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Sunday 10 Jun 18 Mdrnty Cruise 2018 [June 10-13]

Welcome to our 2nd Edition of the MDRNTY Cruise!http://www.meoko.net/news/preview-announcement-mdrnty-cruise-2018For our second year, the ship is set to sail from Genova across the Mediterranean Sea with the stop-overs at:- OLBIA, SARDINIA- AJACCIO, CORSICA Joining this year is our stellar PHASE 02 line-up:Ricardo VillalobosBlack CoffeeStephan Bodzin (LIVE)Apollonia (Shonky, Dan Ghenacia & Dyed Soundorom)ALCIAndrey PUSHKAREVArchie HamiltonAudioflyBEHROUZCapCuloe De SongDana RuhDJ ReasDjebaliEagles & ButterfliesEdu ImbernonGiorgio MauliniHerodotHyenahIon Ludwig (LIVE)James Mc HaleJan Blomqvist (LIVE)Jon CharnisLazare HocheLUNAR DISCOMathew Jonson (LIVE)Matthew DekayMihai PolNima GorjiOsúnladePatrice BaumelSIT (Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia)Suciu2ND RELEASE TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FROM €689pp (based on 4 people sharing a cabin) -> http://www.mdrnty-cruise.com/**3-month payment plan available till 1st of April: pay 1/3 now and the rest in easy instalments later. All prices are inclusive of a cabin, festival ticket, food & drinks (alcoholic + non-alcoholic) 24/7Join us on this voyage into MDRNTY for some music, dancing, relaxation and discovery!***IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION***EMBARKATIONDate: 10.06.18Location: Genoa PortTime: from 12.00 afternoonDISEMBARKATION DAte: 13.06.18Location: Genoa PortTime: 11.00 morningNearest airport: Genoa, Milan, Turin, Nice, Pisa*Airport transport available from/to Nice, Milan and Genoa airports upon the booking of the cruise ticket.SEE YOU ALL ON MAGIC BOAT!https://www.facebook.com/events/183703205720618/

Wednesday 13 Jun 18 Round UP x Drums - Off Week 2018 Barcelona

Round UP X Drums Off Week 2018http://www.meoko.net/reviews/round-up-x-drums-off-week-barcelona-sit-praslea-priku-traumer-moreRound UP Agency and Romanian promoter Drums teaming up this coming summer on two collaborative events around Barcelona's Off Week in June, with SIT (Vlad Caia & Cristi Cons), Praslea, Cezar, Priku, and more all set to play across two days.The events will take place on June 13 and June 14, with the lineups featuring a mixture of guests and artists from the Round UP Agency roster.Artists (Alphabetical order)- Arapu- Cezar- Praslea- Priku- SIT (Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia)- Traumer- Agustin Alvarez- And.re- Bruno Curtis- Dafoe- JADATickets:Night 1 - https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1070075Night 2 - https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1082246 www.roundup.agency#Offweek2018

Thursday 14 Jun 18 Floatingpoint Boat Cruise meets MEOKO at Port Forum

#OFFWEEK THURSDAY NIGHT 15th JUNE 2018 BOAT CRUISE PORT FORUM BARCELONA. FROM 00:00 to 06:00DAY / NIGHT (Limited Capacity) Tickets : https://bit.ly/2DOqP2dFull week program info : https://bit.ly/2IJ9ifo ■ Floatingpoint Boat Cruise meets MEOKO at Port Forum After the rooftop event in the same Port Forum with Eightsquare, Eklo Musicand Assemble Music we set up the Floatingpoint Boat Cruise with 2 floors, open air stage and inside room powered with Void Acoustics sound system. LINE UP TBA ☞ location: PORT FORUM Floatingpoint .GOOGLE MAPS : https://bit.ly/2INGAtKCHECKPOINTMUSICART.COM Barcelona based movement since 2013 focus in create an avant-garde Art and Music community. Meetingpoint Gallery was born to expose upcycle crafts, exhibition and workshop, learning platform where share a great multiplicity of visions about different genres.We promote the continuous development of local and international artist with different disciplines in an emblematic space. Values related to recycling and bio-construction in a socially and culturally atmosphere acoustically set.Art concept by checkpointmusicartilustration by FLAT MATE & Xaxe Design

Sunday 17 Jun 18 OFF Villa / OFF Closing w Thomas Melchior, Laylla Dane, Leiris

Thomas Melchior/Melchior Productions Ltd (Perlon, Aspect, Arpiar)Laylla Dane (Rotate)Leiris (Reduce, minibar, Rotate)Aline Raphael (Catenaccio, DroupOut)The Daniel (Zero Fucks SF)For the Sunday 17th of June 2018, OFF Party Barcelona teams up w Rotate(label & Agency) and Madness CR3W (collective from Amsterdam) to propose you a closing event OFF Week 2018 at an OFF location from 19h to 4hVilla with garden, pool, terrace, several rooms (and hidden rooms) on 3 floors. (Barcelona - Sarria / Pedralbes Area) Limited Capacity, 40% Sold Out (No tickets at the door) Attend on RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1098446Sound Funktion-One (Official) 

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Preview: OFF Villa / OFF Closing w Thomas Melchior, Laylla Dane, Leiris and more

Now in its 5th year, the Berlin-based booking agency and label Rotate has been making waves lately, creating a strong sense of identity by coalescing a roster of like-minded producers and DJs that you can often catch at Club der Visionaere and sister venue Hoppetosse, the best Berlin haunts for this sort of hypnotic, loopy sound — where Rotate is always a welcome visitor with its regular label nights and birthday bashes. It’s no surprise when you know the operation is headed by Sander Baan, a veteran Dutch transplantveteran Dutch transplant who hasn’t released on his own label but is a well-accomplished producer in his own right.    The imprint couldn’t have made more of a bang when it started back in 2016, as it was savvy enough to come up with an impressive two-disc compilation featuring a slew of the agency’s protégés at the top of their form — talk about a first impression. After two releases featuring some of its closest associates like Cleymoore and Denis Kaznacheev, Rotate seems to have hit its stride with a fourth record coming out earlier this year.  And they also happen to be good friends of ours at MEOKO, with a previous joint party taking place at Club der Visionaere on May 4 with the likes of Monkey Nenufar, Denis Kaznacheev, Leiris and Yuzo Iwata. We’ve decided to get at it again, and this time the action is going down in Barcelona, as part of this year’s OFF Week, the inventory of independent parties taking place in the city during Sonar Festival; Rotate x OFF Party. For this one we went all in, the headliner being none other than Thomas Melchior. Like many of his fellow Perlon affiliates, such as Zip or Ricardo Villalobos, the man is a living legend whose individual path is forever intertwined with that of electronic music — one that has not merely been a good student of the genre, but who’s constantly contributed to reinventing it by following his own way. The evidence being is labyrinthine galaxy of aliases and collaborations through which he’s released just about anything, from his mid-90s sonic explorations to the heart-wrenching deep house or hypnotic minimal of his collaboration with Baby Ford or his own take on the Romanian sound featured on [a:rpia:r], amidst a flock of instant classics on Playhouse, Perlon and his own Aspect Music. Few do music for the mind, the body and the soul as well as Thomas Melchior does. Of course, there’s also a contingent of Rotate alumni to represent the label, with Leiris and Laylla Dane at the controls. The former just put out the label’s excellent fourth release, a collaboration with Lapucci, and is well-know for his rare appearances with fellow Frenchman and close friend Ben Vedren under the Monkey Nenufar guise. First releasing on Cabanne’s Minibar, his relocation to Berlin seems to give away a move from the more clicky and percussive sound of the French microhouse legend into a more bumpy and loopy direction — in an equally talented way though. We can’t wait to see what he’s got in store for us this time. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_9df927b3_1577448244&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/rotatemusic/rotate004-leiris-lapucci-shadows-talk', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9df927b3_1577448244', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9df927b3_1577448244' }); });   Bulgaria’s up-and-coming Laylla Dane is the other Rotate representative. Like them, she shares an affinity with Club der Visionaere where she’s a regular. But if you need to remember one thing about Laylla, it’s that it’s Zip himself who gave her her first big break, after having his mind blown by her when he caught her playing Bucharest’s Guesthouse. Personally, I want to hear what kind of DJ is able to make such an impression to Zip. And to complete the bill are Aline Raphael, another Club Der Visionaere regular, and Amsterdam’s The Daniel, here to represent his Madness CR3W. There will be no ticket on the door, but you can already book yours here. See you in Barcelona!   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More ROTATE; Facebook / Tickets / Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

