Half Baked, London's seminal Sunday party, is turning six this month. Meoko talked to Bruno Ciaramicoli, one of the two founders about the forthcoming birthday party, whilst also recalling some of Half Baked historical moments.
Half Baked has passed through quite a few developmental stages, from being a new born underground event held in warehouses, it has grown into a full-blown, full-scale event that encompasses a booking agency as well as a record label. Yet it has managed to stay true to some of its original traits while also managing to grow into something more substantial. Half Baked is currently venturing out into the world, which is very exciting to say the least. Those bicycles – making up part of the deco since day one – have gone a long way.
The sixth year celebration sees some of the finest Half Baked guest DJs return to Studio 338, a place which has held quite a few Half Baked parties over the last year. This year's line-up is an extension of the former years, building on strong and lost lasting ties with DJs and artists who are forming part of the extended family. For example Zip, Birdsmakingmachine and Seuil, all backed up by residents like Robin Ordell and Greg Brockmann will be playing, and of course, there is the unusual shenagins of workshops, live art and photobooths.
What's the story behind Half Baked? How did it all start and why on Sunday?
Bruno Ciaramicoli: Half Baked started on my 25th birthday party. Remi and I had this idea of taking a carpark instead of a club or other usual venues, called the Fairchild arches, and for a long time after that party everyone kept asking us to do it again! We were all working during the weekend, so Sunday was the beginning of our weekend and that's why we picked that day.
What made you choose the name, wasn't there some David Chapelle stuff of the same name? Just googled... :)
Hahahah no, the name Half Baked came from arriving to Sunday afternoon "half" baked from the whole weekend, sorry no fancy references ;)
You once said that Half Baked is "catering for people who want to party outside the boundaries of clubs and bars." What's the philosophy behind Half Baked and how does it differ from other parties held in clubs?
Bruno Ciaramicoli: When we started Half Baked it was very easy to find carparks, warehouses and other "unusual" spaces so after the first party we kind of made it our signature to do our parties in alternative venues. It is getting harder though, so sometimes we've had to compromise. However, we've remained true to our original philosophy of having a more rounded artistic orientation so you'll always find art installations, live art, workshops and original decorations at our parties.
What's the secret behind Half Baked's success from day one?
Bruno Ciaramicoli: It started as a big Birthday party, so it was (and still is) about friends, family, love and our passion for music and really just having a lot of fun together! I guess that's what makes Half Baked very special.
What's the musical concept of Half Baked?
Bruno Ciaramicoli: We're rooted in house music, but we've often dipped into techno and more minimal sounds with some of our lineups. We don't really like to limit ourselves to one particular sound, our interests lie in many different genres and styles of music and so to keep things different and interesting we like to change it from party to party.
Did you ever imagine that Half Baked would turn six, and how do you feel about this progression of time? How did you choose the line-up for this Birthday?
Bruno Ciaramicoli: Well we didn't really think about it at the beginning, but yes kind of. Our vision is to work hard to keep it up and growing because it's our "baby" and it's what we love to do. Especially seeing it going worldwide has made us all very proud and even more motivated! This year's lineup is all about our closest friends and artists that we feel are part of the Half Baked family.
Do you feel it's hard to stay true to the self-made roots so many years down the line? Do you still have self-made deco (like the bicycle and mannequin)?
Bruno Ciaramicoli: Yes, it's very hard indeed to keep our roots alive – you know like the issues with finding new unusual venues and all the licensing issues that we as promoters face every month - it's become very challenging but we can only adapt to those changes and keep our core concept solid. With regards to the bike – I cannot believe you're asking me that question, hahaha... Yes, it's still the same bike from six years ago, just like the Half Baked sign! The Mannequin is currently on holiday, but he's doing well and is thinking about coming back soon ;)
Do you feel it's hard to stay afloat in London? What's your vision of the future for Half Baked and what's coming up next?
Bruno Ciaramicoli: Yes and no, we have so many new people coming who are interested in what we do and are keen to get involved, but also many of our older friends that still attend, even though it may not be as regularly as in the past (they would never miss the Birthday though!). For us the vision of the future, is the Half Baked family spreading across borders to different countries and becoming bigger. Some of those new friends we only see once a year, but it's every year so we're looking forward to every single showcase we do to reunite with them around the globe! For the future of Half Baked, we are planning some very special events and line ups for our friends and family in the UK and worldwide. We have also quite a few surprises for the upcoming releases on Half Baked Records, our record label, with... well, it's a surprise, right! Stay tuned ;)
with 'Birthday Baked' as the subject heading, and tell us what flavor cake should be (half) baked ready for the 6th birthday celebrations!
Words by Katrin Ritcher
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There is a massive catalogue of digital releases on Dani Casaranos and Felipe Valenzuelas well-established and renowned Melisma label, and their even more select vinyl-only Melisma Limited. With the output of both, they bridge the gap between the established past and the vanguard future. To establish what is going on, we go back and forth for some time. Yes, its Wednesday night and we both have not recovered from our deprived sleep we missed out on the previous weekend.
Once more, we took the chance to connect with Melisma mastermind Dani Casarano (it is the third interview MEOKO conducted with him over the course of previous years), and to talk about Felipe Valenzuela’s and his merits in putting forward a label with a giant scope is something magical: the more we talk, there is always another facet to discover plus there are quite a few releases coming up on the labels which we would love to highlight while we are at it, seems as if Dani and Melisma have gained massive momentum in the recent years of his career.
There are the remixes from the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Thomas Melchior and Fumiya Tanaka and their project Tofu Productions with all whom have made appearances on the label, Felipe Venegas who had remixes by Birdsmakingmachine, the fifth vinyl by Argentinean producer Federico Molinari, and then an EP by Ricardo Villalobos together with Argenis Brito. On top of this, there will be the end-of-the-year anual compendium, a digital compilation with artists like Cesar Merveille, Jorge Savoretti, Cosmin, a new digital release called “Derek” by Felipe and Dani with remixes by Dorian Paic and Federico Molinari, and a Various Artist EP on Nastias label Propaganda.
Then those fantastic label nights like the one they did in Ibiza this year, in collaboration with Zoo Project, with Ricardo Villalobos, Thomas Melchior, Umho, Felipe Valenzuela and Dani Casarano. Then another one in Berlin’s Neue Heimat con Laurine, Nicolas Lutz, Jan Krüger, Felipe Valenzuela and again Dani. Right now, there is another one coming up, on Berlin’s Hoppetosse, in collaboration with nightclubber.ro. We manage to skim off the vital information in a true late night session as we are very keen to know more about these recent happenings!
You live in Berlin for three years right now, and you said you chose this city because there aren’t many like it these days?
Dani Casarano: Yes, I decided to come here because I felt I could identify with the life style this city is promoting, and also because I knew that I would be able to get better at what I do simply by listening to people who inspire me and who share the same passion.
How was Berlin treating you when you got here?
Dani Casarano: It was a hard Winter with four solid months of snow, but surprisingly, I did not feel bothered by this; things were falling into place for me. I got to know the people from Club der Visionäre and started to put on my monthly event there in 2013. It is called B.A.S, Berlin Aural Sessions. The summer editions are taking place in CDV, the during the cold season we party on the Hoppetosse which is run by the same people and is like their Winter exile.
When exactly did you start to push your label nights, and why did you not do it straight away?
Dani Casarano: We did do label nights, but we did them in other locations, such as Chalet and other clubs. Right now, we count on the stability offered by Hoppetosse and Club der Visionäre. The project B.A.S runs under a different moniker as we also wanted to invite artists that are not in any form related to Melisma.
Who do you make each project with? Or is it the same people?
Dani Casarano: Melisma are Felipe and I, who make the label and the radio show, and B.A.S are Valentina Colvin and me.
So how did you get to the stage when Melisma became more than just a label? Or did you always think of it as a concept?
Dani Casarano: This was always the basic idea right from the start. I like to generate things and it is very necessary that one, as an artist, needs content in order to be able to move forward in one’s career. Unless you have content, it is totally necessary that you are with a big agency – or you create your own brand.
Content in which sense?
Dani Casarano: What I mean is that only being a DJ does not give you much weight unless you are with a big agency that pushes you, but if you want something to say, in your own way, you do it by creating your own brand. You can do that by making many things, amongst them a label, radio shows, and events. There is your content.
Did you have a well thought-through concept – for example who would release on Melisma – when you started or did this pan out along the way?
Dani Casarano: We never thought that so many well-respected artists would participate, but this happened naturally.
So you put out digital releases with Felipe and other Chilean friends, until you made a leap and brought out stuff on vinyl? With people like Ricardo?
Dani Casarano: Yes, exactly, we started off as friends, and worked with them, which is still what we are doing these days, which is why I said that the labels progression was natural process, an evolution of what we are and what we are doing, me as much as Felipe.
Tell me about the differences between Melisma, and Melisma Limited. Why was there a need for different imprints?
Dani Casarano: We release digitally as we are living in the year 2015, and there are thousands of followers around the world who cannot buy vinyls. We also use this cannel to showcase new artists, and widen our network. Vinyl is different market. It is more reduced.
How is the connection between of Melisma and Nightclubber.ro, you are also about to release a record by a Romanian artist.
Dani Casarano: The connection is that we talked about a possible colaboration for some time, and finally we get to do it. That there is also a release by a Romanian artist – he is called Guy From Downstairs – is just a coincidence. We love what he does. But we like all sorts of stuff, so this is why the next vinyl reléase is by an artista from Argentina, Federico Molinari, and we focus on working with people who we like, whether they are from Romania, Chile, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Africa or China or wherever.
Yeah but it is interesting: the Romanian people poined out of how much importance Ricardo is to them, as he is a person who opened a lot of possibilities for them in the exterior world.
