Last night at Shoreditch House, Giorgio Moroder sat down to an intimate crowd of music enthusiasts to shed some light on his illustrious career, for an event with the proceeds going to Bridges for Music, a non-profit organization based in South Africa. It was incredibly positive to see a full house, including people squeezing around the edges of the seated area all supporting the charity and as a bonus, being treated to some words of wisdom from one of electronic music’s greatest pioneers.
It was clear early on that Giorgio is a man with a sense of humour as he discussed his experiences working alongside a handful of music moguls including Donna Summer and Freddie Mercury, which encouraged a lot of laughter from a fairly concentrated crowd. He approached every question thrown at him cool, calm and collectively showing ounces every now and then of his party persona without shedding too much of the juicier information. Moroder showed throughout that he is incredibly proud of his productions, and why shouldn’t he be, the man is more than a legend in the music industry.
The largest grin though shone across his face when he described his experience of receiving an Oscar, walking past Jack Nicholson and Steven Spielberg to collect his honour for his Midnight Express film score. As a fairly appropriate interlude from the discussion, the crowd were somewhat stimulated by two of Giorgio’s most recent musical compositions through a sharp sounding set of speakers.
For a man of his calibre, a 60 minute chat only touched the tip of the iceberg, however Bridges for Music provided a classy, enjoyable and interesting insight into a career that spans more than 30 years, which was fittingly accompanied by cocktails and canapes, and of course the fundraising cause.
To round the night off, Ben Pearce took to the decks and had some of the attendees in a disco frenzy as they gathered around the dancefloor, celebrating a renowned genre that was hugely influenced by the man who was in the Shoreditch House spotlight.
By Sam Quilter
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The legend of disco and electronic music, Giorgio Moroder has partnered with Bridges for Music to present a brand new solo album after a 30 year hiatus. The special fundraising event is taking place tonight at Shoreditch House, with all proceeds of the event going towards charity to help with the construction of a music school in Langa, Cape Town.
The Bridges for Music ethos of creating positive change through the power of music is perfectly suited to Giorgio’s vision of dance music.
“I believe dance music can be an amazing tool to break down social barriers and bring hope. Dance music doesn't care of where you live, who your friends are or how much money you make, neither if you are 74 or 24!"
The evening will start with an intimate conversation with Giorgio, exclusively discussing and previewing tracks from his upcoming album Déjà Vu, his first solo project in over 30 years, which is set for release on June 15th 2015. Tickets for the talk are very limited though.
After the panel, Shoreditch House will celebrate the album launch with a rooftop party, where Bridges for Music will also be running a charity raffle and auction to raise funds for their program. Music from Ben Pearce who will be playing an exclusive vinyl only disco set.
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Wednesday 27th May, 2015
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With the high turnover of music production there is always the possibility that releases can be reduced to an unfortunate state of evanescence. This rise and fall of labels, is one that will continue over the age of time. With that being said, label start ups risk putting themselves in the fickle firing line of us the music lovers and DJs alike. AnaloQ Musik was founded in January 2014 by DJ duo Kolo & Dyze. A vinyl only label, AnaloQ has released a series of EP’s that have found success time after time in the recent past. With more in store, we thought we’d take time to talk to co-founder Lee Clement (one of Kolo & Dyze) about how the label is curated, their reasons behind vinyl vs digital amongst a few other things.
So Lee... tell us a bit about yourself first of all.
Well, we was in regular contact with a guy called Jerome.C He's a really really talented up and coming DJ producer from Belgium. He was sending me quite a few demo's and promo's to road test in our sets. As soon as I heard his track “Yourself”, I had to have it for AnaloQ Musik. Its quite a simple track with an effortless groove, rolling percussions and a really catchy vocal that just rolls together perfectly, it's a simple master piece if you like. Not only was his release for us really good he's constantly producing great music for other labels also, he's definitely one to keep an eye on and pleasure to work with.
So was that the start point for AnaloQ Musik?
No; The idea of AnaloQ started around about a year ago now, I was constantly receiving lots of really good unsigned music so came up with the idea of starting to try and push some of it that I really believed in! AnaloQ just has simple ethos to release good underground music and I have been doing just that. We started with a 4 track vinyl VA with tracks from Bunte Bummler, Alex Ground & P.E.T, TAF and Dan Noel which was a great start to the label. It reached number 1 in pre-sale charts, sales charts and buzz charts on both Deejay.de and Decks.de and gained support from tINI, Marco Carola, Enzo Siragusa and so on. Marco Carola even kindly used the TAF - De Tuna track from the release on his Radio 1 Essential mix.
Why the name - AnaloQ Musik?
To be honest, its purely coincidental. its a vinyl label, so in essence its analogue music. Our artworker is a German guy, so when he sent back the art work, it was in his native language, hence AnaloQ Musik. It's pretty much stuck since then.
Thats a good start to the project. Its a vinyl only label; why did you choose this medium? I mean music is music right? We all listen to it with the same two ears, so why vinyl?
Well to be honest I wanted to make the label a bit more exclusive, pressing a certain amount of copies rather than just having unlimited amounts of digital copies on Beatport etc. I personally prefer vinyl to digital so that factor also came into it. I also think one of the greatest things about music is digging through records and coming across an amazing track rather than sitting on a computer looking through songs so I wanted to bring that element to the label as well... and of course vinyl sounds better!
When you talk about the art of “digging”, with the online stores being such a massive platform for music/vinyl worldwide, do you think the record stores are more and more facing the risk of closure?And is “digging” becoming an thing of the past?
Not necessarily, vinyl has made such a big come back in the last few years and a lot people are now opting to play this format over digital and that has probably helped some of the independent vinyl stores see a lot more business again! even with the convenience of online shopping, I imagine both are seeing an increase of sales rather than one over powering the other! I hope so anyway!
So you were saying before that the label represents the music you personally, truly believe in. How do you even begin to choose what to release when you’re sifting through all of those promos?
At the beginning it was quite hard as there is a lot of good music out there and to pick just a few isn't easy! I was going with the tracks that I would really want to play in my sets or the kind of track you'd hear in a mix and be like I really need this track, the ones that really stood out to me. I'm now currently working with certain producers that are creating the sounds I love that I want to put out on the label rather than accepting demo's for the label, as a result we have some amazing releases to come.
I know the tracks you mean. As you mentioned earlier you had quite a lot of success with the first release, and i guess that must put quite a high expectation on the follow up. Has it been a struggle as such a young label to keep that consistency going?
Well I believed in the second release from Jerome.c as much as I did with the first VA. The original tracks from him were really good and I contacted Stuart Hawkins and Max J & Coockies to do remixes for the EP as I thought their styles would work really well with the originals and they all done an amazing job. The EP all round was perfect for us and again the release went to number 1 on all pre-sale, sales and buzz charts, and it gained more amazing support so we really couldn't of asked for a better start for the label with both the first 2 releases.
You said that you have started to steer the label in a slightly different direction, and begun to work with selective artists. Do you feel that this could hinder you from missing out on a lot of great music being regularly, produced, or is it more about the identity of the label?
Being a DJ and Producer myself there are obviously certain artists I really admire and would love to work with, and as the label started to grow and become a bit more established it gave me that opportunity to work with some of them. So of course I’m going to take the opportunity straight away. It hasn't changed the ethos in any way as I'm still only releasing music I believe in and genuinely like. I will still take demos again for the future but I'm currently focusing on working with some selected people. I don't think i'll be missing out in any way as I know that these producers will give me amazing work. I have some real talents coming on to the label and I cant wait to push out their music.
So what have you got in store then?
