Upcoming Events

Saturday 28 Feb 15 Cerca Trova with Julian Perez,Julietta and Daniel at Steelyard

Cerca Trova is kicking off 2015 with a line up that has had us buzzing for months with a party held at Steelyard. J U L I A N P E R E Z (Fathers & Sons) The team were lucky to get Julian back in 2011 just before he really broke through. Although not his first London gig, it was the first time London really got to see what he was all about, and that set is still fondly remembered as possibly the best ever performance Cerca Trova has seen!Jump forward four years, and Julian has become one of the most prolific performers in the scene today, with notable gigs and label showcase events in festivals such as ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event), Sonar (Barcelona), Kazantip (Ukraine), BPM (Mexico) and Miami WMC (Winter Music Conference). Dates in Russia, Japan, USA, UK and the rest of Europe as well as essential clubs like Rex in Paris and Robert Johnson in Germany.2014 was by far Julian's most successful to date. Currently represented by SOLID-AM agency he saw a busy touring schedule across Europe and a vigorous summer in Ibiza featuring regularly for Enter, Fuse and Tini & The Gang. His Vinyl only imprint, Fathers & Sons, is one of the most sought after labels in the vinyl market. To date every single release has sold out within one week! As always Julian is working hard in his Ibizia studio on loads of projects, collaborations and future tracks already lined up for labels such as Cocoon Recordings and Drumma.Julian’s sound is predominantly house driven, although you will hear there are strong techno and even UK garage influences. If there is one DJ who can really get a dance floor moving, Julian is your man!// J U L I E T T A (Slave to the Rhythm) //Julietta is one of those DJ’s with not only a talent for reading a room, but also a wealth of musical knowledge to make that room move. She really knows how to connect with a crowd, and in return they feed off of the amazing energy she brings. Her style varies somewhere between House and Techno with all its deep and dubby facets and stands out with a particular mixture of rare old and current tracks. She has a specific intuition for the right record on the dance floor, where she manages to build a set in such a unique way that hooks the listener until the last record. Her first real gig was at the legendary Ultraschall in Munich where it was no surprise she was offered a residency straight away. She soon became a regular all over Munich, but over her first years as a DJ gained an excellent reputation far beyond the German borders – at renowned venues like Panorama bar (Berlin), Robert Johnson (Frankfurt), Rex (Paris), Fabric (London), Eleven (Tokyo), Arma17 (Moscow), ReSolute (New York) as well as festivals like Love Parade or Sonnemondsterne. In the meantime, she is probably most famous for her residency at Harry Klein. In January 2013 was the official start of her own night "Slave To The Rhythm" at Harry Klein together with ANA, with showcases in various European cities, as well as her own bimonthly radio show on the American web-radio station Noice.2014 she started playing as a monthly regular for Bob Beaman's new Sunday daytime event UFO in Munich – also her Slave To The Rhythm Night found its new home at the renowned club. She joined Luciano's Cadenza family and his agency Aether Artists with showcases to follow, as well as becoming resident for our good friends Half Baked.// D A N I E L (Cerca Trova)//Finally, it just wouldn’t be Cerca Trova without our very own resident, Daniel. He has just overseen the launch of our own vinyl label, Cerca Trova London with his own track ‘Grubby’, which sold out on 2 major online vinyl stores within 48hrs!Daniel is not just the heart of Cerca Trova, he is the flesh and blood that holds the party together. Famous for having his own sound, he has earned a reputation as one of the best, truly underground artists in London today. It’s this sound that makes up the DNA of Cerca Trova’s music policy, and his consistency has made him a faithful attraction for our followers. When Daniel plays, people know to expect something special. For sure he is one to watch out for in 2015.✽ ✽ PLEASE BE AWARE ✽ ✽Guest list or tickets purchase does not guarantee entry. We have the right to refuse entry to anyone we feel is not right for CT, in order to maintain the integrity of the party. We know the right people will understand.Good music / / / Good people / / / Good TimesCerca TrovaFB LinkRA Link

Saturday 28 Feb 15 Cartulis Day // February Edition with XDB, Lazare Hoche, Niff + Residents

Cartulis Day is back with a very special February edition, showcasing some of today’s most exciting DJs: Lazare Hoche, XDB and Niff! Our resident Unai Trotti, plus a special guest will also be spinning records on the night. Get ready for a night of house & techno madness, Cartulis style!-----------------------------------LINE UP:XDB (Sistrum, Metrolux, Dolly) LAZARE HOCHE (Delaphine, Lazare Hoche Recordings)NIFF(Seekers)UNAI TROTTI(Cartulis Music, Esperanza)+ Special Guest! XDB (Sistrum, Metrolux, Dolly) Kosta Athanassiadis aka XDB is both a dj and producer, releasing music on his own imprint Metrolux Music, Sistrum Recordings, Echocord, Wave Music, Dolly and Habour City Sorrow. Athanassiadis' taste and musical knowledge is widely documented, often being credited with having an encyclopedic knowledge of electronic music. His dj set's are often varied, covering a wide spectrum of sounds including detroit techno and electro, deep and dubby house, synth wave amongst other styles. Clearly making waves in the music scene, such as his set at Sushitech Records’ Decade event at Panorama Bar earlier this year, XDB is finally getting the recognition that he deserves after spinning records for more than a decade. Lazare Hoche (Delaphine, Lazare Hoche Recordings)Producer/DJ/Label Owner Charlie Naffah aka Lazare Hoche hasn’t followed a traditional path. Instead of sending demos to labels, waiting patiently for their feedback, and pursuing sought-after slots at trendy nightclubs, Hoche opted to do it all himself. He moved from his hometown outside Paris to the heart of the city, built his own in-home studio, started producing tracks, then launched his own eponymous record label to release them as 12″s.The Lazare Hoche Records catalog to date, features vibe-drenched, no-nonsense house tools from Hoche and his associates including Mandar. Hoche focused on building a solid catalog of releases, hitting a sweet spot with US house heads all the way to well known Romanian producers. He caught the attention of French icon DJ Gregory aka Point G, who was taken with Lazare’s unique take on traditional sounds and took the 24-year-old producer under his wing. Lazare is an enthusiastic traditionalist, besotted with house’s forthright rewards: an airtight beat, a grooving bassline, hypnotic instrumental embellishments, and a dose of soul.Niff (Seekers)A lover of the piano, a fan of trip hop, and finding inspiration from all types of musical genres such as UK garage and old school house, Niff combines these elements into his unique and left field sets. He has that charisma of a true Italian artist, as he belongs to the no frills, fresh art, fashion, and music collective, Disordine, while also playing at the new vinyl only Seekers parties. Steadily but surely, Niff is making his mark in the dance music scene. Cartulis welcomes Niff for his first gig in London. It’s about time, and aren’t we super excited about it! Unai Trotti (Cartulis Music, Esperanza)+ Special Guest! 28 February 23:00-  01 March 10:00Doors open at 23:00 on Saturday 17th of January and close late. 2 rooms with latest tendencies of music - house / techno / minimal / tech houseTICKETS & PRICES Resident Advisor Early Bird RA £7Second Release RA £10 Concession/Advance Tickets £12 Door Entrance £15 Nearest tube and bus: London Bridge StationConcessions & Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. you on the dance-floor!Cartulis Day

Saturday 07 Mar 15 fabric 7.3 w/ Magda, Marcel Dettmann, Anthony Parasole & Answer Code Request Live

She might’ve only recently tested our Martin Audio rig with her infamous grooves a month or so back when she joined us in the booth to see in the New Year, but the kind of amore we feel for Magda and her minimalist funk always leaves us wanting that little bit more. Back in Room One, the Items & Things boss will serve up more of her serious and grinding selections during Saturday’s darkest hours alongside none other than Craig Richards.Marcel Dettmann’s self-conducted MDR imprint plays host to Room Two once again. The label boss and Ostgut Ton player joins his performance cohort, Answer Code Request (the electronica skewed alias of the more techno-torched productions of Patrick Gaiser) whilst the tough-guy techno and hypnotic fusion sculpted by Brooklyn’s Anthony Parasole will also head back to Farringdon.London lynchpin ‘Evil’ Eddie Richards teams up with fellow Demo heavyweight and our own resident, Terry Francis up on the mezzanine where they’ll be flanked by Manchester’s Music Is Love bossman, Ollie Furness.

