Next weekend, the DISCOBAR gang will be out in full force to celebrate their first birthday at the Hoxton Basement. Brothers Alex & Digby, Sammy Dee and Yakine will all contribute to make a super tasty lineup alongside head honchos Lamache and Guillaume Tailleu.
A&D themselves have kindly chipped in with an amazing mix ahead of their appearance next weekend, which features some quite incredible productions and a banquet of unbelievable samples... check it!
In the meantime, I sat down with the main man, Lamache, to find out a bit more about how things were going so far in the world of DISCOBAR…
Hey Lamache, so first things first, what does the name DISCOBAR really mean?
DISCOBAR was something we came up with after a gig me and Guillaume (Tailleu) played in Belgium, many years ago. Over there, DISCOBAR means DJ booth… We found it funny and kept it as an expression for different things… It kind of stuck so it was logical to name the label after it. Its easy to remember, has an international pronunciation and is a timeless word for us!
Cool, so how did the label came about then?
I have always had this feeling deep in myself to do something label-wise; to build a family by sharing the music I love with other people. I remember the day when Guillaume and I were sitting in my living room and I told him I wanted to start something, and he did as well. At the time there was a lot of good music coming our way from some close friends, so it was the right moment for us to start something. At first we had ODD SOUL, and a remix from our friend THE MOLE. We were really happy about this collaboration for the first release, it received a lot of support and we had the very first DISCOBAR party at the Rex Club in Paris… it was an honour to do it there.
…So it was a natural progression?
Yeah, its funny because Guillaume and I never planned to do a party. It is a job in itself and you need some proper skills to do a good one! We don’t do a party just for a party, but more to launch our releases. After the Rex we decided to do something at the Hoxton Basement for ODD SOUL and THE MOLE, then we came back again a few months later to celebrate our second release with TOBA and ARK (both live performances). Both parties were successful and we were really happy with the response from our friends and the crowd. There was a beautiful mix of people and everyone was really happy on the dance floor!
What is it that you really like about Hoxton Basement?
I started my London career in that basement with my family Toi Toi Musik and there are some really important memories for me in there. For our parties it’s a good location for people to join us and its nice and cosy inside. Another big plus is that we can work with the sound as much as we want in there with our dear sound engineer. The sound is one of the key elements to our party; there is no good party without a decent sound system for the DJ and the crowd.
Nice! So lets talk a little bit about your 1st birthday…
On October 9th, it will be a year since DISCOBAR started publicly. On the line up is our very close friend Yakine, who is kind of involved in the label now with all the new graphic design, and also Sammy Dee, who is an artist we respect a lot for his career. We also have invited our other friends Alex and Digby, who have been working really hard over the last few years. They are top DJs and producers. Their label, Flash As A Rat, speaks for itself and their style is really unique. We are really looking forward to celebrating our 1st anniversary with all of our friends in London, and this is special for Guillaume and I, as this project is something we have been working really hard on!
Great stuff Lamache, Okay so lastly before we go, is there anything exciting you can spill about future releases for DISCOBAR?
We are adding some new friends to the family, and the next release (3rd) will be announced very soon with an EP produced by the young talents, Zendid. You will definitely hear about them soon if you have not already, The following release will be produced by another duo, but i cannot say too much for now! Let’s keep it there for now, but what I can definitely say is that its going to be a very strong 2nd year for DISCOBAR!
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Once every couple of months, I’m sad enough to spend a few hours scanning through all the upcoming events and noting down every promising fixture that may be worth a visit. During my last update, I couldn't help but notice that Rhadoo was plastered on five or six wicked parties coming up in the next few weeks. If you have been unlucky enough to miss out on this wizard recently, it might be worth mulling over some of these nights to get your latest fix of Romanian techno.
Sat 03.10 - System at MINT Club (Leeds) with Sonja Moonear, Steve O Sullivan (live)
After Villalobos and Zip played to a shamefully quiet tent at Mint Festival a couple of weeks back, I expect a much brighter turnout for Saturday’s killer lineup in Leeds. Mint Club is a place close to my heart with its close quarters, mega sound and Watergate inspired LED ceiling. This should be an awesome evenings worth of sound, with the wonderful Sonja Moonear and Steve O Sullivan providing the back up to what will be one of the standout parties in Mint in 2015.
Sun 04.10 - Half Baked at Oval Space (East London) with Greg Brockmann, Sam Bangura
Granted, London has had its fair share of the Romanians recently, but who cares? Half Baked parties are always fantastic fun with proper vibrations in the crowd and consistently impressive bookings. Last time, [a:rpia:r] buddy Raresh was sublime and I expect Rhadoo to wipe the floor in similar fashion.
Fri 09.10 - Hotel Scandalös at Robert Johnson (Frankfurt, DE) with Ricardo Villalobos
Warning! Rhadoo AND big daddy Villalobos in one of the most intimate clubs in the world? A must attend for anybody around Frankfurt next week.
Sat 10.10 - Miormitic 2015 (Cluj, RO) with Petre Inspirescu, Praslesh (Praslea & Raresh)
With Sunwaves hogging the majority of the festival limelight in Romania, I’m happy to see newcomer Mioritmic contribute with three days worth of amazing talent. Not only are RP(PR) out to play, but the créme de la créme artists of RO like Barac, Priku, Cezar, Arapu and even Loco Dice will all be making an appearance. Flights to Cluj are quite reasonable, (as is Romania in general) so this might be well worth a visit if you are after super friendly vibes and a special soundtrack to match. My pick of the bunch.
Sat 17.10 Dockyard Festival 2015 at ADE (Amsterdam, NL) with RPR Soundsystem, Praslea,
For the first time since early August, RPR Soundsystem will be officially headlining a party, which will be an experience for all those lucky enough to witness it. ADE really caught my attention this year and is boasting over 2000 artists spread over 120 clubs. It is the lesser known events though, like the MMouse meditation sessions and gear test labs over the course of the four days, that really made me want to catch a flight over to Amsterdam. Dockyard Festival itself will be a highlight for this years event, which will be spread over five stages and set in the derelict, rough backdrop of NDSM Docklands, a former shipyard turned club space which is full of raw, dirty character.
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One of the cheekiest smiles you'll find in techno is no other than the lovely Seb Zito. And why not? This year has seen him lay it down at some heavy FUSE parties, whilst making serious moves release wise too - (his EP ’Takataka’ is still waiting to be bought in my juno cart.)
