Announcement: Berg Audio - ‘Directions’ Various Artist Compilation 2x12”

Since its birth in 2016 Berg Audio have built a reputation around meticulously chosen releases with their inspirations at the heartbeat of their outlet. A dub techno label inspired by lost monuments of the soviet era. Last year saw incredible releases from a wide of umbrella of artists such as Janeret, Diego Krause and Traumer. However, something that goes by the name of ‘Directions’ is on the horizon and it will be available to you this March. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_a922d7e2_2121365754', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_a922d7e2_2121365754' }); });   The eight release from the label is nothing short of amazing, a 2x12” gatefold various artist compilation featuring legendary innovators of sound, and modern day spearheads of the scene. A combination of forces through the ages. Two tracks on each side of the vinyl. Taking up the first 180g side is the opening track from Ukrainian maestro iO (Mulen) – Report, and familiar face Traumer with ‘Burning’ sure to be an untypical exploration of raw sounds as always. Stepping up on the flip side is Barac - Glossary, a touch of Romanian class added to the equation. A rare release from the artist. He is joined by one of the most consistent producers right now, East End Dubs, a man whose productions seem to go from strength to strength. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_6a628f09_194778252', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_6a628f09_194778252' }); });     Icelandic techno icon Exos delivers C1 with ‘Ahonui’, highly respected amongst his peers for delivering atmospheric deep grooves with a forward thinking attitude. Ledgend is the flavour of the C side as Mosaic Records boss Steve O’Sullivan delivers, ‘Take it There’, undoubtedly his unique grasp of techno will sit well amongst the release. Next up is Detroit pioneer Delano Smith and for his second appearance Traumer, a combination of artists from two leases of life that is sure to end well. Taking us through to the end of the release is Idealist – Mountain Sky, if that does not sound like a perfect ending to the VA we do not know what does. A one of a kind release like this wouldn’t become a masterpiece without the help of artwork to back up the solidarity of the sound, luckily Berlin based Juli Jah has worked her magic again with her interpretation of Poland’s ‘Hotel Forum’ located in Krakow. So you have been warned, it is on its way. A handful of carefully selected artists from around the globe delivering their interpretations of Berg Audio.   Various Artists – « DIRECTIONS » Label: BERG AUDIO Catalog#: BERGAMON08 Format: Vinyl – 2X12’, Gatefold - 180G Country: France Released: March 2018 Style: Dub Techno / Deep Techno TRACKLISTING: A1 : iO (Mulen) - Report (Original Mix) A2 : Traumer - Burning (Original Mix) B1 : Barac - Glossary (Original Mix) B2 : East End Dubs - Jade (Original Mix) C1 : Exos - Ahonui (Original Mix) C2 : Steve O'Sullivan - Take It There (Original Mix) D1 : Delano Smith & Traumer - Essence (Original Mix) D2 : Idealist - Mountain Sky (Original Mix)   Words by Zac Bidwell   More Berg Audio; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview: Junction 2 2018 & Junction 2 presents Tobacco Dock

Watch out everyone, Junction 2 has announced the full line-up for its 2018 edition with special back to backs, Adam Beyer b2b Carl Cox (World Exclusive), Dixon b2b Âme (6-hour Set) and Sonja Moonear b2b Nicolas Lutz. The LWE event will hold its third edition on the 9th of June in Boston Manor Park — a 10-hour long event that, so far, includes the biggest names in house and techno. Fan of the melodic fare? Âme, Mind Against, Tale of Us, check. Prefer the harder, darker stuff? Nina Kraviz, Len Faki, Jay Clarke, check. There’s the King of Ibiza, Carl Cox; the Queen of minimal, Sonja Moonear; and the prodigal kid of UK dance music, Joy Orbison. And it’s particularly nice to see Nicolas Lutz on such an event. The Uruguayan digger’s been everywhere last year, as comfortable spinning obscure bangers on a festival’s main stage as at some dodgy afterhours — proving that popularity does not require compromising on quality. Anyways, this is only the first wave of names, leaving us to wonder what else’s to come. What’s for sure is that two of the biggest structures in the game will be hosting stages. One of them is Drumcode — Adam Beyer and Dense & Pika are already announced, but expect more acts from the label. The other is Sonus Festival, the Croatian festival that seems to lure half of your Facebook friends to its idyllic shores and decadent boat parties every year. With its outrageous line-ups and top production values, no doubt the team behind the festival will come up with something special for Junction 2.   And to keep you waiting, LWE has crafted an appetizer of sorts: a day-time event on the 10th of February at Tobacco Dock that will fly to London some of the festival’s headliners along a string of other acts. Once again, it’s only big-hitters. No need to introduce Nina Kraviz anymore. Out of all the generic techno DJs out there, her name will always stick out for me, as she’s certainly the one who has made the less concessions to get to where she is. She stays faithful to her high-energy, banging mixing style that forays into the most abrasive strains of 90s techno and trance, while pushing more experimentally-inclined but no-less banging up-and-comers on her трип label. You can tell Nina is passionate, and this is infectious.   LSD, the joint project of Luke Slater, Dave Sumner (aka Function) and Steve Bicknell, would be worth the price of entry alone. From the dreamy techno he put out as The 7th Plain to the relentless sound of Planetary Assault Systems, Luke Slater is a proper techno mastermind. Same could be said of Function, whose carrier embodies an entire section of techno’s history: his angsty sound brewed in the dark corners of late 90’s NYC mutated to a more hypnotic strain of techno when he relocated to Berlin as part of Sandwell District, a cult project that pioneered the currently prevailing trend for deep, mental techno. Steve Bicknell, meanwhile, is a UK underground hero whose Lost parties left an indelible mark on British techno. Their forces combined should send you on a proper mind trip. There’s also Scuba, the head of Hotflush Recordings who has established himself as one of UK’s main tastemakers. As a matter of fact, the big room techno of Dense & Pika, who also share the bill in the Great Gallery, wouldn’t be where it’s at if it wasn’t for him. And finally, Modeselektor will also be present. The duo has been of all the main trends of the German underground in the past two decades. Whether with their wonky minimal on BPitch Control, their crossover label Monkeytown or the recently terminated 50Weapons that showcased some of the best current house and techno, these guys have always been driving forces rather than train-hoppers.   If that’s too much to handle, the artists billed in the Gallery will doubtless soothe your ears. Like Ricardo, Sonja Moonear is an Ibiza regular who’s as comfortable pushing the deeper and trippier cuts in her collection, and a definite MEOKO favourite. And that’s not mentioning our darlings, Apollonia. You know what to expect from the French trio: ridiculously pumping and bouncing beats that won’t fail to put a smile on your face, let alone to make your body move.   Not too bad, eh? Well you guessed it, there’s more to come. But you can already grab your tickets for the Tobacco Dock event here, and those for the festival there, before they reach the final phases.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Junction 2 // Junction2 2018 // Junction 2 presents Tobacco Dock // LWE More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

EP Review: ATM001 Mag0 - Odes Ep / ANTAM Records

With the current popularity of electro-, IDM-, 90s- and whatever else-influenced minimal music, it’s hard to keep ahead of the tide with all the new labels popping up — and harder yet to separate those truly worth keeping an eye on from those merely trying to cash in on a trend. Antam Records, though, seems to belong to the former category. Firstly because it’s the label arm of BinarySound who hosted DJ Koolt, Riccardo, Audri, Le Loup or Zendid and Distrikt, the Parisian promoters who brought to the French capital the likes of Barac, John Dimas, HardWorkSoftDrink or TC80 — on remix duty on this first EP — along many of the French scene’s rising stars. The two are fine producers on their own ( Antione Sy & Bassam ), but before anything else DJs with a demanding and curious ear, which is what you want from a label head. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_4b90bc76_652056557', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_4b90bc76_652056557' }); });     That’s for the nascent label’s pedigree. But their first signee, Mag0, has some good credentials of his own — and is testament to the label’s will to dig deeper than most. Although until now off my (admittedly fallible) radar, the Italian producer appears to be a regular at Veniceberg, the Verona venue that supplies the Northern Italian city in all things minimal, and whose label arm has released a string of quality EPs over the past two years. As this record shows, the club and its residents offered Mag0 a good education. Mag0, has some good credentials of his own. Although until now off my (admittedly fallible) radar, the Italian producer appears to be a regular at Veniceberg, the Verona venue that supplies the Northern Italian city in all things minimal, and whose label arm has released a string of quality EPs over the past two years. As this record shows, the club and its residents offered mag0 a good education. All the charm with this music lies in the balance between out-there oddness and dancefloor functionalism. Too many producers seem to add a few token bleeps and beeps to demonstrate their supposed quirkiness, or go full-on on a weird binge that ends up sounding forced. But as soon as the kick returns after the one-minute mark on “Ode to Venice”, you can tell that Mag0 has nailed this balance. The track is peppered with drops, and with each one elements come and go, keeping the general sense of oddness interesting — nagging synths here, bubbling burps there; it sounds like the digestive system of a robot in full action, with a hell of a lot of groove on top of it. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ddae74da_50093722', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ddae74da_50093722' }); });     “Ode to 90’s” is just as playful, and the funkiest of the lot thanks to a sprightly 2-note pattern dancing around a synth gone awry and a stamping bassline, while “Ode to Dino” is meatier, but retains an improvisatory tinge in its mid-range. This is how mag0 manages to keep his tracks interesting. It seems like the producer is always about to lose control of his machines, but he’s only letting them go loose before reasserting his mastery with a well-timed drop. Synths suddenly detuning or going far into the high-end give the brain something to focus on, while the low-end does the rest of the job. And with patterns unexpectedly changing track or ad-libbing like in the second half of “to Dino”, these tunes sound, at their best, like jam sessions between virtuoso aliens — a bunch of scruffy, nerdy, stoner aliens, that is. Of course, we’ve paradoxically come to expect this supposed unexpectedness from producers dabbling in this genre; but once again, it’s his sense of balance that sets mag0 apart from the mass: his weirdness is not too much, and seems to come from a sincere place. The pick of the bunch is TC80’s remix. The Berlin-based French producer and Sequalog boss, coming off a breakthrough year, lets his experience speak by opting for a less flamboyant approach. Whereas mag0’s tracks are bouncy, his is reduced — an invitation to the curious listener, rather than an interpellation. Ghostly synths gleam in the background, teasing you to follow them while keeping safely out of reach. When they disappear mid-section, you’ve already fallen down the rabbit hole at their pursuit, and find yourself in the midst of a gorgeous soundscape that retains the original’s lively atmosphere, but filtered through a haze. This time, the UFO that is Antam’s logo flew to a misty Jurassic-like planet with thick air and bubbling underwater volcanoes. By the end of the track, the ethereal synths return and gently guide you back to reality. Back to your starting point, slightly dazed, the stroll was worth it.    All in all, it’s a well-rounded EP that proves there is still much creativity within this scene; that even a tired lexicon — the science-fiction references that adorn the record, the throwbacks to electronic music’s past, and all the quirky sounds — can work magic in the right authors’ hands. The EP has ealry support from Voigtmann, Dj Koolt, Zendid, Yakine, Lamache and Niff. More importantly perhaps, it lets us expect the best both from Antam and Mag0, two welcome newcomers to the scene. Indeed, we’re already told that a second release from another Italian producer is in the works for the label. I for one am keeping my eyes peeled.    “Odes” will be out end of January.   Words by: PierreAlexis Chauvin   More Antam Records; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview: Melliflow & Closer Winter Trip 2

