An original creation combining music trends and the most highly regarded media arts, in an otherworldly location.A place that can only be compared to the geology of the Moon. 6 stages, with over 50 hours of music from the likes of Underground Resistance, Barac, DeWalta, Enzo Siragusa, DVS1 and Ion Ludwig to name a few. Sounds perfect, right? Well we have also lined up a competition in the build up to the main event, even better?
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August 3rd-5th the ruins and remains of Rummu, Estonia play host to the first edition of Moonland Festival. The anticipation is building for what is in store within those prison walls as they present the whole spectrum, catering for all desires. Carefully selected DJ’s and artists from around the world, light and laser shows, full video mapping that has never seen the time of day in Estonia before, and interesting workshops. If dancing in the sandy quarry becomes to much and you need to rest those legs, food courts and chill out areas will also be planted around the festival.
To come up with this fantastic concept and making it all become reality a team of international organisers have come together. From Estonia (Murk & Hall), Russia (system 108, Arma17, Sila Sveta) collaborating with FUSE (London), Broquade Records (Germany) and Estonia 100. There is years of experience there, and we believe this truly is the start of something amazing.
Full Line up:
Andrey Vishnevsky (EE)
Archie Hamilton (UK)
Call Super (UK)
Charlise N Chaplin (BE)
Christopher Ledger (IT)
Dana Ruh (DE)
Daniel Avery (UK)
Dasha Redkina (UE)
Dorian Paic (DE)
Enzo Siragusa (UK)
Exit Safe Mode (EE)
Ion Ludwig LIVE (DE)
Juho Kusti (FI)
Kamran Sadeghi LIVE (US)
Katja Adrikova (EE)
Koray Tuncel (TUR)
Kovyazin D (RU)
Legowelt Music LIVE (NL)
Mava b2b Nebukat b2b Paul / RutmiKa (EE)
Parallax Deep (SE)
Mihkel Maripuu b2b Tarmo Paluoja (EE)
Mike Shannon (CA)
Momo Trosman (AR)
Mr. & Mrs. Jonson LIVE (DE)
Nikita Zabelin (RU)
Octo Octa LIVE (US)
Per Hammar (SE)
Philipp GorbachevLIVE (RU)
Ron Morelli official (FR)
Shaun Reeves (US)
Sofia Rodina (RU)
Tanel Mütt (EE)
Taran & Lomov (LV)
Volition Immanent (NL)
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE (US)
and many others…
Several pre parties for this magical event have taken place around the world, and will continue throughout July. So far the team have taken their party to Madrid, Moscow, & Tallinn, Estonia. Still to come is Riga, Latvia, Saint Petersburg and Berlin.
MOONLAND FESTIVAL TICKETS
Luckily for MEOKO readers, we have teamed up with the Moonland team for a very special vinyl competiton from the majority of the artists involved, and it is very simple to enter. The list below consists of the records on offer already, and as we draw closer to the event we will be adding more so be sure to keep an eye out.
Ion Ludwig / Toi Toi Musik / #6 : Remixes Villalobos / Brito
Dorian Paic / Raum Musik / Sasse - Soul Records : Remixes Ricardo Villalobos
Dewalta / Saluki Master 865109
Shaun Reeves / Shantu 001
Mashkov / TLP004 /
Maher Daniel / TOS / Number 004 : Remixes by Dana Ruh, Agenis Brito and Ada Kaleh
Janina / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YV29POcr3w
Nastia / Propoganda Records / Rayo Lezo
B Voice / SAKTU001
Momo Trosman / Cure Musik / 006 The Flip
Artur Lääts / Murk / Apollo EP - Artur Lääts
Christopher Ledger / Brouqade / 0044 Chrisopher Ledger
Dana Ruh / Cave Recordings / CR003 Double Vinyl
Mariano / La Montana Discos / LMD001 / unknown artists from Rosario
Mariano / Mirca / Various Artists / remixes from Federico Mollinari. Gulp
Phillip Gorbacachec / PG-Tune / Double Vinyl
Abelle / Arma Records / Number 017 / Remixes Mick Wills
Archie Hamilton / Moscow Records / Moscow 023 - Archie Hamilton Confused EP
Dasha Redkin - https://www.discogs.com/The-Kicks-Experimental-Boat-Edition/release/11183678
Boym - [BPV018] Rainer - Psilocybin EP
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Marlie, a talented and passionate selector born in Sydney has certainly made her stamp on the music map. Recently just signed to Round Up Agency, Marlie has fast tracked her career by playing her unique and signature sound with a flawless and professional manner that has earned her respect throughout the industry in a very short time. Having kicked off her career properly in 2015, Marlie already has co-founded one of Londons biggest parties Point, established her own project roots which seeks to explores many differnt avenues of the industry and puts its focus on the local community and exposing the sound that she loves to her native country aswell as having played many high profile gigs including CDV, WYS and Up Festival to name just a few.
MEOKO can't wait to see whats instore next for this young and promising artist.
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Which is the track that changed your life? The one that made you understand that music is really a particular emotion, more intense than others.
Taking me back to my very first days in East London before I started playing… It’s a track called Jacausa by one of our mates who’s artist name was Circus Line at the time. It was my first time at Keep on Going and I’d just discovered the wonderful world of minimal music. I’d often get goosebumps when I’d hear it - It just took me somewhere else..
Which are the DJs and producers with whom you feel more affinity, and with whom you would always like to share words, music and goals?
In the past couple of years I'm so happy to have met & connected with two of my favourite artists, Priku & Barac. I've seen both of them play multiple times & I continue to have so much respect for them. Priku played the best set I've ever experienced at Sunwaves and Barac's set at Up Festival this year was just so special. Aside from their music they are both beautiful souls which is what makes them more of an inspiration to me. It's no doubt that RPR are also a huge influence on me musically and artists that I admire.
How has your year been so far and what have you got planned for the rest of the year? Any upcoming gigs or plans to share with MEOKO readers?
I've had such an incredible year so far! I'm still trying to get use to Winter here in Sydney as I recently got back from two months in Europe where I had some awesome gigs. I was based in Prague with Round Up agency however I was constantly travelling. I went to Sunwaves for the first time which was mind-blowing & I played at my very first festival too - Up Festival. It was amazing to be able to listen & dance to my favourite artists at some of the best parties, connect with old friends & make new ones. I arrived home feeling pretty exhausted but very inspired nonetheless.
My plans for the rest of the year are to continue building my brand Roots here in Sydney & enjoy what Australia has to offer when Summer comes around. I'm stoked to finally be getting my European passport this August after 4 years of waiting! This means I'll be heading back to live in Europe early next year and hopefully continue chasing the Summer between there & Australia.
Which artistic achievement of you are most proud of so far ?
In London I had spent a lot of time building my party Point, with Dean Marc. When I moved back home to Sydney I felt like I was leaving a big part of me behind. I didn’t know anyone in the music scene in Australia so it was quite overwhelming at first - I felt like a stranger in my own city. It was only a matter of time before I started to miss the European music culture I was use to as well. I was determined to start my own new project here, so Roots was born. The brand began to grow in such a short period of time through a couple of illegal raves, podcasts, radio shows and live streams. We’ve now been doing parties in clubs for just over six months and I’m really happy with the direction it’s going - We’re playing our part in bringing that European vibe over to Australia!
