Dorian Paic has become somewhat of a purveyor for the Frankfurt scene by contributing his experience and knowledge to projects including his own label Raum Musik as well as Robert Johnson club as one of their regular DJs. The German has also become an instrumental element to the Cocoon roster since 2011, making regular appearances at Cocoon showcases in Amnesia Ibiza where he has delivered cutting edge performances. We spoke to him ahead of his appearance at the White Isle...
Hello Dorian, how are you doing?
I am fine, just returned from a very long and exhausting trip, so now I am quite happy to be back home.
What have been your highlights of the summer so far?
Sonus Festival in Croatia last week was really nice. I had a great time there and the parties I attended have also been a lot of fun.
Who were the first house and techno artists that got your attention when you were getting into both genres?
As for techno maybe Robert Hood, at least he is the techno artist that I own the most records of. Besides that maybe Luke Slater. As for house the list definitely is a bit longer,Derrick Carter, Luke Solomun & Justin Harris aka the Freaks, Gemini, Boo Williams, Cajmere, Masters at Work, Murk Boys, Theo Parrish and Moodymann are all artists that I also own a large number of records produced by them.
What was the first electronic music record that you bought, and do you still play it out?
Quadrophonia - Wave of the Future and no I don’t play it out anymore ;-)
Rather than describe your sound, how do you want people to experience it through listening?
Well I just wish that people would be more open minded for DJ sets. A good DJ set for me has to have a certain variety. In the music as well as in the levels of moods and energy of the music that you are listening to. Nowadays it is more about function and a lot of DJ sets became really flat. I don’t like that, I like surprises and changes of styles and moods.
What was your initial vision for Raum...musik when you joined the label?
First i was an artist releasing on the label and then later when Peter Armster had left the label my partner Olaf asked me if I would like to join him and take over the A&R part as Olaf and I also knew each other from the Freebase record shop.
How do you think the label's sound has changed since it's introduction in 1998?
In the beginning the sound was more dub related and then later on changed into a blend of stripped down, more twisted house and techno.
As a member of the Cocoon family, why is Cocoon special to you?
Cocoon is still promoting vinyl culture quite a lot compared to many of the other bigger companies in the industry. Sven until now plays vinyl only sets consistently and also in Ibiza the focus is more aimed on longer DJ sets and a good programing of the night instead of a name dropping bonanza where all DJs play 1 hour 30 mins max. I think that is important and i can identify myself with that.
How has Cocoon supported you as an artist?
Cocoon and especially Sven and Johannes have always been very supportive with me. Even when I was not in the agency roster they already invited me to play at some of their parties, as well as in Ibiza and later on also at the Cocoon club in Frankfurt.
How does it feel to be part of the Cocoon family as one of the most influential DJs worldwide?
It feels good for me but I am not sure if I am one of the most influential DJs worldwide to be honest. I just really try to do what I like and feel and I still enjoy doing that after more than 20 years working as a DJ.
What is your most valued experience from Cocoon at Amneisa, Ibiza?
My personal highlight so far was closing the night back to back together with Ricardo Villalobos and Raresh and I was the one to play the last tune on the terrace. As I remember that was in 2012 I guess. I still have some great memories of that night.
Which artists should we be looking out for in Frankfurt?
Markus Fix, Einzelkind and Sascha Dive as for the more known ones but also there is a new generation growing up with people like the Hardworksoftdrink collective or the guys running the labels Pressure Traxx, Traffic, Pager Records and Sensual just to name a few. They are very talented and ambitious and keep the Rhein Main area interesting at the moment.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!
By Sam Quilter
Dorian Paic plays Cocoon at Amnesia, Ibiza on 21 September, 2015 for tickets click here
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These bits do the business, all out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise:
Ron Trent – Tribute To Ron Hardy – (Rush Hour)
It's a no brainer to include this sublime 1985 tribute to Ron Hardy, by none other than Ron Trent issued on vinyl by Rush Hour. A pure example of spiritual organic house at it's finest, with emotive vocals that speak in resemblance of one of house music's greatest pioneers. This will sell out quick, you know where the link is...
Maik Yells – Nomar – (Neovinyl Recordings)
Continuing his surge on Neovinyl Recordings, Maik Yells returns with three fresh slices of beat techno, that are equally heavy and groovy. 'Asmodea' is an out and out roller, that unravels through tight pads and sharp hats, which flows into Signal's remix which is much more fidgety painting a dubbier portrait or the original. The closer 'Nomar' kicks along with a snappy snare and a growling bass-line to round off a very solid EP.
Vicentlulian – Four Quarters EP - (Metereze)
The latest edition on Raresh's Romanian imprint from young star Vincentlulian is another huge step forward for the label now firmly finding it's feet. 'Standard' opens things up with gripping elements that pack more of a groove, than a punch, which moves into 'Ended' whichcreates a much more spaced out sound that simmers with laid back percussions. On the flip, 'No More' serves up a cosmic layout of bright synths and quick stepping drums, before concluder 'Le Van A Cantar', which is Vicentlulian's most hypnotic ensemble on the EP, completing the release as a must for any DJ bag!
Dhs – Holofonic Cuts – (My Own Jupiter)
Dhs steps up for the second release on Nicolas Lut'z's label, which is a masterpiece of abstract techno breaks. As the title suggests, 'From Outerspace' is an extra terrestrial exploration which shifts between eerie elements and afro-beat. 'Dhs theme 2014' is a straight up acid burner, that twists in many directions, whereas'Voodoo Breaks' combines both of the previous tracks but unravels them through percussive break-beat elements.
Soul Capsule – Overcome – Trelik Records
This EP needs little introduction or explanation, it's one of the most treasured releases to date, and is being reissued on Trelik Records. A masterpiece from Thomas Melchior and Baby Ford aka Soul Capsule, don't sleep on this! TIP!
Raucherecke - Nebelmaschine - (Im in love)
It's always good to find tracks that cross the boundaries of house and techno...here we have a one tracker on German imprint Im in love from Raucherecke which is a thumping adventure through acid elements of both genres, enjoy!
A little over two years has passed since Yamen & Eda’s last original effort on Earlydub, and now the French duo return for a super hot vinyl-only release. I had ‘Rouge Gorge’ on repeat in early April when I heard it on Loquace’s ‘Just Like That’ podcast and have been scratching around Soundcloud trying to find it ever since. When I did find it, it came as no surprise that two of the other three tracks got my foot tapping just as much. This EP is honest and straight up dance music with funky, wobbly basslines and gently toasted high ends.
These guys have a history of solid releases collectively and individually, and their growth in the studio is clear. ‘Sterope II,’ which will barge its way in-between most peak time bangers, feels like its been injected with an ounce of Romanian sparkle with its rapid fire hats and silky smooth synth line. ‘Incognito’ brings a chunkier, slammier edge while ‘Rouge Gorge’ provides us with a super crispy, booty shakin’ bomb of a tune that'll get rinsed by the heads. Big up Y&E yet again for their top work.
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Back in May, HOME provided one of the stand-out parties of the summer bringing the likes of RPR Soundsystem, Cezar and Dan Andrei to Greenwich in what provided a truly magical stage for some of the best electronic music the city has seen over the past months. After such a huge success, the hugely anticipated second HOME party is upon us, and it is set to be as big, if not bigger than the last London outing.
This is what happened last time...
Many artists will be making their first HOME appearances including Sonja Moonear, who is highly regarded as one of the best female DJs through her intricate elements of mixing. She can always raise the levels alongside any line-up and is in good company with Fumiya Tanaka, Cabanne and Praslea.
