It only seems like yesterday Fuse began as a free party in Brick Lane; they may now be preparing for a massive 5th Birthday celebration at the wonderful Studio 338 on 30th July, but they’ve never compromised their wonderful music ethos.
Since the creation of Fuse they have built one of the best record labels to the day, along with a cult-like following, and it’s time to reward all their hard work with a massive birthday party. Bridging boundaries in electronic music, educating audiences with all manners of musical styles, Fuse strives to do things no other record label could achieve in the same way, with the motto “We want to continue to be the symbol for quality, up-to-dateness and fusion”.
There’s no better place to celebrate than in one of London’s most popular up-and-coming venues Studio 338, which has a massive capacity. Fuse are taking over the Studio 338 Terrace, with around 16 different DJs such as Alex Arnout, Archie Hamilton, Dan Lively and Rossko. Infuse are also taking over the loft area with Fabe, Ferro, Mariana Mateljan and Zendid.
We are also teaming up with Fuse with an amazing prize giveaway! Up for grabs are:
- limited edition Fuse t shirts commemorating 5 years of Fuse London Records.
- Guestlist for the event
- 5 years of Fuse limited Vinyl release
with the subject line Fuse Birthday. Good Luck!
Tickets/ Event info here and Facebook event here
Undersound continue to spread their love for clubbing and music with their 25th all night party at The Pickle Factory opposite The Oval Space in London on 20th August.
A breath of fresh air in the commercial world we live in, Undersound refuse to give in to gimmicks and marketing techniques, just focusing on good quality music and venues.
From 11pm-6am Undersound resident DJs Harry McCanna, Gwenan and Andrew James Gustav along with a Freerotation takeover of Steevio and his partner Suzybee (Welsh techno pros with a passion for hardware and live synth improvisation) will be keeping the party alive all night long.
The Pickle Factory is the perfect intimate venue to suit Undersound’s style of minimalism, focusing on an incredible audiotechnik V series sound system with no room for unnecessary lighting and visuals.
Tickets/ Event info here and Facebook event here
After their hugely successful SunSet series in 2015, Corona will bring around 4,000 gatherings globally across beaches, cities and mountain tops. The beer company are trying to spread a stunning ‘This is Living’ message, reminding people to get out and about and enjoy life as much as possible. London weather may not guarantee sunshine, but with closed eyes and a chilled Corona and a lime wedge it’s easy to imagine we’re on a beach in Mexico, and Corona are making it even easier to bring a Summer atmosphere to the city of London by creating some brilliant spaces for drinking and music.
The series launches at Hackney Wick on August 7th from 3-11pm in the beautiful terrace at Number 90 Bar and Kitchen. The headliner for this event is soon to be announced, with support from Leatherette, Pete Herbert and Bobby Pleasure.
Next up on the 21st August Corona take over Last Days of Shoreditch at Red Market from 3-11pm. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with music, street food and crazy golf, the large terrace will be taken over by Corona. Electronic superstars Groove Armada will be headlining, with Bill Brewster and Pete Herbert alongside. There will also be a free taco for the first 150 entrants at this event so be sure to arrive early!
Corona then take to Dalston Roof Park, again from 3-11pm, to end off the summer in the best way possible. Ibiza stars Alfredo and Jose Padilla take over the spacious roof with Mr M supporting.
The highlight of the sessions of course is The SunSets Festival on Meridian Quays on the Greenwich Peninsula on Saturday 30th july. Warm sand will be taking over the SE10 area to bring a true beach vibe to the waterfront, alongside attractions such as various Corona cocktails, tribal body painting and Corona Cubo Corner, initiating guests into the Sunsets tribe.
Carnival legend Norman Jay MBE will be spinning his classic house, funk and soul sounds as the sun sets on London, with support from Crazy P Soundsystem, Nightmares on Wax, Coco Cole and Shovell.
On the second stage, Robin Schulz headlines, with support from Felix Jaehns, Sam Veldt, The Him and Riki Inocente, with a laid-back combination of beach tunes, summer melodies and deep house.
This year, between September 2nd-4th, the second year of Lounge on the Lake Festival comes to Sawbridge, Hertfordshire in Essex.
The underground style of the festival means everyone attending will be there with the same motives: to spread love and music around the idyllic settings.
With 5 stages (hosted by the likes of Level, Wet Yourself, Banjax, Redrum and many more) and 2 ‘secret gems’ this is an intimate but by no means small occasion, celebrating world music, food (from some of the UK’s best food vendors) and culture in a relaxing atmosphere.
The 2016 line up is impressive, with 130+ DJ’s & live acts including the likes of Omar, Richy Ahmed, Giles Smith, Rodney P & Dk Skitz, and Max Chapman along with plenty of others with the full line up having been revealed yesterday.
Buy your tickets here, with Early Bird tickets at only £59, VIP tickets at £200 and day tickets at £39. There is also the option of Boutique Camping, which you can check out here.
We have also teamed up with Lounge on the Lake to offer 2 sets of VIP tickets! To be in with a chance of winning, simply email us in 50 words or less your dream location for a festival.
with the subject line: Lounge on the Lake.
For more, check out their website and Facebook.
Lovebox Festival is quickly approaching, and it’s set to be a great one, with world-famous fabric nightclub teaming up with Pioneer Pro Audio to host an arena which recreates the nightclub experience in a festival environment.
Fabric also have us covered for the afterparty too, with a night at fabric for Lovebox After Dance with guests Ricardo Villalobos, Thomas Franzmann aka Zip and Jackmaster joining residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis for a quality night of techno goodness.
We are teaming up with fabric to give away 2 X fabric CD by both ZIP and Ricardo. To be in with a chance of winning simply like and share the post pinned to the top of our Facebook page here.
Here at Meoko we’re just waiting for 21st-25th August to come as soon as possible so we can get to Sonus Festival.
It’s just over a month until Sonus begins on the beautiful Zcre beach on Pag Island, Croatia and it’s sure to be a week you’ll never forget.
There have been many buzzing announcements since our last post, with the festival announcing their many party partners such as Fuse, tINI and the gang, THUMP and Resident Advisor. After already crazy additions of hypnotic Swedish techno power couple Adam Beyer and his wife Ida Engberg, German DJ/ producer Monika Kruse and party-starter Andy Catana, Sonus released the stunning full line-up and schedule as seen below.
Sonus have also released this dreamy trailer to get you all brimming with excitement!
Ticket prices are currently at €179 for a standard ticket, €249 for a VIP ticket and there are also €25 boat parties and €38 shuttle tickets available.
For more information, head to the website or Facebook page, on which Sonus have been posting some videos getting us hyped for the occasion.
Archie Hamilton is a young man making a big imprint on the DJ world, with a nomination in the Ibiza DJ Awards 2016 in the newcomer category. The London based DJ has two labels to his name, Moscow Records and Moss Co., and also has releases/ remixes on well known labels such as Fuse and Fear of Flying. The popularity of his hypnotic house and techno sets have allowed him to perform internationally, at respected venues such as fabric, Space Ibiza and Sonus festival and Amnesia. He also launched his own event brand, ‘Arkityp’, which hosted 5 parties in Ibiza’s Underground last Summer. Archie’s tracks ‘Mind Blank’ and ‘Troublemaker’ also gained considerable respect throughout 2015. We had a not so serious chat with the man himself.
My all time favourite band is….
I don’t have just 1…top 3;
Classic; Rolling Stones
Growing up; Oasis
Recent; Whitest Boy Alive
I have always wanted to…
The strangest compliment I have ever received is…
‘Your music - it is like you attack with a flower’.
The first thing I thought of when I woke up this morning was…
Why the builders next door are using a power saw outside my window at 8.00am.
