On Saturday 4th February, 200 Deep will be taking over the Schumacher Club. This unforgettable night will see Sedee, Fabe, Tigergun and DLT come together to play some heated, intimate, deepened techno and house.
The venue defines itself as, “A resurrected compass for open minded souls” located in Bochum, Germany; it promotes the idea of creativity without limits and is a landscape for imaginative musical freedom. Over the last year, it’s hosted the likes of Barac, Guy From Downstairs, Primãrie, Nekes, Samu.l and LIZZ.
Headlining the evening is Sunwaves favourite, the Mannheim’s duo Sedee. This passionate techno due will bring their own signature flavour and feel-good vibes. There’s also Fuse’s Fabe. He’ll be bringing some underground London spirit, and showcasing some multi-dimensional, ambient and experimental beats. The two acts are famed for their ever-evolving styles and ambition. Expect some classic house, techno and heart-pounding grooves.
In addition to this, 200 Deep and Schumacher residents Tigergun and DLT are billed to perform. Self-described rhythm and groove lover Tigergun has old-school influences and prides himself on building hypnotic atmospheres and precise mixing while bringing a spontaneous soulful vibe. DLT will also bringing their own sound, promoting their deep bond with good music.
This is a 21+ event with tickets at 10€, from 4th February at 12am- 5th Feb 12pm UTC+01. Make sure you grab a ticket when you can, and enjoy an event which celebrates freedom, creativity and ingenuity.
Words by Georgia Evans
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As things have begun to go back to normal, and the festivities all seem like a distance memory, we would like to press the refresh button and take a look back at our first dance of 2017with FUSE family. A day packed with the highest quality sounds, immersed amongst a raring to go crowd from start to finish. We stepped in to Fuse London's home Village Underground, as they kicked off what is set to be another fantastic year for the close knit crew. Start as you mean to go on is certainly a phrase that springs to mind.
There was a buzzing of conversation while queuing up as people discussed the antics of their new years eve celebrations, some people were continuing straight through to Fuse, but there was some fresh faced people in the mixer that you knew were saving themselves for the big one.
Hangovers evaporated in to the air as the industrial venue began to fill, the OdD boys were taking care of opening duties rolling out there huge chunky sounds from the off. When OdD and Fuse link up something feels so special, representing the London sound in full force. Typically at the beginning of the party the Dj's playing can take things a bit easier, as people enter in dribs and drabs. On this early afternoon occassion there was a different feel, the place filled up quickly as if people couldn't wait to party, whistling and cheering on every break. This allowed OdD to crack on early doors rumbling out their signature wobbling bass lines.
On the rise Mannheim artist Fabe took over the controls with his warm and charming productions that the underground world is becoming more and more familiar with. Last year playing at the Fuse Records showcase at Studio 338, and part of the Fuse8 tour on Berlin's Hoppetosse it seemed perfect that the talented producer made his Village Underground debut on this special day. There were many people in the room looking forward to his two hour set, and he didnt disappoint in the slightest. Swinging grooves and punchy percussions combined with the huge system the Fuse team put together just felt so right.
It wouldn't be a new years party without some special guests, and this is something we've been waiting for, for a long time. One word, Djebali. The french artist works tirelessly in the studio, and on his imprints. Straight up 4x4 house records, turning the party up a notch. Last year Enzo made the trip to Paris to play for Djebali so it was nice to capture the French sound in the depths of our capital city. Teeing it up perfectly for Siragusa's peak time set, Djebali closed his set with Dan Ghenacia & Chris Carrier's - Vaporized, an absolute bomb, lifting the crowd ready for the boss.
From the day it started Fuse has literally gone from strength to strength, exploring new corners of the world, but for us you can't beat the Fuse experience on home soil, and that is especially when Enzo Siragusa steps up. There is a just a look in his eye, and in his mannerism's you just know he is ready to go under his own roof, with a party and group of people close to his heart. A personal highlight for us was when he played the lastest release on the mysterious Digwah imprint 'Something Else', a huge recent favourite amongst the underground and it felt as if everyone in the room knew exactly what was happening, and was equally as happy to actually be hearing it run out on new years day evening. Is one of the times you will remember.
Closing things down on what was an amazing day was the second special guest, Perlon lady Maayan Nidam. Her intelligent, and thought out minimal sound slowed the day down as it drew to a close. A smooth finish, with slick abstract movements taking you on a final journey.
Fuse will never disappoint, but due to the new years celebrations there was something extra special about this one, with residents and special guests all delivering an unforgettable party to launch us in to the new year. As we continue to get flashbacks of a great day, we strongly believe Fuse is the best hangover cure we have ever had.
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Bristol has always been a hub for creativity and pioneering music. Home of Eats Everything, Joy Orbison, Roni Size, Icarus and so many more. However, this years In:Motion’s New Year’s Day celebration has secured the city’s spot as one of the best places for dance music, and this is why.
Motion defines itself as a matrix of warehouse spaces. For this incredible one night, they opened up the entire space to make way for the flurry of lucky attendees. While In:Motion, Shapes Warehouse, Hypercolour vs Banoffee Pies and Shangri-La took over the main complex, there was Just Jack’s Secret Toilet Party hidden behind a portaloo and the Elevator Sound Stage Presents Lies in a carnival outside.
The night went from 4pm until 7am the next day, without any signs of lagging. To kick things off, there was the choice between Pardon My French, Gary Crosson and Mr Spoon. Billy Nasty and Regolith stepped forward shortly after.
At 6, the In:Motion stage brought out the big guys. Jackmaster (who infamously donated 10 percent of his New Year fees to Aleppo) went back-to-back with Gerd Janson. Sam Mole & Christian Jay also took to the Hypercolour vs Banoffee Pies stage, while Marco Bernardi was on Elevator Sound. Meanwhile, Shapes's resident DJs were also taking centre-stage.
Then there was Tale of Us. The Berlin-based hypnotic heavyweights made sure they delivered. They blasted their signature, deep, heart-pounding music while lasers cast over the audience creating an unbelievably, unforgettable, visceral performance.
Another personal favourite was Helena Hauff, who’s set on the Shapes stage was pure magical, electrified perfection. Bathing the crowd in red lights, she showcased her sonic aesthetic and took them on a collision course of acidic, atmospheric sound.
The brilliant Axel Boman, Bristol- favourite Hodge, and Italojohnson were all billed to perform too, adding to the monumental lineup. There was also an impressive performance by Shangri-la's residents and Simoncino. When Nastia was sadly unable to attend, Hodge went b2b with Gramrcy and spontaneously blew the crowd’s mind.
Jethro then smashed it for those who ventured out to Just Jack's Secret Toilet Party, bringing some cool house/funk vibes as the crowd boogied under toilet brushes, inflatable ducks and poo-emoji cushions. Meanwhile, DJ October went back-to-back with Gramrcy. At Hypecolour vs Banoffee Pies, A Sagittariun went on and blasted his own unique, spiritual beats.
Up next, Florian Kupfer for Elevator Sound, Tom Rio & Dan Wild at Just Jack, Teak, and Banoffee Pies residents.
Steffi took over Shapes, and mystified the audience in a daze of dynamic, hardware-enriched sound. The legendary Dutch producer delivered a performance of distinctive, enticing underground music. At the same time, Ron Morelli and Strange Frequency worked their magic.
Rounding things off, Ben Klock absolutely obliterated his performance. He’s been dubbed the best techno producer of the decade and he most definitely did not disappoint. His broad music selection, incredible light displays and undeniable energy created an intense and powerful performance. It was absolutely unforgettable for all who witnessed it.
Then for those brave enough to carry on, there was the brilliant Jeremy Underground. The burgeoning legend played a selesction of warm, authentic house music to the cold, dedicated ravers in Just Jack's outside tent.
KiNK carried on for In:Motion with amazing enthusiasm, an ambitious light show, and a mind-boggling set. While Marco Bernardi went back-to-back with Hodge. Shall Not Fade took over Shangri-La to round things off as Dave Clarke mesmirised at Shapes, drawing this epic adventure to a close.
The night itself was a monumental success and a fantastic way to wrap up the In:Motion series. With this mind-blowing lineup, fantastic stages and hard work put in by all the staff, it has easily secured itself as a landmark for dance music. 2016 saw some of the world's biggest and best DJs and producers descend on the city. Over the years, the series just keeps getting better and better. Hopefully big things will be in store for 2017.
Words by Georgia Evans
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There’s a certain aura that surrounds the electronic music scene of Romania, which has met an unseen development compared to other countries. From humble artists that like their profile as low-key as possible, to parties and after-parties that go on around the clock for days, crowds with an insatiable thirst for high quality events — the Romanians started from scratch the design of their underground scene, more than 20 years ago, with an outcome that acknowledged the interest of the whole world.
The political background and the social context had a lot to do with the start of this current. During communism, finding artwork from any genre of music was a real quest, the access to information being severely controlled and limited back then. Since the forbidden is always desired, the challenge only spiced things up for the ones passionate about music. In the long-term, it made them explore the unknown without being restrained by trends, patterns or following some induced rules. They had freedom and infinite possibilities, something that determined them to develop their own vision without much influence from the outside world, and eventually to come up with something unique.
After communism’s alienation, things slowly started to unfurl. Around ’95, like-minded people started small gatherings, the first ones having crowds of less than 50 people, while young talents like Rhadoo were practicing at the decks. At the turn of the century, the legendary La Mania parties were happening on the Black Sea coast, marking a milestone for what was coming up next. Clubs started to open, such as Zebra or Kristal Club which allowed people with similar interests to meet and organically develop their relationships with the music. Raresh and PetreInspirescu joined this path, and it was not long until their friendship and love affair with music brought them together. Sunrise Booking Agency started as a necessity soon afterwards in 2005. This brought the trio together, and acknowledged Romania as a breeding ground for talented DJs and producers. One year later [a:rpia:r] started their own imprint and got gigs outside Romania, despite the fact that the music they were playing was so different to the style the foreigners had in their vinyl bags.