With less than a month to go we decided to look at a party that quickly gained a solid fixture in the MEOKO calendar. Twice a year (one in summer, one in winter) Melliflow and Closer join forces for an extended dance in Berlin. The incredibly versatile line up is a true reflection of what the brands themselves represent, handpicked crate diggers and underground selectors who all share the same vision and ability to create unique atmospheres. The occasion and environment go hand in hand as they step on board Hoppetosse for the entire duration. Saturday night (3rd Feb) until Monday morning. An intimate affair, low ceilings surrounded by tight sound filled with amazing artists. It’s a no brainer. The Berlin based Melliflow founders Vera and Alexandra welcome a wide array of artists to town. Some magic moments to be had on the boat. My Own Jupiter man Nicolas Lutz will be there to display his never ending discography of rare and curious records. Hailing from all over the world, Japanese collector DJ Masda, New Yorker and precise mixer Evan Baggs, and young Italian artist Quest to name a few. Underground explorers Unai Trotti and Nico Etorena will both bring something fresh to the table. Noizar and Borys will be representing Kiev offering their reputable music, that they have built there immense residency at Closer around.   To round off the special party a second room will also be available, an open door for experimental sounds. A place to relax, and take a moment from the madness. Featuring a spectrum of rhythms from Baby Vulture, E/Tape and a rare opportunity to see Federico Molinari in this light. Visuals on the weekend from Cote, the real cherry on the cake. See you on the boat.    Facebook Event: melliflow & closer kiev winter trip 2   Words by Zac Bidwell   More Melliflow // Closer More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

HOT WAX - Tools & Tips (December 2017 - Part 3)

12 tracks listed below by Primărie will do all the talking;     1- Premiesku - The Last Man on The Moon EP // ALLINN028  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_d0a117f8_1413388431', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_d0a117f8_1413388431' }); });     So being in a period where over generousity is experienced at a high level, here is our take for a special wax with divine sounds :). We start with Premiesku who 'soar' to 'only' take us on a trip to the moon and then we are 'Even' for the whole EP. We can always go Sci-Fi when this lovely Romanian trio share their newest sounds on All Inn Black, we can already be sure it's the deepes underground cut coming out from their studio.   2- Adrian Niculae - Consensual EP // MTF005  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_92f5646e_546211534', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_92f5646e_546211534' }); });     Back to a sound we cherish, and one that is stands out for this period. Adrian Niculae is back with his own 'Motif' to share with us another cocktail made out of fruits from his own garden. I'm sure I 'SeeSaw' cherries in this smoothie too while B Side reminds me of a whole cycle i have to review, re-align and recentre myself then move on and on, play with this play.   3- Fonetica (Cristi Cons & Dubtil) - Noises EP // NMS003   Here is an interesting collab, one that has a tender flow, one that define powerfull drum rythms. Who are they? Well Cristi Cons and Dubtil come out as Fonetica, with their first 'Noises EP' on Nervmusic special side series. I'm sure the point is to get 'Lost in thought' when everything is so well done in the 'background'. The sound proposes another way of rhythm and tight percussions and the time is right for us to have these options too.   4- Arapu - Wasted Ego EP // UND007   A 'Wasted Ego' title as a sublime message for a sublime sound, delivered by Arapu on Understand. Did you get it ? Uplifting sound with a scary atmosphere and voices 'from the other side' show you can't always have the bliss without a bit of extra-ordinary tension meant to keep you straight and offer you a wide range of experiences.   5- Mihai Pol - Invasion EP // OTK003 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0576ac1c_444204405', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0576ac1c_444204405' }); });     Already with a sound if his own, Mihai Pol continues to polish his craft with a new EP on the Londoner Otaku Records. It's ok, there is an invasion going on, and Triptil is on board with a B Side remix, calls out his best troops and rolls out his offensive and uplifting groove taking on the lead in this adventouros manifest.   6- Cally - Calldaer EP // MELONIAN005 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_b17f4a67_2025216913', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_b17f4a67_2025216913' }); });     Of course one player getting fresh attention is romanian dj and producer Cally. Usually with a perfected round sound, in this EP he reveals his high pillar attitude on front side and then shares his wormth and angelic atmospheres with two perfect after-hours tracks on side B.   7- Costin Rp - Basics EP // RUERE004 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_78fc1780_221375267', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_78fc1780_221375267' }); });     Costin Rp is one that i know likes to go further and explore his sounds and mainly he comes up with new ingredients for his cocktail. Making it more spacious and lightly in the same time, Ruere is the right caravan to serve this jam sessions. Whishpering questions are thrown throughout the whole experience. Did you hear?   8- Unknown Artist - DRGS01 // DRGS01   As you know it is a pleasure to write about the Unknown Artist who does not need any more recognition and just shares his feelings and moods with us. On the first one of these series you'll find clues and ways as to how to get wild and childly again and of course if you 'Say it Loud' you will get it better.    9- Floog - Ambele EP // FLG001  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_4fb47e2d_230819415', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_4fb47e2d_230819415' }); });     I have love for new beggings and to share the right ones with you and as i told you before I'm happy the artist behind Floog is back on track again, delivering smooth rhythms with clean and clear percussion cuts aiming for an ever more fractalized house music anthems. It's all under a great plan, delivered with love and joy on FLG001.    10- Piktor - Acid Space EP // LKMV002 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1f87f5d0_376929418', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1f87f5d0_376929418' }); });     How do you make a painting of acid floating in space? Well there is one formula very well presented here and tell me if you can find a better one. Regarding groove and sound, Piktor found his ways and it's ready to be part of our big community. We're sure the EP on Lokomotiv is just a small card of the big picture, and we're shure the canvas is ever expanding.   11- MOi - 08 // MOI008 House, Groove, Rhythm... oi oi. It's all in here, it's the new MOI release. Undergound house music all the way under this project and the credits go in Eastern Europe. Well it is a very fine touch of uplifting side of our house music and this release is set to bound new standards, as the ones before, it did.    12- VA - Tzinah On Black 004 // TZHBK004 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_89874cbf_361227731', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_89874cbf_361227731' }); });     4 Romanian talents,  Hansel!, Mihai Pol, Herck and vlf, are billed for TZHBK004. When speaking of Tzinah records, it is always a treat to ears.   With care and appreciation from P. with Love   Words by Dan Primaru     More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Under The MEOKO Microscope - Maksim & Mix