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.
Cabanne has become one of the most influential artists on the Parisian underground music scene, namely through his own output Minibar which has been at the forefront of the minimal/tech house scene in the city. Individually as a producer, he has constructed a self defined unique micro style that implements elements of house and techno that are carefully wrapped in his own signature sound.
LISTEN TO CABANNE'S MEOKO MIX HERE
A HOME party wouldn't be complete without any Romanians, and once again the goods have been delivered in the form of Praslea, Barac, Alexandra and Arapu. [a:rpia:r] affiliate Praslea is a key element to Romania's groundbreaking circuit of artists through his cutting edge combinations of wide territories of house and techno. Barac's production's have gained the attention of many, through his carefully executed elements of percussion which have breathed air into minimal electronic music.
In a male dominated roster, Alexandra has firmly put her female touch on the Romanian scene through energetic selections. One of the new wave artists, Arapu caused quite a stir at Sunwaves, we can't wait to see what he has in store for Studio 338.
Berlin based Binh is starting to earn accolades for both his performances and productions, including his release on Perlon earlier on in the year which proved he has made forward strides in his sound.
LISTEN TO BIN'S MIX HERE
Nima Gorji will be providing his unparalleled experience, and proving why his illustrious career has spanned years of forward thinking music ranging between ambient through to tech-house.
Lowris has become a permanent addition to the Parisian scene with a residency at Concrete where he has managed to share the decks with many artists and build a definitive sound that will treat the ears of any dancefloor.
Completing the lineup are Ian F and Laylla Dane who will both provide deep essences of house and techno venturing into a range of sounds.
For tickets click here
Sunday 30th August, 2015
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Two of the UKs most prestigious house record labels Axe On Wax and Music Is Love Records will be bringing the vibes to Dalston Roof Park for a summer send-off which is sure to be a fitting occasion with palm trees, surprises and coconuts and of course, great music. On hand providing the sounds will be Brunbjörn, Liam Geddes, DJ Caspa, Oli Furness (Live), Chaos In The Cbd and Enrico Mantini.
London based Brunbjörn has already proven his production skills on Käse Kool and HOLIC TRAX presenting unique and exciting styles of garage house with soulful undertones and bumping basslines.
Liam Geddes has already achieved a lot as a young producer with a succession of signature house releases that have found their way into the record bags of some of the most influential DJs. As an artist that has taken inspiration from many great producers, his own influence on current house music is resounding and he has become one of the scenes tastemakers.
DJ Caspa has been playing electronic music in many forms for the past 20 years including acid-house right the way through to tech-house, and has gained vast knowledge which is presented in his experienced mixing style.
Oli Furness has garnered a reputation for having a solid ear for deep, driven and groovy styles of music. He will be presenting his own unique productions in a live set at the end of summer showcase.
Chaos In The Cbd will be making an appearance off the back of their milestone release 'Midnight In Peckham' on one of London's most innovative imprints 'Rhythm Section International'.
Regarded as one of the founders of deep house music, Enrico Mantini who has had prominence through his work for Half Baked and Wilson Records completes the line-up.
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For tickets click here
4th September 2015
Dalston Roof Park
Oli Furness (Live)
Chaos In The Cbd
As part of our regular competition series, MEOKO has a brilliant selection of prizes for one very lucky reader!
Vinyl - AOW 002 / Rhythm Operator/ Illuminate Your Soul EP (Inc Liam Geddes Remix)
Vinyl - AOW 004 Raw Axes EP/ Cera Alba - Rosenhaft (Inc Kindimmer & Oli Furness Remix)
Vinyl - MIL011 - Mr ks "Take a trip" EP w/ POINT G & Oli Furness remixes
One Axe On Wax grey t-shirt in sizes Small,Medium and Large
with "AOW" as the subject title. Good luck!
Frankfurt based label Pressure Traxx have gained many fans since their initial release back in 2012, with appreciation being directed towards their ethos of presenting 'no bandwagon blues, no sounds-alike songs' and sticking to it...Their roster of artists reads very convincingly, with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Vinyl Speed Adjust, Barac, Suciu, Christian Burkhardt, Chris Wood & Meat and of course, Frost and Einzelkind, who have been at the helm of the 'more pressure, more traxx' project since day one. We spoke to Einzelkind, to get beneath the pure passion for what has become one of the most well respected imprints in the industry.
Hi, how are you doing?
Fundamentally, what does Pressure Traxx represent?
Love for house & techno, old and new, a way of life that is about passion, sharing music and ideas with our friends and people all over the world.
Going back to the roots of Pressure Traxx, how did it all begin and what inspired you to create your own musical vision and output?
Frost and me have known each other for a long time. We're ravers and music freaks in the first place, so we always talked about and shared music and many, many funny nights. One day we visited our friend Christian Burkhardt in his studio and started a track. Christian had to meet his girl at 4PM and started at around 2 so we had two to three hours to finish the track. So we kept saying Pressure Traxx all the time. That's how the name came together, and like everything else it was a natural thing that just came along. We're not following any masterplan, we just do what we like and we're really happy that so many other people seem to like it as well.
With the first release on the label produced by Einzelkind & Frost, what did you want to represent and introduce to your listeners?
Like I said we're not theoretical people when it comes to music. We just get down and do our thing. We had a few bits together, that we thought had to be released and because we're a lil bit special when it comes to music, we wanted to have everything in our hands like artwork, mastering, schedule and other artists on the label.
So the only way to do it properly was to do it by ourselves. But in general, we want to present high quality dance music, that doesn't follow any trends and stands the test of time.
What response did you initially receive from the release?
The response was really good from the get go.
As one of your most respected releases, Voodog, how did you initially manage to get Ricardo Villalobos on board to present his tracks through your label?
The main reason is that we're friends and we share the same passion for music. That's one of the reasons why we love Ricardo, no matter how big he is, music is always the driving force behind everything he's doing. We think that many DJs that become big start to play music that is only functional but has no soul, because they think they have to play like that to work a (big) crowd. Ricardo is different and so are we, so maybe that's why we get along so well...
If you had to choose only one of your releases from your catalogue to define your sound, which would it be and why?
We can't pick one really. Every single track reflects and defines the sound of the label.
What impact does Pressure Traxx have on the underground electronic music scene in Frankfurt?
We're not the ones to ask that really. To say that you have an impact on a whole city would be really pretentious. We have a great and lively scene in Frankfurt with a lot of great labels, DJs and producers and we're friends with many of them. Check out some of the new labels around: Traffic, HardWorkSoftDrink, Sensual, Pager...So there is a lot going on and I think we stimulate each by sharing new tracks and spending time together.
How does it make you feel when you hear one of your label's tracks being played out, or see DJs supporting tracks from your label?
To sit in your basement working on a track and then go to a club or rave and hear someone playing your track and the place goes off is one of the best feelings you can have that's for sure. We're happy about everyone who buys, plays or supports our music in any kind of way. Thank you for that!
What has been the milestone for the label so far?
Crash Course in Science - Flying Turns was our biggest release so far. When I heard the track for the first time I had the vision to re-release it with a remix by Ricardo. When everything came together it was just great. It's a really special record. The original is from '82' way ahead of its time. To find a piece of music like that and bring it back in a new context was/is amazing for us. And of course it was an honour to do our own version of the track.
If you could pick one artists to release on your label, that hasn't already, who would it be and why?
We have many artists in our mind and some plans will already become reality in the near future...wait and see!!