Saturday 07 Mar 15 Solo Danza 2015 Opening Party with Mara Trax: Maayan Nidam & Vera + Nastia at The Steelyard

Solo Danza returns with our first instalment of the year!  We decided to take a well-deserved break after an incredible year, experiencing some amazing times with our favourite venues, artists and people, we were even fortunate enough to stage a head line appearance from Loco Dice, and launch a very exciting new venue.. We've been busy making sure that we return with a bang for our first party of 2015. Tickets for this one are already moving fast, secure your place now!   -Like our Fan page: http://on.fb.me/1mr6N1M -Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoloDanzaLDN   **Please be aware that buying a ticket or being on the guest list does not 100% guarantee entrance. Our door team have the right to refuse admission to anyone they feel is not right for the party. It is very important to us to preserve the special vibe at Solo Danza.   Solo Danza X

MEOKO Press

LEAF 2015

London Electronic Arts Festival, better known as LEAF is a two-day cultural celebration of electronic music, art, technology and digital futurism that will attract around 20,000 Electronic music fans into the heart of London. Created and curated by Bestival founder and DJ Rob da Bank, LEAF will take up a two-day residency at one of London’s most unique and visually stunning event spaces, the grade one-listed Tobacco Dock in East London.   SCHEDULE Day One will focus on talks, demonstrations and discussion groups aimed at fans, enthusiasts, apprentices and connoisseurs as well as interactive panels from high profile artists from the many corners of music, tech and art. The conference will feature a tech demo space, great food and drinks as well as a networking area. Guest and subjects you may expect:   Nile Rodgers: Unmoderated / Uncensored / Unlimited The Rise & Rise Of Black Butter Records: Ft Rudimental PRS presents The Rob Da Bank Interview: DJ Harvey Classic Album: 808 State – Ninety. Graham Massey meets Modeselektor Arcadia: How To Build A Fire Breathing Spider B. Traits: State Of MindMeet Team RAM Records Laura Jones: Overcoming Obstacles (Life As A Touring DJ With Limited Vision) ELAM Explained: Charlie + Will Kennard from Chase + Status The Ambient RevivalPoint Blank Music College: Performance Masterclasses Native Instruments: The Future of Sound Big Fish Little Fish Interactive Electronic Music and Visual Art Area     To round off the first day some of the world’s finest live electronic artists have been assembled for LEAF LIVE, which will take place in the beautiful ‘Great Gallery’ of Tobacco Dock: Modeselektor (live) 808 State (performing the Ninety album) Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra     Day Two will shift up a gear for the flagship LEAF event at Tobacco Dock, with an incredible line-up of some of the world’s most revered electronic artists, compiled by LEAF across over more than ten hours.  As day moves into night and LEAF draws to a close, we turn to the roots of London’s music scene as LEAF takes over the capital’s best nightclubs and events spaces with the biggest names in electronic music:   Tale Of Us Sasha Luciano Igluu b2b The Mistaa Enzo Tedeschi Chris Liebing Anja Schneider Pan-Pot Stephan Hinz (live) Clint Stewart BEC + special guest Modeselektor (DJ Set) DJ Harvey Rob Da Bank     THE VENUE Built in the early 19th Century as a secure bonded warehouse for the receipt and storage of tobacco from the New World, Tobacco Dock was designed to offer complete security for precious and highly desirable goods. Now this cool warehouse is transformed and re-launched in October 2012 to an incredible space to create London’s newest and most flexible events’ venue.   FULL INFO Leaf Conversation: Friday 6 March 2015 10:00 - 20:00   Leaf Concert: Friday 6 March 2015 19:00 - 22:30   Leaf Club: Saturday 7 March 2015 12:00 - 22:30 Venue: Tobacco Dock: 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF   MORE MEOKO Facebook Soundcloud Twitter 

MEOKO Internship Opportunities

MEOKO is a forward thinking and creative lifestyle brand, with a primary focus on the global underground electronic music and events scenes; passionate about promotion and high quality event services. MEOKO Ltd, the event and promo agency, offers event and physical/online promotional services to a strong network of London and the UK’s best promoters, artists, record labels, clubs/bars, PR agencies, artist agencies, management companies, festivals and charities. Beyond music, MEOKO opens up its interests to culture, art, fashion and food… Some of our clients have included fabric, We Are FSTVL, Sonus Festival, Lovebox, SW4, Sunwaves14, Street Feast, Kerb Food, LWE, Egg, Fire, WYS, Spilt Milk, Oval Space, Found, DJ Mag, Firefly International, Camden Lock Brewery and Westminster City Council to name just a few. As well as promotion, MEOKO is passionate about top-quality journalism and regularly hosts reviews, interviews and features on its website written by some of London’s finest journalists. We are currently looking for two hard-working, passionate individuals who have a strong knowledge of electronic music and are organised and reliable. We are willing to take on board a Graphic Design Intern and an Editorial Intern. Both positions represents a great opportunity for whoever is interested in pursuing a career in music or events industry. During this internship you will able to network with promoters, artists, agencies, labels, press agencies, festivals, designers and so on. You will get a very close look inside the industry across many different sectors. Moreover, you will be able to build a professional  portfolio, by being actively involved with all MEOKO Projects and by producing features/designs on a daily basis. OVERLOOK You should share an interest in electronic music and promotion as well as holding either a PR/Journalism degree or a Design/Creative background. Any extra skill will be a bonus. He or she must have excellent people skills, be creative, be able to communicate well as an individual or part of a team. This is a hands -on roll so please only apply if you feel you have what it takes to work as part of an extremely busy, sometimes stressful yet very exciting environment. The successful candidates will be supporting the team and be an effective and trusted interface for MEOKO, providing a point of contact for external collaborations and enquiries. EDITORIAL INTERN – press & social media  Main Duties will include but not be limited to:          writing features and news pieces          writing events and albums previews/reviews          writing mix descriptions          contributing to the daily running of the magazine          managing and maintaining websites contents          contacting Dj's, producers and record labels (client liaisons)          managing social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)          managing MEOKO Soundcloud page          copy editing texts          contributing to MEOKO series (e.g. Music Through Pictures, Sound of the City, Not so Serious)          organizing and writing interviews          listing hottest London's event by week          admin duties Requirements:          applicants must be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience          must be able to work efficiently in a fast pace environment          being a great team player as well as being able to work on own initiative          excellent English skills, both verbal and written          must be computer literate (word, photoshop or gimp)          good presentation skills, in writing and person          must have enhanced multi-tasking skills, be able to work in fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment          have an eye for details          excellent organizational skills and the ability to cope with a demanding workload          self-motivated, friendly and positive          social media literate          enhanced research skills          be able to work on close deadlines GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN Main Duties will include but not be limited to:          creating banners and designs of different natures for MEOKO          contributing to the daily running of the magazine          managing and maintaining websites contents          uploading contents on the website          occasionally help with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)          looking for interesting pictures/videos to publish on social media or to work with          helping with MEOKO series (e.g. Music Through Pictures, Sound of the City, Not so Serious)          admin duties Requirements:          applicants must be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience          proficiency in Photoshop (or Gimp)          being IT literate          must be able to work efficiently in a fast pace environment          being a great team player as well as being able to work on own initiative          excellent English skills, both verbal and written          good presentation skills, in writing and person          must have enhanced multi-tasking skills, be able to work in fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment and respect deadlines          have an eye for details          excellent organizational skills and the ability to cope with a demanding workload          self-motivated, friendly and positive          social media literate MEOKO is looking for creative individuals to come up with always new and interesting ideas. If you have a good idea, we are more then happy to have you realizing it! Successful candidates must own their own laptop and be able to work at least 4 days a week, from 10 to 6 over 4 months. To apply for the internships, please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  CV and covering letter, explaining why you would like to work for MEOKO, what you will bring to the position and listing  your three favourite artists and three favourite labels. Please write 'MEOKO Internship – editorial' or 'MEOKO Internship – graphic design' in the subject case.

