VIVa Warriors at Sankeys- Steve Lawler, Nick Curly & Detlef
Sankey’s biggest and most popular night VIVa Warriors returns in its fourth season at the club with special guest performances alongside resident and head honcho behind the party, Steve Lawler. In this special date the talented Nick Curly joins residents Steve and Detlef in a night guaranteed to get hands raised, VIVa Warriors return once again to Ibiza where they’re certainly keeping up their reputation as one of the most popular underground house nights on the island with a strong cult following that has grown strong over the years.
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Circo Loco at DC10- Seth Troxler, Davide Squillace, Nina Kraviz, Cassy & many more
Circo Loco is back and stronger than ever this year with a weekly line-up that seems to get bigger and bigger each year. The party has developed itself into a mecca for all things underground and now establishes itself as one of Ibiza’s best loved original parties. When you think of DC10 you instantly think of Circo Loco, it’s a match made in heaven and this August 3rd sees the likes of Seth Troxler, Nina Kraviz and Cassy join long-term Circo residents Davide Squillace and Dan Ghenacia in a night which homes in on the true essence of Ibiza clubbing within the very walls of DC10.
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Photo by Tasya Menaker
AOD at Ibiza Undergound- Onur Özer & Colin Chiddle
This next edition of AOD on the white isle sees the impeccable Onur Özer and vinyl king Colin Chiddle perform an exclusive set at the one and only Ibiza Underground, the low key venue sets the perfect scene for a night of minimal-tech goodness. Art Of Dark have showcased a selected number of dates at Ibiza Underground this summer, so if you happen to be on the island make sure you pencil this in.
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Music On at Amnesia- Carl Cox, Marco Carola & Re-UP
Marco Carola returns the favour to Carl Cox two weeks after he played a guest set for the Music Is Revolution party at Space by inviting him to re-join him on the Amnesia terrace for another ridiculous session of unforgiving techno. Music On invites Coxy to play for the night in an evening guaranteed to bring the heat to whoever steps foot onto the Amnesia terrace. It’s not often you get such a tasty and eclectic collaboration of two techno legends, don’t miss this special edition of the island’s biggest party.
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Cocoon at Amnesia- Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler & Craig Richards
Monday nights in Ibiza can only mean one thing- Cocoon, it’s one of those parties in Ibiza which seems to have such a strong hold over the island even after all these years. August 10th sees all time Cocoon favourite Ricardo Villalobos play alongside Troxler and Craig Richards. Villalobos is renowned for creating a certain magic at Cocoon Ibiza and he seems to feel at home when playing for Sven, his Cocoon Amnesia sets are known for being wildly accurate in bringing that much-loved sense of energy that Cocoon is famous for, especially when the sun begins to rise and shine down on the masses of the terrace. With Seth Troxler and Craig Richards playing alongside Villalobos in this edition of Cocoon we strongly advise anybody in Ibiza to head down and check it out for yourselves.
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Half Baked at Ibiza Underground- Pior & RUDOLPH (Birdsmakingmachine)
The Half Baked family take their much-loved party to the island this summer in their first date out of two being held at none other than Ibiza Underground. This special and exclusive party showcases two artists originating from Argentina: Pior and RUDOLPH (Birdsmakingmachine) who together are known for producing and delivering the finest and most intricate in what minimal tech house has to offer, with releases charted by the likes of Enzo Siragusa, Cesar, DeWalta and Valentino Kanzyani to name a few, these guys knows the score when it comes to that cool and deep sound we all love.
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Arkityp at Ibiza Underground- Archie Hamilton & Vera (Perlon)
Archie Hamilton ventures on new project Arkityp, a party which holds five dates across the summer aiming to bring central-European clubbing to the hills of Ibiza. With minimalism at its core, it’s a far cry from the noise and extravagance of the larger Ibiza parties. In this special edition of Arkityp we see Archie alongside special guest for the evening: Vera of Perlon Recordings- Germany’s queen of the underground, an artist who has impressed globally with her seamless mixing style of musically timeless sounds. Arkityp guarantees to bring deep grooving basslines to the floor of Ibiza Underground in a spectacle that sees resident Archie Hamilton, alongside special guests over five exclusive dates over the summer.
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We managed to speak to Archie, ahead of his next event on the island:
So you have five dates in Ibiza this summer with two dates already gone and three more to come with Arkityp at Ibiza Underground, tell us how it's been going so far?
It's been going great! We have been amazed by the support really, considering we are new this season. We really wanted to the party to have an internationa crowd, so there has been a really nice mixture of old and new faces. Sammy Dee played really nice at the opneing, and DeWalta was absolutely brilliant at the last one. I am in and out of Ibiza due to my existing schedule, but my partner James has been working really hard on the island all season and it really shows!
What's the thos behind the party and how did it come about?
We wanted to make something more low-key and intimate, away from all the fanfare of the super clubs out here. I have been coming to Underground ever since I first visited the island, and it has been my favourite spot ever since. I got to know Kevin and Juanito when I did the season last summer, I played a few times and was coming to the club at least twice a week. We had a few discussions and Arkityp was born over the winter. The ethos is fairly simple; good people in a relaxed environment with great music. I think the club encourages our guests to play a little different than they would in many other situations that they are booked in.
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How would you best describe the Arkityp sound?
Well most of our artists this summer are Berliners, although they all have their own very distinct sounds. I would say, as the name suggests, we play underground music; I know that sounds fairly non-committal, but it is quite rare to find on the island!