What can we look forward to from Pressure Traxx for the rest of the year?
There will be a re-release of a special Nail track from 1995 called Sentipede with one of my tracks on the flip. For Silver Series (our sub-label) we have an amazing release by Bernd Maus aka Parallel/Gadgets lined up. The tracks are smart and timeless and we're happy to share them with the world soon. Then we're hosting our clubnights at Club der Visionaere and Robert Johnson, and maybe some other clubs later this year so watch this space.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own underground electronic music label?
Your passion for music has to be the driving force, and don't talk too much. If you're doing something great, people will recognise, you don't have to tell them. And be aware of your abilities, just because your friend has Photoshop and did the flyer for your girlfriends birthday doesn't make him a graphic designer. And some Wave Plugins doesn't make you a mastering engineer. Don't try to save money on the wrong end and hire professionals. Create something you're proud of.
Thanks for taking the time to speak to us!
Thanks for having us!
Pressure Traxx have presented music from some amazing artists, we managed to speak to a variety of them about the renowned label...
Vinyl Speed Adjust
What was the concept behind your Groovin N Moovin EP for the Pressure Traxx Silver Series and how does Pressure Traxx relate to your style of music?
'The release we did on Pressure Traxx was a great pleasure for us, because we had the chance to bring out stuff on a label that we respect and that influenced us so much. We did the tracks in our regular way, and then we sent them to Frank & Arno. They decided to make a record with us, so this is how everything worked!'
How have Pressure Traxx supported your music, and what influence has it had on the success of your productions?
'Pressure Traxx supported my music by simply liking it and despite the name they don't put any pressure on anybody. I would say that they influenced the success of my productions by exposing them to a proper crowd.'
Why did you think that Pressure Traxx was the right label to release your Verniana EP on?
'I think the tracks fit perfect to the musical direction of the label. Frost is a good friend of mine, so when we decided to plan the release on Pressure Traxx, we had to choose between many, many tracks I made. So at the end I was really happy with the choice of the final one, Frost and Arno selected for the EP.'
'These tracks make the release very special, because it's so well balanced and there's a mysterious energy behind it. Because Frost asked me from the first moment for the track called Verniana, I decided to use this title also for the whole EP. It represents all the books of one of my favourite writers Jules Verne, which are often pretty mysterious too. So yes, Pressure Traxx was the perfect imprint to release this EP and i'm very happy with the result.'
Chris Wood & Meat
How has the process of producing music with Pressure Traxx been different to other labels?
'We do not have a special plan, when we are in the studio and start producing even when we work for a specific label we normally go with the flow. But when you out a little more pressure on your traxx, you are on the right way! And because we are all friends, working with Pressure Traxx is always a pleasure!'
By Sam Quilter
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Adam Shelton has always had a unique approach to music through his early influences of house, that have led him onto a discovery of his own authentic sound. With roots firmly set in Birmingham, where he has unveiled the 'Below' parties and worked on his collaborative label 'One Records', he has steam-rolled the underground scene in the Midlands, and is not slowing down anytime soon. We managed to catch up with him ahead of his latest release on his own imprint.
As a vinyl collector, where did your discovery of electronic music begin?
It started in 1992 when I first started listening to the early UK rave scene listening to DJs such as Top Buzz, Pilgrim and Carl Cox. I was instantly locked into the energy of the music and started collecting as many cassettes as possible, mixes, live sets from the raves and also compilations. It was not until 1995 where I would get my first pair of turntables and start my obsession with vinyl and the wider story of house music.
So how did you relationship with the early style of US and house begin?
I have to say that a real turn around point for me although I was already dipping in and out of house in general was back to basics, the Cut The Crap CD really changed my way of buying records and who I wanted to be. Focusing on DJ wise, Derrick Carter was one of my early influences. His style of disco infused bumpin house really introduced me to artists like Cajmere, Gene Farris and a whole host fo other US srtists that are still on my radar now. DJ Sneak also really got me hooked on the disco infused tracks coming from the states in the mid 90s.
From your early involvement with such a rapidly evolving scene in the 90s, how have you adapted to the significant shifts in underground house music?
To be honest I am still totally fixed on music from the late 80s and 90s, to me it's just better. I look for quality, new stuff that sounds old or has that old influence, raw drums, classic vocals, sample heavy tracks. I hate a lot of the new music, its awful, along with the whole shift in it being about so much more than a DJ to make it. I love to hear real DJs, XDB, Jane Fitz, Craig Richards, Nick Anthony, Tristan Da Cunha, these guys are working the shit out of it, and keeping it real and forward thinking, but still keeping that class you find in the original sound.
Why was The Rainbow in Birmingham so vital with regard to your early involvements with underground music?
The Rainbow was my home, it gave me the freedom to play what I wanted in my home city, a city that has had so much good stuff over the years, parties such as Wobble and Atomic Jam always stand out to me as the key players. The Rainbow was the next generation of underground parties to come from the city after these guys, using massive influences from them with what I had been experiencing at places like Body and Soul in New York and secretsundaze in London, I felt like I could bring something fresh to the city.
Tell us a bit about your 'Below' party, what was your main idea behind it and how did you get it off the ground?
Below was a party born for friends, a gathering of like-minded people at first from Birmingham and then quickly from all around the UK. We did a few parties first before The Rainbow which were cool but The Rainbow really set the party off and gave it identity. It was the soul, we did many parties in other venues but nowhere touched it in terms of atmosphere and vibe. Starting the party at the time was a risk, doing Sunday's in the city was unheard of but I felt that people were really bored of the same old scene and at the time the city was just coming out of a lot of gang related incidents in clubs. We came along and brought new DJs and a new crowd to the city and after three parties we were off and it grow from 150 people to 600/700 very quickly, it was the place to be for a good few years for sure.
What made you decide to end the 'Below' parties which had become very successful?
I feel we did the right thing to end it o such a big high, there a lot of other parties and clubs in the city now and I feel that we have influenced a lot of peope and helped in building the cities now growing house and techno music scene, that's all you can ask for really. We had ten years of amazing parties and brought a lot of DJs to the UK for the first time and 100% to Birmingham for the first time. I believe if you can have 10 years out of somthing and it is that special, you can't ask for any more than that. I now want to focus on One Records parties and my solo career as a DJ. The Rainbow and Below will always be there in my heart and I am still involved in thing there in my own way.
How did your relationshipwith Ashique (Subb-ann) start, and how has it evolved?
I first met Ash 8 years ago at one of my warehouse parties, we got speaking about music and really went from there. Ash quickly become a resident for Below and our friendship grew from there, we have had a great 8 years starting the label, Below, playing around the world together, good times!
What were your fundamental aspirations for your label 'One Records' and how did you put the label into motion?
The label was to be a platform for us both and also a way to bring people that influence us closer to what we are doing. It has been a big learning process for us, we are thirty five releases in now and feel we have a really tight ship but its taken a long time to get to that point. It's not just about the music, you need all the right people around you, we have a really good label manager now, good press contacts and a good promo service, that stuff does not come easy. The first five releases were very much about friends, it was not until after that we started bringing in outside artists that we were into so it was a very natural process at the start with no agenda except working with people we know.
How did you and Subb-ann both plan and approach your debut collaborative release on 'One Records'', 'The Musik EP'?
We really wanted to make something that represented us at the time, I think the musik track still sounds really strong now, there was no big plan with the EP. We just felt it was a good starting point for the label and it was something we were happy to pass around to other DJs we knew. I am very produ of the label and I actually framed that release and it sits in my office. It really was a good starting point for a lot of thing and not just the label.