100% Original Burkhardt sound- no tricks, no fakes: Mix & Interview

  Little introduction is needed for our latest interview with Frankfurt based, Christian Burkhardt. An artist that continues to grow after over 20 years of production, performing live and mixing in all corners of the world. On his journey leaving a trail of successful releases on staple names such as Raum…Musik and Cocoon, with groove at the heart of every sound. Recent times saw the launch of CB Sessions a personal platform to release live jams and studio sessions with friends. Technology has always been a deep passion for him, and if you have been fortunate enough to catch one of his live sets, you will certainly understand.    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_1972737409&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-cb-mix-2018', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_1972737409', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ffb04ea7_1972737409' }); });   Here is what went down when we recently caught up… First, thanks a lot for taking some time out for us, and recording a special mix based solely around your personal productions and remixes. Hope you are well, and enjoying the start of spring in Frankfurt.  Thanks for having me. Yeah it’s a special energy  when the sun comes out after depressing winter grey, people start smiling again. Anybody who knows you, or has heard your name will understand your passion for technology, whether in the studio in Offenbach, or playing live. When did you start producing, and building your studio I started producing back in my hometown Heidelberg, some friends had studios and showed me how to do it. My first Synthesizer, a Bassstation, I bought 1995. The Studio I built after moving to Offenbach in 2001. What do you find yourself using the most in the studio? The set up looks very impressive.    In focus are different machines over the years, actually it’s the modular. I use it all the time, it’s the best thing for sound design, never ending possibilities. And the Elektron Rytm drummaschine, love the combination between analog and digital samples, with l  layering, you get special sounds. But it’s not all about analog hardware, I do field recording a lot or jam around with  cheesy ipad apps sometimes. {soundcloud}https://soundcloud.com/christian-burkhardt{/soundlcoud} Do you find there is a different connection with the crowd when playing live as opposed to playing records? Music wise for sure, because I have control about each element of the music in the live set. When I see a good reaction to a sound/element I jam in, I stay with the sound for a longer time. In Dj sets there is more time for seeing the crowd, cheering, smiling, waving having fun. Summer is definitely on its way. Do you have any particular summer locations you look forward to playing in?  oh yes oh yes, I will play some shows during Sonar festival what is always the highlight of the year, everybody will be there. And of course Ibiza season is starting, playing at Pacha, Amnesia and Destino…still in love with the island. Not to forget two nice open air festivals at home “See us there” and then the “WCD-Poolsessions” looking forward to see the whole Frankfurt crew.  You have released on many highly respected brands, such as Pressure Traxx, Cocoon and Raum…Musik. All running for quite some time now. Raum… celebrate 20years this year, how does it feel to be a part of this, and to see the labels grow over time?  It feels good to be surrounded by passionate people doing music with attitude. Trends come, trends go - we just do our thing working on the perfect groove for a better future. Haha, I am a poet.  In 2014, you started your personal project Christian Burkhardt Sessions. When did you realise it was time to begin a label of your own?   All the time I invite friends to the studio, I like to exchange and to share vibes, special moments. CB-Sessions is the platform to release the recordings of these moments. How important is it to you to catch these live jams in the heat of the moment?  The best things are always happening when u don’t expect them. Sometimes we work for hours on a track and then u push a wrong button or switch and ta taaa- the groove is lifting up. A quick recording is always most necessary. The mix you kindly curated for us is only productions and remixes made by yourself. Including a Donna Summer Hot Stuff Remix, The Milky Way Remix, and an Argy Remix. How do you decide on a track you would like to remix? What kind of process do you use when approaching a remix?  The artist or label of the original is asking me for the remix. It seems it’s a new thing that the Remixer is asking for it. It is really cool to have requests to remix classic tunes or super nice artists. Most of the time I play around with the parts of the original, run them through my modular system and work out a groove. I love remixing as I have already something where I can build around a groove. I always try to use as much as possible of the original. Just arrange, effects and work out in a new way. I don’t like these remixes when you don’t hear the original. There are several forthcoming releases also found in the mix, such as your next release on Do Not Sleep. When can we be expecting that? What else do you have hidden in the mix?  Yeah, the DNS release is the highlight, I did it with my long time buddy Daniel Roth.  For me personally, the best stuff I did in the last years. Then the remixes u named before and some unreleased music.   How would you describe your mix to the listeners?  100% Original Burkhardt sound- no tricks, no fakes Thanks again for your time and the magic mix.    By ZAC BIDWELL    More Christan Burkhardt  More MEOKO   

A MEOKO Exclusive & Special Mix: tINI b2b Molly

Well, we didn’t see that one coming, but looks like two of our favourite DJs have struck an unlikely alliance. tINI and Molly have been orbiting each other lately with invites to their respective parties, but they’re now taking things to the next level with a string of b2b sets across Europe. Any profile-raising news for Molly is sweet as honey to my ears. It’s heartwarming when people finally get their dues, and that’s exactly what seems to be happening to her at the minute. The Paris-based DJ has come a long way since starting her ongoing Rex Club residency. Initially a behind-the-scenes employee at the club, she slowly but surely established her mark behind the decks on the boulevards all the while gigging around town, leading her to become a fixture of the French capital. Resident DJ at Paris’ most historic club? Check. Appearances at Concrete and their yearly Weather festival? Check. Ties to the beating heart of French minimal, that is Yoyaku? Che-e-e-e-ck. Molly is one of those local heroes that shape a scene, and if she remains an untiring champion for the best of underground house and techno, her increasingly minimal inclinations reflect Paris’ embrace of the sound. Indeed, with Yoyaku she seems to have struck a chord, with the Belleville outlet releasing her first EP last year. Not that she’s a newcomer to the genre though, as a look at her list of guests in the past years at Rex Club is testament to her versatility — American underground warriors like Aybee, Kyle Hall or Fred P have rubbed shoulders with the cream of the crop of the European minimal scene, namely Zip (!), Eli Verveine, Vera or Onur Özer — and a look at her schedule is even more revealing: Molly is jumping from Panorama Bar, to dates with the twee Giegling crew, to brasher Ibiza parties, like it’s nothing at all. With her abroad dates showing no sign of slowing down, it’s Paris’ loss, but the rest of the world’s benefit. MEOKO Exclusive Podcast 254: tINI b2b Molly tINI, on the other hand, has already been a powerhouse on the house and techno circuit for years. Instead of a Rex Club, it was her ties to Loco Dice and Desolat that broke her through the scene, but she soon enough established her own tINI and The Gang residency in Ibiza — a favourite on the White Isle, whose beach party vibe and free-entry policy until a few years ago marked her as a bit of an outlier amidst the island’s superclubs. Having played the biggest scenes in the world — Coachella no less — The Gang shows tINI’s constant attachment to the music firstly, something all too rare in a corner of the industry that at times seems to have more to do with the stock exchange than with the transformative experience of clubbing. The Gang is tINI’s loose group of affiliates, a Justice League for bumpy beats that pairs more established names like Bill Patrick — with whom tINI’s epic b2b have become the stuff of legends — or Cologne’s own Andy Kolwes with a pool of fairly unknown up-and-comers, and some carefully selected guests, that have included all from Alexandra to Giammarco Orsini. Sure, the brand is centered around tINI’s figure, but its rotating cast makes it about the vibes rather than the names. As Andy told us, she’s “the living proof […] that it’s possible to stay true to yourself and even gain a bigger audience at the same time.” So now those two names are joining forces, with a series of b2b sets that started on May 9th at Frankfurt’s beloved Robert Johnson, following tINI’s invitation to Molly’s HEAD—ON residency at Rex Club back in January, and continuous appearances with The Gang for Molly over the past few years. This collaboration is a win-win-win situation: tINI maintains her appeal as a big name DJ that still knows what’s hot, Molly’s continuing ascent to DJing royalty is propelled by the partnership, and we, the public, get to see those two unique DJs get face to face. Beyond their respective knack for working a crowd into a frenzy, the two have more in common than it seems. Most importantly they’re DJs first and foremost: although both have made forays into production with success, it’s primarily their skills as party hosts that ground their respective appeal — which in this day and age where everyone seemingly is a DJ is no small feat. While many turn to production to stand out from the mass, those two have mainly relied on the old art of DJing: the ability to select the right tune at the right time, and to string those good tunes over hours into something greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a skill that shines most through their residencies — where you can’t merely fly in, soundcheck, play some bangers, but have to think out the entirety of the night, from the warm-up to the last encore, as a continuous whole, and have to maintain this continuity month-in month-out. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_2fd0227d_65642678&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/molly_music/molly-tini-the-gang-opening-party-sands-ibiza', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2fd0227d_65642678', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2fd0227d_65642678' }); });   A successful residency shows great curatorial skills, and the next logical step, which funnily enough they’ve both decided to take around the same time, was to launch their own labels. Kicking off last year with a warm and dubby EP courtesy of Florida’s Michael Zucker and associate Pete An under the Prophets of A New Generation moniker, Molly’s RDV carried on with an Aybee record smothered in his gently psychedelic percussion-heavy style and has already reached its third release, this time crossing the Pond back to Paris for an Aleqs Notal/1977 split.  And now tINI’s taking the plunge, too. Little do we know yet about her Part of The Gang endeavour, except that the first record, out this summer, will mark her return to production and come backed with a Mr. G remix. What more do we need to know, really? After a gig at Sankey’s on the 10th of May, Molly and tINI will be back together in Barcelona with the whole Gang on June 13th. Last; but not least, the duo will gather again for a Tuesday treat on the island for tINI and the Gang Ibiza Showcase. It seems like we can expect more from this collaboration in the future — a chance to catch two exceptional curators at the top of their games, having a bloody good time together and sharing it with us.  To remark the occasion, MEOKO proudly presents tINI and Molly Exclusive Podcast (2-hour cut of their Rex Club Set). Nothing much to say, turn the volume up and ENJOY!    Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More tINI / Molly / tINI and The Gang More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Under The MEOKO Microscope - Andy Kolwes & Mix