How does the Ibiza scene fit in with your sound compared to back in London, does it differ in any way?
Well, Ibiza or not, I definitely play different music in the summer, I play much more positive and housey music when the sun is shining, and more deep and rolling in the winter. I don't think being in Ibiza has an effect - perhaps I would be less inclined to play anything that would be deemed a 'hit'....
Beside Arkityp, what else is coming up in the world of Archie Hamilton?
Well long-term I am planning another U.S. tour, as well as Australia, Japan and Indonesia. This summer I have the rest of Arkityp dates, Sonus, Mint Festival and plenty more in between!
Cocoon at Amnesia- Sven Vath & Richie Hawtin
It’s that time of year again when Hawtin graces the decks of the Amnesia Terrace alongside old friend Sven in the once-a-year extravaganza that has held many a special memories over previous years. This combination of Vath and Hawtin at Cocoon holds its history with island party goers as one of those events that simply cannot be missed, a date which makes its mark in the diary from the moment it’s announced at the beginning of the season. Special moments have been made when these two old friends come together at Cocoon as their masterminds combine in a performance which always leaves revellers amazed, Richie plays in a raw, stripped-back style, different to that of when he plays his own night ENTER, Cocoon seems brings that out of him, and the result? A timeless masterpiece in music from two of techno’s reining pioneers.
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By Nilly Allen
Photo by Club der Visionaere
The listings at Club der Visionaere have been scorching this summer, showcasing the most cutting edge artists in the underground electronic scene. This Sunday, CDV welcomes Thomas Melchior, Julietta, Dana Ruh and Jichael Mackson (live).
Thomas Melchior needs no introduction. As one of the scene's pacemakers, through his exquisite melancholic dance-floor productions on Perlon both solo and as one half of Soul Capsule, he has become a prominent figure for electronic music. His appearances behind the decks are occasions to saviour, due to his ability to combine elements of his own productions with all corners of house and techno. CDV will supply the perfect stage for him to explore his full-flavoured record collection.
Julietta has achieved a lot since she stepped onto the underground scene. From being part of record label Harry Klein Records, having a residency at Half Baked and running her own night Slave To The Rhythm it is very impressive that she has built her reputation without releasing a single record. Her unique style borders on minimal percussive tech house with elements of Chicago house and Detroit techno.
Photo by Cerca Trova
We managed to speak to her ahead of her appearance this Sunday at CDV:
What is unique to you about playing at Club de Visionaere? CDV is the place where you can do whatever you feel like. I don’t know any place in the world where the people dance with such a high appreciation to the artist. You aslo have infinite playtimes which gives you space to build up the set and tell your story from the beginning till the end, without any pressure. What is your favourite memory from CDV? I think it was my very first gig there. I was in such a great flow that I didn’t stop playing for 12 hours, forgetting everything around – even to pee! What impact has CDV had on your life as a DJ? I buy loads of Vinyls just for CDV, as sometimes it’s the only place you can play them – even in the winter when the club is closed and I know that my next gig will be far away. If you could pick one track that defines CDV which is personal to you, which would it be and why? Mama mia, that’s a hard question. There are tons of personal tracks I could name. But one I play every time at the moment and defines the CDV mood in a perfect way is maybe Nicola Kazimir - Fine Girl on Les Points. Or to name a classic, Thomas Melchior’s - Feel Sensual on Perlon.
How do you prepare for a set at CDV?There’s no set that needs a longer preparation than this, as you never know where and when the party ends. Sometimes I start to prepare the stuff in my head already one or two weeks in advance.
What can we expect from your appearance at Fragments this Sunday?It’s Dana Ruh’s and my first own party together and we invited two of our favourite artists and friends. Thomas Melchior is a legend for sure, nothing more to say. And Jichael Mackson’s live sets are definitely one of the best I know. One of those rare live acts that don’t bore you, even after 2 or 3 hours, as they are so multifaceted. Dana & I mostly play together, as it’s much more fun and because we know that our music fits together perfectly :)
Dana Ruh has discreetly been stamping her mark on electronic music since 2007, when she introduced her own label Brouqade Records. Since then, her output of deep and groovy house music has been unparalleled and consistent. Her ability as a DJ is highly respectable, gracing the decks regularly at Cocoon parties in Ibiza as well as in her homeland of Germany in world renowned venues including Berghain and of course CDV.
Jichael Mackson is currently one of the most experimental and innovative producers, through his whirlwind style that builds a genre of it's own. His seamless ability to combine anything from jazz,dub,electronica, techno and house is mesmerizing. His live exploration through his catalogue of music at CDV will be highly-anticipated, which will not be an appearance to be missed!
Sunday, 2nd August, 2015
Club der Visionaere
Jichael Mackson (live)
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To - the last ones standing...
Your presence on the cavernous dance-floor during the depths of the morning hasn't gone unnoticed each weekend. Although a majority of the crowd filter out during the embers of a party, you are the ones that motivate the DJ to keep smiling, keep spinning and to save some of the best and most memorable selections until last. You have inspired the 'extended set' and 'one more tune!'
In similar fashion to illegal UK rave culture, to 'dance til the police come' you are the ones dancing 'til the lights come on'...and I salute you because you are the troopers with a never say die attitude. Your early morning escapades are probably fuelled by the excitement of ecstasy and the fear of finishing the fun, but if the music is still thumping, the dance-floor should still be pumping, and it is, thanks to you!
