After a mammoth 12 hour set with Boiler Room, with fans tuning in from all corners of the globe to get a peak at Derek’s intriguing approach to his day long selection, we caught up with the man himself for a Not So Serious interview after his not so serious set. The first man to get his children involved in Boiler Room – he sent a message to the world of music. Family techno is acceptable and music should be appreciated with no boundaries from all age groups. Truly encouraging footage for music heads and an inspirational day to see fully rigged hardware and a vast record selection in front of what looked like a New York terrace side crèche above the famous Bunker club. It is of credit to Plaslaiko and his reputation for being a true gent that presenting him with a selection of slightly inappropriate questions he managed to twist answers into something civilized. Take a look….
What is your favourite sound?
Well, for the past 20 years or so it's been pretty much any sound made from a Roland TB-303. But, that all changed in April when I heard my son Elliott giggle for the first time.
Your favourite Detroit techno track?
The first 2 that popped in my head were Model 500's "No U.F.O.s" and Rhythim is Rhythim's "Icon", so I'll go with those. Both of them never get old, and rarely leave my crate.
The craziest party you’ve ever played in the 90s in Detroit?
There really are too many to list, but 1 always sticks out. There was a party called "It Don't Quit". It was a 2 room party, and Keith Kemp & I were set to play in the 2nd room along with a couple other people. Basically, the party was in the middle of Summer and there was zero ventilation in the 2nd room. Not much for the main room, either. I still have never witnessed extreme heat like this at any other party I have ever been to, or played at. We had brought a little box fan with us when we found out there were no fans there at all, and at the end of the night the blades on this thing were warped to the point that they looked melted into a swirl fashion. It shut down at some point in the night, but I'm sure it wasn't making much of a difference anyways. The main room of the party had lots of crazy stories that you might expect in from an over-the-top extremely hot renegade party in the warehouse district of Detroit: fights, sex on pool tables, etc. However, I never saw any of that because at some point, I think Keith decided it was too hot in our room and left me up there to play by myself... which I did for hours. I had to wring my shirt out every 10 minutes because I was POURING sweat all over the mixer, as well as my records. Not many people stayed in the room for a very long time, but many *did* come back in every 15-20 to check on me as if to say "is Derek *really* still playing up there!??". Mark Walls, a now really great friend of mine (I don't think we were quite as close before that night) nicknamed me "Robo DJ" because I refused to stop playing in a room where nearly *anyone* would have (or in this case should have) stopped playing, or maybe wouldn't have played in the first place. It truly was *the* single hottest party ever.
The best night at The Bunker this year was…
Unfortunately, I am not qualified to answer that question properly. I have only played 1 Bunker this year due to me taking time off from travelling to do the stay-at-home dad thing. I'd say that's been one of the hardest parts of my decision to do so. But, now that Elliott is getting to an age where we can have a couple friends help us out here and there, I can resume a somewhat reasonable touring schedule. So, maybe I could answer that question better next year. :)
If you could choose one guest DJ to play at The Bunker (alive or dead) who would it be?
While I feel it's important to know that I don't really have much of a say as to who Bryan books for Bunker, I'm quite sure his feelings would be mutual on this one: Autechre. Live, DJ, guest chefs... whatever they want.
If you could turn The Bunker into a kindergarten, would you?
Hahahah, nawwww. Most of those nights get way too messy.
Imagine you were a Hip Hop producer instead of a DJ… what would you call your artist name?
If you could put together a rock band, members would include…
If it were actually possible, I would rather acquire a time machine and transport the 1968 - 1972 era of The Rolling Stones here to present day. I'd keep them around until their 1974, then repeat process.
Who is your most surprising doppleganger?
Dustin Diamond (the guy who played Screech on "Saved By The Bell")
Who would you rather be? Jonah Hill or The Dude?
I would have to say The Dude mostly because Jeff Bridges also played Flynn in Tron.
If you had to pick three tracks for your life soundtrack, what would they be?
This is an ever changing answer, but currently I would have to say "Only Tomorrow" by My Bloody Valentine, "Wild Good Chase" by Dark Dark Dark and "In Wearable Hertz" by Leisure Muffin.
If you were given 100 bucks to cut your locks, would you do it?
Probably not. I'm not a very vain person, but I would just look way too silly with a shaved head.
What can you do for 10 hours straight (other than play a Boiler room set)? [EDIT: 12 hours straight!]
Watch episodes of The West Wing.
Would you rather play a set on rollerblades or heels?
Gonna have to go with rollerblades on this one. I don't know how women can handle wearing heels!
If you had to choose one DJ superpower that you don’t already have, what would it be?
I would say the power to play anything I want, whenever I want, and have people still respond positively.
Catch Derek playing next at Tresor, Berlin, for "Tresor Presents Perc Trax Vs Pole Group" on the 24th of October.
Tresor: Perc Trax vs. Pole GroupLive & DJ: Exium (Pole Group/ DE)Derek Plaslaiko (Perc Trax/ Berlin)Kwartz (Pole Group/ ES) +4Bar: Fragil Raphaël (Fragil/ Paris) Live: Anna Otto (Berlin) Bluereed aka Myako (Fragil, Comfortzone/ Paris) Rouge Mécanique (Rekids/ Berlin)
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THE PLAYGROUND vs. GENERATE Saturday 18th October KOKO 10pm – 4am
Line up: Leftfield (DJ), Model 500 (live), A Guy Called Gerald (live), DJ Hell, Troy Pierce, iTAL tEK, Mixhell (live)
Camden's iconic theatre venue KOKO plays host once again to The Playground crew who bring their party in partnership with groundbreaking AV App Generate. On the musical side of things Leftfield headline with a DJ set, an act who have been pushing the genre boundaries since the 1990s, releasing LPs like their debut “Leftism” that have gone on to become some of the most influential records in electronic music.
Techno king Juan Atkins also plays a live set under his Model 500 guise which will introduce an array of interesting analogue hardware to the table for the synth-lovers out there. Known for being one of the Belleville Three and often touted as the Godfather of Techno, Atkins began recording as Model 500 in 1985 and the group’s current line up includes Mark Taylor, Mike Banks and Milton Baldwin.
Another pioneer of the electronic scene is A Guy Called Gerald who cultivated the birth of acid house. A veteran of the scene, he is an artist who has continued to take his work around the world and whose work has truly left an indelible mark on dance culture. Timeless classics like "Voodoo Ray" will forever cement Gerald's position in the creation of the acid house sound.
Troy Pierce of Items and Things will serve up some stripped down minimal techno that the label has become synonymous with. Elsewhere DJ Hell (Germany) and Mixhell (Brazil) collaborate in live show fusing processed beats and drums to create a hellish volley of sounds.
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By Geoffrey Chang
Line up: Just Be, Simon Baker b2b Geddes, Sam Divine, Mark Jenkyns, Man Without a Clue, SG. Lewis
Fresh from a store takeover at BOXPARK with booming clothing company Millionhands, The Qube Project presents their launch night of their new QubeOne series on Saturday looking to shake things up in west London’s clubbing scene. Having started life as a pop-up in February of this year, The Qube Project hosted a handful of parties featuring the likes of Martin Buttrich, Nick Curly and Derrick Carter.
Building upon that success, the organisers promise to bring a 360-degree clubbing experience each weekend across three rooms in their new permanent location in the heart of Victoria. The new venue which lies where Pacha once stood combines 3D mapping and high-spec visual displays to create an all-sensory clubbing experience where partygoers can really lose themselves.
The Grande Launch is headlined by the experienced Just Be of Layo & Bushwacka whose continual evolution from his initial acid house origins to express himself under several different monikers has taken him around the clubbing circuit clocking up appearances in Ibiza’s Amnesia, Space and DC10. He has an EP called “The Magic Rock” that is being released on Seth Troxler’s new imprint, Say It Play It, which he is sure to test out on Saturday night.
