6 tracks listed below by Dan Primaru will do all the talking;
1- Dragos Ungureanu & Gabriel Amaru - Keep on Going // she001
The first EP in this session is about brotherhood, family and connection. Keep on Going in London does this at it's best, and Gabriel Amaru together with Dragos Ungureanu are the first souls to leave their sound on the first wax imprint of this label legacy. I talk like this because i know the team behind this label, the strong connections that are there which are reflected the moments of glory that they create through events and gatherings.
2- Jäfar - Fragil Musique - Fragil 021 // Tribute to the King
Eighteen release from Fragil comes with an impressive tool from Jäfar, it is straight old-school dance floor track, reminding us about good old times, it is updated with a modern micro house fragrance from two secretive vinyl lovers, and carefully selected by another two, acting behind the label.
3- Costin Rp - Bleu Ciel // Bleu Ciel 006 // Different Personalities
Developing the genre itself, developing himself, Costin Rp getting lost in the atmospherical realm. When heard and perceived in a specific time and enviroment, these two beauties can lift you up, helping you trancend the body and keeping you in magical place we know we belong. It's something we're use to take up from Bleu Ciel music label.
4- Ada Kaleh - AK005c // Dene descris (reinterpretari part I)
Here is a strong one, that aims to be a reference point in our scene. Ada Kaleh comes with re-interpretations of his own well know story 'De Nedescris'. With a great all-romanian team, this EP has many colours, Nu Zau, Teluric and Priku, each putting their vibe and signature into the big rainbow. There will be a part two but this is delicious enough for me.
5- Dubtil - BodyParts Records // BPMS008 // Paradox EP
Well, when Dubtil goes out, sometimes is pretty big. I mean in the most recognizable tunes out there, he knows how to leave a mark. Vocalindas is something that will come out of our mouths when discussing some peculiar and beautiful sunrise moments spent on the beach, admiring the sun waves.
6- Ricardo Villalobos - [arpiar] // Empirical House
And, because this can not go unnoticed, here are four tracks of Ricardo, which come out as another album of the artist. For sure the format says is a non-conventional release, the tracks we know they are old and moved our dancefloors in many many events where Arpiar representative were playing, but all is updated for the present and the release is staying as a great point in the micro-house map of the future. The tracks are a standard for all kinds of moments and for sure they will be the inspiration point for many of the artists following 'the king's'' statement about Empirical House.
Words by Dan Primaru
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Full of excitement for the interview with a well known name in the underground scene. Vendi – Nice-born man, currently exploring Berlins scene, won our hearts and many around the globe with his warm house/electronica and minimal grooves. Vendi's hard work in studio on his swinging grooves, crafting and personalizing his sound reflected on huge releases so far. BP Records, Inwave and Hoxton Records are just a few amazing labels under his belt. Whether crafting his own record or stepping in for a remix, it is obvious that it will shake the dancefloor and make you groove. We were really excited to hear the news about his upcoming platform for his original sound called ‘Blacksketch Records’. It should start around October/November so keep your eyes peeled for future updates. Check it out as it has 2 beautiful groovers there for tasters. We absolutely loved them! Earlier this year he dropped a highly anticipated 3 track ‘Horizons’ EP on Hoxton Records. His latest EP could be heard through systems all around the globe with the support from many big names including the big trio – RPR. Tirelessly travelling the world and exploring horizons, Vendi is definitely the name to watch.
Hey Vendi, thank you for your time. Pleasure to have you on board. First of all, tell us how did you get involved in the club scene? What were your main influences back then and what inspires you most nowadays?
Hi, it’s a pleasure for me too, thank you! For me Djing started when I was a teenager, I was mixing tapes in parties for my friends. But making a carrier out of it was not the plan this came much later. It was a natural thing for me, I was passionate with music at a young age. My father was a pianist and the whole family is in music, in different ways. But at that time I was more into rock/grunge/progressive (Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth or Nirvana to name a few) In my 20’s I had a band, I played as guitarist and singer, but then we all took different directions, that’s when I started spinning wax and making music with a computer.
You were living Barcelona and now settled in Berlin right? What actually made you choose those cities? Have you enjoyed scene and people there? Is there something that would not find anywhere else? Feel free to share some crazy moments.
After one year playing in south of France, I decided to move to Barcelona, where I stayed 5 years. It’s during that time that I discovered Ibiza, when I played at Space for the first time. It’s been a great experience going to the cocoon parties, listening to big names like Ricardo, Arpiar and so on… After I needed a change, and decided to drop my bags in Berlin, in 2008. The city gave me what I was looking for, it’s an interesting place because of its culture and background, and this easy way of living seduced me. There’s this big melting pot of artists, and good DJs were playing around the corner every day. I have a ton of memories, it’s hard to name one, the best moments happened when I didn’t expect the night or day to become so memorable. Many happened in Bar 25 and CDV.
We heard some exciting news. You are about to launch your label Black Sketch Records. What made you start a label? What’s the idea behind the name?
It took me a while, I was just waiting for the right moment, now I’m ready. I have a better idea about the music I want to release, and having my own label gives me all the freedom. I will run everything with my friend Rorsha, who will also collaborate with me on the music. The name Black Sketch came from my tattoo artist name, my love for drawing and my ambient music project, which I began 3 years ago.
Congratulations on your recent release on Hoxton Records. Amazing 3 track EP. How did you come up with the ideas? Did you have image in your mind already? Must been a great moment when you heard RPR play your record.
At the beginning Hoxton contacted me because they liked an ambient track they listened to in one of my live podcast. They offered me to release it on vinyl and I loved the idea, that’s how I made an EP for them. Talking about RPR, of course I’m very proud, but it’s always an honour to be played by whoever.
Talking about records. Can you talk us through your studio? What is your favourite piece of gear?
Is there a certain kit in studio that you could not imagine yourself without?
It may sound crazy, but I’m mainly working with a laptop these days. Sometimes I use some gears I borrow, I finish some ideas in friend’s studios here in Berlin, or in other places when I’m on tour… But I’m setting up my home studio for the summer, to work on the label future releases, I can’t wait!
How do you manage all your travelling and crazy lifestyle? Is it easy for you to find enough studio time to make those killer records?
The advantage to work on my laptop is that I’m very mobile. I can work everywhere, when I feel inspired. I’m not always producing tracks for the club scene. I also like making music like movie soundtracks, electronica and ambient like I said. It depends on my mood. In general, when I produce a track it doesn’t take long to have a good loop, and then I enjoy playing with it for a while. Then I open other projects, and mixed them together sometimes. And some days when I feel like it, I start recording.
As a raver, what were your highlights of the year? Any DJ’s that stuck in your mind or clubs? Are there any artists you are looking forward to seeing?