Such moves haven’t gone unnoticed either, as Seb finds himself playing at what looks to be a killer Cocoon all day party on 3rd Oct, with king Sven Väth, Dana Ruh and Carlo Pisaturo. My feelings on Studio 338 are already well documented, and I expect Cocoon to go to town interior-wise whilst giving the VOID a seriously good workout too.
I for one am delighted to see Seb ride solo on the lineup, as you don’t always get to see him spin without fellow fuser Enzo. His selection will be proper - hot, groovy, full of impressive sound design and unreleased shit too. In the meantime, feast yourself on our Not So Serious chat about stuff…
Before a set I…
Take a big dump.
Funniest thing I’ve seen on the dance floor…
Some chick snogging some poor guys shoulder. Back at 93 Feet East we saw some strange shit at FUSE.
Last record I bought off discogs…
DJ Catt & DJ Foxx- Casafied Modern Music EP
Jeremy Corbyn is…
An old git
Most people don’t know this but I’m secretly really good at…
Favourite place to eat out in London…
hahaha amongst the guys I'm renowned for picking bad restaurants but I tend to eat a lot of Asian food.
If you were stuck on a desert island for the rest of your life, the three things I would bring are…
I’d bring a boat and 2 oars so I could get the fuck outta there.
Best dressed member of FUSE is…
Rich Nxt. Mans got some serious galms.
and worse dressed…
808 or 909?
Producer to watch out for at the moment is…
Name a gift you’ll never forget...
My first ever bicycle, I loved it so much that i actually took it to bed with me.
Best soundsystem / room in the world is…
Mate. We do the best systems & have the best booths also. At FUSE, the guys put so much time & effort into the sound at whichever venue we use; 93 Feet East, Village Underground, Sankeys… Everywhere. We've always retweeked the sound to suit us. But, as a raver i always loved Ministry Of Sound main room.
Hardest thing I’ve ever done...
Leaving my Career to pursue my love for music.
Best thing that happened this week was...
Buying half of Itsu and pigging out on the Sofa with my chick.
If you could work with one singer / songwriter, dead or alive, who would it be?
Phil collins. As a child I wanted to be him.
If Jesus walked through the door, what would he say…
You're going to hell.
Favourite footballer is…
Pele will always be my favourite even amongst todays greats. As a child my father brought me up on Brazils style and id watch & study his game through videos and old recordings.
Favourite place to eat out in London…
hahaha amongst the guys I'm renowned for picking bad restaurants but I tend to eat a lot of Asian food
To able to not hear or not see?
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When I recently caught up with the lovely guys at Forever, there was an audible shift in their voices when we got down to house and techno. Obviously passionate about proper parties, I like that they are drawing on their personal experiences to give us lucky Londoners a taste of the events that they feel are best from around the world.
Having already had Archie Hamilton cut the ribbon for the party back in July, Forever now return with their second offering on Saturday, with Desolat dreamboat Yaya and the wonderful Anthea both taking the stage as the evenings main attractions. The stage in question is the Egg London which is the chosen space for Forever to splash their heavily-inspired ideas onto. One major upside to this selection, apart from a healthy 800 capacity and a Res 4 Funktion One install, is the au naturel outdoor terrace, which hopefully will radiate the same vibrations as the ever so special Sunwaves.
On the terrace you will find a plethora of DJs, from talented Scott Kemp to Trapped’s own Rhys Samson who will both make their way to N7 on the 26th. With such forces at work alongside the Forever residents, expect super dubby, wallowing grooves packaged with special noises and spazzy hats.
This really isn’t complicated. Passionate people wanting to throw great nights, and all for the love of the music. Fortunately the guys already have a visually striking brand, intriguing lineups and a fresh ethos which wants more like minded people to be a part of their family. With careful watering, every day, Forever has got serious potential.
As part of our regular competition series, MEOKO are giving you the chance to win:
x1 Signed vinyl of Scott Kemp - VIVID EP (LDN001) from his own label LDN
x1 YAYA T-shirt by twicetoonice
x2 VIP entry tickets to the event
with "FOREVER" as the subject title. Good luck!
Full Line Up:
☀ Yaya [Desolat - Italy]
☀ Anthea [Cocoon // Brouqade]
☀ Scott Kemp [Novus // LDN]
☀ Code 494
☀ Felipe Kastegliano [Zombie SoundSystem]
☀ Rhys Samson [Trapped London]
☀ Ireen Amnes [UnderMyFeet]
☀ Frank Tama [Subform]
☀ House Da Rest [Key of Life]
☀ Acid Kids
☀ Paris Wilkinson
☀ ROOM 2 (Hosted by EIGHTY DEGREES OF FUNK)
☀ Jnr Windross (B.A.R.E)
☀ Jarz (New Fact Music // Body Parts)
☀ Damian Nova (Volume)
☀ T Neb (Cadre Movement)
☀ Kofi Tyson (Eighty Degrees of Funk)
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As the sun flaunts its final rays after its generous stay in London this summer, we can just about manage to take a quick breather before the cold takes over the city. Musically speaking, September is one of my favourite months as we begin to tiptoe away from the soulful sounds that the sunshine naturally brings, and slowly ease into more heavy, wintery deepness. This transitional period will take a bit of time, so to help us celebrate the last bouts of nice weather we have an exciting summer closing party from Art of Dark this Saturday, on my birthday.
AOD itself has been scooping up an large following in recent years, with exceptional bookings and consistently feel good crowds in the rather unique Studio 338. With ‘Nothing but love’ emblazed on the back wall, there is a feeling of TLC which I feel is lacking from most other events in the city today. Perhaps it is solely the venue, which off the top of my head is an unrivalled space in London and houses a special terrace fitted with a VOID system and snazzy decour. The best part about this terrace is the energy in there at sunrise, after the darkness seeps out of the club, and you are left in a crazy jungle laced with smiley eyes and bright techno.
Last time out it was Rhadoo that stole the show, who took our hands into the thick of the night with a wonderful four hour session of buggy noises and scatty sounds. He was backed up with equally impressive performances from Onur Özer, Cab Drivers, Francesco del Gardo and Brawther, who all showed their years with stunning selections and bouncy flow.
Such firepower will continue on Saturday, with Nicolas Lutz and Margaret Dygas the perfect choices to lead us into our main, Petre Inspirescu. The RPR boys, to which Petre is one third, hold a magnetic charm with their humble smiles and open hearts. Not really ones for arms in the air, they let their music do the talking with marathon sets and magical combinations. Petre himself, with his new album on the horizon, will no doubt paint his usual collage of spellbinding frequencies fusing funky fillers and gloppy basslines.
