Prepare yourselves for Mobilee’s London takeover with Rodriguez Jr. (live), Kevin Over, Ralf Kollmann and The Willers Brothers by entering Meoko’s exclusive giveaway. Ahead of their unmissable event at Egg, Mobilee will be giving away 2 vinyl packages of the 3 x 12 clear vinyl special edition album Rodriguez Jr.,Baobab.
The Berlin-based crew will be taking over London’s Egg Nightclub for a night of melodic techno and deep house. Headliner Rodriguez Jr has returned to the Mobilee team with his evocative album Baobab.
Rodriguez Jr. returns to Mobilee with his evocative album Baobab. Resident Advisor named the French artist in their Best Live Acts of 2016, and in between his famed live shows, he has created a ten track masterpiece that elicits powerful emotions through music. When reflecting on the album he has said, “Baobab is about roots. It has mainly been written whilst traveling and I needed to re-connect to my roots: the music I used to listen to as a teenager from South Of France, my first parties, this fantastic sense of freshness, enthusiasm and innocence. This is why I decided to call it Baobab: a big tree proud to grow up in a lush surrounding, with it’s roots deep in the floor”.
The French artist builds up an atmospheric presence through the use of silences, breaks ad perfectly timed beats. This creates an overwhelmingly visceral experience for his attendees. It’s not just about the basslines for him though, the artist uses his own vocals and collaborates with Liset Aleaon the track ‘Heal Me’ to create music that is spontaneous and emotive.
He’ll be supported by Kevin Over, who released Mobilee Back to Back Volume 11 in March. The German-born artist has been billed as one of the scene’s hottest new talents winning over the approval of Maya Jane Coles, Adam Beyer and many more. He is definitely one to watch.
Ralf Kollmann himself will also be there, founder of Mobilee and established DJ with access to the labels unique back catalogue of incredible music. With his label in the running for Mixmag’s Label of the Decade, he brings his own personal touch to proceedings. Specialising in carefully crafted technical skills, an unparalleled knowledge of music and diverse song selections, he is the embodiment of Mobilee’s ethos.
Finally, the team will be joined by Egg residents The Willers Brothers at London’s legendary venue, who are currently signed to the What Came First Label.
with the subject heading MOBILEE. Good luck!
Words by Georgia Evans
It is official, Offline Records is born. The brainchild of companions Christopher Groove and Brad Wilder. Just by chance, the two talented and music loving artists became friends, immediately realising the similarities in their passions and desires within the industry. After spending much time together in the studio in Vienna, and Ibiza last year, the Offline journey has naturally progressed presenting you with what is a highly anticipated outlet for music. Endorsed by Ricardo Villalobos from their very first release.
Chris Groove, native Austrian, has somewhat of an incredible and interesting ability in the depths of his studio. Villalobos has clearly acknowledged this from an early stage. Flying the flag for his own imprints first release, the A side is offering up ‘Secret Garden’. Gloomy hypnotic loops driving the track, a sense of suspense as in depth layers are flickering in and out, the whole record is laced with trippy vocals taking the listener on a trip. A real attention to the inner details of the record.
Ricardo’s remix on the flip side is crammed full of his signature obscurity; a tight central groove that you can imagine swaying to at any given after party. Totalling up at nearly fifteen minutes this is certainly one for trained ears, as a variation of percussions continue to appear from all angles, a swirling case of mystery. A typical expectation from the maestro, a true pioneer and storyteller. To feature Villalobos on your first release, is a fantastic achievement in its self.
After what is set to be a successful initial release from Offline Records, there is much more where this came from. Several various artist releases are in the pipeline, and an opportunity to get to know Groove’s partner in crime Brad Wilder. We welcome Offline Records to the world with open arms.
Release Date – 28th July
Pier Bucci, well known for releasing on Cadenza and Crosstown Rebels in the ‘00s, is one of a handful of seminal minimal producers to rise out of Chile. An occasional collaborator with Luciano, the Maruca Music founder has now launched a new project alongside exciting Berlin-based prospect Oskar Szafraniec; a young talent who many will recognize from appearances on Cyclo and Murge Recordings, not to mention a collaborative release alongside Ricardo Villalobos on Rawax.
Meeting in Japan, Bucci and Szafraniec’s shared pseudonym is BUSZTM and the pair have an album landing on Beef Records at the end of the year. MEOKO got in touch to find out more:
Hi guys, how is it going? What have you been up to lately?
P: Hi! I’ve been in South America for 7 months, traveling on an Austrian military truck (a Steyr Pinzgauer). So far, I’ve been in the desert of Atacama, Salar de Uyuni and also La Paz in Bolivia, Lake Titicaca and Cusco in Peru, as well as researching and recording Altiplano music. In Peru, I went to a community that’s high up the Andes and recorded a 73-year-old man, playing a 24 stringed guitar. His music was incredible. I also went to the eastern island and did a recording of Polinesic music with a songwriter named Cal Mario Tuky.
O: I just got back from Austria, I’ve spent a month there. Just been traveling from place to place, very happy to be back in the studio, I signed couple of new records for Skylax and Gel’s Abril new record label. I’d like to finish a solo album this year, that’s the plan. I was just looking at our pictures the other day from the tour in Japan. Do you remember that time Pier?
P: Oh yeah, I remember when we met in the restaurant in Japan! This was before the gig at Womb and it was your birthday! Then we went to Osaka to this nice festival called Sea of Green. Japan is my favourite place and the best club has to be Yellow.
O: It’s quite the same for me. Japan is a very interesting country and I had a lot of fun playing at Liquid Room, it was also nice to play b2b live with [A Guy Called] Gerald at that festival in Osaka you mentioned, such a nice experience in the mountains. The rain was heavy.
P: Yes, that was an experience!
What else have you got lined up this year?
P: Well my solo album ‘Pier Bucci Anika’ is going to be released. Apart from that I’ve been working on two more productions with Andean music and Polinesic music. They’re still a work in progress.
