Upcoming Events

Friday 26 Sep 14 Rush Hour Records Take Over Feat. San Proper, Rick Wilhite, Antal & Awanto3 at Village Underground

RUSH HOUR RECORDS TAKE OVER W/ SAN PROPER, RICK WILHITE, AWANTO3 & ANTAL by SUPERSTITIONAs part of our series of unconventional nights we have decided to invite a Label that has the heart and the music besides any other value or ideal!RUSH HOUR RECORDS TAKE OVER!!WITH:San ProperAwanto3Rick Wilhite Antal Rush Hour- We will also have a Rush Hour pop up shop over the weekend!!Guest Djs, drinks and records - details coming soon!From it's earliest beginnings Rush Hour has cultivated itself into a haven for music lovers worldwide. The reputation Rush Hour has built mainly comes from the fact that we, first and foremost, focus on music we totally believe in and have a love for. The Rush Hour family has a strong sense of pride in always working with and feeding off that impulse and faith. Rush Hour has always been this way.The company formed in late 1997 with the opening of our record store and mailorder service. Initially importing obscure house and techno records from around the world, then later exporting similar minded Dutch releases to overseas companies. The distribution wing had evolved by two years later, in 1999. This set-up eventually led to the start of the label, which saw its first release just before the millennium.The label has continued to release a mix of upcoming local and international talent next to more established names. From artists like Tom Trago, San Proper, Aardvarck, Rednose Distrikt and Awanto 3 to international names like Hunee, Carl Craig, Xosar and KiNK to name just a few of them. Past, present or future music, we like to cover it all.Events and parties are very relevant for Rush Hour and we have been organizing them since 1998. We started with a monthly residency at the legendary Paradiso venue here in Amsterdam. The night was called Paradisco 2000. Guests like Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite, Roy Davis, Kerri Chandler, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit and many more came and rocked these parties. Later on we organised events at Mazzo, Bitterzoet and many more venues around the city. Most recently our main spots in Amsterdam are Club Trouw & OT301. We often work with like minded souls at Rush Hour nights in major cities around the world..e.g. London, Paris, New York, Tokio & Berlin.So, wherever Rush Hour goes you can be sure its not driven by hype. Its a company that comes from the heart and soul. A passion that wont stop.We provide them with the Church at Superstition!!

Saturday 27 Sep 14 SOLU Boat Party with COYU (Suara)

Come and join in the celebration of our 3rd Birthday with 5 hours of solid music surrounded by always smiling deep, tech and techno fans. We will drink and party all evening, sailing down the river Thames onboard amazing Golden Flame boat. We are super excited that our 11th Boat Party will be headlined by spanish DJ COYU. He has made his mark on Suara music by helping it to become one of the most prominent labels in the world of techno and house music. The label’s resounding success has been proved by the fact it has reached #1 on both, Beatport and Resident Advisor. The electronic music scene has surrendered to Coyu’s constantly outstanding efforts. What began as a dream is now becoming a reality. Catalan producer released on labels such as Cocoon, Get Physical, Noir Music, 100% Pure or Tronic and played gigs such as Sonar Festival, Pacha Ibiza, Booom Ibiza, Watergate in Berlin, Verboten in New York and many many others across the world. LINE UP:COYU (Suara / Cocoon / Get Physical)Pete Cosby (SOLU)Martin Eweek (SOLU)Garrie Addiment & Michael Beattie (2mr2 records/ point blank 90.2fm)Michal MisTech (SOLU)LOLA (Mischief!)Theo Komp (Minimal Force)+ more TBCBOAT:The fabulous 2-level GOLDEN FLAME with 2 floors of sound, cash bars on both floors with drinks prices as cheap as London pub prices and there's also a large outdoor terrace for smokers. We'll cruise the Thames, while you take in the sites of London. TICKETS:There is only a limited number of tickets available for sale. Please be aware that boat parties routinely sell out more than a week in advance (last party sold out 24 days and one before 7 days in advance). Don't wait too long to buy your ticket and miss out. It happens to lots of people every party. You can buy tickets from us SOLU ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or from Resident Advisor.ENTRY: £20.00 (Early Bird) / £22.00 (Standard Advance) / £25.00 (Final Release)CONTACT & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / www.soluparty.comVIDEOS from previous eventshttp://www.youtube.com/user/SoluParty/videos

Saturday 27 Sep 14 Canal Mills Presents: Duke Dumont / B-Traits/ Friend Within / Karma Kid / GotSome / Jax Jones / Wayward / Mediate / Arkive

Canal Mills will kick off the season with a line-up of epic proportions that will see serial chart-topper Duke Dumont hit Leeds alongside Radio 1 stalwart B.Traits, Disclosure collaborator Friend Within and man of the moment Karma Kid. Canal Mills draws on its creative past rooted within the backbone of the industrial revolution to create a dynamic space that intertwines historic and modern day creativity whilst ultimately playing host to unique, bespoke events in Leeds.Doors: 10pm – 6amTickets: £12 / 15 / 17.50Available from: Ticketarena / Resident advisor /Skiddle /Ticketline - http://canalmillsboxoffice.eventgenius.co.uk/events/CM-Presents-Duke/index.htmlIn Store: Jumbo / Crash

Saturday 27 Sep 14 Velvet Underground 20th Anniversary - Hotel Twenty with George Fitzgerald

Velvet Underground 20th AnniversaryHotel Twenty with George Fitzgerald (UK)And Adrian WeeSat 27 September9 - 11pm: Members and invited guests11pm: Doors open to publicYour presence is requested at Hotel Twenty - a captured moment, a dream, a fantasy that is encapsulated inside the lavish confines of Velvet Underground as we celebrate 20 years of memories, music, and madness, in a truly magical soirée.Please feel free to explore your home for the night. Our walls are adorned with the kitsch. Our furniture leans towards the whimsical. Our bar is generous. Our beverages are unforgiving. Our staff is eager to please. And our dancefloor is fluffy.Our entertainment for the night is a one-night-only performance by special guest George FitzGerald (UK). Together with resident pillow-fluffer Adrian Wee, these DJs will take you on a stupendous music excursion to make your night a pleasurable one.We hope you enjoy your stay.#HotelTwentyVUVelvet Underground – Dance admission on 27 September for non-members (incl 2 drinks): $33/$38www.twitter.com/georgefitzmusicwww.facebook.com/GeorgeFitzGeraldOfficialwww.soundcloud.com/george-fitzgeraldwww.facebook.com/weelikememusicwww.twitter.com/weelikemewww.soundcloud.com/weelikemeFacebook: http://atnd.it/14901-0Category: NightlifePrice: Ladies $28, Men $33Artists: George FitzGerald

