Upcoming Events

Friday 26 Aug 16 Trouble Vision Carnival Warm Up with Move D, Job Jobse & Red Axes

This August Trouble Vision are back at Corsica Studios for our annual Carnival Warm Up. Move D,Job Jobse,Red Axes - Live,MogaDisco,And Residents: Mr Solid Gold, Park Ranger & OK Jones.Comfortably one of our best parties of the year we couldnt be more excited and with an all star lineup to boot it'll be the perfect way to kick start the bank holiday weekend! Tickets will go on sale this Friday 10th June at 12 midday. Available here > http://bit.ly/28f2RIq Category: Nightlife | Nightclub.Artists / Speakers: Move D, Job Jobse, Red Axes, MogaDisco, Mr Solid Gold, Park Ranger, OK Jones.URLs:Tickets: https://go.evvnt.com/59297-0Facebook: https://go.evvnt.com/59297-1Price Details:First Release: GBP 10,Second Release: GBP 15,Third Release: GBP 20.

Friday 26 Aug 16 26.8 Fabriclive // Playaz Carnival Special

Fresh off the back of our huge 20 Years of Playaz celebration June just gone, we're stoked to reveal the first line up announcement for this year's Playaz Carnival special. Rooms TBA... DJ Hype Dj Hazard - Harry Shotta Show feat. Scrufizzer & Doctor ANNIX B2B Teddy Killerz Sub Zero Nicky Blackmarket B2B Kenny Ken Taxman Potential Badboy Tyke Pascal MCs: MC Skibadee IC3 AD More artists to be announced soon. £14 early bird tickets are on sale now: http://www.fabriclondon.com/club/listing/1311Category: Nightlife | Nightclub.Artists / Speakers: DJ Hype, Dj Hazard, Harry Shotta, Scrufizzer, Doctor, ANNIX, Teddy Killerz, Sub Zero, Nicky Blackmarket, Kenny Ken, Taxman, Potential Badboy, Tyke, Pascal, MC Skibadee, IC3, AD.URLs:Tickets: https://go.evvnt.com/62682-0Facebook: https://go.evvnt.com/62682-1Twitter: https://go.evvnt.com/62682-2Website: https://go.evvnt.com/62682-3Price Details:Early Bird: GBP 14,Second Release: GBP 19,On the Door: GBP 20,Fabricfirst on the Door: GBP 10,UK Based Students: GBP 14,First Release: GBP 16.

Saturday 27 Aug 16 Patterns with Quantic (DJ Set)

Patterns // Summer 2016.Saturday 27th August.Patterns with Quantic (DJ Set),Patterns //// Brighton.With Will Howard AKA Quantic spending 7 years in Columbia, it comes as no surprise to hear how culturally rich his output is. But His true home lies on British soul, right here in Brighton with the home of his key label Tru Thoughts, an imprint that's bought Bonobo, The Hot 8 Brass Band, Maddslinky & Quantic's various projects into the limelight.Sitting on a wealth of collected, and self produced music that most musicians only dream of, Holland has positioned himself comfortably alongside global music greats like Gilles Peterson & Damon Albarn. venturers such as Damon Albarn and DJ Gilles Peterson.Expect an evening of tropical rhythms, bassline and inspiring sounds aplenty.If you like the look of our Summer season, get in touch.We're always looking for likeminded heads to join our promo team... info@patternsbrighton.comCategory: Nightlife | Nightclub.Artists / Speakers: Quantic.URLs:Website: http://atnd.it/58291-0Tickets: http://atnd.it/58291-1Facebook: http://atnd.it/58291-2Twitter: http://atnd.it/58291-3Custom: http://atnd.it/58291-4

Saturday 27 Aug 16 Patterns with Quantic (DJ Set)

Patterns // Summer 2016.Saturday 27th August.Patterns with Quantic (DJ Set),Patterns //// Brighton.With Will Will Holland AKA Quantic spending 7 years in Columbia, it comes as no surprise to hear how culturally rich his output is. But His true home lies on British soul, right here in Brighton with the home of his key label Tru Thoughts, an imprint that's bought Bonobo, The Hot 8 Brass Band, Maddslinky & Quantic's various projects into the limelight.Sitting on a wealth of collected, and self produced music that most musicians only dream of, Holland has positioned himself comfortably alongside global music greats like Gilles Peterson & Damon Albarn. venturers such as Damon Albarn and DJ Gilles Peterson.Expect an evening of tropical rhythms, bassline and inspiring sounds aplenty.If you like the look of our Summer season, get in touch.We're always looking for likeminded heads to join our promo team... info@patternsbrighton.comCategory: Nightlife | Nightclub.Artist / Speaker: Quantic.URLs:Website: https://go.evvnt.com/58291-0Tickets: https://go.evvnt.com/58291-1Facebook: https://go.evvnt.com/58291-2Twitter: https://go.evvnt.com/58291-3Custom: https://go.evvnt.com/58291-4

MEOKO Press

Competition: Corona Sunsets and Lovebox Warm Down

This weekend was already looking massive at Last Days of Shoreditch, with a Lovebox Warm Down on the Saturday and a Corona Sunsets party on the Sunday, so the two decided the only way to make it even bigger was to join forces for one massive event! The event is running from 4pm to midnight with a party starting line up consisting of Maxxi Soundsystem, Ray Mang, Pete Herbert, Earl Gateshead, Cal Jader, Hot Blood, Moucha b2b Naked Jake and Pablo del monte. It's free to get in before 19:30 and after that it is £5 General Admission or £10 queue jump (which includes a cocktail worth £8.50).                    We are teaming up with Corona to give one lucky winner 5X tickets to the party as well as a bucket of Corona. To be in with a chance of winning email us your favourite memory which involved drinking a Corona to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with the subject title Last Days of Shoreditch.    Facebook Event

No So Serious: Talking Condiments and Fashion with Floyd Lavine

  Floyd Lavine has lived a life we can all dream of, starting off his DJ career in his hometown Cape Town, moving to London to explore his music passion further and now bringing is original mixing style to the techno capital of Berlin (being a resident for RISE at Watergate). He is one of the most diverse selectors around and his gigs have varied from small intimate Cape Town parties to Glastonbury and Wanderlust. We were lucky enough to get in touch with the incredibly cool and funny DJ/ producer and we had a not so serious chat with him to find out a little bit more as well as a brand new mix!   The best ever after party song?   Well this depends on the mood of the of the after party, but Phreakymotherfucker by Mike dunn or if its a freaky after party it’s moody and dark the moodymann 's freaky mother fucker ha!    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_a69c2afe_1823831757&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/urko-1/mike-dunn-presents-mr-69-phreaky-mf', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_a69c2afe_1823831757', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_a69c2afe_1823831757' }); });     What makes a Cape Town party special? Well Cape Town is a beautiful city and I guess it depends on the vibe you looking for. You can get amazing outdoors festivals or you can be at a really cool warehouse spot like ColorBox which host some really cool parties or be in-town and be at night clubs Era night club or Vice City or Waiting Room …. there are some cool and fun peeps in Cape town so I would say the people make the party special in cape town .   What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had? The Craziest dream I had was me in wonderland looking for Alice...I found her and we went to a after party ;) just the 2 of us .     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_9219304c_218332926&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/floyd-lavine/flux-fm-podcast-floyd-lavine', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9219304c_218332926', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9219304c_218332926' }); });     Your funniest ever story?   I have too many to mention but it all starts with this one time at an after party haha   Something nobody would believe about you?   I guess there a loads of things but the most is that I actually love drinking Tea loads of different types of Tea …and i love scrolling on Facebook. ha! until my wrist hurts   You’re a very stylish guy but we all make our mistakes…what’s your biggest fashion error?   My worst mistake was wearing all Black haha i tried it Damn thats so boring . i love colors .. for me colors represent a mood, the feeling of life and expressiveness and fun, not taking life to seriously but enjoying it . u know . .. Who is your biggest inspiration in this world?   My Family is number 1 and apart from that - looks for me the closest people to me are all my inspiration they shape who I am. So I only keep people around me that challenge me to be a better person   Would you rather be invisible or be able to fly and why?   Fly baby flyyyyy . why because flying is fun . and also it will be cheaper to fly home.   Your favourite condiment?   Chilli and Mustard, chilli brings the spice and mustard gives an unexpected kick   The three things you couldn’t live without?   A kick drum , my small donkey and my rave kit ;)   What’s the most embarrassing thing you have ever done?   I embarrass myself nearly everyday but you know what I'm starting to feel more comfortable cos it means I'm trying … you have to be comfortable in your "humanness " to be ok with being embarrassed .       Have you ever had an imaginary friend?   Yeah Mr wonkymann haha he comes out on the weekend and at after-hours   Tell us a secret…nobody’s listening!   I cut my toes nails yesterday … eeeeuw   If you could create one law what would it be?   Everybody must just create, that will be the law , cos i believe that everybody has the ability to be creative . :)   Check out Floyd's exclusive MEOKO mix! allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_cd808b44_517801025&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/floyd-lavine-meoko-podcast-2016', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_cd808b44_517801025', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_cd808b44_517801025' }); });      Floyd's Soundcloud