O: … Yes, what I’ve heard of the ‘Anika’ album is amazing, can’t wait to see it released! I have a 12’’ coming out on Skylax, which is four tracks, as well as two EPs on Gel Abril’s new label. There are also a couple of things, which can’t be mentioned yet, but I’m really happy with the way this year is going.
Not to mention the collaborative album as BUSZ! Can you tell us more about the relationship between you two?
P: As soon as we met we discovered we have a lot of similar interests and tastes in music, especially the music made in the 90s in England, like the electronica scene.
O: So many amazing records were released back then. The music was full of emotions.
P: Yes! We’re always evaluating and admiring the incredible emotions involved in that type of music. We always talk about how music from the 90s in England was so emotional and nowadays this magic is more often found in the background. We share this way of focusing on the feeling of music, where music is more important than how effective the track is on the dance floor.
O: For us, the time in the studio is very important. All of the hours involved behind producing each track as well as the incredible method and architecture behind each track; it’s always important that every moment of production goes towards creating the incredible methodic architecture. The process of creating the tracks by using synthetizing sounds in the album was done in a very methodic way, where we also share the special times and the moments of our own individual lives.
P: Exactly. We spend time working on the tracks together every day. Dealing with the issues of everyday life situations between conversations about all the many frequencies we can make from the machines and mixers whilst translating these moments into music in the form of notes, frequencies, rhythms and vibrations.
O: Magic happens, for example when we needed an instrument, which was the Moog Mother 32, we were looking on Ebay for two of them and happened to find a guy 20 meters from Pier’s house who was selling exactly two of them and, of course, we bought them right away!
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Can you tell us more about the collaboration process itself?
P: For me, having a good studio plus the experience of producing numerous albums, combined together with the fresh musical view provided by a young and passionate Polish person [Oskar] led to a lot of sharing. If you have an experience and don’t share this experience with others it's a waste of time, because everything you experience and experiment with needs to be shared as this is how you grow. Sharing my studio and my experiences with Oskar was a real refreshment for my productions because we encouraged each other to practice new productions techniques.
O: Working with Pier was an absolute honour; he’s so experienced and has recorded so many albums and various different projects…he’s incredible.
P: Our album is a collage of old equipment, such as Moogs and analog machines, plus a lot of new equipment, as well as instruments such as guitars, drums, recording reels and vocals. Our focus on different sound architectures led to creating atmospheres and rhythms to harmonize our two influences; a colourful Latin sound with a deeper sound from the east, where we blend the traditions and cultures creating an incredible effect. This is the result of the two of us working together.
For me to do music and continue being inspired the best method is to learn from different cultures by travelling the world in a conscious way. This is the best process and is the way I like to enjoy my life. Music has been an incredible gateway for getting to know different people with different personalities, influences, cultures and ways of thinking and acting.
O: It’s been like this for quite a few years for me, too. It's traveling and meeting new people that makes me happy; sharing different points of view, different ideas, and making the effort for all of our music to evolve together!
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The Under The MEOKO Microscope series is back with a bang; Berlin-based producer, Inner.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Inner. We know you have a busy schedule - How has everything been going?
Everything is going well, lately its been a lot of nature for me and it will be like that till end of summer.
It barely takes a pair of ears to tell that you have a real passion for minimal and techno. How were you first exposed to these sounds and what artists did you grow up on? Who were your major influences?
First music played by me as a DJ was Drum and Bass. In a short time after thru new friends met at the local electronic music club I discovered the likes of Anthony Rother, Miss Kitten and Sven Vath. Then came the first editions of Sunwaves and the Romanian djs. At the time they ware not playing „the romanian sound“ but a combination of house, techno, and tech house (the good one). One of the sets I still remember and look back too is Zip s set at SW after hours in 2009.
How was the techno scene growing up in Romania? Was there anything in particular that made you think, “Wait, I want to make it in this scene?”
Not really. It came natturelly as at the time we ware organising parties in my hometown since our local electronic music club just got closed. I was discovering new music and it was easy for me to share it with people . I did warm ups for about 2 years.
It’s been almost 4 years now since you moved to Berlin. How do you find the city? Are you enjoying your life there?
I moved to the city without knowing anyone or talking german and I was lucky to find some very nice people straight away that supported me from the beggining. Life in the big city has ups and downs, like everywhere. Somehow you are sourounded by people but it feels more lonely than in a smaller city. People are so concerned about their lifes that its hard sometimes to make plans with friends. But the city has so much to offer in terms of art, nature, to name a few so I enjoy living here a lot.
You’ve recently released some amazing music on Anthea’s label Partisan. Could you give us a bit of the story behind this EP?
We met at a party at CDV when I was playing a few years ago and we kept in contact ever since. Its hard to find labels that fit my music and that I am happy to release on. It was clear to me that Anthea has a vision for her new Partisan project and when I heard her talk with such passion about it I wanted to be part of it straight away. Now we became more than collaborators and I am happy to release among great music and producers.
In regards to your own productions, what projects are you working on at the moment?
Winter and spring was full of producing and studio sessions, now summer is here and its more about enjoying. If you live in Berlin you understand. But I did start a new project with ISH, jamming together and making tracks. Its been really fun but no real plans to release till now.
What do you find the most challenging aspect of producing your own music?
Not sure if its challenging but I get bored very fast. And its not making music that I get bored of its more the style of music. I feel I cannot keep a direction, that can be also a good thing but also a bad one, cause people get confused about who you are. Its easier to categorise djs or producers and listeners like to do that. But as a person you change so much over the years, plus the constant stream of good music that is played at the clubs in Berlin has a big influence on me.
And what about your own Record label Polen? How did you start the label and what are your aspirations for your own imprint?
Polen started mostly to release new producers and my own music. I always liked the idea of discovering new young artists that have something to say. Now its developing into something else, with more established producers coming with eps, but everything is going quite slowly but in a good direction.
What’s one thing that you don’t see enough of in the music industry that you’d like to see?
More parties at the beach?!
What would be your top three travel tips for touring Djs?
