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Friday 28 Dec 18 Epizode³ • Phu Quoc, Vietnam • Dec 28 - Jan 8

Welcome to Epizode³ - electrifying music and art universe! Join us on the magnetic beaches of Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island, from December 28 till January 8!Epizode³ will be rolling again, while bringing back the most spectacular scenario of the year. Who wants to spend the NYE holidays with us, dancing on the sand and sharing those hypnotic vibes? Be ready to get electrified, while enjoying the beats of the top global headliners and live performers, as well as Asia talents.LINE UP:Nina KravizPrasleshRicardo VillalobosSeth TroxlerSonja MoonearThomas Franzmann aka ZipDenis KaznacheevDOTTHibiya LineOuissamPhilipp GorbachevRifainSofia RodinaSunju HargunGet your multi-pass at epizode.com to become the Epizode hero!Epizode³ magic awaits! See you all in Phu Quoc paradise! xx More info TBCFB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1964336323611368/

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WYS! this Sunday With Arapu (3 hour set) - WIN ENTRY & VINYL //CD

Sunday night clubbing is what us londoners refer to as the NEW Saturday, whether you have been partying your asses off all weekend and looking to end with the perfect tasetful mix of music and crowd OR whether you a fresh Sunday Starter, the place you want to check out is WYS! Our fav Sunday night London Party.   Competition! Win 4 free tickets + vinyl and fabric cd’s for this Sunday 11 November at fabric. Romanian rolling beats master – Arapu (Sunrise) will play and extended 3 hours set alongside WYS! head honcho’s Jacob Husley & Peter Pixzel . WYS! have been the weekly Sunday night party at fabric for more than 10 years, presenting forward thinking house and techno artists and label showcases from London and abroad. As an extension of the club night WYS! also operates as a record label with more than 26 releases under it’s belt. This year Jacob & Peter launched a sister label - WYS! limited. A limited series of vinyl only releases. WYS! 001 Primus Motor EP by Jacob Husley with remixes by S.A.M and Dubsons came out in May and has been heavily played by likes of Rarash Midland . WYS! Limited 002 VA with Peter Pixzel and Herr came out just a month ago and have also gained lots of plays and support. .Tag 3 friends you want to go with for your chance to win.Listen to this exclusive mix Arapu provided for the fabric blog earlier this week allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_442deeb6_1757486245&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/fabric/arapu-wys-promo-mix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_442deeb6_1757486245', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_442deeb6_1757486245' }); });     See you on the dancefloor!!

'Dont Follow The Hype; Follow The Good Vibes!' Vibe Anniversary Presents : UVAR Showcase

UVAR is set to do their London debut remarking Vibe London's 1st anniversary with a special 8-hour b3b set from Ada Kaleh b2b Nu Zau b2b Sepp. The event will take place at Hackney's recent addition to the London clubbing scene Studio 9294, an open-air terrace during the daytime with the beautiful canal in the scenery, then the party will move into the warehouse space from sunset until sunrise . The day-and-night event is bound to be a memorable one with the venue's terrace for the day time part. Vibe London has already throwed a reasonable number of parties in the capital hosting artists with the likes of Floog, Sepp, Nu Zau, Mahony, vlf to name a few. The next installment is their strongest lineup and no doubt on the quality sound provided over the night. Support will come from Sebastian Eric, Matje and the residents; Yuda and Amih. The Vibe crew has already made a strong impression over their first year and inviting Uvar seems like a perfect setting to honour the anniversary!  Oh, did we mention the after party? You know how it goes; Good Vibes Guaranteed. Ahead of the trios London visit, MEOKO caught up with Ada Kaleh to speak about UVAR London Debut and his future plans.  So there you go: on Nov 10th, it’s in the Wick that the good things are, so it seems. you can already book your tickets here. See you there at the front-left speakers — after-party at The Cause. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_a38f8711_1818664292&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/user-525530904/vibe-podcast-008-w-ada-kaleh', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_a38f8711_1818664292', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_a38f8711_1818664292' }); });   1- Hello Ada, it is a great pleasure to interview you. First of all thank you for your time. How has life been treating you so far? Hey guys and gals, the pleasure is on our side! You know how it is with life, ups and downs, just like everyone else. 2-What is behind Uvar? How did you decide to join forces as a trio? The trio started all of a sudden, as a natural step forward. I did an EP for Uvar a couple of years ago, so the planning brought us together easily. Well, that and bonding by doing bad jokes on the internet. One day Gabi asked us if we want to do an Uvar showcase in Berlin, so we did it. That ended up in all three of us playing b2b. Worked like a charm, so we decided we should do this more. It's quite a special thing, so in that regard we did them in a few key places of the European scene, like Rex Club Paris, Supermarket Zurich, FUSE Brussels, Berns Stockholm and a few others, cant remember of the top of my head. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_30f704c2_2023366369&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/uvar/sets/uvar001-aprod-de-rug', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_30f704c2_2023366369', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_30f704c2_2023366369' }); });   3- Uvar London debut is coming closer. What are your expectations about it? How did the project get structured? Honestly I don't really have any expectations, we'll live and we'll see. We've all played London plenty of times already individually, some bigger events and some smaller ones, some very successful, a couple... strange. But all in all, expectations aside, we think this one is going to be quite good. Not to mention; we are going to play for an exclusive 8 hours, so better rest well until Saturday and be ready for the marathon. 4- What is your general idea about London Underground Music scene? I see it split in two very differents sides. There's the smaller but thriving side of promoters doing off events, trying to bring their favorite acts, and then there's the money driven side of super production, aggressive promotion, ultra cheesy line-ups and horrendous crowds. 5- Uvar showcase has started to take place recently. How does it feel to play as trio and play as solo? Any other events in the pipeline? For me these are two completely different sides, its like having split personality. When I play solo, I have a long term approach and dip in and out of genres, leading the crowd in certain directions. When I play with the fellas, it's much more spontaneous, as we tend to surprise eachother with of the stuff that we play. Next up, we have a Paris showcase being planned. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_a9e41172_1013398934&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/uvar/sets/uvar010-barac-when-we-see-one', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_a9e41172_1013398934', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_a9e41172_1013398934' }); });   6- What are your main inspirations when it comes to your creative process? Are there any things you could not imagine working without? Ah jeez! I have no clue how my creative process works anymore and where inspiration comes from. A few years back I thought it was nature and human interraction, now I'm not so sure about that. Well, I used to have a lot more free time back then, and I was a bit more naive. Now with the constant DJing something has changed. First of all it created a struggle between the producer side of me wanting to make odd and very musical compositions and then the DJ side comes in "saying" it has to be functional. So that creates a block that I have to get around. Then there is the time factor, its quite hard to get into a writing state when you're back home on Sunday evening or late at night, have a couple of days to decompress and then Friday you're back at it again. I mean there would be plenty of time if you wanted to do all this bullshit music of the new wave of producers, where they download a sample CD, make an arrangement and call themselves musicians, but if you want to write proper music, that needs time and patience. As I see it now, you can't be a great musician and a great DJ at the same time, you have to separate the two and do them in turns. 7- Anything else you would like to add for our readers? Don't follow the hype. Thank you again and see you all on Saturday night for a magical evening. We are all much looking forward to our London visit and celebrating Vibe's first Birthday with you all.     Words by Erchin Jon   More UVAR Facebook / Soundcloud More VIBE Facebook Facebook Event: Day&Night / After Party / Tickes More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