Dani Casarano: Totally.
Which is why I am surprised by these parellels in musical development coming from Chile and Romania.
Dani Casarano: I thnk it is vital that these kind of aspects flow and that there is an interchange, it only brings forth positive developments.
I would like to know if there is an underlying business aspect to make a label these days. You know: the marketing, the tendencies, who people want to listen to, where they go to dance. These things.
Dani Casarano: I do not view it as a business, to be honest. My label only grows in order to sustain itself, I would not mind if I made money with it, but what matters is the music,
Did you ever incorpórate a Melisma in your music?
Dani Casarano: As far as I know, a Melisma its a pitch change within the voice, within the spectrum of an octave. That is basically the connection with the name: this idea to change the octave for me means change within the musical spectrum. A true master for this voice effect was Stevie Wonder, check for example “Isn’t She Lovely” I have never employed it in my music!
Join Melisa Series at Hoppetosse on the 20th Nov with Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia as SIT, Dani Casarano, Felipe Valenzuela and Zefzeed. More info here.
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MEOKO are extremely proud to add Alex Celler into the mix series, who has supplied us with a wicked hour of stompy and sophisticated sounds. Featuring deep digs from as far back as 97’, this is a fascinating insight into Alex's minimal mind with some stunning selections that ooze heat and grit. I caught up with the lovely Greek to find out a bit more about his love of modular, Villalobos and his latest release on Trelik. #207. Listen here.
Hey Alex! So where were you born in Greece and what were your early influences musically?
Hey! Okay I was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. It might sound cliche but my father actually did have a massive record collection (about 5.000 pieces) as since 1979 he owned one of the first Discos in town. There was tons of jazz there, fusion, funk, disco, soul and a bit of rock but recently i discovered some super rare original versions of disco singles too like Ahzz - New York's Movin (1981) and High Frequency – Summertime (1980). I was very excited as you can imagine. While growing up my parents would listen mostly to funk, soul and jazz, so those were my first memories, along with music of the Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis which our nursery & elementary schools introduced us to, quite a choice i have to say.
Do you remember the first influential (house music) tune you heard? Also what was the scene like in Greece?
Kenlou - The Bounce was certainly the first track that really blew me away when i was young. That must have been back in the late 90's. I was 13-14 at the time and a friend of my dad gave him a CD with some Greek DJ's CD mix with loads of house tunes. It was the first house music i've heard, Masters at Work and other solid straight up house jams. The first record i bought was Attaboy - New World on Toko records from the UK. Cool deep house, but back in the day apart from a friend of two there was very few people to help me get started and introduce me to good house & techno records, so it took me sometime till i discovered the really inspiring stuff few years later. I left Greece in 2004 so i really didn't get to see much of the scene back in the day. There were some influential clubs like Faz in Athens in the early 90's, Plus Soda and Umatic also come to mind. Cavo Paradiso in Mykonos was a blast in the early 2000's also and Decadence & Venue in Thessaloniki but i didn't get to see much of that. When i was growing up there was loads of progressive house and psy-trance going on, i was exposed to that a lot, some very interesting records in those genres too, but not ultimately my kinda thing.
When did you start making music? What was it like?!
I started making music about 2001 or so. I still use the same program i used back then, the dated and archaic Sony Acid, which is - sadly - not in production anymore. People wonder, but in reality all you need is a good soundcard, good speakers and quality hardware. The DAW is not as hugely important as people think, although this is debatable. My first tracks were surely very average prog house mixed with tech house and also super hard techno.
And moving to London in 2004… How did that all come about?
Since the late 90's i was reading DJ Magazine, Mixmag, Musik and i was really into what was happening in the UK, Fabric, The End, The Cross, Ministry of Sound, it was all a dream world for me. I knew that it was a very important place for electronic music and i did speak English, so naturally it was my best bet. Staying home wasn't an option as i knew i wanted to be in the most influential place i could possibly be - in regards with house & techno. Thankfully my parent agreed to help me study music engineering so in September of 2004 i started my studies at SAE College.
I would say your music is deeper than your average track in terms of emotion and meaning. Do you always try to write about experiences / emotions instead of just making club music?
For me, that's the exact goal, to hit the nail in the head and find the right balance between ''writing about experiences & emotions'' and ''making club music''. If you focus more in one rather than the other, you mind end up with something which carries a lot of emotion but doesn't necessarily move people and has little effect on the dance floor. Or the exact opposite: you might end up with a functional, groovy track which doesn't stand out, it's just a groove and will be easily forgotten. I see each track of mine as separate entity, as a unique existence and non-replicated event which has it's own personality, it's own story to tell, it's own vibe and groove. If all these things don't come together in harmony and if all the frequencies and the elements don't coincide, then i don't consider the track finished. That's why although i have literally hundreds of unreleased tracks, i rarely release or share them with friends. Because i don't think they are fully complete, mature or worthy of being presented. One needs to make no concession when making music, you gotta be strict with yourself and only present the very best of the best.
I know Ricardo is a big influence in your music, what is it about him that inspires you so much?
It's impossible to put that in a box. Ricardo is a perfectionist and a complete purist in the way he approaches music and sound, in every possible way. He presents to you his compositions in it's most perfect form, at least this is how i perceive it. Every single thing is inspiring in his productions. Where does one start? The infectious groove & the drum programming? The deep musicality and melodiousness? The absence of anything redundant and it's pure edginess? The authority by which the music manifests itself, it's stomp and its' thud? His impeccable mixdowns and the audiophile level sound quality & recording techniques? The boldness, the fresh sound design on his synths or the inventiveness of the vocals? Or maybe the attitude of the actual groove and of the music, which caries tons of tones and tons of bravery too. Maybe it's the unpredictability and it' refreshing, futuristic scope that i enjoy the most, that's what inspires me the most. His music sounds alien, from another planet, from the future; but is mixed with an unstoppable, infectious groove. It really moves you, but its also so edgy. Genius combination.
We covered your latest EP Haz on Trelik, how has it been going and how did you begin your relationship with Baby Ford?
So far so good, i am very glad with the way things are going. Releasing in a record label with such history as Trelik is a privilege and i am feeling blessed for that. In regards with the record getting signed and my relationship with Baby Ford, that goes back some time. In 2009 i set a long-term plan and made some decisions. I took a big loan and invested time & money in my studio. I also put in selfish amount of working hours in making music. Props to my partner at that time for putting up with that. I wanted to get signed with a big record label of Trelik´s caliber. At that time most of my friends smiled at me with some sympathy, mixed with amusement i´d say. That was of course expected, but you gotta be in it to win it. The hardest part is being patient: you usually only get one chance and you can't waste it. I resisted the temptation many times to submit a demo over the past 5 years, as i felt my music wasn't good enough. But come November 2014, i finally decided i had some tracks Peter may like and gave him a CD, in Fabric along with the 7th release in our record label Sylphe (run by myself and Kreon). Then Peter pulled of his bag the 2nd release of Sylphe and told me it was one of his favorite records that year, so i guess that helped a bit. A month a half later, on Boxing day 2014, we agreed with Peter for the next Trelik release, TR027, to be 2 track of mine Haz & Pacificon. A truly unique Christmas present i'd say.
And what was the meaning behind Haz in the end…
Haz is one of these tracks that was made in the flick of a moment over one session. Not much thinking put into it. My mind was in ''fun'' mode, which is by far the most productive mode when in studio. Also, Haz was made with Gemini in mind. It's my tiny tribute to him and inspired from his work if you like. Dedicated to his huge heritage and influence in our scene. Also, i'll give you another insight. Baby Ford had initially chosen two other tracks of mine to release: Adios and Sam's Shuffle. Then, one evening we were chilling in my studio and my girlfriend was around too. She said out of the blue ''Why don't you play to Peter that track you have sitting around, Haz''? At that moment i was caught by surprise as i didn't expect that suggestion from her and also never considered releasing or submitting Haz as a demo. Props to her, Peter was excited to hear Haz (and Pacificon a bit later) and decided to replace the initially signed tracks with the ones that came out now. Crazy how life turns out some time!
I know you are a big digger and this mix is full of wicked records… what were your thoughts / feelings when you were making this mix?
You'll have to excuse me for this, i have to be completely honest: making mixes in the studio on my own, live or not isn't so much fun, so i always see mixes or podcasts as a arduous, demanding task. I think that nothing beats the actual moment where you play in the club and interact with people. To be fair however, making a mix on your own lets you give another perspective to mixing, maybe a more chilled one where you can pick and choose records without the pressure of time running out and - why not - sometimes make better choices.
There is definitely a modular feel to all the tracks too. Do you have a modular system and how important are machines and these systems in your productions / track selections?
Indeed in this mix some tracks do have modular sounds/soundscapes, i do like edgy sounds i admit. I have been building a Eurorack modular system since 2011. It really is a beautiful thing, sounds beautiful and looks beautiful. It also it is a real addiction, should you decide to invest in it seriously. Modular systems are like women: You need time to understand them, but you never really know what they want. You to invest money for them, but it's never enough! Modular systems have a life of their own, one day you can be patching and it sounds awful and next day for no apparent reason you got the most serious sounds going on. They really are at the forefront of sound design, presenting us to a whole new world of sonic capabilities, sounds from the future. To this day i have, curiously, met more people who actually have given up on modulars, rather than those who actually stayed true to them. I guess that's partially because of the complexity and dedication they command. For me, being a wholehearted admirer of Ricardo's work, they are of paramount importance both in my productions and DJ sets. I mean, i see it this way: I love the 808 and 909 drum & percussion sounds, they are always going to be within my sound palette, i used them all the time. They are the classical sounds of house & techno. But as a young musician, I consider it my duty not only to use these sounds that have been massively explored by most of us, but also to introduce new sound palettes and timbres into electronic music. The modular is exactly that, an open system which enables you to create all the stuff you have ever imagined, plus so many other sounds you never dreamed of. Of course this has been done already, but it has not been explored and abused the way other machines have. So because of its endless connection capabilities and it's openness as a system, it creates countless possibilities for creating the most forward-thinking, alien sounds possible.