Drink lots of water, eat fruits and vegetables and be nice.
With all the traveling and the constantly expanding technology and gear, what is something that always stays in your DJ bag. What is it that you always have to have with you?
Ear plugs. For sleeping not for listening.
Last but not least, could you tell us a little about the mix you made for MEOKO? What was your approach?
Its hard for me to make podcasts. Most of the podcasts I made are on the fly. Press record and see what happens but for this I kinda try to plan it a bit and then endded up doing exactly the same thing as for the others. So I hope you enjoy!
Inner thank you so much for your time! Hope we’ll to see in London soon!
Words by Denny Kem
6 tracks listed below by Dan Primaru will do all the talking;
1- Dragos Ungureanu & Gabriel Amaru - Keep on Going // she001
The first EP in this session is about brotherhood, family and connection. Keep on Going in London does this at it's best, and Gabriel Amaru together with Dragos Ungureanu are the first souls to leave their sound on the first wax imprint of this label legacy. I talk like this because i know the team behind this label, the strong connections that are there which are reflected the moments of glory that they create through events and gatherings.
2- Jäfar - Fragil Musique - Fragil 021 // Tribute to the King
Eighteen release from Fragil comes with an impressive tool from Jäfar, it is straight old-school dance floor track, reminding us about good old times, it is updated with a modern micro house fragrance from two secretive vinyl lovers, and carefully selected by another two, acting behind the label.
3- Costin Rp - Bleu Ciel // Bleu Ciel 006 // Different Personalities
Developing the genre itself, developing himself, Costin Rp getting lost in the atmospherical realm. When heard and perceived in a specific time and enviroment, these two beauties can lift you up, helping you trancend the body and keeping you in magical place we know we belong. It's something we're use to take up from Bleu Ciel music label.
4- Ada Kaleh - AK005c // Dene descris (reinterpretari part I)
Here is a strong one, that aims to be a reference point in our scene. Ada Kaleh comes with re-interpretations of his own well know story 'De Nedescris'. With a great all-romanian team, this EP has many colours, Nu Zau, Teluric and Priku, each putting their vibe and signature into the big rainbow. There will be a part two but this is delicious enough for me.
5- Dubtil - BodyParts Records // BPMS008 // Paradox EP
Well, when Dubtil goes out, sometimes is pretty big. I mean in the most recognizable tunes out there, he knows how to leave a mark. Vocalindas is something that will come out of our mouths when discussing some peculiar and beautiful sunrise moments spent on the beach, admiring the sun waves.
6- Ricardo Villalobos - [arpiar] // Empirical House
And, because this can not go unnoticed, here are four tracks of Ricardo, which come out as another album of the artist. For sure the format says is a non-conventional release, the tracks we know they are old and moved our dancefloors in many many events where Arpiar representative were playing, but all is updated for the present and the release is staying as a great point in the micro-house map of the future. The tracks are a standard for all kinds of moments and for sure they will be the inspiration point for many of the artists following 'the king's'' statement about Empirical House.
Words by Dan Primaru
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Full of excitement for the interview with a well known name in the underground scene. Vendi – Nice-born man, currently exploring Berlins scene, won our hearts and many around the globe with his warm house/electronica and minimal grooves. Vendi's hard work in studio on his swinging grooves, crafting and personalizing his sound reflected on huge releases so far. BP Records, Inwave and Hoxton Records are just a few amazing labels under his belt. Whether crafting his own record or stepping in for a remix, it is obvious that it will shake the dancefloor and make you groove. We were really excited to hear the news about his upcoming platform for his original sound called ‘Blacksketch Records’. It should start around October/November so keep your eyes peeled for future updates. Check it out as it has 2 beautiful groovers there for tasters. We absolutely loved them! Earlier this year he dropped a highly anticipated 3 track ‘Horizons’ EP on Hoxton Records. His latest EP could be heard through systems all around the globe with the support from many big names including the big trio – RPR. Tirelessly travelling the world and exploring horizons, Vendi is definitely the name to watch.
Hey Vendi, thank you for your time. Pleasure to have you on board. First of all, tell us how did you get involved in the club scene? What were your main influences back then and what inspires you most nowadays?
Hi, it’s a pleasure for me too, thank you! For me Djing started when I was a teenager, I was mixing tapes in parties for my friends. But making a carrier out of it was not the plan this came much later. It was a natural thing for me, I was passionate with music at a young age. My father was a pianist and the whole family is in music, in different ways. But at that time I was more into rock/grunge/progressive (Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth or Nirvana to name a few) In my 20’s I had a band, I played as guitarist and singer, but then we all took different directions, that’s when I started spinning wax and making music with a computer.
You were living Barcelona and now settled in Berlin right? What actually made you choose those cities? Have you enjoyed scene and people there? Is there something that would not find anywhere else? Feel free to share some crazy moments.
After one year playing in south of France, I decided to move to Barcelona, where I stayed 5 years. It’s during that time that I discovered Ibiza, when I played at Space for the first time. It’s been a great experience going to the cocoon parties, listening to big names like Ricardo, Arpiar and so on… After I needed a change, and decided to drop my bags in Berlin, in 2008. The city gave me what I was looking for, it’s an interesting place because of its culture and background, and this easy way of living seduced me. There’s this big melting pot of artists, and good DJs were playing around the corner every day. I have a ton of memories, it’s hard to name one, the best moments happened when I didn’t expect the night or day to become so memorable. Many happened in Bar 25 and CDV.
We heard some exciting news. You are about to launch your label Black Sketch Records. What made you start a label? What’s the idea behind the name?
It took me a while, I was just waiting for the right moment, now I’m ready. I have a better idea about the music I want to release, and having my own label gives me all the freedom. I will run everything with my friend Rorsha, who will also collaborate with me on the music. The name Black Sketch came from my tattoo artist name, my love for drawing and my ambient music project, which I began 3 years ago.
Congratulations on your recent release on Hoxton Records. Amazing 3 track EP. How did you come up with the ideas? Did you have image in your mind already? Must been a great moment when you heard RPR play your record.
