Last month, David and Stephen Dewaele (AKA Soulwax/2ManyDJs) announced the imminent arrival of their record label DEEWEE’s first compilation, Foundations, which dropped last week (May 7). Now, as a companion to the album, the Belgium band, along with Ill-Studio, is launching DEEWEE TEEVEE, a four-episode variety show.
The series is set to introduce viewers to the world of DEEWEE, spotlighting some of the label’s artists as well as its lesser-known projects. An amalgamation of public access TV aesthetics and experimental film, the project will comprise live musical performances, Q&As with artists, synth how tos, animated interludes, and more.
“In the absence of live gigs or parties, we wanted to promote our compilation and its artists in a way that adheres to people’s short attention span and still shows the scope of all things happening at the studio,” Soulwax/2ManyDJs tell Dazed. “It’s basically a channel switching experience where every television channel is somehow related to us and to DEEWEE. First and foremost, it’s mainly just weird.”
Alongside live performances by DEEWEE artists Charlotte Adigéry, James Righton, Laima, Movulango, Sworn Virgins, Bolis Pupul, Asa Moto, and more, the series will include an interview with 80s Ibiza club promoter Faruk Gandji, a narrated history of the rare EMS SYNTHI 100 – the machine used by Soulwax on their 2020 album, Deewee Sessions, Vol. 01 – and, according to Soulwax/2MayDJs, “a lot of random imagery that is loosely related to the building”.
Conceived and produced remotely across six countries, DEEWEE TEEVEE’s collaborators include David Owen, Steve Mackey, Douglas Hart, Bob Jeusette, Jorre Janssens, Malt Disney, and more.
Watch episode one, featuring live performances from James Righton and Movulango, via DEEWEE’s YouTube channel below, and stay tuned for episodes two, three, and four, which will roll out over the coming weeks.