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Breakfast Club ADE Special

Ever heard of a Breakfast Buffet being served at an after party? The Breakfast Club in Amsterdam serves fresh fruit, smoothies, yoghurt, muesli and organic, home made cakes to clubbers in need of a recharge after a big night out, and to early risers just starting their Sunday morning with a coffee and a dance. Their juicy line ups in the past included local and international DJs, such as Fred P, Levon Vincent, Tama Sumo, LB Dub Corp, Anthony Parasole, Italojohnson and Petre Inspirescu. Their ADE special party brings some tasty talent to the table, as Mathew Jonson & Minilogue (live), Prosumer & Murat Tepeli (3h set), Paranoid London live, Levon Vincent, The Persuader live, and Jay Daniel make up a third of the line up.     Their ADE Special will take place on Saturday, 18th of October, with breakfast served of course. Clubbers can expect to enter the club before the sun comes up and continue throughout the day until it comes down again as doors open from 07:00 - 18:00. Their ADE venue will take place in Amsterdam's beloved Melkweg, a 3 room building, spanning across multiple floors with a 2000+ capacity venue. A bigger event compared to their usual parties hosting only a few hundred people, The Breakfast Club promises to keep its normal intimacy feel with their choice of venue, top quality line up that brings like minded people together, and a healthy breakfast buffet. Praised last year by ADE itself as the best after hour party of the weekend, this year’s edition sounds promising indeed. Listen to Rahaan's exclusive ADE Breakfast Club podcast here. The Breakfast Club's unique, early morning event started like most cool initiatives do: A group of friends who share a common interest of dance music meet at a party and start discussing ideas and plans. A few months later and voila! Another great project comes to life. Tom Liem, a DJ in the Amsterdam dance music scene who recently released music on Field Records and ESHU Records, met with his good friend, Brent Roozendaal, the organiser for parties and festivals like DRIFT and Have a Nice Day, at Lowlands Festival in 2010. Tom mentioned how tired he was of Amsterdam’s standard club times, the city’s lack of after parties, and the many parties that seemed to look and sound the same. Brent proposed The Breakfast Club idea, which he had been keeping for several years, but was missing a good team to help conceive it. From there they secured a team with the inclusion of local DJs Jaime Frias and Tommy Kornuijt. Let's not forget graphic designer, Emillie, who hand drawns every flyer exclusively for The Breakfast Club. After a run of successful events, the team evolved the Breakfast Club into more than just an after party. Tom mentioned, "after parties can be really dark and moody” so he wanted to make an after party with a positive twist, where friendly and open minded people can meet in nice venues and listen to deep house and techno from resident and guest DJs and of course, eat breakfast, “because your breakfast is the most important meal of the day ;)”. We caught up with Tom to ask him more about this innovative project…   Photo taken by Marjan Schönenberg   How successful have your breakfasts been? do clubbers really eat breakfast while raving? Yes, always. Once we lay out the breakfast in a buffet style, people always start eating.    Aside from serving a healthy breakfast, what other reasons make The Breakfast Club stand out as a positive after party? It’s all about the music. We give DJs the freedom to do what they want with extended sets lasting 3-5 hours. We have a nice 50/50 mix of people that are still awake and that just woke up. That's the perfect balance for a good party mood. Party people also get to choose which time of day they want to party.    What were some of your highlights?  I think for us the most memorable sets were definitely Convextion LIVE during our ADE 2013. He really set the whole club on fire. Of course also Mathew Jonson & Minilogue during the same party! Levon vincent as well. Tama Sumo at Canvas (now called Volkshotel), a nice intimate club. Abdulla Rashim, Noah Gibson, Henrik Bergqfist and Johan Brolund at the ADE 2012 was also really good. Nobody knew who those DJs were at the time, and they all played such nice music. People were losing it.    Being a DJ yourself, do you like playing at The Breakfast Club?  Yes I have to say, playing at breakfast club is by far the most special gig for me! The people really welcome you with open arms and really react to what you are doing. this makes it so much easier for me to play!   What type of feedback do you get from the big name DJs you have on your line ups? I see Levon Vincent is also playing for this year's ADE. Must mean that he liked playing last year.  Well Levon Vincent is in my opinion a true artist. He is such a good man and he's always respectful and with a great knowledge and understanding of music. After his ADE 2013 gig he e-mailed us personally to thank us for the great party and hospitality. So yes he really liked it a lot :)   Your ADE event venue is a 3 room venue, and you are expecting more than 2,000 guests. Can you keep your party’s intimacy with such a big venue?  Well yes, because there are 3 areas which are not so big and It's on different levels, so really It’s more like an indoor festival with many rooms to explore.    It seems like you have everything very well organised. Is it a dutch thing? Haha well It's kinda weird. We are a really small country but we host the most festivals globally during the summer. I hope we are well organized, we always try our best.  The Breakfast Club have kindly offered 2 TICKETS to their ADE Special event. To stand a chance of winning, send an e-mail to \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with "Breakfast Club ADE" in the subject title, and tell us your favourite breakfast dish. Good luck :)   FULL INFO  Breakfast Club ADE Special Saturday 18 October 2014 07:00 - 18:00 €25,99     More MEOKO? Find us on Facebook Find us on Twitter

Not So Serious with Super Flu

Super Flu is an electronic, unconventional duo, who pushes boundaries with music and their characters, as weird and fun tech-house guys (that like to play with goo, toy instruments and beautiful ladies). Super Flu's music videos and social media pages are covered in quirky and sometimes very strange photos of themselves...Perfect for a Not So Serious interview. Their fun obviously doesn't get in the way with their music output and quality. Respected in the music industry, Super Flu plays gigs in well-renown festivals, such as Fusion in Germany and clubs, such as Zig Zag in Paris. Creative beings indeed, they both play instruments such as the clarinet and the piano in a live band. In terms of musical output, they released their second album, Halle Saale at the end of last year, released tracks on labels such as Traum Schallplatten, and run their own label, Monaberry which celebrates 25 this year. Congratulations, Super Flu :D Tell me about Monaberry's number one mascot, Herbert… Herbert is Felik's grandpa and their are always doing music together. After we launched our Monaberry label we decided that he should be the manager and master mind. There are still a lot of things we can learn from him!   Would you rather give someone the flu for a week or catch a flu for a whole week?  We would rather pass it onto some nice girls with who we can spend one week in bed.   The craziest thing you’ve ever done while playing a set? Sometimes we do a 30 second music break in our sets and in this time we try to stand still, like a statue. We call it the "freezer".    Your most inspirational figure is…  Jenna Haze…    The strangest track you've ever produced? We did a track in which we used samples of the voices of girls who entertained us in the solitude of our hotel rooms, but we have not released it so far.   The funniest prank you've ever pulled?  I know it sounds really disgusting but a few years ago we met a really irritating guy during our holidays who wouldn’t leave us alone and in peace. So after some beers he got to smoke a bong with our pubic hair.   What philosophical ideas do you think about on the toilet?  What is the question?   Describe a time when you trusted your intuition and found out you were wrong…. See the "strangest track you've ever produced" answer.   The goofiest outfit you've ever worn at a party? We are playing in Frankfurt next week and the organiser has promised us hand tailored gold suits. Let´s see…   What instrument would you play while riding a dragon…naked? Your mean Falkor the Luck Dragon, right? A sitar most likely.   Would you rather spend 10 pounds on 10 digital tracks or 1 vinyl? We would spend 20 pounds on a nice concert!   Jo Gurt or Senamuun? Sailor Moon   What track would you listen to while frying bacons and boiling eggs in the morning? Isaac Hayes - Shaft   What words of advice would a cockatoo say to you? You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then it seems you’ve used dog shit as frosting.   Found that weird? There's plenty more below: Website  Facebook Soundcloud     For More MEOKO, follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Derrick May & Orchestra at OdeGand By Night