Microscope series is back again and this time we are having a very well known name - Andy Kolwes & A Special Mix. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_cf97adea_1261090589&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-podcast-andy-kolwes', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_cf97adea_1261090589', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_cf97adea_1261090589' }); });     Hi Andy, a pleasure to have you here! I couldn’t make it in time for your set due to my work but I had a blast at the Pressure Traxx’s 6th birthday at Hoppetosse, how was it for you? Coming to Berlin is always a pleasure because I have so many friends & brothers in sound here. I entered the boat about ten at night and both decks were already fully packed. It was quite sweaty but had a great buzz about it. It felt amazing! I couldn’t t think of a better way to celebrate this birthday. I met so many friends from all over, including my friends from Cologne who came by as well. I always prefer working with friends, because there is a deep level of understanding. Every problem can be solved with a quick phone call and you don t waste any time with chit chat. That means more time for the fun part! So I realized I don’t know much about your background, what were your formative years like? Did you grow up in Cologne? If I look back now, it seems like I have a special relationship with the night since the beginning. In my early youth I was a very busy graffiti writer. Very similar to the music scene with friends from all over across Europe. We were visiting each other, all sharing the same passion. A real underground feeling. It was natural for us to buy vinyl, even though we weren’t DJs at all. A good friend of mine was the first to have a DJ setup at home with 2 Mk2s and a mixer. The only problem was, that nobody knew what to do! There wasn’t any YouTube or Internet, you had to have somebody to show you how it works, not so easy like today. So I was more into graffiti at that time. It was in my early twenties, that I discovered the disco life for myself. After that I was more & more going out and enjoying the party night life. Over the years I became a experienced clubber, first as a punter and later I started mixing, organizing parties & finally making my own music. The time between 20-30 was pretty tough because everything is unsure and finding your way in life is not so clear. Whilst studying economics, all the expectations were causing pressures and making me question what I was doing. Later on in my 30s things got much easier in a way, as you start to feel more comfortable with yourself. The path is more obvious and you realise you are doing the right thing.  Do you remember any experience that blew your mind and decided you to get into the scene, start mixing, etc? My mate Nekes was playing in Cologne and we were at an after party we were doing, I decided right there and then to go for it & get into Djing as my new passion. From then on I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I started organizing my own parties. Then I made friends with Alex Multhaup who did the label Karmarouge back in the days. We were organizing monthly club nights and a big festival called "Cologne Summertunes”. In the following ten years I had the chance to develop my skills and grow as a DJ, playing with many of the guys that I’d looked up to previously. These were great times! That’s how I met Thomas Melchior for the first time, as well as Dan Andrei who became a regular guest and long time friend. I think I was about 26, when I started making my own music. Our monthly event was a good opportunity to test out the stuff I had produced the weeks before. It was a very motivating environment for me growing as an artist. The music became more & more important.  Cologne’s a city our readers are maybe less familiar than Berlin or Frankfurt, how’s the scene like over there? Kompakt is a big reference point but that doesn’t seem to be your type of sound, was this an influence though? Of course Kompakt was really important for many people back in the day but it frustrates me a little, that Cologne is still only known for the sound of Kompakt. We have some really talented people here who are worthy of getting mentioned as well. For example, Julian Bomm and the guys from Rheinrythmic crew. A highly motivated bunch of young guys organizing events. Three years ago, they came up with an illegal club for a short period of time in an old car wash. It was all built from wood inside with the help of their mates. For the weekend they rented a function one sound system & it was just one big rave! Luckily my studio was 5 minutes away and so, every weekend I was making music and when I felt kind of stuck in the process, I walked over to "Waschstrasse“ to catch some vibes. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_6fe4871e_816973426&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/pressuretraxx/sets/andy-kolwes-you-can-ep-pressure-traxx-silver-series-006', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_6fe4871e_816973426', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_6fe4871e_816973426' }); });   Mostly I came by in the morning. In the end they put the old couches on the dancefloor and we were all hanging out. Then slowly a few started dancing again & BOOM, it was going on! That brought a special feeling of to Cologne, which Berlin is usually known for. In this great environment I met many new friends, for example St. Joseph as well as Martin Mercer, a young and very good producer with a huge output who is surely one to watch.   Is it something special for you playing over there? Would you ever consider moving? Of course it is a very attractive place: I mean, so many friends all living close by in the neighbourhood. That sounds very appealing to me. During the week I am making music mostly on my own, because everybody else is doing a job. That can be boring sometimes. I just started searching for the right place in Berlin around Kreuzberg, where i can live with my Studio All in one place. If anybody knows something, please just drop me a line! People are coming to Berlin from all over the world  and I see it as a gift, that all this is happening right in front of my door. The fact that there is almost no language barriers makes everything so easy.  You’ve been DJing for more than 10 years now but only started releasing records around 2013, so what got you into producing? At first my primary goal was to produce in order to get more bookings. Over time producing the music was so important to me that if I would have to choose now between Djing & Producing, I would just Produce. It feels like a great gift, being able to make the soundtrack to my own life.  Making music is like therapy. Even though you are escaping from reality, but you are still doing something for yourself. I find it really cathartic. If I look back now, starting my own label was a great move because it made me totally independent. I never had to get in touch with labels for getting my music released. Many artists out there have a few great tracks and usually they want them to be released on a labels where they think they’ll get the most coverage. But then it’s gets so political if you know what I mean..I feel so lucky that I never had to hustle like that.  Of course it all takes its time, for example getting new equipment and updating your studio. But it’s a means to an end to evolve your vision of your sound. Your sound is particularly trippy and hypnotic, even for minimal. What’s your process like when you’re in the studio? My musical journey usually starts on Wednesdays and ends on Sunday. In these long boot camp sessions at home I develop my vision of a modern, trippy house sound. My sound is mostly analogue, coming from synthesizers and classic drum machines like TR808, TR909, Emu SP 1200 and some modular stuff. I use analogue sequencers or my hands to feed my synthesisers. Sometimes I really know what I want to do or try. But I also love starting completely free with no expectations and just catching the vibe of the day. If there is something special showing up which is worthwhile and appeals to me, then I try to capture this feeling and concentrate on the parts which seem essential to support the essence of the vibe. Often its like writing a book and I might try 3 different endings. In the end it often is a pity, because you have to decide which version is the best to release. Unfortunately time is limited on vinyl and these decisions must be made, although you see something special in each version. On Monday & Tuesday I usually let my ears recover. During these days I just play some Piano. I just love to explore all kinds of melodies and harmonies on the keys. It brings you closer to the essence of a track, its certain feeling. I mean the rhythm & groove is one big component of a track, but also is the tone. It doesn’t necessarily have to follow the rules of standard music theory. Even a disharmonic combination of tones can feel right and be a beautiful thing. And what about mixing, do you have a routine to prepare gigs? Before a gig, I always go through my whole stock, just digging for stuff I’m into right now. In the end it its is mostly a combination of old tracks from the 90’s, some all time favourites and some new stuff. I usually play 90-95% Vinyl because it sounds better, is more fun and a better buzz  to perform. Especially if you look at it from the entertainment factor. You are working, you are in the mix, it is part of your performance. In my opinion, there is no time for stupid DJ moves in the eye of the storm. It looks so boring looking at a DJ, staring  frozen with eyes wide open, scrolling through a 100 Gb USB Drive. I made up the rule to just pick a track when I tend to get lost browsing. To me being a DJ means developing a constantly growing reference to rely on, especially while making my own music. It keeps me fascinated, curious and up to date as well. I buy records all the time for all kind of situations, not only focused on the dance floor. I love playing on a gut level, focused on the actual moment, hunting for that special vibe that lives inside all of us in the rave.  Can you tell us a bit about your involvement with tINI and the Gang? In 2013 we first met because my friends Nekes was playing with her at the beach spot. I had just released my first record on my label "Anyway". tINI was telling me that she loved this record and to my surprise the next season, I was already hooked at the beachspot for the first time. If you are a newcomer, it is very important and gives you a legitimacy. Playing the closing set last year at Ibiza Underground felt like I finally arrived on the island. I was going to Ibiza almost every year since the late 90s, but back then more with the purpose of recovering from our monthly party business in Cologne.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_53dbcfaa_1527663225&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/andykolwes/andy-kolwes-sometimes-ep-anyway03-snippets', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_53dbcfaa_1527663225', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_53dbcfaa_1527663225' }); });   I highly appreciate tINI, not only because of her support in my early days, but also for all those fantastic nights we shared over the last couple of years. She is the living proof to me, that it’s possible to stay true to yourself and even gain a bigger audience at the same time.  The three records you put out on your own label 'Anyway' are truly something special, and I hear there’s an album on the way now. How was it crafting an LP compared to EPs? I’ve been thinking about this for some time. My biggest struggle is to find the right combination of tracks. The decision itself is the biggest problem, because if you are juggling too long without coming to a decision, it starts to do your head in! That feels more like work than in the end. I have had that last September. In the end I was so fed up thinking about the album, that I just stopped the thinking process. I just wanted to make music again.  You’re fresh off a tour in South America and Japan. That sounds exciting, tell us about it! Oh yes, it was. I always wanted to go there. It was already planned for last year but did not work out in the end. This year, it was time and I had a blast! I left every place with the feeling of "I don’t want to go now because I’ve made some amazing friends”  Manglus from Urugay was already a good friend of mine, because we shared some great nights in Club der Visionäre over the past few years. As well as Yoske from Japan. It’s an unforgettable experience when they show you the best places in their world.   In the beginning I was a little frightened by the thought of being away from studio for 6 weeks. Although it was very important for me to go out & enjoy life after a very long winter studio period. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_950e6f41_852002107&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/pressuretraxx/andy_kolwes_pressuretraxx_showcase_guesthouse_bucuresti_08_10', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_950e6f41_852002107', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_950e6f41_852002107' }); });   You’re featuring on the upcoming raum…musik compilation, for the label’s 20th year, and there’s also an EP coming. How did the connection with Dorian happen? That is a cool story because he was eventually a key player in success. The story begins about 20 years ago. At that time I remember dancing to Dorians sets  in Space Ibiza. Since then he has been steadily releasing timeless & contemporary dance music.  In September 2013, I eventually went to Ibiza with a handful of copies of my first release. I was very lucky to give one of those copies to Dorian as he was playing. In the following weeks  there was a huge demand for my record, so Dorian passed me over to Freebase Records. I drove down to Frankfurt with my first 20 copies. Three days later, they were all gone and Freebase was asking for more. As I am self-distributing my records, it was a brilliant start and got my record straight into the shops.  Being part of the 20 years anniversary of Raum Musik makes me very proud, as I have been following Dorian & Raum Musik  since the beginning. He is not only one hell of a nice guy, he’s such a sensitive DJ who has been consistently blowing my mind for two decades! When I do a sound check in a club, I often put on Raum Musik first because it shows you very clearly what you can expect from the sound system and where the limits are for the night. Always a very good reference to rely on. And what else is coming up for you? Any exclusive bits for our readers?  There will be coming an additional artist Ep on Raum Musik around in the late summer.  And of course hopefully my first LP (2x12)on my label Anyway.  I usually try to not look too far forward and take life step by step.  Thanks for the mix! Did you have a specific idea or mood you wanted to convey when recording it It was recorded in Nagoya in Japan which is the hometown of my friend Yoske. It was the last gig of my Japanese tour and a mental night. I always prefer to take a mix from a night than making a podcast at home. At home its more clinical and somehow an feels like an audition, although nobody is there. Then I end up recording two or three mixes & have to decide which one I prefer. From my experience that’s a waste of time and I’d rather capture the spirit of the rave on the night. It is believed that booking agent plays a vital role for a DJ throughout the career, particularly in the early stages. Tell us a bit about Zero Logistics and how your life changed since you signed with Z.L.? I first met Roberto as I was playing for tINI & the gang in Underground. That night I told him that one day I would like to have my own Roberto. I was very pleased and did not have to think long as he asked me if I would like to join his agency, Zero Logistics, three years later.  I am really thankful especially for my first South America tour. It was a great start this year and I really feel like there’s some wind in my sails now.. It is great for me to have him in the back taking care of all the booking stuff. People often forget that it costs precious time & a lot of work until a date is confirmed.  Despite that I am very grateful for him helping me with improving all my social media stuff. Something that I couldn’t be assed to spend too much time on in the past. Of course it is the responsibility of the artist to deliver great content and new releases, so your agent has some material to work with. I see it also as a great opportunity to show the people what you stand for musically and what they can expect by booking you. You are step by step creating your own image and defining yourself as an artist. If you accomplish that while staying true to yourself and enjoying the process, it is all you can achieve I think. My work is a great experience to me and a very spiritual thing.   Thank you for your time and the mix & All the best for the future. We hope to see you in London. Thank you MEOKO.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Andy Kolwes; Facebook / Soundcloud  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview: Underyourseat 11th Anniversary w/ Traumer, Javier Carballo