When you’re steeped in the European minimal scene, it’s easy to forget that there is more to it than the Old Continent’s capital cities, that everything does not exclusively revolve around London, Berlin, and the occasional Romanian getaway. Just as comfortable spinning in his native Russia or his adopted home of New York, Maksim is the living proof that the scene is just as vital in many places around the globe, and he’s now part of those DJs from the periphery that have started touring Europe, rather than the other way around. Indeed, as a resident of ReSolute, Maksim cut his teeth on one of the states’ most infamous minimal dancefloors; it’s no surprise that, sooner or later, our European ears would catch wind of the man’s talents. It surely helped that 2017 saw him release his first official EP on Aline Brooklyn — the three edits have encountered massive success and already fetch high prices on the second-hand market. Thankfully if you’ve missed the boat on this one, Maksim hints at more to come on the release front next year. And with a Moscow booking that places him along the likes of Eli Verveine, Dorian Paic or Livio & Roby for the New Year, his name is justly becoming an established one on the circuit.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9055571b_1989095775', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9055571b_1989095775' }); });     As the list of his achievements is sure to grow longer in the coming years, it was due time for Maksim to get Under The MEOKO Microscope, with an interview that sees him talking Russian clubbing, edits, and… Spice Girls. And to soundtrack the read, Maksim offered one of his own favourite creations as a MEOKO exclusive. Nope, it’s no Spice Girls edit — we’re still hoping to ever hear this one — but this rendition of Chinawoman’s “Party Girl”’s got the languid groove that’s steadily becoming Maksim’s calling card all over it.     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e3da300c_728720198', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e3da300c_728720198' }); });     Hey Maksim, thanks for having us, a pleasure for me! Thanks for having me, I was looking forward to it! 1- You’re one of ReSolute’s resident DJ since 2013, so let’s start from there. Can you introduce ReSolute to our European readers? Resolute, resolute.. well, it's dirty, it's dark, and it's real.  We have guests come from around the world to join our parties in everchanging venues in NYC ( mostly warehouses)  and also throw international parties. The consistent component is the music. Don't expect to leave with clean shoes but expect to dance till sunrise. And a driving force behind all of it is Nektarios, with his charm and vision. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2c2ff873_1501662134', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2c2ff873_1501662134' }); });     2- And what about you? What age did you move stateside? Can you tell us a bit about your backstory basically? It was an accident. I had friends living in New York and was invited to visit so I got a visa but never used it.  Then, after a long party,  a fight with my girlfriend, and one brilliant decision... I walked out from the afterparty onto a flight. 3- You’ve been spinning for 6/7 years now but how did you get into electronic music and ended up becoming one of ReSolute’s residents? Are there some DJs that exerted a strong influence on you? My dad was music collector and my mom was a ballerina.. well, actually not true. I was a fan of Spice Girls and had a Nick Carter haircut. No jazz in the kindergarten for me,  I literally had a bad taste in everything.  I was a part of all subcultures in the end, but I can still sing along with Britney Spears. It’s okay to grow, to learn, you don’t have to be brilliant from the beginning. Look at me now, doing an interview for Meoko. My first club job, at 17,  was a favor to my sister and was in my hometown. I’m still not sure what kind of a shady business it was, but I got in as a lighting guy. Needless to say, I had no idea what I was doing. Aside from lighting, I also resuscitated the resident who drank too much. My "big chance" came when unable to revive him, I was asked to jump in and play. Eventually, I began to play on the weekends.Then I moved to Kursk and got a job at the club there. It was pretty commercial but it was huge and popular and paid. After 5 am we could play whatever we wanted, so I started to explore.  Minimal came along, I fell in love, I got fired. But, don't fret, love of a woman did get me to Moscow and Arma17. Which finished shaping my taste NYC was a crazy couch surfing, broke, no visa situation. But over time I made progress in the techno scene. Connie, who is a resident of Resolute, got me my first gig at a resolute Party.  I guess I was okay because I became a resident shortly after.  When it comes to influences it’s Backstreet Boys.. joking. It’s Trentemoller who was ahead of his times, Led Zeppelin (yes) and Mathew Herbert. I love Mathews music and enjoy listening to his interviews. He often gets blamed for being too political and talking too much about societal problems, but I think that’s what art is about. I personally believe good music comes from a similar inspection of the struggles and debates of the times, but then again sometimes you just want to dance. Unfortunately, nowadays its difficult to be critical or have a differing opinion, the art of intelligent debate has suffered under social media. 4- You had a few tracks and edits coming out under your birth name in the past, but Aline 002 is really your first proper release. Can you talk about the label and the people behind it, and how this record came up? It seems quite mysterious… True, I had a few digital releases back in the day. Different genre, not a big fan of those. but there is always a beginning ;) Then I started doing edits, they're more like remixes without stems. Some received lots of positive attention, like Who are we- on Ricardo Villalobos. One of my favorites is an edit on China Woman - Party girl. I love Rock and grunge. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1b6caa21_32522017', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1b6caa21_32522017' }); });     I still wanted to have a record of my own, but it seemed complicated. Then my friend Nico (French, Young, Fabulous and Broke DJ) started his Aline label. I'm glad it seems mysterious, that's what Nico wanted. I showed him some demos and he loved them, then the long process of finishing started. Producing doesn’t come easily to me, I’m quite distractable, a bit of a goldfish in a bowl if you will. I may or may not also be a perfectionist, so it's a fine balance. I had no gear. I borrowed a sound card from a friend, I used Nikos home studio to check if everything sounded ok.  5- The release’s got a great feedback, how did you feel about that? Does it mean we can we expect more stuff on the production side of things from you?  I was very excited to hear the final product and hold the record in my hands. it sold out in 3 days, I was very happy about and also now I don’t have to buy presents when I travel for a least a couple months. I have few remixes coming on Minim Records, hopefully, right after NYE. And it's a very important project for me, you’ll see what I mean later. (insert intrigue here) I actually think you should release about 3 tracks per year, as a kind of quality control. 75% of iTunes don’t get downloaded ever, seems like a bit of a quantity problem ;) 6- What’s a good edit supposed to do for you? It gives me the freedom to breathe new life into things I already love.  No rules, everything goes. Rembrandt to Picasso. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_b836b674_702602304', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_b836b674_702602304' }); });     7- You still play fairly regularly in Russia, do you follow the local scene? Yes, I do. I can say it’s one of my favorite gigs. The nightlife is crazy in a good way! There are a lot of beautiful venues. You can party just in front of the Kremlin inside the Old Soviet Saunas for top politicians which are now a club, or in a club where you walk through a Chinese takeout Place to enter, and at the roof of an old factory by the river in the middle of Moscow. it always amazes me. A huge diversity of music and on any day of the week you can find something to do. Also, the parties last forever, last time I played there it went from Friday to Sunday. I think Slowdance is one of my favorite Moscow parties and definitely Stakenshnaider in St.Petersburg is very cool. Adjustment Bureau throws out some great productions and go see Pushkarev, Gorge and Izhevsky. 8- How is it different to play in New York, Russia or Western Europe? Different crowds? Would you ever move to Europe, to be closer to the “scene”? Crowds are very different, that what makes it exciting and sometimes challenging to play different countries and cities. I have definitely considered moving to Europe, but right now I'm happy in New York.  9- In general, what’s the scene like in New York? What would you recommend our readers to check out if they get to visit? Any artists and labels you think deserve more recognition? New York has a very decent scene! In recent years it's grown very much. Venues, Labels and real talents have emerged here. Definitely, visit Output, stop by at TBA for a drink. Of course, Resolute always has something special. There plenty of good small underground parties, as well. Resolute has a new label DisDat that's worth a look, Julia Govor just put out a solid record, and Mimin Records have released some good stuff. and of course, my fellow residents are worth a listen, all of them unique but gifted. Lauren is the lone real jobber and is a part of All Day I Dream. Connie plays the drums is a rock band and just wrote and made a video for a Pop song. Obee just finished a project for Pornhub  ( yes, you read that right) Orazio our resident political thinker. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_676683fc_1696440386', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_676683fc_1696440386' }); });     10- Have you noticed any changes in recent times? I know the cabaret law’s been repealed, there’s a new Office of Nightlife… do you think the narrative around NYC’s nightlife is changing? Yes, it was finally repealed but I don’t think it will directly affect dance culture. The problem with throwing parties in NY is that it takes forever to get all the permits, it's very expensive, and the relevant hours are tough to accommodate.  All this just forces people to get creative for better and worse. ;)  11- There’s also quite a nice house and techno scene, with Bossa Nova, Sustain-Release, the Bunker, Unter… Is it something you’re interested in at all? Are there connections between your people and them? It's my guilty pleasure, gladly I’m a good friend with Julia Govor, so I get an in. We recently did Resolute with Nina Kraviz, that went very well, the music the crowd! you may expect more like it in the future! I really like the sound, it’s raw it’s more human, same when it comes to the house. I like it less perfect, more dirty, that you can feel it was made by a human. Not sure about connections, when it comes to crowd’s it’s absolutely different people, which I understand, but hopefully in the future, it will be more united.     12- Any recent highlights? How was the Get Perlonized party you guys did?! You’ve also had the 10 years anniversary! Get Perlonized is definitely a highlight for us, when a major player in the scene does a party with you, especially for their anniversary, that means a lot. Proper warehouse, next to the railroad, night to day party! For our 10th anniversary, we're going global, recently we hit Bucharest Romania, at Guest House. Then Moscow's Gazgolder and much more to come. 13- And finally, can you tell us what’s in the works for you in 2018? 2018 will start with the gig in my beloved Moscow, I’m playing for Slowdance. Then St.Petersburg on the 2nd and I have a few gig’s in Spain, definitely, wait for a couple of new edit’s, I can promise it will be special. And of course a release on Minim Records, with a truly great story behind it. I always wanted to do something good, something I can be proud of and finally got a chance, and I’m not talking about me or music. Thank you very much, Maksim, all the best! Thanks to you! Poka       allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e3da300c_728720198', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e3da300c_728720198' }); });       Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Maksim; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube    

HOT WAX - Tools & Tips (December 2017 - Part 2)

Recently regarded as one of Spain’s “best kept secrets,” Javier Carballo, internationally acclaimed DJ, producer, and label owner, grew up on an exotic Spanish island called Gran Canaria. From the warm sounds of inspiration of the vibrant wellspring of life surrounding him, music became a way of life to transmit emotions and communion through sound. Thoroughly dedicated to this calling, Javier’s passion drains over everything he does, channeling his creative efforts to produce deeply emotional, strikingly state­of­the­art underground deep house and techno. Since 2009, Carballo’s career has continued to evolve with his solo projects and remixes that received support by some of the biggest names in the industry.  And now, 6 tracks listed below by the man himself, Javier Carballo, will do all the talking;   1- Primary perception - Retroftted Future Vl. 1 - Slow Life allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_557ccd46_2035244011', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_557ccd46_2035244011' }); });     I am very happy to see how 2 good friends from my island are one of the most exciting duos right now in the electronic scene, this ep is clearly my favorite of them , anyway all the things done by the guys are top level music. This ep has 5 tracks, where Mahy and Nichel do a trip between house, Minimal , electro and deep sounds.   2- Tommy Vicari Jr - Beta Stop Thinking - Lowwaxx allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_98145df1_1224057590', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_98145df1_1224057590' }); });     This EP is one of my favourite last work of Tommy, the 2 tracks are weird but when u start to listen them u can’t  take it out of your mind, Minimal techno and atmospheric sounds , with a great Rich Nxt remix oriented to the dance floor.   3.- Pola - Kuku - Aku allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1f61098b_519977761', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1f61098b_519977761' }); });     Two big tracks in Pola release, each side works just perfect in After sets or nights, amazing baseline and groove. proper records for clubs and djs.   4.- Disk - Blackloops 02   All the last Disk releases are great, solid rhythms , amazing pads and transitions , this time Blackloops 01 have 2 cuts where the rolling house, minimal and groove elements doing a perfect combination.   5.- BSS - Unrequested State Of Bliss, Bosconi allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e7f46ef4_2096630150', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e7f46ef4_2096630150' }); });     What a package of 8 tracks, Im really impressed  with this work of the trio of Bosconi Sound system I can play each track in deferents moments, Minimal, Driving tech house, Deep techno, Electro. Honestly nowadays is so difficult to see a double vinyl and be sure to buy it, in this case100%   6.- Martyne & Jacob / Bodin & Jacob - Gesandt - Traffic Records allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_989fb315_519644045', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_989fb315_519644045' }); });     Every records of Traffic is a real bomb ,this time Bodin does 4 tracks collaborating with his friends Jacob and Martyne to do a new era of Electro, minimal and breaks.      Words by Javier Carballo / JC Soundcloud   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview: The Sunday Afters 'NYD' w/ Vinyl Speed Adjust & Competition