Tinnitus: the last thing you want to hear...

There are many side effects to living life too excessively. Drink too much and you’ll have a hangover.  Do it for years and you’ll need a new liver. Too much speed you won’t sleep for a night. Too often and you could end up with a serious heart condition. Too much coke and you’ll need viagra before your 30th birthday etc etc you’ve heard all of these before. Much less recognized but just as life changing is tinnitus- the permanent ringing in your ears normally obtained through overexposure to loud noise. Come back from a party and your ears will ring for a day or two, do it too often and the ringing could never go away. With plenty of remedies but no real cure, it is one of the most frustrating and undesirable side effects of enjoying music too fully. The list of people afflicted by it is endless- with Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin, Eats Everything, Rebekah, Dubfire among the more publicised ones. The ringing can be so unbearable it’s caused many an industry professional to retire. Audiologists have dubbed it the only mortal condition they encounter clinically- some people see suicide as the only way out. As one of our readers, we value your well being and want to help you avoid this problem. Together with EarPeace, MEOKO has put together some case studies to help you understand how it will affect your life, as well as some advice on how to prevent it.   My love for house music started at 16. So strong was my attachment to this scene I decided I wanted to make a career for myself in the music industry. After five years promoting warehouse parties, I founded MEOKO. As part of my job, I spend a lot of time at clubs, in festivals, generally in environments where the decibel level is much louder than what is considered ‘safe’. Having been in this industry for so long, you can’t avoid knowing about tinnitus, hearing the stories of those affected or seeing the DJs wearing ear plugs. However, it’s something that’s always at the back of your mind, you always think never me and carry on living life more fully than you realise your body can handle. 12 years on from that first night, it’s suddenly hit me: a strange, unfamiliar noise constantly whistling through my left ear. At first i put it down to water in my ear and assured myself it will pass but unfortuantely for me, three months later and the exact same sound is with me permanently.  Sleeping naturally at night is a thing of the past and I find guided meditation tapes are the only way through it.  its scary to think i will never know absolute silence again. I do feel i caught it at early stages and so provided I protect my ears at all costs from now on, it should not get any worse.  I so wish I had heeded the warning of others and can’t put it out there enough: wear the f*cking ear plugs! Tinnitus might not kill you but a life without music isn’t worth it either! Nicole Venter, founder of MEOKO   I have been suffering from Tinnitus for about 5 years. I’ve always been aware of it, as the ringing in my ears used to come and go. However, after one very long weekend with gigs 5 days in a row, it became permanent. The adaption to it took some serious work: I got myself some professional earplugs, and did a lot of yoga which helps to stretch out the muscles around the ear. I also used to sleep with earplugs in- while the absolute silence made the tinnitus more intense, it made the day much more bearable. The combination worked really well- the tinnitus calmed down and I felt a lot more relaxed about my hearing. However, I got complacent: I was using my earplugs less regularly, until I finally lost them and stupidly didn’t replace them. With the amount of gigs I’ve had abroad, along with WYS at Fabric every Sunday, Mr T has come back stronger than ever. I’ve got some new ear plugs made and use them all the time- but honestly I really wish I hadn’t stopped using them while I still had the chance. Ear plugs might take some getting used to, but the best trick I know is to put them in before you leave your house or hotel. You’ll get used to the sound being lower before you even get to the club, making it feel like you never put anything in in the first place! Jacob Husley, Promoter / DJ and producer - WetYourSelf! at fabric   I’ve suffered from tinnitus for 5 years, it happened during a long night out. I could feel my ears being irritated by the sound but I did not listen to my body. I was having too much fun and I didn’t care at the time. Physically there is no actual pain, but at first it is very disturbing and stressful- a constant background noise you can’t avoid no matter what you try (mine is a highly irritating high pitched squeal). I’m told you should treat your ears as you would treat your muscles: you can’t work your ears to hard without warming them up, nor can you work them for too long. The louder the music, the less time you should expose your hearing to it- and take breaks! Additionally, wearing ear plugs is essential to preventing tinnitus. Custom made ones are great if you can afford them but there are also good earplugs on the market for less than a score. If it happens, do not stress or worry about it because it make it worse. Some people only suffer temporarily, but even then it should be disturbing enough to make you think twice about wearing ear plugs the next time. Remi Mazet / Producer & Live Act / Colors, La vie en rose, Halucienda, Hot waves To help you avoid becoming the next case study, hearing charity Action on Hearing Loss recommend three ways to enjoy events while preventing ear damage: 1- Take regular breaks 2- stand back from speakers and 3- wear ear plugs! One and two are easily done, but wearing ear plugs is the biggest change. Most people’s problem with them is that they dampen the sound at an event and ‘ruin’ the experience. This is true of foam ear plugs, which block sound and muffle the music. However, like buying a pair of good shoes a pair of good ear plugs really can enhance and extend your relationship with music. For music, you specifically want something with high fidelity or acoustic filters. These filters are designed allow sound through clearly at safer volumes. The background noise will be muted, making the music even clearer. There are plenty of brands out there, but our favourite so far has been EarPeace.  A company with a fresh take on hearing protection who address the very problems that have detered people in the past. Multiple filters ensure no loss of sound quality, whilst a low profile design and different skin tone options mean they go unnoticed when out. These linear attenuating earplugs are made out of hypoallergenic silicone, so can be reused, and won’t keep falling out of your ears, and they come in a small, stylish aluminium case. In short – these will improve your experience, keeping you free from hearing problems without having to sacrifice your nights. They are also the most value for a affordable amount. If you’re looking at custom moulded plugs, we really like ACS and Reid Audio. ACS have been around for what seems like forever, and Reid Audio have developed the technology to make custom ear plugs in 48 hours.        High fidelity filters, available with silicone or custom moulded plugs, allow sound through clearly yet at safer volumes. High quality brands like EarPeace make plugs out of hypoallergenic silicone, lasting years while being comfortable over long periods of use. They come in nifty little cases and only cost 15 pounds. On the other hand, custom made plugs start at around £100. Brands like ACS and newcomers Reid Audio are among the most popular and provide good value for money.     Beyond ear plugs, a good idea would be to download a decibel meter onto your phone. While not 100% accurate, it will give you a very good indication of the noise levels in your environment. Using this table, this will help you deduce how long you can stay in that environment before you need a break. Outside of events, you absolutely must buy noise cancelling headphones. Non-cancelling ones, like the iPhone headphones, force you to turn the sound up way too high to cover outside noise. Noise cancelling headphones generally have a silicone tip, which takes the shapes of your ear and acts as a barrier to the noise outside.   We really hope these stories and advice will help you avoid tinnitus. As Nicole said: “it’s one of those things that stays in the back of your mind… and you think 'never me'”. Everyone who has it thought the same thing. The key really is to listen to your body- if it feels too loud, it definitely is. Only an idiot would think less of you for taking some precaution. A few minutes of loud music aren’t worth a lifetime of hearing sirens in your head, particularly as future events will be sullied by the fear of making it worse. Now see you on the dancefloor….!  MEOKO has also teamed up with EarPeace to secure a discount code for you so that you can get your hands on them 15 % cheaper than usual – because everyone deserves to be protected! Just insert the discount code 'MEOKOEARS' when at the checkout...  CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR SET OF EAR PEACE PLUGS  