Hot on the heels of his appearance at Eagervision on May 11th, Javier Carballo flies back to the Canaries to celebrate the 11th anniversary of his and partner-in-crime Berna’s Underyourseat party. The party’s a staple of the island’s nightlife, and going stronger than ever with the recent launch of the in-house label to celebrate the 10-years mark. The first EP was provided by Javier himself with Lowwaxx, and encompassed the broad range of the party, with four enchanting groovers of dub and minimal allegiances. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_706b9ad5_1951564481&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/user-446648048/sets/lowwaxx-6-terms-zucchini-ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_706b9ad5_1951564481', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_706b9ad5_1951564481' }); });   At such a good time for Underyourseat, no doubt Javier and Berna will be in the mood to celebrate. Both are proponents of a stream-lined and hypnotic sound, that carries the crowd seamlessly into the night up to those wee hours of the morning — sunglasses on, head-bobbing to the tunneling grooves til the sun is well up. There’s probably no better way to enjoy it than catching them in their home turf. After 11 years of inviting over the best names in minimal, from Onur Özer to Cabanne and Raresh, there’s a reason they’re now the ones headlining events across Europe. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_10d68d48_385079274&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-javier-carballo', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_10d68d48_385079274', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_10d68d48_385079274' }); });   For this special occasion, they’ve invited a good friend of ours, who we interviewed back in December: Traumer. Since he steered his alias into a more micro/minimal direction, here at MEOKO we can’t get enough of the Frenchman’s drum-heavy rollers. And in that regard, we’ve been treated: even more productive than usual, Romain is already four releases in since the beginning of the year, including one on his ever-special GETTRAUM label. A very special guest for a very special occasion. So there you go: on May 12th, it’s in the Canaries that the good things are, so it seems. you can already book your tickets here. See you there at the front-left speakers — after-party on the beach.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Underyourseat; Facebook / Soundcloud / FB Event / http://www.underyourseat.com/ More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