If I had to be locked in a room with someone for 24 hours it would be...
Harry Houdini. I’m sure he’d find a way but if he didn’t, I’d enjoy watching him try.
The longest I’ve gone without sleep for is…
The TV character I most relate to is…
The last book I read from front to back is…
The Celestine Prophecy.
My favourite place to go when I have no commitments for a day is….
This is a rare occurrence. I had a day off in Mexico recently and climbed in this mountain national park called Chipinque which was incredible.
As well as his upcoming US tour, Archie is making his debut at Amnesia this Summer at FUSE x Hyte on July 13th (event details) and will also be playing at the 5 Years of Fuse event at Studio 338 on July 30th (event details).
He is also releasing his 'What's In Your Head' EP on his own imprint Moscow Records released 22nd July. The title track on the A side is an uplifting minimal house track and the B side is a remix by Ali Nasser, whose remix brings together both classic percussion and synth elements creating a house classic.
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Balancing constant touring, a weekly radio show, motherhood, producing and co-founding Mobilee Records, Anja Schneider is one inspirationally hard worker. Egg LDN is all set to host Anja, alongside Mobilee’s Re.You and Ray Okpara and popular Egg residents’ Kyle E and The Willers Brothers on Saturday 30th July for an unforgettable house ’n’ tech night.
The Berlin based electronic music label Mobilee launched in 2005, founded by Anja Schneider and Ralf Kollmann. The label pride themselves on innovation, merging classic minimalism with contemporary ideas and also taking music in their own ingenious new directions. The fact the label has been running so long is a testament to their ability to adapt to the never-ending rapid changes of the electronic dance music community.
Egg LDN with it’s warehouse vibe, pumping sound system and out of this world visuals/ lighting is the perfect place for Mobilee Records to showcase their talent in all its glory. Alongside Egg residents’ the spectacular trio will stun audiences with their wide range of music, from Anja Schneider’s ‘Caracus’, which featured on the Moon Harbour compilation; to Re.You’s larger than life edit of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’; and Ray Okpara’s soulful grooves like ‘Angel Eyes’.
The kind people at Mobilee are allowing two of Meoko’s readers to win 3 vinyls and a t-shirt each as shown below! If you want to be in with a chance of winning, let us know your favourite track from the folks over at Mobilee Records.
with the subject line: Mobilee Showcase.
Early last year in the heart of Madrid, vinyl only label Colt Music was born. With an unbelievable series of local parties, and a couple of releases under their belt it seems they are picking up the pace impressively well. The key to their success boils down to the careful selection of artists they choose to work with. The fact they have previous releases from Hamid and Brian Harden which includes a magical remix from Romanian duo SIT, literally speaks for itself.
For the third release on the label they have hit the jackpot again, this time around they are treating us to the sounds of long term resident of Rakete Club (Nürnberg) Michael Melchner. The native German is known for his extended sets taking clubbers on a euphoric trip, touching on all corners of electronic music. Diversity is definitely something this man doesn’t lack, and this shines through in his productions, creating something special for all dance floor situations.
‘Pi Came First’ is a solid three track EP, with a unique touch that many desire but fail to achieve. The title track taking up the whole of the A-side is an in your face groover, driven by a combination of spiralling magical sounds and hard hitting kicks. Providing you with that peak time bounce and energy we all desire. The hypnotic breaks, supported by some strange voices, suck you in before you’re thrown straight back in by the glitchy rolling beats. The more atmospheric brother of the opening track ‘Pi Came Second’ in comparison definitely has a stripped back approach. Similarly to the opener, there is that push and drive from the drums, but it has a much more minimal and floaty feel to it, one for the journey. A real touch of class. The most mysterious out of the three goes by the name of ‘Prague’ and it screams that 7am dark and eerie after party feel. Having you in a daze from start to finish, it is a very steady track fuelled by outer space sounds, ready to take over your mind.
The EP really proves the understanding that Melchner has for moving dancefloors; be prepared to be impressed by his timeless work. It’s soon to be released, so you best keep your eyes peeled for this one, and the serious movements Colt Music are making, going from strength to strength.
Dear DJ worshipper,
It’s a cliché but it’s true, clubbing is an escape from our often boring everyday lives, and the last thing we should be doing is going from staring at a computer screen in the office all day to going out and staring at a DJ all night (I mean, are they really that good looking?). Is popping that extra modafinil to stop you blinking worth it just to make sure you don’t miss the DJ slightly twitching the EQ knobs? Aren’t you going to regret missing the hilarious sight of your best friend cracking out the worm during a minimalist techno set because you’re too busy making sure your incredibly original snapchat story of DJ Nobodyhasevenheardofme is broadcast to the ten people who’ll bother to watch it?
One would think the ‘cult of the DJ’ was avoided in the dark, dingy, visually devoid warehouses we’ve grown to love. We all know what a mixer looks like, and unless there’s some incredibly impressive lighting and visuals behind the booth or the DJ’s wearing a neon morph suit surely there’s more interesting alternatives to staring in the same direction all night. We’ve been wired to get irritated if somebody tall stands in front of us and blocks our connection with the DJ, programmed to give the guy a shove and an “oi mate do you mind?”, but our connection should be with the crowd around us instead, sharing the joy of the music together and getting so lost in it that we almost forget that the music doesn’t mix by itself. By all means give the DJ your respects, or ask what the name is of the banger they’ve just dropped, but don’t be that fan girl/ boy staring in awe like you’re at a One Direction concert.
It may not be in our human nature to make eye contact with people when busting shapes, and I for one easily get embarrassed by my general lack of coordination and sweatiness, but if we can’t all share in releasing our most ridiculous moves in a club, where can we? Can’t we return to a time where our funniest and most vivid memory of a night out is when Sarah/ John/ Paul lost their shit when DJ Bitchface randomly dropped Milkshake by Kelis in the middle of an acid house set rather than coming home with only a vague memory that the DJ may or may not have smiled at us?
By Laura Hely Hutchinson
As many of you know we are just in the thick of things of one of the biggest weeks of the electronic music calendar. This June the 23rd edition of Sonar festival will be taking place, however, we have decided to cast our curious eye on the ever expanding OFF Parties that seem to get bigger and better every year. Starting on Monday the 13th running through till the 20th, there will be an unbelievable series of day and night time parties to feast your mind, body and soul on. Hosted by all kinds of brands, artists, labels, & promoters it really is the who’s who of the dance music industry, and what better backdrop could you ask for than the beautiful surroundings of Barcelona. Scattered across the scenic city you will be able to find parties, on rooftops, on the beach, round a pool, outside museums and squares in the heart of the city. There is even an extremely picturesque abandoned monastery playing host to several parties across the week. What more could you ask for? Although this proved very hard to whittle it down to our top ten picks (as there are so many incredible parties on offer), here they are:
Melisma X Pressure Traxx in Collaboration with MEOKOWhere?Sala PlataformaWhen?16th June, 00:00-6:30 Who’s Playing? Einzelkind, Giuliano Lomonte, Dani Casarano, Felipe Valenzuela, Phillipe LiardYes you did read that correctly. We are teaming up with two of the biggest names of the underground scene, for a showcase of their finest talent. Swiss Based Melisma and the famous Pressure Traxx are both renowned for pushing boundaries, and this night will be no different when we unite to take over the 24 year old Sala Plataforma, a household name of the Barcelona night life. An exclusive pre-party will be held at a secret private club from 17.00 till 22.00, Limited tickets available at the venue.
