Belgian DJ and radio host Ziggy Devriendt – better known as Nosedrip – first gave us a glimpse of his taste for unique oddities with his audiovisual platform stroom.tv, which featured playlists accompanied by strange and unique visuals. Since then he’s amassed over 30,000 followers on his Mixcloud, hosted regular, and sporadic, radio shows on both NTS and Amsterdam’s Red Light Radio, runs a deep digging YouTube channel and, since 2016, has helmed his label STROOM.
Through releases old and new, STROOM take a more invested approach. To Nosedrip it’s as of much importance to share each artist’s story and involve them in the process, as the record itself. From the avant-garde sounds of Latvia’s NSRD to the post-punk wave of Glasgow’s Vazz, his dedication to informing listeners of the heritage behind these records and their producers is unrivalled.
Here we talk to him about unsung heroes, favourite collectors and how, with modern-day accessibility to music, the concept of an ‘elusive’ record has disappeared. This sits alongside an a two-hour all vinyl-mix themed around ‘female voices’.
People buy records for a multiple of reasons. What first drew you to collecting records and what motivates you to continue digging after all these years?
Music, music and people, stories and music.
Where do you store your records and how do you file them?
In my living room in a built-in closet I made with my dad. The closet is made 100% from wood waste. It’s ordered very neat in personal categories.
What are your favourite spots to go digging and why?
The best place to learn about new music is always at some of my friend’s places, listening to records and learning about them.
I love shops who are run by knowledgable and lovely people like Morbus Gravis (Antwerp), Low Company (London), Discos Paradiso (Barcelona), Red Light Records (Amsterdam), L’International records (Paris) and, of course, home spot Music Mania (Ghent). All have there own specialties and taste and are more then happy to share it.
Digging isn’t just about the records you find, but the people who help you find them. Who are some of the colourful characters you’ve met on your travels in record stores round the world? Any unsung heroes you’d like to shout out?
A lot of them have been featured in this series already, but I think the absolute unsung heroes out there are Mikkel O.Brask & McBain. The most colourful character is definitely Fre De Vos.
Is there a record (or records), that has continued to be elusive over the years?
The combination of all the different ways to buy, and even more, listen to records and music in general these days, the position I’m in and the extreme increase in prices of some records makes the “elusive” part disappear for me personally.
Do you prefer record shopping as a solitary process or with friends to nerd out with and search or strange sounds together? If the latter, who do you like to go digging with?
I prefer digging alone or with one or two friends who I personally know musically.
Walking into a record shop can be quite a daunting experience. Do you have a digging process that helps you hone in on what you’re after?
Scan the store quick – genres and prices. Then go into the section that seems interesting at the moment.
How big a role does album artwork play in your digging?
A big big role. Even more when it comes to actually buying the record.
Could you tell us a bit about the mix you’ve done for us?
It’s a combination of old and new favourites, all containing voices of women. ‘The female voice’ is an actual section in my closet by the way. It’s maybe better to listen to it when you are in introspective mode and when the weather is not that great.
Any standouts in the mix you’d like to mention?
An upcoming track on Stroom by 48 Cameras (STRLP-019) that will be released mid-November is something I look forward to. Of course all the others personal standouts too!
Casting the net wider now, who are some of the record collectors you most admire and why?
James Pants will always be the absolute king of unknown music. People like Michael Kuyck, Steele Bonus, Tako & James Pole, amongst others, for being the first ones to bring soooo much good music to my wellbeing. BFF Ewald for making the concept of shitty music something positive. Liesbeth Feys for her impeccable radio shows. Others have been part of this series too. Of course I’m forgetting some people now and missing out on a lot more.
And are there any young collectors emerging who we should keep a close eye on?
From where I stand, my lost & found young brother and STROOM assistant, Victor De Roo. Izabel from Lullabies For Insomniacs for her radio work and insane on point record label. She is probably in sight for most already but I still can’t get over how young she is. Kenny White has an average score of 100% when it comes to tipping me the good stuff at Low Company. Pam and Tijmen Lohmeijer have been showing me amazing stuff too.
What’s coming up for Stroom and yourself? Anything we should know about?
I’m praying for steady and relaxing growth, professional and mental. A lot is coming on Stroom for the next few years!