Leftback Records - 10 grooves in

Founded in 2014, Leftback Records is relatively young but those with an ear for obscure, minimal beats will most certainly have heard the sounds of the independent, vinyl only label in the short space of time it has been releasing. Owners Dudley Strangeways and Micheal McLardy both respectively have a solid number of releases under their belts while also running their own imprints prior to the launch of Leftback, slowly becoming household names amongst our much loved underground. Leftback Records then is an amalgamation of the two rhythm masters, based in the British city of Nottingham but with an increasingly global outlook. Like many others, the imprint started as an outlet for the creative works of the owners but now names such as Ittetsu, Harry McCanna ,Groovesh and a whole host of other talents all have some incredible productions preserved forever in the form of a Leftback piece of wax. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_e973d7ae_2047226271&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/leftbackrecords/lb007_a1-33rpm-harry-mccanna-dtg-subdivisions-clip', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e973d7ae_2047226271', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e973d7ae_2047226271' }); });   This month the pair is celebrating the 10th release on their imprint which, after sterling reviews so far, looks set to be a firm addition to record bags across the globe, spun for the sweatiest of dance floors. If you haven’t yet heard a Leftback records tune, we highly recommend that you get to know this label and its consistently foot stomping output. We caught up with the boys to find out more… 1.   Where did the name ‘Leftback’ come from? Does it have any meaning? D - The name ‘Leftback’ is really simple. It’s just a combination of the labels we used to run and Mick still does, ‘Back to you’ and ‘Left Wing’. When we decided to work on a new project the name just came about over a few beers. 2.   What did you do before Leftback records and what events led up to you starting the label? D – I’ve run a few labels ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Back to You’. These were also events that used to run at Stealth and a few other venues across Nottingham and in London. Mick came to do a guest slot on one of our radio shows and I asked him if he wanted to get involved with a remix as we both had a similar sound and kind of went from there. M – I was running Left Wing and playing around Nottingham at the time and just started to run a night called ‘Smoke’ at Bar Eleven. We both were looking for a label to put our music out on and also joint collaborations, and at the time found it a little frustrating as a lot of labels would look for a certain sound. I’ve always believed in making music for myself and not to fit into a box for someone else’s vision. We were both working for the same company at the time we started the label and used to sit and chat about the amount of declined demos or the poor response we’d get from other labels.  3.   How would you describe the Leftback sound? D - It’s kind of a hard one…there are a few elements that need to be there. The main aspect for me is the groove of the track - if you can listen to it for 10 minutes and nod your head or tap your foot without loosing interest it’s half way there! The production plays a large part, also a punchy kick drum and tuned hi hats is a must. M – My take on the label sound would be minimal with a melancholy feel and most importantly there needs to be some warmth in the mid range. A pad or strings for example that carries the track certainly is important in my own productions. D – There’s a range of styles we have released, mainly a minimal, dubby techno sound. I think this has to reflect what we both play in  our sets. M- Yeah I agree, the label sounds like a combination of the records we both play when we DJ back to back. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_7fb22606_1251286572&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/leftbackrecords/lb002-a1-dudley-strangeways', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7fb22606_1251286572', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7fb22606_1251286572' }); });   4.   What was the ethos or mission statement of Leftback Records when you first started? M – It was just to release music that we produced together. D – We wanted to keep the costs low as we were initially funding the project ourselves, hence the white labels and black disco bags of the first 2 releases, but things have developed a little now. 5.   Is this something that you have stuck to, or has it changed as you have been in running? M – Initially the label was just for our own music but a few releases in we wanted to develop the brand. This was done by bringing in other artists that we thought fitted with the sound. D – We got a designer “James Micallef” involved to develop the brand as Mick used to do all the design work to keep costs down “Sterling job he did”. But as record collectors we wanted something that not only sounded good but looked the part as well… M – I think it’s important to have a strong brand identity so passing on the design work to James seemed like the best thing to do!   6.   It may be an obvious, but what was the reason for being a predominantly vinyl output? M – We play wax so it was the only option really. D – It’s not a pretentions thing!  M – Also we wanted to invest in a physical product and not just have something that is sat on your hard drive. D – Plus I don’t own a CDJ! 7.   Would you ever consider any digital releases in the future? M – No D – We have released a mix CD but this was only a mix and not individual tracks 8.   Your ‘compilation’ records, featuring the work of both Leftback owners and co have been successful releases for you. Why did you decided to release in a compilation type format? M: We had a get together to discuss forthcoming releases and due to long pressing times, we realised that if we wanted a regular schedule we’d need to really get in front with releases. Producing a compilation cd was an ideal way to showcase the music of the new artists we’d invited onto the label, as well as getting in front with our release schedule as we’d have all of the music up front, so this is where the compilation vinyl releases were fed from. D: We wanted to do something a little different so the CD was a way to showcase new music, but was also used as a promotional tool to send to promoters; it’s only been 15 months but we’re still waiting for a reply from Fabric…   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_2dfc47e9_290135209&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/leftback-shop/lbcd001-leftback-vol1-mixed-by-michael-mclardy-dudley-strangeways', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2dfc47e9_290135209', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2dfc47e9_290135209' }); });   9.   As producers, you have released on your own label as well as other imprints. Does creating something for your own output result in you working in a different way? D: Good question. I’ve always been able to come up with ideas fairly easily but when making music for Leftback it allows us to do what we want which allows you to be more creative, I kind of get in a different frame of mind however weird that sounds. Recently I’ve had a bad case of musical blockage for a couple of months but getting back into that mind set of making music for Leftback has drawn me out of it. M: Definitely as you have full creative control to do whatever you want and it doesn’t have to fit within the remit of someone else’s idea which can be really difficult at times. 10.                You guys are based in Nottingham – do you think being based outside of the capital affects you in any way? D: In terms of gigs I think it does, networking is a big part of the industry and the scene in London is so big and there’s so many parties happening it’s a lot easier to meet the relevant people but it in terms of running a label and releasing music it’s probably easier to be away from that. M: I agree with Dudley. If there was as much going on here as there was in London we’d probably never get any work done! allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_3115a75a_1963035534&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/leftbackrecords/lb008_a2_ittetsu_perrelet-clip', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_3115a75a_1963035534', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_3115a75a_1963035534' }); });   11.                You recently collaborated with Birmingham institution ‘Social Underground’ for an event, and have hosted parties with Nottingham’s ‘Plates Records’ – what is the value on collaborating with other nights and like-minded companies, and who else would you like to join forces with in future? D: With the Social guys we’ve known them for a while as we’ve been playing with them for a couple of years. We really rate what they do so it was easy working with them. Our birthday event was the first time we’d worked with Nick from Plates who is the most laid back “do what you want day” kind of venue owner so we have a lot of flexibility when working with him, which is great. M: It can be difficult working alongside other promoters from an organisational perspective but everything we’ve done so far we’ve been really lucky with and have ended up with great parties. D: In terms of other promoters we’d be happy to work with Perlon - I think a 4 way B2B2B2B set with Ricardo and Zip would be interesting! Ha ha.. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_8dba0ad0_672137072&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/leftbackrecords/lb004_b2_michael-mclardy-dudley-strangeways_skirmishclip', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_8dba0ad0_672137072', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_8dba0ad0_672137072' }); });   12.                Do you feel that hosting intimate events like this with other midlands crews help to encourage the community of the local music scene too? M: Definitely yes! It gives us a chance to meet other locals that are into the same thing and allows us to network and get the chance to work with new people. D – Yes I agree nothing better than meeting like-minded people! I think we try and get people we know first of all to our parties and this I know is the same with Social, the missis says I’m just putting on events for my mates - I’m not bothered! 13.                Of course – partying with friends is the best part about dance music! You’re about to celebrate the 10th vinyl release on Leftback records – what can we expect from the next ten? M – We have the next five releases planned but beyond that anything can happen!  D – LB011 is from someone we have been trying to get on for a while, David Gtronic. He’s made a couple of thick sounding tracks with Randall M. We also have our friend Matt Star who has an unbelievable EP we have both been playing these tracks out for a while and always get asked what they are. We’re also introducing Bunny to the label and our long term resident Chris Boardman AKA Birdman AKA The Tank who has found out how to download a version of garage band from the Pirate bay and has started to make some bleeps. He’ll be releasing on LB013. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_03fca949_1262468151&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/leftbackrecords/lb010_dudley-strangeways-michael-mclardy_joshua-calling-ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_03fca949_1262468151', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_03fca949_1262468151' }); });   14.                What has been the most enjoyable part about making the transition from producers and DJs to label owners? M – Enjoyable? You mean Stressful, unsociable, monotonous, thankless graft. Kidding, we are from a background of doing parties and organising things so it’s not all bad and was a relatively easy transition. D – Having Mick make spread sheets and then filling them full of incorrect grammar and spelling mistakes also changing the colour of the boxes is very enjoyable! M – This stresses me out a lot! Leftback Records can next be found hosting a party that lurks deep in the underground in the caves of Nottingham in September. With an extremely limited capacity tickets are sure to sell out fast, but the shadowy events are being streamed live for all to see by Berlin based RTS.FM. Follow the event to tune in here. This label not only releases its own productions, but it is an online platform to purchase a perfectly curated bunch of beats. The hand picked selection includes not only records from Leftback, but here you can buy works from Villalobos, Rich Nxt and Ellen Allien too. Browse their record store here. Follow Leftback records on Soundcloud.  Keep up to date with the upcoming parties and new releases from the label online.   Words by Eileen Pegg