Left-field styles of house and techno are common today, with artists blending sub genres such as garage and techno, but also combining all types of genres, from jazz to folk music. In today's dance music landscape, we see artists such as Archie Pelago playing instruments live alongside their DJ sets. Hybrid projects continue to push boundaries, as we see artists like Jeff Mills re-making the soundtrack of classic dystopian film, “Metropolis”, directing a conceptual film for Paris’ Le Louvre and playing with philharmonic orchestras around the globe.  Live orchestra and live Mills...an excellent combo indeed. Last year, he brought this hybrid project to Ghent, Belgium for OdeGand by Night, the closing party for OdeGand. OdeGand showcases world, jazz and classical music in various unique locations the city of Ghent has to offer. OdeGand By Night blends these genres shown during the day with electronic music at night. For their second year running, OdeGand by Night presents to us their headliner, Detroit techno pioneer, Derrick May. Having shown two techno gods in just their first two years from conception, show that Odegand By Night is indeed an innovative project, certainly in Belgium, a country known for their quality events. The line up also includes artists and collaborations of poineering talent from seemingly different musical cultures, such as Sysmo & DJ Grazzhoppa, KEDA, Khalifé-Schumacher-Tristano, Pnut & István Várdai and Bel Canto & visuals.  Derrick hits the stage at OdeGand By Night in St. Anne Church. Hidden behind scaffolding for years, St. Anne Church will come alive exclusively for this event, as Derrick showcases orchestral versions of his legendary tracks with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dzijan Emin.  Seeing a performance by Derrick May is no let down. A true performer, he transmits so much energy and passion into his music and wows the crowd with musical tricks and surprises. A leading figure in the techno scene, Derrick is not afraid to push boundaries. It is no surprise therefore, that he will be playing alongside an orchestra for OdeGand. This year he has performed around the world, receiving fantastic reviews, such as his "unforgettable" concert in August with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra:  "Every change in beat Derrick May played was again followed by a sign of vocal delirium by the people, aged from 5 to 55, who were dancing all night long. The synergy that developed with the first chords of the first song, only grew bigger and bigger, to culminate at the end, when the crowd was just simply not ready to let the musicians leave the stage.” - Independent Several DJs have a strong affinity towards classical music. As mentioned, Jeff Mills and Derrick May tours the world playing sets with classical ensembles. Other dance music DJs such as Francesco Tristano famously covers techno tracks with the classical piano (watch Francesco play his piano along Carl Craig here, and listen to his rendition of Derrick May’s famous “Strings of Life” here). Seeing DJs dressed in suits is surprisingly, quite pleasant.  Then, there is also the connection between techno and the church. Could you say techno heads go to sunday morning raves like catholic families go to church every Sunday? Perhaps not, but there are clearly some similarities. Spiritual, soulful vocals that emit from several 80s disco tracks are taken from gospel singing. A Guy Called Gerald will be playing at St John Church in Hackney this weekend for Spiritual Groove, and in general, using a church as a venue for a rave is nothing new, but always quite exciting.    See the relationships between techno and classical music, and techno and the church at OdeGand By Night with Derrick May, and take a trip around the city to see other excellent shows in the centre of Ghent, as the festival transforms six unique locations into music clubs and classical musicians meet with electronic DJs and forward thinking audio visual artists: KEDA     PNUT & ISTVAN VARDAI   SYSMO & DJ GRAZZHOPPA    All of this sounds exciting? Odegand has kindly offered an amazing prize for this “once in a lifetime” show: TWO TICKETS and a DINNER FOR TWO at Cafe Theatre. Please send an e-mail to \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Derrick May at Odegand” in the subject title.  OdeGand by Night will take place on Saturday 27 September 2014 from 8 p.m.  Tickets: €27  Call +32 (0)9 233 77 88 or on www.odegandbynight.be     More MEOKO? Find us on Facebook Find us on Twitter 

Katapult Boat Party - Summer Closing

  With the summer’s close on the horizon for everyone in the northern hemisphere, many are preparing for the incoming darker and colder months by stocking up on winter clothes, but the Parisian crew over at Karat Records have put together a six hour maritime affair for our French friends across the pond. A stellar line up boasting Sammy Dee, Baby Ford, MZKBX and Nicolas Lutz and Jay Daniel. Quality through and through.      Jay Daniel, who has found a home on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature label and recently put his spin on Four Tet’s “Aerial”, weighs in with the Detroit sound. DeepChord, Echospace will also be in appearance showing off their live vintage analogue heavy sound during the trip down the Seine. The boat will set sail from St. Bernard along the river in a boat named, River’s King.     The Katapult parties have been running since 2001 and brought for the first time some of today’s most sought-after DJs to Paris like Villalobos, Zip, Luciano and Move D and their ethos to seek out the upcoming underground talent is still as consistent as ever.     With an open-minded and simple philosophy, the label’s power couple Alex and Laetitia Katapult have forged friendships over their extended careers which has seen them be invited to play alongside some heavyweights which is testament to their prowess as mainstay DJs themselves.     They will play as the sole support act to good friend Villalobos this Friday in part 1 of 2 Mercredi Production parties at Cabaret Sauvage. On the Saturday heavyweights Ben Klock, Steffi and Marcel Fengler all feature on the billing. Alex and Laetitia have done it all, from opening (and closing) a record store, running a label-cum-booking agency as well as cementing their position as mainstay DJs in the French underground scene. So they sure know how to run a party, in our eyes. Expect a mixture of genres to wrap up what has been a terrific summer season of parties on and off shore.   INTERVIEW WITH THE KATAPULTS COMING SOON..... CHECK THE EVENT HERE         By Geoffrey Chang   MORE MEOKO Facebook Soundcloud Twitter    

The Art of Sound: September

MEOKO proudly presents The Art of Sound. Each month, the 10 best album or EP covers in terms of artwork will be selected and presented as such. The purpose of this series it to show respect and appreciation to not only the music that the album or EP contains, but also to the concept and art that is being reflected and corresponds to the theme of the music. 1. Alliv Sobol Toz EP   2.   Birdsmakingmachine  Birdsmakingmachine 6   3.   Aphex twin Syro   4. Roman Flügel Happiness is Happening   5. Slow Life Changing Habits, Breaking Rhythms   6. TC Studio Vulpe   7.  Julius Steinhoff Flocking Behaviour - Smallville LP 09   8. Chris Carrier True Step Locomotion   9.   Theo Parrish Footwork (repress)   10. Robin Ordell JC EP     More MEOKO? Find us on Facebook Find us on Twitter Find us on Soundcloud

MEOKO Presents Hidden Treasures - Introducing Adorned

MEOKO has been digging deep to bring you the best in up and coming brands and designers for the coolest unique creations out there. Each brand representing positivity,creativity and a fun and friendly vibe, to tie in with what we stand for here at MEOKO. Over the coming weeks we’ll be presenting some our favourites, as well as some fresh undiscovered talents for you to feast your eyes over. Get to know ‘Adorned’, the mother daughter duo creating fashion and accessories with a conscience. From the humble beginnings at a northern market stall, interest grew in the brand, now known especially for its intricate trinket like jewelry.  Bohemian style designs from ethically sourced and recycled beads and metals coupled with upcycled and customized clothing provided the perfect fix for the fashion footprint concerned consumer. The Adorned duo search far and wide for one off pieces to finish off with one of a kind embroidered or stamp printed designs, their elephant printed shorts proving to be a hit this summer, but as the winter months start to settle in, it’s the Hamsa hand denim jackets we have our eyes on! As well as regularly attending craft fairs and markets around the UK, their goods can also be found on Asos marketplace for the ease of internet shopping; a lot has happened in the less than two years Adorned has been in business and we can’t wait to see where they will end up next. What is the story behind ‘Adorned’, why did you start up your own brand? Adorned sort of happened unintentionally! When I was 18 and in my first year of university I got a bit frustrated with studying all the time, so had an evening to myself to do some sewing, where I created this beautiful embroidered stag-head denim shirt. It got a lot of compliments, and my mum (aka my business partner) suggested making a few pieces for this market we had coming up, where we were just clearing some old jumble and jewellery. She’s been buying, making and selling jewellery for over a decade and I used to even bunk off school to help her!  So making the products comes very naturally, the challenging part has been to turn it into a proper business. Both of us too are eco-warriors – we hate how unsustainable the high street is becoming and wanted to do something to counter it. We want to give people an alternative to the high street that is different to vintage and more luxurious than charity shopping – though we love  both! Adorned grows in following every week and now we are on ASOS Marketplace, we’re starting to get some exposure that we never imagined we’d have!  How has been the reception to such an ethical brand, do people like the idea of upcycled clothing and accessories? Our customers love it! The products we produce reflect our own style that we’ve had for years but is also very in at the moment – paisley prints, elephants, hand-sewn shisha mirrors, chokers and lots of dainty chains. I think more often than not people are amazed that all our customised clothing is recycled. I do all the customization so when people see this rail packed with pieces they’re shocked that I have time to do it all. People like that they can buy a unique, ethical piece from us. We rarely make two pairs of earrings the same – why should we when we have the creative capacity to make ten different? The best part is that between us we adorn women (and occasionally men) of all ages: Margarita’s pieces often appeal to an older lady with a hippy spirit whilst my pieces are loved by a teens and young adults – though it’s not mutually exclusive. I once sold a headchain to a woman in her 50s! What are you adorning yourself with today? The weather is turning now which gives me the perfect opportunity to wear a vintage purple dress I picked up from a charity shop for £4 – I’ve shortened it but it fits like a dream! I’ve teamed it with a pair of vintage black boots I got the other day and my trusty thrifted black suede biker. I’ll also add on a tonne of our Alpaca silver rings and a pair of our ethnic treasure earrings, which go with just about anything. I’ll actually be posting the outfit on Lookbook later if I can get a good picture!  We see that you’ve just come back from festival fun in Croatia and it seems that the summer season will soon be over! Can we catch Adorned at any cosy Christmas markets this year?  It was amazing! We’ve also just worked Hardwick Live, a two-day music festival. Next year we aim to be working loads of festivals, but for now you can catch us at the Good Food Market at the University of York on the second Friday of every month, as well as their fresher’s event Live & Loud on the 4th October. We are looking into vintage fairs and Christmas markets so keep your eye on our Facebook page and Twitter for specific dates – our stall looks like an eastern bazaar so you won’t want to miss it! Our ASOS Marketplace and Depop are however open all hours though for those who can’t catch us in person. Adorned are kindly giving away a customised Hamsa hand denim jacket to one lucky reader, along with a elephant pendant and stone set ring to finish off the look, alltogether this lovely bunch is worth over £100, thank you Adorned! To be in  chance with winning, email \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject 'I wanna be Adorned' and tell us what you like to adorn yourself in at the weekend.  Find Adorned on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Lookbook Shop Adorned on: Asos, Depop   More MEOKO? Find us on Facebook Find us on Twitter Find us on Soundcloud 

