[WIN!WIN!] 25Y TROUBLEMAN
Tomorrow we celebrate 25 YEARS of TLP TROUBLEMAN.
Hell could freeze over, but I’m not missing out on this one. I had too many good moments with TLP behind the decks, and those memories need to be honored in the right way, by showing my love and respect to a Belgian pioneer tomorrow in Ghent.
Pioneer you say? Yes. These are the facts:
“It is not given many Belgian artists to stay in the business for 25 years and even more so, to remain at the top of their game for such a long time. But it is the story of TLP, the undisputed king of urban vibes in Belgium. Such a remarkable occasion obviously calls for a celebration, a big celebration which will be held at Vooruit with all those artists that played an important role in his illustrious career.
Among the many titles on his lengthy resume are rapper/freestyle MC, music writer, hiphop spokesman, recording artist and radio host. With over two decades of field experience under his belt, TLP is a musical force to be reckoned with. He’s an unstoppable, musical phenomenon with a notorious rep stretching far beyond his native ground.
In 1987 mister Troubleman had his first taste of the stage with Kick The Bass, a posse of rappers, breakdancers and graffiti artists that also featured a certain female MC by the name of Ya Kid K, before she became part of the worldwide success story of Technotronic. This is also where T met DJ Sake.
In his own right, TLP broke ground when he sided with DJ Grazhoppa to form Rhyme Cut Core, one of Belgium’s first hip-hop acts to be signed in the UK. Many years before that, when London was celebrating Nelson Mandela’s freedom, TLP had his first encounter with a Jamaican soundsystem. Its sheer physical power made an everlasting impression on the aspiring MC. Partying all night on the urban sounds of Soul II Soul, Afrika Bambaata, Stetsasonic and The Jungle Brothers, young T found his future and was never again to lose his taste for big, bad bass lines and improvised shout-outs!
Over the years and countless projects later, TLP’s focus started to shift towards the turntables. His natural knack for word play and crowd control became a great asset when manning the wheels of steel. Partnered with an enormous love and knowledge of music, TLP quickly made name as a DJ with his own unique definition of mixing and selecting. When some local entrepreneurs took night life in Ghent to another level, invading museums, showrooms and abandoned warehouses with celebrated nights as Bel.Mondo and Eskimo, they enlisted the Troubleman to host their hip-hop and themed rooms. It’s there that he often shared the stage with a dj. called Sense.
He also developed a growing interest in Drum ‘n’ Bass, which was then still called Jungle and became friends with and got inspired by dj’s as Mate and One87. He also met up with Murdock on his Studio Brussels show, Bounce. It’s on Bounce that he also got to know the Civalizee Soundsystem better, a top reggae soundsytem who played a lot of guest-sets on the show.
When Culture Club opened its doors, they put TLP in charge of his own floor. He took up a weekly residency and for the first years, next to fellow Ghent locals The Glimmers – whom TLP knew since 1987 – and 2manydjs, helped build the club its acclaimed reputation. It was here at Culture Club that TLP’s infamous all night marathon sets (8 to 9 hours are no exception) started to build momentum. This is a man who rides the rhythm as it rolls out; treating his followers to a healthy mash-up of soul, r’n’b, roots reggae, disco, funk, deep and latin house classics, dubstep, afrobeat, booty bass and so on… A true champion of the dance floor, TLP is and always will be last man standing! Often accompanied by his Ghent Vice posse of which Black Frank is an intrinsic part.
Compiling and mixing five volumes of Culture Club compilations took the devoted party goliath to new frontiers, rocking floors in many exclusive locations such as Club Yellow (Tokyo), Lux (Lisbon), Jimmy Woo (Amsterdam), Cookies (Berlin) and Respect Is Burning (Paris). On several occasions, he set fire to the Miami Winter Music Conference, caused mayhem on countless festivals such as Tomorrowland and Dour, and supported artists such as Erykah Badu, …
And also in Belgian club-land, he never limited himself to Ghent but was also active in Brussels with a sound-system with Uman & Bass Culture during the early ‘90’s as well as playing an important role in the success of the Ball in Box parties in KVS with Rakesh. In Antwerp he rapped together with Baby Bang in the early hip hop scene and they now often share the stage on La Rocca’s dance hall concept.
Sometimes his big mouth gets him into trouble (they don’t call him Troubleman for nothing..), but TLP’s verbal capacities are also appreciated by his peers, such as Flemish hip-hop troupe ‘t Hof Van Commerce, who enlisted him for some guest rhymes on tracks as Tottentrekkerie – in return, their chieftain Flip Kowlier crowned TLP ‘the porn king of Ghent’. Also, together with Raoul Belmans from Swirl People, TLP collaborated on the steaming hip-house track ‘Watcha Gonna Do’.
After 25 years of pumping the volume for the larger part of the week, TLP still is a tireless advocate for the music. Refusing to compromise, he pours his heart and soul into it. Maybe the biggest recognition of his devotion to the good cause is his self-named national radio show on Studio Brussels. It’s through their StuBru connection that he invited his colleagues Gus & L Dopa to this anniversary extravaganza.
Every Saturday evening from 19h till 21h, TLP continues to spread his love for urban sounds from around the globe over the Belgian airwaves. Telling it like it is, with brutal honesty.
With such a biography, we guess it’s no wonder that TLP has now been nominated as ‘Best Belgian DJ’ on the upcoming Red Bull Elektropedia awards.”
Now. I have 3 duo tickets that I can give away for this one.
All you need to do is this:
Write a catchy quote that goes with the Polaroid here above. Write the quote in the comment section of this blog feature.
The 3 best/funniest/original quote wins.
Winners will be announced tomorrow at 1PM.
Good luck and see you tomorrow.