'I love music with feeling.' Joseph Williams - Interview & Mix

A true enforcer of timeless rhythms, with an ability to draw the listener in with a wide spectrum of sounds and moods. A unique thought process when digging for records, searching way above and beyond the ordinary. Over recent years, a reputation has been built solidly around his passion and raw ability to structure records whether playing in a club or after party atmosphere. A journey of all kinds. With successful releases on London based labels Fuse, Infuse and Arupa, the energy does not end in the booth. It has been a long time coming, join us as we caught up with the natural and humble talent that is, Joseph Williams; he will be joining us this summer on the MEOKO stage at RPMM Festival in Porto (and rightly so). 1. First, thank you for your time and recording a mix for us. Where did your journey with music begin? It’s a pleasure to finally do a mix! I would say my journey did not begin with electronic music; my taste was varied growing up from Hip-Hop to Blues and Folk. A lot of the electronic music I heard was filtered through my older sister who would play it at home and took me to my first parties when I was around 17/18. I would pair up with her friend who was older so I could get in to over the 21 nights with my baby face! I was always more inclined to listen to electronic music as I got older. After my first club nights I began collecting for myself, starting with classic/soulful and funky house. From there I was constantly discovering new sounds and different variations of our music. It felt like I stumbled across all the parties and music I now enjoy, but my path makes sense when looking back. 2. What would you say influences you amongst the scene right now? I value my time spent with friends the most. This could be at a party, or the countless hours we spend playing and discussing music in between. It’s these moments that are influential for me and I draw energy from. Even a simple conversation with a friend Shauny could spark and renew my enthusiasm. Connective moments of shared passion fuel and drive our scene forward and we all experience them in some capacity – these are fundamentally what inspire me to be creative. 3. Where would you say you enjoying playing the most, either past or present? Can we make it a time during the night? If so, after-parties. It’s where I am most relaxed, I feel less pressure and I can play the music that I enjoy collecting the most. I think there is a certain expectation from the crowd for the main gig of the night and this includes the DJs living up to their expectation of the event. I can definitely appreciate this and to some degree, it can’t be helped. The after party, however, is where people are (mostly) open to DJs experimenting, so it is a space where the DJ and dancer can subconsciously both transcend the expectation and convention of a standard party and experience sound differently, together. With this comes an atmosphere that permits more freedom, which is always good when playing.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_c369cf19_1327705839&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/fuselondon/joseph-williams-spacetime-clip', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_c369cf19_1327705839', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_c369cf19_1327705839' }); });   4. Having released on Fuse, Infuse and Arupa which are highly respected labels, are there any labels in particular you would love to work with in the future? It’s been great working with these labels as the people behind them have been friends and have somewhere along the line, helped me on my journey. I’ve not thought about any other labels to release on, my main focus for now is to simply make the music. 5. Do you have any releases in the pipeline you can reveal to us? I’ve been working on a first EP, its something that's not come naturally in terms of creating and selecting. I’ve had loads of ideas but none I feel have represented me. Although now I have one more track I’m working on which completes a 4 track EP. 6. This July you will be playing along side many fantastic artists at the brand new RPMM Festival in Porto. It sounds like a great concept they have, how does it feel to be part of such an exciting project? You will be able to pack some special records for that trip. I’m looking forward to it! The main stages of the festival host loads of different styles of music, so it will be nice for the Meoko room to continue in that fashion and provide alternative and deeper sounds. Ultimately you can’t fully plan for a gig, but lately when finding music I've been saying ‘yep, that’s for the festival’ - some feel-good sunshine groovers.  7. You recently played at the refurbished 93 Feet East, how did you find it with the new makeover? It is refreshing to see a club being given a new lease of life. Do you think this could have a knock on effect in the city, maybe more day time focused clubs opening? I think its great that its back. The club was home to a lot of my first parties and raving experiences; it is of course synonymous with Sundays at Fuse. In a way, this club and party was a preamble of things to come for me. The makeover has given it a stripped back no-nonsense feel, and this has been mirrored by the extensive quality on the line-ups every week. I recently had a convo with my friend Zack who is involved with the events in the club and we spoke about the potential it has for so many different types of parties and events. I hope it does have a knock on effect! I have seen a few cool new spaces pop up recently and have been to some great parties, there is still a lot of passion in London and the city can still be the clubbing capital if we are not limited by restrictions and closures. 8. What can the listeners expect from the mix you kindly made for us, how do you go about compiling online mixes and podcasts? I’d like to think overall, it represents distinct moods and sounds that I enjoy most and look for when collecting. I love music with feeling. Some of the tracks in the mix I connect with when I’m home or daydreaming with headphones somewhere (which I do a lot). Despite appreciating loads of different styles, on a whole, my taste is definitely dictated by synths, melodies and the feeling they give. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bass line! But I am a listener of music first, and these are the tracks that catch me, so its only natural it follows in my selection when I play. I hope this mix is a snapshot in to what I groove to and reflects parts of my personality. When compiling the mix I wanted to focus more on my personal connection with the tracks and tried to subdue the ever-enticing factors of novelty and obscurity, as they don't always help the cause. In regards to the structure, I try to be gradual with the intensity in mixes and leave the end dreamy, I left this mix on a lighter note as I try not to take everything so seriously all the time ;)   9. A question we like to ask, if you could choose three records that never leave your bag, what would they be? I wouldn’t say they never leave my bag, but here are three tracks that I always come round to at some point and have done for a while: 1. Wamdue Kids – Echoes and Instruments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxFiEtyPWus Timeless Wamdue on the seminal label, Guidance. 2. Ricardo Villalobos - H.E.I.K.E. (Ricardo Villalobos Mood Mix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Siv9meFsaI The man is a major influence for me, probably not one of his most cited tracks – but the simplicity and percussion groove always catches me. It circles round in to my sets every so often. 3. B12 - Debris  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_GSdWMhAGA Bags of emotion and a record I’ve played towards the end of many after after parties. Thanks a lot for your time Joseph, see you in Portugal J.   Interview by Zac Bidwell   More Joseph Williams; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Ada Kaleh Romania 007 Review – Nedeslusit in Amurg EP

It is that time. Yet again, another masterful release is on its way from genius Romanian producer, Ada Kaleh. ‘Nedeslusit in Amurg’ is the seventh release on his up close and personal outlet named after himself, Ada Kaleh Romania. A vinyl only label, with a desire to enforce the full package with each release. From the sound, down to the artwork, simultaneously aligned with the stories behind them. For this release artist Anca Buzilan has made her mark with two detailed images, one on each side of the sleeve telling the tales of the music. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_3a3678f1_74812290&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/adakalehromania/sets/ak007', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_3a3678f1_74812290', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_3a3678f1_74812290' }); });   Taking up the whole of the ‘Sunside’ is ‘Nedeslusit in Amurg’ inspired by the whirling dance of the Sufi Dervishes. A physical form of meditation, an aspect that reflects within the sound with hypnotic loops and choppy vocals. After several days trapesing the desert, the sun begins to set (amurg; in Romanian) and the dervishes gaze in to the distance to find an image of a woman holding a blue pot of water. Flickering in and out of focus, a ‘Nedeslusit’ (Mirage). All senses vanish and the Dervishes’ are lost amongst the whirling dance, in ‘Amurg’ they remain. The image accompanying this side shows the dervishes stranded in the desert as they realise the mirage. On the ‘Moonside’ there are two interpretations of ‘Morgana Avidoma’. Morgana representing the female in the image, rolling, off the bat rhythms proving her capability to remain, whether in the distance or in front of your eyes. There is a sense of confusion, but the beat keeps coming back, two tracks that would sit well in a mix. Morgana herself features on the artwork of the ‘Moonside’ Kaleh, is known for his ability to curate atmospheres of an extraordinary variety, sometimes the subtlest of tones go such a long way due to his attention to detail. Never short of magic, with his special touch. Quality of the highest order, for listeners who will immerse themselves in minimalistic and stripped back sounds with a touch of class. She is always there, but only for us to see.    Presale link on Decks: https://www.decks.de/track/ada_kaleh-nedeslusit_in_amurg_ep/cc1-ff   Artwork by Anca Buzilan Words by Zac Bidwell   More Ada Kaleh; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview & Competition: Eagervision presents Cap, Javier Carballo & More