An Open Letter To….Misogynists in the DJ industry

“You’re pretty good for a girl!” “Are you warming up for your boyfriend?” “Let me show you how that works….”   Any female DJ will have had some comment aimed at them that makes them stop and think….excuse me? During mixed gender b2bs the men will hog the decks, even at house parties the boys will unplug your phone from the aux cable and swap in theirs, proclaiming “girls just don’t really know good music!”, as they play a song produced by Hannah Wants.  We all know the issues surrounded sexism in club culture and female DJS: harassment in clubs, sexist comments on Boiler Room, a lack of representation in the media such as DJ Mag, and the list goes on. Although talk on the subject matter does mean progression, and workshops such as this one and all-female collectives are definitely encouraging women to get involved there’s still a crazy amount of bias with regards to club and festival bookings.    I, for one, have not been lucky enough to live somewhere with any encouraging female collectives circulating, and have therefore ran in the male DJ circles, always being paid less, picked when no man was available, and generally placed in less serious nights and earlier positions. Although I love the art enough to not let this discourage I’m sure this is plenty to force some other women give up. Patronising comments and unwanted advice are the sounds of my DJ career, my personal favourite being “all you need to do is use your ears….”. I don’t even think they know they’re doing what they’re doing, it’s ingrained in their frail male egos to put me down so they feel better (of course this doesn’t apply to everyone, some have given me genuinely good advice and oppurtunities, it’s just a minority case).                                     So let me ask you a question male DJs, why do you think you’re better? Have you done a scientific study and deduced your ears actually ARE biologically better than mine? Do you have some 5th sense that means you naturally mix in a superior way? Or is it just because you’re big and strong and can handle the technology better? Because I’m pretty sure if we were all blindfolded you would not be able to tell a male and female DJ apart.   There’s the other side of things, a difficult argument with regards to female DJs dressing in a ‘sexual’ way (e.g Nina Kraviz in the bathtub) and stereotyping themselves as simply eye-candy rather than a good DJ. But this is FALSE, the stereotype doesn’t need to exist unless you let it, being attractive and a good DJ is not an oxymoron surprisingly enough! Girls can do what they want, just like you can. If you can take your top of during a set (please don’t) then so can we.   So next time one of your female friends asks if she can try out your decks, don’t laugh or patronise her, give her a demo and you’ll quickly see that we’re just as interested and talented as men, if we were just given the right level of encouragement.   By Laura Hely Hutchinson

Passing Clouds - The Dying Nightlife of Dalston

Passing Clouds is a music venue in the heart of Hackney celebrating music from around the world and playing a vital part in UK music/ culture by promoting a diverse range of artists and musicians. Passing Clouds has been doing this for the last 10 years, however like many nightlife venues and community spaces the venue is under threat. The dying nightlife of Dalton is not something we can just ignore and do nothing about.   The Passing Clouds building was secretly sold to property developers Landhold Developments who want to turn he building into their offices. There has been much deception and issues around this sale, with a private security firm breaking in and changing the locks. The community therefore rallied together and reclaimed lawful possession of the building and are now trying to obtain a lease of at least 30 years/ rights to the building.   This is a wonderful venue which gives so much to the community and it would be awful for another venue to go, so please sign the petition here and donate to their campaign here    The venue are also hosting a series of ten year anniversary events and could really do with your attendance and support, check out the calendar through this website

