Over the last few months a dark cloud has been cast over London nightlife but it is great to see something positive and inspiring coming our way in the form of new East London club The Bridge. As winter draws closer we can reveal that the people behind the scenes are working nonstop to create a fresh new venue, bringing the hottest talent in the electronic music scene. ‘Session’ will be a series of events at the nightclub curated by the team that consists of their favourite selectors, creating an extra special vibe. Take it from us, they will be digging deep in to the house and techno artists of today, for your pleasure.
3Rd of December (9pm-6am) will see the second of the parties taking place. After many releases on top techno label Ostgut Ton and his own imprint RK in the last few years, young artist Kobosil has picked up a huge reputation. Luckily for you, on the day he will be delivering a powerful journey crammed with his dark and mysterious synths, blended with his hypnotic basslines he is known for. Deeply involved with the scene in Berlin, it will be great to see what he brings to London.
Also called upon on the night is the iconic artist Zomby. Nearly ten years have gone by of fantastic releases on labels such as the famous Hyperdub Records and Werkdiscs, with deep influences from jungle and the 90’s rave scene. Expect, forward thinking garage sounds, breathing life in to glitchy break house beats.
Making a name for herself in the city after hosting several shows on the renowned Rinse FM with some huge artists, and a string of productions under her belt with the likes of Leftroom it is to no surprise that SAOIRSE and The Bridge seem to be building a great relationship. She will be appearing at several parties at the club over the duration of this year, bringing her diverse deep grooves to the dancefloor how she knows best.
Of course there are more talented artists to be confirmed, but you will have to wait until closer to the time. Something very special is happening here, so keep your eyes peeled for more from this club. Get involved with the next chapter of their story this December.
Words by: Zac
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The sudden closure of London's most prolific clubbing venue has sparked a wave of unity across London's nightlife community and beyond. MEOKO has been working hard to unite spirits during this difficult time and has managed to set a peaceful protest in place in hopes to save and protect our culture. Having attracted over 3,000 attendees since the group was set up on Facebook at the beginning of the month, it's clear this is something that many of us are passionate about. After weeks of preparation we can now happily unveil details of the march which will take place October 8th.
The protest will begin at Hoxton Square at 1.00pm where protesters will gather, please arrive in fancy dress and bring as many props, musical instruments, placards, mega phones as you can find. We want the emphasis of this protest to be unity and positivity. Once congregated we will leave Hoxton Square and begin the march which will take us to London Fields for around 4pm. Upon arrival at London Fields there will be a selection of guest speakers, including Alan D Miller from the NTIA, from 4.30pm with a 7pm finish.
PROTEST TO SAVE LONDON'S NIGHTLIFE – WALKING ROUTE
START - 27 Hoxton Square, London N1, UK
Head south on Hoxton Square
Turn left to stay on Hoxton Square
Turn right onto Hoxton St
Turn right onto Old St/A5201
Turn left onto Curtain Rd/A1202
Turn left onto Great Eastern St/A1202
Slight left onto Holywell Ln
Turn left onto Shoreditch High St/A10
Turn right onto Hackney Rd/A1208
Turn right onto Columbia Rd/B118 (To be confirmed due to possible road works on Columbia Road)
Continue to follow Columbia Rd - Go through 1 roundabout (To be confirmed due to possible road works on Columbia Road)
Turn right at Hackney Rd/A1208
Continue onto Goldsmiths Row
Continue onto Pritchard's Rd
Turn right onto Andrews Rd
Turn left onto Sheep Ln
Turn left onto Westgate St
Turn right toward London Fields West Side
Turn left toward London Fields West Side
Turn right toward London Fields West Side
Continue onto London Fields West Side
FINISH London Fields West Side (Opposite London Fields Lido), London E8, UK
FULL MAP - https://drive.google.com/open?id=13jMSRJodUItuZBEFUnl0ncEsXR0&usp=sharing
THINGS TO TAKE NOTE OF:
Please keep to the pavements at all times as any obstruction of traffic goes against our permissions and license.
Please be peaceful at ALL times, we are representing Nightlife and our community so please set a great example,
Under no circumstances is any bad behavior welcomed or tolerated.
Please do not litter.
Express yourself in the form of creative expression.
We encourage as many LIVE Facebook feeds as possible!
There will be many events taking place after, there is one particular event that we will be heading over too which is fabric meets Studio 338 at the newly opened The Bridge Club headlined by Levon Vincent with support from Trevor Jackson, Saoirse + Special guests to be announced. For full information please follow the below links. This is a non-profit event and all proceedings will be split between both venues.EVENT FB PAGE - https://www.facebook.com/events/517262995133789/ EVENT TICKET LINK - https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?882026
It is too nobody’s surprise that Art of Dark are having such a fantastic year, throwing parties in major cities such as Moscow, Berlin, Barcelona, and they made a trip over to Ibiza in June. But as the seasons change, after an extremely busy summer, it is great to see they are returning to what they call their ‘favourite basement’. The intimate, MangleE8 (formerly known as The Laundry E8) is located in London Fields, known for its high quality sound and dark atmosphere, it seems more than fitting for the special treat they have in store for you.
This Saturday sees the return of the legendary, ZIP as he takes you on an extended journey through his diverse and special collection of sounds. Whether he has you swaying to his deep, looping minimal records, or his early morning groovers that you simply won’t hear anywhere else, you know this will be a special occasion. It’s not often we are blessed with a visit from the Perlon main man, so you must take advantage when you can.
Talking of eclectic artists and flawless selectors, DJ Masda will be taking the reins on the night controlling the East London basement with his curious outlook on all varieties of house and techno. The Cabaret recordings co-founder is known for having no limits when it comes to his label and on the dance floor, always pushing for a unique vibe. And of course they will be joined by one of the most consistent DJ’s in not just London but in the UK. Art of Dark resident Colin Chiddle will be showing his versatility as he always does, when stepping up with the world class artists they bring in time and time again.
As most of you probably know the fun never stops there. Sunday morning, a new face in town, TBA, will play host to the after party. Nothing has been released yet, and probably won’t be till the day, but we can reassure you it will be nothing short of amazing.
Words By: Zac
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From humble beginnings as a small and intimate party in East Londons 93 Feet East to what has now been a season long residency at HYTE Amnesia, one of Ibiza's biggest nightclubs, its safe to say FUSE London have come a long way. Since the journey began in 2008 FUSE now have a established a highly regarded record label and have hosted over 300 events in Europe and beyond. A credit to London’s underground clubbing scene, FUSE has stayed true to its London roots and proved that with hard work and dedication anything is possible.
No strangers to the White Isle, FUSE have built a name for themselves throwing parties on the island for some time now, however this summer has been a real game changer. Having hosted a string of takeover parties for HYTE Amnesia inviting the likes of Loco Dice, DeWalta, Cristi Cons, Nima Gorji, Guti and Valentino Kanzyani the residency has been a success for the label and has placed them at the forefront of the global radar.
