Okain Interview

Okain is part of a wave of artists that began spinning records and producing music 15 years ago in Paris. His first release came in 2007, and launched the career of an exciting new voice in electronic music. Over the years, he has evolved into an accomplished artist with sets in Panorama Bar, Fabric, and some of the finest venues in the world. He has also participated in a lot of projects such as Handycraft, the alias he used to have in collaboration with Paul Ritch many years ago. But most importantly, he has shown a commitment to his very own sound with a steady output of records on labels such as Tsuba, Bpitch Control, and more recently Infuse (Fuse London). After relocating to Berlin in 2011, he has established his own musical imprint Talman Records, where he can freely release the music he loves. As a DJ, the Parisian has grown into an impressive and versatile selector that can pull from a wide spectrum of material from house to techno, both old and new. Ahead of his exciting upcoming EPs and news, we caught up with Okain to speak about his career and plans.      1- Hi Okain, thanks for the interview! How are you doing today? Very fine, thanks.   2- How did your NYE gig go? Apparently it lasted for 2 days, is Berlin’s endurance-oriented party culture something that you partake in? NYE was really cool. It started in Berlin for a gig I did in Anomalie and I flew straight after my set to play in Malaga. It was nice to start the year in a sunny place. Yes, Berlin definitely has the longest parties. I am going out sometimes but I am getting older and I never stay until the end anymore really.  3- What are your favourite places to play in Berlin by the way? In fact I’m moving there soon myself, so any recommendations? There are many places I like to play : Tresor, Kater Blau, Sisyphos, CDV, Watergate, Chalet, Renate & Panorama bar are some of my favourite spot to play. 4- Hope you don’t mind reminiscing about the past for a bit… I was wondering about the scene in Paris back in the middle of the 00’s. It’s amazing that the scene is so strong right now but I always feel like it must have been a fun time to be part of something a bit more “underground” — less people but perhaps more dedication… Or maybe it’s just romanticism on my part! What are your thoughts on this, your best memories and parties from that time? Yeah, you are right. Early 2000 there were a few big parties running but things went bad in Paris party wise around 2006/07 until 2012. Now it s stronger than ever but it was not the case few years ago. Still, at that time it was nice to be a part of that scene. Less people were involved so we all knew each other and there was no competition. 5- And do you keep an eye on the French scene’s recent evolutions? Yes for sure - I always have an eye on what is happening in France. 6- Let’s speak about your own label, Talman. I know you used to be a label manager but did you learn anything the hard way with this adventure? What would be your advices to someone starting a label? I haven’t had any bad surprises, to be honest. I was a label manager for two labels before so I knew exactly what I would have to do. Advice-wise, I think it’s important to have your first 3 releases ready before you start the label.    7- How did the first VA on Talman come about? Are they all friends? Yeah, all the producers on the first VA are all friends of mine and they make music that I play a lot in my sets. It will be the case again in few months when I release a single from two friends and great producers. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_d540831b_1457905812', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_d540831b_1457905812' }); });     8- Your contribution to the EP is named “Belle Maison”, which means “Beautiful house” in English. But actually it’s a reference to a speech that you sample in the track by l’Abbé Pierre — a French popular figure that always sided with the disadvantaged — where he criticizes the dominant class’ hypocrisy. I feel like our music scene tends to be navel-gazing at times so it’s quite refreshing to hear someone tackling politics. Is it a subject that’s close to your heart? Yes it is. Even if house and techno music is a club and party music, originally I think there is still place for a political message sometimes. I used another speech a few years ago with a release I produced under my real name, Samuel Thalmann. It’s called ‘Basic Economic’. It was on a vinyl only release on Alljacks.   9- Do you plan to keep the label open to other producers after this VA, or is it mainly going to stay your own outlet? It’s not only about me anymore as I have an other release from two producers coming out before the summer but I will still release my own stuff on Talman. The next release is from myself and will come out in early May.  10- It seems like you’re doing less collaborations these days, is it a sign that you feel more confident as a producer? I don't really think so. It is just the way it was. I am back working with other people in the studio. Hopefully I will have a new collaboration out before the end of the year.   11- I read the article about the pains of DJing on vinyl, but I understand you remain attached to the medium, why is that? Yeah, I am very attached to it. I think it’s the best way to collect and consume music. It’s harder to play them in clubs as most of the time there could be some technicals problems but that should not be a reason to stop releasing vinyl and buying them.  12- I’ve read that you’d love to collaborate with Q-Tip and make some hip-hop in general, have you tried your hand at it yet? One of your recent tunes is named “Boom Bap”, is it a hint at the kind of beats you’d be making? I do make some hiphop beats sometimes, but I always kept it for myself. But who knows? That could maybe change in the future. 13- By the way, being French myself I have to ask… are you more into American or French rap? Both! But when it comes to American rap mostly east coast and I have to say that I mostly listen to 90's Rap. It s hard to find something that really excites me in hiphop today but it still happens sometimes. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_27f18b44_295184401', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_27f18b44_295184401' }); });     14- Your next release is coming out on Fuse’s sublabel Infuse, does it mean we can expect to catch you in London anytime soon? I am coming to play for my friend Alex Arnout this month and hopefully somewhere else soon!    15- Actually, what else’s in store for you and Talman this year? Talman 05 in May and Talman 06 not so long after. The first from myself and the second one a collaboration between two producers.   Okain’s Magic Box EP (featuring a remix from Rich NxT) is out 19/02 on Infuse. Listen/pre-order the release here   More Okain; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube 1- Hi Okain, thanks for the interview! How are you doing today? Very fine, thanks.   2- How did your NYE gig go? Apparently it lasted for 2 days, is Berlin’s endurance-oriented party culture something that you partake in? NYE was really cool. It started in Berlin for a gig I did in Anomalie and I flew straight after my set to play in Malaga. It was nice to start the year in a sunny place. Yes, Berlin definitely has the longest parties. I am going out sometimes but I am getting older and I never stay until the end anymore really.  3- What are your favourite places to play in Berlin by the way? In fact I’m moving there soon myself, so any recommendations? There are many places I like to play : Tresor, Kater Blau, Sisyphos, CDV, Watergate, Chalet, Renate & Panorama bar are some of my favourite spot to play. 4- Hope you don’t mind reminiscing about the past for a bit… I was wondering about the scene in Paris back in the middle of the 00’s. It’s amazing that the scene is so strong right now but I always feel like it must have been a fun time to be part of something a bit more “underground” — less people but perhaps more dedication… Or maybe it’s just romanticism on my part! What are your thoughts on this, your best memories and parties from that time? Yeah, you are right. Early 2000 there were a few big parties running but things went bad in Paris party wise around 2006/07 until 2012. Now it s stronger than ever but it was not the case few years ago. Still, at that time it was nice to be a part of that scene. Less people were involved so we all knew each other and there was no competition. 5- And do you keep an eye on the French scene’s recent evolutions? Yes for sure - I always have an eye on what is happening in France. 6- Let’s speak about your own label, Talman. I know you used to be a label manager but did you learn anything the hard way with this adventure? What would be your advices to someone starting a label? I haven’t had any bad surprises, to be honest. I was a label manager for two labels before so I knew exactly what I would have to do. Advice-wise, I think it’s important to have your first 3 releases ready before you start the label.    7- How did the first VA on Talman come about? Are they all friends? Yeah, all the producers on the first VA are all friends of mine and they make music that I play a lot in my sets. It will be the case again in few months when I release a single from two friends and great producers.

There’s a quiet revolution happening in the world of herbal medicine and pharmacology, and its name is CBD / MEOKO speaks to Herbalist Haskel to find out all you ever wanted to know about legendary CBD oil