Actually I don’t go out so much anymore. But I’ve been to Sunwaves for the first time this year, and I loved it! It was the kind of musical experience I needed, to get more inspired. I enjoy the Romanian vibe, so it just made sense.
Thank you for creating mix for us! Wicked sounds. What were the ideas behind the mix? Is there a specific way you prepare for mix series?
I’m glad you liked it, thanks.
The main idea is to create a storyline. I selected tracks which worked well together, edited some of them and added some of my own unreleased work. It was recorded at home, chilling with a friend and a bottle of wine.
It was absolute pleasure having you here. Any exciting news about releases? Maybe some exciting dates or collaborations you would like to share with fans?
I will release on vinyl on Echoes Rec, with a remix from my pal Nathan Oye. Another track for BodyParts for a VA, and I will deliver a remix for Re.Face alongside Peshka and Vincentiulian.
What would be your best advice from your experience for upcoming artists?
My advice for a young artist, be patient, do things with passion, don't be affraid to create accident in your art , learn from your mistakes and get inspiration from all the little things surrounding you.
Thanks for your time.
Thank you MEOKO.
Words by Matas Balta
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Would you like to win 2 VIP tickets to one of this year’s best festivals? Look no further.
On the 20th-24thAugust, nestled in the idyllic Croatian Zrce Beach, some of the world’s greatest DJs, producers and artists will be coming together for a festival experience to remember. Having already announced a series of performances from some real industry heavyweights, Sonus Festival have released their final selection of artists.
The first act, Agoria, sets the bar high. This unique French creative will be bringing his own blend of new sounds and old school influence to deliver something special. Then there’s Âme, who’ll be fresh from STRAF_WERK Festival in Amsterdam, expect conceptual, visceral magic from these two.
Representing the British scene, Dense &Pika will be showing off their remixing skills, as Floorplan aka Robert Hood and Lyric Hood are sure to provide some funk-driven vibes. Adding some jazz to it all, will be Guti.
Slovenian talent Ian F is also performing, as will local Croatian legends Ivan Komlinovic (live) and Mimi, plus Items and Things first lady Magda.
It wouldn’t be a party without the [a:rpia:r] crew. Raresh will be representing the Romanians as the very promising Steffen Deux also makes the list. The last new act is Valentino Kanzyani, the founding father of Slovenian techno.
Sonus have made sure to pull out all the stops, with their full lineup as follows:
Adam Beyer - Adriatique - Agoria - Âme (DJ) - Andrea Ljekaj - Andrologic - Apollonia - Archie Hamilton - Binh - Chris Liebing - Dan Andrei - DejanMilicevic - Dense &Pika -Dorian Paic – Enzo Siragusa - Fabio Florido - Felver - Floorplan (aka Robert Hood and Lyric Hood live) - Guti (live) - Hito - Homeboy - Ian F. - Ivan Komlinovic (live) - Jackmaster - Jamie Jones - Janina –JesseCalosso -Joey Daniel - Joseph Capriati - Josip Milkovic - Julia Govor - K.O.D (Cabanne&Lowris)- Karotte - Len Faki - Leon - Loco Dice - Luigi Madonna - MaceoPlex - Magda - Mano Le Tough -Marco Carola - Margaret Dygas - Mariano Mateljan - Marina Karamarko - Matador live - Meat -Mimi - Monika Kruse - Nick Curly - Pan-Pot - Raresh - Rhadoo - Ricardo Villalobos - Richie Hawtin- Richy Ahmed - Rødhåd - Sam Paganini - Seth Troxler - SHDW & Obscure Shape - Steffen Deux - Solomun - Sonja Moonear - Sven Väth - Tale Of Us - The Martinez Brothers - tINI - ValentinoKanzyani - Vril (live)
Boat parties will be taking place across the festival with some amazing acts performing in unique style. Hosted by Trax, Jesus Loved You, tINI& the gang, XLR8R and Keep On Dancing, expect good vibes only.
One lucky MEOKO reader could be in with the chance of winning two VIP tickets to the festival, and get the opportunity to witness this spectacular 4-day celebration.
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Words by Georgia Evans
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It’s that time of year again. With Summer drawing closer and closer, festival season is dawning upon us, and with so much to choose from, MEOKO has hand-picked some it’s favourite and most exciting events on the calendar.
1- Sonus Festival - 20th-24th August, Novalja, Croatia
Year after year, it just keeps getting better. Techno heaven in on the beaches of Croatia and the home of legendary undergroundperformances. Adam Beyer, Enzo Siragusa, Maceo Plex, Chris Liebing and Ricardo Villalobos are just a few that make up the incredible lineup.
2- Cesarhof Festival Open-Air 2017- 28th-30TH July, Ferme de Cesarhof, France
Small in size but large in impact. Join Sonja Moonear, Barac, Ion Ludwig, Martin Buttrich, Andre Galluzzi, Julia Govor, Archie Hamilton, Traumer, Tobi Neumann, Nu Zau and a whole load of amazing artists for the 6th year of this wonderfully intimate gathering.
3- Houghton Festival - 10th-13th August, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Carefully curated by Craig Richards himself, this diverse mix of artists include Nicolas Jaar, Floating Points, VILOD, Raresh, Rhadoo and more who will take over Norfolk’s idyllic countryside for three days of art and amazing music.
4- Waha Festival - 20th-24th July, Micfalău, Covasna
Six stages of techno, psychedelia, deep house, jazz, ambient, live bands, cumbia, psychill and many more. Rhadoo, Pralsea, Ada Kaleh, Cezar and Dan Andrei are all set to perform, it’s not to be missed.
5- 3 Smoked Olives - 27th-31st July, Danube River, Romania
Located on an idyllic island between Bulgaria and Romania, this festival is sure to be unique. Voigtmann, Clovis, Micha Blanos and Varhat are all billed to perform, with more TBA. Something surreal for musical adventurers.
6 - Experiment Intrinsic - 4th-7th August 2017, Le Parc de Joséphine Baker, France
Roedelius& Christopher Chaplin live, Jan Jelinek& Masayoshi Fujita live and The Chi Factory, Nicolas Lutz,Praslea, and so many more will be taking part in this incredible gathering’s sixth immersive edition. Expect some amazing audio-visuals and an unforgettable journey.
7 - Into the Valley - 29thJune-1st July, Tallinn, Estonia
After reaching phenomenal success over the last two years and gaining a reputation as one of the world’s best new festivals, they have decided to switch it up and change location. A 45-minute drive away from Tallinn, Estonia lies the mystical Rummu Quarry, the new home to this spectacle which boasts a stunning landscape of crystal-like waters and lush green scenery.
8- Eastern Electrics - 5th August, London
Hosted by Hot Since 82, Skream and Steve Lawler, audiences are going to be blown away by Âme, Mind Against, Carl Cox and many, many more.