The concept of the 'after-party' has been devised for you, who genuinely want to 'keep on going' into the peak of the afternoon and evening. Yes, your legs and back are aching, your mind is doing somersaults, and your desire levels are filtering out, but you are united with your fellow revellers and you can still contain a smile on your face. The passing thought of your bed is a blurred memory, that can wait though until the fun is over...
You've now got to the stage of sombre speaking in the smoking area of the after-party. 'What's your name?' Where are you from?' 'Who did you see tonight?' Yes, the conversation is hollow, but your still staying strong, and not everything is lost...the DJ's are lifting the tempo inside to an intimate array of flamboyant foot shakers, your not leaving yet... When the dust settles though, you can go home again, ready to face the mundane week ahead, reclaiming your weekend medal of being 'the last one standing.'
See you at an after-party soon?
By Sam Quilter
'Underground' is a term that is thrown around frequently with little justice to its origins and influences that have made it the most innovative movement for electronic music in recent years. It has had a highly positive impact both socially and culturally, breaking down barriers of the construction of ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class identity. There are many examples of demoting prejudice with regard to social identities in music, but none bare more resilience than the movements of New York house, Chicago house, Detroit techno, and Acid house and rave in the UK. Moving forward to now, electronic music as a scene and lifestyle is more open minded and culturally diverse than ever, expressing unity and uniqueness. London in particular has embraced an individual scene that is exclusive and represents such a high level of cultural exchange. Electronic music is captivating and is loved and shared on a vast global scale – for London to capture this and build a devoted community and melting pot for a constantly growing genre of music is truly inspiring.
It is clear by attending any of the vibrant parties that the city has to offer, which are never the same in terms of their crowds, that London has become one of the most welcoming places for people to dance and express themselves. For the most part, it is absent of violence because groups of people unite for one reason, and one reason only, which is the music. It is such a powerful tool that brings people together and eliminates any boundaries that might have been set. The UK and London in some cases have been labelled in the past as having a reputation for social violence, which has been predominantly fuelled by alcohol. This particular reputation however is non-existent at underground parties which display friendly and warm crowd integration in both small and large venues. Not to mention that it is one of the only environments where the DJ on some occasions integrates and communicates with the crowd as a member of the party, rather than significantly staying behind the decks, which epitomizes how relaxed and approachable this particular scene is.
One of the prime reasons that underground music events are so special is through crowd control, and the selective process that aims to keep a 'good vibe' at each party. Some events in London have built their reputations through their ability to control each person that comes through the door, which has a knock-on effect towards the overall atmosphere and personality of each event. This process has become commonplace in the industry, because it is such an effective way to manage the masses wishing to attend some of the most cutting edge parties London has to offer.
There are many elements that constitute to the success of the underground electronic music scene in London including the promoters, venue and most importantly, the DJs. But one aspect that often gets overlooked is the people that keep the party swinging, keep on going and keep on smiling, which is the crowd. They are the first thing, and last thing that you see upon entering and leaving a party, and they are the people that can make a party extra special...
By Sam Quilter
Photo by Giacomo Tonoli
Here at MEOKO, we understand the importance of our readers, the weekend revellers, and our dedicated followers so we have decided to give you the chance to present your opinions on what you are individually excited about this weekend, whatever that may be in any shape or form...because as you know, digesting all that London has to offer each weekend is no small task...We want to know which DJ's you are excited to see and why? Underground music is a community, so lets try and build our own MEOKO community right here so we can post and share from our own knowledge. When the weekend is over, which is not a thought to consider yet, we encourage any posts of media, either photos or videos to illustrate and share your individual experiences. The final word, have a good weekend, whatever you do and wherever you may be!
Please post any submissions below in the comment box at the bottom of this page!
These bits do the business, all out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise:
Antony Difrancesco - Vio (Moss Co.)
Moss Co.'s fourth release comes from one of London's most esteemed producers, Antony Difrancesco, whose previous work has received solid support from some of the industry's taste-makers. Vio opens the EP with bass filled fragments that lean against dark pads and haunting strings, with undertones of groove. Picking up pace, the robust and rolling Left adopts aquatic percussions with misty interludes. Martinez's rework completes the selection with a bubbling, minimalistic stepper built for the avant-garde listener.
Archie Hamilton - Works On Sunday (FUSE London)
FUSE London have unleashed their latest label release from Archie Hamilton, which steers towards their signature sound, with an influx of energy from the displayed producer. Mind Blank cuts straight to the core, through it's immediate rolling percussions which are filtered with foggy bass-lines. Vinyl only track Works on Sunday heads towards more ambient territories, without neglecting the fuelling and fierce percussive elements. Label heads Enzo Siragusa and Seb Zito stamp their mark on the remix, giving the track a rigid FUSE facelift with tough and techier drums.
Suciu - Reactiiletale (Pressure Traxx Silver Series)
Suciu is the latest young breed of talent to emerge from Bucharest. The Romanian producer's latest offering on Pressure Traxx Silver Series is particularly solid and innovative. Gloria From Astoria rampantly toys around with drowning vocals that nod towards 90s era garage which are complimented with warm pads. Materie Prima presents a spiralling array of sounds that are constructed without any direction, allowing the track to unravel unpredictably.
