Get to know Disco Naïveté
Belgium-based music blog, Disco Naïveté, focuses on independent music, ranging from upcoming artists to established acts. A few years back it was named one of the New York Times’ “Tumblr Favorites” for music and it still remains one of ours, hence this post.
What is the emerging music scene like in Belgium and who are some of your favorite new acts?
Disco Naïveté: The Belgium scene is really blooming as of lately, with lots of acts thinking and sounding more internationally than a few years back, which I am of course applauding. It’s really these acts that help Belgium as a country move forward in terms of music, and open up the ears of the people in Belgium to different things from all kinds of places that do not necessarily fit within the box of sounds they already know and love. Some favorites, Oscar & the Wolf’s very otherworldly, almost transcendent take on contemporary pop music, the heartfelt and so so beautiful songs that just put you to silence from I will, I swear and finally VUURWERK, a Brussels collective that’s creating a dissonance between dance music & intimacy with their outer-space club rave thing.
Who is this year’s Artist to Watch?
Disco Naïveté: If I’d have to pick one act (which is always really hard if you listen to new music on a daily basis!), it would have to be Alessia Cara, who kind of blew me a way of few months back with her debut single “Here.” It dabbles right in between pop and hip-hop and plays on growing trends within both genres, without sounding manufactured at all - it feels very honest and true. In a way it’s a play on the ever-popular story-telling aspect of hip-hop and nostalgia that Kendrick Lamar offers, but in another way it’s a very singer-songwriter and pop-oriented way of production and lyrics. Add to that she always performs the song acoustically on guitar on every show she’s attended so far and it’s clear she’s pretty much the real deal. That stunning cover of “Bad Blood” she did in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge confirmed all of that: how she easily flips from the Taylor Swift chorus to the Kendrick Lamar verse is impressive, and not one second of it feels like she’s trying to replicate the original energy of the song. She’s in it for big things.
One ‘Spotlight’ artist of yours you’d love to hang out with for a day?
Disco Naïveté: That would have to be Devonté Hynes. He’s always working with the most amazing (new) artists and seems to have a hand in a lot of the stuff I love: from Solange to Sky Ferreira to FKA twigs to Jessie Ware, the man has basically helped soundtrack the majority of these past few years of my life with his pop-mastermind.
How do you see Disco Naiveté evolving in the years to come?
Disco Naïveté: I’m always looking ahead but I’m never really planning things - I’m more of a “we’ll see what lies on the road” kind of guy that tries to seize the moment whenever something interesting and fun comes up. There’s always something in the works though! I’m really up for all kinds of happenings and collaborations, as long as it involves music I love. I’d however love to take the Disco Naïveté ‘brand’ a bit more offline in the years to come by setting up a little boutique label, curate/set-up (more) shows and generally support (and help) bands in whatever way I can using the knowledge and contacts I’ve built over the past couple of years.
Who’s an artist, pre-2000s, that you think would have been awesome at Tumblr and why?
Disco Naïveté: Kate Bush. She’s kind of become this mythical creature that we know very little of, even though she is heavily influenced by poetry, literature, nature, and so on. You can hear it in her music and see it in her live show (I was lucky enough to attend one of her recent London shows – yes, I cried), but it would be really interesting to have some kind of insight on all of this, a collection of influences, of things she likes and is inspired by – a Tumblr would be perfect for this. (Full disclosure: I am a huge Kate Bush fan and am basically fascinated by everything she does so probably (definitely) biased here.)
Was there ever an artist/band you featured long before they blew up?
Disco Naïveté: Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Haim, Hozier, FKA Twigs, Years & Years, Ibeyi, Rhye, Kiesza and The Neighbourhood are a few of them, to give you an idea. It’s a pretty impressive list that I’m actually quite proud of, even if I say so myself, and I’m happy to have been a part (even if it’s just a small bit) of their story.
Favorite music video right now?
Disco Naïveté: “Bitch Better Have My Money” - Rihanna