When we talk about legends, we need to be careful about what we mean by the word. But, having said that, take the Fuse club - since 1994 it has been a pioneer (1994), a revolution (1995), a huge success (throughout the 1990s) and a star in search of its identity (2000). Since 2002 it has undoubtedly become the reference point for modern Techno in this part of Europe.
It used to be a popular cinema in the 1940s before being converted into a Spanish tapas bar in the 1970s. Then it was turned into a nightclub up until 1993 when the Gay de la Demance club night started up. It was then that the organiser of these club nights told one of his friends about this spot in Brussels. Peter Decuypere then set up Fuse in April 1994 - a nightclub dedicated to the most sophisticated Techno music the US and the UK could offer, worlds apart from the very hard core and commercial Techno that was making its way in Belgium and Holland at the time.
A techno-lovers appointmentBack in 1994 as it is now, Fuse is the place to go every Saturday to see the musical descendants of Kraftwerk. It's for Techno lovers, not for those who like the violent, emotional kind of Techno.
The size doesn't matter!It's not a huge club by any means - don't expect a massive club like Gatecrasher or Space d'Ibiza. The main area takes up to 800 people at a squeeze, and then there's room for 300 or 400 more on the first floor. But it is known all over the world because Fuse is one of the three or four major Techno clubs, alongside The End in London and Tresor in Berlin (which has just shut down).
Music history incarnationIt also shows how music has moved on. Early on it was a melting pot of Techno Wave inspired by Detroit and personalities like Carl Craig, Derrick May, Kenny Larkin, Stacey Pullen but also Jeff Mills, B12, Black Dog, Laurent Garnier and Aphex Twin. Nights would switch between the very melancholy, so-called Intelligent-Techno or Techno Wave and the very deliberately high-octane affairs that drew big crowds from October 1994.
Since then, Fuse has neither lost its following nor its worldwide influence. A little later, in around 1998, the big names were the likes of Mark Broom, Luke Slater or Electric Indigo and Dave Clark of course. Then more recently we saw people like Monika Kruse, Christian Smith, Deetron and Anthony Rother take centre stage. As ever it was at the forefront of Techno, always looking for the next party.
But back in 1996 who could forget the practically private concert called The Orb where the magical atmosphere transported nightclubbers onto the planet Ambient and when Fuse suddenly became the world's underground nightclub, the cradle of new cultures? Or who could forget the µ-Ziq concert with Mike Paradinas, who stood behind his computer practically without moving while fantastic sounds were pumped out of his speakers and captivated clubbers.
And then there was Carl Craig whose equipment would break down mid concert, and who would take the microphone and sing Purple Rain... and lots more. And then what about Aphex Twin, hilariously funny, playing with the sound of the needle on vinyl - "scratch, scratch" and clubbers who hailed him as a genius. And then there was Sven Väth, who enjoyed it so much that he refused to stop mixing records and who will carry on doing so in the afterlife. Or Björk, who insisted on holding a small and more private concert of hers there. And above all, all the musicians and DJs who were either unknown or little known and who the Fuse gave a chance to show what they could do. There was Joost de Lyser and Quinten mixing away in 1994 then the mainstay resident DJ of the modern Fuse - Pierre. And that's not to mention two legends of Belgian Techno evenings - Deg (from the group BWP) and T-Quest (from the Kozzmozz to Ghent evenings).[Nicolas Deckmyn]