To end what has been an incredible season the FUSE family get ready for the highly anticipated grand finale on the 28th September. The main room of Amnesia will host FUSE heavyweights Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito, Rossko, Archie Hamilton, Rich NXT and Dan Farserelli; showcasing its close-knit core residents in true FUSE style. On the terrace for your added pleasure will showcase artists from further a field Dubfire, Chris Liebing, Pan-Pot and Caleb Calloway will add to this years closing line up.
with the subject title 'FUSE Ibiza Amnesia Closing'
Words: Mahala Ashley
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In celebration of their 5th Birthday, Unleash are hosting a party with a line up to die for. Inviting some of the electronic music scene’s biggest and most respected artists starting with Petre Inspirescu. One of the founders of Arpiar together with friends Raresh and Rhadoo, Pedro will be playing an extended set for the occasion.
On a similar level, ToFu Productions aka Thomas Melchior and Fumiya Tanaka will also be playing a longer b2b set for everyone’s satisfaction. Both being part of the well known Perlon label with a few releases each on the imprints as well as many others on labels such as Sundance, Minibar and Half Baked.
Next on the bill is another Perlon pioneer, Baby Ford who needs no introduction knowing he has been in the music scene for over 20 years and is the proud owner of two incredibly well established labels, Trelik and PAL SL where he has been releasing music since the 90’s.
Alongside these four legends you will also find French Bass Culture label founder D'julz who also has been in the game for two decades. Whether it’s through his productions, radio shows, compilations, parties or club sets, D’Julz has been at the forefront of electronic music since his career first began back in 1992. A firm DJ and fan favorite alike, his ability to transcend genres and trends has seen him hold one of the most consistent levels of success of any modern-day DJ/Producer.
Speaking of Dj/Producers, the next duo featuring on the line-up also have been producing music for over 20 years under the alias Cab Drivers. With their first release coming out in 1994 on their imprint Cabinet Records, they have since grown in popularity and released on labels such as Djebali, One records and Daniel Bell’s 7th City.
To add to the string of artist booked from the Perlon crew, Audio Werner will also be gracing the Unleash 5th Birthday celebrations with his Dj skills and ability to mix between house and minimal. His discography is a variety of expensive 12inches which haven’t aged since his beginnings in the early 2000s jumping from labels like Minibar to Hello? Repeat and Hartchef Discos.
Last but not least is Varhat who has been making a lot of noise recently within the music industry. Operating under various secret aliases as well as being the co founder of Yoyaku Agency, he will be making his London debut at the event.
All these great artists will have the pleasure of being supposted by Unleash residents Daylomar, Brett Jacobs and Koko Bayern.
In celebration of Unleash 5th Birthday we have joined forces with the London party to bring you something special. Being held in East London's Studio Spaces (E1) on 01.10, this is without a doubt a night you do not want to miss.
For this very special competition we will be giving one lucky winner the chance to win:
X3 Records from DJs on the lineup;
1- Cab drivers & Audio Werner – Correspondence EP
2- Varhat - VRHT22 EP (AKU004) EP
3- Audio Werner – TT03 Drum Talk EP
Cab drivers & Audio Werner – Correspondence EP
Audio Werner – TT03 Drum Talk EP
Varhat - VRHT22 EP (AKU004) EP
with the subject title 'Unleash 5th Birthday'.
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Upon their tenth year Lessizmore have released [LesIzmo:r] 10 Years 'Forever Never More' a compilation that is nothing short of amazing. Expertly put together in a well thought out three part release the track selection represents the labels ten-year journey, showcasing artists the label has both collaborated and had at events over the years. From humble beginnings in the notorious Parisian club Le Triptyque to Brussels legendary Fuse, the labels sound has developed and evolved since it laid down roots in 2006. This journey is translated effortlessly through the well thought out compilation, which label owners Jessica Bossuyt and Fuse resident Pierre Noisiez have pieced together, communicating the labels creative vision which has grown over the last decade.
LIM12 - Lessizmore 10 Years #1
For the first EP Birdsmakingmachine delivers F for Flasas a moody stripped back track that has a somewhat eerie feeling to it with a deep warm base line. Deadbeat follows suit in the form of a futuristic dubby techno beat with robotic vocals interwoven into a rolling drumbeat. For the last track Lessizmore new signing Louis McGuire serves up Buffeting Tuft, a dark minimal industrial track which transports you to the underground clubs of Berlin. LIM12 is a strong first installment to the three part release celebrating the labels 10 year journey.
LIM13 - Lessizmore 10 Years #2
First up on the A side Borrowed Identity's Cambio is a Chicago style house track featuring a crisp vocal sample with sprinkles of percussion. Continuing this theme on the A side San Proper follows suit with Hand Break Turn, groovy and laid back with a rolling bongo beat both tracks compliment each other showcasing the labels house offerings. Hypnotic, cool and just a bit sexy, Dave Aju interweaves a laid back vocal which nods to his American roots. Last on the B side and a sure hit on the release Frivolous showcases his production style in the form of Little Devils, featuring a Bad Boys sample which works harmoniously with the tracks layered melody. The second instalment of this three part masterpiece is a hands in the air upbeat crowd mover.
LIM14 - Lessizmore 10 Years #3
The final EP completes the three part release on a high. Starting off with a personal favourite of mine, the one and only Steve O’Sullivan. UK techno veteran and Mosaic founder, O’Sullivans rolling tribal rhythm Over and Over washes over you like a hypnotic wave. Fernando Constantini completes the A side with an upbeat groove, blended with a soulful vocal sample you can’t help but move to. Slower on the B side clean cut beats entwined with ambient soundscape Mike Shannon delivers Talking About. Clovis closes the LIM14 with a beautiful melodic track that is fluid with splashes of strings and piano. The third instalment is a real gem, representing the sheer variety that the label has to offer.
This three part release is a credit to the label and showcases all of its strengths by encompassing the quality of the talent and events hosted over the past decade in Europe and beyond. You should purchase the complete collection, something tells me this is just the beginning.
Words: Mahala Ashley
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Whilst the promoters were of course delighted to have Levon here at The Bridge so early on in our story, it didn't seem right to us for this to be a 'for profit' party given that he was originally due to play at fabric on this date. It is at times like this when you realise just how close the music community is especially at bringing together everyone from all parts of the globe. It really is truly magical to see.So after the team at Studio 338 spoke with the fabric family they decided this was a great chance to stand together to support our respective causes and indeed London's night life as a whole cause, this is what we truely are, we are a community ...Therefore ALL ticket and door money will be split between the fund to reopen fabric and that to repair our fire damaged Studio 338.Happily, the date also coincides with the save nightlife demonstration which MEOKO has been working very hard on to unite our spirits at this difficult time. This party will make a great ending to an important day for all of us that wish to save and protect our culture.