The next release due out in the summer is by a good friend; David Gtronic. We've actually been playing on a few of the same events recently. He's such a talented DJ and producer and has his own really raw organic sound which I've followed for a really long time so it was great to get him on to the label. Again I went with a remix project that I felt would really compliment one of the tracks so I got in touch with Faster from Romania and he accepted the offer which I was really happy about. Faster's production is incredible. I’m a massive fan and he's really put his own stamp on the remix for David, the results have pulled together what I feel is another massive EP so I cant wait to get this one pressed and out there.
It must be a good feeling when someone agrees to remix a track to release. You've got a label showcase coming up in Barcelona at OFF Week. Do you think its quite important for the label to put on events like these?
Yeah definitely especially when it's the artist I was looking for to get on the project. Yes we are heading to Barcelona for a showcase at BLVD Club on the 18th June with Amo, Adam Touch, Bunte Bummler, Chad Andrew, Dan Noel, David Gtronic, Dubphone, Faster, Sebastian Paiza and ourselves Kolo & Dyze. I put on a mixture of people from the label and some artists I am working with on music personally. The line up is full of talent and will be some big b2b sets going on. We will be using the venue alongside Electronique and Virunga who also have some amazing talent on board such as Yaya, Monika Kruse, Lilith, Ada Kaleh etc. So it’s going to be a massive night of music, I'm really looking forward to it. I think it's very important for labels to be doing these kind of events as it's a good way to push out the kind of sounds you're all about to the crowds. We are also working on other showcases in Belgium, Berlin and New York later in the year.
Wow, sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate. As a producer yourself, and being the label owner; are you planning to release on the label yourself at some point?
Yeah working hard but enjoying all of it. We are quite busy with making music for other labels currently, we have just finished a track with Sebastian Paiza that goes on to a VA on Arupa Music which is one of my favourite labels so I'm really happy that track is on there. We are also working on a collaboration EP with Agustin Alvarez and Adam Touch then another with Jerome.c so once these are all finished I will see where AnaloQ is at and if there is the right project for us to work on at that point in time then of course!
We see new labels popping up regularly. Any advice, tips or reservations that you'd care to share with any new upstarts?
To be honest it's still new to me so I'm still learning new things every day but I think its important to just push the music you believe in and build good relationships with the artists you want to work with as it's them that are creating the music. Remain professional and enjoy it rather than being about the money and keep working at it!
By Anwaar Bent
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Greenwich welcomes Home back to Studio 338 for their infamous marathon summer party which is once again headlined by Romanian maestros - RPR Soundsystem (Rhadoo, Pedro & Raresh). Last year’s line-up scorched London’s 2014 summer listings offering a day and night experience of DJ’s that quite simply smashed the Ibiza inspired venue apart. Those returning to the decks to do more of the same again include Dan Andrei, Francesco Del Garda and Max Vaahs. Additionally, Greg Brockmann and Robin Ordell will be representing the Half Baked family, and Colin Chiddle will be flying the flag for Art of Dark. RPR’S Romanian counterpart Cezar and Germany based Manuel Schatz are also featured amongst a line-up brimming with raw talent which is completed by E/Tape.
When Rhadoo, Pedro & Raresh combine in a triple threat performance something magical happens. Listeners have come to expect the unexpected from them as they weave between a range of house and techno sub genres in a seemingly effortless,crisp and tight fashion. They have become perfectionists of their craft, and have rapidly stamped their signature sound on electronic music. It’s hard to say what they have in store for Studio 338, but be rest assured that whatever they conjure up will be talked about for years to come.
Cezar has become a key figure in Bucharest’s underground scene through a combination of producing and performing. He has the defining ability to control and read a crowd perfectly through a comprised selection of new and old minimal techno or house.
Dan Andrei has refined his own Romanian sound consisting of deep and looping percussions that are fairly low driven with the ability to still destroy a dancefloor. With a solid selection of releases on native label [a:rpia:r], the young artist has stretched his production muscles with successful results.
Francesco Del Garda is a purveyor of quality over quantity. With only two releases under his belt, he has built his reputation behind the decks delivering a personal style of minimalistic funk, house and techno.
Max Vaahs and Manuel Schatz of Hard Work Soft Drink will be putting the crowd through their paces delivering their signature German sound as well as London based Greg Brockmann and Robin Ordell who have evolved as two of London’s finest resident DJ’s.
Art of Dark co-owner Colin Chiddle will be lifting the party by supplying his remarkable energy that has driven through many dancefloors across London, plus E/Tape will be playing an extended set in an open air car park, which is new to this edition of Home, London.
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Saturday 30th May, 2015
RPR Soundsystem - (Rhadoo, Pedro & Raresh)
Francesco Del Garda
As part of our regular competition series, Home has offered some great prizes for one lucky MEOKO reader:
One pair of free tickets for the above event and a new RPR vinyl record (top prize)
Four pairs of free tickets (runner up prize)
with "HOME" as the subject title. Good luck!
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Hackney has welcomed a unique monthly market to Hackney Downs Studios showcasing a selection of 30 drink stalls featuring distillers, brewers, coffee roasters and soft drink producers from around London bridging the gap of the frequent food markets found in the city. The event will take place between 12:00 – 18:00 pm on the first Saturday of the forthcoming months.
The market has been started as London’s first permanent drinks market to finally showcase a host of London’s best local drink producers in Hackney. It will feature lots of breweries including Five Points, Redchurch and Hiver – and distillers – including Butlers Gin and East London Liquor Company.
Five Points Brewery uniquely brew beer that is unfiltered, unpasteurized and full of flavour, which will provide a perfect addition to the event. The Bethnal Green based Redchurch Brewery will be providing a distincive and adventurous flavour - which aims to challenge bland and flavourless beer, and Hiver Brewery have been born out of admiration for London urban beekeepers managing to create a range of sweet honey flavour beers, that will accompany the sunshine perfectly.
Butlers Gin will be offering a smooth yet refreshing fusion of juniper, lemongrass, cardamom and citrus notes, and the East London Liquor Company will be providing a range of quality handcrafted spirits including gin, vodka, rum and whisky.There is also a range of food to soak up the selection of drinks from different cultures around the world including homemade pork scratchings, Biltong or charcuterie and cheese.
A perfect opportunity to saviour a variety of drinks and food that has been carefully sourced from here in the UK and around the world! The event takes place on Saturday 6th June, 2015.
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On 1 January 2015 as I sat down to write my New Year’s resolutions, I eschewed false promises of gym memberships, saving money and not talking so much for this declaration of intent: 2015 is the year I will go forth and enjoy the shit out of Sunwaves! I’ve been so jealous, every May, for as long as I can remember; the jubilant Facebook posts, the clips of musical might on YouTube and the glazed, joyful faces of all of my friends when they came back to London all told me that this was a festival that I had to be a part of.
Fast forward five months and myself and my partner in crime were excitedly getting on a plane at Luton when we bumped into a good friend and London based promoter who was up for sharing a taxi with us from Bucharest to the festival as we didn’t arrive in Romania until 2.30 am. We grabbed a couple of beers and fell asleep to the sounds of our driver ranting on about how English girls were fat drunks. I don’t see anything wrong with that myself, but you know ….
We arrived in Mamaia a mere three hours later to an obscenely red and beautiful sunrise and were dropped off down a dusty track, watched over by packs of feral dogs. We were hit by the sudden realisation that our accommodation was actually several miles away from the festival. Due to work commitments we had missed the Thursday night of Sunwaves, which I was more than a little bit sad about as Craig Richards is surely one of the world’s finest DJs and I’d wanted to see Alexandra play for ages. We didn’t want to miss anything else,so after a quick disco nap, we walked a few kilometres into town along potholed pavements, the only pedestrians in sight, narrowly avoiding being run down by bemused Romanians. We weren’t actually sure where we were going, and I’m ashamed to say we tried to walk into a teenagers’ holiday complex, mistaking it for Sunwaves. It was only when they started playing Grease that we realised we were in the wrong place. Whoops.