9- Dimensions Festival - 30th August-3rd September, Pula, Croatia
Set against the backdrop of an abandoned fort, this is a festival like no other. From its mind-blowing setting, to its eclectic lineup. Performers include Marcel Dettman, Daphni, Helena Hauff, Mala, Horse Meat Disco.
10 - Lost Village Festival - 24th-27th August, Lincolnshire
The lineup for this mystically fantasy festival is just as magical as its setting. Featuring Nina Kraviz, Dusky, Fatima Yamaha, Jackmaster and so many more, immerse yourselves into an experience unlike any other.
Words by Georgia Evans
Archetype [ar-ki-typ] noun.
1 A prime example.
2 An original model.
3 A constantly recurring symbol or motif.
The Arkityp tidal wave is coming and now is your chosen time of discovery. Join us as we delve a little deeper behind the scenes of the fantastic new project from Archie Hamilton and Rossko. Not much introduction is needed for the two artists, both having bags of experience amongst the underground scene, not just in London but worldwide. After years of the two of them holding down serious residencies with Fuse, and hefty back-to-back sets with their infectious vibe, the time has come for them to do what only seems natural, produce their own imprint. What started as a party in Ibiza in 2015, now seems an impressive reality of the journey they have been on. The label’s debut release ‘M25 EP’ has received an amazing response being driven through dance floors all over, creating a certain buzz around the movements of Arkityp.
This really is what it is all about, two close friends in and outside of music coming together, both sharing a vision and delivering their creativity in a form they see fit. It is clear the musical appreciation is mutual between the two, and we are sure we speak for many when we say we are extremely excited to see and hear what this project entails. This is how it went down when we caught up with the duo, discussing where it all started in Ibiza, and what they have in store for the future…
We are extremely keen to discover this. Will there be more Arkityp parties coming in the future? In Ibiza? or around the world?
At the moment we are concentrating on the music. We did a season of Arkityp parties in Ibiza at Underground in 2015; they were a success but this was never a long term plan; just one-off series of parties at one of our favourite spots on the island, still - never say never.
We love the definition and meaning behind the name Arkityp, how did the name come about?
We played around with many ideas. Loads actually. We wanted something that represented the idea behind the party and the music. The word means ‘the original model’ or ‘example’ and that’s what we are trying to say; nothing complicated, just high-quality output.
It’s also a play on our names; the A and the R next to each other also represents Archie and Rossko. There are three of us involved (James Reynolds is behind visual and design aspect.), hence the triangle logo.
When was the moment you thought 'OK, it's time to take it to the next level and create a record label'?
The label came about because the two of us had been playing back to back for many years at Fuse. The season we spent in Ibiza on the event was the turning point, naturally we became very good friends in music and more importantly outside of music. When we play we have this innate connection - you can’t force that, it just happens - we’re tuned into the same frequency so moving this connection to the studio was the next step - it just felt right.
If it wasn’t for Enzo creating a Fuse studio and encouraging not just us two but all of the Fuse artists to use the space, projects like this wouldn’t be easily realised. We really respect Enzo’s mindset of being a collective. He is the example of what many people with parties/brands should aspire to.
We made 3 tracks in 3 days, all the years playing b2b, talking and sharing music it just came out of us. We know each other’s sound inside out and we respect others opinion so making music is pretty simple and straightforward. How it should be!
After the sessions Archie took them to his cave and sprinkled his magic on them, we spent the next couple of weeks road testing them and getting feedback from the rest of the Fuse crew until we were happy that they could be signed off for pressing.
Will the label strictly be a platform for the both of you? Or will we see features from fellow friends/artists?
At the moment we see this as a label just for ourselves, purely an artistic platform for the both of us to release whatever we feel like. We wanted to explore other avenues of music that we like, but that also reflect our common ground. Rossko has a big garage, grime and jungle side, where as I have a Trip Hop and an eclectic electronica background these past influences really shape our direction and sound.
That’s not to say the door is closed with other artists but we like things to flow naturally, so whatever is meant to happen will happen.
There was quite a buzz amongst the underground scene, especially in the UK, when announcing your new venture. And the first release the 'M25 EP' has had so much huge support it must be such a rewarding feeling for you both. Any news/info you can give us on the second release? Or any other releases for that matter? We did see a picture from the depths of the studio that made us quite excited.
We are really happy with how it’s been received and feeling proud to know we can reach out to a lot of people around the world that support our music, rave to it and buy our records. For the record to sell so quickly and go to repress means we are doing something right. It’s a good feeling, it just makes us want to get back in the studio even quicker and put more records out.
We already have started work on the next 3 tracks. Same output; same process as before, 3 tracks in 3 days. We have been road testing them already and a few keen ears have even spotted them as Arkityp tracks - to us, this is a good sign - its shows we’re creating our own identity and sound as Arkityp. This was our aim in the first place.
The debut EP 'M25', really does cater for all dance floor situations, whether its peak time or an after party vibe. Is this a reflection of what you as a label are trying to capture?
They are 3 very different tracks but all are connected to a sound and an idea that reflect our personalities, we’re good at translating them into records. I guess it’s an art form really. As DJ’s first we love to play especially; peak time, intimate space, those daytime open air parties as well as your dark and sweaty after hour.
We want to make music that is playable in any situation. We can only do this because we have done a lot of research and development on the dance floor.
You have built quite a reputation with your b2b sets, at some amazing parties. It seems you have a great understanding and similar musical energy, does this shine through in the studio as well as in the booth?
When we first played we just knew. We were three deck mixing, looping, using tools, mixing for each other. When it works, it works…we really look forward to playing together. That’s the mad thing about synergy; weird stuff happens.
A few weeks ago I was playing at Fuse and Archie had given me this special track over a year ago, we were in Ibiza in his hotel room and I must of played it about 10 times in a row - it’s a typical Rossko track. The thing is I never got the chance to play it out until the last Fuse, Jan Kreuger was about to come on and he has that sleazy vibe, so I just knew that this was the moment to drop the track. As I’m just about to bring the track in the mix - Archie taps me on the shoulder to say hello as he had just arrived at Village Underground. I just put up the fader and we just laughed, did a shot of tequila and had a little dance to the track.
Its these little things like this that happen all the time with us. It's either coincidence or someone up there winking down on us. Depends your point of view!
Is there a certain process or routine you follow in the studio, or does the magic just happen?
We have Rossko, who is more of the copilot, directing the ideas, standing up, dancing and making strange noises! Archie in the driving seat translating the madness. I have to big up Archie because to last three days in the studio with me working this way is impressive. I have so many ideas and I want to put all of them into one track. He is teaching me a lot - in fact we help each other break the rules.
Archie thinks in a production format where as I’m like ‘let’s do it like this, let’s do it like that’. The most important thing is Archie is able to get the ideas down and we have such a good time making music. If it’s not serious fun then we would stop. We love what we do so all this comes easy to us.
