Philippe Coicou

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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.

“I make Brussels crowds dance to a mix of ‘black infused music’ from past and present.” Philippe has been presenting his popular Strictly Niceness soirées in Molenbeek ten times a year since 2002. His radio show on city radio Bruzz goes by the name ‘Back To Niceness’. When he plays records, he calls himself DJ Kwak. He frequents record stores like Arlequin, Dust Dealers, Veals & Geeks or Caroline Music to score new (or old) sounds.

Philippe proudly describes himself as a real “Brusseleir”, born and raised in the Belgian capital. He bought his first record at the long defunct Le Disque D'Or shop in Uccle in 1979. His early collection boasted the explosive hip-hop of Sugarhall Gang as well as the hard rock of Motorhead. These would turn out to be the two distinct directions that Philippe’s selections would take. “It was love at first sight for me, twice. I thought the Motorhead Ace Of Spades cover, with Lemmy and co posing, was the best thing ever.”

Philippe’s collection lives in the basement of the apartment he shares with his wife and three kids. He’s amassed about 10000 pieces throughout the years. The legendary DJ Defi J also lives in the building. The cellar used to be the recording studio of Simon Le Saint, also a dj, record collector and drummer - he regularly plays gigs with Stromae. "CNN and Rival’s albums, now considered Brussels hip-hop classics, were recorded here, among many others. I kept some of Simon’s pictures and posters on the wall. This place totally breathes music, quoi."

10 Records

  • Dead Kennedys In God We Trust, Inc.
  • Hendrix Band Of Gypsys
  • Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill
  • Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
  • Motörhead Ace Of Spades
  • John Coltrane Olé
  • Trouble Funk Drop The Bomb / Pump Me Up
  • Miles Davis Kind Of Blue
  • De Puta Madre Une Ball Dans La Tete
  • The Clash London Calling
Translated to English by: Tristan Jong