- Published on Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:15
EC1 is promising a night of minimal bliss courtesy of Sonja Moonear, SIT and Rhadoo. fabriclondon will be welcoming the subtly sublime artists on the 27th May, and Matteo Manzini in Room One. While techno super-power Blawan will join them in Room Two.
Seasoned record collector, and queen of minimal style, Sonja Moonear will be taking over, imprinting her own signature style on the legendary club. Her refined soundscapes and cutting-edge techno vibes are sure to impress. The classically trained Swiss pioneer has carefully cultivated her style into something truly unique and innovative.
Bringing the Romanian underground sound, none other than [a:rpia:r], and Understand label figurehead, Rhadoo. A man who needs little introduction, and Meoko favourite, he’s sure to turn it up and throw in some experimental tunes. Often shrouded in mystery, this enigmatic force is going to be unmissable.
SIT’s Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia are going to be performing live, these longstanding and distinctive Romanian visionaries promise a rousing and provocative performance. There’s also Matteo Manzini to look forward to. The Damaged founder will be laying down a perfect selection for the attendees.
Room Two sees the raw-edged techno heavyweight Blawan take over proceedings. The percussion-driven avant-garde artist is sure to amaze with his unique sound.
To make sure you don’t miss out on an incredible bank-holiday weekend treat, get your tickets here.
Words by Georgia Evans
- Published on Thursday, 30 March 2017 15:08
On the 27th-28th April the UK’s biggest electronic music conference and networking event will be taking place. Brighton Music Conference will be a gathering of the industry’s leading delegates for over 50 talks workshops and seminars. In addition to this, there will be some world-class artists performing at the city’s best venues.
Hot Creations frontman and Elrow resident Patrick Topping will be headlining TAKE at The Arch, performing alongside while The Terrace will have Heptone b2b Carl with A K and Matt Ortarix, and Dan Hayes b2b Regan Bowles are taking over The Hub, with a few other great new artists lined-up too.
On the 26th, things will be kicking off with welcoming drinks. The day after, Wunderground will be back with ‘DJ Blind-Date’ planned, there’s also the PRS Networking Party at BLOCK, The Toolroom Drinks and Native Instrument’s Traktor Cookery School on the 27th.
Constant Circles Label will be holding showcases on the Thursday and Friday, at the No Walls Gallery from 11am to 7pm. They will be seamlessly tying together both music and an exhibition, making it something really special.
On the 28th, Horus Music and Afrika Motion will be hosting their respective networking drinks, then there’s Wiggle’s 23rd birthday with On The House, Pioneer DJ and Kuvo. Al Duomo will see the likes of Magnus Asberg, Eddie Richards, Terry Francis and and many more take over for this unmissable event.
Expect to see some incredible talks from the Professional Theatre, including Save Nightlife with the NTIA, BPI Presents Piracy, and MMF Presents: What Will Management Look Like in 5 Years’ Time on Thursday 27th. Then on the Friday, Creative Law Presents-But it was only a “Cheeky” Re-edit?, there’s also Changing the Tide: How to Promote Diversity in Dance Music and many other insightful and interesting discussions.
For those who are just starting out, BMCs Academy theatre has over 15 panels and workshops lined up including DJ and producer Q&As, industry advice sessions and tech showcases from the best music schools in the UK. Toolroom Academy will also be running a series of workshops. As will Native Sessions with Native Instruments, while there is also a new dedicated networking area for Professional Ticket holders.
With less than a month to go, it is so important to make sure you can grab a ticket before they all sell-out! To make sure you don’t miss out on the coming-together of some of the greatest electronic minds around, buy your tickets here.
Words by Georgia Evans
- Published on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:58
Following the monumental success of ‘Reconstructed’ with Barac and East End Dubs, Bare Essentials, and Mantra Collective are returning with the massive ‘Reconstructed II' featuring exclusive performances from Subb-an and Cezar. These heavyweights will be taking over a secret underground car park in Sydney on the 8th April for one night of incredible music.
Birmingham’s own Ashique Subhan aka Subb-an is legendary in the industry. Notorious for his collective and experimental sound, he’s been at the epicentre of the underground since his days at Rainbow, where he was picked up by founder Adam Shelton. After creating the long-running One Records with Shelton, he has continued to drive forward enticingly deep minimal house and techno sounds, most recently working with Cocoon, Cabinet Records and Beste Modus.
The second exclusive performer is Cezar, the innovative key figure in Bucharest’s underground scene. He’s sure to bring his cutting-edge energetic sound fresh from [a:rpia:r] records. The Understand label boss is sure to be inspired by the amazing underground setting around him, and the perfect blend of old and new minimal vibes.