  There’s a quiet revolution happening in the world of herbal medicine and pharmacology, and its name is CBD. More and more people are using CBD oil to relax without the psychoactive effects that sometimes come with smoking Cannabis use. But more importantly, CBD is starting to become recognised within government organisations and the people public as having a large number of potential health benefits. MEOKO has recently formed a partnership with a distinguished figure in herbal medicine known as  Haskel Adamson, who prescribes and blends extremely high quality CBD oil based on a wealth of knowledge and clinical experience. Everywhere I go, people are asking after the oil hence we have put together this feature to give you as medicinal information as possible. We spoke to the venerable Medical Herbalist to find out more about the CBD phenomenon on a biochemical and practical level, and are very excited to share the results of this in-depth interview with you.  Orders for Colorado CBD may be made by mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with CBD in the title, an account manager will then get back to you to discuss the rest.  You will also receive a 5 % discount on each bottle. How did you start working with CBD? Did you have a moment of realisation where you decided that giving this substance to the people was an important endeavour for you? Yes, I first found out about CBD or cannabidiol after a couple of my patients asked for my advice about using cannabis oil in their protocols for cancer treatments. One had secondary brain cancer, and everything I read suggested the importance of using a CBD-rich strain of cannabis. So, I came across CBD initially as a component of cannabis oil to calm the psychoactive side effects of THC rich cannabis oil, and also with its own anti-proliferative effects in cancer. Then I came across its benefits for epilepsy. It was this medical benefit that promoted CBD to mainstream medicine, and allowed it to be legalised throughout the States. I saw first hand the benefits of CBD to the epilepsy patient, and realised the importance of promoting this herb.   What past training and experience do you have? I studied Herbal Medicine at university - firstly Chinese medicine at Middlesex. I love the holistic energetic practical philosophy of Chinese medicine. Then I did a BSc degree in Western Herbal medicine at Westminster University. This combined for me the scientific basis of herbal medicine with medical sciences. I was also lucky to have Christopher Hedley as my teacher, a legend amongst modern Western herbalists. He combined the science and art of Herbal medicine, and encouraged us to connect with plants out in the field, as well as in the lab and the clinic. Other than that I’ve always been fascinated with manufacturing my own remedies. The way a cook will refine a dish over many attempts, improving it each time.   Testomonial from client this week.. "just wanted to send you a quick email to share the amazing results I have had from CBD. When it arrived I was on a bad week and ended up having a week off work with my ME.I started taking a drop 3 times per day initially . No obvious signs of improvement the first coupe of days. I was taking maximum dose of pain relief and low dose amitriptyline. Must have been Thursday so 4 days when I realised I hadn’t taken pain relief . Leg pain had reduced massively. I have not taken Amitrip since and am virtually pain free at the moment.When back at work last week I reduced to 2 drops per day and found towards end of the week I had forgotten on a few occasions to take in morning so maybe 1 drop per day .It feels like it has reset me if that makes any sense !! I wouldn’t have classed before that I was depressed but constant pain and anxiety as to whether you are going to be able to do the next day what you need to must have taken it’s toll.The inner buzz of happiness I now have is euphoric!! I have just started sharing my oil this weekend with my husband who I hope will be able to come off his anti depressants which he has taken for many years!!Thank you    Could you explain what exactly a cannabinoid is? When was CBD as a molecule and effective substance first discovered? CBD was first discovered in 1940 at the University of Illinois, but seen as a toxin and not studied further there. In 1963, a chemist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Raphael Mechoulam - determined its exact structure. The following year his research group also isolated THC for the first time, and managed to synthesise both cannabinoid compounds. In 1993 they also discovered the endogenous cannabinoid that humans produce themselves ,and called this anandamide after the Indian word ‘ananda’ meaning bliss. A cannabinoid is any substance either biological or manmade that interacts with cannabinoid receptors found in animals to alter neurotransmitter release in the brain or body. There are two main receptors in the body - CB1 and CB2 - which some cannabinoids interact with. CBD and THC are strictly speaking phytocannabinoids (phyto=plant), and are the two most prolific phytocannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant. There are over one hundred different phytocannabinoids which have been identified from Cannabis sativa. Cannabinoids are also found in other plants such as Echinacea, tea, and chocolate. CB receptors are found all over the body and brain, and in startlingly huge amounts (more than any other G protein-coupled receptor). This had led to some speculating that as humans had an evolutionary relationship with cannabis, grazing on it as a food and medicine throughout our evolution, to the extent that we may suffer from not occasionally ingesting cannabinoids.   What was your first personal experience with CBD like? My first conscious experience of CBD was from the Californian ACDC strain of cannabis. I found it incredibly relaxing with no psychoactivity, and decided that this is the kind of cannabis I like. CBD relaxes me whch helps me sleep more deeply and for longer, which sometimes I find really useful. I wake up refreshed and clear headed as well.  My first ever experience of CBD (what I would call unconsciously) was when I was 17. Not being a smoker, I used to eat pieces of hashish, which was the only cannabis available in the late 80s where I lived. Of course, I didn’t know I was experiencing CBD and I was more interested at the time in experiencing the psychoactivity of THC. Many strains of hash contain CBD as well as THC, particularly old strains that haven’t been bred with modern hybrids. Sadly many hashish growers have bred with modern hybrids to increase the THC levels of their plants.   Why do you think CBD generates such a positive, popular response amongst the people who use it? Firstly, my experience that I described in the last answer is quite often the case for first time users. People often feel the relaxed state it brings immediately, and of course this feeling is something many of us seek amidst the frenetic pace of our lives. Knowing that a substance can relax us as well as having neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory benefits for body and brain makes us feel even better about taking it. The fact that it was made famous for its use in treating childhood epilepsy, makes people trust it a safe plant to use. Thirdly for cannabis smokers it’s a form of recognition for the herb they use, as being recognised for its medicinal qualities. They see how these benefits will eventually lead to the legalisation of all forms of cannabis in the future.   A very recent WHO report supported CBD as a safe substance. What do you think the main barriers are to fully regulated CBD being offered to the public? Well CBD is actually perfectly legal in the UK. The rumours of it being made illegal stemmed from the medicine control agency MHRA clamping down on some of the medical claims that CBD oil sellers were making on their websites. CBD isn’t classified as a medicine. It hasn’t gone through clinical trials costing millions, and so medical claims are not allowed. It won’t be long before it’s prescribed on the NHS. How far are we from a legalisation policy like Colorado or California, and what are the current European laws on CBD that you take into account? We are still 20 years behind California, believe it or not. In 1998, they voted in California to allow the public to buy cannabis for a wide range of medical conditions including anxiety and depression, so anyone who wanted it could get a prescription. This year they voted to make recreational Cannabis legal, and the same is true in Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska. European countries all allow CBD to be sold, but we are still behind US states such as Colorado and California. They have been the states pushing the technology of CBD extraction forward, and their laws allow for Cannabis strains high in CBD to be bred, rather than hemp strains. What’s the medicinal difference between THC and CBD for people who aren’t familiar with the different compounds associated with cannabis? THC is a psychoactive compound. It’s the bit that gets you stoned, high, and a thousand other words to describe a range of feelings that include, euphoria, relaxation, heightened sensory perceptions to sound and touch. It relaxes some and stimulates others, calms some and puts others into paralysing anxiety. Medicinally there is sufficient evidence to state clearly that it relieves neurological pain, kills cancer cells, helps reduce nausea and loss of appetite in those with serious diseases such as cancer and HIV. It is used on a daily basis by millions to relax and aid sleep. Its side effects include: anxiety, abstract or philosophical thinking, disruption of linear memory, paranoia, dry mouth, auditory and visual hallucinations at high doses. These side effects are usually greatly reduced, if not obliterated completely, by the inclusion of CBD in THC rich cannabis. CBD is the yin to THC’s yang. CBD is mood-altering, but in a much more predictable way than THC. It’s generally calming, so much so that it is being studied for its anti-psychotic effects. One study in Sweden showed that it compared favourably to conventional anti-psychotic medicines. This is ironic as Cannabis (usually high THC and low CBD strains, commonly sold in the UK) is considered a major trigger of psychosis. If more UK recreational growers would grow strains with at least 10% CBD in them, I believe it would help reduce cases of cannabis psychosis. CBD is known for its pain-relieving qualities, but more for inflammatory pain than neuropathic pain.   What is the difference between cannabis and hemp? Both Cannabis and hemp are the same plant, Cannabis sativa. The difference is the same as you see in tomatoes. Some are tiny and some are huge. Selective breeding over millennia and in different geographical locations resulted in these differences. Hemp has traditionally been bred for its fibre for making cloth, rope and building materials, and also seed. Growing it for CBD is a new thing. There’s also Cannabis that grows in warmer climates and is grown for its flowers, which contain variable amounts of THC/CBD and other cannabinoids and many various flavonoid and terpenoid essential oils. This was traditionally grown for medicine and recreational or spiritual use. Hemp has relatively small amounts of CBD in it, so the CBD is extracted from the whole plant (and fields of it) rather than just the flowers. Cannabis plants have been bred (varieties such as ACDC and Charlotte’s Web) with flowers that have really low levels of THC and really high levels of CBD.  Something we discovered in our research is that the receptors for CBD are found all throughout the brain and body. Could you explain this for us in a little more detail? CBD is much more complicated to explain its action than THC. THC interacts with CB receptors, but CBD has very weak affinity for these receptors. Its actions come from reacting to many different non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels. These include serotonin receptors, known for producing a range of effects that can help in the areas of anxiety, addiction, appetite, sleep, pain perception, nausea and vomiting. CBD also reacts with the vanilloid receptor TRPV1, known to help regulate pain perception, inflammation and body temperature. CBD acts as an antagonist against GPR55, meaning it blocks its action in the body. GPR55 when triggered can induce rheumatoid arthritis and metastasis in cancer. CBD has been shown to block these effects. CBD also exerts an anti-cancer effect by activating PPARs [peroxisome proliferator activated receptors] that are situated on the surface of the cell’s nucleus. PPAR-gamma activation also degrades amyloid-beta plaque, a key molecule linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This is one of the reasons why Cannabidiol, a PPAR-gamma agonist, may be a useful remedy for Alzheimer’s patients. It seems to have many neuroprotective qualities. As you can see there are many varied ways CBD works throughout the body, and an overall theory for the wide-ranging benefits of CBD has not been discovered yet . What kind of health benefits can you get from CBD by using it as a food supplement? And what are your recommended ways to get it into your food? Well one of the theories for the wide-ranging health benefits from cannabis, both THC and CBD, and other cannabinoids, is that we have evolved as humans eating this plant through the seeds. It is such an easy plant to grow that it spread throughout the world millennia ago.By using the seed as a grain and making a kind of porridge with it, it would have been a staple in our diet. So much so, that we have developed this incredibly widespread endocannabinoid receptor system throughout our bodies. We have 10X more endocannabinoid receptors in our body than opioid receptors. By not eating Hemp on a regular basis we deprive this system of crucial nutrients (cannabinoids) and this can trigger many neurological and inflammatory disease processes. By eating hemp oil and taking CBD oil regularly (or occasionally), we reduce the likelihood of the diseases listed in the answers from the previous question.  Apparently, CBD is great for inflammation as a main cause of aches and pains - how does CBD work to make this better? CBD reacts with many neurotransmitters that reduce inflammation, such as the Vanilloid receptor TRPV1. It also reduces our sensation of feeling pain.  What kind of doses and methods of ingestion would you normally advise? Also, how quickly does CBD take effect in the average person? Well I sell two different strengths of CBD, so that depends on if you are using the Normal or the Plus strength. Dosing is such an individual thing and as a medical practitioner I know that what will work for one person won’t work for another. So, the best I can do is suggest a dose range, and recommend that people start small and build up to a dose that they find effective. I’d say that the normal range is designed for people in fairly good health, who are looking for a CBD oil to help boost their health. Dosage is between 5-50 mg per day (2-20 drops). I start at such a low dose as some people are sensitive to lots of medicines. Most people though will need 4-10 drops before they notice a relaxing feeling, which is the most likely the first change to be noticed. For pain, it may take a week to start noticing pain reduction. I notice the relaxing effect of CBD immediately, and I’m a pretty average person. The Plus range of CBD oil is four times more concentrated, and designed for those recovering from more serious health issues, or those who know they need a stronger concentration. Are there any good sites you can suggest as reference for people wanting to read up more about CBD and its medicinal purposes? My favourite dedicated CBD info website is Granny stormcrows list is also an amazing medical resource made by a retired nurse, collating all the medical studies done on Cannabis. Can it be used with conventional medicine? There have been few studies that have found problems with people using CBD and taking prescribed medicines. But theoretically it could slow down the metabolism of medicines through the body, as CBD and other plant cannabinoids can potentially interact with many pharmaceuticals by inhibiting the activity of cytochrome P450, a family of liver enzymes. This key enzyme group metabolizes most of the drugs we consume, including CBD, and more than 60% of prescribed medicines. One study of patients taking 40 mg daily of CBD showed no interaction with liver enzymes. Another study involving epilepsy patients found that on taking 25mg per day, this slowed the metabolism of the patients other anti-epileptic medicines so that they had to reduce the amount they needed. In a way this was a win, as they reduced their pharmaceutical dose. So patients on other prescribed medicines should perhaps tell their GP that they are taking CBD, so that their GP can monitor if it is affecting the metabolism of the other drugs they are taking.  I have heard that CBD can help one with all types of addictions including smoking. Could you explain a little bit how this works? This effect is likely to be related to CBD’s action on the neurotransmitter serotonin. At high concentrations CBD directly activates the 5-HT1A (hydroxytryptamine) serotonin receptor, directly causing an anti-anxiety effect. The serotonin receptor is implicated in many biological and neurological processes relating to anxiety, addiction, appetite, pain perception, nausea and vomiting. CBDa is known to have a particularly high affinity for the 5HT1A serotonin receptor.Talk us briefly through the manufacturing process. Which part of a cannabis plant does CBD come from? The manufacturing process of CBD is very different depending on what plant material is used. Both types of CBD I sell are extracted in carbon dioxide (CO2). This is considered the gold standard of cannabinoid extraction. It uses low temperatures and no solvents to extract the cannabinoids from the plant material. The CO2 is put under incredibly high pressure and low temperatures, which turn it temporarily into a liquid. This liquid is forced through a chamber containing the plant material, and CO2 acting as a non-polar solvent extracts just the oil soluble constituents of the herb. This is ideal, as these parts are the most therapeutically active. CBD from hemp involves collecting from huge fields of hemp and extracting a paste from the whole plant, stalks, leaves and flowers. The oil usually contains around 8% CBD and CBDa. This is how my “Raw and organic CBD” is made. It’s crucial that hemp CBD is grown organically as the plant is a bio-accumulator, and would absorb any chemicals used to grow it. Modern CBD from specifically bred strains high in CBD and low in THC is made from just the flowers. These flowers also contain a huge concentration of essential oils, and the level of CBD in the resulting oil contains around 85% CBD and 15% essential oils. This is how my CBD oil “Colorado Gold” is made. The essential oils are an important part of therapeutic effect of the plant. CBD made from flowers will have a greater number of essential oils in it, as well as higher concentrations.   What are the most common misconceptions about CBD that you would like to see cleared up? One is that its illegal. It most definitely is not! The medicine control agency (MRHA) said in a statement that it’s a medicine, implying that it should only be sold if its licenced as a medicine. This was 16 months ago and they haven’t done anything about stopping people selling CBD. This does leave sellers and people who find it so useful in an awkward place of not knowing, but I conclude that the MHRA know they can’t really ban it now as too many people find it useful, and they know they can’t go against the will of the people on such a big scale.  What are the benefits of buying quality assured CBD oil from manufacturers such as yourself in comparison to what you can get over the internet? Is there a differing quality for different CBD oils? There are huge differences between companies selling CBD. It’s a new market, and business people always jump onto new markets when there is money to be made. So, buying from a reputable company is important. I’m not a big company but I have been working with this medicine with my patients for the past four years, and turned myself into an expert over that time. I take a personal pride in selling the best and using the best ingredients in whatever I make for my patients or customers. It has taken me quite a while to find suppliers that are big enough to have the technology to supply the consistent quality and quantity I need. I find that companies advertising CBD by percentages very confusing and in many cases, they are using percentages to baffle customers and it is not an accurate or easy to use way to describe the concentration of the CBD in the bottle. Much simpler to accurately state the amount of CBD in the bottle in mg. What do you hope people will experience with CBD, and in what ways do you hope they will use it? The benefits of CBD can be very wide ranging. The relaxing effect is one that I would expect people to notice most obviously. It’s not in a sleepy way, but it’s a relaxation that brings a calmness allowing you to get more done as the distractions of the wandering and worrying mind slip away. I find it gives me a deeper and longer sleep. Yet I wake alert and positive, unlike some other sleeping medicines and herbs. Knowing that it is being studied for serious neurological and degenerative diseases also gives credence to its neuroprotective healing potential. I hope people will find relief from pain with CBD oil, and that those with serious illnesses will find relief and a greatly reduced severity of symptoms, and I hope people will find profound healing. Finally, what do you think CBD could offer the world/humanity if quality was regulated and use was freely available?  Man I cant answer that question. It will catalyse the dawn of the age of aquarious and there will be universal love explosion and unicorns will rule the world peacefully and dolphins will rule the seas.   CBD Colorado Gold Is, we believe, the best CBD oil available anywhere. ❣️Grown organically under the Colorado sun, the oil is extracted from the carefully bred flowers, using Carbon dioxide by a process that preserves all the phytocannabinoids, terpenes and plant lipids, while eliminating unwanted waxes and chlorophyll.This produces an pure oil with 85% cannabinoids and 15% essential oils of Cannabis.   IF you would like to order a bottle of the Colorado CBD Gold, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //   with CBD as the title and of the team will get intouch. Weareoffering a 5% discount with your purchase.   Interview by Nicole Venter and Anna Herbs   