The Burgeoning Underground Minimal and House Movement in the Heart of Texas

  For decades, Austin’s self-proclaimed “Live music capitol of the world” motto has generously boasted both local and touring artists to global fame. The city’s counterculture and music got noticed as early as the 1960’s –- where singers and songwriters flocked to the lush Central Texas hill country to create a grittier, more lawless, and psychedelic-inspired sound that melded hippies and rednecks. These progressive sounds brought to light artists like Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson, The 13th Floor Elevators, Spoon, Explosions in the Sky and countless others.   The mid-sized city has attracted free spirits for decades. It makes sense that a state as large as Texas, which is home to over 28 million people, would give way to a micro-culture like Austin. It's the distinct attitude that enabled the Capitol to prop the early New Wave and Punk scenes in the late 70’s and early 80’s followed by an impressive lineage of Alternative and Indie Rock bands through the 90’s and early 2000’s. Yet, when it comes to dance music, the city’s contributions are anonymous compared to the far more documented histories of Detroit, New York, and Chicago. Outside of Texas, little is known about the local DJs and promoters that have been contributing to Austin’s grandiose but rooted vision to create a new canvas for emerging underground artists worldwide. House music hero Brett Johnson traces Austin’s cultivation of dance music from his early years as a DJ in Texas: “There was something special about dance music here in the late 80’s and early 90’s; being right in the center of the country afforded us access to music and DJs coming from the East and West Coast dance music scenes. Dallas had a strong house scene which was attributed to an influx of New York transplants and Austin was pushing a more euphoric warehouse sound. It’s completely understated how much was actually happening throughout Texas because everything was more or less underground at that time.”     It’s 12:30 am on Friday in the center of bustling Congress Avenue; one of the main roads that connects the city and shows off the unobstructed view of the state’s massive Capitol building. A group of exuberant young men and women artfully layered in monochromatic black attire catwalk their way into a bar. As they strut by businessmen and politicians decompressing their week’s anguishes over cocktails they illustrate the juxtaposition of the city that has cozily cohabited the concept “weird” for decades. They make their way to the back of the bar where a thin, well-groomed man sits next to a closed double doorway. After a quick exchange of friendly welcomes they walk through the doors into what feels like an air-tight room that’s shaped like a square. There’s approximately 100 people moving to the stripped-down rhythm that takes over the room. The lighting is calculated and unobtrusive. Beyond the feeling of entering into a secret party, the most overwhelming observation is the sound. It paints the space with a crisp mid-level and low-end punch. You get clarity no matter where you stand in the room. The music is a hypnotic, electro-inspired beat, which pulsates ubiquitously. The selector is one of the party’s founders and residents, a polished DJ that goes by Majiini. The mood of the party is distinct: this is an affair for refined palates. However, the air remains inviting; there’s a lack of pretension that one would typically associate with a party that esteems this level of aesthetic and production quality. There’s a maturity in the crowd that still proclaims a sense of house-party intimacy. Over the next few hours, a certain tension builds: where the crowd converts itself into initiated dancing; where the music precision begins to increase in pressure, expressing intense bursts of colors and shapes.    The production behind this event, BlackTone, is one of the most unexpected underground parties being shaped in the United States. It’s emerging in an opportune time where there’s a void to fill in Austin's currently mainstream dance music identity.  Each BlackTone event is curated under the ethos that elegance, intelligence, and community are complementary ingredients introducing Texas the forefront sounds emerging from Europe.      Behind the BlackTone concept are two charismatic figures who exude warmth and passion for niche dance music: Alejandro Joya and Jorge Castillo. Alejandro, born in San Francisco, is an energetic, approachable Honduran who grew up in Texas. As a natural conversationalist, you’d never know he’s an introvert. He has a polish and wit about him, perhaps attributed by professional life in sales, which inadvertently fuels his tenacity. Jorge, a DJ and avid vinyl collector, is an inquisitive and slightly recluse character - a perfect balance to his counterpart. Born and raised in Honduras, he moved to Austin a few years ago. Jorge is an introspective man, with a poetic way of expressing himself.  “I’m not a fan of big crowds. There’s a type of paralysis that comes from the abundance,” says Jorge. “When you have smaller amounts of people it creates the right conditions for exposure. To me, Austin feels very homey. There’s just enough going on here to open you up to new experiences without losing the sort of connection and groundedness you get when cities become too large and dense.”  Both Alejandro and Jorge emanate certain characteristics that make them uniquely qualified to introduce something different to Austin: they have a distinct Latin flare with European values and American determinism.   “For me, it’s always been a unique experience having a Honduran background and European affinity while also reconciling that I’m Texan. This third-culture kid syndrome brought out of me a desire to find ways to connect with people. Music, particularly the environments in which its experienced, was always an appealing and effective format for me to connect. I wanted to take that concept and create it here in Austin because I felt like the culture could handle it,” Alejandro shares.   The initial inspiration for BlackTone came shortly after the two friends returned from a marathon of Off-Sonar parties showcasing Perlon, Arpiar and tINI and the Gang. Frustrated by the influx of big room DJs saturating the city’s mainstream nightlife, and longing for the elevated dance music culture in Europe, they decided to organize a series of parties to present the sounds of more subtle, trip-inducing elements of house and techno. The second element that inspired BlackTone was the realization that this style of music needed to be introduced in the right type of format and environment.   Alejandro: “Most people who’ve lived here for even a short period of time know that Austin has two sides. There’s the exterior, which is for the tourists and college-town machismo party crowd. And then there’s this creative underlay. Like, you know that a lot of magic has been created in this city when it comes to music...and despite that you still have to search for it. It’s usually right around the corner but you have to keep your eyes open for it.”  Jorge: “Boundaries can be healthy. We had to create an environment that kept out the type of noise that distracts people from letting themselves be free: we want people to feel safe to be themselves and to use the right type of music to induce a level of introspection and stimulation they can’t get in most other experiences.” In most American clubs, headliners only play for two hours and the night ends abruptly due to legislation and culture. In response, they committed to work with venue owners to present the music in intimate after-party formats; typically offering four hour DJ sets (or longer) for headliners and residents.   A pairing of the BlackTone sound coupled with an elegant venue proved to be a satiating recipe. They first tested their idea by inviting a respected Honduran DJ, which was warmly validated by Austin’s locals. Supported by their friends who invited others to experience their first party, Jorge and Alejandro realized their introduction to Austin couldn’t have come at a better time.  Only a couple of months later, they decided to take a calculated gamble and organize parties showcasing the sprouting sounds of techno coming from Romania. Their first guest, Sepp, headlined and had such an incredible time that he ended up evangelizing the Austin party to other international artists. In almost no time, BlackTone began circulating in Romania and beyond, galvanizing a remarkable roster of DJs such as Gescu, Priku, Afriqua, Giammarco Orsini, Lamache, Robin Ordell, Varhat, and Christian AB.    The common thread across each party is the level of care for the artists they invite and the production consistency. Each party experience offers a unique venue tastefully decorated with lavish plants, a capacious dj booth, red lights and candles, which creates an environment and mood that invites crowds searching for sophistication with a hint of hedonism.  Jorge: “We have this vision to create a level of magic that’s obvious enough people could begin to realize it actually exists. When you do something like that, it requires both planning and improvisation, which can be difficult to pull off...but when you do you know that you’re doing something special for the world and then the world gives back to you. It’s [the world] a mirror to your perspective.”  Equally noticeable to the visual detail is the music programming and spotlight on local artists. BlackTone has cultivated a group of refined and proficient resident DJs. Most of the DJs behind BlackTone have been stewarding their own events and cultivating underground parties for years under monikers such as Movement Collective, Mind the Funk, Loopy, and others. Each of these parties are committed to pushing sounds from avant garde to minimal techno and deep house.     The DJs – Robert Roman, Carlos Varela, Chklte, Isa, and Alejandro Dozal, Majiini, and Timo Salerno – represent a lineage of talented selectors now residing in Austin from Mexico, Romania, Honduras, Texas and beyond. With record collections that span a wide range of both new and nostalgic each of these DJs possess a distinct identity when they play – the common thread being their desire to dig for and expose rare, forgotten, and fringe sounds in dance music.   Alejandro: “This might sound confident but I truly believe our local artists, the BlackTone residents and others we’ve had open or close the party, can compete with anyone. We have quality selectors who have the the type of emotional intelligence and patience it takes to understand a room and take people on a journey. I think it’s only a matter of time, and not too long from now, where our talent here will be noticed by other respectable events throughout the country.”  In a time when the world desperately needs to see more good things happening to good people, the community culminated by music and art should be one of the last environments corroded by the ego and friction that can often be found in competitive cities.   The curators behind BlackTone act like a family. Their passion for music and their love for each other is displayed by the level of dedication and planning they put into their events. BlackTone attributes their quick growth to the foundation and momentum others in the local scene have created as well as their symbiotic relationship with Movement Collective (who have also hosted both emerging and established artists such as Andrey Pushkarev, Mihai Pol and Melodie in the last year).   They’ve tapped into a cadence that offers a level of class when it comes to dance music without saturating one sound over another. Perhaps it’s the Texas sincerity that roots these events, or it’s their fortitude to create memorable experiences. Their mentality has persevered and caught the attention of larger talents as BlackTone will be partnering with NY & Barcelona based promotions company ID to host Praslesh this month.   “Everyone DJ we’ve invited here has been completely surprised by the amount of quality people in our community,” says Alejandro. “We know that we’re not offering the most luxurious or top of the line nightclub experiences compared to cities like London or Berlin, but when you have good people turning up consistently with smiles on their faces and enthusiasm for hard to find music, it makes up for it every time.”  With their focus on intimacy, quality, and hospitality BlackTone is raising their flag in a seemingly unlikely place to illustrate a remarkable model for showcasing the fringed, stripped-down sounds in dance music. They’re doing so with a touch of class that brings comfort to DIY venues, making it accessible for the uninitiated and remarkably unique for mature crowds. But most importantly is how well they’ve responded and adjusted themselves into the burgeoning community while maintaining their creative autonomy and music-first sense.  Words by  Byline author: Byline Credit: Andrei Faji   medium.com/@andreifaji Photography credit:   Steffani Garcia: www.lagidottir.us Chad Will: www.facebook.com/willfuldesignandphoto/    MORE about ID - click here  MORE about Blacktone - Click here   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Machine Dream & Ailleurs: DAN GHENACIA & ARGENIS BRITO remix