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Coming up to its second edition 31/08 – 02/09, we take a delve inside the world of Twin Lakes Festival, featuring some of the finest artists from around the globe, including Sammy Dee, Barac, Ada Kaleh, Janina, Wareika and many more.
Three days of Love, Music and Nature buried deep in to the environment of the Niederlausitz, in Brandenburg, Germany. A majestic location surrounded by two sleepy lakes, enchanted forests and open fields, waiting to be explored by curious partygoers. Just a short journey from Berlin (1 hour by car) gives you the option of staying in the city, or becoming one with Mother Nature.
A festival and community built upon a crew of peoples love for one thing – music. Allowing the location and sounds to speak for themselves, whilst letting go camping in the wilderness, swimming in the lakes, raving in the forest, chilling in the sunshine, and loving the people around you. Oh, and of course a lot DANCING.
André Galluzzi - Ada Kaleh Live - Alex Cliché Audio Werner - Argenis Brito Live - Barac Between us showcase - Bruno Curtis - Christian Bauer Cult Jam - Cesar Merveille - Dandy Jack Live Einzelkind - Eveline Fink - Felidae Handmade - Janina - Mike Shannon Oskar Szafraniec - Sammy Dee - Saytek Live Tobi Neumenn - Wareika Live
Lights/Videos/Visuals – Trig Fardust http://www.trigger.ch/
More artists will be added to the line up, and the time table will be coming within the month. Alongside more information regarding travel and accommodation. Shuttle buses will be available from Berlin & Beskow.
Several types of tickets are available Regular, Group Ticket, Saturday + Sunday Ticket, and Sunday Tickets. Ranging from 29,00 – 59,00 Euros. Please check the website for tickets/info.
In any case, you’ll see us there, as MEOKO is happy to announce we’re Twin Lakes Festival’s official media partner. So watch out for upcoming info on here. See you by the lake!
Words by Zac Bidwell
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With less than two months remaining until the yearly pilgrimage, we decided to look at what is in store at this year’s Sonus Festival, Croatia, presented to you by Time Warp. Five days, and five nights of parties on the beach (or some special boat parties) exploring a spectrum of electronic music, with a house and techno flavour. A handful of names on the bill; Craig Richards, Dixon, Enzo Siragusa, Nicolas Lutz, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Vath, Praslesh and Sonja Moonear.
After celebrating their 5th birthday last August, Sonus Festival continue to grow each year bringing you some of the most loved artists in the world to a unique location. An opportunity to see your favourites, and take a dip in the crystal clear waters all in one place. Many high quality outlets and brands will be collaborating with Time Warp for this year’s event, including Sunwaves, Club Der Visionaere, Fuse London, Junction 2 Festival, Nordstern and many more.
For the 2018 addition almost 70 artists will make the trip to the Island of Pag, just off the coast of Croatia. A beautiful destination, waiting to be explored. Each year the marathon party takes place on Zrće beach, a party haven consisting of 3 clubs where each of the parties will take place day and night. Whether you are looking forward to the reputable Fuse after party in Kalypso, or seeing Marco Carola take over the setting of Papaya, there is something for all dancers.
Adam Beyer - Adriatique - Agoria - Âme DJ Amelie Lens - Andrea Oliva "Official" - Archie Hamilton - Binh - Boris Brejcha - BUTCH (DJ / Producer) - Cassy - Cezar - Charlotte de Witte - Chris Liebing - Craig Richards - D'julz - Dana Ruh - Digby - Dixon - Dorian Paic - Dr. Rubinstein - Eats Everything - Enzo Siragusa - Ian F. - Jackmaster - Jamie Jones - Jennifer Cardini - Johannes Brecht live - Joseph Capriati - Kölsch - Konstantin - Len Faki (OFFICIAL) - LOCO DICE - Luigi Madonna - Maceo Plex - Marco Carola - MEAT - Nastia - Nicolas Lutz - Pan-Pot - Peggy Gou - Praslesh (Raresh & Praslea) - DJ Ralf - Recondite live Rhadoo - Ricardo Villalobos - Richie Hawtin - RØDHÅD - Rossko - Ryan Elliott - Seth Troxler - Dj Skizzo - Solomun (Official) - Sonja Moonear - Stephan Bodzin live -Sven Väth - Tale Of Us - The Martinez Brothers - Valentino Kanzyani Locals Andrea Ljekaj - Felver - Groovyman - Kristijan Molnar - Mariano Mateljan - Marina Karamarko - Yesh
MEOKO recommends: Enjoy the special after party mornings, & catch up with the local heroes if you have the opportunity.
Keep an eye out for stage splits and full timetable including boat parties. See you at Zrće beach, who is ready for the marathon?
Hit up the Sonus Festival official website for any ticket/lineup/accommodation information plus more: https://www.sonus-festival.com/
Words by Zac Bidwell
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One of the most relevant clubs of the Minimal scene in Bucharest is hosting its annual event on 29th of June for a special Night Out. CLUB GUESTHOUSE since its inauguration is becoming the point of gravity off all the roaster Artists of the European Underground Scene. The event held at their home will kick off at 10pm on Friday night and estimated finish time is 6pm on Saturday night. Get your dancing shoes ready for the long marathon. (P.S.: As we all know club guesthouse, it would not surprise us if the party lasts until sunday morning.)
Petre Inspirescu and Raresh, big cheeses of the Romanian scene subtitled [a:rpia:r] for an intense and memorable music journey will drive this crispy line up.
Cabanne and Lowris, the French wheels, have started on 2017 a new and fresh collaboration called K.O.D. released already on Minibar, which is going to be introduced for the first time in Romania as the Kings of Delay.
For an impeccable set, Priku one of the most promising DJs in the minimal scene also for his stunning soft techno and and deep house productions talent, is going to join this high finest order line up.
Definetely not to miss will be Charlie very young DJ and on developing his auspicious carrer is going to join this wicked line up. Also a special mention to Cote that will be in charge of the visuals to make the event good for ears and eyes.
Take your well-needed rest today and be ready for this special night out, a mini marathon in other words!
Words by Aghnes
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Now in its 9th year, Gottwood Festival has become known as one of the best small festivals in the UK, with a loyal following who keep returning year upon year, for a lineup of the best in underground music and beautiful location. After hearing so many glowing reviews, I felt it was time that I had to experience it this year.
Setting off first thing in the morning on Thursday to reach the site at Holyhead in Anglesey, there was already a magic in the air. I travelled through tunnels and over bridges, passing sheep and mountains, before arriving at the campsite, overlooking calm seas on the Welsh north-west coast.
After pitching up the tent and getting to know the neighbours, who were Gottwood regulars and who soon became friends, I went to check out the arena where the stages lie. Walking into this area it was a joy to the senses. Initially walking through lush green woodland with tall trees, where the sun was breaking through, this plays host to lots of the smaller stages. Individual pieces of interesting, colourful, hand painted artwork are scattered throughout. The largest stage named ‘The Lawn’ is an open grassy area from the trees and is opposite an old manor house bathed in ivy; this is where the majority of the live acts and more chilled out sounds would feature across the weekend. In the middle of all the stages is a shimmering lake with lily pads and fountains, providing relaxing tranquility. With pure blue skies overhead it couldn’t have been more perfect and I spent some time just taking it in sat down next to the lake, I couldn’t think of anywhere more picturesque for a festival.
