Hackney has welcomed a unique monthly market to Hackney Downs Studios showcasing a selection of 30 drink stalls featuring distillers, brewers, coffee roasters and soft drink producers from around London bridging the gap of the frequent food markets found in the city. The event will take place between 12:00 – 18:00 pm on the first Saturday of the forthcoming months.
The market has been started as London’s first permanent drinks market to finally showcase a host of London’s best local drink producers in Hackney. It will feature lots of breweries including Five Points, Redchurch and Hiver – and distillers – including Butlers Gin and East London Liquor Company.
Five Points Brewery uniquely brew beer that is unfiltered, unpasteurized and full of flavour, which will provide a perfect addition to the event. The Bethnal Green based Redchurch Brewery will be providing a distincive and adventurous flavour - which aims to challenge bland and flavourless beer, and Hiver Brewery have been born out of admiration for London urban beekeepers managing to create a range of sweet honey flavour beers, that will accompany the sunshine perfectly.
Butlers Gin will be offering a smooth yet refreshing fusion of juniper, lemongrass, cardamom and citrus notes, and the East London Liquor Company will be providing a range of quality handcrafted spirits including gin, vodka, rum and whisky.There is also a range of food to soak up the selection of drinks from different cultures around the world including homemade pork scratchings, Biltong or charcuterie and cheese.
A perfect opportunity to saviour a variety of drinks and food that has been carefully sourced from here in the UK and around the world! The event takes place on Saturday 6th June, 2015.
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On 1 January 2015 as I sat down to write my New Year’s resolutions, I eschewed false promises of gym memberships, saving money and not talking so much for this declaration of intent: 2015 is the year I will go forth and enjoy the shit out of Sunwaves! I’ve been so jealous, every May, for as long as I can remember; the jubilant Facebook posts, the clips of musical might on YouTube and the glazed, joyful faces of all of my friends when they came back to London all told me that this was a festival that I had to be a part of.
Fast forward five months and myself and my partner in crime were excitedly getting on a plane at Luton when we bumped into a good friend and London based promoter who was up for sharing a taxi with us from Bucharest to the festival as we didn’t arrive in Romania until 2.30 am. We grabbed a couple of beers and fell asleep to the sounds of our driver ranting on about how English girls were fat drunks. I don’t see anything wrong with that myself, but you know ….
We arrived in Mamaia a mere three hours later to an obscenely red and beautiful sunrise and were dropped off down a dusty track, watched over by packs of feral dogs. We were hit by the sudden realisation that our accommodation was actually several miles away from the festival. Due to work commitments we had missed the Thursday night of Sunwaves, which I was more than a little bit sad about as Craig Richards is surely one of the world’s finest DJs and I’d wanted to see Alexandra play for ages. We didn’t want to miss anything else,so after a quick disco nap, we walked a few kilometres into town along potholed pavements, the only pedestrians in sight, narrowly avoiding being run down by bemused Romanians. We weren’t actually sure where we were going, and I’m ashamed to say we tried to walk into a teenagers’ holiday complex, mistaking it for Sunwaves. It was only when they started playing Grease that we realised we were in the wrong place. Whoops.
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After one more wrong turn into a completely random bar, we finally managed to locate the festival and the head of security refused to give us wristbands as the daytime session was nearly finished, although he assured us he would help us to get in and to ask for Casanova if we had any problems. Hmmmm. We spent the first half hour exploring the beautiful outside stage on the beach, before catching the end of Piticu’s set. I love the so-called Romanian sound and one of the things I’d been most excited about was listening to homegrown DJs that we don’t hear so much of in London. Piticu didn’t disappoint – what we heard got us dancing our socks off and managed to be uplifting and down and dirty all at the same time. This is how tech-house should be, unpredictable, melodic and adventurous. But just as we were really getting into it they closed the tents down so they could clean up for the evening. Frustrated and wanting more lovely, sexy techno, we decamped to a bar next door. After several wines, we came up with the bright idea of trying to learn a Romanian sentence to impress the locals with. We found a bilingual barman and asked him to translate the following “Hello, will you marry me? I want to have a Romanian passport too”. His pithy response “Sorry no, with girlfriend”. Dreams crushed, we drowned our sorrows in beautiful Romanian wine until we realised that as we were EU citizens we could come and live in Sunwaves any time we liked, with or without local husbands. I also stole a pen as well, to make notes on all the glorious DJs we were about to enjoy. Sorry, lovely barman who didn’t want to marry me, I’ll replace it next year.
We wanted to refresh ourselves before enjoying the delights of our first evening at the festival, but our house was so far, we decided to regroup and work out our next move in a Wendy House we found on the beach. For one whole hour. I don’t know what we were doing in there for that long, but it was really fun. Realising our phone batteries were about to die (along with our tickets), we abandoned plans to try and break into Sunwaves, via scuttling along, hidden under a Wendy House, as too tiring and went down the conventional route of queuing up with everyone else. Unfortunately, my phone gave up the ghost when we reached the entrance. Luckily, a small bespectacled Romanian man came to the rescue and sweet-talked the door girl into giving me a bracelet. Such a hero.
As soon as we got inside, we headed straight for Carl Cox. I’ve only ever seen him play at Space in Ibiza and was interested to see how that Balearic sound would translate to a techno heavy Romanian festival. The answer? Very well indeed. His set was just the right side of banging but beautiful, and his energy behind the decks was so infectious that within a matter of minutes the whole crowd was behind him and going really crazy. I had forgotten what a great DJ he is and it was a real privilege to see him play here. Consulting my notes that I made on the back of a receipt with my stolen pen, I was obviously on a massive music high at the end of his set as I’d written down “I want to kiss Carl Cox’s lovely, beaming, shouty face”.
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We then bumped into some friends who broke the exciting news to us that there was a whole other stage that we didn’t know about! And the mighty Petre Inspirescu was manning the decks in there! This unassuming Romanian has always been one of my favourites since I heard him lay down one of the best sets I’ve ever experienced at fabric a few years back. As always, he was on fine form, and playing back to back with Raresh and Rhadoo, flying the flag for RPR. For me, this was one of the musical highlights of Sunwaves. Do these guys ever play a bad set? Always innovative and surprising, they took us all on an exciting musical journey and their pleasure at playing to a home crowd was there for all to see.
Lee Burridge was up next, another DJ I’m immensely fond of. He’s transported me to other galaxies with his Tyrant sets and some of my fondest musical memories have been dancing at his All Day I Dream parties on random rooftops in Brooklyn However, his session at Sunwaves didn’t really do anything for me. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t as good as I have come to expect from him. I just thought it was a bit generic, kind of tech-house by numbers. Everyone else seemed to love it though, so maybe too much tequila had clouded my judgement by this point.I’m ashamed to say that I then morphed into one of those annoying people at festivals that everyone hates. Yes, I sat under the decks and called loads of my friends who were working and being rained on in London, telling them what an amazing time I was having. Luckily, I ran out of credit, so I was forced to stop being a dick. Unfortunately, by this time, the music had degenerated into the only bum note of Sunwaves. Looking at my notes, I’d written down “NO. Swirly-whirly ketamine music. Run!” This boring crap music was everywhere about a year ago in London and I just can’t stand it. Self-indulgent K-head DJs put it on at 4 am, just as everyone wants something a bit more high octane; it’s slow, it’s discordant, it’s the musical equivalent of a headache, it’s impossible to dance to and has no place on a sound system unless it’s in a bedroom where no one else has to listen to it.So we ran and bumped straight into our tiny bespectacled Romanian friend who escorted us straight to VIP and bought us a tequila as he clearly saw that we needed re-fuelling. It turns out he was the architect of the structures they erected for Sunwaves. He told us it took months to design, to ensure the acoustics were just right, and he was here to make sure that no one damaged anything. Lovely guy and a nice reminder that there are many unsung heroes of the electronic music scene who do so much to make sure that we have the best time ever. Mr Architect, we salute you!