The year of 2007 represents another milestone. The first Sunwaves Festival took place, and it’s needless to mention its weight in supporting the scene. Also Club Midi opened, the first location in Transylvania exclusively for electronic music, instantly receiving international recognition for the price they put on quality and their spaceship-like venue. Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca emerged as the most homogenous cities around the country that deep-rooted this movement, most of the young talents moving in as these hotspots grew further. In the last 5 years, the evolution reached a higher-pace, with more and more talented people joining the crew. There is a serious love for vinyl, labels and strong brands that have made a name for themselves, be they clubs (Guesthouse) or festivals (Mioritmic, Casino Sinaia, SNRS48, Waha).
The scene in Romania is definitely passion-orientated, paying special attention to local talents and audiences rather than courting international renown. Club owners are focusing a bit more on the whole experience and the special moments they get to live when creating a line-up, instead of the business side. Even when it comes to big events, the promoting is not flaunted, leaving the followers to gravitate themselves towards the happening.
Cluj-Napoca is probably one of the most welcoming destination in Romania, mainly due to the positive energy of the people and the committed organisers. The main promoters make sure to deliver high-quality events and settings, following quality over quantity principle; usually there’s one main party every weekend, but it’s so good that it’s enough. The main promoter - Club Midi –is active during autumn, winter and spring, with Mioritmic festival being their highlight in October; while Alandala organises parties mostly during summertime, making the most of some spectacular venues around the city.
On the other side, Bucharest is restless: you can go out every day of the week and attend proper parties; it’s no wonder why with so many DJ’s living there. During the week Misbits, MadPiano or Control Club are places you shouldn’t miss, but keep in mind to save some energy for the weekend. No matter if you choose to go out at Guesthouse, Eden or Kristal Club, these places run usually for more than just a night. It’s not a surprise to find Guesthouse open on a Monday. People found their place, and they let themselves be carried by it, wherever it takes them. There’s nothing forced about it, everything flows very naturally, just like the common thing that brings these people together: the music.
In the last few years, the so-called “Romanian sound” phrase was overused when referring to any outcome of the Romanian producers, but its relevance seems to be more like a plate of nationality, since the sound can hardly be defined like this. If you check the quality, variety of the two styles and approaches and the amount of electronic music exported by Romanian producers, you’ll discover differences and diversity. They’re being very exploitative rather than limiting their musical diet to a single genre. They’re split into countless sub-genres, and you’ll notice that they're very dissimilar one from another.
The most renowned producers coming from Romania developed individualistic experimentation, each and every notable one wearing a personal signature you can’t match. Just to mention a few, take a look at PetreInspirescu, G76, SIT(Vlad Caia b2b Cristi Cons), Barac, Zefzeed, Cezar, Livio&Roby or Suciu - they are anything but similar. From the second you start playing a track, you’re soaked in a story with a driving bassline, clean cuts and strong attitude - each of them wearing their personal trademark. At first it seems harmless; only later do you realize what you've gotten into. They’ll get you travelling just to see them playing.
With this organic evolution of the movement in the last 20 years, it’s not surprising that it became appealing to many youngsters to get involved and create something on their own. The number of those who test their skills is growing constantly; but only when an artistic vision, commitment and technical abilities are all present something distinctive will turn out. Authentically learning the mathematical patterns of music and creating tracks from scratch has never failed from being the best recipe of a masterpiece. No matter how many shortcuts there are nowadays, the ones who avoid them make their way to the top. It’s a pleasure to see Romania has a handful of producers that still think this way. This goes hand in hand with their low-key profile policy, by keeping a sort of mystery regarding themselves and their work, from tons of unreleased artworks to limited vinyl runs and the very rare interviews.
Romania has one of the most dazzling night lives, with lush soundscapes and visuals that anchor your mind with ease. From festivals to clubs, the video-mapping is one of the highlights of a night: accentuated and ambiguous — they make out of a record more than the sum of its parts, sounding richer and more nuanced the more you lose yourself in the panorama in front of your eyes. The parties go for days; the idea of playing long sets fuses with the DJs desire to express their vision: there’s no rush. Starting from its inherited natural locations, you’ll have one of your best party experiences in Romania due to the fusion between organizers, line-up, visuals and friendly people.
With a growing interest from people based outside Romania, it’s a pleasure to see how the scene managed to maintain an intimate and welcoming vibe rarely found nowadays, and an up-for-it crowd, in a restless search of the track-IDs. The scene was enforced with music of various levels of understanding, not something that the Romanians invented, but something where they had a meaningful contribution. It's now about a lot more than making people dance.
Words by Bianca
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Alex Arnout is a champion of the British underground music scene. With over 20 years experience and a true love for his craft, he has worked tirelessly to create incredible music and discover the greatest new artists.Over the years, Alex has proven his devotion to underground music, launching the careers of Maya Jane Coles, Peace Division, Dusky and many more. His maverick approach to the industry and commitment to integrity is what’s made his record label, Dogmatik so successful. MEOKO sat down with the man himself ahead of the release of 10 Years of Dogmatik- a compilation album featuring two discs of the best original recordings and two discs of remixes. In addition to this, Alex has kindly gifted one lucky MEOKO reader with an exclusive goodie bag and selection of vinyl, read on to find out more...
What was your ethos when you first set up Dogmatik 10 years ago?
The ethos behind the label was to find new artists, I was bored of the same artists just always on every label and it kind of stagnates the scene if it’s just the same kind of artists. I wanted to set up a label which discovered new talent. Accomplished, finished full-packaged talent that I believed was out there and not being heard. That was one of the reasons. The other reason, I wanted a great record label, rather than it be a vehicle for one of my own productions, which everyone else was doing around me. I wanted to actually set up a really great label with great artists and not necessarily have any of my productions on there or it being about me, I just wanted to create something for great artists.
That’s brilliant, how do you think the music industry has changed over the last 10 years?
It’s changed a lot; just how people work, how records are sold, how music is promoted. This having your own label is kind of fighting your own corner in this industry that sometimes churns out not very good music. But, you can’t survive like that anymore. You have to play the social media game. You can’t really survive on being cool and aloof anymore, because everybody else is using the format of manager, magazines, teams, and everything. So it’s changed in the sense that it was a one-man operation but now you’ve got teams of people behind labels and artists. Something that you didn’t have in the underground really. No underground artist should have a manager really because they’re an underground artist, so it’s changed a lot. The record selling industry has changed, there’s a vinyl revival and we’ve sold more vinyl this year than downloads. That’s all down to the majors re-pressing seminal albums that’s not necessarily to do with independent labels getting ahead. So it’s changed on so many levels that I could talk about really. It’s a completely different industry today to how it was 10 years ago.
What was the inspiration behind the compilation you’re releasing?
Well we’ve been going 10 years and to some people we’re still a new label. Obviously we haven’t had the force of a massive PR company behind us over the years so it’s still a label that you arrive to. We just wanted to showcase some of the music that’s come out before which I feel is still fresh and still playable today. It was a celebration of our birthday and a celebration of the artists on the label as well, and some of the moments we’ve had on there.
How did you put it all together? What were the challenges that you faced?
There’s a lot of tracks on the label so it’s hard to showcase every single one so it was a difficult choice. Me and Tim, my graphic designer and also a partner in the label, we just sat there and we found it very difficult but we finally decided on showcasing the moments over the last 10 years. There’s a lot of unknown artists that we’ve put through and they didn’t have a great impact but they had great tracks. We wanted to emphasise the tracks that did actually make an unknown artist a household name. Dusky had ‘Flo Jam’ in 2012 which got voted best dance track on iTunes, so we picked moments on the label, moments for us, and moments for the artists.
How long did it take to put the compilation together?
The compilation was done in one evening over quite a bit of alcohol, but yeah we had spoken about it for ages and I’d been playing with what I wanted in there and Tim as well. I guess when we finally got in a room together and thrashed it out it was quite easy and it was quite objective. I’d put a track forward and Tim would say something. It was objective in a good way and we did it in an evening really.
The compilation is made up of two CDs of original tracks and two CDs of remixes, I was wondering if you have a favourite original track and a favourite remix from the album?
They’re all favourites. I do the A&R, I sign them up, and I go looking for the artists so if I do that and release them on the label it’s a special thing to me anyway, so it’s quite hard to pick a favourite. I’ve had moments with artists that I’ve really wanted on the label like Peace Division and Jovonn, Maya was a home-grown artist. It’s hard for me to answer that… At a push I would say my favourite track on the label without letting anything else that came on there would be Peace Division, ‘Blacklight Sleaze’ because it was reissue through our label but it was a track that was actually played for years. It’s a track that I really liked and I was able to have it on the label years later.
My favourite remix, is a really hard one. I really like the Rick Wade remix of P Lopez ‘About you’, Rick Wade is a Detroit artist that I’ve been after for a while so to have his take on something we’ve signed is great and the job he did was really nice. Another one which I like is the Peace Division ‘Vibrations’ remix they did for us, that was a collaboration with me and Daren Nunes and Spencer Nunes and we’re all great friends with Clive and Justin (Peace Division) so they were our natural choice to remix it. That remix for me is really nice. We’re all friends, all five of us, and it all came out on a release together so it’s a favourite of mine for that reason, for sure. Abe Duque’s remix of my track ‘Touch’ is a favourite of mine as well because Abe is a producer I’ve followed over the years and I always liked his sound. When you own a label and you do your own productions, I mean this is only like the second EP in 10 years I’ve ever done on Dogmatik and to be to choose your remixer and somebody that you really like and to have them accept and turn out a really nice remix that was definitely the one for me. Another one would be Dan Ghenacia’s remix of ‘Club Therapy’ by Peace Division as well, just a straight-up house remix with a really warm bass playing that really warms up the room and sound system when you play it. So I’ll put that one up and leave it there because I’ve probably named them all.
