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Sunday 30 Sep 18 Into the Valley 2018

Into the Valley 2018It's with great pride we announce Into the Valley festival 2018 in Andalusia, Spain. The location is the amazing ancient castle Castillo Sohail in the town Fuengirola. For this year the concept has kept evolving but without leaving the original vision. Obviously the biggest change is moving from the cold and rainy north to the sun at the very southern end of Europe. Also the setup of the music program is changed and will take place in four different settings.__________________________Lineup until now:Beach areaLocation: Av. Mare Nostrum, 3, FuengirolaDj DeaTbaTbaTba__________________________Festival areaLocation: Calle Tartesos, FuengirolaAcid Paulicharlotte bendiksDiana RadaDj SeinfeldElena ColombiEmmi FribergFabio Scali x Stef GregoryFatima OsmanFloating Points, solo liveHeidi LawdenHuneeIndira PaganottoJessie GranqvistLarry Heard aka Mr Fingers, live LegoLicaxxxNatasha DiggsOmar-SPeggy GouSchatraxSvek (Jesper Dalhbäck x Stephan Grieder)Young MarcoTbaTbaTbaTbaTbaTba__________________________Night area:Location: Calle La Orotava 27, MálagaAdriana LopezAmelie LensChloe, liveLaurel HaloOscar MuleroAnastasia Kristansen x BTraitsDr RubinsteinKrankbrotherUlwhednar (Abdulla Rashim & Varg), liveTba34 out of 46 artists in total__________________________Second release tickets out now!(First tickets release sold out)Tickets + more info: https://intothevalley.com--------Into The Valley 2018 Con mucho orgullo anunciamos Into The Valley festival 2018 en Andalucía, España. Tendrá lugar en el maravilloso y antiguo Castillo Sohail de Fuengirola. Este año el concepto ha seguido evolucionando pero sin dejar atrás nuestra visión original. Obviamente el cambio más grande es movernos del frío y de la lluvia del norte a una zona soleada al sur de Europa. Además, el programa musical ha cambiado y tendrá lugar en cuatro ambientes distintos.__________________________Alineación hasta ahora:Área del festival:Ubicación: Calle Tartesos, FuengirolaAcid Paulicharlotte bendiksDiana RadaDj DeaDj SeinfeldElena ColombiEmmi FribergFabio Scali x Stef GregoryFatima OsmanFloating Points, solo liveHeidi LawdenHuneeIndira PaganottoJessie GranqvistLarry Heard aka Mr Fingers, live LegoLicaxxxNatasha DiggsOmar-SPeggy GouSchatraxSvek (Jesper Dalhbäck x Stephan Grieder)Young Marco__________________________Área nocturna:Ubicación: Calle La Orotava 27, MálagaAdriana LopezAmelie LensChloe, liveLaurel HaloOscar MuleroAnastasia Kristensen x BTraitsDr RubinsteinKrankbrotherUlwhednar (Abdulla Rashim & Varg), live34 de 46 artistas en total__________________________Primera venta de entradas (cantidad limitada de entradas)Entradas + más información:https://intothevalley.com

Saturday 03 Nov 18 5 Years Anniversary Decay Records

So Decay are throwing an amazing party to celebrate their 5 year anniversary with an amazing intimate venue and an even bigger line up for you.Let's make this a night to remember.Looking forward to seeing you all there.Come along and support us and have an evening of meeting new people and enjoying some amazing music.Big ❤️

Friday 28 Dec 18 Epizode³ • Phu Quoc, Vietnam • Dec 28 - Jan 8

Welcome to Epizode³ - electrifying music and art universe! Join us on the magnetic beaches of Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island, from December 28 till January 8!Epizode³ will be rolling again, while bringing back the most spectacular scenario of the year. Who wants to spend the NYE holidays with us, dancing on the sand and sharing those hypnotic vibes? Be ready to get electrified, while enjoying the beats of the top global headliners and live performers, as well as Asia talents.LINE UP:Nina KravizPrasleshRicardo VillalobosSeth TroxlerSonja MoonearThomas Franzmann aka ZipDenis KaznacheevDOTTHibiya LineOuissamPhilipp GorbachevRifainSofia RodinaSunju HargunGet your multi-pass at epizode.com to become the Epizode hero!Epizode³ magic awaits! See you all in Phu Quoc paradise! xx More info TBCFB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1964336323611368/

MEOKO Press

Preview: Decay Records Five Year Anniversary

This November London based Decay Records celebrate 5 amazing years of sharing beautiful music amongst likeminded people, carrying their passion for delivering high quality dubby grooves. Moving the entirety of the focus away from trends and hype, showing faith in music they believe in. Saturday 3rd November the Decay family have curated an intimate affair underneath the arches of, Rolling Stock. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_587164140&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-cb-mix-2018', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_587164140', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_587164140' }); });   The artists on offer on the night fully live up to the expectation of an occasion such as this, seeing old friends and new artists come together. Christian Burkhardt will be bringing his live performance to the heart of Shoreditch. Someone who does not need much introduction, due to his reputation for slaving away immersing himself amongst his technology. Whether working on other parties releases or on his own personal imprint, Burkhardt’s inner ability to create a groove remains at the forefront. A live and rare set amongst this intimacy means this will surely be one for the books. Two back-to-back sets will be taking place on the anniversary including Romanian maestro Mihai Popoviciu and house production machine, James Dexter. Both artists will bring their flavours together, with only one possible outcome. Music to make you move. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_89476081_542893491&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/mihai-popoviciu-meoko-podcast-161', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_89476081_542893491', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_89476081_542893491' }); });   The second back to back comes from the brains behind it all, Davide Decay and Max. Davide saw a vision five years ago, and it was called Decay records, and for him to share his music on this milestone will be special within itself. Featuring alongside friend of the camp, Max. Rounding off the bill will be Lenka and Sagia. A concoction of sounds, to create a vibe we have become so familiar with from the Decay Records team over the years, an evening of friends old and new coming together. Hope to see you under the arches!   More Decay Records; Facebook / Soundcloud / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

'My Aim Is To Spread Positivity On The Floor And Make People Dance, Dance Happily, Dance Wildly, Dance Weirdly.' Voigtmann Mix & Interview - 4 Years of Oscuro