Stuff to look out for from you in the coming future?
More stuff to Trelik or Pal SL hopefully next year, but also a follow up of my last year's Tuning Spork/Contexterrior release ''Kammsa/Plex Astunde'' and a follow up of my release ''Polhammer'' in Martinez's label Concealed Sounds. Next month we are doing our regular Sylphe night at Paradigm in Groningen, with our guest being Margaret Dygas and also there's another date i am doing for some Greek friends who run Silk Group on 12th of December here in London.
Next record you’re gonna buy...
Possibly some random 50p 12'' in a dusty bargain basement! Always my favorite way of record shopping.
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Words by Marlon
Digging into the fertile grounds of the London electronic music scene, you will find Sub Terrania, a land deep under where no one sleeps and subs gently bleep.
With its sixth birthday coming up, the crew members have done everything in their capability to come up with an extra memorable lineup to celebrate this special occasion, and as usual they pay great attention to detail which explains their serious take on special constellations
Hailing from Argentina and the United States, the amazing duo Loud Neighbor, who, with their dark and industrial techno roots, are nailing it, is making their debut in London. Furthermore, a unique show - Voigtmann b2b Alexi Delano -will make those squeal in delight who are aware of the capabilities of both. Two respective geniuses, guided by their own power doubled, playing back to back? You cannot afford to miss it. Next one up: Vinyl Speed Adjust, a duo from Romania that simply love their vinyl. And so will you. And don't forget about this secret guest from Fuse that cannot be announced. So we wont announce him Just come and dance.
To round things off, the Sub Terrania residents, Mauro Ferno & Mestivan, Andre King, Sputnick, Modebaku and Zi, will all lay the foundations of many more years to come. As they all say collectively: Sub Terrania has an electronic music story that goes beyond. "It's a story that gave us a unique and singular musical entity. The story that gave us the love and passion that we have about the electronic music scene."
Be part of their story: http://bit.do/sub_terrania_ticket."
SUB TERRANIA 6th BIRTHDAY with:
► LOUD NEIGHBOR LIVE (US)
workt34m . truetype tracks
► VOIGTMANN B2B SECRET GUEST
toi toi musik . hello?repeat . ad limited . little helpers
► VINYL SPEED ADJUST (RO)
visonquest . pressure traxx
► SECRET GUEST FUSE
► SUB TERRANIA SHOWCASE
EVENT INFO: http://bit.do/sub_terrania_birthday
EVENT TICKET: http://bit.do/sub_terrania_ticket
Rarely ever, a visual artist had so much visual impact on an electronic music scene as Cote. The Bukarest-based visual artist uses space and three dimensional objects as the visual starting point to deconstruct reality as we know it. Leaving little trace on your stream of consciousness while completely altering it, he is working himself through a multi-layered universe, managing to pan in and out of CAD-inspired microcosmic with ease and eclecticism while also having a solid theoretical backup to explain what he is on (about). Touring with the Romanian nuschool, Cote’s art is closely linked to their music whilst also creating an outerworldly experience that goes beyond the limitations of ambientation of conventional electronic music party formats.
This is why he is making up the visual backbone of intrinsic, a London based organisation that seeks to push the boundaries of experimentation into unknown territories. Challenging the artists – be it musician or visual artist – to freely explore his or her own limits of what is possible, it leaves the artist as well as the audience in a real time experiment the outcome and result of which is unknown. MEOKO is embracing such creative endeavour with vigour which is why we managed to connect with Cote on a higher level. Riding a train of thought into hyperspace, we managed to catch up with him between the lines to talk about ideas, inspiration, and even the future.
Hey, how do you feel, and what are you up to right now?
Hi, I am and feel at home, replying to our discussion from before. Thank you for your interest by the way.
Your art is related to the dance scene of now, especially in Romania. How did you and your art become linked to DJs and their art?
By twiddling with architectural renderings on sleepless mornings in the early 2000s.
You said that if the music is not working, the visuals are not working. How come the two are so intertwined for you?
People come for the music, projections are nice-to-have.
Have you ever made visual art without sound, i.e. some installation in a gallery?
Yes, the 'Nadia slides' with Vlad Nanca went from gallery to a psychodiagnosis-thru-art collection
And 'Pingtime', as a part of the gamefication movement.
Nadia, found slides. A collaboration with Vlad Nanca
You talked about your contextual approach - what does this mean and how does this relate to other approaches?
It has to do with site-specific setups, the content is not the same everywhere. The room you find yourself in becomes part of the message. It is the same for most DJs.
Tell me about the spaces that you use, what is a good criteria for you to work?
Going out of the frame is something that is not new, to projections it makes the content more immersive. Also, constructing your own frames is a possibility, a physical framework that you will interact with.
[a:rpia:r] at Sunwaves
How is the technical aspect of your work? What is the minimum setup you need? What is absolute necessary to consider when working?
Technical production does help but it can also be a diy setup. Visuals feel different from different perspectives.
What is your dream space for you to work in?
I am looking forward for actual hologram technology to emerge.
How do you make use of CAD-inspired projections, are they like backbones of your structure?
When you unfold the projection inside of the virtual canvas, you make a map of the room and it looks like a CAD drawing. It comes with a bit of rigour.
Tell me about real-time as opposed to pre-rendering.
It is like comparing a video-game to a movie: with the first one, you can act back on the fly. And maybe you miss out on other things.
Cezar at SNRS48
Lets talk about content, you said you are free of politics in your visuals?
Yes, but I have used references for creating dramatic effects, adding tension.
Where does your search for harmony come from as opposed to "breaking stuff"?
For me personally, it has to do with the programming approach to making visuals. Structure just makes more sense if you go that way. There is nevertheless a polished feeling to what comes out of my Romanian surroundings. Probably there is less critique at the moment, and more (naive?) enthusiasm.
You are an architect by formation, how did you discover the possibility to become a VJ? Who or what showed you your first steps?
I have been in a long term cycle of ideas between physical and virtual realms : Early 90s computers were to me a continuation of childhood drawing. Late 90s, the ease of bringing out form into the physical world via print/light pixels. Doing CAD studies in the early 00s was simulating the physical world back into the computer.Since 2006, i have used vvvv for programming things back into the real world.
What is vvvv?
vvvv is a visual programming platform for prototyping things related to multimedia. It has been my trusted technical companion for 9 years now. I encourage everybody to give it a shot.
Pingtime, a collaboration with the Time crew
Who was the first DJ or producer you started to work with, how did this come about and how was your approach back then?
I have done little producer-centric work to this day. I first got to play in 2005 for Synthplants, a soundsystem from in and around Bucharest. At that time I used takeouts from movies more than anything else. In the lapse of time they have dissolved to more abstract ideas.
Tell me about Videogram, your collective?
Videogram started out in 2008 as a permanent collaboration with Silviu Visan (Dreamrec) and Florin Iscru. A mix of people with different approaches to putting content into scenery: television, graphic design and architecture. It has been a most influential time for me, learning a lot on many levels. During the last four years, group activity has faded, making room for individual work. Sometimes we do team up on a project-base.
[a:rpia:r] at Sinaia Casino, a collaboration with Dreamrec, as Videogram
You also made interactive stuff like Pingtime, an augmented pingpong game, do you have any more "cute" side projects?
At the moment, I hand-trace railroads in Google Earth.
What kind of journey would you like to take one day?
We seem on a journey all the time.
How do you imagine the future?
In short term, crowdfunding-style. In long term, understanding of mechanics beyond our physical realm.
Your art is perfect for brands to claw onto to drink up your your essence and sell it as a package with their product. How do you feel about this danger?
I think art-brands-claw-drink-essence-package sounds a bit biased. There are places where interests of party goers and sales people meet. So I sometimes get invited to play by the latter, too.
You said delay gives opportunity for a retake, some more individual reinterpretation of history. Why?
Socio-economics propagate slowly over physical distances. So if you travel from one country to another it is sometimes like a time-journey. So think about what you would change if you could travel in time..
When you go to other places, how do you feel your work is received outside your originating scene?
I try to address sensibilities that cross social affiliation.
Did you already work with DJs and artists or organisations that are not from Romania?
I have worked with some people from both the club and the media-arts scene from Europe.
Is there a local reference in your work?
Not so much a reference, but the local music culture has been a vehicle for my work.
Praslesh at NextWave
Why is it important for your art - and for you? - to have a set change organically rather than a narration?
I program part of a set in realtime, so I prefer longer sets because there is room for evolving something, taking it apart or maybe loosing it and having to rebuild. Sometimes I change little of what is in the beginning.
Is growth change? Isn't that a narration to? Is any train of thought or workflow a narration?
Perceiving may be quite instant. It is its verbal description that extends in time, and may become a narration.
Are there also ruptures or would this also create a disharmonic element?
I do use moments of rupture. Sometimes they come from a technical breakdown. For rupture/disharmony you need to arrange proper flow and harmony. I rather struggle with that.
I saw an image of a black cat floating in the reel, how did this come about? With so much absence of pictorial imagery in your art, this stood out as either symbolic or total absence of meaning, pictogram dada.... What would you say?
I think they were bubbles of meaning, required in a larger abstract composition.
And maybe the shape or the meme quality.
You said your art moves on a bodily level, what about the mental level, you want to create a zen state by letting it rest?
things you still use if you would boot your mind in safe mode. it is an act of retrieval.
