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Romanian Dj / Producers to Watch in 2019

Despite years of growing popularity, the Romanian scene managed to maintain striking integrity and passion. The list of artists from the country who developed their signature sound in the last decades is remarkable, showing an outstanding creative spirit and a strong will to explore minimal dance music outside the box. But the Romanian scene is also known to pay attention to its local uprising talents instead of focusing solely on the same characters over and over. Meoko is delighted to show its love and support to the Romanian scene and signal some talents to keep an eye on throughout 2019. Abel Soleil   Apart from a release on Blumea in 2017, we don’t know much about Abel Soleil, but a quick online search of this mysterious pseudonym will lead you to some of the highest quality music we’ve heard in a while. The rhythmic, atonal and strikingly well-produced minimal textures under this moniker make us think we’re going to hear a lot from him in 2019.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_467c62b5_2090393653&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/alternativa001/abelsoleil', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_467c62b5_2090393653', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_467c62b5_2090393653' }); });     Aparte   Very active in the Bucharest scene, this year Aparte played next to DJs like Arapu, Barac, Lizz, and more. The Dj and producer delivers a strong synthesis of modern micro-house infused with old school Detroit acid techno. While we are waiting for more news on releases in the new year, we can enjoy the few previews shared on his Soundcloud, that just leave us wanting more.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_b8c93158_92686860&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/soundaparte', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_b8c93158_92686860', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_b8c93158_92686860' }); });     Bizar   Bizar is, like most Romanian artist, one who would rather share his art through sounds instead of long DJ descriptions. We don’t have a lot of info about Bizar, but going through his Soundcloud and Bandcamp you will find an impressive variety of quality minimal productions. As his name suggests, his music might sound ‘bizarre' at times, but isn’t originality something we all love? The producer is certainly bringing something fresh on the table and we’re excited to hear more from him. Check out more on this artist here - Bizar Bandcamp    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_b310333a_1968413603&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/bitsur', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_b310333a_1968413603', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_b310333a_1968413603' }); });           Diferit   Is likely that 2019 is going to be a great year for Diferit. The Romanian DJ and producer has been shaping up an open horizons style, where quality is the only imperative. His 2018 release ‘Edge of Space’ is simply something else, adding a steady electro rhythm to a marvellous and spacey ambient background (on the B-side you also find Christopher Ledger on remix duties - check it out below). We’re just thrilled to hear more this year.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_e0cab3d3_764073854&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/mantracollective/mantra-collective-podcast-062-diferit', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e0cab3d3_764073854', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e0cab3d3_764073854' }); });     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_cc03df9f_787672370&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/emethrec/diferit-edge-of-space-original https://soundcloud.com/emethrec/diferit-edge-of-space', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_cc03df9f_787672370', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_cc03df9f_787672370' }); });     Dragusanu  You might have heard Dragusanu's project together with BRYZ, Fildesh, which has been going strong since 2015. The young Bucharest born DJ and producer has also been making excellent music under his solo moniker ‘Dragusanu’; his ‘Umbra EP’, released this year on the artist’s Bandcamp, captured our attention for his soothing and dreamy vibe.   Dragusanu Bandcamp - Click   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_9e8e5130_1731335396&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/tzinah-records/dragusanu-hilaria-original-mix-preview', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9e8e5130_1731335396', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9e8e5130_1731335396' }); });       Herck Despite being around for a while, we feel this year might be a great one for Herck. The artist has been developing a peculiar and complex sound; in his music very often you might hear processed vocal samples that sound from outer space and glitchy robotic rhythms. Whether you like his style or not, his sets and productions have the outstanding quality of never being boring.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_f68ffbeb_398601640&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/osmosisaudio/herck-remix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_f68ffbeb_398601640', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_f68ffbeb_398601640' }); });     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_d0452c3f_885751453&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/myziquesound/herck-myzique-series-004-july', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_d0452c3f_885751453', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_d0452c3f_885751453' }); });     Leanca Vlad Leanca is another one to watch in the coming year. The DJ/producer has been developing a psychedelic sound showing he is not afraid to experiment (his Alter Hour mix sounds almost hypnotic - in the best way). Leanca has already been receiving support from notable figures in the scene: check out Barac playing an unreleased hallucinatory bomb from him at this year’s edition of Ostrov Festival in Ukraine below. We’re very much hoping for this one to be released in 2019.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_bc41be9d_1075926939&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/alterhour/alter-hour-mix-series-31-leanca', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_bc41be9d_1075926939', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_bc41be9d_1075926939' }); });       Macarie The young DJ and producer from Cluj-Napoca shows a remarkable sense of groove in his mixes and productions. The bass in his recent remix of Sonohat's ‘Whispers’ results in instant head nodding, and his mix for RTS.FM Budapest this year combines undiscovered gems and solid tracks with impressive fluidity, convincing us he’s one to watch in the new year.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_5d01b95e_746575417&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/rtsfm/macarie-rtsfm-budapest-20052018', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_5d01b95e_746575417', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_5d01b95e_746575417' }); });     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_cc6adeea_1736898878&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/cedesciuwax/cdw001-a2-sonohat-whispers-1', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_cc6adeea_1736898878', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_cc6adeea_1736898878' }); });       Matje  You probably have heard Matje’s reinterpretation of The Doors’ Riders On The Storm more than one time throughout 2018, either at an afterparty or from your favourite Youtube recommendations. Matje’s inventive rework of this psychedelic rock classic was one of the most iconic tracks of the year; the Romanian DJ and producer seems to able to turn anything into a deep dance-floor cut, as you can also hear from his Stayin' Alive remix (listen below). But Matje has proven to be capable of delivering much more than that: his style also adds a mesmerizing and hypnotic ‘dub’ vibe to a solid Romanian microhouse substance. The result? His sets to sound like deep submersions into unknown worlds, where it is extremely easy to get lost. Just check out his last podcast on Soper Univers below.       allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0a9c2d43_512910694&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/soperunivers/podcast-sop013-matje-ro', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0a9c2d43_512910694', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0a9c2d43_512910694' }); });     r107  r107, pronounced “riot”, is another Romanian talent to keep an eye on into the next year. Apart from the many shows in Bucharest and around his country, this year r107 also played in Corse and Switzerland delivering the Romanian style we all love with a tight attitude. You can listen below to his track ‘Infinitea’, which was included in the Ensis Black compilation ‘Unknown Heroes' this year.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_89c88858_681732284&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/marianasessions/mariana-podcast-022-r107-ro', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_89c88858_681732284', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_89c88858_681732284' }); });   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_ed5a21b9_2037635247&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/ensisblack/r107-infinitea-original-mix?in=ensisblack/sets/ensb080-various-artists', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ed5a21b9_2037635247', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ed5a21b9_2037635247' }); });       Robert Apetrei We don’t know much about Robert Apetrei, but his November release ‘Alpha Si Omega’ speaks by itself. Vibrant and rhythmic, with a clean audio design, the two tracks sound more like an expert’s work than a debut. We’re already hoping for new releases in 2019.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_dc1f15ce_596882326&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/vsarecords/sets/vsa004-robert-apetrei-alpha-si', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_dc1f15ce_596882326', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_dc1f15ce_596882326' }); });     Sonohat Sonohat’s debut on the new underground minimal Miami/Bucharest label Cedesciu Wax is nothing short of impressive (in here you also find Macarie’s remix referenced to earlier). The frisky beats of ‘Whisper’, the brain-scraping sounds in ‘Hoe Lee Choir’ and the non-stop energy of ‘Galop Dupa 5’ all make us guess we’re going to hear these often at parties in the next year.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_f3a0ecb4_403435479&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/cedesciuwax/sets/cdw001-sonohat-whispers-ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_f3a0ecb4_403435479', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_f3a0ecb4_403435479' }); });         Zen   Last but not least we would like to signal Zen, a.k.a. Chronosymmetry. As his name suggests the music has a nice meditative connotation to it. Just check out his recent mix for Exid, or the ‘Symbiosis’ release under his Chronosimmetry moniker, which feels monumental thanks to the atmospheric string progressions, but also tranquil and sedative at the same time. Sit back, relax, and let the music transport you. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_729ff8a4_1495375979&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/exid-548952652/exid-066-zen', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_729ff8a4_1495375979', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_729ff8a4_1495375979' }); });   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1a433061_413332709&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/soblazn/chronosymmetry-symbiosis-2', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1a433061_413332709', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1a433061_413332709' }); });     The upcoming year promises to be one filled with exciting news and creativity. It’s impressive how the underground music scene in Romania still manages to reinvent itself and surprise us with new talents. We’ll keep our ears up for more news and releases throughout 2019. Meanwhile, see you at Sunwaves in Spring.   Words by  Giovanni Bodrato   Resources - Various       

' I want to keep learning everyday - learning about people, about myself, about music. ' Oskar Szafraniec Mix & Interview