You’ve got a talent for finding new artists, one example being Maya Jane Coles and helping them to develop- do you have any advice for the new generation of musicians and producers?
Yeah, definitely. Don’t send in your first track. Make sure you learn your art and learn how to do things and learn how things sound before sending your stuff out. There’s no rush. There’s a certain degree of confidence that comes out of music and I don’t hear that in peoples’ first tracks so the advice would be really learn your art and take your time. You don’t have to sign your first release, that’s it.
What’s in store for the next 10 years?
Just more and more releases. We’re going to go into doing a couple of albums. We’ve got a sub label as well called D M K. Which is a sub-label from Dogmatik but really it’s putting out music that we’ve loved over the years. I mean, Daren and I (one of the partners in Dogmatik) we come from that kind of Chicago/ Detroit techno era so we wanted to showcase all that on a label and we wanted to approach new artists that were emulating that sound or telling their own story that weren’t necessarily from Detroit but were influenced by the Derrick Mays and the Juan Atkins and everyone else, so we’re working on that a little bit more. Next year, D M K, we’ve already had an album on there from Kuba Sojka, and we’ll have a couple more artists lined up. So just really pushing both labels forwards and just touching on a couple of new albums including my own.
So you’re releasing a new album then?
Yeah, it’s about time I did one. I’m going to be working on an album in the next couple of free months and then releasing it on Dogmatik. I’ve probably got a choice to release it elsewhere but I feel it should really come out on there.
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Words by Georgia Evans
Was it all a bad dream? 2016. It was a year we would probably all like to forget and move on from. Decisions were made (pretty bad ones) that would shake the world and divide nations, from Brexit to the US general elections I think we can all agree its been a year that often felt was taken directly from the script of a bad soap opera or worst still, ‘that’ episode of The Simpsons. The ‘curse’ of 2016 didn’t only affect us politically it also hit hard when London’s most prolific nightclub, fabric was forced to close its doors in the early hours of September 7th. The events that would unfold over the months to follow were moving, powerful and heart-warming. Ahead of fabrics re-opening this weekend we look back at how Islington Councils bad decision caused an entire community to come together and unite to prevent the closure of one of the greatest cultural hubs of our generation, and in short save a part of London’s nightlife culture.
On the 6th of September Islington Council and fabric came together to decide on the fate of the London nightclub which was facing having its licence revoked by the Metropolitan Police following the tragic deaths of two young clubbers who had lost their lives in the London venue previously that year. By revoking the fabric’s licence Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police aimed to prevent any further drug related deaths. However as a central part of London’s nightlife culture the closure of fabric posed a huge threat and represented a far bigger issue. Over the past ten years UK nightlight had taken a major hit with clubs across the country hitting an all time decline of 50%, in 2005 there were 3144 clubs last year saw this number plummet to a mere 1733. In London alone popular venues such as Shapes, Cable, Turnmills, Vibe Bar, Plastic People and many more were being forced to close their doors over the past few years. The closure of fabric seemed to be last straw in the flight to keep London’s night culture alive. Prior to the licence being reviewed fabric promoter of eight years Jacob Husley created a petition to save the club, which would then be used to support the case in the 6th of September. Jacob Husley started the petition with a single signature and with the support of the nightlife and arts culture was able to gather 160,664 supporters.
The support came flowing in from all corners of the world with backing from artists, public figures and highly regarded members of the music industry. The review was communicated on a live feed following the review, we all followed this on edge listening to the heart felt and moving speech from fabric director Cameron Leslie, and for a moment there was a glimmer of hope. However as the fateful hour fell upon us at 2:00am on 7th September Islington council ruled that fabric was to close its doors indefinitely. Something inside all of us died a little.
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''We are determined to fight the council’s decision and challenge the way that the police brought this review against us. Without challenge these tactics could close every licensed premises in the country, something needs to change or our night-time economy and culture will continue in this worrying spiral of decline. To achieve this we need your help.'' – fabric
The sudden closure of fabric sparked a wave of unity across London's nightlife community and beyond. Fabric reached out and in a statement later made asked for support in fighting the decision of the council in what would be seen as an appeal taking place in late November. #saveourculture fund was born. The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) #savenightlife campaign also played a huge part in the on-going fight and awareness of how important our night culture was to our community, following the launch of year-long #nightlifematters series aimed at celebrating British club culture. The NTIA’s campaign gives a voice to everyone who is passionate nightlife, for every signature provided an email would be sent directly the local Councillor and MP in their area and in short going straight to the decision maker. To support and coincide with fabrics closure the NTIA put together a short film featuring respected industry professionals such as Andy C, Kate Simko, Artwork, Bill Brewster to talk about fabric and what London’s culture would lose if fabric were to close for good. The film really hit home as to what was at steak if we were to lose the iconic cultural heart of the nightlight community.
The month of October marked a huge month of fundraising to help raise the costs needed. The sheer response to the fundraising campaigns proved further still that this gloomy event had in fact brought people closer together, everyone was willing to reach into their pockets to help create a change. From NTIA's #savenightlife campaign to fabrics very own #saveourculture fund everyone was set on to not only saving the future of fabric but saving our culture and the freedom we all had to express ourselves freely to the music we love. Individuals also began to create their own fundraising schemes to support the cause. One case that stood out to me in particular was 24hr Footwork, whereby Tim Griffiths danced for 24hours non-stop outside the doors of fabric in order to raise money to contribute towards fabric’s legal fees. The response he got from not only the UK but around world was huge and resulted in him beating his target and raising a staggering £2,060 of a £2,000 goal.
“At the heart of this, is a passion for our underground electronic community, which encapsulates everything from the friends we've met, and the memories we hold, to the music and venues we know, love and respect. Don't stand for it! #danceforit” – Tom Griffith
MEOKO also worked hard to unite spirits during this difficult time and managed to set a peaceful protest in place in hope to save and protect nightlife culture. Having attracted a huge response since the beginning of September, it was clear that this was an issue which had affected many and that we where all passionate about. After weeks of preparation the march took place on October 8th. Taking place through the streets of East London and finishing up in London Fields, the march was supported by the NTIA as well as key figures in the music industry. The talks made at the event by key speakers showed that this was a fight nobody was giving up on and that as a community we would continue to come together in unity.
''It’s been touching to see so many people from across the music industry coming together, and we’re so happy to see so many different promoters organising events specifically to raise funds for our campaign.'' – fabric
From fundraising to dancing to crowd funding people everywhere became active in the fabrics on going struggle to raise the required legal fees to fight the closure of the club. During the months to come #saveourculuture fundraisers became a feature on the London party scene, boasting line-ups that took inspiration from fabrics Friday and Saturday programming. Artists such as Darius Syrossian, Bushwacka!, Finnebassen, Levon Vincent, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Rødhåd, Ben Klock, Joy Orbison, Job Jobse, Nicolas Lutz, Scuba, Nina Kraviz, Alan Fitzpatrick, Jamie Jones graced the decks of these events proving that this was a cause close to everyone’s hearts. Not only were these fundraisers put on in London but places as far as Manchester, Oslo and Ibiza threw parties to support the #saveourculture cause. It was no longer a UK issue, it had become global. The #saveourculture fundraisers proved that just because fabrics doors had been closed the music didn’t have to stop, and this time people were dancing for a cause. We were dancing to support the scene and in turn helping to preserve London’s nightlife at home and abroad.
On November 21st fabric confirmed the news that their licence had been won back. A wave of joy and relief washed over us all, as a community we had come together to fight for a change and we had won. The reopening date was confirmed for January 6th with a series of stellar line-ups that featured some of the finest tastemakers in the industry. Fabric had been saved and its events for 2017 proved that its here to stay. We saved fabric.
''We really would not be here today without your unparalleled support and generosity. So many different people stepped up to put their voices to our cause, artists from all corners of the music community, fellow promoters who have put on huge events from us and clubbers from around the world who all united behind us.'' - fabric
Ahead of the re-opening we caught up with fabrics Andy Blackett to talk about fabrics recents journey and whats in store for the club in 2017.
The #saveourculture campaign received an overwhelming response from both industry professionals and music lovers, how do you think this united the community?
The support was overwhelming. At times it was the only source of strength we had to keep us going. Seeing what we meant to people really gave us the energy to keep fighting and seeing the nightlife community pull together for us was humbling to say the least. This really struck a chord with me, I remember thinking at the time ‘London and the UK might be going through a tough time at the moment but if we can stay united like this, it can one make us stronger at a community and things can only better’.
I had an interesting chat with Carl Cox and Norman Jay at the DJ mag awards. They compared the uproar against the decision to revoke our license to what they experienced during the time the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act was introduced, OK, they are very different when broken down but the similarities were there in that fabric was the trigger for young people to unite behind something and say ‘hold up, we aren’t standing for this’.
We really want repay the support the community gave us and will lend advice and support where ever we can if needed.
Is the #saveourculture fund something that you plan to continue running into 2017, and if so what will the fund be used towards?
We closed donations to the fund and released the final transparency statement last year which is here for anyone who missed it. The surplus money’s in a segregated account and we’re currently looking at putting it into a trust or giving it charitable status. It will continue to be used to fund Philip Kolvin QC (who is the country’s top licencing barrister and has just been made Night Time Commissioner) to pursue reform to licencing law which seeks to protect all venues from having legal action taken against them, unless it’s an absolute last resort. This has already been heard in the House of Lords and he’ll continue to champion it this year. It’ll also be used to help with other industry associated causes.
Do you think we can take the re-opening of fabric as comfort that our nightlife culture in London is finally being recognised?
