The synth iconoclast, Ekster boss and RBMA alum takes you on a musical trip through his hometown of Antwerp and his childhood memories.
After joining the 2015 Academy in Paris as a participant, Belgian producer Hiele has been working on new sounds and projects: from his Antwerp-based label Ekster, which he runs with V Robyn, to live performances, releases and soundtracks; all focusing on his style of synthetic and acoustmatic music. 2016 has proved to be a divergent year for Hiele. In April 2016, he released a live tape of a performance at the Schinkel Pavilion (alongside Lorenzo Senni, M.E.S.H. and others) on the YYAA label, which was followed a month later by his album Ritmische Bezinning on Ekster: etching his love for complex rhythmic patterns onto a tactile bed of melodies. He also produced film soundtracks –one for a documentary about the island of Saint Helena, entitled Saints, and another for a film entitled Birdwatching, which documents young people from different ethnic backgrounds in Brussels. A true hometown hero, Hiele used his knowledge and network to bring a string of cutting-edge performances and memorable club nights to Trap (RIP), the short-lived but storied bar he ran in Antwerp. 2018 will see him and his girlfriend open up a new venue/snackbar/night club by the name of Table Dance. In this episode of Headphone Highlights, Roman takes you on a bike ride through the many hot spots of his hometown, as well as on a spiritual journey through his childhood memories.