With meticulous dedication to his unique studio productions and versatile DJ sets, Voigtmann quickly gained popularity in the underground party scene and acquired the respect of his peers. After completing his mission with his previous label and party series Toi Toi Musik, Voigtmann went off seeking new musical challenges with the label Subsequent, on which he is releasing his debut LP ‘Sublunary’ this September. His new brilliant podcast for Meoko is dreamy and ingenious; the one-hour recording evolves in a truly natural way touching various influences from micro-house to UK garage, and feels like the perfect soundtrack for morning sunrise after a heavy night out. We are happy to present his MEOKO mix with an interview, discussing his new record and upcoming projects. 1- Hi Claus! First of all, thank you for the mix and for taking the time for the interview. This month Subsequent is releasing your mesmerizing full-length debut album “Sublunary”, which got support from the likes of Zip, Ricardo Villalobos and Sonja Moonear, to name a few. How did the record come to life? What is the concept behind it? Hi Meoko! Firstly, thank you for the interview and glad to be back on your lovely series. In regards to the album, I believe it should be defined by the music on the two black slabs rather than by the people who support it. I think it’s an old-fashioned way of defining quality. Yes, I am happy I got the support, but new people with new ideas are on the rise and always falling back on to the same 4 people for definition is pretty boring and I believe they aren’t comfortable with that either, they are just like us, doing what they love. The decision to make an album came about because I felt very comfortable in my studio. I had the best setup I could imagine in my little room and also felt I knew where I am going to take the album style-wise. I always knew I wanted to keep my debut album as classy as possible. The word ‘timeless’ is overused but I wanted to be able to look back in a few years and still be able to listen back without cringing. Halfway through writing it, I realized that I literally don't care if people like it or not. I fell in love with the process. As an artist, you are ideally maneuvering outside your comfort zone, hence you are instantly faced with judgment from other people. The process of writing the album showed me that the result isn’t the main focus. For me, the beauty is in the process of writing and the amount of thought that went into it. Along the way, my sound changed to something wider, more grown up, more technical. I tried to circumnavigate any trend and really establish a very own body of work. 2- The LP features club sounds ranging from minimal house to techno and breakbeat but also presents an elegant touch in the style that feels closer to ambient music. Can we expect more of this coming from you? I always had an affinity for sounds outside of house and techno… For instance, I have been collecting 70’s funk records for years now. It’s beautiful NOT to work result-oriented in the studio and just see what comes out… Sometimes it’s really weird stuff, sometimes it’s beautiful ambient pieces. I am planning to seek different challenges outside the 4/4 under different aliases next year… For example venture into broken beats/future jazz under V-Man (who would have thunk). I feel, I fulfilled a first milestone with the album and I am now open to all kind of influences. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_d23355b2_250729759&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/subsequent-2/sets/subln001-voigtmann-sublunary-snippets', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_d23355b2_250729759', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_d23355b2_250729759' }); });   3- The album shows impressive and versatile production skills. How did your studio set up evolve in the last few years? Can you name a piece of gear which was especially used for this record? Thank you very much. The studio evolved more and more towards an analog side. I added drum machines and synths I love and could not live without anymore. The album heavily features the Analog Rhythm, The Oberheim OB6, and my computer. I do a lot of textures and the entire arrangement in Ableton while all the rhythm section and the main melody elements are analog. The digital bits sit very naturally behind the analog bits. It’s the best combination for me. 4- Can you tell us about the development of your DJ career in the last few years? I am very proud and happy where I got to, mainly in the last year. I broke free from some chains and expectations holding me back. I also overcame the whole digger mentality; before I tried to fit into what everyone was doing and as an effect, I would sound similar. It’s bonkers, sometimes I felt I have to perform only for the chin scratchers on the floor. I couldn’t care anymore, my aim is to spread positivity on the floor and make people dance, dance happily, dance wildly, dance weirdly. My DJ sets got a lot more energetic but less heavy if that makes sense. The funny thing is that by simply being yourself you present a unique style already, you dig for your own style, you are unique. Once this penny dropped in my head I feel complete freedom behind the booth, playing an old vocal house track and bits I would have never touched before…it’s very liberating. Try it. 5- This Saturday you will be playing at the fourth birthday party of Oscuro in London. What is special about it compared to otherplaces? The boys are doing a great job and pulled together a top-notch lineup. I played for them before and just feel my music is very well-received. I am succumbing a lot more UK influences these days and I feel the Oscuro crowd embraces that. 6- Can you share your highlight from summer 2018? Houghton, Houghton, Houghton. 7- How would you describe your new mix for Meoko? All my recent mixes were very fast and energetic, this time I wanted to create a very slow-evolving, unpretentious afterhours mix with simply a lot of unreleased material and tracks that I consider great music. No need to cram a mix full of the weirdest tracks you know, I find it quite relaxing just listen to the music evolve in one flow. 8- Do you have any other upcoming plans or projects you wish to share with the Meoko readers? I am off to my beloved South America for a two-weekend tour. I had a studio break for a couple of months after the album but from October onwards, I will shift my attention back to the production/studio life. My book is filled with EPs and remixes this year so I will work through them and simply be a happy (V)man in my little studio. I plan to be positive and happy.  See you on Saturday at 4 Years of Oscuro. Words by Giovanni Bodrato   MoreVoigtmann: Facebook  / Soundcloud More Oscuro: Oscuro London - Facebook Event - Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Ready For The Next Epizode: E³ Second Artist Announcement

After the huge success of their recent instalments, Epizode have prepared another 11 days of unbelievable music and art bliss, in a location that is nothing short of amazing. From 28th December – 08 January 2019 on the magic island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam a series of day and night parties have been arranged in custom built areas, and beaches on the coast. Paradise, right? With a lineup of heavy hitters already under their belt including Praslesh, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Nina Kraviz, Sonja Moonear and Zip, you know it is going to be special. These will be accompanied by serious selectors varying from local, and international artists. Some names you might not know, but will be sure to familiarise yourself with after the experience. DOTT, Hibiya Line, Ouissam, Rifain, Sofia Rodina, and Sunju Hargun. Denis Kaznacheev will appear again, if anybody was there last year they will understand the atmosphere the Siberian artist can produce. As the official media partner; We proudly present to you the second wave of artists who have been called upon for the unique occasion. French trio Apollonia will be bringing their swinging grooves with a touch of class, Perlon main stay Sammy Dee, tINI, the legendary Dubfire, Ferry Corsten are just a few highlights of the latest additions. Mr. G’s energetic live performance is sure to go down a treat amongst the palm lined beaches, and clear waters. Full Line up Below: The people and friends pulling the strings behind the Epizode are a true reflection, and inspiration to the scene, with an underlying passion to entertain and arrange diverse experiences with a true attention to detail. There was a social media storm after the last Epizode (everyone has seen the cardboard cut outs of Ricardo last time), and the crew are sure to come back even bigger and better this year. If you are considering a trip to Asia, it is surely worth a thought to tie this in with your trip; in our eyes, we cannot see a better new years extravaganza.   Pioneers of the game, combined with up and coming quality. Who is ready for the next Epizode? We certainly are.   Words by Zac Bidwell   More Epizode; Facebook / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

MEOKO & Rebel Beats bringing the Sounds to Brighton

On the 15th September, the streets of Brighton wont know what hit them with a two room musical line up that can only be described as house heaven -  in the ever so popular destination that is Brighton, MEOKO teams up with local party brand Rebel Beats to bring some of the finest sounding electronic music to our beloved seaside town. To measure up to a city that is one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse seaside towns in England, we have put together a line up of londons most up and coming selectors to set the tone for for a magical jouney from start to end.  EXPECT Funktion ONE, two rooms, 8 djs and the very finest of undergound club culture vibes.     "Brighton is quintessentially unconventional and therefore has a lot to offer visitors who fancy a taste of both the informal and the avant-garde."   Setting the tone for our voyage is Matjie and Obester,  both these artists bring very unique styles to the table. Matje, born and raised in Romania, has been gaining support on his productions from the likes of TiNi and Cezar to name just a few whilst Obester is playing an active role in the african house movement - we have heard these two on regualr b2b sessions and cant wait for them to kick off the night with their chemistry behind the decks. The JADA girls bounce off one anothers vibes. Proper minimal house at its very best!  These girls know how to make you dance, this is their job and they do their job well. Alongside their residency at Sankeys Ibiza they have played at numerous gigs this year in Romania, Prague, Barcelona, London and Ibiza and have been recently signed to Prague based -UP Agency. Producing deep moody minimal, JADA have released on Binaural arts (Ro), Soblazn Music (Ukraine), 4Plae Records (UK) and Unfelde records to name a few, expect plenty more surprises that showcase JADA's dark, hypnotic sound. Then there is CarlosRyan,  these two know just how to get the dancefloor bouncing, trust us!  One can find CarlosRyan at all the best kept secret shindigs happening around the UK. These two's passion for vinyl and music cannot be missed, they are true Dj's at heart and this purity is indeed visable when witnessing one of their sets, somewhere between House and Techno there limitless energetic performances and connection with the dance floor from being true raver’s themselves, keeps you tranquilized with there raw striped back big bass sound.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_fa6e1b62_1601793093&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/carlos-ryan', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_fa6e1b62_1601793093', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_fa6e1b62_1601793093' }); });       And finally completing the line up in Room1 is Rebel Beats (Jamie Bawn & Gabriel Ursu) completing line up in room one. With releases on Endebmic Digital & Two Forks, Rebel Beats have played in Spain, Germany, France and all over Brighton this year and host a weekly show on Trickstar Radio   And thats only Room 1 - for Room 2 we have put together a very special saucy line up of house provided from the likes of Jonny LovesHouse, Magnus Asberg, Beatsworkin and Aaron D.   ROOM1 Weare Jada {ROUND UP}Carlos Ryan {Arupa Music}Rebel Beats (Twoforks/Endemic Digital)Matje b2b Obester ROOM2  Beatsworkin (Twoforks/Endemic Digital)Magnus Asberg (On the House Records)Jonny Loves House (Twoforks)Aaron D  WWW.MEOKO.NET Prepare to emerge into a musical journey filled with healing vibrations and hypnotic rhythms as we dance until the sunrise. In order to deliver an unforgettable experience.Celebrating Jamie Bawn (from Rebel Beats) big 40th birthday too and Jonny Loves House (who is flying in from Barcelona) birthday too.   Saturday: 15th September Doors open :  9pm Venue: Hideout  FB Event EarlyBird Tickets -  https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1152027    