[A:RPIA:R] ShowcaseWhere?Poble Espanyol Picnic Area When? 16th June, 14:00-01:00 Who’s Playing? Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu, Raresh, Cezar, DubtilA magical journey in the sunshine at one of the most enchanting settings of the city, that sounds great to us. The picnic area creates an atmosphere like no other. Many are familiar with the Arpiar boys, but without fail they supply you with a unique experience only they can provide. Joined by the talented Cezar and Dubtil, this really will be a Romanian masterclass not to be missed. We can not wait for that Arpiar sunset. Hosted by local heavyweight promoters Loud-Contact and 0300F.
Toi.Toi. Musik. 6 Years BirthdayWhere?Input High Fidelity Dance Club When? 16th June 21:00-06:30 Who’s Playing? SECRET GUEST (UK), Ion Ludwig (Live), Hello?Repeat Soundsystem (Jan Krueger & Daze Maxim), Steve O’Sullivan (Live as Bluetrain), Audio Werner, Losoul, Voigtmann, Lamache, Dafoe 6 magical years have flown by with the Toi.Toi. family, spreading love and happiness wherever they go. And what better way to celebrate their birthday than in the heart of Barcelona, with as always, a careful selection of artists they adore, and that are loved by so many. Over the years we have seen them go from strength to strength, from a night, to a record label, and an agency, and they are not showing any signs of slowing down. Fantastic artists, and run by fantastic people. There is always such a unique atmosphere when Toi.Toi. are in town and we cannot wait to see what they bring to the table for their birthday bash.
Get PerlonizedWhere?Poble Espanyol Picnic Area When? 17th June, 14:00-01:00 Who’s Playing? Zip, Markus Nikolai (Live), Maayan Nidam, Fumiya Tanaka, Sammy Dee. Usually tucked away in the dark depths of Panorama Bar, we had to include this day party, as it is a rare occasion to see the Perlon crew surrounded by mother nature, in such a fantastic location. Founders Zip & Nikolai will head proceedings, and are joined by some label regulars, so you can guarantee they will give you a day for the history books. As the day turns in to night, the magic will really start to happen.
IR Presents People like UsWhere?El Monasterio When? 16:00-01:00 Who’s Playing? Kink (Live), Guti (Live), Schwarzman (Henrik Schwarz + Ame, Live), Premiesku (Live), Job Jose, Moreon + Baffa.Remember that picturesque abandoned monastery we were talking about, well this is it. What better way to celebrate having such a lovely backdrop and panoramic views of the city than having 5+ hours of live music. You can’t argue with that. Germany based, People Like Us and local promoters IR BCN have teamed up to take over this dynamic space, bringing something very special to the table. Expect to be moved. Lola Ed Vs Half Baked Where?Fact Music Pool When? 18th June, 13:00-23:00 Who’s Playing? Lola Ed Vs Half Baked: Apollonia (3 Hours), Premiesku, Le Loup, Molly, Julietta, John Dimas, Greg Brockmann.Checkpoint Stage: Nicolas Lutz, SIT (Live), S.A.M, Baraso, Rainer, Rick Maia, Sampol, Sonodab.The Fact Music Pool Series has become a firm fixture during OFF week, and a favourite to many. A fantastic spread of parties during the course, however, this hands down caught our eye the most. First of all the Lola Ed crew & Half Baked teamed up to curate a day of pure grooves, spearheaded by the French maestros Apollonia. Stage 2 is hosted by local club Checkpoint, offering a feast of sounds. We are especially looking forward to SIT (Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia) delivering their poolside live set, definitely a journey not to be missed. IR Presents: FRRC By Ricardo VillalobosWhere?Placa Mayor When? 18th June, 16:00-01:00 Who’s Playing: Ricardo Villalobos (Exclusive Show), Cobblestone Jazz (Live), Sonja Moonear, DeWalta & Shannon (Live), Craig Richards, Mirus. The largest out of all of the venues over the week, holding around 5000 people, Placa Mayor plays host to a very special event, headlined by an exclusive set from Ricardo Villalobos. Whilst taking in the culture & architecture in the heart of the city you will experience a live performance of DeWalta & Shannons latest LP on Indigo Raw that we covered last month, and they are joined by famous trio Cobblestone Jazz. Huge favourite of ours Sonja Moonear will also be taking the reins in what is set to be a beautiful Saturday in the city.
Elrow Off Week SpecialWhere?ROW 14 When? 19th June, 09:00-22:00Elrow seems to be appearing more and more frequently, spreading further afield than its Barcelona home at an extremely fast rate. We had to include this in our top ten because where else can you get a better Elrow experience than its original birth place. A day time fiesta beginning early in the day rolling through till late at night at Row14. A fun filled party full of fancy dress, confetti, and inflatables, providing an exciting atmosphere like no other. Sunday Breakfast Where?ZT Hotel Villa Olympica When? 19th June, 14:00-23:00 Who’s Playing? DeWalta, Valentino Kanzyani, Barac, Gianni Callipari, Sandro Kuhne.If inflatable flamingos, and ice blasts of confetti are really not your thing, Switzerland based Sunday Breakfast have crafted a great day of music for you. Wizards Valentino Kanzyani, and Barac are joined by the groove master DeWalta for a perfect balance to your Sunday soundtrack. Oh, did we mention it’s a rooftop party, fantastic. Fuse BarcelonaWhere?INPUT High Fidelity Dance Club When? 19th June, 23:00-06:00 Who’s Playing? Livio & Roby, Molly, Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito, Rich NXT, Rossko, Archie Hamilton, Dan Farserelli Far, far away from the grey skies of London, the Fuse boys have decided to spread their wings to one of the latest reformed clubs in Barcelona, INPUT. It’s always nice to catch their unbelievable sound outside of the hustle and bustle of the city they call home. Joined by the usual suspects Moscow Records owner Archie Hamilton and regular face Dan Farserelli, we are especially looking forward to seeing what Rex Club resident Molly has on offer. So there you have it, our top picks of OFF week 2016. See you all in Barcelona, for what is shaping up to be an amazing week.
Love is in the Gili Air ......
My Trip To Paradise.......
This is a story which, even if I had forever, I couldn’t begin to tell the whole of. I met so many incredible people and had such an incredible time that and I’m not really sure where to start with the distillation of this experience into a piece with a beginning, middle and end.
Those of us who came to the Air Festival spent days in a paradise well suited to those seeking more soothing thrills— meaning really good times without the potential for overwhelm that comes with extended romps in urban techno society or days spent within densely packed festival grounds.
Organized by special souls for special souls, the Air Festival’s origins are actually pretty casual and unpretentious: according to Festival co-founder and social media maven, Kelly Ariella, the original posse met on Bali in 2013— they were all worldly underground dj-sorts and found the local club scene lacking: “….we kept hanging out and realized we all had a similar interest in bringing something. To Bali.. We were craving an underground scene and we were all after the same thing so we decided fuck it ... Let's do it.”
The “it” has included not only the Air Festival, but many club-nights deep in the concrete jungles of Legian and Seminyak, as well as one-offs in locations even more obscure than Gili Air. There was something very family about how the crew all related to each other— everyone wanting to make sure each member had an equal say, were heard and recognized. Not to mention that during the festival, when they weren’t playing out-of-this-world DJ sets, they could be found serving behind the bar, fixing speakers, adjusting deco, fetching drinks for artists sweating behind the DJ booth and doing all the things that good, humble hosts do.
Air Festival 2016 offered diverse programming and created a strong sense of belonging amongst its attendees. Headliners from around the globe— names like Sonja Moonear, Sammy Dee, DeWalta, Azimute played alongside super refined Indonesian DJs such as Trigan Young, Dark Bark, Fingerprint, as well as members of Air Festival’s core founding crew— Walker Barnard, Sylvie Forêt, Dr. Kessler, Tiago Oudman, Sucré Salé. Part of what made the festival feel more grounded and intimate was the apparent connection and commitment to the island and local culture— months prior to the festival, organizers were on Gili Air building relationships with local authorities and business owners and paying close attention to what they could do to give back.
