Van Cauwenberghe, Styling : Ruben De Buck, Rental : Es-Video, Fisheye, Digital Image Technician : Kurt Augustyns, Editor: Kurt Augustyns, Keying : Bert Claes, Jan Goossens, On-set Audio Supervisor : Stefaan Van Leuven, Heroes of the Dancefloor: Johnny Nix, Yente Welvaert, Jeroen Maligo, Olivier De Roose, Lennert Vandenberghe, Kevin Vanhoeck, Eefje Dewaegenaere, Bjorn Vensaveli, Evy Van Schandevijl, Kris Dethier, Freek Van Cauwenberghe, Nick Degrijse, Samuel Holvoet, Youri Roelanos, Nikki Weyten, Jelka De Luyck, KevinVan Boxstael, Vincent Nyssen, Robin Peeters, Mathias Pot
Very Special Thanks to: Lies Vanborm, Stefan Bracke, Mike Redman, Paul Elstak, D-Force, Dynamo Eindhoven, Neboboot Ghent, DJ Madness, The Grid & The Belgian Hardcore 'gabber' scene.
Kriss Kross this isn’t. Lock up your daughters, America: these sixth-grade metalheads from Flatbush, Brooklyn are on a mission to rock your socks off. More on http://www.theavantgardediaries.com
Directed by Luke Meyer / Produced by Julia Wilczok & Tom Davis / Director of Photography: Hillary Spera / Camera Assistant: Matt Burke /Additional Filming by Luke Meyer / Location Sound Recordist: Guillermo Hernan Peña-Tapia / Edited by Harry Nelson / Music by Unlocking The Truth / Sound mix by Eben Bull / Special Thanks to Annette Jackson & Tracey Brickhouse