Long time French underground house hero, Dan Ghenacia and Venezuelan, Argenis Brito, deliver the third in the TONE SERIES Remix Series.  The first sees Dan take David K’s spacious, reverb heavy Machine Dream turned into a polished, dancefloor mood setter. Tight drums laced with groove, something himself and his peers know a thing or two about all too well, provide a housy, yet subtle feel throughout.          Nothing seems forced; it’s certainly an exercise in restraint from the seasoned producer. As the ever-present hypnotic hook leads the song from the front, short brass stabs, with a classic air about them, help to decorate the track. The breakdown trickles in for a short but sweet relief, before a renewed dancefloor drive returns. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_12bb8693_1759736059&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/tone_series/sets/tsrs03-dan-ghenacia-argenis-brito-remix-1', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_12bb8693_1759736059', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_12bb8693_1759736059' }); });   Records like this have and always will have a place in DJs bags when looking to set, or indeed maintain a very specific mood in a room and are likely to feature at Ghenacia's GoDEEP events. Starting out as a stripped back affair, with plenty of reverb trickery, the Agenis Brito remix takes an interesting turn from the original. The Venezualan Villalobos collaborator introduces percussion early on, infrequently accompanied by a sparse but intriguing vocal. Evolving minimal would be a an accurate description for the track, with a crisp snare helping to set the pace.      As a resident at Berlin's Club Der Visionare, for in excess of 8 years now, Agenis knows this record is likely to sit well with its regulars. Dubby stabs come into play at one point keeping things meandering nicely, at times delving into housier territory as the hi hats open up.   Words by Mitch Willings MORE AGENIS BRITO MORE Dan Ghenacia MORE MEOKO     Order links: [TSRS03] Dan Ghenacia & Argenis Brito remix  > Electron Libre Music Group: https://goo.gl/sZ6rKy > Deejay: https://goo.gl/qN4k3Z> Decks: https://goo.gl/9Ke9ie  > Juno: https://goo.gl/D1FMtv> Red Eye records: https://goo.gl/LUTZCn> Discopiu: https://goo.gl/6qtDVc> Le Disque Record Store: https://goo.gl/wHmqfR  

'I’m looking to entertain the listener more with talent and artistry versus just beats and groove.' Delano Smith Mix & Interview

Of the original crop of Detroit DJs, Delano Smith is now the last. Reflecting on house and techno without his influence would mean viewing a very different musical landscape. Coming up at a time when the world was just discovering the influence a DJ could have, Smith battled his way to the top in a tough scene full of talent. With the guidance of the late, great Ken Collier, his early sets fusing soul, disco and early electronic sounds would plant seeds in the minds of many of Detroit’s subsequent generations of house and techno. Those dancing to his sets in the late 70s and early 80s would go on to become dominant influences in first rave then global music culture. Now, the circle is closing as Delano stands shoulder to shoulder with artists he once educated. We are happy to present his MEOKO mix with an interview, discussing his upcoming projects. 1- Hi Delano, it’s a great honor, how you doing? What are you up to right now? Hello, it’s my pleasure and thanks for the opportunity!  All is well in my world, Just trying to finish my next two releases before I leave for my fall tour. 2- I hope you don’t mind going down memory lane, cause it’s not everyday I get to interview someone who’s been playing dance music since the disco days and I’d like to start with a few questions about those times. To some in this scene, Detroit might seem very removed — the music went through so many mutations since its inception. Do you see a certain continuity with what you experienced, say putting on high school parties in the late 70s, early 80s, and what’s going on now?   It’s actually a completely different world both musically and culturally. The music and the scene has morphed into something completely different from it’s humble beginnings I think. I don’t have a point of reference on how this musical revolution started in Europe, but in Detroit it started in the gay black community - then spread to straight black crowds and eventually integrated after the introduction of the Music Institute in Detroit where Derrick May and others began rolling post-Disco and early electronica. What started as Black Music primarily has now morphed into an entirely different thing spawning multiple sub genres - it’s crazy! But I like it! 3- Dance music has become a real industry in the meantime. What do you think of the evolution of the scene around you now, when you play in Europe for example? It’s more industry driven in Europe than the States. In Europe, particularly in cities like Berlin and Paris, DJ culture is alive and well and a lot of people are connected to the scene in some kind of way allowing it to thrive. There are only a few markets in the States where the scene is strong. Europeans seem more open minded to various styles where as the States is more spectacle driven in my opinion.   4- You recently said it underwent some kind of revitalization since the heydays of Club Heaven — how’s the scene like these days in Detroit?  Time has changed the musical landscape in the D. It’s nothing like it was in the old days as technology has changed the way we think and interact with the music and the club scene. Right now, thanks to promoters like Paxahau (Movement Fest) and clubs like TV Lounge and Marble Bar, they have elevated the scene here to new heights. The scene here is very strong now.  5- Speaking of which, the Detroit Sound Conservancy launched a campaign to restore Club Heaven’s soundsystem. As someone who’s lived through it, what do you think of this initiative? I think it’s great novelty, the youngsters in the scene now are not connected to it in any kind of way however- nevertheless, it would be good to have this piece of history restored though, I think it’s a good thing. Probably the only thing left in Detroit that is a directly connected to the beginning of how this all started in here. 6- More generally, how does it feel seeing things you’ve personally experience being granted historical and cultural importance? It feels like I’m old now - LOL! It reminds me of simpler times in Detroit, when DJ culture and this music was still relatively new to a lot of folks. I think it’s only nostalgia if you actually lived through it - while it’s meaningful to us - folks that lived and experienced it first hand, I’m not sure if a lot of the younger crowd actually gets it. Only DJs and serious clubbers are interested in the relics of yesteryear - what are treasures to us are like MEH to this new digital generation. But it’s all good though. 7- Can you talk about the importance of this club and his resident DJ Ken Collier for the city and you personally? How have they influenced you as a DJ to these days?  Heaven was actually Ken’s House - it was where you could hear him in his most purest form - like Levan at Paradise Garage or Hardy at the Music Box. The system was like no other in the city and was a major influence to all the after hour party concepts that followed. Ken had other residencies throughout Detroit that were just as significant in the days prior to Club Heaven. His earlier residencies where the stuff of legend as well, it’s how we all became to know and love him. He was our ambassador to this music and culture.    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_b48ca905_1266786243&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/sushitech/sets/delano-smith-detroit-lost-tapes-sushitech-records', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_b48ca905_1266786243', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_b48ca905_1266786243' }); });   8- How would you describe the Beatdown sound you became known for? It seems to be more about a vibe than a certain music genre, right? It is more of a vibe. A stripped down vibe if you will, generally mid-tempo grooves that are soulful in nature - less electronic - more rooted in traditional House. An acquired taste.  9- You made it onto the scene with people like Norm Talley pushing that Beatdown aesthetic, do you think there’s a new generation of producers pushing that kind of sounds in Detroit? Yes, I hear it all the time and I support the artists that produce this vibe as well. It’s a timeless sound and will never get old, especially with the a lot of producers pushing DAW-Less Analog rigs now, it’s a natural organic vibe. I’ve been hearing a lot of it at home lately. 10- How’s your sound received back home, by the way? I think I’m still relatively underground in Detroit to the new generation, still new to the younger generation until they hear me or do a bit of research.. nothing like Europe though where my biggest market is. But thats the nature of things in the business now, loved more abroad than at home. I’ve accepted that fact. 11- I’ve heard you say you were making music for the clubs, which is a very DJ approach to it. Do you go out, whether you’re home in Detroit or when you’re in Europe, to sort of keep a finger on the pulse of the club scene? Sure! I go out, listen to podcasts, stream DJ mixes on Soundcloud, YouTube, Be-At TV etc. in order to stay relevant you have to stay connected to the scene and adapt to it if you want to keep working.  Plus, I enjoy watching and hearing other artists perform. 12- Your music remains obviously catered for the dancefloor, but after all those years, has your approach to production evolved? Yes, somewhat. I’m longing for more musical elements in my sound now, more changes and progressions. I think this comes from age and attempting to escape monotony. I’m looking to entertain the listener more with talent and artistry versus just beats and groove.  13- From what do you draw inspiration then, when you produce back home, so removed from the club environment?  Thats a good one, and it’s hard to really say as it’s a variety of things. But I generally go in with some sort of concept as to what type of track this will be and go from there. I rarely just off the cuff starting with beat - bass- hat - etc.   14- Do you have any favourite clubs or parties to play? YES. Paris is always fun, particularly Concrete (Rex too). Berlin is a great city too, but technically I’d have to say Contact in Tokyo is probably my favorite.   15- How did Europe and your success as a DJ it came to signify come to you? — you being first booked at Panorama Bar, your connections with Third Ear, now Sushitech…  Probably when I realized that I no longer needed a regular day job, when I realized that this was a sustainable career - now it’s serious and I no longer think of myself as just a DJ. 16- You released a new record on your own Mixmode Recordings after a 4-year hiatus for the label. What led you to re-launch it? I decided to take a break from working with Sushitech as it monopolized mostly all of my production time with touring and all. That sound was working for me for years so I totally engulfed my energy into those projects. After the Lost Tapes album I decided to take a break from that sound and get back to some good ole House. I’m more inspired than ever now and have a lot of music that I will be releasing on the Mixmode label. 17- And what’s in the works for you, DJ-wise or personally? I’m actually preparing to include some live elements in my DJ sets now, using a sampler, Drum machine and perhaps a bass synths to add some variety and perhaps doing a full blown live show. I will let you guys know when that's ready. 18- We’re super happy to host this mix, how do you feel about podcasts? Did you try to convey anything different from what you’d do in a club? Yes. It’s generally peak time when I play at clubs so I have to try an keep the energy level up and the crowd dancing and entertained. With podcast mixes, I can chill out bit - to me - it’s more of a listening experience. I try to entertain the listener with down-mid tempo grooves. Although you can still dance, I feel it’s a way to introduce another side of my DJing - rather than just playing bangers for 2 hours.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Delano Smith  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

