Hey Andrey! Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Starting at the beginning, when did you first realise you had a passion for music and what were you drawn to at the start?
Drum & Bass was the first electronic music genre I came across thank to a friend who used to travel to London often - she brought me cassettes from her travels. It sounded different from everything else I listened to at the time and it made me feel like I could be part of something bigger. We were a group of schoolmates in a tiny town of Russia - there was no internet in 1995-1996. Tapes, Cassettes, Films on VHS (“Trainspotting”, “Hackers”, “Acid House”), Russian magazines “Ptuch”, “OM” were the only sources from which we could gather information about music culture.
Growing up in the small town Votkinsk in regional Russia, where we you finding inspiration?
I feel a strong connection with nature since I was a child. Votkinski is a small town but there, because the nature surrounds the city, I could find inner peace and unlimited source of ideas. Trees rustling, rain falling, thunder and lightning, waves crashing. When you listen to nature, you can hear those sounds – it’s music. The natural world has inspired composers to write many famous works of music. At the same time melodies, harmonies, rhythm, tempo and musical dynamics can combine to create the image of the variety of landscapes. If we allow ourselves to spend more time far from the cities, we can hear nature all the time.
Fast forward to today, whenever you play there’s always a very palpable creativity and admirable feeling of ‘freshness’ that not many can sustain over a long career. What are your current sources of inspiration?
There are moments in life which have an impact on your overall state - sometimes we seek those moments because we feel the need of a change, and other times they just manifest by themselves. Those “moments” can be related to a person you meet, a trip somewhere, a dream or just during a solitary walk. Every moment is new and different from the moment before - I feel that if we manage to align to what life brings us every time, we will always be a different & “fresher” version of ourselves.
Having been a touring DJ for the best part of a decade, you’ve had more experience on the road than most. What are the most important lessons about this lifestyle you’ve learnt over time?
Eating healthy, staying hydrated, and trying to keep a regular sleeping schedule when I don’t travel. Being kind to everyone you meet on your way. Keep the focus on what really matters in this music business - it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important and the real reason why you chose to live this career.
I read a while ago that you were particularly drawn to day parties. Is this still the case? What environments do you feel most at home playing in?
Daytime parties have a different energy - people are more in line with their biological rhythm and therefore the mood, emotions and social interactions are completely different than going out at night. I feel they create generally a much more relaxed atmosphere and enjoyable experience.
With a record collection well in excess of 8000 records, how do you approach packing your bag ahead of a gig?
I pick my favorite records of the moment and periodically revisit my collection - I always find something that still surprises me long time after being released.
How much of your time is spent digging for new music today?
I would say between two and three hours per day, sometimes more - it depends on how many promos I receive.
When it comes to the music you play, there’s an admirable amount of diversity (with everything from vibrant house to driving techno and breaks) but always a distinct character and emotive mood. Do you find this is something that comes naturally or are you conscious of it when selecting?
It’s a combination of intuition about how the audience feels in a certain moment, and a conscious decision on the atmosphere I would like to immerse the people in. It’s like taking someone on a journey: you have an idea of where to take your guests but leave room for spontaneity, ending up in places outside of the planned route.
It seems that this ability to create cohesion amidst music that can be so stylistically different is something that distinguishes the truly talented selectors. This brings me to the recording you’ve kindly provided us with, from your back to back set with Stpjche at Echiwaves. Can you tell us a little about this experience?
For me b2b it’s a pretty intimate thing, cause first of all I always trying to “read” my partner, what he is doing while playing, and what he is playing, to make a transiting more smooth. I experienced playing accidentally b2b sets and I must admit that weren’t so smooth (from my point of view). I try to choose very carefully with who I share the decks keeping in mind the musical taste, personality and more generally vision about life. I feel that when three elements are aligned you can build up something really nice, like our set with Roger Gerressen and Exos.
Lastly, looking to the future, what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
I’m preparing myself for the upcoming All Night Long tour At the same time we are working on a new release on Luck of Access with young and talented Russian producer.
If you’re passionate about electronic music, and more particularly by minimal rhythms and living in Paris, you definitely have heard about LA CLAP, at least once. With their distinctive but true and recognizable visual identity made by Léa Charée, LA CLAP has become one of the labels in vogue of the French capital.
This label was founded in 2013, by Jean Cedric Alisonn, better known by his artist name Alisonn.
His dedication to djing started when he was 16, and still living in the south of France. He grew up in the middle of time of rave parties, and begun to play some techno beats according to this movement. His first residency at “Le Club House” back in the days allowed him to gain confidence and some improvements in his DJ sets by playing old groovy house and techno music.
It’s during the early 2000’s that he discovered the minimal style and imprint he wanted to share with labels such as Minus and Perlon to quote a few, and DJs like Steve Stoll, Daniel Bell, Richie Hawtin or Ricardo Villalobos. In this direction, Alisonn has begun to create some tasteful music, working in a vinyl shop in Paris and has gained the opportunity of learning about electronic music in general. This allowed him to start playing in all of the biggest clubs in Paris and around. It also marked the creation of LA CLAP.
LA CLAP has for goal to share his passion for music to everyone touched by electronic music and to promote minimal artists from the underground mid. The collective is already well known from the French people but also from foreigners like Romanians as it already has invited big micro-house headliners such as Barac, Petre Inspirescu, Nastia, Archie Hamilton, Arapu, Julietta, Triptil, Cezar Lazar, Praslea, Alex Celler, Denis Kaznacheev, SIT, Suciu, (iO)Mulen just to name a few of them.
With some serious releases from Dubsons, BirdMakingMachine, Alex Celler, Bruno Pronsato, CNTRL, Suciu, LA CLAP has already made their proof.
LACLAP004 is actually on the way, with some special guests : Fabe and Federico Molinari.
This time, Alisonn chosed to invite one of Reciproc best assets ALCI, to Nouveau Casino, that will become the next LA CLAP playground this week end. In addition of it, Ben Resist and Jesus will be playing as well. Expect some groove and weapon tracks all night long.
Following the success of their last outing, July’s Yoyaku showcase with Varhat and Janaret, Dubai’s Noctuary return this Thursday the 12th of September to present Swiss Maestro Alci.
