Upcoming Events

Saturday 01 Apr 17 fabric: Joris Voorn, Alan Fitzpatrick & Boxia

Room One prepares for an evening of sleek techno as we welcome the return of Joris Voorn. Having earned mythical status in the top ranks of house and techno for his refined melodic sound, Voorn makes an overdue return to Farringdon to play an extended set in Room One. Voorn is joined by owners of Danse Club and two of his closest contemporaries, Austen/Scott. Having signed to his labels Rejected and Green, Austen & Scott Smart have clearly been marked for a bright future. Room One is completed in highbrow fashion as our resident digger and selector Craig Richards rounds off the bill.Over in Room Two, we're prepped for a full-on techno affair as Alan Fitzpatrick lands to showcase his We Are The Brave banner. Having established his name as one of the UK's strongest techno forces via Adam Beyer's lauded Drumcode imprint, Fitzpatrick has since launched We Are The Brave as both an outlet for his productions and a party series. Joining Fitzpatrick to round off our Room Two bill is fledgling producer Boxia, as well as Vertical Drop playing live.--Fabric is an over 19s venue.Please remember to bring ID with you. No ID, no Entry.Fabric operates a zero tolerance policy to drugs. Anyone found with illegal drugs will be banned from the venue and reported to the police.Category: Nightlife | Nightclub.Artists / Speakers: Craig Richards, Joris Voorn, Austen/Scott, Alan Fitzpatrick, Boxia, Vertical Drop (Live).URLs:Website: https://go.evvnt.com/107451-0Tickets: https://go.evvnt.com/107451-1Facebook: https://go.evvnt.com/107451-2Price Details:Advance ticket (priority entry before 1am): GBP 21.

Wednesday 05 Apr 17 Ancient Futures : NewEarth Festival

We invite you to join Ancient Futures : NewEarth Festival and become a pioneer for co-creation, collaboration and transformation within our communities. Ancient Futures : NewEarth Festival is designed to bring our global community together to connect and create tangible solutions that benefit humanity. Through a collective, celebration, nourishment, healing, learning, teaching and play we hope to nurture the sovereign creative expression and ignite inspiration within us all.  As a Planetary Community we are experiencing healing (evolutionary) crises in every aspect of our lives and we need to endow ourselves with the tools to navigate this transition on both the personal and trans-personal level. This is a seed event for visionary creatives, change makers, and thought leaders who can be bridge-builders between communities across the world and thereby inspire others. It is a gathering of the tribes where imagination manifests as reality and the unthinkable becomes the norm. It is a change of perspectives, values and priorities in a world of infinite possibility. Ancient futures is about remembering and honouring who we are in connection with the land, the firmament and each other while utilizing all the information, materials and technology we can access in order to shift paradigms and evolve collective consciousness to the next stage.

Saturday 15 Apr 17 fabric: Soul Clap, Scott Grooves & Egyptian Lover (Live)

Recognised for their seductive brand of low-slung house and disco, Soul Clap bring their delectable cuts to Room One for their fabric 93 launch party. They're joined by a Detroit mainstay as Scott Grooves also returns to Farringdon. With a rich back catalogue filled with a string of dubbed-out deep house classics, Grooves has long been regarded as one of the Motor City's key producers. Brooklyn pair and Crew Love affiliates No Regular Play also showcase their gripping deep house sound with a live performance to round off our Room One bill.Room Two prepares for a special live set as we welcome back Egyptian Lover. A veteran producer with a long list of productions and full-length albums, Greg Broussard's unique blend of hip-hop and electro has made him one of electronic music's most singular and distinctive artists. We prepare for a high-energy dance floor workout as he brings his full hardware set-up for a live performance. He's joined by Radioactive Man, the acclaimed producer and DJ synonymous with the distinctive UK electro sound. Derek Plaslaiko also joins the proceedings. A minimal techno don who first cut his teeth in his native Detroit land, Plaslaiko has long been regarded as one of the scene's most underrated selectors. The Room Two bill is finally rounded off with our established resident Terry Francis bringing his technoid-house fusions.--fabric is an over 19s venue.Please remember to bring ID with you. No ID, no Entry.fabric operates a zero tolerance policy to drugs. Anyone found with illegal drugs will be banned from the venue and reported to the police.Category: Nightlife | Nightclub.Artists / Speakers: Soul Clap, Scott Grooves, No Regular Play (Live), Terry Francis, Egyptian Lover (Live), Radioactive Man, Derek Plaslaiko.URLs:Website: https://go.evvnt.com/107677-0Facebook: https://go.evvnt.com/107677-1Tickets: https://go.evvnt.com/107677-2Price Details: Advance Ticket (priority entry before 1am) - GBP 21.

Thursday 27 Apr 17 Brighton Music Conference 2017

The UK's foremost electronic music conference & networking event.Brighton Music Conference (BMC) focuses on innovation, education & the key issues facing the electronic dance music sector. It is attended by 1000s of experienced music industry professionals, the next generation of DJs, producers as well as electronic music enthusiasts.Featuring:* Industry-leading delegates & speakers at over 50 talks, seminars & workshops* Specialised exhibition hall showcasing the industry’s best kit, suppliers & service providers* Networking events throughout the conference duration* Club nights hosting world-class artists and DJs at the city’s finest venuesBMC is the UK’s annual opportunity for the industry to meet face to face, share knowledge, network & create new opportunities.Attendees & delegates are able to view & road test a huge range of the latest #DJ equipment & other products from the world's leading manufacturers.Tickets:http://www.brightonmusicconference.co.uk/buy-tickets/


Exclusive Announcement: AFAR 1st Bday w/ Nu Zau, Suciu and more

On the 31st March, Club Reina will be taken over by some of the finest artists in the underground scene. Celebrating their first year in style, with Nu Zau, Suciu, Rawness, Razvan Stefan, Ma'man, Valentin and Slavi. After their shows at Hoxton FM hosting DJs with the likes of Julia Govor, Faster, VincentIulian and LIZZ, numerous parties and cumulating a cult following, these underground innovators are celebrating a year of incredible memories.  The crew has curated parties that celebrate the best of minimal techno and micro house, driven to create the atmosphere of a big house party with good music and diversity.    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_ffd23a91_2075815533&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/afarldn/friends-from-afar-39-lizz-valentin-slavi-peev-b2b2b', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ffd23a91_2075815533', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ffd23a91_2075815533' }); });   Bucharest’s pioneering producer Nu Zau will join the AFAR crew, inspired by Ricardo Villalobos and Rhadoo, his dark, percussive and experimental sound is unlike any other in the underground scene.  In time a new label vinyl project is created by the name of Uvar, which he co-runs with fellow romanian Sepp. Suciu stands out from the crowd with his charming groove-led productions and haunting atmospherics, a juxtaposition that only works in his favour. A lover of house, jazz, rap and rock- he blends together multiple styles with finesse. The end result is something dark, complex and compelling.   Rawness will be bringing his signature dark melodies and heavy grooves. The Dubgeneration star’s futuristic releases are sure to incite electric impulses in the crowd, expect to hear heavy basslines, warped vocals and pure underground vibes.  FriendsFromAfar have also called in Razvan Stefan, Ma'man, Valentin and Slavi, who will take over Club Reina at 10pm on the 31st March.  This passionate get-together is sure to be a celebration of sound and the people who have made the movement such a success.   Facebook Event: Friends From Afar 1 YEAR Anniversary Party!  More AFAR More MEOKO  

