Obsessed with all things deer and music, let this Brussels based graphic designer and dreamer-extraordinaire take you on a hike into his digital forest full of intriguing music switching swiftly between Swedish electronics, lavish and dreamy indie-pop and some glittering dance remixes that will make you move, even against your will! But most of all it will make you happy posing on the beats of The Knife or slow-dancing on Twin Shadow!
Catch him in between the trees making haunting mixtapes, campy graphic design, dancing and ever-blogging...sharing his collection of ear/eye/mindcandy with the world.
Au Palais were initially united but divided, a brother and sister separated across two continents. David was living in Tokyo; drawn in by neon lights and sub bass with a yearning to make Minimal Techno in the backstreets of Shibuya and Elise had immigrated from their hometown of Toronto to London.
After an all night karaoke session in the Tokyo’s red light district, Elise dreamt of forming a band with David, whose new minimal techno songs suddenly twisted and turned into moody, dark pop with the addition of Elise’s vocals. Over the course of the next year, across 4 continents the duo put the finishing touches to their debut Tender Mercy EP. Upon describing the EP, David says: “With other kinds of electronic music, especially dance music, the prevailing mood tends to be one of joy, release, ecstasy, that kind of thing. With minimal, the overriding feel of the music is one of tension, anxiety, and discomfort. It’s music for brooding on the dancefloor, though it never forgets about the dancefloor. I think Fever Ray, Austra, Zola Jesus, and Au Palais are all mining that same dark vein together.”
Whilst Elise admits to summoning the life forces of Patti Smith and Kate Bush for her stage presence: “My sensibilities are a little more pop than David’s. I’m a huge Kate Bush fan, but that probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. I love Patti Smith in the same way — I love her poetic sensibility, her image, everything about her really left an impression on me. I was re-reading Just Kids this summer and it put me in this great mindset towards art and music.
JD Samson is best known for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. After joining the band in 2000, JD’s career in the music industry has landed in many diverse areas of the music/art/ lgbtq activism, and fashion worlds, and JD doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
In 2007, MEN begun as the DJ/ Remix/Production team of JD Samson and Johanna Fateman, both of the band, Le Tigre. Eventually, MEN became a live band and art collective, focusing on the radical potential of dance music, with lyrics speaking to issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise and demanding liberties. MEN’s debut full length record was released February 1, 2011. Since their inception, the band has played Coachella, toured internationally whether it be at museums or dance-clubs, and has supported bands such as, Gossip, Peaches, and CSS.
JD also played keyboard for Peaches on her “Impeach My Bush” world tour, and acted in John Cameron Mitchell’s amazing film, ‘Shortbus’.
Throughout the years, JD has been photographed for many magazines and other fine art projects, as an androgynous sex symbol and “icon of nerdy-cool” (New York Times). Most recently, JD was photographed for a seven page spread by Maciek Kobielski for Vogue Hommes International.
JD Samson has been DJing internationally since 2001 and has found way through many different party scenes and music genres. Whether she is playing at a museum, at a college, at a wedding, a huge nightclub, the beach, or at a dive bar, JD likes to focus on “creating spaces for rad people to dance and smile and hold each other.” JD is a people pleaser DJ and swings as many ways as needed to make you have an amazing night. And you will!
DJ Whoo aka Karim aka K aka Mister Bril aka Mythomane (what’s in a name…), is born and raised in Tunis and has been playing cool deep tunes from Lisbon to Milan occasionally from his home base, the Belgian capital, Brussels.
He started playing in Brussels cool nightlife places years ago building up his own style. A true music junkie, with a hip hop and a pop background, Whoo's Style goes from techno, trip-hop, electro-pop and electronica to minimal techno and groovy deep house.