Simple Things Festival 2014

  It’s that time of year again. The high caliber and slick festival Simple Things returns to the dance hub of the West, Bristol. A festival that truly sets the bar for top end Bristol events and leaves a strong impression on locals and those visiting the city every year round. A solid compilation of artists, djs, and intriguing and intimate venues spread across the centre of town with a dance focused crowd and good atmosphere.     Last year the organisers kept things under wraps until just before the event and the same can be expected again this time round. Embargoed information leaves us desparate to know the layout. For now we are left in mystery but this event should not be missed. It is however without a doubt that the wonderful emporium that is Colston Hall will be used during the day for some gripping live performances. Last year saw Nicholas Jarr in a wonderfully built instrumental set with the usual enigmatic crescendo. A location that can expect a magnificently grand audible experience all day long.     The infamous abandoned space, The Island Complex, perfect for an industrial party, consisting of the old courtrooms, the prison cells, fire station and more hidden areas, will unfortunately not be playing a part this time round but you can expect more wacky dance areas from the coordinators – with the council on their side, more likely than not, locations Bristol has never or heard of seen before will be in full swing full to the rafters with dancers of all interests and ages.     The festival is organized with meticulous detail and aids the enjoyment of all attending by breaching across various spectrums of electronic music. Be it, techno, house, dubstep, dub, hip hop, bass music, or other eclectic sound varities from Bristols home, in the ever disappearing knowledge of what “genre” even means in 2014, Simple Things have considered it.     Stage hosts for this years event are yet to be announced but for the locals it’s obvious certain party collectives will find their involvement and put on an impressive show as always. For one of the more dance orientated areas we have been promised “a  twisted garden of Eden, where the outsides in and the insides out. Up is left and down is right. A techno paradise straight out of a mirror balls dream.” Sounds enchanting.     Artists include , DJ Harvey, Nightmares On Wax, How To Dress Well, DJ Sprinkles, DJ Nature, Owain K, Damiano von Erckert, Max Graef, Seven Davis Jr. and DJ October just to name a few. Serious music, serious venues, and a friendly bunch of not so serious people. Perfect for a boogie. If you have not ventured this far west, this event is a top recommnedation.     This year we have teamed up with Simple Things Festival to offer you the CHANCE TO WIN 2X FESTIVAL TICKETS. All you have to do is email \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject line “SIMPLETHINGSFESTIVAL” and the winner will be selected at random at a closer date prior to the event. See you there Bristol!   BUY TICKETS HERE AND CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK   By Ell Weston   MORE MEOKO Facebook Soundcloud Twittter        

Creative Collaborations - Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: The Gates of the Festival

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: The Gates of the Festival 17 September – 1 November 2014 Lisson Gallery At MEOKO we are firm believers in the process of merging the creative fields to create something beautiful. Music, art, fashion, lifestyle and culture is what we love, and in the ‘The Gates of the Festival exhibition’ by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg we have found another beautiful collaboration of art and sound that must be shared! Those more familiar with the world of music may recognize the name ‘Hans Berg’ from event posters and record sleeves, as an established live electronic music producer and performer he has released tracks on Fullbarr, Klasse Recordings and Trunkfunk Records, as well as performing sets at established venues such as Chalet in Berlin.  Take a look at the visuals surrounding his live sets however and we get our first introduction to the artistic collaboration between Hans Berg and Nathalie Djurberg. Where Nathalie provides visual accompaniment to Hans’s changing melodic tracks, he too creates sonic soundscapes for Nathalies animation work – together using each other’s skills to create atmosphere for each other’s artistic outlets. This marriage of skills has resulted in a series of successful exhibitions together worldwide in places such as New York, Berlin and here in London. From 17th September, the Lisson Gallery will be housing the latest exhibition from the duo entitled ‘The Gates of the Festival’. ‘A new series of works and a new direction marks this inaugural exhibition of Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg at Lisson Gallery. Sculptural interventions, projections, neon, film and music are interwoven throughout the spaces in an immersive installation, eschewing video screens or static objects for animated surfaces and pulsating environments. Merging audio-visual and multimedia elements, Djurberg & Berg’s debut show with the gallery melds together as one continuous or total work of art, albeit constructed of discrete events and individual experiences.’ Take the time to try something a little different, and enjoy an audio visual experience outside of the club environment.  For more information, visit the Lission Gallery website here.   More MEOKO? Find us on Facebook Find us on Twitter Find us on Soundcloud.  

Into the Creative Spectrum Episode 4 with Stefan Marx

Ever wondered who was behind Smallville records' quirky cover art? Stefan Marx, an artist/drawer and part of the Smallville family, successfully represents Smallville as it is: A unique, friendly, open minded and creative "institution". Smallville stands out due to many reasons, one important reason being Stefan's art work. He has designed record sleeves for artists on the Smallville roster such as Christopher Rau's Asper Clouds and Moomin's The Story About You, and he is the designer behind Smallville's idiosyncratic logo:      Stefan Marx, like most of his Smallville people, is based in Hamburg. Aside from designing awesome record cover art work and covering Smallville's windows with extraordinary creatures, he also runs his own T-shirt label, "The Lousy Livincompany", designs skateboards for Cleptomanicx, and publishes his own zines and books with Nieves Books. His latest exhibition took place in his home town, Hamburg, where he showcased his "This Sounds a Bit Like Goodbye" (2012) art work at the "IM FRÜHLING, DARLING" exhibition, which invited international artists to create postcards, with the theme of longing. Stefan's poignant quotes never fail to create an emotional response. It is no surprise therefore, that many of his quotes he uses in his art work come from musical lyrics. Curious to find out which tracks inspired him to represent the lyrics in a bold white statement behind a black background, and the back stories behind the rest of his works, we asked Stefan about some of our favourite works by him:    1) The quotes you use for your art are a defining characteristic of your style. You have said before that your quotes are taken from lyrics from songs or sayings that you’ve heard voiced from friends and random passersby. Can you tell me who originally said these quotes?    a. This is a quote from Herman Dune, from his song AT YOUR LUAU NIGHT: that's three blocks away but too far alreadywith the rain that crashes and the people walkingbut i'd rather sit here a little longerand i don't think you care and i don't think you're really waitingand even if you do this is just kind of what i owe you for what happened beforeand tell me all about it:"were you drunk or not when you said you missed me?"i want a haircut that kills, i want it in front of my eyesi wanna wear tight jeans and raglan sweaters and dance at your luau nightand drive away with your best friend and make you crysipping on gin and tonic and talking about my bandtelling everybody how fun it is to be touring across the new worldwhen you alone would listen and know how it hurts sometimesand i would tell you all about it and you would kiss my forehead and smilei don't know where i'm going, babyi don't know where i'm going, babyi don't know where i'm going, babyi don't know where i'm going, goingi don't know where i'm going, going   b. This is one of my favorite Songs from Yo La Tengo, its name is TAKE CARE. It is originally a song by Big Star, and Yo La Tengo covered it... Georgia Hubley sings it in such an amazing way.    2) Are your drawings based on people you’ve seen as well? Why do you turn them into cartoon characters?    Yes, these drawings are based on people I see. And I just draw them, I don’t turn them into Cartoons. I publish these drawings mostly in Zines and Books, after a good time of traveling. Mostly with my publisher NIEVES.   3) What is so special about sunsets?   I think mostly the light.    4) What do you feel about Mondays? I kind of like mondays, people are awake again, things are getting back to the process. My favorite place opens again on monday. The Goodbye Mondays is a zine I made for my exhibition Goodbye Mondays in New York in 2012, at PRIMETIME. I left the city on wednesday and it was a one night only drawing exhibition after I spent some good weeks in the city. It was a fun goodbye party too.   5) If you could get rid of something, what would it be?   All the difficult situations in the future.   6) Who is this? And what brought you to Marriott, Financial Center Hotel in New York? I once had a meeting there and took the notepad.   7) What are some of your rarest pleasures?  Long distance flights   8) What is the saddest song you’ve ever heard?  Take Care by Yo La Tengo:   9) What do you like to do during the weekend? Are you a weekender? I like weekends but hate Sundays. I think I’m not such a good weekender. I can have fun, but l like doing things people do on weekends during my week.    10) What does Smallville mean to you? Smallville means freedom, friendship, places, music and record covers.    11) What is something nice to say to Mule on their 10th birthday?  Happy Birthday Toshiya! Toshiya is great, Mule is great, Japan is great, so looking forward to all the future Mule releases.     12) Can you describe the sounds of Jacques Bon’s Two Hearts EP on Smallville Records?  Its a special Jacques sound of two hearts, a warm Paris, and the future in his very personal way I think. I love this release and I’m very happy how the cover turned out.    13) The artwork on Julius Steinhoff’s new record, “Flocking Behaviour” is inspired by...  Julius. His fantastic personality, his music & family and our friendship.   Stefan Marx and Smallville owner, Julius Steinhoff, have kindly offered Smallville's latest releases: Jacques Bon’s Two Hearts EP and Julius Steinhoff's debut solo album, Flocking Behaviour, plus an original Smallville Tote Bag, all for one lucky Meoko reader!      To win, please email us your favourite quote represented by Stefan Marx to  \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with 'Stefan Marx' in the subject title. Winner will be announced in 3 weeks. Thanks to Stefan Marx and Smallville <3   Find us on Facebook and Twitter        