ENZO SIRAGUSA talks life, Fuse and catching DJ Zinc play at The Social Festival

  Passionate DJ, producer and raver Enzo Siragusa is the mastermind behind one of our favourite parties and records, Fuse. Fuelled by his drum and bass/ jungle roots Enzo has an entirely original, pure sound, which has picked up a dedicated following. Being a dedicated dance floor fanatic from his teen years, regularly raving, this means he knows first hand how to please and fill a dance floor. Enzo balances his time producing, DJing and working on the Fuse and Infuse record labels/ parties. He found time out of his busy lifestyle to chat to us in advance of his appearance at The Social Festival.   How’s the summer of 2016 treating you so far and how does it compare to previous summers?   It’s treating me really well. I’m really busy, which is a good thing. It’s pretty manic, I’ve just done five gigs in seven days or something like that, and so i don’t get much time to sleep.   We’ve seen FUSE move their Ibiza parties from Sankeys to Space and now to Amnesia for HYTE. What was the thinking behind the changes?   I’d had enough of doing it every week. I was tired of doing weekly parties when I’m touring every weekend as well, so we started to look at bigger events and focus on quality. We did fewer parties at space and it worked well, so when Hyte came up, it just seemed like the right fit. I’ve known Loco Dice for a long time and i know all the guys there really well and Amnesia, for me is the only club on the island that has the qualities that I look for in a sound system.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_f27b4a36_2054712369&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/enzosiragusa/sets/enzo-siragusa-sanctuary-ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_f27b4a36_2054712369', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_f27b4a36_2054712369' }); });     How does playing at UK festivals compare to other countries across Europe?   As much as i love touring the world for the experience, I love playing in the uk; it’s my home turf man! You get a different kind of energy and vibe from UK parties. I think it’s because we’ve come through many scenes to get to where we are now, I mean we’ve had garage, house, techno, the more urban stuff and of course, jungle, where I’ve come from, so Uk parties definitely allow me to play more across the board than other countries.     How do you balance your time between touring and also ensuring that you look after yourself?   It’s tough, for sure. It’s definitely meant that i’ve had to party less, which considering I’ve come from the dance floor and I love to party, it’s quite difficult. At the end of the day, it’s about focusing on the job at hand. I’m there to deliver DJ sets and that’s what i have to do. I can’t spend all night at the party and then the next day at the after party, to then go and do the same thing somewhere else. I have to be disciplined. most people that know me know that i love to be on the dance floor quite a bit, I like to get involved in the crowd but i can’t do it as much as i did five or six years ago unfortunately.     You’re making your Social Festival debut this year. What do you already know about the festival?   I’ve heard that it’s been a great success! I think the diversity of the festival is a great thing, I can’t wait to play on the same line-up as LTF Bukem!    How does this year’s Social line-up compare to other UK festivals that you’ve played?   The line-up is magnificent, it’s huge man! The level of headliners seems very well programmed and thought out. The fact that there aren’t any sound restrictions this year is also a big thing. The moment you get away from decibel limits, that’s when people will be like “I’m definitely going back” because sound quality is hugely important.     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_2f178e04_1132959827&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/enzosiragusa/sets/new-releases', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2f178e04_1132959827', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2f178e04_1132959827' }); });     Are you going to hang around and party with us after your set? If so, who are you looking forward to seeing get behind the decks?   Zinc’s definitely one i’m looking forward to man. you definitely need to give me the set times for that arena because that’s definitely where i’ll be! I’m not just coming to play, i’ve booked the day off, so i’m definitely coming back on the Saturday to have a little rave up! If there was a dream gig for you, where would it be and who would you go B2B with and why?   I’d probably go b2b with Randall at World Dance at Lydd airport in 1994.       If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?   It’d have to be my Mrs, mum and dad. they don’t get to see much of me considering i’m in the middle of a mental summer, so it would be good to sit down and have dinner with them and tick that box off the list, so to speak.   What does the rest of 2016 hold for Enzo Siragusa and FUSE? Do you have anything exciting in the pipeline?   In terms of events, we’ve got a lot coming up. We’ve got the FUSE eighth birthday tour, covering a number of key cities across Europe and the UK. We’ve still also got a good few dates with HYTE at Amnesia in Ibiza coming. We are doing a FUSE stage at Sonus Festival. Just announced the HYTE Warehouse show in Amsterdam alongside Ricardo Villalobos and Seth Troxler. I’m also going on my second tour in the USA and really looking forward to playing at some legendary parties like Blackmarket NYC, Treehouse Miami and the Spybar Warehouse in Chicago.The label’s looking really strong. We’ve got lots of music coming out on the label including an EP from myself, which is a follow up of Desire track, very bass heavy, leaning towards my jungle roots. We are also releasing a triple vinyl package from our core artists to mark the label 5th birthday. We’ve also got a number of releases coming from relatively unknown artists that are just making banging tracks that I’ve been playing out for the last year or so.And finally I’m doing a collaborative EP with Archie Hamilton on Moscow records later this year, so a lot to look forward to!     The Social Festival -  Web  Facebook  Tickets    FUSE    Interview by Nilly Alan

Brighton Pride

Brighton is a place which loves to celebrate equality and diversity, and this is never clearer than at its amazing Pride, which supports not only having a great time but also fundraising for local charities and good causes. Brighton is generally an accepting place, but of course there are still homophobic and transphobic attacks and pride is not only a selection of fun events but also promotes awareness and tolerance.     There are a variety of big events to suit everyone this pride, for example the parade, the village festival, the dog show, the diversity games and of course all the official parties and after parties. These events are set to feature some amazing artists, including the legendary Sister Sledge, Carly Rae Jepsen, DJ Fresh, Fleur East, Alesha Dixon and many more.     

COMPETITION! 1X2 tickets to Nachtklub at Watergate

Watergate club in Berlin is a clubbers’ haven, mentioned in the same breath as Berghain and Kater Blau. Founded in 2002, it is a two-room club providing a beautiful view of the River Spree in Berlin’s Kreuzberg area. With spectacular light installations (the whole roof of the manifold is a big discolight), a very stylish interior and amazing line-ups it is one of Berlin’s most popular venues. There is a big focus on house and techno, with many massive names such as Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, Solomun and Richie Hawtin playing there, and there is even a Watergate Records label.    We are giving away two tickets to the all night party Nachtklub at Watergate on the 13th August. This event has an amazing line up, with techno legend/ DJ/ producer Monika Kruse headlining the night ahead of her set at Sonus Festival. There is also wonderful support from Marc Romboy, Stephan Hinz, Red Robin, Gunnar Stiller and Alexander Aurel. This varied and high-standard line up is set to make it an unforgettable party.   To be in with a chance on winning the tickets email your favourite city to party in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // with the subject title ‘Watergate’.   Good Luck!   Event info here and Facebook event here

MEOKO Presents Hidden Treasures - Introducing DACOIT London

Hidden Treasures is back, and MEOKO has been digging deep once again to bring you the best in up and coming brands and designers for the coolest, unique creations out there. Hidden Treasures is about shedding light on fresh talent from brands that represent positivity, creativity and a fun and friendly vibe, to tie in with what we stand for here at MEOKO. When we discovered this brand we couldn’t resists dusting off our Hidden Treasures feature to bring you the cool, contemporary, crafted pieces from the fabulous DACOIT London! An Anglo/Indian term, Simply translated, DACOIT means bandit or rebel in Hindi. A renegade, a warrior, a lover, a thinker, a fighter. This is the DACOIT spirit. The brand consists ofcontemporary clothing that is ethically made. DACOIT takes a no seasons, no gender, no trend approach to fashion concentrating more on the individual pieces than dictating a total look. Warrior by name, warrior by nature – DACOITs focus is directed towards strong, powerful women, as well as men who aren’t intimidated by the goddesses it represents. What inspires Dacoit?  Music, dance floors, art, travelling the world and cultural influences. Palm trees, disco balls, girls and boys on the street casually smoking a cigarette, crusty peeling paint work, geometric patterns, the flower of life, nature in all its glory, the human form and it’s movements, studio 54, neon art, sequins, the list goes on… A Dacoit piece is best worn when it empowers the wearer and makes them feel great! Home of MEOKO, the streets of London are perfect catwalks, while New York, and LA clubs are also flawlessly fitting. Dance floors and festivals around the world, beaches, clubs of Goa, Mexico and Ibiza are all also perfect places for a member of the DACOIT tribe to shine. This DACOIT tribe is already filled with many like minded creative souls such as Kate Simko, Francesca Lombardo, Jamie Jones, Skream, Luca of Audiofly and Cassy, to name but a few. A Dacoit piece has been notoriously difficult to get your hands on, but that’s kinda how they like it. …for now! MEOKO however has been given the chance to allow one lucky reader access into the exclusive DACOIT tribe, and are giving away a fabulous jacket, perfect for street side catwalks and dance floors alike! To be in with a chance of winning simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // with the title ‘I AM DACOIT’.  Winners will be announced in via our Facebook page. Good Luck!   Like DACOIT on Facebook  