SORTED Open Air & Indoor at Osthafen Berlin

Berlin-based agency COMMON SENSE BOOKING is ahead of their 3 year anniversary. Reason enough for the duo which runs the little company to celebrate that in a proper way with a mini festival in Berlin on the 1.09 / 2.09. @ OSTHAFEN BERLIN, located at the border of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg right next to the river Spree. Built in 1907 as part of the Osthafen Berlin project to support the rising ship traffic on the river spree , the structure was completely renovated in 2010. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_afd515fd_1116755906&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/wareika-meoko-podcast-155', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_afd515fd_1116755906', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_afd515fd_1116755906' }); });   And at the beginning of September the OFF venue is home of the well known party series *SORTED*, a project of Common sense booking... Normally the partys are taking place at Berlins famous CLUB DER VISIONAERE or at the sister venue HOPPETOSSE but this time they take it a step further with a 24 hour madness on 2 floors and on the Sunday during the day with an nice open air spot just in front of the building right on the river… allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_27faec13_2073861412&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/ada-kaleh-exclusive-meoko-podcast-239', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_27faec13_2073861412', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_27faec13_2073861412' }); });   The line up speaks for its self…Pretty much all of the artists are well known from their residencies atCLUB DER VISIONAERE BERLIN and their top positioning not just only in Berlins underground music scene. The event will run for 24hours starting on 01.09 at 10pm until the next day, 02.09 10pm. LINE UP: ADA KALEHALEX CLICHE ARGENIS BRITOAUDIO WERNERBRUNO CURTISCESAR MERVEILLEDANDY JACKEVELINE FINKHANDMADEMIKE SHANNONOSKAR SZAFRANIECSAMMY DEEWAREIKA -live-JOHNNY DALEX KRAEMER+ special guest Visuals & light by Trig Fardust // Open air sound bei KV 2 Audio...   More Common Sense Booking; Facebook / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

'The Highlight of The Weekend Came On Saturday, When The Senses Were Treated In Every Way Imaginable': Review - Houghton Festival 2018

“It’s for one weekend so you’ve got to get it right”, these were the delicately spoken words of Craig Richards in anticipation of Houghton Festival 2018. A place that was described by many as an electronic music utopia in its inaugural year and where getting it right was surpassed once again. The festival is set in the traditional grounds of Houghton Hall, a Palladian Mansion built in the 1720's for Britain’s first Prime Minister. It is a vast estate featuring immaculate hedge rows, herds of white fallow deer, bracken, mysterious woodland and a large gleaming lake. The atmosphere feels curious and inspiring. Produced by the same team who present Gottwood, the focus on creating a unique experience was at every twist and turn taken throughout the 4 days. Music and art are often used in the same breath, but no festival I have encountered before has managed to display both in such an intriguing and compelling manner. Scattered across the site were multiple distinctive paintings and sculptures created by Craig Richards and other carefully selected artists, some in obscure places, but still feeling wholly natural. The stages, of which there were 13 in total, all held their own characteristics, considering aspects of programming and the landscape they were a part of. The captivating ‘Pavilion’, designed by a multi-disciplinary group of architects, was a simple wooden structure contained under the forest. By day it allowed you to take in the beauty of the lake in the backdrop and by night it became a glowing, UFO like focal point. Tantrum, the name of a weekly new weekly night of electro, otherworldly noises and drumbeats initiated by Craig Richards and Adam Shelton was turned into a stage at the festival, bringing these sounds to a UK rave inspired tent with shipping containers and raw materials.  Terminus, a secret stage accessible only by land train featured rare b2b’s and hidden gems all weekend for those lucky enough to find it and which will not be described for those that are still yet to. Phone signal was non-existent; however this again felt purposeful and allowed you to become fully immersed in the environment, people opting to dance rather than film. Sound systems were carefully tailored and ripe no matter the size of the stage, resulting in you being able to stand in any location and feel the music. The food also felt like another form of art, with a floating restaurant, pop-up El Pastor’s and dozens of other high quality stalls to choose from. Trevino’s, a cultural space and meeting point for the festival had leather sofas, pop up record stores, turntables for listeners and a set of 1210’ for artists to play on throughout the day. A friendly and welcoming area, people were allowed to select records at ease whilst being provided by expert recommendations by the store owners. It allowed strangers to come together, some who I’m sure became friends, through sharing their musical tastes and past experiences. It had the feeling of a unification of a scene through the most important aspects, the physical. Aptly named after the late Marcus Kaye aka Markus Intalex aka Trevino, a man who epitomised Houghton in his diversity of sound and attention to detail. Embarking on the 72 hour non-stop musical odyssey on Thursday evening, Adam Shelton and Cassy opened up The Warehouse, a lofty hangar constructed out of metal. A dark space with piercing laser beams and smoke injects, it did not take long for those that had put up tents in a downpour to dry off by filling it into frenzy and set the tone for the rest of what was to come. On Friday it was a pleasure to finally be able to witness not one, but two Schatrax sets, a man who made his name in the 90s with house music that still sounds as deep and playable as it did then. Firstly at the Magic Carpet, a warm dome, where he demonstrated this sound and more. It’s a rare opportunity to see him play records out, so I made the effort to go and find him playing again later on, stumbling my way down an endless long dark path to find Terminus and I was not disappointed I did. Playing one of my favourites from him ‘Restless Nights’, the dubby bassline was making the whole crowd move. Over at The Clearing, below the headlights and corrugated steel, surrounded by a crowd, Binh provided scientific, acidic oscillations of sound. Tightly mixed, often almost disturbing with Furfriend’s ‘Fist Fuck’ drawing the audience further into the booth.  Back at the Magic Carpet, Craig Richards was playing the first of one of his 6+ sets, I was as mesmerised by his track selection as I was his by unrelenting energy, shown in abundance when he played his latest release ‘My Friend is Losing His Mind’. The distorted voices, bleeps and punchy techno-electro rhythm sending the early morning dance floor into raptures. The highlight of the weekend came on Saturday, when the senses were treated in every way imaginable. The day started with a sculpture tour in the grounds of the hall. So calm you couldn’t hear the festival at all and providing opportunity for reflection and recuperation. This was also possible in The Orchard, a sanctuary of theatre, performance art and healing therapies. Fully rested I then saw Calibre, another genius and another artist who rarely plays out live, it was special to see him play a set that displayed all his characteristics, moving through ambient, refined dubstep and liquid drum and bass. The biggest ovation came when he mixed his own ‘Wassold’ into Mala’s ‘Eyez’. (  ) MC DRS added even more life into the music. Later on in the day came some of the most anticipated sets of the weekend. Nicolas Lutz started under the darkness of the Pavilion, with bouncy, bass-heavy electro minimal bombs including ‘Gerogliftko’ on his My Own Jupiter label. Legs and arms were feeling the rapid beats that combined NYC garage with space like noises. There was no let up throughout as people jumped around to Back to Basics by Fear-E.   Barac in The Warehouse was dreamy, melodic and a great contrast to the fast paced bumping nature of Lutz.   Now we all know Ricardo Villalobos can often confuse, delight and spellbind in equal measure, but his sunrise set at The Pavilion might be one of the best times many have seen him play. For the first few hours it was completely unhurried as he gradually cast the crowd under his spell. With long drawn out mixes blending shuffling drums, bongos and sometimes just the slightest of basslines, every single person was locked to his gaze. German vocals intertwined with cricket noises as he faded tracks in and out, sometimes bringing them back after lengthy periods out. ‘808 Thebassqueen’ featured a vocal conversation on top of it that I had never heard before. The sun slowly rose behind the booth, at one moment the sky was a purple colour, as he moved into his famous ‘Logohitz’ and a remix of Madonna’s ‘Justify My Love’ no one was going to be leaving this set early. Transitioning from the dim aura he had begun with the latter half sprinkled love and heart felt emotion on the deserving crowd, with tracks like DJ Koze’s ‘Pick Up’, some shutting their eyes for minutes as it played out, others embracing.   Joy Orbison woke the crowd up again on the final day with a feel good set combining classic ice cold garage including ‘Too Blind - Stone Cold Steppaz’ with house and techno joy such as Mood II Swing’s ‘Call Me (Moody Dub)’. Punters swung t shirts round their heads and bopped with glee under the afternoon grooves. On the Derren Smart, one of the bigger and more traditional festival like stages of the weekend, Khruangbin delighted the audience with their Thai/West African influences of guitar funk. Friends held each other aloft on shoulders showing they were well and truly still alive when they ended on ‘People Everywhere’. The band loving the reception they received with grins wide across their faces as they treated everyone to their sincere melodies. Across the weekend DJs were frequently given 3+ hour sets and played more than once. Allowing them to explore their collections and also provide the crowd with the chance to see something different to what they might do at an ordinary club set. In turn it felt like both rose to the occasion, DJs playing records that they may never have had a chance or felt like they wanted to save for the moment. The crowd stayed rooted to sets for the duration, using every fibre in they had to show their appreciation no matter how tired they might have been from the constant dancing. In a year when Richards said everyone who attended would be treated to “the best of everything”, I can quite easily say they were and more. The only downside was that I couldn’t’t do the whole thing again to take in every aspect. Houghton brought together the community of the dance floor of all eras and genres, DJs and ravers alike, where the weekend was spent as one collective and powerful force in an unrivalled setting. At Tantrum there was debut performance by A-Future, the new electro alias of Adam Shelton, playing a fresh exciting brand of the genre. Dark and moody cuts like the Sync 24 remix of Stratowerx’s ‘Secret State’;   sounded great in what was one of my favourite tents of the weekend. Keep an eye out for Shelton & Stratowerx’s new label ‘Eon’ which will be bringing this sound to turntables very soon.  The magic wasn’t quite finished as Helena Hauff closed out, tearing through forceful electro and techno, an eerie green mist rising from the crowd under the pouring rain, it complemented her sound perfectly. Ending on the heavily reverbed, enchanting and cinematic ‘Mutual Arising’ by Galaxian, I and many around me were longing for it to continue, but there it did finally come to an end.   Words by Tom Warner Photo Credtis: Here & Now   More Houghton More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