Hello little pumpkins, and happy new… not yet, not yet! But it’s coming soon and there’s an avalanche of parties to ease in 2018. The one you’ll be more likely to see me at is The Sunday Afters — which will happen on a, well, Monday. That shouldn’t stop your favourite Sunday afterparty to absolutely smash it though. A rallying cry for all of the city’s party freaks, minimal lovers, jaw-munchers and quite simply anyone desperate for an afterparty in the wee hours of the morning, the East London institution will be fresh off its 5th birthday and seems to be determined to start off the year with a boom. And let’s be honest, they came up with a line-up that puts most clubs to shame, assembling the finest team of minimal traffickers. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_47594d7f_896735352', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_47594d7f_896735352' }); });     First up there are Vinyl Speed Adjust, with a 4-hour set that will let them deploy the full extent of their hypnotic magic. The Romanian duo have a massively broad scope, and it’d be impossible to single out a favourite tune. But rest assured that the one constant feature is their Romanian seal of quality. That’s why they’ve been longtime favorite of ours at MEOKO, and you can check the interview we did with them in 2015 — or better yet, “let the music do the talking” as they like to say, and listen to the two mighty mixes they did for us. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2596b608_1531476789', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2596b608_1531476789' }); });     That said, it’s not like the Sunday Afters put all their eggs in the same basket with their headliners; the supporting acts are serious competition. Take Alex Celler. London’s Greek minimalist’s reputation is already very established, and with recent releases on Trelik and PAL SL, it’s fair to say he’s become a bit of a Baby Ford favourite — earlier this year, he even played for the label’s showcase supporting no less than the bossman himself and Zip. Such backing from one of electronic music’s all-time best is not granted to everyone, but it’s definitely deserved in Alex’s case. On the other hand, there’s Frazer Campbell, another London stalwart. His take on techno is twisted and driving — the kind that will lock you in a languid groove perfect for the hazy hours. Since 2016 he’s had a very productive time with the beginnings of his two labels, Open Recordings and Elliot Project Records, and for me his recent EP with Steve O’Sullivan on the latter’s Mosaic imprint is clearly one of this year’s best. No doubt 2018 will be his year, and I’m genuinely stoked at the idea to start it in his company.   Based between Tel Aviv and Berlin, we haven’t heard much of Stan Yaroslavlky yet, since The Sunday Afters are bringing him over for his first ever UK gig. But if his newly-minted Small Things Records label is to be trusted, the man knows a thing or two about making your feet move. The first release is full of those clicks and bleeps that make sane persons ask you “is this even music?”, when this is precisely the reason we love it so much — odd sounds for odd people ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   Obviously, this wouldn’t be a Sunday Afters without their own crew, and resident Geometric will play B2B with another regular from the party Modebakù. We might be drawn in by the big-hitters, but it’s guys like them that have made the Sunday Afters what it is. In addition, we’re promised some special guests from the Arupa Music camp. Keep your eyes peeled!   Aaaand we are here to the sweetest bit of all this, the giveaway time. So we have teamed with Sunday Afters to give away 2 vinyls, PTX019 & NGT09 and 2 guestlist spots for the NYD madness. All you have to do is email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with 'NYD w VSA' as the subject heading & click attending on the facebook event. Good luck!.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_8d77eb35_235841142', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_8d77eb35_235841142' }); });     Well that’s it — and that sounds, to me at least, absolutely amazing! Any East London weekend warrior worthy of the name has already spent a Sunday morning in the safe hands of the Sunday Afters’ team, and they should be out in force on this New Year’s Day. This will go down at a secret location, and we’re told it’s a new warehouse. But is there anything more to say, really? If you know, you know. So grab your tickets and see you there!     Words by: Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Vinyl Speed Adjust Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

HOT WAX - Tools & Tips (December 2017 - Part 1)

6 tracks listed below by Primărie will do all the talking;   1- RQZ - Freaks EP // MODEIGHT004 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_12cf5d5e_2059287754', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_12cf5d5e_2059287754' }); });     So let's start this session with an artist who is stepping up in the vinyl only world, and that is the Romanian DJ, Midi Club Resident, RQZ. With a great approach to his sound and his techniques, this EP is a great anchor beetwen the house world and the more deep and fractalized micro-house music.   2- Miroloja - Subtitle EP // OLOREC001 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_bfd4ddb7_1155517896', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_bfd4ddb7_1155517896' }); });     Another great and courageous opening are from the Miroloja brothers, with their first release at their headquarters Olo Records. Armed up with two smooth remixes from artists like Nima Gorji and Rowlanz, they make a great promise to the scene, and that is to release quality music in their view and understanding. Done well so far for me.   3- Silat Beksi - Shushu EP // WOW05 Back to groove and to that peculiar sound we cherish most, Silat Beksi showing two sides in his What you Want release called Shushu EP. What we love about Silat is that he won't let the guard down and he's always massaging our ears with some breaks on every release. Of course the other side of him is revealed in the more detailed Java track.   4- Floog - Gicu cu Robotzi EP // HOARD003 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_40db0007_1590972801', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_40db0007_1590972801' }); });     Great to see such an experienced artist going out on his own and showing his more soulfull side on his solo alias Floog. We are talking about George the third part of Premiesku near Livio and Roby. Now we get to see where the more esoteric and atmospherical parts of that were coming from, it's all over this EP and i really look forward to the direction of Floog.   5- Vlad Arapasu - Artifical Moves // SBTL010 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e5e45c92_1325192537', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e5e45c92_1325192537' }); });     Talking about taking things on a solo attitude, Vlad Arapasu from Dubsons did that recently also, delivering his first EP at the German Subtil Records. He is expressing his happiness and thoughfull messages throughout his music and my guess he's got a lot to share! Great EP representing our Romanian sound signature.   6- Beaver Sheppard - TORNADO BRAIN - VILLALOBOS MIXES // SED009 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_31dc26d7_1701729430', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_31dc26d7_1701729430' }); });     And.. not to be missed is the new release from Sei Es Drum, Villalobos trips are being out on A and B, one expressing the 'sensitive' voice direction and the other one drumming on the bass and playing it low. This is what we should do also, beat the earth to raise the frequencies and be open cosmical energy from the above.   With care and appreciation from P. with Love   Words by Dan Primaru   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