Sydney’s finest DJs will be in attendance to support the event. Mantra Collective, Matt Weir & Jake Hough, Persian Rug, Marlie, CD. INC and Max Headroom will all be coming together to the secret location. This will all be powered by a mind-blowing FunktionOne sound system and world class lighting.
Words by Georgia Evans
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- Published on Friday, 17 February 2017 11:48
Remember Alexander Scriabin’s synaesthetic code?
Neither did we until an email arrived to our office; supposedly from Bucharest, containing the live session you’re about to watch...
What’s the link?
In the email the production duo (Roman Botnari/ Cristian Munteanu) is talking about “their own palette of intertwined emotions”, a “hybrid installation” of organic and mechanical parts. However, the most important is their intention to create a polyvalent experience for the participant and a language for that matter, a code.
''Scriabin heard music as colors, and invented an instrument that could be played like a piano to project colored light into the concert hall''
(Scriabin's synaesthetic code)
MEOKO sat down with the guys, to find out what does this really mean and how did they come up with the idea:
CHRS: It all started when a relative told me about the curious experiences he had as a pianist; every time he played a piece in G Major he would see the sun strong red through the music sheets, serve a coffee in d minor or walk on a greenish field in e minor ..I was fascinated. By studying the classical composers like Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Scriabin, i realized it can be done in normal conditions too, by combining arts and ideas into a unified experience. You just need to keep an open mind and see the inner spaces paved with patterns that connect us.
Regarding the aesthetics of the project, it’s definitively a personal view on the condition, somehow biased by the fact that none of the members are actually synaesthetes.
R/B: Music doesn't always come from music.. whether it’s sinestezie or a personal project the inspiration comes from an emotion, a picture or some random happening that we’re translating through rhythm and notes.. I'd say we’re all potentially synesthetic, through the connections we make and the sensibilities we develop.
Seems like a pretentious project, I reckon music is the driver yet there are various other aspects to be taken care of, an appropriate venue and whatnot.
R/B: I’d say the most important thing is your interest and curiosity, but since I got this idea, I knew we can’t do it alone. So we decided to invite artists coming from different backgrounds to translate our sound into visual symbols, colour schemes and a bunch of other cool stuff, currently a work in progress.
In this video, for example, we collaborate with RAMIO and Andrei Popa on the visual side and TRIP, the craftsmen studio that built the spaceship like desk.
Finally what’s the purpose behind it, and what can be achieved through this hybrid installation?
CHRS: We’ll be using our own code of associated sensations in live acts to trigger stimuli and create moments that can be retraced through more than one form of perception (a type of melody, color, form or even smell).
In recent years it’s rare to spot such a live show with an open concept based on an ''alien'' principle. Although it might seem easy to intellectually grasp such things, it can be more difficult to perceive the deep, meditative music behind it. This is what could actually do the trick. That being said, I can’t wait to see this setup in a live situation.
- Published on Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:36
There is a lot of excitement and planning that goes into an event, especially one that you are personally involved in or particularly interested in. It's become a major part of the industry, so much so that an increasing number of upcoming artists would rather get a solid gig than get signed by a label. And with this, there is a growing feeling of connectivity between the listeners and the artists, one that develops, for the most part, on a dance floor.
Going out has become a way of life for most of us, a weekend doesn't go by without us visiting that all too familiar venue or chasing the next event that your favourite artist will be performing at. It's great, it's culture in the making and it is the foundations of techno music more-so than any other genre, drugs are likely a major factor of this but the reality is: most of what we know about our subculture, happens in front of the DJ box.
Until it doesn't. Many a time we experience an adverse effect, specifically revolving around the sheer number of individuals who may be let into a venue. This is likely to happen when someone particularly popular is playing, making the promoters and organises blinded by big fat € signs in their eyes. No shame in saying it, because it's a problem and a serious one at that. I've found myself having no control over where I want to stand because there is just a wave of people pushing me around the venue, literally taking me along for the ride.
Sardine vibes, that is what it is and I for one can't stand it. Why go through the effort of organisation, planning and execution of an event only to put the crowd last. Not only does it show where the focus is (on the money) but it's also very dangerous, to say the least! It's becoming an increasingly frequent experience and it is turning people away from the venues that tend to do it. So many issues come to light here, the paradox of being underground is one of them. When is a subculture no longer a sub-culture? What does it mean to be underground? I can think of some events and movements that certainly started as underground but have grown to become well and truly something entirely different – which is fine! But don't cram me into a venue that has already exceeded its capacity, it's just wrong.
Words by Alexander Fetokaki