'London Always Has A Special Place For Me, The History Of Dance Music Is Vibrant And Is Still Bustling With Energy.': Maher Daniel Mix & Interview

It has been a long time coming, join us as we caught up with the natural and humble talent that is, Maher Daniel including a special mix described in his own words; '.. it will start of Slow and build nicely telling a story.' 1-      Hey Maher, first of all thanks for your time. How are things so far, how was your Off Week? Off week was good, great to see and hang out with so many friends, considering I live in barca I took it a little easy and went to specific events. Its gets a little hectic and can’t be everywhere at once. But over all I had a great time and it was definitely a refreshing year. 2-      Born in San Francisco growing up in Montreal, living in Barcelona; How is life treating you in Barcelona? And please tell us about the scene in Montreal as your Motherland. Living in Barcelona is fantastic It truly is a central hub in Europe with a lot of shows and artists coming through. The city itself is refreshing the people and the energy is amazing I would not change it for anything. Montreal was considered one of North Americas main party hubs, the city and its dance music culture really brought me to where I am today. From its summer events at Piknic Electronik and its vibrant club scene its still going strong building and growing. 3-      You have recently been to London to play at Apt: x Visionquest alongside Shaun. We heard the event went great. How does it feel for you to visit London to play? London always has a special place for me, the history of dance music is vibrant and is still bustling with energy. I love coming back to London and playing. The Apt: team were wonderful and the showcase with Shaun was solid. we both had a great time and the party was really good. Looking forward to coming back again.   4-      Sadly you had a misfortune with your flight which resulted in late arrival to Sunwaves; but you still managed to play last April. Also that picture, Guti and Amir dancing on the bar while Argenis Brito playing, you also appeared in the picture with a big smile. How was your Sunwaves 23 experience overall? allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_c268ae3c_1045720324&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/maher-daniel/sumwaves-23-recoded-mix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_c268ae3c_1045720324', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_c268ae3c_1045720324' }); });   That was a whirlwind of emotions, but I still managed to play on Tuesday morning. All in all Sunwaves this year was truly incredible. Every year it only gets better and better. The team and staff are truly amazing and take care of the artist, Like there own. The vibe and energy is refreshing and inspirational. I always come back from sunwaves with new ideas for production and studio work. It really gets the creative juices flowing.  Arpiar Friday night was on fire and one of the stand out sets for me this year was Petre Inspirecu on Monday morning. 5-      Your Creatures of Habit mix landed at a good time remarking the collaboration. How did you guys meet and decide to play back to back? Any future gigs as COH? Yes it did, myself and Amir had met a long time ago in Montreal but then he left to work in Paris, on his return to Montreal, I Happened to be playing with Ricardo the same night at stereo and he was there. We connected and the birth of Creatures of habit started then. There are a few gigs in the pipeline including our show at the Bpm festival for my label showcase The Other Side. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_6721c4b6_1228642443&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-podcast-creatures-of-habit', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_6721c4b6_1228642443', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_6721c4b6_1228642443' }); });   6-      Looking at your recent & upcoming gigs, it is pretty heavy. You are played with RPR at SS festival; it sounds like a great lineup. It must be a great feeling to play alongside the Romanian trio. Will it be the first time? Yes been really busy building a solid schedule for the summer and this is one I was excited for, as it was the first time for all us of playing in Iceland. I have played with the guys 2 other time this will be the third time. It is always exciting playing along side the boys, as they do inspire me technically and musically. 7-      Speaking of upcoming releases, please tell us a bit about your future releases, collaborations and remixes. Well one that I am really looking forward to came out on July 23rd on circle music. They got the rights to Der Dritte Raum’s album and have reissued one of my all time favourites Hale Bopp, which I have had the honour to remix. Also the first release for the second series of records on my label The Other Side will  see a Creatures of Habit Collaboration with a remix from Barac. Plus much more allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_163049e5_828669739&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/therehtoside/sets/tosw001-maher-daniel-final-remixes-featuring-guti-shaun-reeves-and-olivian-nour', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_163049e5_828669739', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_163049e5_828669739' }); });   8-      An exciting project, The Other Side Series; Any future plans/releases you can share with us? The Beauty of the label was to always push up and coming artist plus a specific sound and direction and I think with the first releases I was able to do this. Following up in its second year there is a lot of exciting new material coming out. With artists such as Guy From Downstairs, Faster,  Barac, Hokuto Sato and Creatures of Habit. 9-   Thank you for the mix, it sounds quality. How would you describe it? This is mix is a curated  with loads of new music I have collected and ordered over the last couple months it will start of Slow and build nicely telling a story. 10-   It has been a pleasure to catch up with you. Anything else you would like to add? Thanks for Having me it really was a pleasure being part of the editorial and thank you for having me. #   Words by Erchin Jon   More Maher Daniel: Facebook / Soundcloud  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Starting September The Right Way w/ Hypnotic School Day Festival