Are you going to Sunwaves? If not… my heart aches for you. If yes, then you know you’ll be tapping your arms for some more of that oh-so-sweet loopy minimal Romanian vibe in the weeks following the festival. Thank god if you live in London, Eagervision’s got your back and is ready to pull you out of the withdrawal-induced bleakness by throwing a party loaded with rolling beats and sunny vibes at Bloc. on May 11th.   Indeed, the headliners are two Sunwaves regulars, and both will be hot on the heels of this year’s 23rd edition. There’s little need to introduce Cap, one of the most revered names amongst the cohort of Romanian DJs that the country gave us in the past decade. But despite the fact his style displays all the hallmarks we love about the Romanian sound — trippy, hypnotic melodies, impeccable mixes, driving beats — Cap is one of the genre’s few DJs able to pepper his sets with tunes encompassing a much wider spectrum, from house to electro. This versatility was manifest in his MEOKO podcast: Javier Carballo, on the other hand, rings perhaps less of a bell than his Romanian counterpart, yet there’s a reason he’s a regular at Sunwaves: as a DJ, his style perfectly encapsulates the festival’s ethos. Javier specializes in hypnotizing, sun-drenched beats, which is a combination we’re always thirsty for. He might fly a bit under the radar to some, but Eagervision knows better and we’re delighted they bring him back on British soil with this booking. Completing the line-up are a few of Eagervision’s protégés, all of them having or about to drop EPs on the label. Alffie, Alwaan and Fernando Montes are sure to make you move.   The best of it all — as if a Romanian party in London was not enough — is that we’re holding a competition for this event, a competition that has not one but two winners. The first prize includes - A 2-hour DJ lesson (whether you already pride yourself with your skills or are a complete newbie, know that the lesson can be for beginner or advanced), - Javier Carballo’s recent double EP on Hector’s label Vatos Locos Silver Smile, so you’ll have something to spin for those lessons, - And of course two entries and some Eagervision goodies, (which the other winner will also get, two entries and some Eagervision goodies.)   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_8b93e9a7_792008575&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/vatos-locos-official/sets/javier-carballo-silver-smile-ep-vl006', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_8b93e9a7_792008575', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_8b93e9a7_792008575' }); });     As usual, all you have to do to participate is email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with the subject heading ’Eagervisions’. Good luck! Join us on May 11 to fight the post-Sunwaves blues, and book your tickets already.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Eagervision; Facebook / Soundcloud / FB Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Harry McCanna Interview & Mix

In recent times, there has not been many more names synonymous with the London scene than, Harry McCanna. Whether, kicking it with his NorthSouth Records family at their local home, The Lion & Lamb, or locking down after parties in off key locations around the city. One thing remains, his unique ability to weave together a wide range of genres with a full understanding of the desires of the dancefloor. A talent that has been acknowledged across the board; with a recent trip playing several cities in Australia, alongside parties in the UK, Italy and Belgium. The curiosity of this young artist does not stop there, as he continues to build a reputation under the production alias, Henry Hyde. A variation of releases on Undersound, Half Baked and joint outlet NorthSouth Records. Check out what went down when we caught up with him ahead of his Oscuro London Showcase this Saturday at 93 Feet East:  Harry McCanna Exclusive - MEOKO 251 So, to kick things off, congratulations on your recent debut tour of Australia, How did you find it? How would you compare it to parties in Europe? Thank you, it was an amazing experience. It was my first time spending a few weeks away ‘touring’ so it will always be a milestone for me. I think it’s hard to compare the two right now, it feels like Australia’s scene for this kind of sound is still growing. However, there’s some real passionate people both involved in the scene and just generally out partying and that’s always great to see. I definitely felt a buzz and an openness to new ideas at each party, especially in Melbourne, we had a lot of fun there. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_8305c39e_1391536399&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/half-baked-records/hb011-a2-henry-hyde-green', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_8305c39e_1391536399', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_8305c39e_1391536399' }); });   It's been many years since we last caught up with you, and I'm sure a lot has changed! Last year saw the launch of your own label North South Records, along side Half Baked resident Sam Bangura and Dale Mussington. Where did it all start? How have you found the reception so far? It was actually December 2015 that we first spoke about starting a label together, then there was about a year of us getting our ideas together and getting in touch with the artists we wanted to work with etc. It took us ages to come up with a name, but when we finally settled on ‘NorthSouth’ towards the end of 2016 everything seemed to move fairly quickly. We didn’t quite know what to expect, so it’s really nice to see that people out there are enjoying it. It is great to see you are releasing frequently now on personal projects and recently Half Baked. It is Coming up to NorthSouth's third release featuring yourself and Chris Geschwindner, who also featured on the debut release. An incredible talent for sure, is there an umbrella of artists which you have in mind for the label moving forward? We’ve always had the ethos of working with friends. We’d known Chris Gecshwindner for a few years already and he was the first artist we knew we wanted to work with. We’d spoken about releasing his tracks long before NorthSouth was properly formed, Christian Jay and Bilal were both on the radar from early as well. We really love the individual sounds each artist bring and we’ll definitely be working with all three of them going into the future. We’ve also got plans to introduce one or two new artists as well, but that will all come soon enough. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_67e5217c_650725811&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/northsouthrecords/chris-geschwindner-live-set-130517', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_67e5217c_650725811', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_67e5217c_650725811' }); });   I love the fact you have an alias when producing, Henry Hyde. What inspired you to use an alternate name for your releases? It's definitely got a ring too it. Ha! Glad you think so. Henry Hyde first came about in 2014 when I made a batch of tracks that all had a certain sound about them. For me they were the first tracks that I felt really represented me and the sound I wanted to produce. 2 of them went on to be the first Undersound release in 2015 and I’ve continued to work under the alias since, although I feel like the actual sound of Henry Hyde is always developing. This May, NorthSouth celebrates its first birthday at The Lion & Lamb, the local pub. Do you see this a fitting home for your label and the sound you portray? We think the opening of this venue was a breathe of fresh air in London. The Lion & Lamb is one of the best things to happen in the scene in London for ages. It feels like a real hub for what we have in London and everyone working there has a real passion for what they’re doing. We didn’t really plan on running parties as NorthSouth until a couple of months before the first release, although I still wouldn’t really call ourselves promoters, we just bring our mates and our records and have a good time. The pub is so well prepared, there’s not much else we need to do! It’s definitely the right place for us. Long live the Lion & Lamb! allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1c4d7794_1262947204&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/northsouthrecords/knoll-beach-promo-beach', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1c4d7794_1262947204', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1c4d7794_1262947204' }); });   There is a always a certain buzz around the scene in London, but recent times feel like it really is thriving with even more incredible line ups and off key after party locations. Would you agree? Yes I would. In the last few years London’s underground has faced some tough times, but I would say that it’s coming back even stronger now. As you say there’s been a lot more interesting new spots used for afters, it’s great to see promoters are always looking for different spaces. It’s nice to see some new venues opening as well, Cell 200 and The Cause both look very promising and the recent reopening of 93 Feet East is good news. The overall level of London-based parties, labels and artists has always been high, but I feel like people are really pushing things forward now. It’s extremely inspiring to look around you and see so many people doing great things. You are known by many for your impeccable selection of records. What are you favourite spots for digging for records? UK and World Wide. I wouldn’t really say there’s any specific places, obviously the internet can be extremely handy, but you can sometimes miss the more personal experience of actually going and having a look. Whenever I’m visiting another city I like to look for any local spots to have a rummage. Visiting a collection is always nice, you can generally find a more varied selection and it’s just a bit more of a comfortable environment. Shout out to Mr Plasticvinyldog, he’s always got the goodies, and makes a great tea. You seem to be pushing out a unique sound under your alias Henry Hyde. What kind of set up are you using in the studio? As I’m still making music from home it’s a pretty bedroom friendly set up: I use an I-Mac with Logic Pro X, a Roland Octa-Capture interface and a pair of Yamaha HS-7s. As for hardware I’ve got a Roland Juno-D, Access Virus B and a Yamaha TX81Z that goes through a Waldorf filter. I also have a Korg Electribe ER-1 and Volca FM that come out everyone now and then. I’ve also got a cheap mic I’ve had for years that I use to record the odd clap or voice when I feel like it. There’s always the quest to get more though! Anything else you would like to enlighten us with, any plans for the summer, releases? There’s a few nice bookings coming up I’m excited about. Oscuro this Saturday is shaping up to be real fun, can’t wait to play b2b with Voigtmann for the first time. Ojoo’s first birthday in Ghent May 27th should be great, I played for them at their first party last year and was one of my favourite gigs of 2016. Leeds Inner City Electronic festival in June as well, that looks like a cracker. I’ve got a couple more tracks coming out on VAs, but I’d like to focus on doing a full length EP soon. I’ve only ever released a maximum of 2 tracks at one time, so I’m quite keen to get something a bit more substantial out. We really appreciate you taking out your time to do this interview and thanks for recording a special mix for us, can you tell us a little bit what the listener can expect? Some old, some new, some unreleased. There’s tracks in there I’m playing out at the moment and some I’ve been saving for a mix. So yeah, a bit of everything really, hope you enjoy it. Lastly, the million dollar question. Three records that never leave the bag? Vengaboys - We’re Going to Ibiza Baha Men - Who Let the Dogs Out Shaggy - It Wasn’t Me       Words by Zac Bidwell   More Harry McCanna; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview: Love Family Park 2018