ADE MEOKO Picks 2018

The awaited October yearly appointment with the Amsterdam Dance Event is coming closer. We picked some of our favourite upcoming events happening in the Dutch capital during the magnificent week. The Tribe invites Yoyaku For this year’s edition of ADE, Nijmegen crew 'The Tribe’ invited the renowned Yoyaku collective for a 22hour sonic-adventure happening in two different venues, starting 20th of October 10pm (22:00pm-06:00am) and rounding off the enduring weekend on Sunday, the 21st of October. (07:00am-22:00pm) The first, nighttime, event feels just as exciting; planned at the more intimate BRET venue, a red construction made of sea containers, the party will include the brilliant live set by Oshana and a back to back between Varhat and Janeret, as well as Roger Gerressen, member of both the Yoyaku roster and The Tribe crew, and Children of Vails, a Tribe cornerstone from the very beginning. The after-party, starts at 7 AM at Radion Amsterdam and goes on for the whole daytime. The event showcases a stellar line-up, recent addition to the Yoyaku roster and experienced act Maayan Nidam headlines the event, together with the micro-house masters Zendid and a special back to back between Lamache and Lowris. The line-up is topped up by The Tribe’s residents Christoffer Zaza and Doris Nicholas. The collaboration between these two collectives in two of Amsterdam’s most distinguished venues promises to deliver an outstanding party sequence that is impossible to miss for any underground scene follower attending ADE this year.   Saturday 20st October (NIGHT): https://www.facebook.com/events/2151911488366125/ Sunday 21st October (DAY): https://www.facebook.com/events/972855086207369/ VBX Amsterdam based organization VBX is well-known for delivering top-notch parties, with superior line-ups and jaw-dropping locations. Their ADE program this year includes four events which are just one-up each other. Their program starts off on Thursday 18th October by hosting TiNi and the Gang at Bret. The experienced German party-starting DJ will perform a B2B with French talent Molly. The next day sees a massive line-up preparing the Warehouse Elementenstraat for an unforgettable party, involving Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Zip, Sonja Moonear, Steve Rachmad, Nicolas Lutz and Spokenn (Ferro & Reiss), all playing in the industrial setting that characterizes this exceptional venue. And the party continues in the morning, moving back once again to Bret until the late afternoon hours of the next day. Finally, Saturday’s party is no less interesting. Romanian gurus Praslesh (Raresh & Praslea) lead the line up together with Fumiya Tanaka and Francesco Del Garda at Shelter, for an ending to the VBX series which promises the finest selections. Links: Thursday 18th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/457051304757897/ Friday 19th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/667425426944788/ Saturday 20th October (DAY): https://www.facebook.com/events/518283178591976/ Saturday 20th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/375309529539655/ Into The Woods Into The Woods will be back at NDSM this year with two daytime parties on Friday and Saturday. A former shipyard located in Amsterdam Noord, NDSM blossomed into a cultural hotspot and became one of the favourites picks for big electronic music events in the Dutch capital. Music will range from hard techno to funky house, with a vast line-up including KiNK, Red Axes, Optimo, Paula Temple, Move D and Roman Flugel, among others. Friday 19th October & Saturday 20th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/183374698916341/ Afterlife On Saturday Afterlife will present its first 24 hours party at Warehouse Elementenstraat. For this year’s edition of ADE, the Tale Of Us label curated two rooms to encompass what their vision is all about; beginning Saturday at 2 PM and finishing at the same time on the next day, the line-up includes a special B2B between Solomon and Dixon, Mind Against, Adriatique, but also live sets from Recondite, Mathew Jonson and Agents of Time, to name a few. A must-go for the fans of the label. Saturday 20th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/2213355955565968/ Jack x Toi Toi Musik Jack is a new club which opened in the South part of the city, celebrating diversity, creativity and forward-thinking electronic dance music. On Friday, we recommend their party with Toi Toi Musik, including music from Herodot, Vinyl Speed Adjust, Losoul and Sanja. The party will go until early hours for a mesmerizing afterhour session. Friday 19th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/269881740276096/ ADE Hangover On Sunday afternoon, ADE will also provide a free entrance “ADE hangover” session at NDSM to cure your headache and finally get some rest. The venue will provide chilled music and healthy food & fresh drinks, but also a vinyl market and art installations for those who will still be able to stand up. Link: Sunday 21st October: https://www.facebook.com/events/2400084340003537/ We wish you all a splendid ADE this year and hope our paths will cross on the dance floor!   Words by Giovanni Bodrato   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