One act I’m particularly excited for is MANDAR, who will be showcasing their new live act - full of puzzling wires, worn keyboards and dusty drum machines, for the first time in the UK. Expect slamming kicks, face-smacking claps and cut throat hats in the terrace from the extremely talented French gang.
To round things off, HardLizeSoftDamaged will host the loft and complete the London leg of their three part series, after a successful venture at CDV earlier in May. Amphia head honcho Cristi Cons will also be doing his thing in the car park for a extended set which will as always, be a splendid couple of hours of music.
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Also, as part of our regular competition series, MEOKO are giving away two tickets to AOD and some FREE drinks vouchers.
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It is almost that time again to draw the curtains on what has been another dazzling year on the White Isle. As the days fall shorter, this month welcomes a lovely shift in energy amongst the lucky ones that still remain on the island. For these music lovers, workers, party makers and the few still making their way out to the Baleares, the main source of excitement lies in the host of closing parties that will take place this month. These parties are the perfect way to celebrate a fantastic season in Ibiza with some eye catching line ups and must attend events. Here we take a look at the best of them:
28.09 - Cocoon Closing at Amnesia // Sven Vath / Adam Beyer / Henrik Schwarz / Ilario Alicante
The big kahunas of Ibiza closings aka Cocoon-Closing will grace the floors of Amnesia one last time this summer in the final episode of Cocoon Ibiza 2015, taking place September 28th. Cocoon closing is notorious for getting slightly wild and we all know how crazy things can get down on that terrace when Sven brings the heat alongside the Cocoon favourites, the closing party being no exception.
2015 has seen yet another fantastic summer season for Cocoon, one of Ibiza’s longest running residencies now in its 16th year. A whole catalogue of new memorable events have been added to the Cocoon memory bank and it’s been good to see some newer names added to the bill along with the regulars for this summer’s Monday line-ups. Highlights include the exceptional early-morning surprise b2b sessions between Sven and guests, most memorable being with Dixon and Solomun, whose b2b performances with Sven caused a stir on the island and had people talking for days. All of Cocoon’s regulars have played fantastically throughout the season, particularly golden boy Villalobos who consistently delivered an ever-eclectic mix of sounds to the Amnesia terrace, giving the people exactly what they want from the island’s original and most-loved techno night.
The closing fiesta will see Sven play alongside big boys Adam Beyer, Henrik Schwarz and Ilario Alicante in an early morning celebration of all things techno, Ibiza and Cocoon. We suggest you get your tickets early for this one and when there keep your eye out for the new visuals, which feature a live-stream of the DJs whilst they’re playing from all sorts of angles!
04.10 VIVa Warriors Closing at Sankeys // Steve Lawler / Skream / Detlef & more TBA
This year has seen Steve Lawler and VIVa Music prove in their fourth season that VIVa Warriors is now firmly one of the island’s biggest and most recognised house nights, by securing their spot at Sankeys on Sundays again this year the VIVa team have now developed a cult following of not only UK clubbers but also international party-goers both visiting and working on the island. Endless special guests have come to play alongside residents Lawler and Detlef over the season including Nick Curly, Huxley, Skream, Derrick Carter, Hot Since 82, Groove Armada, Guti and more.
The closing will of course have Lawler and Detlef tearing things up in the basement whilst Anek, Denney and Luke Solomun take care of things in the LAB. Special guests playing for the closing party have been also confirmed but with a strong backlog of impressive weekly line ups and Lawler’s network of close DJ friends it’s set to be an intimate yet wild affair, get your war paint and head bands at the ready for the VIVa Warriors closing, October 4th at Sankeys, Playa D’en Bossa.
Detlef b2b Denney
Anek b2b seff
Deborah De Luca
17.09 - ENTER Closing at Space // Richie Hawtin / Marcell Dettmann / Julian Jeweil / Mind Against / Matador / Bella Sarris
Richie Hawtin has yet again brought another year of his ENTER vision to Space Ibiza. This year each and every room in the club had been transformed into a different ENTER experience, asides from the two main rooms bringing you the evenings main event you also have ENTER.SAKE (Sunset Terrace) an intimate pre-party bar experience which combines Richie’s love for Japanese culture alongside minimal tech, favourites to play in the SAKE bar have been the likes of Dubfire and Bella Sarris. You can also find ENTER.MIND in El Salon and ENTER.CNTRL in the Premier Etage rooftop, each serving up a different ENTER sound from the mastermind of Hawtin. The closing party features headliners Richie Hawtin, Marcel Dettmann, Matador, Bella Sarris, Mind Against and Julian Jeweil all playing the Discoteca and Main Room along with many others in the other smaller intimate ENTER areas.
22.09 - Arkityp at Ibiza Underground // Archie Hamilton / Valentino Kanzyani
Five dates, five underground sessions hosted by London’s Archie Hamilton. This new Ibiza residency has seen some of the underground tech scene’s most-respected names take to the decks alongside Archie, slowly but surely making a name for itself as the fortnightly place to be on Tuesdays at the one and only Ibiza Underground, the perfect ‘hush hush’ venue for people serious about music. This season has seen Archie host a stripped back late night evening dedicated in bringing deep, grooving and rolling beats alongside some of Europe’s biggest names in house and techno: DeWalta, Sammy Dee, Vera, Jan Kreuger and now in the closing event on the 22nd September, Cadenza’s Valentino Kanzyani, Slovenia’s king of techno. If you happen to be on the island don’t miss out, catch the last session of this very special and intimate affair which combines great music with a genuine crowd and educated atmosphere.
25.09 - Music On Closing at Amnesia // Marco Carola / Stacey Pullen / Paco Osuna / Hector / Leon
Music On fans will know the score when it comes to Carola’s last showdown on the island, if you’re yet to know then brace yourselves as it’s no light-hearted affair. Now in its fourth season Music On has secured itself as being one of the biggest, most popular nights on the island and with the Amnesia Terrace packed out with party goers every Friday up until 10-11am shouting for more and chanting “Music On, Music On”, it’s clear there’s something special and alluring about Marco Carola and his techno extravaganza.
The 2015 Music On season has seen support from special guests Joseph Capriati, Carol Cox, Jamie Jones, Paco Osuna, tINI, Apollonia, DJ Sneak plus many more and this year American techno maestro Stacey Pullen will join Marco in the Terrace for the closing party, whilst Music On heroes Leon, Hector and Paco Osuna will be taking control in the Main Room. Lots of stamina required for this one, the magic begins 6am onwards and the event usually ends around 12am. If you do manage to last right through until the bitter end then keep an eye out for the official after party wristbands, usually being handed out on your exit, venue yet to be confirmed.