Anything else Arkityp related you can enlighten us with, or anything we can expect in the near future?
More and more music! We have real busy summers ahead of us in Ibiza, tours, festivals and the rest of Europe. We’re both focused on our individual careers but are also touring and playing some high quality gigs together. This is our plan for the summer; to be able to share some special moments and experiences, both together and individually - plenty to look forward to!
Words by Zac Bidwell
It’s been almost five months since fabric reopened, and the team have announced that some time after its hibernation, they will be reopening Room 3. The small but much-loved space will be brought back to life on the 2nd June, with boosted sound system and a hot Summer lineup ahead.
On the 3rd June, there will be Fabric 94, the Steffi’s electro-charged album launch with Steffi herself, Virginia and Dexter while Terry Francis, Zenker Brothers and Voiski take over the amped-up space with its newly-moved booth and extra subs.
The 10th June will see Craig Richards, Joy Orbison and Fold perfoming in Room 1, as Terry Francis and Rolls ‘n’ Do- otherwise known as tINI and Bill Patrick play Room 3.
Then there’s the 10 years of Air London to look forward to, with Darius Syrossian, Point G (Live), Josh Butler, Jnr Windross, and Terry Francis and Slam in Room 3.
The newly-reopened space will also see Function, Luke Slater, Jay Clarke, take to the stage with many more acts to be announced. To find out more, check out the Fabric blog.
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In less than a month, thousands of music lovers will flock to Barcelona for another incredible week of electronic dance music in the form of Sónar. The multi-location festival is now in it’s 24th year (Can you believe it started in 1994?) and will see some of the worlds most established DJ’s play in the sweet sun of the Catalonia capital.
MEOKO has already covered some of the top parties for the week, but there is one small matter to attend to before we fly back home - Ricardo Villalobos’ FFRC party, hosted by Indigo Raw (IR) on Sunday 19th June.
Seeing Ricardo strut his stuff at El Monasterio, a beautiful old monastery tucked away in the Poble Espanyol, will be a fantastic way to finish off our trip. This is a unique spot with amazing city views - the perfect backdrop to the groovy, latino wonk that the Chilean is admired for.
Sonja Moonear and Raum boss Dorian Paic, both peak time spinners in their own rights, will be on warm up duties, whilst I look forward to a cosy b2b from residents Nerone and Solimano.
Indeed there will be no Perlon party this year, so this might be the best chance to catch some high grade micro house at Sónar. Some tickets are still available on RA, with a backstage pass an option too, which allows access to a private bar and a chill out area.
Indigo Raw are putting on four other nights during the week at El Monasterio too, and this venue really is worth checking out if you cannot make it to FRRC. Maya Jane Coles, Ben Klock, Moodymann, Mandar, Archie Hamilton and DJ Koze are just a few of the names billed to play from the 14th June onwards.
See you in the sun!
Words by Marlon
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MEOKO can proudly announce four new artists who will be performing at Cesarhof Open-Air 2017. They’ll be joining the likes of Barac, Sonja Moonear, Julia Govor, André Galluzzi and more from the 28th-30th July at Ferme du Cesarhof, France.
The first new act id Toi Toi’s own Ion Ludwig, who will be there ahead of his set at Into the Factory. There’s also Archie Hamilton will be bringing the FUSE vibes from London with DJ, raver and record collector Man Like Rossko will be taking to the stage. Lastly, we have Romanian figurehead Nu Zau who is one of the leading producers and dj's that have come out of Romania's electronic scene in the past few years.
The full line-up is as follows;
André Galluzzi, Archie Hamilton, Argenis Brito (Live), Barac, Daniel Dreier, David Delgado, David Dorad, Doubtingthomas (Live), East End Dubs, Eveline Fink, Guido Schneider, Idealist, Ion Ludwig (Live), Janeret, Julia Govor, Kyle E, Marcelo Cura, Martin Buttrich, Nu Zau, Peter Schumann, Rossko, Ruede Hagelstein, Seb Blake, Sonja Moonear, Tobi Neumann, Traumer and Varhat.
The announcement of a new wave of artists has only enhanced what was an already incredible lineup, with Ion Ludwig, Barac, Sonja Moonear and Nu Zau fresh from their outstanding sets at Sunwaves 21, it promises to be an intimate event with a big impact.
Julia Govor - Cesarhof feat 2016
With over 70 artists from all over the world an incredible spectrum of sound is expected in partnership with Egg London, Berg Audio, Absolut Techno, Katerblau, Zoo Project Ibiza, Bass Couture, and Les Enfants Terribles curating the stages, this old farmhouse will be turned into a musical paradise with each stage decorated for the occasion with a unique style.
The festival starts on the 28th July at 3pm , with music playing non-stop until midnight on the 30th; that's what we call ' A Magical 57-Hour Journey'. Information about camping and hotels can be found on their website, as can tickets. The festival area is located 15 mins away from Basel Mulhouse Airport. Airport transfer will be available throughout the festival with prices to be confirmed closer to the date. Lastly, the organisers suggest the guests to join the musical journey in costumes.
See you there.
Words by Georgia Evans
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Half Baked are returning to Barcelona for another spectacular celebration with the industry’s hottest artists taking over for what promises to be one hell of a party. Spreading themselves across two rooms at Bloc, the line-up consists of some very special performers and a handful of the labels residents. In addition to this, one lucky MEOKO reader could be in with the chance of winning some incredible prizes.
Legendary French DJ and producer Dyed Soundorom will bethere providing some high-quality entertainment alongside Ryan Elliott, who’ll be fresh from Gottwood. Berlin’s own Oskar Offerman is sure to keep the good times coming with Hold Youth (Seuil b2b Le Loup) to look forward to also.
Mike Shannon will be bringing his unique collection of distinctive sounds, as will Robin Ordell. Then there’s Half Baked’s own Greg Brockmann/OddMann as Barcelona-bred Rainer will be returning home for the party.
Alongside this stellar showcase of top-notch artists, Half Baked are kindly giving away a goodie bag to one lucky MEOKO reader, this will have;
3 tickets to their amazing Summer gathering in Barcelona,
1 HB008 vinyl
& more HB merchandise.
The Half Baked Records Showcase at Off Week powered by Loud Contact will be taking place on 15th June, at Bloc from 22:00 until 05:30. To purchase a ticket, click here.
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Words by Georgia Evans
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This year’s Off Week in Barcelona is sure to be its biggest and best to date. With a series of great performances taking place, one that looks particularly promising is the 510k Showcase on the 15th and 16th June at Utopia 126.
The first day sees arjunamusic records presenting An Eve Live in an intimate warehouse space with Berlin’s own ambiq, glitchita master Kassem Mosse, labelhead Samuel Rohrer, and his long-time collaborator Max Loderbauer.