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After one more wrong turn into a completely random bar, we finally managed to locate the festival and the head of security refused to give us wristbands as the daytime session was nearly finished, although he assured us he would help us to get in and to ask for Casanova if we had any problems. Hmmmm. We spent the first half hour exploring the beautiful outside stage on the beach, before catching the end of Piticu’s set. I love the so-called Romanian sound and one of the things I’d been most excited about was listening to homegrown DJs that we don’t hear so much of in London. Piticu didn’t disappoint – what we heard got us dancing our socks off and managed to be uplifting and down and dirty all at the same time. This is how tech-house should be, unpredictable, melodic and adventurous. But just as we were really getting into it they closed the tents down so they could clean up for the evening. Frustrated and wanting more lovely, sexy techno, we decamped to a bar next door. After several wines, we came up with the bright idea of trying to learn a Romanian sentence to impress the locals with. We found a bilingual barman and asked him to translate the following “Hello, will you marry me? I want to have a Romanian passport too”. His pithy response “Sorry no, with girlfriend”. Dreams crushed, we drowned our sorrows in beautiful Romanian wine until we realised that as we were EU citizens we could come and live in Sunwaves any time we liked, with or without local husbands. I also stole a pen as well, to make notes on all the glorious DJs we were about to enjoy. Sorry, lovely barman who didn’t want to marry me, I’ll replace it next year.
We wanted to refresh ourselves before enjoying the delights of our first evening at the festival, but our house was so far, we decided to regroup and work out our next move in a Wendy House we found on the beach. For one whole hour. I don’t know what we were doing in there for that long, but it was really fun. Realising our phone batteries were about to die (along with our tickets), we abandoned plans to try and break into Sunwaves, via scuttling along, hidden under a Wendy House, as too tiring and went down the conventional route of queuing up with everyone else. Unfortunately, my phone gave up the ghost when we reached the entrance. Luckily, a small bespectacled Romanian man came to the rescue and sweet-talked the door girl into giving me a bracelet. Such a hero.
As soon as we got inside, we headed straight for Carl Cox. I’ve only ever seen him play at Space in Ibiza and was interested to see how that Balearic sound would translate to a techno heavy Romanian festival. The answer? Very well indeed. His set was just the right side of banging but beautiful, and his energy behind the decks was so infectious that within a matter of minutes the whole crowd was behind him and going really crazy. I had forgotten what a great DJ he is and it was a real privilege to see him play here. Consulting my notes that I made on the back of a receipt with my stolen pen, I was obviously on a massive music high at the end of his set as I’d written down “I want to kiss Carl Cox’s lovely, beaming, shouty face”.
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We then bumped into some friends who broke the exciting news to us that there was a whole other stage that we didn’t know about! And the mighty Petre Inspirescu was manning the decks in there! This unassuming Romanian has always been one of my favourites since I heard him lay down one of the best sets I’ve ever experienced at fabric a few years back. As always, he was on fine form, and playing back to back with Raresh and Rhadoo, flying the flag for RPR. For me, this was one of the musical highlights of Sunwaves. Do these guys ever play a bad set? Always innovative and surprising, they took us all on an exciting musical journey and their pleasure at playing to a home crowd was there for all to see.
Lee Burridge was up next, another DJ I’m immensely fond of. He’s transported me to other galaxies with his Tyrant sets and some of my fondest musical memories have been dancing at his All Day I Dream parties on random rooftops in Brooklyn However, his session at Sunwaves didn’t really do anything for me. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t as good as I have come to expect from him. I just thought it was a bit generic, kind of tech-house by numbers. Everyone else seemed to love it though, so maybe too much tequila had clouded my judgement by this point.I’m ashamed to say that I then morphed into one of those annoying people at festivals that everyone hates. Yes, I sat under the decks and called loads of my friends who were working and being rained on in London, telling them what an amazing time I was having. Luckily, I ran out of credit, so I was forced to stop being a dick. Unfortunately, by this time, the music had degenerated into the only bum note of Sunwaves. Looking at my notes, I’d written down “NO. Swirly-whirly ketamine music. Run!” This boring crap music was everywhere about a year ago in London and I just can’t stand it. Self-indulgent K-head DJs put it on at 4 am, just as everyone wants something a bit more high octane; it’s slow, it’s discordant, it’s the musical equivalent of a headache, it’s impossible to dance to and has no place on a sound system unless it’s in a bedroom where no one else has to listen to it.So we ran and bumped straight into our tiny bespectacled Romanian friend who escorted us straight to VIP and bought us a tequila as he clearly saw that we needed re-fuelling. It turns out he was the architect of the structures they erected for Sunwaves. He told us it took months to design, to ensure the acoustics were just right, and he was here to make sure that no one damaged anything. Lovely guy and a nice reminder that there are many unsung heroes of the electronic music scene who do so much to make sure that we have the best time ever. Mr Architect, we salute you!
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A little interlude from music here – a word on the crowd. I really didn’t know what to expect when I came out to Sunwaves. Despite the racist bullshit the Daily Mail et al pumps out about the UK being flooded with Romanians, I only have one friend from this lovely country in London. He is great at whooping, wears fantastic cardigans and is very funny, so I was expecting good things. I kind of thought everyone would be like him and generally I’d say they are, except there is a definite trend for men to wear black Jedi style cloaks. The crowd at Sunwaves is around 80 % Romanian, which made for a refreshing change - I totally fell in love with the black as pitch, deadpan,Romanian humour - and most people, whatever their nationality, were friendly and fantastic. I lost my wallet and my iPhone and both were returned to me, intact. We were given throat spray by Casanova. Some boys kidnapped me to their car and fed me whiskey. People tried to help us our every time we needed anything and seemed to want to make sure that we were safe and having fun. There was a tiny exception though. I call them the duckface girls; all pouts and no smiles, high heels and bad manners. One of them told us not to dance near to her, presumably we were ruining her coolness with our happy faces and joyful attitudes.
But even the horrible people helped us, inadvertently. Myself and my partner in crime were dancing around in a corner, pretending to be duckface girls, like the mature young women that we are, when we got chatting to two hilarious guys, leaning on some scaffolding. It took us about an hour to notice the massive sound desk behind them and figure out that these two jokers supplied the lovely Funktion-One sound system for Sunwaves and were in charge of the auditory loveliness we had been experiencing for the last day. Their chat was so funny, if a little hoarse and/or mumbly at times, that we basically stayed there for the next 24 hours, and at one point we were left unattended and I was allowed to push a button, so I think I can say that I was partially responsible for the amazing sound at Sunwaves.
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I also think we were probably the only punters at the festival who, accidentally, listened to most of Marco Carola’s now infamous 24 hour set. I can’t even begin to describe a set that lasted a day, especially as I'm not a huge Carola fan, but my notes say “M-A-R-C-O, YES!!!!”, so presumably I must have enjoyed it at some point. I was just having too much fun with our new best friends, bopping around in the sound tent. It's kind of a weird feeling to know that you were present in the room (but not really paying attention) during a session that will go down in electronic music history, for good and bad reasons. Marco, I know you're from Naples, but it's not really necessary to eat pizza off the mixer, as you reportedly were. Also the word on the underground street is that as there were technical problems with the outside stage from Saturday, so artists had to be moved inside. The rescheduled Saturday with Lee Burridge and Nastia inside went to plan, but on Sunday Tini, Livio and Roby were moved to the stage Carola was on and then apparently couldn't play as he insisted on continuing. But a little footnote here for all you Carola fans – you would kind of expect a DJ who had just pulled such a long set to stagger out from behind the decks and have shots with sexy people, or at least run to the loo. Not our boy Marco, he came straight to the sound guys and gave them a massive hug for giving him the sound that 24 hours of solid playing deserved.