MEOKO Exclusive: A Deep Insight into Traffic Records w/ Martyné & Mix

10 AM at an afterparty, and through the misty haze and your friends’ chatter, you can hear the twinkling arps of “Mahoney” rising. Or maybe you’re at a festival’s peak time, and it is “Frischfisch” that sends the crowd into a frenzy. Other places, other tracks, but what’s for sure is that Traffic tunes have been ubiquitous in the past year. Your favourite DJs probably played them, and it’s likely their favourite DJs did too.  Traffic records formed back in 2013 in the Frankfurt/Offenbach area — a region that evokes an important financial center to many, but which to dance music fans brings to mind some of house’s and techno’s household names. From Sven Väth to Robert Johnson, by way of Perlon, Playhouse, Roman Flügel and countless others, this city breathes electronic music like no other, in a very free-spirited way — and you can tell the Traffic boys did soak in its air. Technoid beats, alien sounds, synthetic textures. Few live up to the old techno ideal of machine funk the way Traffic does. In spirit at least, they’re proper members of the Midnight Funk Association. Even their graphics resemble strange textures, evoking the swirl of perception your dazed brain cannot process on a night out. Hell, this logo sure reminds me of my blurry-sighted intoxicated self, happily caught in the strobes and lost in the sound. Martyné is one of the crew’s founders, and it’s little to say we’re excited he agreed to do an interview with us. In it, he frequently stresses the idea of crossing borders, of overcoming limits. Martyné knows his dance music history. He’s part of a generation of DJs who seem to have an unquenchable thirst for the most obscure records, those that will live on in the dancers’ memory long after the night is over, and be jealously guarded in the coveted shadows of the DJ’s bag. This passion for dance music’s legacy and their open-mindedness to cross-fertilization means the Traffic sound is a mixed bag of influences that exceeds their sum.   This also means that it’s a sound hard to pinpoint. House, garage, breaks, techno, electro? All of those, and more? Really what binds together the label’s tracks is more akin to a spirit than a music genre: at its heart is an inherent playfulness — a deeply infectious playfulness that explains the label’s success. As Martyné explains, this is the product of a close group of friends who grew up together, shared their first parties and ended up making tunes together. You could dissect these tunes for sure, study their use of drums and steal their synths. Yet the inimitable ingredient is this close bond that allows Martyné, Bodin, Jacob and the others to let go and capture the essence of a session — you may call it a feeling, or an aura, but this surely is what makes these sounds click. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_04ce4aec_1202925802', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_04ce4aec_1202925802' }); });     At the end of the day, this is a group of friends having a bloody good time together, and you can hear it. This has clearly been there since day one. But as they mastered their gear, the mixture became deadly; a sound-transmissible virus aiming straight for your eardrums — to be fair, you’ve probably already caught it. This virus is very much present in the exclusive mix Martyné came up with for us: sprinkled with some unreleased tracks from the crew, it features breezy house, queasy bleeps, and a bunch of basslines designed to tear up dancefloors. Careful, it ain’t no cure — but why’d you want one? MEOKO caught up with Martyné to hear about his and Traffic’s journey — a journey that took them from the Rhine banks to the breezy shores of Ibiza and saw them come up with a unique sound. Press play, and read on.   1- Who are the main characters running Traffic right now and what ́s your relationship? Apparently you and Jacob grew up in the same village... The inner circle of Traffic Records consists of Bodin, Jacob, Patrick and me. We are the main characters and producers, running the label and managing everything linked to it. Jacob ́s brother Julian Chenaux is also co founder, belongs to the collective and is a very close friend. I know the Chenaux ́s and Patrick since the age of 15. We all grew up in a small town in the countryside next to Frankfurt where we had our first beer together and also our first party experience. So it ́s quite a long term friendship. In 2010 we met Bodin at a party. He was playing one of my first records and was hardly into it. So he is actually the only one of the collective coming straight out of Frankfurt and was more or less the last piece of our Traffic puzzle.   2- What led you guys to launch Traffic? Did you have a specific idea in mind about what the label should be, or was it a case of “let’s see what happens”? The intention was to create a platform for our own creativity. Releasing several EPs on different labels is important for an artist but you always give away a small part of yourself. An own label is the best way to express your own identification or personality with different emotions and to show the specific style of likeminded musicians. Its a kind of a white sheet of paper giving you the opportunity to draw your personal picture and write down your own story. All our productions are reflecting exactly these inspirations and moods. Starting with more reduced sound, over garage, house till raw techno and breaks. Its a very personal journey showing a lot of different faces. 3- Do you feel like now you’ve reached a distinctive sound with Traffic? After almost 5 years you can say the label is a cross-section of electronic music with the fingerprints of each of us. Coming from euphoric impressions down to sentimental, hypnotic grooves - you can feel and hear everything in our productions. This personal touch is very important for us and a kind of a trade mark not to sink in any hype. It ́s representing the development of our musical consciousness. Traffic Records is not focusing on a specific genre. It´s more about the variety of sounds. It really feels conclusive to me. Due to the fact that there are only some protagonists and key producers, the label got its own identity really quick. The releases by A2, Z@P and Edward were carefully selected to deliver even more variety. But all in all the label still keeps up the main spirit and it ́s identity. So I can say we reached a level where we can look back with no regret and we can be happy with our discography so far. 4- Traffic feels very much like a family affair between a close group of friends, what’s the spirit behind the label? The spirit behind the label is based on friendship. We grew up together, shared big nights, experienced great sets and therefore we are on a very similar level when it comes to music. Everyone of us is following the same idea and is bringing in his strengths. Hate or jealousy are loanwords so we ́re able to create things with a free mind. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_989fb315_1923104697', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_989fb315_1923104697' }); });     5- Frankfurt and Offenbach have got quite a legacy in terms of electronic music, how do you relate to the city’s old guard? Were some of them a big inspiration for you? Yes, definitely! The former Freebase Records shop for instance was my very first base to explore electronic music. It was one of the places where I met many of my current friends and learned about the Frankfurt scene. Carsten Schuchmann aka MEAT (owner of Freebase Records) gave me the first opportunity to play at Robert Johnson, a very important experience for me back then. Another important spot was the Cocoon club where we started our first raves, listened to Sven and other big names. A lot of characters from the old guard and places from the past still have an influence on today ́s generation. Actually there are too many to mention right now but I would like to highlight Heiko MSO. Once I did an interview with him for my studies where he told me all stories about "Snap!", the development of "I ́ve got the power" or stories about fundamental movements of this city. It was really impressive and showed me how that kind of music stands for the area in and around Frankfurt. Many people connect Frankfurt with big banks and the stock exchance but in fact the most important cultural identification is its steady contribution to electronic music. 6- I know Robert Johnson played an important role in shaping you and the label, what’s so special about the club? Do you have any memories associated with it that stick out? Robert Johnson is limitless and places with no limits are a rare good in this world. Artists are able to break through their comfort zone and to experiment with different kinds of styles. There is no need for steady floor bangers to keep people dancing. The venue represents a level of openness which I ́ve never felt in a club before. Robert Johnson is my personal school of sound and when it comes to producing music I always have it ́s floor in my mind. I don't know how many hours I spent there, but this club has had an big impact on my musical education. The experiences I ́ve made there are helping me to know what sound suits me and how my productions have to be finalized. When it comes to a specific, influential night I really can't figure it out, because we had so many of them. The crowd there is really into the music and together with all our friends every night is a special one. 7- What does a Traffic night at Robert Johnson sound like? I’d imagine it’s always special for you to play there. Since the very first Traffic showcase at Robert Johnson in 2015 it ́s usual that we invite a guest who is close to the sound and idea of the label. We had artists like Binh, Onur Özer, Andrew James Gustav or Etienne in the past. At the moment we are planning to host different live acts when it comes to the next edition of Traffic at Robert Johnson. All these artists are likeminded in terms of our definition of musical quality and we ́re always happy to play alongside with them at our favorite club. It ́s very important for our development to have a residency in a well respected club and to gather experiences and increase our skills. From the proper sound system to the professional team on site - the whole package let you feel good and it ́s a great to have our label nights in such good hands. 8- I feel like release after release your sound has become leaner, crisper — more focused in a sense. Do you have a clearer idea of what you’re looking for when going to the studio, and do you feel more confident production-wise? We never have a specific idea when we ́re in the studio. Most of our output is driven by inspirations, moods and emotions. So it ́s difficult to compare one session with another; but during the last years we ́ve been getting more and more experienced with our gears and the way of how to arrange all these different inspirations in our tracks. The beginning of Traffic around 2013 was also the beginning of our work with machines and hardware. So for sure we needed time to gain experience with it. In the past we always had the feeling the track needs more fullness and elements, but with every year we reduced this thought and this leads us to a cleaned up arrangement of sounds. With every track we come closer to the ability to recreate our imagination in a track and this is what its all about for me. Get away from "Try and Error" to a focused. clear view on producing music. 9- Many of the tracks on Traffic tend to be collaborations between you guys, how do you usually proceed? What does each of you bring to the table? What’s the atmosphere like when you’re all in the studio, behind the scenes? These collaborations are an important factor and also a kind of a unique feature. The inspirations and influences of two guys are always more versatile and are leading us to better results. We share a special energy in company linked to a higher level of quality. It´s easier to cross borders together especially with someone you know for so long. It keeps your mind free and open for any impressions. When someone stucks the other one will always have an idea of how to proceed. All these components give us the possibility to work on a fast and focused level. However, when I produce by myself it takes me longer to get lead just by my feelings and to reach a thoughtless state of mind. Therefore I need to do longer sessions to make sure to reach my personal intuitive flow. The differences in terms of the output itself aren ́t that big due to the fact that Bodin, Jacob and me are all on a similar level. Producing alone is an introvert way of working for me. It ́s also the time for me to come down a bit. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9144ea01_118512973', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9144ea01_118512973' }); });     10- To me it felt like the label broke through big last year, and around the same time you really seemed to establish a distinctive aesthetic, did you feel any pressure following up and keeping things interesting? No I don't feel any pressure to keep things interesting. We have a steady development in our studio work and never have the feeling that we reached a point of stagnation or boredum. Specific hypes doesn ́t affect us and we always stay real to our style and the people around us. That ́s what people feel when they listen to our music. You can feel the energy and situations we shared in that very moment when the track was created. With this attitude and behaviour in mind your music never get an expire date . 11- I know you’re on the Cocoon roster now, what did it change for you? Cocoon, especially our booker Gregor, did a very good job in the last year. We played in well known clubs across Europe which brought us to another level. You can feel their long experience in the business and they have a sensible, professional way to handle our bookings and everything around. We are grateful to be in a roster of such an agency following their goals since 20 years now. Many important protagonists of our scene are related to Cocoon and have been part of their agency over the last two decades. Now we can bring in our part and we are curious about the plans for 2018. 12- You also played in Ibiza for the first time for a b2b with Bodin&Jacob at Amnesia, how was that? Were there any moments you wondered what the hell is going on? It was definitely one of our highlights in 2017. We played the warm-up slot before Sonja Moonear and Ricardo Villalobos on the terrace. I cannot imagine a better way to make your debut at Amnesia. I ́ve been already there as a guest and its pretty impressive to go through this venue. It ́s a kind of an aim of life for many artists to play there and we had the opportunity to reach it. It was a proper night with a great line-up on both floors. Everything went very well and I ́m still impressed by the sound system and the atmosphere of Amnesia. A massive night and we had a lot of fun. Of course we hope to be back in 2018. 13- Were there any other highlights in this busy year, for you or Traffic? Apart from Amnesia we were really happy about our first appearances at Concrete Paris. It was in March when Brice invited all of us to play the whole night on the wooden floor. In September Bodin and me returned for a Most Wanted showcase. Concrete really belongs to our favourites now. Another gig to highlight was our Traffic showcase at the famous Goa Club in Rome in October. It ́s a super nice venue and the Nozoo team did a great job to make our label showcase a real blast. Also our showcases at Robert Johnson in March and August have to be mentioned and we ́re really grateful to host a third date now in December. Apart from the dates together with Bodin and Jacob, I played my first gig alongside Sven Väth in Antwerp. It was a Cocoon showcase where I warmed up for him and took over for the final shift. That was really heavy and intense but it worked out pretty well. A very positive feeling and of course a night to remember. In general I have to say the whole year was a highlight. I really can't complain. 14- Whether in Ibiza or at a confidential afterhour, do you have a routine when preparing a set? No, there is no specific routine. Of course it depends on my playtime but in general I just pick the records I like the most. I don't have a specific way of playing either. My aim is to absorb the mood of the crowd and to play with it in the most positive way. Every venue and crowd is different and when you know how to catch the mood you can act or react quite flexible. A good night for me is mainly based on the wordless communication between the artist and the crowd. If you have the sensibility to connect to that you can't pick wrong. Of course, sometimes that connection can be disturbed but there is no preparation for this case. 15- How important is the pacing of a night, from the warm-up set to the late-hours? Are you more of a peak-time sort of guy or do you revel in those hazy hours? I feel quite comfortable in the early morning hours, this is my favorite time to play. People are getting focused on the music, they had their talks and met their friends and then its the time for the floor. It ́s a very thankful time and you get back what you give to them. You can bring some bangers or try to lead to a more mind based sound. It depends on you but in these hours the variety and the spectrum you can serve is not comparable to the main time or the warm up. But for sure also the main set is one of my favorites, I love to play out bangers and this is also characteristic for our sets. 16- With all the hype around the kind of sounds you’re pushing, aren’t you afraid it ends up becoming too formulaic? How do you keep things fresh? I don't have a plan to keep my stuff fresh. A hype can be over in a second, so you should not concentrate on it. This whole movement creates a platform for a lot of amazing artists who are spreading their sound now. So to keep things fresh you just need to focus on your ears and listen. At the moment there is so much great output like I didn't hear for years now. A musical hype always ends when there is no variety anymore. It ends when everybody is jumping on that train and the market is flooded with similar, copied music and the loss of creativity. For sure this will happen somehow. You ́ve to keep a constant state of quality, don ́t get lazy and dig deep to keep things fresh.   17- Do you feel like the obsession with obscure records leads to some kind of exhaustion, or does the competition sort of pushes you to dig even deeper? Is it all about Discogs these days for you? For me its the only thing which continously pushes me. I never get bored to search through this limitless amount of music. It ́s a task for your life and the feeling when you find great records is not comparable. In my opinion showing unknown, flashing music to the audience is the one of the most important parts of a dj. I get bored very fast as a listener so I always need some new impressions to keep on going. For example, I heard Nicolas Lutz and Binh recently at Hoppetosse and I danced the whole night. Djs like them are giving me the motivation and impressions to continue my game. So for me it ́s all about obscure, rare records. I don ́t criticize anyone who has a another opinion about it but I can't find my pleasure in another, more generic sound. 18- Do you play exclusively vinyl? How important to you is it as a medium? Vinyl is my focus but I don't play it exclusively. For our own unreleased productions and the music of our friends we use USB. Furthermore there aren ́t so many venues focusing on this medium so you have to be prepared when it comes to problems with the turntables. But I have to say that our agency has a focus on artists playing vinyl. So the promoters are mostly aware to optimize the setup as far as possible to play records. 19- Is there any scene or genre that you’re particularly obsessed with in terms of digging right now? Being focused on just one genre is not my style. I just go through a collection and pick what I like. I like listening to bleepy techno and electro but I also enjoy great house tunes. It ́s really difficult to figure out a specific genre which I listen to mostly. Sticking to a specific sound is boring for me. We can look back on such a long history and variety of music so why build up borders to yourself? 20- Speaking of digging, this is how you ended up releasing  A²’s new material and contributing to put them back on the limelight, right? Yes, that ́s right. First we found their records and we were really impressed. Then we started working on the EP. It ́s cool to work together with the older generation of producers. They have their own view on music and we learn a lot from their experiences. In general I feel another energy when I listen to old tapes and recordings. The aesthetic of these old tracks tells another story than the music from today. But the combination of impressions from today and the past is what keeps the music always interesting in my eyes. 21- Are there any other forgotten producers that were instrumental in shaping your sound, and that you might want to release as well? We have no specific plan to release another artist from the past but we are always open for that. There are many artists out there who shaped our sound from today.  A² is a great example. 22- On the other hand, one of Traffic’s most recent releases was by Z@P, how did that connection happen? Do you intend to welcome other producers to the Traffic family? Z@P catched our attention when Vera played his Melliflow release at Robert Johnson. We asked her for the track id and the day after we connected us with him. He is a very cool guy and right from the beginning there was a friendly relation between us. After sharing some tracks we asked him if he is up for a release and he agreed. The tracks fit perfect and we are really happy with that release. Sadly we havent met him so far but we are working on it in 2018. We gonna try to get him over to our label nights. I really like the people I met from Montevideo. It feels like they are sharing the same idea like we do in Frankfurt/Offenbach. It was just a logical result to connect these two cities with this release. Of course we´ll welcome other producers to the Traffic family sooner or later. But right know I cannot mention any names. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_890f099d_1579855220', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_890f099d_1579855220' }); });     23- You’ve been associated with a strong scene of labels (Pager, HardWorkSoftDrink, etc) achieving similar recognition lately, but are there any up and coming crews and artists from the Frankfurt/Offenbach area you’d like to shed some light on? We have a lot of groups in Offenbach/Frankfurt and all of them are doing great in their own style. There is the crew around Orson Wells with more rough electro and the guys of Hotel International who are doing great parties in our area. Talking about the younger generation there are talented guys like Tom Ries and Robin Stern. They are doing a great job with their productions. In general there is always a development going on here and it is important to always have an eye on it. 24- The label’s already turning five next year, are you planning on celebrating in any way? More generally what’s in the works for Traffic? Any upcoming releases and gigs for you? There will definitely be a proper rave to celebrate our 5th anniversary. We are going to start working on it very soon so keep your eyes and ears open :) Furthermore we´ve planned our first solo EP´s on Traffic Records. This is quite a premiere and we ´re really looking forward to it. Another highlight production-wise will be the EP on our close friends label Pressure Traxx. All three of us contributed here and it´s gonna be released at the beginning of 2018. Finally we are going to launch a new label which is related to our afterhour project called „Not on Earth“. 2017 will be closed with two label showcases. The first one at Robert Johnson together with Dopplereffekt LIVE and the second one at White Noise in Stuttgart. I´ll also play at RED58 together with Dana Ruh right before Christmas. All in all we want to take up that drive from 2017 and continue with it in the new year. There is still a lot to do and we´re are really looking forward to it!   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_04ce4aec_1202925802', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_04ce4aec_1202925802' }); });     25- Finally, can you talk a little about this mix you did for MEOKO? Was there an idea to it or did you just go with the flow? I chose some nice house stuff and unreleased Traffic tunes for the mix. Hear it upfront the night, fits very good ;)   Words by: PierreAlexis   More Martyné Facebook / Soundcloud More Traffic Records Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