Etienne - Airmetique (Noir&Son)
Etienne has revealed his debut solo release for Noir&Son, which is a highly mature three track EP with a remix from a UK gem, Eddie Regan (Isherwood). Lead track Obsolate is a heady and pulsating edition built for the after-hours. Delphus follows up with a heavily UK inspired quick beat with sci-fi vocals and pads that seriously pack a punch. Isherwood's remix of a yet unreleased track Desert C offers up a ripping yet organic pulse of low-fi techno.
Dan Ghenacia & Chris Carrier - Just A Sin (Adult Only)
French counterparts Dan Ghenacia and Chris Carrier have provided the latest floor thumping release through their national output, Adult Only. Self-titled opener Just A Sin remixed by Diego Krause is a bouncy affair that shimmers with choppy and mysterious pads. Taking things in the 4x4 direction, The 2Nd Degree whirls and resonates through a marching sound that would have any dance-floor in a frenzy. The original version of Just A Sin is a more serious cut that builds through organic elements and dusty vocals.
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Tijn - Tijn 02 (Tijn)
New label series Tijn returns after the success of their first release from Djebali. The highlights for the latest edition are Turn The Music which is a tight, pumping groove surfaced with soulful strings, and Raw which is a beefy, jacking house track cut from the same cloth as Mr G.
Sunday party-starters Half Baked have a reputation for bringing some of Romania's finest talent over to London. Having recently played host to Petre Inspirescu, they have finally secured one of the [a:rpia:r] figureheads, and long-time friend of Half Baked, Raresh for a five hour set. Greg Brockmann and Yakine will be on warm up duties for what is sure to be a memorable occasion at Oval Space.
Photo by David Phos
Raresh has spearheaded the Romanian minimal movement, since discovered by Ricardo Villalobos at the beginning of his DJ career. As an artist, he has perfected a style of electronic music that draws influences from Chicago house, and sculptured a definitive sound with Balearic elements, while remaining unique through his ability to cross through a multitude of old and new genres. With an extended five hour set, we can't wait to see what he has in store for the Oval.
Half Baked resident,Greg Brockman and Yakine will be going back-to-back in a session that will showcase a combination of both of the selectors sounds. Heating up the dancefloor for Raresh is no small task, but the decks are in capable hands, following on from their memorable set in Dubai earlier this year.
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Sunday, 9th August 2015
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2 x tickets to the above event
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German DJ, musician and percussionist Chris Geschwindner is one of the most exciting new and emerging talents. The Frankfurt based artist has already displayed his versatile ability to combine elements of jazz and electronic music across a range of formats including his own unique live sets. Having a strong connection with Undersound, London through a solid release on their label and appearances at their parties, Chris has raised the bar through his dynamic and unrefined style of music. We caught up with him, and were also treated to the delights of his exclusive MEOKO podcast.
Hi Chris, how are you doing?
I’m great, thanks for having me.
Where was the first place you ever played at and how was the experience?
My first DJ gigs were basically birthday parties of good friends in my hometown north of Frankfurt in Germany. It was always fun and most people were curious about the music I played. My old friends from back then were and still are very open-minded to all kinds of musical genres and consequently we shared all kinds of records together.
Where was the last place you played at and how would you describe the experience?
Last Saturday I played at a party called Atelier Bizarre in Saarbrücken with Riccardo,TC80 and many others. The selection of DJs was very good and I had lots fun closing the stage where I played at in the early morning hours. The crowd let me go in almost every direction that I wanted to, plus the venue was an old industrial plant that offered an amazing party experience.
What are you currently working on?
I recently finished a couple of EPs and a few remixes that will be released soon. Right now I’m working on music with my friend Lukas Bielke. One of our tracks will be released very soon with a remix by TC80. Apart from that I am finishing my bachelor thesis in mechanical engineering at university.
What do you try and present in your sets through your music?
Playing music at a party is a highly intimate situation. I try to show the crowd what I love about music and will put a lot of energy into that no matter if I play my own music or the records I like. Showing a track to someone who hasn't heard it before or just letting someone peek into my taste is a way of showing your personality and connecting with people.
How would you describe your music?
Making music is one of the activities that requires the skill to finish a project even if you struggle with it. My aim is to condense certain emotions and ideas into tiny moments and paint an audible picture of what I want to express. My weapons of choice are electronic and acoustic instruments as well as my own field recordings. I edit and blend all these elements together to form the final musical piece. I like to see technology, science and art as a vital symbiosis of separate fields. This means that there is a strong connection between how you produce a sound and how you perceive it when you hear it. This perceptible proximity is exactly how I would see my music.
What are your musical influences and how are they represented through the music that you play?
Luckily, I grew up surrounded with all kinds of music. Being a singer in an opera choir in Frankfurt, my mother showed me the profundity of classical music. Listening to a lot of jazz and hip-hop records on top, I started to take drum lessons and quickly explored the beauty of playing an instrument. My first contacts with electronic music were mainly happening at local parties or record stores. A lot of the artists I discovered back then are still a big influence. When I play in front of a crowd I try to show two things at once: where I come from and where I am right now.
At which point in your career did you realise that you were moving in the right direction to becoming a professional DJ?
When people you like and respect you and trust your music to be the right choice for their label or collective is something superb. People like Inner or the Undersound crew from London are responsible for a lot of new people discovering my music and I am happy to work with such passionate individuals.
How do you prepare for a live set?