26.09 - Zoo Project Closing at Benimussa Park // TBA
Ibiza’s favourite outdoor daytime extravanganza homes in on another brilliant year at the Old Zoo, each Saturday hosting a party like no other which gives guests something new every week, new sounds, new experiences and new surprises to keep the party interesting and unpredictable. This summer we’ve seen great new additions to the Zoo line-up such as Dense and Pika, Sven Weisemann, Maribou State, Terry Francis, George Fitzgerald, Honey Dijon and many others, including a secret surprise set from none other than everybody’s crazy boy Ricardo Villalobos, who from the main stage transformed the Zoo into a carnival of animals gone wild. The Line-up is yet to be confirmed for the closing on September 26th but keep an eye out as there’s always something special hidden up their sleeve. Seek your inner animalistic side and venture down to Benimussa Park where you’ll be in for a big surprise.
30.09 - HYTE Closing at Amnesia // TBA
2015 has seen Wednesdays completely transformed on the island in the form of HYTE, Amnesia’s brand new project in joint production with Artist Alife. Hosted by none other than Mr Loco Dice and Sir Maceo Plex, HYTE has consistently delivered the island an eclectic mix of impressive line-ups each and every Wednesday, with huge names such as Pan-Pot, Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettmann, tINI, Mar-T, Guti, Premiesku, Yaya and many others sealing the deal in making this once of Ibiza’s newest and most impressive contenders in biggest techno night on the island. It’s been such a treat to have Dice back on the island playing every week in a more suited environment, he owns the Amnesia Terrace so comfortably and the closing party for HYTE’s first season will certainly be set to leave revellers yearning for more, the first closing party for Ibiza’s most talked about new party, who knows what they’ll have in store.
10.10 Ibiza Underground Closing // TBA
Ibiza’s more exclusive and low key venue for people serious about music closes its doors on October 10th, the club has hosted some really fresh and exciting events this summer and is renowned for its word of mouth style promotion, which in turn guarantees special nights with a genuine, fuss-free crowd who are there purely for the music. Parties such as Tini and The Gang’s Carry On party, Archie Hamilton’s Arkityp, Half Baked, Rhadoo Thursdays and Art of Dark have featured multiple dates at the club over the summer since May, including many one-off events such as Bushwaka!’s Birthday-bash and a Fathers and Sons label showcase which saw Guti and Julian Perez play a stunning intimate all-night session until the early hours. Underground’s ethos as a club gives you that feeling of excitement and unpredictability about going out and seeing an artist, a rarity in this day and age, the closing party will be no exception as no details have yet been confirmed on who’s playing on the 10th October, just how it should be.
As natural selection has shaped electronic dance music into its many forms and niches, there are very few labels from the 90s that have stood the test of time. Trelik, in particular, have adapted to such changes by keeping their releases qualitative and not quantitative, with techno Gods Villalobos, Zip and even Sven Väth, all contributing to give the label its historic status.
Bearing these incredible names in mind, we should take special note of latest face, Alex Celler, and his two track EP, ‘Haz'. This Greek magician may not be as well known as his predecessors, but the dexterity on show in this release illustrates why he has been snapped up for the labels first outing in 2015. Alex himself has an impressive back catalogue spanning back nearly ten years and has been quietly establishing himself as a quality individual behind the desk and a classy selector on the turntables.
This record is classic Celler with one notably potent cut that will get the shufflers shuffling and the producers gawping. ‘Pacificon’ is an animal: Proper dark, infectious, jungle techno, and is the second track I’ve heard in as many weeks where monster-y growls, reminiscent of the Datsik dubstep days, have infiltrated my monitors. Don’t be alarmed, these aren't the head crushing wobbles of 2010, but more subtle, delicate flashes of wonginess that will still get your lips lickin’. Top marks are awarded for sample selection too with a chokey, Mike Dehnert style clap on the menu, and fizzy fx slithering around the rest of the mix.
The A side, ‘Haz’, is the perfect remedy for such darkness, with Celler exposing his housier side in an extremely seductive groove. My immediate reaction was dismissive, “playable but not memorable” I thought, “perhaps a bit boring.” As I continued to listen though, I found myself slowly admiring its strange beauty. The chilly keys, baron atmosphere, mysterious vocals and underlying stunner of a kick are such an unusual combination in dance music today that I could be forgiven, especially after just listening to the B-side, for my initial oversight. Alex has left a piece of him in this track and I’m sure there is a story behind Haz for which only he knows. My curiosity for its meaning is in part what makes this such a wonderful nine minutes of music which will deceive the majority of passers by, but captivate the ones that choose to stay. Excellent work.
words by Marlon
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Basing House is set to welcome Virunga for the bespoke party's second instalment of the summer, in a truly intimate environment. The carefully curated London events always deliver, and for this edition they present a selection of minimal and techno purveyors with solid underground Romanian export Ada Kaleh (live), Danish born Pelle and the UK's very own Jamie Haus.
Ada Kaleh has become a very exciting talent to emerge from the underground scene, that boasts skill-sets as a DJ, live act, producer and label boss. With a range of sharp releases on 'Ada Kaleh Romania' including the 'Dene descris' LP earlier this year, the Romanian's live performance will be brimming with class and variety.
The electronic scene in the Netherlands has recently been picking up pace, with a host of new names making worldwide impacts, including none other than Pelle, who has already proven he is taking firm steps in the right direction, boasting sets for tINI & the Gang and producing on the Infuse label, a great addition to Virunga.
Completing the highly talented line-up is UK born and bred artist, Jamie Haus who has successfully moulded his own style of rigid techno which he will be unloading onto the discerning dance-floor.
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Saturday 19th September, 2015
Ada Kaleh (live)
It's that time of the festival season again where Josie & Rob Da Bank work their magic on the Isle of Wight for what is now regarded as one of the most instrumental events on the UK circuit, because they know how to throw a party! Among a range of handpicked artists all possessing true variety, it wouldn't be Bestival without some of electronic music's most influential names including both DJs and live acts...We have picked a selection to keep your eyes and ears on this year...
Its difficult to pinpoint where Ben UFO's reputation as one of the most unfluential DJs in the UK and worldwide began. Having never entered the world of production, he has built a revered status solely through his ability as a DJ by presenting music with rich elements of the sub genre's of house and techno, although his roots are firmly planted in UK bass, funky, garage, jungle and dubstep. His sets always deliver, with a magnitude of surprises along the way, we can't wait to see what the Hessle Audio founder has in store...here is a little preview.
Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet is a true innovator of electronic music, which is displayed across his masterpiece productions, eclectic DJ sets and live performances. With a musical knowledge that surpasses most, expect to be educated through a wide range of exciting and unrefined styles of music, a must see! His latest release on his own TEXT label should get you in the mood...