It’s not everyday that you come across a DJ that has had an EP release to their name at the age of 13, but Oskar Szafraniec has done just that. Now 24, the Polish-born, classically-trained musician has 11 years of music production experience up his sleeve. Since then, he has been dedicated to the studio and the continual growth of his musical abilities releasing solo records with RAWAX, Cyclo and Closed Circuits. In 2015, Oskar spent time in the studio with Ricardo Villalobos, and afterwards they produced separate tracks on a split record on RAWAX. Since then, Oskar has also collaborated and on several records and produced an album with Pier Bucci, as well as touring and working closely with a Guy Called Gerald.  Now living in Berlin, Oskar has been busy collecting records and working in the studio, perfecting his sound.  As can be deduced from listening to Oskar’s creations, he is very honest to his craft, and draws inspiration from a range of different musical genres, adding subtle yet unique elements into his distinctive minimal style.  In the near future, Oskar Szafraniec is teaming up with Perlon’s Wareika, and also Caruan to produce some exciting new with an Italian jazz ensemble – definitely some projects to keep your eyes and ears ready for. We sat down to take a chat with Oskar to find out more about his career and life.  Click for Oskars Exclusve MEOKO Mix  1- Hey Oskar. Nice to speak with you! How are you doing? What are you up to right now? I’m fine, thank you!  I am currently visiting my mom in Poland as unfortunately she has been fighting with cancer recently. She is in recovery right now though, which is such a relief. In these moments, it is very important to stay close to your family. My friends have helped me a lot, which I am extremely grateful for. I have my studio equipment here with me in Poland so I have been doing a little bit of work on upcoming projects where I can, and driving back to Berlin if I have any gigs on.  I’ll be playing at Watergate this Wednesday, supporting System of Survival and Alexandra - I am really looking forward to dance with all those creative people at such a great location.  I’m thinking I may play a bit more of an interesting set on Wednesday as my music selection will usually be a reflection of my personal life it - so let’s see where I’ll take it!  I always believe that the best release for your emotions is to tell your story through music. 2- Very sorry to hear about your Mother, Oskar. But we’re glad you’re still powering through and making music. So tell us, you’re only just turning 24 but you have 11 years of producing and DJing. How exactly did you get into electronic music at such a young age? It’s quite difficult to really pin-point point a single thing. I was always very musical, but became very curious listening to different types of music on the internet and it just escalated form there. I started researching about electronic music, getting inspired and trying to understand what electronic music was truly all about – looking back, I was definitely a big music nerd – I still am, really!  I began to produce music, experiment with different instruments, sing, and eventually DJ… I got my first DJ gig when I was 14! 3- That’s pretty impressive! After all these years, do you have any rituals before going into music writing process? I hope this doesn’t make me sound too OCD, but I have to admit I like to reorganise the studio room a bit before I start; put the cables and machines in the right place, clean up. A clean environment means a clear mind to me. Before I start recording I also like to finish all private things I have scheduled to do, I really need to feel free from distraction.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_66e99014_1279729273&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/leftback-shop/aria001-ricardo-villalobos-oskar-szafraniec-rawax-aira-series-vol-1', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_66e99014_1279729273', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_66e99014_1279729273' }); });   4- We know that you’re pretty experienced with using serious studio equipment; I believe that Roland once asked you to test out some of their new kits! What is your favourite piece of studio equipment right now? At the moment it’s Space Echo. I’m actually using it on nearly each track I work on right now! My favourites come in waves though. A while ago it was an old Electribe ER-1, and before that, the SH-101. I really love sampling though as well. Anything what helps me to write beautiful stories with sounds.  5- Let’s talk a little about your inspirations then. What factors in your life influence your music the most? It is usually the people I meet, situations, new instruments, and music I’ve never heard before. Recently it has been difficult for me to focus on new music and find inspiration as my mom has been sick but I have been trying to work with this as much as possible. 6- I guess it can’t  always be all easy going in the studio sometimes and there are days where you struggle to find inspiration. How do you overcome writers block?  I don’t like to push things. It’s not like I’m working everyday on music trying to get the best out of it. I need to feel it’s the right moment; be inspired, be free. I believe if you push yourself to write, then your art sounds pushed, not honest. If I’m not inspired, I find other ways to spend my time. It is important to take breaks and come back with a fresh mind! 7- What have you got in the pipeline at the moment - can you tell us more about your upcoming projects? There’s actually a lot of projects I have been working on lately! I have an upcoming release for Barac’s Moment Records, which I am currently tweaking some details on. I have also recently teamed up with Wareika for a new project, and I’m working on a track with the Swedish singer, Sailor & I. I have been collaborating with Otake Record’s owner, Piotr Bejnar, Round Up’s Bruno Curtis, and also the young artist, Assal (who I worked on the Meoko free release with).   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_7c8e6020_1468562097&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/o-szafraniec-assal-tdcau-mj-edit-meoko-gift-track', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7c8e6020_1468562097', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7c8e6020_1468562097' }); });   There are several solo projects, too -  records coming up on labels like Skylax, and some very high secret ones that I can’t mention yet (Ooooh!). I’m very fortunate to be working with such an inspiring, talented people with strong character. To be honest, I work only with people I personally like;  people I can talk to about everything, whether it’s spirituality, family issues or art, people who has slightly different view on things and can’t be put in any frame. Oh! I am also travelling to Italy soon to work on a very, very special project with my dear friend Caruan and an Italian jazz ensemble. There’ll be no limits! We’re mashing up the styles: lots of instruments, bass guitars, piano, singing… I can’t wait! 8- Sounds like you’re going to be incredibly bust for the foreseeable future then! What are your goals for the next few years? Constantly make music, be a better person.  I want to keep learning everyday -  learning about people, about myself, about music.  9- Alright, a (not) very serious last question now, haha! If it was the end of the world and you had to throw the last party, where would it be, and who would play? I would have to go with a beautiful private Island in Africa with a line up full of young passionate musicians who haven’t had the chance to get heard yet, and crowd of true music lovers! If you want to catch Oskar playing, he will next be playing at Watergate’s Mittwoch night on the 21st November, supporting System of Survival and Alexandra. Also keep your eyes out for his releases dropping very soon!   More Oskar Szafraniec; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube   Words by Mikhaela Gray    