Exclusive Announcement: Reconstructed II with Subb-An & Cezar

Following the monumental success of ‘Reconstructed’ with Barac and East End Dubs, Bare Essentials, and Mantra Collective are returning with the massive ‘Reconstructed II' featuring exclusive performances from Subb-an and Cezar. These heavyweights will be taking over a secret underground car park in Sydney on the 8th April for one night of incredible music. Birmingham’s own Ashique Subhan aka Subb-an is legendary in the industry. Notorious for his collective and experimental sound, he’s been at the epicentre of the underground since his days at Rainbow, where he was picked up by founder Adam Shelton. After creating the long-running One Records with Shelton, he has continued to drive forward enticingly deep minimal house and techno sounds, most recently working with Cocoon, Cabinet Records and Beste Modus.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_cb9ab6fd_1733888661&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/subb-an/subb-an-cabinet-records-tresor', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_cb9ab6fd_1733888661', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_cb9ab6fd_1733888661' }); });   The second exclusive performer is Cezar, the innovative key figure in Bucharest’s underground scene. He’s sure to bring his cutting-edge energetic sound fresh from [a:rpia:r] records. The Understand label boss is sure to be inspired by the amazing underground setting around him, and the perfect blend of old and new minimal vibes.    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_ad59e6b6_255182826&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/understand-rec/cezar-lazar-tulbara', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ad59e6b6_255182826', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ad59e6b6_255182826' }); });     Sydney’s finest DJs will be in attendance to support the event. Mantra Collective, Matt Weir & Jake Hough, Persian Rug, Marlie, CD. INC and Max Headroom will all be coming together to the secret location. This will all be powered by a mind-blowing FunktionOne sound system and world class lighting. Tickets are available online, and to make sure you stay up-to-date, check out the Facebook event page.     Words by Georgia Evans More Mantra Collective More Bare Essentials More MEOKO

HOT WAX - Tools & Tips [March 2017]

1) Mr. G - Breed 02 | Breed - BREED02RP (repress) The term 'legend' is often banded around willy nilly in the dance music realm, but Mr. G, aka Colin McBean, is one of the few who can rightfully lay claim to this accolade. Mr. G on Kris Wadsworth’s very own label Breed. There can’t be a better mix! Superb jacking and grooving Mr. G style. Timeless classic jams repressed. Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/mr_g-breed_02/c94-4b   2) Mandar - Mandar Album LP | Oscillat Music - OSC10 The ever-essential deep house super group Mandar make the leap to an album in fine style after a few years of unbeatable EPs on their own Oscillat Music label and elsewhere. The grooves bump just right, the moods unfurl like toffee-flavoured smoke and with these 12 jams Mandar prove once again why they're at the top of the deep house game. Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/mandar-mandar-album/630746-01/   3) Jakob Seidensticker, Snad & Boronas - Too Late | Abartik - ABATSS001       The all-new Trés Chic series from Abartik will make your hair super fluffy. The fabulous trio Jakob Seidensticker, Snad & Boronas deliver an intimate EP loaded with deep, hypnotic, dark grooves. Vinyl Only, Hand stamped and 180 gramm. Audio Link: http://de.juno.co.uk/products/jakob-seidensticker-boronas-snad-too-late-ep/640440-01/   4) Arapu - Connection | Pressure Traxx - PTX017   The long awaited 12 inch by Arapu is here. Two prime cuts that easily connect your mind your body and your soul. Pressure Traxx welcomes Sunwaves regular and highly respected producer Arapu to the squad.  Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/arapu-connection_ep/c98-4w   5) Giammarco Orsini - Game Of Change | Partisan - PTN003 Giammarco Orsini’s Game of Chance EP makes for such potent material on the dancefloor. This is refined and reduced dance music that radiates warmth and champions groove, subtly preaching positivity in the most elegant of ways. Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/giammarco_orsini-game_of_chance/c9a-0y   6) DFX - Move Your Body (Howl Ensemble Remix) | DFXRMX One Sided 12” that you probably heard already on the dance floor, very limited release, hand stamped. Peace, unity, love and happiness, with respect to the master DFX. Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/dfx-move_your_body/c91-to   7) Various Artists - Past | Brouqade - BQD040.1   BQD040.1 is a collection of remixes the label released during its early years. Back then, the label intended to back up every release with a remix. All of these remixes meant something special to the label, and now they’re all here for you to enjoy on one record. Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/various_artists-past/c94-sc   8) Archie Hamilton - Driven | Fuse London - FUSE026 Moscow Records boss Archie Hamilton is a long time friend of the FUSE London family, having previously contributed to a number of releases. Driven To Distraction, though, is his first FUSE outing since 2015. A solid EP containing tracks tailor-made for different dancefloor situations. Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/archie-hamilton-driven-ep/640258-01/   9) Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer / Prevelist - Meet Tshetsha Boys | Honest Jon’s - HJP59 (repress) Another edition of the Honest Jon's Shangaan Electro remix project arrives with suitably illuminating results as Villalobos & Max Loderbauer and Peverelist tackle the Tshetsha Boys. Gradually snippets of Tshetsha Boys melodies emerge and meld the Peverelist rhythms which gain some energising impetus when those hats lock in. Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/ricardo-villalobos-max-loderbauer-meet-tshetsha-boys/435853-01/   10) Ion Ludwig - For Real We Are Not For You | Toi. Toi. Musik - TT04 Following his release on Perlon as Alter Mahnn, collective member Ion Ludwig signs Toi.Toi’s 4th release. The EP brings two tracks carefully chosen and crafted. Rather than having the dance floor as a drive they are rather more mind driven, a very mature EP. Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/ion_ludwig-for_real_we_are_not_for_you_ep/c98-rt   11) MAU - Love Soundtrack | Move & Understand - MAU003 The mystical label Move & Understand returns with another eclectic vinyl only release. Their third release comes again from label chief Mau. who delivers a very versatile solo EP . Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/mau-love-soundtrack/642246-01/   12) Aline Brooklyn - Aline Brooklyn 002 | Aline Brooklyn US - ALN002 This second label release, which arrives with no information about the producers behind it, is as strong as its 2016 predecessor. It's a pretty varied affair, too, with spacey chords, intergalactic effects electro-influenced drums and a triumphant stroll into dubbed-out tech-house territories. Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/aline-brooklyn-002/641792-01/   13) Ashac - The Occult LP | Æternum Music - AEM009  For their ninth release, Æternum present Ashac, a young and talented French artist. Discover Ashac’s vision on music through his Debut LP “Occult”. Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/ashac-the_occult_lp/c9a-13   14) Sofa Talk - Echoes From The Souther Place | Anma - ANMA004 For ANMA’s fourth release Sofa Talk has supplied two cuts of his signature futuristic laid back machine funk, channeling chunky Juno keys, percussive rhythms and sweet flutters on the Rhodes. Lovingly pressed on 180g vinyl with crafty looking hand labelled and stamped covers. Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/sofa-talk-echoes-from-the-southern-place/635321-01/   15) No Moon - Pretty Fly For A Lo Fi | Echo Vortex - EV001 Mancunian electronic explorer Fred Shepherd once again dons the No Moon alias, this time for a quartet of distorted, redlined machine jams on Echo Vortex. Razor-sharp acid lines and hustling electro rhythms all the way. Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/no-moon-pretty-fly-for-a-lo/633634-01/   Written by Denny Kem.  More MEOKO      