"Because our culture made us who we are."We are all different and our culture reflects this. However we all have one thing in common, each and everyone of us wouldn’t be who we are today without the clubs, the bars, the art galleries, the festivals, the concerts, the raves, the venues and the parties.We need to protect the sacred place we gather in, where we feel alive and where we fall in love. The places where we release our energy and give us the motivation to go back to work on Mondays. The places where we come together as a whole and as a community. The places where we get inspired and the places where we can create.Alongside Levon we have some extremely exciting talent on show. Full line up is here:Levon Vincent Trevor Jackson Saoirse
+ Special guests
We would encourage you all to follow these links and continue to show the incredible support we have all been so grateful for over the past few weeks:
Protest to save nightlife by Meoko: https://www.facebook.com/events/1483271778353488/Save fabric fund: http://www.fabriclondon.com/save-culture
Re-open 338: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/83427395/re-open-the-studio-338-terrace
EVENT FB PAGE - https://www.facebook.com/events/517262995133789/
EVENT TICKET LINK - https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?882026
This Summer has seen our way of life facing some serious threats but together we will overcome. Unity and Community! Always!
Last weekend over at the Feelings Summer Fate all dayer MEOKO had the pleasure to witness one of the pionners of the game Mike Dunn in action. Moments before his set we were allowed to pick his brains on subjects past and present to find out how the chi town godfather still keeps it so funky fresh after 20 years and counting.
I want to start off by asking you what’s new with you at the moment, I know that you have had some remix deadlines this week that are you working on?
Yes a couple of things, a Jill Scott joint that is by Terry hunter and myself. We also have a new project that we are working on called “House in HD” the HD sign is like (HD) TV but it also means Hunter and Dine so its house in HD which means its clear, that house music is real clear when me and Terry are involved.
So are you working on more soulful remixes at the moment?
I’m working on some with Terry, Terry and I are production partners. I let him handle the more soulful side and I go to some the more challenging stuff like afro and acid sounds, back to my roots.
I know you grew up in a house with lots of different styles of music, your Mum was deep into disco and your Dad was into all kinds such as blues and rock like Jimi Hendrix a real mixture of everything, but your Mum was the one that really brought you into disco is that right?
Yes, yes Totally. My mum loved disco because she loved to dance and my father he was very eclectic. My mum listen to some of that stuff too but her main thing feeling good dancing and that was what disco was about. I can just remember my mum buying 12" records and she would always take me and that was really instilled in me was a little kid.
Is there a song you remember from you childhood that stays with you now?
On the disco side I think I saw her really dance hard to the Anita Ward 12”. I can just remember 'Ring my bell' that one sticks out the most. Back then it was 45’s and then if the artist didn’t do an album then it was the long version what we call the 12” she would always buy the long version of the song she liked and I would put ‘em on and listen to them for hours over and over.
Did that shape the way that you began to play now or make music?
Yeah when I used to play reel to reel and I would do my edits what we now would call remixes, so I would do my edits, chop them up on the reel to reel and extend them out. When I first started DJing I would set up on the dinning room table and if I would see my mum dancing to what I was doing I knew I was doing something good. Then I started to branch out to being with my friends we ended up all coming together and became a little squad which was Hugh H and Tyree Cooper, so all of us would go hang out all the time and we started practicing together.
Do you play many live sets nowadays or do you incorporate that into your sets?
Well I’m going back into that I’m actually preparing for that now. I sold a lot of my analog gear which was a mistake so I’m buying a lot of the old stuff, some you can’t find or they have re issued them but its different. The stuff I had is astronomical now to buy I had original Juno’s, I mean my studio, (smiles) I had two of everything they used to call my studio the Noah’s arch because I had two of everything and having two I now know that I only should have sold one. I sold them because I saw the new thing I’m a big tech head, I’m a geek when it comes to technology so when I saw new things like plugins I would buy them, they made life easier. They are getting real close now (with the technology) but at the beginning it just wasn’t the same.
How do you feel about technology now, seeing it evolve and using it for production?
Me, I love technology because that means the world is growing and the world is changing. Some people may knock it and for good reasons but me, I like moving forward and I can then bring my old technology into the future. I’ve been using all analog gear now, there are only a few plugins that are my go to plugins but I been using a lot of analog gear.
Do you have a favourite toy at the moment?
The Korg Minilogue aww… its awesome man and the Arturia Mini Lab then I have my Move miniature so I’m going back to using those, but the Korg is just uh…
I’m really looking forward to hearing what you produce now bringing the old and the new together with 20 year of knowledge.
There’s a lot us doing that Dennis Ferrer, Kenny Dope, Louie Vega, Terry Hunter we’re all been just been kinda easing back towards using that technology there’s just something about fatness and the warmness of analog gear that you just can’t (replicate), excuse me when I say this but the anolog gear, it has large cojone’s man. (laughs)
I want to go back in time with to your first residency at the second warehouse does it hold fond memories for you, did you form a lot friendships and do still have those friendships today?
Oh yeah, yeah the warehouse was a very special time for me, one it was it was named after my mentor named after my mentor’s club Frankie Knuckles and he has the first warehouse which was 206 bump Jefferson and actually the warehouse that I was spinning at that was the third warehouse. Everybody thinks that was the thinks that was the second (warehouse) but it was actually the third and that was owned by Rocky Jones, Julien Perez and Joe Smooth.
I want to ask you how you about God Make Me Phunky (1994). How do you feel, it must have felt great having it re released after all that time? People including me we get down to the ground to that song its still so loved.
Yes, on defected. Some records are just timeless I guess. If you listen to Mike Dunn productions, all of my productions the melody lines are key to me because if the melody sticks in a persons head they will say the song goes, like for instance with the line ‘life goes on’ (he sings) if you have that one line that feels good, that infectious melody hook then you’ve got the one and with the right melody line people are going to remember and they are going to continue to love that song.
Now I have to ask you about Mr 69 and Phreaky MF. When I hear that play in a party the place erupts, its like it turns into an orgy!
My alter ego (laughs). How Phreaky MF came about, I was playing at the warehouse when I made that track. So every Saturday would I need something new to play, if it was a new edit or a new song something had to be new that night in the club and different from any other night or different to how it usually is. I was in the studio and was like let me put something together real quick so I started playing around with samples and one of my favourite funk bass lines is ‘Backstrokin’ by Fat back band. I was short of time so I just when into the booth and started saying stuff there was nothing written down whatever comes out comes out. Most of my good songs are songs the ones I didn’t waste anytime over doing. The songs that you do in say 30 minutes to and hour, they can become the best ones because your rushed for time and you don’t spend to much time over doing anything.
What I would call a prophecy in the classic ‘Let it be house’ has come to light, how do you feel about that?
Yes 1988. At the age of 15 I moved in with my grandmother because she was living with my Uncle and he had passed and I didn’t want her to be alone so I went and moved in with her so that I could take care of her and she wouldn’t be in a home. She would take me to church with her I was a church boy and one of my favourite movies is the Ten commandments so I took that and made it into house music… So let it be written... So let be house. So let it be written… So let it be Dunn.
Do you sleep much?