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How is the development of the next stage coming along, you said you want to move towards more simplicity?
I sometimes use too many graphical layers, I hide between them. More articulation would draw from graphical design and conceptual art, so that is something to look into more carefully.
Who or what inspires you, in which way?
Everything between natural processes and the directions of the people around me.
Regarding inspiration, i have two more points to make: I try to reverse-engineer a process that I like. And I can get carried away with programming the visuals.
How does one manage to be more expressive?
Letting go of many things.
How was working with Afumati at Intrinsic? Have you worked with them before? How did these musicians have, if at all, any influence on your visuals?
Afumati is a side project of Cezar and Praslea where they play a more atmospheric set. This was an opportunity for less drama and more contemplation, so we looked into the complexity of self mirroring materials.
Afumati at Intrinsic
What were the challenges at Intrinsic?
Addressing a different crowd felt like a challenge, luckyly that went well.
How will working with the other artists will be, e/tape and Gyorgy? Will you prepare something special connected to their music or will you exclusively flow in real-time with them - and they with you?
e/tape is a kindred soul and I have known him for years, I listen to his sound montages sometimes and i feel that they come in a more naturalistic approach then what i am used to, usually. In terms of preparation, when I get to return to a place/happening, I tend to continue where I feel I have left last time. As for a feedback from visual to music, I have not experienced this, but it sounds nice.
What is Intrinsic for you?
it is a more personal platform, where you dance away in your mind.
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It was the sixth graders that initally sparked Derek’s curiosity for dance music. The deep sounds of Villalobos and Hawtin they sent over to him was enough to prompt further investigation by the young Romanian, who swiftly fell for the seductive shades of minimal techno, naturally taking a fancy to the [a:rpia:r] gentlemen along the way.
Derek quickly started mixing and within eighteen months had released his first EP at sixteen years old. At that age I was worrying about getting served in Bargain Booze and reaching Brigadier in Halo 3 - I hadn’t even begun to dream about getting tracks signed to label. Expecting a fitting explanation, I patted Derek down and searched in his pockets for an answer; Perhaps a grandmother with some classical training, his mum and dad with a little record collection? Nada.
And yet the successes kept coming, at seventeen, young Derek stepped off the plane onto the hot White Isle and warmed up for Tania Vulcano and Dyed Soundorom for Pandamonium, DC10. “When I landed I had no words, everything around me looked so familiar you know… It was like okay, I’m here right now…but I felt like I’d been here before too.” At this point we both couldn’t help but wonder that maybe this was meant to be.
The most impressive aspect about Derek though, aside from the now long list of European gigs under his belt, is his nature; Mature, calm, unphased. Now at 21, he is six years in the game, three vinyl releases strong and yet is continuing about his life as normal, enjoying the gigs when they come, working hard on his music and studies in-between. I can’t help but feel like somebody from the UK in the same position would of ended up horribly west of this place, prepped for the superstar system, pumped with fatty promise and sugary hype. The [a:rpia:r] boys have to take at least some of the credit for this. Their approach is trickling down to the aspiring producers and DJs in Romania: The music should come first, do it with love and let nature run its course. With such a wise philosophy, it makes sense that this young man is relaxed about the journey that lies ahead. “Its just fun making and playing music.” - exactly how it should be.
That’s not to say he is resting on his laurels, Derek is moving in the right circles, collaborating with the likes of Nima Gorji, Dubsons and Hozok, whilst rippin' down gigs in the Sahara, Tolouse (Cocoon Heroes) and again in Ibiza (Ibiza Underground, Circoloco). With a love of the arts too, a new vinyl label is deep in the works, all forged with an analogue, VHS theme. “I like this kind of art, its very nice to mix music and these kind of images.’ all pointing to a tasty concept, rich with emotion and tangibility.
Loaded with clean productions and a fluid style behind the decks, Derek is at the crest of the next wave of Romanian talent with a bright future in reach. I think we’re all glad he didn’t waste his teenage years like some of us.
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Intrinsic is a truly unique event concept, called into existence by of a group of like-minded individuals who – instinctively and very heart-felt – single-handedly created a multi-sensuous experience that offers a stand-out vision of electronic music. In order to be able experiment freely and intuitively with sounds, visuals, space, and possibilities, its makers came up with something of great depth, and deepness.
Now in its second edition, Intrinsic‘s presentation and production is evolutionary: It is a hand-crafted voyage into the unknown, full of moments of “improvisation, unusual sound structure, sound effect and instrumentation” – innovative and unusual, to say the least.
belonging naturally; essential.
"access to the arts is intrinsic to a high quality of life"
Whilst its original ideas – to create an event where artists are encouraged to “enhance their spirit and go beyond their imagination by offering them the freedom to experiment and explore” – were transported into a state of transcendence, very much in the vain of an experimental festival, its character is that of ultimate intimacy, with only a few hundred people being able to actively participate in this experience where a “spiritual atmosphere” closes the gap between artists and audience, space and time, sound and visuals.
In a disused powerstation – encountering the right location by chance was of paramount importance and led to the actual creation of Intrinsic – which hovers on the shores of a lake, space, light and darkness set the scene whilst the architechtural structures become the backbones of the projections of visual artist COTE whose art has morphed into a vital ingredient of this project.
The Romanian, together with his visual collective Videogram, has pushed the boundaries of CAD-inspired 3-D-like projections that transform space into a canvas and the locations of his performances into real-time canvasses of spiralling cosmic creation. Staying clear of alluring and all-assuring force-fed visual imagery he approaches the mind with unparalleled subliminality. Innovation and simplification of themes are COTE’s core items during this Intrinsic expedition. (Make sure you check back here on Meoko soon to read a full interview with Intrinsic resident COTE).
In an unrivalled and previously unknown approach to offering the aural space to artists who feel similarly inclined to push the boundaries of exploring the “dead-ends of sound”, this free improvisation of a collective trip is far from a one-way journey into the clichees of the unknown. It is a serious and ongoing and above all honest approach to not being different from the indifferent sound of no distinction, but also just giving way to a real quest: making interesting art of real value.
In Intrinsic’s first edition, Praslea and Cezar aka AFUMATI were not only surrounded with “people who lifted their creation higher”, but also anticipated the power of creation and pushing it to a new level – by leaving behind safe comfort zones of previously tried and tested sounds – they and the crowd collectively entered the uncharted territories of true experimentation while being lifted by heated floors that invited people to float away on them.
In this new edition, E/TAPE has been found to be the next guardian of dalliance. This rare species of a sound welding artist resides in Ibiza, only plays a few handpicked gigs a year, and is a cosmic mind affair truly out of this world. So how will he react on this spacial cross-breading with COTE’s visuals? And the crowd’s prosperous whisper? Only we will know, as we are all Intrinsic.
Setting the scene is resident GYORGY ONO, a Georgian sound artists who recycles found sounds and experiments with fragmentation to make a solemn yet adventuous world of his own. He invites Intrinsic to follow him wander the outer scapes of imagination, with closed eyes.
So who is behind this? Some of the most amazing, humble people in the electronic music scene, fuelled by desire to explore its deepness. Their cultivated understanding and sensitivity about this culture became a mission: to protect and maintain the unique feeling by creating a spiritual connection between all partaking people, and creating a community.
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‘…dancing for charity makes dancing even more enjoyable’
A comment that stands out on the ‘Dance for Humanity’ Facebook event, held by Toi Toi Musik and No Fit State thus Sunday – and it is a statement which rings true with dance music lovers everywhere.
Despite the sometimes negative press that our electronic music community can gather in recent times, the underlying statement of love that stays true to the subculture, and it’s ability to attract so many others of a similar inkling means that Isis (Toi Toi Musik) and Geddes (No Fit State) could think of no better way to support the very real refugee crisis that strikes our globe at present. As the name suggests – it is time to dance for humanity.
What do you want to achieve with the event?
G: We'd like to create some awareness about humanity and some funds that can help refugees leaving Syria. We are terribly lucky in Europe to have stable, safe, secure and pleasant life styles. That isn't so much the case in different parts of the world and I think we take that for granted, many people how no idea what it's like for fellow human beings that are less fortunate than ourselves.
I: I totally agree with Geddes. Also, the event comes as a vehicle to inform people about what is currently going on in these countries, what conflicts and why. Ignorance or indifference have been present far too much in our societies.
(This Afgahi woman passed though the transit camp at Oxy with her 15 day old baby.)
How did the collaboration of ToiToi and Nofitstate for this great cause come to be? Have you done any events together like this before?
G: We've been friends for years and personally I've always admired Toi Toi and their approach to building and promoting a community. I was moved to learn of the crises and was inspired by the 'Techno For Humanity' event in Belgium to something in London. From that I realised Id never done a charity event before and felt and urge to do one and spoke to Isis, I know she feels strongly about such issues, we spoke on the phone and we both agreed to come together and organise something.
I: I have graduated in Politics/ Sociology and before working full time with music I worked for government. I try to get involved as much as I can in causes where I feel our music / community can make a difference and create a positive impact to others. You would be surprised how much we can do collectively. Geddes called me to suggest doing something, of course, the activist / humanist in me was over this. We have never worked together but I have great admiration for his work on top of being friends so this came naturally really.
Why do you think a dance music event is perfect for raising awareness for charity and causes?
G: Music and dancing is part of our DNA, it's something that we could call medicine. When we go out and spend hours in the club listening to the music we love we forget about our worries and troubles outside. It’s our freedom and chance to forget about the powers that rule our existence. Since dot, thousands of years ago it was the same. Bringing people together to celebrate and dance shows that we are human and are one. We are fortunate to be able to do that because life is stable, but for others fleeing Syria its not so. Its perfect because its in our nature, for one Sunday after we can come together and be one for a good cause, imagine if we could do that on a bigger scale with not just this crisis but others too, the world could become a better place :)
I: It is a beautiful platform to do that, in my opinion the best. I talk about it here. at Tech Your Time with Denny: http://mixlr.com/tyt/showreel/tyt-invites-toi-toi-musik/ .