Dorian Paic about 20 Years Raum…Musik - Interview & Mix

In an age where any newcomer can use their connections to be propelled to the homepages of every other website, it’s nice to see figures like Dorian Paic and his raum…musik. label discreetly get the dues they’ve patiently earned over the years. Whereas the formers enjoy their few months or years of fame before being dismissed as fads and swept away by the next big thing, the Frankfurt native has always been doing his own thing, whether it went in or out of fashion. For sure, he’s had plenty of time to find his sound in a life whose most part has been dedicated to music: from working in record stores and going to the seminal Dorian Gray club in Frankfurt airport in the 1990s, to becoming one of his scene’s most in-demand DJ — not many can claim to have held a Ibiza residency for the past 12 years and played on every continent, and fewer less are still acknowledged by the more discerning heads —, this sound has patiently shaped itself into something curiously befitting Paic’s understated character. As the early years’ dub techno morphed into the more recent minimal house (epitomized by last year’s inescapable earworm “No Time To Explain”), Dorian’s constant signature has been a loopy sound emphasizing continuity and immersion, his long transitions blending tracks for a hypnotizing ride. And few do it as well as he does — it’s no surprise that those who do, like Vera or Ricardo Villalobos, are usually his close friends. Same goes for his role as raum…musik label head: celebrating its 20th birthday this year, the label is all about letting the music do the talking, which it will surely do with its upcoming anniversary compilation. Peak-time bangers sit next to after-hours and warm-up rollers in its discography, faithful to a philosophy that favours a party’s overall excellence over a few reckless hands-in-the-air moments. Not that Dorian won’t make you reach for the lasers — he’ll just wait for the right time to do so. Accordingly, raum…musik rarely taps the many headliners that are part of Dorian’s entourage. Yet it’s one of those labels you know to check out whether the producer rings a bell or not — as Dorian puts it, it’s all about the trusted bond the label has built over the years with its listeners. In fact, Perlon aside, it’s hard to think of any other German label that has been active for so long — a testament to the label’s commitment to carving its own way in the ever-changing, trend-hopping wilderness that is the electronic music landscape. In short, Dorian and raum have got something that no amount of PR can garner: legacy. So with the 20th birthday landmark around the corner — not mentioning last year’s 100th release on the label — it was due time for MEOKO to catch up with Dorian. Here we go.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_731a6df1_180015822', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_731a6df1_180015822' }); });     1. Hi Dorian, a pleasure to have you back at MEOKO. How are you doing today? I am fine I have a free weekend and I did not go out yesterday night, so I am feeling great actually. 2. Congrats on raum’s 20th birthday! I know your partner Olaf was supposed to leave you at the helm of the label after the 100th release, which came out last year courtesy of Sakro, so what’s going on with that? Are you on your own? No I am not alone as Olaf decided to stay with me after the big success of our 100th release by Sakro. (Raum…Musik # 100 -­‐ Sakro -­‐ No time to explain EP) allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_44b26549_950025921', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_44b26549_950025921' }); });     3. I interviewed Martyné recently and he mentioned how Frankfurt’s old guard has an influence on the city’s newer scene, mentioning Freebase where you used to work or Sven’s Cocoon Club… So from someone who’s been involved since the early 90s and Dorian Gray, do you see this continuity in Frankfurt’s scene? Yes of course I do. I think as for new producers and upcoming talents Frankfurt never has been that strong since the early days and I enjoy to see how it is continued by the new breed of artists hailing from the Rhine Main Area. 4. Speaking of it, what do you think of this younger wave of producers in the city? You released a few of them on raum, like Cédric Dekowski & Felix Reifenberg and more recently Phil Evans, actually. They are all pretty cool guys and pretty much down to earth. They don’t take themselves too serious, which is always the right approach I think. A group of certain small collectives can always be very stimulating for each camp, because everyone just tries harder, but not really in a competitive way I think. 5. I remember in an interview you criticizing producers and DJ that jump from one trend to the next, aren’t you wary this might be happening with this scene? Well they are all still a bit younger and at this age a certain evolution or change of style from time to time is a must. I think that you really find your style only after certain years of experience and also with a certain age, because you are not afraid to miss out on something anymore and you are more confident with yourself and what you like and do. Therefor you just decide by your own taste and not by what you think is „cool“ to play. As for the current Frankfurt scene I am pretty sure they will all go the right direction and not get stuck too much on any trends. 6. It seems like raum has always been doing its own things, sticking to its sound — not following trends precisely. Is it the secret to the label’s longevity and continued relevance? Yes, I think that the trick to achieve this longevity is to actually not really have a certain sound and to be able to react on certain developments on the market, as for the musical direction of the label. It is more important to gain trust in people, so that they know it is worth to check your record, no matter if it is house, techno, more minimal related or whatever, they just know that is going to be a good record, because it is on this particular label and therefor they decide to give it a listen. To achieve this you need to select very wisely and carefully and also with a certain vision of longevity of music or timeless music so to speak, even though I don’t like this phrase too much. 7. raum turns 20 this year already, you have now more than 100 releases, and you’ve been with the label yourself for 17 years, how do you look back on this legacy? Well I am very happy of course that we are still there after all those years and that we are still doing good. From the first breed of German labels Raum...Musik. actually is one of the very few ones that managed to survive. 8. How has the label’s sound changed over those two decades? The early days of course have been Basic Channel related Dub tracks, well at least most of them. Then we had a period of minimal music being released on the label and short before the total overkill of minimal music from Germany we moved ourselves into a more house related direction. Nowadays I would describe the sound of the label as minimal house in the broadest sense. 9. Do any records or artists stick out over the label’s history? Well I definitely would mention the crew that is around me now as one of the best ones ever in the history of the label. Federico Molinari, John Dimas, Lee Burton, Phil Evans, Franco Cinelli and Jorge Savoretti plus the newcomers Andy Kolwes and Enrico Mantini that are both going to be featured on the 20 Years compilation, really helped to shape the sound of the label these days. Ricardo Villalobos of course is a good friend that needs to be mentioned here as well and also is one of our main artists as for the Label. For me it is great to have this group of some of my favorite artists around me that are also friends at the same time, which makes „work“ a lot easier for everyone.   10. It feels like you’re pretty unconcerned with promotion and let the music do the talking, which is fitting with your DJing style — patient, disciplined, devoid of ego. So are there any plans to celebrate the 20-­‐year landmark or is it going to be business as usual? That is exactly my concept. We are never working with any promo pools. German media is completely avoided by us. If someone shows serious interest like you guys or like Resident Advisor for example, of course we are willing to promote our music but in the first place I really try to let the music do the talking as much as possible. As for the birthday of the label we will be hosting a few parties in selected countries and venues and so far we have shows confirmed in Lima (Peru), in Bogota (Colombia), in Tokyo as for Japan, one at Robert Johnson with Ricardo and me, that will take place on march 9th, plus 2 dates in Berlin at Club der Visionäre and Hoppetosse later this year and a few other possible options, so things are looking quite good there as well and I am happy for that. 11. What about the upcoming compilation, can you talk about that? Yes of course. The compilation consists of 8 exclusive tracks that are only going to be released on this record. Apart from the usual gang that I mentioned earlier before already (Federico Molinari, John Dimas, Lee Burton, Phil Evans and Franco Cinelli) we have three newcomers on board. Jorge Savoretti from Argentina that is also going to do the next single on Raum, which is going to be released before the compilation in mid february, as well as Enrico Mantini from Italy and Andy Kolwes from Cologne in Germany and I am more than happy about these new entries as they are also some of my favorite producers lately.   12. How do you A&R? I’m asking because besides Ricardo and a few other producers, you don’t reach for the bigger names usually. That was also always the concept of the label. Raum translates as room in english, so the concept of the label always was to create room or to give room to new music. My idea was always to find new artists and not build the reputation of the label around any sure shots or stuff that is being hyped. If you check the back catalogue of Raum you will see that quiet a few artists had some of their first releases on Raum before getting more popular. I like this idea and I think this is also the right approach to create a certain label profile. 13. What about your own productions, can we expect to see some new stuff? Yes actually there is quite a lot in the pipeline for this year. There will be a release coming out soon together with Markus Fix on Savor Music from Argentina, run by Jorge Savoretti and Cape, with an excellent remix from Franco Cinelli. Besides that we are going to release 2 singles for the labels Housewax and Pleasure Zone distributed to DBH. One is going to be with our full names and the other one under our MFDP moniker. Markus and me also did a remix for Nektar Agu that is going to be out on Fake Records from the UK, as well as another remix for a track that I did together with my dear mates Tobi Neumann and Patrick Ense that features some vocals by the legendary Eric D Clark. Markus and me did an MFDP remix for this track as well and both versions plus a DJ tool are going to be released on La Peña very soon. Last but not least there will be Remixes of Sasse’s „Soul Sounds“ by Ricardo and myself that are going to be released on Raum Musik after the 20 years compilation, so actually it is quite a bit that is going to be released in 2018   14. You don’t release very often — I imagine that’s the good thing about being famous as a DJ firstly: you don’t need to release all the time to exist. But is it because you rarely produce, or do you actually sit on a lot of unreleased stuff? Well to be honest it took me quite a while to really get into this working in the studio, but now I collected a lot of music for a period of over two years. As you mentioned I am a DJ in the first place, but as a friend said recently, I would be really stupid not to take the chance to work on some music with some of the close friends that i have. This is also something that I really enjoy about my moving to Berlin. Being able to connect myself with new people or with some close friends like Federico Molinari, Tobi Neumann, Felipe Valenzuela or John Dimas, just to name a few and work on some tracks together with them. I am not in a rush as people know me for my deejaying in the first place which of course makes my studio life quite easy, as I don’t feel any pressure to do something. Pressure and a creative proces never go together well I think and therefore I am more than happy with my situation. 15. Cocoon, where you’re a resident, is set to move from Amnesia to Pacha this year. Do you have any standout memory from all those seasons at Amnesia? Countless memories of course and it would be very hard to just pick out one night after being a resident there for 12 years. Even though I am curious to see how the new concept is going to be at Pacha and I am looking forward to another summer on the island. 16. I heard you mention how having people mixed from all levels of society makes for the best parties, is it something you still manage to find today? Well I think that actually finding yourself in a party like this is the most difficult part these days, as our scene has split itself into one million little niches. Consensus nearly does not exist anymore and certain people take their musical taste and ways of expressing themselves through music way too serious. This is taking out the fun part of the whole thing too much, at least for my personal taste. It is actually hard to find a party these days where you can find this mix of all social levels, nationalities, gays and straight people just partying together and having a good time. From my experience in my 26 years of deejaying until now I still think that this is the key to a good night out, where the moment counts more than cellphone videos, Facebook posts etc. and time is just not existing anymore and the people get lost in the moment without judging or over analyzing everything. Those have been always the best parties in my perception if I try to remember. 17. Here’s to 20 more years of raum…musik then! Any final words? I am very thankful for your support and for the opportunity to talk a bit about about the label and the 20 Years Raum Musik compilation that is going to be out in April 2018.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Dorian Paic; Facebook / Soundcloud / Raum...Musik. More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Why you should go on a spiritual quest to Meadows in the Mountains 2018