From the debut release until now, how has the style of production on your first label changed and evolved?
The quality has evolved for sure, working with artists like Cab Drivers, Nail, Martin Buttrich and D'Julz to name a few, the later releases have set a higher standard than the earlier stuff, that's not to say that the first releases did not have that, I am happy with every release on the label and I feel I can hold my head up high when it comes to every one, the names mentioned for example have been around a lot longer and are just more experienced producers.
What do you have coming up on the label?
So the current release is from myself, a three tracker that has been getting really great feedback. Next up is a four track EP from Livio & Roby which is really nice, the guys are amazing producers and I thought it made total sense to give them the full release to themselves with no remixes. We also have forthcoming releases from Shaun Reeves and Tuccilo and we have a new artist to bring to the label with a killer debut.
How would you describe your own individual sound that is represented on your productions?
My sound is however I feel on that day, I can't bring myself to put it in a box, I like it deep. I like it to have a certain atmosphere, sometimes i thnk about the dancefloor only, sometimes that does not even come into play. I really don't want to get boxes as I feel moving forward can be limited when that happens and the electronic music scene is ever changing.
How do you balance performing, producing and running a label?
Fine, at one point I had two clubs, a party, a label and was playing on top of that so down-scaling was key to feeling comfortable in where I am at now,
We understand that you are hosting a 'One Records' showcase in Room Two of fabric in September, tell us a bit about your last party in fabric, and your relationship with the club...
fabric is by far our strongest supporter of the label in the UK and that makes me feel great as its one of the best clubs in the world. They have supported us for nearly five years now, we have worked our way around the club and have been doing our last few parties in Room Two which I feel suits the label well. We have been bringing a live element to the parties, John Dimas, Matthew Styles and the forthcoming party we have Ed Davenport (Live). i think this adds another dimension to the night which I feel the club likes.
Which guests are you going to be bringing along with you for the showcase?
Our full line up from the next party is Ed Davenport (Live), myself and Subb-ann, Jack Wickham and iO (mulen) our latest signing from Ukraine, whose latest release on the label has gone down a storm.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to this, and good luck with everything!
By Sam Quilter
Adam Shelton plays for fabric on Saturday 19th September in Room Two, get tickets here
Check out Adam Shelton's new release 'The Shining Path' on 'One Records' here
Premiere it in full here
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The buzz flying around Archie Hamilton so far this year has been frequent and fully deserved. His sexy, organic-infused tech house has got assess shaking at some of the biggest parties this year and has made its way into the bags of some seriously big DJs.
This EP on Sukhumvit is possibly his mightiest in 2015, with three cuts targeted straight at the dancefloor. ‘Troublemaker,’ with its acid-y touch and eye twitchin' sirens will probably gain the most attention, with support already from the Apollonia boys and Mr. Siragusa. However ‘The Universe,’ will get the most love on my 1210. Mix-wise it’s perfect - that thick, gluggy low end flirting with those crispy hats, hazy shakers and tasty little bongos. The ease in which the whole track flows into itself is impeccable and Archie’s arrangement here is as usual, sublime. The build up feels like a musical strip show, where the elements slowly peel themselves off the body until you're left with a naked pad and trickle-y FX. Your arm can’t resist a delightful pop in the sky when the groove slips back into place, and it is these minimal yet powerful moments which are getting Archie’s tunes so much air time at the moment. Fabe rounds off this release with a raw, thumping remix that will please the house heads, and I seriously can’t wait until this drops in late August.
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The characteristics of a DJ are endlessly discussed, and the idea of what constitutes to a ''good' DJ is constantly toyed with. To some extent it partly boils down to preference, of course, but there are some individuals that stand out as pillars of the electronic music community through their prolific contributions, personality and sheer individuality.
There is no correct formula that constitutes to what makes a DJ 'good', which is what makes their role so unique, but what has always remained important is their individuality, personality, and ability.
Fundamentally, professional DJs have harnessed an individual skill and progressed it into something outstanding on a large scale, that does more than make people dance, it makes people feel good and channels their emotions in a variety of ways.
The first word that springs to mind when dissecting the role of a DJ is first and foremost, 'discovery'. As a consumer, it is vital to experience some type of discovery throughout a set, and it is just as vital for a DJ to discover new music to play and present. The digging process for music is just as vital as the performance of it, and it is this particular ability that constantly breaks down boundaries and crosses genres.
Some DJs are 'record collectors' through their passion that goes beyond the dance-floor, as their whole lifestyle is encompassed by searching for and collecting music. The process of 'digging' which is defined by searching for records, has become a vital and challenging task for DJs setting them apart through their knowledge of genres which is presented in their sets. For consumers, there are many records that are uncovered primarily through DJs that gain popularity and are promoted individually by them and associated with them. It is unique that their personal discovery of music can have a resounding effect and then circulate within the electronic music scene, as well as support the success of other DJs and artists.
In the current climate, there is an ongoing debate about the format's that DJs use. Whether it is vinyl, CDJ or even Traktor, the important aspect is the music, not what the music is being played on. DJs across each of these formats deserve shared respect, even if they are not primarily record collectors, through their ability to mix and present a selection of music.
Anthony Campbell, DJ/promoter and party owner for OPEN, London has been immersed in the electronic music scene through his passion and love for it for many years, he said:
'What excites me the most is wonderful music I've never heard before being mixed beautifully, I don't want to hear music I own, I want to be educated...'
For a DJ, the ability to educate and excite people is phenomenal, and it is what sets some artists apart as being individual as they present lessons through their music, as well as provide memories. Outstanding sets have the ability to become artefacts of electronic music, that are placed in the history of the genre, because of their nature of 'educating'. Those that can accomplish this have an unparalleled selection of skills, and earn their deserved reputations as purveyors of electronic music.
It is undeniable that this particular scene has become scrutinized and saturated through an influx of artists. There are some DJs though who are outstanding through a combination of their individuality, personality and ability.
Personality in particular has become incredibly desirable in the industry, and has become significant in showing how DJs present themselves as artists and individuals.
Frazer Campbell, DJ/ producer for OPEN, London has experienced this particular aspect of the electronic music industry, he said:
'I think personalities generally in all walks of life are important .Personalities are infectious so whether you are passionate about the music your playing or the work that you are doing, the radiation of your energies will be absorbed by the people you are with. DJ'ing is not solely a sound communication, there is a visual aspect to any demonstration of emotion.'
Some DJs have the ability to take risks that pay off which is why being bold has become a respected attribute for many DJs through entering diverse and unique musical territories. This has significantly set some apart from others, and built reputations from the consistent deliverance of unique sets that don't follow a path, and instead go in a variety of directions, which is incredibly respectable. There is no excitement in predictability, which is why many DJs play music to keep the crowd on their toes, and for some, take them on a trip which doesn't necessarily follow a pattern...
The idea of an artist hierarchy with regard to the order of play is something that should be wiped out as a factor of a DJs ability and talent. Over many, many years, electronic music has issued the status of a 'warm-up' or 'resident' DJ extensively as a staple fixture of an event. Fundamentally, yes, they are warming up for artists playing after them... However some resident DJs, and there are quite a few names that spring to mind, have earned their stripes by presenting music that is outside of the realms of simply being one dimensional warm up music, which the crowd would usually come to expect...
Unai Trotti, resident DJ for Cartulis Day, London said:
'The resident's of an event are the music and soul behind it, and they are the ambassador of the sound that is being played. Like all the DJs I know and respect, I want to tell a story with each set.'