Revolt! Fundamental changes

REVOLT! True to their name, Revolt! are all about fighting the power and breaking from established norms. Greece is not a country famed for it’s underground music scene, indeed as they explained to us, they are ‘in the middle of a music hurricane, fighting against the commercial music scene & promoters’. Revolt! was born through small parties in the historic center or Athens with the purpose of satisfying people’s craving for quality music. Now the Greek scene is slowly but surely growing and Revolt! are proudly leading the way. Operating as a management agency and events company, they have a talented roster of artists that includes Kreon and Egal 3 who have both contributed to the Meoko mix series as well as Adil Hiani, Alex Celler, Anestie Gomez, Mr. Roussos, Radiq, Vid and Sylphe. They have also hosted a range of internationally respected artists at Revolt! parties including Meoko favourites: Maayan Nidam, Margaret Dygas, Onur Özer, Praslea and Soul Capsule (Baby Ford & Thomas Melchior). As a label Revolt! made their debut release in October of last year; 3 impressive tracks with sounds ranging from dark minimal techno to skipping and energetic house. The title of their debut release ‘Revolt! No1821’ is a clever reference to the 1821 war of Greek independence.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_649aae1d_1891166850&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/supersprint/sets/revolt-no-1821', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_649aae1d_1891166850', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_649aae1d_1891166850' }); });     Revolt! show a serious dedication to the Greek underground; their releases come from established artists and promising new talents, all working under aliases. Yet they make no secret of their desire to represent the Greek scene on an international level, without making any compromises to the mainstream. ‘Spreading the music is our main goal, by collaborating closely with local & international artists that play for our events.’ Revolt! wants to be a part of this global adventure and invites you to follow the motivating ideology for sharing good music with integrity. Now Revolt! is feverishly preparing for its upcoming event on March 21st , as the agency will host Zip, one of the most important symbols of house and techno, at six d.o.g.s. After nearly four years since his last appearance in the Greek music scene, this enigmatic artist who helped in the formation of the Berlin sound through his label, 'Perlon', comes to Athens to offer another unique set! Alongside him, Revolt!’s resident DJ who has stood out internationally, K.atou.‘This event really means something to us. Some big names seem to support real underground teams rather just than chasing the big budgets.’ If you’re in the area, head down to get a taste of the real Greek underground.   FULL INFO: Revolt! Presents: Zip & K.atou at six d.o.g.s Saturday 21st of March Facebook event: here, RA tickets here   MORE MEOKO Facebook Soundcloud Twitter 

HOTWAX – Tools & Tips (25 February 2015)

So Inagawa – Integritithm (Cabaret Recordings) Last year we already put this amazing album on our website. Now it’s finally out. He needed a year, before Japanese producer So Inagawa, finally finished this 6-track album. We didn’t mind, because this album is just lovely, full of very nice atmospheric house tunes. This young record label, Cabaret Recordings, is working its way up. Meoko is a fan!   Monsieur Cedric / Steve Frisco – Hors Serie (Serie Limitee Records) A limited to 250 copies and features one track on each side, both of which take you back in time. The ingenious ‘Strictly rhythm’ by Monsieur Cedric fuses deep house with breakbeats and acid. Steve Frisco pays tribute to a well-known truly legendary New York house music label with the aptly titled utterly tantalizing ‘Nu Groove’ which, to make it short, is sheer deep house bliss.   Hanfry Martinez – Misterio (Taverna Tracks) For the 3rd release on Taverna Tracks, Hanfry Martinez delivers 3 timeless House cuts. US Legend Brothers Vibe on remix duties adds some New Jersey flavour to Misterio. Taste it while it’s hot!   Hidden Gems – 001 (MyHouse YourHouse) Two tracks by Fede Lng and another two by Bs As Deep. A collaboration between both of them is called Hidden Gems. Four decent house tracks makes this EP an outstanding record and worth the buy.   Mandar – Peace Force (Lazare Hoche Records) Having impressed with a trio of singles in 2014, Samuel Andre Madsen, Lazare Hoche and Malin Genie once again join forces under the Mandar alias. It's their second 12" for Lazare Hoche imprint, and very much follows on from where ‘Width’ left off. These guys keep on releasing good records! Vinyl Speed Adjust – Moods & Traits (Inwave Holland) Inwave introducse its first solo EP with 3 massive tracks by the Romanian duo Vinyl Speed Adjust, already known for their Pressure Traxx release and for the marvellous Remix they made for Butch. This records is a perfect mix between house, techno and a little bit of Romanian style.   Alex Baciu – New Groove EP (Any Records) Very cool vinyl only release by Alex Baciu. This moody house music contains also a remix by an unknown artist and by Ian F.   die Roh – Lancia Delta EP (Black Venison II) Luca Segato and Marco Zanin also known as Die Roh both come from the Red Triangle of the Brenta Riviera, not too far away from Venice. This release is a proper house tune you should have in your collection. More MEOKO? Facebook Twitter Soundcloud  