Noctuary have steadily established themselves for their events where both atmosphere and music are of exceptionally high quality. Alci is one of the circuit’s most in demand acts, with a touring schedule that has seen him perform around the world at some of electronic music’s most respected dance floors. Alci’s accolades in the studio are similarly as impressive. Since emerging on the scene, he has released on imprints including Apollonia, Meander Æternum Music, Be As One Imprint, Sunday Breakfast Records, Spoon and his own imprint SEEING SOUNDS. Alci’s distinct groove is undeniably infectious, and his presence in the booth is that of a master. Alci will be supported on the evening by Noctuary’s resident Tamer for a night of positive energy and exceptional tunes. Doors open at 10pm, RSVP on Noctuary’s Facebook event.
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Just before arriving on site Thursday morning and receiving the heartbreaking news that Houghton Festival had been cancelled due to predicted 60mph winds by the Met Office, the underground electronic music family all shared a quiet moment of reflection about not getting to experience the magic of one of the finest festivals in the land again this year.
Leaving 8000 ravers with four free days to fill with dancing, alternative parties immediately sprung up online, featuring many of the artists due to play over the weekend and resulting in some of the quickest sold out events in recent months due to the eagerness of the crowd, intimacy of the venues and the gargantuan popularity of the DJs due to play. Some of the immediate events to surface were Voigtmann at Lion & Lamb and Cartulis at FOLD, both of which I quickly jumped on and therefore had something to look forward to and ease the blues.
The tiny capacity of pub venue Lion and Lamb meant that it was almost full upon arrival at 14:00 in the afternoon, with bodies eager to let off some steam and find solidarity on the dance floor. The pub has close connections with Houghton festival curator Craig Richards who can often be found on Thursday and Sunday nights playing here alongside many special companions who you rarely ever find in such a small setting. Voigtmann, another regular here, had today handpicked another very select bunch of artists including Bruno Schmidt, Patrick Klein, Silverlining, Taimur, Mr Shiver and Thoma Bulwer.
Tucked away off the main stretch of Hoxton, the traditional London boozer is cosy and familiar, with an outside terrace that allows you to chill with a pint before getting warmed up to hit the dance floor. Outside I met ravers who had travelled from as far as Malta and New York for Houghton and although as disappointed as they may have been, they still had smiles on their faces in anticipation of a day of quality music in these surroundings ahead. The family spirit associated with the festival and its deep-rooted connections across the country and further afield there for all to see.
Suitably limbered up, when I made my way past the leather sofas and rugs, and under the arty stereo jack lined ceiling, the party was already in full flow, with Bruno Schmidt making arms move and feet step in front of the small booth that included a simple set up of technics and a rotary mixer. Voigtmann could be seen interacting with the crowd, hugging both friends and newcomers alike and dancing behind the decks throughout. This set the tone and he embodied the collective enthusiasm. Taimur provided deep, hypnotic house, equally lapped up by the adoring faithful who were now crammed in and finally letting off some much-needed steam.
The party was just getting into its prime when I had to unfortunately cut it short and make my way over to Canning Town to FOLD to ensure I would be able to get a place in the again fully sold out event being hosted by Cartilus. Again, this featured some favourite underground heroes and masters of the turntables including the formidable Nicolas Lutz and My Own Jupiter label mates Omar, Unai Trotti, Kino and Michelle.
This was my first time at the club and I was impressed to say the least in its approach. Located in an industrial space far removed from anything that it might disrupt, it boasts the loudest sound system in London, with its 24-hour license and no-filming policy it has a European feel, and this was also represented in the diverse crowd in attendance. The door staff are friendly but selective and ensure that only those who are there for the music gain entry. From the outside it appears as abandoned as the other surrounding warehouses, but inside it becomes a rave paradise, with huge pillars, metal supports and shutters alongside the far wall. Lockers are available to return to throughout the night which provides safety and security for endless hours of dancing.
Inside the venue impressive lighting and sound filled the main room, with warm red lasers capturing the mood of the soundtrack of slow breaks that was initially being provided by both Kino and Unai Trotti, robotic sci-fi synths putting the early crowd into an early trip inside the former paint factory. The fascinating projections on the back wall behind the DJ of a bookshelf fading in and out accompanying the spellbinding records.
As the 600-capacity main room started to fill to the maximum and a dim blue hue filled the air, OMAR took the reins and played an engrossing set of stripped back house, experimental sounds from the Panama native enthralling stomping ravers. The sound system sounded fine-tuned wherever you were placed, and the room has an intimate yet dominating atmosphere.
The dystopian feel of the club that looks onto electric pylons and concrete rubble felt perfect as headliner Nicolas Lutz mesmerised the audience with menacing slow electro jams featuring long breakdowns that provided brief respite, before hitting into bombastic bass lines not of this planet. As the daylight began to pierce through the shutters creating an eerie, enchanting atmosphere, the appreciative and varied crowd were happy to be taken in whichever direction Lutz saw fit, as he didn’t make the path easily digestible, but it was ever exciting and the crowd seemed to welcome hearing new and completely unexpected tunes, many of which I’m sure may never see the light of day for some time yet.
Following a day break, the final party I checked out was a special collaboration between Meoko and BAG at the world-famous Fabric. Relative Perlon newcomer and extraordinary hardware wizz kid Spacetravel was headlining alongside Gene on Earth. The tunes throughout the night were exceptional as anticipated, with a fun, playful and heartwarming blend of abstract house selections that ended the weekend with a fitting sense of positivity.
This was one of the busiest times I have encountered at Fabric on a Sunday evening and the dancefloor was completely full right from the beginning of the night to the very last record, the surrounding of the caged booth right to the raised terrace at the back of the main room packed with familiar faces who were making the most of the additional days they had booked off on Monday and Tuesday. Keep a close eye on Meoko for more forthcoming events that will surprise and excite in the autumn and winter months.
Even though it wasn’t the weekend everyone had anticipated, with many sold out events across a whole host of venues and spaces, it was an opportunity for those who may not have otherwise received such a spotlight to get some well-deserved recognition. Old friends were reunited, new ones made, and it was great to see the community of the scene come together and make the best out of a bad situation, the days proving that London is still one of the friendliest and most interesting places to party in the world. No one in attendance at these events had a bad word to say about Houghton, warm feelings remained inside, and all will be seen back there in 2020.