Sometimes you go to a festival just to let off some steam. Be a bit hedonistic in a field with some cool people, have a nice time. But what ends up happening to you is so internally transformative you plot that place forever on your memories map as ‘somewhere special’, a place that induces a private wave of nostalgia every time you think about it.  Things happen there. You changed in a very small but significant way there. Meadows in the Mountains in the stunning heights of remote Bulgaria is a place with that kind of magic. This festival occupies such territory in my 2017 emotional landscape for a whole number of reasons, and I’m pretty sure the same is true for every person I partied with (our catchphrase for the weekend was "heart chakra - activate!!”, says it all really). Judging by the mountaintop atmosphere in June last summer, and the heartfelt sentiments you hear from every single person who has seen a life-changing sunrise in Polkovnik Serafimovo, we weren’t the only ones feeling the vibe.  Everyone’s impressions seem to be so wrapped up in the holistic experience of this strange and wonderful little festival, it’s kind to talk about it in terms of highlights and features. Scrambling up a mountain to explore stunning stages made of locally sourced wood, seeming to emerge from the forests themselves. Doing yoga on outcrop platforms perfectly placed for you to stare deep into a mountain valley and ground yourself after a night of partying hard. Eclectic electronic and live music bumping all day and all night, everyone congregating at the Sunrise Stage to bring in the day. Talks and treatments and therapies and expanding experiences of every kind to help you make the most out of being in a stimulating, spiritually refreshing environment. It’s just one of those places where things come together - and it’s pretty much impossible not to be radically inspired by the high altitude beauty of The Rhodopes mountains. Everywhere you look dense forests, stunning valley views and green fields signal your departure from the world of contactless cards and daily underground travel spent silent and miserable. Bulgaria’s mountain towns have a rustic charm meaning that some conveniences aren’t quite so convenient, but the locals are ready for the festivalgoers every year. We stayed with a bad ass woman known to all as Mama Irena who seemed to have the undying respect of every dude in the village, and cooked for us in the morning while we lounged on inflatables in open-mouthed wonder at the mountains around us, enjoying a Budvar with our hot breakfast.  When you’re partying in another country it’s always nice to feel like a welcomed guest rather than a plague of hedonistic locusts wreaking havoc on the natural beauty you came to explore. It says it all that the fondness of Polkovnik Serafimovo residents towards the festival is about more than the yearly influx of tourist income. Meadows is committed to a ‘Leave No Trace’ policy on litter and the use of the land. The festival feels fully integrated with its natural place in the mountains, which means by extension that so do you during your time there.  It’s still kind of a place for those in the know - it’s definitely up a big old mountain, and you have to bring your own cup to the bar to buy your drink. No disposable plastics are allowed on site - one of the festival’s many innovations to battle waste and carbon emission. Fair weather punters who want to be led around an enclosure like a prized sheep and get a non-biodegradable plastic cup filled with booze in exchange for money might find those two conditions a bit much. But that’s OK, because the people who can get down get to revel in the sense of adventure that comes from taking a hike to find out what lies at the top of the mountain. Savvy travellers who had been to Meadows before had their tin cups dangling from their bum bag straps on carabiner clips, and this simple solution makes you feel like an outdoorsy disco adventurer prepped and ready for almost anything. As well as hands-free cups this festival is definitely all about sturdy footwear, as you are hiking to the top of a Bulgarian mountain to dance in beautiful (but certainly uneven) meadows and hilltops. What your eyes take in whilst you’re dancing and socializing is so very much worth it. Worth the mission to Bulgaria (Meadows Eco Organiser Ash Brown highly encourages travellers to take the scenic train route through Europe to cut carbon emissions from flying – something to consider). Worth venturing into the woods with your buddy system in place because of your many previous tumbles down the mountain. And most definitely worth the ticket price. How many other opportunities will you get in your life to watch the sun rise up while you are quite literally above the clouds? I can’t quite describe the effect watching the sun slowly rise through the blanket of mist below had on me. The whole sky was a vivid, purple, watercolour dreamscape, and it was so beautiful I completely lost the ability to speak for about two hours. So many places you go in the world you can experience a unique and special sunrise that makes you glad you stayed up (or got up) for it, but there’s a reason sunrise is such a big event at Meadows in the Mountains. It’s vital to be up that mountain for at least one. And then of course, when you have regained the power of speech, bounce straight to the Sunrise Stage to dance it off with pretty much the entire rest of the festival. This truly is a place for horizon expanders, and I met many people there who made me feel empowered to further embrace certain ideas – ideas about protecting the environment, about exploring spirituality, about connecting with others through communal hedonism and celebration. One of those people was Mike Matania, a new friend who was in our festival expedition team and who was also speaking at the Hara stage on the Sunday afternoon. A mental health professional and meditation teacher with the UK Psychedelic Society, it was quite fascinating to watch him party all weekend and then hold an audience rapt on a hazy Sunday afternoon. His packed out talk at the Hara stage meandered peacefully and provokingly through a wide range of existential ideas, bringing us all back into ourselves (and surprising the shit out of us) by ringing a huge sound bowl whilst we had our eyes closed in meditation. Connection is a big thing people seem to take from Meadows. Connection to nature comes easy when you’re in such a remote place of whimsical natural beauty. At one point we were taking a wooded shortcut back from the festival site, finding our way by the torchlight of our phones. We heard the quiet sound of bells tinkling behind us, and a completely unattended horse trotted from the darkness and came up to me to nuzzle my hand for an extremely surreal five minutes.  Connection to nature also comes easier when you’re at an event so completely committed to limiting its impact on the environment, and gently educating its crowd and the world by setting a laudable example. Whether they’re crowdfunding to plant a forest in Jhapa, Nepal to offset the impact of the festival, creating natural cigarette butt recycling bins around the site, or dedicating a lot of energy to new composting toilets and food waste management, this is a festival that truly lives and breathes its ethics. The feeling of community and being part of a tribe that people talk about when they come back from Meadows…. It’s hard to describe the beauty of it and also the painful longing for it when you’re back in civilisation, living a sometimes hard and confusing existence marked by disconnection, isolation, big questions looming over us at all times about the future of our species on this planet.  Being a part of something like Meadows reminds you - even if just for a weekend - that we are part of a collective. We can embrace the core humanity of everyone on this planet, we can empower and support people who are doing things to help this planet, and we can become more conscious beings by selectively exposing ourselves to positive experiences that make us rethink who we are when we’re away from it all, how we spend our time when we come back.  Maybe you’ll also get a tattoo within days of landing back in the UK to remind yourself of how you felt forever, or write a song about it like I did. I don’t know. That’s up to you. I just hope to see you there, smiling like a euphoric idiot at the Sunrise Stage, and celebrating something bigger than yourself. You can buy tickets for Meadows in the Mountains 2018 on their website right here >>    Photo credits: findingneverbland Words by Anna Herber   More Meadows in the Mountains; Facebook / Facebook Event / Official 2018 video  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview: WYS! 11th Bday Party w/ Amorf (live)

11 Years. Over 550 consecutive Sunday night parties in London (that is a hell of a lot of dancing). And probably the highest cause of calling in sick at work on a Monday in the English Capital. This Sunday they invite you to fabric to celebrate it all. WetYourSelf! was once a dream for founders Peter Pixzel and Jacob Husley, now it is a firm reality week in week out for the party hungry people who just don't want to go home. Nightlife in London would not be the same without the weekend finale at fabric. To celebrate their eleventh trip around the sun the WYS! team have booked a trio many people have been keen to catch. This Sunday in Farringdon, Amorf will play one of there mesmerising live sets and off key improvisations for the first time ever in the UK. The group is made of Cristi Cons, Vlad Caia, and experimental pianist Mischa Blanos. A masterpiece right in front of your eyes. Recent performances such as Sunwaves and various in concert shows have left a lot of people talking. Expect thriving hypnotic loops and dreamy melodies creating a unique energy and atmosphere across the dancefloor that simply can not be compared. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_549563c0_449501470', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_549563c0_449501470' }); });     Founders and friends will also be the flavour of the day with residents Peter Pixzel and Jacob Husley both delivering for the special ocassion. A time to reflect and appreciate what they have achieved so far. WYS! regulars Carlos Ryan will be bringing their sound to the spaceship, since starting the monthly residency the Arupa Music camp seems to be going from strength to strength, fired up for a big 2018. There is sure to be some unreleased gems to celebrate. Last but not least is the highly respected Lamine, a reputation built around his solid selection and ability to transform a party. Here's to many more years of dancing with WetYourSelf! in Room 1. See you Sunday.   Words by Zac Bidwell   More WetYourSelf!; Facebook / Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube    

Schatrax & Shaun Soomro rework Echoes Of Paradise: LMDRMX016

Lick My Deck’s discography reads like a who’s who of minimal music — Petre Inspirescu, STL and Thomas Melchior have all released on the label. And from the glitchy sound of [a]pendics.shuffle to the loopy Romanian sound of Barac, it also charts the genre’s main trends — always on the leftfield though, which is why you can find Chicago maverick hero Jamal Moss on one of their more recent releases, for instance. Ever dancefloor-friendly, the label yet always leans defiantly towards the abstract side of things, carving its own way off the beaten track, more interested in its own inner world than in the scene’s conventions. In its decade of activity, Lick My Deck has therefore assembled a fine bunch of likeminded daredevil funambulists, sprightly straddling the high wire linking the ethereal world to the dancefloor — doing so without a hint of pretentiousness.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ba66f8a8_874947961', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ba66f8a8_874947961' }); });     Among those are Shaun Soomro, one of the label’s founders, and Mikael Stavöstrand, one of its longtime affiliates. In 2016, the pair collaborated on the Echoes of Paradise EP, a wistful affair referencing Soomro’s native West London in the same way that Burial references the UK’s storied rave history — with ghostly echoes of West London’s Caribbean and dub legacy haunting the tracks, conjuring a dreamlike world where the recollection and the fantasy become indistinguishable. In keeping with the label’s childlike spirit of playful experimentation, for their latest release the crew decided to throw these tracks in the caldron again, and to extract new hazy visions from this primordial soup: an echo of an echo — hinting at soundwaves endlessly reverberating and changing form, at the infinite possibilities lying outside of our ears’ reach. “Street Code Symphony (W10)” is remixed by Josh Brent, better known as Schatrax. If the British producer is famous for his sometimes joyful and always bumpy bangers, melancholy is a mood he knows as well, and he’s certainly no stranger to the eerie and dubby atmosphere of the original track. In other words, him remixing this track was never an obvious choice, yet it makes perfect sense. He turns in a remix that ups the ante dancefloor-wise while retaining all of the original’s lurking sense of dread. One of those tunes where euphoria and sorrow blend, faithful to the original’s definitely ambiguous tones. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_3d4730ba_1032162135', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_3d4730ba_1032162135' }); });     On the B-side, it’s Soomro himself remixing “Paradise Lost”, a logical choice considering how the Echoes of Paradise concept is close to his heart. This time he goes for a “Warrior Trance” Revision Dub”, fully embracing the record’s origin story. The sub-bass on this one does justice to the sound system ornamenting the record, and combined to the droning tones and the searing strings, it flips the original’s atmosphere into a dreadful world. Just like the new record’s art presents a negative of the original’s palm tree-lined road with the label’s bespoke trippy artwork infiltrating its cracks, Soomro paints a recognizable but disturbing — and yet ultimately bewitching — version of “Paradise Lost”. It is a sonic rendition of dreams’ ability to confuse moods, which makes it a fitting rework for a track that was already mixing up the real and the imaginary, the past and the present. The original record released in 2016 gained early support from the likes of Craig Richards and Dixon  — which, if anything, shows Lick My Deck’s unique appeal in the scene — The Reworked version will be out in March. In the meantime, get lost again in Echoes of Paradise’s uncanny world.     Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin    More Lick My Deck; Facebook / Soundcloud  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube    