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A little interlude from music here – a word on the crowd. I really didn’t know what to expect when I came out to Sunwaves. Despite the racist bullshit the Daily Mail et al pumps out about the UK being flooded with Romanians, I only have one friend from this lovely country in London. He is great at whooping, wears fantastic cardigans and is very funny, so I was expecting good things. I kind of thought everyone would be like him and generally I’d say they are, except there is a definite trend for men to wear black Jedi style cloaks. The crowd at Sunwaves is around 80 % Romanian, which made for a refreshing change - I totally fell in love with the black as pitch, deadpan,Romanian humour - and most people, whatever their nationality, were friendly and fantastic. I lost my wallet and my iPhone and both were returned to me, intact. We were given throat spray by Casanova. Some boys kidnapped me to their car and fed me whiskey. People tried to help us our every time we needed anything and seemed to want to make sure that we were safe and having fun. There was a tiny exception though. I call them the duckface girls; all pouts and no smiles, high heels and bad manners. One of them told us not to dance near to her, presumably we were ruining her coolness with our happy faces and joyful attitudes.
But even the horrible people helped us, inadvertently. Myself and my partner in crime were dancing around in a corner, pretending to be duckface girls, like the mature young women that we are, when we got chatting to two hilarious guys, leaning on some scaffolding. It took us about an hour to notice the massive sound desk behind them and figure out that these two jokers supplied the lovely Funktion-One sound system for Sunwaves and were in charge of the auditory loveliness we had been experiencing for the last day. Their chat was so funny, if a little hoarse and/or mumbly at times, that we basically stayed there for the next 24 hours, and at one point we were left unattended and I was allowed to push a button, so I think I can say that I was partially responsible for the amazing sound at Sunwaves.
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I also think we were probably the only punters at the festival who, accidentally, listened to most of Marco Carola’s now infamous 24 hour set. I can’t even begin to describe a set that lasted a day, especially as I'm not a huge Carola fan, but my notes say “M-A-R-C-O, YES!!!!”, so presumably I must have enjoyed it at some point. I was just having too much fun with our new best friends, bopping around in the sound tent. It's kind of a weird feeling to know that you were present in the room (but not really paying attention) during a session that will go down in electronic music history, for good and bad reasons. Marco, I know you're from Naples, but it's not really necessary to eat pizza off the mixer, as you reportedly were. Also the word on the underground street is that as there were technical problems with the outside stage from Saturday, so artists had to be moved inside. The rescheduled Saturday with Lee Burridge and Nastia inside went to plan, but on Sunday Tini, Livio and Roby were moved to the stage Carola was on and then apparently couldn't play as he insisted on continuing. But a little footnote here for all you Carola fans – you would kind of expect a DJ who had just pulled such a long set to stagger out from behind the decks and have shots with sexy people, or at least run to the loo. Not our boy Marco, he came straight to the sound guys and gave them a massive hug for giving him the sound that 24 hours of solid playing deserved.
I know at one point I listened to a few hours of Ricardo Villalobos' set, but I'm just not sure exactly when. It was bloody good though. In my opinion, Ricardo, when he is on form, is one of the best DJs in the world. He was on top of his game at Sunwaves and the atmosphere was electric. I could have listened to him forever, but he also plays in London quite a bit, so I wanted to check out other DJs who aren't in our neck of the woods so much. I probably made the wrong decision, but that's one of the issues with festivals with as strong a line up as Sunwaves; you always risk missing out on great music as there are so many great artists booked. I also missed out on Vera and Priku, who I had planned to let fill my ears with amazing sounds. I heard mixed reports on Vera, a few people said it was a bit blandly minimal, others were much more enthusiastic. Like most things, it's probably a question of taste. Everyone was raving about Priku though - it seems like the Romanian sound totally owned the festival. He's top of my hitlist for next year, as long as I don't get welded to the floor of the sound booth again.
So where was I? My ears were really enjoying the set from Tale of Us, but my body was beginning to shut down, so we reluctantly left our sound boys to get some more money out, have some wine and maybe think about going home at some point. Of course, then we discovered that all three of the ATMs in Mamaia were empty of money. This made us very unhappy. We ended up on paying for an extortionate taxi ride all the way to Constanta to get cash, with a cabbie who insisted on taking us to McDonalds. I still don’t know why. So remember kids, when at Sunwaves, get lots of money out while the banks still have it as you really don’t want to end up in a fast food restaurant in another town instead of on the dancefloor. We fully intended to go back to the festival for one last dance (we had just discovered it was Sunday evening and were full of sadness that soon our adventures would be over), but red wine after a meal was fatal and as my partner in crime was trailing off mid-sentence, we decided to hit the hay.
Surprisingly, we woke on Monday feeling quite fresh. As we lived in the middle of nowhere, we got a cab into Mamaia to find food. Can you imagine our joy when we arrived and realised the festival was still going at the stage on the beach?! Instantly abandoning our plans to go to Bucharest that day, we ran to join the party, hairy legged, make up free and in hoodies, like the glamorous girls that we were. We also had no voices and were worried that people would mistake us for Baba Cloanta, the mythical, forest dwelling, ugly Romanian witch who scares travellers and eats children, with our creepy whispers and disheveled appearances. Luckily, the mainly Romanian crowd were very accepting of our somewhat alarming ways, and the ambience was amazing. Everyone was friendly and super loose, it reminded me of partying at DC10 back when it was really good, or Bar 25 when it still existed. Rhadoo was on the decks, absolutely smashing it (definitely another highlight) and I was happy to get another chance to see what he could do. This unexpected extra day was probably my favourite – the music was so good and so messy and really kept you going, even when your body was saying no. There were no bitchy girls stomping on your feet at this point. They had all gone home because their faces hurt from frowning too much. It was just us, the messy dregs of Sunwaves, smiling and laughing and making new friends.
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Finally, Herodot closed the festival. I’d heard so much buzz around him at Sunwaves and it was great to finally hear him play. His music was so passionate and incredible, I fell to my knees in awe several times. Well, okay, 50 % of the cause was tequila, if I’m honest, but he was still epic. Luckily for me, I'd managed to make a whole new bunch of friends who had laughed enough at my rubbish jokes and meandering stories to not mind picking me up again to continue dancing. With apologies to Jane Austen (although who knows, maybe she would have liked techno), it's a truth universally acknowledged that you always meet the best people at the afterparty. Even though there were only about 20 of us left at the end, Herodot still wanted to carry on, but the mean security literally pulled the plug out of the wall mid-set. The festival remnants were throwing lei at him to keep on playing, but the bouncers remain unmoved. Sunwaves was finally over on Tuesday morning. But Herodot, such an ending!