Words by Tom Warner
The highly respected and established Serialism Records arrives to London this September 8th at 93 Feet East to host its first series of events by the name of Serialism London in collaboration with MEOKO. The promising new party will focus on an amazing curation of sophisticated music along with new and established talent at this unique and special location of the British capital. This coming Sunday afternoon will be a musical gathering not to be missed, Serialism London will bring an overall vibe of endless dancing and harmony signature of Serialism’s parties all over the world. Last but not least, MEOKO and Serialism will sort two VIP free entrances plus a rare vinyl by Jichael Mackson at the event so keep posted of our social media for more information regarding the event and the VIP prize.
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Serialism London will host a stellar bill: The Mole (Live), Alexkid, Alex Arnout, Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum (both residents, with the former being founder and the latter co-owner of Serialism Records respectively), and Oli Silva to kick off the anticipated party series that has already made waves in cities like Berlin, Brussels and Sao Paulo among other cities around the globe.
Check out our Interview with Quenum - A journey through the years: Behind the scenes with the unstoppable Quenum
The Mole (Canada) is not only a veteran and avid record collector with a career that spans for over twenty years of constant digging and experimentation with music. This artist’s passionate digging and careful selection has continued to delight crowds with his groovy yet eccentric sound that flows effortlessly in the dance floor, making his live performance one to be off the books.
Alex Arnout and AlexKid also well-known names in the industry will showcase their own takes on house music and its nuances which will induce the public into constant motion. Likewise, Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum will bring in the heat to London with their signature Serialism Records’ sound, a perfect balance of groove and energetic beats that continues to seduce audiences internationally. Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum will showcase their skillful mixing and cultivated selection separately this Sunday afternoon, which is nothing new to them as they have constantly enchanted crowds as well in their joint performance as Azimute. Warm up duties will be handled by Oli Silva, so expect nothing but a tasteful musical curation at Serialism London, a new event series that arrives to the city synonym of freedom, no boundaries and prejudice and most importantly love for music.
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After twelve years of cutting edge music (since its creation in 2007) and top artist releases (Jichael Mackson, Dewalta, Mathew Jonson, Cassy, Mike Shannon, Loquace, Cristi Cons, Sublee etc.) and having hosted parties including: (an eight-year residency at the infamous Watergate club in Berlin), Paris, Sydney, Moscow, Ibiza, Brussels, Bangkok, Geneva and Sao Paulo to name a few, Serialism London will surely provide a dynamic and inclusive space for music lovers. The last couple of years, Brazil and more specifically Sao Paulo, has been the latest stronghold to the label’s events, bringing avant-garde music to new frontiers. Having booked several major artists (Rhadoo, tINI, Dan Andrei, Rich NXT, Anthea, Denis Kaznacheev, Janina, Lamache, Losoul etc.) the label’s showcases and events certainly contributed positively to the development of the underground scene in the giant Latin American country. Surely, Serialism London promises to be another successful musical venture and will provide the local scene with top quality music and experiences as they have done before.
Words by Daniel Ordoñez
Quenum is surely one of the longevous acts in the electronic scene. His first steps as a DJ could be dated in the 80s and since then he has been an unstoppable train in continuous movement, taking part as a co-founder to the legendary Cadenza and giving life to the AZIMUTE project alongside Cesare vs Disorder and co-owning with him, since 2016, the prestigious Serialism label.
Your first track is dated in 2003… I was only 7 years old! How do you feel about having such a long and prolific career compared to the new generations and how do you see the evolution (from the parties to the music prod) of the whole electronic movement?
That's so funny! Actually, I was already DJing professionally in the 1980s. You know I never had a career plan, I just started DJing because I went a lot to clubs, I was a dancer and it was natural for me to be in music. I never thought this would last one year or 20 years, I just go day by day because I love it so much. In this new generation, there's a lot of good stuff and with social media and the Internet you can find out about it, everything is so much easier to access. But the problem is that there's a lot of hype and fashion and people who are in this business for the look, for looking cool on Instagram but they have no depth. That doesn't take away from all the young generation dudes who are doing very good stuff, better than ever. I don't know where we're going really, there are so many people doing electronic music, it's so easy with the evolution of technology. Today we work much faster, at the same time we have so many new things to manage.
The 1993 track is was talking about is also actually the first EP on yours and Luciano’s Cadenza and we know you have such a good relationship with him. Did you expect at that time the success that the label would have had and the importance that Cadenza had (and still has) for all the house lovers around the world? We can still talk about a “Cadenza-ish" style so I think that it really set the standards.
Actually, the tracks I was doing in the 90s were my own tracks, as part of a project called Access 58. Luciano and I met in Geneva in 2001, and we started working together in the studio. "Orange Mistake" came out in 2003. It's one of those classic crazy music stories. Luciano and I contacted many labels to release the track but nobody wanted it, and we got impatient. So we were hanging out one day together, with his sister Amelie, and the three of us said why don't we start our own label and then we don't have to deal with this nonsense. Hahaha. So we started Cadenza and our first release was Orange Mistake, and the rest is history. Of course, we had no idea what we had started. We both love music and love working together. It's been a while, but there is a surprise coming soon.
"Orange Mistake" is actually #3 in your Beatport chart! It seems that people still love your roots! How do you feel about that?
I'm super proud of this track, it's incredible for an artist to have this happen, to have your creation receive so much love and attention. I love what we did, I think the date doesn't matter, as much as the quality.
Will we have the chance to see you again on Cadenza?
Actually, I released an EP on Cadenza in 2016, called Solitaire. It felt really good to be back on the label. For the moment I have no plans for releases on Cadenza.
You have reduced your music output during the last years, on how it depends on this? Did you focus more on other stuff?
Yes, my style of working has changed a little bit. Before I spent so much time in the studio, I was also super open to doing remixes and collaborations with many people. Then I realised I better take care of business too, today there are so many things you have to do with social media, meeting people etc. Also, I've pushed myself in a musical sense, trying to learn new things and explore new ways. So, for example, I've done a solo album, I've worked in the studio on an album with a group of musicians, including some very talented jazz musicians, I've worked on the score for a television series. Of course, all those experiments take time away from the studio, but it makes me very happy because it enables me to grow as an artist.