fabric 20/09/14

  Fabric brings London underground DJ talent, internationally-renowned electronic music legends, and accomplished live acts every weekend. Its events and playlists are dedicated to cutting-edge house, techno, electro, disco, dub-techno…and anything else that fits within the confines of the night’s future-forward and ever-evolving programming.     This weekend, as always, Fabric provide another night of sheer talent in the Farringdon basement club. The 3 room roof this Saturday will without a doubt be going off from 11pm-8am with faultless precision. Room 3 plays host to close friends of MEOKO hq Toi Toi Music with some solid techno and slick audible business from the likes of the elusive Jan Kruger, Voigtmann and Lamache. No words necessary for the caliber of this music collective.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_b6189eaa_1330599547&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/fabric/jan-krueger-fabric-x-toi-toi-mix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_b6189eaa_1330599547', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_b6189eaa_1330599547' }); });       Room 2 hold Jealous God Presents for an evening of stripped back and fragmented trippy techno. A seriously eclectic compilation of retro sounds pulled through 4/4 in an alternatively rugged affair. Full front industrial feelings can be expected from the likes of James Ruskin, Broken English Club, Silent Servant and Regis’ other alias Necklace of bites.   Room 1 comes in with what promises to be a selectively classy audio journey from start to finish. Resident and regular, Craig Richards, joins the likes of Rhadoo and live trio Premiesku. This Romanian selection will demonstrate a clean cut meticulousness in sound and should not go a miss. Their performances do not come around often and always offer diversity. After a live set with Premiesku the trio will divide in to a couple for a dj performance from Livio and Roby. Serious music all night long.   This week we have teamed up with Fabric to offer you the CHANCE TO WIN 2 TICKETS for the Saturday event! To enter, simply email   \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject line “FABRIC/20/09” Winner will be announced at random on Friday. Eyes peeled! By Ell Weston   MORE MEOKO Facebook Soundcloud Twitter

Purple Inc. underground at Hoxton with East End Dubs

Having successfully organised parties in their home country, Switzerland, friends Yvo Zanev & Joe Lyes decided to bring their party organising and music skills to London, as they felt they needed a bigger platform to showcase their music. Yvo Zanev & Joe Lyes proved that they made it in the big capital, since they opened their own project, Purple Inc. in late 2012. Since then, Purple Inc. has grown from not only a party, but a label too. They have managed to adapt their flawless Swiss organising skills to East London’s dingy warehouses, as their Purple Inc. team provides a good sound system and showcases talented resident DJs and international guest DJs.  Purple Inc. has an impressive roster of resident DJs that play a distinct Purple Inc. sound: Owner Yvo Zanev, Dean Barred, Neil Catlin, Borkhan Zerke and Dubbtone & Tileff. Sharing the decks at their parties include local and international guest DJs such as Re-UP, Chris Lattner Fanpage, Jun Akimoto, David Gtronic, Scott Kemp, Jessica Diaz, Loquace, ILARIO LIBURNI, Jamahr, Leroy Roberts, Dj Medeew & Chicks Luv Us.   Purple Inc.’s deep and dark tech-house to minimal and dub techno sounds can be heard in their podcast series, which include sets from their residents and their guests, such as Shlomi Amber and Re-Up.  Come see and hear for yourself, Purple Inc’s signature sound at their opening party of the season, as East End Dubs, Ittetsu, Nami & Yvo Zanev share the decks at Hoxton Basement on the 3rd of October.    LINE UP: East End Dubs, Ittetsu, Nami & Yvo Zanev   East End Dubs It is no surprise that East End Dubs will headline for Purple Inc.’s upcoming party, as his sound clearly matches Purple Inc’s bass driven, dub techno sounds. East End Dubs is a London-based producer and DJ, and as his name suggests, he makes the dancefloor pulsate to his dubby sounds. He recently played at Ceremony festival in Finsbury Park, and has played at various respectful local and international parties, such as Magna Carta at Sankeys Ibiza. It is no surprise these days, to see DJs also producing music and vice-versa, and also running their own label. East End Dubs does this and more. He runs his own self-titled label, is part of the roster of underground labels such as Dogmatik Records, Eastenderz, and most famously, Moon Harbour Recordings, which is run by Matthias Tanzmann.  His tracks are supported by artists famous in the underground scene, such as Fuse owner Enzo Siragusa. When he’s not busy producing, playing gigs across Europe and managing his own label, East End Dubs also masters and engineers tracks for other artists and labels.    Ittetsu  Next up on the line up is Fuse resident, Ittetsu. If any of you were there for last Sunday’s Fuse party, you would have noticed Ittetsu’s set as he opened the night for tINI’s banging four hour set. Ittetsu clearly has talent, as he travels around the world, from Japan to to all over Europe playing gigs at respectful parties and venues, such as Fuse at Sankeys, Spain and Village Underground, London. This will be his second showcase at Purple Inc.. Last year he played alongside Marc Antona at The Shelter for Purple Inc.    Nami Elusive Nami, like East End Dubs, also belongs to the Eastenderz label. Along with releasing tracks on Eastenderz, he also runs his own record label, which releases limited edition vinyls. His atmospheric and dark sounds are also fitting to Purple Inc.'s event. Check out his sounds here. Accustomed to playing 5 hour sets, this guy knows how to play music for a rave.    Yvo Zanev Yvo Zanev (Alboratory, Yoruba Grooves, Tip Tap Records and more) has put his stamp on European's underground music scene. He is originally from Hamburg, moved to Switzerland and held a successful residency at Qube Club from 2009 to 2011 before moving to London and setting up his party and label, Purple Inc. Listen to his amazing live set, which was recorded at last month’s Purple Inc. party:  https://soundcloud.com/yvozanev/purple-inc-live-recordings-005    VENUE: Hoxton Basement Hoxton Basement is the perfect place to hold an underground party. Hoxton and Dalston are full of basement venues, but Hoxton Basement clearly stands out amongst the crowd, as they have hosted a number of great parties, such as Rhythmatic, Undersound and Percolate Returns. Their warehouse-style venue attracts East London clubbers looking to dance until the early morning hours to underground dance music.      FULL INFO: 03 October, 2014 23:00 - 06:00  Hoxton Basement East End Dubs  Ittetsu  Nami & Yvo Zanev Send your names to \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or purchase a ticket here