No inside this head its always active. I lay down and something pops into my head and I gotta get up. That’s what I tell people that don’t understand, I don’t know if music is a gift or a curse. I hear music all the time.
What kind of music are you into?
I don’t listen to radio much but when I do its something classic, I take so many things from it I’m always listening to whats going on in the back of the track. Its those little subtle things I hear that I pull out make into the dominate part of my tracks
Do you have a record that you carry around with you all the time? How do you prepare for your sets?
No, I don’t prepare. For me that’s not authentic because you never end up sticking to the gameplan. I’ve never been a DJ that says I’m gona play this, because you know of out of 40 songs I say or think that I’m gona play I may play one or two. You may go to the party and think they (crowd) are on ‘this’ when actually its different. The vibe of the party has to dictate what you do and the direction you go in.
Your connect with the crowd is flawless, what’s your magic?
I learn that from Frankie (Knuckles) rest in peace. His thing was always that you’ve gotta connect with your crowd. You have to give the people you but you also gotta look at them an give them what they want. I’m not a one sided DJ, now I don’t go in and play some crazy stuff but I know how far I can go with it. That’s why I always get to a party half an hour early you have to figure out what’s going on in that the room and soak up that energy.
I want to ask you about going back and making an album of your unfinished work?
It’s also almost finished. I just wanted to got back to when house was good like in the late 80’s and early 90’s to when house was really good, that little section when house was incredible. Now its more about whos playing the newest and hottest stuff and the way the system set up now with Beatport, track source its like the record has no time to develop and grow.
Yes, I do feel that people like to hear something familiar when in a party, a connection to the music?
People like to hear something familiar that takes them back to a time when they remember when something click (in their head) a fun time you know so me, I have incorporate those songs into my sets.
For my last question I want to ask you how you feel about the closure of Fabric?
For one my heart bleeds for Judy the manager. My connection with her from my understanding is that she worked there for 15 years and never took a day off, what do you do after that. Imagine you work all your life then poof one day its gone. More clubs will open and people will shift to that but the people that are connected to Fabric what do they do? What the government does not understand is that some people are not going recover from this. If they understood clubbing, house music, the whole nine, you know its like my record ‘We are born to be house’ it takes a different kind of person to be in love with house music. We are different from the hip hop and R&B or any other culture of music and we, when I say we love our music, we LOVE our music and what l also love is that the kids now follow the history. A building is a building but when those people shift then what happens? Fabric is a building but the name Fabric and the people that are associated with Fabric that is an institution. House music never dies no matter what they try to do, they won’t do it to house music. We will never stand for it.
Mike and MEOKO Journalist Tiffany Allen
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Photos: Ayden Whitfield
Words by: Tiffany Allen
And they’ve done it again, Cab Drivers 'Correspondence' release proves that the Berlin duo, Zky & Daniel Paul, know exactly how to deliver music that can move a crowd with ease. Throw in a strong remix from Audio Werner and you have a powerful release.
Consistency is no doubt one of the key elements to Cab Drivers success, having perfected a unique sound that DJs worldwide hold in high regard. With the perfect combination of rolling melody and dubby groove, Cab Drivers releases continue to move dancefloors. The duos 20 years in the business is evident thought the numerous 12" they have released on their label Cabinet Records. Founded in 1995 the Berlin label has since collaborated with projects such Honesty, Compass and Horse Shoe to deliver distinctive and well received releases.
The 'Correspondence' release follows this trend and proves that Cab Drivers two decades of active production has pushed them to the forefront of the underground music scene. A solid house track that's full of energy 'Correspondence' carries a Chicago House groove that is a hands in the air crowd pleaser. Featuring an underlying melody interwoven with skippy hi-hats this relase just makes you want to dance.
For the remix Audio Werner teams up with Cab Drivers for his second Cabinet Records release. Werner puts his stamp on the remix delivering something quite different from the original. Ambient and stripped back; if side A is for the main event this is definitely for the after party. A real journey track that carries you through fluid transitions teamed with splashes of percussion, making Werner's style apparent throughout.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this release which you will undoubtedly be hearing on a dancefloor soon.
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Words: Mahala Ashley
Our friends over at Feelings are celebrating their 2nd anniversary this Saturday 10th September 2016 with an all-day party just in time for the close of summer.
In true Feelings style they have worked have to produce a stellar line up with 3 stages of music featuring some of the finest pioneers of house music such as Joe Clausell, Mike Dunn, Alfredo, Kon, Mark E, Dan Beaumont, Kasra V, The Menendez Brothers, Noama, Cosmic Tom and many more at the beautiful east locations which will feature a fun fair, independent label market, craft beer, taste bud tingling street food.
Themes from two years of parties of unparalleled parties at Feelings Summer Fétemusical feast will be calved out into three distinctive zones.
Joining forces with leading music connoisseurs Ransom Note and Stamp The Wax, the Main Stage House zone will be headlined by Body & Soul stalwart Joe Clausell as well as a set from Mark E and Mike Dunn; the Chicago house innovator that headlined Feeling’s road-block first birthday. Further sets will come from Feelings family Kasra V, as well as The Menendez Brothers, FYI Chris, Dimensions Soundsystem and Ransom Note DJs, Helter Skelter and DJ Office Manager.
The Disco zone takes the form of Feelings Summer Féte’s bumper cars, at the centre of a fun-fair dance floor with a vibe-laden sound track provided by Kon, Dan Beaumont playing an exclusive Italo set, Cosmic Slop’s Cosmic Tom, SistaSista and Digby plus Feelings residents Gustav, Brian Summers & DJ Karl Karlson.
Over in the Balearic zone, seminal White Isle scenester Alfredo heads-up a program of sun-soaked sounds with an eclectic mix of Ibiza inspired productions and world music from African Shakedown’sNoema, ThrisTian, Glowing Palms, Apiento, Napper and Stamp The Wax’s Aaron L & Yoshi.
Excited much…. Yes you are!
Part 1: Day - 2PM - MIDNIGHT Red Open Air Market - Shoreditch288 Old St, London EC1V 9LA
Part 2: Night - 10PM - 6AM Oval Space - Shoreditch E2 29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT
Words by Tiffany Allen
U.N.I.T.Y A strong message to the powers that be… You shall never take away our liberty!
The countdown has begun. The word is that next week prestigious nightclub fabric along with a strong alliance from Night time Industries Association the will put the wheels in motion to head a fundraiser which will assist with the legal cost to fight the appeal against the clubs licence revocation and help keep the club afloat whilst it remains closed.
#SAVEOURCULTURE #SAVEFABRIC #FIGHTFORFABRIC
Club co founder Keith Reilly has already begun to spread the word to the over the airwaves inhonest and informative ‘no flies on me’interview yesterday with DJ Giles Peterson for Worldwide FM. Keith’s message to the masses was crystal clear, “If we don’t stand up for ourselves we will be persecuted”. Cameron Leslie, also co founder of fabric was able to able to convert Iain’s Dale’s views regarding the closure of fabric during his interview with LBC.