I hope it’s the tipping point moment in the way our industry is viewed, we are massive financial contributors to the nation’s economy, which was £66 billion at the last estimate I believe. Aside from that I feel London has grasped that culture and nightlife on all levels - from museums to theatre to live music venues to nightclubs - all contribute to the soul of the city and is what sets vibrant cities apart from others.
Britain has always had an edge, be that from music, fashion or the arts. We had punk, Northern Soul, Drum and Bass, mods, rockers, rave culture in to club culture and so on. All these generational moments have left there footprint on what our country is about. I hope the future generations have the freedom and opportunity to leave their own footprint on it.
As an organisation in order to come to an agreement with the council you have agreed to stricter rules within the club, how do you think this will affect peoples clubbing experience?
If we get them right the customer won’t notice the difference. It will take us time to get these all 100%, so we hope people will work with us on them. But, all the important elements are still there – the people, music and sound system.
Plus a real positive is that we’ve added a new role of Welfare Officer to the club team. Someone whose sole responsibility is to look out for all our customers’ wellbeing. In addition to this all our staff are undergoing training in collaboration with The Loop to help increase drug awareness and safety.
Ultimately, we’re asking everyone to come with a respect for our new conditions. It’s really important that everyone takes personal responsibility to look after themselves and each other.
I think we can all agree the last few months have been extremely tough, name one thing that’s really stood out for you during this fight?
It’s incredibly difficult to name one thing that has stood out – there’s been so many moments - but having taken some time to think about it it’s very easy to pick one thing and that’s YOU our fans. The support the general public, artists and friendly competitors (as I now call them) has been the only thing that has kept us afloat. Without your support the campaign would never have got off the ground and the pressure on the decision makers would have not had the same weight to get all parties to broker a deal to get us reopen
So we thank you!
As a community how can we continue to support London nightlife to ensure something of this nature doesn’t repeat itself?
We need to engage with local and national issues as a community and industry. We need to lend our support to Amy Lame (London’s new Night Czar) and Philip Kolvin QC (Night Time Commissioner). They have a lot of work to do but if they can get the Council, Police and the industry working together with common goals I believe we will secure and protect the capital’s night life as one of the best in the world again.
How do you think the London clubbing scene has shaped fabric?
Without London’s vibrant scene we wouldn’t have so much fantastic emerging talent to draw from – supporting new artists has always been a huge part of our programming and ethos. And it’s this community who are down here every weekend that shape the vibe and atmosphere of the place - even though we are a larger club we still feel a huge connection to it.
Your doors will re-open in January, what’s in store for fabric in 2017?
We have a few changes happening to the stable of nights we do at the venue, we thought it was time to broaden the range a little. Saturdays will essentially stay the same with our residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis being the corner stones of the night with the quality house and techno DJ we have always brought in.
Fridays will see the biggest change. FABRICLIVE will live consistently on every last Friday of the month but there will still be at least couple a month in total, coming in at about25 a year. It’s still very much the foundation for Fridays and fabric as whole. We’ve heard people saying we are turning our back on D’n’B and other genres, this is far from the case. We’re standing firmly with it so expect to see plenty of DnB, Grime, Dub Step, and the sounds that FABRICLIVE is known for in Farringdon.
The truth of the matter is that running a 52 week a year club you need have variety in your line ups to keep the nights strong and healthy. By condensing FABRICLIVE we are in fact making each night stronger with less talent spreading across the year.
On the remaining Fridays - as well from hosting label parties with some of our long starting artists and partners at the club - we have some exciting new nights instore. One is the ‘Curates’ series we’re launching that with DVS1 on 13th January. This is where fabric invites some of the artists we have immense respect for to curate the whole venue. We’re aiming to roll this out 4-6 times this year.
Further to this we’re bringing in some artists that we just ran out of space for Saturday but more than deserved to play at the club, these nights will allow us to be more diverse we the line ups. A good example of this is Craig’s Nothing Special Label. We can now host it in the right context with his core artist’s dBridge, Calibre and Radioactive Man on a Friday outside of the FABRICLIVE banner.
For full details of fabrics listings and ticket information click HERE
Lineups for January and Feburary 2017
Words & Interview by Mahala Ashley
If you know MEOKO you’ll know we love a flyer, while some parties prefer to take a less is more approach others like to stand out with unique offerings of flyer artwork. As the year comes to a close we’ve selected some of the most artistic and eye catching flyers in celebration of some of the best parties in the capital during 2016.
FABRIC - 20/02/16
PERCOLATE Mind Fundraiser @ Oval Space 07/02/16
tINI AND THE GANG @ Studio 338 - 14/05/16
HOME @ Studio 338 - 29/05/16
ART OF DARK @ Studio 338 - 02/07/16
TOI TOI - 12/08/16
WetYourSelf - 02/10/16
ABSTRAXT @ London Fields Brewery - 14/08/16
TRAPPED LDN @ The Bridge - 28/10/16
CARTULIS 7TH ANNIVERSARY - 19/11/16
OPEN @ Lion & Lamb 12/11/16
ANOMALIA @ The Steel Yard - 25/11/16
Flyers gathered by the MEOKO Team
One of the true masters of the underground, Mr. G’s mesmerizing funk-house sound has become his trademark. After setting up his own label, Phoenix G in 1999, he’s created tracks with a unique blend of soul, techno and heavy basslines- winning over the love of his peers and the public. He’s also gone on to achieve success through his work on labels such as Defected, Duty-Free and Skint/Loaded. A true Philly-soul fan, Mr G has delivered an exclusive mix to celebrate five years of MEOKO, this particular mix is driven by expressive grooves and tantalizing melodies, with basslines like butter. From funk-driven rhythmic dance tunes, to laid-back lush instrumentals- this mix has it all. For those who love the classic 70s vibe, Mr G masterfully blends the sound of disco with a modern attitude. The result is a fresh new sound, and a gift to all who listen; as he names the mix, 'From the Heart'. MEOKO caught up with the G for an intimate chat about all things music.
So how are things Colin, what are you up to man?
Well Thursday is my diggin’ day, so we can’t be taking too long! Every Thursday… Even when I was living in London. I’ve been doing it, I’d say, twenty, twenty plus years?
So you used to live here?
Yeah I lived here for thirty years, but it was always my dream to get back out. I’m a country boy, so I moved back to the country… Middle of nowhere… Quiet… It was the best thing ever, and it shows because the production is much more interesting.
Completely. I’m relaxed… not worried about the neighbours…
And when did you move back? Cos I think the first track of yours I heard was ‘My Sound,’ and that was about four years ago? Did you make that up north?
It’s been nine years since I moved and yeah, definitely… ‘More Warm Than Fuzzy’ on Monique Musique!
(The waiter brings a soy latte for G and me some dried tea in a cup. I look confused whilst G and Ercin reminisce about Junction 2 Festival where they met in the summer.)
Yeah you put that in there (leaves in the pot)
Yeah go on. Go on… the whole lot!
E: So are you playing at any festivals next year that you can say?
I’ll probably do Free Rotation. There’s also a big one in London in June and the Afterhours is at Global Underground. I’m not sure - I’ll let you know when I look at my diary.
E: Because you’re not playing so often at festivals?
I don’t play anywhere so often. I don’t play two times at any one place either.
I like that man. You don’t need to…
Yeah cos otherwise… You know. I’m 55.
Imagine if you were doing that every single weekend?
I’d be bored. I’d really be bored. I don’t wanna be like that. I wanna know that when I come to town, people are like ‘Ah we haven’t seen him in…’
Also it was cool to hear you do something different for your MEOKO mix - I was expecting all Mr. G records, or a live set!
Yeah it’s a good mix you know. It’s interesting. Sometimes a cast is functional, but this one I was like yeah! There was no planning - I pulled a box of rare records out, went through them and kind of thought yeah ‘you, maybe you.’ but the rest was on the spot. So I started with the first two or three.
And just let it go… yeah… that’s cool. Do you like to listen to a lot of podcasts as downtime as well?
Well Friday is my music day so I’ll get up clean the house, walk the dog…
Haha I clean and listen as well!
… I’m not so keen on listening to podcasts though, because for me podcasts have gotta be left, right, centre, you know, upsetting, whatever… I hate when someone does a mix and it’s just like that (flatline) - because you as a person don’t shine. You know more about me just by my podcast. People are like ‘Oh, wow, he likes that!’ that’s the fun of a podcast, but most people don’t use it as that.
I was surprised actually, like I said, I thought it would be all your own records, like housey, but then it was like…
But house is like this big (small). I like indie, rock, funk, blues, reggae, classical - it’s just music. I grew up where you could go to a club and the guy would play… (everything) Whereas now everybody wants to play like THAT (house). It’s true - Nobody takes any risks anymore.
Yes, that’s the nature of it.
Well if you take a risk and it doesn’t work, the promoter will be like ‘Well I’m not booking you again’ and he tells everybody else.
E: And when you go to play is it two hours? Five hours? What do you prefer?
Listen I play live, one hour. If I’m happy, and there are a few places around the world - I think I played Bogata, I did two hours… Japan two hours. There are places where if you’re relaxed and free to do as you please, if it’s someone I like, or someone who says just play… I just do my thing. If after an hour, I’m not happy? Thats it. But if I’m relaxed? I just play. But I don’t like to be told. You either let me play or not.
And when you are in the studio, are you playing like in your live set? I can envisage you playing at home like you do on stage!
Yeah the same! And I’m dancing - and if I don’t dance (at some point), the track doesn’t get released. Never. No dancing, no release.
Haha brilliant. And you started it all with the MPC right?
