Igor Vicente. I live in the city of Diamonds, Antwerp; run my own label, State of Flow; run the parties from the same name at Fuse Brussels, and work as booker at the infamous Cafe d’Anvers.
When did you decide to become a DJ? Which year was the decision made?
I never decided to become a DJ actually. My uncle was a DJ in bars in my hometown so when I was 14 I began joining him to escape my parents rules. He was playing funk, hip-hop, disco and soul…Some years later I went to my first house & techno club – I was standing next to the DJ’s for hours and watching what they were doing. From there I organized my first parties, met more people, started producing and it’s actually what I’m still doing.
How was the dance scene in your country when you were beginning? How did that influence the beginning of your DJ career?
The house and techno scene in Belgium has always been special. They don’t believe in trends and hype. Of course there are big names who can pack the club but I still think that the Belgian scene is real and for them – you are good or not good. They don’t care about the name, so I and my sound grew up following those rules. The bookings of the clubs were very smart and eclectic and as I was there every week end sometimes 3 days in a row – it influenced me of course J
Can you describe the dance scene in your city?
Funny, united, beautiful and with no limits. In Belgium we party J
Which artists and labels influence you in a positive way?
I have always been between house and techno so there’s a lot. I take of course a little bit from the DJs I like and enjoy being influenced. It gives me the possibility to try something else and do it my way. Legends like Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Derrick Carter, Dave Clarke, Kenny Hawkes first and then discovered plenty of genius from whom I’ve been influenced. I’m always influenced as Ricardo would say we are all remixes
Who are you working with in regards to labels or artists? Which music format will be released?
I released a lot on Mobilee, Hot Creations, Visionquest, Get Physical, Yakazi, Supernature, Decay. I prefer to have releases on vinyl but not all the labels can afford it. I’ve 3 remixes coming out on originals from Chris Carrier, System2 and Mene.
Last, for new people who want to get involved in the music industry, what’s your advice?
Believe in your dreams and never give up – it will come.