Australia: A Minimal Scene On The Rise

Australia has long held a mysterious and exotic appeal for people the world over. It’s rugged, untamed natural beauty entices travelers from across the globe to visit its shores, creating a melting pot of culture and ideas. This unique atmosphere also permeates down into its underground music scene, injecting a cosmopolitan vibe onto dancefloors and inspiring its producers and promoters. Australian’s two biggest cities; Sydney & Melbourne became the setting for the explosion of the rave scene in the late 80’s, as English expats coming out of the UK’s Summer of Love brought with them the house, disco and techno sounds that swept the globe. Seminal warehouse parties and mammoth raves across both cities sparked a longstanding affair with House and Techno. This laid the foundation for more niche musical tastes to flourish with Australia’s current minimal scene putting down preliminary roots around 2011. This is about the people and spaces that have kept this music alive. As influences from German labels like Perlon, Keinemusik, Kompakt and Playhouse began to find favor on Sydney dancefloors during 2011, collective ‘Braille’ appeared and began playing the forward-thinking sounds of micro, dub, deep house and minimal techno. Their progressively motivated tastes saw them spin regularly at iconic Burdekin & Imperial hotels, alongside hosting their own warehouse parties. Combining German influences with the emerging Romanian sound to great effect. The now defunct group opened the door for successive groups to evolve Sydney’s minimal scene. These early years also saw the rise of seminal event ‘Spice' ..a legendary after-hours party held in the intimate underground club called ‘The Spice Cellar’. Striking a chord with Sydney punters who yearned for a more European clubbing experience, it was a breeding ground for more experimental sounds, many of which were minimal in nature. Tragically as the scene was blossoming, one of Sydney’s most defining moments landed like a hammer with the introduction of ‘lockout’ laws in 2014. Using inflated crime statistics to pursue a hard line against what they deemed to be rampant alcohol-fueled violence, State authorities instituted 1:30 am lock-outs and a 3am last drinks policy on clubs and bars. Targeting clubbing hotspots in Kings Cross, Oxford Street, and the CBD. Famous clubs like Goldfish Bar, Goodgod Small club and The Cellar were just a few of the many, that closed their doors due to heavy government regulations. Irrevocably changing the house and techno scene. One group who not only weathered this storm but has emerged as the current spearhead of Australia’s minimal scene, are Mantra Collective. Forming in 2012, It’s three core members Telly, Whitecat and Aboutjack (Aboutjack left in 2018) have heroically maintained a steady influx of reputed minimal artist into the Australian club circuit. Their warehouse series (now onto its 16th installment) continues the legacy of the 80’s rave scene. One that took advantage of the inner west industrial districts as a refuge for countercultural movements, now utilized to escape the over-regulation and hostile attitude of state authorities. They were the first to bring artists like Vid, Cosmijn, Lazar Hoche, FUSE London’s Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito and Rich NxT to Aussie shores. As well the being the ones responsible for major highlights in Sydney’s underground scene. In 2016 they collaborated with S.A.S.H., Romanian visual artist Cote and producer Arapu to pull off ‘Inner Space', a breathtaking audio-visual immersion at the ArtHouse. Their two ‘Reconstructed’ parties in 2017 also hosted iconic producers East End Dubs & Barac as well as Cezar & Subb-an in an incredible underground carpark location. These groundbreaking parties cemented Mantra as the current leaders of this scene. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_8ef46651_1966558749&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/vid-exclusive-meoko-podcast-235exclusive', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_8ef46651_1966558749', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_8ef46651_1966558749' }); });   Before the lockouts damaged Sydney’s nightlife, there were already established crews in the city and SASH is one of them. Although not focused entirely on minimal sounds, they have toured many artists in that realm like swiss whiz Alci, Romanian’s Cristi Cons and duo Vinyl Speed Adjust. Their weekly Sunday parties have been a ritual for Sydneysiders over the last several years. They host a daytime, open-air gathering at North Sydney’s Greenwood Hotel and an evening rager at the iconic ‘Home’ nightclub next to Darling Harbour. They’ve been a big supporter of local talent , whilst still consistently flying in talent from across the world to showcase on Aussie soil with the support of touring agency Solid Circles.  Solid Circles Touring have been a big force in feeding the Australian underground circuit with international tours from the likes of Sonja Moonear, Varhat, Sammy Dee, Priku, Traumer, S.A.M. and many many more. Led by Gregory Pepperpot the agency is a key player that’s connected overseas talent with Australian promoters. Their event series Hello has forged a strong partnership with local outfit Lokomotiv over the past year and a half. Focusing squarely on minimal house and techno the two brands have widened the scope for touring European producers. They’ve thrown shows with artists like Janeret, Anthea and Sepp at Oxford street venue The Bunker. Whilst having also showcased talents such as Germany’s Fabe, Italian Giuliano Lomonte, VBX frontman Ferro and Greek producer Lee Burton under the moodily lit lampshades of inner west nightspot Slyfox. Led by Tyson Brunn and resident Lachie Simpson Lokomotiv’s rise to prominence in Sydney was born out of their incredible podcast series and vinyl label which is capturing the current wave of Romanian music. With vinyl being such a key ingredient for the dissemination of underground music, a huge windfall for Sydney came with the opening of ‘Something Else Records’ early this year. The first physical record store dedicated purely to underground house and techno music. It was a long-held dream for founder Dave Stuart, who alongside business partner Alex Dimitröff has played a pivotal role in Sydney’s nightlife for many years. Their weekly show’s at the Burdekin Hotel back in the day, were legendary, as they treated Sydney to the who’s who of international talent from across dub, minimal and techno spectrums. Now their record store is having a huge influence on the scene, importing quality vinyl into Australia, becoming the go-to spot for Sydney selectors. You can find vinyl releases from local labels like Addition By Subtraction, Touch Of Loft,  Lokomotiv, Unic, Dokutoku & Elision on the shelves here, joining digital imprints like Museme & Conspiracy as they collectively contribute to Australia’s growing, more minimal focused discography. Another vital crew within Sydney’s minimal community is collective ‘Roots’. Spearheaded by talented selector Marlie, their clandestine parties beckon partygoers to secret and exotic locations across the city, treating them to intimate and exhilarating musical experiences. Constantly experimenting with new concepts and spaces, Marlie leads a star cast of residents who are also sought after djs in their own right. Each bringing a unique flair and sonic flavour to the mix. Producers Venda and Variance join selector Nikola as core members. Their combined forces injecting a fresh and vibrant new energy into the cities underground consciousness. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_d71cc185_1071700293&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/marlie-exclusive-meoko-podcast-259', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_d71cc185_1071700293', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_d71cc185_1071700293' }); });   A recent addition to Sydney’s minimal community is crew ‘BeAvanteGarde’ (B.A.G.). Having relocated to Australia from Brighton in the UK, the experienced team (led by Manfred Spagnoli and Andrea Dev) have had an instant and memorable effect on the scene. They’ve brought the likes of Junkie Inoue & caLLy to perform on Aussie soil for the very first time. Combining mesmerizing visual effects with world class sound systems in a formidable series of secretive warehouse raves. Their work striking a chord with Sydney punters who are hungry to experience the skills of foreign minimal icons.  While the Sydney scene continues to battle against bureaucracy, further south in Victoria’s capital Melbourne it’s been quite a different story. Similar lockouts were trialed in 2008 but were scrapped shortly after following a huge public backlash. As Melbourne is now fast becoming a 24hr city, its nightlife is booming. There are promoters and venues pushing minimal sounds there, but it’s still a niche scene. Ultimately the freedom of expression that comes from a scene not bound by government influence and oppression, is also one that’s more relaxed when it comes to pushing groundbreaking music. This hasn’t doused the fire of the few purveyors of minimalist music in Melbourne though, those who have built iconic parties within more mercantile surrounds. One such phenomenon is ‘The Breakfast Club’, a weekly, Monday morning afterparty that's a hotspot for Melbourne’s minimalist underground. Based at club Onesixone it pulls both local and interstate revelers who are treated to internationals like Nima Gorji, Dana Ruh & Bill Patrick. The guerrilla campaign to take Mondays back for the people is run by Gabriele Terlicher and Ethan Mclaren and has become a uniquely Melbourne institution. Complete with fresh fruit on offer to patrons and a Nexo sound system that provides the grit for their devilishly long 18hr long parties. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_041f592d_510772069&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/nima-gorji-meoko-x-moonland-festival-exclusive-3', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_041f592d_510772069', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_041f592d_510772069' }); });   The great bastion for minimal in Melbourne has to be the institution, Killing Time. The intimate Chapel street club has had a storied history over the course of its 10 years of operation. Famous as an intimate, perfectly tuned sounding room, Killing Time has hosted an endless list of underground players. One crew that has been utilising the Killing Time space regularly is Losing Control. A new brand yet a highly experienced crew, with years spent in the booth in the Uruguayan, London and Glasgow scene between them. Their bookings consist of Losoul, Audio Werner, Vinyl Speed Adjust and they've booked and assisted Georgia Girl, Harry McCanna and Junki Inoue to tour the country.  A fiercely independent club that embodies a true underground ethos. Killing time also plays host to newer event series ‘Over’ run by local producer Peruw. It’s a hometown favourite for veteran selectors like Brock Ferrar and locals Mimm and Made Inc. With Mantra at the helm of Australia’s minimal movement, newer collectives have formed and bought with them renewed energy as they carve out their own space within the scene. Up North in Brisbane, brand Flux have established a solid reputation from warehouse jaunts with internationals like Cristi Cons, Lazar Hoche & East End Dubs. In Sydney, industry brand ‘Unic’ run by Hendrik and Elia, continue to garner fans with exclusive premieres and vinyl reviews. They’re building strong international ties with Romanian and Ukrainian producers, as they build on their noteworthy podcast series and newly minted vinyl imprint. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_6e4c70af_1302205809&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-unic001-b1-silat-beksi', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_6e4c70af_1302205809', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_6e4c70af_1302205809' }); });   With their masterfully decorated and flamboyantly themed raves, the ‘Conspiracy’ crew have curated an event series that have become a huge favourite for Sydney locals over the past year. Reigniting that mid-morning magic that was lost with the close of Spice, brand ‘Afters’ has now established itself as Sydney’s go to after party. Alongside these budding new additions to the scene, Club 77, a historic Sydney club steeped in two decades of history has just reopened its doors after an innovative renovation. Sporting a brand new, world class KV2 sound system it’s now set to become one of the new bastions for underground music in the city. Growing numbers of minimal artists have also begun to infiltrate boutique festival line ups. Festivals like Subsonic and Babylon are set to bring out icons Zip, Raresh, Fumiya Tanaka, Cezar and Cristi Cons to Aussie shores over the coming months, solidifying a growing taste for this niche music. The real distillation of the Australian scene, however, can be found in the output of its local producers, many of whom have begun to break ground on international labels. The most recognizable would have to be Monika Ross, of Serialism, FA>IE and Metroline Limited fame. Talented producers like Litmus (Signature Records / Pathway Traxx) and Sun Archive (Politics of Dancing / Hoarder) are certainly names to watch in the future, alongside rising producers like Nate S.U & Yokobus from the Conspiracy crew. Variance (Weather Recs), Dan Baartz, Harrison Morris and Papa K (Flux) are also amassing a solid following. Fellow Sydney artists on the minimal techno side are Venda (Bodyparts, Norse Projekt) and Mike Watts (Mantra Collective).  These two are constantly honing their craft and are set for huge things next year. Down in Melbourne, promising producers like Peruw, Occult Funk (CMOK), Thomas David (Museme.), Dylan Griffin & Chad B (Subsonic Music) are all beginning to garner attention for their productions, channeling worldwide influences to create brand new sounds. They perform alongside favoured Sydney selectors like Le Brond, Jac Frier, Persian Rug, Jackson Winter (Conspiracy), Val York (B.A.G.), A.lias, Thilini (Flux, Mantra Collective), Cassette, Marley Sherman (S.A.S.H.) and Tiril, all of which continue to push an exciting and essentially minimal house and techno sound.         Although a geographically isolated community, Australia’s minimal scene is gathering momentum, spurred on by numerous passionate supporters and creatives who seek to build a world class movement that can take its place on the international stage.      Words by Hendrik   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

EPIZODE³ Announces Full Lineup w/ [A:RPIA:R], Ion Ludwig, Guti, Maayan Nidam and more