Yeah I just had an MPC. I spent years… two years in a dark room… I almost went mad. Yeah. You know you make something today, you go tomorrow, turn it on, nothing. You didn’t save it properly so you learn, okay, this is how you save, then you go away and a week later the same thing happens, or you catch your foot in the cable. You’re making the most amazing track and as your walking out the room you take the plug out and its gone.
E to me: Are you ready to face that pain?
… I am facing the pain haha
… I’m not sure yet.
Hmm I find the whole thing a bit difficult. Music making is hard, but the actual creative process is even more difficult. There is no path you know, you gotta find your own way and get better at it, get shit, get better, then I listen to someone I love and I go ‘fuck I’m so far away’ haha
But you’re slightly deaf already you know. You listen to too louder music
Yeah I have tinnitus already
Yeah I can hear because your tone is like slightly higher. It’s fascinating. Straight away.
You can tell that I’m deaf because my tone is higher?
And because you speak louder. Because you don’t hear it so well, you speak louder. I’m the other way. I like to whisper. I want you to listen to me. If you have clear ears and I speak slowly and clearly, you’ll take more notice. Try and work the other way. I don’t work loud, at all. I work the whole day, so quiet, it’s stupid. Like I’m trying to make a bass … out of no volume, because if you can make anything, if you can hear it low, when you expand it, it’s gonna be amazing. Whereas everybody that makes it loud…
I had tinnitus in 2000. And I had it really bad - and I read some articles at the time and all of them said you can come back from it, you can retrain yourself.
… And how is that going?
I don’t have tinnitus now, I haven’t had tinnitus for five years. Even now if I go in a big club with a big system, I don’t wear earplugs… you just make sure the monitors are never directly there (in front of your ears). So mine are always going directly behind me… It’s just learning your craft. The more you know about it, the more you protect yourself.
And what about your routine? Like you said you have Thursdays for diggin', Fridays for listening, are you quite strict with studio time? Do you make tunes on specific days?
Yes, if you work from home in this industry, you have to have routine. The minute I started to get up early, exercise, walk the dog, have my porridge, in the studio by ten thirty, work straight until six, it started to work. It’s like a job. Also though I know that some days I’ll go in and I’ll think … No, there’s nothing here today. But I don’t waste time trying to find a solution - I might listen to some music, I might play a game, I might go for a walk… Because you need sometimes that gap. A quiet period, so that you’re hungry - it’s like a game, if you’ve ever played a game that you love every night - you leave it for a week and when you come back you think ‘OMG this game is better than ever!’ It’s like that in the studio. Sometimes you take some time out, then start again, get a new patch of samples, you make some new sounds and you’re like ‘Oh man, I’m in love with you again baby ooooh (rubbing hands together) here we go!’
Yeah that’s cool. It keeps your quality high as well - especially if you are always keeping things new.
Exactly. And if I don’t feel it, why would I release it? I don’t release for you remember? I mean if you’re making music for other people, you’re in the wrong place. I got here today, not because I conform to nobody. I had this blinkered vision of myself… When I started, people used to come on stage and say ‘Yeah it was a nice show man, but it wasn’t continuous’ and I used to be really upset and go back home and think ‘Well I don’t want it to be continuous. I don’t wanna be like everyone else where you press play and it’s like this. I want it like - this is one track - this is another sound, I wanna go disco… deep, techno… soulful. But yeah, as the time went on, people understood that this is the only way he does it.
Yeah, and they accept you, and that was for me the most important thing of my learning in this industry. Stick to your thing. I’m not following anybody. I listen to it all, I listen to everybody. There’s people I love. There’s surely sounds I’d love to copy, but that’s them. And like all the articles I read when I was younger, all the greats they worked. All I wanted was to make music and release records. Its just steely determination. You have to believe in yourself - and trust me, there’s times when even me gets insecure.
Listen MR. G MEOKO Podcast
Thanks very much man, I hope you enjoy your diggin’ day and have a wicked Christmas.
Interview by Marlon / Ercin
More Mr. G or http://www.mr-g.org.uk/
Still stuck trying to figure out where to go for New Years? Well, don’t you worry! Let the MEOKO Guru guide you through all the best parties going on in London, the rest of the UK and around Europe…
Half Baked- NYE w/ Motor City Drum Ensemble, Tuckshop & Slothboogie @ Scala Kings Cross
Motor City Drum Ensemble are descending on Scala at Kings Cross to play an extended set leading into 2017. He’ll combine genres and lift the roof while Tuckshop takes over the next room. And don’t forget to check out SlothBoogie and Dirty Laundry while you’re there.
Time: 21:00 -6:00
Tickets: Starting at £25
Get your ticket here.
Half Baked- NYE 2016 w/ Sonja Moonear & Greg Brockmann @ Number 90
Half Baked will be taking over Number 90 Bar & Kitchen for a musical extravaganza. On the 31st, Sonja Moonear will be performing an extended set for her first appearance with the record company. She’ll be beckoning in 2017 with Greg Brockmann.
Time: 22:00- 6:00
Tickets: Starting at £25
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Part 2 / Half Baked NYD Special 2017@ Number 90
A day-long after party featuring Seuil, Martinez, Le Loup, Robin Ordell, Greg Brockmann, Sam Bangura, Harry McCanna and Dandeloo.
Time: 10:00 -23:00
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Eastern Electrics NYEE @ Studio Spaces
Eastern Electrics are heading over to Wapping’s Studio Spaces for NYEE. They’ve teamed up with Do Not Sleep to bring you two rooms of incredible music from the likes of, Richy Ahmed, Josh Butler, Lee Walker, Darius Syrossian and Nathan Barato.
Time: 21:00 -6:00
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New Year’s Eve with Horse Meat Disco @ The Nest
If you’re searching for some punk-funk, house, deep disco and rare oddities, look no further than Horse Meat Disco’s 2017 party. Bringing their own feel-good vibes, they’ll be bringing some heat to the cold streets of Vauxhall with some very special guests.
Time: 22:00- 5:00
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Mulletover New Year’s Day @The Brewhouse
A ‘brunch’ celebration, curated by Geddes is a daytime party focusing on music and vibes. There’s Bloody Mary’s on arrival and a soundtrack provided by Craig Richards, Geddes, Voigtmann to name a few whereas Social Joy hosts the Room2. This diverse selection of sounds in one of East London’s most interesting location is definitely a good way to start off 2017.
Time: 8:00 -22:00
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Art of Dark - New Year’s Day 2017 (Part 1/Day) @ Oval Space & Art of Dark - New Year’s Day 2017 (Part 2/Night) @ The Bridge
Art of Dark will be taking over the Oval Space on New Year’s Day with Ben UFO, Treatment (Onur Ozer b2b Binh), Andrew James Gustav and Colin Chiddle. Then there’s Part 2, at The Bridge. Featuring Nicolas Lutz b2b with special guest b2b with another special guest, this is not to be missed.
Time: Part 1- 10:00 -22:00. Part2- 22:00 -12:00
Tickets: Part 1- £20. Part 2- £20
Get your day ticket here and night-time here.
FUSE NYD Rave Part 1/Day @ Village Underground & FUSE NYD Rave Part 2/Night @ the Mangle Warehouse
Fuse will be having a massive two-part NYD rave at Village Underground in the day before moving to Mangle Warehouse for the night. Day-time celebrations will see Enzo Siragusa, Fabe and OdD taking to the decks alongside special guests Maayan Nidam and Djebali. Part 2 at Mangle Warehouse will see chief resident Enzo Siragusa playing live again, with Seb Zito, Rich NxT, Dan Farserelli and Ittetsu joining him for what promises to be an incredible celebration.
Time: Part 1- 13:00 -0:00. Part 2- 23:30 -6:00
Tickets: Part 1- Guest list only. Part 2- £20
Register here for Part 1. Part 2 tickets here.
Secretsundaze NYE 2016 @ Junk, Southampton
The infamous Secretsundaze party posse will be taking over Junk in Southampton. Co-curators Giles Smith and James Priestley will be joined by Luca Pilato and Jordan McKinlay. Not to be missed.
Time: 22:30 -7:00
Tickets: On sale soon.
Get your ticket here.
Nightvision Hogmanay - Jackmaster, Alan Fitzpatrick + more @ The Liquid Room, Edinburgh
Alan Fitzpatrick Jackmaster Butch Boxia and more TBA…need we say more?
Time: 21:00 -5:00
Get your tickets here.
Alfresco Disco presents 'Bounce' (NYE) @ Secret location, Bristol
The 6th NYE party on the bounce, these notorious secret parties are unmissable. Two spaces will be perfectly curated with a host of visuals, great music and other twists and turns. It promises to be spectacular.
Time: 22:00 -5:00
Tickets: Keep up-to-date on their Facebook page.
IN: Motion Presents NYD @ Motion, Bristol
Bristol’s IN: Motion NYD extravaganza- Tale of Us, Ben Klock and Jackmaster all feature on their stellar line up. They’ll be joined by KiNK, Steffi, Nastia, Jeremy Underground and many, many more. Rounding off the IN: Motion series, this night is guaranteed to be their biggest and most diverse New Years to date. It’ll take place in Motion’s two main warehouses with eclectic, intense and incendiary music all night long.
Time: 16:00 -6:00
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Canal Mills NYD: Modeselektor, The Black Madonna + more @ Canal Mills, Leeds
This massive lineup includes Modeselektor, The Black Madonna, Floating Points, and Motor City Drum Ensemble. A massive event with massive artists. What more could you want?
Time: 20:00 -5:00
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The Depot NYD Rave 2017 w/ DVS1 Blawan Slam Bella Sarris Ivan Kutz & Niz @ 33 Scotland Street, Glasgow
DVS1, Blawan, Slam, Bella Sarris, Ivan Kutz and NIZ all usher in the New Year, for what promises to be an explosive partyin an improved heated warehouse.
Time: 15:00 -3:00
Get your tickets here.