At the beginning Hoxton contacted me because they liked an ambient track they listened to in one of my live podcast. They offered me to release it on vinyl and I loved the idea, that’s how I made an EP for them. Talking about RPR, of course I’m very proud, but it’s always an honour to be played by whoever.
Talking about records. Can you talk us through your studio? What is your favourite piece of gear?
Is there a certain kit in studio that you could not imagine yourself without?
It may sound crazy, but I’m mainly working with a laptop these days. Sometimes I use some gears I borrow, I finish some ideas in friend’s studios here in Berlin, or in other places when I’m on tour… But I’m setting up my home studio for the summer, to work on the label future releases, I can’t wait!
How do you manage all your travelling and crazy lifestyle? Is it easy for you to find enough studio time to make those killer records?
The advantage to work on my laptop is that I’m very mobile. I can work everywhere, when I feel inspired. I’m not always producing tracks for the club scene. I also like making music like movie soundtracks, electronica and ambient like I said. It depends on my mood. In general, when I produce a track it doesn’t take long to have a good loop, and then I enjoy playing with it for a while. Then I open other projects, and mixed them together sometimes. And some days when I feel like it, I start recording.
As a raver, what were your highlights of the year? Any DJ’s that stuck in your mind or clubs? Are there any artists you are looking forward to seeing?
Actually I don’t go out so much anymore. But I’ve been to Sunwaves for the first time this year, and I loved it! It was the kind of musical experience I needed, to get more inspired. I enjoy the Romanian vibe, so it just made sense.
Thank you for creating mix for us! Wicked sounds. What were the ideas behind the mix? Is there a specific way you prepare for mix series?
I’m glad you liked it, thanks.
The main idea is to create a storyline. I selected tracks which worked well together, edited some of them and added some of my own unreleased work. It was recorded at home, chilling with a friend and a bottle of wine.
It was absolute pleasure having you here. Any exciting news about releases? Maybe some exciting dates or collaborations you would like to share with fans?
I will release on vinyl on Echoes Rec, with a remix from my pal Nathan Oye. Another track for BodyParts for a VA, and I will deliver a remix for Re.Face alongside Peshka and Vincentiulian.
What would be your best advice from your experience for upcoming artists?
My advice for a young artist, be patient, do things with passion, don't be affraid to create accident in your art , learn from your mistakes and get inspiration from all the little things surrounding you.
Thanks for your time.
Thank you MEOKO.
Words by Matas Balta
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Would you like to win 2 VIP tickets to one of this year’s best festivals? Look no further.
On the 20th-24thAugust, nestled in the idyllic Croatian Zrce Beach, some of the world’s greatest DJs, producers and artists will be coming together for a festival experience to remember. Having already announced a series of performances from some real industry heavyweights, Sonus Festival have released their final selection of artists.
The first act, Agoria, sets the bar high. This unique French creative will be bringing his own blend of new sounds and old school influence to deliver something special. Then there’s Âme, who’ll be fresh from STRAF_WERK Festival in Amsterdam, expect conceptual, visceral magic from these two.
Representing the British scene, Dense &Pika will be showing off their remixing skills, as Floorplan aka Robert Hood and Lyric Hood are sure to provide some funk-driven vibes. Adding some jazz to it all, will be Guti.
Slovenian talent Ian F is also performing, as will local Croatian legends Ivan Komlinovic (live) and Mimi, plus Items and Things first lady Magda.
It wouldn’t be a party without the [a:rpia:r] crew. Raresh will be representing the Romanians as the very promising Steffen Deux also makes the list. The last new act is Valentino Kanzyani, the founding father of Slovenian techno.
Sonus have made sure to pull out all the stops, with their full lineup as follows:
Adam Beyer - Adriatique - Agoria - Âme (DJ) - Andrea Ljekaj - Andrologic - Apollonia - Archie Hamilton - Binh - Chris Liebing - Dan Andrei - DejanMilicevic - Dense &Pika -Dorian Paic – Enzo Siragusa - Fabio Florido - Felver - Floorplan (aka Robert Hood and Lyric Hood live) - Guti (live) - Hito - Homeboy - Ian F. - Ivan Komlinovic (live) - Jackmaster - Jamie Jones - Janina –JesseCalosso -Joey Daniel - Joseph Capriati - Josip Milkovic - Julia Govor - K.O.D (Cabanne&Lowris)- Karotte - Len Faki - Leon - Loco Dice - Luigi Madonna - MaceoPlex - Magda - Mano Le Tough -Marco Carola - Margaret Dygas - Mariano Mateljan - Marina Karamarko - Matador live - Meat -Mimi - Monika Kruse - Nick Curly - Pan-Pot - Raresh - Rhadoo - Ricardo Villalobos - Richie Hawtin- Richy Ahmed - Rødhåd - Sam Paganini - Seth Troxler - SHDW & Obscure Shape - Steffen Deux - Solomun - Sonja Moonear - Sven Väth - Tale Of Us - The Martinez Brothers - tINI - ValentinoKanzyani - Vril (live)
Boat parties will be taking place across the festival with some amazing acts performing in unique style. Hosted by Trax, Jesus Loved You, tINI& the gang, XLR8R and Keep On Dancing, expect good vibes only.
One lucky MEOKO reader could be in with the chance of winning two VIP tickets to the festival, and get the opportunity to witness this spectacular 4-day celebration.
with Sonus17 as the subject heading. Best of luck!
Words by Georgia Evans
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It’s that time of year again. With Summer drawing closer and closer, festival season is dawning upon us, and with so much to choose from, MEOKO has hand-picked some it’s favourite and most exciting events on the calendar.
1- Sonus Festival - 20th-24th August, Novalja, Croatia
Year after year, it just keeps getting better. Techno heaven in on the beaches of Croatia and the home of legendary undergroundperformances. Adam Beyer, Enzo Siragusa, Maceo Plex, Chris Liebing and Ricardo Villalobos are just a few that make up the incredible lineup.