So what more can I say? Go to Sunwaves. It’s the best festival I’ve ever been to. The music was incredible and the quality of the sound (thanks again, guys) was just out of this world and puts most London parties to shame, so much so that me and my partner in crime re-christened the festival Soundwaves. Even though it's getting more popular and Sunwaves is interested in big names like Craig Richards and Carl Cox, the emphasis is still strongly on local talent. Whilst the rest of Europe were busy aping Richie Hawtin style minimal, Romanian DJS were occupied in carving out something fresh and developing their own unique sound, which is why the music here is so unlike anywhere else. The lack of petty licensing restrictions and rules that plague the London scene also mean that sets like Marco Carola’s marathon can occur. Hopefully it will happen with a more polite DJ next year. But when all is said and done, it was one of the best weekends of my life. So I’ll see you on the dancefloor in Mamaia next year then?
By Peggy Whitfield
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Club der Visionaere is set to host a combination of two of the most innovative record labels in Berlin, Birdsmakingmachine and Finest Hour for a marathon event spanning the day and night. Both of the German based labels have respectfully built solid reputations and grown to deliver a range of exclusive minimal, house and techno releases, so seeing them go head to head isn’t something to be missed. A range of DJs are set to play including Audio Werner, Rudolf, Pior (Live), Onrik and Robin Ordell who will combine to provide a fulfilling spectrum of electronic music.
Audio Werner needs no introduction. As one of the most unique producers, with releases on Circus Company, Hello? Repeat, and of course Finest Hour records to name just a few, expect his selection of groove laden house and techno to captivate the canal side venue.
Argentinian born Rudolf of BMM is constantly evolving as an underground artist. His signature style of jazz, swing and minimal techno offers an infusion of organic sounds that are presented perfectly throughout his sets that will move the Kreuzberg hotspot.
Pior makes up the second half of BMM, and is on the same level musically as his South American counterpart. His live sets are something to admire, as he effortlessly glides between hypnotic progressions.
Finest Hour label co-founder Onrik has made a real impression on the underground electronic music scene playing worldwide in venues such as Fabric (London) and Fuse (Brussels). As a DJ, his sound cannot be confined which spans Detroit,Chicago, New York dub house, techno or old school electro. Be sure to saviour some of the treats that he pulls out from his record bag.
London based artist Robin Ordell has become an essential component of the city’s electronic music scene. His style of solid and bouncy house is infectious, which will provide an edge to this musical showcase.
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Monday June 1st, 2015
Club de Visionaere
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Dana Ruh has discreetly been stamping her mark on electronic music since 2007, when she introduced her own label Brouqade Records. Since then, her output of deep and groovy house music has been unparalleled and consistent featuring on Cocoon Recordings, Underground Quality and Ostgut Ton, which is an impressive CV. Also, her ability as a DJ is highly respectable. Gracing the decks regularly at Cocoon parties in Ibiza as well as in her homeland of Germany in world renowned venues including Berghain and Club der Visionaere, Ruh is a busy international DJ that has become an ambassador for the female electronic music scene.
MEOKO managed to catch up with her in between an active schedule to chat about her progressions with her label, a new project and her forthcoming summer appearances.
Hi Dana, how are you today?
Im fine, I’m in the studio, I’m all good!
How did your last set go and where did you play at?
Let me check my schedule! I played a long weekend which started in Frankfurt, then I was in Berlin at Hoppetosse, followed by London for the Melt music after party in the loft which was really cool!
What has been your most exciting project or experience so far this year?
I have been doing a lot of exciting things involving music including a new project with a friend who is doing distribution for vinyl’s and records which we have started to work on that is really cool. I have also done a promotion mix but I can’t reveal anything yet, but it is exciting because it wasn’t planned!
How did you approach and plan your debut album in comparison to other productions and mixes?
I did not plan an album, I have a lot of tracks on my hard drive, so usually I finish something and collect it for myself.
So it came together naturally?
Yes, at some point I wanted to have some feedback from Jus-Ed because I love what he is doing with the Underground Quality label and I love his taste in music. He has a lot of experience so I was thinking maybe I should send some stuff to him so I sent two CD’s the old school way.
He thought they were really cool so we checked some other tracks and he said ok maybe we should do an album because the music fitted together. Ed did everything including the track list and he had the idea so it came together quite naturally.
What did you learn from working with Jus-Ed?
He has a lot of discipline, and knows what he is doing and has a great attitude and energy to keep things going. I learnt that you just have to do what you want and not what other people are doing and to keep disciplined and professional.
Your record label Brouqade is now in its eighth year, how does it feel to be running such a successful record label?
Well me and my friend Anne started it in 2007, and we were doing quite well as we had a busy release schedule and distribution, but then the company went broke.
We had a little break because we both had to focus on other things so I decided, ok let’s do it again so we started fresh with a relaunch and new graphic. I met Anthea who joined us when we were releasing more records which meant having a bigger team, so this is how it all fitted together.
What does Brouqade actually mean?
I wanted to have a name that is unique and special. It actually means a clothing material, but if you type it in Google you will find the record label.
How do you manage to keep on top of your record label and balance it with everything else that you’re involved with?
It’s a lot of work to do but I am used to it and I like to work by doing things like producing and running the label. I keep Monday’s free to do administration stuff, then work on music for the rest of the week. I have a good structure! (laughs)
Plus I am not alone, I have my girls with me so we can share what we do which makes it all much easier!
I understand that you have got a residency at Zoo Project and appearances at Cocoon, Ibiza this summer, so how important is the island to you as a DJ?
Well, I already have a lot of things going on already in Berlin, but as an island I love the weather and the sea plus there is a lot going on there. It is really important for my career and my type of work but I would say that I also have similar things in Berlin.
What was your first appearance in Ibiza?
It was in 2010 when I had a set at Space for Kehakuma and also for Zoo Project. I remember Zoo Project’s promoter booked me first and my set at Kehakuma came after that.
How influential do you think Ibiza is for house and techno music?
Very influential, promoters will always looks at who is ‘hot right now’ and will book DJ’s based on that for their own parties. It definitely influences their careers, that’s for sure.
When you play in Ibiza, do you change the style of music that you play?
I don’t really change my style because I have a really wide range of music. If I played at Club De Visionaere, I would prepare for a long set and maybe play a trippier style, but in Ibiza I wouldn’t change what I play.
You’ve done a lot of work with Andre Galluzzi in the past, is this continuing now?
We are having a break right now because I am focusing on my work. He is great to work with though, he has helped me a lot with my production as well as my arrangements because he has performed as a DJ for a really long time now. I am now really organised thanks to him!
Can we look forward to any new productions for the rest of this year?
Yes! There is a techno orientated EP coming out on Fred P’s Soul Music label, which is coming out at some point this year. I am also releasing a new EP on Brouqade, which I would describe as my definition of house, plus another techno track coming out on Cocoon Various Artists.
When you started getting into music did you think that you would have your own label and DJ in renowned venues such as Ibiza?
I didn’t know that it was going to be like this, but I think that you just have to take the possibility and do it! Also, with a record label you have to do it yourself because you are then independent. I would say I’m just doing what I think is best right now...
Thanks for taking the time to speak to me and good luck with everything!
By Sam Quilter
Dana Ruh's Yardang EP is out soon on Brouqade.