Percolate: New Year's Day w/ Floating Points, Mall Grab @ Hidden, Manchester
The legendary Floating Points will be bringing his own unique sound alongside Mall Grab, Hidden Spheres, and Krywald & Farrer for a night of incredible music in support of Mind Charity.
Time: 20:00 -4:00
Get your tickets here.
The Rainbow Venues New Year’s Day @The Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
A massive New Year’s Day celebration which will see Hot Since 82, Ben Klock, Jasper James, Alan Fitzpatrick and many more take to the decks to start off 2017 with a bang. Why not check it out?
Time: 16:00 -4:00
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Libertine & Melliflow NYE @ Holzmarktstrasse 15-18, Berlin, Germany
Vera, Alexandra, A Special Guest, DJ Masda, Spacetravel and many more take over for an evening of incredible music to help welcome the New Year in style.
Time: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 - Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:59 - 06:00 UTC+01
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Alandana NYE 2017 V.03 @ 9822 Mallnitz, Austria
The spectacular event is for only 200 lucky people gathering together to dance under the stars, surrounded by the mountains. Day time and night time parties with apes-ski, music and new memories. Gescu, Herodot, Suciu, and Cap to name a few to blow your mind.
Time: 28th Dec 12:00 -3rd Jan 12:00 UTC+02
Tickets: Varies on package and number of people.
Download registration form here.
Chiwax NYE 2016 @ Panams Club, Barcelona, Spain
Db, Creaductions, Underline present Chiwax NYE 16! For a night based exclusively on the love for vinyl with a super line up featuring, Andrè Galluzzi, Argy, Dana Ruh, Robert Drewek and The Analogue Cops.
Time: 23:00 -7:00 UTC+01
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Fuse presents: New Year's Eve @ Fuse, Brussels, Belgium
Ryan Elliott, Regal, Cleric, Hito and Janina. An incredible lineup in an incredible location. Grab your ticket while you can.
Time: 22:00 -9:00
Get your tickets here.
NYE in Eden @ Club EDEN Bucharest, Romania
A two-day celebration in Romania’s capital. Expect some big tunes, and a big party. Lineup TBA.
Time: 31st Dec- 2nd Jan
Tickets: Keep up to date on their Facebook page.
GH NYE 2017 @ Club Guesthouse, Bucharest, Romania
Another two-day celebration in Bucharest, Topper, Priku, Vlad Caia, Herodot, Suciu and Cap make up the brilliant lineup. Get ready to start 2017 with a bang.
Time: 31st Dec- 2nd Jan
Contact the Facebook page for more ticket info.
Distrikt Paris: 1 Year Birthday W/ HardWorkSoftDrink & Friends @ Distrikt Paris, France
Cedric Dekowski & Felix Reifenberg, Marc Milner, You Shtak! Will gather together for a unique night in France’s capital city. Celebrating the first birthday of Distrikt, it’s going to be a good one.
Time: 22:00 –9:00 UTC+01
Tickets: 20, 99 €
Get your ticket here.
Concrete: Neel x Jane Fitz x Freddy K x Anetha b2b AWB and more @ Concrete, Paris, France
An impressive lineup will descend on Paris’s Concrete. Expect to see Neel, Jane Fitz, Freddy K, Anetha b2b AWB and Abby Syna. Why not?
Time: 22:00 -14:00 UTC+01
Tickets: 25€ on the door.
Find out more here.
Reaktor New Year Nights @ Warehouse Elementenstraat, Amsterdam, Holland
Reaktor returns with two massive warehouse parties. British Murder Boys live (Surgeon & Regis), Kobosil, Luke Slater to name a few…
Time: 30 Dec 23:00 -1st Jan 6:00 UTC+01
Tickets: From 36€
Get your tickets here.
Privat Odyssey X / Capodanno @ DUDE CLUB Milan, Italy
Samuel Kerridge, Kr!z, and Sadar Bahar lead the pack for this monumental celebration in Italy.
Time: 23:59 -6:00 UTC+01
Get your tickets here.
HYTE Berlin NYE 2016 @ Arena Berlin, Germany
This is a big one. Carl Cox, Chris Liebing, Loco Dice x Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin, Monika Kruse and so many more. Not many tickets left for this one so act fast to avoid disappointment.
Time: 18:00 -14:00 UTC+01
Get your tickets here.
Silvester @ Berghain, Berlin, Germany
Ben Klock, DVS1, Etapp Kyle, Efdemin, Chris Cruse, Discodromo, Barker in Berghain. Enough said.
Time: 1:00 -23:59
Tickets: 36€ on the door
Get more info here.
Shelter NYD; Roman Flügel, Daniel Avery, Ferro @ Shelter, Amsterdam, Holland
Shelter are starting off the New Year with one hell of a party, expect to see Roman Flügel, Daniel Avery and Ferro.
Time: 23:00 -8:00 UTC+01
Get your tickets here.
Elrow Barcelona - Año Nuevo @ elrow Catalonia
Seth Troxler, Joris Voorn,Cuartero, Marco Faraone, Max Chapman,De La Swing and many, many more gather together for the Spanish super-party.
Time: 1st Jan 9:00 - 2nd Jan 22:00
Tickets: Sold out. Look on Ticketswap and other official re-sellers.
Awakenings New Years Day Special @ Gashouder, Amsterdam, Holland
The last of Awakenings three-day specials. This one will see Amelie Lens, Sam Paganini, Len Faki (OFFICIAL), Chris Liebing, Dasha Rush (live) and Randomer all taking to the stage. Mindblowing start to 2017.
Time: 20:00 -6:00 UTC+01
Tickets: € 49.50
Get your tickets here.
And there you have it- a weekend of unbelievable parties, amazing talents and inspiring locations. From all of us here at Meoko, Happy New Year!
MEOKO is offering you and a friend the opportunity to win tickets to Cosmo Festival in the beautiful city of Rome! Returning for it’s second year, this epic New Years Eve celebration stretches across two days, four venues (all within walking distance) and will accommodate over 10,000 people.
The incredibly talented Âme has been confirmed and will be performing live, alongside the amazing Chris Liebing, super-producer Ilario Alicante and the universally- popular Joseph Capriati.
Joining them is the HYTE regular Loco Dice while Nina Kraviz will be fuelling the party with her iconic acid-tinged soundscapes together with internationally famed dynamic duo Pan-Pot.
Then there’s Monoloc, who’s just released a phenomenal second album, owner of Musical Metaphor Luca Ballerini, and the dream-like Avalon Emerson rounding off this stellar line-up.
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We would like to take the time to thank organisers, and if you’d like to find out some more about the event, including locations and time, check out Cosmo Festival’s Facebook page. Good luck!
The Under The MEOKO Microscope series is back with a bang, as we call upon Mannheim based, producer of the moment, Fabe. Already in a short space of time he has won the hearts of many across the globe, with his warm charming grooves and swinging basslines. Tirelessly working in the studio on his tight productions, and creating a personal feel to his Dj sets, he has landed himself some huge releases so far. Sukhumvit Records, La Pena and Valioso Recordings are just a handful of presitigious labels on his discography. Whether creating his own records, or stepping up for a remix, it is obvious Fabe is in town with his huge sound.
Along side all of this, the young German producer has created a special platform for his own sound and it goes by the name of 'Salty Nuts'. An imprint representing his character and an opportunity to express music in his specific manner. Definitely recommend checking out the handful of high quality releases so far on the label, from himself, and friends David Nicolas, and Toby T. Recent months have also seen the launch of another fantastic project called 'Ho Do Ri' the killer combination of Fabe and Sukhumvit Records man Ben Balance. Judging by the first release it is looking promising for the duo. 'Another Groove Era'.
Earlier this year was the release of his highly anticipated 'Square Town EP' on Fuse Londons sister label, Infuse. Lead track 'Kim on Gin' has been rumbled through systems all over with support from many high calibre artists such as Dan Andrei and the wizard Ricardo Villalobos. Adding to the success of the release he has also joined the Fuse crew for their labels 5th birthday party at Studio 338 earlier in the year, and was part of their huge 'Fuse 8' tour, as he set the vibe in Berlin's famous, Hoppetosse. So it is nothing but fitting that he is making his Village Underground debut this coming New Years day, with Enzo Siragusa, Djebali,Maayan Nidam and the OdD boys. One not to be missed.
Come and join us as we take a look at Fabe under the MEOKO microscope.
Hi Mate, First of all thank you for time. Very excited about this. How long have you been working with music? And what would you say your main influences/inspirations have been over the years?
Hey Zac, nice to meet you and thanks for having me for this feature :)
To be honest i wasn`t really musical at school but i got in contact with music quite early. I was packed by the hip hop culture from the age of 13 in the early 2000`s and that was also the time when i bought my first sampler. It was an Korg Electribe S. I used to rap at this time and i wasn`t really into producing but to be a real hip hop artist it was important to get in touch with all Elements of Hip Hop.
90`s rap music is still a huge influence for me and i think the music that I`m doing currently is not far away from it. House like i`m doing it, is maybe more Hip Hop than the rap music from today, So there is no big difference to me in what i`m musically interested now, as what I was in to in the past.
Growing up in Mannheim, Germany, how would you say this directed your musical tastes? for example record shops, or clubs?
Mannheim gives me probably the most input for my ideas and of course it influenced my musical taste from the day i got in touch with house and techno. As i already told you i came from another background and as i felt in love going out for techno parties i started to study the Mannheim Music scene & history.
As Labels like Oslo, cecille and 8bit started to get big they got asked in an old groove magazine interview… What is the mannheim sound about? and they answered it isn`t really something new. We don`t do something that didn't really exist before.
But to me Mannheim sound was always characteristical for simple, but most groovy and highest quality house music. Now, with all the inspiration I received in the point of djing and producing from Mannheim artists such as Nekes & Federico Molinari , me and my friends will now bring the sound of this city to the next level.