Review: Luciano's Birthday Bash at Hoppetosse

Buena onda means good mood in South America and in such good mood I was entering Boom'n'Bust Luciano Birthday edition at Hoppetosse on Sunday, 26th of February. Of course the weekend was long and intense, but an end of the week gathering at one of Berlins favorite underground venues is always a good idea! The lineup for the event sounded also extremely tempting- the South American/ Vagabundos DJ crew for Lucianos Bash and Dyed Soundorom and Shonky on the upper deck. Why not? Friendly security and door staff is a great asset for any space, not to mention how relevant that is on a Sunday. All easy and cool, I walked right in to Hoppetosse and rushed immediately down the stairs where Santiago born Paula Schopf aka Chica Paula was playing for already an hour. Somehow an unexplainable feeling of summer was in the air, maybe due to the quite «hot» conditions at the busy Hoppetosse boat. Paula played energetic and sophisticated house and minimal. Reading the anticipation of the crowd well she made people dance smiling.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_7b163608_591207297&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/duyaka/kashemes-livingroom-session-with-chica-paula-ruta5-chile', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7b163608_591207297', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7b163608_591207297' }); });     Sunday 7 PM and the venue was already not surprisingly very busy and a feeling of overall excitement was in the air. Soon the lower deck was sweaty and cooking hot and a trip in search of more oxygen was indisputable. Upstairs Dyed Soundorom and Shonky were absolutely rocking it with their groovy and deep tech house tracks, hypnotic and driving, still slow enough to perfectly fit into the Sunday Hoppetosse mood.  With pleasure I recognized a really beautiful track of Mountain People.     After a quick drink, it was time to dive downstairs again, where the smooth and hypnotic mixes of Chica Paula created a perfect buildup and set the energy level for the night. Ernesto Ferreyra took it further throwing down minimalish lushness with characteristic twists and glitches. Groovy, his set included many cool baseline tracks that made the dancers stomp their feet harder. Luciano arrived soon after. I was really curious what the head honcho of Cadenza would come up with- on his birthday in one of the Berlin underground clubs especially!  For us, Ibiza regulars back in the day, it truly was an extraordinary moment when he showed up one late afternoon on the DC10 club terrace.  Firmly mixing cosmic minimal techno records with latin rhytms he took us really far out that day. I am sure that everybody present knew that it was a truly special moment and a start of the Luciano residency. Beeing a big fan of the early Lucien-n-luciano experimental exploration of sound I was hoping he would play some of his old productions, music he would play at Cadenza events at Panorama Bar like the Perlon release «Alpine Rocket» with Mathew Jonson or the track he wrote for his sister- «Amelie on Ice».   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1a998677_1526393698&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/forcellini_d/lucien-n-luciano-amelie-on-ice', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1a998677_1526393698', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1a998677_1526393698' }); });     Hosting multiple parties on Ibiza and playing big festivas Lucianos music style has evolved from minimal techno to a blend of house and techno mixed with latin rhytms and vocals. Vagabundos and Luciano and Friends on Ibiza has brought him a huge following worldwide with no exception of Berlin. A clear sign of that were many people wearing characteristic black hats – clearly a Vagabundos Ibiza style accesoire. At Hoppetosse he delivered a bouncy and danceable mixture of tech house and deep house playing b2b with his Vagabundos crew. Changing rhytms and melodies with percussive solos incorporating sax and horns made the dancefloor packed and the crowd was cheering. Next up was Argenis Brito playing b2b with Felipe Valenzuela. Together as FAER, Argenis reveiled they are currently working on an album, which will be out at the end of 2017. Venezuelan Argenis has been a part of the electronic music scene for way more than a decade and has participated in projects like Mambotour (with Pier Bucci), Los Refrescos (with Dandy Jack) and of course the incredible Senor Coconut and his Orchestra. The other half of FAER, Chilean Melisma imprint co-creator Felipe Valenzuela has been Djing since 2002 and released music on labels like Cadenza, Raum...Musik or Safari Electronique. Together they delivered a blend of melodious and elegant late night techno, which was really down my alley.  FAER- really happy and excited about their project, played quite a few fresh and unreleased tracks from the forthcoming album and the feedback of the crowd was simply great! allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_303db563_846286333&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/argenis-brito/thomas-as-alex-fuente-herbst-argenis-brito-remix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_303db563_846286333', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_303db563_846286333' }); });     Dandy Jack – the absolute king of aliases, rounded it up for me with a rocking live/DJ set. With his mature structures of contemporary layered sound, the Ruta 5 label boss is absolutely mindblowing as a live act and has also got a fountain of possibilities as a DJ. His experience, genious passion for electronic music as well as cosmic energy is famous amongst the Berlin dancers and beyond. Few performers have such an intuition and skill to lift the crowd up with their latin influenced techno and energy. Apart from his own productions (Perlon, Contexterrior, Ruta 5), many collaborations have resulted in timeless tracks as Ric y Martin (with Ricardo Villalobos), Gonzalo Martinez (with Jorge Gonzalez), Sieg uber die Sonne (with Pink Elln) or Junction SM (with Sonja Moonear). allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_40629330_233035331&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/dandy-jack/le-serpent-qui-danse', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_40629330_233035331', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_40629330_233035331' }); });     Dandy Jack's enthusiasm was so contagious that I left the venue way later than planned, after countless tequila shots- happy, high on music and satisfied with my night. Buena onda and Buenas noches!     Words by Karina Chaczbabian More MEOKO 

A Moment with Seb Zito: Curating the Infuse Series

Fuse London's Infuse series is kicking off on the 4th March with a series of day parties at 93 Feet East. Curated by Seb Zito, attendees will see the likes of Ferro, OdD, Fabe, Jack Wickham, Joseph Williams, Javier Carballo, Mariano Mateljan, and Stuart Hawkins- and of course, Zito himself. Promising to be a showcase of London's greatest talent in house and techno, the Fuse crew will return to the legendary underground venue after almost five years. Meoko managed to have a chat with the curator himself to get the low-down on what to expect...   How did you choose who you wanted to perform at the Infuse parties? Were there any challenges you faced while curating? We went with the idea of two local DJ's including myself and two international guests. Then it was a case of going through our crew and picking the best suited DJ's to each date. The flow of music is so important for the success of the party so each DJ needs to compliment the next, from warm-up to close, so that also plays a big part in the selection. The only challenge was trying to include everyone into three dates which could have been achieved with 1 hour sets but I am against that, a DJ needs at least 2-3 hours to play, feel comfortable & to perform at their best.     It's been almost five years since you last took over 93 Feet East, how do you think Fuse has grown in that time? In the early days we were all unknowns so we only played at 93 Feet East. So the way we played was pretty much tailored around that room, environment and sound. Obviously being more established has taken our sound further into different realms of House but that London swagger is still present, it's just evolved with varieties of experiences we've absorbed over the years. We've grown with a natural progression from a London residency to Ibiza to world tours and there's still room to grow.   What made you want to return to the venue, and why did you decide to host day parties? I think it's one of the best clubs in the world and still do to this day so it was pretty obvious to go back for our sub label. It's the perfect environment for a social gathering as well as a heads down, hands up rave. Once Enzo works his magic touch on the sound system and DJ booth we will transform that place back to its original glory if not better. As for day parties, Saturday daytime is pretty quiet in London so there's a market to explore and build on and hopefully establish some of the great talent on our label.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_9d124793_1903926277&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/cesarhof/cesarhof-2016-podcast-series-004-odd', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9d124793_1903926277', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9d124793_1903926277' }); });     Fuse has just celebrated its 8th birthday, what do you think is the key to its success? We're a tight crew of friends firstly so we all support and encourage each others careers, so strength in numbers is definitely a true saying. We're all pretty consistent with our music and DJ performances and the guys work bloody hard to create opportunities for us all. Attention to detail is also key especially in the sound and environment for each party. We're also just doing our thing and doing it in our way with zero external influences so I guess that makes us unique in our own way in this business.   What does the future look like for yourself, Infuse, and Fuse? Any more exciting projects you can tell us about? Got some amazing music coming out on Infuse and the next 3 releases will be vinyl only, which we've never done before. First release is from Jack Wickham, second from Karousel with a remix from myself and the third EP is from East End Dubs with a remix from myself and Enzo. I'm currently working on my fifth Fuse London EP and of course we will be heading back to Ibiza in the summer along with some other shows scattered amongst the Fuse dates. I am also launching my 7db label which will feature a variety of artists I admire and have followed throughout my life with no strict genre or sound. Glimpse into my music taste so to say.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_c26fb29a_1317397131&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/fuselondon/sets/seb-zito-flat-1-ep-preview', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_c26fb29a_1317397131', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_c26fb29a_1317397131' }); });     The Infuse Daytime series will be running on the 4th March, then 1 April and 6 May respectively. To sign up for tickets, have a look at their website and to stay up-to-date, follow their Facebook page.      Words by Georgia Evans More MEOKO