'A warm-up set can be a bit more personal than a main slot, and the tracks that I play share a relationship with what I might play at an after-party.'
For forward-thinking DJs playing the main slot, the last track is envisioned as an opportunity to explore and present a unique slice of musical knowledge, which if done correctly has an everlasting effect on and off the dance-floor. It's refreshing to hear for example disco, to conclude a selection of house and techno, which is always going to be a bold risk, but a defining moment for a DJ...These are the risks that the crowd will be talking about for months, if not years to come.
There is always a very clear challenge for DJs which is playing music in a range of environments, to a range of people. The versatility to adjust to each environment with a selection of music is very unique and is a clear indication of a DJ that is confident of their own knowledge and ability. A set at Berghain is always going to be approached differently to a set at Circo Loco, because of the nature of both environments, which is what makes the profession so exciting.
Beyond the booth, some artists have made valuable contributions to the electronic music scene outside of their roles as DJs through running record labels, projects, and productions. The blueprint of a DJ has evolved and their external contributions have become as significant as their internal contributions. There are now many DJs that balance their performances with also running a record label successfully, which has contributed to their evolution as artists.
Through multi-faceted roles, it has become quite frequent for artists to produce their own music as well as run their own labels, but it has not become mandatory for success...Uniquely there are some DJs who simply play music and avoid the territory of production, who deserve high levels of respect for building a reputation from simply playing other artists music as a fundamental core.
The landscape of DJs is ever-growing, being challenged and becoming saturated, which emphasizes the importance of individuality and the idea of sticking to 'what DJs believe in. It has become impossible to define the role of a DJ completely, because it continues to be one of the most difficult professions to digest due to it's ever-growing nature, which makes it incredibly exciting...
The role of DJs has adjusted profoundly and continues to move with the fast pace of the electronic music industry. With an increasing amount of DJs emerging, there has certainly become a slight strain on the consistency of talent, and ability through saturation. It has now become more challenging than ever for DJs to remain unique and individual, and to meet the demands of discerning listeners. With all the barriers that are put in place, there are some DJs who effortlessly exceed through their skill-sets, and consistently knock the barriers down. It would be simply impossible to name who these individuals are, but I hope that when you read this article, there are many that 'spin' to mind...
By Sam Quilter
Already established as a key member of the FUSE crew, Ants name is becomng recognised as a serious figure in the underground scene. His productions are truly flowering and there is a sense of individuality which is rare in todays garden of minimal tech house. He spoiled the crowd at WYS! last month with a USB full of unreleased material, and although the system in fabric's main room lacked the oomph to really show off the richness and depth in the low end, we were treated to three hours of slammin, twisted sounds that kept us bopping all night long.
On this release, 'Vio' itself stands in its own realm of minimal beauty and smacks you around with it's trippy toms, cutty kick and barmy bassline. With some clever resampling work, Ant has crafted an eerie melody to lay perfectly alongside his meaty mid-range. The result? Seven minutes of deep, timeless joy. On the flip side you'll find older brother 'Left' - a fast dubbier piece with a jungle-y shimmer that will speak far more to the 5AM crew. Martinez completes the package with a crunchy, creaky remix, but 'Vio' itself is well worth the £7.99 alone.
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Anthony and Frazer Campbell have achieved a lot since they stepped back into the underground music scene in London, with their fingers on the pulse through their forward thinking visions and versatility. As DJs, they have escaped from the pigeon-holed styles of house and techno music, and built their own unique pallets of sounds that cross the boundaries of fundamental genres. Their platform for musical interest 'Open show' on Hoxton FM which showcases depths of talent represents their ethos of presenting quality over quantity through diverse, cutting edge bookings, which as a collective, has extended to a club environment for their 'Open' events. We finally got the chance to have an extended chat with them to find out how their passion and drive for electronic music begun, and has evolved.
Where did you shared passion for house and techno music start between you?
Personally, I have always been into electronic music since the age of 11, I had my first turntables when I was 15, I was into drum and bass and hardcore and all these sorts of things that perhaps people would frown about now. But it was a big thing for me because I remember as a child I would listen to pirate radio stations listening to that kind of music and think oh my god all these people are meeting up to go and dance somewhere in a field or in a warehouse and I used to think shit man I need to be old enough to do that, I really can't wait to be able to get into that kind of thing.
Like any child or youngster getting into music, you kind of drift into different things, your into rap for a little while, then rock for a very short period of time (laughs) but always fell back to electronic music and from there it just didn't stop. There's nothing quite like electronic music for me, personally nothing can change your feelings or emotions as vividly as electronic music. But that's me, millions of other people do not really feel like that but I do.
Your tastes progress with time, and obviously you learn what your into and then narrow down what you want to listen to I guess...
As a young guy I think you kind of go with the flow a little bit, As you get older your attitude changes a little bit to things, your all of a sudden allowed to do more things, you can go out more and go to different places and experiment going to different places and that kind of begins to develop, and brings you into your niche.
For me it was basically Frazer, we are actually half brothers so we share the same dad. Frazer was brought up in Fulham and I was born in London but brought up in Scotland (Hence the mixed up accent). Frazer used to send tunes to me up in Scotland and used to say listen to this, listen to that and that was my kind of first introduction into underground music. Then I went to university in Scotland and after I finished, Frazer was like why don't you move down to London, so in the summer of 2003 I moved down and rented Frazer's spare room. Well it's not quite fair to say that I rented the room because for the first few months I didn't rent the room, I didnt pay any rent....
You did the washing up though...
I did the washing up and I cooked all the food. Before I moved to London whilst at Uni in Dundee , Frazer frequently said you need to come down to London I need to take you to a place called The Cross , so I was like ok, he said it's the best club in the world…. so I was like shut up, it cant be that good…. Frazer took me to The Cross, I had a very very good time! haha the rest is history …
As time went on and many visits to the cross , The End , Turnmills , fabric etc I said to Frazer why don't we buy some decks and start buying some vinyl. Rather than pay the rent I bought and paid my share of all the equipment and we went halves on all the tunes. I wasn't really DJ'ing at the time I was just kind of buying the music etc as a form of rent and to be fair he was hogging the decks, is that true or false Frazer…? haha
This is 100% true, Before Tony came down I had a bit of a change in my life, I didn't know where I was musically. I sold everything I had, my turntables, even my records; I have no idea where they went. I was having a break and just kind of doing other things a young guy in his twenties would be doing. Tony kind of instigated the whole thing again with his move down south. He said would I think about DJ'ing again? I was like I don’t know, and then that was that and then it kind of came together...It's Tony’s fault!
What have you learnt from becoming immersed in the underground scene in London through both your event and radio show?
You learn a lot of things to be honest, a lot of them not very positive really,….. personally what have I learnt, gosh! Not all positive, trends are a real big thing all the time and that annoys me because it is not about a type of music that is trending, I don't really like that, I think sometimes it gets a bit lost, it is not about what is cool, what's good to be listening to, who is good to be hanging out with, it's about music and it's about what makes you feel good, its not really about the whole trend thing.
I've learnt that there are a lot of good people, and it is nice to have the Open show and meet a lot of good people and listen to a lot of good music!
Haha I wasn't very positive with that answer!
We have met some phenomenal people, people that are equally as passionate and that on its own is pretty inspiring, there are so many people that love it so much and its not just about partying and having a good time. It is actually about the music and the feeling and that is pretty special because that is really what it's about.
How have your own music tastes changed individually over the past 15 years you have been into the scene?