As we make our final touches on our summer party calendar, we take a closer inspection at what Hypnotic School are serving up in a few weeks time in Barcelona. Starting September the right way. The Hypnotic organisation pride themselves on proving how much art, music and culture can be combined to make a positive influence on people’s lives, and on September the 1st they will be demonstrating this at an extremely special location. Skate Park BDN plays host to the day festival, an off-key venue located next to the beach, transformed by specialised production staff to enhance the experience. Music on the day will be nothing short of amazing, with artists of the highest order on the bill to perform in this perfect setting. The special guest for the occasion will be tINI, a fitting choice for the atmosphere of the day at the skate park. Alt. Society, Cab Drivers, and revered selector, Julian Perez, will join her next to the beach for a day of distinguished sounds. Performing live sets will be the fantastic Ion Ludwig, a raw and natural talent with technology, and exceptional trio Premiesku will be there to take you on a trip on the Funktion One sound system. It does not end there. To make this experience well rounded there will be various movements located around the venue. Art exhibitions, art performances including live painting, and personal gifts from the Hypnotic School camp. An underlying passion for the brand is to keep vinyl culture alive, so there will be a wide selection records available to buy in the on-site vinyl store. A nice touch for the day is, that party goers will be able to come and go back and forth to the beach as much as they like, so if you need to rest those legs the beach or chill out area will be available throughout. Also taking a focus on gastronomy, and ecological sustainability HS will be providing their own food and one off refreshments for the day session. There will be a live stream available for those who cannot make the event, but we highly recommend you take the trip and be hypnotised in Barcelona. More than just a party, a full participation for attendees with a sound track like no other. Enjoy the best of both worlds, urban and nature all in one sitting.   Words by Zac Bidwell More Hypnotic School / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

'Romania meets Switzerland; Perfection meets class.': Club Midi Manifest at Supermarket

This September (1st & 2nd) something extremely special will be taking place in Zurich. A collaboration of forces. Supermarket, a club known for its high quality line-ups, supplying electronic music to the largest city in Switzerland, invite Club Midi for a rare extended session taking place over 35 hours. The occasion is called, Club Midi Manifest, a fitting title, as the only artists featured on this marathon will be experienced Club Midi and Midi Records musicians. All taking place in an intimate setting on a complete KV2 Audio fully analogue sound system, a warm and pure sound. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_408fccba_1699646832&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-priku-oct-2017', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_408fccba_1699646832', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_408fccba_1699646832' }); });   The underground Romanian scene has been no secret for many years, but for one of the clubs to broaden their horizons and bring their whole concept to another country marks a unique experience. It is an opportunity for all artists to display their sound, and showcase the natural talent they all have. Starting early afternoon on the Saturday will be Midi Club resident RQZ, and Paul K, both playing lengthy sets taking you through to the night time stint. Midi chief and most familiar face with the brand, Mihigh will be setting the mood alongside Arapu, and Priku until Sunday morning. Through till the end will be a masterclass of talent, G76, Lizz, Sepp, Charlie and of course Midi mainstay K.D. Chriss. “installing just enough equipment to deliver an adequate sound would not enable us to deliver uncompromising quality, and that goes against the philosophy of the Supermarket club” Sandro Bohnenblust (Supermarket’s Proprietor) The choice of club for this exclusive party was not taken lightly. Running for 20 years this year Supermarket has formed in to a home away from home for international artists, to come and display their interpretations of sound. Accounting highly for its soul focus on quality and ability to listen to music as attentively as you would in your living room but in a club experience. The list of artists to perform here within the last two decades is never ending, and the success of Supermarket has driven a surge in demand for special performance spaces. Romania meets Switzerland. Perfection meets class.   Words by Zac Bidwell   More Supermarket / Club Midi / Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview: 4 Years of Oscuro

Oscuro, one of London's leading underground music brands, turns 4 years old; experiencing at Hackney's wickED venue Studio 9294, an open-air terrace during the daytime with the beautiful canal in the scenery, then the party will move into the warehouse space from sunset until sunrise which seems like a perfect setting to honour the anniversary!  15th of September will be the stage of an incredible line up, entirely filled by the some of the finest top DJs of the underground scene with Lamache and Voigtmann as headliner of this Special party! Lamache is a familiar name for lots of us, his sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity redefine his style previously a member of Toi Toi Musik alongside Voigtmann was a hugely credible and established label and party on the London circuit,  sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity redefine his style specialises in trippy style of house and techno. After years of a very rooted Djing career that makes a name for himself in London, his personal journey led him to Berlin to concentrate on developing his label Discobar which brought him traveling all around the world hosting memorable showcases representing a skilled collective including Zendid, Digby, Robin Ordell, The Mole + many more! His sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity redefine his style specialises in trippy style of house and techno, can’t wait for this one! allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_4a9f0c21_553788614&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/modular-liverpool/modular-15-voigtmann', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_4a9f0c21_553788614', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_4a9f0c21_553788614' }); });   Another headliner smasher Claus Voigtmann very well know into the scene as the Co-founder of London’s most underground and conceptual party, Toi.Toi.Musik and all around the world, is an artist with an ever increasing catalogue of knowledge, taste and skill, providing what come forward to be a long road ahead of him. Max Vaahs & Cedric Dekowski mostly showcases at the ever illustrious Robert Johnson in their residing Frankfurt have bring them massively fame! Finally to close this exciting line up a very sick duo The Ghost, are the two DJS behind Berlin’s first mobile record shop. Josh Tweek and James Creed, British native, have a combined 15 years of experience in varied corners of dance music - most significantly are getting ready to drop an amazing records selection for the Warehouse after party. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_51a8e3ee_1257726288&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/my-own-jupiter/the-ghost-moj-mixes-10', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_51a8e3ee_1257726288', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_51a8e3ee_1257726288' }); });   To complete the bill Jack Ling & Jayar . The two have made a strong impression lately been hosted by Half Baked last party and they’ll  definitely beat themselves again. Come early then and I’ll see you on the dancefloor!   Words by Aghnes      More Oscuro London - Facebook Event - Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

An Into The Valley Journey Is Always A Special One, A Brand Committed to Beyond the Norm

With a recent announcement of their second wave of artists, and second release tickets, we look at what the Into The Valley team have in store for us all this September. Taking place on the 28th September until the 30th, and as always a unique and off key location will be awaiting festival goers. A breathe of fresh air and a new start for Into The Valley, as they take their experience and organisation to the picturesque Andalusian Coast in Spain (as south as you can possibly go in Europe). In total 46 artists will travel to the historic realms of Fuengirola a small and remote town that can easily be accessed via Malaga. So far 26 of the artists have been revealed. The recent announcement included an array of special performances including Floating Points (Live), Hunee, Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers (Live), Schatrax and a special Svek (Jesper Dalhbäck x Stephan Grieder) appearance. Day time events will be taking place during the hours of 12:00 – 23:00 spread across three stages The Castle, The Theatre, and The Beach. The location is somewhat different to what we have seen in the past, but prepare to be charmed by the historic setting of the Solheil Castle, which leads you to the sunny coast in the south of Spain. The Beach stage will be open to the general public throughout the duration, bringing a strong link between the community and the festival. Alongside these beautiful backdrops, will be a more industrial setting, a non-stop stage, keeping the fun rolling. The Into The Valley crew work tirelessly to create the most fulfilling experience for all involved, including the local communities. Wherever they may locate their parties, there is strong communication and involvement with the surrounding people. Cuisine is something they account highly for collaborating with local businesses and restaurants ensuring the ultimate healthy food and beverage balance for all attending.   An Into The Valley journey is always a special one, a brand committed to beyond the norm. Many more announcements will be made within the next few months, including the night time artists, the Sunday after party, and several collaborations ITV will make with local businesses.   All information: https://www.intothevalley.com/   Words by Zac Bidwell   More Into the Valley: Facebook / Facebook Event / Instagram More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