Simon Baker, who is playing a special back-to-back with fellow London stalwart Geddes, has also been making waves recently with his latest rework of “Plastik” out on Kompakt. Sam Divine from Defected will bring out the more melodic side of house while the youthful SG Lewis will warm up with some sprightly house.
The Qube Project looks set to become the latest dynamic night spot to cater to for this part of the capital, away from the established ends of East London. Check out their video teaser here!
By Geoffrey Chang
Discobar proudly presents their launching party in London to celebrate the first release of the label. A nice way to open what will be a fantastic series of music and parties, put together by Toi Toi member and rising dj Lamache, and Guillaume Tallieu. If any reflection of the first release, the discobar guys will continue to provide. A technically elegant selection of artists for their first event and the East London venue can expect a storm of basement material and a seamless audible journey. The creators will be playing role as Discobar residents along with Odd Soul amongst the likes the The Mole and Marc Schneider. Between them and their knowledge of dance music, cutting edge house techno and memorable performances will be the forefront of the parties to follow.
The Mole has sat amongst some of the most respected djs and prodcuers for a long while with releases on the likes of Perlon and countless killer performances at some of the best underground parties. His name holds resonance in the small sphere of djs and artists who's knowledge runs deeper into the DJ's DJ's. Based in the cultural Canadian capital, Montreal, his English and French roots see him playing across Europe in some of the greatest venues. The experimental man, sometimes known to play on up to 5 turntables simultaneously, in what he explains to be an expiremental psychedllic experience, always offers something different with such an extensive knowledge and understanding of music. Sure to raise the roof of the Discobar party celebrating their new release in style.
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Another very special guest - The man who influences the influencers. Marc Schneider of Hamburg, technical genius, eclectic performer and all round good guy, has done wonders for the scene over the past decade collecting music and compiling seamless hours of careful selection in some of the best most unassuming venues in the world. An elusive talent who has maintained his mystery, staying true to underground while remaining somewhat of a figure head for the heads and local Berliners. Now a recent addition to Circus Company, which will put him firmly in the deserved lime light - One of the renowned talents and unsung heroes graces London with what will undoubtedly be a special performance. His sets build from a deep place and his knowledge in dance music is evidently vast – a guest not to be missed. He is the DJ’s DJ.
With such a strong selection it is clear that Discobar are here to stay and have a clear appreciation for impressionable sounds and appreciation of sub genres within dance music. DON’T MISS THIS PARTY. MEOKO TIP!!
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MEOKO has been digging deep to bring you the best in up and coming brands and designers for the coolest unique creations out there. Each brand representing positivity,creativity and a fun and friendly vibe, to tie in with what we stand for here at MEOKO. Over the coming weeks we’ll be presenting some our favourites, as well as some fresh undiscovered talents for you to feast your eyes over.
This week we speak to Wild Buffalo and Robe Unfold, a brand who in it’s early days is hitting the ground running. Responsible for cladding the neck and head of DJs who are not adverse to a bit of sparkle, next time you see Jamie Jones, Laura Jones, Damien Lazarus and anyone else head bopping in reflective headgear in the DJ booth and beyond, chances are it is Wild Buffalo and Robe Unfold who has provided the snoods!
Wild Buffalo and Robe Unfold is the brainchild of Mario Matos, who using his experience of years in fashion retail decided to make the leap into his own range with a unique outlook:
‘To achieve a ludicrous dream of a brand that not only appeals to some but offers a place where people could truly have a sense of ownership, rather than just working for a company/brand who's views are totally self-centred’
With such a dream it only makes sense that those being the first to champion the brand are not those stuck in a corporate bubble, but the free spirited party souls with a similar outlook.
We spoke to Mario to find out more about the thinking behind his new creation, and judging by the reaction so far, this is one that is here to stay.
Where did the name ‘Wild Buffalo and Robe Unfold’ come from and how did the brand come to be?
The name is inspired by the chief of a Native American tribe Amahami ,According to tribal history, the Amahami had always lived along the upper Missouri River, they were a peaceful tribe who dedicated their time looking after the land and trading with other tribes the Amahami Chief was Tatuckcoprinreha (White Buffalo Robe Unfolded) after reading about them I felt a connection with them and the English name of the chief just stayed in my mind and as the brand started to take shape I was drawn to his name more and more, in the end Wild Buffalo and Robe Unfold just popped up and here we are. How does it feel to be wearing a WBRU snood? My hope is that when people wear a WBRU snood they will feel like they are dressing a part of their personality and showing the world that they are here to have fun, that is why our ethos is: Be the change you want to see " Gangdhi"
Are there any plans to expand into other sequined goodies or will you only be producing headwear? We will definitely be expanding the range beyond snoods as we continue to grow, but for the time being I'm already developing a winter version of the snood and I'm talks with an amazing super creative Spanish designer to create a super exclusive limited edition of the snood! In time I hope to have a full collection that will include a full men's and women's range in the not so distant future.
How can we purchase a snood for ourselves? At present the snoods can be found at www.boutiquecamping.com Keep an eye on www.wbru.co.uk for updates on what's coming out and what's new with us.
Wild Buffalo and Robe Unfold are kindly giving away an awesome snood to one lucky reader! To be in with a chance of winning, then email
with the subject title 'Wild Buffalo' and tell us where you would like to voyage with your tribe wearing a super sparkly snood.
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'Under the MEOKO Microscope' is a feature series on MEOKO where we bring you new and emerging talents that are breaking through.
Dee Bufato is certainly an artist to keep an eye (and ears) on. Hailing from Brazil, his productions and DJ sets are filled with mysteriousness and emotion. It is obvious he has that passion for music. Addicted to collecting and mixing vinyls, his track selections are enviable. Both a DJ and a producer, Dee showcases his micro house sounds through a set and a track for Romanian label, Tzinah Records. He released an EP, ‘Avenue du Parc' on Not For Us Records, which has been remixed by producers Ney Faustini, Blagoj Rambabov and Dubshape. He tickles your ears silly as he manipulates electronic sounds in his latest album with well-renowned Brazilian producer, Bmind, titled ‘Yemj’ and released on Archipel, a minimal techno label, which includes artists such as Rudolph from Birdsmakingmachine, and Kozber from Toi Toi Musik. He is currently playing around Europe, such as Chalet in Berlin, to showcase his strange, dark and strong sets, but very humbly, just as his personality shows. MEOKO caught up with Dee to find out more about his music and himself.
You grew up in Brazil and you are living there permanently. Where do you like playing the most in Brazil?
Independent parties are always a good place to play. People are more open to music, and they are there mostly for this reason. But of course it's also good to play in a club with a great soundsystem such as D-edge.
Do you plan to keep Brazil as your base?
At the moment I think I'm staying in Brazil to focus on my own productions, but moving to Europe is still an option for the future.
You are a resident for Brazil’s group, WAN (Without a Name) and made their second ever podcast. Can you describe your relationship with this group?
This is a group focused on music discussions. It's mainly composed by brazilian artists, promoters and journalists. The main idea is to promote local artists.
We established a good connection since the beginning. They are nice people, really interested in music and I hope they keep their eyes and ears open for good artists.
How did you start DJing and producing? Which one came first?
From 2005 to 2007 I had been following my friend DJing in the best clubs of São Paulo. Then I got really interested in DJing and also interested in knowing how the music on those records he was playing were being produced. It took me a while... I started DJing first, around 2008/ 2009.
Can you describe how you feel when you mix two vinyls?
I feel really involved and connected to the music. Playing with vinyls is a pleasure.
You once said that you would like your music to make people dance, and more. What reaction are you looking to get from your music?
Actually I want to make people feel better, pleasure them, surprise them...
You blend micro house with techno. Why micro house and why techno?
Micro house is kind of dry but it still makes you dance. And I consider that techno is the base of everything.
You released your track, “Nona” on Romanian label, Tzinah. What attracts you to the Romanian sound?
Their music is subtle, rhythmatic and deep in the real meaning of the word.