A lot! I would say that like anyone, everyone evolves with music so I think our minds are a bit like a clock, when you decide you like something, something else kind of switches off in your mind to allow space to like something new. I would say that in the last 10 to 15 years my music taste has changed a lot. Frazer's has changed a lot I can tell you from my angle, it's not necessarily that the earlier music we loved before was bad but you get into different things and your pallet becomes more cultured and you just like different sounds.
You just kind of have a hunger for something different, that's the thing, it does change an awful lot and that is a good thing but there is always elements of music, tracks or sounds that you can go back to that are still as shit hot as they were back then. The good thing is you can discover loads of new music in the electronic genre...
There is so much music and so many genres and that is a good thing, that is a really good thing and some people don't explore that enough, the whole trend thing is all shit really. There is a whole host of stuff that is gonna make you feel good and it is gonna make you move, so just absorb that and listen to it. Be open minded.
If you could both pick three acts out of your own taste to play for 24 hours on the radio show who would you pick?
Craig Richards, Jane Fitz and the Campbell Brothers , we gotta be involved right ???
So why Craig Richards and Jane Fitz?
They are amazing DJ's, amazing record collectors and amazing people and individuals. Jane Fitz has music that makes you feel so good, so good! I’m having butterflies thinking about it, they both just play great music. Jane Fitz is a massive collector of all sorts of electronic music from ambient, experimental and off the wall stuff, she is shit hot and she is so nice and the great thing about it, you speak to her and she is a true East end girl. When she goes into a club she absolutely annihilates the place, one of the best DJ's frankly, in my opinion.
With Craig Richards, it is the whole diversity thing again, he can go one way or another, he can just do that and everyone is so absorbed with it and it is fantastic.
The thing with Craig Richards is that you can go and see him at fabric and he will play before whoever the set of headline acts are that night, or as a special headline guest for Toi Toi and I’ve also seen him play in Belfast at Stiff Kitten and he is just immense. He can go from being the resident and person that sets the scene to the person that blows the place apart and I just think yeah he is really special.
I had the opportunity to have a chat with him one time in the back room at fabric and he was just the nicest bloke you would ever meet, really down to earth, no kind of ego. He said that he has just collected records forever, loves his music and art and if people like that, then that is great and that is what I respect!
Yeah and we are on common ground with that all of the time, its not about who you are or what you represent, its not about that. It's just about that passion and just being so bloody good at it. There are some people who are just so good at it but they don't blow their own trumpets, they just go and do what they do. I know they just feel fortunate for doing what they're doing so high five to them because they are doing great things and they have made many of us feel great, on an evening out or on a Friday or Saturday night when you wanna go out and have a release from your hard week at work, thank you very much, bravo!
How did Open start?
Well when I first moved to London, we started with a night called Rotate in 2004 and we did that for about 3-4 years, which was in South London with the odd showcase in the Turnmills and The Cross where Frazer played. I was always the one that was involved in the promotion, artwork & doing the flyers and I was a bit younger than him so was getting a few people to come along. The party Rotate got a bit jaded and Frazer actually had an accident towards the end of the 3rd year……
True…..Not many people know about this..
basically, we were doing the parties, I was DJ'ing away having a really really good time. I wish I could blame stopping DJ’ing on this story I am about to tell you but in honesty, I got a bit sick of it all, dealing with promoters was a real pain! I also got lost a bit musically. I liked too much stuff and frankly I didn’t have the skill to divert to all the different material when playing or indeed the bottle to do it really, so it was fizzling out for me a little bit. ……..Then the accident..
One Friday or Saturday evening we were out for a beer and to cut a long story short I was supposedly attacked. I received a fractured skull and the impact severed a nerve to my left ear which left me partially deaf ….., haha but the other ear is still doing alright at the moment! .So that happened to me and it was a life changing event for me, I was fortunate not to slip into a coma which is kind of thanks to Tony. I managed to get home somehow from that incident of my own accord, and Tony found me in the morning at home and took me to the hospital because he sensed there was something seriously wrong with me……….
I actually found him on the sofa downstairs in a pool of blood and I managed to get him sorted out and to the hospital………he made it through thank god …
That kind of changed things for me, it changed my whole concept on life a bit, only good things came from it, I appreciate my family a lot more. Quite frankly I was quite selfish, hahah I’m selfish now but was even more selfish then, all I cared about was myself, I didn’t give a shit about anyone else at all. I just wanted to be a big time DJ, wanted to do this, wanted to do that, all for the wrong reasons and that just grounded me completely….
I’m lucky that I got the chance to change…, because a lot of people don’t get the second chance to sort themselves out, so that happened and then I thought you know what, music is gonna take a bit of a back seat. I’m gonna concentrate on trying to make my life as good as I can and work hard. I’m very fortunate that I’ve got a great family, great brother obviously so I then concentrated very much on work, but I took work to a whole new level !….
He was a total boring bastard for five years, he didn’t drink, he didn’t smoke, he lost about two stone, But he literally at that point sold his decks, his CDJs, I took all the vinyl and there was about 1000 to 2000 records we collected together, I went over to his to pick them all up. I then bought my own place and moved out of Frazer’s and bought my own 1210's, my own CDJs.
For a few years I was just collecting music, and bedroom or studio DJ'ing….., for five years Frazer never even went out, I was still going out as a raver and consumer and then eventually I said to Frazer, why don’t you come over for a mix, we will have a couple of beers, have a bit of fun and had a mix……. that was three and a half years ago.
I was buying vinyl again and I managed to get him back into it, we were mucking around for a while but then we thought why don’t we try and do something here, we didn’t have any contacts anymore and were completely out of the loop. I did however get a lot of inspiration from a visit to fabric and a Toi Toi showcase in room 3 New years eve 2011, other rooms weren’t for me but room 3 was musically PERFECT. I took Frazer to our first proper Toi Toi at Hoxton basement at the end of 2012 ,we’d be lying if we said that didn’t inspire us a lot.
I designed a logo, which if you look closely actually has all the 4 letters of O-P-E-N contained within the actual logo design. We decided on the name Open because we wanted our party to open minded, not just the same music all the time, with a beginning, middle and end.
Frazer approached Hoxton FM Jan 2013 and we had our first show on Friday 19th January . Over the last 3 years on the station we have developed a lot and had some truly special times, we have a lot of respect for the people behind Hoxton FM (Dan Formless, Quintin Christian and Rakhee Sudra). We had our first party at Hoxton Basement on February 23rd, 2013 and from there the Open show just developed and we met loads of cool people and built up things from there .
To be honest, 99 percent of the people we have had on the show have been amazing people. Hoxton FM gave us a way of seeing lots of passionate people and over the last 3 years Open has developed as a radio show and a party.. It is not a money making thing, we just want to break even and have a great party.
It has come from the heart and it is about passion and this year we have actually got to the point where we are breaking even and we have got a little money to invest into the next party which is completely the opposite of the first two years, it is a love affair and an addiction.
Open is the kind of party where you go in there and there is 200 to 300 people max , it is not pretentious, it starts with some beautiful ambient or low tempo house music, and develops and probably finishes with techno. We don't want to go in there and listen to minimal house all night, it has got to evolve.
We like so many different genres and have collected so much music so it is not just about one genre. It is that whole story, music telling a story, a night telling a story, a track telling a story, and maybe that comes from the music we both loved at one stage. We were quite into progressive house, you know the likes of Hernan Cattaneo, whose sets were phenomenal. Back then they were so good it was a real journey of music. Some parties do not have that concept so that is what we try to have.