During the licensing hearing at Islington Town hall on Tuesday 6th September 2016all involved put forward cogent arguments that tore the evidence put to them by Islington councils board into shreds already proving that fabric will most certainly hang operation ‘Lenor’ dirty laundry out to airdry in the wind.
Night Time Industries Association have already declared their intention to support the cause and has been reported to have said it will donate £10,000 to kick start fabric’s fund raiser. They will assemble a team the best of experts that money can buy to bring to the party to win. NTIA Chairman Alan Miller gave a candid television interview with London Live about personal liability proving that this is not an I (you) but a we issue in our society also highlighting the duty of care that club owners do provide for its patriots especially in a world-renowned club such as fabric.
Deputy chairman Alexander Proud of the NTIA and CEO of Proud Camden has also been very vocal, he has vowed to defend the against the constant persecution that threatens the UK’s nightlife culture and has posted an article written for the Independent for his Facebook and twitter followers read urging them to seek the truth.
fabric has 21 days to appeal to Islington council’s farce decision to rob us of our beloved statuary. Over 150,000 were signatures collected so in theory if everyone that has sighed the petition is willing to donated £5 that is £750,000! The estimated cost of Fabric’s legal appeal is £500,000,food for thought folks… Create, donate and participate!
For information of how you can help head over to https://www.fabriclondon.com/save-fabric
MEOKO created a protest which has joined forces with other industry promoters and clubbers to form a peaceful protest, PROTEST TO SAVE LONDON'S NIGHTLIFE COMMUINITY
Read more about the close of fabric on MEOKO
Words by Tiffany Allen
I met up with Carlos Ryan in a place they like to call their “Half way house”. Off the back streets on East London, along rugged paving, under a slightly dimmed footbridge, we made our way to the studio. A weird buzz crept around the courtyard as we stepped through the iron gates. The studio was home to a few choice bits of equipment and a back catalogue of vinyl that spanned through the decades.
Meoko: So, theres the a few sides to Carlos Ryan (literally). There’s two of you for those who don’t know. Between the Djing, production, the label, family life, partying; how do you fit it all in?
Carlos: Yeah, there’s a lot we both try to balance from our day jobs to family life and music, its a challenge but we wouldn't change it for the world.
Meoko: So we’re here in your studio and there’s quite a bit of kit around!
Carlos: We started with the bear essentials really. I had a little home studio, that we built together. Which was just about enough room for the two of us. We did what we could to sound proof the room to stop annoying the neighbours (as you do), but… that didn’t work out as the flat was a new build (plasterboard walls). We were originally based in South London, and constantly between there and here, paying those hefty cab fares, so we found somewhere in the middle, our “half-way house”.
Ryan: It’s a 24 hour lock up so was the perfect choice, we can come here in the day to work on some productions, head out at night, and come back to crash on our trusty sofa! (so comfy haha). The 1210's CDJ’s, Maschine, a few keyboards and the sound card, came from the previous studio, but over the years we got some money together a bought a few other things; like the Micro Korg, Novation Bass Station, MPC 2000 & the Korg Ms20.
Meoko: What came first; was it the idea of wanting to play music to the idea of wanting to make music?
Carlos: To be honest, We wouldn’t call us ‘producers’. Were still finding the time to produce, learn more and finish tracks! we’ve got so many unfinished tracks, and still going through the motions, still learning. Drum and Bass was where its started for me, so first and foremost I would say Djing, definitely. I moved from that into the Garage scene. Were I met Ryan at house parties where we would have back2back's his crew versus mine with a whole lot of MCs. Four seasons in Aiya Napa, warming up for some big names at Garage Nation and Curiosity at some of the infamous London venues like coliseum and glass house to name a few where Ryan would be on the same line ups, with artists such as Wookie, Luck & Neat Ez Artful dodger and Heartless Crew. There was real quality producers in that era, but over time my taste changed as the music changed. That’s where it all started, and then I slowly moved into the House scene (through a mutual friend of ours). We still find ourselves indulged in our garage and drum & bass roots from time to time. Its where we come from and it always has a place in our hearts, and that’s where we learnt the ropes of Djing.
Meoko: On that point do you think that music goes round in cycles?
Ryan: Yea of course, I think it always will. Fashion is the same; Reebok Pumps, Converse, Classics, it all does. Back in they day, you wouldn't dream of wearing certain things, but one day someone “cool” wears or plays and it then the minority follows.
Meoko: Over time has that helped you both craft the Carlos Ryan sound?
Carlos: The Carlos Ryan Sound (HAHA) We like too much music, its crazy!! We also go round in cycles too. It just depends where we’re playing, what time we’re playing and where we are at that current time. When we played in Lake Como in Italy, we couldn’t play that London sound, because we knew that it wouldn’t suit the crowd. We played more bassy tracks with bigger drops with edgy vocals. You’ve got to play for your booking at that time but keep true to yourself. We played in Malta a few times (Ryan’s Maltese). It was for a party called Prime Time at the playground. (great party)
Ryan: The sound system in Playground was out of this world!! The experience there was amazing and the people knew what sound they wanted to hear so we delivered a mixture of their culture and our London background. Since then they’ve had some really outstanding artists play. We returned there 3 times including playing at our first festival in Gozo and its always a pleasure to see the guys who are doing something special in Malta.
Meoko: You played for WetYourSelf in June? How did it feel playing at Fabric?
Carlos: Thats somewhere we both have dreamt of playing and always wanted to play, since my Drum n Bass and our Garage days as ravers, well over ten years ago (can't remember exactly when). As a raver, standing on that dance floor and hearing that system; WOW. The guys gave us a big opportunity and we’re forever grateful. Thats one off the bucket list. It’s like a big spaceship playing in that booth. When we went for the sound check, Jacob made asked us to lie on the wood floor in the main room and he blasted the system with a chosen track from our label we chose; you could just feel it rumbling, it was an amazing experience. It’s great that they give artists the opportunity to play and showcase what they are bringing to the scene without them half of us wouldn't of had the amazing experience on playing at one of the best if not the best sound system in the world. Hopefully more get the chance sometime in the future.
Meoko: You said the experience was good playing in different places and for different people. I guess thats added to your collective experience, so I’d like to know; warm up, main time or afters? If you had to step into one and feel like that’s where you belong, what would you choose?
Carlos: Ahhh (…long pause) I love a warm up sets I can play stuff that I don’t play that often. I can build up from 116 all the way through to 128/, and go right through my back catalogue. I love a long warm up. But, everyone wants to be a main time DJ. You want to play to that full crowd, really give it your all you energy, and out of the two of us, that really suits Ryan’s style.
Ryan: That being said, some of our best sets have been at after party’s. It’s such a hard question! I would say main time, but I do love a warm up sets too, and after hours its too hard to choose, because we do love the musical elements to a track with beautiful crafted chords and pads.
Meoko: Do you think that comes from you Garage influences?