Your EP, “Yemj” released on Archipel is an adventurous journey into the jungle. Where were you when you produced this EP, and what influenced your sounds?
I produced this EP with my friend "Bmind". I spent some weeks at his studio in the countryside far from the city, nearby the mountains and connected with nature. Bmind is a very spiritual person and his studio is in a blessed place, I’d say. The mountains and nature guided us into a different dimension.
You mentioned this year you are working on collaborations. Is there a particular reason for this? What do you prefer? Collabs or going solo?
I'm still developing my own style, so my solo productions are kept to myself and close friends. I'll release them when I feel I can contribute with something really interesting. It's been good to produce with other people.
It depends. Sometimes I prefer to produce alone, and sometimes I prefer collabs, but they have to be done with people which I really feel comfortable to produce with.
You are travelling around Europe now. How has it been so far? What gigs have you played and will play during your trip?
It's been amazing. I played at Chalet and also on 31337 Records Show Case in berlin. I realised that here, people are more relaxed when they go to the clubs, so the relationship between artist and the public is easier, which is better for the DJ and also for themselves.
What can we expect from you in the near and far future?
I'm still experimenting a lot and developing my own music. I also bought a new drum machine that I have been searching for a long time. So you can expect some different tracks as I follow this particular path. Oh... and also more white hair on my head for sure.
Thanks for doing an exclusive Meoko mix for us! What are some of your highlights in this mix?
The new Ruta5 by Sonja Moonear and also the track by Diogo Magalhães which is special to me for many reasons. Thank you for the trust, guys. See you soon.
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19/10/1407.00 – 03.00 [20hrs]Tolhuistuin, AmsterdamSunday ADE closing
Line-up / Room 1: Mystery guest, The Mole, Mr. Ties, Dungeon Meat, Djebali, Lazare Hoche, Beesmunt Soundsystem, Ferro, Samuel Deep, Malin Genie, Anil Aras, Tettero, Larry de Kat
/ Room 2: Reiss, Avos, Nomads Soundsystem aka Mailman vs Paco vs Mulla, Lumiere vs Guy Gravier, L'Atelier, Dickson & Aike, Sam Azami
The team at MEOKO HQ is immensely proud to present a huge 20-hour marathon of quality music at the biggest dance music celebration that is ADE in association with VBX, SlapFunk and Natives. It is a true representation of the forward thinking music and underground clubbing lifestyle we love to champion. There is no shortage of talent on display during the gruelling stint at Amsterdam’s hippest venue Tolhuistuin. Proceedings kick off at 7am giving an indication of what kind of hedonism to expect. There is sure to be a spill over of after-party heads from the previous Saturday, combined with a handful of early risers looking to see out their ADE experience in style and power through into Monday morning.
Located across the canal the other side of the iconic Central Station in the constantly regenerating Noord district of Amsterdam, the venue has been carefully selected to serve as the platform for the 20-hours of musical mayhem. Tolhuistuin is planted on the former science campus of Shell on the IJ riverbank, accessible by ferry from the central station. It is the perfect post-industrial docklands venue for this ADE closing party in an up and coming quarter of the city. Equipped with a bespoke soundsystem, earplugs are recommended for the full marathon…The hub of locomotive activity is set be countered by the beautiful racket produced by the diverse line up of DJs. Don’t expect any rumbling trains to be heard...
Fresh from playing a back-to-back with Hunee in London, Mr. Ties will join Canadian DJ The Mole in Room 1 spinning their expert blend of quality deep house. Representing the UK is Dungeon Meat who will mix things up with their brazen bass leaning house. From France comes the groove maestro Djebali and Lazare Hoche will bring his fresh take on old school house and disco cuts to the floor while Dutch native and label boss of SlapFunk, Larry de Kat, brings home the funky grooves in Room 1 amongst others. The headliner is yet to be announced, the only clue being that they hail from the USA. That’s just Room 1 – the music is spread across a second room which is packed out with local favourites including Reiss, Avos, L'Atelier and Dickson & Aike.This will be a party free of boundaries for Dutch locals and like-minded ravers from all over Europe and beyond. There has never been a better excuse to hop on one of the ferries from behind the Central Station to transport you to Tolhuistein.
By Geoffrey Chang
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A few months ago, we sent our Meoko correspondent and a Russian war photographer deep into the Bulgarian Mountains to report back on Meadows in the Mountains, a festival we’d been hearing fabulous things about for some time.. After having lost all radio contact with them for over a week we initially feared the worst. They later turned up in Belgrade, alive but barely coherent, whilst the rest of the film crew got lost somewhere in Kosovo on the way back from an after party. This is their story.
Frequently over the course of the weekend, whilst running wild and free through the verdant hills and forests above the sleepy village of Polkovnik Serafimovo deep in the Bulgarian Rhodope mountain range where Meadows in the Mountains takes place, I was asked by the event organizers or other attendees about my impression so far. Most frequently, I tended to be lost for words.
Following a couple of weeks in which I have been digesting and distilling the range of emotions and experiences encountered, the time has come for me to as best I can, try to put the overall experience into words. Where to start? Well, conscious that as cliché as it may sound, Meadows, as it is affectionately known by those who have been fortunate enough to experience it on more than one occasion (it is now in its 4th year) is unlike any other festival I have previously experienced.
In fact, Meadows doesn’t really feel like a festival at all. At some point early in the morning of the first night, following the most ethereal and tear-jerking sunrise I have ever witnessed, complemented by a second by second changing pattern of misty clouds rolling over the mountain tops to form a white canopy above the valley sprawled out beneath us, I decided it felt more like some kind of debaucherous manor party full of weird and wonderful characters to which I had somehow found myself at. Which begs the question how exactly did I end up here?
Whilst many festivals claim to be a family affair for the added credibility and sincerity that such a claim can offer, Meadows truly is. Several years ago, Duncan and Candace Sasse retired from the UK and bought a house in the village, far removed from the pace and grind of the city and from the pressures of keeping up appearances so inherent to life in the west. They have quickly become as much a part of the life of the village as the elders that have inhabited it for generations. Their sons, Damian and Benji, witnessing the special beauty of the environs of their new family home initially invited a few friends to spend some time with them in these magical surroundings, and since then, what was initially just an intimate gathering amongst a tight knit bunch has grown organically, mostly through word of mouth, into a very special event, one that has so far managed to preserve that intimate feel and homely vibe; a vibe in which we all felt like guests of the Sasse family and of their extended family of long-time friends and village locals who are fortunate enough to call this enchanting place their home.
It is a testament to the Sasse family and all those involved with this special event that such a vibe persists, for it is this in its essence that really makes Meadows so special, and so different from any other festival out there. I must admit to feeling a little apprehension heading out there in the knowledge that this would be its biggest year yet with an estimated attendance of 700, a little concerned perhaps that somehow I would be part of a new breed of visitor who wasn’t there when it all began, and who therefore wouldn’t be as welcome or clued in as those that were. I couldn’t have been more wrong. From the minute we arrived at the village, my ragtag band of friends and I (a Russian war photographer who I deemed suitably qualified to document proceedings and talk us out of a pinch when required, a Dutch hippie, a Swiss humanitarian worker and a Frenchman from Nice with a straw fedora and pink shirt who looked like he had somehow gotten lost en route to the Cote D’Azur) were greeted by Aidan, Ben, Damian and all those who help to organize and run the event quite literally with open arms, and instantly made to feel that we would be as much part of Meadows as anyone else who had ever made the journey there. For at its core, despite an abundance of excellent music throughout the weekend which I will come to later, what makes Meadows so special are all the wonderful characters who are the festival, many of whom contribute richly to its existence and continuation by heading out a month in advance to build lost tree-houses and installations, massage parlours, death slides, zip-lines, and much, much more that you can surreptitiously stumble upon whilst exploring the woods and meadows around the 2 humble wooden stages at the top of the mountain.