After the huge success of their recent instalments, Epizode have prepared another 11 days of unbelievable music and art bliss, in a location that is nothing short of amazing. From 28th December – 08 January 2019 on the magic island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam a series of day and night parties have been arranged in custom built areas, and beaches on the coast. Paradise, right? And now; Epizode are happy to announce the huge lineup with more than 70 names added on the bill including a wide array of planetary house and techno icons, such as [A:RPIA:R], BINH, CRAIG RICHARDS, DJ STINGRAY, GUTI (Live), ION LUDWIG, MAAYAN NIDAM, MICHAEL MAYER, PAN-POT, PEGGY GOU, PETRE INSPIRESCU, RHADOO, STEVE LAWLER, THOMAS MELCHIOR and many more! They will be playing alongside the most respected Asia and Australia talents, such as ALAM, DEIAN, DISKONNECTED, GABRI-L, JONATHAN KUSUMA, MAURICE SIMON, SEQU3L, to name a few.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_93fe8f6b_1501739223&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/denis-kaznacheev-meoko-271', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_93fe8f6b_1501739223', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_93fe8f6b_1501739223' }); });   All these names are added on an already epic list that includes legends from various music worlds, such as NINA KRAVIZ, RICARDO VILLALOBOS, SETH TROXLER, SONJA MOONEAR, ZIP, APOLLONIA, DUBFIRE, GOLDIE, FERRY CORSTEN, NICK WARREN, tINI, MR.G (Live), SAMMY DEE, mixed with the most interesting and adventurous names from house, techno, minimal, drum n’ bass and breakbeat. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0bc43dda_1692312710&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/mr-g-5-years-of-quality-music-meoko-exclusive-podcast-25', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0bc43dda_1692312710', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0bc43dda_1692312710' }); });   The people and friends pulling the strings behind the Epizode are a true reflection, and inspiration to the scene, with an underlying passion to entertain and arrange diverse experiences with a true attention to detail. There was a social media storm after the last Epizode (everyone has seen the cardboard cut outs of Ricardo last time), and the crew are sure to come back even bigger and better this year. If you are considering a trip to Asia, it is surely worth a thought to tie this in with your trip; in our eyes, we cannot see a better new years extravaganza. Pioneers of the game, combined with up and coming quality. Who is ready for the next Epizode? We certainly are.   Words by Zac Bidwell   More Epizode; Facebook / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview: Otaku_03: Sublee at FOLD

Otaku Records, exciting underground label music and brand is back with its 3rd installament in the new Canning town venue FOLD, a new institution for the arts, Home of music, creative studios and a 500 capacity state-of-the-art performance space with a 24-hour dance floor above a print factory on an industrial estate. Custom–made soundsystem limited at 110DB and a bottom end of 32hz has the freedom to fill the main room untill the music stops. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0b004df5_733604683&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-laboratori-otk', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0b004df5_733604683', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0b004df5_733604683' }); });   23rd of November will be the stage of an incredible line up, entirely filled by the finests DJs of the minimal underground scene with Sublee as headliner of this Special party! Sublee is a familiar name to the Underground Scene, The Bucharest-based producer, real name Stefan Nicu, has previously appeared on Baumbaum Label and Raresh's Metereze, to name a few. His sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity redefine his style specialises in trippy style of house and techno. After years of a very rooted Djing career that makes a name for himself also proved his stunning production talents ranging from deep, dubby house to uplifting and seductive techno. After a lifetime friendship and some previous creative projects together, Domenico and Mario in 2016 founded their label Otaku Record and the year after joined their minds as Laboratori OTK. Their sound is minimal but complex, both in their productions and DJ sets, marked by a constant attention to the dance floor no matters the musical genre. Even tho is a new project Laboratori OTK already got the support of many international artists, to name but a few Sepp, Nu Zau, SIT, Arapu, Herodot, Butch, Priku, Gescu, Fabe and John Dimas. After releasing on Hoarder and Vivus Records, Laboratori OTK have some VA, Remixes and EPs coming out soon, the most recent on their new label Clear Horizons. The duo is ready to drop an amazing records selection for the party and the after party.. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_dc2e4da4_373214974&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/user-47980943/sets/hzn001-laboratori-otk-legend-of-koi', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_dc2e4da4_373214974', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_dc2e4da4_373214974' }); });   Thierry settles himself in the underground world of sound systems and warehouse parties in London. Between 2005 and 2010 he was involved with Acme Soundz throwing raves with the likes of MFM sound, KSS, Disjunkt, Malfaiteurs, and eventually took charge of the Drum&Bass room for Family Groove. This took him gradually to play in some of the best venues around. Since 2015 by helping Art of Dark and Home London on the smooth running of their events taking place at Studio 338, Troxy, MangleE8, Oval Space, Studio 9294. Being responsible for such high rated brands ultimately has led him to co-found one himself : Stump in 2016 London born, and has since been inviting artists such as Raresh, Petre Inspirescu, Cezar, Barac, Priku, Gescu, Arapu, Cap, Herodot, Nima Gorji, Suciu, Sepp, Kozo, Dubtil. AGHNES had a burning desire to establish a proper female techno collective in Rome. Having grown up on an eclectic combination of deep and minimal music when she was 18, she travelled around Europe collecting records ending up with quite a mixed spectrum of musical influence. Her strong love for club culture translates into sets where she picks apart and infuses together all the pieces of this music she likes best. Acid and groovy sounds characterize her style. In 2015 Aghnes moved to London becoming DJ Resident at ‘ We Play the Music We Love’, label and party collective. Since then she got a deeper insight of the London underground scene and started playing in the most popular clubs and warehouses and many underground events between London and Berlin as Keep on Going, Grooves London, Point., The Sunday Afters, Plattenkiste, and others. With her life-time partner in crime Ameliée they decided to co-found She Made together in 2013 and DJs Erica.me and Sara Siu joined the project in 2015. She Made is an ambitious all-female party concept and a label soon; the project started growing with the aid of the participants who spread the word and turned She Made into one of the 10 most prominent events in Italywhich lead them a residency at Goa Club (Rome) in 2017. 'Prepare to emerge into a musical journey filled with healing vibrations and hypnotic rhythms as we dance until the sunrise.' Facebook Event / Tickets   Words by A. Valentini   More Otaku Records: Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

WYS! this Sunday With Arapu (3 hour set) - WIN ENTRY & VINYL //CD

Sunday night clubbing is what us londoners refer to as the NEW Saturday, whether you have been partying your asses off all weekend and looking to end with the perfect tasetful mix of music and crowd OR whether you a fresh Sunday Starter, the place you want to check out is WYS! Our fav Sunday night London Party.   Competition! Win 4 free tickets + vinyl and fabric cd’s for this Sunday 11 November at fabric. Romanian rolling beats master – Arapu (Sunrise) will play and extended 3 hours set alongside WYS! head honcho’s Jacob Husley & Peter Pixzel . WYS! have been the weekly Sunday night party at fabric for more than 10 years, presenting forward thinking house and techno artists and label showcases from London and abroad. As an extension of the club night WYS! also operates as a record label with more than 26 releases under it’s belt. This year Jacob & Peter launched a sister label - WYS! limited. A limited series of vinyl only releases. WYS! 001 Primus Motor EP by Jacob Husley with remixes by S.A.M and Dubsons came out in May and has been heavily played by likes of Rarash Midland . WYS! Limited 002 VA with Peter Pixzel and Herr came out just a month ago and have also gained lots of plays and support. .Tag 3 friends you want to go with for your chance to win.Listen to this exclusive mix Arapu provided for the fabric blog earlier this week allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_442deeb6_1783877181&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/fabric/arapu-wys-promo-mix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_442deeb6_1783877181', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_442deeb6_1783877181' }); });     See you on the dancefloor!!

'Dont Follow The Hype; Follow The Good Vibes!' Vibe Anniversary Presents : UVAR Showcase

UVAR is set to do their London debut remarking Vibe London's 1st anniversary with a special 8-hour b3b set from Ada Kaleh b2b Nu Zau b2b Sepp. The event will take place at Hackney's recent addition to the London clubbing scene Studio 9294, an open-air terrace during the daytime with the beautiful canal in the scenery, then the party will move into the warehouse space from sunset until sunrise . The day-and-night event is bound to be a memorable one with the venue's terrace for the day time part. Vibe London has already throwed a reasonable number of parties in the capital hosting artists with the likes of Floog, Sepp, Nu Zau, Mahony, vlf to name a few. The next installment is their strongest lineup and no doubt on the quality sound provided over the night. Support will come from Sebastian Eric, Matje and the residents; Yuda and Amih. The Vibe crew has already made a strong impression over their first year and inviting Uvar seems like a perfect setting to honour the anniversary!  Oh, did we mention the after party? You know how it goes; Good Vibes Guaranteed. Ahead of the trios London visit, MEOKO caught up with Ada Kaleh to speak about UVAR London Debut and his future plans.  So there you go: on Nov 10th, it’s in the Wick that the good things are, so it seems. you can already book your tickets here. See you there at the front-left speakers — after-party at The Cause. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_a38f8711_435661668&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/user-525530904/vibe-podcast-008-w-ada-kaleh', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_a38f8711_435661668', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_a38f8711_435661668' }); });   1- Hello Ada, it is a great pleasure to interview you. First of all thank you for your time. How has life been treating you so far? Hey guys and gals, the pleasure is on our side! You know how it is with life, ups and downs, just like everyone else. 2-What is behind Uvar? How did you decide to join forces as a trio? The trio started all of a sudden, as a natural step forward. I did an EP for Uvar a couple of years ago, so the planning brought us together easily. Well, that and bonding by doing bad jokes on the internet. One day Gabi asked us if we want to do an Uvar showcase in Berlin, so we did it. That ended up in all three of us playing b2b. Worked like a charm, so we decided we should do this more. It's quite a special thing, so in that regard we did them in a few key places of the European scene, like Rex Club Paris, Supermarket Zurich, FUSE Brussels, Berns Stockholm and a few others, cant remember of the top of my head. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_30f704c2_1459983556&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/uvar/sets/uvar001-aprod-de-rug', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_30f704c2_1459983556', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_30f704c2_1459983556' }); });   3- Uvar London debut is coming closer. What are your expectations about it? How did the project get structured? Honestly I don't really have any expectations, we'll live and we'll see. We've all played London plenty of times already individually, some bigger events and some smaller ones, some very successful, a couple... strange. But all in all, expectations aside, we think this one is going to be quite good. Not to mention; we are going to play for an exclusive 8 hours, so better rest well until Saturday and be ready for the marathon. 4- What is your general idea about London Underground Music scene? I see it split in two very differents sides. There's the smaller but thriving side of promoters doing off events, trying to bring their favorite acts, and then there's the money driven side of super production, aggressive promotion, ultra cheesy line-ups and horrendous crowds. 5- Uvar showcase has started to take place recently. How does it feel to play as trio and play as solo? Any other events in the pipeline? For me these are two completely different sides, its like having split personality. When I play solo, I have a long term approach and dip in and out of genres, leading the crowd in certain directions. When I play with the fellas, it's much more spontaneous, as we tend to surprise eachother with of the stuff that we play. Next up, we have a Paris showcase being planned. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_a9e41172_1726787186&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/uvar/sets/uvar010-barac-when-we-see-one', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_a9e41172_1726787186', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_a9e41172_1726787186' }); });   6- What are your main inspirations when it comes to your creative process? Are there any things you could not imagine working without? Ah jeez! I have no clue how my creative process works anymore and where inspiration comes from. A few years back I thought it was nature and human interraction, now I'm not so sure about that. Well, I used to have a lot more free time back then, and I was a bit more naive. Now with the constant DJing something has changed. First of all it created a struggle between the producer side of me wanting to make odd and very musical compositions and then the DJ side comes in "saying" it has to be functional. So that creates a block that I have to get around. Then there is the time factor, its quite hard to get into a writing state when you're back home on Sunday evening or late at night, have a couple of days to decompress and then Friday you're back at it again. I mean there would be plenty of time if you wanted to do all this bullshit music of the new wave of producers, where they download a sample CD, make an arrangement and call themselves musicians, but if you want to write proper music, that needs time and patience. As I see it now, you can't be a great musician and a great DJ at the same time, you have to separate the two and do them in turns. 7- Anything else you would like to add for our readers? Don't follow the hype. Thank you again and see you all on Saturday night for a magical evening. We are all much looking forward to our London visit and celebrating Vibe's first Birthday with you all.     Words by Erchin Jon   More UVAR Facebook / Soundcloud More VIBE Facebook Facebook Event: Day&Night / After Party / Tickes More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