A MEOKO Special: CONCRETE February Programme Announcement

There’s something alluring about partying on a boat, isn’t there? After all, ports and sailors have always had a reputation for debauchery and loose mores, just like dance music. A sense of danger, of escaping the norms and sharing a bond. Boats are cool. Now, a boat fitted out with two dancefloors, a tailor-made Funktion-1 sound-system and a team dedicated to bringing the best DJs and producers in the world, is very cool. And that’s what Concrete is, and much more. If you’ve ever been to the club, you know that there’s a special feeling to dancing on the Seine river, the morning sun seeping in through the main room’s shades in the wee hours of the morning. Concrete is also a roster of much-loved residents that counts historic veteran, such as Cabanne, and young up-and-comers like Sweely and Leo Pol; and a label arm which, faithful to the eclectic spirit of the club, is divided between three branches named after different hours of the night and the day. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_84fdd9bf_2111328806', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_84fdd9bf_2111328806' }); });     Perhaps more importantly than anything, Concrete has come to symbolize the French scene’s vitality in the past few years, which seems light-years away from when it was declared dead and buried, dwarfing compared to London and Berlin. Whether you’re a Concrete supporter or not, it’s impossible to deny their role in shaping the current Parisian scene. The club has come a long way too, from its days as one of Paris’ few irreducible Sunday after-hours in 2011. It’s opened a second dancefloor, the Woodfloor, on its upstairs deck, and grew increasingly ambitious in its bookings, which are now a ridiculously reliable weekly occurence of “Is this even real?”. Indeed, the boat has unveiled its full February programme, and it ain’t no exception. There’s something for everyone — and then some more.  Opening the month on February 2 at Concrete is one of the final dates in Token’s ten-year anniversary tour, so of course it would feature Antigone — one of the club’s residents as well as one of the most prominent affiliates of the Belgian label. He’ll play alongside label-boss Kr!z, expect richly-textured cosmic techno. Ø [Phase] will continue in the same vein, although slightly more abrasive, while Neel will offer the deeper, more hypnotic vibe that can be heard on his brilliant debut for the label. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0b5aab33_390585207', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0b5aab33_390585207' }); });   Not gonna lie, I don’t know much about Philip Jondo and Jules, who are handed command of the Woodfloor that night, but seeing they’re Salon des Amateurs regulars is enough to convince me that this one’s gonna be a trip. The Concrete crew has always had a soft spot for minimal sounds, as can be heard from their dedicated sublabel Concrete 7AM, and their resident Cabanne’s Minibar label will host a night full of them on the 3rd, headlined by none the less than Daniel Bell. The Detroit hero came up with an idiosyncratic take on techno in the 1990s that still sounds as alien as ever more than 20 years forwards. Denis Kaznacheev and the ever-productive Ion Ludwig will provide the housier, dowsier fare, while some historic members of the Minibar roster, namely Pit Spector and N’Eric playing b2b, as well as Ultrakurt — not mentioning Cabanne himself of course — will deliver the label’s trademark take on the microhouse sound. Expect micro-styled music in all shapes and forms — blips, clicks and most importantly groove.    The following weekend features two veterans on the Friday. Andrew Weatherall is a UK legend, a genre-defying maestro that never left the scene and never did anything like anyone else since the days of London fanzine Boy’s Own, back when acid house was just starting in the UK. Jennifer Cardini, on the other hand, is a definitive Paris local hero. I was too young for the Pulp, but the early noughties lesbian club where she was a resident remains a mythical figure for many older scenesters. Cardini shares with Weatherall an open-mindedness that goes far beyond the constraints of dance music, so expect this one to go awry any minute. Indeed, it seems to be the night’s signature, as they’ll be supported by Mozhgan, who shares such a playful approach, while Toby Nicholas and Hamish Cole can be expected to play anything from house and techno to jazzier stuff and hip-hop on the Woodfloor — where Sofiane, a member of the Rakya crew throwing some of the best minimal parties in the city, completes the bill. On the 10th, Rebekah is playing all night long inside the boat. The Birmingham DJ might have only recently enjoyed the life of a top tier performer, but she’s actually been in the game for many years and knows how to work a room with techno bangers. MEOKO readers, though, might swarm the Woodfloor that night. Playing all night long under the Monkey Nenufar guise are Ben Vedren, one of the club’s residents, and Leiris, the Berlin-based minimalist. We’re promised both live and dj set, and if it goes as last year’s, it should be booming.      The next Friday, the 16th, seems intriguing, as both rooms will host all-nighters again, the main one being Marcel Fengler and DJ Tennis. The former is one of the Berghain residents while the latter rose to fame with his Life & Death label’s melodic take on the genre (although he’s got more than one trick up his sleeve, since he’s never hidden his past in post-rock circles and has recently launched a label dedicated to the style, Eraclea) — so who knows what their confrontation is going to end up like. Upstairs, two local figures — Na’Sayah and Amnaye — will also play b2b. Saturday 17th is going to be nosebleed-inducing. Powell has spent the past few years de- and re-structuring techno, EBM and post-punk into a deadly, in-your-face, witty mixture. There’s also Xhin, who I caught on the boat years ago for a memorable set, and who has since built an ever-more impressive discography stacked with hypnotic and banging tunes. But for any French person, the real hero of the night will be Manu Le Malin. The man is a hardcore French legend, one that seems to represent a certain sense of authenticity inherited from the free party scene of the 1990s. Besides Laurent Garnier, I can’t think of anyone so dear to the French scene’s heart. Nosedrip b2b Theorama sounds pretty interesting too, as the former’s Stroom label is a gold mine of demanding yet exciting music, while the latter is one of the Bordeaux scene most active members. And finally, Cuften is a Purusu affiliate already supported by Manu Le Malin. The 23rd is for the heads. You might be drawn in by Hunee’s well-deserved reputation as a killer house DJ with a bag stacked full of party anthems. Or by Intergalactic Gary, the Dutch veteran with one of the finest ears in the world for all synth-heavy sounds, from Italo to electro. Both of them would be worth the price of entry alone but trust me, this one’s all about Eris Drew. The smartbar resident DJ in Chicago will bless the lucky crowd with her Motherbeat’s transcendental message of emancipatory and healing dance music. Check her recent RA podcast; this is raw, fun-drenched party music in its purest form.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_4bf2b500_1471237768', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_4bf2b500_1471237768' }); });     Indeed, healing sounds will be a constant of the night, with D.K. and Suzanne Kraft taking over the upstairs Woodfloor, promising all kinds of chilled-out vibes, from house to balearic to new age to ambient. At ease.  Careful not to spend too much time on the Woodfloor if you also intend to go the next night, or this one might seem excruciatingly intense. The club’s resident and DEMENT3D cofounder François X is hosting some of techno’s gnarliest names on the 24th. Banging is how I’d define Dr. Rubinstein’s style, as she’s been known to seamlessly weave in acid, electro and absolutely jacking techno in her sets; while Oliver Ho will don his EBM-influenced Broken English Club moniker for a live appearance rich in odd synths and punishing grooves. Iceland’s finest export in recent years Bjarki completes the line-up. If you only know him as Nina Kraviz’s protégé or for “Wanna Go Bang”, you’re in for an (extremely good) surprise. His own productions go far crazier and wilder than the easy techno of his 2015 hit, while his bbbbbb label is just as zany — put simply, Bjarki is from this rare breed able to reconcile experimental leanings with good old dance floor fun. Don’t sleep on DEMENT3D’s other boss HBT’s set though. I once saw him rock the bowels of the neighbouring and equally infamous Batofar, and his set on the Woodfloor is not to be missed — nor is YSC’s, one of the capital’s scene most dedicated and yet unsung heroes.   Seems like Concrete’s tagline should still hold on in February: “No standing, just dancing.” If you wanna learn for yourself why Paris est une fête, see you there.   Pictures by Virgil Gesbert Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More CONCRETE; Facebook / More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

RPMM Festival Announce First Wave of Lineup & Stage Partners

Join us in giving RPMM Festival a warm welcome to the festival circuit this summer, featuring something extra special from the MEOKO box of tricks. Our first ever festival stage. Something we have been working towards for some time, and we can safely say you will not be disappointed. The 28th and 29th of July a true escapist experience will be taking place in one of Europe’s oldest cities, Porto (Portugal). Powered by the visions of likeminded organisers and brands who have unified to prepare a unique ocassion. Transforming the historic Alfangeda building will be Jonny TV, famously known for his work with The Chemical Brothers and The Rolling Stones. Think contemporary and expressionist heaven via the forms of art and surrealism, and you are on the right tracks.   With years of experience between them, and a variety of highly respected outlets we can also announce the fellow stage hosts. A true party vibe can be expected from the London based Half Baked, as they make the trip with us. Hailing from the Balearic island of Ibiza, are Keep on Dancing and Ibiza Voice. Two brands in their natural habitat of sunshine and partying. A bit closer to home are Lisbon organisers Musik@ll, a reputation built upon providing unexpected venues and sounds to hungry ears. The first wave of artists in the bill are just an insight of the quality that is hidden in this surprise package from Southern Western Europe.  Pioneers and staple names amongst the scene are already revealed with the likes of RUMORS' boss Guy Gerber, and Innervisions co founder Âme bringing their melodic expressions to the board. Crosstown rebels founder Damian Lazarus will be playing a live show with Ancient Moons, a combination familiar to many party goers from around the globe. One of Detroit’s finest, Matthew Dear will also be bringing his live set up to Portugal. So, there you have it. In the coming weeks and months, keep an eye out for artist announcements, and much more information from us and our partners. In the meantime, book your flights and hotel and get ready for the first instalment of RPMM Festival.    Words by Zac Bidwell   More RPMM Global: Facebook / Facebook Event / Online / The Facebook Group More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

'There’s nothing more off-putting than big-headed Djs who think they are rock stars- just let the music do the talking!': Lauren Lo Sung Interview & Mix