Music Through Pictures with Lazare Hoche

French born producer, Lazare Hoche, has acheived many admirable milestones for such a young(ish) age (he is 24 years old). Thanks to his DIY initiative, his good eye for music and production skills, milestones include his very own record label, Lazare Hoche Recordings, and EPs and albums, rated highly by RA. His recent track released on Lazare Hoche Recordings, 'Naughty Mandar', which he produced with music partners Malin Génie and Samuel André Madsen under the moniker Mandar, was included in Raresh's recent Fabric mix series. Lazare's fresh take on traditional genres like disco and funky house make his productions stand out from the sea of tracks that try to do this, but easily fail. His tracks, no matter what genre, do not disappoint. Watch out for his upcoming EP, Formes, with Malin Génie, which will be released in October 2014.  His down to earth, intelligent character, plus his experience with A&R from his record label, makes him perfect for our Music Through Pictures series. He definitely knows about art, being a student at Paris’s Conservatoire National Des Arts Et Metiers and his DJ name was taken from historical soldier, Louis-Lazare Hoche who came to be general of the French Revolutionary Wars. We start our Music Through Pictures episode with a tempest during Hoche's Irish Expedition...   1.   "This lithography, obviously from the 18th century, pops in my mind like a furious french defeat with a lot of colors and violence. Since we are talking about France, let me post this crazy 80's enthusiastic contemporary electronic Jazz by Jean-Luc Ponty. Almost porn music actually" 2. "I've been always looking for funky obscure music from Middle-East and beyond... Here we go for a sensual Iranian tune by Googoosh." 3. "Well, yeah. Soultrain and stuff. But when I think about Soul-Train, I actually think about BEASTIE  BOYS !! Posse in Effect what up??" 4. "Mmm, minimalism ?" 5. "Nice meditating peacefull Gargouille at Notre-Dame de Paris. Oh wait, we can see the "Tour Saint-Jacques" behind. Paris is my city, I don't see myself live anywhere else. The summer is always the best part there, especially those early memories as a child, this track was banging my little bedroom stereo back then" 6. "There's a sour business in here" 7. "Wish I've been there, RIP George " 8. "Cigarette & Women, you remind me of some..." 9. "Looks like a "naturalist" 20th century oil paint, I can see joy in it" 10. "I'm seasick since I was born I guess, but the only way we can explore sea and synthesizer is with Eric Serra." 11. "Fantasist Egyptian pause".        Listen to Lazare's funky music at ADE's Closing Party with Slapfunk Records and NATIVES, presented by MEOKO: https://www.facebook.com/events/685725234827815/ ✖ LINE UP ---------------------------------------------- Mystery guestThe Mole (CAN)Mr Ties (IT)Dungeon Meat (UK)Djebali (FR)Lazare Hoche (FR)Beesmunt SoundsystemSamuel DeepFerroMalin GenieAnil ArasTetteroLarry de KatGuy GravierLumiereMailmanPacoSam Azami ✖ TICKETS  ---------------------------------------------- http://bit.ly/adetolhuis   1st release: €14,5 (Sold-Out) 2nd release €16,- (limited) 3rd release €18,-   ✖ RESIDENT ADVISOR  ---------------------------------------------- http://bit.ly/vbxslapnatra   ✖ HOSTS  ---------------------------------------------- www.vbx.nu www.natives-crew.com www.slapfunk.com www.meoko.net     More MEOKO? Find us on Facebook Find us on Twitter        

Not So Serious Session With Timo Maas

    Timo Maas, one of the infamous and primary architects of the dance scene, has joined us to talk about all things not so serious. Over 10 years as resident of DC10 Ibiza, with multiple releases in various spectrums of music on labels such as Last Night On Earth, Cocoon and My Favourite Robot Records, to name a few, he has influenced the careers and paths of many. He currently runs his Rockets and Ponies label with Santos in which no real outser space gravity experiments have taken place or animals sent into the cosmos but some intriguing relases and projects have been made. How far he has come since his first DJ passport stamp when visiting Bristol way back in 1985. A man with plenty experience who has seen the club environment inside out gives us an insight on his opinions in all things irrelevant.         Hi Timo, thanks for getting Not So Serious with us!   I looove being Not So Serious   I-D Magazine Podcast allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_9ddf3a1e_343886090&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/i-d-online-1/timo-maas-music-to-keep-you', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9ddf3a1e_343886090', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9ddf3a1e_343886090' }); });     What is your weirdest friendship?   My manager Niko, he`s seriously from another planet! Its a good and creative friendship too! i think, he has 6 arms or so...but he hides them always.   What is the funniest thing you have seen on a dancefloor?   A couple in rabbit costumes shagging with each other   What comes to your mind if I say “Hotel rooms”?   Can I have a late checkout please?   Morcheeba Remix allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0d2f0ad7_1789452506&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/timo-maas/morcheeba-make-believer-timo-maas-bitter-sweet-remix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0d2f0ad7_1789452506', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0d2f0ad7_1789452506' }); });     What is your most embarrassing moment?   Trying to be very cool and running into a closed door at the same time.   The strangest request you have had from someone while playing?   Sorry...seriously too many...like "Can u play R.E.M.?", "Can I give u a b***j**"?   If you had to be sent to space forever and could only take one person with you, who would it be?   My friend Bob.   A night that went out of control?   @ DC10, on mushroom tea, stagediving, forgot the rest...   Timo Maas - Tantra (Official Video) /// Rockets & Ponies   The most precious thing you have ever lost?   Love.   Blond, brunette or Ginger?   All pls...chop chop!   If you could choose a super power, what would it be?   Making dogs talk.   Crossing Wires Mix CD for My Favorite Robot allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_c1ca1bfa_297670683&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/timo-maas/sets/timo-maas-crossing-wires-002', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_c1ca1bfa_297670683', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_c1ca1bfa_297670683' }); });     The best line to pick up a girl?   Sorry, I`m not a DJ.   If you could change one thing about society what would it be?   No more religion.   If the end of the world was near to come, what would you pack?   Nothing, as its the end of the world.   Radio 1 Hall Of Fame allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_4ac52824_1119944478&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/timo-maas/bbc-radio-1-hall-of-fame', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_4ac52824_1119944478', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_4ac52824_1119944478' }); });     If you would be invisible, whom would you spy on first?   No one, i don`t wanna know.   Would you rather have Skrillex or Richie Hawtin’shaircut?   I would rather shave my hair off completely.   If you woke up one day and you found out that you had become the opposite sex, what would the first thing you’d do?   Play with my tits!   Who is your partner in crime to drink jaggermeister with?   Bob again.     Catch Timo play at Unleash in London on the 14th of November alongside Martin Buttrich!   Tickets         Find Timo Maas Online:   http://timomaas.com http://facebook.com/timomaasfans http://soundcloud.com/timo-maas http://twitter.com/timomaaslive http://youtube.com/timomaasofficial     For More MEOKO, follow us on Facebook and Twitter      