The Burgeoning Underground Minimal and House Movement in the Heart of Texas

  For decades, Austin’s self-proclaimed “Live music capitol of the world” motto has generously boasted both local and touring artists to global fame. The city’s counterculture and music got noticed as early as the 1960’s –- where singers and songwriters flocked to the lush Central Texas hill country to create a grittier, more lawless, and psychedelic-inspired sound that melded hippies and rednecks. These progressive sounds brought to light artists like Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson, The 13th Floor Elevators, Spoon, Explosions in the Sky and countless others.   The mid-sized city has attracted free spirits for decades. It makes sense that a state as large as Texas, which is home to over 28 million people, would give way to a micro-culture like Austin. It's the distinct attitude that enabled the Capitol to prop the early New Wave and Punk scenes in the late 70’s and early 80’s followed by an impressive lineage of Alternative and Indie Rock bands through the 90’s and early 2000’s. Yet, when it comes to dance music, the city’s contributions are anonymous compared to the far more documented histories of Detroit, New York, and Chicago. Outside of Texas, little is known about the local DJs and promoters that have been contributing to Austin’s grandiose but rooted vision to create a new canvas for emerging underground artists worldwide. House music hero Brett Johnson traces Austin’s cultivation of dance music from his early years as a DJ in Texas: “There was something special about dance music here in the late 80’s and early 90’s; being right in the center of the country afforded us access to music and DJs coming from the East and West Coast dance music scenes. Dallas had a strong house scene which was attributed to an influx of New York transplants and Austin was pushing a more euphoric warehouse sound. It’s completely understated how much was actually happening throughout Texas because everything was more or less underground at that time.”     It’s 12:30 am on Friday in the center of bustling Congress Avenue; one of the main roads that connects the city and shows off the unobstructed view of the state’s massive Capitol building. A group of exuberant young men and women artfully layered in monochromatic black attire catwalk their way into a bar. As they strut by businessmen and politicians decompressing their week’s anguishes over cocktails they illustrate the juxtaposition of the city that has cozily cohabited the concept “weird” for decades. They make their way to the back of the bar where a thin, well-groomed man sits next to a closed double doorway. After a quick exchange of friendly welcomes they walk through the doors into what feels like an air-tight room that’s shaped like a square. There’s approximately 100 people moving to the stripped-down rhythm that takes over the room. The lighting is calculated and unobtrusive. Beyond the feeling of entering into a secret party, the most overwhelming observation is the sound. It paints the space with a crisp mid-level and low-end punch. You get clarity no matter where you stand in the room. The music is a hypnotic, electro-inspired beat, which pulsates ubiquitously. The selector is one of the party’s founders and residents, a polished DJ that goes by Majiini. The mood of the party is distinct: this is an affair for refined palates. However, the air remains inviting; there’s a lack of pretension that one would typically associate with a party that esteems this level of aesthetic and production quality. There’s a maturity in the crowd that still proclaims a sense of house-party intimacy. Over the next few hours, a certain tension builds: where the crowd converts itself into initiated dancing; where the music precision begins to increase in pressure, expressing intense bursts of colors and shapes.    The production behind this event, BlackTone, is one of the most unexpected underground parties being shaped in the United States. It’s emerging in an opportune time where there’s a void to fill in Austin's currently mainstream dance music identity.  Each BlackTone event is curated under the ethos that elegance, intelligence, and community are complementary ingredients introducing Texas the forefront sounds emerging from Europe.      Behind the BlackTone concept are two charismatic figures who exude warmth and passion for niche dance music: Alejandro Joya and Jorge Castillo. Alejandro, born in San Francisco, is an energetic, approachable Honduran who grew up in Texas. As a natural conversationalist, you’d never know he’s an introvert. He has a polish and wit about him, perhaps attributed by professional life in sales, which inadvertently fuels his tenacity. Jorge, a DJ and avid vinyl collector, is an inquisitive and slightly recluse character - a perfect balance to his counterpart. Born and raised in Honduras, he moved to Austin a few years ago. Jorge is an introspective man, with a poetic way of expressing himself.  “I’m not a fan of big crowds. There’s a type of paralysis that comes from the abundance,” says Jorge. “When you have smaller amounts of people it creates the right conditions for exposure. To me, Austin feels very homey. There’s just enough going on here to open you up to new experiences without losing the sort of connection and groundedness you get when cities become too large and dense.”  Both Alejandro and Jorge emanate certain characteristics that make them uniquely qualified to introduce something different to Austin: they have a distinct Latin flare with European values and American determinism.   “For me, it’s always been a unique experience having a Honduran background and European affinity while also reconciling that I’m Texan. This third-culture kid syndrome brought out of me a desire to find ways to connect with people. Music, particularly the environments in which its experienced, was always an appealing and effective format for me to connect. I wanted to take that concept and create it here in Austin because I felt like the culture could handle it,” Alejandro shares.   The initial inspiration for BlackTone came shortly after the two friends returned from a marathon of Off-Sonar parties showcasing Perlon, Arpiar and tINI and the Gang. Frustrated by the influx of big room DJs saturating the city’s mainstream nightlife, and longing for the elevated dance music culture in Europe, they decided to organize a series of parties to present the sounds of more subtle, trip-inducing elements of house and techno. The second element that inspired BlackTone was the realization that this style of music needed to be introduced in the right type of format and environment.   Alejandro: “Most people who’ve lived here for even a short period of time know that Austin has two sides. There’s the exterior, which is for the tourists and college-town machismo party crowd. And then there’s this creative underlay. Like, you know that a lot of magic has been created in this city when it comes to music...and despite that you still have to search for it. It’s usually right around the corner but you have to keep your eyes open for it.”  Jorge: “Boundaries can be healthy. We had to create an environment that kept out the type of noise that distracts people from letting themselves be free: we want people to feel safe to be themselves and to use the right type of music to induce a level of introspection and stimulation they can’t get in most other experiences.” In most American clubs, headliners only play for two hours and the night ends abruptly due to legislation and culture. In response, they committed to work with venue owners to present the music in intimate after-party formats; typically offering four hour DJ sets (or longer) for headliners and residents.   A pairing of the BlackTone sound coupled with an elegant venue proved to be a satiating recipe. They first tested their idea by inviting a respected Honduran DJ, which was warmly validated by Austin’s locals. Supported by their friends who invited others to experience their first party, Jorge and Alejandro realized their introduction to Austin couldn’t have come at a better time.  Only a couple of months later, they decided to take a calculated gamble and organize parties showcasing the sprouting sounds of techno coming from Romania. Their first guest, Sepp, headlined and had such an incredible time that he ended up evangelizing the Austin party to other international artists. In almost no time, BlackTone began circulating in Romania and beyond, galvanizing a remarkable roster of DJs such as Gescu, Priku, Afriqua, Giammarco Orsini, Lamache, Robin Ordell, Varhat, and Christian AB.    The common thread across each party is the level of care for the artists they invite and the production consistency. Each party experience offers a unique venue tastefully decorated with lavish plants, a capacious dj booth, red lights and candles, which creates an environment and mood that invites crowds searching for sophistication with a hint of hedonism.  Jorge: “We have this vision to create a level of magic that’s obvious enough people could begin to realize it actually exists. When you do something like that, it requires both planning and improvisation, which can be difficult to pull off...but when you do you know that you’re doing something special for the world and then the world gives back to you. It’s [the world] a mirror to your perspective.”  Equally noticeable to the visual detail is the music programming and spotlight on local artists. BlackTone has cultivated a group of refined and proficient resident DJs. Most of the DJs behind BlackTone have been stewarding their own events and cultivating underground parties for years under monikers such as Movement Collective, Mind the Funk, Loopy, and others. Each of these parties are committed to pushing sounds from avant garde to minimal techno and deep house.     The DJs – Robert Roman, Carlos Varela, Chklte, Isa, and Alejandro Dozal, Majiini, and Timo Salerno – represent a lineage of talented selectors now residing in Austin from Mexico, Romania, Honduras, Texas and beyond. With record collections that span a wide range of both new and nostalgic each of these DJs possess a distinct identity when they play – the common thread being their desire to dig for and expose rare, forgotten, and fringe sounds in dance music.   Alejandro: “This might sound confident but I truly believe our local artists, the BlackTone residents and others we’ve had open or close the party, can compete with anyone. We have quality selectors who have the the type of emotional intelligence and patience it takes to understand a room and take people on a journey. I think it’s only a matter of time, and not too long from now, where our talent here will be noticed by other respectable events throughout the country.”  In a time when the world desperately needs to see more good things happening to good people, the community culminated by music and art should be one of the last environments corroded by the ego and friction that can often be found in competitive cities.   The curators behind BlackTone act like a family. Their passion for music and their love for each other is displayed by the level of dedication and planning they put into their events. BlackTone attributes their quick growth to the foundation and momentum others in the local scene have created as well as their symbiotic relationship with Movement Collective (who have also hosted both emerging and established artists such as Andrey Pushkarev, Mihai Pol and Melodie in the last year).   They’ve tapped into a cadence that offers a level of class when it comes to dance music without saturating one sound over another. Perhaps it’s the Texas sincerity that roots these events, or it’s their fortitude to create memorable experiences. Their mentality has persevered and caught the attention of larger talents as BlackTone will be partnering with NY & Barcelona based promotions company ID to host Praslesh this month.   “Everyone DJ we’ve invited here has been completely surprised by the amount of quality people in our community,” says Alejandro. “We know that we’re not offering the most luxurious or top of the line nightclub experiences compared to cities like London or Berlin, but when you have good people turning up consistently with smiles on their faces and enthusiasm for hard to find music, it makes up for it every time.”  With their focus on intimacy, quality, and hospitality BlackTone is raising their flag in a seemingly unlikely place to illustrate a remarkable model for showcasing the fringed, stripped-down sounds in dance music. They’re doing so with a touch of class that brings comfort to DIY venues, making it accessible for the uninitiated and remarkably unique for mature crowds. But most importantly is how well they’ve responded and adjusted themselves into the burgeoning community while maintaining their creative autonomy and music-first sense.  Words by  Byline author: Byline Credit: Andrei Faji   medium.com/@andreifaji Photography credit:   Steffani Garcia: www.lagidottir.us Chad Will: www.facebook.com/willfuldesignandphoto/    MORE about ID - click here  MORE about Blacktone - Click here   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Machine Dream & Ailleurs: DAN GHENACIA & ARGENIS BRITO remix