2- Cesarhof Festival Open-Air 2017- 28th-30TH July, Ferme de Cesarhof, France
Small in size but large in impact. Join Sonja Moonear, Barac, Ion Ludwig, Martin Buttrich, Andre Galluzzi, Julia Govor, Archie Hamilton, Traumer, Tobi Neumann, Nu Zau and a whole load of amazing artists for the 6th year of this wonderfully intimate gathering.
3- Houghton Festival - 10th-13th August, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Carefully curated by Craig Richards himself, this diverse mix of artists include Nicolas Jaar, Floating Points, VILOD, Raresh, Rhadoo and more who will take over Norfolk’s idyllic countryside for three days of art and amazing music.
4- Waha Festival - 20th-24th July, Micfalău, Covasna
Six stages of techno, psychedelia, deep house, jazz, ambient, live bands, cumbia, psychill and many more. Rhadoo, Pralsea, Ada Kaleh, Cezar and Dan Andrei are all set to perform, it’s not to be missed.
5- 3 Smoked Olives - 27th-31st July, Danube River, Romania
Located on an idyllic island between Bulgaria and Romania, this festival is sure to be unique. Voigtmann, Clovis, Micha Blanos and Varhat are all billed to perform, with more TBA. Something surreal for musical adventurers.
6 - Experiment Intrinsic - 4th-7th August 2017, Le Parc de Joséphine Baker, France
Roedelius& Christopher Chaplin live, Jan Jelinek& Masayoshi Fujita live and The Chi Factory, Nicolas Lutz,Praslea, and so many more will be taking part in this incredible gathering’s sixth immersive edition. Expect some amazing audio-visuals and an unforgettable journey.
7 - Into the Valley - 29thJune-1st July, Tallinn, Estonia
After reaching phenomenal success over the last two years and gaining a reputation as one of the world’s best new festivals, they have decided to switch it up and change location. A 45-minute drive away from Tallinn, Estonia lies the mystical Rummu Quarry, the new home to this spectacle which boasts a stunning landscape of crystal-like waters and lush green scenery.
8- Eastern Electrics - 5th August, London
Hosted by Hot Since 82, Skream and Steve Lawler, audiences are going to be blown away by Âme, Mind Against, Carl Cox and many, many more.
9- Dimensions Festival - 30th August-3rd September, Pula, Croatia
Set against the backdrop of an abandoned fort, this is a festival like no other. From its mind-blowing setting, to its eclectic lineup. Performers include Marcel Dettman, Daphni, Helena Hauff, Mala, Horse Meat Disco.
10 - Lost Village Festival - 24th-27th August, Lincolnshire
The lineup for this mystically fantasy festival is just as magical as its setting. Featuring Nina Kraviz, Dusky, Fatima Yamaha, Jackmaster and so many more, immerse yourselves into an experience unlike any other.
Words by Georgia Evans
Archetype [ar-ki-typ] noun.
1 A prime example.
2 An original model.
3 A constantly recurring symbol or motif.
The Arkityp tidal wave is coming and now is your chosen time of discovery. Join us as we delve a little deeper behind the scenes of the fantastic new project from Archie Hamilton and Rossko. Not much introduction is needed for the two artists, both having bags of experience amongst the underground scene, not just in London but worldwide. After years of the two of them holding down serious residencies with Fuse, and hefty back-to-back sets with their infectious vibe, the time has come for them to do what only seems natural, produce their own imprint. What started as a party in Ibiza in 2015, now seems an impressive reality of the journey they have been on. The label’s debut release ‘M25 EP’ has received an amazing response being driven through dance floors all over, creating a certain buzz around the movements of Arkityp.
This really is what it is all about, two close friends in and outside of music coming together, both sharing a vision and delivering their creativity in a form they see fit. It is clear the musical appreciation is mutual between the two, and we are sure we speak for many when we say we are extremely excited to see and hear what this project entails. This is how it went down when we caught up with the duo, discussing where it all started in Ibiza, and what they have in store for the future…
We are extremely keen to discover this. Will there be more Arkityp parties coming in the future? In Ibiza? or around the world?
At the moment we are concentrating on the music. We did a season of Arkityp parties in Ibiza at Underground in 2015; they were a success but this was never a long term plan; just one-off series of parties at one of our favourite spots on the island, still - never say never.
We love the definition and meaning behind the name Arkityp, how did the name come about?
We played around with many ideas. Loads actually. We wanted something that represented the idea behind the party and the music. The word means ‘the original model’ or ‘example’ and that’s what we are trying to say; nothing complicated, just high-quality output.
It’s also a play on our names; the A and the R next to each other also represents Archie and Rossko. There are three of us involved (James Reynolds is behind visual and design aspect.), hence the triangle logo.
When was the moment you thought 'OK, it's time to take it to the next level and create a record label'?
The label came about because the two of us had been playing back to back for many years at Fuse. The season we spent in Ibiza on the event was the turning point, naturally we became very good friends in music and more importantly outside of music. When we play we have this innate connection - you can’t force that, it just happens - we’re tuned into the same frequency so moving this connection to the studio was the next step - it just felt right.
If it wasn’t for Enzo creating a Fuse studio and encouraging not just us two but all of the Fuse artists to use the space, projects like this wouldn’t be easily realised. We really respect Enzo’s mindset of being a collective. He is the example of what many people with parties/brands should aspire to.
We made 3 tracks in 3 days, all the years playing b2b, talking and sharing music it just came out of us. We know each other’s sound inside out and we respect others opinion so making music is pretty simple and straightforward. How it should be!
After the sessions Archie took them to his cave and sprinkled his magic on them, we spent the next couple of weeks road testing them and getting feedback from the rest of the Fuse crew until we were happy that they could be signed off for pressing.
Will the label strictly be a platform for the both of you? Or will we see features from fellow friends/artists?
At the moment we see this as a label just for ourselves, purely an artistic platform for the both of us to release whatever we feel like. We wanted to explore other avenues of music that we like, but that also reflect our common ground. Rossko has a big garage, grime and jungle side, where as I have a Trip Hop and an eclectic electronica background these past influences really shape our direction and sound.