Walker Barnard, whose long history in the dance music business includes releases on underground staples such as Serialism, Vakant and even Big Dada, had an interesting take on how it all went down: “In many ways, the Air Festival was an experiment in radical inclusivity. So many people participated in a really personal way— from the people on the dancefloor, to all the volunteers who came from all over the world and lent their incredible skills to this endeavor. It was like, yes yes yes come on down! Do your thing! Thank you! Damn people worked hard! And of course it was a massive learning experience. There were a few crucial things that slipped through the cracks. We used way more plastic than we had intended, for instance. But now we know and will do better next year.”
So how did I end up dropping everything and going to the Air Festival?
Every day I receive hundreds of press releases to my inbox… more than i can possibly read. But one day I spotted a header saying: 'Air Festival on Gili Air'... I did not even have to read much more than that, I was already intrigued. Having spent six weeks on Gili Air two years ago, I already knew what paradise the place was. Seriously, if your dream is to visit an island paradise, Gili Air should be at the top of your list of must-do’s. I opened the mail and read the press release, seeing the line up which was a three day program and included some of my fave artists. I had a gut feeling that this was going to be a very special experience. I contacted the PR, Cecilia, and she put me directly in touch with Catherine, a co-founder of Air Festival (also known as Sylvie Forêt), and we got to chatting. We spoke for a long time about many things. It just seemed right, after chatting to Catherine on Skype, it triple confirmed for me that the people organising this festival were beautiful people and so right there we decided it would be good to invite Meoko out to witness the action. It was obvious from first sight that the organisers were creating something special music-wise on such an incredible island, and we just had to be part of this. At this stage I also became quite aware of the uniqueness of this experience, and that it would be very hard to separate my work identity from the person I am, and that I was about to embark on a very special adventure where I might be able to shed my professional attire, and just be. I was probably right. Or was I?
I Embark On An Adventure
I was so very excited when I knew plans were becoming more concrete. Indonesia is an extremely special and spiritual place. The local people are so friendly and helpful. The food is amazing and all in all it's pretty cheap for westerners to come and get a taste of true paradise and island life.
You don't really need any vaccinations to visit Gili Air and you also don't need a visa coming from the UK, you just pay the equivalent of 20 Pounds on entering the airport and you will receive a 30 day visa. Nationals holding passport from most countries and territories are eligible to do so. Cheap flights are available from Berlin to Bali at around 600 Euros. There's some amazing accommodation on the island. I stayed at Island View, the site where air festival was held. I decided to stay on here another week after the festival as the bungalows are lovely. You can expect to pay around 400,000 rupiah for a night including breakfast and double bed so for two people it works out very cheap. There's also a new place opening up called Captain Coconuts. Iit has a pool and an organic cafe called Coco Loco, only sets you back 200.000 Rupees a night with breakfast. It is all natural, surrounded by palm trees and all made of natural materials. Run by Resa and his wife Belinda from Sydney this place is really good for big social groups as it has nine beds on each wing with its own locker. It is not a dorm but a very upmarket bamboo lodge. The resort also has some private bungalows.
Coco Loco Organic Cafe and Accomodation
Indonesia is just such a magical country in itself. It's a very spiritual place and you can feel that in the air everywhere you go. I've been to Indonesia once before and on my return I just thought "I'm home." I have a real strong connection with the country. It truly is the land of magic. Thanks to the efforts of people like the Air Festival crew and other like-minded souls, there is now a real little scene taking off here especially in Bali and you can find many international artists playing in Bali on a weekly basis. One club to check out if you visiting Bali is Koh, the club founded by local UK hero, Ben Pound, along with OZ darlings Dan Baartz and James Taylor. I traveled around Indonesia two years ago, and I knew when I left I had unfinished business with this place. There is just so much to explore. I know I will return as many times as I can. To get the festival was a trip in itself. From Bali, you have to take a boat to get to the Gili islands. It is only one hour and a half to get there. There were different points of departure, also depending on which package the party-goers choose to book. I got in from Padangbai, which is a two-hours drive from the airport and costs about 400,000 Rupiah. There heaps of taxis when you come out of Denpasar airport. It is worth bartering and thus not paying more than 400,000. I arrived on the Wednesday to indonesia and then took the taxi to Padangbai where one of the ports are and the boats leave for the gilis ... I spent two nights there before heading off for the wild adventure and to experience Air Festival
The boat trip was very scenic, and I already spotted the first people who were going to share the same moments with me.
The festival ran over three days from Friday to Sunday. It took place on the beach at a place called Island View, under the stars. The Air stage, the main dancefloor, was located on Island View, and set right on the paradisical sunset beach. You were literally dancing on the sand with the sea water. The DJ box was set up in a beautiful wooden carving of a local boat. During day and night time, this was the place to be. Every night exploded with incredible energy. Friday through Sunday the energy kept getting bigger and bigger.
My first thought when I got there was: “This is going to be a wild three days.” And it was not only me. Every artist I spoke to or overheard speaking was in awe. I remember after the first night there were a bunch of artists by the pool after the Friday night, and they almost missed their plane but did not have a care in the world. It's like everyone just forgets everything when they get here and gets instantly sucked into the Gili Air paradise.
I travelled here in my own but I never felt alone once, the people whether working at the festival or partying are all so friendly. I was feeling a bit unwell on the first day but was determined not to let that stop me experience the paradise and quality music that air festival provided. All artists and the air festival team including myself were put up in a resort called grand sunset, about a hundred metres from the festival site. It's a really cute resort an infinity pool and a few steps away from the sea. So going back to being ill, I was sitting outside trying to fight my fever when the girl who was in the bungalow next to me asked if I was having a good time. I explained I was a little under the weather to which she replied her friend was a Norse that was travelling with her and she would send her to see me. This girl started walking towards me and it was crazy as it was a friend of mine that I met in London almost ten years ago when I started throwing parties. She had moved back to Australia and we had since lost contact so that was an amazing synchronicity. We ended up traveling together for a couple of weeks after the festival finished....
In total it was around two thousand revellers who had carefully planned their trips around the event and seemed to pour in out of no where, mainly French and German travellers but also an international colourful party crowd that seemed to be dancing at Burning Man one day, at Gili Air the next.
One of the musical founders of the Gili Air festival which took place in Indonesia this May, takes on the responsibility to deliver an advanced electronic tapestry for the most beautiful scenery a party reveller can imagine. With this lengthy set, recorded live during the event, Sylvie Forêt explores countless possibilities within a wide ranging spectrum of reduced yet gripping records. Hailing from New York and having played places like Bar25, Club der Visionäre and dividing her time between Indonesia and Berlin, she knows her trick or two to get and keep the crowd going, and her mix reflects that skill: Whilst one gets pretty close to the mind-blowing, almost life-changing experience (again), sinking into the hypnotic, her slightly breaky grooves create a specific bumpy party atmosphere. One can literally see all those barefeet people bopping along on the sunsetty beach to this fine tunage. Set on a tiny island called Gili Air – Air meaning water in the local language –, the festival is a progressive attempt to integrate local communities into an event concept which is set to become a steady fix point in any advanced traveller's diary.
Photo Credits : Coconutt Connection
Other Photo Credits: Nicole Venter
MORE AIR FESTIVAL
By: Nicole Venter
I had the absolute pleasure of chatting to funny man, Mr. Malin Génie about the formation of Mandar, his love for modular and some exciting projects that wait in the wings…
Malin's Meoko Mix #220
Yo Nick, nice to meet you!