The Liverpool-born, Lauren Lo Sung, took the country and the club world by storm, steadily growing her status from a Northern local hero, to an Egg London resident, to an Ibiza darling in the space of a few years. Just in 2017, she played fabriclondon and was one of Mixmag’s breakthrough DJs. Hearing hear eclectic set on NYD at Tobacco Dock, there wouldn't have been a better indicator that she was truly a good match with the MEOKO podcast series. Therefore, naturally, we asked her to record a MEOKO exclusive mix, which she agreed to, and which you can hear in all its glory right here! We are pleased to hear how Lauren managed to bring many different influences — some dub here, some acid there — together into something super coherent and absolutely stomping. It is fair to say, when those dubby chords come in around the 21’ mark, you know you’re in for a treat. But listen for yourself and read our exchange with the up-and-coming DJ. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7d9d2f76_375370599', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7d9d2f76_375370599' }); });     1- Hey Lauren, thanks for talking with us and for your mix! So you’re from Liverpool but I’ve heard it was actually a trip to Ibiza that changed everything for you, can you talk about that? I first visited the island when I was around 17,  going to places like Zoo Project, Cocoon at Amnesia, Space. It was a very influential place for me, a place that made me dream- I used to visualise myself one day playing there.  I did the season in 2011 and that was when my Dj career really started to shape. 2-You still manage to spin over in Liverpool quite often it seems, as well as at the Warehouse Project in Manchester. Is there something you particularly like about playing in the North compared to London or elsewhere? The North is where I’m from, so it will always have that warm feeling of home. I wouldn’t say it’s too different to other places around the UK though, you can get a good clubbing experience wherever you go. Even the ones you don’t expect to be good can surprise you. All it takes is a decent sound/ lighting, the right crowd/ venue and you can make a special party. I love playing in London, especially clubs like fabric and smaller venues too, it’s very cosmopolitan so people can be open-minded to different styles of music.  3- How was it like coming of age in the club world in Liverpool? Liverpool has a huge history when it comes to club-culture, it’s where Cream first started and my older brother and sister used to blast cream compilations around the house as I was growing up. I had no choice but to eventually start liking the music! I’ve grown up listening to house music in the city, I first started clubbing when I was 14, even back then I would be one of those annoying people who knew what track was mixing in from hearing the first few bars. I loved it. 4- You’ve played more festivals or big one-off events last year, such as LWE’s Tobacco Dock NYE party, how is that different from a club night? Is this something you enjoy more? LWE is a very well-organised event, they make a lot of effort with lighting/ sound /stages and it’s fun for me to play larger rooms now and again so I can experiment a little with my sets. I always keep true to my sound, but part of being a Dj is being able to adapt to different rooms, sound systems and situations. 99% of the shows I play are in small intimate clubs, these are my favourite as I can get close and personal with the crowd- you can create a more intimate experience for clubbers in a smaller room and I can take the listeners on a deeper journey.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_6c07952b_1089265204', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_6c07952b_1089265204' }); });     5- In those past few years of breaking through the scene, do you have any funny stories, or moments of feeling blowing away by the situations? I played for Carl Cox's Revolution at Space Ibiza in 2016 for the final chapter- this was a huge moment for me. I had visited Space almost every summer since 17 years old and to play there was a magical, overwhelming feeling. I was staying in Carl Cox’s villa which was pretty surreal, my family came out to support me too which made the experience 10 times better. It really was an emotional night for me- especially when Carl Cox came to the DJ booth to watch my set and had one of my LOLiFE T-shirts on! 6- With all the interviews, the praise, the growing number of dates — this crazy industry basically! — how do you keep your head on your shoulders? I have a super supportive family and circle of friends that are proud of me, but also keep me grounded- they would probably slap me if I was to act big-headed. It’s not in me to act like that, I’m just the same person as when I started off and I will be throughout my career. I work hard, so it’s good to get credit and praise now and again, but it just spurs me on to work harder. There’s nothing more off-putting than big-headed Djs who think they are rock stars- just let the music do the talking! 7- You recently gave away a Sade edit you did, I was wondering about your influences then. Your mixes are definitely full of dubby vibes, for a start. I’ve got a pretty eclectic taste in music, I will listen to anything from Motown to Techno. Growing up I’ve always been a massive fan of 90s R’n’B/ Hip-hop. I love Sade, SWV, Tribe Called Quest, 2Pac, LL Cool J and Lauryn Hill and have probably picked up influences from those. I’m also a fan of Romanian minimal, dub techno and Parisian house music- which you can hear in my sets/mixes. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2c91c7d3_1554893528', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2c91c7d3_1554893528' }); });     8- You started producing after establishing yourself as a DJ. How does your DJ side influence your productions? Djing before producing influenced the way I arrange my tracks, it’s good to have a good feel for the music and how it would mix into another track. I had a clear idea of the type of music I wanted to start making, whatever would fit into my sets was something I wanted to make. I’ve been producing for around 5 years now, It was difficult to shape my sound for the first couple of years but I’m happy with my sound at the moment and it’s improving and developing everyday. I have a few pieces of hardware such as Korg Minilogue, Moog mother 32, tr-8 and tanzbar which make recording tracks live really fun. 9- Can you talk to me about both your party — LOLiFE — and your label — e1even? You seem to enjoy being in charge of things for sure! Any plans for them in 2018? LOLiFE is all about low ceilings, small venues, great sound and a friendly relaxed party atmosphere where myself, friends and guests can play. Our parties have been sell-outs in the past year, it’s great to see the brand grow every year. We've brought artists like; Subb-an, Samu.l, Stuart Hawkins and have 2018 booked up with great artists. Our next Liverpool show is in March, which will be announced in a couple of weeks. There’s a couple of other big plans for LOLiFE this year, I will finally start a new project for LOLiFE records, a vinyl/ digital label plus more tba in the coming months…  e1even records is a label I started with my partner Sian, we both have a driving passion for deep, stripped-back house music. It was the natural step for us, I have a lot of friends who make great music, and it needs to be heard. We’ve got some incredible music lined up for 2018 and I can’t wait to release it.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_79060aa5_1928610849', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_79060aa5_1928610849' }); });     10- And any confirmed projects for yourself in the coming year? I know you’ve got an upcoming release on DJ Steaw’s Rutilance… I’m just putting the finishing touches to two EPs which are coming this year on vinyl, on labels I’ve been following for a long time, more will be revealed soon. I have a remix coming on Downhill Music alongside Deigo Krause as well as plans to remix on e1even records and my new label LOLiFE records. There’s lots of exciting projects coming up so 2018 should be an exciting year! And finally, can you talk about this mix you did for us? It’s deep, dub, with lots of groove. Starts off more stripped-back and slowly builds throughout. There’s new music from myself in there, as well as friends and unreleased music from some of my favourite producers. Check it out :)   Interview by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Lauren Lo Sung; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview & Announcement: UP Music Festival 2018

What are you doing for the holidays? Sure, you could go to the seaside with your friends, have a romantic getaway with your lover, or go backpacking across South East Asia. But if you’re into dance music — and, given you’re on MEOKO dot net right now, something tells me you are — you might wanna go for a festival somewhere in Europe.  It’s not just about Ibiza anymore. Take Croatia. After collapsing during the war, the country’s economy now heavily relies on tourism, and music festivals play a large role in this. Come August and half of your Facebook feed is filled with pictures and videos of anyone from your best friends to your most random acquaintances having the time of their lives at Sonus or Dimensions, isn’t it? Hell, even your auntie probably went to a festival in Eastern Europe last summer.  And with a large majority of festival-goers claiming to prefer smaller boutique festivals, this trend has no reason to come to an end, with each festival hyping up its own assets to cater to a specific audience — not mentioning that a lot of them are ridiculously cheap for Westerners. These days, you could pretty much have a full tour of Europe just doing electronic music festivals, from the best of Romanian minimal at Sunwaves to Craig Richard’s very own Houghton in the British countryside, and from the giants that are Sonar or Dekmantel to the more intimate experience of Portugal’s Waking Life, among countless others — something for everyone indeed. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7bd5c52a_1363722539', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7bd5c52a_1363722539' }); });   In short, cheap flights and (re)developing countries eager to attract holidaymakers make for a golden age of festival tourism. Enters UP festival, a Prague-based event running from the 11th to the 13th of May organised by local promoter Round UP. The new endeavour appears to be Czech Republic’s very first festival focusing on underground house and techno — the country’s answer to the aforementioned festivals making up the European circuit. And a solid line-up it has, with a particular emphasis on the minimal side of things See for yourself. Ricardo Villalobos and Sonja Moonear are both present. They’re some of those tried-and-tested headliners that we’re always happy to see at such an event, and the same can be said of some of our Romanian favourites, with Barac and the combined genius of Raresh and Praslea playing as Praslesh.  There’s a nice contingent representing the French scene too, with Yoyaku heavy-hitters Varhat and Janeret playing B2B, alongside Molly, whose reputation has been steadily growing — deservedly so — in the past few years, while the experienced six hands of Apollonia are sure to make us dance and dance and dance.  But it’s also a fantastic occasion to familiarize yourself with the local scene: to name a few of them, Yan & Alfred Czital of Harmony Rec. spin all shades of dubby techno; Fatty M is a local hero that brought the likes of Derrick May and San Proper to Prague with his Kom!ks warehouse parties; em ju es aj si is into the dark Berlin techno (based in Prague) that he helped bring to Czech Republic with his Polygon parties; and Bruno Curtis is the founder of Round UP.   Here’s the current full line-up in alphabetical order: Agustin Alvarez | Anthea | Apollonia | Ark3r | Barac | Bella Sarris | Brothers Black | Bruno Curtis | Dmitry | Eddie Mur | Ellen Alien | Em Ju Es Aj Si | Fatty M | Ion Ludwig | Janeret | Johanna Schneider | Jorgos | Luigi Tozzi | Magda | Molly | Nils Weiman | Oliver Torr | Oshana | Per Hammar | Praslesh | Ricardo Villalobos | Schwa | Sonja Moonear | Topper | Varhat | Vik | Yan & Alfred Czital  And there’s more to come. The festival’s only got to its second wave of names for now.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7dd3d5a9_1400323097', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7dd3d5a9_1400323097' }); });     Although it’s its main draw, there’s more to attract you to UP in the competitive field of European music festivals than its impeccable music selection. With more than 50 artists spread across 4 stages over 3 days, the nascent festival already establishes itself as one of the circuit’s big-hitters, with a +20.000 capacity. This means we can expect some fine stagecraft; indeed, the festival will be collaborating with digital media studios for audiovisual performances. Did I mention the tickets are currently 45 euros? All this action is unfolding in Prague’s exhibition centre, a stone’s throw away from the city centre. The Czech capital, one of the most exciting destinations in Europe, is definitely part of the appeal. Prague’s history is reflected through its architecture and an insane amount of museums. If you’re going to UP, you’d be a fool not to take some time to enjoy the city itself. Its reputation as a party spot is no longer to be demonstrated, but it’s no surprise that a festival like UP would come up now, since these days you can catch some of electronic music’s most exciting names in a club like Ankali, and the city seems to have a decent amount of promoters dedicated to pushing this kind of sound. May I add three final words? Ungodly cheap beer. Wink wink. All in all, we’re therefore quite proud to announce that MEOKO is the festival’s official media partner — minimal beats in one of Europe’s most exciting capitals? Of course we’d be in! This means you can expect some exclusive content coming on the website in the run-up to UP, so keep your eyes peeled — and in the meantime, grab your tickets here before they reach the final wave.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More UP Festival; Facebook / Soundcloud / Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Announcement: Berg Audio - ‘Directions’ Various Artist Compilation 2x12”

Since its birth in 2016 Berg Audio have built a reputation around meticulously chosen releases with their inspirations at the heartbeat of their outlet. A dub techno label inspired by lost monuments of the soviet era. Last year saw incredible releases from a wide of umbrella of artists such as Janeret, Diego Krause and Traumer. However, something that goes by the name of ‘Directions’ is on the horizon and it will be available to you this March. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_a922d7e2_1548650100', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_a922d7e2_1548650100' }); });   The eight release from the label is nothing short of amazing, a 2x12” gatefold various artist compilation featuring legendary innovators of sound, and modern day spearheads of the scene. A combination of forces through the ages. Two tracks on each side of the vinyl. Taking up the first 180g side is the opening track from Ukrainian maestro iO (Mulen) – Report, and familiar face Traumer with ‘Burning’ sure to be an untypical exploration of raw sounds as always. Stepping up on the flip side is Barac - Glossary, a touch of Romanian class added to the equation. A rare release from the artist. He is joined by one of the most consistent producers right now, East End Dubs, a man whose productions seem to go from strength to strength. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_6a628f09_116989372', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_6a628f09_116989372' }); });     Icelandic techno icon Exos delivers C1 with ‘Ahonui’, highly respected amongst his peers for delivering atmospheric deep grooves with a forward thinking attitude. Ledgend is the flavour of the C side as Mosaic Records boss Steve O’Sullivan delivers, ‘Take it There’, undoubtedly his unique grasp of techno will sit well amongst the release. Next up is Detroit pioneer Delano Smith and for his second appearance Traumer, a combination of artists from two leases of life that is sure to end well. Taking us through to the end of the release is Idealist – Mountain Sky, if that does not sound like a perfect ending to the VA we do not know what does. A one of a kind release like this wouldn’t become a masterpiece without the help of artwork to back up the solidarity of the sound, luckily Berlin based Juli Jah has worked her magic again with her interpretation of Poland’s ‘Hotel Forum’ located in Krakow. So you have been warned, it is on its way. A handful of carefully selected artists from around the globe delivering their interpretations of Berg Audio.   Various Artists – « DIRECTIONS » Label: BERG AUDIO Catalog#: BERGAMON08 Format: Vinyl – 2X12’, Gatefold - 180G Country: France Released: March 2018 Style: Dub Techno / Deep Techno TRACKLISTING: A1 : iO (Mulen) - Report (Original Mix) A2 : Traumer - Burning (Original Mix) B1 : Barac - Glossary (Original Mix) B2 : East End Dubs - Jade (Original Mix) C1 : Exos - Ahonui (Original Mix) C2 : Steve O'Sullivan - Take It There (Original Mix) D1 : Delano Smith & Traumer - Essence (Original Mix) D2 : Idealist - Mountain Sky (Original Mix)   Words by Zac Bidwell   More Berg Audio; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview: Junction 2 2018 & Junction 2 presents Tobacco Dock