An Open Letter to…Girls in Club Toilets

When I begrudgingly dragged myself away from the sweaty, pumping dance floor to the equally sweaty, depressing club toilets, I wasn’t exactly elated when I saw the length of the queue. This was one of these moments in time where I wished I could’ve been born with male genitalia, allowing me to quietly and quickly slide into the haven of the mens toilets where no queue ever seems to appear and where you strictly avoid all contact with other humans apart from an occasional necessary “alright mate”. Why should my weak bladder mean I miss out on half the night?   I took a deep breath, looked around me…and suddenly everything seemed different. Girls complimenting each others clothes, girls holding back their friend’s (or a stranger’s) hair, offering out gum, gossiping, bitching, crying, cubicles which seem to hold 10 girls….a hundred different experiences in one were occurring around me in this dingy, dirty bathroom.    You suddenly feel like you’re bonding with each person in the room: shared eye contact with the girl next to you secretly laughing at someone on all fours searching for her phone, passing toilet paper under to the next cubicle, asking if you can borrow some vaseline/ gum, agreeing with the girl next to you at the sink that all the men are being extra creepy tonight.   Somebody asks me for advice on the boy she likes, “He keeps ignoring me tonight, he’s being really off, what do you think that means?”. Only in a place like this would she trust someone whom she knows nothing of their relationship history, for all she knows I’ve had 4 failed marriages, but come on now, nobody would break the girl code and give you advice they weren’t 100% sure would work would they?! I promise I’ll wing-woman her later, knowing full well I’d never see her hopeful face again when we entered back into the crowd.    This situation was actually the best possible outcome. There of course have been times, where I’ve had the unfortunate timing of ending up behind/ next to a cryer. Yes, any girl will have just had hundreds of flashbacks to crying girls in club toilets. There’s a big gap in the market for a Sociology dissertation studying how many girls cry in club toilets every night and what their general reasons (insert pie chart: romance, bitch fight, not sure just a bit too drunk, smashed phone etc.)…I for sure would be very interested to know. The drunk crier is not as simple as the basic advice situation, with this you feel you must aid her back to a mildly happy state of no tears, and if you’re especially unlucky and the girl has lost all her friends, this can involve a continuation BEYOND the toilets (WHAT?!?! Surely not) (buying her a drink/ dancing/ requesting all the powerful independent women songs you can possibly think of).   When the time eventually came and I reached the front of the queue I felt a weird feeling I hadn’t expected…disappointment. Did I really have to leave this zoo that I had become a part of? I had started to truly feel like I belonged here, in this safe-space and men free zone. I said goodbye to the friend I had made in the queue, adding her on Facebook and promising we’d meet up for girly cocktails as soon as possible. I then quickly used the cubicle, peacefully smiling to myself as I read the graffiti and an angry girl banged on the door shouting “HURRY THE F*** UP”, and as I left the toilet to rejoin my male friends I felt older and wiser, knowing they would never experience anything like female toilets. By Laura Hely Hutchinson  

MEOKO Internship 2016

MEOKO is a forward thinking and creative lifestyle brand, with a primary focus on the global underground electronic music and events scenes; passionate about promotion and high quality event services. MEOKO Ltd, the event and promo agency, offers event and physical/online promotional services to a strong network of London and the UK’s best promoters, artists, record labels, clubs/bars, PR agencies, artist agencies, management companies, festivals and charities. Beyond music, MEOKO opens up its interests to culture, art, fashion and food… Some of our clients have included fabric, We Are FSTVL, Sonus Festival, Lovebox, SW4, Sunwaves14, Street Feast, Kerb Food, LWE, Egg, Fire, WYS, Spilt Milk, Oval Space, Found, DJ Mag, Firefly International, Camden Lock Brewery and Westminster City Council to name just a few. As well as promotion, MEOKO is passionate about top-quality journalism and regularly hosts reviews, interviews and features on its website written by some of London’s finest journalists. We are currently looking for two hard-working, passionate individuals who have a strong knowledge of electronic music and are organised and reliable. We are willing to take on board a Graphic Design Intern and an Editorial Intern. Both positions represents a great opportunity for whoever is interested in pursuing a career in music or events industry. During this internship you will able to network with promoters, artists, agencies, labels, press agencies, festivals, designers and so on. You will get a very close look inside the industry across many different sectors. Moreover, you will be able to build a professional  portfolio, by being actively involved with all MEOKO Projects and by producing features/designs on a daily basis. OVERLOOK You should share an interest in electronic music and promotion as well as holding either a PR/Journalism degree or a Design/Creative background. Any extra skill will be a bonus. He or she must have excellent people skills, be creative, be able to communicate well as an individual or part of a team. This is a hands -on roll so please only apply if you feel you have what it takes to work as part of an extremely busy, sometimes stressful yet very exciting environment. The successful candidates will be supporting the team and be an effective and trusted interface for MEOKO, providing a point of contact for external collaborations and enquiries.   EDITORIAL INTERN – press & social media  Main Duties will include but not be limited to:          writing features and news pieces          writing events and albums previews/reviews          writing mix descriptions          contributing to the daily running of the magazine          managing and maintaining websites contents          contacting Dj's, producers and record labels (client liaisons)          managing social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)          managing MEOKO Soundcloud page          copy editing texts          contributing to MEOKO series (e.g. Music Through Pictures, Sound of the City, Not so Serious)          organizing and writing interviews          listing hottest London's event by week          admin duties Requirements:          applicants must be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience          must be able to work efficiently in a fast pace environment          being a great team player as well as being able to work on own initiative          excellent English skills, both verbal and written          must be computer literate (word, photoshop or gimp)          good presentation skills, in writing and person          must have enhanced multi-tasking skills, be able to work in fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment          have an eye for details          excellent organizational skills and the ability to cope with a demanding workload          self-motivated, friendly and positive          social media literate          enhanced research skills          be able to work on close deadlines GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN Main Duties will include but not be limited to:          creating banners and designs of different natures for MEOKO          contributing to the daily running of the magazine          managing and maintaining websites contents          uploading contents on the website          occasionally help with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)          looking for interesting pictures/videos to publish on social media or to work with          helping with MEOKO series (e.g. Music Through Pictures, Sound of the City, Not so Serious)          admin duties Requirements:          applicants must be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience          proficiency in Photoshop (or Gimp)          being IT literate          must be able to work efficiently in a fast pace environment          being a great team player as well as being able to work on own initiative          excellent English skills, both verbal and written          good presentation skills, in writing and person          must have enhanced multi-tasking skills, be able to work in fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment and respect deadlines          have an eye for details          excellent organizational skills and the ability to cope with a demanding workload          self-motivated, friendly and positive          social media literate MEOKO is looking for creative individuals to come up with always new and interesting ideas. If you have a good idea, we are more then happy to have you realizing it! Successful candidates must own their own laptop and be able to work at least 4 days a week, from 10 to 6 over 4 months. Travel expenses will be covered. To apply for the internships, please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  CV and covering letter, explaining why you would like to work for MEOKO, what you will bring to the position and listing  your three favourite artists and three favourite labels. Please write 'MEOKO Summer Internship 2016 – editorial' or 'MEOKO Summer Internship 2016 – graphic design' in the subject case.