Nice to meet you too!
So, how has everything been going man? Haven’t you just finished with some studies?
Yeah I’ve been a student until about four months ago… I finished in 2015 and picked up my diploma a month ago
Yeah because didn’t S.A.M go to university as well?
Wasn’t he doing something crazy too…
He’s a theologist! And I’m a psychologist.
Right, so you’ve got a psychologist, a theologist… thats some heavy minds right there!
And Charlie will get his degree in Civil Engineering soon!
Ah cool!…Well, actually yeah before we get into Charlie, I wanted to go through your stuff pre Mandar? Like how did you get into making music in the first place you know?
Well I got into music very casually. I started playing guitar, the drums and playing some records… actually some drum and bass records when I was younger. My cousin was a drum and bass DJ and he gave me a lot of his old records. I had some Gemini turntables at home… then later I started producing with some software my dad bought for me… It was called Magix Audio Studio? Or Magix Music Studio v7? And Gold Wave.
I remember I could record something from my turntable, and then there was a small file with a wave form… Then, if I wanted a kick for a minute, I had to copy and drag all the individual kicks… like 1, 2, 3, 4 click click click click…haha, so yeah it would take a long time to create the most simple stuff. I did get familiar with the structure and elements to make a beat though. I was making all sorts of loops and beats with samples I’d recorded from drum and bass and other stuff… Basically random records that were in the cheap section of Concerto, a record store in Amsterdam. This year the store celebrates it’s 60th birthday by the way…
Wait, so you were making drum and bass?
I tried! But I never managed to make a proper track… and later on with hardware I still couldn’t manage it!… Of course nothing I made back then was significant, no matter what genre. I should maybe try this again some time, haha! I did manage to make some hip hop breaks that were pretty decent though, now I think of it.
Cool, well I’d love to hear some DNB, that’d be funny…
Yeah you’re gonna have to wait a bit! Anyway, over time I gradually got more into housey stuff and techno…. Then I was using an MPC, Ableton… and the beats became a bit more interesting!
So I started uploading stuff on Soundcloud to share with some people. My friend Daan Groeneveld showed some of these to his friend Alex Salvador, and Alex was the first one to reach out to me and asked if I ever thought about releasing my music, and encouraged me to finish some tracks. It might be a cliche to look back at your earlier music and find it immature, but I would not release this music now. Even though I’m still very fond of the tracks ‘Rolas’ and ‘Cru’ from my debut EP, and value the whole experience a lot.
I understand that… and yeah, Rolas is a sweet track…
This is the point of taking an alias also you know? I mean at the time, I was still studying and I did not know how serious to take it all. I knew I loved making music, but I was still skeptical when it came to releasing it.
So it was just for lols at the time?
Yeah for lols… So I thought I need an alias for sure. My real name is not sexy! During my studies I was doing a course in scientific philosophy and read about Cartesian doubt. Descartes questioned if you can ever trust if any thought is truthful. He describes a fictional entity who is out to deceit you by distorting your perceptions. I have to mention that at the time, I was also creating some hardcore, as I am dutch after all, and uploading it on Soundcloud alongside the house productions… So, Descartes named this entity Malin Génie, and in line with the tradition of irony in hardcore and terror, I thought it would be fun to name my Soundcloud page ‘Malin Génie’.
Hahaha! That’s crazy
The name stuck though!
I like it! Okay, cool, so you started releasing as Malin… on TINK first right?
Tomorrow Is Now Kid! released my first EP and I was working on a second EP with them also. Then, during that time the Slapfunk guys were doing a lot of underground parties… although to be honest I never went to any of them before I started making music with them. So Slapfunk were checking out the stuff I was doing with Alex Salvador for TINK, and asked ‘Okay, do you have some stuff?, but it can be a bit more… you know…
A bit tougher, yeah, and I had tracks they were into.
And what about your 55 Cancri EP?
Now this one I’m really proud of!
Yeah, and you should be!
This was some music I had been making, but didn’t have an output for at the time. Luckily a friend Maurits Reiss was working on his label ‘Dialegestai,’ and our mutual friend Bobby Hakvoort introduced my music to Maurits. I still really like this record. I’m actually thinking about reworking and reissuing it again because I saw some people have been asking for a repress a while. I have some ideas about re-approaching these tracks in an interesting way, with a little help from my friends maybe, haha.
That sounds ace man! See… I thought that you were just making a lot of housey type stuff, and then there is this 55 Cancri record, which is obviously nice and deep, but kind of an anomaly to the other music you were making?
The first couple of releases were obviously house because it happened to be that those were the tracks I’d finished at the time… and… yeah, they were ready to release. I was really happy when I finished 55 Cancri though… Production wise, I get more satisfaction from this music. I am most productive in the studio when I'm working on a particular sound while the beat is still rolling in the background. I like focusing on a specific sound for an extended period of time so that the rest of the music fades into the periphery... I can really get into the zone, and all of a sudden I can find myself listening to the same loop for an hour. To me, this is an important moment. When I realise I have been listening to the same damn loop for a long time, and it still does not bore me, I know I need to finish it. The advantage of tracks like the ones on 55 Cancri, is that there are lots of small details and elements that naturally progress and regress for your focus to shift on for a while! It’s very relaxing music to make! When I was making house, I was in a more energetic mood and I could afford to work in a more crude way… which also has it’s charm. The more music I make the more I get into the details, though.
Yep, the intricacies in this kind of music is what it’s all about. So, how much hardware were you using at this point, for 55 Cancri? MPC?
I was still using the MPC, but for the 55 Cancri EP I sampled a lot of arbitrary music. I didn’t use any hardware for this record.
Oh okay, because you are pretty much fully out the box now, right?
Well, I started in the computer, bought more and more hardware, and now I’m actually scaling down again. I use hardware really to generate sounds, but I record it into Ableton for further manipulation and eventually arrangement and mixdown. With Mandar, we did some records where we just did one take… but it was pretty impractical.
And you are using a lot of modular?
Yeah… the modular is great and it’s really inspiring. You can do some random stuff and all of a sudden you’re like ‘Oh snap! It sounds good!’ I like this trial and error way of working to get inspired. So yeah, I’m using this a lot, for every production… It sounds so comfortable to the ear! You can make sounds you want listen to forever. Like the ‘Sense of Swing’ record… I went for this. A steady loop with minor variation. I really like these toolish tracks.
I think lots of people do too! The record has done so well hasn’t it…
Yes it went quite well! I’m very proud of this one. And the 55 Cancri! And of course our music with Mandar too!
Yeah we haven’t even got to Mandar yet…
Well… things started getting lots of fun when I started working with Charlie, with Lazare Hoche. He heard my Slapfunk records at parties he went to… and he’d started a label, and was interested in this French guy named ‘Malin Génie.’ Surprisingly… turns out i’m a random Dutch guy.
Haha you and that name!
So all of a sudden I had this handsome boy adding me on Skype and he was like ‘Come on lets video chat,’ I’d never met the guy… he was like ‘Ye man. I’m Charlie. Whats up!’ …. and it was love at first sight. Best thing I ever did was turning on this video chat, haha!
So he told me, ‘I’m doing a label called Lazare Hoche Records, and if you have some music, I would love to release it,’ I thought okay cool lets do this!