So London gave you the platform to do this?
Yeah, I mean I’m a Londoner anyway. I am born and bred here so I have always been a Londoner. I think in London you can do whatever you want, when you want, at whatever time you want, that's the thing about London and it is very diverse. Lots of people from many places, lots of people that are into lots of different things and you know at the end of the day the thing that we are into is quite niche really, it is not that big so therefore in these cities like London or Berlin is were you will find that niche of people and there will be a substantial amount of them and that's great, that is a good thing, that's a damn good thing.
How important is a unique taste in music with regard to running a successful party in London obviously it is a saturated market, so how important is that?
It is important to find something unique but to find something unique is tricky…..
I think with your ideals it is about making sure you run a party and making sure you don't scrimp on it, cut corners . We try and get the best sound-system we can, the best artists we can get within our budgets, usually people that have touched us in some kind of way, we get beautiful and nice people on the door, nice bar staff and it is ultimately Frazer and I that run it and nobody else, much like the Open show on Hoxton FM. A lot of the other parties in London have a big team whereas Open is ultimately just Frazer and I. God knows how we actually manage to do it because we both have full on jobs during the week, but yeah we manage to do it together. We are however starting to build a core team of people who are mainstays and a massive help to what we are building , these people know who they are x
Yeah absolutely, you do need to be kind of different, you will always do better if you are something different, but it is very difficult... We just stay true to what we believe in. Which is good music, good vibes, good people and music across the board of all types of genres within house and techno. So maybe that is why it is working, I don’t know...
So you're just doing it simply because you love music...?
We just do it because we love it, it is not about proving anything, we may want to prove something to ourselves because we are both quite driven like that so we want to yeah, we would be lying if we said we didn't want to prove something….. But the difference is we want to prove it to ourselves, proving it to other people, that takes time, but it is not such a big deal. You know what, if you do not like what we do that's fine, it is not a problem, I’m hoping that we will find some people that do.
How has the format of radio helped you push Open, obviously you have got your event, but how has radio significantly helped you with Open?
The Open show on Hoxton FM which is actually an internet radio show just to put that straight has helped us a lot because it has given us, over the last 2 to 3 years that ability to not vet people but actually invite people on the show and a lot of the people that have ended up playing at our parties have played on the show first. The likes of Monika Ross, Unai Trotti etc there’s a lot of people that have actually come on the show and it's great. The thing about the show, we make it a bit of an experience, we usually go out for food, have beers and a bit of a laugh. It is serious but we have a lot of fun as well. We’re good at hospitality.
I suppose it is perhaps a little bit cheeky but you may come on our show and play great music, but if we don't necessarily like what you are representing, we would not book you. I mean that is pretty harsh but it is about good people, some people may come on the show, obviously you know what its like. DJ's are very critical of each other, we are and we can't help it, but you may have come on and your set hasn't gone so great, but If you've got passion and we are loving what you are doing and your sound and what you are representing we are gonna think about booking you. No divas allowed!
But even if divas do come, Frazer and I are perfectionists, whenever we have a party the equipment is as good as it would be at any top party like Berghain or fabric, the set-up we have at home is the same as fabric, we are quite lucky because when you come on the Open show, all the equipment including the needles, the monitors, same at the parties, everything is perfect so even if you are a diva, you won't be a diva.
Obviously everyone finds inspiration somewhere, so which DJ's and producers inspired you?
The inspiration thing, that is quite a difficult answer because there are so many people that inspire me but off the top of my head now, I am quite into experimental and ambient music. So there is an artist called Arovane and another artist called Benge from a label called Expanding Music and that stuff is just next level, I love that sort of thing, I love interesting sounds, which is why I like Jane Fitz. There are so many but a big inspiration for me and no doubt us is an artist called Evigt Morker, a phenomenal producer and of course the one and only Mr Steve O Sullivan. Steve is a good friend of ours, he is just doing his thing and knowing him as a person as well kind of solidifies that whole inspiration, we are pretty level on things like that really.
It is quite funny that Steve was someone that I got Frazer into as I was buying all the Retrospective stuff on Sushitech and I was sending that over to Frazer and then eventually after quite a while of trying, Steve actually agreed to come on the show and liked what we were doing. He fancied it, the only thing as you know, Steve is a live act, he is not a DJ and he will say that very sternly so we said you know what we will make the show something that would fit into what he wanted .
He said he would just like to come and chat with us and play some music from the past, such as the old Mosaic and all that kind of stuff and play some of the new Mosaic Split stuff as well and we were like that's cool and we will have a chat in between the tunes and understand what was going on, and the thought for signing that tune or producing that tune and that's what we did. Ever since that day which was about a year ago Steve has been a really good friend. He sometimes comes down on a Friday and has a few beers with us, on other people's shows. He has become a really good friend and we love Steve O Sullivan.
We love the big man, we do love the big man, he is a good guy and is very passionate about what he does and the whole quality thing and taking things to the next level, it is about making something being great.
Influences for me, I love all sorts of music, Frazer got me into house music, I used to be more techno orientated and then nowadays we are both kind of in the middle, we both kind of love all sorts. I adore Dub Chronicles, Maurizio, Steve O’Sullivan , Jesper DahlBack and that whole dubby techno sound is something I love. That's my key sort of sound mixed in with a lot of other more housey influences . The Zenker Brothers are really cool on the techno side, they produce great stuff, particularly Marco Zenker, he plays that type of techno that could be played in a house set or a techno set and the early Recondite productions as well are dear to me.
So which local DJ's in London should we keep our eyes on?
I think with local DJ's in London, the first name that springs to mind is Lamache from Toi Toi, he is doing great things and Voigtmann who is doing fantastic and is getting to the position where he deserves to be. There is so much talent, also Unai Trotti who is also fantastic and also a great guy.
SAOIRSE as well, these are all people that we have booked incidentally and had on the Open show, and we've become good friends with.
Unai lost my needles once...
And the last one to mention is Gwenan from hifi who is going to play at the next Open, I saw her and her other half Andrew James Gustav, he is another one that is amazing, I saw them both over in Berlin, they did a b2b in a club called OHM in Berlin and honestly it blew my socks off, it was the best music I had heard in Berlin and these two are from London so we booked Gwenan for the next Open on September 11th, along with Jesper Dahlback, and Frazer and I. So yeah I would say Lamache, Voigtmann, Unai Trotti, SAOIRSE , Andrew James Gustav and Gwenan are the ones to look out for . They are great musically never fail to perform and are just good people.
Have you got any plans to move towards a record label in the future?
Interesting, well basically yes we do, there are plans, the wheels are in motion for a possible label, so yes.
So is that going to be your productions and artists that you support?
I think we will probably hold that, you will have to wait and see.
All we will say is that it will be people that we are passionate about and the vinyl will probably cost a lot more than what it sells for, so in other words we will probably make a big loss on it but it will be bloody beautiful...
Thank you for talking to us and good luck with everything!
By Sam Quilter
The Campbell Brothers are in action at:
Open showcase at Jaded - Corsica Studios - Sunday, 23rd August, 2015, for tickets click here
Open with The Persuader aka Jesper Dahlbeck - Studio Spaces - Friday, 11th September, 2015, for tickets click here
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Italian record label Nordik net Records have provided a platform for a vast selection of artists to express their own unique styles of electronic music for the past 6 years. To celebrate this milestone, the label are presenting a 6 year showcase at La Bibliotechina featuring some of the rawest talent that has been part of the imprint including John Dimas, Hanfry Martinez, Julien Sandre and Der.