With the sun starting to drop behind the trees it was time to get stuck into some music. What better way to kick it off than with FUSE boss Enzo Siragusa and label stalwart Archie Hamilton. Playing on The Curve stage, a fairly large tent, the boys had got it filled from early on. Archie was first up playing some of his own signature tracks with distinctive percussion such as ‘Confusion’ on his own label Moscow. Enzo then took over, by which time the tent was bouncing. He played a festival party set laden with house and tech-house bombs including ‘What was Missing’ by Jamie Trench forthcoming on Seb Zito’s ‘Seven Dials’ label. To cap things off the pair then finished the night going b2b with some classic house tunes, smiles and hands raised all round. This was a great energetic start to proceedings.
Following a good sleep and with the sun continuing to glow, waking up on the Friday was made easy, with the prospect of plenty of sunshine vibes to come on the day. It became a ritual over the weekend to head to The Lawn first thing to recover, listening to some down-tempo, live electronica and dub/reggae. Ready to dance again after eating some delicious wood fired pizza, just one of many outstanding food stalls; it was time to head to the Trigon Stage.
Arguably one of the most impressive, the area is surrounded by walls of hay bales, with a wooden triangular tunnel structure leading it’s way to the DJ booth. Secretsundaze were playing, with music perfectly suited to the blistering skies, including the Dusky remix of ‘Do You Want Me Baby’ by Cloud 9. One thing worth mentioning here is the friendly attitude of everyone at the festival, it was easy and comfortable to strike up a conversation with everyone who I bumped into, including the bar staff and security. Due to the small capacity of 5000 you would often come across the same people you had been chatting to at the campsite on the dance floor and this added to a great feeling of unity and positivity that I haven’t really experienced at a festival before.
Special Request aka Paul Woolford continued the mood, moving things up a gear as it progressed into the evening, with music from his UK rave inspired album ‘Belief System’ including the wobbling bass and euphoria of ‘Make it Real’. For the night time hours it was all about the Hypercolour stage at the Walled Garden, another outstanding venue that is situated in the garden behind the manor house. It has a secret garden feel to it, as you pass under the old brick walls, through the low hanging plants, before reaching the stage that is sunk into the garden with a terraced grass area behind it. Kate Miller was playing here and was one of my surprise highlight sets of the weekend, a diverse blend of electronic music summed up by the classic dubstep anthem ‘Night’ by Benga & Coki. The legend that is Andrew Weatherall closed out the night, taking the crowd on a journey and telling a story through a progressive nature that only someone with such knowledge in the game can.
Saturday fast came round and the daytime hours were again spent with some down time in the open areas of the festival. Some amazing live music featured on The Lawn all weekend such as the stripped back meditative rhythms from the Cuban Iranian group Ariwo and uplifting worldly inspired melodies of Africane 808. This was the perfect tonic after a night of heavy raving. The night held some of the most anticipated sets of the weekend with Half Baked in Ricky’s Disco, featuring Zip and Margaret Dygas headlining and playing for a combined 7 hours. Ricky’s Disco was a great tent and felt like one of the most intimate, spherical in shape, with a large disco ball and hanging flowers. The vibe inside was probably the standout of the weekend for Margaret Dygas. She played an awe inspiring set, with long flowing mixes and plenty of unknown and unreleased grooves. A discerning crowd of Perlon and Half Baked supporters loving every moment, particularly big receptions came when she dropped the timeless classic acid tinged beat of ‘The Sun Can’t Compare by Larry Heard, the vocals on everyone’s lips. Zip continued the raucous atmosphere with music like ‘I Have You On My Sound’ by Son of Sound & Jus Ed, a peak time Underground Quality US house stomper. Cheers, whistles and hugs between friends and strangers could be seen and heard all around the tent for the duration. There was even time to catch the final hour of Ben UFO who was constructing a mix at Trigon of music without the borders usually put up by genres.
At many festivals I have been to Sunday can often feel like a downer as people are tired and ready to go home, but this was not the case at Gottwood. With radiant skies still overhead reflecting on the lake, it was easy to get out of bed to grab a Bloody Mary and get back to a spot on the lawn, where Craig Richards was playing the first of two sets, a special dub and reggae set. Wearing a trademark patterned shirt, he demonstrated the diversity of his record collection, pulling out 7 inches like ‘I Man Can’t Live Like this’ by Barry Brown. A pure Sunday afternoon ambience was being created, almost as if you were on a beach, as I sipped a drink with my toes in the lake to cool off. It felt like a real honour to be part of such a special event and it was great to see the owner of the Gottwood site, an older gentleman, walking around the site and enjoying seeing people appreciate the natural charm of the landscape around them. In the afternoon I caught City Fly Records over on the other side of the lake at the open Cpt. Cabeza stage. A label based in my hometown city of Leicester, they played a great disco and house set that even got what looked like the youngest member of the crowd, a small young boy (not sure how he passed the challenge 25 policy!) dancing.
On the final evening I was spoilt for choice with One Records at Ricky’s Disco, Butterside Up at Trigon and The Nothing Special at the Walled Garden. Fortunately due to the long set times, another great feature of the festival, I managed to catch a bit of everything. One Records had John Dimas, Voigtmann and label owners Adam Shelton b2b Subb-an playing their brand of always high quality house and techno, aimed squarely at the dance floor and with rolling beats aplenty. Over at the Trigon it was a slightly different affair to the daytime flavours, as Nicolas Lutz went b2b with Binh. Another highlight of the weekend, the pair made their way through a devastating set of some of their cosmic electro, spacey house and garage tinged minimal tracks on vinyl, from their respective My Own Jupiter and Time Passages labels. This included the forthcoming ‘Tschuss’ by Draculas Lutz & Omar. The Trigon at its best underneath the dark red lasers and smoke cannons, with the crowd going for it and using every single last drop of resource in their limbs. The anthemic reach for the sky ‘Atmosphere’ by Luca Lozano came out the stacks and provided another boost. Sonja Moonear maintained the high intensity, producing another all vinyl masterclass of house and techno.
To close out the weekend it only felt right to catch the end of Craig Richards hosting The Nothing Special all night at The Walled Garden. A far cry from his earlier set, this time he was in the midst of a high octane mix of techno and electro. A DJ that is arguably one of the most experienced in underground music, with his long running residency at fabriclondon, where he has played before so many names. He crafts together mixes that include multiple genres and records that you may never have stumbled upon before.
Also painting abstract art outside of DJing (some may be fascinated by his label artwork) his expression through music is always mesmerising to watch and the tent was a carnival of warm emotion as a chant of DJ Otzi’s ‘Hey Baby’ rang out on top of the serious music, bringing a smile to Craig’s face. As the last track was played and I made my way back to the campsite, I was immediately thinking of when this enchanting, all-encompassing musical and arts experience could be absorbed in again. My mind was on Houghton, Gottwood’s sister festival, curated by Craig himself and where many of the people I had spoken to over the weekend would be heading to next. Four days had taken place where we were blessed with outstanding weather, an extraordinary location and you become part of a community brought together for the love of great music, the Gottwood family as it is described. You return with new friends, inspirations, favourite artists and a yearning to taste what is a truly unique environment once again.