In a pub somewhere in London... An Interview with Steve O'Sullivan

The Meoko-team here in London had a very nice chat with Steve O’Sullivan in his local neighbourhood pub. The man behind the recognized Mosaic record label gives a detailed explanation about his life, productions and record label. He also clarifies why he had been out away from the scene for a while. In the last ten years he hadn't released anything, but now he is back with some very nice tracks. An inspiring and down-to-earth producer, Steve left behind a big impression on the Meoko-team.   Hi Steve, firstly thank you for this opportunity of an interview for Meoko... Let's go back to the very very beginning. What did you want to become when you were growing up? Hmm, well I never really thought about what I wanted to be when I was very young to be honest with you. I have never dreamt of being an astronaut or anything like that but I do definitely recall being about 13/14 years old, holding a 12” in my hand thinking that would be the ultimate thing to achieve. But that being 1983/1984 it wasn’t a serious ambition or anything like that. I guess everyone who loves music secretly hopes to release a record one-day. Today you realized your dream. How does that make you feel? Well, when my first release came out, it felt fantastic: I was like a kid on Christmas day when I received the finished copy and that hasn’t changed. It’s a great privilege to make music, to release it and to have people from all over the world appreciate what you do. Knowing my musical limitations the way I do that is quite an achievement. What triggered you to start getting into electronic music? Well,I was always fascinated by electronic music. In the UK, there was a television program called ‘Top of the Pops’ and in the eighties there were many synthesizer-bands on the show and for me that was my gateway into the world of electronic music. When have you bought your first piece of equipment to make music? First, I was doing pause-button megamixes and remixes, where I could make loops of records and then overplay it with film dialogue running from a Walkman. It was great fun but the results were pretty awful but we all have to start somewhere I guess. At about the age of 16 I bought a drum machine on impulse, added a 1 second sampler a bit later and used those for a number of years making pretty terrible music until in around 1993 when I started to build my studio and slowly discovered how it was done. For the younger generation, who grew up in the digital era it is hard to imagine how to get information about all different kind of equipment to make music. Nowadays you go to forums where you can exchange information with users. How did you know what to buy in the eighties? Well it was a different world back then. I just remember seeing these boxes on TV, magazines and record sleeves and recognizing the brand names after a while. I also visited some music stores in London where you could checkout the equipment and would spend hours there playing with synths and samplers before we were told to get out by the staff! Back then, you had to discover how all of this was done, which was quite a slow process, but it was great fun as well. It was also very expensive to get a set up together which in itself took time whereas now you can have a laptop, a cracked copy of Abelton and buy a £50 controller and you’re ready to go. The information available these days must be great for kids starting out. You can go on the Internet, listen to the sound that comes out of different machinery. Or you can ask a question on a forum and five minutes later some professional or a hobbyist answers you. Then there are the endless tutorials on Youtube. It’s a different world to when I started out but I do see it as a positive thing and one that has opened up the whole music making process to anyone and everyone. As a teenager, what kind of music did you listen to? Well,I listened to lots of electronic and indie music. From Depeche Mode to The Smiths, The Cure. All that kind of stuff, a little bit of everything I guess. Tackhead, Nitzer Ebb and New Order, in particular, were huge for me. I just loved the way these bands used synths and drum machines and the energy the music had. The whole electro thing ran alongside all of this and exposed me to music that was, to be frank, like nothing I heard before. Then along came house music and changed my whole perception of what music was. What do you think about the music scene today? Are there many differences or similarities with the past? Well, on a basic level club music is a lot slower nowadays. I still find it amazing that you can be in a club at peak time today and the DJ will be playing at 125bpm. The other change is the sheer amount of music being released. With all the changes in technology it’s so much easier to make and release music than it was 20 years ago. You can almost not keep up with all the tracks that are released on Beatport and Juno everyday. With the closure of so many record stores you no longer have the filter that you had years ago - now everything, whether it is good or bad, is in front of you and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start looking. I’m sure there’s plenty of great music just a few clicks away but discovering that is much harder now. The one thing I will say is that it is sometimes easier to look back on the past as being some golden age when everything was great but I do think in relative terms the amount of poor music being released now is no different to the amount of shit we had around in the 90s - not all 90s music was classic stuff and there is some incredible music being made now that shouldn’t be ignored. In the mid-2000s, it seems you have left the music scene for a while, no more productions, no more releases on your label Mosaic. Why? And how did you get back after such a long time? I spent 10 years away and I guess when I look at it, I spent more time out of the music business than I did in it [laughs]. I really had nothing to say anymore and I could not finish a track that I was 100% happy with. I still made music but none of it was special enough to release during my time away until a couple of years ago when I started to really enjoy the whole process again. At around the same time Sushitech contacted me, we discussed a couple of retrospective packages and now some new tracks and remixes are on their way. All in all it is been a good couple of years, creatively speaking. ‘Kutchie Dub’, is one recent 12” that I am particularly proud of and the response to it has been fantastic so hopefully I still have something interesting to say. What did you do these 10 years without making music? Well, I always had a job. I worked for a housing charity for over 20 years so I just carried on doing that.  But for the past year I have been focussing on music full time, partly because you don’t always get a second chance to do something that you love and if I didn’t I’d always regret it, so fingers crossed things continue to go well. What was the motivation behind starting a record label: Mosaic? The motivation was pretty simple - I always wanted to have a record label and I got the opportunity to start one up in 1996. The first three releases were by myself and some friends, but I knew that I had to get other people involved otherwise it would be pointless in the long run if I didn’t expand the range of music I released. I didn’t really want to have a label with one particular sound. It could be techno, house or dub. If it sounded good to me, I would release it. What is nowadays your favourite release on this label? I don’t have a favourite but the first one, The Wise Caucasian - ‘Night Fever’ EP is the most special as it was the first and had a massive amount of support from DJs and producers I admired. The release by Dean DeCosta - ‘Alternate Materials’ includes one of my favourite tracks on the label: ‘Paper Hat’. The Memory Foundation - ‘Greenflash’ is also a fantastic dub techno record, which I very much appreciate. For me there are so many good releases that it is almost impossible to choose my favourite, as I’m proud of them all. Are you aware of the value of this label nowadays amongst younger DJ’s and electronic music enthusiasts? Yes, of course and it’s truly humbling that my music and that of my artists means so much to the new guys on the scene. In the old days, although I was confident that the music was of good quality, but I never thought that I would still be hearing the tracks in clubs some 18 years later. You got a release together, released it and moved onto the next one. You started to release new things on Mosaic. Can you tell us something about releases coming up in 2015? And in what direction are you planning to go to with the label? Yeah, I started up a seriescalled Mosaic Split Series at the end of 2013 and the fifth release is now in production. After my break, I would like to see myself as someone who can help unknown producers to be heard. It would be so easy to go down the big name route but I see this series as a way of giving back to those who have supported my music over the years when I was away by showcasing better-known artists with lesser-known ones. The bottom line is that there are so many insanely talented producers out there who do not have a platform to show what they can do. If I can help them a little bit by releasing their music on Mosaic then the project for me will be a success. You released under diverse names such as The White Caucasian, Bluetrain, Roundtree, your own name. What are their differences and why did you use these different aliases? There was no master plan behind it all. I had something like 12 releases out one year so I had to have different names to set each one apart. I don’t think I released under my own name until something like 2001. All those aliases made it more interesting for me and I liked the idea of people not knowing who was behind the names and having to find out rather than having my name in plastered everywhere. Are the parties different today compared to those in the 90s? Well, the sound systems in the majority of the clubs I play are so much better than when I was playing live in the 90s. Clubs just sound so much better! I stopped going out when the whole minimal thing took off as it bored the life out of me but there seems to be a real renaissance and energy these days that is inspiring to see. When you meet certain promoters you really can tell how much thought and love goes into their work so hats off to them for rejuvenating things Last question. What will the future bring for you? Well, my first EP of new material in over 10 years has just been released (“Interchangeable Patterns Part 1”) with part 2 will be coming out in April. I am pretty happy with those so I’m looking forward to seeing what the response will be There’s a couple of remixes on the way and maybe a Blue Spirit EP if the right material comes together. Also plenty of live dates are lined up for the next few months and, at the moment that’s probably the most rewarding thing about being back - getting the opportunity to play your own music for an hour to great crowds. So hopefully 2015 will be a good year! We wish you a lot of success with your live-sets and label!  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_7facc80b_2072546418&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/sushitech/the-wise-caucasian-kutchie-dub-sushitech-records', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7facc80b_2072546418', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7facc80b_2072546418' }); });     Catch Steve O'Sullivan @ Rhythmatic’s 8th Birthday in Room 2 at Cocoon London!!!!   More MEOKO? Facebook Twitter Soundcloud  