Have you been to other charity events like this in the past? What was your experience like?
G: I haven't but I know Isis has organised the Red Dot Relief project.
I: I have been involved in several projects such as 'Toys & Needs' in South America or on a grand scale of things, I have managed the Red Dot Relief project globally following the Japanese Tsunami. Dance Music stood together to help this beautiful nation, our dear Japanese people, to this day, one of my proudest and most rewarding projects.
Is there going to be money raised at the event, and what do you plan to do with it?
G: Isis has been looking into this and has taken great care in where the money is being sent.
I: We will always try to choose a charity institution / NGO that is actively working directly for the cause we want to help. In most cases the bigger ones, such as Red Cross, etc. centralise all donations from the whole world then spread it to different conflicts globally. It is not that we wouldn't like the money to go beyond the Refugee but not only we make sure it goes to that specific cause which to us should take priority but we are directly involved and following how this money will be used.
The money raised at the event will be sent to an organisation called Starfish. We have a friend, member of our community, also a music journalist, Peggy Whitfiled, who is in the front line helping the refugees, she has been reporting from there and the situation is crucial. (see links on the facebook event)
It hasn't been revealed yet, but can you tell us any more about the lineup? What can we expect and how did you choose those to help you with the music for the night?
G: I think we're both quite particular about music so we just picked people that would work for us, at the moment a few of those guests we can't talk about but its also relatively obvious who might be supporting. Of course there's myself, Voigtmann and Unai Trotti to help proceedings along
I: This line up is formed of artists who care so much about Humanity, they have amazing hearts and are some of our closest people (not to mention artists we have the highest regard and admiration for). Craig Richards / Judy and fabric will always do what they can to support causes like this, people that actually really do care a lot. We are honoured and very thankful Craig is taking part. The other guest, we cannot say much although, like Geddes said it is obvious. I am also very thankful Unai is taking part, he is friend / fellow promoter and also a great representative of the London community.
What is the key message or feeling you want guests to leave your night with?
G: Speaking for myself I’d like people to have a feeling on gratitude for how lucky their life is, to forget about the trivial problems that we carry around and think about guys in different parts of the world who have it less fortunate then ourselves. Especially in war torn countries...
I: Adding that, people need to believe in change and actually care more. Collectively we are so empowered, our ability to organise ourselves with a focus can have a major impact in the world, people underestimate that. <3
Peggy Whitfield, friend of Isis and Geddes has been volunteering on the front line in Lesvos, proving an information hub but most importantly an inspiration for the run up to this event. Peggy is volunteering with an NGO organisation, soon to be under the name of ‘Starfish’, which is where the money raised from the event will be going. Started by one woman out of her restaurant, this is an example of how grassroots movements can capture the kindness of many, and grow to make a real difference: https://www.facebook.com/HelpForRefugeesInMolyvos
How did you hear about Starfish, and then go on to become a volunteer?
How long have you been there?
P: I backpacked through the middle east and spent a month in Syria around four years ago. I was overwhelmed by the kindness of Syrians I met; I was offered meals, free accommodation, medicine when I was sick and the words "Welcome to Syria" echoed in my ears everywhere I went. The war there, the death and the destruction of archaeological sites has really upset me. I have been following the refugee crisis in the news and I was getting increasingly angry by dehumanising way that sections of the British media spoke about people fleeing danger, as well as all of the ignorant, selfish comments many ordinary people were making. So I just decided that I would try and re-pay some of the kindness that Syrians showed me when I was a stranger in their country and go and see if I could help at all. I wanted to try and make sure that we give refugees the best welcome to Europe that is possible.
I did lots of online research and I found out that roughly half that arrived in Greece this year came to Lesvos and I really like the Facebook page for the organisation that is now called Starfish. So I jumped on plane at the beginning of September and came out here. I was initially planning on staying for one month but there is so much help needed here that now I plan on staying until Christmas and maybe longer.
Can you tell us about any inspirational or motivational stories of people who have shown extreme bravery, or gone on to do well because of organisations like this?
P: You meet all kinds of people here. I have met many people who have lost their whole family in Syria to chemical attacks, I've met Afghan translators for the British army who were just dumped by 'our boys' when they pulled out and have now become a target by the Taliban because of their perceived collaboration, I've met Iraqis who have been tortured with electricity for no particular reason at all. We have had five day old babies pass through our transit camp at Oxy, as well as grandmothers in their 80s. I've broken bread and drank tea with doctors, musicians, housewives, shopkeepers, IT specialists and teachers. These people are just like us, they have just had their homes, lives and futures taken from them.
We do our best to help everyone arriving here in Lesvos, giving them food, water, medical treatment if required and onward travel to Mytilini where the refugees get papers for onward travel. I'm in touch with a few people I've met along the way and it's great to hear when they arrive in Germany or Sweden or wherever their final destination. They are safe and they can start to begin their lives again.
What is the best thing people can do if they want to help in some way?
P: There are many ways that people can help. You can volunteer all over Europe. You can donate goods. You can give money. But one of the most important things you can do is try to change public opinion and pressurise our governments. The UK is doing shamefully little at the moment. We are one of the richest countries in the world and at present our commitment is to take 20,000 Syrian refugees over a five year period. We have a responsibility to help our fellow humans, especially when you consider that we are directly and indirectly complicit in creating war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. We have reaped a whirlwind of death and destruction. The least we could do is help people who have had to live through this.
‘Dance for Humanity’ takes place at ‘Shapes’ in Hackney, on Sunday 25th October.
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View the Facebook event for more information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475762596065163/
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I recently had the pleasure of chatting to Josh Boyd about his party, MODU:LAR, which has been warming the hearts of Merseyside clubbers since it was formed, eighteen months ago. As a Lancashire lad myself, it has been great to see quality line ups in the area and especially in Liverpool, which is a beautiful city in itself. With tINI, Fumiya Tanaka and even Rhadoo already making their journeys up to the North-West, I wanted to dig a little bit deeper into MODU:LAR and find out some more about their events so far...
Hey Josh, so when did you discover your passion for dance music? What gave you your inspiration?
Hey, I guess growing up in a city that’s all about dance music, our group of friends were treated to a wide range of events, environments, genres and artists in the early days of going out in Liverpool. The best party I’ve ever been to is mUmU in Tobacco Warehouse with Anja Schneidjer and Pier Bucci (Live). It was a totally new experience and I still carry it with me today, a true game changer. Not solely because of the music, but the combination of everything else that came along with it. You probably had to be there - sub zero temperatures and girls in floor length fur coats! Madness.
What was the concept behind MODU:LAR then, and how did it come to fruition?
MODU:LAR was a project that took a while to decide to run with. The name stems from the fact that we wanted to piece together all those things that we’ve enjoyed through the years and to package those parts up in our own way. MODU:LAR by name, modular by nature. I wanted to hear more of the sounds that I’d grown to love and I wanted to hear them in my home city. Myself and Scott Grant, who’d been resident at mUmU and had had the privilege of playing some great parties during his time there, (including RM3 in Fabric) decided it was the time to have a go ourselves. It was born from the love of music, as any good party should be.
Can you take us through the first couple of events then? I know you had some big names on the bill like Rhadoo, Julian Perez, Bella Sarris...
The first date was arranged for 1st March 2014 at the popular warehouse location, HAUS in Liverpool’s creative district, the Baltic Triangle. Ion Ludwig, an artist we’d admired for a long time, was the first ever booking thanks to Isis at Toi.Toi, and he was paired with Dan Andrei and our good friend Leroy Roberts to create a lineup that we knew would make for a totally unique experience in Liverpool. It was a perfect launch and we never looked back.
Following this, and, with some help from our now resident and old friend Thomas Marren, on 4th April we welcomed another booking designed to challenge the tastes of party people in the city, Rhadoo. He’d played in Liverpool before, but not for a good few years and for a new party this was a big deal. Musically it was the best thing we could have asked for.
From this point, and with some challenges to face through summer (including winning over the locals), we’d switched to an infamous, intimate venue called The Magnet, booking both Sam Russo and Bella Sarris on consecutive dates. It provided the opportunity to really cement that home crowd and the equally talented selectors did it justice for us.
September came around and to open the winter season with intent, we’d invited Julian Perez to play who was for us, the perfect booking at the time. He performed alongside a truly talented and rising artist in Jack Wickham at The Magnet again, and with it being my birthday weekend, I probably enjoyed it more than most and I’m sure close friends can back that one up!
I know you had worked hard to book tINI as well, how did that go down in the end?
The night was developing well at this point, and when we moved to another new location we welcomed tINI to the city, six weeks after her set at Amnesia’s Closing Party. A true coup for us, and one I can only thank her for taking. It was a long time in the making and I think our ethos of being purely about the music, as well as creating an environment that offers a platform for different artists to enter the wide electronic music sphere of the city, really did seal it for her.
CDV regular and all round great guy, Sander Baan also travelled to play at the party and has since become a good friend. We were musically blown away, and, at a sellout capacity of 500 people, the hard work had finally paid off. It was a tough one to deliver - hotel problems, lost baggage from connecting flights (the worst) and loads of lighting never arrived, but no one noticed I’m sure. I even had to cycle across town at one point with an hour to go before the party. But these things happen to the best of us!
And then it was your first birthday in March?