I know at one point I listened to a few hours of Ricardo Villalobos' set, but I'm just not sure exactly when. It was bloody good though. In my opinion, Ricardo, when he is on form, is one of the best DJs in the world. He was on top of his game at Sunwaves and the atmosphere was electric. I could have listened to him forever, but he also plays in London quite a bit, so I wanted to check out other DJs who aren't in our neck of the woods so much. I probably made the wrong decision, but that's one of the issues with festivals with as strong a line up as Sunwaves; you always risk missing out on great music as there are so many great artists booked. I also missed out on Vera and Priku, who I had planned to let fill my ears with amazing sounds. I heard mixed reports on Vera, a few people said it was a bit blandly minimal, others were much more enthusiastic. Like most things, it's probably a question of taste. Everyone was raving about Priku though - it seems like the Romanian sound totally owned the festival. He's top of my hitlist for next year, as long as I don't get welded to the floor of the sound booth again.
So where was I? My ears were really enjoying the set from Tale of Us, but my body was beginning to shut down, so we reluctantly left our sound boys to get some more money out, have some wine and maybe think about going home at some point. Of course, then we discovered that all three of the ATMs in Mamaia were empty of money. This made us very unhappy. We ended up on paying for an extortionate taxi ride all the way to Constanta to get cash, with a cabbie who insisted on taking us to McDonalds. I still don’t know why. So remember kids, when at Sunwaves, get lots of money out while the banks still have it as you really don’t want to end up in a fast food restaurant in another town instead of on the dancefloor. We fully intended to go back to the festival for one last dance (we had just discovered it was Sunday evening and were full of sadness that soon our adventures would be over), but red wine after a meal was fatal and as my partner in crime was trailing off mid-sentence, we decided to hit the hay.
Surprisingly, we woke on Monday feeling quite fresh. As we lived in the middle of nowhere, we got a cab into Mamaia to find food. Can you imagine our joy when we arrived and realised the festival was still going at the stage on the beach?! Instantly abandoning our plans to go to Bucharest that day, we ran to join the party, hairy legged, make up free and in hoodies, like the glamorous girls that we were. We also had no voices and were worried that people would mistake us for Baba Cloanta, the mythical, forest dwelling, ugly Romanian witch who scares travellers and eats children, with our creepy whispers and disheveled appearances. Luckily, the mainly Romanian crowd were very accepting of our somewhat alarming ways, and the ambience was amazing. Everyone was friendly and super loose, it reminded me of partying at DC10 back when it was really good, or Bar 25 when it still existed. Rhadoo was on the decks, absolutely smashing it (definitely another highlight) and I was happy to get another chance to see what he could do. This unexpected extra day was probably my favourite – the music was so good and so messy and really kept you going, even when your body was saying no. There were no bitchy girls stomping on your feet at this point. They had all gone home because their faces hurt from frowning too much. It was just us, the messy dregs of Sunwaves, smiling and laughing and making new friends.
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Finally, Herodot closed the festival. I’d heard so much buzz around him at Sunwaves and it was great to finally hear him play. His music was so passionate and incredible, I fell to my knees in awe several times. Well, okay, 50 % of the cause was tequila, if I’m honest, but he was still epic. Luckily for me, I'd managed to make a whole new bunch of friends who had laughed enough at my rubbish jokes and meandering stories to not mind picking me up again to continue dancing. With apologies to Jane Austen (although who knows, maybe she would have liked techno), it's a truth universally acknowledged that you always meet the best people at the afterparty. Even though there were only about 20 of us left at the end, Herodot still wanted to carry on, but the mean security literally pulled the plug out of the wall mid-set. The festival remnants were throwing lei at him to keep on playing, but the bouncers remain unmoved. Sunwaves was finally over on Tuesday morning. But Herodot, such an ending!
So what more can I say? Go to Sunwaves. It’s the best festival I’ve ever been to. The music was incredible and the quality of the sound (thanks again, guys) was just out of this world and puts most London parties to shame, so much so that me and my partner in crime re-christened the festival Soundwaves. Even though it's getting more popular and Sunwaves is interested in big names like Craig Richards and Carl Cox, the emphasis is still strongly on local talent. Whilst the rest of Europe were busy aping Richie Hawtin style minimal, Romanian DJS were occupied in carving out something fresh and developing their own unique sound, which is why the music here is so unlike anywhere else. The lack of petty licensing restrictions and rules that plague the London scene also mean that sets like Marco Carola’s marathon can occur. Hopefully it will happen with a more polite DJ next year. But when all is said and done, it was one of the best weekends of my life. So I’ll see you on the dancefloor in Mamaia next year then?
By Peggy Whitfield
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Club der Visionaere is set to host a combination of two of the most innovative record labels in Berlin, Birdsmakingmachine and Finest Hour for a marathon event spanning the day and night. Both of the German based labels have respectfully built solid reputations and grown to deliver a range of exclusive minimal, house and techno releases, so seeing them go head to head isn’t something to be missed. A range of DJs are set to play including Audio Werner, Rudolf, Pior (Live), Onrik and Robin Ordell who will combine to provide a fulfilling spectrum of electronic music.
Audio Werner needs no introduction. As one of the most unique producers, with releases on Circus Company, Hello? Repeat, and of course Finest Hour records to name just a few, expect his selection of groove laden house and techno to captivate the canal side venue.
Argentinian born Rudolf of BMM is constantly evolving as an underground artist. His signature style of jazz, swing and minimal techno offers an infusion of organic sounds that are presented perfectly throughout his sets that will move the Kreuzberg hotspot.
Pior makes up the second half of BMM, and is on the same level musically as his South American counterpart. His live sets are something to admire, as he effortlessly glides between hypnotic progressions.
Finest Hour label co-founder Onrik has made a real impression on the underground electronic music scene playing worldwide in venues such as Fabric (London) and Fuse (Brussels). As a DJ, his sound cannot be confined which spans Detroit,Chicago, New York dub house, techno or old school electro. Be sure to saviour some of the treats that he pulls out from his record bag.
London based artist Robin Ordell has become an essential component of the city’s electronic music scene. His style of solid and bouncy house is infectious, which will provide an edge to this musical showcase.
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Monday June 1st, 2015
Club de Visionaere
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Dana Ruh has discreetly been stamping her mark on electronic music since 2007, when she introduced her own label Brouqade Records. Since then, her output of deep and groovy house music has been unparalleled and consistent featuring on Cocoon Recordings, Underground Quality and Ostgut Ton, which is an impressive CV. Also, her ability as a DJ is highly respectable. Gracing the decks regularly at Cocoon parties in Ibiza as well as in her homeland of Germany in world renowned venues including Berghain and Club der Visionaere, Ruh is a busy international DJ that has become an ambassador for the female electronic music scene.
MEOKO managed to catch up with her in between an active schedule to chat about her progressions with her label, a new project and her forthcoming summer appearances.
Hi Dana, how are you today?
Im fine, I’m in the studio, I’m all good!
How did your last set go and where did you play at?
Let me check my schedule! I played a long weekend which started in Frankfurt, then I was in Berlin at Hoppetosse, followed by London for the Melt music after party in the loft which was really cool!
What has been your most exciting project or experience so far this year?
I have been doing a lot of exciting things involving music including a new project with a friend who is doing distribution for vinyl’s and records which we have started to work on that is really cool. I have also done a promotion mix but I can’t reveal anything yet, but it is exciting because it wasn’t planned!