The Deeper Side of DAYV: An Exclusive MEOKO Mix

DAYV made a name for himself as co-founder and organiser of the Down Under parties @ Fuse in Brussels, one of the best-loved techno clubs not only in Belgium, but all of Europe. Down Under has impressed for years with their excellent lineups and their next party is no exception, with Francesco Del Garda heading the bill. Since moving to the UK 6 years ago, DAYV has juggled his responsibilities at Down Under with regular bookings in London with his residencies at Cymatic and Cartulis Day, where you can catch him in April. Last time MEOKO spoke to DAYV, he told us that he had been focusing more on his DJ-ing and record collecting. In this interview his development as a selector, musical influences, his love for techno and weighs in on the vinyl/digital debate. After that have a listen to his house, techno, experimental, stranger than usual mix, recorded exclusively and lovingly for MEOKO.    LISTEN TO DAYV's EXCLUSIVE MIX HERE   When did you first get in touch with music, and then electronic music? Music has always been very important in my life. My grandfather, who was also a musician and played in a band, pushed me to go to music school at the age of 7.  This is where I learnt how to play the guitar and the drums.  For about 7/8 years this was my passion, I then started to go out to clubs and heard electronic music for the first time.  I was amazed by my initial clubbing experiences.  Every Friday after school, I would go to see DJs play in a bar in my hometown.  I was truly fascinated by it.  I convinced my mother to buy me a pair of turntables (the very cheap JB Systems) and started to play at home. At the age of 16 I bought myself a pair of Technics 1210s so that I could practice properly, every day after school and all weekend! What are some artists that inspire you musically? Throughout the years I have been inspired by many different artists and music genres, the most important ones being Jeff Mills and Daniel Miller. I have a lot of admiration for Jeff Mills, for everything that he has achieved in the electronic music scene, a true pioneer of (Detroit) techno.  He has taken electronic music to a different level, reflecting his life experiences in his music and combining different art forms including theatre, film and video.  Now, in his late forties he is still pushing the boundaries and doing something completely different than everyone else. Sometimes his sound can be too hard for me but he does have some great atmospheric deeper tracks, which perhaps not so many people know about.  I also love watching him playing vinyl.  His skill is unmatched, with him being able to play up to 4 decks with super talent.     Daniel Miller (the founder of Mute records) is another icon in electronic music for me.  I have really enjoyed watching his interviews, a very clever person and always so humble, especially given his achievements.  It is people like this that truly inspired me.  The way they speak about music, their musical intelligence generally is so motivating.. I also draw my inspiration from many other different genres including jazz, experimental, early electronica (Klaus Schulze, Edgar Froese), etc.  Finally, this answer would be incomplete if I didn’t mention Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Terrence Dixon, Robert Hood and Ricardo Villalobos.     What styles of music do you like to play? Everything between techno and the deeper sides of house, to more experimental electronic music.  I like records with a good groove, usually minimalistic, sometimes discordant, with a hypnotizing and moody feel but never too dark.  I love the futuristic, spacey sounds and effects in techno music. Techno has always had a massive following in Belgium. I think this is why it has been more influential for me than house music.  There is something very mysterious about it, I am fascinated by its repetition, the small changes that keep the tracks interesting, often no narrative progression, no chord changes, no unfolding of themes, the art of just letting it play and it taking you into some kind of zone, a very comfortable zone.   I enjoy taking people on a journey in my DJ sets and sharing my collection with them.  This is best done in a long set, I love playing up to ten hours and more, often at house parties with friends (we don’t get this opportunity in the clubs so often). Can you share one track that best represents your current musical mood? “Velocette - Apsara” on Parallel Recordings, quite an atmospheric, dreamy experimental track with an interesting drum pattern.  DAYV was kind enough to upload the track on youtube. Have a listen below!    When did you start collecting vinyls?  At the age of 16, when I had my first turntables. CDJs did not exist yet so I learnt how to DJ with vinyl and I am still very happy I did.  From the beginning of my DJ career, I have always tried to go record shopping as much as possible.  Being a teenager however I didn’t have much money but I still managed to buy a few records every week.  I still remember my first trip to the record store.  I bought around 10 records, including the Daft Punk album Homework and a Plastikman EP. Do you always play with records? I do mostly play with vinyl because I find myself most comfortable with it, and am more able to get into the set. I like playing with vinyl because of the physical aspect of connecting with this motion, this clockwise motion of the disc.  You tend to use your ears more in analogue format (vinyl) than digital format because you have to listen to the frequencies and the structure of the song to give you cues for when to do what. Playing with a laptop is a definite no go for me! I also like going through the records in my bag rather than looking at hundreds of titles in a CD folder.  For two to three years I was playing with CDs but looking back I realize that I didn’t enjoy it as much.  CDs can be a good alternative though when you are at a club or an after party and the DJ booth is not big enough to put your vinyl bag down and play comfortably, or simply the equipment is not good enough to play a vinyl set.  Another plus is that records come with a nice sleeve. I am really interested in photography and graphic design so I enjoy looking at the artwork.  The sleeves also help me to memorize the tracks, which is a great help during my sets.    Can you explain what makes you so attracted to playing vinyl compared to playing digital formats? If we talk about sound in production, I usually like to find records with analog synthesizers and drum machines. That’s probably why I play so many old records. Especially considering the style of music I like, everything can sound a bit crunchy, dusty, and not always super clean. Otherwise I am not anti-digital, I think everyone should decide what works best for them and their sound. Thanks for that DAYV. You also recorded an exclusive mix for MEOKO. Can you tell us a bit about this mix?  I recorded the set at home with 2 technics, 1210 turntables and an Allen & Heath xone92 mixer. For this one I kind of stepped away from preparing the set as I wanted to keep the live feel in the mix as much as possible. I tried to bring a lot of variety in the set with some more experimental parts going towards the end. I hope you will enjoy listening.   Catch DAYV play next at his own Down Under party on the 28th of February with Francesco Del Garda, Onirik and Dezz Terquez.    More MEOKO Find us on Facebook Find us on Twitter

APOLLONIA MAKING OF TOUR A TOUR

Check out this mini-documentary from Apollonia which provides an interesting insight into the making of their Tour a Tour LP, released in October last year. The documentary goes through the creative processes behind their album and exciting b2b2b DJ sets. The documentary was only just put on YouTube, listing Apollonia's impressive global tour dates and countries, from the end of 2014 up until March this year. In the 15 minute video, Dan Ghenacia takes you to his favourite records store, Philippe Zdar (of Cassius) makes some interesting and insightful comments about the trio and as expected there are a few jealousy provoking ‘life of a dj’ moments. It’s an interesting little clip for those who enjoyed the album and Apollonia’s DJ sets, or for prospective producers/ DJ’s who might need a bit of inspiration.   A film by Jocie Cox featuring the trio Dan, Dyed and Shonky and their friends Philippe Zdar, Ryan Elliot, Maayan Nidam, Anthea, D’Julz, Tolga Fidan, David K, Alexkid and many more.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_66d65723_236464221&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/apolloniamusic/sets/tour-tour', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_66d65723_236464221', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_66d65723_236464221' }); });     They are now in the final leg of the album tour taking them to Australia and Asia, finishing up in arguably one of the best clubs in the world, Tokyo’s Womb. Catch Apollonia playing next at: 20/02 Ritmo - Rambleta - Valencia21/02 Hyte - Amsterdam27/02 Future Music Festival - Cocoon Stage - Sydney01/03 Future Music Festival - Cocoon Stage - Perth07/03 Future Music Festival - Cocoon Stage - Brisbane08/03 Future Music Festival - Cocoon Stage - Melbourne11/03 Koh - Bali13/03 Tazmania Ballroom - Honk Kong14/03 Womb - Tokyo   More MEOKO? Facebook Twitter Soundcloud

MODU:LAR Celebrates 1 Year with Fumiya Tanaka & Ion Ludwig

During their first year of existence, Modu:lar have represented a new departure for the Liverpool club scene. The distinctive underground sounds of the Modu:lar residents, their support of up and coming talent and the fact that 6 big acts have made their Liverpool debuts at Modu:lar parties is all testament to their fresh, exciting approach and dedication to bringing quality, cutting edge music to Merseyside.Having hosted various venues in Liverpool, Modu:lar return once again to the Baltic Triangle for their first birthday celebrations, which will be held at Camp and Furnace on the 7th of March. Modu:lar parties so far have showcased the likes of tINI, Julian Perez, Bella Sarris and Rhadoo and for the 7th they’ve provided yet another characteristically bold lineup. Heading the bill is Fumiya Tanaka, the man often credited with first introducing Techno to the Japanese audience back in the early 1990s. To call him one of the best DJ’s in Japan is doing him a disservice. He has earned international respect and popularity over his long career, releasing music on labels like Perlon and Tresor, as well as running the Sundance, Torema and Untitled imprints. He arrives in Liverpool on the 7th fresh from a Panoramabar set the night before. Also on the lineup, Ion Ludwig returns to Modu:lar to follow up the often talked about set he delivered on their inaugural night. You can expect minimal house/techno and a highly innovative live set. Supporting these two are the celebrated Modu:lar residents Scott Grant, Nerram and Brennan, who will also be heading to the open-ended after party Modu:late. It promises to be a long night of quality music, bringing in the new chapter of the Modu:lar story. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_dbfa29c3_1670071661&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/ensembles-berlin/scott-grant-rotate-podcast-024', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_dbfa29c3_1670071661', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_dbfa29c3_1670071661' }); });     FULL INFO: Saturday7 March 201522:00 - 06:00 Line Up: Fumiya Tanaka - Perlon / Sundance / Op.DiscIon Ludwig - UGold/ TrelikScott Grant - MODU:LARBrennan - MODU:LAR Facebook event here, RA tickets here   More MEOKO? Facebook Twitter Soundcloud

HOTWAX – Tools & Tips (18 February 2015)