So we had a couple of months off (and a few Sunday parties inbetween with the moniker Sonntag) and then returned for our 1st birthday party at Camp and Furnace with our original guest, Ion Ludwig, one year on from his Liverpool debut! Full circle. He was joined by another idol on the scene and one of the best DJ’s we’ve had the pleasure of meeting, Fumiya Tanaka. To push the boat out, Andrew Watts also provided insane live visuals and made it a true occasion. It was a great way to celebrate the first year.
Your Easter party looked particularly good fun aswell...
Yeah Easter is a traditionally busy period in Liverpool, and we opted for an out of the box lineup, bringing two artists together, Evan Baggs and Molly, who have equal and varying qualities that made for an unbelievable evening of music. Despite huge events going on around the date, it all came together and it was a party with a true vibe, one of our top favourites in all honesty.
Which brings us nicely to Summer 2015, where you decided to start an open air series at Constellations right?
Yes, so to welcome a new musical outlook, we had to match by changing our surroundings. For the first party, we invited New York house legend Tony Rodriguez aka Brothers’ Vibe, and a Liverpool favourite from Desolat, Yaya. It was a huge day, followed by driving afterparty at a super cool location, 24 Kitchen Street.
Part two of the summer was in the same two venues, and this time it allowed us to welcome two fantastic artists in Martinez and Francesco Del Garda. They impressed as expected and played an amazing b2b to take us well into the morning at Kitchen Street, on a scarily accurate sound system... it was another unforgettable night with more stand out moments than you could remember. The series also welcomed a number of local acts, some that had played before and some that hadn’t: Brennan, Danny Fleming, Sam Power and Michael Dowding.
Wicked - so far, so good! What is in store for this winter then? I know you just had D'Julz play for you...
D'Julz and Archie Hamilton played on 26th September which was great. It was billed as our winter opening, but some unseasonal weather allowed us to open up the outdoor space and it made for a great night. It was good to see some new faces with students coming back and again, and we couldn't have asked for anything more from the artists. D'Julz actually saw Josh Wink, who's a long time friend of his at the airport in Paris, who was also on his way to play in Liverpool - so the other promoter gave him a lift into the city from the airport to save us a journey. I couldn't get in touch with him and by chance saw him in a record shop where Josh was playing a pre-party. He had a beer in his hand and was dancing away in the corner so a bit of a worry for us but he was unphased - a cool customer!
Coming up we have a number of dates set for the winter season, with a special party planned for 24 Kitchen Street welcoming an extended set in intimate surroundings from none other than Sonja Moonear on 5th December, one of the artists of the moment, making her Liverpool debut. There’s also New Year’s Day party to be announced that brings a few new faces to the decks, as well as a follow on date on 6th February with another lady of Perlon who’s one of my personal all time favourites. Really excited for those.
Following that? Our own artists are developing all the time; Scott Grant, Nerram and co. will be driving us forward as ever. We’re working on MODU:LAR’s 2nd birthday in March and only more and more good times to come.
As part of our regular compeition series, MEOKO are giving away 2 tickets to MODU:LAR's next event with Sonja Moonear on 5th December, with dinner for two at Constellations and a £30 bar tab for the evening too.
with "MODULAR" as the subject title! Good luck!
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This summer I had the pleasure of working with an artist who previously, I didn’t know too much about. Further to this, I didn’t know he was part of a Berlin based collective known as Die Holländer. Sander Baan, the man in question, unbeknowingly introduced me to a world of new grooves. Following one mix after another in the labyrinth of Soundcloud, I was able to experience a synergy of DJs that led me to listen to over ten hours of music non-stop. Sander Baan, Makcim and Just Pete altogether make for a irresistible collective of artists that had me hanging on every kick and clap. Years of alchemy in the Berlin booth has resulted in a trio that intrigued me further, so much so that I had to fin out more.
2005 where it all started… 10 years ago is a long time. So, before that time do you remember how it started for each of you individually?
Sander: We started playing before that already in Holland at some beach parties I organised in The Haque in 2002/2003. The first gig in Berlin was a birthday party of mine which I did together with Guido Schneider in the then newly opened Arena club. This party was legendary, it was on a Wednesday and there were 50+ people visiting from Holland and we had a amazing lineup with Zip, Margaret Dygas, Bruno Pronsato live(first live set) & Steve Bug. The vibe at this party was so special we all got infected by the city of Berlin and of course the Dutch people were the last standing on the dance floor. The summer after this, I organised my first party at CDV and it was a 48 hour party with a lineup with mostly Dutch people. What happened there and the boat party after this was for me, the best party experience I had in my life, the people who were there know :) After this we became residents of Club der Visionaere.
Makcim: Like Sander said, I met him in 2003-2004 and we played at that party on the beach in The Haque at the Mecca. At that time me and Pete had already played together a lot :) I remember your birthday party, a crazy party. The party was 48 hours (hah). My first gig in Berlin.
Just-Pete: I started DJing around 1997 and got inspired by really cool clubs like "Funki Bizniz" in Eindhoven & "Doornroosje" in Nijmegen where they played really good house & techno music. My first gigs, for me were at our own parties, Feels like ages ago!
You’re originally Dutch (all of you?) but you’ve all found a collective home in Berlin. Was this where you found each other?
Sander: Me and Pete were born and raised in Holland. I've been living in Berlin for 4 years now.
Makcim: No, I grew up in Moscow and moved to The Netherlands at the age of 12. Then I started buying record and playing when I was 18.
Sander: You have have a soft G accent so… You're Dutch :)
Just-Pete: Makcim & I met when I moved to Eindhoven around 2001, we actually started playing together pretty soon back then, mostly in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven. I can’t remember where Sander came in? I've definitely got to know him through Makcim though ..must have been the infamous beach parties!
Can you remember the moment you all thought “Okay, lets try this out”? Was there a particular time you found yourselves on the same line up, or did it start behind closed doors in the studio, etc?
Sander: There wasn't a specific moment, we just found each other because we shared the same passion for music and the similarities in music taste, its just a natural thing which was meant to be.
Makcim: I don’t remember the specific moment either...but it was not behind closed doors :)
Just-Pete: Sander’s parties in the Hague… one of them probably took so long that we all ended up in that setting somehow.
Die Holländer: where does the name come from?
Sander: 10 years ago we used to drive to Berlin to either play or party and we were usually the last man standing so at one point the crew at CDV and the security guys used to say "ah da sind wieder die Holländer" which means: Oh the Dutch guys are here again (in a way thats its meant to make trouble) so as a joke we used that name :)
Over the last 10 years you must have had some moments whilst playing together that your will remember for the rest of your lives. Is there any that you can share with us?
Sander: Many, but the highlight for me personally was the first party in CDV. We also did tINI & the Gang in Ibiza a year ago, one Die Holländer edition in Hoppetosse, before the return party a year ago too, and then the CDV edition of July, which was really good, mostly because of the nice crowd we had.
Makcim: Yes! More then one! Same for me, the gig in Ibiza, at tINI and the Gang at the beach was very special, the vibe, sound, people, environment..everything, musically...but also the 21 hour set at CDV 2 months ago...felt right, music wise and the vibe..
Just-Pete: For me it was one of the first times we played at CDV and ended up (with Gregor and co.) having this boat party after a 20 hour set, this boat trip (we better call it) was such a magical experience. We stayed on the middle of a lake for hours and hours. We could play as loud as we liked.... That whole weekend was just perfect for me.
This summer brought you to London at Eastern Electrics. What’s it like playing away from you Berlin base?
Just-Pete: That was pretty awesome! I could get used to that!…
Sander: Its a new experience but so far it has been really nice, its very nice to be travelling with your best buddies to other places and do what you love to do. I really enjoy playing together with them, they’re usually are the best gigs for me. We will also play in Parker Lewis the 3rd October, a club where me and Makcim played together beginning of April, its a really nice club with two owners who understand what its about so yes we are looking forward to that gig.
Makcim: Yes! We had lots of fun together, as always! I love to travel and play with these 2! What’s it like? Way shorter sets (haha)
Now you’re residents at Berlin’s Club der Visionaere. That must feel like home to you?
Makcim: Yes, indeed! You got to love the place..no words needed here...lot of things are said about CDV :)
Sander: Yes home although I really enjoy playing at the sister club Hoppetosse also, but nothing can beat the intimate feeling of playing in CDV so close to the people.
Just-Pete: It does feel like home for sure! People are always amazing (up for the long run), for sure the bar crew and night manager they always take such good care and make us feel really comfy there. Like you do at home! :)
Do you have a sense of healthy competition when you playing alongside each other; seeing who’s going to bring what out of their record bag each time?
Sander: Well yes of course, we spend weeks before the actual party finding tracks which the others don’t have just to have each other amazed when we play and it gives us a lot of joy to hear a new bomb played by either of us, thats why you see us smiling most of the times behind the decks when we play :P
Makcim: Yes, i do feel that… I think we all do our very best to keep surprising each other...but we do play for the people so some times we play records we’ve heard too many times. I’m speaking for my self of course. These 2 guys are the best DJ's I know, not because they are my friends, but they keep surprising me with very cool records.
Just-Pete: Yeah, for me these two guys inspire me every time, we share a lot though, which I think is really cool. As far as a competition goes… I personally wouldn't want to say that... It's all about what we create together....good records you don’t know yourself is really helpful for me to get that vibe going!
With that in mind; What’s new in the bag? Who are you listening to right now, production wise?
Sander: Nothing specific really, we play a lot of old stuff.
Makcim: It’s always underground, dirty, sexy house music..new and old..too many things to name..come and check us! :)
Just-Pete: I'll skip this one... so much good stuff out there...new and old!
Anything we should be looking from coming out from yourselves in the near future?
Sander: Check out Makcim & Levi's upcoming releases, some really good stuff coming from them. I’ve been busy in the studio since last year with a friend finishing tracks and preparing to launch my own label beginning of 2016, which will start with a release from ourselves. This looks and sounds all very cool and I am very excited to finally launch this.