Words by Tom Warner
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Madrid is a city of many charms. You may have heard about its amazing weather, its astonishing architecture made over centuries, its museums, its extraordinary and delicious gastronomy, even its electronic music scene which is in fact excellent.
Replay Sunset Party, one of Spain's leading electronic music brand turns six years old in a very special location : CAJA MAGICA , in the Spanish Capital.
Made out of steel, wood and glass, it is one of the capital's major architectural reference points, with a stunningly versatile and functional design. In the past already hosted a number of unforgettable festivals like ‘ Mad Cool’ and will bring again the public an overwhelming space for a party that seems like a 12-hour daytime festival.
Sunday 15th of July will be the stage of an incredible line up, entirely filled by the high finests top DJs of the underground scene with a very Special Guest on top of that; Sonja Moonear.
Her sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity and lead her to perpetually redefine her style specialises in trippy style of house and techno whose spiritual home is Club Der Visionaere. In Sonja’s hands, you might hear minimal sounds mixed with acid house, or electro into dub techno, but always connected by subtle transitions that never sound rushed or disjointed, she has the best ear for groove.
In action as Headliner smasher, the Perlon Co-Founder aka Dimbiman aka Zip is a familiar name for lots of us. Famous for his epic minimal shifts within the 4/4 scheme, he has an illustrious musical history which began in 1986 as singer in the band Second Voice to turn up on 1996 in Frankfurt where he got together with Markus Nikolai and Chris Rehberger to form the audio-visual project Pile, very interesting fact this one which took them in 1997 to found the banging Perlon labeI.
From Jupiter to Madrid we’ll see the master of mystery and implacable seeker, Nicolas Lutz alongside the old ruler at the Farringdon local and recently active in one of the most cosy venue of music quality in London with his new concept : Craig Richards & Friends that has seen a sequence of high class performances from the beginning of this year. This time together for a very elegant and awaited B2b.
For an impeccable Live Master Ion Ludwig, a fundamental key on the Toi Toi roaster, actively producing in the studio places like Weekend Club and Club der Visionaere helped shape is live performances to perfection . Synthesizers, drum machines combining with his sound spreades an endless story and energy.
A key innovator representative of a new class of producers who are reaching melody, moving away from the classic Romanian sound towards something more bumpy and colorful, Barac will perform on the Madrilenian stage to deliver a powerful minimal set.
The support will be from Simon Garcia and Alvaro Medina, both masters at Replay’s parties, standing out for them genuine, timeless, personal, hypnotic and futuristic sounds are going to close this interstellar line up!
Last but not least, the Brunch will be hosted by Roots with a London figure and Eagervision Records resident Alffie b2b Hons and Maryo.
If you are a music lover and you’re looking for a reason to travel, you can now stop. You’ve already found the perfect plan!
Words by Aghnes
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We had a very original and interesting chat with Sampol, relevant member of the Artists collective Checkpoint represented also by Sonodab, very talented producer has edited several of the most respected labels as Kina Music, Trazable Recordings and as well remixed the best artists of the moment.
Let’s start with Checkpoint concept, is a combination of arts established and focuses its events in Barcelona since 2013, as resolute forward-thinking approaches between different and contemporary shapes of House and Techno with unconventional artistic trends. Counting both musical and visual conceptions accurately aligned with having on board the most emerging electronic music artists of European’s underground scene, always located in emblematic spaces where a socially and culturally atmosphere is acoustically set.
And the residents; Baraso, passionate in Electronic music and culture, has a long career which is seeing him playing quite a lots around the best European stages and clubs.
Rainer, owner of Therapy Records and one of Checkpoints regular guests is releasing on various different labels such as Half Baked, Vinylclub and Bodyparts to name just a few. Rainer is defo an artist close under our MEOKO microscope.
Last but not least Rick Maia is an extremely versatile DJ able to adapt his unique sound to any kind of environment where he combines impeccable taste with impressive technical skills to superb effect. He has the passion, intelligence and a understanding of the dance music environment which makes him a truly exciting prospect.
The main impressive thing is that the aim to create a special, characteristic scene in Barcelona offering people the possibility of an experience where the quality of music and art are staying in focus.
Regulary collaborations with rising multimedia artists, installation designers or sculptures talented from the most acclaimed local art academies and galleries, all of this is represented with the colorful graphics of the flyers which respect the themes and the different locations of the parties.
Constant collaborations with rising multimedia artists, installation designers or sculptures talented from the most acclaimed local art academies and galleries, all of this is represented with the colorful graphics of the flyers which respect the themes and the different locations of the parties.
Approaching to the OFF WEEK, best occasion to celebrate 5th anniversary of Checkpoint. The event is a three day-tour-de-force with dozen of DJs and live acts spread between three different venues.
Celebrations will start on 13th of June at Backyard Villa surrounded by a pool garden terrace and more hidden spots inside the house combined with a super tasty line up : Binh, Andrew James Gustav, Saverio Celestri, Christian AB, Giammarco Orsini and all the rest of O300f Recordings crew.
After a fresh orange juice and couple of bananas we’ll walk to Port Forum for a special outdoor Rooftop after party, right in front of the sea, special set up for the occasion where the Resident Djs will take over the decks shouder to shoulder with Robin Ordell B2b Onirik, Seuil, Quest and a very special Guest TBA…
Third, last and awaited one, MEOKO edition at the Meetingpoint Gallery where in the heart of Raval we will be involved in an avant- garde Music and Art community , Vinyl market, workshop, upcycle crafts and more activities all day long.
From this match with Meetingpoint, another great occasion was born for Checkpoint, a twin project, a space for work and training and dissemination, the experience of using a public space in a self-managed way through the use of healthy and natural materials, innovation and creativity that has become the residency Home for Checkpoint.
The Location, Espai Txema is one of the winning projects Pla de BUITs contest sponsored by the Council of Barcelona city in 2013. Small building built with materials / recycled, compostable and / or reusable. It is a project that aims to involve citizens in a process of continuous learning.
We literally can’t wait!
Words by Aghnes
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A Parisian club kid in the early 2000s, Djebali has grown into one of the most accomplished house producers from the city’s new generation of talent, leading to his Rex Club Residency. It is with great pleasure that MEOKO caught up with the French Star, ahead of his appearance at MDRNTY Cruise alongside a special mix recorded live at Rex Club in March at the Ideal Juice Showcase with Fumiya Tanaka.
MEOKO Exclusive Podcast No: 256 - DJEBALI
Q1- Hey Mehdi, first of all thank you for the mix and your time. How is life so far; what have you been up to?
Hi guys, All’s good so far! Even though I recently had a flood in my studio area, meaning I had to spend an entire week cleaning up the mess and reorganizing & testing the machines, thanks god everything’s working well. Again; Summer is finally here, and I just can’t wait for all those outdoor sunny parties to happen!
