A diverse and dynamic producer rapidly gaining attention across the house music scene, rising Belgian artist Siege has enjoyed a number of critically acclaimed releases in his career to date, including his recent EP on popular London club brand and burgeoning label ABODE.
Siege, aka Sieg Motmans, whose diverse take on house has seen him grace labels including Strictly Rhythm, Amplified Records, Glasgow Underground and Pete Tong’s FFRR, was raised in Hasselt, outside of Belgium’s best known clubbing centre. When starting out, he began by recording tracks off the radio on a tape player given to him by his grandfather at a young age, and from there his fascination grew.
Self taught by his own dedication, it was clubbing mega-brand Defected who passed his breakthrough track ‘Crunk‘ to Azuli, vocalist Eeva re-singing the hook to Mary J Blige’s classic ‘Family Affair‘, beginning an ascent that has made his releases a standard for DJs from Claptone, Adam Beyer and Prok & Fitch to the BBC Radio 1 family of Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Annie Mac and Monki.
Coming off the back of an impressive summer season that saw him make his debut at the inimitable Tomorrowland, we caught up with the producer ahead of his sets at ADE to discuss his 10 most influential tracks in his career to date…
Maschall Masters – Hustler for Life.
One of the first records I remember hearing as a kid thinking ‘what is this – this sounds cool’ and got me into dance music.
Fabiola – I’m on Fire.
I actually was a massive fan of 2 Fabiola growing up. I was taking music class and learning to play the piano because I wanted to play the keyboard like they did.
Thunderball – Bonzai Channel One.
When I started to ‘mix’ at home with Traktor this was one of my favourite tracks. Bonzai was huge in Belgium and abroad – part of our dance scene.
Ace The Space – 9 Is A Classic.
This was one of the acapella’s I got on vinyl early on – it was my go-to acapella that I would play in almost every set.
Stephan Bodzin vs. Marc Romboy – Ferdinand.
Been buying vinyls from Stephan Bodzin since mid 2000’s – he made great melodic records. Still doing the rounds in 2017 with his great live shows.
Red Carpet – Alright.
One of my all time favourites. So much emotion and a product from Belgium. Something we can be proud of.
John Dahlback – Hustle Up.
I used to play every record John did. He wrote records with great energy + melody. Hustle Up was by far one of my favourites.
Tiga – Sunglasses at Night (Popof remix 2).
Obviously the Tiga record is a great classic. Popof on the remix respecting the original but giving it his own twist. Played loads of Popof records back in the day. Seen him play at Dour last year and he still smashing it.
Cassius – Feeling for you.
Gotta have at least 1 french duo when talking about influences right? Picking this one from Cassius to switch things up. Still makes me smile this record.
Green Velvet – La La Land.
Got his Whatever album on Vinyl. Absolute classic and still at it. Doing great with his Relief imprint as well.