Since the early halcyon days of The Hacienda, Greg Wilson has been an integral part of UK dance music as a remixer, producer, radio host and of course a DJ. He has become one of the most trusted and respected DJs, making strong appearances at a wealth of festivals. We can't wait to get loose to Greg's grooves on the Isle of Wight.
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Jack Revill has become Scotland's best DJ for his straight up party styles of music which he connects together so fluently, whether they be early Dance Mania records, disco tracks or pumping house and techno sets. We have come to expect the 'unexpected' from Jackmaster, though regardless he always has a couple of gems to unearth.
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To put it lightly, Joy Orbison is absolutely killing it...Both his solo productions, as well as his work with Boddika is masterful presenting unique shifts in electronic music, ever since his inaugural release 'Hyph Mngo' which blew UK dance music wide open.
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Paranoid London (Live)
The duo from London have produced a succession of acid house releases, and each and every single one is already timeless. They will be presenting their forward-thinking productions for a rare live set appearance, this is going to be special...
Thursday September 10th-13th,2015
Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
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Dorian Paic has become somewhat of a purveyor for the Frankfurt scene by contributing his experience and knowledge to projects including his own label Raum Musik as well as Robert Johnson club as one of their regular DJs. The German has also become an instrumental element to the Cocoon roster since 2011, making regular appearances at Cocoon showcases in Amnesia Ibiza where he has delivered cutting edge performances. We spoke to him ahead of his appearance at the White Isle...
Hello Dorian, how are you doing?
I am fine, just returned from a very long and exhausting trip, so now I am quite happy to be back home.
What have been your highlights of the summer so far?
Sonus Festival in Croatia last week was really nice. I had a great time there and the parties I attended have also been a lot of fun.
Who were the first house and techno artists that got your attention when you were getting into both genres?
As for techno maybe Robert Hood, at least he is the techno artist that I own the most records of. Besides that maybe Luke Slater. As for house the list definitely is a bit longer,Derrick Carter, Luke Solomun & Justin Harris aka the Freaks, Gemini, Boo Williams, Cajmere, Masters at Work, Murk Boys, Theo Parrish and Moodymann are all artists that I also own a large number of records produced by them.
What was the first electronic music record that you bought, and do you still play it out?
Quadrophonia - Wave of the Future and no I don’t play it out anymore ;-)
Rather than describe your sound, how do you want people to experience it through listening?
Well I just wish that people would be more open minded for DJ sets. A good DJ set for me has to have a certain variety. In the music as well as in the levels of moods and energy of the music that you are listening to. Nowadays it is more about function and a lot of DJ sets became really flat. I don’t like that, I like surprises and changes of styles and moods.
What was your initial vision for Raum...musik when you joined the label?
First i was an artist releasing on the label and then later when Peter Armster had left the label my partner Olaf asked me if I would like to join him and take over the A&R part as Olaf and I also knew each other from the Freebase record shop.
How do you think the label's sound has changed since it's introduction in 1998?
In the beginning the sound was more dub related and then later on changed into a blend of stripped down, more twisted house and techno.
As a member of the Cocoon family, why is Cocoon special to you?
Cocoon is still promoting vinyl culture quite a lot compared to many of the other bigger companies in the industry. Sven until now plays vinyl only sets consistently and also in Ibiza the focus is more aimed on longer DJ sets and a good programing of the night instead of a name dropping bonanza where all DJs play 1 hour 30 mins max. I think that is important and i can identify myself with that.
How has Cocoon supported you as an artist?
Cocoon and especially Sven and Johannes have always been very supportive with me. Even when I was not in the agency roster they already invited me to play at some of their parties, as well as in Ibiza and later on also at the Cocoon club in Frankfurt.
How does it feel to be part of the Cocoon family as one of the most influential DJs worldwide?
It feels good for me but I am not sure if I am one of the most influential DJs worldwide to be honest. I just really try to do what I like and feel and I still enjoy doing that after more than 20 years working as a DJ.
What is your most valued experience from Cocoon at Amneisa, Ibiza?
My personal highlight so far was closing the night back to back together with Ricardo Villalobos and Raresh and I was the one to play the last tune on the terrace. As I remember that was in 2012 I guess. I still have some great memories of that night.
Which artists should we be looking out for in Frankfurt?
Markus Fix, Einzelkind and Sascha Dive as for the more known ones but also there is a new generation growing up with people like the Hardworksoftdrink collective or the guys running the labels Pressure Traxx, Traffic, Pager Records and Sensual just to name a few. They are very talented and ambitious and keep the Rhein Main area interesting at the moment.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!
By Sam Quilter
Dorian Paic plays Cocoon at Amnesia, Ibiza on 21 September, 2015 for tickets click here
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These bits do the business, all out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise:
Ron Trent – Tribute To Ron Hardy – (Rush Hour)
It's a no brainer to include this sublime 1985 tribute to Ron Hardy, by none other than Ron Trent issued on vinyl by Rush Hour. A pure example of spiritual organic house at it's finest, with emotive vocals that speak in resemblance of one of house music's greatest pioneers. This will sell out quick, you know where the link is...
Maik Yells – Nomar – (Neovinyl Recordings)
Continuing his surge on Neovinyl Recordings, Maik Yells returns with three fresh slices of beat techno, that are equally heavy and groovy. 'Asmodea' is an out and out roller, that unravels through tight pads and sharp hats, which flows into Signal's remix which is much more fidgety painting a dubbier portrait or the original. The closer 'Nomar' kicks along with a snappy snare and a growling bass-line to round off a very solid EP.
Vicentlulian – Four Quarters EP - (Metereze)
The latest edition on Raresh's Romanian imprint from young star Vincentlulian is another huge step forward for the label now firmly finding it's feet. 'Standard' opens things up with gripping elements that pack more of a groove, than a punch, which moves into 'Ended' whichcreates a much more spaced out sound that simmers with laid back percussions. On the flip, 'No More' serves up a cosmic layout of bright synths and quick stepping drums, before concluder 'Le Van A Cantar', which is Vicentlulian's most hypnotic ensemble on the EP, completing the release as a must for any DJ bag!
Dhs – Holofonic Cuts – (My Own Jupiter)
Dhs steps up for the second release on Nicolas Lut'z's label, which is a masterpiece of abstract techno breaks. As the title suggests, 'From Outerspace' is an extra terrestrial exploration which shifts between eerie elements and afro-beat. 'Dhs theme 2014' is a straight up acid burner, that twists in many directions, whereas'Voodoo Breaks' combines both of the previous tracks but unravels them through percussive break-beat elements.