Carlos: Yea; Music. I love that sound. Its got to have some real emotion. Especially for the label. We get so much music that we listen to, it’s got to have emotion creativity and quality which are our qualities of Arupa.
Meoko: Is that the things that underpins the Arupa label?
Carlos: Yea it most definitely is. We like to also focus on unknown Artists Giving fresh talent somewhere to release, new or old. We like to bring something different that is somewhat different to the scene. Emotion creativity and quality are big thing for us. It could be the smallest thing inside a track that makes your hairs stick up and really connect with the production. When you’re listening to to something, its the emotion in the music that makes it relatable, and we feel that you need to hear the artist in their music. We worked with artists for six plus months and when we finally get it right its an amazing feeling. It’s not just about us its about them as well, so we like to work with them closely. It’ doesn’t matter how small it could be, if theres something worth working on, we’ll stick by them until we get there.
Meoko: Anything that didn’t quite make the label that you regret?
Carlos: Of course. But we all make mistakes. If you don’t make any mistakes how can you grow. We’re still learning. Unfortunately its not full time at the moment, but when the times right we’ll do that and our dreams will come reality. At the present Arupa has been a digital label and now the times right as we are expanding and moving into releasing Vinyl with our core artist and new talent we are constantly on the search for.
Meoko: Are you always on the hunt for new artists?
Carlos: Yea, we’re always looking and looking hard. Sometimes theres some much to get through, but when you get a little time to chill out and catch up, its perfect. We nearly lost a guy from France and an Brazilian artist but on Christmas day, after dinner, I had a moment to to catch up, and now we’re in the process of finalising Ralph’s album. He’s from Brazil but is based in East London. Plus a solo EP From Alex in France. We like to try and do things a bit different; and when someone has so much good music, we just don’t want to lose them. Artists like Alan Castro from Argentina (who’s part of Arupa), and is an absolute genius.
Ryan: I found him initially and we’ve worked together ever since. I love searching for artists, thats where my my passion kicks in with the label. If you don’t go out and get them, they’re not always going to come to you. We’ve got our residents we work with closely and have family relationships with and who we call our friends like Rowlanz (Uk), Erro (Hungery) and Locic (Italy), and these are just some of the people that we want to work with for a long time to come. We enjoy working with people from all over the world. Theres so much great talent out there such as a close friends Joseph Williams who for us is on a different level musically, and Camiel Daamen from Holland and Nicholas Deca from Romania who helped us along our way, to grow us personally as artists we ever so grateful of our team we have around us.
Meoko: I can imagine you go through a lot of music; is all the music you release on the label stuff that you would play personally.
Carlos: Yea. Everything has a time and place. Like we were saying earlier from warm up to main time, everything belongs somewhere. And I find myself going back to some of the tracks we released years ago and then back to the new stuff. It all goes in cycles. At the same time, we always want that new music! Sometimes, we put out something different on an EP, it could be the fourth track, thats chosen that’s strictly for listening. There’s so many formats where music is available, that we have to cater for all of them.
Meoko: It’s refreshing to hear that you want to reach such a wide audience with the label. Currently you’re digital only; any plans to release anything on vinyl like u briefly spoke about earlier?
Ryan: After three years, we are moving into vinyl. We always wanted to but wanted to grow the brand first, before just jumping straight to wax. The music is ready to go, and there’s a few other things that we’ve got planned that we’re looking forward to.
Meoko: I should have asked earlier, but where did the name come from?
Carlos: Well, one day Ryan was at work sitting in the back of a van and another van drove past with Arupa on the back. He called me straight away. And we agreed on the spot. We looked it up and Arupa (a Sanskrit word) refers to formless, perhaps non-physical or also non-material objects or subjects. Which is maybe why we try to do things different, unique and bring our vision into music culture.
Meoko: Do you think the industry is quote fertile at the moment? Is it quite hard to have the staying power to make it all happen?
Carlos: Yea , its challenging, from the amount of artists wanting to achieve the same goal, but this is what we love. I have done so since my mum bought me a set of Soundlab Dlp 1rs (belt drives turntables) when i was 13 years old (21 years ago!!), with vinyls like Closer than Close (Rosie Gaines) and Gabrielle (Roy Davis Jnr). We go to work its music, we’re at home or walking through life its everything towards music. We put in 100% and have the vision to make our dreams the life we want to lead. We both have the mindset and there's room and a place in the scene for what we’re doing. Energising are thoughts into the world and make it our reality. It’s not easy with our day jobs (I’m a plumber and Ryan’s a plasterer), full time with our family, children, dogs (which are like maybe even harder than children), and households, producing our own tracks, our bookings, running the label and all the admin; its which is hard to balance!!
Ryan: But its definitely worth it and we wouldn't know how to live and enjoy our life's without them all.
Meoko: Thats good to hear! We feel the same here at Meoko. On an end note, anything from that back catalogue that you’d like to share with anyone reading?
Carlos & Ryan: 100%
Gabrielle - Roy davies Jnr
Love Peace and Unity - Enchanted Rhythms by The Anthill mob
Ben Westbeech - Hang around - Karizma's Kaytronic Dub Mix
Poker flat recordings - Ghost - Dan Berkson & James What
Thanks for having us
CARLOS RYAN MEOKO PODCAST
Interview by Anwarr Bent
During the late 80’s and 90’s acid house movement and before social media came into play where with a click of a few buttons you can invite your entire contact list the way to promote your party was the Flyer. Word of mouth was as still is the fastest method equally as important was the flyer, it was your personal invitation usually handed to you on a night. If you didn’t have one or know somebody there was no way to get in.
In the days of £5 illegal raves flyers were simple with no location of the whereabouts just a number to call and you would meet along the way at pubs or service stations in convoys usually somewhere along the M25 route that would lead you to a field, abandoned warehouse or aircraft hanger to dance.
Over time flyers soon evolved into flamboyant futuristic pieces of printed artwork even becoming the most traded item around school playgrounds during 1992. You would go to your mates house and their bedroom wall would be covered with them, I remember the most popular choice of wallpaper among my peers were Sunrise, Telepathy, Jungle Fever, Innovation, Raindance, Labyrinth and Fantazia. Dreamscape was also a favourite and the first being Interhouse sterns flyers.
From Ebay to Gumtree and Amazon there is a market for rave memorabilia with dedicated websites specializing and in buying and selling these now collectors items, some are sold for a much as £155. Take a trip down memory lane with us…. Here are some examples of the most expensive flyers that have been sold.
Helter Skelter Milwaukees Closure Rave Flyer. £50 on eBay.
Interdance Sterns Kings Lynn Rave Flyer Pre Flyer. £50. CARL COX
KARMA ENERGY Rave Flyer Flyers 1/7/89 A5 Rare Acid House. £50 on eBay. PAUL OAKENFOLD
Interdance Sterns 30 March Amended Rave Flyer 1990. £100 on eBay. Kevin Saunders
Shoom Opening Night Flyer The Park £97.00 07/02/13
World Dance Rare Illegal Acid House Rave Flyer 19/08/89. £45 on eBay.