How’s your relationship with Switzerland? Talking about your country, I only know Caprices Festival, Breakfast Club and Luciano, but it would be sick if you want to introduce me and our readers into more Swiss parties and DJs.
I moved to Switzerland around 1988, I was already working as a DJ (lol). Since then I've moved around, lived a long time in London, then again back in Switzerland. I'm there quite often and it's where I keep my studio. I love being there, I have good friends. For sure there are lots of talented people. Check out Stade, it's an electronic music project with my good friends Pierre Audetat and Christophe Calpini, both music geniuses. The Attias brothers and their label Visions Recordings, great stuff. Also DJs like Dachsund, Ripperton, Laolu, Garance and Reas, all in different styles and so good.
You’ve also started a project with Italian Cesare vs Disorder. How did you guys meet and how did you start the project, despite having already a nice image as a solo artist.
We met because I was in Berlin in a recording studio with my friend Sierra Sam and Cesare was there. I was talking about releasing my solo album and was not sure which label to approach. Cesare listened right there in the studio and loved it and he gave me such attention and freedom as a label boss, I thought immediately I want to be there. And then we hit it off and became good friends. We decided to start collaborating and that's how our project Azimute was born. We went on tour all over the world, especially in Asia and Australia. That brought us very close. Both our families love each other, and we're always looking for new ways to extend our work. So now we are organizing parties in Sao Paulo and London.
The Cristi Cons for AZIMUTE's "The Secret" on Cocoon was one of the highlights from last year. Any anticipation for the future?
For sure, I love what Cristi Cons did with the track. And also we had great support from Cocoon, always love working with them. So thanks for that! Azimute keeps ongoing 100% and we're currently working on new music. We play together at the Serialism parties we do in Brazil and the UK. Right now we're focusing on work we did for our album, trying to finish it.
Personally, I really like the project of Serialism: from the music to the artwork and the whole idea behind the project. I see you guys are doing a lot of parties in Brasil. How’s the scene/movement in there?
The scene in Brazil is captivating. It's a young scene, so it reminds me of the energy in New York and London years ago. There are great parties, in unusual places. You can still find places like old industrial or warehouse buildings that you can take over to do a party. It's more free. The youth there is very energetic, it's a young population, very cool. I love it. We're very lucky that Fernanda, the wife of my partner Cesare, is a talented graphic artist, filmmaker, designer. Incredible. So she's done all our posters, flyers, promos, album covers, videos. We're just so spoiled to have the best artist in-house (lol).
We know that you're such a healthy person (and I love to run too). Can you tell us more about your hobbies and interests?
Yes, for sure! Apart from music I'm really into sports, especially running. More than an interest, it's my survival, my balance, my happiness. I'm totally addicted to running. And I love food too... so I better continue running!!!!
Words by Francesco Quieti
Following a spectacular soirée over the May bank holiday weekend, a selection of London’s finest will return to the secret forest again for a marathon 22 hours of enchanting rhythms and mesmerizing beats. The second installment of BienAimer Music’s free forest community party will take place in a new location from 8am on the 25th of August until the sunrise the next morning. Meoko, Bread and Butter London and Secret Roots will be teaming up with the BienAimer crew for the memorable occasion.
The musical offering of the forest party is sure to impress, with many of London’s leading artists packing their bags to the brim with groove-laden selections. In alphabetical order, the event welcomes Alex Celler, Dean Marc, Georgia Girl, Kane Solo & DJayden, Jacob Husley & Peter Pixzel, Julenn & Stany, Lopaski, Ludo M & Tarek Charbonnier, Max. & Davide Decay, Sami Dilla and Silverlining. In addition, two yet-to-be-announced very special guests will also be performing.
The high caliber musical curation will also be matched with a considered focus on event production. The soundsystem for the rager will be powered by Ela:r Sound with Tito Nicolau and Jan Bernet providing videography and photography respectively. A fully stocked bar will be provided for the gathering to keep ravers quenched through day and night.
With many new surprises up their sleeve, it is safe to wager that those behind the forest party will deliver something special. Make sure to click attending to the Facebook event for important updates and keep your ears close to the ground for exciting announcements in the weeks to come. Ravers, we will see you in the forest.
MOGA Festival has announced the full line-up of this exceptional musical gathering taking place this October 11-13th at UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city of, Essaouira, Morocco. The festival spirit combines music and art at various levels with an emphasis on Moroccan, Maghrebian and African culture, alongside top tier international artists and guests. This breathtaking site will host a variey of artists like Bradley Zero, Kenny Dope, Enzo Siragusa, Folamour, Lazare Hoche, BLOND:ISH, Raresh and Praslea (as Praslesh), Amine K, Maher Daniel and more. MOGA creates therefore, a diverse and unique experience during the three-day festival at the beautiful Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa resort. The festival harmoniously combines the local landscape by the sea with its grand and antique architecture and the warmth of the sun, the amazing local cuisine, culture and colour.
The annual MOGA Creation Initiative has also been announced — following dOP and the Maalem Hassan Boussou in 2016 collaboration, and Stavroz and the Essaouira Issaoua one in 2018 — Thomas and Julien de Bie, who form the duo Parallells, will combine their electronic productions with the gnaoua music of Maalem Omar Hayat. After several days of working together in the studio in Essaouira in the days prior to the festival, they will perform the final pieces from their collaboration on the main stage. Other names of the local scene will include top quality acts including Daox, Mr ID, Achil, Noritsu, Amine K and Nomads. For more information, consult the MOGA social media pages and site.
4 Stages: Pool Stage, Garden Stage, Terrace Stage and So LoungeYoung creators market, wellbeing and relaxationHours: 12h - 05h00
Location: Sofitel Mogador Golf & Spa Essaouira
The city of Essaouira will vibrate to the rhythms of the Festival, for this new edition of many must-see places will be invested again:
Thursday, October 10, 2019
18h: Opening at DAR SOUIRI with officials20h - 00h: OCEAN VAGABOND - BBQ / buffet + Dj set22h-2h: BEACH & FRIENDS - Dj Party Set
Monday, October 15, 2019
12h to 18h: CLOSING SIDI KAOUKI Seagulls and Dromedaries - Brunch Electro
Other Moga X-tras TBA
The attendees that present their entry ticket will be able to benefit from many preferential tariffs on the hiring of Buggy, Quad, Kite-Surf, ride on horseback and camels, shops of souvenirs and crafts, workshops, cooking classes — details announced very soon.
