Putting UK-Garage Back On The Map: Subvision & Vancos
UK-Garage is a musical genre that originates from, you guessed it the U.K. With 2-step-like beats around 135 BPM and soulful vocals this genre supplied a soundtrack for plenty of music lovers in the nineties and nillies. Since then the music went back to its underground roots in the U.K.
Now a few guys in Belgium are motivated to put it back on the map and make this genre cross the ocean once again to make your feet dance and booty shake. With the new UKG and bassline party ‘Subvision’ and Belgium’s finest UKG-DJ ‘Vancos’ they’ve set course to a bright future for UK-underground music. Read all about it here.
Text & heading picture: Levi Adriaenssens, other pictures: Gerald Stevens
How did Subvision spring to life?
Elmo Schoumans (Subvision organizer): I got a lot of reactions from people listening to bassline and UKG, I figured we should host a party like this in Belgium.
It succeeded quite well since we reached 300 people at our first edition and had over 40 visitors from countries such as France, Switzerland, Spain, and Austria!
What’s the ultimate target audience for you?
We basically want to bring this vibrant UK-scene to Belgium. More than just a UKG party but we would like to present some bassline and grime in the future as well.
What do you want to do within UKG, Vancos?
I just want to put it on the map in Belgium and Subvision definitely helps with that. I also have a Facebook-group to promote Belgian UKG, bassline & grime called ‘Belgium Better Know’.
Where do you guys find the drive to promote UKG?
We’ve been listening to this music for a long time and it’s like a passion but most of all it’s just really great music that must be heard.
How does the scene ideally look like according to you guys?
Ideally, it would be great to just get this UK-Scene across the ocean to inspire each other through this music and make it bubble around here.
Who’s the most interesting UKG artist in Belgium according to you guys?
Elmo & Vancos: There aren’t really a lot of guys who work within UKG in Belgium but I guess Wulflock maybe when it comes to heavy bassline music.
Elmo: I’d say Vancos, not to promote or anything, but he is really putting this music back on the map with his UK-Garage sets and productions of his own.
Vancos: Elmo has a project: ‘Primatic’ which is doing big time as well.
What would your dream be as an artist?
Play in the U.K. would ben nice of course!
To finish off you guys have your Subvision party scheduled on may 12th are there other dates to come?
Not yet, but in the future we might try to do some more editions, according to the demand of the audience of course. We don’t wish to rush it, we’d like to keep it a bit exclusive as well.
All new articles
6 New Belgian hip-hop tracks to check outThis weeks batch of new Belgian hip-hop tracks is a varied one; we got something for everyone this week. Crazy trap flows, epic productions, groovy vibes and lyrics in Dutch, French and English. New music by Moka Boka, Phasm & Krimi, IAMGUNZ, Ryan Eiffel, Shaka Shams, Krapuul and Redbull Beckvechten champ Tloc!
Congolese jeugd in België op zoek naar een eigen identiteit: “Wie zijn wij?”Een groot deel van de Congolese jongeren die in België geboren zijn, kampt met een identiteitscrisis. De jeugd die op school of thuis niet genoeg geïnformeerd wordt over de kolonisatie stelt zich nu vragen: "Waarom ben ik hier? Waarom word ik door mijn familie beschouwd als Westerling, maar wordt er in België verwezen naar mij als 'Afrikaan'?"
TheColorGrey: “I don’t want to limit myself as an artist”StampMedia interviewed Antwerp’s hip-hop revelation TheColorGrey about his career, how he writes songs and what’s coming for the 23-year old rapper. Known for hits ‘On&on’ and ‘You got to show me’, thousands of listeners are hooked to the smooth hip-hop beats from the young singer-songwrit
IAMGUNZ: “I’m working harder since fatherhood”With over 10 years of experience, Antwerp-based rapper IAMGUNZ is a certified household name in the Antwerp hip-hop scene. The Belgian/Congolese rapper recently released his third EP 'Big Daddy's World' and he's determined to continue his musical journey. The EP follows after the birth of his first son and GUNZ's musical career has definitely been influenced by fatherhood, he tells us.
Dengue Dengue Dengue! How Colombian cumbia brought a DJ duo from Lima to BerlinThe Peruvian DJ duo Dengue Dengue Dengue! is not to be confused with the disease dengue fever. Through their cumbia influenced productions and DJ sets, these two button wizards have built a career for themselves over the past 7 years. We sat down with the artists at AND& Festival to talk about the road they’ve traveled and how music inspires them today. Maybe their music library can inspire you too? Read all about it here.
How Berlin’s Club Culture and Politics work togetherWe had a chat with Lutz Leichsenring who made a huge contribution to making the Berlin club culture thrive. He works as a spokesman for the Berlin Clubcommission and is the founder of The Creative Footprint, an organization who looks at urban culture from a scientific view.
Underground Occupy Mainstream took over the Ancienne Belgique
The underground clubbing scene in Brussels has been struggling. There aren't enough locations where alternative music can unfold. As a means of protest, Underground Occupy Mainstream took over the Ancienne Belgique in quite an unusual way.