Catch Dana this summer at Zoo Project and Cocoon Amnesia, Ibiza!
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Bloc, (Autumn Street) welcomes the Turin based party collective We Play The Music We Love, one of Italy’s most esteemed underground parties, for their next appearance in London. As the most successful club night in Turin since 2010 it has graced the decks of Studio 80, Amsterdam, Batofar & Le Pigallion, Paris, Moog, Barcelona and Suicide Circus & Arena, Berlin. Having already hosted a string of successful parties in London, their next appearance is eagerly awaited.
With an organic ethos, the party ‘has been built to provide a place where artists are encouraged to push the boundaries of their craft and to promote shared values of respect, acceptance and peacefulness through the stories they tell’ which can be seen among their selective and fine-tuned bookings. Their forthcoming London party boasts a depth of talent including Redshape (Live), Marcelo Tag, Nax_Acid, Lenka and Shizo.
Redshape’s identity is unknown but the elusive German’s style of techno is as mysterious as his personality. The man behind the red mask has released on labels including Delsin, Styrax Leaves and Music Man, and has studied the sound of old Detroit techno records which are reminiscent in his unmissable live sets. Expect nothing less for the upcoming London event.
Co-founder of We Play The Music We Love, Marcelo Tag is regarded as one of Italy’s most revered musical pioneers as a producer, promoter and DJ. Never failing to deliver exceptional performances behind the turntables, Bloc will be the perfect venue to experience another masterful set from Marcelo.
Nax_Acid has delved into every kind of electronic music, playing everything from hardcore to electro. Now combining techno and minimal with ambient and electronica, his performances are always guaranteed to create unique musical voyages.
Lenka and Shizo have both become regular additions for We Play The Music We Love in London. Slovakian talent Lenko currently holds a permanent residency at Paradox, EGG playing her own style of groovy house and techno. Shiza will be on warm up duties to get Bloc’s room moving in the early hours of the party.
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Friday, 29th May 2015
Bloc (Autumn Street)
23:00 - 6:00
23:00 - 00:30 – Shizo
00:30 -02:00 – Lenka
02:00-03:00 – Nax_Acid
03:00-04:30 – Redshape (Live)
04:30-06:00 – Marcelo Tag
As part of our regular competition series, We Play The Music We Love has offered some great prizes for one lucky Meoko reader:
A pair of tickets for the above event
2 x We Play The Music We Love bags
2 x We Play The Music We Love t-shirts
with "WPTMWL" as the subject title. Good luck!
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Jichael Mackson – Foxy Lady EP (Teledub)
Teledub is the birth child label of Jichael Mackson. Fittingly, the first release comes from the Munich based artist on his own imprint where he implements his own signature sound over three atmospheric, spaced out tracks. B-side Foxdevilswild is a track that you will just have to play on repeat. Click Here.
adult only records 43 - larry de kat
Adult Only present another sublime release from Larry De Kat who offers a variety of rolling grooves. The A side includes Diks On Gruds, a fierce composition with a deadly bassline and Noodlez which provides a quirkier sound constructed of whirring and choppy percussions. The flip contains a jacking Phil Weeks remix of the opener as well as Um which is a minimal breather in comparison to the rest of the hard hitting EP. TIP!
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Times Are Ruff – CutzPart2 EP (Times Are Ruff)
The second Cutz EP from Times Are Ruff offers another raw selection of serious Detroit house music tools built for the dancefloor. The first two ‘cutz’ serve up a tenacious style of tight drum pads, with shuffling breakdowns, whereas the last two tracks give way to a funky bassline that would sit perfectly in any warm-up set.
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Verrina & Ventura – UNO (Howl)
Giavanni Verrina and Germano Venturo are no strangers to producing music, of which they have released on some of the most interesting labels including All Inn Records and Only 300 Family. UNO is their latest project which is a treat of six solid unravelling house and techno supplements to be played loud. Expect a bass driven listen with scattered vocals.
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Ricardo Villalobos – Who Are We EP (Raummusik)
Ricardo Villalobos returns for his second release on Raum Musik with Who Are We. It features two mechanical slices of the minimalistic sound that Ricardo is renowned for accompanied by vocals from his friend Jorge Gonzalez and Alog, which provides a Chilean spice that lifts the entire EP.
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Toba – San Diego (Discobar)
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The new label concept, Discobar designed by Guillaume Tallieu and Lamache is already making quite an impression through its uniquely constructed releases. Toba delivers the third, setting the mark high with possibly the imprint’s best release to date. Self-titled track San Diego is an atomic and hypnotizing opener which experiments with high pitched synths and choppy vocals, but the EP really comes to life on the B side where Toba and Ark combine to perfectly execute a Perlon esque microhouse style of sound, that eventually erupts with crisp hi hats. Expect to hear this outstanding track in lots of sets from the likes of Zip and Ricardo Villalobos.
One of the UKs most respected and well curated festivals of recent years, Gottwood has maintained its reputation on the summer events circuit with a clear focus on the arts and woodland accompanied by a well crafted line up that showcases some of the most influential and creative artists of recent times and beyond.
Deep into the country side of Wales, this one has to be a TIP for this year, again promising a selection of music with clear direction that displays an eclectic spectrum of dance floor sounds to an intimately organized forest space comfortably populated by a friendly crowd. Being one of the first of the year, it does a great job in setting the tone for other UK festivals a like in delivering a quality and open minded expression in how a festival should be managed.
In Chapter 6 of the Angelsey woods party, that has consistently proved a mighty success, forest floor dancers will be joined by the likes of Margaret Dygas, MCDE, Move D, Enzo Siragusa, Zip, Tini, Ben UFO, Archie Hamilton, Ste Roberts, Point G, Marcellus Pittman, Romare, Ruf Dug, Al Dobson JR, Bradley Zero and Seven Davis JR. to name but a few. With such weight, variation and diversity in the Line up, the festival will run seamlessly all weekend matching the moods of many and will undoubtedly grant another round of applause from everyone attending.
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By Ell Weston
Hi Phil, how are you today?Very good, I’m very happy to be back in London again, it has always been a favourite destination for me. I come around here about 5 to 6 times a year. There are so many parties and I’m not exclusive to one of them so it’s cool, I like it, I just go to good parties!
Can you remember how you started out making music and getting into DJ’ing?I was already making some music in my house alone, buying some old school gear. I guess in 1996, when the first Daft Punk album came out I knew I wanted to do this. It really blew my mind away. I was in love with house music already but that day I was like, ‘’ok this is my life..’’. I had already passed my Baccalaureat (similar to A levels) in 1994 and I was into sports and studying to become a teacher but music took over. I was already living on my own in Paris at 19 / 20 years old but I had time. I was going to uni a few hours a day and I had the rest of the time to work on my music. The first track I was happy with, I thought I could show the work, this was around 1998 / 1999 and pretty much at the same time I also started the label. As I came from sport, practice was pretty important for me in order to shape my sound, and it might be what’s missing in the music industry nowadays. Young producers tends to show up with a track made on a laptop thinking they are on the top, but actually they are beginners just like I was. This is the reason why back then I didn’t wanted to show anything before I thought I was ready.