Festival Ticket Only — 3-Day Pass from 150€
Ticket + Transport + Hotel — from 206€
The past twelve months have been overwhelmingly successful for BeAvantGarde (B A G) - once a Brighton-based collective, now pushing the boundaries down under.
Since 2014, B A G has been involved in curating special nights for their loyal following in the UK - squat parties, church raves, secret locations. With the momentum gained from 4 years of consistent events, a spur-of-the-moment decision to relocate to the Southern Hemisphere was made. Favouring the warm weather, the sand, and the surf, founder Andrea Dev moved to Sydney with main resident and co-founder Manfred Spagnoli earlier on in 2018.
Upon arriving in Sydney, the crew got involved with locals dedicated to facilitating the secondary phase of the brand's growth, and a series of secret location parties ensued. The first invite-only event took place in a dilapidated 2nd World War Bunker on the Lower North Shore of Sydney.
After the success of their first party, the BeAvantGarde crew went public, taking a gamble with a much larger war bunker. They took to the headlands for a larger bunker, armed with a sound system, a generator, and proceeded to have 500+ people rock up to one of the spot parties of the year. During the bump out back to the vans on Sunday morning, it was common belief between the members of the crew that they were onto something special.
They'd tapped into a situation with demand far out-weighing the supply. Sydney's warehouse scene had always been around, but the makeup of events had traditionally been skewed towards the techno and electro sphere, broken beat, ambient - more left field collectives. Artists in Australia pushing the sounds littered throughout underground communities in Europe simply had less opportunities to present their selections, or more introspective tips.
Securing their first private venue in September 2018, B A G hosted London-based selector Junki Inoue, in a collaboration with Losing Control, a Melbourne-based brand. The outstanding visuals and sound set the precedent for quality nights, with as much focus on the experience as the music, and a careful crowd curation policy focused on introducing people to the scene as well as celebrating diversity.
Since the party with Junki Inoue, B A G has hosted Giammarco Orsini, caLLy, Mike Shannon, ALCI, Spacetravel, Nu Zau, Etienne, Takashi Himeoka and Magico - with lots more on the way. The nights have become respected for facilitating the platform needed to host overseas talent in the correct environment. Events they run allow the DJ's to spread their artistic sensibilities down under, in a safe space for one to truly "let go".
The recent 5th Birthday marks 5 years of parties for BeAvantGarde, and so to celebrate in the best way they know how, a visit to Europe has been planned this August with a series of curated events, some of them in collaboration with MEOKO.
5th Birthday Tour Dates
13.07 ⟜ B A G w/ Magico Sydney Secret Location (12hr) || Sydney, AU
14.07 ⟜ B A G x Losing Control w/ Magico || Melbourne, AU
02.08 ⟜ BAG x MEOKO x COSMO w/ Hamish & Toby - Free Beach Party || Brighton, UK
03.08 ⟜ BAG x AlterHour x MEOKO - Secret Location || Brighton, UK
09.08 ⟜ BAG @TBA || Berlin, GER
11.08 ⟜ Sundays at fabric: BAG x Meoko with Spacetravel & Gene On Earth || London, UK
23.08 ⟜ BAG x Cosmo w/ Oshana || Catania, ITA
31.08 ⟜ Full Scale x BAG - Fête de la Musique || Lille, FRA
For the occasion, resident Manfred Spagnoli has put together a mix showcasing the sounds - check this out!
Ahead of her birthday celebration that will take place at the amazing Hoppetosse in Berlin, we had a lovely chat with the lady herself Monika Ross. Since 2011, Monika had slowly made a name for herself, becoming a staple into the European circuit. Having successful releases on labels such as Serialism, EWax and Druhzba to name a few, she's fresh of her debut on Okain's Talman which is almost sold out on many vinyl platforms. And now let's get "deep" into it...
Hi Monika! You’re from Australia but you’re now based in Berlin. Do you think it’s inevitable to take this step? How much has affected this into your career?
I actually left Australia in 2007 - for London! I spent most of my 20's there and now for DJing and electronic music, in general, I feel Europe suits and inspires me more. Berlin is so far the best move I’ve made - I found my extraordinary booker here (Isabelle Beese) which has been a big breath of fresh air - as well a long time personal goal achieved. I also share this profession and time in life with the most fascinating, kind, talented friends and artists who are also my neighbours - it’s perfect.
I see you’ve worked as an audio engineer for BBC! How was that experience?
It’s the best job I’ve ever had to be honest. It was hard to leave it for a different city but anytime I come back to London I can still step into the broadcasting house for a little freelance work. I have full respect for the company and the quality content they provide.
The big debate about “female DJs” in the scene is always present. What do you think of it? Do you think it’s safe (as a female DJ) to fight for your rights or maybe could work in the opposite way?
Is that in the London scene? In my years of experience, I have felt safe and equal to professional males in the industry. There are so many women with years of experience, content and talent (bringing serious heat right now I must say) but I feel like gender hasn't been a substantial or differentiating point - a lot of guys also really set the standard high. If you’ve got game and you love what you do - you will shine.
You’re going to have a huge birthday party in Berlin alongside Nick Beringer, Diego Krause and many more. Do you think you have reached your “sound” or is it still evolving?
Yes! Big up to these legendary humans who have made my time in Berlin the best ever and have also been there for me for during hard times. I am so lucky to be having my birthday at this awesome venue with my most loved crew. I think I play and am represented by a particular ‘sound’ but I can’t define it in one genre. I still love UK garage and feel like its coming back mixed with minimal Reaching a point where you don't play any mismatched/random parties or events has been a big game-changer for me. Also, Berlin has the biggest and best selection of records/shops available so I always tend to be drawn to new and sonically better music. I still adore and play some favourite, old gems.
Which is the release you’re most proud of?