MEOKO Exclusive: Video premiere - sinestezie (ro)

Remember Alexander Scriabin’s synaesthetic code? Probably not.. Neither did we until an email arrived to our office; supposedly from Bucharest, containing the live session you’re about to watch... What’s the link? In the email the production duo (Roman Botnari/ Cristian Munteanu) is talking about “their own palette of intertwined emotions”, a “hybrid installation” of organic and mechanical parts. However, the most important is their intention to create a polyvalent experience for the participant and a language for that matter, a code.     ''Scriabin heard music as colors, and invented an instrument that could be played like a piano to project colored light into the concert hall'' (Scriabin's synaesthetic code)   MEOKO sat down with the guys, to find out what does this really mean and how did they come up with the idea:   CHRS: It all started when a relative told me about the curious experiences he had as a pianist; every time he played a piece in G Major he would see the sun strong red through the music sheets, serve a coffee in d minor or walk on a greenish field in e minor ..I was fascinated. By studying the classical composers like Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Scriabin, i realized it can be done in normal conditions too, by combining arts and ideas into a unified experience. You just need to keep an open mind and see the inner spaces paved with patterns that connect us. Regarding the aesthetics of the project, it’s definitively a personal view on the condition, somehow biased by the fact that none of the members are actually synaesthetes. R/B: Music doesn't always come from music.. whether it’s sinestezie or a personal project the inspiration comes from an emotion, a picture or some random happening that we’re translating through rhythm and notes.. I'd say we’re all potentially synesthetic, through the connections we make and the sensibilities we develop. Seems like a pretentious project, I reckon music is the driver yet there are various other aspects to be taken care of, an appropriate venue and whatnot. R/B: I’d say the most important thing is your interest and curiosity, but since I got this idea, I knew we can’t do it alone. So we decided to invite artists coming from different backgrounds to translate our sound into visual symbols, colour schemes and a bunch of other cool stuff, currently a work in progress. In this video, for example, we collaborate with RAMIO and Andrei Popa on the visual side and TRIP, the craftsmen studio that built the spaceship like desk. Finally what’s the purpose behind it, and what can be achieved through this hybrid installation? CHRS: We’ll be using our own code of associated sensations in live acts to trigger stimuli and create moments that can be retraced through more than one form of perception (a type of melody, color, form or even smell). In recent years it’s rare to spot such a live show with an open concept based on an ''alien'' principle. Although it might seem easy to intellectually grasp such things, it can be more difficult to perceive the deep, meditative music behind it. This is what could actually do the trick. That being said, I can’t wait to see this setup in a live situation.   More Sinestezie More MEOKO     

Sardine Vibes

There is a lot of excitement and planning that goes into an event, especially one that you are personally involved in or particularly interested in. It's become a major part of the industry, so much so that an increasing number of upcoming artists would rather get a solid gig than get signed by a label. And with this, there is a growing feeling of connectivity between the listeners and the artists, one that develops, for the most part, on a dance floor. Going out has become a way of life for most of us, a weekend doesn't go by without us visiting that all too familiar venue or chasing the next event that your favourite artist will be performing at. It's great, it's culture in the making and it is the foundations of techno music more-so than any other genre, drugs are likely a major factor of this but the reality is: most of what we know about our subculture, happens in front of the DJ box. Until it doesn't. Many a time we experience an adverse effect, specifically revolving around the sheer number of individuals who may be let into a venue. This is likely to happen when someone particularly popular is playing, making the promoters and organises blinded by big fat € signs in their eyes. No shame in saying it, because it's a problem and a serious one at that. I've found myself having no control over where I want to stand because there is just a wave of people pushing me around the venue, literally taking me along for the ride. Sardine vibes, that is what it is and I for one can't stand it. Why go through the effort of organisation, planning and execution of an event only to put the crowd last. Not only does it show where the focus is (on the money) but it's also very dangerous, to say the least! It's becoming an increasingly frequent experience and it is turning people away from the venues that tend to do it. So many issues come to light here, the paradox of being underground is one of them. When is a subculture no longer a sub-culture? What does it mean to be underground? I can think of some events and movements that certainly started as underground but have grown to become well and truly something entirely different – which is fine! But don't cram me into a venue that has already exceeded its capacity, it's just wrong. Words by Alexander Fetokaki   More MEOKO

HOT WAX - Tools & Tips [February 2017]

  1. EASTENDERZ | ENDZ012 - East End Dubs Tech-house's own cockney rebel, East End Dubs, has been busy of late. His first missive of 2017 comes on psychedelically inclined "splatter" pattern vinyl, but doesn't stray far from his usual musical blueprint Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/east-end-dubs-endz-012/635268-01   2. Adult Only | AO046 - Various Adult Only 46 is here and it’s another biggie. Chris Carrier’s trusty label always delivers the funk and this release is no exception. Featuring Rhythm&Soul plus Ukrainian newcomers Belogurov and Orbit and the bossman Carrier himself, it’s comprised four tracks, all with their own unique groove and atmosphere – perfect for anyone who loves deep rhythmic house music with hypnotic sensibilities. Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/rhythm-soul-belogurov-adult-only-records-46/633728-01   3. Galaktic Shelf | GS001 - Nerram Nerram launches The Galactic Shelf with a debut 3-track EP including a remix by Voigtmann. Combining driving, futuristic sounds with deep grooves and breaks - this trio of cosmic cuts come dancefloor-ready and represent the artist’s diverse sound encapsulated.  Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/nerram-gs001/c8z-n7   4. VBX | VBX002 - Ferro The development of the VBX platform has been in step with Ferro's coming of age as an artist. One almost cannot be mentioned without reference to the other. It is for this reason that it made perfect sense to invite Ferro for the second instalment of the VBX label. Immerse yourself into Ferro's musical universe full of heady modulating sounds capes and shimmering percussion.  Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/ferro-meeting-in-another-world/635613-01/   5. Raftaf Holland | RFTF 001 - St. Joseph Raftaf Holland has launched with their first release coming from no other than Cologne’s St. Joseph. Listen to the 3 track EP and you will instantly feel St. Joseph’s personality and production expertise in each track with a sense of intoxicating hypnosis perhaps the unifying factor.  Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/st_joseph-good_days_ep/c8r-qw   6. Partisan | PTN002 - Inner Anthea’s new imprint Partisan welcomes Inner on their second release, an artist who is unafraid to offer the full spectrum of his musical personality, with an undeniable compulsion to push forward. Three, floor-minded tracks bind together to form a mesmerizing groove unlike any other.  Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/inner-danceamine-ep/635003-01/   7. Minibar | MB043 - K.O.D (King Of Delays) K.O.D (King Of Delays) is the new collaborative project of Parisian microhouse heroes Cabanne (Minibar label head) and Aeternum Records boss man Lowris. The two track EP offers an effective “trance induction” of the most pleasant kind. Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/kod-king-tales-of-the-ku-layz/635233-01/   8. Unanim | UNN003 - Ion Ludwig Unanim Records turns out to be the perfect match for Ion Ludwig's sound that refuses to confine itself under a specific genre. 2 tracks, each of them receiving a whole side of the record, as plenty of time and space to develop slowly. Designed for the very special dancefloor moments, Unanim's third release manages to capture Ion Ludwig's sound signature in its entire complexity. Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/ion_ludwig-mania_gr-wishkey_in_an_icejar_ep/c8x-57   9. Cabaret Recordings | CABARET012 - Spacetravel Cabaret Recordings signs Spacetravel for Axiom EP. The four-track effort will be Luca Cara's first release on DJ Masda and So Inagawa's label. Axiom EP sees Cabaret move further into the electro-tinged sound. Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/spacetravel-axiom_ep/c8o-dx   10. Howl | HOWL008 - Various Howl in full effect, timeless Various tracks from their artists, An homage to the raw original house music slamming, old school vibes           Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/various_artists-otto/c8s-ex   Written by Denny Kem More MEOKO  

