A couple of years later, Exhale is an extremely successful rave concept that expanded from Antwerp to many other international cities like Paris, New York, and Beirut. “I’ve always seen it big; it was never my ambition to just arrange a line-up and host a club show. I wanted to show what events were about, and that’s not only good music but also great hospitality. As soon as you walk into the club, there should be a great mood, good lightning, amazing sound, and it should also be a good location. We picked locations and cities that were important to me as an artist. It wasn’t random.”
This year was supposed to be the biggest one yet for Exhale: “We had big plans for this year, for instance, we would be hosting our own stage for two weekends at Tomorrowland. But there were also other cool plans in Waagnatie in Antwerp,” Amelie says a bit downhearted. Exhale isn’t just a side project to her, it’s something she’s heavily involved in. “For Exhale Antwerp we did the entire production ourselves; we did everything from scratch.”
Thanks to its growing success, Exhale became even more than just an extraordinary rave. It became a safe space for a flourishing amount of people; something Amelie is visibly proud of. “When we began this community, the ravers started talking and sharing things in the Facebook group and eventually, they became friends at our events. It’s so cute and amazing. So, to me, we didn’t make Exhale this big, they, the fans, made it to the success it is.” And the success doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon because everyone, including Amelie herself, appears to be hungry for more.