Genesis Biology Together As One £95.00 06/07/14
Words by Fernando Montes
As the fateful hour fell upon us at 2am today, Islington Council ruled to close the doors of fabric indefinitely. London’s iconic institution for London's electronic music had become a worldwide landmark within the clubbing landscape, an educational 'church' which music lovers have flocked to weekly for 17 years. Many of us stayed up into the early hours of the morning to hear the fateful decision, which has left us all feeling shocked and somewhat numb. In a climate of global change this decision has given a depressing nod towards what’s in store for the future of this generation. Lets cast our minds back to the morning we as a nation woke up to the devastating news that we had left the European Union. Similarly this will be a somewhat bitter pill to swallow (no pun intended)
#SAVEOURCULTURE #SAVEFABRIC #FIGHTFORFABRIC
By revoking the license of fabric it is the aim of both Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police to prevent any further drug related deaths, which for someone who has never set foot inside the venue may seem like a pretty good idea. However, we are not one of those people and we know that revoking a license from such a well-respected institution is in turn cutting off the power supply of London’s clubbing community.
By shutting venues down and killing off London’s nightlife you will not tackle drug deaths. The solution is not to place blame on venues by shutting them down and in turn using this a scapegoat for the problem. The solution is the educate people about drugs and provide drug testing facilities at venues to prevent any further fatalities. Why is it that more people die from alcohol yet it’s still legal and pubs never close? We could argue why police stations are still open in London considering,
‘Since Fabric opened in 1999 there have sadly been 6 accidental deaths. But, to put that into perspective during the same time period 108 people died while being held in custody by the Metropolitan Police.’
Today’s decision confirms that as a nation UK nightlife is under threat contributing to a 50% decrease in venues across the country. In closing the doors of fabric Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police are in hand pushing electronic music further underground to illegal venues where health and safety will be no where near as thorough as licensed venues such as fabric and others which have been forced to close before it. As a result of the the decision made today Alan Miller, Chair of the Nightlife Industries Association, has stated that the NIA will be starting a Fund for Fabric to fight back against the decision and in hopes of preventing the indefinite closure of the London nightclub. There is a call for the dance community to come together to raise the funds for this case to be taken to the high court. Time to fight back.
#SAVEOURCULTURE #SAVEFABRIC #FIGHTFORFABRIC
"However, documents obtained by The Independent via a Freedom of Information request show that Fabric’s closure was a long pre-planned event, orchestrated by a cash-strapped council, using the police as pawns. "
Read more by the Independent.co.uk
As we are well aware there is a much bigger motive in play here, ignoring almost 150 000 signatures and all the evidence, they still went ahead to revoke the license only for us then to discover the recent news of a £200m property development of the venue now it has been forced to shut its doors. It is clear that the cultural heritage that Fabric has created over the 17 years of opening has been disregarded, as have the livelihoods of its 250 employees.
We CAN and WILL change things if we unite for one common vision; music is what has brought many of us together let’s stand up and not let them stop the music. MEOKO would like to send all the love in the world and thoughts to the team at fabric, we are all standing right behind you in full support.
Over the last two months, we have waved goodbye to Shapes, Dance Tunnel, Passing Clouds and now our beloved fabric, who is next? Please join us in taking part in a peaceful demonstration to bring awareness for the dying nightlife that is being ripped away from us.
PROTEST TO SAVE LONDON'S NIGHTLIFE COMMUINITY
By Mahala Ashley
Read more about the close of fabric on MEOKO
An issue close to all of our hearts. We are sure that everyone reading this is fully aware of the current situation in our beloved London. It seems as if there are legions of people trying to suck the life out of our city, and now the time has come for us to have our say, stick together, and stand up for what we love.
Tomorrow Tuesday the 6th of September, a hearing will take place reviewing the license of the UK’s home of clubbing, fabric. Sadly within the last few months there has been two tragic deaths in relation to the club. On separate occasions two 18 year olds, either smuggled drugs in to the club, or purchased them inside, and passed away due to the effects. Shutting the club down is simply the easy option for weak and narrow minded people, and we must do what we can to ensure they can not take the easy option. It was inevitable there would be huge support for an institution of such high quality, with nearly 103,000 signatures on Wet Yourself resident Jacob Husley’s petition to save the club, and over 900 complaints (which will be used in the hearing) were filed to Islington Council despite the short deadline they gave. But it is not time to relax.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AHEAD OF TOMROROWS LICENSE REVIEW
Anybody who has stepped inside that building will understand the true sense of unity and family, starting with the security on the door, all the way to the people collecting glasses on the dance floor. Everybody is happy. Over 250 people with permanent roles, rely on the club to pay their bills and put food on the table. Week in week out for years on end you are guaranteed to see the same staff, doing the same great job, making the people feel welcome. This year Fabric made global news with the fantastic story of the polish couple who spent the night at Wet Yourself (weekly Sunday party), you simply wouldn’t find this anywhere else amongst our nightlife, and proves the culture and variation of people the club attracts. People travel across the world for this club.
Earlier this week, witness statements were released from two police offers who were asked to take part in ‘Operation Lenor’, a covert visit to the club to see if they are complying within license regulations. For those that don’t know Lenor is a fabric softener. The name says it all, it’s embarrassing, and feels as if they are mocking the situation. Renowned for being one of the strictest clubs in the UK, having experienced this ourselves several times, we struggle to believe the statements of just two people should be able to have much of an effect on the verdict. The police and local council should be supporting the club in improving drug safety, not just brushing it under the carpet, and shutting the club down. The problem is much bigger than this, and for years Fabric have been setting the bar, in ensuring the safety of customers is number one priority. Adding to this Fabric director Cameron Leslie this week pledged to pursue a ‘Gold Standard’ in clubbers safety if allowed to continue past the 6th of September.
This year Sadiq Khan was announced as mayor of London, and he won many people’s hearts by speaking out and saying he will protect the nightlife in our city. However, in a reply to Jacob’s petition/letter it feels as if he is dismissing the real problems and issues with the club, and even quoted a diabolical article from the Islington gazette that used statements from a boy saying ’80 percent of clubgoers on a particular night appeared to be under the influence of drugs’ which Is a weak accusation. We believe the Mayor could dig a little deeper than an article for a local newspaper full of false statements. It feels as if the city is taking one step forward and two steps back. How can we lose such an integral part of our nightlife if we are working towards a 24 hour city? Our laws and regulations seem outdated compared to other countries, it is the 21st century, a time to think with an open mind. Countries such as Portugal, Austria & the Netherlands have all made drug testing available. People are always going to want to enjoy themselves so why can we not ensure they do it safely. If safe environments are taken from us, people will move on to illegal raves, and dangerous parties. In Jacob’s reply to Mr Khan he actually discusses this, and how UK festival Secret Garden Party worked with police and charity The Loop, in making testing available for festival goers. This speaks for itself: “Around a quarter of people who brought in their drugs then asked us to dispose of them when they discovered that they had been mis-sold or duds. We were taking dangerous substances out of circulation”
Clippings from islingtontribune - Full article here
It feels as if local authorities, government, and land developers are doing anything they can to take the fun out of our city. Come on, how many luxury apartments do we need? And as for the government, does anybody remember when traces of cocaine were found in the toilets of the house of commons? Seems a bit unfair to take away our fun, whilst their clearly enjoying themselves. Last month the Hackney Gazette released an article regarding details of any clubbers that attended an event with more than 40 people at Studio Spaces had their details passed on to police unknowingly. This rule was brought in to halt the increase of spaces in Shoreditch selling alcohol, to us this is absurd, the area clearly thrives off that business, helping build a fantastic go-to area of London.