You have your own label 'Salty Nuts', what made you start your own label? and we also love the name, what made you choose 'Salty Nuts'?
In late 2015 and during 2016 i had such a big output with productions and it was important to generate a platform where i can release what i want when ever i want. The music and the concept behind Salty Nuts is similar to my person, It`s about being spontaneous and not working to much on details. Sometimes a simple idea tells the story immediately. But don`t get me wrong i`m very perfectionistic when it comes to the mix of a track. Groove is always depending on quality but often there isn`t so much input needed. And that`s what Salty Nuts is about it`s about the spontaneous perfect loop pressed on vinyl.
Also the name was an idea off the top of my head… I love watching series and hanging in front of the TV with a cup of salted nuts as well as i love fitness… And as you know nuts are a huge protein source to gain muscles. That`s where the name comes from.
Teaming up with Ben Balance as 'Ho Do Ri' seems very exciting. How did this start? Anything else lined up in the near future with the two of you?
Yes, our Ep on Infuse just came out and we will continuously release on our own label Ho Do Ri. 002 and 003 are already on their way just as we are working on an EP for Mariano Mateljans new label u.dig.
Congratulations for your huge release on Infuse earlier this year. Seems you are working closely with the Fuse guys, what triggered this off? How did you meet?
Thank you. Yes, I`m really glad we came together. Ben knows Archie already for a couple of years and he was also the first I met from the crew. I guess it was at Sonus Festival two years ago when I met the whole crew in person.
Releasing on infuse and fuse this year was definitely bringing me a step further into the game, and after hanging a couple of times and playing together we quickly recognized that we have the same Attitude about techno, raves and stuff…
As i played with Rossko the first time back 2 back at the 5 Years Fuse afterparty in London he said to me and my Mannheim friends…“we have to expect that we share the same frequency“ and that`s why i also think it`s natural that we stay together and keep working together.
Are you excited to make your Village Underground, London debut New Years Day?
Oh yes of course. I can`t wait for it. I`ve never been there but i've only heard many good things about it. Especially about the Fuse Party at NYD. It`s a pleasure for me to do my debut on such a great date and I just started preparing myself for it.
FUSE NYD Rave Part 1/Day at Village Underground
We are so excited for your forthcoming release on La Pena, how does it feel to have a double EP on the way on this unique label? What were the ideas behind it?
Yes, the first idea was to make a double Ep. Einzelkind and I were not able to decide which tracks are best to take for the EP so we thought to do two parts of it. But now we decided to bring a 4 track Ep and another 10 inch record a couple of month later on the new sub label La Peña shots.
It means a lot to me that Arno believes a lot in me and my music, and La Peña feels already like a perfect home for my sound. The label was always flexible, releasing quality music but not only one kind of it. Always a bit different but also familiar sounding house and techno grooves. A label for timeless music i would say.
The „Life Is Audio“ EP is maybe that one I`m the most proud of. I can`t wait to have the finished record in my hands. It`s my most musical record and it`s also the only one with a real concept behind it. It tells the story from the past year and reflects my person perfectly in a musical way. Every track has it`s own picture and that`s why it makes for my most emotional record. All tracks are connected with intro, interludes and outro parts which I made out of recordings of my environment, mixed with electronical designed sounds out of my elektron machines. The idea was that you can listen both sides without any break in one run to get a kind of Album listening experience.
You clearly spend alot of time in the studio. Would you like to talk us through your studio, and your favourite equipment when making some magic?
Of course this is the part i always like to talk about most. :) two years ago i discovered elektron as the company that really impressed me with their gear. I used to buy an elektron rytm that almost changed everything in my productions. You can use it as a classic sampler, analog drum machine and synthesizer with amazing effect and amplifier options. It`s a high learn curve but when you study this machine you can do amazing things with it. You can do whole tracks with it. Mix and compress it just with this one machine. My Ando Ep on Sukhumvit records was almost just only produced with this one box.
I`m also a gear lover but this showed me that it`s often more important to understand and know how to use one machine before buying the next one and the next one. It often seems like people have a lot of gear in their studio but they are using everything randomly without understanding how they really work. But for me it`s important to understand what`s happening. I guess this is also important to generate your very own unique style.
After i felt in love with the elektron rytm i also bought an elektron four which is the main synth of elektron. It`s working also in the same sequencer way as the electron rytm. The sequencer of the elektron machines delivers countless possibilities to generate your very own patterns.
In addition i use some bass machines, synths, a 16 channel mixer where all my gear runs through and recently also some eurorack modules, and then Ableton for recording and arranging. I always change or add something to my setup when i`m on the way to get bored of something. This should never happen.
I don`t want to reveal everything but maybe check some of my Instagram video clips to get to know what`s happening in my studio ;-)
On the DJ side of things, have you had any particular highlights or clubs that you enjoyed the most when playing? But also who are your favourite artists to see play?
I don`t know which club or party i enjoyed most. I love playing and raving with my best friends a lot.
Parker Lewis is my favorite Club and it`s always most fun when we all come together at our secrete private spot in Mannheim after the club gets closed in the morning. We always share incredible moments with the guest DJs there and everybody gets the best picture of what the Mannheim scene is about.
Ricardo Villalobos & Praslesh are always inspiring me a lot with there sets. It`s always a different and new experience listening to them. My friends Sedee who brought me in touch with the classical way of djing with vinyl and CD are still inspiring me a lot and they were the main influence while generating my way to mix in the past years.
Thank you so much for creating the mix for us. Serious grooves. What is your aim when creating something for a mix series? and the ideas behind it?
You are welcome. Thank you for thinking about me.
I don`t have a special aim when i record a mix it just has to transport the mood and feeling i`m just with. This can go in different directions but if there is something significant it´s maybe that i choose tracks with similar styled house grooves that make you dance even when it`s just a podcast to listen to. I never move that far away from the dance floor.
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Last of all, do you have any exciting more exciting news you would like to share with everyone? Dates, releases, collaborations etc?
A lot special releases will come in 2017 and some other very cool projects are in progress. You will get to know everything at the right time…
Again thank you so much for your time.
Words by Zac
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Over the past few years vinyl artwork has become a commodity in its own right, with labels paying as much attention to the artwork as to they do the release it represents. As the year comes to an end we took a look back at some of the most interesting vinyl artwork from the past few months, as well as some forthcoming releases that look and sound oh so good. MEOKO brings you Art of Sound.
BOSKE - DE VORBA CU EA EP ON SENZORIAL RECORDS
Artwork by - Andrada Laza
DFX - RELAX YOUR BODY EP ON AUTUM RECORDS
Artwork by - Luca Zamoc
DUBFLUSS & PHATOOL - DUBTOOL EP ON HUND RECORDS
Artwork by - Michael Bassō
NEKTAR AGU - RAINY DAYS EP ON DELIGHT
Artwork by - Nicolas Whelan
ATLANTIK - SNÖ EP ON FEINES TIER
FLORIAN MEFFERT - DECENT EP FORTHCOMING ON TUPIAR RECORDS
Artwork by - Anita Frâncu
POINT G - PG9 ON POINT G.
Artwork by - TOMORI
V/A - QUATTROPORTE ON NERVMUSIC RECORDS
Artwork by - Igor Skaletsky
Listen - HERE
CABANNE - DISCOPATHY EP ON MINIBAR MUSIC
Artwork by - Flor Iñigo-Cabanne
RUDOLF - JOIN THE ARMY WITH ME EP ON NERVMUSIC RECORDS
Artwork by - Stas Zykov
OLVAP - KARLOFF EP ON SOBRIQUET RECORDS
Artwork by - Niels de Groot
VARIOUS ARTISTS - FRESH JUICE PT. 3 FORTHCOMING ON BAILE MUSIK
GIAMMARCO ORSINI - EXPERIENTAL LEARNING PART 2 ON HEKO RECORDS
Artwork by - HEKO Collective
DUKY - ANUNNAKI ON ACT NATURAL RECORDS
Artwork by - Timothy Shaw
ALEX & DIGBY - BLACK / MINK EP ON HELLO ? REPEAT
Artwork by - Super Quiet
DIEGO KRAUSE & IDEALIST - ALTITUDE EP ON BERG AUDIO
Artwork by - Juli Jah
MIKHAIL KOBZAR - PUNE POEMI EP ON KRAD RECORDS
Artwork by - Hernan Bass
LUMIEUX - ALBA ELECTRONICA EP FORTHCOMING ON WHY SO SERIES
Artwork by - Andrei Ion
DENIS KAZNACHEEV - MY OWN GARDEN EP ON AMANIEL
Artwork by - Abu Abraira
DJ HONESTY - BOM DIA EP ON QUALITY VIBE RECORDS
Artwork by - Chelso
INCOLOR - STACCATO ON PALAVRE RECORDS
Artwork by - Florin Cretulescu
Words and selection by Mahala Ashley
Marking their second release on Hungarian imprint Nilla, Italian duo Giovanni Verrina and Germano Ventura (Howl Ensemble) return with Rave To the Slythm EP. Since their first release on the label in 2012 with Alma Mater EP, Howl Ensemble have been busy at work with solid releases on notable labels such as All Inn, Nervmusic, The Untold Story, Infuse, 0300f, Kina Music and own label HOWL. Now in 2016 Howl Ensemble return to Nilla marking the 10th offering from the label who have released music from respected artists such as Nastia, Roustam and Roger Gerressen. The sub label of All Inn Records, Nilla has continued to push both new talent and well-known names by creating an outlet which aims to serve the cravings of everyone from the DJ to the record collector to the audience. Howl Ensemble stays true to this in the form of a release which is upbeat and raw with an added touch of class.