There’s also Dial label’s Lawrence, Skull Disco’s Shackleton and ambient dub mavericks The Orb.
Sydney’s Sunday raving institution S.A.S.H will be starting off their world tour in style by taking over on the second day. They’ll be bringing a fierce selection of performers including Cologne’s legendary andhim, disco/soul/house gurus Session Victim, alongside dOP and Lake People.
Alexkid will be there and Julia Govor will be doing an unmissable b2b set with Olga Korol, there are also performances from S.A.S.H DJs that are sure to be extraordinary.
While arjunamusic is earning its place as one of the most exciting and experimental new labels, S.A.S.H is reaching its 6th year in the industry. These two are teaming up with Berlin’s 510k to create a platform for some fresh, innovative talent and are sure to put on one hell of a show.
Tickets are available here.
Words by Georgia Evans
Hackney Wick will not know what’s hit them when Ada Kaleh will take to the stage for an exclusive 4 hour live set on 12th May. Expect a hypnotic, visceral performance from one of Romania’s exciting new talents.
Following on from his phenomenal first album Dene Descris, Kaleh has signed an exclusivity deal with R&S for 2 EPs and an album in which he hopes to explore a fusion of psychedelic/ space-rock, kautrock, electronica and tribal shamanism- what a mix.
There’s also the remix album to look forward to in June which features Cesar Merveille, Priku, Wareika,Teluric and Nu Zau.
His show at Stour Space in Hackney Wick will feature a two-hour live performance followed by a two-hour DJ set. He’ll also be showcasing an exhibition of vinyl artwork.
After gaining support from the likes of Sonja Moonear, RPR Soundsystem, Barac and Ricardo Villalobos, he’ll be travelling across the world on a South America tour and a handful of exciting festivals such as Ozora, Waha and Murmur Festival.
Powered by Martin Audio, the venue, Stour Space, will give its audience a panoramic view of the Olympic Park, and having previously been used for infamous Boiler Room sessions, it’s sure to be an incredible audio-visual experience.
As organisers say:
Ada Kaleh is isolation in an eternal present.
Ada Kaleh is hypnosys.
Ada Kaleh is synaesthesia.
Get your ticket now.
Words by Georgia Evans
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A pioneer of blending classical and dance music, Chicago-born Kate Simko is one of the industry’s most exciting talents, we caught up with her ahead of her live show in London to talk all things music…
You’re going to be performing at Battersea Arts Centre on the 6th, how’re you feeling ahead of the show?
I’m excited, we have changed the ensemble. Previously we had seven or eight people on stage, seven without the vocalist and eight with the vocalist. The whole ensemble was two violins, two cellos, a great bass and a harp, and me and a vocalist. But now we’re doing a more stripped back set which we debuted at Wonderfruit festival in Thailand. So it’s harp, solo violin and cello. It’s a string trio. And to be honest we first did that in Thailand because we couldn’t afford to fly everyone but it’s just a lot more of a vibey set. It feels more like the players know that they’re just listening to each other, they can vibe of each other a bit more, interact with each other a bit more, yeah it’s just more interactive. I’m excited to debut it for the first time in London. We’ve done the set three times now but this is the first time we’ve done it in London.
That’s exciting, so do you think that having just the three makes it feel a lot more intimate then?
It does, there’s definitely moments where it feels amazing with the whole ensemble but yeah it’s more intimate and the players say that too. They feel more connected. Everyone is more connected to each other. There’s a lot more eye contact, between us and yeah I really like it, it’s cool.
So how do you prepare before a show, do you have any routines that you do?
Well it depends if we’re using players that we’ve used in the past, this show we are so they already know the music and I don’t have to do the preparation of the EDM part sometimes I need to if we’re debuting a new song or I’ve done something new, we need to prepare the score parts for the musicians. This time around, even though it’s our first time in London, we’ve done the trio sets with the cello before so I have the parts. I went through the last show we did in Bristol and I listened to the last recording, see if there’s anything we could do better, make notes in rehearsal and try to focus on a couple of things and if there’s bits to change. For example, the opening song we did it with the cello bode but I think at the Battersea we’ll use a staccato bass, so just things like that. I always try to listen back to what I’ve done for every show, revaluate, and make it better, make it fresh. It’s like a new chance to do it again and make it better.
What originally inspired you to bend the two genres and incorporate the orchestral music into dance music?
I went to the Royal College of Music to get a masters in composition for screen but I wanted to learn how to write for orchestra. In the first feature score that I did, I felt my limitations. While I was trained as a pianist I did not know the range of the strings. So I was just jamming out with mini strings and flutes on my keyboard, not able to write for them properly. So I moved to London and did a masters to learn how to do it right and to orchestrate. When I was getting that masters my composition professor really encouraged me to continue with my own sound, so rather than having Kate Simko the electronic producer and DJ and Kate Simko the orchestral composer that were two totally separate entities, he was like, ‘you’ve spent so much time developing your own musical voice, it would be silly for you not to incorporate who you are as a composer to your orchestral music.’
It was great because the popular culture was open to that, some classical conservatories may have wanted me to keep them separate and may have thought that electronic sounds don’t belong with an orchestra. Again, this was a really open-minded professor and I had really great experience with the Royal College of Music so those two years I was able to really play around with my background and all the production I had done previously and trying to find a way to tastefully incorporate orchestral music into dance music. So I had two years of really intense studying to find my own way of doing that.
Yeah well you’ve been massively successful, so you must be doing something right!
Oh thank you, I appreciate that. I didn’t expect it to go beyond the university if I’m totally honest. It was just something that when I went to the real world, I didn’t expect it to translate. I had a final concert, not everyone had that, but I applied to get the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music which is their opera theatre, and on the 24th March 2014, we had a concert that was completely booked out. That was the first London Electronic Orchestra show, and if I’m honest I thought that would be the last. I was like ‘ok I’m going to have to move back to Chicago most likely,’ and that was going to be the last of my two years, and I'd enjoy it with the people I’d been playing with and share it with the people in the city of London and my electronic friends as well. But at that concert there was a manager who messaged me afterwards and took me on and helped push me on to take that dream to the real world.
You grew up in Chicago, as you said, so how do you think that has influenced your music style and taste?
I think it’s influenced me massively. Chicago when I was a teenager was just exploding with music, Thrill Jockey and the whole post-rock scene, so that was combining electronics into rock and roll. Now it doesn’t seem like such a big deal but in the late nineties that was not done. Rock and roll was a guitar, a drummer and all analogue. Thrill Jockey label in Chicago had all these people that were combining electronic music with rock instruments, so I had that around me and it was a really exciting time for that, and then of course electronic music in Chicago, being the birthplace of house in the eighties and then in the nineties, early 200s when I was doing my radio show, we had record stores exploding with new music. So we had loads of great new DJs coming through. Also growing up with my family too, it was quite a cultured city with arguably the best orchestra in the United States which I would go to with my family a lot. Growing up in Chicago and all the music from being a young kid through to when I went to university and moved away, all of it influenced me. It is a very musical, music-loving city.