An Open Letter To: The Dull Dancefloor Residents

To, the dull dancefloor residents Let me get this straight, isn’t the point of going out on a weekend so you can enjoy yourself? Maybe my idea of fun is different to yours, but I think we can agree that it at least involves a bit of smiling, laughter maybe and just a little dancing. You are at a dance music event after all, not a library. So many house and techno events now are filled with a sea of non moving, monochrome clad individuals. When did the fun get sucked out of nights out? We are meant to be a boundary breaking, controversial subculture full of energy – not a bunch of people looking like they’re waiting in the queue to a grocery store. Really now, come on guys. The regulars of the Paradise Garage and Studio 54 would call us pussies the way we go on. Gone are the days of dancing like no-one was watching, now it’s standing still because everyone is watching (and probably filming on their phone). Dancing used to be a rite of passage, a real release at the end of the week resulting in clubs all over being full of sweaty foreheads and achey feet. And that’s just the way it should be, and the reason why DANCE music gets its name. Any form of proper grooving nowadays gets demonized by the cool crew – regardless of where I stand on the matter, the surge of ‘shuffling’ discrimination does wonders to prove that dancing isn’t accepted anymore. Let me back track a little; if you don’t know what I’m talking about with Studio 54, I’m on about the days of DISCO, part of what helped to form the culture which we now all consume. Moulding nightlife as we know it, disco clubs were a place for all of those who didn’t fit in to the accepted society as it was to come together and enjoy living. Weekends were the time to shine, and boy did you with extravagant outfits. Tight metallic fabrics coupled with revealing cuts topped off with a helping of sequins, the bigger the better, was standard Saturday uniform (and that was just the men) If your outfit wasn’t enough to make you stand out, then your dance moves would complete the display of self expression. Need we even mention a certain Bianca Jagger choosing to ditch the taxi and enter the club on a horse? Nothing less than outrageous hedonsim was accepted, thank you very much. So ok, maybe it’s not so practical to ride your pony to the club, and I admit, rocking up doing the Saturday Night Fever finger point might get you some funny looks – but at least some effort could be made with the clothes. Just because a club is dark it doesn’t mean you have to blend it with the ‘all black everything’ standard attire. Given, it’s a trend, I get it, but I thought clubbing was meant to forget about all that. Making an effort is fun, normal is mundane. I know who I’d rather have at my party… Any sense of differentiation and self-expression, what this culture used to stand for, as any subculture does is being diluted in a sea of coolness. Let go and let’s bring some raw energy, and love back to clubbing! It’s a very powerful and effective tool, known to lead to excessive good times, Which is what we all want, right?   More MEOKO?   Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Soundcloud

Undersound: Lize Records Showcase

Undersound is a clubbing concept that is at the forefront of today’s “new wave” of underground dance music. Based in London, Undersound digs out amazing music and talent locally & internationally and showcases them through their SoundCloud podcasts, record label and parties. Their podcasts churn out top quality, underground music for their global online community to hear, while their parties belong to East London’s thriving musical scene. Resident DJs include Francesco Del Garda and Harry McCanna.  MEOKO MIX - LISTEN HERE This year, Francesco plays with our ears in his exclusive Meoko mix and Harry McCanna sat down with us to discuss his career for our Under the Meoko Microscope, our series where we showcase fresh and emerging talent. Both artists have their own style, and as a result are truly original artists.  Undersound is an original party, for open minded clubbers and dedicated music fans. As Harry commented, “at Undersound I push myself more. We have a crowd that is very open to new ideas, so it’s the place that I can experiment the most. At the same time I want to make sure I’m really giving my best.”  Undersound's eclectic approach to music has brought guest DJs to play, such as Giovanni Verrina, Club der Visionaere’s Binh, and secretive 19.454.18.5.25.5.18.  Expect the best grooves that transport the crowd into the other dimension this Friday, 12th of September, for Undersound’s party at Autumn Studios: https://www.facebook.com/events/791252367582179/ The party marks a special event for a number of reasons. Firstly, it will be their first party of the season, and the firsts of things always transmits an interesting, exciting vibe. Secondly, their line up showcases Lize Records, a Berlin based, exclusively vinyl underground label. A ‘family’ run label, Lize Records has made a name for itself and is respected amongst underground dance music fans. Co-owner Sebastian Rudolph will make his way from Berlin to East London this friday as he shares the decks with Lize Record member and London-based, Isherwood.   Lastly, Isherwood, Rudolph, Francesco and Harry will be playing at Autumn Studios, a warehouse space in Hackney Wick, very close to Pudding Mill Lane tube station. Recently refurbished and provided with L-Acoustics audio systems, this space is now home of Bloc warehouse events: here's where you can rave until the early hours, enjoying underground electronic, house, garage and disco with a top quality sound system. One of the bigger clubs in Hackney, you'll find ravers and electronic lovers alike flocking to Autumn Street Studios. Undersound promises sounds that will “leave you speechless, but your body grooving till the early hours!” We can’t wait.  Full line-up/ Sebastian Rudolph (Lize Records)Isherwood (Lize records, Free Jazz Aesthetics)Francesco Del Garda (Undersound) Undersound on Facebook  This is a Guest List Event - Send names to  \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     More MEOKO? Find us on Facebook Find us on Twitter   