Q2- Rex Club is a big player in Paris Club Scene. It must take a lot to be a resident at Rex Club and it is surely a great match. How did it feel when you used to go there to party and how does it feel now to be in charge of the club during your set?
Rex Club is celebrating his 30th anniversary this year. That means something special, I guess it’s a dream for loads of clubs (all?) to be able to get this longevity whilst keeping on offering since day one quality music and DJs performance from around the world.
Of course I am honored to be part of the club history. As you mentioned, I’ve been going to rex club since my tender age, been then invited to play a few times before eventually becoming a resident. It’s been 4 years now that I have been holding Ideal Juice residency, and that goes beyond all expectations!
I love playing there, the audio set up sounds amazing, the Rex crew is always making you feel like home and I have the freedom to bring the dj’s / performers I fancy like recently Fumiya Tanaka, Ion Ludwig, Satoshi Tomiie… it’s a perfect match!
Q3- It is definitely one for the diary; MDRNTY Cruise 2018, a 3-day paradise across the Mediterranean Sea. You played at the first edition and it is nobody's surprise you are back for the 2nd edition as well. How was your experience there last year and any expectations on this year?
Well, I feel very lucky to return for the 2nd year in a row as it is a total renewed line up for this second edition!
Last year was simply amazing, I didn’t know what to expect because it was my first “cruising” experience! Everything was so well organized!
An incredible line up, 24/7 music, food and drinks, sunshine, day & night parties, but also some great boat facilities like spa, sport, casino… you could do whatever you want, whenever you want, so easily! On top It was so much fun walking around the boat and bumping into the crowd, the other djs, the staff.. it was a friendly vibe all over and big fun all cruising long! I had the chance to stay on board for the whole journey last year and I am looking forward to doing it all over again this June.. 3 days long no less!
A lot of friends are playing there too amongst which Guti, Mathew Jonson, Archie Hamilton, Lazare Hoche, Cassy and of course Dan, Dyed and Shonky as Apollonia, as well as a ton of very good artists.. Once on board, you’ll just have to go with the flow.
Again a big Thank You to MDRNTY crew to offer this special cruise to the electronic crowd!
Q4- Approaching the middle of 2018 already; how has your year been so far and what have you got planned for the rest of the year? Any upcoming releases, gigs, plans to share with MEOKO readers?
The year has been great so far, I had the chance to play some big events for the first time like Caprices Festival in the Alpes, or to return to The Block in Tel Aviv, or to PIV events in Amsterdam etc..
Closer to us, the season in Ibiza looks already amazing. I will play several shows in Amnesia for Pyramid x Keep on Dancing on Mondays, which is meant to be my new home for the summer, also I’ve been invited by Black Coffee to play his residency at HÏ Ibiza and one play at Heart Ibiza in august. No need to say that I am very excited. :P
Releases wise, there is that OAM (once a month) project I’ve been running since January. The idea is to offer every month of the year a track for free Download. Subscribe to my channel on youtube to be warned when a new track is available with a video trailer. Caution! each free download will be limited in time to 3 weeks. May’s just been released via XLR8R.
On another note, I had the chance to remix a track called Fall from Legend DJ Pierre as part of his album Wild Pitch (Story) named after one of his alias and released on Get physical in May. On the remix duty, look out too the one I did of Enzo Siragusa and Nima Gorji “Foreal” and out too. Several 12” coming out: one collab with POD, coming out on POD Cross, and another one called “ Into the depth” on Reda Dare’s label Signatune.
Another highlight will be the remix I did for Guti’s album that will be out on the martinez brothers’ label, cuttin’ headz
Regarding my own labels, a new EP from Chris Stussy is just out on ( djebali ) presents, and the following one will be an EP from Italian friends Jonny n’Travis! ( djebali ) reworks will add to the catalog, remixes from Audio Werner and Rossko, and ( djebali ) extra an EP from NTFO with a remix of mine.
Q5- It is a great pleasure to see you join our mix series. It has been on our wish list in a while. Was it a live recording or you recorded in your studio? How would you describe it?
A shared pleasure it is! It s a mix I recorded live at Rex Club back in march at the occasion of the Ideal Juice with Fumiya Tanaka. That night I first opened the night, and closed it too afterwards.
Here I present the first part, the start. The recording is 2h30 long. This was Fumiya’s warm up so expect a deep start to an ongoing journey until I passed on the decks to Fumiya; Enjoy the mix!
Thank you again and see you on the Magic Boat. We hope to see you in London sometime soon as well!
Thank you! See you on the boat and also for sure in London soon!
Words by Erchin Jon
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It’s hard to be a dance music globe-trotter sometimes. Ask any touring DJs and they’ll tell you about the exhaustion that comes with the lifestyle. Same for us at MEOKO: Romania, Prague, Barcelona… There’s always a good party going on somewhere outside of our homebase of London, and when we spot one, we’ve got to be there. This is worth all the comedowns in the world, after all, and so this time we’re setting sails to Paris, for the “Kinder Garden X Slow Life” on June 22.
Kinder Garden is a fairly new Parisian venture thrown by the collective RMMT, always focusing on a specific crew while showcasing younger members of the French capital’s scene in a second room. After Traffic or Libertine, they’re receiving Slow Life on June 22nd — and celebrating RMMT’s 1st birthday by the same occasion. If you’re French yourself, and probably even if you ain’t, you know that the local scene for all things minimal is at the top of its game lately. RMMT is one of the crews giving it a new youth, so this party in their 13th arrondissement basement is not one to miss, especially with such guests of honor.
Slow Life is a motor in this part of the minimal scene that’s been focusing on excavating forgotten gems from the vaults of dance music past, seeing treasures in what others would have dismissed as mere dusty wax. This makes it hard to pinpoint their sound: it’s more about vibe than genre, electronic music with a dare-to-be-weird attitude that never sounds forced, yet genuinely oblique and out there — organically grown by dedicated crate diggers.
It’s a six-person collective based in Berlin but with roots in Spain and Italy, one where friendship is at the base of the working relation. The four DJs though, all playing at the Kinder Garden, are Laurine, Cecilio, DJ Tree and S. Moreira, the latter of which might sound the most familiar as he produces as well and was behind all the early productions on the label — which says a lot as they largely contributed to put Slow Life’s name on the avid music seekers’ lips outside of their home base of Berlin.
If you need any introduction to the label, one that would perfectly summarize their ever-curious free-wheeling attitude, look no further than their 2016 compilation “Chromophore”. Here, you’ll find along Moreira likeminded young sprouts like Uruguay’s Luis Malon and Saverio Celestri, facing off with veterans Seafoam, A², and Mick Welch.
Besides this kind of dreamy breaks-leaning deep house that Moreira specializes in, another familiar face since the beginning is fellow Berlin Italian transplant Saverio Celestri. The label’s close friend has released his only LP so far on Slow Life, in his trademark electro-influenced style, full of rattling bass and out-of-control snares.