Makcim: Me and Levi had a previous release on Raum Musik, a very special label for me and just a while ago one on Apollonia! We just finished 6 new tracks so there is a lot going on. I know that Pete and Sander love some of the new tracks, thats important to me!
Just-Pete: We’ll, we’ve had this idea (for quite a while now) to go in the studio for a Die Holländer release; but this is really hard to plan. Makcim is the one to keep your eye on.
And finally, where in the world can we see Die Holländer next?
Sander / Makcim / Just-Pete: 30th October we go back to our winter home Hoppetosse in Berlin.
MEOKO are giving away FIVE tickets to go and see Die Holländer play at Hoppetosse, Berlin on 30th October.
with "HOPPETOSSE" as the subject title. Good luck!
Words by Anwaar
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Top five records to be bagging this month! Buy links in the names!
Julian Perez - FAS010 (Fathers & Sons)
FAS010 has already been played nearly eleven thousand times since its upload on Soundcloud and proudly sits at third of the Deejay buzz chart without a release date even in sight. Such excitement for this record is naturally due to the high level of playability for nearly all of the FAS releases so far, for which Julian must take massive credit. With analog goodiness warmer than a cup-a-soup hug, all three tracks glisten aurally with B1 in particular making my big ass shake with its romping bass and lazy maracas.
Geisterstadt EP - Schroepfer Pollet (Soulsity Romania) [SOUS006.sd4]
With MPs last record already fetching for £58 on sharkscogs, I would highly recommend keeping an eye out for what is one of my favourite labels at the moment. This EP, which is by no means Soulsity’s strongest, is worth a buy alone for the super tropical B2, ’Mutt Siarras Pi’ with its groovy swing and wicked mix down. This is stunning, soulful Romanian House at its finest.
Cosmic Energy - OdD (Sol Asylum) [SA07]
Featuring in Suciu's MEOKO mix and with support elsewhere too, A1 - Vortex, sexily spirals out for eleven enchanting minutes and comes loaded with soul licked minor ninths and a routine, stonking OdD groove. Danny Dixon and Damian Daley haven't been pissing around this year, with their hefty originals and remixes hogging sound systems with buttery smooth synth lines and ballistic percussive work. With another new output ‘Tapes of Old’ now on the table too, these boys will no doubt continue to stamp their mark on the underground.
Brooklyn - VA: Sonodab/ Nastia/ Baraso/ Zendid (Park & Ride Records) [PAR003]
Wicked release from the Park & Ride crew, who are stepping forward with their best release so far in 2015. Massive credit is due for the care with which this record has been made - every mixdown is humming at the individual level, yet there is a distinguishable and relatable feel between each track. Zendid's B2 is the pick which feels like a spooky stroll through an alien spaceship, while Nastia’s A2 is a more fatty affair, but still satisfyingly minimal. A solid score for this record which is a fresh and up to date representation of housey techno in 2015.
Valcea EP - Amin Ravelle (TVIR) [TVIR003]
Another amazing release from the Ukrainian based TVIR, who have now ushered Spaniard Amin Ravelle into the limelight with this wicked EP. ‘Mon 2893’ is buggy bad boy and festers for bars on end, clogging itself up with glitchiness before imploding into a splendid drop which will send dancefloors into hysteria. The other original, ‘Relantier’, although a bit less sidesteppy as its predecessor, also holds an equally impressive arrangement with its ticky-tacky hats, cloud nine pads and big ass bassline. Mariin then barges in if that wasn’t enough, with a mind bending remix that completes this record, and no doubt gets my gold star as the hottest wax this time around.
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With Toi.Toi only a few days away, I got the chance to delve a little bit deeper into the story of Mr. Roussos, who will be making his UK debut for the party this weekend. As a humble man and an avid vinyl collector, Mr. R has also kindly provided the heat with a tight mix which froths with tingly deep house. Watch out for the man with the silky skills on Sunday, in what is a mouth watering line-up with Fumiya Tanaka, Bruno Schmidt, Junki, Lamache & Voigtmann, who will all take the stage in Shapes for a memorable evening of quality music, sound and vibrations.
So can we start with Crete? What was the music like there growing up and how did you start getting into dance music?
Even I was living in Crete which is an island away from major cities I was fortunate enough to grow up in a period where vinyl was the most common medium with 6 different record shops operating in town.
My father as a vinyl collector made sure that the “vinyl bug” will be inherited to me by spending hours looking for records on a weekly basis. By the age of 14 I was already into it and I had my own small collection. During that time a new record shop opened its doors by a man that was meant to be my mentor in dance music.
I read that you started playing records when you were 14 (1989 - Summer of Love!)… How were you getting hold of your vinyl and at what point did you start playing out in clubs?
Alex came back from Ibiza during the “summer of love” and introduced me to a music genre that changed my life forever. House & Techno records were imported from Europe and the U.S and I was blown away by it. Soon 2 turntables and mixed was installed in the shop and I started experimenting with beat-matching and mixing. I must have spent thousands of hours in that record shop for many years.
In 1990 Alex wanted to bring the warehouse rave experience to the city and he organised one in an abandoned building. I was added to the line up and it was my first ever performance to a crowd. After that I was hooked and amazed by the whole “party experience” and it literally changed my life. From that point on record collecting, Djing and event promoting kept going on till the present day.
So what happened in-between this time and the Revolt! parties being born in 2012? How did Revolt! all start?
For me all this has always been a hobby, something that satisfied and fulfilled me with passion and energy and I never looked at it as a full-time “job”. Of course I had my regular job and the frequency of music related involvements was low, except the record collecting part. The frequency on that grew bigger over the years.
In 2011 I got a weekly residency in a small bar in town and I called it “Revolt!“ with guests coming over to play with me the type of music we loved against the commercial regime that ruled everywhere. The experiment worked and the crowd got bigger and bigger. It was a small revolution. Later on in the same year during one of my gigs in Athens I met with the people that are now part of the team and we decided to take Revolt! to Athens and to a wider audience. We started with small events bringing over guests with like minded philosophy like Lowris, Kashawar and Cleymoore. The crowd embraced the sound we were pushing and soon we moved to bigger venues and eventually bigger names like Zip, Thomas Melchior, Baby Ford, Onur Ozer and Daniel Bell to name a few.
Can we talk about the label too? What was your vision behind it?
Due to the fact that all of us in the Revolt! team are vinyl lovers we decided to start the label with tracks and producers that we loved and played. The first release came out in 2014 and it was received with great success and the second release is coming out as we speak.
I believe this is your first time in London? How did your gig come about and what are you most excited about playing for Toi.Toi?
This will be my first time in London as a Dj and I’m really excited about it plus the fact that I’m gonna catch up with many friends that are living in London the past few years. And the most exciting part is that I get to be part of the infamous Toi. Toi events know for its quality line-ups, their strong followers for years and most important their obsession with proper sound systems installed for the events. It is the most important factor for a DJ to know that his music selection will be presented in the best possible way to the crowd. I’m fed up with poor sound systems in events that result in mediocre nights even if the Dj is doing a very good job. I met Isis & Claus last year in Athens for Revolt’s Zip After Party and again for our co-production Revolt! x Toi Toi event with Daniel Bell, Ion Ludwig, Katou & myself. There was a very good chemistry in personal and musical level that led them to invite me in London for their October event.
Why am I most excited about this party ? Clearly the chance to play b2b again with Voigtmann & Lamache.
I love your mix, the mixing is impeccable and the tracks are emotive and strong, was there a particular angle you wanted to come at for the mix?
I have been doing quite a lot of podcasts lately and all have this deep, emotional, journey - type of flow and selection of tracks. In the Meoko Podcast I wanted to be more uptempo and housey with lots of vocals and classic tracks I usually play out.
Lastly, which producer do you think we should be keeping an eye out for at the moment?
Hard to choose one name out of so many talented and upcoming producers that are making amazing music at the moment.
Due to the fact that I am a big fan of the Japanese school I would say RADIQ.
MEOKO MIX 203: Mr. Roussos
Toi.Toi tickets here
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Next weekend, the DISCOBAR gang will be out in full force to celebrate their first birthday at the Hoxton Basement. Brothers Alex & Digby, Sammy Dee and Yakine will all contribute to make a super tasty lineup alongside head honchos Lamache and Guillaume Tailleu.
A&D themselves have kindly chipped in with an amazing mix ahead of their appearance next weekend, which features some quite incredible productions and a banquet of unbelievable samples... check it!
In the meantime, I sat down with the main man, Lamache, to find out a bit more about how things were going so far in the world of DISCOBAR…
Hey Lamache, so first things first, what does the name DISCOBAR really mean?
DISCOBAR was something we came up with after a gig me and Guillaume (Tailleu) played in Belgium, many years ago. Over there, DISCOBAR means DJ booth… We found it funny and kept it as an expression for different things… It kind of stuck so it was logical to name the label after it. Its easy to remember, has an international pronunciation and is a timeless word for us!
Cool, so how did the label came about then?
I have always had this feeling deep in myself to do something label-wise; to build a family by sharing the music I love with other people. I remember the day when Guillaume and I were sitting in my living room and I told him I wanted to start something, and he did as well. At the time there was a lot of good music coming our way from some close friends, so it was the right moment for us to start something. At first we had ODD SOUL, and a remix from our friend THE MOLE. We were really happy about this collaboration for the first release, it received a lot of support and we had the very first DISCOBAR party at the Rex Club in Paris… it was an honour to do it there.
…So it was a natural progression?