It has to be my "Funkt Up" release on Okain’s Talman Records. I was lucky enough to have Malin Genie remix which adds the most delicious icing on the cake. We’ve had a super positive response and have sold a lot :) So I’m really proud to hear and see people really enjoy and support it.
Any future plans?
I’m planning to build a studio and own a house. Apart from that, I'm currently concentrating on living the present moment to the fullest.
That's a time to be alive regarding the "deep/tech" movement (if we can even define it). Name 3 young promises that will burn the scene in the future.
Phwoargh tough question! The music industry is blowing up so much and there are so many young guns slaying it. Top plays at the moment are Prodot, Sweely, Reiss, Nick Beringer, Christian Jay to name just a few.
We’ve seen a huge rise in the Australian scene in the last couple of years. What do you think of it? Is it better compared with when you moved to Berlin?
It seems to have picked up substantially over the years, yes. It’s so nice to see the line ups getting more international and share the summertime in Australia with mates from around the globe. In my opinion, the vibe and clientele can be a little different - I like maturity and manner of Europeans (especially the no photo policy in Berlin clubs - get off your phone and dance - winner!)
You’ve played an ambient set for a fashion show? How was that experience? Do you enjoy playing other stuff? Which genres do you like apart from the 4/4 house & techno stuff?
I absolutely love private gigs for clothing brands, fashion launches, lounge bars etc. I can definitely play a full 8 hours of hip hop/funk/broken beats with a lot of pleasure. I miss the Big Chill Bar Sundays in Brick Lane!
Words by Francesco Quieti
Dubai-based outfit Noctuary sit at the vanguard of their regional scene, pushing high-calibre minimal sounds in the Middle East. After a brief hiatus, Noctuary are returning on Thursday the 25th of July for their Season 2 launch with an event of serious magnitude: a Yoyaku showcase with Varhat b2b Janeret on headline duties and Noctuary’s own Hameed supporting.
The event will take place amidst the divine ambience of Level 5, the home of Noctuary’s previous chapters that have played host to the likes of Ion Ludwig, Thomas Melchoir, Traumer, Barac and more.
Artwork by: Nour Milhem
Given the calibre of talent Noctuary has previously welcomed, it was only a matter of time before a Yoyaku showcase took place. Yoyaku is one of the scene’s most respected 360 degree contingents, pioneering forward-thinking sounds through their label, agency and record distribution. The name Yoyaku now stands synonymous with gold-standard minimal around the world and discerning ears can quickly identify the distinguishable ‘Yoyaku sound’. Yoyaku veterans, Varhat and Janaret, have established themselves as two of the scene’s most consistent artists, in both the studio and the booth. Both artists have catalogues of admirable proportions in terms of both quality and quantity, with their distinctive and diverse sound, both driving and delicate, found across the many Yoykau Joule imprint, YYY series, Hostom, AKU, Tartouffe and YoY. Both individually and back-to-back, Varhat and Janaret are deservingly in high demand, revered for their ability to seamlessly weave together considered selections and tell a story through their sets. Playing together, the two have an inimitable connection and a knack for choosing records that speak to each other with synergy.
Noctuary look forward to showcasing their talent in a night that will truly give meaning to the saying “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Support for the evening lies in the capable hands of Ahmed Hameed. A rising star in the scene, Hameed will be returning to Noctuary where he has previously supported SIT and Traumer. Aside from his experience in his home region, Hameed has also performed in the UK alongside Apollonia, Wareika, Ion Ludwig and Barac at the unleash open air. Sure to be a night of intricate soundscapes and classy grooves, Noctuary Vol. VIII is not one to miss. With just under two weeks to go, it’s time to lock those plans and get excited. The event will commence at 10pm with tickets available cash only on the door for AED 100.
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Words by Lily Dalton
After huge releases and outstanding supports from the likes of Enzo Siragusa, Archie Hamilton, Chris Stussy and Janeret, it's practically impossible not to know the Italian duo of Jamahr. Having EPs on Yaya's "Tamango Records", Rich NxT's "What NxT", Mulen Records, and Politic Of Dancing to name a few, Mario and Jacopo have made a name from themselves during the last years, always providing energetic melodic dancefloor cuts. We sat down with them after their big performance at the last Tamango Records showcase alongside Yaya and Alex Ground @ After Caposile (Italy).
Make you sure to follow Jamahr on Facebook, Instagram, and Soundcloud.
Let’s start the interview with a proper Italian question: pizza or pasta?
As every duo, I’m sure that you guys are more DJ-side or producer-side… tell us more about this.
M: Jacopo is so powerful in the studio, he is way more careful on the little details than me. He’s also very skilled speaking of technical stuff (even if sometimes he makes me go mad because he thinks too much). I think that when we are behind the decks I’m 100% focused on the track selection and I always try to find the right track for the moment
J: I think that I’m better in the studio, I can really focus on the production side even if I’m alone, I don’t know what Jacopo said but I’m a true maniac.
Remaining on the producer-side who works better on the groove and who on the melodic parts?
M: I'm responsible for many of Jamahr's melodies... I really like to make huge trips in my mind, finding the right melody, sometimes I get it, sometimes I don’t.
J: We both have a lot of ideas when we catch up in the studio, but Mario is the melodic wizard for sure!
What’s the key-element on your productions?
M: Definitely the melodic part, which is our main goal in the last couple of years.
J: Some melodic stuff for sure. We really enjoy something “extra” above the standard 4/4 groove.
What would have happened if you have not had met 9 years ago?
M: I don’t have a crystal ball, so it’s hard to say. It’s good that has been gone that way!
J: Who knows… better not think about it.
When you guys met each other did you get along since the first time?
M: Yes, we met in a club (as often happens to the deejays). It’s a very spontaneous friendship.
J: Yes! We know each other for a long time but we’ve always got along on almost everything!
Who did decide the name of your alias?
M: We had the same idea almost at the same time! J: It was very easy to pick this alias. Still, nowadays, people ask us what “Jamahr” means… well, it’s simply the fusion of our names: Jacopo + Mario = Jamahr!
How do you see each other in 10 years?
M: I will definitely have white hair!
J: In the studio!
Who is the sexiest?
M: If you see us in the dark we are both pretty good!
J: Mario… no doubts about it!
Sunset or sunrise?
Best warm-up track?