Where else will we be able to see you perform in the next coming months?
There’s Saturday and then we’re going to be at the Jazz Café in August which I’m excited about. On the 24th at the Jazz Café, we’re also doing WOMAD festival and a US tour in June. So yeah, this Saturday in London otherwise late August.
Is there any other work that’s on the horizon for you which we can look forward to or are you focusing on LEO for now?
I just finished my first feature score that’s on a documentary, so it’s an indie film from Los Angeles so I just submitted my final score for that. That was something I wanted to combine and do right, I had three players from London Electronic Orchestra who came to the studio with me, and we recorded a load of strings and harps on there. That’s been done. I have a lot more, new dance music that’s going to be coming out, I’m currently really focusing on that. I’ve got a studio in London Fields and am really trying to put some more of my solo music out. With the Electronic Orchestra, I wanted and it has needed all my passion and attention to get it off the ground. I’m just really keen to be making my own house music again. Just explore that a bit, and jump between the two really.
Kate will be performing at the Battersea Arts Centre on Saturday, get a ticket here.
By Georgia Evans
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MEOKO Hot Wax May
7 tracks listed below by Dan Primaru will do all the talking;
1- Various Artists - UVARLTD (2X12 INCH) // UVAR // UVARLTD001
In the latest release of Romanian label Uvar, Nu Zau and Sepp gather alike minds and kind of showcase their little strong family. With their brothers aside, Vid and Andrei Kharitonov, they also invite the new talents Lizz and Cosmjn to represent our East European side of things and their complete the story with their true 'american gangster' like connection, having two tracks from Miami residents Idana and Rojid. The release is strong and sets standards for the up coming layed back micro house of or scene.
2- Herck - Sunetul Noptilor Fecunde LP // Curtea Veche // CV005PT1 / CV005PT2
Talking about standards of micro house, one of the artists that goes beyond and comes back as a true representative of the genre is no one other then Herck. We've seen his releases suppored by Petre Inspirescu and others fellows and this album it's a must have for them, for us and for you also. It's Herck's debut album and it's a great occasion to see and hear his real self expressed in this musical kaleidoscope released by Curtea Veche.
3- Aquaphresca - TRAM DAYS (VINYL ONLY) - Aquaphresca - Aquaphresca02
Back into a more house feeling, we found the Tram Days EP of Aquaphresca. This is a more liquid version combined with a more natural and fractal enviroment overall from Mihai Popescu aka MP. First track really takes us back in time somewhere where the first trams were crossing New York's fresh streets. The second tune is back to groovy bussines of the dancefloor engaging us on all levels with a wondering jacking sound.
4- Oshana - AMETISU (VINYL ONLY) // YoY // YoY.02
Wait what.. We went to New York, then we have to mention their true resident Oshana. We've seen her release at some powerfull labels during her time, but with this release she is really making her sound strong, with an attitude and straight to the point. Electric, eclectic and with an alienated feeling, strong beats and basses, for sure this is the masculine side of lovely Oshana. All marketed well by French sublabel of Yoyaku.
5- Niwa Tatsui - VISHNOU EP // Trimurti // Trimurti.2/3
Because good music is neither old or outdated, this release is really showing us just that. I'm curious what i will think about it in 5 years from now on. The A&R of Trimurti really made a good job here, the tracks are very different from eachother, each one has their own unique sound and groove though ...some DJs might just play them all in one set. I'll let you explore and make up your own mind about it.
6- Arapu - CONNECTION EP // Pressure Traxx // PTX017
Back on Romanian turf, for the sake of this month, we're talking about Arapu's latest release at the well known Pressure Traxx. Some of you might think these are just deep, warm and nice tracks to play, but some of us really use this in the main points of the dj acts, some of the Romanian DJs like to go down like this in the middle of their set, 'reconnecting' it back to where we should all be connected.
7- Shoxy - THOSE MOMENTS EP (180G / VINYL ONLY) // NG Trax // NGT007
We already know Nima Gorji as a DJ who knows his groove, and he really showed that in his new establishment NG Trax. Traxs only... simple and poweful, ready for the dancefloor and up for some action. It's the same thing you'll find in Shoxy's release, mellow bass rhythms and colorful atmospheres. It's all about 'Those Moments' that me, you, Shoxy and Nima cherish the most at night.
8- Lixir - Sunshine EP (incl. COSMJN Remix) [NIMMA003] x MiNimmal Movement
Here is an EP that just describes what Lixir is about, MiNimmal Movement must be happy coloring their discography with two layed-back deamlike tunes on the first side, while also going straight into the groove on the back side. B side, which is dancefloor oriented, also contains Cosmjn remix, a remix that says loudly and clear: my sound and work is mature now, but i'm here to play and have fun. Enjoy!
By Dan Primaru
MEOKO caught up with Parisian producer, Janeret, to talk about his future plans, production and his recent outstanding work.
It has been a while since your first mix with us, and what a great time it has been for you. Full of huge releases on various high quality labels, any particular highlights for you?
It has been a really nice year for me, full of great projects and gigs around the world. I met so many nice people during my trips! If I had to choose some highlights, I would say my tour in South America (Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Brazil) and more recently in Australia!
We have noticed on various social media platforms, and some releases such as ‘Solstice’ (an after party favourite of mine) your love for jungle. Would you like to tell us a bit more about this?
Glad to hear that!! :), Indeed, I have been enjoying jungle and drum and bass for a long time now. But I recently fell in love with it when a friend of mine introduced me to Good Looking Records, which is the kind of Jungle/d&b I was looking for!
Since then, I have started to produce my own jungle tracks.
In the beginning I produced them only for a few friends and myself. At some point we decided to release one of these tracks, to test people’s reaction.
I was really happily surprised that people liked it ! So I will be back with more Jungle stuff soon...
You are certainly known for your forward dub strong beats, and an incredible ability for atmospheric breaks, what can you say influences your sound?
I listen to all types of music, however my inspiration to produce comes mainly from Dub techno, deep house, Reggae/Dubs well as atmospheric Jungle (which i think influences the most the atmospheric side). I usually like strong beats, interspersed by some sort of ‘dreamy’ breaks, which is what I try to transpose in my music.
Yoyaku is clearly something very close to your heart, How does it feel to be a part of such a relevant, and integral imprint in todays scene? Surrounded by close friends and incredible artists.
I feel really grateful to have been a part of Yoyaku since the project started. It is so satisfying to see it grow everyday! It gives me a lot of energy to work with them as there are always so many exciting projects coming up; and the crew is awesome and so hard working! Now it has become kind of a second family for me!
