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Missing The Club, a Covid-19 Project. Selected Writing, Articles, Interviews & Photography 2017-2020. By Kong DJ.

Missing The Club, a Covid-19 Project. Selected Writing, Articles, Interviews & Photography 2017-2020. By Kong DJ.

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What started as a mixtape project by Kong DJ a few months into the pandemic , turned into ๐™– 248 ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™œ๐™š๐™จ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™ . While recording the third and final chapter of this mixtape trilogy and intrigued by the backgrounds and protagonists of the records, he began researching and got into the idea of a book version, where ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™จ about the mixtapeโ€™s tracks are alternated with a selection of favorite ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™ก๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ซ๐™ž๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ fromย his archive as a music journalist - printed on paper to safeguard from digital expiration - plus a few brand new ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ. The entirety offers a unique and utterly personal perspective on ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™ข๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™˜, ๐™˜๐™ก๐™ช๐™— ๐™˜๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฎ๐™ก ๐™ง๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™ง๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ.ย 


Built on 20 ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐˜ฟ๐™…๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ and almost a decade as a ๐™ข๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™ฌ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง and fully conceived inย his own world, this bookย felt like homecoming for Kong DJ. After happily having worked for a number of projects and media, it marks a move towards independent authorship and an expression ofย his leitmotiv as a ๐™ข๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™˜๐™ช๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™ง.ย 

Kong DJ'sย musical universe and record collection are embedded in the rich history of electronic dance music, from the originators to contemporary sounds, from ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ๐™šย ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฌ ๐™—๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ, ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™˜๐™๐™ฃ๐™ค, ๐™™๐™ž๐™จ๐™˜๐™ค, ๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š and always with a typical ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™ก๐™œ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ twist inspired by the early heydays of central European rave culture, when he was still a teenager listening to club recordings onย his radio transistor during long weekend nights. While exploring the scene, he tried to look from various angles, for example by connecting it with ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™˜๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ก ๐™ข๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™˜ in one essay or looking at the ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™™๐™š๐™š๐™Ÿ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ online during the pandemic in another.ย 

Kong DJย has always had a strong appetite to ๐™˜๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™˜๐™ก๐™š, to meet people and dive into their ๐™–๐™™๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™™๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™จ, their best and worst moments and to be allowed and trusted to rightfully portray them with my words. This led to meeting ๐™๐™ค๐™ค ๐™๐™š๐™ž ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ฃ, a walking music encyclopedia who worked in a record store before fleeing her native ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™ž๐™– and after having spent ten years on the streets and in a refugee center in Brussels, still collects records. This also gotย him spending time with ๐˜ฟ๐™ž๐™ง๐™  ๐™Š๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ, the producer who conquered the house music scene in 1992 with his club anthem โ€˜White Lineโ€™ but today lives interned in a ๐™ฅ๐™จ๐™ฎ๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ก, recovering from a fierce psychosis due to excessive drug abuse, paying a high price for his brief fame. Or talking with ๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™ช ๐™Ž., who is a prolific Japanese house music producer and label owner and single handedly connected ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ ๐™”๐™ค๐™ง๐™  ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™ค๐™ ๐™ฎ๐™ค in the early nineties. Or interviewing ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ง๐™˜ ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐˜ฟ๐™… ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฅ๐™๐™š๐™ช๐™จ about SSR Records, the Crammed Discs sublabel active between 1988 and the early 2000โ€™s which surprisingly had not been documented on the internet before. And so on...

Last but not least, the book is substantially ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ with black and white photography by ๐™๐™๐™ค๐™ข๐™–๐™จ ๐™Ž๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ซ๐™–๐™š๐™œ๐™๐™š๐™ง for Brusseleir Digger, with zoomed in record sleeves, with a unique and coloured photographic essay of Crevette Records by ๐™Ž๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ ๐™Ž๐™ ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™˜ and withย Kong DJ's own pictures.

248 pages
165 x 230 mm sewn & bound
Silkscreened cover: 300 g/m2 Sirioย 
Interior pages: 80 g/m2 Circle Offset CIE 95 black & white
Photographic essay: 115 g/m2 Magno Gloss 16 pages full colour

๐™๐™–๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ:

  • SSR Records: a unique Brussels label rarely documented
  • The complete history of Wallyโ€™s Groove World
  • Doctor Vinyl: a place for outsiders and non-anthems
  • Wallyโ€™s Groove World: legendary Antwerp record shop still going strong
  • Who is Music Manโ€™s Laura D?
  • Krid Snero: the other side of the white line
  • Meet Robert, the daily Crevette Records visitor
  • Chris collects every single Belgian 7โ€ record
  • Toru S.: a chat with the avant-garde house music producer, label boss and DJ from Tokyo
  • Essay: The lonely DJ streaming live in 2020
  • Essay: Connecting contemporary dance, repetitive and electronic music. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Thierry De Mey, Cassiel Gaube, Omar S, Wim Mertens and Arthur Russell.
  • Exclusive interviews with Stefaan Vandenberghe, Driss Bennis, Noiski Records, Gratts, Peter Van Hoesen, Alyah & Yves Riviรจre.
  • Brusseleir Digger with pictures by Thomas Sweertvaegher
  • Photo essay: Crevette Records by Sarah Skoriฤ‡
  • #NOBULLFASTERย by Pieterjan Ginckels
  • Graphic Design by Lรฉonard Dufois
  • Production by Afterclub
  • Font by Colllectttivo

๐™ˆ๐™ž๐™ญ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ:

  1. Ikarus - Welcome To Clam Chowder Soup (Philosomatik Records) (Japan, 1998)
  2. The Deep - My Angels (Basenotic Records) (France, 1998)
  3. Dozia Blakey - Soul Eroctica (Nou Lion Recordings) (US, 1997)
  4. The Railway Raver - To Be A Man Like Ingersol (Rephlex) (UK, 1998)
  5. Tim Jackiw - Environment 1 (Offworld Records) (Australia, 2018)
  6. Chรฉ - The Incident (Wet Dream mix) (Fuse Presents) (Belgium, 2000)
  7. Alegria - Danger (It's For Real) (SSR Records) (Belgium, 1991)
  8. Robert Armani - Can You Feel (Dance Mix) (Clubstyle) (US, 1992)
  9. Love Root - Hold Me Right (Club Me Right Mix) (Fourth Floor Records) (US, 1991)
  10. Laura D - Be Alright (Dub Mix) (Music Man Records) (Belgium, 1991)
  11. Foghead - Dry Song (PRG (Progressive Motion Records)) (Italy, 1995)
  12. Kamasutra - Night Walk (On The Mountain) (Touchรฉ) (Netherlands, 1994)
  13. Zoo - Extacy (Groove & Move Records) (UK, 1988)
  14. Electronic System - Time Trip (Targa Records) (Belgium, 1977)
  15. Fade-X - Curiosity (Music Man Records) (Belgium, 1991)
  16. Instant House - Hat Hat (Joe Claussell's Dub Version) (Sacred Rhythm Music) (US, 2011)
  17. Mantris - Eruptions (Qilla Records) (India, 2020)
  18. Bad Ced - Phat Smoke (Subscience) (France, 2000)
  19. Yennek - Without (House Mix) (Substance) (France, 1996)
  20. Krid Snero - Zero Snero (Say No More) (Belgium, 1992)
  21. Toru S. - What I Have In Mind (Philosomatik Records) (US, 1995)
  22. Q-Bik Muz - Can U feel it (Wet Dreams) (Undercurrent Records) (US, 1992)
  23. Kraftwerk - Sex Object (Kling Klang) (Germany, 1986)
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