By reading your biography I saw you were using old school equipment such as the Roland 909 and 303. But what is the instrument you’ll never sell?From all my shit, I would never sell anything.. I don’t sell my equipment, if I get tired of it, I would give it to a close friend. I have the perfect studio from the 90s, maybe it looks too old for some of the new school producers out there but this is the sound I like. With the new equipment they use now I wouldn’t sound the way I like. My main instrument is the MPC 3000 which controls all of my studio via MIDI, the 303, the 909, and the S950 which is another AKAI 12 bit sampler with a low quality sound that I like. I have a lot of samplers and drum machines but only a few synths like the Roland SH 09 that I really like!
Besides your gigs you produce a lot of music. How is your workflow in the studio?The way I’m working really changed over the years. Before, I was rather slow to work, finishing one track in a week or two sometimes. I needed to listen the same loop over and over again. Now I can make a track I love in two hours, I have a better understanding of music and I have more confidence from a creative point of view. For example when I DJ, I don’t prepare my set, I just take a bunch of music that I like and when I’m live I just create something with it. In the studio I do the same, I work with samples that I like, cut them into pieces and just play around with them. Eventually it always comes to something and usually it’s pretty quick. Then I keep about 70% of the music I make to maybe release it and the rest I just throw it away.
Robsoul Recording initially started as a platform to release your own music. How did it happen and when did you start welcoming other artists on board?Very quickly, maybe one year after, in 2001.You have to remember that it was back in 1998 and not everybody had a computer so when you wanted to put out some of your music on labels you liked, mostly UK, French and US in my case, you had to send a fu**** tape by post, hoping it gets there for someone to check it out. We were working a lot with fax as well, can you believe it? (laughs). So it was kind of tough, you couldn’t communicate on Facebook and all that. I was impatient, I wanted to do my own thing and that’s basically how it all started. After one year I welcomed David Duriez, in that he also had his own label called “Brique Rouge”. We started working a lot together and he taught me a lot, in how to run a label as he already knew how to handle his business. Around the time I also asked a few people to do some remixes and the label started to get known. After that I received a lot of good music from people and I opened up completely the label. Nowadays things are pretty crazy, I’m releasing sometimes up to 3 records a month and many people are waiting for their music to be released so I have to be fast. Robsoul is fully booked until the end of 2015!
What are some of the biggest challenges of running a record label today? F***.. I’m not sure, for me it’s easy because even if I smoke a lot I have a clear mind, I don’t do too much bullshit, I know were I go, I take care of my artists but essentially my taste in music is the same as when I started. Of course it has evolved slightly, but I still pretty much like the same shit.. Everything comes from black music: soul, disco and hip-hop, but with the club culture mixed to it, this really is my house music. Now I see some labels jumping from one thing to another, following the fashion, releasing minimal one day then going back to house and techno. I believe in the long term it is not working so well like that. So yeah the main challenge nowadays might be not to follow the trend, but I don’t have it.. Of course the label has some ups and downs but I don’t care. Before 2005 the house was at his best and I was selling 3000 to 4000 vinyls per release. When the Electroclash came up many DJs started to play that kind of music, personally I couldn’t do it so I had less bookings but it wasn’t a problem, I just adapted my way of doing things and found other options.
Do you get inspired by other producers?Nowadays I don’t think I’m getting much inspiration from others sampling producers but if I had to mention one it would be J Dilla. He is the only one in this part of the world of music that blew my mind away. Even when I knew which sample he was using, listening to the way he would use it was incredible. He feels the music on another level compared to any other beat makers.
Does smoking weed helps with your creativity?Yes 100%, I don’t think my music would be, if I can say, as good without smoking weed. Sometimes if I’m working on the beginning of a track, and there is something cool to it, I would smoke a joint and know what I’m gonna do straight away. All my ideas would become clear in my mind.
Thank you for this Meoko podcast, it was recorded live in Milano, can you tell us more about it?It wasn’t so long ago, maybe a month or two, and a really good party. Amnesia Milano is a big club where I’ve already played before, but I must say that it has become much better since the last time. I also have a lot of friends there so I felt really comfortable, it was amazing! Actually at first I forgot that I had recorded this set back then and when Maya asked me ,do you have something ready? I thought about it and I gave it to her, I hope you will like it!
You must be travelling a lot but can you tell us a little more about the scene in France at the moment?I think it’s the best one in the world right now, talking mainly about Paris. I have a lot of gigs coming up overseas and also lately some french promoters booked me to play in cities such as Avignon or Nante which are mostly new to me. But Paris is amazing right now, I would put it first before London and Berlin. I have my residency at Rex Club and man, even on a Thursday night we have like 800 people and everybody is really into it, I can go really underground in the music I play, and they will understand it. People are really on a party mode, they want to know the music you play and they really enjoy themselves. I can feel in Paris now what I used to feel in London and Berlin a few years back when actually Paris was pretty much dead. I feel like people went back to the roots, doesn’t matter, house, techno or minimal as long as the artist is making it with love. Music comes as cycles and Paris is generally on it at the moment. For example the sales at Synchrophone record store are doing good and there is also a lot of new producers. I have always noticed that french people are pretty talented once they get into it. We had Pepe Bradock & Daft Punk and all the new guys doing good like DJ W!ld, Apollonia, Chris Carrier, Joss Moog and so on.. The scene is really full of talents!
Last question. What will the future bring for you?One thing we need to talk about is my new album coming up in late September, it’s the fifth one and hopefully it will be the best. I made a lot of collaborations with singers like Mike Dunn, Peven Everett who is a very talented American singer, Diz from Chicago and another singer called Mijan. The whole concept around the album is based on ‘’pimping ain’t easy’’, a classic from Big Daddy Kane. I’ll call the album this, I’ve spent all my week working on it and I’m almost there. There will be 13 or 14 tracks, all the instrumentals are ready, I also have the intro but still need to finish the outro. Then when I receive the vocals from the two last singers I’ll arrange them around it. I think about it everyday and it gives me a lot of energy!
Thank you for our lovely conversation Phil! Good Luck with the gigs, productions and record labels!
LISTEN TO PHIL'S EXCLUSIVE PODCAST HERE
Fabric welcomes German based stalwarts of the electronic music scene; Villalobos, Roman Flügel and Binh in Room 1, and a label showcase from Frankfurt based Live at Robert Johnson in Room 2.
ROOM 1: VILLALOBOS, ROMAN FLUGEL & BINH
You can almost always guarantee a full house each and every time Villalobos graces London’s fabric. Being recently featured on the front cover of Crack Magazine’s special 50th edition, Villalobos has managed to garner a great following for such an underground artist as himself, influencing the musical lives of many from all spheres of the electronic music scene. To listen to Villalobos in fabric with its impeccable sound system is always something to look forward to, hoping he will break the boundaries of time once again with his infamous extended sets.
Another music icon to get excited about is Roman Flügel, also a musical chameleon in his own right, having released music since the 90s via diverse aliases. One of the reasons for this, according to Flugel is “the possibility to hide behind different names, which can provide a certain freedom”. Today he has chosen a different path of freedom, dropping his monikers to stick true to his name.
Man of the hour Binh returns to fabric, this time playing for the first time in room 1, representing a milestone he certainly deserves. Today he is one of the most sough-out DJs in the scene, where he has proven his selector capabilities as a Club der Visionaire mainstay, Get Perlonized regular, while also notching up various gigs all over the world from his hometown Berlin to New York and very soon London!