Here’s one for our Germany-based readers. Love Family Park, the long-running yearly day-long event returns on July 28 in Rüsselsheim-am-Main, close to Frankfurt. This is the first time the summery celebration settles in this small town, but the settings amongst the green Main meadows promises to be breathtaking. Of course, if the meadows don’t do the trick, then have a look at the line-up: it’s only big-hitters — two or three of them would be your average festival’s headliners, but here there’s more than twenty of them, sharing the decks over the various stages for 12 hours, from 10 AM to 10 PM. Quite a few of them return to the festival, such as Solomun or Chris Liebing, but there’s some new faces too, with the rising techno star from Belgium Amelie Lens, or the more established Maceo Plex. There’s quite a variety of flavours too, with the unpredictable minimalist maestro Ricardo, Detroit-via-Ibiza hero Richie Hawtin, or the ever-amazing Nina Kraviz — I’ll never tire to sing her praises, as no other DJ of her stature is such a risk-taker, juggling hard trance and experimentally-tinged cuts with the techno her crowds expect. Last but not least, Sven Väth is announced for the main stage closing. The German veteran and Love Family Park regular will play in his home turf and is at its best in this kind of big celebrations. Whether it’s your first time or 20th seeing him, there’s no doubt you’ll understand the adoration his fans have for the Cocoon boss. Here’s the full line-up in alphabetical order: Adriatique, Amelie Lens, andhim, Boris Brejcha, Butch, Chris Liebing, Dixon, Dominik Eulberg live, Fritz Kalkbrenner live, Karotte, Lexy & K-Paul live, Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Moonbootica, Nina Kraviz, Oliver Koletzki, Pan-Pot, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Solomun, Sven Väth. If you want a taste of Ibiza in the German countryside, then look no further and book your tickets for Love Family Park.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More LFP; Facebook / FB Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Barac Announces Ibiza Underground Residency and Yoyaku Upcoming Release

Barac announces Ibiza Underground residency, along with an upcoming release on French label, Yoyaku. Shamandrum is the new platform under which the Romanian will host his bi-weekly Ibiza residency, and also appears on the anticipated Yoyaku release. 2018 is shaping up to be another fantastic year for Barac, with the Romanian figurehead announcing an Ibiza residency. Starting just before Sonar in mid-June, and will end in October. Ibiza Underground will be the chosen destination and Tuesdays will be the day to dance amongst great company and surprising lineups on the island. The dates are 12th of Jun, 3rd of July, 17th of July, 7th of Aug, 21st of  Aug & 16th of Oct. Alongside the Ibiza news is the reveal of his latest work, an EP working side by side with Spaniard, Baltazar. The EP will be entitled suggestively "Drums" and will mark the second 2018 release for the Romanian - "It will still be my sound, but this continously evolves, just like we evolve all the time."   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Extended Easter weekend w/ Point & Art of Dark

To those less acquainted with the concept of mammals, Easter evokes bunnies and, uh, eggs. And to the more devout among us, which perhaps are not the most ardent followers of this site, it remains of course an important religious holiday. But Easter sprung out from the pagan festivities celebrating spring and as such, the Easter Bank Holiday signals more than anything the coming of the warmer days. In a few weeks, we’ll all be enjoying beer gardens, outdoor afterparties and comedowns in the park. For the dance-crazed pagans we are, this bank holiday therefore marks more than any other a turning point in the party calendar — and to celebrate properly, two of the best promoters in town, namely Point and Art of Dark, have teamed up to throw a day-long Easter party over two venues on Monday. Those two forces of the London nightscape probably need little introduction to many of you, but if you’re not lucky enough to have crossed their paths yet, here we go. Point is a London afterparty institution, well-loved among the local community of minimal music lovers. Its regular Sunday night at 512 is a staple for those weekend warriors who still have some energy to spend after two long days and nights of debauchery, but Point also regularly puts on various parties as part of London’s galaxy of minimal promoters where it is a shiny star. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_371b478d_146962343&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/dr0000_0081mp3', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_371b478d_146962343', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_371b478d_146962343' }); });   As for Art of Dark, they’ve now far exceeded their London roots, bringing the party to Spain for instance, or Germany, where they played along Berlin’s infamous Libertine crew. For my money, it’s one of the most consistently reliable party in the capital, and few clubbing moments in my life top their New Year’s Day at Oval Space last year with Ben UFO, Binh, and Andrew James Gustav — just a few of the many names they’ve hosted over the years.  But back to the party. This one will pick you up straight from your Sunday night, with Art of Dark starting the hostilities downstairs at Bow Bridge from 6AM, while Point will take care of the upstairs area from 8AM til 1PM. Then everyone migrates over to Grow in Hackney, where the DJs will keep spinning from 12AM to midnight. Nothing better than a waterside venue for a daytime spring party, innit? Regarding the lineup, it’s decidedly a London affair, with Harry McCanna and Josef (along a still secret guest) headlining the Art of Dark room at Bow Bridge. The former is a local hero close to the Undersound crew, and has played in most of the city’s nicest parties, from the bigger like Half Baked to the smaller like 110. Check out his productions under the Henry Hyde moniker:   Josef is another local DJ that’s shared lineups with McCanna many times. Here’s his interpretation of a night in the Wick, so let’s see on Monday what he’s cooking us for the morning: allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_97310e07_1923008592&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/house-of-sound/house-of-sound-podcast-006-one-night-in-the-wick', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_97310e07_1923008592', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_97310e07_1923008592' }); });   The Point event, for its part, features Gols, a student of the London golden age of tech-house who’s sure to make you move. Georgia Girl and Stefania complete the line-up playing B2B. The two are seasoned DJs from the scene, respectively affiliated with Keep on Going and Eastsunrise. If you’ve ever been to these parties — or many of the others where they’re anyway regulars — and enjoyed your time there, they’re the ones to thank. For the Grow event, the lineup is still pretty secretive at the moment, with only Gols carrying on from Bow Bridge. In any case, we blindly trust Point and Art of Dark to put on the perfect line-up. All in all, this promises to be a glorious spring reunion for the London afterparty scene, so we expect a ludicrous amount of good vibes for this fun-soaked affair. See you on Monday, and Happy Easter.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   Facebook Event: Bow Bridge / Grow More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview & Competition: E1 Presents: Body & SOUL

The turn of the century is often remembered as a dark age for New York dance music. With then-mayor Rudy Giuliani cracking up on parties, using for instance the infamous and racist no-dancing law that only just got repealed, dance music lovers were forced more and more underground. Yet from 1996 to 2002, a cult Sunday afternoon party drew week-in week-out those that no amount of policing could prevent from dancing: starting off as a mere outlet for François K and his friends’ frustration with the state of New York’s nightlife, Body & Soul made a lasting impact on the city’s scene. And now E1 London is bringing the full crew to London for a rare Body & Soul appearance this Saturday. Body & Soul got started in July 1996 as a weekly Sunday afternoon affair by three long-time alumni of the NYC dance scene, and soon acquired a cult status among its crowd of devotees — it is now remembered with the same fondness as the very parties and clubs that had inspired it in the first place. Indeed, François K, Joe Claussel and Danny Krivit — the three masterminds behind the party — all cut their teeth behind the decks of the Big Apple’s most iconic clubs, where they’ve put in a ludicrous amount of time as dancers themselves. The Loft, the Paradise Garage, you name it: here is the DNA running in Body & Soul’s blood. In other words, few people live and breathe dance music as much as those three. A list of their individual accomplishments would be unreasonably lengthy, but suffice to say that Joe Claussel is one of the founders of cult house label Ibadan, while François K is simply one of the most influential producers ever: from pretty much single-handedly pioneering the art of the dance music edit in the late ’70s to collaborating with Mick Jagger and Depeche Mode, the native Frenchman has forever imprinted his mark on the musical landscape.  And as for Danny Krivit, in addition to being one of his city’s most famous DJs, he’s given us what for my money might be the best edit ever: if you want one tune that embodies the ethos of Body & Soul, look no further than his version of “Love Is The Message”. To celebrate this unique occasion to catch the legendary trio in London, MEOKO is putting on a special competition. In addition to two entries for Saturday’s party at E1, the lucky winner will get £30 worth of free drinks and a copy of the first 3x12” compilation put out by Body & Soul (https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/62214?ev=rb), which includes a bunch of the party’s most rinsed tunes, and bona fide New York garage classics. All you have to do to participate is email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with 'Body&Soul' as the subject heading. Good luck!. To leave him the last word, here’s what François K had to say about Body & Soul at its height: “these parties we’re having right now are among the very few I go to where the crowd goes nuts… They’re screaming and hollering, singing and stomping, they don’t want to leave the club. Every week now, it’s become this habit, where we put the lights on and everybody keeps dancing. We turn the music off and they sing, so we have to put more music on.” So if you like your house music soulful, try your chance at the competition and come over at E1 this Saturday. This is one for the books.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More E1 London: Facebook / Soundcloud / RA Ticket / Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview & Announcement: Moonland Festival