These bits do the business. All out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise.   Audio Werner & Daniel Paul – Dwelling (Cabinet Records) Cabinet Records has again an outstanding release. Audio Werner and Daniel Paul worked together on this amazing 2 track-vinyl. Both tracks give you a hypnotic minimal mix-up between techno and house! Very nice. Diego Krause – Right About Now (Apollonia) Diego Krause is HOT. On the forthcoming Apollonia, he will be releasing a new and stunning EP. Krause, already released several banging gems, turns every release he makes into gold. If you like deep, banging house tunes, you should definitely consider buying this EP. If you did not know him, you should definitely check out his previous releases, they are all stunning. This will be out soon.   Deep 88 & Melchior Sultana – Playing Without Moving (12Records) Its Deep88 & Melchior Sultana finally back at it with the album that brings together some brand new house tunes and all the release from their project so far. Playing Without Moving is more then just tracks but its an album made to remind you in this point in time that house music is something special, a perfect interpretation of what Deep88 & Melchior Sultana are about and that is retro grooves and musical vibes making this piece of work a classic. Chez Damier – Untitled (KMS Records) This is a classic everyone knows by Chez Damier. If you don’t have it in your bag yet, you should get it. The music on this EP never gets old, already played by so many DJ’s. A ‘must-have’. Bratha ft. Jerome Syndenham – I Can’t Say (Restoration) A very nice B-side by Jerome Syndeham. ‘I Can’t Say’ is a deep house record, which will bang on the dance floor when you play this. If you love techno, you are lucky. The other side is a pretty hard track by Bratha.   Oskar Offermann & Moomin – Hardmood / Joe Macdaddy (Aim) ‘Hardmood’ is a very nice melodic house-track that will give you a special summer-feeling. It is an instant happy-maker. This repress of a nice collaboration of Oskar Offermann and Moomin is essential if you like nice and smooth deep house music. Moratu – Mojar Cu Pistil (Olvadis) This is a nice Romanian release by Moratu. Definitely one of the better producers coming from a country where nowadays releases of electronic music are thrown in the stores so easily and quickly that it is hard to find the good producers. This one is! More MEOKO? Facebook Twitter Soundcloud

HardWorkSoftDrink: Explicit Content

One of the most talented up-and-coming electronic music collectives of Europe took their time to talk to MEOKO. HardWorkSoftDrink is a group of friends consisting of several young producers, DJ’s, event-organizers, label-owners and graphic designers based around Frankfurt and Offenbach in Germany. They have one thing in common and that is their love for music and partying. We present you this awesome crew, who are on the verge of breaking through in the electronic music scene. They recently released their fifth outstanding EP on their own label, produced by Ewan Jansen. We had the opportunity to talk to the crew about their work. We also present you an exclusive LIVE mix of two members of this crazy gang: Cédric Dekowski and Felix Reifenberg. Both guys also answer some questions about their collaboration, life and awesome mix.   Hi HardWorkSoftDrink! What are your reasons for starting the HardWorkSoftDrink collective? At the time some of us had a loft in Offenbach. We hung around and partied together all the time. It was always the same circle of friends with the same attitude towards and understanding of music. Some played, some produced, some did graphics, photo, film, whatever. Our shared interests and the fun we had led to the decision to start HardWorkSoftDrink. 
 Where does the name come from? A lot of people ask us this question. Some people think we stay sober and just work hard all day. They take the name literally and think we do as well, but they are wrong. The story behind it is simpler. A friend of ours had a giant hangover and when we called him he answered, ‘last night was hard work and now I’ve only got soft drinks at home.’ The name was born and instantly became part of our common language. When we decided to start the label and had to think of a name HardWorkSoftDrink fitted perfectly. The ambivalence in it reflects the ambivalence of our behavior. 
 Your latest release on HWSD, ‘Bumerang’, is absolutely stunning. Can you tell me something more about the producer, Ewan Jansen? 
 Max got in touch with him because he wanted to get some records from Ewan’s label ‘Red Ember’, since he couldn’t get them on the market. Ewan sent him some unreleased tracks that were really interesting, so one thing led to another and now you have the brand new HWSD release destroying your sound system! 
 HWSD artwork always looks very interesting! Who is responsible for that and what is their inspiration? Timothy Schaumburg and Karl Becker do all the visual work, which are two of the ‘sorry I am not a DJ’ members of HWSD. The visuals are all analogue like the music we produce. We work a lot with an old VHS recorder and things we find at our mamas’ houses. The picture on our first record for example is of Karl’s Grandma’s curtains. You guys also organize events. Your latest one was with Francesco Del Garda at Robert Johnson. What does this venue mean to you?  A lot! Robert Johnson is the place we got in touch with techno music. The venue is simply perfect. As functional as a club can be. There is nothing there that distracts you from the reason you came: the music. Just one room with a perfect sound system and behind that a lovely and calming view of the river. There are many opportunities to organise parties here and we are thankful for that. By the way the latest party we held there was this weekend on February the 13th with Onur Özer, Binh, Cedric Dekowski and Felix Reifenberg.    "We love to hang with Miley Cyrus in Offenbach" "Last night was hard work and now I’ve only got soft drinks at home" "Robert Johnson is the place we got in touch with techno music"   Is this also your favorite place to go out in the Frankfurt area? Are there any other good venues to go out? 
 Yes it is. Robert Johnson is the first choice. Frankfurt is not London - the club landscape is limited. The times when Frankfurt was a city for ravers are over. Sometimes off-location venues pop up. Right now there is one called ‘Mosel 45’ in Frankfurt's red light district where we had some high-quality nights over the last few months. What is your connection with Freebase Records in Frankfurt? HardWorkSoftDrink worked hard at the freebase store. Manuel Schatz has been employed there for more than 5 years now, initially with Max Vaahs, then Thilo Dietrich and then Muanda. The store just turned twenty years old last week. We say: happy birthday old lady!   Your website contains some adult content. Humor is obviously very important for HWSD. Do you want to share a funny anecdote with our audience? Cedric used to be a mermaid. How do you make music? Have you got a common studio or do you work separately? Sven (Muanda) and Thilo Dietrich have got their own studio at home. Cedric Dekowski and Felix Reifenberg work together most of the time. They just moved to Offenbach for that reason. They upgraded from producing out of a kitchen to a proper studio complex next door to the Pressure Traxx and Traffic Records boys. Cedric and Felix, thank you for your MEOKO mix. Can you tell us something about yourself? We have been good friends for ten years now. Some years after meeting we started DJing and producing together. We love good food especially from ‘Fisch Jakob’ in Mainz, good red and white wine, beautiful ‘gurlz’, holidays and other quality stuff. We are both afraid of sharks. We prefer to be naked during the summer time and love expensive luxury wellness hotels around the globe. Apart from traveling, we love to hang with Miley Cyrus in Offenbach. How do you work? We work with different drum machines and synthesizers, mostly analog in nature and we experiment with effects a lot. Nonetheless, we are also open-minded towards any good digital gear or plug-ins and use them a lot as well. Most of the time we work together on different sound projects, but we also have our own projects as individual artists to realize our own ideas. What's the story behind the set you did for us? The set we did is a live session with tracks we made this week especially for MEOKO, mixed with tracks, which were already finished. We hope we arranged them with sexiness. Since we are planning to play more live gigs in the future, this was a nice possibility to show a different side of us. Do you two have some upcoming releases? Yes! For 2015, releases are planned on Raum Musik, Sensual and 87 records. The next HWSD will be by Cedric Dekowski.         For more HardWorkSoftDrink: Facebook Webpage Soundcloud   For more Meoko: Facebook Soundcloud Twitter 

Krankbrother & Phonica Present A Mouthwatering Line Up!