Photo by Nordik net Records
John Dimas is such an intriguing artist, that has quickly emerged with his foot on the pedal through his productions, which are an essential listen due to his keen ear for detail. His music is an expression of some of the sounds he was originally drawn to including early elements of house, combined with bubbling elements of edgy techno. His sets also prove that he is diverse in his ability as a DJ.
An influential part of the Lola ED agency, Tenerife born Hanfry Martinez has been tearing up night spots such as fabric and Chalet Berlin to name just a few with his driving style of tech-house thats full of energy, which will be loved by the floor in Italy.
Julian Sandre's style is very much rooted in organic house music, with a shifting groove that has a pumping undertone. Nordik net's very own Der completes the line-up, who is an artist that is unafraid to explore unique landscapes of electronic music.
For tickets click here
Saturday, 29th August, 2015
La Bibliotechnia, Italy
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These bits do the business, all out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise:
Berg – Berg 03 – (Berg)
The Berlin based elusive project and label Berg return with three hypnotic and stripped back tools. Opener '3000-3009' is a reduced melody that moulds together a crisp bass-line and hollow hi-hats, which leads into 'Montag' which is a warmer cut with a bit more bite. Closing track 'Melodien' is a heady exploration combining atmospheric swirling synths with growling drum pads.
DJ Jus-ed & Mr G – Gotee EP – (Underground Quality)
Underground Quality present a split EP of two of the biggest dons in the scene, Mr G & DJ Jus-ed through each of their trademark styles. In true Mr G fashion 'Billares Londres The Rum' delivers a tough jacking jam in comparison to 'Freakshow' which enters a dubbier terrain with tight and tenacious pads. DJ Jus-ed offers spaced out analogue house cuts with 'Gotee Stroke' and 'Heaven Sent' which is scattered with one of the smoothest vocals you will hear all year. TIP!
Folamour – Chapeau Rouge – (Fauxpas Musik)
Fauxpas are bringing the sunshine vibes to our ears with their latest release from Folamour which drifts between the dance-floor and the after-hours. Lead track 'Chapeau Rouge' provides rigid pads with warm keys with a stomping undertone, which is followed by the soulful and snappy 'Baise En Ville' which is enriched by cloudy vocals. 'Lost Between Friendly Fires' strips everything back to one lazy drum kick and soft strings before 'Walking On The Macadam' gets things moving again with glistening hi-hats.
Shenoda – Mancs EP – (Electric Minds)
Electric Minds return with a mature release from Shenoda who has certainly found his feet and is going from strength to strength. The opener 'Mancs' pays homage to 90s era rave through organic and nostalgic stabs, with a kicking undertone. Follow-up track 'Nonamenoname' keeps things simmering through it's thumping bass-line and sporadic hi-hats, before 'Dave's Myth' rounds off a solid EP with misty, marching textures.
Tc80 – Phrase – (Cabaret Records)
Japan's leading label is back with tight groove goodness from a new talented producer, Tc80. A-side 'Phrase' locks into sharp atmospheric elements, that lead onto 'Dardos' which is the stand out selection with scrambling drum pads that fall into place perfectly, creating a truly infectious groove. 'Final Monologue' breaks the beat back down, unwrapping it through stripped elegant sounds.
Voigtmann – Minor Compositions Of Incredibly Imaginary Futures – (Toi Toi Musik)
Voigtmann's first solo release has landed on Toi Toi Musik, which showcases only his original work and it is everything we envisaged it to be and more...The four tracks are presented as a package of music that work in unison, and are multi-functional outside the realms of the dance-floor. 'Possibilism' presents a shifting sequence with perfectly placed vocals that wrap around bold bass elements, which dissolves into the swirling stepper; 'Fruitification'. On the flip-side, 'Groovism' represents an effective after-hours burner, before the package concludes with 'Repetitionism', a hypnotic encounter which is repetitive for all the right reasons.
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It has emerged that Hackney Council will in fact keep the same policy for the next year due to an error in their draft proposal. Their decision is now being delayed by 12 months, which will give time for a proposal that will further engage with residents and businesses.The council's proposed plans for licensing amendments in Hackney were met by waves of negativity by a variety of individuals including businesses and residents in the borough. Prior to this announcment, opinions had been voiced collectively through our own MEOKO petition as well as through 'We Love Hackney', a campaign set up to save the borough and of course the offical consultation document. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that signed and supported our campaign, as we have collectively proven that our voice is the most important!
Thanks to everyone, we can continue to keep on dancing without any restrictions!
View our petition victory here!
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Music Through Pictures is where we attempt to highlight the relationship between art, sound, images and music whilst also getting an insight into the musical minds of some of our favourite DJs and producers...
German born Vera has become extremely influential for the female spectrum of electronic music through her elegant appearances behind the decks. Combining subtelty with solidarity, her music presents an intutive taste with an organic nature. With releases on Peron, Hello? Repeat, Oslo and Half Baked, Vera has become a firm female figure and her ability to move a dancefloor through her own and other artists productions is unparallelled. We caught up with her for our latest Music Through Pictures!
Sunsets are so peaceful and magical and full of warm cosmic energy. This track of Chateaux Flight feels like this sun: radiating, sizzling, warm, beautiful and energizing.
This reminds me of a LSD trip, seeing cosmic energy fields, looking at the surrounding world without perceptive filters, the real world, that is just pure energy of vibrating particles. I imagine that world sounding like this:
Whenever I imagine a sound track for Berlin I think of this:
I love looking out of the window on a plane while watching the clouds pass by, it relaxes my mind and my soul.
...What a bomb!
Looks like summer time… Let's go swimming!
The Vegetable Orchestra was the first thing that popped into my mind. They play music on vegetables/ instruments made of vegetables
This image reminds me of the TV series Twin Peaks, which by the way is one of my favorite TV series EVER!
I'm reminded of my late teenager years, when we used to drive from my home town Heidelberg to Frankfurt to listen to Sven Väth at the Omen.Entering the "big city" by night was a magical feeling. It felt super cool :D
This image has a dream like, kinda melancholic but beautiful atmosphere subtle, typical surrealist image.I listened Aphex Twins Album "Selected ambient works1985-1992" many times and it always felt very surreal to me.
Vera plays for Square 1 this Friday at Hoxton Gallery, for tickets click here
London based Anthea is one of the most successful artists to emerge from the UK. She has become one of the most talented and sought after female DJ's through her diverse ability to perform through her vocals, as well as in the studio and behind the decks. Her warm and positive energy is represented through her organic style of music that has groove and vibe. We had a Not So Serious Chat with one of the scenes taste-makers.
The first track you bought?
Michael Jackson - 'Thriller' LP on cassette tape
If you weren't a DJ?
I would probably be a councillor or life coach.
If I was a feeling...
I would be happiness
The best set that you have ever witnessed?
Ricardo Villalobos 2014 at Amsterdam Dance Event was pretty epic...
Work to live or live to work?
Live to work.
The best old school track?
Mystic Bill - Classics From The Vault – Relief Records
First thing in the morning when you wake up?
I say a little prayer and give thanks for everything that I have got.
If you were stuck on a desert island with one record and a turntable, which record would you choose to listen to?
Minnie Ripperton - Perfect Angel EP
The first ever club you went to?
Turnmills in London
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Most exciting experience travelling to a set?
Unfortunately not all bells and whistles, but I always get there in the end....
The DJ/producer to watch in Germany?
Anthea plays for Alter Hour in Brighton this Friday at The Arch
For tickets click here