Long time French underground house hero, Dan Ghenacia and Venezuelan, Argenis Brito, deliver the third in the TONE SERIES Remix Series.  The first sees Dan take David K’s spacious, reverb heavy Machine Dream turned into a polished, dancefloor mood setter. Tight drums laced with groove, something himself and his peers know a thing or two about all too well, provide a housy, yet subtle feel throughout.          Nothing seems forced; it’s certainly an exercise in restraint from the seasoned producer. As the ever-present hypnotic hook leads the song from the front, short brass stabs, with a classic air about them, help to decorate the track. The breakdown trickles in for a short but sweet relief, before a renewed dancefloor drive returns. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_12bb8693_1280913511&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/tone_series/sets/tsrs03-dan-ghenacia-argenis-brito-remix-1', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_12bb8693_1280913511', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_12bb8693_1280913511' }); });   Records like this have and always will have a place in DJs bags when looking to set, or indeed maintain a very specific mood in a room and are likely to feature at Ghenacia's GoDEEP events. Starting out as a stripped back affair, with plenty of reverb trickery, the Agenis Brito remix takes an interesting turn from the original. The Venezualan Villalobos collaborator introduces percussion early on, infrequently accompanied by a sparse but intriguing vocal. Evolving minimal would be a an accurate description for the track, with a crisp snare helping to set the pace.      As a resident at Berlin's Club Der Visionare, for in excess of 8 years now, Agenis knows this record is likely to sit well with its regulars. Dubby stabs come into play at one point keeping things meandering nicely, at times delving into housier territory as the hi hats open up.   Words by Mitch Willings MORE AGENIS BRITO MORE Dan Ghenacia MORE MEOKO     Order links: [TSRS03] Dan Ghenacia & Argenis Brito remix  > Electron Libre Music Group: https://goo.gl/sZ6rKy > Deejay: https://goo.gl/qN4k3Z> Decks: https://goo.gl/9Ke9ie  > Juno: https://goo.gl/D1FMtv> Red Eye records: https://goo.gl/LUTZCn> Discopiu: https://goo.gl/6qtDVc> Le Disque Record Store: https://goo.gl/wHmqfR  

'I’m looking to entertain the listener more with talent and artistry versus just beats and groove.' Delano Smith Mix & Interview

