We sat down with Laurent Moussiaux, our own DJ Ravenous – this is what happened.
Hi Laurent, thanks for joining us! I’ll pop off right away with the first question.
Have you dreamt of becoming a DJ your entire life, or is it something that you only recently got into?
Well, I grew up with Electronic music. My brother was an Electronic dj/producer, So I started listening to his mixtapes when I was like 11 years old.
He also took me with him whenever possible, Really funny when I look back at that though. I was 13 when he did the Tomorrowland Mainstage in 2008. After he got ear-damage I felt like it was my time to rise.
What was his Dj name? Some of us will probably know him then!
Brian – V !
So I started saving for a dj set – up. Still a big shout out to The Oddword for providing my 1st dj-mixer after winning a contest! After that I started practicing real hard, often to be found behind my set- up for like 2 hours a day. Then I started to participate in dj-contests, and that’s how I rose up in the scene.
Nice one. Well, If you ‘d have to name 3 to 5 artists that influenced you in a special way, who’d you pick? … And why?
Hmm, thats a tough one, for my look behind the dj booth I’m getting influenced by Brodinski & Gesaffelstein. Gesaffelstein is a very calm guy, he barely moves but has such an awesome charisma! Brodinski moves all the time & acts crazy, but still keeps his charisma. So, I try to focus myself on a little bit of the 2. You won’t see me grabbing a mic and asking the public to put their hands up… I let the music do the work.
For sounds I get influenced by Tchami & Shadow Child. Tchami’s sound is really crazy. He’s the king of the future house scene. I won’t be able to reach the same producing level as him.. but I try to get as near as possible! Shadow Child is a lot deeper. Which I also love a lot. So I try to combine Future And Deep house as much as possible in my own sounds, let’s say that I wanna have a little bit of both worlds in my music.
You thought of the whole package!
So, what was it like playing “the big ones” like Tomorrowland, Laundry Day and Studay? – As breathtaking as they say?
It has been a crazy summer for me, Really. Still getting goosebumps when I look back at it. It was the second time that I participated for the Tomorrowland DJ Contest, just like so many other Belgian dj’s.
And then you receive a phone call that you’re one of the final 4.
I could not believe it, It was already a dream coming true for me to play a live-set on Studio Brussel. I was already satisfied at that point. After winning the semi-final I had to participate in the final the other day against a very good friend of mine, Major Maeyer. But on that moment… it’s music before friendship. We had to play 10 years tomorrowland in 10 minutes.. I just selected 3 classics that reminded me from the 1st time is visited tomorrowland.
When i won that final, everything started rolling… Playing at Tomorrowland was superb. I played the 1st AND the last track of Tomorrowland 2014. Started out at The Gathering at Dreamville the 1st weekend. A very cool stage and you know, already a lot of people showed up for my set, Really crazy… The second set was true madness. I got the privilege to close down Dreamville Radio powered by Studio Brussel the last day of the second weekend, you could call it the official Tomorrowland after party, because I played till 01h and the festival stopped at 00h. So everybody was coming back from the festival-grounds and they were still in the party-mode, so we built a little party with thousands of people. CRAZY.
2 weeks after Tomorrowland I received another email, asking me to come & play at Laundry Day. Another dream coming true! Playing in my hometown, at the festival that I’ve been visiting since I was 12 years old.
And after that I got contacted by Kurious. Another big dream coming true. I think every DJ wants to be part of an artist – agency, right? They gave me such a good feeling. They told me they were hosting a stage at StuDay… And if I wanted to come and play a set. Of course I said yes. Damn, what a party. It was a privilege to give a nice smooth little warm up for Station Earth, Soul Shakers, Captain Steel & Skyve! Topped off with the awesome dance-moves by the one and only Radikal crew… Let’s say there was an instant family feeling [laughs]
Amazing. Calling that a crazy summer is indeed in no way exaggerated…
Next question! Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
Hmm, that’s a though one. I’m just focusing on making my own music at the moment, I think that’s the only way to get up in the music scene. Of course I’m dreaming of the big stages & Festivals in Belgium & across the world…. But I just take everything day by day, step by step. Keeping your feet to the ground and having a lot of ambition and patience.. plus putting in hard work are key to success I believe.
I’m just enjoying every minute when I’m standing behind the decks, because you never know when it’s gonna end.
And are you one for evolving as an artist, or would you choose a different moniker if you’d feel the music took another direction?
I think that music will always be something central in everyone’s life. There is no life without music, im sure of that. Every music genre will have their ups and their downs.
But I think it’s important that everyone stays in their own genre (or sub-genre) Nowadays there are SO many house-Techno dj’s because it’s hot at the moment, but who knows what it’s gonna be in a few months/years. I will always stay loyal to House & Techno.
Like to hear that! Alright. Last one. The burning question… Are you a Dr. Oetker kinda person, or more of a Quiche guy?
Dr Oetker for sure! Casa Di Mama baby!!!
Thanks for the Interview Laurent and we wish you all the luck in the world!