ROOM 2: LIVE AT ROBERT JOHNSON
Flügel joins his other mates; Portable (live), Oliver Hafenbauer and Benedikt Frey in room 2 for a Live at Robert Johnson showcase.
Those who know need no introduction to what has become one of Europe’s most beloved clubs amongst DJs, music fans and clubbers alike, and for the right reasons: music quality and club environment. Having been compared to London’s fabric, the club also homes a record label, Live at Robert Johnson. It is a pleasure to see these two institutions meet for what seems to be a serious night of music.
The club and label is perhaps more associated with their place of origin, Frankfurt, instead of the American Blues singer of who the club is named after. An almost all German “cast” clearly makes sense then, with Flügel, as well as label and club regular Benedikt Frey and booking agent plus label manager Oliver Hafenbauer joining the line up (Read more about the club as fabric interviews Oliver Hafenbauer about his busy work schedule as A&R and booker, while he shows off his DJ skills in a freshly recorded podcast). Roots span beyond Europe with South African Portable aka Bodycode with his exclusive live set. A unique artist with powerful vocal chords, Portable has also released EPs for another respected big name in the industry; Perlon.
ROOM 3: THUGFUCKER & GREG PIDCOCK
Room three gives us Thugfucker, who is known for kick-starting the rise of music label Life and Death with their single “Disco Gnome”, as well as their collaborations with friends Tale of Us (Thugfucker spreads the love in Meoko’s Not So Serious Session… check it out!). The American duo is followed by Hot Creations member Greg Pidcock who is a DJ, producer, graphic designer, an all-round artist and a wandering traveller (Check out his sounds and trippy designs here).
Saturday, 16 May 2015 23:00 - 09:00
RA event page here
Room 1: Craig Richards Ricardo Villalobos Roman Flügel Binh Room 2: Live at Robert Johnson Roman Flügel Portable (live) Oliver Hafenbauer Benedikt Frey Room 3: Thugfucker Greg Pidcock
People Like Us arrives to the UK for it’s London debut on non other than this coming May bank holiday.
More than just a party, People Like Us has been causing storms worldwide with its original style, well-executed concept and musical delights.
Presenting the night, we spoke to Guti to find out more behind the brand, the lifestyle and the ethos of why you’d want to be a ‘People Like Us’ in London...
First things first – Who are the people behind ‘People like us?’
People Like Us is a brand that has been created by Artist Alife, which has been my agency since I moved to Europe, we have been together for so many years and Tom (Preuss) its founder was my first manager. I was there when People Like us started so it’s nice and feels natural to see the brand going global.
Every party has a history and a reason for their existence – what is the story behind People like us?
Remember when the first Californian and street wear culture kids in the seventies worn out outfits like almost sci-fi manifestos. They did run away from fear to hope just experiencing something new that not belonged to prior generations but the future ones. Culture crossing borders in new sports, new music, new clothes
We take these memories and give them the strength of today’s technology. And again we turn the dreams engine on. Ready to dream about the future. Careless about trendiness. We don’t follow. We’re trying to build something new, our own vision and experience.
People like us can usually be seen partying Berlin, – why did you decide to bring it to the UK capital?
People Like Us has been traveling the world, we have thrown parties in Ibiza, Barcelona, Switzerland, Germany… It is a cosmopolite and international brand that cross borders. We are touring with the concept in key cities for Spring 2015 and we could not miss London out! (Basel, Paris, Barcelona are also part of the tour and more surprises for the summer)
…And why was now the right time to do it?
We always choose very carefully where we can throw these special parties as the venue must be right, the timing perfect and our partners the right ones. It took time to decide for London but here we go teaming up with Solo Danza. This is the right moment, the right partners, the right venue and the perfect line up!.
A big privilege of doing the job you do is having the amazing opportunity to travel - other than playing, dancing and partying what else do you like to do when you’re in London?
I have many friends in London. I love to go to a little place called the good life eatery, its owned by one of my best friends Yasmin, i also love to get lost and walk around, shop some clothes and always end up buying instruments. Last time i got a moog filter from the 70s.
Great and established music venues in London, and nationwide are having more and more problems with licensing and club closures – your night will be at a new venue ‘The Steelyard’. Were the problems with these troubles the reason for choosing a new club for your London debut?
We spoke a lot with Dennis and Nick at Solo Danza about the best venue for the debut. Our relationship with Dennis stretches back a number of years and the venues he uses have always been super cool so were happy to bring People Like Us to this new home for the guys.
…And how would you describe this club for those who haven’t heard of it?
We spoke a lot about this venue with the guys and It has some of the same personality as Crucifix Lane - an underground vibe and great atmosphere - which we loved so much. So this seems like a good home for us too!
People like us is also a clothing range and the artwork for the night are beautifully designed, its clear that it is not only the music that has a part to play in the make up of the brand – will there be any visual excitements on the night or is only the music going to do the talking?
We try to bring the concept as an artistic experience. This is why artworks are a complete part of it. We have a very special design line and if you check out our website (http://peoplelikeus.de/) you will see we constantly seek for inspiration in images/pictures/street art. PLU is in perpetual move - But for tonight, all eyez on the music !!
Now we’re onto the subject of music – what will we expect on the night? With two live performances in store it is sure to be full of energy! Do you have in mind what you are going to play first or are you going to see how the crowd reacts?
I’ve been a big fan of Ion Ludwig and Julian is in my opinion one of the best djs around, next level music. For me is up there with Ricardo and all these guys. Also, Dennis always sets a nice mood when we play with him here in London so I’m very happy with the lineup. I have a nice studio that allows me to make new stuff every week, I try to keep it super fresh. I’m already a super reactive person in every situation and it’s no different when I’m playing.
To catch Guti, Juilan, Ion and Dennis introduce London to 'People like us' , head to The SteelYard on 2nd May 2015.
Link to the event can be found here
Tickets can be found here
Written by Eileen Pegg
Tech Your Time has arrived for its debut in London for a very special event celebrating its 4th birthday. Originally starting as an FM radio show across Greece TYT has hosted international guests such as Audiofly/ Flashmob / Jordan Peak / Kris Wadsworth / M.A.N.D.Y / and many more. After four years of hosting his own radio show in Greece, founder and MEOKO resident Denny Kem brings a fresh and exciting project to the heart of East London. With 10 hours of non stop house and techno across 2 rooms this will certainly be a date to add to your diaries.
On Saturday 9th May Take Your Time - 4 years will take place in a secret location in Dalston Kingsland. To ensure the right vibe of the party is kept attendees will need to join the guest list by clicking attending on the Facebook event. https://www.facebook.com/events/919816374715986/NOTE: The venue has a limited capacity.
German producer and Wareika member, Jakob Seidensticker has released music on labels such a Perlon, Circus Company, Eskimo and Visionquest. Having played at world famous venues like Output NY, Berghain/Panorama Bar, Eleven Japan and Watergate, Jakobs visit to East London will not be one to miss.
Second on the line up is Toi.Toi.Musik co founder, Claus Voigtmann. As an artist and label owner, Voigtmann needs no introduction; his deep minimal productions have earned him a well-respected name within the London underground scene. Not only has he hosted Toi.Toi parties at Londons Fabric, other locations such as; Rex club, Off-Sonar and Berlin are among a few which have added to the outstanding reputation of their parties.