'Yes I do love drums and percussion – that’s probably the most important aspect of a track for me.': Traumer Interview

Romain Reynaud is a restless guy. He broke through as Traumer in the early 2010’s, releasing driving techno on Skryptöm, the label operated by French scene veteran Electric Rescue. This is a sound he diligently refined, sometimes on his own, sometimes as part of Skryptöm supergroup Möd3rn or with his many projects with another legend of the French underground, DJ Deep. But these days, this sound belongs more to his Roman Poncet alias. A creative frenzy has seemingly seized the ever-productive Frenchman: Romain came up with Marion Poncet to release his more housey fare, while Traumer ditched the techno and started churning out microhouse bangers. Romain can proudly consider himself a descendent of those 1990s producers who would casually craft house, techno and everything in-between under a myriad of aliases — bearing the spirit of a time where things seemed to be less compartmentalized. And this free-spirited approach belies raw talent too: no matter the genre he tackles, one can always rely on the now seasoned producer to provide booming kicks and a solid groove.  Put simply, Romain Reynaud is a diamond with many faces. And for us at MEOKO, it’s under his renewed Traumer monicker that he shines the most. Gettraum, the outlet he launched to host these minimal-leaning productions, is full of chiseled drums, odd and seductive vocals, and expertly timed breakdowns. Seemingly overnight, the already successful techno producer naturally became a sensation amongst lovers of the bouncier stuff. What happened though? Did Romain take a nap on Mamaia Beach a fateful day, and wake up determined to spread the gospel with the distinctive zeal of the newly converted? Or was this sound brewing inside him all along, ready to bloom? In any case, it seems obvious that he caught the virus, and is now as hooked as the rest of us — which we couldn’t be more happy about, since the string of EPs he lined up on Gettraum have been flawless so far. Don’t believe us? Well you can hear it for yourself, because Traumer will share the bill with Apollonia at Unleash’s December 16th party. So to get to know the man and find out about his truly uncommon trajectory, MEOKO caught up with him ahead of his upcoming London gig.  1- Hi Romain, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! I wanted to start talking about your touring. Between Traumer and Roman Poncet, you’ve been on the road all the time for three or four years, playing every continent, so how’s this lifestyle going for you? How do you manage keeping things fresh and exciting? My pleasure! Travelling the word to play my music is probably one of the best jobs in the world – you’re always inspired by new people, new cultures, new places and so on. However, this can also create some difficulties – especially if you’re missing someone who’s waiting for you at home. In my case, there is someone waiting for me every weekend, during every tour. I can handle a single weekend away – but for the longer tours, like a week or two – it’s always a mental challenge for me. Even if the people I meet during the tour give me a lot of good vibes, when you get back to your hotel and you’re all alone, this is not so easy sometimes. Still, I am very enthusiastic about touring, this is my passion, my thing. I guess having different monikers linked to different kind of music, also helps me lot in terms of keeping myself inspired. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_148bdac0_1638510914', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_148bdac0_1638510914' }); });     2- Among these gigs all over the world, did any make a particularly strong impression? I’m sure you’ve had your fair share of crazy stories, could you share a few of those with us? It’s almost impossible to give you a short selection of the best moments – there are too many. Maybe one though yes, because it’s very special, and isn’t part of the classic circuit : My friend Pepperpot and I were playing for four days (daytime parties) on a wood platform in the middle of the pacific ocean, in the Fiji Islands. The name of the venue is Cloud9 – it’s very small and it isupposed to be quite chill, music-wise. We had an incredible week over there. Crazy stories: I’ve a million for sure hehe – again, it’s difficult to pick one specific tale. Also, I think I prefer telling those kind of stories in real life – face to face – I like to act it out a little bit, to mimic, to use gestures etc – trying to tell a real proper story, like you might do for a child. Come and ask me on December 17th… 3- Being at the top of the bill is a fulfilment for DJs and producers, so what’s making you dream now? Do you still have more ambitious projects you’d like to get on with, or places you wish you could play at? With your first question you insinuate I am at the top – but believe me I am very far from there! I’ve been dreaming about living from my passion all my life, it can through DJing, producing, scoring, etc… Whatever it is as long as it’s related to music – but it can’t be “pushed” – it has to remain a passion, not something that is forced or unnatural. 4- Let’s move to your Traumer alias. Your sound moved to the minimal side of things with Gettraum, even if we can still recognize your touch. I was wondering what led to this change: how did you fall for the microhouse sound, so to speak? Is it something you were already digging in the past? Was there a moment that clicked with you? That’s true, my sound has recently moved a bit but I guess it always did and it will always do. This is how I am, I like to discover new things, even if I’m not “using” this new thing in my music. Let me explain: with the micro-minimal-house sound, I was listening that stuff for a while, way before producing or even playing it. I was introduced to this music through the big names first: the label [a:rpia:r], and everything around Raresh, Rhadoo and Petre – and naturally, when you’re digging for something, you progressively get deeper and deeper into the genre. I was just getting into something which was new for me at some point - and like every new thing I get into, if I decide to “try something with it”, to focus my music on it, the move will be made only once I think I can do it, because I believe at some point I know the minimum that’s required to get started with. 5- By the way, why did you decide to create your own outlet for these releases? Is it going to stay dedicated to Traumer or would you consider opening it up? I was pretty sure that the established labels who focus on this style of music would not release my music, because of my “past” or because the music itself would not be 100% suitable. The only way I thought I could initiate this change of style was to control the platform which would showcase this new “me”. Also, creating a new label - especially when it’s your first one – may ‘intrigue’ the scene a little bit, that way you might get some attention.     6- Is it a sound you deliberately tried to pursue, or did you spontaneously start producing more minimal tracks? I was talking about new projects or dreams, was tackling a new style a way to challenge yourself in a sense? For sure, I did try to pursue this sound – I wanted to for a while – it just took me time to work on it, ‘backstage’ you know. I like to challenge myself yes, I do it every day actually (I’ve got eight monikers at least for eight different kinds/variations of music). That’s what keeps me inspired – I never get bored of something, as I’ll move to another style before that can happen. It works for me. 7- The French microhouse scene these days is really healthy — new festivals, labels, artists… Where are you based when you’re not touring? Do you manage to find the time to party and stay aware of what’s going on in the scene? Are there crews, labels, newcomers or old-timers, clubs, that you’d like to give a shout out to? Basically, do you have recommendations for MEOKO readers who’d like to find out more about the French scene? I’m based in Paris. Time to time I manage to find some space to go clubbing – mostly during the week – but not anymore like I used to (my favorite sober-observation party was Concrete on Sunday afternoon btw) – Now I keep my “ears in the game” through different social media groups (not only FB). To name just one, not because they are friends ;but also because they are simply very good, too: Beau Mot Plage; Check them out. To be honest I’m not as much into the details of the local scene as I was few years ago – it’s very difficult to stay 100% connected when you (have to) do too many things – even if I’m making a lot of effort to do the maximum possible by waking up at 4/5.00am during the week. All the (very basic, I’m sorry) recommendations I can give to find out more about the French scene could be :  - Check that Beau Mot Plage group on Facebook – which is also a DJ Crew/Label.  - Check artists (you know probably most of them) such as : Lowris, Varhat, Cabanne,  Nunes, Loop Exposure, Hoser, Schaa,… I must have forgotten a lot but I’m not good at lists.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9af4f26c_2140130765', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9af4f26c_2140130765' }); });     8- I feel like a defining features of all your works, regardless of aliases, are your drums. Can you talk about their importance? How would you define your sound, actually? Do you see similarities between your aliases? Do you have some habits when you’re producing? Damn! I do love your questions (and observations) but it’s more like inception of inception ahah – so many question in one! Yes I do love drums and percussions – that’s probably the most important aspect of a track for me. I’m not super comfortable with the idea of defining my own music – I don’t know. I guess there are a few similarities sometimes, first I’m producing with the same set up for most of them so obviously, the core sound can be a little bit similar. I’m pretty sure I have some habits, but probably I don’t notice all of them myself, because they are habits, which are often unconscious ;but I can say I like to build up a soundscape, an ambiance before everything. Not a beat, not a melody – something (which can be atonal sometimes) that will help me to bring all the elements around. This is like “the soul” of the track, you can’t see/hear it but still it’s the essence of the music. After that, I build up the drums, sometimes to the final state – and then I can work on synths, if necessary.     9- In addition to touring all the freaking time, you’re not lazy on the production side of things either! Do you have upcoming releases on your label or others’? In general, what’s coming for Traumer in 2018? -       I did a remix for David K’s Tone Series project – which just has been released few weeks ago. -       Our collaboration with Lazare Hoche, on his imprint, just dropped as well. -       A three tracker on All Inn, called “Mezon”, should be release mid-December. -       Late February should (could) see Gettraum 5 coming out. -       We will release our second EP with DJ Deep as Deep Traum. -       In April will be released our collaboration with Point G on the London based label : Infuse. There are many other things on the way as well, with my other monikers but also with Traumer. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_971457d6_863694075', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_971457d6_863694075' }); });     10- You’ve been involved in many collaborations. What’s different when you produce on your own and with others? Can you talk about your partners, especially DJ Deep and your Skryptöm mates? DJ Deep in particular has always been a multifaceted producer, do you think he instilled that in you? You’ve also got an upcoming release with Lazare Hoche, how did that come about? Working with another person is not so easy – everything is about ‘balance’. The relationship in the creative / technical process has to be balanced. For example, it can not work if you have two people who both have a strong attitude and who want to control everything. You take sometimes and you give sometimes. The working relationship has to be balanced. That’s mainly the difference between working alone or with others : alone you’re balancing yourself. I’ve always been a multifaceted guy, a schizophrenic guy (in a good way). When I started to produce I loved making remixes of Marilyn Manson while trying to reproduce Bodzin’s synth modulation. Anyway – yes we’ve got a release together on his label, I’m really happy about the process that led to this release, everything went super fast – which is not usually the case. Charlie sent me a beat with an Ableton arrangement – like this : “hey, check this out”. I liked the very spontaneous way of doing it – I did my edits, add a chord synth. He did it again with another idea – which was super rich, so I could have two different perspectives with all the elements he gave me. And there we were, we had three tracks.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2f026e65_1187467652', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2f026e65_1187467652' }); });     11- Speaking of him, he’ll be playing B2B with Djebali for Unleash on the 15th, and Apollonia and Mathew Jonson are there too. I guess you’re pretty used to share the bill with the cream of the crop by now, but what do you think of this line-up? Are you excited to return to London? What can we expect from you? Hehe you know what? I’m absolutely not used to sharing the bill with those guys. In fact it will be the second time I’ll be playing with those names. For sure I’m really excited to be back in London with the crew and especially to play for Unleash for the first time – as I have heard so much about this party, in a good way of course – so yeah, I’m looking really, really forward to spinning there. I don’t know what you can expect, but I hope it will be good enough to satisfy your expectations!   Words by: PierreAlexis   More Traumer Instagram / Facebook / Soundcloud / Twitter / News More UNLEASH / Unleash with Traumer, Apollonia, Mathew Jonson, Lazare Hoche & more FB Event - Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube    