There is undoubtedly, a pervading, authentic British hippie spirit present, thankfully one that hasn’t been packaged and sold for its cool factor à la Glastonbury. Having lived in London these past 2 years I instantly recognised many of its protagonists from late night and early morning warehouse parties such as the one at Damian and Benji’s where I first heard about it, as well as others hosted by The Artful Badger, Bearded Kitten, Passing Clouds, the Hackney Wick crews, all of whose creative influences can be clearly seen and felt. These creative collectives all contribute heavily to many of the UK’s most acclaimed festivals such as Secret Garden Party, Glastonbury, Wilderness, Boomtown etc., festivals which in comparison to European and American equivalents (with the exception of Burning Man) offer much more in the way of overall experience and art, with the music almost coming secondary in nature. The environment reminded me of a party I went to a few years back whilst spending some months in San Francisco, hosted by long-time SF residents Solar and the Sunset Crew, out in Marin County over the Golden Gate bridge. I remember on that occasion looking around me and seeing the collection of different faces and ages and colourful costumes, against a backdrop of green hills and lakes, set to lush, hypnotic electronic beats and realising that whilst the music, drugs and clothing had changed, the hippie scene was still very much alive and healthy. Meadows paints a very similar picture. I met open minded, free-spirits from all across Europe, some came from even further afield like California, presumably part of the Burning Man extended family community of which Meadowers clearly belong. It is a truly international affair, a rassemblement of music and peace loving like minds.
Drugs were freely exchanged and shared, conversations flowed without need for introduction, and new friends made in a heartbeat. On Sunday morning one guy embraced me in his arms and cried over the fact that he had nothing left to offer, and bemoaned the monetary exchange inherent in the partaking and sharing of drugs today. I could feel the sincerity and love in his embrace and the genuine pain he felt, watching tears stream down his face as I tried my very best to bring him solace. It was a very emotional and moving moment and one that I will always remember, and the kind of human interaction which Meadows opens the door to.
Meadows has no commercial or corporate sponsoring and an ethos far removed from the profit-driven models that most festivals are based on. I was particularly struck by the generosity of the event organizers and of all the team involved who had clearly gone to such effort to create and put on an incredible event, in somewhere so remote and difficult to access that the logistical considerations alone must be onerous. We were all guests of this magical and sirenic place- full of magical waterfalls, woods and prairies. We stayed in the modest home of a local 85-year-old grandmother whom treated us like her long lost sons and with whom we developed a heartfelt, maternal bond despite not being able to speak a word of shared tongue, and in defiance of the fact that we came from cultures and ways so far removed from hers. Coming back in the mornings completely drained from the efflux of emotional energy that a day and night atop the mountain requisites, we would sit with her on her front porch, smoking cigarettes and drinking tea that she had endearingly made for us from leaves freshly picked out of her garden.
And so what of the music? I write for an electronic music magazine, and was there on a somewhat professional nature to report on this primarily surely…so what is the relevance, of Meadows as a festival to the electronic music scene, if any? It is a question I frequently asked myself whilst there, and a couple of months beforehand when opting to go to Meadows over Sonár which happened to be taking place on the very same weekend. It was a decision made with a fair degree of apprehension given that since going to Sonár for the first time 7 years ago, I had not yet missed a single year. I was concerned that by missing it, I would be out of the loop so to speak. Needless to say I have absolutely no regrets with my decision, especially when other friends who went reported back at the rising cost of drinks there and the fact that Barcelona locals have been priced out of a festival which initially began to promote the Catalan electronic music scene. It was actually, refreshing to take a complete leap of faith and have total trust in the programming, despite not knowing most of the names on the bill. Often it is when you leave your expectations behind that you are most pleasantly surprised, and on the musical front I was blown away by some of the artists I discovered and the sets I heard from many underground and unsigned acts at Meadows. Those responsible for the programming are clearly on point and deserve some serious kudos.
On the Friday night Hrdvsion played one of the nastiest and edgiest tech-house sets I’ve yet to hear just to get everyone loose, with a particular rework of the classic “Walk for Me” worthy of mention, with its tight snares and Congo beats piercing the crisp night air and perfectly suited to this tribal gathering. After such an explosive and bruising set, Mayaan Nidam followed with what was for me the highlight performance of the weekend, playing a blissful fusion of eastern mystical grooves with down tempo techno that seemed to just suck you in, for over 4 hours whilst the sun began to rise over the mountains and valley beneath us. Other stand out sets over the course of the weekend included those by Ruede Hagelstein, Moomin, Jazzanova, and Andrew Ashong, who managed that rare thing that every DJ strives for in playing a hypnagogic remix of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” to which everyone sang along to the point that he could completely drop the vocals and let the crowd do the rest. Bosha, alocal Bulgarian talent hailing from Sofia was another who really impressed me and is perhaps demonstrative of a growing scene in Bulgaria. Jim Cassidy & Pablo was another stand out act, whilst newly formed Son of Sun, playing in what was I believe only their 3rd live performance put on the kind of show that might suggest we might be seeing more of them on a bigger stage in the future.
And of course, how could we not mention San Proper, who seemed to be everywhere, like some kind of spiritual eagle to Meadows, and who played several times over the course of the weekend both at day and night- although I still managed to miss him every time. No one was really ever sure who was playing at what time, a fact that made listening to sets without preconceptions or expectations all the more rewarding, and your senses even more finely attuned. During the day we were treated to gypsy-folk and acoustic stuff, perfect easy listening whilst having a few beers and recounting adventures from the night before with new friends, like the one about getting lost in the woods in the dark for hours alone whilst tripping balls on acid after having ventured out in need of a number 2 a truly memorable ordeal.
I guess what strikes me most is that despite the anarchic and uncontrolled nature in which folk got loose what with people clambering all over each other, plunging down death slides, hanging off stages and running around naked never have I experienced a more peaceful, loving, honest and inclusive atmosphere at a festival, with an energy so pure and palpable. For me, this is what electronic music is all about and the reason I fell in love with it in the first place, and it is what makes Meadows so special. With the burgeoning popularity of electronic music across the world and the rise of monstrous corporate sponsored festivals without soul, in the age of F*CK ME I’M FAMOUS and $100,000 appearance fees, in a world without Frankie Knuckles, so many people are being initiated into electronic music, or music in general, on the back of some branded sell without really understanding why it brings people together, to dance, to share, to laugh and to love. In this kind of context, a festival like Meadows which upholds such integral and real values is a rare gem and one to be cherished.
A Special thanks to everyone at Meadows who made it such a special experience with your amazing energy and vibe, the Sasse family for having us, Aidan & Georgia for all your coordination, our Granny, Yana & Ladi for driving us back to Sofia after we missed our flight following the most rock n’ roll after-party, Vlady for putting up with us, the guys at the bar, and everyone else, you are to many to name. We hope to see you all again next year!
Words by Barry Daly
Photos by Dimitri Procofieff and Hannah Edwards
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To the Raving Originals,
I know it must be strange to be stuck in a cultural limbo, through no-ones fault other than that bastard father time, but isn’t it great that our culture has lasted long enough for someone to feel ‘it’s not like it used to be’.
Where other musical genres have eclipsed a decade only to be banished to the vaults of nostalgia, dance music just continues to keep on going.
As you have matured, the practices of clubbing have aged too, bringing with it the natural changes that happen with time…and isn’t it great that it just keeps on evolving rather than reaching a stagnant extinction!
So please, don’t worry, everything will be ok.
We will look after the nightlife with great care, and try our hardest to preserve what made it so good in the first place, but also not stifle the next wave of progression.
‘Not being like it used to be’ is perhaps a fair comment, the clubs, DJs and sounds in favour are no doubt different to what it was 20 years ago, but it is unfair to say that we ‘don’t get it’ like you did, that we ‘don’t understand’ the history.