3 Smoked Olives Festival - One of a Kind

In under a week, a magical annual journey will be taking place on a island on the Danube river, located on the border between Romania and Bulgaria. 25th July – 30th. Coming up to its sixth year, 3 Smoked Olives Festival proves once again why it should become a vital part of your party calendar, and also showing how large festivals can take better care of our environment and the nature they seclude themselves in.  A worldwide cast have been called in for the occasion including over 40 artists such as Akufen, Dan Andrei, Ion Ludwig, Lamache, Losoul and Zendid. A five-day music marathon, with no limit or boundaries on the variation of sounds. The musical soundscape will be unlimited with a certain underlying form; people will be dancing whether it is in the summer breeze or beneath the starry night sky. The team pride themselves on their taste in flavours spanning from house, techno, minimal, breaks, soul, jazz, reggae, you name it, and it is welcome on the island of Danube. Allowing the festivalgoers to let loose in their own particular ways.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_df61a6e7_1140952754&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/3_smoked_olives_island_festival', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_df61a6e7_1140952754', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_df61a6e7_1140952754' }); });   3SOF allow you to reach full contentment before the journey has to end, and for us, that is the key. Five days can certainly take its toll on the body, but whilst on the island there will be plenty of activities and water sports to get involved with. A small break from the dance. In the sea, you will be able to go kayaking, surfing and wakeboarding.  Also on offer will be theatre shows, movie projects, improvisation classes and documentaries will be shown across the duration of the festival. Catering for everyone when they need that rest bite. Full LineUp:Ada Kaleh România - Akim# - Akufen - Andreiu - Andrey PUSHKAREV - Bonso - Bross - Camilo Gil & [ØNE + 1] - Charlie - Clovis - Crihan - Dan Andrei - Dj Vasile - Dragos Ilici - George L - Gescu - GOLAN - Herodot - Ion Ludwig - Junki Inoue - Kosta - AWDD - Lamache - Losoul - Maria Von C - Maxi Storrs - Mihai Pol - Mihai Popoviciu - Miss I - Mṛ Roussos - Olga Korol - Petra Acker - Piticu - Prichindel - RAHA, Tokyo, Japan - Rawness - Sedee - Sepp - Sergej - Suciu - Sweely - The Rabbit King - Vlad Dinu - Voi Cu - Zendid Registrations are open!SIGN UP HERE ???? https://goo.gl/j3GACf #3SOF2018 Submerging itself even deeper in to mother nature, the festival is timed perfectly as two major natural events will be taking place, on the 27th the longest moon eclipse of the 21st century will be taking place (103 minutes), clearly visible due to the lack of urban lights in the surrounding area. The following evening a meteor shower, Delta Aquariid will be taking place, peaking at night time. Although always taking care of the environment, a particular focus this year results on minimum waste from the festival, plastic straws will be banned from the island, cutlery and glasses are made from biodegradable materials. All waste will be disposed of with local processing agencies. A direction many festivals should be taking in this day and age. See you there! Full line up and more info: https://3sof.com/lineup/ Words by Zac Bidwell   MORE 3 Smoked Olives Festival MORE MEOKOMORE MEOKO

Moonland Festival & MEOKO - Win Over x40 Vinyl.

An original creation combining music trends and the most highly regarded media arts, in an otherworldly location.A place that can only be compared to the geology of the Moon. 6 stages, with over 50 hours of music from the likes of Underground Resistance, Barac, DeWalta, Enzo Siragusa, DVS1 and Ion Ludwig to name a few. Sounds perfect, right? Well we have also lined up a competition in the build up to the main event, even better? For your chance to win please, like, share AND  email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // with the  TWO artists you would like to see the most at Moonland Festival. - TO SHARE >> CLICK HERE August 3rd-5th the ruins and remains of Rummu, Estonia play host to the first edition of Moonland Festival. The anticipation is building for what is in store within those prison walls as they present the whole spectrum, catering for all desires. Carefully selected DJ’s and artists from around the world, light and laser shows, full video mapping that has never seen the time of day in Estonia before, and interesting workshops. If dancing in the sandy quarry becomes to much and you need to rest those legs, food courts and chill out areas will also be planted around the festival. To come up with this fantastic concept and making it all become reality a team of international organisers have come together. From Estonia (Murk & Hall), Russia (system 108, Arma17, Sila Sveta) collaborating with FUSE (London), Broquade Records (Germany) and Estonia 100. There is years of experience there, and we believe this truly is the start of something amazing. Full Line up: 
Abelle(RU) 
Adamov (RU) 
Andrey Vishnevsky (EE) 
Archie Hamilton (UK) 
Artur Laats(EE) 
Barac (RO)
Boris (DE)
Boym (RU) 
Call Super (UK)
Charlise N Chaplin (BE)
Christopher Ledger (IT) 
Cristi Cons(RO) 
Dana Ruh (DE)
Daniel Avery (UK)
Dasha Redkina (UE) 
Denis Punch(EE)
DeWalta(DE) 
Dorian Paic (DE) 
DVS1(US) 
Eisi (EE) 
EL (RU)
Enzo Siragusa (UK)
Exit Safe Mode (EE)
Hipushit (RU)
I-F (NL) 
Ion Ludwig LIVE (DE) 
Janina(DE) 
Juho Kusti (FI) 
Kamran Sadeghi LIVE (US)
Katja Adrikova (EE) 
Koray Tuncel (TUR)
Kovyazin D (RU)
Legowelt Music LIVE (NL)
Mariano (AR)
Mashkov (RU) 
Mava b2b Nebukat b2b Paul / RutmiKa (EE)
Parallax Deep (SE)
MERIMELL (EE)
Mihkel Maripuu b2b Tarmo Paluoja (EE) 
Mike Shannon (CA) 
Momo Trosman (AR) 
Mr. & Mrs. Jonson LIVE (DE) 
Nastia (UA)
Nikita Zabelin (RU) 
Nima Gorji(DK) 
Octo Octa LIVE (US)
Per Hammar (SE)
Perc (UK) 
Philipp GorbachevLIVE (RU) 
PTU (RU) 
Regis (UK)
Ron Morelli official (FR) 
Rossko(UK)
Sariim (RU)
Shaun Reeves (US)
Shutta (RU)
Sleeparchive (DE) 
Sofia Rodina (RU)
Tanel Mütt (EE)
Taran & Lomov (LV)
Volition Immanent (NL)
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE (US)
Yanatacky (EE)
and many others… Several pre parties for this magical event have taken place around the world, and will continue throughout July. So far the team have taken their party to Madrid, Moscow, & Tallinn, Estonia. Still to come is Riga, Latvia, Saint Petersburg and Berlin. MOONLAND FESTIVAL TICKETS Luckily for MEOKO readers, we have teamed up with the Moonland team for a very special vinyl competiton from the majority of the artists involved, and it is very simple to enter. The list below consists of the records on offer already, and as we draw closer to the event we will be adding more so be sure to keep an eye out. Ion Ludwig / Toi Toi Musik /  #6 : Remixes Villalobos / Brito Dorian Paic / Raum Musik / Sasse - Soul Records : Remixes Ricardo Villalobos Dewalta / Saluki Master 865109 Shaun Reeves / Shantu 001 Mashkov / TLP004 / Maher Daniel / TOS / Number 004 : Remixes by Dana Ruh, Agenis Brito and Ada Kaleh Janina / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YV29POcr3w Nastia / Propoganda Records / Rayo Lezo B Voice /  SAKTU001 Momo Trosman / Cure Musik / 006 The Flip Artur Lääts / Murk / Apollo EP - Artur Lääts Christopher Ledger / Brouqade / 0044 Chrisopher Ledger Dana Ruh / Cave Recordings / CR003 Double Vinyl Mariano / La Montana Discos / LMD001 / unknown artists from Rosario Mariano /  Mirca / Various Artists / remixes from Federico Mollinari. Gulp Phillip Gorbacachec / PG-Tune /  Double Vinyl Abelle /  Arma Records / Number 017 /  Remixes Mick Wills Archie Hamilton / Moscow Records / Moscow 023 - Archie Hamilton Confused EP Dasha Redkin - https://www.discogs.com/The-Kicks-Experimental-Boat-Edition/release/11183678 Boym - [BPV018] Rainer - Psilocybin EP For your chance to win please, like, share AND  email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // with the  TWO artists you would like to see the most at Moonland Festival. Good Luck! Get your ticket here: http://bit.ly/moonyousoon-tickets MORE MOONLAND FESTIVAL More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