Playing records and performing live are two truly different approaches. I play live using 12 tracks in Ableton Live where I have the ability to mix together individual instruments of my recordings using a controller and mix the output of my sound card together with drum machines, synths and other machines on a separate analogue mixing desk. I’ve had the experience that I need a certain space for improvisation to fully use the capacity of my set-up so I program almost every pattern and melody on the fly. I prepare most things just hours before the show, mainly debugging my own Max 4 Live effect units. This approach allows me to stay flexible and to set the right mood in the right moment on stage.
If you weren't DJ'ing, what would you be doing?
I would definitely play in a jazz band.
Offthe top of your head, can you think of a track that always stays with you that never fails to excite the crowd?
Dopplereffekt - Speak & Spell. Of all the incredible tracks on the Gesamtkunstwerk record this one is the most relentless and haunts you in your dreams with its crazy chopped vocal loop.
If you could only pick two records to listen to for the rest of your life, what would they be?
I’d take Move D & Benjamin Brunn’s 'Songs From The Beehive' and a good recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s requiem.
Have you faced any challenges throughout your career?
I’ve always seen making music as a hobby so I didn’t really push myself into the place where I am right now. People encouraged me to continue with what I do and a lot of my friends helped me getting bookings or showed my music to others. So up to now the only problems I had in my career were happening in the studio. It’s not always easy to convince yourself to try out new things if you are connected to a certain way of doing things. Stepping out of your own shadow is important as I truly believe that the only constant in life is change. So when I make music it’s always a challenge to see what I can come up with and if this will be good enough for your own aspirations.
Which electronic music artists are you listening to at the moment?
I really love the new Moritz Von Oswald Trio album Sounding Lines. His way of combining elements of dub and jazz are just incredible. Using a real drummer for the album makes this record even better. The new Zenker Brothers album Immersion is another record I really love. They sound very powerful and rough without pretending. It’s always nice to hear dirty music. Thankfully there are lots of talented friends and local producers around me: Dario Reimann, Harry McCanna, Dubmodel and many more.
If you could play alongside any DJ, who would it be and why?
Apart from the many talented DJs that I know personally I would love to share decks with an icon like Jeff Mills for once while he jams on his 909.
What has been your most memorable experience behind the decks and why?
Playing in London for Undersound was very exciting and challenging. The whole trip was incredible and you could really feel how everyone involved loved what they did. I needed a few days to fully realize this great experience.
What events are you playing at next?
I will host a party together with my very talented friend Franziska Berns at Hafen 2 in Offenbach on July 25th. The day after I will come back to Dora Brilliant in Frankfurt where I will play live.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?
Find a good way between taking yourself and your music seriously and being easygoing and relaxed about your works. Take your time to be satisfied with what you do. Learn about acoustics and technology. Listen to people with experience and try to learn from them.
Thanks for your time and good luck with everything!
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fabric has fore-fronted Saturday nights in London since it's inception, delivering consistent forward thinking line-ups on a worldwide scale, across it's three renowned rooms. This weekend, the Farringdon based venue will be showcasing a listing of large proportions including Zip, Fumiya Tanaka, Stacey Pullen, Guillame & The Coutu Dumonts, Alex Celler and Damaged. Residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis will also be appearing in their respective rooms.
Perlon boss, Thomas Franzmann aka Zip has been pushing boundaries and structuring his own unique style of minimal electronic music since he leapt onto the scene in the 90s. Since then, he has ventured further away from the formalities of electronic music, constantly digging for exclusive sounds to escape from simplicity. His appearances are rare, and unforgettable quite simply because he is a magician behind the decks.
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Fumiya Tanaka is Japan's most highly regarded DJ for his heroic reputation for producing a gold-dust catalogue of cutting edge music. As a titan of techno, he has been instrumental in providing the sound of minimal and intense techno to Japan, and worldwide. Similarly to Zip, he scarcely appears in London, but when he does, he brings dynamite to his discerning crowds.
Stacey Pullen is an innovator of Detroit techno music, and is one of the most in demand DJ's of the genre. It is no surprise that fabric have secured him...as he is guaranteed to give the cavernous room two a Motor City workout to remember.
Guillame & The Coutu Dumonts is an alluring producer that has formed a puzzling style that bares similarities to jazz, house grooves and techno. Room one is set to be the perfect stage for the Candian artist to present his live set.
Alex Celler has risen respectively since moving to London from Greece. With industry support from Ricardo Villalobos and Sven Vath, his credibility is deserved through his distinct level of production.
London based outfit Damaged host room three with a solid selection of talent including residents Georgio Oniani and Matteo Manzini as well as S.A.M. And Bruno Schmidt. With a dedicated following, and definitive under the radar sound, expect the Damaged duo to bring the party to Charterhouse St this Saturday...
Saturday 25th July, 2015
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Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts (Live)
Room Three (Damaged)
Hi Remi, how are you today?
I’m feeling really good thank you!
What have you recently been working on recently?
I’m finishing some music for three different EP’s as well as a participation in a Various Artists release. I’m also working on new projects with Scarlett, she is a singer. We collaborated in the past and we like what we have done so we want to do some more music together.I also have my projects with FBJulian and Clive Henry as we share the same studio.
What were your main influences for your 'Colors' EP?
The three tracks had different influences: I composed “I Felt This Way Before” one summer when I just came back from Secret Garden Party. The second was “Orange & Blue”, I lived in Ibiza for a few months in spring 2013. The influence for that one was surely chilling on the beach everyday. The last song on the EP was “Les Merguez”, that was made as I got more and more into jacking Chicago house music.