Not So Serious Sessions with Marco Resmann

    Marco Resmann has been making waves in the house and techno scene since the mid-90s, and where better a place to make a name for yourself than his hometown Berlin. Successful both in producing and DJing, there is no end to Marco's knowledge and passion. Marco is also big on partnerships, djing and producing with Norman Weber under their partnership 'Luna City Express' on Moon Harbour Records and collaborating with Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix as 'Pan-Pot' with Mobilee Records.   These amazing projects were just the start of Marco's career, earning him a residency at one of Berlin's most loved clubs Watergate. Marco also founded Upon.You Records with the help of Hawks Grunert and Marcus Meinhardt which features over 60 releases from artists like ONNO and Emerson Todd, holding nights at Watergate and even Panorama Bar. Marco himself still collabs in 'Luna City Express' all these years later, but mostly now focuses on a solo career under his birth name. Many years ago we did a not so serious with the man himself and have now had a more up to date chat with Marco.       Something you wouldn’t guess I’m interested in is…   I’m totally into gardening my balcony. Besides all that stress I have it’s very calming!   A song I absolutely hate is…   German Folk Music as well as its singers and the audience of this genre.   The most breathtaking experience I have ever had is..   Parachuting. I did it together with my best friend when we both turned 30 and almost peed my pants.     My favourite subject at school was….   History and I still love it. But I sometimes fell asleep during the classes when I started my with party career in the ealy 90s.   When I was younger I wanted to be a….   I really thought that I was talented and good enough to become a professional footballer.   My drink of choice is….   Rum on the rocks!     The best club in the world is….   Does only one really exist?   My favourite sight in the world is….   Definitely the TV Tower in Berlin. Not only because I see it daily but my granny was also part of the team that built the antenna in the late 60s.    The best live act is…   I really enjoy watching Reggie Watts. What a dude!   The person who has the best voice in the world is….   My almost 3 years old daughter when she sings laudly and off-key.     Marco is back with new four track EP 'Olympia' out on the 12th August with Poker Flat Recordings. The EP is full of driving tech-house rhythms and trippy rollers and is definitely worth checking out! You can pre-order the EP here and check out Marco on Soundcloud here.

Competition Summary - ENDING THIS WEEKEND

You can't say we don't treat you here at Meoko...we have 4 competitions ending this weekend so here's a summary to remind you, make sure you enter while you still can! 1. Mobilee Vinyl + T-shirts The kind people at Mobilee are allowing two of Meoko’s readers to win 3 vinyls and a t-shirt each as shown below! If you want to be in with a chance of winning, let us know your favourite track from the folks over at Mobilee Records. Email your answer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with the subject line: Mobilee Showcase. http://www.meoko.net/reviews/mobilee-showcase-with-anja-schneider-ray-okpara-and-re-you-saturday-july-30th-chance-to-win-vinyl-t-shirts   2. Fuse Competition We are also teaming up with Fuse with an amazing prize giveaway! Up for grabs are: - limited edition Fuse t shirts commemorating 5 years of Fuse London Records. - Guestlist for the event  - 5 years of Fuse limited Vinyl release    To be in with a chance of winning just email your favourite Fuse memory from the past 5 years over to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with the subject line Fuse Birthday. Good Luck!   http://www.meoko.net/competitions/fuse-5th-birthday-party-competition   3. Merkwürdiges Verhalten Tickets     We are giving away 2 tickets to the event! To win, send your dream festival location to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // . http://www.meoko.net/news/this-saturday-win-tickets-to-merkwuerdiges-verhalten-in-frankfurt-germany   4. Maze at SHAPES closing party tickets     We are happy to announce a giveaway of 10 X places on the free guestlist of this event along with a free drink to the first 10 people to send over the name of their favourite venue to have closed in the past few years to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with the subject line “Maze at Shapes”   http://www.meoko.net/competitions/competition-maze-at-shapes-this-saturday  

Competition: Maze at SHAPES THIS SATURDAY

It’s now official that one our favourite London venues SHAPES in Hackney Wick is unfortunately closing down this weekend. Of course, this means there’s time for one last party this Saturday, and it’s set to be one of the best yet.    The party falls right in the middle of the HACKNEY WICKED festival (where discounted wristbands will be handed out) and aims to follow the festival’s ambience of art and culture.   The line up so far features Eyesmoon (Maze), Sam Bangura (Half Baked) and a massive b2b with Soho and Simon Rigg (Phonica Records). Headlining the event is Parisian groovy house master JEF K.   We are happy to announce a giveaway of 10 X places on the free guestlist of this event along with a free drink to the first 10 people to send over the name of their favourite venue to have closed in the past few years to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // with the subject line “Maze at Shapes”   Tickets and event info here   Good Luck!

Do DJs need to be a published producer to have a career?