That’s not to say the door is closed with other artists but we like things to flow naturally, so whatever is meant to happen will happen.
There was quite a buzz amongst the underground scene, especially in the UK, when announcing your new venture. And the first release the 'M25 EP' has had so much huge support it must be such a rewarding feeling for you both. Any news/info you can give us on the second release? Or any other releases for that matter? We did see a picture from the depths of the studio that made us quite excited.
We are really happy with how it’s been received and feeling proud to know we can reach out to a lot of people around the world that support our music, rave to it and buy our records. For the record to sell so quickly and go to repress means we are doing something right. It’s a good feeling, it just makes us want to get back in the studio even quicker and put more records out.
We already have started work on the next 3 tracks. Same output; same process as before, 3 tracks in 3 days. We have been road testing them already and a few keen ears have even spotted them as Arkityp tracks - to us, this is a good sign - its shows we’re creating our own identity and sound as Arkityp. This was our aim in the first place.
The debut EP 'M25', really does cater for all dance floor situations, whether its peak time or an after party vibe. Is this a reflection of what you as a label are trying to capture?
They are 3 very different tracks but all are connected to a sound and an idea that reflect our personalities, we’re good at translating them into records. I guess it’s an art form really. As DJ’s first we love to play especially; peak time, intimate space, those daytime open air parties as well as your dark and sweaty after hour.
We want to make music that is playable in any situation. We can only do this because we have done a lot of research and development on the dance floor.
You have built quite a reputation with your b2b sets, at some amazing parties. It seems you have a great understanding and similar musical energy, does this shine through in the studio as well as in the booth?
When we first played we just knew. We were three deck mixing, looping, using tools, mixing for each other. When it works, it works…we really look forward to playing together. That’s the mad thing about synergy; weird stuff happens.
A few weeks ago I was playing at Fuse and Archie had given me this special track over a year ago, we were in Ibiza in his hotel room and I must of played it about 10 times in a row - it’s a typical Rossko track. The thing is I never got the chance to play it out until the last Fuse, Jan Kreuger was about to come on and he has that sleazy vibe, so I just knew that this was the moment to drop the track. As I’m just about to bring the track in the mix - Archie taps me on the shoulder to say hello as he had just arrived at Village Underground. I just put up the fader and we just laughed, did a shot of tequila and had a little dance to the track.
Its these little things like this that happen all the time with us. It's either coincidence or someone up there winking down on us. Depends your point of view!
Is there a certain process or routine you follow in the studio, or does the magic just happen?
We have Rossko, who is more of the copilot, directing the ideas, standing up, dancing and making strange noises! Archie in the driving seat translating the madness. I have to big up Archie because to last three days in the studio with me working this way is impressive. I have so many ideas and I want to put all of them into one track. He is teaching me a lot - in fact we help each other break the rules.
Archie thinks in a production format where as I’m like ‘let’s do it like this, let’s do it like that’. The most important thing is Archie is able to get the ideas down and we have such a good time making music. If it’s not serious fun then we would stop. We love what we do so all this comes easy to us.
Anything else Arkityp related you can enlighten us with, or anything we can expect in the near future?
More and more music! We have real busy summers ahead of us in Ibiza, tours, festivals and the rest of Europe. We’re both focused on our individual careers but are also touring and playing some high quality gigs together. This is our plan for the summer; to be able to share some special moments and experiences, both together and individually - plenty to look forward to!
Words by Zac Bidwell
It’s been almost five months since fabric reopened, and the team have announced that some time after its hibernation, they will be reopening Room 3. The small but much-loved space will be brought back to life on the 2nd June, with boosted sound system and a hot Summer lineup ahead.
On the 3rd June, there will be Fabric 94, the Steffi’s electro-charged album launch with Steffi herself, Virginia and Dexter while Terry Francis, Zenker Brothers and Voiski take over the amped-up space with its newly-moved booth and extra subs.
The 10th June will see Craig Richards, Joy Orbison and Fold perfoming in Room 1, as Terry Francis and Rolls ‘n’ Do- otherwise known as tINI and Bill Patrick play Room 3.
Then there’s the 10 years of Air London to look forward to, with Darius Syrossian, Point G (Live), Josh Butler, Jnr Windross, and Terry Francis and Slam in Room 3.
The newly-reopened space will also see Function, Luke Slater, Jay Clarke, take to the stage with many more acts to be announced. To find out more, check out the Fabric blog.
By Georgia Evans
In less than a month, thousands of music lovers will flock to Barcelona for another incredible week of electronic dance music in the form of Sónar. The multi-location festival is now in it’s 24th year (Can you believe it started in 1994?) and will see some of the worlds most established DJ’s play in the sweet sun of the Catalonia capital.
MEOKO has already covered some of the top parties for the week, but there is one small matter to attend to before we fly back home - Ricardo Villalobos’ FFRC party, hosted by Indigo Raw (IR) on Sunday 19th June.
Seeing Ricardo strut his stuff at El Monasterio, a beautiful old monastery tucked away in the Poble Espanyol, will be a fantastic way to finish off our trip. This is a unique spot with amazing city views - the perfect backdrop to the groovy, latino wonk that the Chilean is admired for.
Sonja Moonear and Raum boss Dorian Paic, both peak time spinners in their own rights, will be on warm up duties, whilst I look forward to a cosy b2b from residents Nerone and Solimano.
Indeed there will be no Perlon party this year, so this might be the best chance to catch some high grade micro house at Sónar. Some tickets are still available on RA, with a backstage pass an option too, which allows access to a private bar and a chill out area.
Indigo Raw are putting on four other nights during the week at El Monasterio too, and this venue really is worth checking out if you cannot make it to FRRC. Maya Jane Coles, Ben Klock, Moodymann, Mandar, Archie Hamilton and DJ Koze are just a few of the names billed to play from the 14th June onwards.
See you in the sun!