This February two London clubbing institutions join forces for the third consecutive year. Phonica, London’s leading vinyl specialists and dance music experts; and Krankbrother, the DJ and promotion duo who host monthly events in London and internationally in clubs like Fabric and Watergate. On the 21st they are heading to south london, accompanied by a selection of experienced and accomplished DJs, who really (if you’ll excuse the cliché) need no introduction. Gerd Janson is fast becoming one of Europe’s leading DJ’s and dance music personalities. As well as a busy touring schedule including a Panorama Bar residency and his role at the head of the ‘Running Back’ label, Janson also a leading figure at infamous Live At Robert Johnson.  Fellow Panorama bar favourite Move D first released music as part of Deep Space Network in 1992. Move D has gained cult and popular following for the consistent elegance and variety of his productions over this time, as well as his equally celebrated work as a DJ. Roman Flugel, has had an equally impressive career. A true veteran, co-owner of labels Ongaku, Klang and Playhouse, Roman’s mixes showcase 20 years of experience and a truly intellectual interest in electronic music, drawing influences from house, techno, electronica and italo-disco.   The German trio are joined by Levon Vincent, fresh from the release of his (free) debut album. More than just the leading light of the NY house music scene, Vincent has a reputation for innovative production and masterful vinyl-only house and techno sets.   To round things off, we’ll be entertained by ‘long term targets’ Optimo, a duo who are becoming as renowned internationally, as they are in their hometown of Glasgow, where they ran the weekly Optimo club night from 1997 to 2010. Optimo take pride in having an open, adventurous and high quality music policy, something that you can expect from everyone behind the decks here, including Krankbrother and of course the Phonica DJ’s, who are worth getting down early for.     All this takes place at the combined venues of Fire and Lovebox. Expect plenty of space, plenty of people and sets of the highest quality house and techno music delivered through a great sound system. Plus, as always, the party continues at Lightbox well into Sunday, so clear the calendar.   Stand a chance to win a pair of tickets by sending us an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with "Phonica Records & Krankbrother" in the subject title. Winner will be announced on Friday!    FULL INFO: Levon VincentRoman FlügelGerd JansonMove DOptimoKrankbrotherPhonica DJs 21st February at Fire Club   More MEOKO? Facebook Twitter Soundcloud

Exclusive Interview & Mix with OdD

We had a conversation with two up-and-coming and talented guys. Damian Daley and Danny Dixon are OdD, two guys that have the same passion for music both inherited from their fathers who used to be reggae musicians back in the day. OdD has already released music on Moscow Records and Sol Asylum. Their most celebrated piece of music so far comes as a solid four-track EP, Photosynthesize, on their own limited edition OdD Music imprint, where they invited Romanian producer Barac to join them on the record by providing a track and a remix each. Their fifth release came just a few months after, titled Drum TECHNOlogy, a powerful ground stomper yet subtly minimal masterpiece. MEOKO looks forward to more sounds from these super producers! In the mean time we had a chat with b2b duo to find out more about their project and plans.  Hi guys. So first question...What does OdD actually stand for? Damian Daley and Danny Dixon, If you take the two Ds and put them Back2Back you get an O. DD+DD =D ² X ~ D²/B2B = OdD Where did you two meet? How did you start making music together? Damian was a sound technician for a party I was DJ’ing at. Naturally we got talking and had a lot in common. Damian was already making music, he approached me, as he liked the music I played and thought it would be cool to meet up at his studio. We started working on tracks from there and have never looked back. You take inspiration from your fathers, who are both reggae musicians. But you guys are producing some raw electronic music. Why did you decide to take this path instead of following the one your father took? As you said we took inspiration from them, but we were born in the age of electronic music, which has also inspired us. When our elders were at the peak of doing their thing the music was underground, raw, in illegal clubs and not tolerated by the mainstream, so I guess you can say we are following in their footsteps just in the modern day Which producers of today and of the past do you take examples from and why? In the past and the present we take inspiration from producers who like to take risks and innovate like, Drexciya, The Black Dog, The Prodigy, Ragga Twins, Wookie, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Robag Wruhme, Villalobos. Last year you founded your own label, OdD Music.  Can you tell us a bit about your journey? Why have you decided to use your own platform to release music and what does the label stand for? The journey has been a long one, but we know we are just at the beginning. Unless you’re established, or you know someone, it’s hard to get labels to listen to your music let alone release it these days. Since Damian had the experience from Krunch Records, and vinyl making a comeback we had the confidence to start a new imprint. The symbol on the on the label represents the importance of the pineal gland, and our thirst for knowledge in all matters.  You sold 100 limited copies of your first ever release on your label. Today, there are only two left on Discogs, selling from £45. Is there a reason why you chose to sell a limited amount? How do you feel about these second hand prices? We wanted our 1st release to be special and underground, hence the limited press and white wax. We feel bad about the second hand prices and we do plan to re release them when the time is right. For your 4th EP, Photosynthesize you collaborated with Barac. Can you describe your relationship with him and why you chose him to be featured on this EP? Barac is a close friend, fortunately we got introduced through a mutual acquaintance and we had a natural connection. The EP wasn’t planned, it just came about because of our similar preferences and view on life and music.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_5bc90099_786947151&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/odd_music/sets/om004-photosynthesize-ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_5bc90099_786947151', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_5bc90099_786947151' }); });   About a year ago you played at the Sol Asylum Showcase at Club der Visionaere in Berlin. How was it? C.D.V. was amazing! It was the first time we got to play an eight hour set back to back to a full crowd. It gave us the chance to dig deep in our bags, and test out a lot of our own production. Both having grown up in London, what is your favourite place to go out during the weekend? These days we enjoy places like Half Baked, Toi Toi, Undersound, Fuse and obviously Fabric. If you had limitless resources, what would you like to achieve, music wise? If we had limited resources we could spend every spare minute making and mixing music, and throw really big parties. Or we could just relax on a beach all day sipping cocktails, OR maybe try to invent a new element on the periodic table haha …. Who knows! What are your plans in the near future? Have you thought about other projects yet? We have a new Sol Asylum. We also have an E.P coming out on a Techno label called ‘Urgent’.  Thanks guys!   Check out OdD's podcast exclusively for MEOKO HERE      More MEOKO? Facebook Twitter Soundcloud  

Levon Vincent Debut Album NS09

After announcing his debut album about a month ago, Levon’s new work up to date is finally officially released on his own Novel Sound imprint. With 11 tracks on the menu the New York Dj/producer has just delivered a solid release to be added to his already established and well respected body of work. Once again Levon stays true to his sound. Smoky atmospheres and dreamy synth melodies blend into string bass driven grooves to create that unique feel that only the man himself knows the recipe. It surely deserves a lot more listening to appreciate in depth the album in full but already from the surface the quality is all over it. A rather emotional yet strong album that avoids cliché floor bangers. The album structure is articulated around a long and slow build up, delivering the strongest tracks at the end, such as “Anti-Corporate Music” or “Woman is an Angel”. A track that deserved to be mentioned is “Launch Ramp to tha Sky” for its outro making it a pretty special 11 min extended track. Levon has kindly offer the whole album for free download via WeTransfer. Definitely a nice move towards all his fans. By giving away his album for free on digital before the vinyl release, listeners can skip the snippets and go through the album in its entirety before deciding to spend their week’s worth of lunch money on the vinyl. A luxury that does not come by too often. But now the door is open and hopefully many more will follow the path. This is not the first time that an artist has opted to charge nothing for an album. Radiohead did it for their “In Rainbows” album offering the choice to people to pay what they wanted to for it. Another good example of this is Prince, who gave away his album “3121” for free in the Uk through the Daily Mail. Aphex Twin did it too in his own way, sharing more than 30 previously unreleased tracks on his Soundcloud. Marketing or real Anti-Corporate Music then?     “This is music for the ugly ducklings of the world. Music for swans. If you are you're a member of the rat race, climbing around a dumpster with the other rats vying for power, you may of course listen, but know - this is not music for you. This is action against you.” - Levon Vincent We don’t actually know the reason why Levon gave away his album for free a day before it’s actual release on vinyl but it certainly does raise a few questions.Was it a promotional strategy? Or was he trying to send us a greater message through this medium? Comparing the vinyl release that goes for £29.99 at Phonica to a £0 value for the mp3 makes us reconsider the value of digital music.It’s easy to believe that for a big artist such as Radiohead for example, giving away for free a digital copy of their new album is not such a big risk and might even challenge record companies as well as create a buzz around the new release which is all good for them. But for a rather small underground artist such as Levon we reckon it’s a different story. Giving away his album for free could signify himself as an independent artist, having the freedom to do whatever he wants with his music. LEVON VINCENT- AN ANTI CORPORATE ARTIST OF TODAY.   MORE MEOKO Facebook Soundcloud Twitter 