He was also working on some stuff, we started exchanging some tracks, and then we said ‘Okay, lets make a record together,’ So send me your stuff, I’ll send you my stuff… add something, I will add something to yours… lets collaborate. That became ‘I Don’t Sync So Part 1.’ Yeah… this was really cool, then he came to Amsterdam with some friends of his, we met up and started making some more music, this was the start of ‘I Don’t Sync So Part. 2’
I also started travelling to Paris monthly. Charlie was rapidly expanding his home studio and we were becoming very productive. At the time, we were working on a VA EP for LHR. Daan Groeneveld tipped this guy to me who uploaded a live set on his Soundcloud. I heard some great music, so, I emailed this guy, who was Samuel André Madsen… Turns out he’s from Copenhagen, but he was living in Paris at that time… and I was in Paris for a week or so...
So we thought instead of chatting on Facebook or emailing, we should just meet, have some coffee and talk music… And yeah, we met up at St. Eustache Church in Paris for some coffee. When we were at Charlie’s apartment later, we showed Sam the stuff we were working on for IDSS2. Sam said, ‘Hey, I have an idea for the bassline can I try some stuff?’ and we were like… ‘Yeah sure!…’
No! DON’T TOUCH IT!
And did he nail it? Did he nail the bassline?
He nailed the bassline… You can check out this bassline in the track ‘Fouad’ the first track we did as Mandar.
Were you and Charlie just like :O
Yeah we were like, ‘Oh yeah?’ Because we had a simple walking bassline with not so much variation. Sam’s bassline added a lot of groove to the track! So Charles and I asked Sam if he had any plans for tomorrow. ‘LET’S DO THIS AGAIN!’
Haha… you can come make basslines for us.
Hahaha yeah we have some tracks but we suck at basslines so please help. Anyway he worked on another track of ours… and we started making some tracks from scratch which we wanted to release… But yeah, Lazare Hoche, Malin Génie featuring Sam André Madsen sounded really long. So we thought, Charlie was living at Rue Mandar, Paris, we made the tracks here, let’s call it Mandar… it sounds nice, you know….six letters, tight. It was also nice that it was a word with no associations too. Then ‘Width' came out, which was the first Mandar EP.
Wicked! And yeah, I wanted to ask if you prefer to make music on your own now, or is it better with the boys?
Well I found it hard making music with other people before, at least seriously. When I hooked up with Charlie… we complimented each other. And when Sam would join in later, we had the same feeling like…. We produce alongside each other very naturally and we really inspire each other.
Yeah that’s super sweet man
So we decided we had to continue to work together. All our individual hardware also complimented each other, I mean Sam is good with keys (and basslines) haha… Charlie and I had some samplers, drum machines, synths… it fitted really well together. Also, these guys, I mean… Charlie and Sam, they’re my you know…
Yeah, I mean that helps. Okay look, Charlie’s apartment was stacked wall to wall with gear… so when we were producing there we were actually living in forty square metres for a week you know…and it was okay! We didn’t step on each others toes, and obviously this played a huge part in us being able to collaborate intensely…. so yeah, we knew we could work together, and we could be around each other for extended periods of times, so we figured to continue the collab.
Also it’s nice to have some beat like, ‘It’s a cool beat and I like it but I’m stuck and I dunno what to do with it.’ And somebody says, ‘I know exactly what to do with it.’
Well it’s three minds isn’t it… sometimes it’s hard to get that extra perspective you need when you’re producing on your own…
For sure, and to filter each others work too…taking some weird idea… ‘No, no, no you’re going too far now.’ haha.
Haha yes! So then of course you guys set up the label together?
Well we had the first release coming up on LHR, but we had a lot more stuff we were working on, so we decided to just start a label for just these tracks, you know, and it became Oscillat. I mean the LHR schedule was filling up, and we had the records ready right then, so we thought why don’t we just press them?
Yeah that makes sense
Later on we expanded a bit. Like I have some friends from Amsterdam with upcoming releases, Ferro for instance.
Oh yeah, you just released the record (OSC006)… it’s twisted man
Pffff I really like this one. We’ve been working on this release for the last year I think?
Yeah his stuff is real nice
He’s clever… he has a really good ear and his sound is crisp! This EP is very Oscillat.
OK cool… and the first release was SAM - Marabouda (OSC001)?
Yes, the first one was SAM, thats right.
And then yours was fourth… Now were these like tracks that you already had or?
The track ‘Sense of Swing’ was practically ready for a while, I think originally Samuel Deep wanted to release it on Slapfunk, but I had promised it to Dialegestai. They got delayed however… and then in the meantime we started Oscillat, so I thought okay, let me do an EP on our own label!
Let me just see the one, yes, because I think I bought it originally for the track ‘ULUX?’ The snare in it is unbelievable…
Ah, this was the newest production on the EP… I sampled the snare in an AKAI S01… it’s a crappy sampler but I like it… Then I re-routed it through an old Pioneer spring reverb. Also I had just bought the Chorus Echo and was really keen on doing a track with it of course. The bassline too comes from the Cyclone TT-303 running through the ZVEX Lo-Fi Junky, which is an amazing guitar peddle. And yeah I all had this stuff running, recorded half an hour or so... chopped it down to a 7 min track to finish the EP.
Nice, So you record in one take and then edit afterwards in Ableton?
This track, yes. But normally I record individual elements into Ableton for a couple of minutes. Then play it in Ableton and record on top of it another layer and then AGAIN record another layer, record another layer etc… If I can still stand it after all this layering, I decide if it’s something I will finish or not.
You make it sound easy man. I think I find the most difficult aspect of getting the loop right is the teeny tiny variations you know…
That’s where the modular is super interesting…
Yes, and especially these super short attack, glibby globby, watery kinda sounds you are making, like the intro for your Mendeleev Radio Show mix?… Amazing. I actually played that to my dad and he said it sounded like insects talking.
Thats a nice description! I really like listening to these crispy sounds.
Can you remember where did you first heard it?
I think Sam showed me a really impressive field recording of a glacier… With headphones on, you could hear the sounds playing like inside your head almost. Also, I noticed this record from NSI called Squelch, 2008, had the same characteristics. On the cover they named the gear they used and it mentioned a ‘Doepfer system’… And I became very interested in these indefinable crispy sounds that scratch the inside of your head!
Yes, and I can hear that in your new stuff… Like there’s lots of sounds which you can't so easily define? Actually, there was a track in that mix which I wanted to ask you about which is crazy…
The same set with the insects? (Mendeleev)
Yes… [plays track] this is the one… Is it yours?
Yeah it’s me and a friend of mine… Levi Verspeek.
Ah no way, he’s wicked!
It’s stuff we were working on… Actually I just saw him a few hours ago and we were discussing if we should work on an EP together. Also Charlie, Sam and I are working with Levi & Makcim on a record for Oscillat.
Now that’s very exciting!
Yeah this year definitely, but we are waiting because we’re gonna drop the Mandar album first…
:D We announced a few weeks ago… The album will be in a five vinyl pack. There are some edits of the album tracks coming out too within three EPs.
Fantastic! Lots of records... What else have you guys got coming up?
Well we have just scheduled a Mandar USA tour in July!! We’re playing in NYC for ReSolute and then in Miami too. Also Japan tour in October!
Yes mate! Japan! Those guys will love it. I mean… I've seen you guys play at Studio 338 last year, and it was immense. I remember there was a ridiculously long build up during your set actually…
Haha just before we started Sam said, ‘I have something new’… and you know, we like spontaneous ideas… Our live is kind of based on it actually. So Sam played this euphoric ambient choir theme. Haha I remember looking at Charlie like… what is he….!? It was great!
So you guys are quite in the moment with it all?
Yeah we like to keep it pretty improvised based… We dropped the idea of a tracklist very early when we started the live, but the way we produce is we just start jamming. This works out pretty good most of the time, so we tried to have the same approach during the live. We felt each other pretty good after those intense days in Paris, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Of course, we also bring some stems of new material, or as I just said, sometimes someone brings something they made the day before! Some of these stems from the live even grew into tracks for our upcoming album too.
