The mother and father of Filip (45) and Kris (43) passed away in 2014 and 2018 respectively.
“That was a very sad, depressing time. At the same time, we saw how non-profit association Coda treated our parents and this gave us new energy at the same time. The positive element is central. They made sure that we could say goodbye to our parents in a very beautiful way, a story that should also be told to young people.”
Not long after the death of their father, the brothers decided to go to the Sun and Bass festival in Sardinia. “The timing seems a bit odd, but for us it was part of the grieving process. We now had less family, but found a new one in the drum & bass world.”
The blessing of corona
The two had previously conceived the idea of giving back to Coda vzw. After their visit to the festival in 2018, they got the idea to convert a Piaggio Ape 500, which they saw regularly in Sardinia, into a mobile sound system and drive it to Sun and Bass during a sponsored tour.
“We bought one and then came corona. That was actually a blessing because now we suddenly had much more time to rebuild it completely. The work had a lot of feet in the earth, but thanks to the many lockdowns we had all the time to do it bakske to finish it all.”
In the meantime, they mapped out a course to Sardinia and after a kick-off party last Saturday at Damplein, the time had finally come. Filip and Kris left for the south on Sunday morning. The trip will take a good week and is not without risk. “It won’t be walk in the parkbut it must be a bit of a challenge, huh.”
For example, the van’s suspension is virtually non-existent. “We’re already at, uh, middle age, aren’t we. And so we will stop every hour to do back exercises. We have already received a lot of yoga tips.”
In addition, a Piaggio Ape 500 at best reaches 70 kilometers per hour and can therefore not drive on motorways, so that the duo has to use regional roads. “We are already afraid of everything that goes uphill.” And also everything that is under the body and the turntables sometimes dares to cause problems. For example, on Sunday -with Chimay as their first destination- they immediately had car trouble.
Fortunately, that was foreseen: “My brother teaches car mechanics at the Karel de Grote University College. But in the event that a really serious problem arises, our support vehicle – or in the worst case, broom truck – will have a second mechanic.”
Also in a trailer: a photographer who road trip documents and regularly post the images on their social media.
Sponsorship and parties
“You can sponsor ‘The Road to Sardinia’ through our website. All proceeds go to the non-profit organization Coda. The expenses, going from the renovation of our bakske to petrol and other travel costs, we take it completely on ourselves. The money comes partly from our inheritance… We are also supported by a lot of volunteers. Ranging from that extra car mechanic and the photographer to children who sell t-shirts and candy.”
And what are the plans along the way, other than regular breakdowns? “We will stop with our mobile sound system in cities such as Dijon and Avignon to set up drum & bass sets in collaboration with local crews. So we definitely need to get that data.” And then there is the ferry to Sardinia. “It is booked for September 9. If we don’t make it, we’ll have a problem.”
Once at Sun and Bass there is a DJ set, but after that there is a need to hurry: “Our trailer also has a remorque. With that, our friends, with the Piaggio, drive back to Belgium. We have to take the plane in Sardinia ourselves so that we can be in time for our sister’s wedding on September 14.”
The sponsorship campaign runs until the end of September. More information and live updates can be found on their Facebook page The Road to Sardinia (mibl)