Under The MEOKO Microscope - Giammarco Orsini & Mix

We are back with Under The MEOKO Microscope feature alongside a very exciting name – Giammarco Orsini. The Italian artist first enriched his musical culture in Italy where he grew up, influenced by the grooves of the 90’s. He further developed his musical identity by spending countless hours of discovering and playing vinyls. Soon enough, Giammarco started showcasing his talents to a wider audience and his first forays into DJ culture happened in Pescara, where he became resident DJ at Zu::Bar, thus kickstarting his career. Havinh many gigs there increased his notoriety in the local scene and allowed him to meet other inspiring talents, pushing him to start producing and to create his own imprint “Heko Records” - the label behind Pancratio’s stand out EP “Pancratio 1”. As well as bringing new producers like Pancratio to the fore, Giammarco Orsini is also behind a number of successful releases himself, his four-tracker « Game of chance » on Partisan an undeniable dancefloor favourite. His move to the German capital further cemented his profile, leading to gigs alongside big names such as Ricardo Villalobos, John Dimas and Shonky to name a few. He is a regular at venues such as Club der Visionäre and Watergate but still finds the time to play in his home country at the famous Goa Club. He has recently got back from a tour in America, and we are happy to learn more about the Italian « Enfant Prodigue ». We caught up with this talent in an interview, so let’s get into this and check his exclusive MEOKO mix. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_51f1d5fb_1337553030', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_51f1d5fb_1337553030' }); });     Hi Giammarco, we are really happy to have you for the new edition of Under the MEOKO Microscope, thank you for taking the time for us.  Hi Guys, I'm happy to be on board and thank you for inviting me for this special feature. 1. How old were you when you started playing music and which influences made you want to be the DJ you are today ? I started around 14, I was buying all different kinds of music and in the beginning my focus was just improve my technique.  I was mixing from Hip Hop to House and Techno and I was trying to understand the differences between genres and how to mix them. Slowly i started to look more for some specific subgenres that sounded more interesting to my ears like progressive house mixed with breakbeat to get into minimal techno or house lately but basically I was just surfing between genres.  During this process I started to realize what I really liked in the music so I started to produce my own music which helped me to understand which elements in one track are more interesting to me and in general what I feel more in the tracks I play.  2. Did the fact growing up in Italy have any impact on the music you play now, on your inspirations from when you started? Italy have a good history of house music and your selection has always been eclectic, are the 90s Influences still something you explore and re-discover for your sets or even your productions ? Growing up in Italy has of course had big impact as it’s in my roots and it’s where I found the inspiration of to play and make music.  Even now my sets are full of those records that were released in the late 90s. I think it's amazing to discover old records that still sound relevant now but to bring them back under a new light and to a new audience.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_f8f67fff_2041949369', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_f8f67fff_2041949369' }); });     3. Your productions range from the groovier sounds on Heko Records to a more minimalistic style on Partisan. How would you describe the differences in your approach when producing on different labels? I always do different styles of music, blending my influences all together to evolve my sound. I think the Partisan EP for example it's a crossover between my Italian roots and the influences I got here in Berlin.  For example when we chose the tracks, we started from the A2 Divenire and it was just a spontaneous decision to build an EP that reflected my style paired with my evolution and the same time that also fit well on the label.  Same thing happened with the EP on Elephant Moon. You always start from one or two tracks that take the attention of the A&R and then you build an EP trying to find the right balance between your sound and the sound of the label.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0f109fa5_1075228015', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0f109fa5_1075228015' }); });     4.How did your moving from Italy to Berlin affect you ? Is it an incisive moment in your music career ? It was a key moment not only in my career but in my life in general. I realized how much I wanted to dedicate myself to the music and Berlin is the place where many artist live and work so being here gave me the opportunity to meet other producers or go to hear DJ’s that I usually wouldn’t have an opportunity to hear play very often. It’s also amazing for record shopping and there are many chances to collaborate with other artists as this city really encourages that community feeling. In general you get inspired from this whole thing, parties are happening every day of the week and all of this inspire me and make me more productive but still I needed time to establish myself in the city and get into my new life rhythm.  Obviously you have to be focused on your objective otherwise one of the common side effects that I see around is you can lose easily yourself in a black hole of permanent partying. 5. You play often alongside John Dimas, you also just made an EP on his Label Elephant Moon, how did you met and how is his music important to you? Do you plan to work together on any other upcoming releases ? I met John Dimas a few years ago in Italy during one night in San Benedetto del Tronto and he played 80% of records that I used to play!  I was so impressed because I was already a big fan of his music but I never saw him DJing before that night.   Since that day we've always been in contact and especially when I moved to Berlin we became closer. Actually we're also working on some music together but we don’t have a release date scheduled yet. 6. You play often at the famous Goa club in Rome together with Fabrizio Sala ,how can you describe the music scene in Italy compared to Berlin ? Goa Club is a legendary club which has shaped electronic music in Italy over the last 20 years and I'm really grateful to get the chance to play there regularly along with Fabrizio for the party Nozoo.  In Italy there is always something going on, club culture is still alive and well and especially in the last few years a lot of new promoters started to support underground events and this gave the opportunity to small artists to get booked.  I don't think it's really possible to compare the two scenes. There are too many cultural differences that generate a totally different approach. For instance, the amount of events that are going on in Berlin every weekend don't exist in any city of Italy or in general in any other city in Europe. I think the club culture here has another weight compared to Italy and the other countries in Europe.  People come to Berlin from all over the world specifically to go to parties and listen to electronic music. They call it Techno Tourism actually! This doesn't mean that Berlin is better but it's just a place where the culture is more developed and accepted into the social system.  7. Do you feel the club experience is shaped by cultural differences? When travelling, do you take cultural differences into consideration? How far is your approach as a DJ benefited in different countries and in different crowds? I think the club culture is definitely shaped on the cultural system. It's a process that is evolving in every country in it’s own way and it changes with the generations.  From my experience as DJ I have observed that in countries like Italy or Spain you always have to bring a certain amount of energy to the dancefloor. Parties are shorter and in general you have to do your best in a smaller time frame as opposed to countries like Germany, Russia or Belgium where the parties are longer, the music is more hypnotic and you have more time to play something special that you cannot do in just a 2 hour set.  I have recently been, for the first time, to Panama and I was so impressed with how the crowd reacted to the music, they were dancing and enjoying every minute till the lights came on. Everything seemed new for them and they were really open to hear records that would be  a bit more challenging to play everywhere. The same happened in Austin, Texas as well which was a nice surprise! 8.How do you prepare your set from venue to venue and country to country? Obviously I try to collect as much music as possible to be ready to play for different crowds. I check my set time and what kind of party it is and if I’ve never been there I like to do a little research so I can be as prepared as possible. I pack my bags with the thought of always trying to bring a bit of everything because in the end you never know what is going to happen there and sometimes you have to be ready to adapt to some lineups changes or just to play in front of less people. However, in general if I play an afterhour or a warm up I'll always bring something deep and if I play peak time, something more energetic.  For me it's just really important to be aware of what's happening in the club around you and try to play the right records while staying true to your style. It’s nice to be able to express yourself and educate the crowd a little but also people want to have fun so you have to always keep that in mind. Thank you again for your time and the very energetic podcast you recorded for us, we look forward to hearing more exciting news from you ! Thank you guys for this nice interview, I hope to see you soon in London or somewhere else!      Words by: Natascha Kramer   More Giammarco Orsini; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