THE TRIBE INVITES YOYAKU | ADE

The awaited October yearly appointment with the Amsterdam Dance Event is coming closer. For this year’s edition of ADE, Nijmegen crew 'The Tribe’ invited the renowned Yoyaku collective for a 22hour sonic-adventure happening in two different venues, starting 20th of October 10pm (22:00pm-06:00am) and rounding off the enduring weekend on Sunday, the 21st of October. (07:00am-22:00pm) The first event is planned at the intimate BRET venue, a red construction made of sea containers. The party will include the brilliant live set by Oshana and a back to back between Varhat and Janeret, as well as Roger Gerressen, member of both the Yoyaku roster and The Tribe crew, a duo, Children of Vails, a Tribe cornerstone from the very beginning. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_7dd3d5a9_1785826067&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-janeret', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7dd3d5a9_1785826067', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7dd3d5a9_1785826067' }); });   The after-party(21st Oct), starts at 7 AM at Radion Amsterdam and goes on for the whole daytimeand feels just as exciting. The event showcases a stellar line-up, recent addition to the Yoyaku roster and experienced act Maayan Nidam headlines the event, together with the micro-house masters Zendid and a special back to back between Lamache and Lowris. The line-up is topped up by The Tribe’s residents Christoffer Zaza and Doris Nicholas. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_f0c46e10_631374079&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-roger-gerressen', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_f0c46e10_631374079', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_f0c46e10_631374079' }); });   The collaboration between these two collectives in two of Amsterdam’s most distinguished venues promises to deliver an unforgettable party sequence that is impossible to miss for any underground scene follower attending ADE this year. We hope our paths will cross on the dance floor! FB Events: Saturday 20th October (NIGHT)Sunday 21st October (DAY)   More The Tribe - Yoyaku More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Legends 10th Edition w/ Fumiya Tanaka

This October 13 remarks Legends' 10h edition; Created by a bunch of friends in Uruguay, Punta del Este, host city of the South American summer. Legends comes with the dream of bringing true legends from the underground world scene of electronic music. Taking South American landscapes as inspiration, the open space where the festival takes place represents the typical natural places of the beloved land. It has a vast green tree surrounded space and a lake from where you can appreciate the Uruguayan sunrise itself. Guests can develop during the time the festival lasts with multiple recreational activities, of course, in addition to listening to the unique artists presented. These last 4 years the crew hosted artists with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Raresh, Audiowerner, Argenis Brito, Losoul, Herodot to name a few. Already 8 months have passed since the last edition of Legends taking place in March with the participation of Nekes, Robin Ordell, Guillermo de Caminos and the farewell of the favorite couple Vale Volpe & Manglus before going on tour in Europe in a b2b alliance. As the spring season fastly approaches, the tenth edition will be the Uruguay debut of the Japanese legend Fumiya Tanaka, together with another Japanese artist, Yoske. To add more, the new ArgentinIan promise Lautaro Scavuzzo will be playing for alogside the resident dj Manglus after the return of his extensive tour. For the 4 years aniversary Legends crew are proud of announce the Happy New Year Legends festival for the first time.This new proposal is coming to spend the end of the year among friends dancing under the sky in a 2 day festival format where 12 invited artists from all over the world will play. The whole line up will be made known as the festival approaches us. One thing which is clear to predict is that one of the headliners will be Audiowerner with his first live set presentation in South America. So we suggest you start to get prepared for this special occasion where you all are invited to participate!   More Legends; Facebook / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview: Decay Records Five Year Anniversary

This November London based Decay Records celebrate 5 amazing years of sharing beautiful music amongst likeminded people, carrying their passion for delivering high quality dubby grooves. Moving the entirety of the focus away from trends and hype, showing faith in music they believe in. Saturday 3rd November the Decay family have curated an intimate affair underneath the arches of, Rolling Stock. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_788662893&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-cb-mix-2018', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_788662893', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_788662893' }); });   The artists on offer on the night fully live up to the expectation of an occasion such as this, seeing old friends and new artists come together. Christian Burkhardt will be bringing his live performance to the heart of Shoreditch. Someone who does not need much introduction, due to his reputation for slaving away immersing himself amongst his technology. Whether working on other parties releases or on his own personal imprint, Burkhardt’s inner ability to create a groove remains at the forefront. A live and rare set amongst this intimacy means this will surely be one for the books. Two back-to-back sets will be taking place on the anniversary including Romanian maestro Mihai Popoviciu and house production machine, James Dexter. Both artists will bring their flavours together, with only one possible outcome. Music to make you move. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_89476081_880475139&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/mihai-popoviciu-meoko-podcast-161', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_89476081_880475139', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_89476081_880475139' }); });   The second back to back comes from the brains behind it all, Davide Decay and Max. Davide saw a vision five years ago, and it was called Decay records, and for him to share his music on this milestone will be special within itself. Featuring alongside friend of the camp, Max. Rounding off the bill will be Lenka and Sagia. A concoction of sounds, to create a vibe we have become so familiar with from the Decay Records team over the years, an evening of friends old and new coming together. Hope to see you under the arches!   More Decay Records; Facebook / Soundcloud / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

'My Aim Is To Spread Positivity On The Floor And Make People Dance, Dance Happily, Dance Wildly, Dance Weirdly.' Voigtmann Mix & Interview - 4 Years of Oscuro

With meticulous dedication to his unique studio productions and versatile DJ sets, Voigtmann quickly gained popularity in the underground party scene and acquired the respect of his peers. After completing his mission with his previous label and party series Toi Toi Musik, Voigtmann went off seeking new musical challenges with the label Subsequent, on which he is releasing his debut LP ‘Sublunary’ this September. His new brilliant podcast for Meoko is dreamy and ingenious; the one-hour recording evolves in a truly natural way touching various influences from micro-house to UK garage, and feels like the perfect soundtrack for morning sunrise after a heavy night out. We are happy to present his MEOKO mix with an interview, discussing his new record and upcoming projects. 1- Hi Claus! First of all, thank you for the mix and for taking the time for the interview. This month Subsequent is releasing your mesmerizing full-length debut album “Sublunary”, which got support from the likes of Zip, Ricardo Villalobos and Sonja Moonear, to name a few. How did the record come to life? What is the concept behind it? Hi Meoko! Firstly, thank you for the interview and glad to be back on your lovely series. In regards to the album, I believe it should be defined by the music on the two black slabs rather than by the people who support it. I think it’s an old-fashioned way of defining quality. Yes, I am happy I got the support, but new people with new ideas are on the rise and always falling back on to the same 4 people for definition is pretty boring and I believe they aren’t comfortable with that either, they are just like us, doing what they love. The decision to make an album came about because I felt very comfortable in my studio. I had the best setup I could imagine in my little room and also felt I knew where I am going to take the album style-wise. I always knew I wanted to keep my debut album as classy as possible. The word ‘timeless’ is overused but I wanted to be able to look back in a few years and still be able to listen back without cringing. Halfway through writing it, I realized that I literally don't care if people like it or not. I fell in love with the process. As an artist, you are ideally maneuvering outside your comfort zone, hence you are instantly faced with judgment from other people. The process of writing the album showed me that the result isn’t the main focus. For me, the beauty is in the process of writing and the amount of thought that went into it. Along the way, my sound changed to something wider, more grown up, more technical. I tried to circumnavigate any trend and really establish a very own body of work. 2- The LP features club sounds ranging from minimal house to techno and breakbeat but also presents an elegant touch in the style that feels closer to ambient music. Can we expect more of this coming from you? I always had an affinity for sounds outside of house and techno… For instance, I have been collecting 70’s funk records for years now. It’s beautiful NOT to work result-oriented in the studio and just see what comes out… Sometimes it’s really weird stuff, sometimes it’s beautiful ambient pieces. I am planning to seek different challenges outside the 4/4 under different aliases next year… For example venture into broken beats/future jazz under V-Man (who would have thunk). I feel, I fulfilled a first milestone with the album and I am now open to all kind of influences. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_d23355b2_1651995866&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/subsequent-2/sets/subln001-voigtmann-sublunary-snippets', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_d23355b2_1651995866', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_d23355b2_1651995866' }); });   3- The album shows impressive and versatile production skills. How did your studio set up evolve in the last few years? Can you name a piece of gear which was especially used for this record? Thank you very much. The studio evolved more and more towards an analog side. I added drum machines and synths I love and could not live without anymore. The album heavily features the Analog Rhythm, The Oberheim OB6, and my computer. I do a lot of textures and the entire arrangement in Ableton while all the rhythm section and the main melody elements are analog. The digital bits sit very naturally behind the analog bits. It’s the best combination for me. 4- Can you tell us about the development of your DJ career in the last few years? I am very proud and happy where I got to, mainly in the last year. I broke free from some chains and expectations holding me back. I also overcame the whole digger mentality; before I tried to fit into what everyone was doing and as an effect, I would sound similar. It’s bonkers, sometimes I felt I have to perform only for the chin scratchers on the floor. I couldn’t care anymore, my aim is to spread positivity on the floor and make people dance, dance happily, dance wildly, dance weirdly. My DJ sets got a lot more energetic but less heavy if that makes sense. The funny thing is that by simply being yourself you present a unique style already, you dig for your own style, you are unique. Once this penny dropped in my head I feel complete freedom behind the booth, playing an old vocal house track and bits I would have never touched before…it’s very liberating. Try it. 5- This Saturday you will be playing at the fourth birthday party of Oscuro in London. What is special about it compared to otherplaces? The boys are doing a great job and pulled together a top-notch lineup. I played for them before and just feel my music is very well-received. I am succumbing a lot more UK influences these days and I feel the Oscuro crowd embraces that. 6- Can you share your highlight from summer 2018? Houghton, Houghton, Houghton. 7- How would you describe your new mix for Meoko? All my recent mixes were very fast and energetic, this time I wanted to create a very slow-evolving, unpretentious afterhours mix with simply a lot of unreleased material and tracks that I consider great music. No need to cram a mix full of the weirdest tracks you know, I find it quite relaxing just listen to the music evolve in one flow. 8- Do you have any other upcoming plans or projects you wish to share with the Meoko readers? I am off to my beloved South America for a two-weekend tour. I had a studio break for a couple of months after the album but from October onwards, I will shift my attention back to the production/studio life. My book is filled with EPs and remixes this year so I will work through them and simply be a happy (V)man in my little studio. I plan to be positive and happy.  See you on Saturday at 4 Years of Oscuro. Words by Giovanni Bodrato   MoreVoigtmann: Facebook  / Soundcloud More Oscuro: Oscuro London - Facebook Event - Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Ready For The Next Epizode: E³ Second Artist Announcement