Into the Woods: From forests to festivals

  Into the Woods host guetslist-only parties, unique to London and with their own underground sound. Starting with illegal raves in the forests of Hackney Wick, the event planners have sky-rocketed to success. In March, they'll be holding a party in a sceret location featuring Romanian heavyweights Dan Andrei and Vlad Caia, they've also got a room booked at Printworks and their biggest party yet, a stage at Junction 2 festival. We caught up with one of the founders Chris Hodgson ahead of their monumental year...   How did Into the Woods get started? Where did it all begin? Well it’s a funny one really. I moved house, I was living in Shoreditch and I moved to Hackney Wick. I was walking down near Hackney Marshes when I thought it would be great to throw a party in the forest. It would be different to have one in an alternative space, we were bored of going to the same venues all the time. So we thought let’s try to get the sound rigged and all our mates that work in music production together and throw a party, and see how it goes. So we threw the first one and it was pretty awesome, probably one of our best parties to be honest. Then from there, we carried it on. We created a Facebook group called Let’s Go Into The Woods and then from that, we threw a few more and it just kept going pretty crazy. So many people started talking about it, but all the events were private. But people were talking about it all across London. People were aware of the parties and before we knew it some of them started getting really, really big. Then we had to move it indoors, but we kept the whole vibe of using alternative space and keeping it underground, and keeping it a secret. We didn’t publically post on Facebook about it, and had parties through the Winter as well. We started using old factories and warehouses, more illegal parties that were under the radar. Then we started getting more events with more people wanting to come, so we had to switch it more to the legal side of things. It changed things up a little bit more but yeah, it started in the forest and grew from there really.     Would you say that it’s your use of alternative spaces that sets you apart from other parties around London? Well I reckon it’s that but it’s also a few other things really. We do hold parties in normal spaces too, and they all sell out but I think it’s because of the people. We still maintain a guest list so obviously when we were doing illegal parties in forests we really needed to control the numbers so we’d only have a limited number of people that we wanted to attend and we’d make sure that was it.  We still maintain that today. Whether we’re doing an after party in a forest or something like Junction 2, we want to make sure it’s the right people who are coming so we make sure people message us and request to come to the party, we’ll look at their Facebook and make sure they’re the right type of people to come. We’ll then share either a ticket link or the map with them. That’s one of the main things, when you come to a party, you notice the people have all come for the right reasons. We make sure to control the doors. I would also say the spaces that we use and the music. Those three things are what have made us successful recently I think.   What would you say has been your best moment so far from the parties you’ve organised? It’s hard really, I mean you can’t beat the parties we’ve had in the forest. We’ve got some really cool stuff planned this year too, some massive things coming.  I still think, and a lot of people who have come to our parties would probably say that when we do parties in the forest and the sun is coming up or down, that those are the best moments.     You’ve got an event on the 4th March with Dan Andrei and Vlad Caia, can you tell us any more about that? So we’re not releasing the location until the day, it’s the fastest selling event we’ve ever done. It’s pretty crazy really. In 2016, all the events sold out and this one was on last release after a few weeks so we’re not releasing the location but we’ve got Dan Andrei and Vlad Caia, two Romanian fellas coming in, and we’ve got Dragos Ungureanu and Gabriel Amaru so those guys are bringing some of the Romanian scene this time which should be quite interesting, we’ve had a few Romanians play before but there’s more at this stage so we’re pretty excited about it.   It looks amazing, and then there’s the after party as well… Yeah the after party’s location isn’t being released either but at the main event, but it will be a wicked, industrial space. As you can imagine, we need to make sure we know who’s going there so, at the main event we’ll share the location of the after party. It’ll be all day from midday on Sunday, which will be really, really cool.     Talking of new spaces, you’re going to be hosting in Printworks, this new incredible venue in London, how are you feeling about that? How are you preparing? Oh yeah, that’s going to be amazing. We went to check the space out and it’s absolutely amazing, it perfectly fits our brand. All the parties we’ve been doing in alternative spaces, and that’s why they approached us, because they knew we do that sort of thing. We went down there and checked out the space, for the first series of events that we’re doing at Printworks we’ve got a 2,500 capacity but the second room is ours and it’s still massive compared to other places we do parties in. It’s a pretty interesting place and we’re working with the production team at the venue as well, making sure we can bring the Into the Woods vibe there, maybe some trees and stuff so still in planning stages but we’ll make that room pretty cool.   Yeah definitely, and finally your most recent announcement was Junction 2 festival, which is such an exciting opportunity and such a big leap from where you’ve come from. How are you feeling about it? Yeah, that was a pretty big one which we had to keep a secret for a long while and announce it cleverly. The guys that we were working with on marketing were really clever, we made sure that our people were represented successfully, because they know that we’ve got such a loyal following. They wanted to make sure that those guys had access to tickets and to come to the party same way they’d come to one of our events. So we’ve been working with marketing really closely, it was massive news for us because there’s only five stages, and the other four are Sonus, Drumcode, LWE and The Hydra, and then there’s us. We’re representing that more minimal, groovy underground sound as opposed to the more banging techno of the other stages and I think because we’re in the forest as well it’ll probably be the best stage if I’m honest. I think we’ll attract the more East London underground vibe. The artists we’ve got booked are some pretty cool guys.  So it should be very good.     Yeah, especially because you are showcasing that underground sound which sets you apart… Yeah so each stage has a theme going on and we wanted to best showcase emerging talent because they’ve viewed us as a budding underground party that’s come from nowhere and grown quickly so they wanted us to represent that stage and curate from our point of view, artists that are going to get big quite quickly so we’ve got Praslea, and Jane Fitz and some really cool artists going on stage, it should be wicked.   What can we look forward to in the future? I don’t know, we’re just going to continue as we are, we’ve got some really exciting events this year. You’ve obviously heard about some of it but there’s more stuff coming and some of the biggest parties we’ve ever planned but we need to make sure that we keep it the same, keep the same vibe and make sure that the guest list, people and music remain the same. Even though we’re growing really quickly we want to make sure that we’re maintaining the same underground family vibe. Can’t tell you to much, but some very exciting stuff is about to happen…     Words by Georgia Evans More MEOKO Photos courtesy of Into the Woods Facebook Page

Fuse Launch Infuse Daytime Series at 93 Feet East.