Watch out everyone, Junction 2 has announced the full line-up for its 2018 edition with special back to backs, Adam Beyer b2b Carl Cox (World Exclusive), Dixon b2b Âme (6-hour Set) and Sonja Moonear b2b Nicolas Lutz. The LWE event will hold its third edition on the 9th of June in Boston Manor Park — a 10-hour long event that, so far, includes the biggest names in house and techno. Fan of the melodic fare? Âme, Mind Against, Tale of Us, check. Prefer the harder, darker stuff? Nina Kraviz, Len Faki, Jay Clarke, check. There’s the King of Ibiza, Carl Cox; the Queen of minimal, Sonja Moonear; and the prodigal kid of UK dance music, Joy Orbison. And it’s particularly nice to see Nicolas Lutz on such an event. The Uruguayan digger’s been everywhere last year, as comfortable spinning obscure bangers on a festival’s main stage as at some dodgy afterhours — proving that popularity does not require compromising on quality. Anyways, this is only the first wave of names, leaving us to wonder what else’s to come. What’s for sure is that two of the biggest structures in the game will be hosting stages. One of them is Drumcode — Adam Beyer and Dense & Pika are already announced, but expect more acts from the label. The other is Sonus Festival, the Croatian festival that seems to lure half of your Facebook friends to its idyllic shores and decadent boat parties every year. With its outrageous line-ups and top production values, no doubt the team behind the festival will come up with something special for Junction 2.   And to keep you waiting, LWE has crafted an appetizer of sorts: a day-time event on the 10th of February at Tobacco Dock that will fly to London some of the festival’s headliners along a string of other acts. Once again, it’s only big-hitters. No need to introduce Nina Kraviz anymore. Out of all the generic techno DJs out there, her name will always stick out for me, as she’s certainly the one who has made the less concessions to get to where she is. She stays faithful to her high-energy, banging mixing style that forays into the most abrasive strains of 90s techno and trance, while pushing more experimentally-inclined but no-less banging up-and-comers on her трип label. You can tell Nina is passionate, and this is infectious.   LSD, the joint project of Luke Slater, Dave Sumner (aka Function) and Steve Bicknell, would be worth the price of entry alone. From the dreamy techno he put out as The 7th Plain to the relentless sound of Planetary Assault Systems, Luke Slater is a proper techno mastermind. Same could be said of Function, whose carrier embodies an entire section of techno’s history: his angsty sound brewed in the dark corners of late 90’s NYC mutated to a more hypnotic strain of techno when he relocated to Berlin as part of Sandwell District, a cult project that pioneered the currently prevailing trend for deep, mental techno. Steve Bicknell, meanwhile, is a UK underground hero whose Lost parties left an indelible mark on British techno. Their forces combined should send you on a proper mind trip. There’s also Scuba, the head of Hotflush Recordings who has established himself as one of UK’s main tastemakers. As a matter of fact, the big room techno of Dense & Pika, who also share the bill in the Great Gallery, wouldn’t be where it’s at if it wasn’t for him. And finally, Modeselektor will also be present. The duo has been of all the main trends of the German underground in the past two decades. Whether with their wonky minimal on BPitch Control, their crossover label Monkeytown or the recently terminated 50Weapons that showcased some of the best current house and techno, these guys have always been driving forces rather than train-hoppers.   If that’s too much to handle, the artists billed in the Gallery will doubtless soothe your ears. Like Ricardo, Sonja Moonear is an Ibiza regular who’s as comfortable pushing the deeper and trippier cuts in her collection, and a definite MEOKO favourite. And that’s not mentioning our darlings, Apollonia. You know what to expect from the French trio: ridiculously pumping and bouncing beats that won’t fail to put a smile on your face, let alone to make your body move.   Not too bad, eh? Well you guessed it, there’s more to come. But you can already grab your tickets for the Tobacco Dock event here, and those for the festival there, before they reach the final phases.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Junction 2 // Junction2 2018 // Junction 2 presents Tobacco Dock // LWE More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

EP Review: ATM001 Mag0 - Odes Ep / ANTAM Records

With the current popularity of electro-, IDM-, 90s- and whatever else-influenced minimal music, it’s hard to keep ahead of the tide with all the new labels popping up — and harder yet to separate those truly worth keeping an eye on from those merely trying to cash in on a trend. Antam Records, though, seems to belong to the former category. Firstly because it’s the label arm of BinarySound who hosted DJ Koolt, Riccardo, Audri, Le Loup or Zendid and Distrikt, the Parisian promoters who brought to the French capital the likes of Barac, John Dimas, HardWorkSoftDrink or TC80 — on remix duty on this first EP — along many of the French scene’s rising stars. The two are fine producers on their own ( Antione Sy & Bassam ), but before anything else DJs with a demanding and curious ear, which is what you want from a label head. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_4b90bc76_1534737207', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_4b90bc76_1534737207' }); });     That’s for the nascent label’s pedigree. But their first signee, Mag0, has some good credentials of his own — and is testament to the label’s will to dig deeper than most. Although until now off my (admittedly fallible) radar, the Italian producer appears to be a regular at Veniceberg, the Verona venue that supplies the Northern Italian city in all things minimal, and whose label arm has released a string of quality EPs over the past two years. As this record shows, the club and its residents offered Mag0 a good education. Mag0, has some good credentials of his own. Although until now off my (admittedly fallible) radar, the Italian producer appears to be a regular at Veniceberg, the Verona venue that supplies the Northern Italian city in all things minimal, and whose label arm has released a string of quality EPs over the past two years. As this record shows, the club and its residents offered mag0 a good education. All the charm with this music lies in the balance between out-there oddness and dancefloor functionalism. Too many producers seem to add a few token bleeps and beeps to demonstrate their supposed quirkiness, or go full-on on a weird binge that ends up sounding forced. But as soon as the kick returns after the one-minute mark on “Ode to Venice”, you can tell that Mag0 has nailed this balance. The track is peppered with drops, and with each one elements come and go, keeping the general sense of oddness interesting — nagging synths here, bubbling burps there; it sounds like the digestive system of a robot in full action, with a hell of a lot of groove on top of it. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ddae74da_1312086034', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ddae74da_1312086034' }); });     “Ode to 90’s” is just as playful, and the funkiest of the lot thanks to a sprightly 2-note pattern dancing around a synth gone awry and a stamping bassline, while “Ode to Dino” is meatier, but retains an improvisatory tinge in its mid-range. This is how mag0 manages to keep his tracks interesting. It seems like the producer is always about to lose control of his machines, but he’s only letting them go loose before reasserting his mastery with a well-timed drop. Synths suddenly detuning or going far into the high-end give the brain something to focus on, while the low-end does the rest of the job. And with patterns unexpectedly changing track or ad-libbing like in the second half of “to Dino”, these tunes sound, at their best, like jam sessions between virtuoso aliens — a bunch of scruffy, nerdy, stoner aliens, that is. Of course, we’ve paradoxically come to expect this supposed unexpectedness from producers dabbling in this genre; but once again, it’s his sense of balance that sets mag0 apart from the mass: his weirdness is not too much, and seems to come from a sincere place. The pick of the bunch is TC80’s remix. The Berlin-based French producer and Sequalog boss, coming off a breakthrough year, lets his experience speak by opting for a less flamboyant approach. Whereas mag0’s tracks are bouncy, his is reduced — an invitation to the curious listener, rather than an interpellation. Ghostly synths gleam in the background, teasing you to follow them while keeping safely out of reach. When they disappear mid-section, you’ve already fallen down the rabbit hole at their pursuit, and find yourself in the midst of a gorgeous soundscape that retains the original’s lively atmosphere, but filtered through a haze. This time, the UFO that is Antam’s logo flew to a misty Jurassic-like planet with thick air and bubbling underwater volcanoes. By the end of the track, the ethereal synths return and gently guide you back to reality. Back to your starting point, slightly dazed, the stroll was worth it.    All in all, it’s a well-rounded EP that proves there is still much creativity within this scene; that even a tired lexicon — the science-fiction references that adorn the record, the throwbacks to electronic music’s past, and all the quirky sounds — can work magic in the right authors’ hands. The EP has ealry support from Voigtmann, Dj Koolt, Zendid, Yakine, Lamache and Niff. More importantly perhaps, it lets us expect the best both from Antam and Mag0, two welcome newcomers to the scene. Indeed, we’re already told that a second release from another Italian producer is in the works for the label. I for one am keeping my eyes peeled.    “Odes” will be out end of January.   Words by: PierreAlexis Chauvin   More Antam Records; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview: Melliflow & Closer Winter Trip 2

With less than a month to go we decided to look at a party that quickly gained a solid fixture in the MEOKO calendar. Twice a year (one in summer, one in winter) Melliflow and Closer join forces for an extended dance in Berlin. The incredibly versatile line up is a true reflection of what the brands themselves represent, handpicked crate diggers and underground selectors who all share the same vision and ability to create unique atmospheres. The occasion and environment go hand in hand as they step on board Hoppetosse for the entire duration. Saturday night (3rd Feb) until Monday morning. An intimate affair, low ceilings surrounded by tight sound filled with amazing artists. It’s a no brainer. The Berlin based Melliflow founders Vera and Alexandra welcome a wide array of artists to town. Some magic moments to be had on the boat. My Own Jupiter man Nicolas Lutz will be there to display his never ending discography of rare and curious records. Hailing from all over the world, Japanese collector DJ Masda, New Yorker and precise mixer Evan Baggs, and young Italian artist Quest to name a few. Underground explorers Unai Trotti and Nico Etorena will both bring something fresh to the table. Noizar and Borys will be representing Kiev offering their reputable music, that they have built there immense residency at Closer around.   To round off the special party a second room will also be available, an open door for experimental sounds. A place to relax, and take a moment from the madness. Featuring a spectrum of rhythms from Baby Vulture, E/Tape and a rare opportunity to see Federico Molinari in this light. Visuals on the weekend from Cote, the real cherry on the cake. See you on the boat.    Facebook Event: melliflow & closer kiev winter trip 2   Words by Zac Bidwell   More Melliflow // Closer More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

HOT WAX - Tools & Tips (December 2017 - Part 3)

12 tracks listed below by Primărie will do all the talking;     1- Premiesku - The Last Man on The Moon EP // ALLINN028  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_d0a117f8_1189214758', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_d0a117f8_1189214758' }); });     So being in a period where over generousity is experienced at a high level, here is our take for a special wax with divine sounds :). We start with Premiesku who 'soar' to 'only' take us on a trip to the moon and then we are 'Even' for the whole EP. We can always go Sci-Fi when this lovely Romanian trio share their newest sounds on All Inn Black, we can already be sure it's the deepes underground cut coming out from their studio.   2- Adrian Niculae - Consensual EP // MTF005  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_92f5646e_346515644', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_92f5646e_346515644' }); });     Back to a sound we cherish, and one that is stands out for this period. Adrian Niculae is back with his own 'Motif' to share with us another cocktail made out of fruits from his own garden. I'm sure I 'SeeSaw' cherries in this smoothie too while B Side reminds me of a whole cycle i have to review, re-align and recentre myself then move on and on, play with this play.   3- Fonetica (Cristi Cons & Dubtil) - Noises EP // NMS003   Here is an interesting collab, one that has a tender flow, one that define powerfull drum rythms. Who are they? Well Cristi Cons and Dubtil come out as Fonetica, with their first 'Noises EP' on Nervmusic special side series. I'm sure the point is to get 'Lost in thought' when everything is so well done in the 'background'. The sound proposes another way of rhythm and tight percussions and the time is right for us to have these options too.   4- Arapu - Wasted Ego EP // UND007   A 'Wasted Ego' title as a sublime message for a sublime sound, delivered by Arapu on Understand. Did you get it ? Uplifting sound with a scary atmosphere and voices 'from the other side' show you can't always have the bliss without a bit of extra-ordinary tension meant to keep you straight and offer you a wide range of experiences.   5- Mihai Pol - Invasion EP // OTK003 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0576ac1c_945904582', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0576ac1c_945904582' }); });     Already with a sound if his own, Mihai Pol continues to polish his craft with a new EP on the Londoner Otaku Records. It's ok, there is an invasion going on, and Triptil is on board with a B Side remix, calls out his best troops and rolls out his offensive and uplifting groove taking on the lead in this adventouros manifest.   6- Cally - Calldaer EP // MELONIAN005 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_b17f4a67_1564585357', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_b17f4a67_1564585357' }); });     Of course one player getting fresh attention is romanian dj and producer Cally. Usually with a perfected round sound, in this EP he reveals his high pillar attitude on front side and then shares his wormth and angelic atmospheres with two perfect after-hours tracks on side B.   7- Costin Rp - Basics EP // RUERE004 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_78fc1780_1435780848', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_78fc1780_1435780848' }); });     Costin Rp is one that i know likes to go further and explore his sounds and mainly he comes up with new ingredients for his cocktail. Making it more spacious and lightly in the same time, Ruere is the right caravan to serve this jam sessions. Whishpering questions are thrown throughout the whole experience. Did you hear?   8- Unknown Artist - DRGS01 // DRGS01   As you know it is a pleasure to write about the Unknown Artist who does not need any more recognition and just shares his feelings and moods with us. On the first one of these series you'll find clues and ways as to how to get wild and childly again and of course if you 'Say it Loud' you will get it better.    9- Floog - Ambele EP // FLG001  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_4fb47e2d_353314462', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_4fb47e2d_353314462' }); });     I have love for new beggings and to share the right ones with you and as i told you before I'm happy the artist behind Floog is back on track again, delivering smooth rhythms with clean and clear percussion cuts aiming for an ever more fractalized house music anthems. It's all under a great plan, delivered with love and joy on FLG001.    10- Piktor - Acid Space EP // LKMV002 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1f87f5d0_1345712558', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1f87f5d0_1345712558' }); });     How do you make a painting of acid floating in space? Well there is one formula very well presented here and tell me if you can find a better one. Regarding groove and sound, Piktor found his ways and it's ready to be part of our big community. We're sure the EP on Lokomotiv is just a small card of the big picture, and we're shure the canvas is ever expanding.   11- MOi - 08 // MOI008 House, Groove, Rhythm... oi oi. It's all in here, it's the new MOI release. Undergound house music all the way under this project and the credits go in Eastern Europe. Well it is a very fine touch of uplifting side of our house music and this release is set to bound new standards, as the ones before, it did.    12- VA - Tzinah On Black 004 // TZHBK004 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_89874cbf_1357345364', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_89874cbf_1357345364' }); });     4 Romanian talents,  Hansel!, Mihai Pol, Herck and vlf, are billed for TZHBK004. When speaking of Tzinah records, it is always a treat to ears.   With care and appreciation from P. with Love   Words by Dan Primaru     More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Under The MEOKO Microscope - Maksim & Mix