How did you approach and plan your debut album in comparison to other productions and mixes?
I did not plan an album, I have a lot of tracks on my hard drive, so usually I finish something and collect it for myself.
So it came together naturally?
Yes, at some point I wanted to have some feedback from Jus-Ed because I love what he is doing with the Underground Quality label and I love his taste in music. He has a lot of experience so I was thinking maybe I should send some stuff to him so I sent two CD’s the old school way.
He thought they were really cool so we checked some other tracks and he said ok maybe we should do an album because the music fitted together. Ed did everything including the track list and he had the idea so it came together quite naturally.
What did you learn from working with Jus-Ed?
He has a lot of discipline, and knows what he is doing and has a great attitude and energy to keep things going. I learnt that you just have to do what you want and not what other people are doing and to keep disciplined and professional.
Your record label Brouqade is now in its eighth year, how does it feel to be running such a successful record label?
Well me and my friend Anne started it in 2007, and we were doing quite well as we had a busy release schedule and distribution, but then the company went broke.
We had a little break because we both had to focus on other things so I decided, ok let’s do it again so we started fresh with a relaunch and new graphic. I met Anthea who joined us when we were releasing more records which meant having a bigger team, so this is how it all fitted together.
What does Brouqade actually mean?
I wanted to have a name that is unique and special. It actually means a clothing material, but if you type it in Google you will find the record label.
How do you manage to keep on top of your record label and balance it with everything else that you’re involved with?
It’s a lot of work to do but I am used to it and I like to work by doing things like producing and running the label. I keep Monday’s free to do administration stuff, then work on music for the rest of the week. I have a good structure! (laughs)
Plus I am not alone, I have my girls with me so we can share what we do which makes it all much easier!
I understand that you have got a residency at Zoo Project and appearances at Cocoon, Ibiza this summer, so how important is the island to you as a DJ?
Well, I already have a lot of things going on already in Berlin, but as an island I love the weather and the sea plus there is a lot going on there. It is really important for my career and my type of work but I would say that I also have similar things in Berlin.
What was your first appearance in Ibiza?
It was in 2010 when I had a set at Space for Kehakuma and also for Zoo Project. I remember Zoo Project’s promoter booked me first and my set at Kehakuma came after that.
How influential do you think Ibiza is for house and techno music?
Very influential, promoters will always looks at who is ‘hot right now’ and will book DJ’s based on that for their own parties. It definitely influences their careers, that’s for sure.
When you play in Ibiza, do you change the style of music that you play?
I don’t really change my style because I have a really wide range of music. If I played at Club De Visionaere, I would prepare for a long set and maybe play a trippier style, but in Ibiza I wouldn’t change what I play.
You’ve done a lot of work with Andre Galluzzi in the past, is this continuing now?
We are having a break right now because I am focusing on my work. He is great to work with though, he has helped me a lot with my production as well as my arrangements because he has performed as a DJ for a really long time now. I am now really organised thanks to him!
Can we look forward to any new productions for the rest of this year?
Yes! There is a techno orientated EP coming out on Fred P’s Soul Music label, which is coming out at some point this year. I am also releasing a new EP on Brouqade, which I would describe as my definition of house, plus another techno track coming out on Cocoon Various Artists.
When you started getting into music did you think that you would have your own label and DJ in renowned venues such as Ibiza?
I didn’t know that it was going to be like this, but I think that you just have to take the possibility and do it! Also, with a record label you have to do it yourself because you are then independent. I would say I’m just doing what I think is best right now...
Thanks for taking the time to speak to me and good luck with everything!
By Sam Quilter
Dana Ruh's Yardang EP is out soon on Brouqade.
Catch Dana this summer at Zoo Project and Cocoon Amnesia, Ibiza!
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Bloc, (Autumn Street) welcomes the Turin based party collective We Play The Music We Love, one of Italy’s most esteemed underground parties, for their next appearance in London. As the most successful club night in Turin since 2010 it has graced the decks of Studio 80, Amsterdam, Batofar & Le Pigallion, Paris, Moog, Barcelona and Suicide Circus & Arena, Berlin. Having already hosted a string of successful parties in London, their next appearance is eagerly awaited.
With an organic ethos, the party ‘has been built to provide a place where artists are encouraged to push the boundaries of their craft and to promote shared values of respect, acceptance and peacefulness through the stories they tell’ which can be seen among their selective and fine-tuned bookings. Their forthcoming London party boasts a depth of talent including Redshape (Live), Marcelo Tag, Nax_Acid, Lenka and Shizo.
Redshape’s identity is unknown but the elusive German’s style of techno is as mysterious as his personality. The man behind the red mask has released on labels including Delsin, Styrax Leaves and Music Man, and has studied the sound of old Detroit techno records which are reminiscent in his unmissable live sets. Expect nothing less for the upcoming London event.
Co-founder of We Play The Music We Love, Marcelo Tag is regarded as one of Italy’s most revered musical pioneers as a producer, promoter and DJ. Never failing to deliver exceptional performances behind the turntables, Bloc will be the perfect venue to experience another masterful set from Marcelo.
Nax_Acid has delved into every kind of electronic music, playing everything from hardcore to electro. Now combining techno and minimal with ambient and electronica, his performances are always guaranteed to create unique musical voyages.
Lenka and Shizo have both become regular additions for We Play The Music We Love in London. Slovakian talent Lenko currently holds a permanent residency at Paradox, EGG playing her own style of groovy house and techno. Shiza will be on warm up duties to get Bloc’s room moving in the early hours of the party.
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Friday, 29th May 2015
Bloc (Autumn Street)
23:00 - 6:00
23:00 - 00:30 – Shizo
00:30 -02:00 – Lenka
02:00-03:00 – Nax_Acid
03:00-04:30 – Redshape (Live)
04:30-06:00 – Marcelo Tag
As part of our regular competition series, We Play The Music We Love has offered some great prizes for one lucky Meoko reader:
A pair of tickets for the above event
2 x We Play The Music We Love bags
2 x We Play The Music We Love t-shirts
with "WPTMWL" as the subject title. Good luck!
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Jichael Mackson – Foxy Lady EP (Teledub)
Teledub is the birth child label of Jichael Mackson. Fittingly, the first release comes from the Munich based artist on his own imprint where he implements his own signature sound over three atmospheric, spaced out tracks. B-side Foxdevilswild is a track that you will just have to play on repeat. Click Here.
adult only records 43 - larry de kat
Adult Only present another sublime release from Larry De Kat who offers a variety of rolling grooves. The A side includes Diks On Gruds, a fierce composition with a deadly bassline and Noodlez which provides a quirkier sound constructed of whirring and choppy percussions. The flip contains a jacking Phil Weeks remix of the opener as well as Um which is a minimal breather in comparison to the rest of the hard hitting EP. TIP!
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Times Are Ruff – CutzPart2 EP (Times Are Ruff)
The second Cutz EP from Times Are Ruff offers another raw selection of serious Detroit house music tools built for the dancefloor. The first two ‘cutz’ serve up a tenacious style of tight drum pads, with shuffling breakdowns, whereas the last two tracks give way to a funky bassline that would sit perfectly in any warm-up set.
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Verrina & Ventura – UNO (Howl)
Giavanni Verrina and Germano Venturo are no strangers to producing music, of which they have released on some of the most interesting labels including All Inn Records and Only 300 Family. UNO is their latest project which is a treat of six solid unravelling house and techno supplements to be played loud. Expect a bass driven listen with scattered vocals.
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Ricardo Villalobos – Who Are We EP (Raummusik)
Ricardo Villalobos returns for his second release on Raum Musik with Who Are We. It features two mechanical slices of the minimalistic sound that Ricardo is renowned for accompanied by vocals from his friend Jorge Gonzalez and Alog, which provides a Chilean spice that lifts the entire EP.