Soul Capsule – Overcome – Trelik Records
This EP needs little introduction or explanation, it's one of the most treasured releases to date, and is being reissued on Trelik Records. A masterpiece from Thomas Melchior and Baby Ford aka Soul Capsule, don't sleep on this! TIP!
Raucherecke - Nebelmaschine - (Im in love)
It's always good to find tracks that cross the boundaries of house and techno...here we have a one tracker on German imprint Im in love from Raucherecke which is a thumping adventure through acid elements of both genres, enjoy!
A little over two years has passed since Yamen & Eda’s last original effort on Earlydub, and now the French duo return for a super hot vinyl-only release. I had ‘Rouge Gorge’ on repeat in early April when I heard it on Loquace’s ‘Just Like That’ podcast and have been scratching around Soundcloud trying to find it ever since. When I did find it, it came as no surprise that two of the other three tracks got my foot tapping just as much. This EP is honest and straight up dance music with funky, wobbly basslines and gently toasted high ends.
These guys have a history of solid releases collectively and individually, and their growth in the studio is clear. ‘Sterope II,’ which will barge its way in-between most peak time bangers, feels like its been injected with an ounce of Romanian sparkle with its rapid fire hats and silky smooth synth line. ‘Incognito’ brings a chunkier, slammier edge while ‘Rouge Gorge’ provides us with a super crispy, booty shakin’ bomb of a tune that'll get rinsed by the heads. Big up Y&E yet again for their top work.
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Back in May, HOME provided one of the stand-out parties of the summer bringing the likes of RPR Soundsystem, Cezar and Dan Andrei to Greenwich in what provided a truly magical stage for some of the best electronic music the city has seen over the past months. After such a huge success, the hugely anticipated second HOME party is upon us, and it is set to be as big, if not bigger than the last London outing.
This is what happened last time...
Many artists will be making their first HOME appearances including Sonja Moonear, who is highly regarded as one of the best female DJs through her intricate elements of mixing. She can always raise the levels alongside any line-up and is in good company with Fumiya Tanaka, Cabanne and Praslea.
Fumiya Tanaka is Japan's most highly regarded DJ for his heroic reputation for producing a gold-dust catalogue of cutting edge music. As a titan of techno, he has been instrumental in providing the sound of minimal and intense techno to Japan, and worldwide.
Cabanne has become one of the most influential artists on the Parisian underground music scene, namely through his own output Minibar which has been at the forefront of the minimal/tech house scene in the city. Individually as a producer, he has constructed a self defined unique micro style that implements elements of house and techno that are carefully wrapped in his own signature sound.
LISTEN TO CABANNE'S MEOKO MIX HERE
A HOME party wouldn't be complete without any Romanians, and once again the goods have been delivered in the form of Praslea, Barac, Alexandra and Arapu. [a:rpia:r] affiliate Praslea is a key element to Romania's groundbreaking circuit of artists through his cutting edge combinations of wide territories of house and techno. Barac's production's have gained the attention of many, through his carefully executed elements of percussion which have breathed air into minimal electronic music.
In a male dominated roster, Alexandra has firmly put her female touch on the Romanian scene through energetic selections. One of the new wave artists, Arapu caused quite a stir at Sunwaves, we can't wait to see what he has in store for Studio 338.
Berlin based Binh is starting to earn accolades for both his performances and productions, including his release on Perlon earlier on in the year which proved he has made forward strides in his sound.
LISTEN TO BIN'S MIX HERE
Nima Gorji will be providing his unparalleled experience, and proving why his illustrious career has spanned years of forward thinking music ranging between ambient through to tech-house.
Lowris has become a permanent addition to the Parisian scene with a residency at Concrete where he has managed to share the decks with many artists and build a definitive sound that will treat the ears of any dancefloor.
Completing the lineup are Ian F and Laylla Dane who will both provide deep essences of house and techno venturing into a range of sounds.
For tickets click here
Sunday 30th August, 2015
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Two of the UKs most prestigious house record labels Axe On Wax and Music Is Love Records will be bringing the vibes to Dalston Roof Park for a summer send-off which is sure to be a fitting occasion with palm trees, surprises and coconuts and of course, great music. On hand providing the sounds will be Brunbjörn, Liam Geddes, DJ Caspa, Oli Furness (Live), Chaos In The Cbd and Enrico Mantini.
London based Brunbjörn has already proven his production skills on Käse Kool and HOLIC TRAX presenting unique and exciting styles of garage house with soulful undertones and bumping basslines.
Liam Geddes has already achieved a lot as a young producer with a succession of signature house releases that have found their way into the record bags of some of the most influential DJs. As an artist that has taken inspiration from many great producers, his own influence on current house music is resounding and he has become one of the scenes tastemakers.
DJ Caspa has been playing electronic music in many forms for the past 20 years including acid-house right the way through to tech-house, and has gained vast knowledge which is presented in his experienced mixing style.
Oli Furness has garnered a reputation for having a solid ear for deep, driven and groovy styles of music. He will be presenting his own unique productions in a live set at the end of summer showcase.
Chaos In The Cbd will be making an appearance off the back of their milestone release 'Midnight In Peckham' on one of London's most innovative imprints 'Rhythm Section International'.
Regarded as one of the founders of deep house music, Enrico Mantini who has had prominence through his work for Half Baked and Wilson Records completes the line-up.
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For tickets click here
4th September 2015
Dalston Roof Park
Oli Furness (Live)
Chaos In The Cbd
As part of our regular competition series, MEOKO has a brilliant selection of prizes for one very lucky reader!
Vinyl - AOW 002 / Rhythm Operator/ Illuminate Your Soul EP (Inc Liam Geddes Remix)
Vinyl - AOW 004 Raw Axes EP/ Cera Alba - Rosenhaft (Inc Kindimmer & Oli Furness Remix)
Vinyl - MIL011 - Mr ks "Take a trip" EP w/ POINT G & Oli Furness remixes
One Axe On Wax grey t-shirt in sizes Small,Medium and Large
with "AOW" as the subject title. Good luck!
Frankfurt based label Pressure Traxx have gained many fans since their initial release back in 2012, with appreciation being directed towards their ethos of presenting 'no bandwagon blues, no sounds-alike songs' and sticking to it...Their roster of artists reads very convincingly, with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Vinyl Speed Adjust, Barac, Suciu, Christian Burkhardt, Chris Wood & Meat and of course, Frost and Einzelkind, who have been at the helm of the 'more pressure, more traxx' project since day one. We spoke to Einzelkind, to get beneath the pure passion for what has become one of the most well respected imprints in the industry.