Lately the label’s been on a fantastic streak. Keeping it in the family, Moreira has collaborated with the in-house designer Santi Uribe for an album of ambient outerspace excursions surely inspired by the kind of experimentations techno and trance producers would often try their hand to in the 90s — the sort of stuff Slow Life must have encountered a countless amount of time in their digging journeys. And it’s no wonder that their most recent releases featured 100hz, Marco Repetto or Tim Jackiw — all more-or-less forgotten producers returning to the spotlight in the past years thanks to digging culture. They’ve also opened the label to other younger artists sharing their vibe, with Swedish newcomer Basement Space taking the UK route and Berlin duo Primary Perception going deeper than deep on their debut LP and stellar “Retrofitted Future Vol. 1” EP — perhaps my favourite record on the label.
But it’s really behind the decks however that the Slow Life ethos can be experienced. Anyone attending their regular label nights at Club Der Visionaere or Hoppetosse cannot fail to see the enthusiasm of the crew’s DJs, like a bunch of friends excited about sharing their discoveries to one another — a spirit summarized in the title of Slow Life’s second release, courtesy of Moreira: “We All Are Fra!”
With the whole crew invited, this Paris bash is one for the books. To celebrate the occasion, we’re holding a competition, the winner of which will get a
- 1x2 entry and
- Slow Life’s most recent release, Basement Space’s “Cosmic Collision”.
with “Kinder Garden” as the subject heading. And if you don’t feel so lucky, book your tickets here. Happy birthday RMMT!
Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin
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After the sold-out event hosted at E1 London in February, the live-set legend Stephan Bozdin comes back to London on 21st of September for his 2nd London appearance of 2018.
Originally a composer, Stephan Bodzin soon fell in love with nocturnal club sounds and began producing his own brand of techno. His productions are driving, hypnotic and with a very real and memorable sense of melody that sticks long in the mind.
This September, Stephan Bodzin will bring his impressive and innovative live visual show to Londons Electric Brixton for the event hosted by Parable; Fideles & Luna Semara are also on the bill.
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This June will see a big return to the decks together a very finest class B2b, Margaret Dygas and Craig Richards for the Sonar OFF week. Both old rulers at the Farringdon local with a long history of alongside sets. Minimal, breaks and tasty blend of house and techno, Richards’s sounds entirely reflect the successfull partnership between Fabric and Toi Toi ; as well the minimalistic sounds of the beloved Perlon label will be shown by Margaret.
For an impeccable Live Ion Ludwig, a master key on the Toi Toi roaster, actively producing in the studio places like Weekend Club and Club der Visionaere helped shape is live performances to perfection . Synthesizers, drum machines combining with his sound spreades an endless story and energy.
Rhadoo, perhaps the most famous student of the Villalobos style, an artist with a very strong Romanian identity, proved his stunning production talents ranging from deep, dubby house to is not only known as one of the most promising DJs in electronic club music, but he also uplifting and seductive techno. A perfect example is Fabric’72 an exclusive compilation of bomb records he takes with him all around the world.
Finally to close this exciting line up.....
Herodot. Not just a exceptionally talented DJ, Label Owner, Promoter and Club Guesthouse’s representative to part of the family Toi Toi Booking Agency Rooster, his sets are very well know for keeping the party going for endless hours...
"I’m booking my flight tickets right now to don’t miss this boiling line up, I willwear my coolest sunglasses...Nos vemos en Barcelona, WOLF Club / SonarOFF ."
and answering in the subject title: Which one of these is an actual alias name of Rhadoo?
A. B. C.
Amazing prizes for the winner !
2 x Tickets
Pox & Pol – Argenis Brito & Ricardo Villalobos vin
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Microscope series is back again and this time we are having a very well known name from Netherlands – Roger Gerressen. Born in Arnhem and currently living in Nijmegen continuously spreading his name across the world by his house and techno infused productions and smooth as butter sets. Roger just joined Paris based Yoyaku label which led him to release his music on imprints as Joule, Aku and Tartouffe. With their support he is about to launch two more labels to meet his output and give him his creative freedom– Irenic Records and Autodidact Records. As being a co-founder of ESHU records having numerous releases and collaborations with big guns as Ivano Tetelepta, Dilated Pupils, ARC and Novio Dub Tribe you get an image that this is the guy to keep your eye on. We can’t wait to dive in the interview with this talent and check his exclusive MEOKO Mix.
1. Hey Roger, pleasure to have you with us! How are you doing?
I am doing good sir, I had a series of gigs last summer that went great and I just had a few weeks off to finish some music/remixes and get ready for the winter season.
2.First of all, tell us more about your involvement in the club scene. How did you get in the scene in the first place and what made you decide that you want to become a part of it?
I never expected to be involved in house music at this stage in my live. In the 90’s the only electronic music we grew up with was the trance and gabber that dominated in the Netherlands. Those styles had massive airplay on the radio and even took over the pop charts. Good electronic music was already out there, but it never reached me at that age. I never got into the trance/gabber music, the melodies felt cheesy to me. I was always more interested in breaks and loops and became a fan of early 90’s hiphop when I got introduced to A Tribe Called Quest. To this day it’s the music I play the most at home. I just love sample based loops.
At my 18th birthday coincidence happened. My friends bought me a ticket to a big techno event (still pretty much against my biased will), I had my first experience in the scene and immediately seemed to understand what this music was all about. I found another type of new loop-based music I love. I got some second hand belt-drive turntables and a mixer a few weeks afterwards and here we are today.
3.Do you remember the first record or artist you heard that clicked to you? Can you tell us shortly how did you get from hearing your first record to playing your first gig?
The first artist that clicked for me was the dutch legend Steve Rachmad. My sister was dating a guy back then who was also into dj’ing and he gave me the mix-cd ‘Sterac - Emerging’. That cd still is like a bible to my beliefs in techno music. Mixed live in a club with an amazing vision of hypnotic techno. I immediately drifted towards that sound from then on.
My first gig was a DJ contest in 2004 at Planet Rose, our local clubnight. Even though in my memories everything went great, I didn’t make it to the finals haha. But I was already happy to have performed for a crowd at that point.
4 .As you been raised in Nijmegen do you see a change in music and clubbing there? It is a quite remote city isn’t it? Do you have some special nights, clubs or events that are worth visiting?
Nijmegen used to be a very underground-minded city with one mayor clubnight called Planet Rose (the venue is called Doornroosje, the longest running clubnight in the Netherlands, which has been going strong for more then 22-years now) that has influenced everybody in my town. They had an amazing venue for techno music, high quality acts like Jeff Mills, Derrick May and Laurent Garnier came by on a weekly basis to play for a very open minded crowd. Outside of the Dutch borders, not many people know of this place, but over here it has a legendary status. A few years back they were forced to move out of their filthy old graffiti covered venue (which I loved ofcourse) and settle into a very new state of the art building, which changed things for me. It has become too big for me now and as a result of trying to reach bigger crowds the programming has also become a bit more mainstream and predictable. Luckily you have a few smaller promoters in my town who are now stepping in (like ‘The Tribe’) and hosting some smaller high quality events.
But I still hold the memories of the old venue in my heart. It was an amazing place.
5.As living near by one of the Europe’s partying hotspots, do you find yourself going to Amsterdam often? How does it influence the Holland’s scene in general? Do you think the city dictates the trend for the scene?
The city definitely dictates the trend for the Netherlands, but my country is so small it’s not hard for influence to pass over to another city. But indeed, there are so much more events in Amsterdam, so much more creative people moving there, it’s a logical evolution. Most capitols serve that role I believe.