Granted there are those jumping on the cool train, approaching electronic music as the latest thing to attend to gain brownie points and Instagram likes, but there are also the dedicated fans; Hoards of us fighting off the weekend blues, wrapped up in a duvet in a dark room, eagerly hunting down techno documentaries and rave memoirs of the past to find out more about how what just happened over the last 48 hours came to be.
With so much knowledge out there in books, films, documentaries and articles nowadays it would be rude not to take advantage of the luxury of learning!
The fundamental aspects remain the same, as King Weatherall recently said:
‘It’s still the basic concept that you knew as a whippersnapper, it’s a square or oblong room, with speakers and flashing lights, and drug addled teenagers seeking transcendence through repetitive beats.’
And it is this that holds us together, and is the beautiful thing about this crazy past time called clubbing.
We are currently riding the wave of the pop culture storm, which will eventually turn to another genre of music before we know it. Think of it as a trial period for new recruits, an easily accessible taster session, and when dance music falls from grace it will filter out only the real heads, spawning a whole new exciting era which I can’t wait for!
So please, don’t loose faith. It is by speaking to those who were there when I only wish I could have been, who are responsible for spawning my passion for the culture and I urge you to keep on feeding us with information.
And I also encourage you to continue attending the nights we are running, listen to the music we are making and involve yourself in the future of the scene we are all part of!
Catch you on a dancefloor sometime soon?
The Millenial Clubber x
Written By Eileen Pegg
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Recent addition to high-end techno collective, Toi Toi Musik, is Junki Inoue of Japan. Well known as a nation for their technical ability in music, this stereotype is strongly supported. Impeccable precision in audio production and technicality, the depth of his musical knowledge shines through in his performances. Good friend of Fumiya Tanaka, the 25 year old has demonstrated and impressed dancefloors across the globe with an enviable record collection clearly gathered from a young age covering a vast spectrum of electronic fields, jazz, and funk. His sets demonstrate a clear element of excitement and drive not just for music but also for the audience. Toi Toi’s reputation proceeds them yet again with another fantastic addition to their highly talented roster of gifted producers and Dj’s. We caught up with Junki of Tokyo for his first ever press interview to find out about his past and his new position in the label and as an artist soon to be circulated around the booking scene. A talent in the hot seat, watch this space.
Hi Junki, Thanks for your time! First of all, congratulations for joining the ToiToi roster! This is very exciting news for you?
Thank you very much! I am really happy that one of my dreams has come true. In fact, it was right after the gig on my 25th birthday when Isis gave me this wonderful present with a great surprise, I will never forget that day. I feel very honored that I have joined the ToiToi roster, being supported by the ToiToi Family members who I have strong respect and love since I first met them!
Tell us a bit about yourself? How was it growing up in Japan?
I was born in Tokyo in 1989 and grew up there. I've been in love with music ever since I can remember. In my teens, I was crazy for Rock music in general including Indie/alternative/punk/garage/new wave as well as good Pop music. After school I always popped in to shops and checked second hand CDs and records, and next day I would exchanged them with my classmates whom I went to some gigs of my favorite bands with, also music festivals on weekends. When I was 16, I spent most of my weekends enjoying my favorite music at clubs or parties which I could find easily in Tokyo. I was digging more deeply not only electronic music but other various kinds of music in different parties, but one day I noticed that my way of seeking or listening to music was very like the way of DJs compared with my friends. Then, quite naturally, I started playing music as a DJ.
Is electronic music popular over there?
In Japan, with an influence of 'No Dancing Law', there is some prejudice against clubs and little understanding about club culture. So, in comparison to Europe, club culture has not prevailed yet among a wider audience. Nevertheless, you can see a lot of scenes where electronic music has taken root steadily. At various large or small clubs, parties, and festivals on every weekend, well known/underground artists come to Japan to play from all over the world.
How did your music career begun?
As I mentioned earlier, I was really into many different kinds of music and trying to play all types of music together as a DJ. However, when I first listened to Fumiya Tanaka's set at WIRE (one of the biggest Techno festivals in Japan) at the age of 18, it was a totally mind blowing experience and that's how it all began. Since that night I got more into electronic music and started to go to his party called CHAOS regularly. Then, I began to collect Techno and House records more and more. At the same time, I began to work at clubs and music bars where djs were playing music all night. These experiences made me step into Tokyo's club scene very quickly and I easily got the opportunity to kick off my party called HEIKE with my close mates who had been playing in Japanese underground scene for many years!
Who would you say influenced you the most in your musical career? And might still influence you to this day?
As Fumiya invited many guests from Perlon to Chaos,I started collecting Perlon records. I got really crazy for Perlon and Playhouse records which is super experimental and avant-garde in such a modern way and also strongly influenced by new wave music. And then, when I first listened to Zip's set at Chaos, it was really a striking experience which almost blew up all my interests in other music. It was the most influential factor that oriented me to European underground Techno/House music.
At the age of 20, I began to go to Cabaret nights run by Dj Masda, So Inagawa and Yone-ko. Basically the present style of my music has been determined since I met them and went to their parties. I was really impressed and inspired by their way of playing super deep and elegant techno / house music, impeccable techniques and wide range of knowledge developed through their long careers. Also, every year they invited Daniel Bell and Jan Krueger whose performances influenced me a lot.
After I came to London, and I saw Nicolas Lutz for the first time playing at ToiToi, I became an enthusiast of his music and learned and realised the importance to have one's original unique style.
Now, since I moved to London at the beginning of this year, I've got so much influence from djs/producers around me in our scene. I really like what is happening in our local scene at the moment. I feel so much good energy and vibes from people who genuinely love the real underground music that I'm really into!
All the time, new kinds of music are born in the UK where many different races and cultures mingle together. It is the same in underground electronic music scenes, so I feel everyone in our scene is always seeking new and fresh sound more and more these days which is really amazing.
You mentioned this to be your first interview ever, is that true? How do you feel about it?
Yes it's my very first interview. So I am very excited. I hope this will help people to get to know a little more about my background and the situation of Japan.
How and when did you first come across ToiToi?
I knew that my favorite artists were playing at ToiToi, so right after I came to London in 2012 I went to their parties. My favorite artists who I couldn't see so often in Japan were there. Every time I was there, I was dancing on the front row. After a few months there Isis always took care of me so I eventually started hanging out with them. On the day when I first played my own records with them, Isis offers me to play on her birthday party at ToiToi as my very first gig in London. Since then, I spent every weekend with them and my music as well as the destination of my life has been changed dramatically.
Before joining the roster, have you had any residency around London?
I had been doing a party called 'frontroom' with my family team mates Galvin and Lee. Frontroom is a party that organically grew from these two guys who started collecting records together and playing them in their frontroom..which is the place where I live now!
Also I had been playing regularly at 'house of sound' run by my lovely Italian boys, Mateo and Josef. They have invited many underground djs from our scene in Europe such as Fede Lijt (El Milagro Records, Uruguay), Omar (El Milagro,Uruguay) and Andrew James Gustav (Hi-fi, Uk). I played alongside Laurine and Dj tree (Slowlife/Berlin), Yone-ko(Cabaret/Berlin),and Yuki Masda (Cabaret/Japan).
When did you first play for ToiToi and what did you think of it as an experience? Was it different than other parties around the capital?
I was so impressed with the sophisticated vibes,musically educated crowds and the quality of music and soundsystem. Everything was always perfect and more professional compared to others.
When I first played there 2 years ago, I was surprised with the number of feedback and compliments given to me by their crowd. My name wasn't known at all at that time but there were many people who listened to my set. I was so happy about that. Every time I played at ToiToi, I received warm responses from the crowd, which made me feel there would be the right place for me to play and stay. Then, I started thinking seriously about DJing professionally and playing in Europe.
How would you describe your sound? If you caught the attention of Isis and Claus it is that it must be special?