And you are doing the modular right?
Right now yes. We have some staples like the laptop, 909, SH101 and Eventide Reverb etc, but some stuff variates. I’ve been bringing the Make Noise shared system regularly… But I’m switching to a more mobile set up now. Still modular. Charlie brings his Acidlab Miami and modular system. Sam his 606. Sometimes we bring the TT-303, sometimes a 707 or Roland D50. I don’t know what will happen next. More modular probably.
And you guys are making stuff for the live separately at home?
Partially, yes. For instance this one when Sam played, it was a surprise for me and Charlie, he told us, ‘Hey guys, no beats, I’m gonna play some atmospheric.’ Or Charlie, or myself ask the rest to break things down because we have some acid line we want to play. And the rest builds around it.
Wow okay cool
There is a risk of failure but there is also the chance of happy accidents. The good thing about being three is that someone will always have a fresh idea. Plus… it’s nice to adapt to different parties. For instance, we opened the Weather Festival last year with a two and a half hour live set. We decided to start with an hour of ambience using the modular systems and the D50. Also, when we see a crowd responds really good to a certain type of sound we can come back to something similar later in the set. This is really the advantage of being able to create tracks as we go.
Yeah thats awesome. Very clever. You guys are DJing together aswell aren’t you?
Yeah we are playing records too. We’ve been playing some extended sets and actually also some hybrid live & DJ sets, where we play records and come back to an analog live jam at some point and vice versa.
And you are playing a lot on your own too?
Yeah, but now the main focus is Mandar for a while. We have been working on this album. It was the biggest project we all worked on and it took some time. The good thing is that we have more gigs together. It’s nice to travel with two of your best friends! Even when we have some trouble on the road, you’re relaxed because you’re having fun with your friends no matter what.
Yeah that’s so blessed. Okay, so what about if you were to make a beat right now? Is your mindset that you’re making it for Mandar?
Pfff I dunno, it depends. When we were working on the album, we all had this album in the back of our minds when producing of couse. But I try to think as less as possible when I start making music. If it’s good it will eventually find it’s way. If it’s terrible you still had fun and maybe learned a thing or two. It’s not always easy to have this freedom, though. This is a nice bridge to Vigenère actually, the label I started, because I noticed that sometimes when I was making music I was discarding some tracks that I thought would never see the daylight, but a lot of these tracks, I really loved. I set up a label for these tracks with a less defined ‘character.’
And are all of the releases are produced by you?
Well the anonymous part of the label kind of gives you the freedom to release whatever you want, so it will remain a secret who made what. But yeah oke, it’s pretty obvious I’m the first one probably.
Yeah… this is the one I like [plays Morisii - VGNR01] A serious slicer!
See, for instance, this is not a track I would fit in my set easily and it’s different with the rest of the music I released. Although, production wise I had too much fun working on this to not share the fruits of my labor with anyone.
…It had value
Yeah, so I thought I wanna push this stuff and especially to get this feeling to just create music regardless of the outcome! I understand there are different ways ensure this, but for me this works. It’s just a way to step a bit out of my comfort zone and maybe try some new production techniques or genre, and still being able to release it, by myself, independently.
Fantastic. You just released 002 as well didn’t you?
Yeah the second release came a few weeks ago, it’s called ‘Variation EP by PGRJ TELM’… The third is on pre-sale. There’s the fourth and the fifth that are almost ready too.
Can I ask you as well about Will & Ink too? That’s quite rough and tumble as well… Is Frits Wentink involved?
Yes, this is Frits’ label…
Wicked, and this is your collaboration with him?
‘Deorbital Descent’ is the first EP I released on Will&Ink and I collaborated with Yaleesa Hall on the ‘Lucas EP’. I recently moved into the Will&Ink studio and I can tell you that the label and I will be collaborating some more in the future. Frits’ studio space is a nice environment.
Nice… Yeah Frits’ production is very nice…very different.
Yes, it’s ace. He has some freak and he has really found a way to put his stamp on his productions…
Well good luck with that too then man… I have a feeling you two together equals trouble!
You can expect some heavy stuff, yes.
I think I already saw a little clip on Facebook of a track?
Yeah this is the upcoming…
You and Frits?
No, me and Yaleesa..
Ahhhh okay. And who is Yaleesa?
An Amsterdam native.
An alias of somebody?
It’s someone with another job who want’s to remain out of the picture for now. But can tell you I’m very excited about these collabs. This and of course our Mandar project will take up all my time and I’m very happy about that.
Okay man, lots of exciting stuff happening! Thanks a lot, great to chat!
You too, thank you!
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Melisma and Pressure Traxx in collaboration with MEOKO at the OFF-Week!
Melisma and Pressure Traxx are proud to present a joint showcase during Barcelona OFF Week the 16th of June at Plataforma, teaming up with Meoko as their press partner to conjure up a storm amongst music lovers and frenetic party goers alike. With an explosive lineup that expresses their joint effort to come up with a specific composition of DJs that encompass not only all their most exciting talent but also special headliners who know very well how to make the people dance like there was no tomorrow while also carefully crafting their respective sounds.
Pressure Traxx, the Frankfurt-based label run by Einzelkind and Frost, is a specialised record label existing for four years now. Since its inception, their sound has pushed boundaries on the floors, as their sound simply does care to please with an easy-going sound-alike soundtrack nor to create well-known sensations. Their artist Giuliano Lomonte who also figures on Sammy Dee's Ultrastretch, will present his sound in his purest form, while label head honcho Einzelkind will also perform, giving a deep and unique insight into his musical universe.
The label Melisma with their deep and versatile approach to groove-driven independent sounding house and techno is the perfect musical match for this encounter. The label is run by the Swiss artist Dani Casarano and the Chilean DJ and producer Felipe Valenzuela who are also part of the exciting lineup that makes this night so special. Melisma, founded in Chile, is deeply ingrained in the happenings of Berlin with its vibrant night life whilst promoting talent from all around the world, making its roster an international tribe of special human beings with a knack for rhythmic and possessive deep night vibes. Their last release on Melisma by Federico Molinari and their upcoming release by Ricardo Villalobos and Argenis Brito are prime examples of their great skills to unite amazing artists and fresh talent, making them excel themselves musically.
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it's all gone Cocoon : Win Entryx2 for opening fiesta, CD and more
As we enter 2016 Cocoon Ibiza, brainchild and musical outlet of techno guru Sven Väth, will be entering its 17th season. Based at the long-standing Balearic club Amnesia, Cocoon will be making the island dance every Monday for 6 months straight, starting with a colossal opening party on 30th May.
The Cocoon brand is more than just an event, and has gone on to become an institution at the forefront of electronic music; with label ‘Cocoon Recordings’, Sven compliments his series of club nights in Ibiza and worldwide, alongside the iconic Cocoon in The Park festival.
This month, the long awaited line up for Cocoons mega season has announced, and without further ado, let’s see which turntable titans will be gracing the decks, shaking their stuff with the glamorous Cocoon dancers…
Of course, the man behind it all Sven Väth will be readily stamping his signature sound throughout the event and will be taking over the main room all night long on various dates throughout the 19-week season, with 15 appearances set in total.
Other long running stalwarts of electronica have been invited backincluding Richie Hawtin, Scuba, Joris Voovn, Ricardo Villalobos, Adam Beyer, Dubfire and Craig Richards. Villalobos and Beyer will be playing for 6 shows, with many other artists also coming back for repeat performances throughout the season.
Ibiza regular tINI will be gracing the terrace early on in the season alongside Danah Ruh, whilst cocoon favourite Butch takes over the main club.