Your work rate is up there with the best of them, with what seems like a constant flow of sounds. It must be great to be able to express these different visions, on various imprints under the Yoyaku Umbrella, such as Joule and AKU.
Yes it’s so nice to have many nice labels into Yoyaku, each of them having a specific vibe and enabling me to release my music easily and quickly.
You have played in all corners of the globe, is there anywhere in particular you love to perform? You are currently going through some dates in Australia, that must be pretty special?
Actually South America in general has been fantastic I have enjoyed it so much and have some awesome memories from parties there! Australia is awesome too, I made a really nice tour, with some nice parties and spend good times. The 6th Anniversary of S.A.S.H was big!!
You recently had a debut back to back with fellow Yoyaku artist, Varhat. Is it nice to change it up, playing solo a lot, and then playing along side someone?
Yes it’s really different and interesting to play B2B with Varhat. It’s a different process, as it’s really spontaneous. When I play alone, I come up with my own story during the night. When I play with him, it’s always surprising and very explorative! I really enjoy it! We have also become close friends, and we always have a blast when we play together. I think people can feel it.
Any upcoming gigs you can share with us?
System. & Set One Twenty:: The Terrace Party - 28th May - Leeds /UK
Junction 2 Festival 2017 - London / UK
A question we always like to ask, and a question many people like to answer. What is your ideal set up in the studio? Any certain processes?
The ideal set up would be a bunker under my flat, where I could push the sound as much as I want to experiment with all the best synthesizers. But I am not a hardware geek, so I am not really into looking for a new synth all the time.
About my process: my studio is in the space I live in, and I work on my music almost everyday. In order to make tracks, most of the time I start working with beats and then add pads and chords. When I am happy about the loop, I start to build the tracks and then work with automation, breaks etc.
Can you shed any light on future releases you have coming up?
The next EP coming up is my AKU JNRT888, a remix of Dj Honesty on Scenario with Sebo K and Dj Deep, a remix for Alessandro Crimi on Open and a remix of a classic Halo Varga Track on All in. After that, a new project under a different pseudo…
Last of all, can you name us three records that never leave your bag?
Difficult to name just three, but I would say :
S.A.M - Out of Touch
Sublee - Ideepsum Lp
CAPH 04 VA (Yamen & Eda, Lee Burton, Teluric, Alexandar Kyosev)
Thank you so much for your time and the special mix.
Alan D Miller is a guardian for British nightlife; chairman and founder of the NTIA, he has dedicated an extraordinary amount to persevering the night time communities not only in London, but across the country. Perhaps best recognised for being a central figure in the campaign to save Fabric and the We Love Hackney movement, Alan is now working with the Night Time Commission to promote the cultural significance of a strong night time community. We spoke to him ahead of Brighton Music Conference where he’ll be heading a panel with Carly Wilford, Mike Grieve, Jeremy Abbott and Jimmy Blake. He’ll also be speaking to Keith Reilly about Fabric and the significance of saving our independent venues.
What will you be doing at Brighton Music Conference and how important do you think it is that we have gatherings like this?
We’re going to be doing a panel called Save Nightlife with Mixmag it’s going to be talking a bit why it’s better to champion the benefits of nightlife with our hearts and minds, where we’ve come from in the last couple of years, projects that are now happening and where we’re going with key people who are relevant to that, then I’ll be doing a one-on-one with Keith Reilly from fabric about what happened.
I think it’s really important to get the industry together, to network and to share insights and to promote areas of interest. They can act as a mechanism to do more business.
So you’ll be there representing the NTIA, what projects are you currently working on?
So we’re working at the moment with a big drive towards encourage people to promote having a Night Czar in Manchester. We’ve got the first ever mayoral election in Manchester and Liverpool and we’ve been working with Sacha from the Warehouse Project and many others to do a big campaign for Save Nightlife. Lot’s of people have engaged, people like Sean Ryder, and Joe Hart the English goalkeeper, the DJs Skream and Artwork, also sending a message, not only to vote for the mayor but a Night Czar and a Night-time Commission. We want to help champion nightlife in Manchester and continue to drive the message that we bring lots of benefits culturally, in terms of tourism, employment and all of that. In Manchester and Liverpool we want an overall master plan so that as new developments happen, the bars and clubs are not closed down.
We’re doing stuff all over the country; we have something called Save the Rave, that’ll be on the panel as well. We’re working with universities. We’re also doing all these festivals to work with lots of artists and who encourage people and DJs to join the NTIA and sign our petition at savenightlife.com, which goes to all the councils and MPs in the country. When they get those emails and petitions, a bit like we did with fabric, it then makes them recognise how important nightlife is to young people and people in their wards. This means they’re much more likely to listen to them and realise how important it is, and that’s the push we’re trying to do around the country.
You’re very focused on grassroots campaigning and contacting councils, how important do you think it is for people to not just get involved on a national scale but on a local scale as well?
It is massively important; these councils have been voted in by anything between 800 people to 1500 people maybe 2000, and we saw when we did the We Love Hackney campaign, the council licencing wanted to inflict a curfew on all the bars and clubs. We had over 5,500 people writing in to challenge that consultation. They then did a U-turn and out it on hold for a year. They then got involved with the dialogue and changed their policy. That’s enormously important. Then with the Bussey Building in Peckham, we helped behind the scene to get developers, the council and the club involved in a dialogue, It’s all about ensuring that. We had 30,000 people signed that petition. Similarly, we all know the story about fabric. Absolutely, locally, getting local councillors lobbied makes an enormous difference because it’s in their wards and their boroughs that things play out. That’s where the big issues are. In London there are 33 boroughs, that’s why the mayor couldn’t do anything really when the Fabric situation occurred, because it’s not under a mayors remit, that’s under local councillors.
They suddenly realise there’s all these people, a lot of young people, that don’t vote, who may vote and are taking an active interest, and are all getting very concerned. That’s what it should be. It should be a reflection of everyone’s interest; it’s a good way to get them active and to participate. We do that with the public and to lobby further, and drive our narrative. We feel that we’ve managed to get it right front and centre on a national, local and regional profile. Everyone in Britain understands the problem, why it’s an issue, and what we can do to change it.
Fabric to have so much publicity, and so much attention was drawn to then issue, how important do you think it is to carry on that legacy and apply it to venues like Passing Clouds, Mode etc?
I think there are some positive things that we’ve already begun to develop and that they’ve already put in place. Ideas like the agent of change partly came into the white paper that the government put in because of lots of lobbying. It’s the idea that cultural and economic benefits are a direct consequence of nightlife, not just antisocial behaviour and crime.
