This interview was part of the Brusseleir Digger exhibition, held in Brussels during Listen Festival 2018. The exhibition showcased 10 Brussels based record collectors and was the brainchild of Koen Galle (concept & texts) and photographer Thomas Sweertvaegher.
Elodie’s record collection truly shines in her spacious loft in the heart of Molenbeek. The magnificent disco bar, designed by a furniture maker friend, has been in her life since she was 18. “It’s my little personal universe, my cocoon. I can hide in here for hours at a time. My collection is my life.” She shares her apartment with her boyfriend and their five-year-old. The latter already owns his own pile of records and even knows how to operate the turntable.
Elodie first got bitten by the vinyl bug when she heard charismatic Dutch dj Joost De Lijser play. She quickly taught herself the tricks of the trade and started setting up parties. Over the years, she’s researched different musical paths: new wave, new beat, acid house, psyche rock, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s, post-punk, jazz, ... mainly looking for intensity, energy and sensuality. Almost two decades later, her musical hunger hasn’t been satisfied yet so she’s a regular at stores like Hors Series, 72 Records, Caroline Music or Veals & Geeks. "At some point, I worked for Stan and Maxim at Veals & Geeks for about a year. It was the best job I’ve ever had.”
At her monthly 'Fun Fun Fun' nights at Brussels nightspot Madame Moustache, Elodie plays vinyl only. She’s been doing it this way for her whole life and cds or digital formats are not for her. "I like the tactile aspect, I need to be able to touch these objects. Thanks to the sleeves, I can connect records with one another. And it also feels like more of a social thing to me. Staring at a computer screen by myself, it just wouldn’t do it for me.”
- The Monks: Black Time
- The Slits: Typical Girls
- Alan Vega: Alan Vega
- No More: Suicide Commando
- Can: Ege Bamyasi
- Hierophants: Parallax Error
- Various: The Velvet Underground & Nico
- Death Sentence: Panda!, The Dreams Untitled
- The Deviants: The Deviants
- Silver Apples: Contact