Festivals usually evoke a sunny imaginary, a scantily-clad, sunglass-wearing crowd bouncing to cheerful music at the height of the summer, bringing home sunburns collected aboard boat parties along with the good memories. But today let’s put ourselves under the sign of the moon, as the promoters behind Moonland Festival, Estonia’s newest festival, invite us to do. Moonland takes place from the 3rd to the 5th of August in Rummu, a former limestone quarry nearby Tallinn, the country’s capital. Rummu, we’re told, “is filled with scars of its past”, calling to mind the moon’s surface with its oceans of “dead volcanoes, impact craters, and lava flows”. Indeed the photos are stunning, eerie even. It’s certainly a one-of-a-kind place that stimulates the imaginary — you get a sense that something special is going to happen here.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_731a6df1_1964790757&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-dorian-paic', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_731a6df1_1964790757', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_731a6df1_1964790757' }); });   In the increasing market of European boutique festivals, Moonland sure manages to set itself apart with this breathtaking setting. That said, it’s not all about the spot, of course. The magic happens when a string of elements are assembled, music chief among them. But there’s no worry to be had on that regard either: our recent interview w/ Dorian Paic will be hot on the heels of yet another season in Ibiza and his label’s 20th birthday, so expect to find him at his usual best. Both Archie Hamilton and Enzo Siragusa from FUSE will come to represent London’s modern tech-house sound, while Barac and Cristi Cons are entrusted with bringing the vibes from Romania. A flurry of live appearances have also been announced, with Ion Ludwig or Philip Gorbachev, as well as a rare appearance from Mathew Jonson and his partner Isis Kuaygarond.  For something a bit warmer, Octo Octa will play live the sounds of her classic house-inflected debut album, Where Are We Going? (well, to Rummu, Estonia, duh). Finally it’s impossible not to mention a veteran of the Canadian scene, Mike Shannon. The guy’s know for a driving yet quirky sound — futuristic vibes that live up to electronic music’s ongoing love affair for all things spacey. Since the moon has always proven attractive for electronic music producers — whether you think about the early Detroiter’s outer-space fantasies, or to Jeff Mills’ recent score for pioneering French movie A Trip to the Moon — Mike Shannon will sure be inspired by Rummu’s unique landscape. Here is the full line-up, with many more names yet to be announced: Abelle Andrey Nechaev Archie Hamilton Artur Lääts Barac Christopher Ledger Cristi Cons Dana Ruh Dewalta Dorian Paic DVS 1 Enzo Siragusa Ion Ludwig live Janina Kamran Sadeghi live Mashkov Mike Shannon Mr. & Mrs. Jonson (Mathew Jonson) live Nastia Nikita Zabelin Octo Octa live Philip Gorbachev live PTU Rossko Sleeparchive Sofia Rodina   And if you’ve spotted the yellow logo on the posters, well, MEOKO is over the moon to announce it’s the festival’s official media partner. You know the drill: more info and exclusive content to come on here. In the meantime, I’d check with my boss about having the 3rd to 5th of August off. See you on the moon.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Moonland Festival; Facebook / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Drums invites Barac, Praslea and Sonja Moonear for Kingsnight

Up and coming Bucharest based event startup “drums” has gone live with another banger for Kingsnight Amsterdam - one of Holland’s most exciting bank holidays of the first half of the year.  After announcing a powerful Off Week Barcelona proposition, featuring all-Romanian micro-house figureheads spread across two nights in two clubs, Drums hits again.  What many people call a mini-ADE, Kingsnight & day (formerly known as Queens Day) is a national festivity filled with parties, club nights and street parades. With this ocassion, on the 26th of April, on top of the city in A’dam Toren, Drums invites Barac, Praslea and Sonja Moonear for an all nighter with a view. Kitted out with a custom soundsystem just for this event, the location sitting on top of A’dam Toren (Madam) is no stranger to micro waves, having previously hosted, in October, an ADE Closing Afterparty with the likes of Priku, Arapu, Laylla Dane & East End Dubs.  The event proposes, apart from the stellar lineup, clear cut sound, a great atmosphere sitting on top of Amsterdam highest bar - this is one not to be missed if you’re in town. Could also be considered a warm SW23 preparty.   More; Drums / RA Tickets / Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview & Announcement: Mdrnty Cruise 2018

We’re all down with the nitty-gritty side of dance music, aren’t we? I might just speak for myself, but dingy, spooky warehouses where you dance side by side with nightlife fairies and afterparties zombies is what I live for. Yet we all know this lifestyle can be draining too, and sometimes, just once in a while really, you need to take a break and recharge your batteries. Or… do you? Not if MDRNTY is there to pick you up. There’s the opportunity to keep on dancing while enjoying some of that well-deserved self-care. MDRNTY is a 3-day long cruise aboard MSC Opera, setting sail from Genova in Italy, stopping in Sardinia and Corsica, and heading back to Genova. The self-described “ephemeral epicurean experience” includes unlimited food and drinks; pop-up events such as yoga sessions; film screenings; swimming pools; sports, and so on. Sounds nice for your parents, right? But hey, we’re not a tour operator website, so here’s the twist: during the entirety of the cruise, dance music luminaries will take turns behind the decks, from the moment the anchor raises til it finally drops. Non-stop. Yep, 24-hour music over three days and night. I might want to take back what I said about relaxing — but where else will you sweat it off to Ricardo’s trippy beats and then chill with him by the pool? It’s not only Ricardo, as quite a few MEOKO darlings are part of the adventure. There’s the French trio Apollonia, whose bumpy beats seem to follow us everywhere — we simply cannot get enough of them. A long-time comrade of the trio who shares their pumping ethos will be there too in the person of Djebali. Andrey Pushkarev is no longer Moscow’s best-kept secret and will know how to cool down dancers under the blazing sun with the dubby sounds he likes to distill in his sets. Ion Ludwig will grace the attendees with one of his famed live appearances, just like veteran Mathew Jonson. There’s FUSE resident Archie Hamilton for the bumpier stuff, Berlin hero Dana Ruh for the deeper vibes, and Lazare Hoche repping Paris’ younger generation with a sleek combination of those two sounds. All in all, there’s something for everyone but such a line-up wouldn’t be complete without a nice contingent from our beloved Romanian scene. So to round this up in the best way possible, MDRNTY invited aboard CAP, Herodot, Mihai Pol and Suciu. And who better than the mighty duo of Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia to soundtrack such a sun-drenched experience? If you’ve ever seen them at Sunwaves, you know that nothing beats their driving Romanian vibes in such a setting. Here are all the confirmed names at the moment:   Ricardo Villalobos Black Coffee Stephan Bodzin Apollonia Alci Archie Hamilton Andrey Pushkarev  Audiofly  Behrouz  CAP Culoe De Song Dana Ruh DJ  Reas Djebali  Eagles & Butterflies Edu Imbernon Giorgio Maulini Herodot Hyenah Ion Ludwig (live)  Jan Blomqvist (live) Jon Charnis James Mc Hale Jon Charnis Lazare Hoche Lunar Disco Matthew Dekay  Mathew Jonson (Live) Mihai Pol Nima Gorji Osunlade Patrice Baumel SIT (Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia) Suciu   Sure enough, this cruise is not for the 20-something just getting into dance music. But if you’re a bit older and more affluent, this might be just the right thing for you. You’ve put in the hours on the dark dancefloors of the underground, after all — time to treat yourself. In any case, you’ll see us there, as MEOKO is happy to announce we’re MDRNTY’s official media partner. So watch out for upcoming info on here, and all aboard MSC Opera. See you in June!   Words by Pierre Alexis Chauvin   More MDRNTY: Facebook / Youtube /Facebook Event / Tickets  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  
 
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