In a facebook post from last year, David Morales vented his frustration at the current state of affairs, complaining that “…unfortunately DJ's are "required" to have a record charting in order to get recognized and get gigs. WHAT A FARCE! There's so many nn DJ's getting paid just bc they made a record…” Overgeneralisations aside, Morales’ post touched on something: do DJs need to be a published producer to have a career? In theory no, of course not. But the reality, as you may well know, is different. A well placed record released on the ‘right’ (read in vogue) label can throw the career of a relative or total newcomer into the spotlight - likeYour Everything did for Danny Daze back in 2011. From here the media machine springs into action, penning reviews and interviews whilst certain promoters fall over each other in a bid to bag the new star(let) for their night. This understandably pisses people off as it ridicules the idea of a meritocracy in bypassing the years of experience and graft that presumably warrants such a standing. Credit where credit isn’t due? Possibly and in certain cases definitely. But it would be unfair and totally misplaced to point fingers at individual producers for this turn of events . As in essence, this is a systemic problem - a problem with the industry and the wider marketplace it belongs to - and by virtue of this it’s hard, very hard, to pinpoint exactly where the problem lies without bringing into account factors such as the underlying economic system and the effect this has on individual psychology. Tricky, and there’s neither the personal knowledge nor room to do this proper justice (several books could easily be written on the topic) in a way that wouldn’t be reductive or resort to oversimplifications.   Now as I don’t work in the industry everything here is said from a position outside, looking in which has its obvious advantages and disadvantages.  This is not intended to be comprehensive by any stretch of the word and for any likely omissions to come, I apologise; time and space only permits so much. The aim of this piece is to take stock of the current landscape as I see it and ponder over a few of its crucial features.  Anyway, in theory being a DJ shouldn’t mean you have to release music and being a producer needn’t mean you have to play out in order to have a profession, but what’s true in theory is rarely true in practice.  Natural human imperfection has its way of flouting, confounding and generally fucking up what’s theoretically perfect. The fact is DJs who release music - particularly those who release a flavour of the moment tune- are more likely to receive bookings than those who don’t, regardless of their ability as a DJ. To my mind there’s something inherently unfair about someone landing slots over other, possibly more experienced, DJs  purely on the basis of a well received record, regardless of ability. But it’s not as clear cut as this. The world being as it is, most aspiring ‘artists’ –in this case producers/DJs-  have to spend a large part of time  working at a day job  (if they’re lucky it’ll be something they don’t mind doing) which physically limits the hours they can put into honing a craft.   It’s unlikely then they’ll be able to put the hours into developing both the technical and creative skills needed to excel at DJ’ing and producing which leads to a scenario where the two (DJ’ing & producing) seem to be mutually exclusive. After all, it’s a rarity to have someone like Ricardo Villalobos who is as an accomplished producer as DJ and even then, it took him several years from becoming a full time musician to begin releasing a truly singular body of work. But these cases are few and far between as nearly all full time DJs have, hard work aside, gotten to a professional level through an association of some kind such as a label, party or record. There are only a few very notable exceptions to this like Nicolas Lutz who has based his decades long career purely on discovering and playing records. As you might expect, he has only very recently begun to gain a wider recognition outside of the niche sphere of cratediggers he moves through (something aided in part by an excellent RA podcast and an ensuing scattering of bookings at large clubs). Though it’s possible Lutz has been keen to play mainly to a smaller crowd of enthusiasts than to a larger one that may not necessarily appreciate his selections, it remains a sad fact that a talented DJ may be totally passed over in favour of a less capable DJ purely because they don’t have that seemingly crucial association with a label, sound, party etc.    This invariably creates a tension in aspiring DJs who may feel pressured to release a record as they can see the difficulties of becoming professional by not doing so, but at the same time don’t want to ‘sell out’. Ideally music, like all art, should be made for its own sake and the commercial trappings that come with success should be a byproduct , not the end goal. But this is idealistic and I can’t entirely fault, a producer or promoter who chooses the easier compromise so to launch their professional career.  As said before, the blame isn’t something to be placed on these producers  who find themselves getting bookings on the basis of a record, nor really on the individual promoters who facilitate this in booking acts that promise a higher turner out regardless of whether said act can mix. At the end of the day, those involved at every level of the industry want to make a living from music (and not presumably from something else) so they are justified, within the skewed logic of business, in making these choices. If this seems wrong it’s because they’re working within a structure that is inherently wrong. Like so many, the allure of money eclipses their integrity.  This isn’t a new phenomenon by any means but it does seem that in recent years the balance has shifted and ‘hype’ is becoming ever more dominant. Why is this? Initially I was at a loss.  Myriad reasons appeared, vague and half formed which wasn’t really satisfying so I thought a little more in my dozy, scattershot way on what was unique to this part of the century. Again numerous aspects of modern life suggested themselves but the one that stuck was the internet, specifically the development of high speed broadband.  How exactly? Today there is a visibly wider interest in electronic dance music than there was fifteen, twenty years ago which I feel has been greatly aided by the ubiquity of broadband internet. This might seem a little tenuous or far flung but to my mind the effect of the internet on how we experience the world and each other can’t be understated.   To make the case through a tangent…It can list as some of its achievements: an instrumental role in collapsing distance and time; serious changes in social relations; an archive containing nearly every published book and recorded piece of music; rendered the underground/overground divide irrelevant; offers access to a digital marketplace where you can buy anything from records to automatic machine guns; an effect on the way news is reported and most sinisterly, the creation of new methods of control (through surveillance). A source of anxiety and paranoia for some, a chance for further development for others, regardless of your opinion the internet has affected nearly every aspect of life.                                                                                             In the case of electronic dance music, the internet has given people immediate access to the material of a subculture that would have previously been very hard to find except through association or good fortune. Now, anyone with a workable internet connection can within thirty minutes reasonably come across not just a digital archive of this music, but the means – through cracked software – to make it themselves.  Great, for a variety of self-evident reasons, but it’s also indirectly been a catalyst for a boom in electronic dance music as an industry and from this, the gateway for some pretty negative repercussions.  The fact that there are now more people wanting to produce and DJ it takes more to be heard above all the extra noise than it did before, where presumably graft, passion and perhaps a little bit of nifty PR was enough to set you up as a professional DJ. Has much changed? In one sense no, these elements still play their vital role in taking an aspiring DJ into the professional circuit, but as said before the PR aspect, that association with a label, party etc. does seem to be  increasingly dominant.  As the worlds of House and Techno have becomes less niche, the smaller industry of before has given way to a structure resembling the Rock or Hip-Hop industry and with it has come the increase in careerism. This of course is not true across the board as there are many successful and respected independents like the Perlon roster or the Romanian House scene that have flourished in spite of the shifting industry and not because.      But, for better or worse, and I’m of the opinion it’s for the worst, this change  has meant that some DJs feel that they are putting themselves at a disadvantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace by not releasing music. In this light, the idea of releasing the ‘right’ record on a trendy label becomes the promise of a career and a string of well received releases a great thing to flesh out a budding DJ’s ‘CV. To clarify: this is not to say that all music is made cynically with the sole intent of boosting a career, but it’s true in some cases whether that’s conscious or not. A distinction should be drawn between those who make music for ‘its own sake’ with little thought of commercial gain and those who do it primarily for commercial gain. In some cases it’s clear to say who is in it for the money – the Aokis, Guettas & Calvin Harris’ of the world-  but within the purer realm of House and Techno it gets a little trickier but still possible. I can think of a fair few DJs who have made tunes or enlisted the help of full time producers that seem to be pretty desperate bid to cash in on a certain sound so to boost their profile.  Like the promoters who book these overnight successes, it’s case of weak ethics but we shouldn’t expect any different from them; it would be very difficult to bring about a real change as there will always be those who choose the easier compromise. On the flipside, there are the cases where promoters take a chance on a producer/DJ which happens to be well placed. The ideal equation here is tracks leads to gigs, these gigs showcase their records and skill, the money from the gigs then affords them the time to make more music. The problem of course is that hype tends to rubbish this and the notion of skill figures less. However there are cases where this equation rings true like with Suciu Laurentiu - Alexandru  aka Faster. Since 2011 he has released a steady stream of great records with a little more drive and immediacy than some of those made by his countrymen. With each successive release his records have ( to my ears anyway) marked his development as a producer. In the short time his Faster project has been active, Alexandru has found himself receiving more bookings and gathered wider acknowledgement (for instance, dance tabloid Mixmag featured his latest record Amprente in their ‘Big Tunes section). Or to take another example, consider the earlier career of Ricardo Villalobos.  As captured nicely by Jasper Grosvenor in a piece for FACT, before releasing Alcachofa Villalobos was a well respected but relatively unknown DJ – albeit one with a smattering of interesting and in some cases brilliant, releases. On releasing Alcachofa, Villalobos’ profile was pushed rapidly upwards and from there, as they say, the rest was history. Aside from the fact there’s something nice in seeing someone deservedly get fair recognition, these cases prove it is possible (and it might seem a moot point given the state of the world at the moment) in today’s age for the DJ/producer to maintain their integrity whilst having a career.    The problem however remains for those who solely DJ and don’t have that party or professional association to boost their profile. The upshot of this, is that there are still scenes, as you see in Romania, where a certain type of skilled DJ’ing is highly valued, that run counter to the monetised, ‘big name’ cyclical trends that characterise the industry elsewhere., I find it hard to envision an environment outside of a grassroots one -based on mutual respect and support  with no PR - that can offer an even ground for someone who purely DJs’  to establish themselves, in and of their ability. Outside of this, the aforementioned problems of the industry figure too heavily and uneven the playing field. As to the future, I’m not entirely sure. Though the past few years has seen reactions against the trend and hype orientated flows of electronic dance music appear,  it’ll be a while from now before any serious changes occur given how deeply embedded these problems are in the wider sphere of society.  Words by Neto Light-Lopez
 
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