Has your style changed in any way since your 'Colors' EP?
My style is constantly evolving. I’m very receptive to my surroundings and the music around me so I always discover new things that will influence what I’m doing. I also really like to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone using elements or sounds I have never used before, as well as new techniques and new recipes to produce.
How do you start your production process when making music?
If I start a new project from scratch, I will either first build a beat I really like then add bass to get it properly grooving and this would give the direction to the track. Or I would do the complete opposite and look for melodies or a strong hook first and build the beat and the bass around it. I also work a lot on projects that already exist as I have so many unfinished tracks after years spent in the studio.
With such a diverse level of production, how do you present your music in live sets?
I try to tell an interesting story with the songs I have made, I have to follow a direction when I play but I like to be surprising too. I like to bring it down and up and then up and maybe completely down again, take it to the left and to the right… If that makes sense. I do not like sets that sound like the same tune from the beginning till the end.
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What has been the most challenging moment of your career so far?
It was definitely when my tinnitus happened about four years ago, I went to see a specialist and realised there was no treatment and the doctor advised me strongly to do something other than music. I obviously didn’t listen and took that as a challenge, I guess it gave more purpose to my job. It is still a challenge even if you get used to the ringing and manage to forget about it.
How did you fall in love with electronic music?
I fell in love with electronic music going to kubicle at Public Life/Toilet, the music and the vibe there, the spot… It was electric.
Do your French roots have any influence on your music taste?
Your music is influenced by your past as much as your present as long as you are not hiding anything and being truly honest while you make it. So as I grew up in France, I guess you can hear it (and I’m not talking about my absurdly strong accent).
What motivates you to succeed as professional electronic music artist?
I discovered production while I was very down, heart broken actually and it changed my life, having a passion is like being in love, it makes you vibrate and gives sense and meaning to your life. I get so much pleasure and contentment being in the studio and then I love sharing what I do while I’m playing at parties.
With Eastern Electrics festival forthcoming in your schedule, what can we expect from your set?
Some of my old music, some of my newer stuff and some music I have not played anywhere else before so let’s have some fun together in the magical environment that a festival can be.
As your playing in the Kubicle VIP Disco, will you change your selection of music in any way?
I would always adapt my selection anywhere I play but Liz and Sonia are great promoters, they know what they are doing, they ask me to play because I fit the occasion.
What stands out as the best place that you have played at this year?
The best parties I played for this year would be Colors and Magic Door, they are two very fun parties to play for so thank you to the guys for having me play at their party. The best venue was a Mansion in Ascot next to London.
What do you hope to achieve by 2016?
I would love to put a band together, I got that stuck in my head and I need to make it happens.
Are there any particular artists that you enjoy working with, if so why?
Everyone I have worked with is very different and it is difficult to tell who’s the best to work with. Some are very fun because they are very easy to jam with and some are a lot more particular about the music they want to achieve so they can be harder to work with. It is challenging but you can come up with something very interesting. That is why I always enjoy to collaborate either with Clive Henry, FB Julian, Guilhem Monin, Scarlett,Thomas Roland… as they all have different qualities.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with me, and good luck with everything!
By Sam Quilter
Remi Mazet plays the Kubicle VIP Disco at Eastern Electrics Festival on Saturday August 1st, 2015
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20/20 Vision, the birth child of Ralph Lawson has established itself as one of the UK's most consistent home grown labels with a formidable catalogue of music from across the globe, from a highly reputable range of artists. Expanding away from solely the labels output, it has equally built a renowned reputation through larger than life line-ups and parties. Following on from the success of their last showcase, 20/20 Vision brings one of their most exciting selections of talent to Studio 338 on the 15th of August for a day and night event hosted by LWE (London Warehouse Events).
Steve Bug is an ambassador of electronic music. As the boss of Poker Flat Recordings, the German based artist has proven his ability to craft both an individual and collective style that continues to sound unique and fresh and remain outside the parameters of original 4x4 dance floor flavours.
Axel Boman has built his reputation on exploring all genres of electronic music and breaking down the boundaries that refine them. With a definitive structure of minimal, warm sounds, he has the ability to shake things up a lot entering a range of up tempo territories with ease.
20/20 figurehead, Ralph Lawson has and continues to play a pioneering role in underground dance music. He is undoubtedly one of 'the UK's best kept secrets' and a legend in his own right due to his fresh approach to house music.
Dungeon Meat, that consists of Brawther and Tristan Da Cunha strive to deliver 'no nonsense' cuts of house music, intended to cause destruction on any dance floor. Just check out any of their releases, and you'll see what we mean...
London's very own, Bobby Pleasure is a selector of smooth proportions, whether he is digging in his record bag for deep slices of disco or breezy house, his pleasure spreads infectiously across any stage he graces with his party persona.
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Saturday, 15th August 2015
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The Kreuzberg venue, Club der Visionaere has bare witnessed to some of Berlin's most cutting edge, underground listings in the most intimate space in the city, and it continues to showcase artists on such high levels. Next Tuesday, it welcomes two of Germany's finest female exports, Janina and tINi alongside Russia's Dasha Redkina.
Berliner, Janina is one of the most respected DJ's to emerge from the native underground electronic music scene. For more than twelve years, she has been a vital component through her infinite ability to display soul and emotion in her music that ranges between anything from down-tempo electronic to dub house. With a devoted relationship to vinyl, and a continuously evolving music taste, her performances never follow the same path and are always guranteed to excite.
tINi has become one of the most highly acclaimed female artists in techno and house music in both Germany, and worldwide. Since appearing at London's FUSE events, as well as running her own event in Ibiza, tINi and the Gang, her career has certainly taken off with no limits to what she can achieve. Her style bridges the gap between groovy swinging minimal and tech house.