Yeah, its funny because Guillaume and I never planned to do a party. It is a job in itself and you need some proper skills to do a good one! We don’t do a party just for a party, but more to launch our releases. After the Rex we decided to do something at the Hoxton Basement for ODD SOUL and THE MOLE, then we came back again a few months later to celebrate our second release with TOBA and ARK (both live performances). Both parties were successful and we were really happy with the response from our friends and the crowd. There was a beautiful mix of people and everyone was really happy on the dance floor!
What is it that you really like about Hoxton Basement?
I started my London career in that basement with my family Toi Toi Musik and there are some really important memories for me in there. For our parties it’s a good location for people to join us and its nice and cosy inside. Another big plus is that we can work with the sound as much as we want in there with our dear sound engineer. The sound is one of the key elements to our party; there is no good party without a decent sound system for the DJ and the crowd.
Nice! So lets talk a little bit about your 1st birthday…
On October 9th, it will be a year since DISCOBAR started publicly. On the line up is our very close friend Yakine, who is kind of involved in the label now with all the new graphic design, and also Sammy Dee, who is an artist we respect a lot for his career. We also have invited our other friends Alex and Digby, who have been working really hard over the last few years. They are top DJs and producers. Their label, Flash As A Rat, speaks for itself and their style is really unique. We are really looking forward to celebrating our 1st anniversary with all of our friends in London, and this is special for Guillaume and I, as this project is something we have been working really hard on!
Great stuff Lamache, Okay so lastly before we go, is there anything exciting you can spill about future releases for DISCOBAR?
We are adding some new friends to the family, and the next release (3rd) will be announced very soon with an EP produced by the young talents, Zendid. You will definitely hear about them soon if you have not already, The following release will be produced by another duo, but i cannot say too much for now! Let’s keep it there for now, but what I can definitely say is that its going to be a very strong 2nd year for DISCOBAR!
MEOKO MIX 202: Alex & Digby
Discobar 1st Birthday tickets
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Once every couple of months, I’m sad enough to spend a few hours scanning through all the upcoming events and noting down every promising fixture that may be worth a visit. During my last update, I couldn't help but notice that Rhadoo was plastered on five or six wicked parties coming up in the next few weeks. If you have been unlucky enough to miss out on this wizard recently, it might be worth mulling over some of these nights to get your latest fix of Romanian techno.
Sat 03.10 - System at MINT Club (Leeds) with Sonja Moonear, Steve O Sullivan (live)
After Villalobos and Zip played to a shamefully quiet tent at Mint Festival a couple of weeks back, I expect a much brighter turnout for Saturday’s killer lineup in Leeds. Mint Club is a place close to my heart with its close quarters, mega sound and Watergate inspired LED ceiling. This should be an awesome evenings worth of sound, with the wonderful Sonja Moonear and Steve O Sullivan providing the back up to what will be one of the standout parties in Mint in 2015.
Sun 04.10 - Half Baked at Oval Space (East London) with Greg Brockmann, Sam Bangura
Granted, London has had its fair share of the Romanians recently, but who cares? Half Baked parties are always fantastic fun with proper vibrations in the crowd and consistently impressive bookings. Last time, [a:rpia:r] buddy Raresh was sublime and I expect Rhadoo to wipe the floor in similar fashion.
Fri 09.10 - Hotel Scandalös at Robert Johnson (Frankfurt, DE) with Ricardo Villalobos
Warning! Rhadoo AND big daddy Villalobos in one of the most intimate clubs in the world? A must attend for anybody around Frankfurt next week.
Sat 10.10 - Miormitic 2015 (Cluj, RO) with Petre Inspirescu, Praslesh (Praslea & Raresh)
With Sunwaves hogging the majority of the festival limelight in Romania, I’m happy to see newcomer Mioritmic contribute with three days worth of amazing talent. Not only are RP(PR) out to play, but the créme de la créme artists of RO like Barac, Priku, Cezar, Arapu and even Loco Dice will all be making an appearance. Flights to Cluj are quite reasonable, (as is Romania in general) so this might be well worth a visit if you are after super friendly vibes and a special soundtrack to match. My pick of the bunch.
Sat 17.10 Dockyard Festival 2015 at ADE (Amsterdam, NL) with RPR Soundsystem, Praslea,
For the first time since early August, RPR Soundsystem will be officially headlining a party, which will be an experience for all those lucky enough to witness it. ADE really caught my attention this year and is boasting over 2000 artists spread over 120 clubs. It is the lesser known events though, like the MMouse meditation sessions and gear test labs over the course of the four days, that really made me want to catch a flight over to Amsterdam. Dockyard Festival itself will be a highlight for this years event, which will be spread over five stages and set in the derelict, rough backdrop of NDSM Docklands, a former shipyard turned club space which is full of raw, dirty character.
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One of the cheekiest smiles you'll find in techno is no other than the lovely Seb Zito. And why not? This year has seen him lay it down at some heavy FUSE parties, whilst making serious moves release wise too - (his EP ’Takataka’ is still waiting to be bought in my juno cart.)
Such moves haven’t gone unnoticed either, as Seb finds himself playing at what looks to be a killer Cocoon all day party on 3rd Oct, with king Sven Väth, Dana Ruh and Carlo Pisaturo. My feelings on Studio 338 are already well documented, and I expect Cocoon to go to town interior-wise whilst giving the VOID a seriously good workout too.
I for one am delighted to see Seb ride solo on the lineup, as you don’t always get to see him spin without fellow fuser Enzo. His selection will be proper - hot, groovy, full of impressive sound design and unreleased shit too. In the meantime, feast yourself on our Not So Serious chat about stuff…
Before a set I…
Take a big dump.
Funniest thing I’ve seen on the dance floor…
Some chick snogging some poor guys shoulder. Back at 93 Feet East we saw some strange shit at FUSE.
Last record I bought off discogs…
DJ Catt & DJ Foxx- Casafied Modern Music EP
Jeremy Corbyn is…
An old git
Most people don’t know this but I’m secretly really good at…
Favourite place to eat out in London…
hahaha amongst the guys I'm renowned for picking bad restaurants but I tend to eat a lot of Asian food.
If you were stuck on a desert island for the rest of your life, the three things I would bring are…
I’d bring a boat and 2 oars so I could get the fuck outta there.
Best dressed member of FUSE is…
Rich Nxt. Mans got some serious galms.
and worse dressed…
808 or 909?
Producer to watch out for at the moment is…
Name a gift you’ll never forget...
My first ever bicycle, I loved it so much that i actually took it to bed with me.
Best soundsystem / room in the world is…
Mate. We do the best systems & have the best booths also. At FUSE, the guys put so much time & effort into the sound at whichever venue we use; 93 Feet East, Village Underground, Sankeys… Everywhere. We've always retweeked the sound to suit us. But, as a raver i always loved Ministry Of Sound main room.
Hardest thing I’ve ever done...
Leaving my Career to pursue my love for music.
Best thing that happened this week was...
Buying half of Itsu and pigging out on the Sofa with my chick.
If you could work with one singer / songwriter, dead or alive, who would it be?
Phil collins. As a child I wanted to be him.
If Jesus walked through the door, what would he say…
You're going to hell.
Favourite footballer is…
Pele will always be my favourite even amongst todays greats. As a child my father brought me up on Brazils style and id watch & study his game through videos and old recordings.
Favourite place to eat out in London…
hahaha amongst the guys I'm renowned for picking bad restaurants but I tend to eat a lot of Asian food
To able to not hear or not see?
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When I recently caught up with the lovely guys at Forever, there was an audible shift in their voices when we got down to house and techno. Obviously passionate about proper parties, I like that they are drawing on their personal experiences to give us lucky Londoners a taste of the events that they feel are best from around the world.
Having already had Archie Hamilton cut the ribbon for the party back in July, Forever now return with their second offering on Saturday, with Desolat dreamboat Yaya and the wonderful Anthea both taking the stage as the evenings main attractions. The stage in question is the Egg London which is the chosen space for Forever to splash their heavily-inspired ideas onto. One major upside to this selection, apart from a healthy 800 capacity and a Res 4 Funktion One install, is the au naturel outdoor terrace, which hopefully will radiate the same vibrations as the ever so special Sunwaves.
On the terrace you will find a plethora of DJs, from talented Scott Kemp to Trapped’s own Rhys Samson who will both make their way to N7 on the 26th. With such forces at work alongside the Forever residents, expect super dubby, wallowing grooves packaged with special noises and spazzy hats.
This really isn’t complicated. Passionate people wanting to throw great nights, and all for the love of the music. Fortunately the guys already have a visually striking brand, intriguing lineups and a fresh ethos which wants more like minded people to be a part of their family. With careful watering, every day, Forever has got serious potential.
As part of our regular competition series, MEOKO are giving you the chance to win:
x1 Signed vinyl of Scott Kemp - VIVID EP (LDN001) from his own label LDN
x1 YAYA T-shirt by twicetoonice
x2 VIP entry tickets to the event
with "FOREVER" as the subject title. Good luck!
Full Line Up:
☀ Yaya [Desolat - Italy]
☀ Anthea [Cocoon // Brouqade]
☀ Scott Kemp [Novus // LDN]
☀ Code 494
☀ Felipe Kastegliano [Zombie SoundSystem]
☀ Rhys Samson [Trapped London]
☀ Ireen Amnes [UnderMyFeet]
☀ Frank Tama [Subform]
☀ House Da Rest [Key of Life]
☀ Acid Kids
☀ Paris Wilkinson
☀ ROOM 2 (Hosted by EIGHTY DEGREES OF FUNK)
☀ Jnr Windross (B.A.R.E)
☀ Jarz (New Fact Music // Body Parts)
☀ Damian Nova (Volume)
☀ T Neb (Cadre Movement)
☀ Kofi Tyson (Eighty Degrees of Funk)
For tickets click here