UK nightlife in the last ten years has taken a major hit, in 2005 there was 3144 clubs and we have lost nearly 50% as of last year reaching 1733. It seems as if every week there is negative news regarding our precious nightlife, most recently the devastating news of studio 338, and Shapes, Hackney Wick another key club in the city closing. Our country attracts an amazing array of artists, Dj’s and events, so let’s work together and create some positivity, and a path for safer partying.
JUST 24 HOURS LEFT TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR FABRIC - SIGN HERE
After many years of pressure from the local council and police, It seems as if they are against the club and not willing to work with them OR the community to improve the safety of the people. There are so many blurred lines amongst this investigation, and rumours circulating, we are not entirely sure what to believe anymore. Judging by some witness statements and articles being shared around some of it seems a bit far fetched and some what fabricated. Showing how far some people are willing to go to put an end to London nightlife. Pinning it on nightclubs is definitely not the answer. We are yet to see anything regarding the families of the two males, it would be interesting to see what they have to say regarding the lack of substance education, and whether they believe shutting down night life is the best option. A solid relationship, between authorities and night life businesses needs to be built as soon as possible to reduce the chance of more people being effected.
#savefabric #fabricfamily #nightlifematters
This is something we feel so passionately about and so should you. Night life has been an integral part of the UK for many generations to enjoy. Unique, iconic, and just a completely different level to anything else the UK offers, Fabric has continually brought in the best artists and live acts week in, week out. Whether it's a Friday with drum and bass you love, or a Saturday with house and techno till the early hours, if Fabric is shutdown there will be a huge chunk missing from the city. The people with the power may say we are ignorant, but we are simply just trying to make them see the situation in a different light, and how our city can evolve and not decline. If everybody gets involved and enough noise is made, they must listen to us. Save Fabric. Save our nightlife.
By Zac Bidwell
The beginning of something special! The weirding module is the debut EP on Echoes_ Musique, carefully created by co-founder Nathan Øye, and contains a solid remix from Club Der Visionaere resident Topper.
For just over a year now the Echoes_ team have been throwing some incredible label showcases at the famous Fuse, in Brussels. Over time they have built up a solid reputation of delving in to the dark depths of the more minimal side of techno, pulling in artists such as Nu Zau, Dan Andrei, and SIT (Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia). Born and raised in Belgium, and now based in Berlin, Nathan Øye is known for his diversity and ability to experiment but still produce such high quality goods. This definitely reflects in his club nights, and judging by the first release, this will continue to shine through with the label.
The master record of the three track EP ‘The Weirding Module’ is a melodic journey guaranteed to have the dancefloor in a trance. Taking up the whole A side at nearly thirteen minutes long, the perfectly weaved euphoric percussions, will have you swaying at the after party. Throughout, there is a mysterious feel, but at the same time your mind is relaxed as you allow Øye to open up your mind, hypnotising you with his combination of abstract sounds.
It is fitting that the Echoes_ crew called on Topper for the remix as he played at their first ever party at Fuse last year, and as always he has brought his unique sound to the table. The Berlin based maestro has done a great job of picking out elements of the original track, but added his dark but groovy wobbly basslines, to create the more upbeat track out of the three. ‘Fremen’ rounds off the EP perfectly, still continuing with the mysterious theme, but the bouncy and curious sounds, definitely get you shaking your head.
The minimal feel from start to finish is captured perfectly, composed and arranged so smoothly. We are excited to see what the future holds for the Echoes_ family, whether it is on their home turf at Fuse, or on the production front. To find the right answers, MEOKO caught up with the founder of Echoes_ , Nathan Øye;
Echoes_ is just over a year old now, how did it all start for you? How did you know Fuse is the place for you?
First time I went to Fuse was 2004, it was a resident night, and I think I still have the t-shirt somewhere . So it’s kinda been the pillar in my electronic music education back then, and that made me want to get into dj’ing in the first place.
So after many years now in the scene in Brussels, playing and organizing a lot of events, starting a record label kinda was the next step I wanted to do. And Fuse just was the best place for us to set up camp being it has been with us since the beginning. Like culturally speaking I mean. And also there’s just no other place that feels as much like home you know. :)
What made you start the record label? Was it always the plan? And why now?
It has been on my mind for many years. I actually co-started some other labels before but felt like I needed a place where we could express our deepest and truest side of the music we love.
As to why now... Because I found the right person to do it with. Olivia has been the most supportive person in my life. She just understands... So I found the love of my life and we’re starting a music label.
Your night is associated with such a high quality of artists and you are clearly a fan of Topper as he played at your first night, and has made a remix on your debut EP. Will we be seeing releases from other artists who play at the label showcases?
I guess it’s still a surprise, but of course the ideology behind Echoes_ is also to create a certain family feeling which will define the sound of the label as it has been doing so far for the events.
The quality of production on this EP is incredible, must be so exciting to have your first release on your own label. What did you use in the studio to create it?
It truly is super exciting! Also because it will be my first solo release and with Topper, whom I respect so much on remix duty, I couldn’t be happier!
There were actually 2 stages to the creating process. I use a really basic setup and originally taught myself to produce only with Ableton. It’s only since I moved to Berlin that I started to invest in the more analog side of things. And the release reflects those two approaches really well I think.
“The weirding module” was made after one of our Echoes_ parties in Brussels. It was basically done in one big session... And since my studio’s in Berlin the track was made solely in Ableton using samples from the machines back at home for the drums, but besides that, most of it are actual Ableton Live instruments. Aside from the FX plug ins I used. I basically recorded the whole track on the Behringer headphones and just took it back to Berlin, re-arranged a little and mixed it down in the studio.
The process for Fremen was quite similar. I was looking for a B-side and I had this drum / bass loop going for some days and then a friend dropped of his Nord Lead synth and everything kinda clued together at that point. I basically used the same drum machine I sampled from for “the weirding module” which is the TR-8, a Nord Lead 2, TB-3, JU-06, JP-08 and Ableton for fx processing, recording, and mixing.
Is there anything else you can enlighten us on, about Echoes_ Musique?
Well, I can tell you that the second and third release are getting ready and that Echoes_ will cross borders to host nights not only in Brussels but also in Berlin and other cities across Europe soon.
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Words by: Zac Bidwell