Hi, how are you doing?
Fundamentally, what does Pressure Traxx represent?
Love for house & techno, old and new, a way of life that is about passion, sharing music and ideas with our friends and people all over the world.
Going back to the roots of Pressure Traxx, how did it all begin and what inspired you to create your own musical vision and output?
Frost and me have known each other for a long time. We're ravers and music freaks in the first place, so we always talked about and shared music and many, many funny nights. One day we visited our friend Christian Burkhardt in his studio and started a track. Christian had to meet his girl at 4PM and started at around 2 so we had two to three hours to finish the track. So we kept saying Pressure Traxx all the time. That's how the name came together, and like everything else it was a natural thing that just came along. We're not following any masterplan, we just do what we like and we're really happy that so many other people seem to like it as well.
With the first release on the label produced by Einzelkind & Frost, what did you want to represent and introduce to your listeners?
Like I said we're not theoretical people when it comes to music. We just get down and do our thing. We had a few bits together, that we thought had to be released and because we're a lil bit special when it comes to music, we wanted to have everything in our hands like artwork, mastering, schedule and other artists on the label.
So the only way to do it properly was to do it by ourselves. But in general, we want to present high quality dance music, that doesn't follow any trends and stands the test of time.
What response did you initially receive from the release?
The response was really good from the get go.
As one of your most respected releases, Voodog, how did you initially manage to get Ricardo Villalobos on board to present his tracks through your label?
The main reason is that we're friends and we share the same passion for music. That's one of the reasons why we love Ricardo, no matter how big he is, music is always the driving force behind everything he's doing. We think that many DJs that become big start to play music that is only functional but has no soul, because they think they have to play like that to work a (big) crowd. Ricardo is different and so are we, so maybe that's why we get along so well...
If you had to choose only one of your releases from your catalogue to define your sound, which would it be and why?
We can't pick one really. Every single track reflects and defines the sound of the label.
What impact does Pressure Traxx have on the underground electronic music scene in Frankfurt?
We're not the ones to ask that really. To say that you have an impact on a whole city would be really pretentious. We have a great and lively scene in Frankfurt with a lot of great labels, DJs and producers and we're friends with many of them. Check out some of the new labels around: Traffic, HardWorkSoftDrink, Sensual, Pager...So there is a lot going on and I think we stimulate each by sharing new tracks and spending time together.
How does it make you feel when you hear one of your label's tracks being played out, or see DJs supporting tracks from your label?
To sit in your basement working on a track and then go to a club or rave and hear someone playing your track and the place goes off is one of the best feelings you can have that's for sure. We're happy about everyone who buys, plays or supports our music in any kind of way. Thank you for that!
What has been the milestone for the label so far?
Crash Course in Science - Flying Turns was our biggest release so far. When I heard the track for the first time I had the vision to re-release it with a remix by Ricardo. When everything came together it was just great. It's a really special record. The original is from '82' way ahead of its time. To find a piece of music like that and bring it back in a new context was/is amazing for us. And of course it was an honour to do our own version of the track.
If you could pick one artists to release on your label, that hasn't already, who would it be and why?
We have many artists in our mind and some plans will already become reality in the near future...wait and see!!
What can we look forward to from Pressure Traxx for the rest of the year?
There will be a re-release of a special Nail track from 1995 called Sentipede with one of my tracks on the flip. For Silver Series (our sub-label) we have an amazing release by Bernd Maus aka Parallel/Gadgets lined up. The tracks are smart and timeless and we're happy to share them with the world soon. Then we're hosting our clubnights at Club der Visionaere and Robert Johnson, and maybe some other clubs later this year so watch this space.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own underground electronic music label?
Your passion for music has to be the driving force, and don't talk too much. If you're doing something great, people will recognise, you don't have to tell them. And be aware of your abilities, just because your friend has Photoshop and did the flyer for your girlfriends birthday doesn't make him a graphic designer. And some Wave Plugins doesn't make you a mastering engineer. Don't try to save money on the wrong end and hire professionals. Create something you're proud of.
Thanks for taking the time to speak to us!
Thanks for having us!
Pressure Traxx have presented music from some amazing artists, we managed to speak to a variety of them about the renowned label...
Vinyl Speed Adjust
What was the concept behind your Groovin N Moovin EP for the Pressure Traxx Silver Series and how does Pressure Traxx relate to your style of music?
'The release we did on Pressure Traxx was a great pleasure for us, because we had the chance to bring out stuff on a label that we respect and that influenced us so much. We did the tracks in our regular way, and then we sent them to Frank & Arno. They decided to make a record with us, so this is how everything worked!'
How have Pressure Traxx supported your music, and what influence has it had on the success of your productions?
'Pressure Traxx supported my music by simply liking it and despite the name they don't put any pressure on anybody. I would say that they influenced the success of my productions by exposing them to a proper crowd.'
Why did you think that Pressure Traxx was the right label to release your Verniana EP on?
'I think the tracks fit perfect to the musical direction of the label. Frost is a good friend of mine, so when we decided to plan the release on Pressure Traxx, we had to choose between many, many tracks I made. So at the end I was really happy with the choice of the final one, Frost and Arno selected for the EP.'
'These tracks make the release very special, because it's so well balanced and there's a mysterious energy behind it. Because Frost asked me from the first moment for the track called Verniana, I decided to use this title also for the whole EP. It represents all the books of one of my favourite writers Jules Verne, which are often pretty mysterious too. So yes, Pressure Traxx was the perfect imprint to release this EP and i'm very happy with the result.'
Chris Wood & Meat
How has the process of producing music with Pressure Traxx been different to other labels?
'We do not have a special plan, when we are in the studio and start producing even when we work for a specific label we normally go with the flow. But when you out a little more pressure on your traxx, you are on the right way! And because we are all friends, working with Pressure Traxx is always a pleasure!'
By Sam Quilter
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Adam Shelton has always had a unique approach to music through his early influences of house, that have led him onto a discovery of his own authentic sound. With roots firmly set in Birmingham, where he has unveiled the 'Below' parties and worked on his collaborative label 'One Records', he has steam-rolled the underground scene in the Midlands, and is not slowing down anytime soon. We managed to catch up with him ahead of his latest release on his own imprint.
As a vinyl collector, where did your discovery of electronic music begin?
It started in 1992 when I first started listening to the early UK rave scene listening to DJs such as Top Buzz, Pilgrim and Carl Cox. I was instantly locked into the energy of the music and started collecting as many cassettes as possible, mixes, live sets from the raves and also compilations. It was not until 1995 where I would get my first pair of turntables and start my obsession with vinyl and the wider story of house music.