It is hard to describe my sound in a word but I guess one point that caught the attention of Isis and Claus is, they say, my knowledge about music and Japanese craftsmanship in mixing for my age, but considering I have been Djing for 7 years and my lifelong dedication to music, to me is not a remarkable achievement, just natural. In London, some people say my style represents Japanese precision or sometimes they call me Machine. It's funny, actually, because I am a person right on the opposite end, except when I am mixing records. I am really a kind of careless and easy going person and way too far from neat in general. So only when I'm djing, my character changes automatically and I become a tense, careful and precise craftsman.
When did you move to London? Are you going stay here permanently now that you are part of the ToiToi family?
When I first moved to London in 2012, I lived here for 10 month and went back to Tokyo to sort out my visa things. It took me almost a year which was much longer than I had expected but finally I managed to come back at the beginning of this year. Now everything has been sorted out and I'm going to stay here permanently. I'm really happy about this as I feel London is my home.
How is your calendar looking? We saw you just played in Italy for Kulture and then straight back in London for Rework alongside Andrew James Gustav? Is all this travelling new for you?
Yes, traveling outside Japan is new for me. It's tough/different but I was happy for whole weekend playing and sharing good music with beautiful people in these places. It's the best feeling ever. I will be playing at hoxton FM for the open radio show with Campbell brothers this Friday alongside Isis who will have a chat with them before Toi Toi at Fabric with Rhadoo this Saturday.
Here at MEOKO, we would be very surprised if we don’t see you play a lot in Europe next year, which would be your top 3 clubs to play at?
Thank you, that would be really amazing. My Top 3 clubs would be Fabric, Club De Visionäre and Panorama bar! had so many unforgettable party experiences in these places.
We heard you are studying Audio engineering here in London? Do you have any future plans in this field? Do you feel under pressure to start producing?
I am planing to go to SAE from January next year. After digging records for many years, my favorite specific sound has become much clearer than before. Accordingly I have more interest in music production these days. I'm excited to find my own sound with my production.
You use to organize events back in Tokyo, and now you are only Djjing, is that right?
Aside from big parties organized by big and powerful clubs, usually the organizer is the DJ in the underground scene in Japan. In such a way all risk is on the shoulder of one person, it is tough work for me to continue sometimes.but now I'm spending my time more on djing.
Having the opportunity to be a part of the ToiToi Roster and playing alongside some of the most renowned and influential artists must be exciting for you? Or even stressful?
Very Exciting! I feel very grateful and honored that my name is listed next to the most influential artists who I admire. They are always in the front line of the underground scene and are indispensable in my music history. Playing alongside, and rather enjoying the pressure I can get more inspiration, it also keeps me on check on making sure I'm really giving my best all the time.
Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to share with MEOKO readers?
I'll be back in Tokyo in October with isis and Claus for Vman's Japan tour! I also play alongside him at Air club in tokyo. I got some other interesting gigs as well, can't wait to have my London family to my home town. Once I am back, we will have 'frontroom' and 'house of sound' parties in London.
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Describe the mood of Brooklyn in 3 tracks from am / pm / late.
AM - Roy Ayers - We Live In Brooklyn
PM - Digable Planets - Where I'm From
LATE - Levon Vincent - Late Nite Jam
What is your favorite milkshake bar or café for all round day time putting your feet up?
JKriv: I'll give a shoutout to Farmacy in my hood where they serve actual milkshakes, and egg-creams (a classic Brooklyn beverage) and where we recently shot some RNT press photos.
Tell us a bit about Razor N’ Tape as a label and DJ collective. Were yourself and JKriv friends for many years before it all began?
JKriv: Aaron and I more or less got connected a little more than 3 years ago. He had just moved back to NYC from Chicago and we began hanging out and doing some gigs together. I had just started Deep&Disco but we were hearing music that we wanted to release that didn't exactly fit D&D, so we started up Razor-N-Tape.
Which venue has the best intimate party atmosphere for both night and day? (The gem.)
AD: Although it's not in Brooklyn, I'd say Le Bain at The Standard, High Line really has the best of both worlds. Amazing views from both the indoor club and outdoor rooftop plus who doesn't like a scandalous hot tub on the dance floor? JKriv: Output's nice too.
A sound that reminds you of Brooklyn first thing in the morning?
AD: Police or ambulance sirens and trash trucks.
Brooklyn's top 3 pizza spots for those that know?
AD: Hands down, Di Fara's on Avenue J in Brooklyn's Midwood neighborhood. I'd give 2nd place to Juliana's in DUMBO which is owned and operated by Patsy Grimaldi who made the original Grimaldi's famous. JKriv: Lucali.
Favorite underground local label party that needs a shout out?
JKriv: Discovery, a dope party that friends of ours throw has been going for 5 years. They started at Santos' Party House in the city, then moved to Glasslands in Brooklyn.
We see you guys play a lot of U.S based shows. Do you have many upcoming parties in Europe or the UK?
JKriv: I have a gig in Bogota at the end of the November, and we'll most likely be doing some Asia dates together as RNT in the Spring as well...stay tuned.
Something strange that people don’t know about Brooklyn's music scene..
JKriv: I don't know what people know, or what they don't. I will say that the Brooklyn is a great place to be if you're into dance music right now.
How did your roots and passion in Disco begin in Brooklyn and are there clear signs of promising upcoming generations who haven't yet fallen head over heels for techno?
AD: My passion for all things Disco actually began while I was living in Philadelphia during the early to mid aughts. I started discovering and buying different albums at this little Used Cd Shop on South Street. As for promising upcoming generations, I'm a firm believer in things being cyclical as well as people's tastes maturing over time. They'll eventually come around ;-)
Something you see when you look up across the dance floor that reminds you you’re in Brooklyn?
How have the council influenced and changed the local scene in the past few years?
AD: I wouldn't say there's been too much change or influence in the past few years. It's more like a continuation of harsh policies set in place during the Guliani administration. He made it very difficult for existing clubs as well as those trying to open new venues.
Razor N’ Tape is one of the most consistently high quality releasing disco labels. What are your plans for the future?
AD: Next up on RNT is the Lovebirds Edits 12” followed by DJ Vas Edits and Chris E Pants Edits 12”s. As for Razor-N-Tape Reserve, we have an EP by LA based POOLS which also includes a Pittsburgh Track Authority remix plus we’ll be seeing follow-up releases by The Groovers, Luvless & Martin Hayes and Dirtytwo. To round things out, RNT45 will feature a new dusty 7” by Amsterdam’s The Planty Herbs.
These bits do the business. All out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise.
Masomenos – Le Serpent EP
Masomenos’s latest EP is the perfect balance between Minimal and Techno. This is Masomenos style, perfect!
Jhoor Ghen – Volved EP
Komplike is a new Danish label with the imprint of quality, creativity and care. They are now ready with their first release, and the super talented Italian artist, Joor Ghen, delivers it. Joor Ghen has gradually established himself on the minimal stage in Europe, and Komplike is proud that he has agreed to become a part of their little family. The EP consists of two original tracks and two remixes and carries the title >Volved<. The two originals >Involved< and >Revolved< are both minimal productions of very high quality. A grooving bass and legendary hi-hat groves give both tracks the features to keep the dance floor sizzling. The South American artist Felipe Venegas provides the remix of >Involved<. He has taken the minimal track and transformed it into a Tech House monster. >Revolved< is remixed by the Italian, super talented >000< who made a melodious remix with large format, perfect for the warm-up set or for the early morning hours.
Ricardo Villalobos – Voodog
Fresh Ricardo Minimal Hypnotic Monster - Part 1 & 2
Emiliano Ferreyera – Last Night EP
Last night EP, the second release by In Records, where Emiliano Ferreyra brings a real beauty that makes you feel this Argentinian taste of music. Starting with the track *Last night* that gives the title to the release, with sketchy and rhythmic percs that makes a good way to open the release. Then you find *Our Walk*, in collaboration with the amazing duo Proudly People, special for the first tracks of the night or maybe to enjoy the sunshine of an after party. There comes *Oldie*, with his heavy riddim and joined by Max J and Coockies remix of it making a real deep atmospheric environment.