Completing the line up is Greek producer Markos Spanoudakis aka Kreon. Much attention has been drawn to co-productions with his friend Lemos and he’s also released solo on labels such as Ultrastretch, Aeternum, Cecille and many more. Kreon’s jazz influenced minimal techno sounds are the perfect addition to this line up, which isn’t to be missed!
Residents- Denny Kemm (MEOKO)- Tony Loi (MEOKO)
- Joseph Williams (Infuse)
Saturday9th May 2015 20:00 – 6:00
Secret location, East London
Up for grabs we have a multiple choice of vinyls to give away:- Wereika Floors EP (Cirucus company)12”-Seidensticker & Salour – Wecome to our ageing chamber (Wir Rec) 12”- Voigtmann – Minor Compostions Of Incredibly Imaginary Futures (Toi.Toi.Musik/ TT02) 12”- Kreon & Lemos – Part 1 (Equivalence / EQ01) 12”- 1, 2 Formartion CDs from Wareika
For a chance of winning these valuable prizes just answer the following question:What was the name of Voigtmanns first EP to get released?
Sunday partying in London
Generally Sunday is the day of rest and recovery from the night before and the void between going back to work at the start of the week. However, in the city it is the extended day of partying which has become integral for the weekend revellers who want to carry on dancing into the early hours of Monday morning.At the forefront of the Sunday selection of events are a handful of promotion brands that have built their superior reputations from the ground up, including FUSE, secretsundaze, Half Baked and Keep on Going which each offer a unique and individual experience that is perfected by each careful detail including sound, the artists, the venues and the crowd. As a result, London has become a beacon for Sunday afternoon partying which has become as essential as Saturday night. With warm weather on the horizon, daytime partying is soon to become a very significant part of every electronic music lover’s diary which will be overflowing with a spoilt amount of choice. Though thankfully, there are a variety of events offering something for the entire spectrum of the electronic music community.
Taking Sunday partying to a new level since the tail end of 2008 at East London hotspot 93 Feet East are infamous party starters FUSE who have since then established themselves as a London institution. The underground aficionados have consistently sold out events due to a strong core of FUSE residents including Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito, Rich NxT and Rossko, which have proven to be a recipe for success. With a combination of high technical sound, visuals and a carefully crafted crowd, FUSE has crowned itself as the church for London’s electronic music community. Though the party is built up around its core of residents, many renowned DJs have graced the decks in the past including tINi, Onur Ozer, Sonja Moonear, Guti and Julian Perez, which have equally become essential additions towards the perfect FUSE formula. Staying true to their underground roots, event details for the summer have not been announced yet, though they will be guaranteed to cause a roadblock at their new home in Shoreditch, Village Underground.
Alongside FUSE as a pioneer for Sunday daytime parties are secretsundaze, who have certainly stamped their mark onto the underground electronic music scene since their birth in 2002. Fore fronted by resident DJs Giles Smith and James Priestley, secretsundaze has rapidly become an ambassador for daytime partying and has occupied a variety of venues across all depths of London including Studio 338, The Laundry, Bloc (Autumn St) and Oval Space. To put it lightly, Smith and Priestley have perfected colourful, fun and musically on point parties. Over the years their program has included a mix of cutting-edge talent including Moodymann, Ricardo Villalobos, Four Tet and Levon Vincent. In the run up to the summer, you’ll be able to catch Martyn, Delano Smith, Jeremy Underground, Florian Kupfer and Mr Beatnick at Studio 338 near the end of May, not to be missed.
Since its inception in late 2009 onto East London’s radar, Half Baked has served up an innovative collaboration of both art and music and has showcased a wealth of talented artists since its emergence including London residents Greg Brockmann & Robin Ordell, Zip, Mike Huckaby, Margaret Dygas, Fumiya Tanaka and Fred P to name just the tip of the iceberg. You can always expect Half Baked to put their personal touch on parties which are held in exclusive spaces dissimilar to a club environment which are all the more exquisite during the summer season. With a reputation for providing an outlet for organised fun, the East London outfit has become vital towards the success of Sunday afternoon partying in the city. With many mouth-watering line-ups to saviour in the sun soaked months to come, the pick of the bunch scheduled to play are Petre Inspirescu, Norm Talley, Praslea, Nastia, Sammy Dee, Thomas Melchior and Raresh.
The unsung hero of the bunch though is none other than Keep on Going, which quite simply does what it says on the tin as the definitive ‘after party’ in East London. Offering up marathon events spanning across 24 hours in a string of private intimate venues, Keep on Going has built its reputation as a party for the dedicated Sunday reveller. Thriving off simplicity, it has proven that all is needed for a roof raising party is a stripped back intimate venue, a pair of decks, a loyal community of people, and a selection of locally sourced talented DJs. It has become integral for the reputation of underground electronic music in the city as it gives local DJs the opportunity to showcase their talent in a very appreciative environment. Past bookings have included Harry McCanna, Samuel Bellis, Antony Difrancesco and Unai Trotti. Uniquely, it is the only consistent weekly party on a Sunday and is a staple choice for discerning electronic music fans who simply want to ‘keep on going’.
Sunday afternoon partying in London has become more accessible than ever, providing a platform for local DJs to showcase their skills and an avenue for the underground community to explore. Afternoons have become a much more unique and advantageous format of partying, competing with Saturday nights due to a selection of colourful and charismatic promotion brands that consistently continue to broaden the horizons for the electronic music lover.
by Sam Quilter
In 2005, Valentino Kanzyani set up Jesus Loved You, a manly vinyl based record label. A bold step considering the trends towards digital at that time. His passion for playing records goes back to the nineties, where he was regularly seen spinning records on three turntables in his home country's most famous dance music club. A defining figure in Eastern Europe’s dance music scene, the “Slovenian techno father” continued his impressive efforts beyond. A producer too, he became part of the well-renowned Cadenza label. Another milestone that cannot be ignored, is Next Wave, which he kickstarted along with his friends in 2011 and today has become one of the best underground parties in Ibiza, if not the whole of Europe. We are honoured to have him in our Music Through Pictures Series...Welcome, Valentino!
It reminds me of the afro beat movement of the 70's. Honestly I don’t know who this singer is but it emanates the power of it!
Memorable anniversary of Ambasada Gaviloi with my hermano Luciano
My home for 5 years and a place I loved and enjoyed so much in the past 13 years.. Had a lot of great experiences for my personal growth on this little magical island!
Incredible artist coming from one of my favorite places music wise in the world.. Respect!
Reminds me of my last trip to Mexico, wonderful times, would love to go back soon.
The most famous Slovenian town needs to be paired with the most famous Slovenian track Enjoy!!
My beloved mother the first person to introduce me to music! And my first and biggest fan! One of her favorite bands is the QUEEN! MAMA!!
My favorite festival in the world. Best DJ’s, best music, best crowd.. So nice and so simple! Like this track:
AG the club where I’ve started my journey! Got my first chances to book, play and meet with a lot of different artists from all around the world! Definitely this track marked a time of this club!
If you'd like to hear more sounds from Valentino, check out his brand new podcast for Rhythmatic! The party collective will also be hosting the artist for his next gig in London, this Saturday, the 18th of April. Event here, tickets here.