HOTWAX – Tools & Tips (11 February 2015)

These bits do the business. All out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise.   Perbec – Chaser (Autoreply Music) Perbec is a collaboration between Mark Broom and Baby Ford. In 2001 they released their last vinyl ‘Variety Club’ on Ifach imprint 14 years ago. Here they return with 'Chaser' an epic journey into the original principles of house music. Infectious bass, Chicago-style keys and deep, analog synth pads announce that the party is very much in full force. Flip the disc for "Long John" which features stripped rhythms with plenty of swing and energy - equally suited to the main room or afterhours.   Tomska – Vol.1 (Abstract Cuts) Abstract Cuts is the first EP of a series produced by the French DJ & Producer Tomska. For this new project, Tomska explores raw and abstract sounds. Dirty kicks and phat basslines with dark synths on the A side, and a deep experimental track with a nice drum kick on the flip side.   Voigtmann – Minor Compositions of Incredibly Imaginary Futures (Toi.Toi.Musik) Following on from their first release with Mr G, Toi.Toi.Musik now brings its very own, Voigtmann. Accumulating an array of releases in labels such as Hello?Repeat, Assemble Music and Yumé and remixers such as Craig Richards and Ion Ludwig he now brings forward only his original work on his own platform Toi.Toi.   DJ Steaw – Delirium (Rutilance Recordings) With labels like Local Talk and Qalomota in his repertoire, it's clear from the off that DJ Steaw is a man keeping the fire burning for deep, 90s rooted garage house. Always a regular fixture on Rutilance Recordings, he's back on the label once more with his classic sound.   Steve O'Sullivan - Interchangeable Patterns Pt. 1 (Sushitech) Steve O'Sullivan is here with his first solo EP in 10 years. This is an experiment in minimalism with both parts focussing on separate themes, from deep techno on disc one and green style on disc two. This release is essential for every dark house and techno lover. The vibe of old-school Steve O'Sullivan is still big today and it probably is growing even bigger in the future. He has some killer vibes!!   More MEOKO? Facebook Twitter Soundcloud

An exclusive Interview with: Glenn Underground

Meoko had the chance to talk to a true house legend: Glenn Underground. Born in 1970s Chicago, Glenn was exposed to the windy city’s rich soul, jazz and disco heritage whilst growing up, and these would prove pivotal in defining his influential, instantly recognisable house sound. The Chicagoan has released seminal tracks on some of the scene’s most pioneering labels, including Cajual, Prescription Guidance, Peacefrog, Dance Mania, and his own imprint, Strictly Jaz Unit. Ahead of his 6-hour set at Shoreditch’s Red Gallery next Saturday, we spoke to the big man himself: How much has soul, disco and the Chicago music scene in general influenced you during your career as DJ and producer?As DJ: maybe 200%. As producer: maybe 75% because there are just so many other genres that I enjoy. I like jazz form, jazz fusion…the rest of 25% is about the underground. Anything that holds true to sound! Can you tell me more about the Chicago music scene in general?The music is great. The scene of today, though, is kind of rocky but in the past it was up there with the best in the world. There are for sure great DJs and musicians in operation there today, but they are pretty unknown and need some exposure! Piano, trumpets and instrumental stuff seem to form the backbone of your sound. Except for these instruments have you got other pieces of gear that you consider fundamental to your set up?Roland Juno 106, Roland 909/808/303, Juno 1, Minimoog… it really doesn't stop. I have one of everything! They are all fundamental. What do you think about the European scene? Have you got any favourite artists at the moment?That’s a hard question, because nowadays the music scene is way over-saturated. Manly my sound comes from me cause it's more musical… maybe too musical for some reasons.. I have been listening to a lot of records in the past couple of weeks and lots of them are so instrumental, with saxophone etc., that they are becoming more like jazz records than house music. I think that house dance music today needs to come back to the basics and regenerate itself before the fundamentals that defined the genre get lost. My favourite artists? I don't want to be biased but the few artists I like come from Chicago! No disrespect to the global scene, though. Do you think that a focus on business is going to destroy the true spirit of playing and making music? That's a great question. I think that the scene is dying globally - club owners or promoters focus on the bar, and money, before the music, and this never used to be the case. The music industry is down in general because of too much file sharing.  Nobody is buying music no more nowadays - people just talk - but nobody is buying. Everybody is getting lazy, and maybe I am. I know I’m not innocent in this. But it will revive if everybody starts to purchase again… if you are listening, and you like what you hear, don't share the file, share the knowledge. What do you think about this continuous repressing process of proper classic pieces of house/techno history?That's a great question. Is cool but is not cool because nodoby is trying to be original no more. If you wanna go back and physically recreate a sound - let's do a cover. Remaking instead of repressing. How did you end up with Peacefrog Records? And what does this record label mean to you?I can't remember, I think I learned about them from the Owner. One day we just got talking in the middle of the nineties. It was a great time for music back then, everything was growing so quickly.  Are you aware that your album ‘Atmosfear’ is still highly regarded among young DJ’s these days? And that many people search for a copy? Wow, no. That's cool. I think I’m going to search for a copy! I hope they find a copy, vinyl for sure. Anyway - I'm actually rereleasing Mental Black Resurrection on vinyl and digital. Your other highly regarded EP on Peacefrog is called the Jerusalem EP’s and a lot of tracks have a link with Israel. Why is this? I do have a CD of that! The link with Israel… that’s where my ancestors come from. It’s a spiritual conversation with them, through my house music.     Thanks for talking to us, Glenn!!   The party is hosted by White Jail and Need2Soul, two promoters who are at the centre of London’s underground house scene. White Jail is composed of a passionate group of underground heads who have hosed the likes of TLR, The Mole, Akufen and Boo Williams who produces the first release of their own eponymous imprint. Need2Soul is a strictly house party that’s been in operation in London for over a decade. With a focus on the New York and Chicago house aesthetics, they have held host to countless memorable parties over the years. Both party-throwers have joined heads to get Glenn Underground to play for 6 whole hours at the Red Gallery, and we can’t wait.     MORE MEOKO Facebook Soundcloud Twitter 

Dance Music on Film: Kraftwerk: Pop Art

Kraftwerk may be one of those bands that influenced every single artist in the charts today. They influenced more artists than The Beatles ever did and they definitely paved the way for electronic music, which is now booming more than ever. This documentary gives a great insight into the world of Kraftwerk and their influence all over the world. They started out as a group that was still searching for their own identity, but you could already hear there was something special about them. They were totally different than most beginning bands in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Later when they found their own identity, they predicted what music would sound like and the world would look like in the Digital Age. They influenced so many music, from 90s house music to Coldplay, Nicky Minaj and Aphex Twin. This Dusseldorf electronic music project influenced the whole electronic dance music directly and indirectly. Not only did they influence the whole music scene, they also had a big impact on artists, graphic designers, painters and so on. For example, the cover of their fourth album ‘Autobahn’ was revolutionary in 1974. This cover projected a simple image of a road sign, the one that announces a highway. Emil Schult, a German painter, created this, and most of the other album covers for Kraftwerk. Their album cover for ‘The Man-Machine’, where they used the colours red and black was progressive and controversial. Red and black were namely the colours of many communist and fascists movements. They were groping what they could do with their artwork and music. We can recommend this film to all people who never got into researching the work of Kraftwerk. It is a nice documentary that explains the legacy Kraftwerk is leaving behind and which major role they play in the music world. You can learn a lot from it if you are an absolute layman. But nothing that we did not know is being told in this film. The filmmakers also seem to focus a lot on Paul Morley. He may know a lot about music history, but if you have to listen to him almost the whole documentary, he becomes pretty annoying, he is a little bit cocky. This month you can still see Kraftwerk: Pop Art on BBC’s iplayer for free: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=Kraftwerk%3A%20Pop%20Art   MORE MEOKO Facebook Soundcloud Twitter 
 
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