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It certainly doesn’t feel like it, but Autumn is here and Winter is just around the corner. What a better way to celebrate the darkening season with a Cartuli's Day rave in Crucifix Lane, a warehouse venue arched under one of London Bridge’s railway tracks. Hidden amongst the area's subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and passages, Crucifix Lane this Saturday, the 27th of September, will house yet another quality line up of both international and local DJs, hosted by none other than Cartuli's Day.
In 2009, Cartuli's Day initially started as a private party for friends in East London. It was a reason and a way to share their passion for music. This simple yet real concept has continued and evolved to become one of London’s finest parties for the capital’s alternative club community. Continuously showcasing quality line ups in unique locations, Cartulis Day has hosted an impressive list of guest DJs, such as Audio Werner, Lazare Hoche, Tevo Howard, Le Loup, Luke Solomon, Claro Intelecto, Christopher Rau and Ekkohaus. This year their highlights of highlights include guest Andrés Zacco for last month’s 24 hour party with Keep on Going, and Anton Zap, for his first ever set in London last March in Crucifix Lane.
Cartulis Day returns, not surprisingly, to Crucifix Lane, with its banging sound system to showcase two very HOT headliners amongst the underground dance music scene; Nicolas Lutz (My Own Jupiter / Toi Toi Musik) who will be playing an extended set exclusively for this special event, and Jane Fitz (Night Moves / Free Rotation).
Nicolas Lutz (My Own Jupiter / Toi.Toi.Musik)
Nicolas Lutz from Uruguay, belongs to reputable Toi.Toi.Musik, is a resident at Berlin’s Club de Visionaire and as Cartuli's Day commented, is a "DJ’s DJ". Nicolas Lutz stands out as an experienced and well travelled international DJ, who has been playing exclusively vinyl sets since the 90s. His passion for music transmits from his beautiful records that he obsessively digs for and collects. He has visited local record stores from Japan to London, and is ready to show us a big chunk of his special and rare collection as he plays hour after hour this coming Saturday…
Jane Fitz (Night Moves / Free Rotation)
As she mentioned herself, Jane Fitz plays music, writes about music, makes music and makes parties with music. A well-rounded contributor to the underground dance music scene, Jane Fitz, originally from East London, has travelled around the globe, playing in exotic locations such as Japan and India, and dance music capitals; Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Chicago. As a promoter, events organiser and resident DJ, she has recently been hosting party Night Moves (and Day Moves) quite smartly, promoting the event's locations on RA and flyers as “Our Usual Home” and “Same Place as Last Time”.
Speaking of local parties, let’s not forget some of London’s budding artists, famous in the local scene. Cartuli's Day brings the following artists together to play across Crucifix Lane’s two rooms:
Ken & Davy (Down Under, Cymatic)
Twins and founders of Down Under and resident DJs for Cymatic. Watch out for the release of their first ever EP.
Unai Trotti (Cartulis Day, Esperanza)
As the founder of Cartulis Day, Unai is a true musical nerd, clearly shown through his sets, productions, and the way he passionately speaks about music and his projects. He has played sets at Cartulis Day and renown events in London such as Fabric. He has released music on Esperanza, Release Sustain and Cray1. Born in Spain, Unai is a true Londoner since he has clearly made it in the big capital.
Campbell Bros. (Open)
Tom Burnell & Ricky Coutman (Spaced)
Rapha Carrau (Moodi)
Cartuli's Day’s original concept has continued and evolved into a music label since they started Cartulis Music this year, a platform dedicated to showcasing London’s great talent, internationally. Their first two EPs have been released by talented local artists, Kozber and Rico Casazza. As a generous prize from Unai, we will give Cartulis Music's first two EPs to ONE lucky Meoko Reader: CRTL001 and CRTL002. Stand a chance to win this great prize by sending an e-mail to
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See you at Cartuli's Day!
Nicolas Lutz Jane FitzKen & DavyCampbell Bros.Tom Burnell & Ricky CourtmanRaphael Unai Trotti
7-9 Crucifix Lane
London SE1 3JW
Doors open at 23:00 on Saturday 27 of September and close late. 2 rooms with latest tendencies of music - house / techno / minimal / tech house
TICKETS & PRICES Resident Advisor Early Bird RA £7Second Release RA £10 Concession/Advance Tickets £12 Door Entrance £15 Concessions & Info:
Pre-party at Shutterbug in Shoreditch from 16:00
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Another unconventional Romanian talent catching the eyes and ears of MEOKO. Sepp aka Teo, born and raised on the Eastern Europe Black Sea Coast, has ridden the technical era wave of his local area to full effect, to demonstrate the quality of his music and talent. The Constanta based producer and DJ has been turning the heads of many in the noticeably mysterious experimental techno scene with track support from the likes of the ar:piar collective and Tc Studio members. High quality feedback that has shaped the way for his recent development and ever growing career in music since 2005. After releases on the likes of Te lubesc, Rora and Andromeda he turns to some unfinished projects with much ahead for 2015 and beyond. We spoke with Sepp for an inside scoop into his current projects and insights in music.
Hello Sepp, thanks a lot for your time! First of all how are you? How are things going for you at the moment?
Hi guys! it’s a pleasure. I’m good, thanks for asking, things at this moment are very constructive for me, because recently I joined an agency from South America, I have started to purchase some machines to reconfigure my sound, to make it more different than the sound you are used to hear from me since 2 years ago, more than that – UVAR is preparing for their music lovers the 4th EP which will be represented by a friend of us.
Are you busy?
Do you travel a lot at the moment? How is the summer trating you?
In the first half of the year I had very few gigs and a very nice tour of France with some good friends of mine. This summer I can say was not the best for me, but I see the positive way of all of this, more time for producing and organise my stuff very carefully.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how your music career begun?What was the defining moment when you discovered electronic music and began to explore dance and DJ culture?
I’ve expected that question, huh..
Wow, so how can I start, it began in the summer of 2005 when the Cocoon rooster was establish to play the hole summer in my city Constanta, more precisely in Mamaia the seaside resort. Was the 2nd night of Cocoon series, Pauli Steinbach was playing Eric Prydz feat Adeva - In & Out (Hugg & Pepp Remix), I remember very good and I’ll never forgot that moment when I was attracted totally of the techno sound. And than ‘’boom’’, that was the Big Bang for me.
How would you describe your sound? Romanian? Compared to other artist from Romania?
Simple, clean and powerful. Regarding the comparison, what can I say…, I receive references from many people, that they say my sound is different.
Which artists would you say influence you?
Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu, Cezar, Ricardo Villalobos.
We know you have a release coming up in September on Bleu Ciel? How do you feel about that?
The Bleu Ciel 002 is special for me because it contains 2 tracks that I like the most.
What else do you do other than music? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?
In this moment I quit from everything, just to be focused on what I’m doing and what to do in the future and near future. But in the past I spent 6 years in marketing office of a big oil company.
What is your favorite club to play at and which one would you like to play during the course of your career?
My favourite club at the moment is Metro from Japan, and the one that I want to be into the future is Fabric and Corbar.
I see that you have released music on French Labels? Are you based in France?
huh, I’m not living in France, I was born in Constanta and at the moment I’m still here, but I don’t know for how long…
Regarding the music released, it was only and Ep on a french label, most of my releases are on my label and the swiss labels.
If we would come and spend some time in your studio, what sort of equipment would we find? Software wise and hardware wise?
I used to work on reason, and some machines from time to time that are not mine, but recently I switch to Logic and start to buy some of my own.
Are you a vinyl only artist?
I used to play both digital and vinyl, for me it’s work perfectly.
What do you think about the ongoing debate about Vinyl versus Digital?
The music industry have many genes and styles, and all the dj’s can choose what they can play vinyl or digital, but the main thing is the next one, this type of music that I used to play, for example is the podcast made specially for MEOKO will always be on vinyl.
Which one of your production is your favorite?