Rave To The Slythm carries Howl Ensembles signature stamp with tracks such as Rave which deliver base driven beats paired with underlying vocal samples. Slythm and Rhythm continue this trend with added ambient melody paired with unique house groove. Slave completes the EP with warped vocals which oose over a stripped back base line. As a whole the release communicates Howl Ensembles ability to stay true to the respected sound they have developed over the years, which will without a doubt will make you want to get up and dance. Or should I say rave?
Howl Ensemble - Rave To The Slythm will be released on 12th December. Available for pre-sale HERE
Words Mahala Ashley
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Vinyl Speed Adjust are at the forefront of Romania’s burgeoning music scene. The duo, real names Eddy and Levii, have produced their own unique vision and through their dedication to the art form they love, they have quickly become the ones to watch. As a MEOKO exclusive, the pair have created an hour-long mix of percussive, dynamic and innovative house that will take you to another world.
The duo boasts an eclectic musical background, with hip-hop, dubstep and breakbeat influences. However, it was their discovery of Bucharest’s underground sound, and most notably, the legendary venue Studio Martin, which ignited their passion for producing music. In 2011, they became Vinyl Speed Adjust and began to meticulously work on crafting their own revolutionary sound to stand out in Romania’s thriving music scene.
Over the years, they’ve evolved and become renowned in the minimal house scene for being self-proclaimed vinyl aficionados, the duo’s dedication to creating high-quality underground music has seen them work with some of the most impressive record labels across the globe.
Their back catalogue includes collaborations with legendary labels where they’ve released some truly impressive pieces of music, such as the ‘Carpe Diem EP’ with Visionquest and Drumma Records’ ‘The Awakening EP’ which saw them collaborating with one of the industries’ key figureheads Valentino Kanzyani. Having previously released with Colours in Music and Jesus Loved You, and drawing in support from the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Rhadoo, Raresh, Praslea and Sascha Dive- the future is looking very promising for these two.
The duo have also reached further success through their two blossoming record labels, the Crystal Structures imprint has more of a focus on the old-school quality artists featuring releases from Thor, C-Rock, Dubstar, and Aubrey. While self-titled VSA Records has a more forward-thinking attitude and features a whole schedule of exciting new releases. Their first, “On My Way EP” is an uplifting experiment with a new era of artists.
Through years of hard work, a consistent work ethic and drive to keep producing pieces of music are progressive and new, Vinyl Speed Adjust have proven themselves to be one of the most exciting and illustrious figures in Romania’s music scene. Without a doubt, they will continue to create exciting, new, innovative mixes, just like the one they have kindly given as an exclusive to the readers of MEOKO. As they say, let the music do the talking.
Words by Georgia Evans
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The brainchild of Julien Sandre and Italian duo Konstress Blind Box is a fresh new vinyl-only label where quality music remains top priority. The label has been received well within the underground music scene with past Blind Box releases receiving support from heavyweights such as Raresh and Praslesh. We caught up with the label to talk about the journey so far and whats in store for the future.
Blind Box seems to be a perfect hybrid of both your sounds. how did this partnership come about and the motivation to start the label?
When we decided to create our own record label, back in 2014, we equally had a strong desire to express our vision of the dance music, with no restrictions coming from the stereotypes, the timing or the complex mechanisms involved in the music business. Thanks to our friendship and above all to the professional respect we have for each other, it wasn't difficult to find ourselves on the same page, creating a sound which truly reflects our common grounds.
What’s the story behind the name Blind Box?
You can expect everything from Blind Box. We want to feel free to spread every single shade of our musical history, no matter what the business says. Obviously we have our own credo, but we love to manipulate it as much as we can to surprise our supporters and, most of the times, ourselves too. It's like receiving a gift in a closed box: you don't know what's in there, but you know you will like it.
You’re a fairly young label, having founded Blind Box in 2015 what has been the best part of the journey so far?
We really hope that the best is yet to come and maybe everyone has his own highlight, but probably the best part of this journey has been the first release. Putting your hands on the vinyl or finding out Raresh played it when no one knew the label was truly exciting!
What made you decide to create a label that purely releases on vinyl as apposed to digital?
We play vinyl, we collect vinyl and we see vinyl as the most iconic piece in the DJing history. It was obvious then trying to get into this world, which sets a higher quality level compared to the chaotic digital business. We started this journey to leave our mark, not minding the returns.
Your recent release Blind Box 004 by Lopaski feat. remix by SIT has been played by the likes of Praslesh, how does if feel to have the label be shown such support within the underground music scene?
Raresh has been our very first supporter. He played 'Just me' from the Blind Box 001 when the record wasn't released yet, and nowdays the whole Arpiar crew among many other djs, from Kerri Chandler to the Fuse guys, are supporting every release making ourselves really proud of this hard but surely exciting work.
Do you have a particular process when it comes selecting artists for the label, how do you select new music?
We have no fixed process, we just share our likes trying to select the artist we would love to have on board. Sometimes it takes a while to choose the right tracks for the release, but as there are 3 of us, this helps us opening our minds towards the different directions we follow in that particular period.
Konstress you have recently released your second instalment on the label how has that been received?
After the excellent response to the pizza record, the second EP, set to be released early January, confirms a good hype about this project, being played by many DJ/friends from the underground scene. Our own namesake record label has been conceived with the only purpose of releasing what can be seen as the result of a journey started almost ten years ago. No rules, just music coming from the most varied nuances of our background as on ode to what means the most to us: our roots.
How do you guys manage yourselves between the label and your personal projects?
Spending time to define a release is the best part of the process. It takes weeks, months but doesn't affect your personal projects: actually planning Blind Box helps us to find new incentives for our own works and gives us the chance to stay constantly in touch, as Julien lives in a different country.
Other than focusing on the label what are you all working on at the moment?
J: At the moment I'm working on a different project, tangentially micro-house oriented as also my productions as Julien Sandre are moving towards that direction, finding support from people like Zip, Raresh or Sonja Moonear among others.
K: We are currently working on the third release of our own label and also focusing on some collaborations which allow us to explore new musical paths as satisfactorily happened with Julien. But what keeps us really busy is the constant and obsessive research of new vinyl’s to add to our collection, clearly reflecting and affecting our production outputs.
Julien you recently played at Watergate for the first time how was this and did you play any Blind Box releases?
I will play at Watergate on the fourth of January and I just can't wait. It will be my first time in Berlin and I'm truly excited to be playing in a legendary club in the most iconic city when it comes to electronic music. Blind Box is surely helping me a lot to reach different people and I will definitely be playing the latest releases as I usually do during my DJ-sets, as we simply release music we love and we like to play.
Where do you see the label in five years time?
We really hope to keep this high quality standard, setting Blind Box as a key figure in the underground scene. We want to keep working with the artists we admire also introducing new label formats.
What do you think sets you apart from other labels out there at the moment?
We started this project to simply release the music we feel. The combination between strong grooves, heavy bass lines and our distinctive deep touch has come naturally and is making Blind Box a fresh and recognizable product.
Do you have any label showcases planned for the future?
We are trying to set up some showcases across Europe, also collaborating with other labels we are friends with. Events like Sonar or ADE would be our preferred options to start our own parties, so stay tuned :)
Blindbox 005 by Subb-an is forthcoming on the label can you tell us a bit more about this release?
Blind Box 005 is a quality release that truly satisfies our expectations. After the huge response to the Lopaski release, we wanted to step up with something that could impress our supporters, and when Ash got in touch with us to start working together, we knew we were on the right path. His works are unquestionable and Dana Ruh also did a great job on the remix. It was truly inspiring working with such a great artist and we are glad our remix is being appreciated as much as the originals he delivered.
What are your plans for the label in 2017?
In order to explore our wide background, we will introduce a parent label, named Blind Box Basic, on whom we will spread a more minimal driven sound. Three original tracks from one of the artists we love, in a brand new format. First press will come next January, signed by Chris Carrier under his moniker 'Monsieur Georget'. Currently, we are defining a three-tracker from Diego Krause and a new EP entirely produced as Blind Box with a high profile remixer, both coming next on the main label. Also we'll be releasing our first Various Artists, which is taking months of meticulous work to be set up. We are deeply focused on what's next, always trying to deliver quality music, which is what people are expecting from us.
Want to get your hands on a Blind Box release? Blind Box are one of the featured labels in our MEOKO ON WAX competition, we are giving one lucky person the chance to WIN 100+ Vinyl. Enter HERE
Interview by Mahala Ashley
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Having created Algorhythmic last year Romanian duo Dubsons present the second offering on the Romanian imprint in the form of Various Artists ALG002. Over the past year Algorhythmic has been received greatly within the underground music scene with its debut EP The Soul and the Spirit gaining recognition from some of the finest tastemakers in the industry. When you have support from the likes of Barac, Raresh and Petre Inspirescu you know you’re definitely delivering music that’s a cut above the rest.
Various Artists ALG002 encompasses sounds from a collection of artists all hailing from various parts of the world. First up on the A side American native Rojid serves up Kaze combining eerie vocals and extra-terrestrial samples that intertwine with the rolling beat patterns. Signed to the Algorhythmic label Idana completes the A side with Kage, light percussion is sprinkled throughout the track which delivers beautifully placed melody. Both tracks work extremely well alongside one another giving credit to the labels ability to deliver quality sounds. Flip to the B side label founders Dubsons present Vento base driven and carrying the Romanian duos distinctive sound. Finished off perfectly by fellow Romanian Rqz with M Games, upbeat and rolling the B-side takes the release to the dance floor of an underground club setting.
The arrangement of the EP works beautifully taking the listener on a real journey, delivering out of this world soundscapes paired with unique bass groove. No doubt you can expect to hear ALG002 being spun on the dance floor very soon; something tells me Algorthymic is becoming a firm favourite among our Romanian friends.
Words Mahala Ashley
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