Âme will be performing live to close off the month of June, with tINI joining again with another much loved Ibiza regular, wAFF. Other live performances can also be seen from the mighty KiNK and Gaiser too, in the opening party.
Nina Kraviz will be bringing her warped out acidic beats with Sven Väth in the club in July, whilst the terrace gets minimal with Ricardo Villalobos and Zip. Other huge names include Berhain maestro Ryan Elliott, Raresh, Rødhåd, Mono le Tough and DJ Koze – to name just a few.
Already the acts on offer are a jaw-dropping snippet into what is in store for the whole season, and the full line-up can be seen here.
On 30th May, Cocoon Ibiza will be holding its grand opening party for the season with lineup:
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DeWalta & Shannon – Residual LP
The two worlds of native German funkster DeWalta, and Canadian veteran of the game Mike Shannon collide once again, and this time there is plenty on offer with a total of nine tracks spread across vinyl (2 parts) and digital releases. 2008 see the birth of this fantastic collaboration, and over the years we have seen manygreat tracks and EPs released on labels such as Meander, and of course Shannon’s very own Cynosure. However, after a quiet three years on the production front, Indigo Raw is back with a bang from outer space with the Residual LP. Vinyl number one comes with a floaty & euphoric opener GMCimmediately putting the listener where they want them to be, in a funky galaxy far far away. The abstract space induced sounds pave the way perfectly for what is in store. Immediately picking up the pace a glitchy and upbeatViscositywarps you in to the dark depths of the much moodier Jugular Dubs, a stripped back trip made for the after party.
Did somebody say big room? Because that is what you’re getting with in your face swinger Wrench Miss (Vinyl only), the first track on the second vinyl. A force to be reckoned with at peak times. With bold kicks from the start, and some ferocious hi-hats, there comes a jazzy number that goes by the name of Wilson space. The groovy drums and claps make an appearance again in Duality, this time with a much steadier and spaced out vibe. The universe theme is continued in what is the longest track of them all, the digital only release Slicks. A forward thinking bassline from start to finish drives your space shuttle for you, before you are teleported in to the world of Tauben Summer (digital only), an uplifting rhythm that pulls you out of the trippy breakdowns, that you are so easily sucked in to. However, there is no saving you from what seems to be the darkest, and deepest journey in to space Right under your tongue (digital only), floating through the dynamic and open minds of DeWalta & Shannon.
Residual is their debut LP, and we can reassure you, you will not be disappointed with this trilogy. Full to the brim with modular driven basslines and killer drum grooves (did you expect anything different?), we have been blessed with music for all kinds of dancefloor situations.
A few years have gone by since we last see a production from you as a duo, what inspired you to team up again for Residual? And this time around make your debut LP, as opposed to an EP? Must have been nice to get back in the studio together.
David: Mike and I always work together in the studio, even if not many records are coming out. The last EP we did was in 2014. Since then we have been working on new tracks and put out couple of remixes. Indeed it was nice working on a bigger record together. Somehow the tracks kind of resonated with each other quite naturally. So this way it became a full length album
Mike: Well, we’ve made a few EPs together over the years and it just naturally felt like it was time to put together a larger package. A collection of what we’d been working on over the years. Featuring Some of the best moments of our past with the future. I felt there were a few gems from our past that many people didn’t really discover. They also just fit so well with the other tracks that we had to go for it.
Is there a particular process you follow when working in the studio together?
Mike: Yes, I make all of the hooks and memorable moments and David does the rest. No just kidding. It’s a process of one of us coming up with an initial hook or phrase that get’s worked over a period of time. Some times we can ice ideas for months and then come back to them when the time is right and then jump into it again. It all starts that way and then we jam a lot of ideas over that winning hook. With Modular synth sequences and effects mainly.
David: Working with mike has become very organic over the course of the last 6 years. It’s a phenomenon really. Its almost like I work by myself, just with another set of ears and a bit of a friendly mirror, a different angle of whats going on. When working together it is very important to let the ideas of your collaborator come out and develop before you judge them, even if you are not sure yet if that idea will stay in the track. Prejudice and deciding over things too early takes the magic away, so we just let things flow. Then maybe a coffee, beer or little spliff in a break can do wonders. When it comes to decide if things are going the right way or not we are astonishingly almost always on the same page. Still the outcome doesn’t sound more like Mike Shannon or DeWalta in the end
Your LP is part of a mega come back (on the production front) for Barcelona based, Indigo Raw. Although they have been throwing unbelievable parties, it has been three years since they released any music, did you feel any pressure? How does it feel to be the chosen people for the job?
David: When we performed the LIVE SET at the MUTEK Montreal Festival last year, we hung out with both of the IR guys quite a bit. There we first mentioned, that we are working on a full length album. Some of the tracks on the album had already been released on our labels, so we thought it could be nice to offer them to a different audience by signing the Album to an associated label. We didn’t feel any pressure, since we first wanted to finish the music and then talk label stuff etc… Indigo Raw wanted to re-launch their label with a bigger project like a full length album, so it naturally came together.
Mike: It feels like winning the Lottery really. Like rolling big in Vegas or having a Royal Flush in your hand. Just feeling lucky to have been the chosen ones. The pressure is on now but not sure on who will feel it the most. I’m really looking forward to getting back in the studio with David and following things up! I’m really looking forward to playing more bomb IR events in the future!
It is evident that there is an outer space/galaxy theme throughout the LP. Is there anything in particular that triggered off these ideas? Was there any main influences when producing these tracks, or did the magic just happen?
Mike: Yes it looks like a space theme here big time but It’s actually more about mirco cosmic chemical reactions and duality.
David: Isn’t it beautiful to see what kind of space opens up in the micro cosmic realm. It seems, the more you zoom-in on one hand, the further you zoom-out on the other… ;-)
We didn’t have a main influence, Id say, but the concept of duality and what’s left after chemical reactions was something we thought and talked about. Also Mikes love to AI (artificial intelligence), or Science Fiction movies had an impact
Mike: Hehe.. Yes. There actually was a small space influence from when I was watching Super Man 2 and the opening 15 minutes gave me a title wave of ideas that I had to convey to our designer Felix Koch right away. Many of the ideas were axed and quite shamefully laughed at but the end results visually were more than what I had hoped for. Felix’s process to make the images was quite interesting and I haven’t seen analogue style cover like this in a very long time.
As a pair, & individually what is your preferred equipment to use when producing? What were the main instruments used in the making of Residual?
Mike: We used a wide array of modular synths for a majority of the sounds but also some classic synths like the Roland Jupiter 6. Most of the drum programming was done with a combination of the Roland classic drum samples and a MFB Tanzbar.
For years I’ve been very much into wave table style digital oscillators. I have a few different ways of getting into that morph sound but more and more I’m enjoying my Intellijel shape Shifter. Been getting some monster sounds out of that module from day one. Loving the crazy morph effects I can make with it. Otherworldly sounds. I used a lot of that style of technology on Residual but I won’t tell you all my secrets.
David: As Mike was saying, we use a wide array of eurorack modules and a lot of the actual content on “Residual” is made with modular synthesis, but we also use classic synths. There are almost no vst sound sources from the computer. Basically all sound generating instruments are hardware synthesisers, some are digital, like wavetable osc´s but most are analog. This gives the album such a strong sound.
However, in the process of mixing down this 9 Track Album we used Plugins like UAD in combination with a killer (swissmade) vintage mixing board from the mid 80´s and a neat bus-processing method to change and aler the sound of the tracks. I’ve been putting a lot of thought into engineering and have acquired some nice preamps, colouring boxes or compressors to shape the stems for the mix. This way we can design our tracks nicely in the more final stage of mixing.
Words by Zac Bidwell