When you’re steeped in the European minimal scene, it’s easy to forget that there is more to it than the Old Continent’s capital cities, that everything does not exclusively revolve around London, Berlin, and the occasional Romanian getaway. Just as comfortable spinning in his native Russia or his adopted home of New York, Maksim is the living proof that the scene is just as vital in many places around the globe, and he’s now part of those DJs from the periphery that have started touring Europe, rather than the other way around. Indeed, as a resident of ReSolute, Maksim cut his teeth on one of the states’ most infamous minimal dancefloors; it’s no surprise that, sooner or later, our European ears would catch wind of the man’s talents. It surely helped that 2017 saw him release his first official EP on Aline Brooklyn — the three edits have encountered massive success and already fetch high prices on the second-hand market. Thankfully if you’ve missed the boat on this one, Maksim hints at more to come on the release front next year. And with a Moscow booking that places him along the likes of Eli Verveine, Dorian Paic or Livio & Roby for the New Year, his name is justly becoming an established one on the circuit.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9055571b_1084139251', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9055571b_1084139251' }); });     As the list of his achievements is sure to grow longer in the coming years, it was due time for Maksim to get Under The MEOKO Microscope, with an interview that sees him talking Russian clubbing, edits, and… Spice Girls. And to soundtrack the read, Maksim offered one of his own favourite creations as a MEOKO exclusive. Nope, it’s no Spice Girls edit — we’re still hoping to ever hear this one — but this rendition of Chinawoman’s “Party Girl”’s got the languid groove that’s steadily becoming Maksim’s calling card all over it.     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e3da300c_561951450', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e3da300c_561951450' }); });     Hey Maksim, thanks for having us, a pleasure for me! Thanks for having me, I was looking forward to it! 1- You’re one of ReSolute’s resident DJ since 2013, so let’s start from there. Can you introduce ReSolute to our European readers? Resolute, resolute.. well, it's dirty, it's dark, and it's real.  We have guests come from around the world to join our parties in everchanging venues in NYC ( mostly warehouses)  and also throw international parties. The consistent component is the music. Don't expect to leave with clean shoes but expect to dance till sunrise. And a driving force behind all of it is Nektarios, with his charm and vision. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2c2ff873_610184813', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2c2ff873_610184813' }); });     2- And what about you? What age did you move stateside? Can you tell us a bit about your backstory basically? It was an accident. I had friends living in New York and was invited to visit so I got a visa but never used it.  Then, after a long party,  a fight with my girlfriend, and one brilliant decision... I walked out from the afterparty onto a flight. 3- You’ve been spinning for 6/7 years now but how did you get into electronic music and ended up becoming one of ReSolute’s residents? Are there some DJs that exerted a strong influence on you? My dad was music collector and my mom was a ballerina.. well, actually not true. I was a fan of Spice Girls and had a Nick Carter haircut. No jazz in the kindergarten for me,  I literally had a bad taste in everything.  I was a part of all subcultures in the end, but I can still sing along with Britney Spears. It’s okay to grow, to learn, you don’t have to be brilliant from the beginning. Look at me now, doing an interview for Meoko. My first club job, at 17,  was a favor to my sister and was in my hometown. I’m still not sure what kind of a shady business it was, but I got in as a lighting guy. Needless to say, I had no idea what I was doing. Aside from lighting, I also resuscitated the resident who drank too much. My "big chance" came when unable to revive him, I was asked to jump in and play. Eventually, I began to play on the weekends.Then I moved to Kursk and got a job at the club there. It was pretty commercial but it was huge and popular and paid. After 5 am we could play whatever we wanted, so I started to explore.  Minimal came along, I fell in love, I got fired. But, don't fret, love of a woman did get me to Moscow and Arma17. Which finished shaping my taste NYC was a crazy couch surfing, broke, no visa situation. But over time I made progress in the techno scene. Connie, who is a resident of Resolute, got me my first gig at a resolute Party.  I guess I was okay because I became a resident shortly after.  When it comes to influences it’s Backstreet Boys.. joking. It’s Trentemoller who was ahead of his times, Led Zeppelin (yes) and Mathew Herbert. I love Mathews music and enjoy listening to his interviews. He often gets blamed for being too political and talking too much about societal problems, but I think that’s what art is about. I personally believe good music comes from a similar inspection of the struggles and debates of the times, but then again sometimes you just want to dance. Unfortunately, nowadays its difficult to be critical or have a differing opinion, the art of intelligent debate has suffered under social media. 4- You had a few tracks and edits coming out under your birth name in the past, but Aline 002 is really your first proper release. Can you talk about the label and the people behind it, and how this record came up? It seems quite mysterious… True, I had a few digital releases back in the day. Different genre, not a big fan of those. but there is always a beginning ;) Then I started doing edits, they're more like remixes without stems. Some received lots of positive attention, like Who are we- on Ricardo Villalobos. One of my favorites is an edit on China Woman - Party girl. I love Rock and grunge. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1b6caa21_1531467498', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1b6caa21_1531467498' }); });     I still wanted to have a record of my own, but it seemed complicated. Then my friend Nico (French, Young, Fabulous and Broke DJ) started his Aline label. I'm glad it seems mysterious, that's what Nico wanted. I showed him some demos and he loved them, then the long process of finishing started. Producing doesn’t come easily to me, I’m quite distractable, a bit of a goldfish in a bowl if you will. I may or may not also be a perfectionist, so it's a fine balance. I had no gear. I borrowed a sound card from a friend, I used Nikos home studio to check if everything sounded ok.  5- The release’s got a great feedback, how did you feel about that? Does it mean we can we expect more stuff on the production side of things from you?  I was very excited to hear the final product and hold the record in my hands. it sold out in 3 days, I was very happy about and also now I don’t have to buy presents when I travel for a least a couple months. I have few remixes coming on Minim Records, hopefully, right after NYE. And it's a very important project for me, you’ll see what I mean later. (insert intrigue here) I actually think you should release about 3 tracks per year, as a kind of quality control. 75% of iTunes don’t get downloaded ever, seems like a bit of a quantity problem ;) 6- What’s a good edit supposed to do for you? It gives me the freedom to breathe new life into things I already love.  No rules, everything goes. Rembrandt to Picasso. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_b836b674_2110601550', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_b836b674_2110601550' }); });     7- You still play fairly regularly in Russia, do you follow the local scene? Yes, I do. I can say it’s one of my favorite gigs. The nightlife is crazy in a good way! There are a lot of beautiful venues. You can party just in front of the Kremlin inside the Old Soviet Saunas for top politicians which are now a club, or in a club where you walk through a Chinese takeout Place to enter, and at the roof of an old factory by the river in the middle of Moscow. it always amazes me. A huge diversity of music and on any day of the week you can find something to do. Also, the parties last forever, last time I played there it went from Friday to Sunday. I think Slowdance is one of my favorite Moscow parties and definitely Stakenshnaider in St.Petersburg is very cool. Adjustment Bureau throws out some great productions and go see Pushkarev, Gorge and Izhevsky. 8- How is it different to play in New York, Russia or Western Europe? Different crowds? Would you ever move to Europe, to be closer to the “scene”? Crowds are very different, that what makes it exciting and sometimes challenging to play different countries and cities. I have definitely considered moving to Europe, but right now I'm happy in New York.  9- In general, what’s the scene like in New York? What would you recommend our readers to check out if they get to visit? Any artists and labels you think deserve more recognition? New York has a very decent scene! In recent years it's grown very much. Venues, Labels and real talents have emerged here. Definitely, visit Output, stop by at TBA for a drink. Of course, Resolute always has something special. There plenty of good small underground parties, as well. Resolute has a new label DisDat that's worth a look, Julia Govor just put out a solid record, and Mimin Records have released some good stuff. and of course, my fellow residents are worth a listen, all of them unique but gifted. Lauren is the lone real jobber and is a part of All Day I Dream. Connie plays the drums is a rock band and just wrote and made a video for a Pop song. Obee just finished a project for Pornhub  ( yes, you read that right) Orazio our resident political thinker. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_676683fc_727174185', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_676683fc_727174185' }); });     10- Have you noticed any changes in recent times? I know the cabaret law’s been repealed, there’s a new Office of Nightlife… do you think the narrative around NYC’s nightlife is changing? Yes, it was finally repealed but I don’t think it will directly affect dance culture. The problem with throwing parties in NY is that it takes forever to get all the permits, it's very expensive, and the relevant hours are tough to accommodate.  All this just forces people to get creative for better and worse. ;)  11- There’s also quite a nice house and techno scene, with Bossa Nova, Sustain-Release, the Bunker, Unter… Is it something you’re interested in at all? Are there connections between your people and them? It's my guilty pleasure, gladly I’m a good friend with Julia Govor, so I get an in. We recently did Resolute with Nina Kraviz, that went very well, the music the crowd! you may expect more like it in the future! I really like the sound, it’s raw it’s more human, same when it comes to the house. I like it less perfect, more dirty, that you can feel it was made by a human. Not sure about connections, when it comes to crowd’s it’s absolutely different people, which I understand, but hopefully in the future, it will be more united.     12- Any recent highlights? How was the Get Perlonized party you guys did?! You’ve also had the 10 years anniversary! Get Perlonized is definitely a highlight for us, when a major player in the scene does a party with you, especially for their anniversary, that means a lot. Proper warehouse, next to the railroad, night to day party! For our 10th anniversary, we're going global, recently we hit Bucharest Romania, at Guest House. Then Moscow's Gazgolder and much more to come. 13- And finally, can you tell us what’s in the works for you in 2018? 2018 will start with the gig in my beloved Moscow, I’m playing for Slowdance. Then St.Petersburg on the 2nd and I have a few gig’s in Spain, definitely, wait for a couple of new edit’s, I can promise it will be special. And of course a release on Minim Records, with a truly great story behind it. I always wanted to do something good, something I can be proud of and finally got a chance, and I’m not talking about me or music. Thank you very much, Maksim, all the best! Thanks to you! Poka       allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': '', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e3da300c_561951450', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e3da300c_561951450' }); });       Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Maksim; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube    
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