'I think that an artist always has pressure to deliver something good at anytime': Under The MEOKO Microscope - Giuliano Lomonte & Mix

Here at MEOKO, we took the opportunity to interview Giuliano Lomonte as part of our Under the MEOKO microscope feature, where we scout out emerging and underrated talents. He tells us about his musical journeys from his homeland to Germany and paints us a picture of what clubbing is like in both countires. And of course the future plans including his own record label Point of View. Read on... Hi Giuliano, thanks for your time! How’s life been treating you lately? Hello guys, thanks for having me. Life is great now that Summer is finally here and that always puts me in a good mood. You’re originally from Italy but when did you move to Berlin? What decided you? I moved to Germany 10 years ago actually, it was 28.08.2008 :) During the years before I decided to move, I was actually flying to Germany once a month to go and visit all the best parties that were happening around the Frankfurt area at the time like seeing Ricardo Villalobos playing at Robert Johnson, Love Family Park Festival and many others. After realizing at some point that I was spending more time Germany than I was in Italy, I decide to relocate to Mannheim, as during that time I met and became friends with many people from there so it seemed like the most logical step. After an intense 2.5-year experience there I felt there was more for me to discover in Germany especially as it was, and still i, the heart of the electronic music scene so in March 2011 I moved to the city that would inspire me even further to continue to pursue this musical dream, and that was Berlin. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_63751b1b_1391682514&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/pressuretraxx/sets/einzelkind-giuliano-lomonte-surrounded-by-you-ep-ptxs012', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_63751b1b_1391682514', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_63751b1b_1391682514' }); });   How was the scene like back in Italy? The scene has been always been strong in Italy. The country has a long history of appreciation for house music and club culture. Italians love to go out and celebrate and there are many nightclubs all over the country for people to enjoy. We still have many good club that made the history of the italian nightlife, to name a few, Goa Club in Rome, Clorophilla in puglia, Tenax in tuscany, Cocorico in Riccione. Since day one, they all run top quality party! Do you have any favourite clubs to play? I know we can quite often catch you behind the decks at Club der Visionaere and Hoppetosse… There are many clubs that are on my favorite list but on the very top is Robert Johnson. I love playing there so much and it is such an honor every time I get the chance considering this was the place for me where everything started and inspired me to change my life completely! Of course I really like to play in Berlin at CDV and Hoppetosse too, there is such a feeling of freedom behind the decks there, I can play things I would never be able to in other cities as the crowd is always up for everything and the parties last so many hours that as a DJ you are really able to show a range not possible in short sets like in most other clubs around the world. I really feel home when I’m there. I must also add, a few years ago I discovered another club that has all the characteristics for a perfect party. It’s called VENICEBERG and is in Verona, Italy. I recently I had the opportunity to play a 12 hour B2B there and it was magic! The booth was perfect, the sound system was amazing and the crowd were all so connected to us and each other, so it made the place very special. Im so glad we have a club there like this today, it really makes me proud to be Italian. “La Musique” makes me think so much of Sunwaves where it was rinsed last year, it seemed like the perfect place for this tune. So I was wondering, do you produce with a specific context in mind — for example, those aforementioned clubs…? To be honest I didn't had anything specific in mind, just the bassline. All the rest came after I had that. I did go to Sunwaves a couple of years ago so maybe something stuck in my subconscious about a moment I had in that environment that somehow I might have accessed without being aware of it when I started the idea for the track. I always try to allow myself to be free and not think too much when I’m making music as this tends to interrupt the whole process for me and creativity is a very delicate thing that comes moment by moment without having the feeling l have control over it. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_8da655be_1863641257&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/musicpointofview/sets/giuliano-lomonte-la-musique-ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_8da655be_1863641257', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_8da655be_1863641257' }); });   And how was it getting back to production after such a hit? Did you feel any pressure to craft another banger, for example? The La Musique EP was probably the best expression of myself that I have released up until now so it was nice to get such great feedback on the production, and it gave me the confidence to continue and make that my minimum standard to strive for with all my future records. I think that an artist always has pressure to deliver something good at anytime, and this becomes even more intense once you have some success with a particular track. I had to learn not to be too hard on myself after this came out and got so much attention because you can’t choose what is going to become a hit with the people and what isn’t. You just have to be happy with what you have done for yourself when you put your music out into the world for other people to hear as and then after that’s totally out of your control. I feel like your style is usually more understated, but would you say you have a “style” yourself? And if so how would you describe it? Well I was a clubber to begin with and that will always stay with me in the style of music I make as a producer and play when I DJ. I always aim to create an experience where people can feel high on the dance floor even if they are totally sober! Are you an after-hours kind of person? I am all all hours kind of person haha . I would say yes i'm also; its the time when finally i let myself go after all the work is done. and if you are surrounded by good friends and people can just be great! It seems like you’ve had more gigs outside of Germany lately, do you feel like your career’s picking up recently? Did it affect your daily life? Since I signed with Solid AM in 2017 it has been really great especially to have the support from an agency like that, based in the city i live, which represents so many other great artists such as John Dimas, Vera, Steve O’Sullivan and Sammy Dee. Actually I was working full time as a professional chef for the last 15 years and just doing music and DJing on the side in my spare time but I had to make the decision last year to quit that so I could focus all my time and energy on the music as it was really taking off so much I couldn’t manage both any longer. How was it playing across Europe, and even Japan and Australia recently? It was incredible! Japan was totally insane! Such a different culture for me to experience, it was like taking a glimpse into the future! I have to say though that Australia was the biggest surprise and shock. So many great gigs, especially SASH in Sydney and then Breakfast Club at 161, I couldn’t believe so many cool people were out in Melbourne on a Monday afternoon going crazy and so into the music! They really should do this party all over the world. I was very impressed with the Australian way of life. It felt so relaxed and easy with so many friendly and happy people but 6 days was definitely long not enough to be there and I can’t wait to get another chance to visit there again but next time I would love to stay much longer. Let’s talk about the label now if you’d like! What’s your motivation with Point Of View, and how did it come about? I wanted to start my own label as a place to be free to release my own music and music from other artists I believed in without the time pressure or difficult release schedules from other labels where sometimes you can be put in a position where you need to wait for years before they finally are able to release your tracks. This can be incredibly frustrating as it can also happen that over those years you are waiting, the tracks feel so old to you that by the time they finally come out you could be in a totally different place musically and creatively which can also be confusing for people that do love and follow your music. How do you choose the producers you’re going to release on the label? It’s usually friends i believe in which I feel is the most important. We all share music in our daily lives with each other and if I hear something i feel i can support with the label I really like to do this. I feel the personality of an artist is so important as it comes through in the music they create as its the expression of the artist’s soul and I really believe in all the people I have around me. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_fce4069c_1215694948&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/musicpointofview/sets/noha-no-point-in-talking-ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_fce4069c_1215694948', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_fce4069c_1215694948' }); });   Speaking of which, what can we expect from you and Point of View in the near future? There has been a full concept behind the label since I started it which revolves around the number 12 which has always been a very significant number to me. There are 12 letters in Point Of View, and there will be 12 releases on 12 inch vinyl and a big surprise for the last release which is going to be something very special from me personally and will tie up this whole project in a really interesting way. I feel it’s so important these days to do something with meaning, there are so many labels out there, to stand out you have to be unique in your concept and deliver quality music consistently. The next point007 that will be out in September is going to be the third original EP from me on the label which I’m also very excited about. Finally, thanks for your mix! What were you aiming for with it? Well I wanted to give you guys something very special. It’s a part of my last set recorded live from Robert Johnson which I think shows exactly what people can expect of me as a DJ for any club set I play from opening, to main and also to after-hours. And considering how special this club is to me and my whole story, I hope you will all enjoy listening to it as much as i loved playing it.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Giuliano Lomonte   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube Here at MEOKO, we took the opportunity to interview Davy as part of our Under the MEOKO microscope feature, where we scout out emerging and underrated talents. He tells us about his musical journeys from his home town Leuven in Belgium to Brussels to London, and paints us a picture of what clubbing is like in Belgium, and why Fuse is such a special venue. Read on...