After the huge success of their recent instalments, Epizode have prepared another 11 days of unbelievable music and art bliss, in a location that is nothing short of amazing. From 28th December – 08 January 2019 on the magic island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam a series of day and night parties have been arranged in custom built areas, and beaches on the coast. Paradise, right? With a lineup of heavy hitters already under their belt including Praslesh, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Nina Kraviz, Sonja Moonear and Zip, you know it is going to be special. These will be accompanied by serious selectors varying from local, and international artists. Some names you might not know, but will be sure to familiarise yourself with after the experience. DOTT, Hibiya Line, Ouissam, Rifain, Sofia Rodina, and Sunju Hargun. Denis Kaznacheev will appear again, if anybody was there last year they will understand the atmosphere the Siberian artist can produce. As the official media partner; We proudly present to you the second wave of artists who have been called upon for the unique occasion. French trio Apollonia will be bringing their swinging grooves with a touch of class, Perlon main stay Sammy Dee, tINI, the legendary Dubfire, Ferry Corsten are just a few highlights of the latest additions. Mr. G’s energetic live performance is sure to go down a treat amongst the palm lined beaches, and clear waters. Full Line up Below: The people and friends pulling the strings behind the Epizode are a true reflection, and inspiration to the scene, with an underlying passion to entertain and arrange diverse experiences with a true attention to detail. There was a social media storm after the last Epizode (everyone has seen the cardboard cut outs of Ricardo last time), and the crew are sure to come back even bigger and better this year. If you are considering a trip to Asia, it is surely worth a thought to tie this in with your trip; in our eyes, we cannot see a better new years extravaganza.   Pioneers of the game, combined with up and coming quality. Who is ready for the next Epizode? We certainly are.   Words by Zac Bidwell   More Epizode; Facebook / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

MEOKO & Rebel Beats bringing the Sounds to Brighton

On the 15th September, the streets of Brighton wont know what hit them with a two room musical line up that can only be described as house heaven -  in the ever so popular destination that is Brighton, MEOKO teams up with local party brand Rebel Beats to bring some of the finest sounding electronic music to our beloved seaside town. To measure up to a city that is one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse seaside towns in England, we have put together a line up of londons most up and coming selectors to set the tone for for a magical jouney from start to end.  EXPECT Funktion ONE, two rooms, 8 djs and the very finest of undergound club culture vibes.     "Brighton is quintessentially unconventional and therefore has a lot to offer visitors who fancy a taste of both the informal and the avant-garde."   Setting the tone for our voyage is Matjie and Obester,  both these artists bring very unique styles to the table. Matje, born and raised in Romania, has been gaining support on his productions from the likes of TiNi and Cezar to name just a few whilst Obester is playing an active role in the african house movement - we have heard these two on regualr b2b sessions and cant wait for them to kick off the night with their chemistry behind the decks. The JADA girls bounce off one anothers vibes. Proper minimal house at its very best!  These girls know how to make you dance, this is their job and they do their job well. Alongside their residency at Sankeys Ibiza they have played at numerous gigs this year in Romania, Prague, Barcelona, London and Ibiza and have been recently signed to Prague based -UP Agency. Producing deep moody minimal, JADA have released on Binaural arts (Ro), Soblazn Music (Ukraine), 4Plae Records (UK) and Unfelde records to name a few, expect plenty more surprises that showcase JADA's dark, hypnotic sound. Then there is CarlosRyan,  these two know just how to get the dancefloor bouncing, trust us!  One can find CarlosRyan at all the best kept secret shindigs happening around the UK. These two's passion for vinyl and music cannot be missed, they are true Dj's at heart and this purity is indeed visable when witnessing one of their sets, somewhere between House and Techno there limitless energetic performances and connection with the dance floor from being true raver’s themselves, keeps you tranquilized with there raw striped back big bass sound.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_fa6e1b62_1111633383&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/carlos-ryan', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_fa6e1b62_1111633383', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_fa6e1b62_1111633383' }); });       And finally completing the line up in Room1 is Rebel Beats (Jamie Bawn & Gabriel Ursu) completing line up in room one. With releases on Endebmic Digital & Two Forks, Rebel Beats have played in Spain, Germany, France and all over Brighton this year and host a weekly show on Trickstar Radio   And thats only Room 1 - for Room 2 we have put together a very special saucy line up of house provided from the likes of Jonny LovesHouse, Magnus Asberg, Beatsworkin and Aaron D.   ROOM1 Weare Jada {ROUND UP}Carlos Ryan {Arupa Music}Rebel Beats (Twoforks/Endemic Digital)Matje b2b Obester ROOM2  Beatsworkin (Twoforks/Endemic Digital)Magnus Asberg (On the House Records)Jonny Loves House (Twoforks)Aaron D  WWW.MEOKO.NET Prepare to emerge into a musical journey filled with healing vibrations and hypnotic rhythms as we dance until the sunrise. In order to deliver an unforgettable experience.Celebrating Jamie Bawn (from Rebel Beats) big 40th birthday too and Jonny Loves House (who is flying in from Barcelona) birthday too.   Saturday: 15th September Doors open :  9pm Venue: Hideout  FB Event EarlyBird Tickets -  https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1152027    