The Seventh Day is a series of Sunday parties designed for techno lovers. Housed under the cavernous 18th century warehouse, Village Underground, each party showcases 12 hours of techno curated by international and local masters of the craft. Each time two international established guests will join the line up alongside residents and local talents.More than just a farewell to the weekend, the Seventh Day is a platform for local artists and an invitation for veterans and newcomers to revel alongside like-minded people equally obsessed with music.On Sunday 12th April Shifted and Kobosil will join forces for this first 12 hour techno marathon at Village Underground. Residents Jay Clarke, Randolph and CSGRV will complete this line up that will surely keep you dancing from 12pm until 2am.
The following are the line ups for the next three upcoming events:
RA Ticket: Here
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Phrased – Come with me (L B Produce)
The mysterious Phrased delivers his second solo EP on his very own L.B. Produce, an imprint reserved for mesmeric deep house beats and pseudo-acid sonics. 'Come With Me' is a Chicago-kinda joint with dubby pads and a hazy melodic structure, while 'The Edge Of Forever' is full of broken drum machine beats dipped in a luscious coating of reverb and a subtle 303 swagger. Last but not least, 'Mist' replaces all beats and grooves in favour of ambience and a deep river of electronic abstraction. A big like!
Federico Molinari & Alexis Cabrera – La Vueltica (Raum Musik)
Oslo Label mastermind Federico Molinari returns on Raum, this time together with his mate Alexis Cabrera. Both of them are hailing from Argentina but are currently living in Berlin, where they also met and decided to start a project together. This is what comes out. ‘Palasquesea’ is a true gem!
Thor – Consequences (Sushitech)
Great music from Iceland! Sushitech pulled together a classic compilation of Thor’s finest work. If you ask Meoko, this is a record you need in your collection. Thor performs as his own, Oz Artists and Sanasol. Very cool tunes, which sound still modern today! Meoko loves it!
Datriix – Flying One Hand (Op.disc)
Dartriix is a sporadic but permanent collaborative project between two of Op.Discs label heads, Fumiya Tanaka and Yoshihiro Hanno aka Radiq. After 6 years of absence, Dartriix finally makes their return with this intensive double pack LP Flying One Hand, which is a good surprise to us.
Roger – EP1 (Neostrictly)
The Roger EP consists of 2 tracks, delivered by the production team-up Vlad Radu, Martin Glowacz and Nils Weimann, with an additional remix by Michael Melchner. All three tracks are different in terms of structure and harmonic elements, everything being combined in such a way that music can be enjoyed at home or on the dancefloor. Michael Melchner’s remix is an absolute banger!
Detroit People Mover - Shelter EP (Bla Bla)
Interesting 4 tracker from Detroit People Mover with a minimal gangsta vibe, rather dubbed out and funky! Straight from detroit and released on the label Bla Bla Music. Limited to 300 copies and soon available..
Boo Williams vs. Glenn Underground (Maad)
2 supreme Chicago heavyweights go head to head across 2 slabs of wax... step up Boo Williams & Glenn Underground! This double-pack is pure fire & was originally released in 1995 on miniscule Trax offshoot MAAD, fans of that bouncing, stripped back, funked out House music look no further, it's all right here!
Ferro! This Dutch DJ and producers already entered line-ups of many cool parties. For people in Amsterdam he is a well-known name with gigs in Paradiso and Studio80, but lately he started to have gigs all over the world. He played next to mastermind DJ's such as Zip, Rhadoo and Onur Ozer and in clubs like Salon Zur Wilden Renate and Club der Visionäre in Berlin and many more. Since last year he started to release some of his work on different labels. One of them is Moss Co; the record label of Archie Hamilton, who had spoken to Meoko just recently.
Hi Ferro, how are you today? Can you tell us more about your artist name?
Hi, I am doing very well. It is simply just my Dutch last name translated to Latin. I am 100% sure a lot of people cannot pronounce my Dutch last name.
How did you experience music when you were a child?
I think children always experience music differently than grown ups. They experience everything differently and it is hard for me to recall that experience, although I would like to have the ability to do this. I think I really liked simple music; it is fair to say that my taste changed a bit.
How did you end up making and playing electronic music?
It just happened. I was always busy with music. When I was young I screamed in microphones all the time. That was a very unpleasant habit for the family [laughs].
What does the Romanian musical culture, like arpriar and the Sunwaves-festival, mean to you?
It’s an interesting sound and I like it a lot. There are so much young Romanian producers, who produce music at the moment that it is really hard to find the good bits. I really appreciate the Romanian input over the last couple of years. They showed the dance industry the power of repetition. Besides that, the Romanians showed with their lovely Sunwaves festival that it is really hard to party 5 days in a row.
Which other artists do you respect because of what they have achieved?
I respect many artists. I am really enjoying classical music nowadays. It is something so different from the music I play in clubs. There is so much emotion in it and in such a complex but natural way. I also respect many of the EDM artists. I think it is really difficult to be so enthusiastic while listening and making so much shit noise.
You recently played Fabric in London, how was it?
Well it was an honour to play there, especially because I am an audiophile. When you play at fabric you discover that you really can control a room full of people, when the room is full you feel like a conductor of an orchestra, although I never conducted one [laughs]. The biggest reason that causes this power is the sound system; it is the best system I played on so far! I was really happy that I could play in room 1 as well. I was a bit nervous at the start, but as soon as the people came in I felt really comfortable.
As a talented up-and-coming DJ, you probably have some dreams as a DJ. Which of those dreams already came true? And which dreams you hope to witness in the future?
One of them was playing Fabric [laughs]. That one came true. I try to have no expectations anymore. I try to live the dream and to go with the flow. This way, things can only get better. Actually there is one dream I like to fulfil and that is to dream as much as possible.
As a new talent, I can imagine it is not so easy to survive in the world. Can you live from your gigs or do you have a ‘real’ job besides DJ’ing?
At the moment I do only things that I like. Besides partying I have gigs every weekend and I feel blessed that I can travel around because of my music (and the music of others of course). During the week I am in the studio, try to stay healthy and searching for new music.
Amsterdam is your hometown. What are the places to visit if you want to experience a really good party in this lovely city?
I am a big fan of all the events organised at the “NDSM-Werf” it is in the North of Amsterdam at the other side of the water that separates the Centre, East, West and South from the North. There are some venues there but most of the events are outdoor festivals or one-off events indoors. It is a rougher place than the fairy-tale city centre of Amsterdam and it is always a few degrees colder there.
What do you like more: being a DJ at a party or producing your own music?
I prefer to DJ at a party. In the studio it is mostly the music and I. But my music is meant to move people. When I am DJ’ing I can witness that. At parties magical things can happen because of music. Also drugs and alcohol play a role in this. I think all these factors make sure the crowd can “tune in” at the same frequency. Then a crowd becomes one and this is what I try to achieve.
Can you tell me more about which equipment you use to produce music?
I try to combine old analogue machines with new ones. I have some classics but I am always searching for new and rare pieces of gear. I am sharing my studio with two friends. This way we can combine all the gear we buy, that is a really big advantage because gear is very expensive. My favourite piece of gear is also the cheapest one: vodka.
Do you have any future releases you can already tell us about?
There are a lot of tracks ready to release but I try to make more tracks. For now my rule of thumb is quality over quantity.
Thank you for the interview!