M: Andy Kolwes – Sometimes
J: Ricardo Villalobos – Widodo
Best closing track?
M: Rodney Bakerr & Kenny K Collins – Beat My House
J: Beanfield feat. Bajka - Tides (Ripperton Mix)
Which is the record you love the most?
M: Petter – Petter Some Polyphony. It’s the first one I’ve ever bought back in the days.
J: The Doors’ album “Strange Days”
Do you guys have any secret wish?
J: Cadenza (I’m pretty sure that Mario said the same)
What's the most inspiring DJ-duo?
M: Livio & Roby with no doubts. They have quite a long career and they’ve always shown style and elegance in every production, always looking at new influences but without losing their trademark imprint.
J: Livio & Roby. They’re such amazing producers and a big source of inspiration for us.
Which is the best track on the podcast?
M: DJ Buck – Highlights
J: Jamahr – Kamigawa (out soon...)
We’re getting close to the end of this interview… any advice to the newcomers of this world?
M: We still have a long road ahead of us before giving any tip. First of all, I would say “humility” but this doesn’t mean to lower your heads. And then I would say to listen to a lot of music of any kind… there is a lot of good music that we even don’t know about.
J: We still have to improve a lot both as DJs and producer but I would say to listen to a lot of music is the best thing, and of course always believe in yourself!
What are your next steps?
J M & J: We have three upcoming various artists: one for the 5 years birthday of French label by Politics of Dancing, one for Muzi Cartel (which is currently releasing a lot of quality music) and another one for (we can’t say atm). We’re very hyped for this also because we will “share” these compilations with a lot of friends. And lastly, we will announce very soon the born of our own label! It’s going to be called “CAPTEA” and we would like to thank Memoria Distribution for this great opportunity. Stay tuned for more info.
Words by Francesco Quieti
Our 3 Smoked Olives countdown has been underway for a while, as we eagerly await one of the most unique music experiences of the summer. With just under 3 weeks to go, the excitement is truly burning and our time on the island could not come sooner.
Taking place from July 24th– July 30th, 3 Smoked Olives invites attendees to escape the demands of modern life and immerse themselves in the idyllic world of a secluded island paradise. Now in its seventh edition, 3 Smoked Olives pairs an inimitable location with a faultless soundtrack and a welcome focus on sustainability and self expression.
Names like Sammy Dee, Herodot, Lamache, Suciu and Francesco Del Garda to name only a few are sure to secure the event’s high calibre status, while more underrated artists like Vlad Dinu and Amir Javasoul (both of whom we have had the pleasure of hosting in our MEOKO podcast series) elevate the lineup’s expert curation.
THE LINE UP
AlexandraAli NasserAmir JavasoulAndrei CiubucArapuBălașa PercussionCallyCapCesar MerveilleCharlieClovisCosmjnDenis KorablevDJ VasileEmiFabeFrancesco del GardaGeorge LGescuGiorgio MauliniGiuliano LomonteHerodotJames Mc HaleKostaKozoLamacheLeo PolLowrisMatt FoleyMihai PolNicolas LutzNoizar & BorysPrichindelSammy DeeSedeeSeppSubleeSuciuThe Rabbit KingVincent LemieuxVlad Dinu
Following the inaugural edition of our 3-part mix series giving you a taste of the sounds to expect on the island, we are delighted to deliver the second installment. We welcome James McHale and Giorgio Maulini, who have dug deep into their respective collections to deliver an electric b2b set. The two swiss artists have a reputation for their groove-fueled sets rich with energy and spontaneity, and the hour-and-a-half journey they have delivered to us is no exception. Full of infectious rhythms, robotic basslines, with a healthy dose of swing, McHale and Maulini provide a nimble journey through a selection of electro tinged club cuts. Guaranteed to have you dreaming of the dancefloor, this is the perfect mix to fuel the fire that is the 3SO anticipation! A listen guaranteed to lift spirits and evoke excitement, we cannot wait to see what James McHale and Giorgio Maulini bring to the Island. Dive in head-first to this one and keep your ears close to the ground for our next 3 Smoked Olives podcast.
Islanders, The countdown has truly begun.
From the 26th to the 28th of July, Elétrico Festival returns to Porto’s Parque da Pasteleira. The boutique festival launched last year, born from the charismatic energy and culture of the Porto city. Taking its name “Elétrico” from the Portuguese word for “Tram”, the festival aims to be a “vehicle of emotions”, offering connection, immersion and liberation through a dynamic artistic and cultural experience.
MEOKO is delighted to be partnering with Elétrico in 2019, celebrating one more year of positive energy through music and the outdoors. The festival prides itself on its values of cultural sustainability and diversity, which permeate all dimensions of Elétrico. The festival aims to bring the unique Porto character to the world in an inclusive atmosphere, where the musical offering is complemented by artistic exhibitions and a focus on nature and wellness.
This years’ musical programming fills the big shoes left by last year’s instalment, with a richly curated selection of local and international talent from house to jazz, minimal to funk, and techno to disco. Elétrico's tasteful line-up caters to heads from all corners of the musical landscape.
Artists include (in alphabetical order): Apollonia, D'julz, Diana Oliveira, Helena Guedes, Inner City (live), Janus Rasmussen live (Kiasmos), João Dinis, João Tenreiro, Leo Cruz, Levon Vincent, Matthew Herbert, Maria Gambina - Fashion Designer, Marcel Dettman, Magazino, Maayan Nidam (live), Moodymann, Petre Inspirescu, Rui Vargas, Theo Parrish, Tiago Carvalho and Vasco Valente.
What stands out most about Elétrico’s programming is the selection of highly influential artists that have been at the forefront of their respective genres: names like Dettman, Parish and Inspirescu are undoubtedly synonymous with stalwart status. For those looking for a July weekender away from the hype of commercialism, Elétrico is an excellent choice. If last year’s edition was anything to go by, the festival will enrich and energise while offering you the opportunity for immersion in the beautiful city of Porto. 3 day tickets are currently available for 45,00€ via the Elétrico website.
