Belgium Underground interviews Samy Birnbach

19 April 2016

Fronted by vocalist Samy Birnbach (aka DJ Morpheus, freestyle DJ extraordinaire and compiler of the Freezone series), Minimal Compact were one of the most inspirational bands of the 80’s. Founded in Tel Aviv in 1981, Minimal Compact was one of the first bands signed by the Crammed discs label. The band relocated to Brussels and became a major player in the belgian underground scene, collaborating with other expats like Colin Newman or the members of Tuxedomoon, as well as local musicians like Marc Hollander or Benjamin Lew. The band split in 1988, Rami Fortis and Berry Sakharof going on under the name Foreign Affair at first and then FortisSakharof while Malka Spigel and Max Franken went on to form Githead (with Colin Newman and Robin Rimbaud) and Samy Birnbach relaunched his carrer as a DJ under the name DJ Morpheus.