Bridging The Gap: Cycle to ADE

London's weather was pleasant on the day I was able to sit outside café 1001 whilst waiting for Valentino to arrive. As I saw him, I waved at him. He smiles: 'Caterina?' We sat down and introduced ourselves to each other. Very kindly he asks about myself; it almost seemed as if he was about to interview me and not the contrary. I understood he was in LA for work related projects before arriving back in London, after living in South Africa for the last four years. Are you based anywhere precisely? Now London. Bridges for music is legally registered in the UK. I come here more or less every three months, as most of our team and our board of directors is based here too. I can imagine there is a lot of traveling involved with your job, does it get stressful after a while? A bit. But I have always loved traveling so.... How was LA? Good, we have some plans there and some campaigns coming up. The US has a very positive and forward thinking approach on the non-profit sector and we love that. Burning Man demonstrates that quite well. Have you ever been to Burning Man? No, I'd like to. I've heard is the ultimate festival experience. I am afraid that once you've done Burning Man, all the rest won't be comparable any longer. Are these rumours true? Well, Burning Man is something completely different. Is the sense of community behind it. It is so amazing seeing people giving without asking anything in exchange, whether you are offered cakes, coffee, drinks or something else. You live that few days with no money and no phone. Just you and the people around you. How does it work? Do you exchange goods to survive? (laughs) Not really. You are supposed to bring things for the community, things you want to share and give. It is amazing the sense of co-operation and respect there. They organize a Burning Man in Africa too, right? Yes, is called Africa Burn, but is much smaller. (I threw my cigarette butt on the ground whilst scribbling my notes of the interview) “See? You would never see something like that in Burning Man. It is so, clean. NO cans, no rubbish on the ground. It is really nothing like commercial festivals.” (laughs) Have you always planned to work in music? Yeah. I planned to work in music many many years ago, when I was still at university in Valencia. I was watching this amazing video of the Love Parade, on the German television Viva and speaking with a friend we said ' we have to rent a van and drive to Berlin for the Love Parade!'. So at the age of 19 I went with 5 friends to the Love Parade, we drove all the way there from Valencia and when we got there I was so impressed, so moved to see how music can gather a lot of people all in once place. I think that year was the biggest Love Parade ever, with 1.5 million people. Just seeing so many people all dancing in the streets and the good vibes that this created, it really made me think 'I wanna work in music'. I always loved it anyway, and then all came together. In what way? I started this website, an on-line magazine, kind of like MEOKO, called Arde la Noche. We were writing about people, parties events, about lifestyle. I gained a lot of contacts in this way. Thanks to all this contacts, I was able to start my own agency; I was promoting events, doing my own parties. Then the opportunity to take over Barraca came along. Barraca is almost like Manchester's Hacienda, it is a legendary club in Spain, and Europe also. They had people like Joy Division and Lou Reed playing there, it has been running for over 60 years. That was what attracted me the most, the history of the club, the strong engagement that the crowd has with it the feeling of people towards it. Probably in Italy you find something similar in the Cocoricò. They both are a kind of club that has a very loyal crowd and where people really live the music. As Manager I had the chance to refresh Barraca's program. With the team we started booking Dj's like Richie Hawtin and Luciano, who were a novelty back in the days – I am talking about nine, ten years ago. Barraca became one of the most hyped club in Europe, every week-end we had top parties, like Fabric in London, same kind of line-ups. We also founded a record label, started publishing a magazine and running events in other cities. Unfortunately in 2008 the financial crisis hit Spain really badly so we were forced to slow down. Because of the lack of money we had to cut the budgets, scale down and review the whole team and let a lot of people go. In a way I felt relieved: I had always thought that Valencia was not the city for me, I never meant to live there my all life, I have always wanted to travel and discover new things. When I started looking for another position I received an offer from Amnesia to join their team. At least once in my life, I wanted to live in Ibiza to experience the island. I had always been attracted to its vibes. So I left my apartment with all my stuff in Valencia and moved there, to work at Amnesia as Brand Manager. I stayed for four years, it was an amazing experience. Do you still work for them from time to time? No, I quit around one and a half years ago. I wanted to focus full time on Bridges for Music, that is my passion and what really drives me. Besides, I think I gave all I had to give to Amnesia at the time, I put all my energy and effort to the job. That was it for me. I used to do a lot of free-lance work, now I concentrate uniquely on Bridges for Music. How did the ides of Bridges for Music come to be? Well, I'd say by traveling a lot and visiting places where I wouldn't expect to find electronic music. For example I went to the favelas in Rio de Janeiro and I discovered this guy that was running a Dj school. I was just blown away by how he was teaching 30-40 kids how to mix with absolutely no resources. He had a lot of passion. He explained me how hard it was to save money, to buy a new mixer.... That made us think 'these people are doing an amazing work for the community but they do not have contacts!'. You would really just need to give a call to Pioneer to get them some equipment. The brands are willing to support this kind of initiatives but they do not know about them, that's the problem. Afterwards I traveled to South Africa and I was surprised by their house culture. House music is the main and most followed genre in South Africa, especially in the most impoverished communities, which are the townships, outskirts of big cities like Johannesburg. Their people live for house music, children want to become soccer players or Dj's. Coming from the western world, you do not expect to go to a slum and find such a strong electronic culture. You usually associate it with London and the other big cities in Europe and America. In reality is not like that. Electronic music arrives everywhere, I think also thanks to the internet and mobiles. That is where the idea came from. So I sat down with like-minded friends, who also thought that the music industry was in need of a non-profit platform. We put up a board of directors and started calling our contacts. We spoke to Richie [Hawtin] and discussed with him an idea we had back then: to take him in tour to South Africa and push his performances beyond parties, leaving a positive impact behind. So he was the first one you contacted and contributed to the Bridges for Music initiative.. Yes. I have known Richie for a long time. We worked together quite a lot, we have a really good relationship. I knew he was going to be down for the project because he really is that kind of person who wants to push the boundaries of electronic music, who wants to discover new places and engage with all kind of people. He was the right person to start with. What exactly did your first project consist of? We did a tour in South Africa, during which we held two commercial shows and two workshops, one time in a township in Johannesburg and the other in a township in Cape Town. Then we had also a show in another township, not a big show but one of the most specials to date. How did the crowd and local people receive it? Surprisingly good. You know, when you go to a township you find that people are really hungry to learn. They are curious whenever there are foreigners in the community, they want to engage with them and exchange information. Everyone in the team felt welcome there and Rich said he had one of the best parties in his career. Do they normally have many foreign artists playing there? Usually during the summer, which is our winter, from October to March more or less. I think there are quite a lot of artists touring there nowadays. South Africa is becoming very, very popular. How are the workshops structured, do you actually teach the guys how to use all the equipment? Usually it depends on the artists we bring. Anyway workshops never last more than two hours. They start out with an inspiring speech about the artist's life, from the very first challenges he had to face as a newcomer, his breakthrough, up until the present. The second part is more technical: we have the Dj table set up and Richie, for example, explained how he uses Tractor, the Machine etc. Every Dj has his preferences and things he'd like to share with the public. We pretty much decide the program together. Is everyone free to attend? Yes, but we select people very carefully. We want people that are genuinely interested in music, we want to create the right flow between them and the artist. When we open the floor to Q&As we want people to ask the right questions. We do not want fans that attend just to take a picture with the artist. We look for those who are actually going to get the best out of the experience. How do you select them then? In South Africa we work with some local entities that act in the educational field. We work with SAE, Red Bull Music Studio and other partners. Through them we can target the right audience. In the townships we also have opinion leaders to help us find the right artists, local Djs that are very known there and people that are very interested in music. Is it in this way that you chose Dj Fosta, Thibo Tazz, Dj Siphe Tebeka and Lavish 189 to play at this years Tomorrowland and Glastonbury festivals? It has been a while now that we are working in South Africa so we've made our own contacts there. These guys because have more or less collaborated with us from the beginning and we knew they were solid enough to take this opportunity and treasure this experience without being overwhelmed. We chose guys that are really talented but also were mature enough as artists. In most of the cases, is the first time that these people are traveling outside their country. We may think 'Wow, a chance to play a Glastonbury, it's amazing!' but for them can be easily overwhelming. Other than helping local talents being discovered by creating opportunities to play international stage, are you also nurturing artists there? Yes. The first step was to organize workshops, the next will be to open a school in one of the townships, Langa. The school aims to become a space where kids can access to resources on a daily bases, where they can train and develop their careers. We are also going to teach music design, music business and all those disciplines that revolves around the music industry. That is what we are raising money for through the RA campaign. I know Resident Advisor's team and few more personalities are racing to ADE from London to raise money for your school. Did this initiative come from you or came genuinely from RA? It was their idea. RA is one of the most known and respected webzine for a reason. They have strong values and an amazing team, who came up with this idea of launching a charity campaign per year, where they all get together, use their network and the tools they dispose of to raise money and awareness for a good cause. We have been working together since the beginning, so it came quite natural for them to start by helping Bridges for Music. Everyone can donate to the cause through RA website, or through our fundraising platform residentadvisor.net/cycle  It seems like you are receiving a great response. A lot of Djs, other companies and booking agencies donated a fair amount of money and seem very willing to help with this initiative. It is amazing to see how a simple thought turned into something that big thanks to the people support. Definitely we are on the right track. There is still a lot things to do and we still need to raise much more money, but it was a very good start. We feel blessed to have this support and is great to see all the industry getting behind this project. How does the fund-raising work in the specific? People are free to donate any amount of money they wish to sponsor a racer. For example there are people from the RA team, Dj's as Luciano, Chris Liebing and Giles Smith. Each of the riders has his own fund-raising page, that they can share with friends on social media. So you can donate to them. Every rider has set his own target to reach, minimum is £1.000. For example Shaun Roberts from Fabric wants to reach £ 3.000 and he's killing it. Is anyone else helping you to reach the budget you need to open up the school? The RA campaign is the main source of funding. There is an old friend of mine who is an ultra athlete. He is raising money on Just Giving by doing a crazy challenge called Burning Man Quest. He is going to run, ride and swim from the coasts of California to Nevada, starting this Saturday. When is the school set to open? Ideally, with the RA charity race happening in October, we could start working afterwards and, if everything goes well, we'll be finished by May 2015. Will it involve local artists that you know are mature enough to teach there? For sure, we'll have them running workshop alongside international Dj's. So the school is also going to be a point of connection with the international scene, as guest Dj's are going to spend a lot of time in the studio with local ones. Also, we are planning to launch a volunteering program, that will enable people to come and support the project and spend some time in the school. Are you planning to enlarge the Bridges for Music initiative to other areas? In 2015 we'd like to start doing some events in Kenya. We are still at an early stage though. It will take time.   You have been working in the industry for over 12 years now. How did the Bridges for Music change your approach, if it did in any measure? Bridges for music has definitely changed my vision of the industry, I believe that this change has also to do with the fact that I am getting older. The music industry, as it is nowadays, at times does not make sense to me. We were talking about Burning Man...that is a good example, in my opinion, of how the music can be really used in a good way, to gather people together, so they can achieve good things and make the world a better place. One last question....are you going to ride as well? Yeah (laughs) That will take you a lot of time! More or less 5 hours a day. We'll ride 100 kilometers a day for four days. Now we need to train. I need to train, I am way behind (giggles). I have been traveling a lot, its difficult. Well, now that you are in London you can cycle everyday! Yeah, but I do not have my bicycle (laughs again). I need to buy one. I have always loved bikes anyway. Thank you very much for your time Valentino, it has been great meeting you. Wish you all the luck with your new project and with the race. Thanks! And thank you for the interview, goodbye. Bridges for Music still needs funding to build the school, help by sponsoring one of the riders cycling to ADE with RA. You can do that on Resident Advisor Website or on the Believe In platform. Every little donation will do! Written By Caterina Berardi Find the Bridges For Music website here. More MEOKO? Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Soundcloud   
 
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