SORTED Open Air & Indoor at Osthafen Berlin

Berlin-based agency COMMON SENSE BOOKING is ahead of their 3 year anniversary. Reason enough for the duo which runs the little company to celebrate that in a proper way with a mini festival in Berlin on the 1.09 / 2.09. @ OSTHAFEN BERLIN, located at the border of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg right next to the river Spree. Built in 1907 as part of the Osthafen Berlin project to support the rising ship traffic on the river spree , the structure was completely renovated in 2010. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_afd515fd_1428186419&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/wareika-meoko-podcast-155', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_afd515fd_1428186419', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_afd515fd_1428186419' }); });   And at the beginning of September the OFF venue is home of the well known party series *SORTED*, a project of Common sense booking... Normally the partys are taking place at Berlins famous CLUB DER VISIONAERE or at the sister venue HOPPETOSSE but this time they take it a step further with a 24 hour madness on 2 floors and on the Sunday during the day with an nice open air spot just in front of the building right on the river… allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_27faec13_1357069754&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/ada-kaleh-exclusive-meoko-podcast-239', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_27faec13_1357069754', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_27faec13_1357069754' }); });   The line up speaks for its self…Pretty much all of the artists are well known from their residencies atCLUB DER VISIONAERE BERLIN and their top positioning not just only in Berlins underground music scene. The event will run for 24hours starting on 01.09 at 10pm until the next day, 02.09 10pm. LINE UP: ADA KALEHALEX CLICHE ARGENIS BRITOAUDIO WERNERBRUNO CURTISCESAR MERVEILLEDANDY JACKEVELINE FINKHANDMADEMIKE SHANNONOSKAR SZAFRANIECSAMMY DEEWAREIKA -live-JOHNNY DALEX KRAEMER+ special guest Visuals & light by Trig Fardust // Open air sound bei KV 2 Audio...   More Common Sense Booking; Facebook / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

'The Highlight of The Weekend Came On Saturday, When The Senses Were Treated In Every Way Imaginable': Review - Houghton Festival 2018

“It’s for one weekend so you’ve got to get it right”, these were the delicately spoken words of Craig Richards in anticipation of Houghton Festival 2018. A place that was described by many as an electronic music utopia in its inaugural year and where getting it right was surpassed once again. The festival is set in the traditional grounds of Houghton Hall, a Palladian Mansion built in the 1720's for Britain’s first Prime Minister. It is a vast estate featuring immaculate hedge rows, herds of white fallow deer, bracken, mysterious woodland and a large gleaming lake. The atmosphere feels curious and inspiring. Produced by the same team who present Gottwood, the focus on creating a unique experience was at every twist and turn taken throughout the 4 days. Music and art are often used in the same breath, but no festival I have encountered before has managed to display both in such an intriguing and compelling manner. Scattered across the site were multiple distinctive paintings and sculptures created by Craig Richards and other carefully selected artists, some in obscure places, but still feeling wholly natural. The stages, of which there were 13 in total, all held their own characteristics, considering aspects of programming and the landscape they were a part of. The captivating ‘Pavilion’, designed by a multi-disciplinary group of architects, was a simple wooden structure contained under the forest. By day it allowed you to take in the beauty of the lake in the backdrop and by night it became a glowing, UFO like focal point. Tantrum, the name of a weekly new weekly night of electro, otherworldly noises and drumbeats initiated by Craig Richards and Adam Shelton was turned into a stage at the festival, bringing these sounds to a UK rave inspired tent with shipping containers and raw materials.  Terminus, a secret stage accessible only by land train featured rare b2b’s and hidden gems all weekend for those lucky enough to find it and which will not be described for those that are still yet to. Phone signal was non-existent; however this again felt purposeful and allowed you to become fully immersed in the environment, people opting to dance rather than film. Sound systems were carefully tailored and ripe no matter the size of the stage, resulting in you being able to stand in any location and feel the music. The food also felt like another form of art, with a floating restaurant, pop-up El Pastor’s and dozens of other high quality stalls to choose from. Trevino’s, a cultural space and meeting point for the festival had leather sofas, pop up record stores, turntables for listeners and a set of 1210’ for artists to play on throughout the day. A friendly and welcoming area, people were allowed to select records at ease whilst being provided by expert recommendations by the store owners. It allowed strangers to come together, some who I’m sure became friends, through sharing their musical tastes and past experiences. It had the feeling of a unification of a scene through the most important aspects, the physical. Aptly named after the late Marcus Kaye aka Markus Intalex aka Trevino, a man who epitomised Houghton in his diversity of sound and attention to detail. Embarking on the 72 hour non-stop musical odyssey on Thursday evening, Adam Shelton and Cassy opened up The Warehouse, a lofty hangar constructed out of metal. A dark space with piercing laser beams and smoke injects, it did not take long for those that had put up tents in a downpour to dry off by filling it into frenzy and set the tone for the rest of what was to come. On Friday it was a pleasure to finally be able to witness not one, but two Schatrax sets, a man who made his name in the 90s with house music that still sounds as deep and playable as it did then. Firstly at the Magic Carpet, a warm dome, where he demonstrated this sound and more. It’s a rare opportunity to see him play records out, so I made the effort to go and find him playing again later on, stumbling my way down an endless long dark path to find Terminus and I was not disappointed I did. Playing one of my favourites from him ‘Restless Nights’, the dubby bassline was making the whole crowd move. Over at The Clearing, below the headlights and corrugated steel, surrounded by a crowd, Binh provided scientific, acidic oscillations of sound. Tightly mixed, often almost disturbing with Furfriend’s ‘Fist Fuck’ drawing the audience further into the booth.  Back at the Magic Carpet, Craig Richards was playing the first of one of his 6+ sets, I was as mesmerised by his track selection as I was his by unrelenting energy, shown in abundance when he played his latest release ‘My Friend is Losing His Mind’. The distorted voices, bleeps and punchy techno-electro rhythm sending the early morning dance floor into raptures. The highlight of the weekend came on Saturday, when the senses were treated in every way imaginable. The day started with a sculpture tour in the grounds of the hall. So calm you couldn’t hear the festival at all and providing opportunity for reflection and recuperation. This was also possible in The Orchard, a sanctuary of theatre, performance art and healing therapies. Fully rested I then saw Calibre, another genius and another artist who rarely plays out live, it was special to see him play a set that displayed all his characteristics, moving through ambient, refined dubstep and liquid drum and bass. The biggest ovation came when he mixed his own ‘Wassold’ into Mala’s ‘Eyez’. (  ) MC DRS added even more life into the music. Later on in the day came some of the most anticipated sets of the weekend. Nicolas Lutz started under the darkness of the Pavilion, with bouncy, bass-heavy electro minimal bombs including ‘Gerogliftko’ on his My Own Jupiter label. Legs and arms were feeling the rapid beats that combined NYC garage with space like noises. There was no let up throughout as people jumped around to Back to Basics by Fear-E.   Barac in The Warehouse was dreamy, melodic and a great contrast to the fast paced bumping nature of Lutz.   Now we all know Ricardo Villalobos can often confuse, delight and spellbind in equal measure, but his sunrise set at The Pavilion might be one of the best times many have seen him play. For the first few hours it was completely unhurried as he gradually cast the crowd under his spell. With long drawn out mixes blending shuffling drums, bongos and sometimes just the slightest of basslines, every single person was locked to his gaze. German vocals intertwined with cricket noises as he faded tracks in and out, sometimes bringing them back after lengthy periods out. ‘808 Thebassqueen’ featured a vocal conversation on top of it that I had never heard before. The sun slowly rose behind the booth, at one moment the sky was a purple colour, as he moved into his famous ‘Logohitz’ and a remix of Madonna’s ‘Justify My Love’ no one was going to be leaving this set early. Transitioning from the dim aura he had begun with the latter half sprinkled love and heart felt emotion on the deserving crowd, with tracks like DJ Koze’s ‘Pick Up’, some shutting their eyes for minutes as it played out, others embracing.   Joy Orbison woke the crowd up again on the final day with a feel good set combining classic ice cold garage including ‘Too Blind - Stone Cold Steppaz’ with house and techno joy such as Mood II Swing’s ‘Call Me (Moody Dub)’. Punters swung t shirts round their heads and bopped with glee under the afternoon grooves. On the Derren Smart, one of the bigger and more traditional festival like stages of the weekend, Khruangbin delighted the audience with their Thai/West African influences of guitar funk. Friends held each other aloft on shoulders showing they were well and truly still alive when they ended on ‘People Everywhere’. The band loving the reception they received with grins wide across their faces as they treated everyone to their sincere melodies. Across the weekend DJs were frequently given 3+ hour sets and played more than once. Allowing them to explore their collections and also provide the crowd with the chance to see something different to what they might do at an ordinary club set. In turn it felt like both rose to the occasion, DJs playing records that they may never have had a chance or felt like they wanted to save for the moment. The crowd stayed rooted to sets for the duration, using every fibre in they had to show their appreciation no matter how tired they might have been from the constant dancing. In a year when Richards said everyone who attended would be treated to “the best of everything”, I can quite easily say they were and more. The only downside was that I couldn’t’t do the whole thing again to take in every aspect. Houghton brought together the community of the dance floor of all eras and genres, DJs and ravers alike, where the weekend was spent as one collective and powerful force in an unrivalled setting. At Tantrum there was debut performance by A-Future, the new electro alias of Adam Shelton, playing a fresh exciting brand of the genre. Dark and moody cuts like the Sync 24 remix of Stratowerx’s ‘Secret State’;   sounded great in what was one of my favourite tents of the weekend. Keep an eye out for Shelton & Stratowerx’s new label ‘Eon’ which will be bringing this sound to turntables very soon.  The magic wasn’t quite finished as Helena Hauff closed out, tearing through forceful electro and techno, an eerie green mist rising from the crowd under the pouring rain, it complemented her sound perfectly. Ending on the heavily reverbed, enchanting and cinematic ‘Mutual Arising’ by Galaxian, I and many around me were longing for it to continue, but there it did finally come to an end.   Words by Tom Warner Photo Credtis: Here & Now   More Houghton More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