These instances are often very different; Passing Clouds is different to fabric, that’s different to RaRa, that’s different to Mode, different to all these things that have happened in recent years. There’s a central viewpoint that there are benefits that are accrued, that you might have from a shopping centre or a transport link, when those problems occur at these places, they’re not shut down, they’re not suffocated because they’re considered as an important part of the urban tapestry. They’re part of everyday living. That’s not fair, when issues do occur; they [bars and clubs] get treated in a different way.
How would you say is the best way for people to get involved?
People should definitely get online and sign the petition on savenightlife.com, that’s the first thing they should do. The second thing they should do, they should send a tweet or go on Facebook, with the link saying ‘I’ve just signed the petition,’ post it, and share it with friends and people around them. They should post and share any of the videos that we’re doing about the campaign with artists, what we’re doing in Manchester with Sacha from the Warehouse Project. We need to get the message out there virally and keep the momentum going. We want as many people joining us as possible, we want over a million people on that petition.
Then in addition to that we want and need help so if anyone wanted to get involved with additional promotion and marketing, getting involved and getting people to sign up, then they can get in touch. They’re the main things that we need right now. Then of course people will put on nights themselves, they DJ they out on a night, all those things, and it’s all about promoting the narrative of how important nightlife is to our culture and our way of life.
Over your time working with the NTIA, what would you say has been your biggest achievement or a standout moment for you?
I think there’s been a couple. I think that the We Love Hackney campaign was enormously successful. We got people from all over the borough; restaurants, bars, hotels, ad agencies, housing companies, property developers, all sorts, the public, all involved in saying actually Hackney’s nightlife is so important. It’s a way of developing and creating that, and the fact that we got so much national press, a four-page spread in the Guardian, we got telegraph coverage, the lead in the Evening Standard. The fact we got TV, radio, all of that in our early days was really exciting and successful.
You can’t help but say the Fabric situation was brilliant and terrible at the same time. It was absolutely terrible, that situation that everyone had to go through, and have many months of psychological and emotional problems, of it all being closed. It was also an amazing moment that we got so many people internationally and across Britain all supporting and engaging. It was just at the time when the night tube was being launched, we were getting interviews about the 24-hour tube, but we were able to say look at the Fabric situation. The whole campaign showed how people in Britain really had their voices heard and particularly around the councils in Islington. Everyone’s voices were heard and they put their money where their mouths are with the crowd-sourced campaign. They supported and made the legal case happen and championed it. We brought in Philip Kolvin QC, and there’s a combination of things that were done that were all very key and important.
The standout moments come when you do your first BBC piece, your first Sky piece, and you end up getting people talking about it, national newspapers, you get it discussed in parliament. We’ve had the importance of night-time industries discussed in parliament. The other standout moment comes from the last administration we had with Boris Johnson to create a Night Czar and the Night Commission, we brought over the Night Mayor from Amsterdam, we did loads of hard work behind the scenes. In this current administration, Sadiq Khan is very positive around nightlife and having a Night Czar and a Night-time Commission with really fantastic people on it, with police, council, music people, and us having not only having a seat at the table, but a voice. We’ve come an enormous distance; we’ve faced some difficulties and some challenges and we continue and have been very vocal about them. We’ve had some remarkable achievements and come a long distance. You can see that we’ve come a long way in just two years, that’s not a long time, to be in that position.
Yes, having the Night-time Commission in London, how vital do you think that is?
It is massively important to get everyone around the table that disagreed all talking together. We needed the conversation and thrash it out. The future of the city is at stake, and the kind of city we want to have. We all say we want to have a thriving bus link, a dynamic, economically vibrant place, to different people, it all seems to mean different things, so how can we all get together and argue out the issues and come up with a solution that we can work in partnership with each other together? It was uncomfortable to begin with, and that’s what it should have been. You need to get through that process to get something to happen. It’s very good that it’s there and there’s a lot that we’ve got to do. There’s 33 boroughs across London, and we’ve got to make it work in all of them but having Philip Kolvin as chairman who we work with closely and some brilliant people on there means that it’s going to be good for the next year, we’re gong to make some really good impacts in London. That then sets the tone for other cities as we’re seeing now with Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Bristol, we’re looking to have some similar things to accompany the mayors and others.
What do you think the future of British nightlife looks like?
It’s a bit like everything. It depends; it depends on what we do. We make this world every day. I don’t believe there’s anyone up there pulling the strings. We are conscious beings and we make the world. If we decide to go out there and make it with the vision that we’ve got then we will. If we don’t, we don’t. This is the key point that Fabric demonstrated. When people get involved, it makes the difference. So the future of nightlife is very bright and it also depends on how much we want to have our voices heard. That’s why we have to use the website and the hashtag, www.savenightlife.com, #savenightlife, everyone should sign the petition, send it round to people and encourage everyone to have their voices heard. The more councillors that hear, the more news gets out, the more people hear across the country, the more it gets championed and protected, the better off we’ll be.
Words by Georgia Evans
Unleash impressed at their last outing when tINI, Julian Perez, Arapu, and saxy act DeWalta & Mike Shannon all took control down at Studio Spaces. The party in this particular venue was a cute coupling - three clean rooms, good sound, great DJs and ravers that were there to really party.
Next month it is Zip (yes!) and Trelik boss Baby Ford that will headline at Pennington Street, in what is set to be a mouth watering back to back for the latters label showcase on May 27th. Both chaps are highly regarded in the scene for their contributions, with Zippy in particular, a favourite amongst the purists. There will no doubt be the usual heaviness from the outstanding German.
Pedro’s inclusion to the lineup will draw in the rest of the fleet, and makes this party an essential. The RPR boys (Rhadoo, Pedro, Raresh) do have a magnetism when they play, yet I somehow prefer watching them ride solo, when Pedro, I think, is at his best. His home made cuts are just.so.naughty.
That should be enough for a wicked night of music, yet Unleash have more muscle in the form of Cabanne, Daylomar, Memek, Resolute’s O.BEE, and Trelik’s own Alex Celler and OCH too.
I’m personally most excited for Cabanne... Back at Half Baked’s 7th birthday he nearly blew my head clean off in the third arch, playing some monstery, techno-y house that I have never heard anything like before. He is an excellent addition to the night and will maintain a gold standard of quality to those either side of him on the bill.
Mr. Celler is too, one to watch. The Grecian’s sweet take on minimal is juice for any dancefloor, and I’m already looking forward to hearing both sides of his wonderful Trelik release, on the night.
Admittedly as I creak into my late twenties, I do find myself choosing Sunday brunch in the park more often than munching on my own jaw. With so many forward thinking artists on one lineup though, this party would be silly to miss. We are in great hands, and I look forward to seeing you there.
As part of our regular competition series, MEOKO are giving away FIVE tickets to this Unleash x Trelik Showcase.
with "TRELIK" as the subject title. Good luck!
Words by Marlon.
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