Words by Marlon
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MEOKO can proudly announce four new artists who will be performing at Cesarhof Open-Air 2017. They’ll be joining the likes of Barac, Sonja Moonear, Julia Govor, André Galluzzi and more from the 28th-30th July at Ferme du Cesarhof, France.
The first new act id Toi Toi’s own Ion Ludwig, who will be there ahead of his set at Into the Factory. There’s also Archie Hamilton will be bringing the FUSE vibes from London with DJ, raver and record collector Man Like Rossko will be taking to the stage. Lastly, we have Romanian figurehead Nu Zau who is one of the leading producers and dj's that have come out of Romania's electronic scene in the past few years.
The full line-up is as follows;
André Galluzzi, Archie Hamilton, Argenis Brito (Live), Barac, Daniel Dreier, David Delgado, David Dorad, Doubtingthomas (Live), East End Dubs, Eveline Fink, Guido Schneider, Idealist, Ion Ludwig (Live), Janeret, Julia Govor, Kyle E, Marcelo Cura, Martin Buttrich, Nu Zau, Peter Schumann, Rossko, Ruede Hagelstein, Seb Blake, Sonja Moonear, Tobi Neumann, Traumer and Varhat.
The announcement of a new wave of artists has only enhanced what was an already incredible lineup, with Ion Ludwig, Barac, Sonja Moonear and Nu Zau fresh from their outstanding sets at Sunwaves 21, it promises to be an intimate event with a big impact.
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With over 70 artists from all over the world an incredible spectrum of sound is expected in partnership with Egg London, Berg Audio, Absolut Techno, Katerblau, Zoo Project Ibiza, Bass Couture, and Les Enfants Terribles curating the stages, this old farmhouse will be turned into a musical paradise with each stage decorated for the occasion with a unique style.
The festival starts on the 28th July at 3pm , with music playing non-stop until midnight on the 30th; that's what we call ' A Magical 57-Hour Journey'. Information about camping and hotels can be found on their website, as can tickets. The festival area is located 15 mins away from Basel Mulhouse Airport. Airport transfer will be available throughout the festival with prices to be confirmed closer to the date. Lastly, the organisers suggest the guests to join the musical journey in costumes.
See you there.
Words by Georgia Evans
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Half Baked are returning to Barcelona for another spectacular celebration with the industry’s hottest artists taking over for what promises to be one hell of a party. Spreading themselves across two rooms at Bloc, the line-up consists of some very special performers and a handful of the labels residents. In addition to this, one lucky MEOKO reader could be in with the chance of winning some incredible prizes.
Legendary French DJ and producer Dyed Soundorom will bethere providing some high-quality entertainment alongside Ryan Elliott, who’ll be fresh from Gottwood. Berlin’s own Oskar Offerman is sure to keep the good times coming with Hold Youth (Seuil b2b Le Loup) to look forward to also.
Mike Shannon will be bringing his unique collection of distinctive sounds, as will Robin Ordell. Then there’s Half Baked’s own Greg Brockmann/OddMann as Barcelona-bred Rainer will be returning home for the party.
Alongside this stellar showcase of top-notch artists, Half Baked are kindly giving away a goodie bag to one lucky MEOKO reader, this will have;
3 tickets to their amazing Summer gathering in Barcelona,
1 HB008 vinyl
& more HB merchandise.
The Half Baked Records Showcase at Off Week powered by Loud Contact will be taking place on 15th June, at Bloc from 22:00 until 05:30. To purchase a ticket, click here.
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Words by Georgia Evans
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This year’s Off Week in Barcelona is sure to be its biggest and best to date. With a series of great performances taking place, one that looks particularly promising is the 510k Showcase on the 15th and 16th June at Utopia 126.
The first day sees arjunamusic records presenting An Eve Live in an intimate warehouse space with Berlin’s own ambiq, glitchita master Kassem Mosse, labelhead Samuel Rohrer, and his long-time collaborator Max Loderbauer.
There’s also Dial label’s Lawrence, Skull Disco’s Shackleton and ambient dub mavericks The Orb.
Sydney’s Sunday raving institution S.A.S.H will be starting off their world tour in style by taking over on the second day. They’ll be bringing a fierce selection of performers including Cologne’s legendary andhim, disco/soul/house gurus Session Victim, alongside dOP and Lake People.
Alexkid will be there and Julia Govor will be doing an unmissable b2b set with Olga Korol, there are also performances from S.A.S.H DJs that are sure to be extraordinary.
While arjunamusic is earning its place as one of the most exciting and experimental new labels, S.A.S.H is reaching its 6th year in the industry. These two are teaming up with Berlin’s 510k to create a platform for some fresh, innovative talent and are sure to put on one hell of a show.
Tickets are available here.
Words by Georgia Evans
Hackney Wick will not know what’s hit them when Ada Kaleh will take to the stage for an exclusive 4 hour live set on 12th May. Expect a hypnotic, visceral performance from one of Romania’s exciting new talents.
Following on from his phenomenal first album Dene Descris, Kaleh has signed an exclusivity deal with R&S for 2 EPs and an album in which he hopes to explore a fusion of psychedelic/ space-rock, kautrock, electronica and tribal shamanism- what a mix.
There’s also the remix album to look forward to in June which features Cesar Merveille, Priku, Wareika,Teluric and Nu Zau.
His show at Stour Space in Hackney Wick will feature a two-hour live performance followed by a two-hour DJ set. He’ll also be showcasing an exhibition of vinyl artwork.
After gaining support from the likes of Sonja Moonear, RPR Soundsystem, Barac and Ricardo Villalobos, he’ll be travelling across the world on a South America tour and a handful of exciting festivals such as Ozora, Waha and Murmur Festival.
Powered by Martin Audio, the venue, Stour Space, will give its audience a panoramic view of the Olympic Park, and having previously been used for infamous Boiler Room sessions, it’s sure to be an incredible audio-visual experience.
As organisers say:
Ada Kaleh is isolation in an eternal present.
Ada Kaleh is hypnosys.
Ada Kaleh is synaesthesia.