Of the original crop of Detroit DJs, Delano Smith is now the last. Reflecting on house and techno without his influence would mean viewing a very different musical landscape. Coming up at a time when the world was just discovering the influence a DJ could have, Smith battled his way to the top in a tough scene full of talent. With the guidance of the late, great Ken Collier, his early sets fusing soul, disco and early electronic sounds would plant seeds in the minds of many of Detroit’s subsequent generations of house and techno. Those dancing to his sets in the late 70s and early 80s would go on to become dominant influences in first rave then global music culture. Now, the circle is closing as Delano stands shoulder to shoulder with artists he once educated. We are happy to present his MEOKO mix with an interview, discussing his upcoming projects. 1- Hi Delano, it’s a great honor, how you doing? What are you up to right now? Hello, it’s my pleasure and thanks for the opportunity!  All is well in my world, Just trying to finish my next two releases before I leave for my fall tour. 2- I hope you don’t mind going down memory lane, cause it’s not everyday I get to interview someone who’s been playing dance music since the disco days and I’d like to start with a few questions about those times. To some in this scene, Detroit might seem very removed — the music went through so many mutations since its inception. Do you see a certain continuity with what you experienced, say putting on high school parties in the late 70s, early 80s, and what’s going on now?   It’s actually a completely different world both musically and culturally. The music and the scene has morphed into something completely different from it’s humble beginnings I think. I don’t have a point of reference on how this musical revolution started in Europe, but in Detroit it started in the gay black community - then spread to straight black crowds and eventually integrated after the introduction of the Music Institute in Detroit where Derrick May and others began rolling post-Disco and early electronica. What started as Black Music primarily has now morphed into an entirely different thing spawning multiple sub genres - it’s crazy! But I like it! 3- Dance music has become a real industry in the meantime. What do you think of the evolution of the scene around you now, when you play in Europe for example? It’s more industry driven in Europe than the States. In Europe, particularly in cities like Berlin and Paris, DJ culture is alive and well and a lot of people are connected to the scene in some kind of way allowing it to thrive. There are only a few markets in the States where the scene is strong. Europeans seem more open minded to various styles where as the States is more spectacle driven in my opinion.   4- You recently said it underwent some kind of revitalization since the heydays of Club Heaven — how’s the scene like these days in Detroit?  Time has changed the musical landscape in the D. It’s nothing like it was in the old days as technology has changed the way we think and interact with the music and the club scene. Right now, thanks to promoters like Paxahau (Movement Fest) and clubs like TV Lounge and Marble Bar, they have elevated the scene here to new heights. The scene here is very strong now.  5- Speaking of which, the Detroit Sound Conservancy launched a campaign to restore Club Heaven’s soundsystem. As someone who’s lived through it, what do you think of this initiative? I think it’s great novelty, the youngsters in the scene now are not connected to it in any kind of way however- nevertheless, it would be good to have this piece of history restored though, I think it’s a good thing. Probably the only thing left in Detroit that is a directly connected to the beginning of how this all started in here. 6- More generally, how does it feel seeing things you’ve personally experience being granted historical and cultural importance? It feels like I’m old now - LOL! It reminds me of simpler times in Detroit, when DJ culture and this music was still relatively new to a lot of folks. I think it’s only nostalgia if you actually lived through it - while it’s meaningful to us - folks that lived and experienced it first hand, I’m not sure if a lot of the younger crowd actually gets it. Only DJs and serious clubbers are interested in the relics of yesteryear - what are treasures to us are like MEH to this new digital generation. But it’s all good though. 7- Can you talk about the importance of this club and his resident DJ Ken Collier for the city and you personally? How have they influenced you as a DJ to these days?  Heaven was actually Ken’s House - it was where you could hear him in his most purest form - like Levan at Paradise Garage or Hardy at the Music Box. The system was like no other in the city and was a major influence to all the after hour party concepts that followed. Ken had other residencies throughout Detroit that were just as significant in the days prior to Club Heaven. His earlier residencies where the stuff of legend as well, it’s how we all became to know and love him. He was our ambassador to this music and culture.    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_b48ca905_343377392&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/sushitech/sets/delano-smith-detroit-lost-tapes-sushitech-records', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_b48ca905_343377392', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_b48ca905_343377392' }); });   8- How would you describe the Beatdown sound you became known for? It seems to be more about a vibe than a certain music genre, right? It is more of a vibe. A stripped down vibe if you will, generally mid-tempo grooves that are soulful in nature - less electronic - more rooted in traditional House. An acquired taste.  9- You made it onto the scene with people like Norm Talley pushing that Beatdown aesthetic, do you think there’s a new generation of producers pushing that kind of sounds in Detroit? Yes, I hear it all the time and I support the artists that produce this vibe as well. It’s a timeless sound and will never get old, especially with the a lot of producers pushing DAW-Less Analog rigs now, it’s a natural organic vibe. I’ve been hearing a lot of it at home lately. 10- How’s your sound received back home, by the way? I think I’m still relatively underground in Detroit to the new generation, still new to the younger generation until they hear me or do a bit of research.. nothing like Europe though where my biggest market is. But thats the nature of things in the business now, loved more abroad than at home. I’ve accepted that fact. 11- I’ve heard you say you were making music for the clubs, which is a very DJ approach to it. Do you go out, whether you’re home in Detroit or when you’re in Europe, to sort of keep a finger on the pulse of the club scene? Sure! I go out, listen to podcasts, stream DJ mixes on Soundcloud, YouTube, Be-At TV etc. in order to stay relevant you have to stay connected to the scene and adapt to it if you want to keep working.  Plus, I enjoy watching and hearing other artists perform. 12- Your music remains obviously catered for the dancefloor, but after all those years, has your approach to production evolved? Yes, somewhat. I’m longing for more musical elements in my sound now, more changes and progressions. I think this comes from age and attempting to escape monotony. I’m looking to entertain the listener more with talent and artistry versus just beats and groove.  13- From what do you draw inspiration then, when you produce back home, so removed from the club environment?  Thats a good one, and it’s hard to really say as it’s a variety of things. But I generally go in with some sort of concept as to what type of track this will be and go from there. I rarely just off the cuff starting with beat - bass- hat - etc.   14- Do you have any favourite clubs or parties to play? YES. Paris is always fun, particularly Concrete (Rex too). Berlin is a great city too, but technically I’d have to say Contact in Tokyo is probably my favorite.   15- How did Europe and your success as a DJ it came to signify come to you? — you being first booked at Panorama Bar, your connections with Third Ear, now Sushitech…  Probably when I realized that I no longer needed a regular day job, when I realized that this was a sustainable career - now it’s serious and I no longer think of myself as just a DJ. 16- You released a new record on your own Mixmode Recordings after a 4-year hiatus for the label. What led you to re-launch it? I decided to take a break from working with Sushitech as it monopolized mostly all of my production time with touring and all. That sound was working for me for years so I totally engulfed my energy into those projects. After the Lost Tapes album I decided to take a break from that sound and get back to some good ole House. I’m more inspired than ever now and have a lot of music that I will be releasing on the Mixmode label. 17- And what’s in the works for you, DJ-wise or personally? I’m actually preparing to include some live elements in my DJ sets now, using a sampler, Drum machine and perhaps a bass synths to add some variety and perhaps doing a full blown live show. I will let you guys know when that's ready. 18- We’re super happy to host this mix, how do you feel about podcasts? Did you try to convey anything different from what you’d do in a club? Yes. It’s generally peak time when I play at clubs so I have to try an keep the energy level up and the crowd dancing and entertained. With podcast mixes, I can chill out bit - to me - it’s more of a listening experience. I try to entertain the listener with down-mid tempo grooves. Although you can still dance, I feel it’s a way to introduce another side of my DJing - rather than just playing bangers for 2 hours.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Delano Smith  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

ADE MEOKO Picks 2018

The awaited October yearly appointment with the Amsterdam Dance Event is coming closer. We picked some of our favourite upcoming events happening in the Dutch capital during the magnificent week. The Tribe invites Yoyaku For this year’s edition of ADE, Nijmegen crew 'The Tribe’ invited the renowned Yoyaku collective for a 22hour sonic-adventure happening in two different venues, starting 20th of October 10pm (22:00pm-06:00am) and rounding off the enduring weekend on Sunday, the 21st of October. (07:00am-22:00pm) The first, nighttime, event feels just as exciting; planned at the more intimate BRET venue, a red construction made of sea containers, the party will include the brilliant live set by Oshana and a back to back between Varhat and Janeret, as well as Roger Gerressen, member of both the Yoyaku roster and The Tribe crew, and Children of Vails, a Tribe cornerstone from the very beginning. The after-party, starts at 7 AM at Radion Amsterdam and goes on for the whole daytime. The event showcases a stellar line-up, recent addition to the Yoyaku roster and experienced act Maayan Nidam headlines the event, together with the micro-house masters Zendid and a special back to back between Lamache and Lowris. The line-up is topped up by The Tribe’s residents Christoffer Zaza and Doris Nicholas. The collaboration between these two collectives in two of Amsterdam’s most distinguished venues promises to deliver an outstanding party sequence that is impossible to miss for any underground scene follower attending ADE this year.   Saturday 20st October (NIGHT): https://www.facebook.com/events/2151911488366125/ Sunday 21st October (DAY): https://www.facebook.com/events/972855086207369/ VBX Amsterdam based organization VBX is well-known for delivering top-notch parties, with superior line-ups and jaw-dropping locations. Their ADE program this year includes four events which are just one-up each other. Their program starts off on Thursday 18th October by hosting TiNi and the Gang at Bret. The experienced German party-starting DJ will perform a B2B with French talent Molly. The next day sees a massive line-up preparing the Warehouse Elementenstraat for an unforgettable party, involving Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Zip, Sonja Moonear, Steve Rachmad, Nicolas Lutz and Spokenn (Ferro & Reiss), all playing in the industrial setting that characterizes this exceptional venue. And the party continues in the morning, moving back once again to Bret until the late afternoon hours of the next day. Finally, Saturday’s party is no less interesting. Romanian gurus Praslesh (Raresh & Praslea) lead the line up together with Fumiya Tanaka and Francesco Del Garda at Shelter, for an ending to the VBX series which promises the finest selections. Links: Thursday 18th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/457051304757897/ Friday 19th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/667425426944788/ Saturday 20th October (DAY): https://www.facebook.com/events/518283178591976/ Saturday 20th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/375309529539655/ Into The Woods Into The Woods will be back at NDSM this year with two daytime parties on Friday and Saturday. A former shipyard located in Amsterdam Noord, NDSM blossomed into a cultural hotspot and became one of the favourites picks for big electronic music events in the Dutch capital. Music will range from hard techno to funky house, with a vast line-up including KiNK, Red Axes, Optimo, Paula Temple, Move D and Roman Flugel, among others. Friday 19th October & Saturday 20th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/183374698916341/ Afterlife On Saturday Afterlife will present its first 24 hours party at Warehouse Elementenstraat. For this year’s edition of ADE, the Tale Of Us label curated two rooms to encompass what their vision is all about; beginning Saturday at 2 PM and finishing at the same time on the next day, the line-up includes a special B2B between Solomon and Dixon, Mind Against, Adriatique, but also live sets from Recondite, Mathew Jonson and Agents of Time, to name a few. A must-go for the fans of the label. Saturday 20th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/2213355955565968/ Jack x Toi Toi Musik Jack is a new club which opened in the South part of the city, celebrating diversity, creativity and forward-thinking electronic dance music. On Friday, we recommend their party with Toi Toi Musik, including music from Herodot, Vinyl Speed Adjust, Losoul and Sanja. The party will go until early hours for a mesmerizing afterhour session. Friday 19th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/269881740276096/ ADE Hangover On Sunday afternoon, ADE will also provide a free entrance “ADE hangover” session at NDSM to cure your headache and finally get some rest. The venue will provide chilled music and healthy food & fresh drinks, but also a vinyl market and art installations for those who will still be able to stand up. Link: Sunday 21st October: https://www.facebook.com/events/2400084340003537/ We wish you all a splendid ADE this year and hope our paths will cross on the dance floor!   Words by Giovanni Bodrato   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

THE TRIBE INVITES YOYAKU | ADE

The awaited October yearly appointment with the Amsterdam Dance Event is coming closer. For this year’s edition of ADE, Nijmegen crew 'The Tribe’ invited the renowned Yoyaku collective for a 22hour sonic-adventure happening in two different venues, starting 20th of October 10pm (22:00pm-06:00am) and rounding off the enduring weekend on Sunday, the 21st of October. (07:00am-22:00pm) The first event is planned at the intimate BRET venue, a red construction made of sea containers. The party will include the brilliant live set by Oshana and a back to back between Varhat and Janeret, as well as Roger Gerressen, member of both the Yoyaku roster and The Tribe crew, a duo, Children of Vails, a Tribe cornerstone from the very beginning. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_7dd3d5a9_1316020898&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-janeret', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7dd3d5a9_1316020898', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7dd3d5a9_1316020898' }); });   The after-party(21st Oct), starts at 7 AM at Radion Amsterdam and goes on for the whole daytimeand feels just as exciting. The event showcases a stellar line-up, recent addition to the Yoyaku roster and experienced act Maayan Nidam headlines the event, together with the micro-house masters Zendid and a special back to back between Lamache and Lowris. The line-up is topped up by The Tribe’s residents Christoffer Zaza and Doris Nicholas. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_f0c46e10_864765259&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-roger-gerressen', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_f0c46e10_864765259', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_f0c46e10_864765259' }); });   The collaboration between these two collectives in two of Amsterdam’s most distinguished venues promises to deliver an unforgettable party sequence that is impossible to miss for any underground scene follower attending ADE this year. We hope our paths will cross on the dance floor! FB Events: Saturday 20th October (NIGHT)Sunday 21st October (DAY)   More The Tribe - Yoyaku More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Legends 10th Edition w/ Fumiya Tanaka