A MEOKO Exclusive: Goa Club unveils December Programme

As December is here, the colder weather is beginning to settle in, and festive celebrations begin. We are under the impression Goa Club are celebrating the whole month, compiling stellar parties each every weekend.  The 700 capacity club residing in the Ostiense neighbourhood in Rome, have a reputation for casting in high quality artists, putting themselves firmly at the forefront of the Italian scene since 1996. Regular displays of electronic music on different club nights has led to the success of the club, a true variance. This December will see Touch the Wood, Nozoo, Goa Ultrabeat, Rebel Rebel and She Made all representing their own sounds and visions. Slick groove master Fumiya Tanaka will be making an appearance on December 2nd, the Perlon star will play an extended set for Nozoo. On the 7th Planetary Assault Systems’ will be bringing his set up to Rome for Goa Ultrabeat. As far as live sets go we have not quite seen any as intense, a true representation of his legendary sound. Something that needs to be experienced. He will be joined by DJ Red (Electric Deluxe / BPitch Control) and Adiel (Ultrabeat / Danza Tribale).   A certain highlight taking place the following day is Praslesh and Giammarco Orsini. Raresh and Praslea are known for bringing the heat worldwide under their duo alias, it will be somewhat of a beautiful combination once amongst the exquisite decor of Goa. Orsini’s recent productions on Partisan and Heko are a stamp of the outstanding sounds that will be served up on the night. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_a0c3997e_414443482', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_a0c3997e_414443482' }); });     Thursday 14th sees Chicago house pioneer Boo Williams make an appearance in Italy. An impressive discography with releases on Peacefrog, Cajual and Rush Hour (to name only a few) sum up how this night will be nothing short of amazing. A master class in the game. The day after this heavy night; Nina Kraviz will take control of the club alongside ZERØ at Rebel Rebel night, on 15th of December. Vlada and She Made resident Ameliee join Partisan chief Anthea just days away from Christmas, Dec 23th. Let the Christmas dinner settle, get the gifts out of the way and get ready for Nozoo Christmas AfterTea. Heading up proceedings is Discobar’s very own Lamache, crate digger and true selector. Laurine (Slowlife) joins him for the festive extravaganza on 25th of December with Marcolino Ultrasuoni, Christopher Ledger, Alberto Gerardi, and Fabrizio Sala. Rounding off the busy month at Goa; Ultrabeat & Rebel Rebel night will take place on Friday, 29th of December with Hunee (Rush Hour) alongside ZERØ (Rebel Rebel). Plus many more special names on the bill, throughout December.   You do not need to let the frost get to you, call it an early Christmas treat and get flights booked up. It makes sense.      Words by Zac Bidwell   More Goa Club More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

LWE To Leave Printworks London

London promoter LWE has just announced the end of their association with Printworks, Canada Water’s recently opened venue, where they acted in the position of events producer. LWE and Printworks seemed to be a match made in heaven; the former is renowned for hosting dance music’s top tier at bigger-than-life events, while the latter, a gigantic repurposed newspaper printing facility, offers the necessary infrastructure to suit such events’ scale.  Indeed, the venue’s opening run was certainly a resounding success and one of the capital’s most important dance music news this year — a success to which the London promoter, which brought the likes of Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock or Luciano among others, was integral, since they have effectively curated the entire Printworks' programmation as well as production and operation. The parties booked at Printworks till the end of the year, including the Chemical Brothers, Paul Kalkbrenner or Richie Hawtin, will therefore be the last ones curated by LWE. This run will come to an end with the venue’s NYE/NYD double-batch.  It will be interesting to see how other promoters will manage to take over, and which direction they bring Printworks into. Meanwhile, LWE is headed for a busy 2018. It will start off with their New Year’s Day party and will include another Junction 2 festival. Their ongoing collaboration with Elrow will also return, and we’re told to expect “a new outdoor event on the South Coast, Arcadia's arrival in London, some amazing shows at Tobacco Dock and a plethora of other exciting projects.”   Words by: PierreAlexis   More  London Warehouse Events  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview: LWE NYD 2018

Everyone knows that after the chaotic mess that is NYE, an unforgettable NYD is mandatory to conclude a year of excess by starting a new one right away. After all, no one wants to begin the year in bed with a hangover to boot. Out of all the alternatives for this 1st of January, LWE’s sounds particularly hot. As per the line-up, there’s something for everyone, from the casual clubbers to the seasoned heads.    Two very special guests top up their bill this year. Maceo Plex is the first one, under his Maetrik guise. Maetrik used to be the Spain-based Detroit son main outlet in the 00’s, and he returned it with new productions earlier this year. This is a grittier sound than what the man’s become famous for, but whatever alias he’s using, rest assured that years of touring the scene’s biggest venues mean he’ll know how to move the crowd — and more importantly perhaps, this is his first time playing live as Maetrik, so don’t miss it. The other is none other than Marcel Dettmann. The beloved Berghain resident will come straight from the club’s infamous Silvester party, bringing London some of that licentious Berlin techno flavour. There’s your New Year’s Day brunch! allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2c3298a9_933771017', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2c3298a9_933771017' }); });     But that’s just the icing on the cake as LWE has come up with a varied line-up that’s sure to appeal to anyone. On the one hand there’s the big room techno of Alan Fitzpatrick. An LWE regular, you know what to expect from the Drumcode stalwart. Nastia might pummel you with the bouncy techno she’s famous for, or she might opt to show off her lighter side like on this year’s CD mix she did for Cocoon — surprise. If that’s what you’re into, this balance of bumping house and tougher techno should also be reflected in Lauren Lo Sung’s set. And if you’re one of those techno freaks for whom the year needs to start with twisted transmissions, Ø [Phase] will provide the headier, trippier alternative.    The crowdpleasers are out in force as well: Robert Hood dons his Floorplan alias for this one. Now a family affair as his daughter is integral to the act, it promises booming kicks along gospel anthems. The maverick KiNK is of the party too with his playful live act — get close enough and who knows, maybe you’ll get to have a go at his keyboard too. And Italians Agents of Time provide the day’s other live act with their melodic brand of techno. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_49b5b9d1_1586477800', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_49b5b9d1_1586477800' }); });       On the mellower side of things, Axel Boman will deliver the sort of Scandinavian free-spirited and playful weirdness his label Studio Barnhus specializes in, while Lord of the Isles will no doubt drench you with his soothing, synth-heavy excursions. We’re also more than excited to see LWE booked Frankfurt legend Roman Flügel. Few people can claim to have had such an impact on current house and techno as he had — put simply, half of this line-up would probably not exist without him — and you can always expect the unexpected with this veteran iconoclast.   Like last year, LWE invests Tobacco Dock in Wapping for the event, a gigantic awe-inducing, laser-filled venue with a sound-system worthy of its scale. So come along and book your ticket — you’ve got all the rest of the year to get some well-earned sleep.     Words by: PierreAlexis   More  London Warehouse Events - Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview: Oscuro London w/ Praslea [a:rpia:r]

London in December is a far cry from the warm and inviting climate we tend to associate with our beloved Romanian grooves, but you can count on Oscuro to bend over backwards and rectify this. Hot on the heels of their 3rd birthday celebration, which saw them invite French duo Zendid and Romanian legends/master hypnotisers/all-around dance floor smashers SIT, the crew is throwing their last party of the year at the Hackney Wick haunt Bloc, on December 15th.   With the party season incoming, no one knows for sure if the team behind Oscuro can prepare a decent Christmas feast, but they can sure cook up a mouth-watering party. This time again, it’s a familiar figure of the Romanian pantheon gracing the decks: Praslea returns to London after his and Raresh’s spooky and sweaty performance for Art of Dark’s Halloween party. The [a:rpia:r] affiliate will show he can shine just as bright without his illustrious partner, and make London that little bit warmer for four hours. If you wanna check beforehand who’s coming to town, have a go at his own productions: those are few and far between, but it’s one of those cases of quality priming over quantity. Or treat your ears to his label Understand’s stellar discography — they just released Arapu’s latest roller — but hey, trust us: steady rolling basslines and a hell of a good time, that’s what you’re in for.   Praslea will be supported by London’s very own Christian AB. It’s not the first time the two share the bill — in fact, Christian has played with most of minimal’s royalty (including a rare back-to-back with Praslesh at Art of Dark Halloween Theatre), and may well end up being considered part of it if he keeps churning out the sort of tunes he released on new label London In Transmission’s first two EPs. He’s been touring Europe lately, even spinning at minimal mecca Club Der Visionaere, but be sure to catch him on his home turf for full effect. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_4984e955_335729504', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_4984e955_335729504' }); });     To round this up, who else than Oscuro’s trusted residents? There’s no great party without a great warm-up, but this task will doubtless be easily fulfilled by Jayar and Kadow. The two have made a strong impression at the third birthday, and they’ll definitely outdo themselves one more time. So remember, do come early. And there you go, another night of mind-bending loops to warm your hearts and move your feet lovingly assembled by the Oscuro team. Be sure to grab your ticket now.     Words by: PierreAlexis   More Oscuro London - Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  
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