Get your ticket now.
Words by Georgia Evans
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A pioneer of blending classical and dance music, Chicago-born Kate Simko is one of the industry’s most exciting talents, we caught up with her ahead of her live show in London to talk all things music…
You’re going to be performing at Battersea Arts Centre on the 6th, how’re you feeling ahead of the show?
I’m excited, we have changed the ensemble. Previously we had seven or eight people on stage, seven without the vocalist and eight with the vocalist. The whole ensemble was two violins, two cellos, a great bass and a harp, and me and a vocalist. But now we’re doing a more stripped back set which we debuted at Wonderfruit festival in Thailand. So it’s harp, solo violin and cello. It’s a string trio. And to be honest we first did that in Thailand because we couldn’t afford to fly everyone but it’s just a lot more of a vibey set. It feels more like the players know that they’re just listening to each other, they can vibe of each other a bit more, interact with each other a bit more, yeah it’s just more interactive. I’m excited to debut it for the first time in London. We’ve done the set three times now but this is the first time we’ve done it in London.
That’s exciting, so do you think that having just the three makes it feel a lot more intimate then?
It does, there’s definitely moments where it feels amazing with the whole ensemble but yeah it’s more intimate and the players say that too. They feel more connected. Everyone is more connected to each other. There’s a lot more eye contact, between us and yeah I really like it, it’s cool.
So how do you prepare before a show, do you have any routines that you do?
Well it depends if we’re using players that we’ve used in the past, this show we are so they already know the music and I don’t have to do the preparation of the EDM part sometimes I need to if we’re debuting a new song or I’ve done something new, we need to prepare the score parts for the musicians. This time around, even though it’s our first time in London, we’ve done the trio sets with the cello before so I have the parts. I went through the last show we did in Bristol and I listened to the last recording, see if there’s anything we could do better, make notes in rehearsal and try to focus on a couple of things and if there’s bits to change. For example, the opening song we did it with the cello bode but I think at the Battersea we’ll use a staccato bass, so just things like that. I always try to listen back to what I’ve done for every show, revaluate, and make it better, make it fresh. It’s like a new chance to do it again and make it better.
What originally inspired you to bend the two genres and incorporate the orchestral music into dance music?
I went to the Royal College of Music to get a masters in composition for screen but I wanted to learn how to write for orchestra. In the first feature score that I did, I felt my limitations. While I was trained as a pianist I did not know the range of the strings. So I was just jamming out with mini strings and flutes on my keyboard, not able to write for them properly. So I moved to London and did a masters to learn how to do it right and to orchestrate. When I was getting that masters my composition professor really encouraged me to continue with my own sound, so rather than having Kate Simko the electronic producer and DJ and Kate Simko the orchestral composer that were two totally separate entities, he was like, ‘you’ve spent so much time developing your own musical voice, it would be silly for you not to incorporate who you are as a composer to your orchestral music.’
It was great because the popular culture was open to that, some classical conservatories may have wanted me to keep them separate and may have thought that electronic sounds don’t belong with an orchestra. Again, this was a really open-minded professor and I had really great experience with the Royal College of Music so those two years I was able to really play around with my background and all the production I had done previously and trying to find a way to tastefully incorporate orchestral music into dance music. So I had two years of really intense studying to find my own way of doing that.
Yeah well you’ve been massively successful, so you must be doing something right!
Oh thank you, I appreciate that. I didn’t expect it to go beyond the university if I’m totally honest. It was just something that when I went to the real world, I didn’t expect it to translate. I had a final concert, not everyone had that, but I applied to get the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music which is their opera theatre, and on the 24th March 2014, we had a concert that was completely booked out. That was the first London Electronic Orchestra show, and if I’m honest I thought that would be the last. I was like ‘ok I’m going to have to move back to Chicago most likely,’ and that was going to be the last of my two years, and I'd enjoy it with the people I’d been playing with and share it with the people in the city of London and my electronic friends as well. But at that concert there was a manager who messaged me afterwards and took me on and helped push me on to take that dream to the real world.
You grew up in Chicago, as you said, so how do you think that has influenced your music style and taste?
I think it’s influenced me massively. Chicago when I was a teenager was just exploding with music, Thrill Jockey and the whole post-rock scene, so that was combining electronics into rock and roll. Now it doesn’t seem like such a big deal but in the late nineties that was not done. Rock and roll was a guitar, a drummer and all analogue. Thrill Jockey label in Chicago had all these people that were combining electronic music with rock instruments, so I had that around me and it was a really exciting time for that, and then of course electronic music in Chicago, being the birthplace of house in the eighties and then in the nineties, early 200s when I was doing my radio show, we had record stores exploding with new music. So we had loads of great new DJs coming through. Also growing up with my family too, it was quite a cultured city with arguably the best orchestra in the United States which I would go to with my family a lot. Growing up in Chicago and all the music from being a young kid through to when I went to university and moved away, all of it influenced me. It is a very musical, music-loving city.
Where else will we be able to see you perform in the next coming months?
There’s Saturday and then we’re going to be at the Jazz Café in August which I’m excited about. On the 24th at the Jazz Café, we’re also doing WOMAD festival and a US tour in June. So yeah, this Saturday in London otherwise late August.
Is there any other work that’s on the horizon for you which we can look forward to or are you focusing on LEO for now?
I just finished my first feature score that’s on a documentary, so it’s an indie film from Los Angeles so I just submitted my final score for that. That was something I wanted to combine and do right, I had three players from London Electronic Orchestra who came to the studio with me, and we recorded a load of strings and harps on there. That’s been done. I have a lot more, new dance music that’s going to be coming out, I’m currently really focusing on that. I’ve got a studio in London Fields and am really trying to put some more of my solo music out. With the Electronic Orchestra, I wanted and it has needed all my passion and attention to get it off the ground. I’m just really keen to be making my own house music again. Just explore that a bit, and jump between the two really.
Kate will be performing at the Battersea Arts Centre on Saturday, get a ticket here.
By Georgia Evans
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