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Toba – San Diego (Discobar)
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The new label concept, Discobar designed by Guillaume Tallieu and Lamache is already making quite an impression through its uniquely constructed releases. Toba delivers the third, setting the mark high with possibly the imprint’s best release to date. Self-titled track San Diego is an atomic and hypnotizing opener which experiments with high pitched synths and choppy vocals, but the EP really comes to life on the B side where Toba and Ark combine to perfectly execute a Perlon esque microhouse style of sound, that eventually erupts with crisp hi hats. Expect to hear this outstanding track in lots of sets from the likes of Zip and Ricardo Villalobos.
One of the UKs most respected and well curated festivals of recent years, Gottwood has maintained its reputation on the summer events circuit with a clear focus on the arts and woodland accompanied by a well crafted line up that showcases some of the most influential and creative artists of recent times and beyond.
Deep into the country side of Wales, this one has to be a TIP for this year, again promising a selection of music with clear direction that displays an eclectic spectrum of dance floor sounds to an intimately organized forest space comfortably populated by a friendly crowd. Being one of the first of the year, it does a great job in setting the tone for other UK festivals a like in delivering a quality and open minded expression in how a festival should be managed.
In Chapter 6 of the Angelsey woods party, that has consistently proved a mighty success, forest floor dancers will be joined by the likes of Margaret Dygas, MCDE, Move D, Enzo Siragusa, Zip, Tini, Ben UFO, Archie Hamilton, Ste Roberts, Point G, Marcellus Pittman, Romare, Ruf Dug, Al Dobson JR, Bradley Zero and Seven Davis JR. to name but a few. With such weight, variation and diversity in the Line up, the festival will run seamlessly all weekend matching the moods of many and will undoubtedly grant another round of applause from everyone attending.
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By Ell Weston
Hi Phil, how are you today?Very good, I’m very happy to be back in London again, it has always been a favourite destination for me. I come around here about 5 to 6 times a year. There are so many parties and I’m not exclusive to one of them so it’s cool, I like it, I just go to good parties!
Can you remember how you started out making music and getting into DJ’ing?I was already making some music in my house alone, buying some old school gear. I guess in 1996, when the first Daft Punk album came out I knew I wanted to do this. It really blew my mind away. I was in love with house music already but that day I was like, ‘’ok this is my life..’’. I had already passed my Baccalaureat (similar to A levels) in 1994 and I was into sports and studying to become a teacher but music took over. I was already living on my own in Paris at 19 / 20 years old but I had time. I was going to uni a few hours a day and I had the rest of the time to work on my music. The first track I was happy with, I thought I could show the work, this was around 1998 / 1999 and pretty much at the same time I also started the label. As I came from sport, practice was pretty important for me in order to shape my sound, and it might be what’s missing in the music industry nowadays. Young producers tends to show up with a track made on a laptop thinking they are on the top, but actually they are beginners just like I was. This is the reason why back then I didn’t wanted to show anything before I thought I was ready.
By reading your biography I saw you were using old school equipment such as the Roland 909 and 303. But what is the instrument you’ll never sell?From all my shit, I would never sell anything.. I don’t sell my equipment, if I get tired of it, I would give it to a close friend. I have the perfect studio from the 90s, maybe it looks too old for some of the new school producers out there but this is the sound I like. With the new equipment they use now I wouldn’t sound the way I like. My main instrument is the MPC 3000 which controls all of my studio via MIDI, the 303, the 909, and the S950 which is another AKAI 12 bit sampler with a low quality sound that I like. I have a lot of samplers and drum machines but only a few synths like the Roland SH 09 that I really like!
Besides your gigs you produce a lot of music. How is your workflow in the studio?The way I’m working really changed over the years. Before, I was rather slow to work, finishing one track in a week or two sometimes. I needed to listen the same loop over and over again. Now I can make a track I love in two hours, I have a better understanding of music and I have more confidence from a creative point of view. For example when I DJ, I don’t prepare my set, I just take a bunch of music that I like and when I’m live I just create something with it. In the studio I do the same, I work with samples that I like, cut them into pieces and just play around with them. Eventually it always comes to something and usually it’s pretty quick. Then I keep about 70% of the music I make to maybe release it and the rest I just throw it away.
Robsoul Recording initially started as a platform to release your own music. How did it happen and when did you start welcoming other artists on board?Very quickly, maybe one year after, in 2001.You have to remember that it was back in 1998 and not everybody had a computer so when you wanted to put out some of your music on labels you liked, mostly UK, French and US in my case, you had to send a fu**** tape by post, hoping it gets there for someone to check it out. We were working a lot with fax as well, can you believe it? (laughs). So it was kind of tough, you couldn’t communicate on Facebook and all that. I was impatient, I wanted to do my own thing and that’s basically how it all started. After one year I welcomed David Duriez, in that he also had his own label called “Brique Rouge”. We started working a lot together and he taught me a lot, in how to run a label as he already knew how to handle his business. Around the time I also asked a few people to do some remixes and the label started to get known. After that I received a lot of good music from people and I opened up completely the label. Nowadays things are pretty crazy, I’m releasing sometimes up to 3 records a month and many people are waiting for their music to be released so I have to be fast. Robsoul is fully booked until the end of 2015!
What are some of the biggest challenges of running a record label today? F***.. I’m not sure, for me it’s easy because even if I smoke a lot I have a clear mind, I don’t do too much bullshit, I know were I go, I take care of my artists but essentially my taste in music is the same as when I started. Of course it has evolved slightly, but I still pretty much like the same shit.. Everything comes from black music: soul, disco and hip-hop, but with the club culture mixed to it, this really is my house music. Now I see some labels jumping from one thing to another, following the fashion, releasing minimal one day then going back to house and techno. I believe in the long term it is not working so well like that. So yeah the main challenge nowadays might be not to follow the trend, but I don’t have it.. Of course the label has some ups and downs but I don’t care. Before 2005 the house was at his best and I was selling 3000 to 4000 vinyls per release. When the Electroclash came up many DJs started to play that kind of music, personally I couldn’t do it so I had less bookings but it wasn’t a problem, I just adapted my way of doing things and found other options.
Do you get inspired by other producers?Nowadays I don’t think I’m getting much inspiration from others sampling producers but if I had to mention one it would be J Dilla. He is the only one in this part of the world of music that blew my mind away. Even when I knew which sample he was using, listening to the way he would use it was incredible. He feels the music on another level compared to any other beat makers.
Does smoking weed helps with your creativity?Yes 100%, I don’t think my music would be, if I can say, as good without smoking weed. Sometimes if I’m working on the beginning of a track, and there is something cool to it, I would smoke a joint and know what I’m gonna do straight away. All my ideas would become clear in my mind.
Thank you for this Meoko podcast, it was recorded live in Milano, can you tell us more about it?It wasn’t so long ago, maybe a month or two, and a really good party. Amnesia Milano is a big club where I’ve already played before, but I must say that it has become much better since the last time. I also have a lot of friends there so I felt really comfortable, it was amazing! Actually at first I forgot that I had recorded this set back then and when Maya asked me ,do you have something ready? I thought about it and I gave it to her, I hope you will like it!