Russia's Dasha Redkina has crafted her own unique sound by expressing elegance, which is personified throughout her music that crosses the boundaries between minimal, experimental, ambient, deep jacking house and contemporary techno. Whatever she chooses to play, is always delivered with finesse and grace.
Tuesday, 21st July, 2015
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Once again, Hackney is under attack by the borough council through their proposed 'Hackney council draft licensing policy for 2016' which aims to distinguish late licensing for bars and clubs in Dalston, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington. As a community, it is critically important to address ways to improve nightlife in Hackney, rather than look for direct ways to revoke the council's propositon, which is a reocurring issue. We have the power to formulate a support system that improves the condition of Hackney's nightlife, for now and the future. This would increasingly improve the area for businesses, owners, promoters and any other group of individuals that play a role in such a vibrant and diverse community. Licensing is a significantly grey area in London and is a complicated issue, which is why it is critical to find a new avenue to oppose the motives of the council, such as a support system which would show a unified solution to what has already become a pressing issue for the council.
NTIA chairman Allan Miller is in full support of protecting London's most vibrant area, he said: 'we need to be very mindful and remember bars and clubs are stakeholders in the area, as well as consider the mix between businesses, residents and visitors, and the eco system that comes from the nightlife in Hackney.'
'Hopefully everyone can work together to talk about carrying on to improve the area, with a smart 24 hour strategy, and by keep on providing for the borough and London to keep the talent coming. It is not 1950s or 1980s Britian anymore, we need to move forward as a grown up nation.'
A website called We Love Hackney has also been set up to "help save Hackney’s nightlife"—you can access that here.
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For anyone with their finger on the pulse of the electronic music industry, you would have discovered by now that a particular Chilean DJ has received a barrage of abuse from a wealth of revellers from the weekends Cocoon In The Park showcase at Temple Newsam, Leeds, who expressed their hate towards his performance on the Cocoon Facebook page – highlighting that he 'killed the vibe.' The man in question is none other than Ricardo Villalobos, one of the most respected figures in electronic music quite simply because he does what he believes in, whether that be playing Star Wars – The Imperial March at fabric, or a mixup of Yazoo and Norm Talley at Sunwaves, Villalobos is more than a surprise package.
Although his antics behind the booth and party persona have come under scrutiny in the past, which are talking points in themselves, you can't help but think that it might have just been a bad day at the office for one of the world's most internationally acclaimed DJ's, or the fault of the programmers fitting him in between Carl Cox and Sven Vath. However, the response from Saturday is not even a minor blip on the minimal maestro's emphatic career and here's just some of the reasons why...
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In the words of the master - 'It is all my productions and it's a form of introducing an album as a mix. Every time you do an album and then you do the next one, people start to compare how the music is different.'
One of the mix series most compelling editions which is made up entirely of Villalobos' exclusive productions, and is one of the most significant projects that he has embarked upon and succeeded with emphatically. An absolutely timeless artifact from one of fabric's most beloved artists.
Catalogue of remixes
There is no other artist that can rework a track and embody the original sound balanced perfectly with a new interpretation and influence. With over 200 edits, here are some of his best...
He doesn't 'like to sleep'
'Some people are afraid of not being powerful enough. Some are afraid of being alone. I prefer not to sleep.'
Sleeping is the human way of functioning, but not for Villalobos...who is still a musical genius without getting even forty winks.
He discovered the young talent of Raresh
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Ricardo Villalobos famously discovered Raresh in Bucharest, Romania in 2006. Since then, Raresh has estbalished himself as one of the worlds best DJ's. Thank you Ricardo!
He breaks down barriers
What he is renowned for is breaking down barriers of normality. His style may be pronounced as weird, articulate, eccentric and an acquired taste, but his all round ability as an artist is unparalleled and at times, mind blowing. Villalobos has formed his own dynamic sound that can never be replicated, influencing masses of other producers to attempt it. To his faithful followers, Cocoon In The Park is a untraceable dip among his career that has and continues to span years of perfection.
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Martin Swanstein, better known as Martinez is one of few Scandinavian artists to stamp their mark on house music and techno. The Danish/Swedish producer has built a highly reputable catalogue through a variety of releases on labels including his own imprint, Concealed Sounds, Moon Harbour, Cadenza and Love Letters from Oslo. With four full length albums under his belt, plus an internationally acclaimed DJ reputation, through appearances at Cocoon in Frankfurt, Panorama Bar in Berlin and Amneisa in Ibiza, just to name the tip of the iceberg, Martinez isn't one to watch, he is one to try and keep up with...We got the chance to speak with him about the birth of his career, his label and more.
Hi Martinez, how are you today?
Very good thank you! :)
Great! What are you currently working on?
I'm doing a two weeks tour in the US next, so I'm currently packing and preparing my record bags for that.
How does playing in America compare to playing in Europe?
I'd say it always depends more on the promoter, club/venue, party atmosphere, crowd and sound system, rather then it depends on where in the world you are playing.
What was the first event that you ever played, and what was the experience like?