When I don’t have to play for myself I tend to stay home and create music these days, but coming into the house/techno scene I took plenty of drives to Amsterdam to see some amazing artists in amazing clubs. I often visited Club 11, which later evolved into TrouwAmsterdam. Trouw still was and still is my favorite place in Amsterdam, both on the dancefloor and behind the decks. I was lucky enough to play there a couple of times.
6.Talking about your musical history. I could call you a label guy. You been involved in so many affairs that is hard to count. How did you get in Paris scene alongside Yoyaku? What’s the story behind it?
Before I was connected to Yoyaku I was with an agency that didn’t really put a lot of effort in their artists or have a plan to move forward. So I was starting to get a bit impatient and unhappy with the direction and growth of my career. A few years back I played an event in Strasbourg, organized by the people behind Yoyaku and we just clicked and had a great time. We always stayed in touch, every now and then we had a short chat or they sent me the latest promo’s. They were just setting up their first labels when we met and they had already grown like crazy since then. When the day came my agency pulled the plug and seized to exist, I had a chat with the Yoyaku crew about me flying solo again. It didn’t take long for them to ask me to join the crew.
7.Introduce us with your two brand new imprints as well. Irenic Records and Autodidact Records. What were the ideas behind it and what we should expect from them?
Yes lots of thing happening! Both labels were created for me to have more output, but I also wanted to showcase some of my friends. Let’s start with Irenic, which means ‘Aimed at peace..’. This label had it’s first release a few months back done by Novio Dub Tribe (a collab by Sinan Alakus and myself) and we’re working on the second release as we speak. Irenic is really about the deeper side of the spectrum. Techno, house or dub: as long as the atmosphere of the music is right. The upcoming EP is done by my close friend Alex Jansen (U-GOLD / Rue de Plaisance, also from Nijmegen), he delivered a very deep and emotional 3-track house record that will be out in a few weeks. Future EP’s on Irenic will feature music and remixes by Novio Dub Tribe, Udmo, Bas Amro and myself.
Then we have Autodidact, basicly the same guidelines as Irenic. Created to have more output for my friends/collabs and myself. But with Autodidact anything goes. The first release is done by my friend Doyle Johnson and will be out by the end of October or early November. After that we have a jungle/dnb collaboration by Alex Jansen and myself for the second EP, which will feature two amazing 4/4 remixes by Chris Geschwindner. Can’t wait to present all the details soon!
8.Congrats on you recent release on Tartouffe dubby and groovy piece! As well as one on Joule imprint. I could find endless releases around, how do you approach making music? Do you already have ideas in your mind before even sitting down in front of you desk?
I wish I could give you a very artistic answer right now, but it doesn’t happen to me that often. I just start and see where it goes. Since I have many aliases and styles I do make a choice in direction when I start the project, but it rarely needs a special approach. When collaborating with Ivano Tetelepta in the past, we had a few moments where we tried a ‘Rhythm Roulette’ type approach and try to make records by sampling the majority of the project (like the Build from Wax LP on Nilla Records) or only use certain pieces of gear as a restriction (on the untitled ARC# album on Deep Sound Channel).
9.What are your main inspirations when it comes to your creative process? Are there any things you could not imagine working without?
A hiphop attitude towards house music. To be an underground artist is to create music with whatever equipment you have around you. So if you don’t have the money to buy the gear you want (or think you need), don’t freeze up and do nothing. It was my situation for the longest time, so I really learned to be creative digitally. So even though I love to fiddle around with analog gear, and my studio is growing, I am still a very digital orientated producer that really needs to do those final touches digitally, because the lack of gear pushed me that way.
So I couldn’t work without Ableton to be honest. My MPC is my second answer.
10.Talking about making music, can you take us through your studio gear? What’s your favorite piece? Is there a piece that you really wish for? Or some future purchases?
I have just a small studio myself, at home. I use: Ableton, RMA-fireface400 soundcard, MPC, Dave Smith Tempest, MFB, a Strymon Timeline delay and I have a few other simple pedals and fx.
So far very beat orientated gear so the next step will probably be a synth, but like many people I have been mesmerized by modular synthesis too. Let’s see. Even though my studio is still small, I honestly rarely feel limited.
11.As a music lover you must have some artists you admire! Would you like to share some of your favorite acts this year so far? Anything we should check out in particular that stuck in your mind?
I am an old school guy. A Tribe Called Quest is my favorite group ever, no doubt about it. Gangstarr, Black Sheep, Large Professor, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian. Those are my jams.
Too much new electronic music coming out right now to pick a few, but if I had to I would say Udmo (two mindblowing releases on Analog Attic) and Chris Geschwindner, because I love their fresh styles and both of them have remixed some of my works/collabs so I had to do a shout out!
12.Thank you for this amazing mix! Did you have a specific idea behind it or just went with the flow?
I spent many years warming up dancefloors in my hometown, so when I am recording a mix I try to take the same approach.. a bit of music for the mind, some music for the soul and I always try to end up with some music for the feet as well.
13.Thank you once again for having us! Do you have any last words for the fans? Any news on collaborations or some exciting upcoming releases? What do you think would be the best advice for the upcoming artist?
Yes I have a big release coming up on Sushitech Records as my latest project ‘Monoaware’. It will be a 2x12”, out by the end of October / early November. Very excited to be a part of this label and its artists.
And just be sure to support the upcoming Irenic and Autodidact records when they drop in the coming weeks!
And thanks for having me ;)
Was a pleasure, Roger and thank you for them mix!
Words by Matas Balta
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The LWE event will hold its third edition on the 9th of June in Boston Manor Park — a 10-hour long event that includes the biggest names in house and techno. Fan of the melodic fare? Âme, Mind Against, Tale of Us, Maya Jane Coles check. Prefer the harder, darker stuff? Nina Kraviz, Len Faki, Jay Clarke, check. There’s the King of Ibiza, Carl Cox; the Queen of minimal, Sonja Moonear; and the prodigal kid of UK dance music, Joy Orbison. And it’s particularly nice to see Nicolas Lutz on such an event. The Uruguayan digger’s been everywhere last year, as comfortable spinning obscure bangers on a festival’s main stage as at some dodgy afterhours — proving that popularity does not require compromising on quality.
With its outrageous line-ups and top production values, no doubt the team behind the festival would come up with something special for Junction 2... And watch out the special back to backs;
Adam Beyer b2b Carl Cox (World Exclusive), Dixon b2b Âme (6-hour Set) and Sonja Moonear b2b Nicolas Lutz.
Some of the biggest structures in the game will be hosting stages. One of them is Drumcode — Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Enrico Sangiuliano, La Fleur. The other is Sonus Festival, the Croatian festival that seems to lure half of your Facebook friends to its idyllic shores and decadent boat parties every year - . As well as Sidexside (THE PAVILION ), Relentless (THE WAREHOUSE) and Oasis Festival (THE WOODS).