You must be travelling a lot but can you tell us a little more about the scene in France at the moment?I think it’s the best one in the world right now, talking mainly about Paris. I have a lot of gigs coming up overseas and also lately some french promoters booked me to play in cities such as Avignon or Nante which are mostly new to me. But Paris is amazing right now, I would put it first before London and Berlin. I have my residency at Rex Club and man, even on a Thursday night we have like 800 people and everybody is really into it, I can go really underground in the music I play, and they will understand it. People are really on a party mode, they want to know the music you play and they really enjoy themselves. I can feel in Paris now what I used to feel in London and Berlin a few years back when actually Paris was pretty much dead. I feel like people went back to the roots, doesn’t matter, house, techno or minimal as long as the artist is making it with love. Music comes as cycles and Paris is generally on it at the moment. For example the sales at Synchrophone record store are doing good and there is also a lot of new producers. I have always noticed that french people are pretty talented once they get into it. We had Pepe Bradock & Daft Punk and all the new guys doing good like DJ W!ld, Apollonia, Chris Carrier, Joss Moog and so on.. The scene is really full of talents!
Last question. What will the future bring for you?One thing we need to talk about is my new album coming up in late September, it’s the fifth one and hopefully it will be the best. I made a lot of collaborations with singers like Mike Dunn, Peven Everett who is a very talented American singer, Diz from Chicago and another singer called Mijan. The whole concept around the album is based on ‘’pimping ain’t easy’’, a classic from Big Daddy Kane. I’ll call the album this, I’ve spent all my week working on it and I’m almost there. There will be 13 or 14 tracks, all the instrumentals are ready, I also have the intro but still need to finish the outro. Then when I receive the vocals from the two last singers I’ll arrange them around it. I think about it everyday and it gives me a lot of energy!
Thank you for our lovely conversation Phil! Good Luck with the gigs, productions and record labels!
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Fabric welcomes German based stalwarts of the electronic music scene; Villalobos, Roman Flügel and Binh in Room 1, and a label showcase from Frankfurt based Live at Robert Johnson in Room 2.
ROOM 1: VILLALOBOS, ROMAN FLUGEL & BINH
You can almost always guarantee a full house each and every time Villalobos graces London’s fabric. Being recently featured on the front cover of Crack Magazine’s special 50th edition, Villalobos has managed to garner a great following for such an underground artist as himself, influencing the musical lives of many from all spheres of the electronic music scene. To listen to Villalobos in fabric with its impeccable sound system is always something to look forward to, hoping he will break the boundaries of time once again with his infamous extended sets.
Another music icon to get excited about is Roman Flügel, also a musical chameleon in his own right, having released music since the 90s via diverse aliases. One of the reasons for this, according to Flugel is “the possibility to hide behind different names, which can provide a certain freedom”. Today he has chosen a different path of freedom, dropping his monikers to stick true to his name.
Man of the hour Binh returns to fabric, this time playing for the first time in room 1, representing a milestone he certainly deserves. Today he is one of the most sough-out DJs in the scene, where he has proven his selector capabilities as a Club der Visionaire mainstay, Get Perlonized regular, while also notching up various gigs all over the world from his hometown Berlin to New York and very soon London!
ROOM 2: LIVE AT ROBERT JOHNSON
Flügel joins his other mates; Portable (live), Oliver Hafenbauer and Benedikt Frey in room 2 for a Live at Robert Johnson showcase.
Those who know need no introduction to what has become one of Europe’s most beloved clubs amongst DJs, music fans and clubbers alike, and for the right reasons: music quality and club environment. Having been compared to London’s fabric, the club also homes a record label, Live at Robert Johnson. It is a pleasure to see these two institutions meet for what seems to be a serious night of music.
The club and label is perhaps more associated with their place of origin, Frankfurt, instead of the American Blues singer of who the club is named after. An almost all German “cast” clearly makes sense then, with Flügel, as well as label and club regular Benedikt Frey and booking agent plus label manager Oliver Hafenbauer joining the line up (Read more about the club as fabric interviews Oliver Hafenbauer about his busy work schedule as A&R and booker, while he shows off his DJ skills in a freshly recorded podcast). Roots span beyond Europe with South African Portable aka Bodycode with his exclusive live set. A unique artist with powerful vocal chords, Portable has also released EPs for another respected big name in the industry; Perlon.
ROOM 3: THUGFUCKER & GREG PIDCOCK
Room three gives us Thugfucker, who is known for kick-starting the rise of music label Life and Death with their single “Disco Gnome”, as well as their collaborations with friends Tale of Us (Thugfucker spreads the love in Meoko’s Not So Serious Session… check it out!). The American duo is followed by Hot Creations member Greg Pidcock who is a DJ, producer, graphic designer, an all-round artist and a wandering traveller (Check out his sounds and trippy designs here).
Saturday, 16 May 2015 23:00 - 09:00
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Room 1: Craig Richards Ricardo Villalobos Roman Flügel Binh Room 2: Live at Robert Johnson Roman Flügel Portable (live) Oliver Hafenbauer Benedikt Frey Room 3: Thugfucker Greg Pidcock
People Like Us arrives to the UK for it’s London debut on non other than this coming May bank holiday.
More than just a party, People Like Us has been causing storms worldwide with its original style, well-executed concept and musical delights.
Presenting the night, we spoke to Guti to find out more behind the brand, the lifestyle and the ethos of why you’d want to be a ‘People Like Us’ in London...
First things first – Who are the people behind ‘People like us?’
People Like Us is a brand that has been created by Artist Alife, which has been my agency since I moved to Europe, we have been together for so many years and Tom (Preuss) its founder was my first manager. I was there when People Like us started so it’s nice and feels natural to see the brand going global.
Every party has a history and a reason for their existence – what is the story behind People like us?
Remember when the first Californian and street wear culture kids in the seventies worn out outfits like almost sci-fi manifestos. They did run away from fear to hope just experiencing something new that not belonged to prior generations but the future ones. Culture crossing borders in new sports, new music, new clothes
We take these memories and give them the strength of today’s technology. And again we turn the dreams engine on. Ready to dream about the future. Careless about trendiness. We don’t follow. We’re trying to build something new, our own vision and experience.
People like us can usually be seen partying Berlin, – why did you decide to bring it to the UK capital?
People Like Us has been traveling the world, we have thrown parties in Ibiza, Barcelona, Switzerland, Germany… It is a cosmopolite and international brand that cross borders. We are touring with the concept in key cities for Spring 2015 and we could not miss London out! (Basel, Paris, Barcelona are also part of the tour and more surprises for the summer)
…And why was now the right time to do it?
We always choose very carefully where we can throw these special parties as the venue must be right, the timing perfect and our partners the right ones. It took time to decide for London but here we go teaming up with Solo Danza. This is the right moment, the right partners, the right venue and the perfect line up!.
A big privilege of doing the job you do is having the amazing opportunity to travel - other than playing, dancing and partying what else do you like to do when you’re in London?
I have many friends in London. I love to go to a little place called the good life eatery, its owned by one of my best friends Yasmin, i also love to get lost and walk around, shop some clothes and always end up buying instruments. Last time i got a moog filter from the 70s.
Great and established music venues in London, and nationwide are having more and more problems with licensing and club closures – your night will be at a new venue ‘The Steelyard’. Were the problems with these troubles the reason for choosing a new club for your London debut?
We spoke a lot with Dennis and Nick at Solo Danza about the best venue for the debut. Our relationship with Dennis stretches back a number of years and the venues he uses have always been super cool so were happy to bring People Like Us to this new home for the guys.
…And how would you describe this club for those who haven’t heard of it?
We spoke a lot about this venue with the guys and It has some of the same personality as Crucifix Lane - an underground vibe and great atmosphere - which we loved so much. So this seems like a good home for us too!
People like us is also a clothing range and the artwork for the night are beautifully designed, its clear that it is not only the music that has a part to play in the make up of the brand – will there be any visual excitements on the night or is only the music going to do the talking?
We try to bring the concept as an artistic experience. This is why artworks are a complete part of it. We have a very special design line and if you check out our website (http://peoplelikeus.de/) you will see we constantly seek for inspiration in images/pictures/street art. PLU is in perpetual move - But for tonight, all eyez on the music !!