I think the first ever DJ gig I ever played was when I was 17 years old on a beach in Helsingborg, Sweden. Some buddies (that where also DJ beginners) and I set up a free party on this special little place. We rented some speakers, took our own turntables and mixer there, then played all day and night with our friends around. It was extremely exciting at the time and I still smile when thinking back on those uncomplicated times.
How have you seen DJ equipment change and progress since the start of your career?
It has changed a lot throughout the years, but what I really noticed is that nothing beats the Technics 1210 even after all the years of playing.
What is your current studio set up?
I never change a system that works… so I'm still using an insanely old but very stabile and loyal version of Cubase on a G5 Mac, with a very good mixer that I record through. Though I have added a few machines lately, like a Vermona DRM1 and some Eventide effect boxes. Its mostly hardware that I record sequences from, which I then edit and program into tracks.
What is the longest amount of time you have spent in your studio?
hmm… don't remember, but I think I did around 48 hours once!
Do you have any routines when producing music?
No, I just do what feels right and sounds good!
With your 'Undertones EP' releasing soon, what particular style of music can we expect to hear from it?
I don't know what to call it, maybe some kind of experimental, minimalistic, modern House Music… ;)
How influential is Concealed Sounds with regard to the electronic music scene in Denmark?
Concealed Sounds is my platform for releasing what ever I want and like, its not territorial at all.
How has Concealed Sounds assisted you with the production of your music?
The label started as a platform where I could put out music that I love, but felt that I couldn't find the right place for it to be released. I think more it gave me a playground where I could experiment and do just what I wanted.
How did you approach your 'O-Pen' album, in comparison to approaching the production of an EP?
"O-Pen" was produced over more then 2 years. I made tracks as well as a lot of loops or grooves of ideas and melodies etc… then after a year of collecting all of these I started building them into new and more fuller tracks. Maybe the process is not that different from when you make an EP to be honest. In the end you collect tracks that compliment each other and together tell a story in there own unique way, but with an album it just more extensive.
Which record hasn't left your bag recently?
Moodymann - "Picture This" has been in there for a long time.
What inspired you to become a professional DJ?
I never decided to become a professional DJ, it kind of just happened as a result of unconditional love for music and not feeling that strongly about anything else.
How would you describe your style of music to someone unfamiliar with electronic music?
Its full of rhythm, groove and weird unidentifiable sounds… or something.
How has your sound developed since the start of your career?
It constantly develops. For me it is one of the most important aspects of music, to keep it fresh and interesting. But in general, I think it has developed from more "musical" and melody based stuff to something more abstract and experimental, perhaps. But then again that is a very vast description...
What has been the most exciting experience of your career so far?
Releasing my latest album, and playing daytime set's at Panorama Bar.
Are there any particular artists that you enjoy working with? If so, why?
All the guys on my label and handful more. I like working with down to earth people that make music for the right reason and spend more time in the studio then on Facebook.
What do you hope to achieve by 2016?
Nirvana…. but let's be realistic.
By Sam Quilter
Martinez plays for MODU:LAR, Saturday 1st August, for tickets click here
The German based Martin Landsky has always raised the bar. Just take a look at his extensive discography that presents a diverse spectrum of electronic music's most unique sounds, through Germany's most vital labels. As an artist he is always moving forward towards something diverse and refuses to be pigeonholed to one particular style. Martin is very committed to Poker Flat Recordings which remains to be one of the most frequent outputs for his music, and he also runs his own label, Intim Recordings. To put it simply, Martin Landksy's relentless career has snowballed towards success, which is continuing....We had a Not So Serious chat with one of Germany's pioneers.
The DJ/producer to watch closely in Germany?
Etui Records from Dresden. Neither an artist really nor a newcomer, but definitely highly underrated in my opinion, so worth the mention here.
Worst experience travelling to perform a set?
Well, the most disturbing situation i experienced was in Detroit some years ago when i played at Oslo. I was on the way to the club, when the taxi got stuck in a traffic jam because of a blocked street after a shooting. The taxi stopped exactly where the shooting took place, the dead body was laying right next to my window and we were stuck there for ages. That was so so horrible.
Work to live or live to work?
I prefer to live, frankly i think i could go well without work.
The first track you bought?
Funnily enough i really remember the first vinyl i have ever bought. It was a 7" of Kim Wilde "Kids In America". I was a little boy and i just fell in love with that cover showing Kim´s portrait, i just bought it because of the picture, i didn´t know the music at all. #teenagelove
If you weren't a DJ...?
Haha, this Snoop Dogg quote just comes to my mind:
"alright Snoop, what you wanna be when you grow up?- i wanna be a motherfuckin hustla, ya betta ask somebody"
The best sound system you have played on?
Oh, there are a lot of great sounding rooms around the globe these days. But i always enjoyed and appreciated the approach to sound and light in all the major clubs in Tokyo.
A night that went out of control?
Pow, which one did not? =)
A place where you get away from your busy lifestyle?
Talking to myself while going for an extensive walk, the actual place doesn´t matter that much….
What is your routine for a hangover?
Trying to ignore it, lots of sweets and painkillers.
If I was a feeling, I would be...
Best place to party outside?
In the desert by night.
If you could abolish a music genre from the planet earth?
If people are stupid enough to listen to bad music, it makes no sense to abolish genres, as they will invent another awful substitution. It´s like the Hydra from the greek mythology….
Thanks, and good luck with everything!
Martin Landsky - 'De Geh Bo' EP is out now on Poker Flar Recordings, Click Here
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