Fuse London have announced a massive series of events for London’s underground scene. Curated by Seb Zito, a series of Infuse Saturday daytime events at 93 Feet East, with the first taking place on 4 March, then 1 April and 6 May respectively. This handpicked selection will showcase the best of house and techno. Putting East London on the map, special guests at these events include Ferro, OdD, Fabe, Jack Wickham, Joseph Williams, Javier Carballo, Mariano Mateljan, and Stuart Hawkins- and of course, Zito himself. In addition to this, they will all be playing three to four hour sets, showcasing their skills as some of London’s greatest talents. Seb Zito has been quoted saying, “The Fuse team has a rich history with 93 Feet East and we think the venue can be an integral part of the future of electronic music in East London. We’ve gone into 93 to reconfigure the sound and the booth so we can create the perfect setting for a party.” allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_f608b48c_2053966424&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/ferro-exclusive-meoko-podcast-227', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_f608b48c_2053966424', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_f608b48c_2053966424' }); });   The 4th March will see the Infuse launch, where Zito will be performing for the first time since their epic New Year’s Rave. The head of a&r, co-founder, and resident will be joined by the prolific and marvellously talented Ferro, ahead of his return to VBX in Amsterdam.  On the 1st April expect to see Overall’s Javier Carbello, Jack Wickham, and Joseph Williams. Then to wrap it all up, the closing party sees German favourite Fabe, with Infuse mainstays Mariano Mateljan and Stuart Hawkins. This marks a huge achievement for the label, it’s the first time the Fuse crew have been back at 93 Feet East for almost five years. Here, they’ll continue to make their case for a positive clubbing environment and high-quality daytime parties, with music at the heart of it all. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_22501a72_1923015511&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/fabe-meoko-podcast-1', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_22501a72_1923015511', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_22501a72_1923015511' }); });   As Zito says, “The Infuse label has been a platform for our friends and artists for nearly 5 years, so it makes sense to create a second platform for the guys to express themselves as DJs. Just as I’ve flourished within the Fuse camp through their support and guidance, this is a chance for me to do the same for them.” To sign up for tickets, have a look at their website and to stay up-to-date, follow their Facebook page.   Words by Georgia Evans More MEOKO

Exclusive insight to 'In Therapy Records'

With just over than a month gone by of 2017 we thought what would be better than a MEOKO exclusive. Music made from the heart, and not an ego in sight. We present to you, In Therapy Records. An innovative and forward thinking record label situated in Barcelona. At the heart of it all is Rainer, after several years of holding a Half Baked residency and a string of releases on Serialism Records, Desolat and most recently on the Half Baked label, the time has come for him to delve deeper and launch an imprint of his own. It feels like something from the future, with each low profile artist allowing us access to their mind via the art of sound, and not the image they portray of themselves. Last year the label was born as a huge release from timeless producer Hi-Ryze dropped, which was also the first full length Hi-Ryze recording since 1999. An achievement in itself. The four tracker Ep is crafted for the dancefloor, with the A side providing the after party treats, whilst the B side takes care of the peak time drivers. A win, win.    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_65bac1b9_1540989657&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/intherapyrecords/sets/in-therapy-01-hi-ryze-red', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_65bac1b9_1540989657', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_65bac1b9_1540989657' }); });     Italian artist Flavio Folco will be providing release number two, 'The Heroic Enthusiasts EP' will see the 909 lovers tracks remixed by Metroplex man Plural. Keeping you in your toes will be two more releases before the summer arrives. The boss man himself, Rainer, is taking care of business with the third release. His debut release on his own imprint will be nothing but special, knowing full well he will bring all his cards to the table. Hi-Ryze also involved with this one with his own interpretation. Maintaining the professional outlook of super quality artists without an ego, the humble Manuk has arranged the fourth release. Ballet Mechanique stepping up for remix duty.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_9bce5c75_746358230&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/subwax-bcn-distribution/flavio-folco-the-heroic-enthusiasts-ep-incl-plural-remix-in-therapy-02', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9bce5c75_746358230', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9bce5c75_746358230' }); });     We are ecstatic to witness just the beginning of their journey. In todays highly saturated market it is refreshing to see such a focused and commited group of individuals keeping the quality of the music at the heart of everything they do, continuing to experiment and push their sound beyond any boundaries. What do you get when you create a close knit family of friends and artists, that are dedicated to providing a platform for solid, high quality productions.   After working closely with many great labels, It must be a great feeling creating your own imprint. Was there anything in particular that triggered off the start of In Therapy? It’s been on my mind for a while. A lot of time for contemplation and reflection got me to the point where I decided to start something on my own. When you decided to launch In Therapy was there a group of artists you had in mind to be involved or did this happen naturally over time? The tracks really came in naturally through friends but I’ve always had a vision of the music and the kind of artists that I wanted on the label.   Having Hi-Ryze on board for the first release, joined by superb artists on future releases. How does it feel working closely with, and surrounded by such talented artists? and also releasing your own records along side them? For me it’s an honour that such an influential artist from the 90s is still active, supports our scene and works very naturally from his heart. I chose Hi Ryze as the debut EP for In Therapy because his music really reflects the kind of sound that I want to define the label. The same goes for FlavioFolco, Plural and Manuk, when I listen to their jams that’s what I feel In Therapy is about – music with an edge and a lot of personality.   You have created a label and culture without an ego insight, why is this so important to you? There’s too much egotistic bullshit going on at the moment. What really works is the more humble you are, the more you respect things and the better it goes. That’s why I’m talking about less egotistic attitude, it’s a more personal approach to music. It’s therapeutic.   We feel as if this definitely reflects in the music you guys are representing. Is there any advice you would give someone with as much passion and drive as yourself, before starting their own label? Hard work. Not recommended.   It is clear you have a great outlook and plan regarding releases etc. Is there any behind the scenes info you would like to share with us? Look out for Hi Ryze who’ll be returning to In Therapy to rework one of my tracks into an 11 minute journey and before Sonar a release from the underdog Manuk, a humble artist from Argentina who’s going to step it up for one of his first releases.    More In Therapy Records More MEOKO

Just Jack's 11th birthday- A night of mischief and idiosyncrasy

  Just Jack celebrated their 11th birthday in typically garish style this weekend. With bright lights, painted lanterns and an overwhelming sense of achievement. This vibrant get-together was a celebration of idiosyncrasy. Fuelled by funk-house anthems, the audience of eccentric guests grooved until the early hours of the morning.     Motion’s main room was bathed in multi-coloured lights while a large figure took up the stage, with two hands at either end, a giant head in the centre, and large spiralling eyes gazing into the distance. Meanwhile, the other room was filled with large multi-coloured lampshades that had been hand painted and draped with ivy. A large disco ball hung from the middle of the room, a nod towards the old-school rhythms that were being played.   It was a night of fun, mischief and general debauchery. Robert Hood took to the decks and plunged everyone into a world of pure drunk-funk heaven in the main room. The room became electrified as he played the classic ‘Tell You No Lie’, setting them ablaze with a flurry of lights.     In the Tunnel, Soichi Terada made the intimate setting his playground. The soulful grooves showcased his infamous humour and fun character as he reached over the decks to hi-five the eager partiers below him.   Underground master DJ Bone brought his masterful techniques with him, showcasing his skills in scratching, blending and back spinning he sent the audience into a whirlwind of innovative fusions of hip-hop, Detroit techno and old-school house.     Midland’s set in the second room was equally as illuminating. Then there was the ever-eclectic Optimo. It’s also worth recognizing Jayda G, she switched it up and brought some great tunes with her. Just Jack organisers and staples Tom Rio and Dan Wild were also guaranteed and made sure they delivered.   All in all, it was a night celebrating debauchery with Just Jack’s signature tongue-in-cheek-attitude. Perhaps not as extravagant as their usual get-togethers, but it felt like a family affair. A celebration of living and being free with a soulful soundtrack to help blast them into the next 11 years.    Words by Georgia Evans More MEOKO

Printworks launch extravaganza: Inside London’s most industrial new venue.