Now we’re onto the subject of music – what will we expect on the night? With two live performances in store it is sure to be full of energy! Do you have in mind what you are going to play first or are you going to see how the crowd reacts?
I’ve been a big fan of Ion Ludwig and Julian is in my opinion one of the best djs around, next level music. For me is up there with Ricardo and all these guys. Also, Dennis always sets a nice mood when we play with him here in London so I’m very happy with the lineup. I have a nice studio that allows me to make new stuff every week, I try to keep it super fresh. I’m already a super reactive person in every situation and it’s no different when I’m playing.
To catch Guti, Juilan, Ion and Dennis introduce London to 'People like us' , head to The SteelYard on 2nd May 2015.
Link to the event can be found here
Tickets can be found here
Written by Eileen Pegg
Tech Your Time has arrived for its debut in London for a very special event celebrating its 4th birthday. Originally starting as an FM radio show across Greece TYT has hosted international guests such as Audiofly/ Flashmob / Jordan Peak / Kris Wadsworth / M.A.N.D.Y / and many more. After four years of hosting his own radio show in Greece, founder and MEOKO resident Denny Kem brings a fresh and exciting project to the heart of East London. With 10 hours of non stop house and techno across 2 rooms this will certainly be a date to add to your diaries.
On Saturday 9th May Take Your Time - 4 years will take place in a secret location in Dalston Kingsland. To ensure the right vibe of the party is kept attendees will need to join the guest list by clicking attending on the Facebook event. https://www.facebook.com/events/919816374715986/NOTE: The venue has a limited capacity.
German producer and Wareika member, Jakob Seidensticker has released music on labels such a Perlon, Circus Company, Eskimo and Visionquest. Having played at world famous venues like Output NY, Berghain/Panorama Bar, Eleven Japan and Watergate, Jakobs visit to East London will not be one to miss.
Second on the line up is Toi.Toi.Musik co founder, Claus Voigtmann. As an artist and label owner, Voigtmann needs no introduction; his deep minimal productions have earned him a well-respected name within the London underground scene. Not only has he hosted Toi.Toi parties at Londons Fabric, other locations such as; Rex club, Off-Sonar and Berlin are among a few which have added to the outstanding reputation of their parties.
Completing the line up is Greek producer Markos Spanoudakis aka Kreon. Much attention has been drawn to co-productions with his friend Lemos and he’s also released solo on labels such as Ultrastretch, Aeternum, Cecille and many more. Kreon’s jazz influenced minimal techno sounds are the perfect addition to this line up, which isn’t to be missed!
Residents- Denny Kemm (MEOKO)- Tony Loi (MEOKO)
- Joseph Williams (Infuse)
Saturday9th May 2015 20:00 – 6:00
Secret location, East London
Up for grabs we have a multiple choice of vinyls to give away:- Wereika Floors EP (Cirucus company)12”-Seidensticker & Salour – Wecome to our ageing chamber (Wir Rec) 12”- Voigtmann – Minor Compostions Of Incredibly Imaginary Futures (Toi.Toi.Musik/ TT02) 12”- Kreon & Lemos – Part 1 (Equivalence / EQ01) 12”- 1, 2 Formartion CDs from Wareika
For a chance of winning these valuable prizes just answer the following question:What was the name of Voigtmanns first EP to get released?
Sunday partying in London
Generally Sunday is the day of rest and recovery from the night before and the void between going back to work at the start of the week. However, in the city it is the extended day of partying which has become integral for the weekend revellers who want to carry on dancing into the early hours of Monday morning.At the forefront of the Sunday selection of events are a handful of promotion brands that have built their superior reputations from the ground up, including FUSE, secretsundaze, Half Baked and Keep on Going which each offer a unique and individual experience that is perfected by each careful detail including sound, the artists, the venues and the crowd. As a result, London has become a beacon for Sunday afternoon partying which has become as essential as Saturday night. With warm weather on the horizon, daytime partying is soon to become a very significant part of every electronic music lover’s diary which will be overflowing with a spoilt amount of choice. Though thankfully, there are a variety of events offering something for the entire spectrum of the electronic music community.
Taking Sunday partying to a new level since the tail end of 2008 at East London hotspot 93 Feet East are infamous party starters FUSE who have since then established themselves as a London institution. The underground aficionados have consistently sold out events due to a strong core of FUSE residents including Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito, Rich NxT and Rossko, which have proven to be a recipe for success. With a combination of high technical sound, visuals and a carefully crafted crowd, FUSE has crowned itself as the church for London’s electronic music community. Though the party is built up around its core of residents, many renowned DJs have graced the decks in the past including tINi, Onur Ozer, Sonja Moonear, Guti and Julian Perez, which have equally become essential additions towards the perfect FUSE formula. Staying true to their underground roots, event details for the summer have not been announced yet, though they will be guaranteed to cause a roadblock at their new home in Shoreditch, Village Underground.
Alongside FUSE as a pioneer for Sunday daytime parties are secretsundaze, who have certainly stamped their mark onto the underground electronic music scene since their birth in 2002. Fore fronted by resident DJs Giles Smith and James Priestley, secretsundaze has rapidly become an ambassador for daytime partying and has occupied a variety of venues across all depths of London including Studio 338, The Laundry, Bloc (Autumn St) and Oval Space. To put it lightly, Smith and Priestley have perfected colourful, fun and musically on point parties. Over the years their program has included a mix of cutting-edge talent including Moodymann, Ricardo Villalobos, Four Tet and Levon Vincent. In the run up to the summer, you’ll be able to catch Martyn, Delano Smith, Jeremy Underground, Florian Kupfer and Mr Beatnick at Studio 338 near the end of May, not to be missed.
Since its inception in late 2009 onto East London’s radar, Half Baked has served up an innovative collaboration of both art and music and has showcased a wealth of talented artists since its emergence including London residents Greg Brockmann & Robin Ordell, Zip, Mike Huckaby, Margaret Dygas, Fumiya Tanaka and Fred P to name just the tip of the iceberg. You can always expect Half Baked to put their personal touch on parties which are held in exclusive spaces dissimilar to a club environment which are all the more exquisite during the summer season. With a reputation for providing an outlet for organised fun, the East London outfit has become vital towards the success of Sunday afternoon partying in the city. With many mouth-watering line-ups to saviour in the sun soaked months to come, the pick of the bunch scheduled to play are Petre Inspirescu, Norm Talley, Praslea, Nastia, Sammy Dee, Thomas Melchior and Raresh.
The unsung hero of the bunch though is none other than Keep on Going, which quite simply does what it says on the tin as the definitive ‘after party’ in East London. Offering up marathon events spanning across 24 hours in a string of private intimate venues, Keep on Going has built its reputation as a party for the dedicated Sunday reveller. Thriving off simplicity, it has proven that all is needed for a roof raising party is a stripped back intimate venue, a pair of decks, a loyal community of people, and a selection of locally sourced talented DJs. It has become integral for the reputation of underground electronic music in the city as it gives local DJs the opportunity to showcase their talent in a very appreciative environment. Past bookings have included Harry McCanna, Samuel Bellis, Antony Difrancesco and Unai Trotti. Uniquely, it is the only consistent weekly party on a Sunday and is a staple choice for discerning electronic music fans who simply want to ‘keep on going’.
Sunday afternoon partying in London has become more accessible than ever, providing a platform for local DJs to showcase their skills and an avenue for the underground community to explore. Afternoons have become a much more unique and advantageous format of partying, competing with Saturday nights due to a selection of colourful and charismatic promotion brands that consistently continue to broaden the horizons for the electronic music lover.
by Sam Quilter