No need to introduce Nina Kraviz anymore. Out of all the generic techno DJs out there, her name will always stick out for me, as she’s certainly the one who has made the less concessions to get to where she is. She stays faithful to her high-energy, banging mixing style that forays into the most abrasive strains of 90s techno and trance, while pushing more experimentally-inclined but no-less banging up-and-comers on her трип label. You can tell Nina is passionate, and this is infectious. She will be joined by Tale Of Us, Maya Jane Coles,Mind Against and Dana Ruh; What a stage!
The Warehouse; LSD, the joint project of Luke Slater, Dave Sumner (aka Function) and Steve Bicknell, would be worth the price of entry alone. From the dreamy techno he put out as The 7th Plain to the relentless sound of Planetary Assault Systems, Luke Slater is a proper techno mastermind. Same could be said of Function, whose carrier embodies an entire section of techno’s history: his angsty sound brewed in the dark corners of late 90’s NYC mutated to a more hypnotic strain of techno when he relocated to Berlin as part of Sandwell District, a cult project that pioneered the currently prevailing trend for deep, mental techno. Steve Bicknell, meanwhile, is a UK underground hero whose Lost parties left an indelible mark on British techno. Their forces combined should send you on a proper mind trip.
There’s also Scuba, the head of Hotflush Recordings who has established himself as one of UK’s main tastemakers, presenting SCB. As a matter of fact, the big room techno of Dense & Pika, who also share the bill in the Warehouse, wouldn’t be where it’s at if it wasn’t for him. Finally, Len Faki and Jay Clarke will also be present.
If that’s too much to handle, the artists billed for the Oasis Stage will doubtless soothe your ears. Sonja Moonear is an Ibiza regular who’s as comfortable pushing the deeper and trippier cuts in her collection, and a definite MEOKO favourite. She will be playing b2b with Nicolas Lutz and joined by Joy Orbison and William Djoko.
Not enough? Well we thought so. Junction2 team announced their after party for this year’s festival, which will take place at fabriclondon on the same day starting at 11pm with Tale Of Us, Âme, Len Faki, Trikk, Dense & Pika and Jay Clarke. As two of UK clubbing's most iconic names, fabric and LWE unite to reinforce their positions at the forefront of London nightlife and deliver one of the summer's most unmissable parties.
Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin
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Thomas Melchior/Melchior Productions Ltd (Perlon, Aspect, Arpiar)Laylla Dane (Rotate)Leiris (Reduce, minibar, Rotate) Aline Raphael (Catenaccio, DroupOut)The Daniel ( Madness CR3W, Zero Fucks SF)
For Sunday 17th of June 2018, OFF Party Barcelona teams up with Rotate(label & Agency) and Madness CR3W (collective from Amsterdam) to propose you a closing event OFF Week 2018 at an OFF location from 19h till 4h.Villa with garden, pool, terrace, several rooms (and hidden rooms) on 3 floors with Funktion-One spread over the Villa. (Barcelona - Sarria / Pedralbes Area) Attend on RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1098446Sound Funktion-One (Official) OFFER : with every ticket purchase, you will receive 10€ credits for CABIFY (car service like UBER) average price to go to the event from Placa Catalunia
There will be no ticket on the door, but you can already book yours here. See you in Barcelona!
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Little introduction is needed for our latest interview with Frankfurt based, Christian Burkhardt. An artist that continues to grow after over 20 years of production, performing live and mixing in all corners of the world. On his journey leaving a trail of successful releases on staple names such as Raum…Musik and Cocoon, with groove at the heart of every sound. Recent times saw the launch of CB Sessions a personal platform to release live jams and studio sessions with friends. Technology has always been a deep passion for him, and if you have been fortunate enough to catch one of his live sets, you will certainly understand.
Here is what went down when we recently caught up…
First, thanks a lot for taking some time out for us, and recording a special mix based solely around your personal productions and remixes. Hope you are well, and enjoying the start of spring in Frankfurt.
Thanks for having me. Yeah it’s a special energy when the sun comes out after depressing winter grey, people start smiling again.
Anybody who knows you, or has heard your name will understand your passion for technology, whether in the studio in Offenbach, or playing live. When did you start producing, and building your studio
I started producing back in my hometown Heidelberg, some friends had studios and showed me how to do it. My first Synthesizer, a Bassstation, I bought 1995. The Studio I built after moving to Offenbach in 2001.
What do you find yourself using the most in the studio? The set up looks very impressive.
In focus are different machines over the years, actually it’s the modular. I use it all the time, it’s the best thing for sound design, never ending possibilities. And the Elektron Rytm drummaschine, love the combination between analog and digital samples, with l layering, you get special sounds. But it’s not all about analog hardware, I do field recording a lot or jam around with cheesy ipad apps sometimes.
Do you find there is a different connection with the crowd when playing live as opposed to playing records?
Music wise for sure, because I have control about each element of the music in the live set. When I see a good reaction to a sound/element I jam in, I stay with the sound for a longer time. In Dj sets there is more time for seeing the crowd, cheering, smiling, waving having fun.
Summer is definitely on its way. Do you have any particular summer locations you look forward to playing in?
oh yes oh yes, I will play some shows during Sonar festival what is always the highlight of the year, everybody will be there. And of course Ibiza season is starting, playing at Pacha, Amnesia and Destino…still in love with the island. Not to forget two nice open air festivals at home “See us there” and then the “WCD-Poolsessions” looking forward to see the whole Frankfurt crew.
You have released on many highly respected brands, such as Pressure Traxx, Cocoon and Raum…Musik. All running for quite some time now. Raum… celebrate 20years this year, how does it feel to be a part of this, and to see the labels grow over time?
It feels good to be surrounded by passionate people doing music with attitude.
Trends come, trends go - we just do our thing working on the perfect groove for a better future. Haha, I am a poet.
In 2014, you started your personal project Christian Burkhardt Sessions. When did you realise it was time to begin a label of your own?
All the time I invite friends to the studio, I like to exchange and to share vibes, special moments. CB-Sessions is the platform to release the recordings of these moments.
How important is it to you to catch these live jams in the heat of the moment?
The best things are always happening when u don’t expect them. Sometimes we work for hours on a track and then u push a wrong button or switch and ta taaa- the groove is lifting up. A quick recording is always most necessary.
The mix you kindly curated for us is only productions and remixes made by yourself. Including a Donna Summer Hot Stuff Remix, The Milky Way Remix, and an Argy Remix. How do you decide on a track you would like to remix? What kind of process do you use when approaching a remix?
The artist or label of the original is asking me for the remix. It seems it’s a new thing that the Remixer is asking for it. It is really cool to have requests to remix classic tunes or super nice artists. Most of the time I play around with the parts of the original, run them through my modular system and work out a groove. I love remixing as I have already something where I can build around a groove. I always try to use as much as possible of the original. Just arrange, effects and work out in a new way. I don’t like these remixes when you don’t hear the original.
There are several forthcoming releases also found in the mix, such as your next release on Do Not Sleep. When can we be expecting that? What else do you have hidden in the mix?
Yeah, the DNS release is the highlight, I did it with my long time buddy Daniel Roth. For me personally, the best stuff I did in the last years. Then the remixes u named before and some unreleased music.
How would you describe your mix to the listeners?
100% Original Burkhardt sound- no tricks, no fakes
Thanks again for your time and the magic mix.
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