   Picture this: An industrial outlet park in Canada Water. It’s about midday on a Saturday. Nestled in between the carparks, the cinemas and food outlets is a hanger-sized warehouse. London’s business district can be seen in the background. A steady flow of people is trickling out of the underground following the signs to London’s biggest and best new venue, Printworks. Over the next ten hours, these eagerly anticipating partygoers will experience a launch party in a space like no other.   It was a marathon event of pure, unadulterated house and techno. Seven hours of Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers and Loco Dice playing back to back, with William Djoko in the main room. In Room 2, Krankbrother, Geddes and G.Walker brought their own underground vibe. The space itself is 16 acres of unapologetically industrial warehouse.     After passing through the vigorous security checks, the main entry is the size of an air-hanger with a large smoking area outside and food trucks serving festival-style gastro-cuisine and a bar. Inside, there’s a stall for drinks tokens and a through the back there’s a bar, a carefully guarded space for lockers and toilets.   After climbing the steel staircase, there’s the Press Halls which is the main room and the much smaller Charge Bay. Entering the main room, it’s grandeur is instantly striking. By standing at the back of the narrow and mind-blowingly long room with an incredibly high roof, the booth itself is raised and perfectly framed by the industrial metalwork which surrounds it.     A mesmerising laser show projects from one end of the room to the other, and the audience is showered in a kaleidoscope of cascading lights. This immersive and visceral experience perfectly complements the music that’s playing. Flashing up and down in strips of colour and crossing over the audience. It’s a hypnotic display where you can lose yourself to the experience and shut out the world around you. Everyone’s in that moment. Caught in a snapshot of time. It’s not a normal Saturday afternoon.     Toward the front, the audience is crammed within the barriers and you can feel the sound system pulsate through your body. By moving further back, there’s room to spin around and dance while the Charge Room lives up to its name, providing a change of scenery in the with its Void sound system and wooden floors. It’ a good alternative to the bustling crowds with a much more intimate vibe with the right performers.     This industrial location feels like a space-age illegal rave, minus the hedonism and the messheads. With its stripped back, unapologetic metalwork, dynamic soundscapes and captivating visual performances, it engulfs the audience and throws them into a different dimension. Hands- down, one of the most exciting new ventures into London’s ever-diversifying night life.     Words by Georgia Evans Photos courtesy of Danny North (The Rest is Noise) More Printworks More MEOKO

Just Jack's 11 Greatest Party Moments

Just Jack- House Music is turning 11 and to mark the occasion, Meoko has compiled a list of 11 brilliant events from the self-proclaimed vibe merchants, disco peddlers and renegade masters. Over the years, Tom Rio, Dan Wild, Rag Amuffin, Jethro Binns and Rob Shaw have been bringing the boogie. This weekend they’ll be marking their decade-long reign as kings of Bristol’s party house scene with Robert Hood aka Floorplan, Midland, DJ Bone, Optimo, Soichi Terada and many more. But before that, let’s have a look at some of the amazing things they’ve brought us over the last 11years…   Jeremy Underground’s set at Just Jack’s Secret Toilet Party- January 2017   The Just Jack crew really started 2017 in one of the most bizarre and fun ways possible. Setting up a secret tent behind the portals at Bristol’s Motion, then getting Jeremy Underground to perform made for an unforgettable night. Partygoers enjoyed funky house jams while dancing under inflatable ducks, toilet brushes and cuddly poo toys, charming. DJ Koze takes over the Arnolifini as part of the Altered States- April 2015   The Red Bull Music Academy tour collaborated with the kaleidoscopic party-curators to bring together music and art in Bristol’s Arnolifini Museum. Crowds were thrown into psychedelic fantasies of colour and sound. Koze projected enigmatic images onto the walls to bring together an all-encompassing sensory experience. 9th Birthday at fabric- February 2015   Just Jack are a Bristol landmark, but they broadened their horizons for a legendary night at a legendary club. After celebrating their ninth birthday with a massive blowout at Motion, they moved further afield to Farringdon. Here, they brought their own flavour with Terry Francis, John Barera & Will Martin and Tom Rio & Dan Wild all taking to the stage. Bysmashing it in the capital, they proved themselves to be champions of the British house scene.     Just Jack’s Circus Freak Boutique- October 2008 to present.   Just Jack’s Halloween parties are legendary in Bristol. The Circus Freak Boutique is now a tradition. Having been going strong for the last decade, we thought it would be suitable to reflect on the early days, having only been going for a couple of years, the crew were quickly taking off, moving into the bastille that is Motion’s Skatepark. They claimed it would be the most sordid party they’d ever thrown, and they continue to out-do themselves every year since. By 2015, it was headlined by Ricardo Villalobos, Kyle Hall and Sonja Moonear. In 2016, they had Âme. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger…     Just Jack Presents…Booka Shade- November 2010   What a way to take over In:Motion. Booka Shade, Matt Tolfrey & Geddes, jozif, Buckley, Waifs & Strays , Tom Rio and Dan Wild all blew the crowds minds with this all-star extravaganza. They claim to eat your face off, and they came close.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_77ff8edb_1892908655&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/booka-shade/chateau-rouge', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_77ff8edb_1892908655', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_77ff8edb_1892908655' }); });     Illusion Recordings & Just Jack present MR. G- December 2012   Before collaborating with the godfather of the underground scene in 2015, Just Jack hosted a spectacular event at The Garage in Leeds, teaming up with illusion records to provide something truly magical. An intimate setting with unbelievable soundscapes and a living legend, Mr G. What could be better?     Just Jack at Hideout festival Croatia- July 2012   The ‘Noah’s Ark’ themed festival party was one of the first festival appearances for the house mavericks. Bringing their own unique style and sense of humour to the beautiful Pag in Croatia. Hideout was still in its early years but this collaboration blew partygoers out the water (excuse the pun).     KiNK and Neville Watson with My Love is Underground- December 2013   The return of the Jack. This time in the Empire Theatre. Returning to their hometown after travelling across the UK, these guys made sure to have one hell of a homecoming. Taking over two rooms, they provided an intimate den for high quality acid house and techno, courtesy of Colonel Wrongface himself. The main room saw KiNK and Neville Watson collaborating on a mind-bending blend of anthems while Jeremy Underground and brilliant Brawther threaten to tear the back doors off the place. Unforgettable.     Just Jack Agency Launch- June 2013   This marked a pinnacle moment for the party-planners as they branched out from events to their own label, which has since released some incredible tracks. Stamp the Wax and Just Ticket joined together with the Bristol-born mavericks for a Berlin-style open-air day party at the Riverside Youth Project in Bristol. A monumental occasion that featured Mano Le Tough, James Welsh and Typesun who provided some of the best in house and boogie.     Just Jack’s 10th Birthday- February 2016   Having established themselves as an institution, they celebrated their tenth birthday in style. Three hours of Seth Troxler and Eats Everything playing back-to-back. Optimo, Hunee, Honey Dijon, and Steffi all marked the occasion. Europe’s biggest DJs all gathered to Motion to mark the last 10 years and to welcome in the next.     Robert Hood aka Floorplan and Midland for Just Jack’s 11th birthday- February 2017   Ok, even though this hasn’t happened yet, it is guaranteed to be an epic occasion. Following last years extraordinary spectacle, Just Jack are pulling out all the stops to bring one of their biggest and best nights yet. An evening of funk-house and foxy jams will be provided by the stellar line-up; Robert Hood, Midland, Optimo, DJ Bone, Soichi Terada, Jayda G, Tom Rio and Dan Wild. The true originators and the champions of the underground will be taking over Motion of this night of unstoppable fun, funk and festivities.     So there it is, some hand-picked moments from Bristol’s house pioneers. To stay up to date on all the action, have a look at their Facebook page. To listen to some of their fresh tunes, head to their Soundcloud. And to make sure you don’t have FOMO this Saturday, get yourself a ticket to the big 11th birthday bash, here.     Words by Georgia Evans More MEOKO