So how did you relationship with the early style of US and house begin?
I have to say that a real turn around point for me although I was already dipping in and out of house in general was back to basics, the Cut The Crap CD really changed my way of buying records and who I wanted to be. Focusing on DJ wise, Derrick Carter was one of my early influences. His style of disco infused bumpin house really introduced me to artists like Cajmere, Gene Farris and a whole host fo other US srtists that are still on my radar now. DJ Sneak also really got me hooked on the disco infused tracks coming from the states in the mid 90s.
From your early involvement with such a rapidly evolving scene in the 90s, how have you adapted to the significant shifts in underground house music?
To be honest I am still totally fixed on music from the late 80s and 90s, to me it's just better. I look for quality, new stuff that sounds old or has that old influence, raw drums, classic vocals, sample heavy tracks. I hate a lot of the new music, its awful, along with the whole shift in it being about so much more than a DJ to make it. I love to hear real DJs, XDB, Jane Fitz, Craig Richards, Nick Anthony, Tristan Da Cunha, these guys are working the shit out of it, and keeping it real and forward thinking, but still keeping that class you find in the original sound.
Why was The Rainbow in Birmingham so vital with regard to your early involvements with underground music?
The Rainbow was my home, it gave me the freedom to play what I wanted in my home city, a city that has had so much good stuff over the years, parties such as Wobble and Atomic Jam always stand out to me as the key players. The Rainbow was the next generation of underground parties to come from the city after these guys, using massive influences from them with what I had been experiencing at places like Body and Soul in New York and secretsundaze in London, I felt like I could bring something fresh to the city.
Tell us a bit about your 'Below' party, what was your main idea behind it and how did you get it off the ground?
Below was a party born for friends, a gathering of like-minded people at first from Birmingham and then quickly from all around the UK. We did a few parties first before The Rainbow which were cool but The Rainbow really set the party off and gave it identity. It was the soul, we did many parties in other venues but nowhere touched it in terms of atmosphere and vibe. Starting the party at the time was a risk, doing Sunday's in the city was unheard of but I felt that people were really bored of the same old scene and at the time the city was just coming out of a lot of gang related incidents in clubs. We came along and brought new DJs and a new crowd to the city and after three parties we were off and it grow from 150 people to 600/700 very quickly, it was the place to be for a good few years for sure.
What made you decide to end the 'Below' parties which had become very successful?
I feel we did the right thing to end it o such a big high, there a lot of other parties and clubs in the city now and I feel that we have influenced a lot of peope and helped in building the cities now growing house and techno music scene, that's all you can ask for really. We had ten years of amazing parties and brought a lot of DJs to the UK for the first time and 100% to Birmingham for the first time. I believe if you can have 10 years out of somthing and it is that special, you can't ask for any more than that. I now want to focus on One Records parties and my solo career as a DJ. The Rainbow and Below will always be there in my heart and I am still involved in thing there in my own way.
How did your relationshipwith Ashique (Subb-ann) start, and how has it evolved?
I first met Ash 8 years ago at one of my warehouse parties, we got speaking about music and really went from there. Ash quickly become a resident for Below and our friendship grew from there, we have had a great 8 years starting the label, Below, playing around the world together, good times!
What were your fundamental aspirations for your label 'One Records' and how did you put the label into motion?
The label was to be a platform for us both and also a way to bring people that influence us closer to what we are doing. It has been a big learning process for us, we are thirty five releases in now and feel we have a really tight ship but its taken a long time to get to that point. It's not just about the music, you need all the right people around you, we have a really good label manager now, good press contacts and a good promo service, that stuff does not come easy. The first five releases were very much about friends, it was not until after that we started bringing in outside artists that we were into so it was a very natural process at the start with no agenda except working with people we know.
How did you and Subb-ann both plan and approach your debut collaborative release on 'One Records'', 'The Musik EP'?
We really wanted to make something that represented us at the time, I think the musik track still sounds really strong now, there was no big plan with the EP. We just felt it was a good starting point for the label and it was something we were happy to pass around to other DJs we knew. I am very produ of the label and I actually framed that release and it sits in my office. It really was a good starting point for a lot of thing and not just the label.
From the debut release until now, how has the style of production on your first label changed and evolved?
The quality has evolved for sure, working with artists like Cab Drivers, Nail, Martin Buttrich and D'Julz to name a few, the later releases have set a higher standard than the earlier stuff, that's not to say that the first releases did not have that, I am happy with every release on the label and I feel I can hold my head up high when it comes to every one, the names mentioned for example have been around a lot longer and are just more experienced producers.
What do you have coming up on the label?
So the current release is from myself, a three tracker that has been getting really great feedback. Next up is a four track EP from Livio & Roby which is really nice, the guys are amazing producers and I thought it made total sense to give them the full release to themselves with no remixes. We also have forthcoming releases from Shaun Reeves and Tuccilo and we have a new artist to bring to the label with a killer debut.
How would you describe your own individual sound that is represented on your productions?
My sound is however I feel on that day, I can't bring myself to put it in a box, I like it deep. I like it to have a certain atmosphere, sometimes i thnk about the dancefloor only, sometimes that does not even come into play. I really don't want to get boxes as I feel moving forward can be limited when that happens and the electronic music scene is ever changing.
How do you balance performing, producing and running a label?
Fine, at one point I had two clubs, a party, a label and was playing on top of that so down-scaling was key to feeling comfortable in where I am at now,
We understand that you are hosting a 'One Records' showcase in Room Two of fabric in September, tell us a bit about your last party in fabric, and your relationship with the club...
fabric is by far our strongest supporter of the label in the UK and that makes me feel great as its one of the best clubs in the world. They have supported us for nearly five years now, we have worked our way around the club and have been doing our last few parties in Room Two which I feel suits the label well. We have been bringing a live element to the parties, John Dimas, Matthew Styles and the forthcoming party we have Ed Davenport (Live). i think this adds another dimension to the night which I feel the club likes.
Which guests are you going to be bringing along with you for the showcase?
Our full line up from the next party is Ed Davenport (Live), myself and Subb-ann, Jack Wickham and iO (mulen) our latest signing from Ukraine, whose latest release on the label has gone down a storm.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to this, and good luck with everything!
By Sam Quilter
Adam Shelton plays for fabric on Saturday 19th September in Room Two, get tickets here
Check out Adam Shelton's new release 'The Shining Path' on 'One Records' here
Premiere it in full here
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