This October 13 remarks Legends' 10h edition; Created by a bunch of friends in Uruguay, Punta del Este, host city of the South American summer. Legends comes with the dream of bringing true legends from the underground world scene of electronic music. Taking South American landscapes as inspiration, the open space where the festival takes place represents the typical natural places of the beloved land. It has a vast green tree surrounded space and a lake from where you can appreciate the Uruguayan sunrise itself. Guests can develop during the time the festival lasts with multiple recreational activities, of course, in addition to listening to the unique artists presented. These last 4 years the crew hosted artists with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Raresh, Audiowerner, Argenis Brito, Losoul, Herodot to name a few. Already 8 months have passed since the last edition of Legends taking place in March with the participation of Nekes, Robin Ordell, Guillermo de Caminos and the farewell of the favorite couple Vale Volpe & Manglus before going on tour in Europe in a b2b alliance. As the spring season fastly approaches, the tenth edition will be the Uruguay debut of the Japanese legend Fumiya Tanaka, together with another Japanese artist, Yoske. To add more, the new ArgentinIan promise Lautaro Scavuzzo will be playing for alogside the resident dj Manglus after the return of his extensive tour. For the 4 years aniversary Legends crew are proud of announce the Happy New Year Legends festival for the first time.This new proposal is coming to spend the end of the year among friends dancing under the sky in a 2 day festival format where 12 invited artists from all over the world will play. The whole line up will be made known as the festival approaches us. One thing which is clear to predict is that one of the headliners will be Audiowerner with his first live set presentation in South America. So we suggest you start to get prepared for this special occasion where you all are invited to participate!   More Legends; Facebook / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview: Decay Records Five Year Anniversary

This November London based Decay Records celebrate 5 amazing years of sharing beautiful music amongst likeminded people, carrying their passion for delivering high quality dubby grooves. Moving the entirety of the focus away from trends and hype, showing faith in music they believe in. Saturday 3rd November the Decay family have curated an intimate affair underneath the arches of, Rolling Stock. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_54288703&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-cb-mix-2018', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_54288703', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_54288703' }); });   The artists on offer on the night fully live up to the expectation of an occasion such as this, seeing old friends and new artists come together. Christian Burkhardt will be bringing his live performance to the heart of Shoreditch. Someone who does not need much introduction, due to his reputation for slaving away immersing himself amongst his technology. Whether working on other parties releases or on his own personal imprint, Burkhardt’s inner ability to create a groove remains at the forefront. A live and rare set amongst this intimacy means this will surely be one for the books. Two back-to-back sets will be taking place on the anniversary including Romanian maestro Mihai Popoviciu and house production machine, James Dexter. Both artists will bring their flavours together, with only one possible outcome. Music to make you move. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_89476081_1940692199&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/mihai-popoviciu-meoko-podcast-161', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_89476081_1940692199', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_89476081_1940692199' }); });   The second back to back comes from the brains behind it all, Davide Decay and Max. Davide saw a vision five years ago, and it was called Decay records, and for him to share his music on this milestone will be special within itself. Featuring alongside friend of the camp, Max. Rounding off the bill will be Lenka and Sagia. A concoction of sounds, to create a vibe we have become so familiar with from the Decay Records team over the years, an evening of friends old and new coming together. Hope to see you under the arches!   More Decay Records; Facebook / Soundcloud / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

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

With meticulous dedication to his unique studio productions and versatile DJ sets, Voigtmann quickly gained popularity in the underground party scene and acquired the respect of his peers. After completing his mission with his previous label and party series Toi Toi Musik, Voigtmann went off seeking new musical challenges with the label Subsequent, on which he is releasing his debut LP ‘Sublunary’ this September. His new brilliant podcast for Meoko is dreamy and ingenious; the one-hour recording evolves in a truly natural way touching various influences from micro-house to UK garage, and feels like the perfect soundtrack for morning sunrise after a heavy night out. We are happy to present his MEOKO mix with an interview, discussing his new record and upcoming projects. 1- Hi Claus! First of all, thank you for the mix and for taking the time for the interview. This month Subsequent is releasing your mesmerizing full-length debut album “Sublunary”, which got support from the likes of Zip, Ricardo Villalobos and Sonja Moonear, to name a few. How did the record come to life? What is the concept behind it? Hi Meoko! Firstly, thank you for the interview and glad to be back on your lovely series. In regards to the album, I believe it should be defined by the music on the two black slabs rather than by the people who support it. I think it’s an old-fashioned way of defining quality. Yes, I am happy I got the support, but new people with new ideas are on the rise and always falling back on to the same 4 people for definition is pretty boring and I believe they aren’t comfortable with that either, they are just like us, doing what they love. The decision to make an album came about because I felt very comfortable in my studio. I had the best setup I could imagine in my little room and also felt I knew where I am going to take the album style-wise. I always knew I wanted to keep my debut album as classy as possible. The word ‘timeless’ is overused but I wanted to be able to look back in a few years and still be able to listen back without cringing. Halfway through writing it, I realized that I literally don't care if people like it or not. I fell in love with the process. As an artist, you are ideally maneuvering outside your comfort zone, hence you are instantly faced with judgment from other people. The process of writing the album showed me that the result isn’t the main focus. For me, the beauty is in the process of writing and the amount of thought that went into it. Along the way, my sound changed to something wider, more grown up, more technical. I tried to circumnavigate any trend and really establish a very own body of work. 2- The LP features club sounds ranging from minimal house to techno and breakbeat but also presents an elegant touch in the style that feels closer to ambient music. Can we expect more of this coming from you? I always had an affinity for sounds outside of house and techno… For instance, I have been collecting 70’s funk records for years now. It’s beautiful NOT to work result-oriented in the studio and just see what comes out… Sometimes it’s really weird stuff, sometimes it’s beautiful ambient pieces. I am planning to seek different challenges outside the 4/4 under different aliases next year… For example venture into broken beats/future jazz under V-Man (who would have thunk). I feel, I fulfilled a first milestone with the album and I am now open to all kind of influences. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_d23355b2_1791187581&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/subsequent-2/sets/subln001-voigtmann-sublunary-snippets', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_d23355b2_1791187581', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_d23355b2_1791187581' }); });   3- The album shows impressive and versatile production skills. How did your studio set up evolve in the last few years? Can you name a piece of gear which was especially used for this record? Thank you very much. The studio evolved more and more towards an analog side. I added drum machines and synths I love and could not live without anymore. The album heavily features the Analog Rhythm, The Oberheim OB6, and my computer. I do a lot of textures and the entire arrangement in Ableton while all the rhythm section and the main melody elements are analog. The digital bits sit very naturally behind the analog bits. It’s the best combination for me. 4- Can you tell us about the development of your DJ career in the last few years? I am very proud and happy where I got to, mainly in the last year. I broke free from some chains and expectations holding me back. I also overcame the whole digger mentality; before I tried to fit into what everyone was doing and as an effect, I would sound similar. It’s bonkers, sometimes I felt I have to perform only for the chin scratchers on the floor. I couldn’t care anymore, my aim is to spread positivity on the floor and make people dance, dance happily, dance wildly, dance weirdly. My DJ sets got a lot more energetic but less heavy if that makes sense. The funny thing is that by simply being yourself you present a unique style already, you dig for your own style, you are unique. Once this penny dropped in my head I feel complete freedom behind the booth, playing an old vocal house track and bits I would have never touched before…it’s very liberating. Try it. 5- This Saturday you will be playing at the fourth birthday party of Oscuro in London. What is special about it compared to otherplaces? The boys are doing a great job and pulled together a top-notch lineup. I played for them before and just feel my music is very well-received. I am succumbing a lot more UK influences these days and I feel the Oscuro crowd embraces that. 6- Can you share your highlight from summer 2018? Houghton, Houghton, Houghton. 7- How would you describe your new mix for Meoko? All my recent mixes were very fast and energetic, this time I wanted to create a very slow-evolving, unpretentious afterhours mix with simply a lot of unreleased material and tracks that I consider great music. No need to cram a mix full of the weirdest tracks you know, I find it quite relaxing just listen to the music evolve in one flow. 8- Do you have any other upcoming plans or projects you wish to share with the Meoko readers? I am off to my beloved South America for a two-weekend tour. I had a studio break for a couple of months after the album but from October onwards, I will shift my attention back to the production/studio life. My book is filled with EPs and remixes this year so I will work through them and simply be a happy (V)man in my little studio. I plan to be positive and happy.  See you on Saturday at 4 Years of Oscuro. Words by Giovanni Bodrato   MoreVoigtmann: Facebook  / Soundcloud More Oscuro: Oscuro London - Facebook Event - Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Ready For The Next Epizode: E³ Second Artist Announcement

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