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It’s been a while since the SW23 anthem of Rhadoo first, and many others then, called “Ynmwnbnct” has been exploding on popularity, making people go nuts all around the world. If you’re familiar with the scene, we’re pretty sure that you know something about this mysterious track… Well, it’s finally unveiled as the first release of Rome based newborn label Lori founded by Orli himself. Today we have a special little interview for you: one question that starts with each letter of the main track to learn more about who's behind this fantastic tune.
Check out the EP on deejay.de: https://www.deejay.de/Orli_LORI001_EP_LORI001_Vinyl__932931
Or have a listen on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtysAWrzsfA
1. You literally keep many people in suspense for almost 2 years with this track. Tell us the whole story behind the track.
Yes, the track was made some time ago. When I was working on it in the studio, I really felt something, I was super happy with the final result, from the vocal to each small detail, but honestly, I wouldn’t have expected all this hype. I mean, I do lots of tracks, I constantly work in the studio, and before SW23, when I was preparing the pack of music to send out, I would have never expected that 'Ynmwnbnct' would have been the one that was about to be played
2. Name the biggest inspiration you have for this EP.
I have many inspirations, I like to listen to any kind of music and I like to be very open-minded. I don’t like to have any limitation, not only in music but in any kind of things regarding life as well. I think that an artist should never be limited if the aim is to create something new and unique. You should be open with the world, think in different ways and never be closed with prejudices. The musical inspiration behind the Lori001, and regarding my general approach on music comes from everything that I’ve experienced so far and that surrounds me: parties and festivals around Europe, life experiences, DJs and DJ sets, friends and so on. One of my biggest influences comes from my friends from the Jooice crew. There, every DJ has a specific and refined style which allowed me to listen and discover new sounds and music that mostly comes from the old ’90s and early ’00s. So, right now I’m digging a lot and this helps me to mix new and old sounds, creating something different and near to my own style. And last but not least, probably my biggest influence (talking about the actual scene) was and still is Rhadoo, especially in this last period.
3. Many people were shocked about this record as soon as the first rumours came out. Did you expect such a huge interest from the internet community?
As I said, I didn’t expect such a huge reaction at all. Every day, I receive a lot of messages and congratulations from people that I don’t know which is just great. I always try to answer and thank everyone. It really means a lot to me. I do music for people to make them feel happy, to forget about their problems and to make them feel what I feel when I make my music. There is no better drug than music.
4. Where the name come from and what the vocals say?
I've done many versions ‘YNMWNBNCT’ which is the acronym of the words that form the vocal. Every day people ask me what does it say and I’m happy to explain it here: the vocal says ’You and me will never be nothing compare them’ and it has nothing to do with the famous pop track ‘’Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch’’ as some people think.
5. No one other than Rhadoo premiered your track… was that the best moment in your musical career so far?
Yeah, I owe him a lot. When he played it for the first time, I was there listening to his magnetic set at SW23. When he turned up the fader with my track I was really surprised and shocked, what a nice moment! He first put out the track for like 1 minute only and then he turned it off, but after a couple of hours, he played it again and this time for its whole length! That’s some sweet memories!
6. Because of the enormous success of the EP, you’ll get a lot of attention. Did some labels contact you for future projects?
I’ve received a lot of interest from lots of nice labels, some were the ones I would have loved to release on since my first contact with the underground scene - I will not name them but It has been difficult to say no sometimes. So I took a hard decision deciding to create my own label from zero. I felt very attached to ‘YNMWNBNCT’, it’s very personal stuff, and I’ve wanted to put it in my own music universe called ‘LORI’. Finally the record it’s currently on presale in many stores. So now it’s time to focus on future projects.
7. Name some artists you are really looking for in the future.
Honestly, I can't tell you the names of some artists that I’m looking in for the future. There are lots of good young artists that are making super good music and there are lots of old artists that are keeping up their works beautifully.
8. Can you please tell us more about the other 3 originals?
Yes, sure. Everyone is focusing on the main track, but In this EP there are also some other good tracks and a storyline, an underlying theme that is fully expressed throughout the whole EP. LORI001 is the end and the beginning of a phase of my life - I will not say more on this, I like to keep always a sort of mystery on my works - but I can say that there is a sense and a reason behind everything i did here. About the specific tracks, ‘’Strat’’ is probably my favorite, It sounds so clear and well balanced and when the vocals appear it’s always a nice moment. It Is one of those tracks that I always like to put in my sets and that always gives the right importance to that moment of the story I’m trying to tell. Then we have ‘’Can you remember’’, the track that Pedro played in the closing part of his set this year at SW25. My aim with it was to create a good closing track for the sets, really minimal, with not too many elements and with some vocals that speaks directly to you, straight to your mind for the whole duration of the track. Last but not least, we can find ‘’Majesty’’. Here I’ve wanted to express something different, and this one could fit for an ambient set as well. I do a lot of this kind of music and the feeling the track has, was exactly what I was looking for to complete the EP.
9. Time is key in this world, and it seems that you are a very patient person. Tell us your upcoming projects (if you can of course).
Yes, I have many projects going on, I’m working with some friends in the studio as well. LORI002 is one of my future project for sure, but you will have to wait a bit to know more about it. I have also lots of other things in mind as well, that I think you would love to hear but I prefer to reveal more details at the right time. Let’s give space to my first release now, i think it has deserved it, don’t you think?
Words by Francesco Quieti
It is very rarely, even fair to say ever that MEOKO blogs about these EDM popstars however people are furious over Lee Foss's tactics which saw him having his gig cancelled July 4th rooftop BBQ at Monkey Loft by the promoters which promote live streams of electronic music in California. This came off the backlash of a flyer which can only be described as vile- the flyer indicate a woman performing oral sex with her head coverd up - tasteless to say the least, this is not what the music industry stands for, this is NOT the msg we want to put out. Infact Lee Foss, what exactly are you promoting here? It certainly doesnt belong in the electronic music industry.
He will not play our event quoted the promoter in a earlier FB post, I will lose thousands of dollars which I've already paid, but I cannot work with a guy who objectifies women much less as a form of self-promo. Disgusting"
"Such gross behaviour. If this was sport, he and his management would be suspended without pay and have to go through counselling / rehabilitation before he could return, meaning there was a chance they could learn from the experience rather than being named and shamed, without any constructive resolution. Imagine if we had some sort of structure of accountability within our industry." Clare Dickins (PR Professional)
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