In tintirim is the track that is my favorite at the moment :)
If you could only ever listen to one piece of music, what would it be?
This is my favourite track. This type of music I listen when I take of break of electronic muisc.
Last thing before you go: any upcoming projects you'd like to share with MEOKO readers?
I have one important project in my life, and that is my album, that I prepare for 2015, to be more precise, it will be around spring. Thank you for the invitation to all of you guys, cheers !!!
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Ever heard of a Breakfast Buffet being served at an after party? The Breakfast Club in Amsterdam serves fresh fruit, smoothies, yoghurt, muesli and organic, home made cakes to clubbers in need of a recharge after a big night out, and to early risers just starting their Sunday morning with a coffee and a dance. Their juicy line ups in the past included local and international DJs, such as Fred P, Levon Vincent, Tama Sumo, LB Dub Corp, Anthony Parasole, Italojohnson and Petre Inspirescu. Their ADE special party brings some tasty talent to the table, as Mathew Jonson & Minilogue (live), Prosumer & Murat Tepeli (3h set), Paranoid London live, Levon Vincent, The Persuader live, and Jay Daniel make up a third of the line up.
Their ADE Special will take place on Saturday, 18th of October, with breakfast served of course. Clubbers can expect to enter the club before the sun comes up and continue throughout the day until it comes down again as doors open from 07:00 - 18:00. Their ADE venue will take place in Amsterdam's beloved Melkweg, a 3 room building, spanning across multiple floors with a 2000+ capacity venue. A bigger event compared to their usual parties hosting only a few hundred people, The Breakfast Club promises to keep its normal intimacy feel with their choice of venue, top quality line up that brings like minded people together, and a healthy breakfast buffet. Praised last year by ADE itself as the best after hour party of the weekend, this year’s edition sounds promising indeed. Listen to Rahaan's exclusive ADE Breakfast Club podcast here.
The Breakfast Club's unique, early morning event started like most cool initiatives do: A group of friends who share a common interest of dance music meet at a party and start discussing ideas and plans. A few months later and voila! Another great project comes to life. Tom Liem, a DJ in the Amsterdam dance music scene who recently released music on Field Records and ESHU Records, met with his good friend, Brent Roozendaal, the organiser for parties and festivals like DRIFT and Have a Nice Day, at Lowlands Festival in 2010. Tom mentioned how tired he was of Amsterdam’s standard club times, the city’s lack of after parties, and the many parties that seemed to look and sound the same. Brent proposed The Breakfast Club idea, which he had been keeping for several years, but was missing a good team to help conceive it. From there they secured a team with the inclusion of local DJs Jaime Frias and Tommy Kornuijt. Let's not forget graphic designer, Emillie, who hand drawns every flyer exclusively for The Breakfast Club.
After a run of successful events, the team evolved the Breakfast Club into more than just an after party. Tom mentioned, "after parties can be really dark and moody” so he wanted to make an after party with a positive twist, where friendly and open minded people can meet in nice venues and listen to deep house and techno from resident and guest DJs and of course, eat breakfast, “because your breakfast is the most important meal of the day ;)”. We caught up with Tom to ask him more about this innovative project…
Photo taken by Marjan Schönenberg
How successful have your breakfasts been? do clubbers really eat breakfast while raving?
Yes, always. Once we lay out the breakfast in a buffet style, people always start eating.
Aside from serving a healthy breakfast, what other reasons make The Breakfast Club stand out as a positive after party?
It’s all about the music. We give DJs the freedom to do what they want with extended sets lasting 3-5 hours. We have a nice 50/50 mix of people that are still awake and that just woke up. That's the perfect balance for a good party mood. Party people also get to choose which time of day they want to party.
What were some of your highlights?
I think for us the most memorable sets were definitely Convextion LIVE during our ADE 2013. He really set the whole club on fire. Of course also Mathew Jonson & Minilogue during the same party! Levon vincent as well.
Tama Sumo at Canvas (now called Volkshotel), a nice intimate club. Abdulla Rashim, Noah Gibson, Henrik Bergqfist and Johan Brolund at the ADE 2012 was also really good. Nobody knew who those DJs were at the time, and they all played such nice music. People were losing it.
Being a DJ yourself, do you like playing at The Breakfast Club?
Yes I have to say, playing at breakfast club is by far the most special gig for me! The people really welcome you with open arms and really react to what you are doing. this makes it so much easier for me to play!
What type of feedback do you get from the big name DJs you have on your line ups? I see Levon Vincent is also playing for this year's ADE. Must mean that he liked playing last year.
Well Levon Vincent is in my opinion a true artist. He is such a good man and he's always respectful and with a great knowledge and understanding of music. After his ADE 2013 gig he e-mailed us personally to thank us for the great party and hospitality. So yes he really liked it a lot :)
Your ADE event venue is a 3 room venue, and you are expecting more than 2,000 guests. Can you keep your party’s intimacy with such a big venue?
Well yes, because there are 3 areas which are not so big and It's on different levels, so really It’s more like an indoor festival with many rooms to explore.
It seems like you have everything very well organised. Is it a dutch thing?
Haha well It's kinda weird. We are a really small country but we host the most festivals globally during the summer. I hope we are well organized, we always try our best.
The Breakfast Club have kindly offered 2 TICKETS to their ADE Special event. To stand a chance of winning, send an e-mail to
with "Breakfast Club ADE" in the subject title, and tell us your favourite breakfast dish. Good luck :)
Breakfast Club ADE Special
18 October 2014
07:00 - 18:00
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Super Flu is an electronic, unconventional duo, who pushes boundaries with music and their characters, as weird and fun tech-house guys (that like to play with goo, toy instruments and beautiful ladies). Super Flu's music videos and social media pages are covered in quirky and sometimes very strange photos of themselves...Perfect for a Not So Serious interview. Their fun obviously doesn't get in the way with their music output and quality. Respected in the music industry, Super Flu plays gigs in well-renown festivals, such as Fusion in Germany and clubs, such as Zig Zag in Paris. Creative beings indeed, they both play instruments such as the clarinet and the piano in a live band. In terms of musical output, they released their second album, Halle Saale at the end of last year, released tracks on labels such as Traum Schallplatten, and run their own label, Monaberry which celebrates 25 this year. Congratulations, Super Flu :D
Tell me about Monaberry's number one mascot, Herbert…
Herbert is Felik's grandpa and their are always doing music together. After we launched our Monaberry label we decided that he should be the manager and master mind. There are still a lot of things we can learn from him!
Would you rather give someone the flu for a week or catch a flu for a whole week?
We would rather pass it onto some nice girls with who we can spend one week in bed.
The craziest thing you’ve ever done while playing a set?
Sometimes we do a 30 second music break in our sets and in this time we try to stand still, like a statue. We call it the "freezer".
Your most inspirational figure is…
The strangest track you've ever produced?
We did a track in which we used samples of the voices of girls who entertained us in the solitude of our hotel rooms, but we have not released it so far.
The funniest prank you've ever pulled?
I know it sounds really disgusting but a few years ago we met a really irritating guy during our holidays who wouldn’t leave us alone and in peace. So after some beers he got to smoke a bong with our pubic hair.
What philosophical ideas do you think about on the toilet?
What is the question?
Describe a time when you trusted your intuition and found out you were wrong….
See the "strangest track you've ever produced" answer.
The goofiest outfit you've ever worn at a party?
We are playing in Frankfurt next week and the organiser has promised us hand tailored gold suits. Let´s see…
What instrument would you play while riding a dragon…naked?
Your mean Falkor the Luck Dragon, right? A sitar most likely.
Would you rather spend 10 pounds on 10 digital tracks or 1 vinyl?
We would spend 20 pounds on a nice concert!
Jo Gurt or Senamuun?
What track would you listen to while frying bacons and boiling eggs in the morning?
Isaac Hayes - Shaft
What words of advice would a cockatoo say to you?
You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then it seems you’ve used dog shit as frosting.
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