'London Always Has A Special Place For Me, The History Of Dance Music Is Vibrant And Is Still Bustling With Energy.': Maher Daniel Mix & Interview

It has been a long time coming, join us as we caught up with the natural and humble talent that is, Maher Daniel including a special mix described in his own words; '.. it will start of Slow and build nicely telling a story.' 1-      Hey Maher, first of all thanks for your time. How are things so far, how was your Off Week? Off week was good, great to see and hang out with so many friends, considering I live in barca I took it a little easy and went to specific events. Its gets a little hectic and can’t be everywhere at once. But over all I had a great time and it was definitely a refreshing year. 2-      Born in San Francisco growing up in Montreal, living in Barcelona; How is life treating you in Barcelona? And please tell us about the scene in Montreal as your Motherland. Living in Barcelona is fantastic It truly is a central hub in Europe with a lot of shows and artists coming through. The city itself is refreshing the people and the energy is amazing I would not change it for anything. Montreal was considered one of North Americas main party hubs, the city and its dance music culture really brought me to where I am today. From its summer events at Piknic Electronik and its vibrant club scene its still going strong building and growing. 3-      You have recently been to London to play at Apt: x Visionquest alongside Shaun. We heard the event went great. How does it feel for you to visit London to play? London always has a special place for me, the history of dance music is vibrant and is still bustling with energy. I love coming back to London and playing. The Apt: team were wonderful and the showcase with Shaun was solid. we both had a great time and the party was really good. Looking forward to coming back again.   4-      Sadly you had a misfortune with your flight which resulted in late arrival to Sunwaves; but you still managed to play last April. Also that picture, Guti and Amir dancing on the bar while Argenis Brito playing, you also appeared in the picture with a big smile. How was your Sunwaves 23 experience overall? allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_c268ae3c_23108404&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/maher-daniel/sumwaves-23-recoded-mix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_c268ae3c_23108404', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_c268ae3c_23108404' }); });   That was a whirlwind of emotions, but I still managed to play on Tuesday morning. All in all Sunwaves this year was truly incredible. Every year it only gets better and better. The team and staff are truly amazing and take care of the artist, Like there own. The vibe and energy is refreshing and inspirational. I always come back from sunwaves with new ideas for production and studio work. It really gets the creative juices flowing.  Arpiar Friday night was on fire and one of the stand out sets for me this year was Petre Inspirecu on Monday morning. 5-      Your Creatures of Habit mix landed at a good time remarking the collaboration. How did you guys meet and decide to play back to back? Any future gigs as COH? Yes it did, myself and Amir had met a long time ago in Montreal but then he left to work in Paris, on his return to Montreal, I Happened to be playing with Ricardo the same night at stereo and he was there. We connected and the birth of Creatures of habit started then. There are a few gigs in the pipeline including our show at the Bpm festival for my label showcase The Other Side. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_6721c4b6_660346394&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-podcast-creatures-of-habit', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_6721c4b6_660346394', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_6721c4b6_660346394' }); });   6-      Looking at your recent & upcoming gigs, it is pretty heavy. You are played with RPR at SS festival; it sounds like a great lineup. It must be a great feeling to play alongside the Romanian trio. Will it be the first time? Yes been really busy building a solid schedule for the summer and this is one I was excited for, as it was the first time for all us of playing in Iceland. I have played with the guys 2 other time this will be the third time. It is always exciting playing along side the boys, as they do inspire me technically and musically. 7-      Speaking of upcoming releases, please tell us a bit about your future releases, collaborations and remixes. Well one that I am really looking forward to came out on July 23rd on circle music. They got the rights to Der Dritte Raum’s album and have reissued one of my all time favourites Hale Bopp, which I have had the honour to remix. Also the first release for the second series of records on my label The Other Side will  see a Creatures of Habit Collaboration with a remix from Barac. Plus much more allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_163049e5_419473052&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/therehtoside/sets/tosw001-maher-daniel-final-remixes-featuring-guti-shaun-reeves-and-olivian-nour', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_163049e5_419473052', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_163049e5_419473052' }); });   8-      An exciting project, The Other Side Series; Any future plans/releases you can share with us? The Beauty of the label was to always push up and coming artist plus a specific sound and direction and I think with the first releases I was able to do this. Following up in its second year there is a lot of exciting new material coming out. With artists such as Guy From Downstairs, Faster,  Barac, Hokuto Sato and Creatures of Habit. 9-   Thank you for the mix, it sounds quality. How would you describe it? This is mix is a curated  with loads of new music I have collected and ordered over the last couple months it will start of Slow and build nicely telling a story. 10-   It has been a pleasure to catch up with you. Anything else you would like to add? Thanks for Having me it really was a pleasure being part of the editorial and thank you for having me. #   Words by Erchin Jon   More Maher Daniel: Facebook / Soundcloud  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Starting September The Right Way w/ Hypnotic School Day Festival

As we make our final touches on our summer party calendar, we take a closer inspection at what Hypnotic School are serving up in a few weeks time in Barcelona. Starting September the right way. The Hypnotic organisation pride themselves on proving how much art, music and culture can be combined to make a positive influence on people’s lives, and on September the 1st they will be demonstrating this at an extremely special location. Skate Park BDN plays host to the day festival, an off-key venue located next to the beach, transformed by specialised production staff to enhance the experience. Music on the day will be nothing short of amazing, with artists of the highest order on the bill to perform in this perfect setting. The special guest for the occasion will be tINI, a fitting choice for the atmosphere of the day at the skate park. Alt. Society, Cab Drivers, and revered selector, Julian Perez, will join her next to the beach for a day of distinguished sounds. Performing live sets will be the fantastic Ion Ludwig, a raw and natural talent with technology, and exceptional trio Premiesku will be there to take you on a trip on the Funktion One sound system. It does not end there. To make this experience well rounded there will be various movements located around the venue. Art exhibitions, art performances including live painting, and personal gifts from the Hypnotic School camp. An underlying passion for the brand is to keep vinyl culture alive, so there will be a wide selection records available to buy in the on-site vinyl store. A nice touch for the day is, that party goers will be able to come and go back and forth to the beach as much as they like, so if you need to rest those legs the beach or chill out area will be available throughout. Also taking a focus on gastronomy, and ecological sustainability HS will be providing their own food and one off refreshments for the day session. There will be a live stream available for those who cannot make the event, but we highly recommend you take the trip and be hypnotised in Barcelona. More than just a party, a full participation for attendees with a sound track like no other. Enjoy the best of both worlds, urban and nature all in one sitting.   Words by Zac Bidwell More Hypnotic School / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  
 
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