Caprices Festival: Marco Faraone Exclusive Interview

Italian super-producer Marco Faraone is due to play Caprices festival in April. This three-day celebration showcases the best electronic music the globe has to offer, against the beautiful backdrop of Crans- Montana. After a number of years in the business and becoming infamous for his experimental style, he is sure to create some amazing memories. We caught up with Faraone to talk about his progression as an artist and what the future holds for him.   Who would you say were your early influencers? I started playing music very early, I was 14 and at the beginning I was very fascinated by the hip-hop scene and artists like Run DMC for example. I discovered house and techno a few years later jumping and playing so many different styles of music in between, even drum’n’bass. I became fascinated with the 90s house championed by Masters At Work and Todd Terry, whilst admiring Laurent Garnier for his ability to effortlessly play diverse and eclectic sets.    How would you describe your personal sound, and how did you develop it over time? I would say the perfect way to describe my production and also my DJ sets is “versatile”. As I said before my musical journey has been contaminated by different shades and music influences. I feel very bored to play the same groove or style of music in my sets that’s why I always jam and try to play various sets. This is automatically reflected into my productions. I never sit in the studio and know what is going to happen, I just let the flow get my mind and me somewhere and produce what I feel in that moment. A few years ago I produced a very experimental album, something completely different than what I normally produce. Every day is different.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_4b2ba733_453977392&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/marcofaraonemusic/marco-faraone-your-love-all-inn-ltd-003', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_4b2ba733_453977392', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_4b2ba733_453977392' }); });     You've worked for multiple labels over the course of your career, are there any standout moments for you from the early years? As a versatile DJ and producer, yes I’ve been releasing on many different labels. The record that opened my doors and gave me the chance to start playing and be known by people around the scene was “Strange Neighbours” which I released in 2010 on Matthias Tanzmann’s label Moon Harbour. This tune has been played by Ricardo Villalobos continuously for more than 3 years and reached the Beatport 1st position for more than a month. Indeed, also all the other releases on Desolat, Drumcode, Ovum, Be As One, All Inn and Holic Trax are been important to build up my profile, but for sure “Strange Neighbors” was the spark that made everything start for me.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_9c38b1e1_477290216&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/marcofaraonemusic/arado-marco-faraone-strange-neighbors-cut-96kbps', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9c38b1e1_477290216', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9c38b1e1_477290216' }); });     You managed to balance a residency at Tenax in Florence while travelling across the globe, how did you do it? Tenax is the club where I grew up and where I had the chance to listen many of the most important coming from all over the world. When I started to DJ I was not even thinking to play outside my hometown and Tenax was so unreachable! It was like a dream to play there. I had a very long musical evolution and development, I did everything step by step and it took me many years to create my opportunities and situations. Playing at Tenax as resident is not easy because I travel all over the world every week, but I always try to have 4/5 shows every year. It’s something necessary for me, be a resident of a club is very important, it helps you to keep the flow with the people, understand them, create and build the atmosphere of the party. I made so many warm up sets during this 14 years playing music and I love to do it, the warm up is probably the most special part of the night. When it is possible I prefer to play solo sets from the beginning till the end, the more I play more I’m happy.   What made you want to launch your own label, Uncage? Often the desire to express yourself, giving free rein to instinct to give voice to their own sound, takes over; when this happens, it takes over the need to transmit and communicate its message through music. After various consolidated or otherwise interrupted collaborations with other labels, I decided that was the time to create my own platform, Uncage and release the music I like. The label started in November 2015 and it’s building up slow and step by step as I always like to do things. It always takes time to me and my label manager Norman Methner to select and be 100% sure about what we want to release. Some huge upcoming releases are on the way, stay connected!   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_86b63663_1084095629&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/uncageofficial/sets/va-uncage-v1-snippet', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_86b63663_1084095629', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_86b63663_1084095629' }); });       You're playing the massive Caprices festival in Switzerland soon, how do you prepare for each performance? Is there a particular routine you have? I’m very looking forward to play at Caprices festival for the first time, it’s one of the most beautiful events in the world. Thanks Aminata for inviting me! I’m sure it will be a party to remember, also because I’ll play alongside friends like Marco Carola, Paco Osuna and Leon and so many friends are coming. I’m very excited! I’ll have 3 events in a row in the week, Caprices, Music On London and Church Leeds, it’s going to be a crazy weekend!   How do you choose your set-lists? I never prepare my sets before the party, of course I have an idea or where I’m going to play (club, festival, open air) and imagine what I could do, but I always improvise and feel the vibe of the party. I get there, look at the people and play the music I feel to play in that moment. Don’t forget I’m a versatile DJ, prepare a set before doesn’t make me feel like that.   Do you prefer the larger festival environments or small intimate venues, why? Honestly I like both, I like the festival because I can always play a bit harder, especially in the big floors. In the clubs I always try to create a more intimate atmosphere and this is something I really like. I love when the DJ booth is close to the people and you can interact with them. Every place is different and tells its own story.     What does the future look like? Any personal projects or Uncage releases to tell us about? I have so many upcoming projects, also on the label. The next EP coming out is from Italian DJ producer Fabio della Torre also known as Corcos, he’s managing one of the most interesting Italian labels “Bosconi” and it’s a big pleasure to have him on board of my project. His EP will include 2 massive remixes by Marcel Fengler and Regen. I’ve signed two new EPs on very big labels but I can’t tell anything yet, I believe I can share the news in the next weeks. I’ll also have a new vinyl release on Tenax Recordings called “Horizon” that will include Honey Dijon’s Remix! So excited for this one!   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_9761f753_384071444&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/loveland-legacy/ll055-marco-faraone-drumcode-at-loveland-barcelona-2016', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9761f753_384071444', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9761f753_384071444' }); });     You'll be coming over to Britain soon, what do you think of our music scene here? I love to play in UK, it’s one of the best places in the world to play for me. I’ll come to London on April 7th for the Music On’s night at Electric Brixton, then Church Leeds the day after. I also have planned to play for a massive Drumcode Showcase on April 17th in Belfast for Shine. I’m sure all this events are going to be amazing. Can’t wait! Caprices Festival will be taking place between the 6th-9th April in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Marco will be performing alongside Ben Klock, Jamie Jones, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler and many, many more. To stay up-to-date or purchase tickets, click here.     Words by Georgia Evans More MEOKO

MEOKO Exclusive: Dakini Festival - A Journey into the Unknown

Hidden away on Tuzla Beach, Romania, a progressive movement is taking shape. Fuelled by the ethos of creating sustainable ad-hoc society built around music, art and culture is Dankini Festival. From the 29th june-2nd July the Black Sea coastline will be inhabited by attendees of one of Europe’s most progressive festivals and for a few days, some of the most creative minds from all around the world will call this palce “home". Featuring four nights of music, speakers and workshops with art installations and one of Eastern Europe’s biggest yoga villages. Over 100 artists will gather together on three stages for an eclectic mix of psy-trance, chill and micro house. With the tag line, ‘We are sky dancers’ the festival promotes creativity, freedom and the opportunity to immerse yourself in an experience like no other. It’s first wave of headliners have been announced, and it looks good. The Psy-trance stage features the likes of Astrix, Avalon, Loud (live), E-Mantra, DJ Tsubi, Dr Space, kroko, Gahabbi, Dj Driss and more. Then there’s the Chill stage with Desert Dwellers, GAUDI, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Vibrasphere, Kaya Project, Suduaya, Irina Mikhailova, Solar Fields, Globular, DJ Bayawaka, Ancient Core, Kukan dUb Lagan, DJ Johnny Blue & Zen Baboon all billed to perform. Finally, the Micro stage bringing you Herodot, Priku, Piticu, Gescu, Arapu, Alexandra, Suciu, Cap, Crihan, Vlf, Nu Zau, Sepp, Charlie, LIZZ, VincentIulian, Christopher Ledger, K.D.Chriss & Mihigh.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_e5452b80_500213041&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/suciu-exclusive-meoko-podcast-201', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e5452b80_500213041', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e5452b80_500213041' }); });     With more than just music, this experience is holistic-getaway for the world’s creatives and freest individuals.  For a soul-changing experience that includes music, martial arts, dance, astrology, art and sustainability. A limited number of arly birds are available here. Dakini Festival 2017 Facebook Event   Words by Georgia Evans More Dakini More MEOKO
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