Under the MEOKO Microscope with MARLIE

Marlie,  a talented and passionate selector born in Sydney has certainly made her stamp on the music map. Recently just signed to Round Up Agency, Marlie has fast tracked her career by playing her unique and signature sound with a flawless and professional manner that has earned her respect throughout the industry in a very short time. Having kicked off her career properly in 2015, Marlie already has co-founded one of Londons biggest parties Point, established her own project roots which seeks to explores many differnt avenues of the industry and puts its focus on the local community and exposing the sound that she loves to her native country aswell as having played many high profile gigs including CDV, WYS and Up Festival to name just a few. MEOKO can't wait to see whats instore next for this young and promising artist. Click here to listen >> Marlie MEOKO #259 Which is the track that changed your life? The one that made you understand that music is really a particular emotion, more intense than others. Taking me back to my very first days in East London before I started playing… It’s a track called Jacausa by one of our mates who’s artist name was Circus Line at the time. It was my first time at Keep on Going and I’d just discovered the wonderful world of minimal music. I’d often get goosebumps when I’d hear it - It just took me somewhere else.. Which are the DJs and producers with whom you feel more affinity, and with whom you would always like to share words, music and goals? In the past couple of years I'm so happy to have met & connected with two of my favourite artists, Priku & Barac. I've seen both of them play multiple times & I continue to have so much respect for them. Priku played the best set I've ever experienced at Sunwaves and Barac's set at Up Festival this year was just so special. Aside from their music they are both beautiful souls which is what makes them more of an inspiration to me. It's no doubt that RPR are also a huge influence on me musically and artists that I admire.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_693b940e_2096595740&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/marlie-8/sets/marlie-podcasts', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_693b940e_2096595740', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_693b940e_2096595740' }); });   How has your year been so far and what have you got planned for the rest of the year? Any upcoming gigs or plans to share with MEOKO readers?  I've had such an incredible year so far! I'm still trying to get use to Winter here in Sydney as I recently got back from two months in Europe where I had some awesome gigs. I was based in Prague with Round Up agency however I was constantly travelling. I went to Sunwaves for the first time which was mind-blowing & I played at my very first festival too - Up Festival. It was amazing to be able to listen & dance to my favourite artists at some of the best parties, connect with old friends & make new ones. I arrived home feeling pretty exhausted but very inspired nonetheless.  My plans for the rest of the year are to continue building my brand Roots here in Sydney & enjoy what Australia has to offer when Summer comes around. I'm stoked to finally be getting my European passport this August after 4 years of waiting! This means I'll be heading back to live in Europe early next year and hopefully continue chasing the Summer between there & Australia.      Which artistic achievement of you are most proud of so far ? In London I had spent a lot of time building my party Point, with Dean Marc. When I moved back home to Sydney I felt like I was leaving a big part of me behind. I didn’t know anyone in the music scene in Australia so it was quite overwhelming at first - I felt like a stranger in my own city. It was only a matter of time before I started to miss the European music culture I was use to as well. I was determined to start my own new project here, so Roots was born. The brand began to grow in such a short period of time through a couple of illegal raves, podcasts, radio shows and live streams. We’ve now been doing parties in clubs for just over six months and I’m really happy with the direction it’s going - We’re playing our part in bringing that European vibe over to Australia!   Join MARLIE on facebook  Join  MEOKO on MEOKO    

Exploring A Spectrum of Electronic Music, with a House and Techno Flavour: SONUS 2018 Preview

  With less than two months remaining until the yearly pilgrimage, we decided to look at what is in store at this year’s Sonus Festival, Croatia, presented to you by Time Warp. Five days, and five nights of parties on the beach (or some special boat parties) exploring a spectrum of electronic music, with a house and techno flavour. A handful of names on the bill; Craig Richards, Dixon, Enzo Siragusa, Nicolas Lutz, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Vath, Praslesh and Sonja Moonear.  After celebrating their 5th birthday last August, Sonus Festival continue to grow each year bringing you some of the most loved artists in the world to a unique location. An opportunity to see your favourites, and take a dip in the crystal clear waters all in one place. Many high quality outlets and brands will be collaborating with Time Warp for this year’s event, including Sunwaves, Club Der Visionaere, Fuse London, Junction 2 Festival, Nordstern and many more. For the 2018 addition almost 70 artists will make the trip to the Island of Pag, just off the coast of Croatia. A beautiful destination, waiting to be explored. Each year the marathon party takes place on Zrće beach, a party haven consisting of 3 clubs where each of the parties will take place day and night. Whether you are looking forward to the reputable Fuse after party in Kalypso, or seeing Marco Carola take over the setting of Papaya, there is something for all dancers. Line-Up Adam Beyer - Adriatique - Agoria - Âme DJ Amelie Lens - Andrea Oliva "Official" - Archie Hamilton - Binh - Boris Brejcha - BUTCH (DJ / Producer) - Cassy - Cezar - Charlotte de Witte - Chris Liebing - Craig Richards - D'julz - Dana Ruh - Digby - Dixon - Dorian Paic - Dr. Rubinstein -  Eats Everything - Enzo Siragusa - Ian F. - Jackmaster -  Jamie Jones - Jennifer Cardini - Johannes Brecht live -  Joseph Capriati - Kölsch - Konstantin - Len Faki (OFFICIAL) - LOCO DICE - Luigi Madonna - Maceo Plex - Marco Carola - MEAT - Nastia - Nicolas Lutz - Pan-Pot - Peggy Gou -  Praslesh (Raresh & Praslea) - DJ Ralf - Recondite live Rhadoo - Ricardo Villalobos - Richie Hawtin - RØDHÅD - Rossko - Ryan Elliott - Seth Troxler - Dj Skizzo - Solomun (Official) - Sonja Moonear - Stephan Bodzin live -Sven Väth - Tale Of Us - The Martinez Brothers - Valentino Kanzyani Locals Andrea Ljekaj - Felver - Groovyman - Kristijan Molnar -  Mariano Mateljan - Marina Karamarko - Yesh   MEOKO recommends: Enjoy the special after party mornings, & catch up with the local heroes if you have the opportunity. Keep an eye out for stage splits and full timetable including boat parties. See you at Zrće beach, who is ready for the marathon? Hit up the Sonus Festival official website for any ticket/lineup/accommodation information plus more: https://www.sonus-festival.com/   Words by Zac Bidwell   More Sonus Festival: Facebook / Youtube / Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  
 
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