'I love music with feeling.' Joseph Williams - Interview & Mix

A true enforcer of timeless rhythms, with an ability to draw the listener in with a wide spectrum of sounds and moods. A unique thought process when digging for records, searching way above and beyond the ordinary. Over recent years, a reputation has been built solidly around his passion and raw ability to structure records whether playing in a club or after party atmosphere. A journey of all kinds. With successful releases on London based labels Fuse, Infuse and Arupa, the energy does not end in the booth. It has been a long time coming, join us as we caught up with the natural and humble talent that is, Joseph Williams; he will be joining us this summer on the MEOKO stage at RPMM Festival in Porto (and rightly so). 1. First, thank you for your time and recording a mix for us. Where did your journey with music begin? It’s a pleasure to finally do a mix! I would say my journey did not begin with electronic music; my taste was varied growing up from Hip-Hop to Blues and Folk. A lot of the electronic music I heard was filtered through my older sister who would play it at home and took me to my first parties when I was around 17/18. I would pair up with her friend who was older so I could get in to over the 21 nights with my baby face! I was always more inclined to listen to electronic music as I got older. After my first club nights I began collecting for myself, starting with classic/soulful and funky house. From there I was constantly discovering new sounds and different variations of our music. It felt like I stumbled across all the parties and music I now enjoy, but my path makes sense when looking back. 2. What would you say influences you amongst the scene right now? I value my time spent with friends the most. This could be at a party, or the countless hours we spend playing and discussing music in between. It’s these moments that are influential for me and I draw energy from. Even a simple conversation with a friend Shauny could spark and renew my enthusiasm. Connective moments of shared passion fuel and drive our scene forward and we all experience them in some capacity – these are fundamentally what inspire me to be creative. 3. Where would you say you enjoying playing the most, either past or present? Can we make it a time during the night? If so, after-parties. It’s where I am most relaxed, I feel less pressure and I can play the music that I enjoy collecting the most. I think there is a certain expectation from the crowd for the main gig of the night and this includes the DJs living up to their expectation of the event. I can definitely appreciate this and to some degree, it can’t be helped. The after party, however, is where people are (mostly) open to DJs experimenting, so it is a space where the DJ and dancer can subconsciously both transcend the expectation and convention of a standard party and experience sound differently, together. With this comes an atmosphere that permits more freedom, which is always good when playing.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_c369cf19_896262993&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/fuselondon/joseph-williams-spacetime-clip', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_c369cf19_896262993', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_c369cf19_896262993' }); });   4. Having released on Fuse, Infuse and Arupa which are highly respected labels, are there any labels in particular you would love to work with in the future? It’s been great working with these labels as the people behind them have been friends and have somewhere along the line, helped me on my journey. I’ve not thought about any other labels to release on, my main focus for now is to simply make the music. 5. Do you have any releases in the pipeline you can reveal to us? I’ve been working on a first EP, its something that's not come naturally in terms of creating and selecting. I’ve had loads of ideas but none I feel have represented me. Although now I have one more track I’m working on which completes a 4 track EP. 6. This July you will be playing along side many fantastic artists at the brand new RPMM Festival in Porto. It sounds like a great concept they have, how does it feel to be part of such an exciting project? You will be able to pack some special records for that trip. I’m looking forward to it! The main stages of the festival host loads of different styles of music, so it will be nice for the Meoko room to continue in that fashion and provide alternative and deeper sounds. Ultimately you can’t fully plan for a gig, but lately when finding music I've been saying ‘yep, that’s for the festival’ - some feel-good sunshine groovers.  7. You recently played at the refurbished 93 Feet East, how did you find it with the new makeover? It is refreshing to see a club being given a new lease of life. Do you think this could have a knock on effect in the city, maybe more day time focused clubs opening? I think its great that its back. The club was home to a lot of my first parties and raving experiences; it is of course synonymous with Sundays at Fuse. In a way, this club and party was a preamble of things to come for me. The makeover has given it a stripped back no-nonsense feel, and this has been mirrored by the extensive quality on the line-ups every week. I recently had a convo with my friend Zack who is involved with the events in the club and we spoke about the potential it has for so many different types of parties and events. I hope it does have a knock on effect! I have seen a few cool new spaces pop up recently and have been to some great parties, there is still a lot of passion in London and the city can still be the clubbing capital if we are not limited by restrictions and closures. 8. What can the listeners expect from the mix you kindly made for us, how do you go about compiling online mixes and podcasts? I’d like to think overall, it represents distinct moods and sounds that I enjoy most and look for when collecting. I love music with feeling. Some of the tracks in the mix I connect with when I’m home or daydreaming with headphones somewhere (which I do a lot). Despite appreciating loads of different styles, on a whole, my taste is definitely dictated by synths, melodies and the feeling they give. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bass line! But I am a listener of music first, and these are the tracks that catch me, so its only natural it follows in my selection when I play. I hope this mix is a snapshot in to what I groove to and reflects parts of my personality. When compiling the mix I wanted to focus more on my personal connection with the tracks and tried to subdue the ever-enticing factors of novelty and obscurity, as they don't always help the cause. In regards to the structure, I try to be gradual with the intensity in mixes and leave the end dreamy, I left this mix on a lighter note as I try not to take everything so seriously all the time ;)   9. A question we like to ask, if you could choose three records that never leave your bag, what would they be? I wouldn’t say they never leave my bag, but here are three tracks that I always come round to at some point and have done for a while: 1. Wamdue Kids – Echoes and Instruments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxFiEtyPWus Timeless Wamdue on the seminal label, Guidance. 2. Ricardo Villalobos - H.E.I.K.E. (Ricardo Villalobos Mood Mix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Siv9meFsaI The man is a major influence for me, probably not one of his most cited tracks – but the simplicity and percussion groove always catches me. It circles round in to my sets every so often. 3. B12 - Debris  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_GSdWMhAGA Bags of emotion and a record I’ve played towards the end of many after after parties. Thanks a lot for your time Joseph, see you in Portugal J.   Interview by Zac Bidwell   More Joseph Williams; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Ada Kaleh Romania 007 Review – Nedeslusit in Amurg EP

It is that time. Yet again, another masterful release is on its way from genius Romanian producer, Ada Kaleh. ‘Nedeslusit in Amurg’ is the seventh release on his up close and personal outlet named after himself, Ada Kaleh Romania. A vinyl only label, with a desire to enforce the full package with each release. From the sound, down to the artwork, simultaneously aligned with the stories behind them. For this release artist Anca Buzilan has made her mark with two detailed images, one on each side of the sleeve telling the tales of the music. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_3a3678f1_1420373285&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/adakalehromania/sets/ak007', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_3a3678f1_1420373285', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_3a3678f1_1420373285' }); });   Taking up the whole of the ‘Sunside’ is ‘Nedeslusit in Amurg’ inspired by the whirling dance of the Sufi Dervishes. A physical form of meditation, an aspect that reflects within the sound with hypnotic loops and choppy vocals. After several days trapesing the desert, the sun begins to set (amurg; in Romanian) and the dervishes gaze in to the distance to find an image of a woman holding a blue pot of water. Flickering in and out of focus, a ‘Nedeslusit’ (Mirage). All senses vanish and the Dervishes’ are lost amongst the whirling dance, in ‘Amurg’ they remain. The image accompanying this side shows the dervishes stranded in the desert as they realise the mirage. On the ‘Moonside’ there are two interpretations of ‘Morgana Avidoma’. Morgana representing the female in the image, rolling, off the bat rhythms proving her capability to remain, whether in the distance or in front of your eyes. There is a sense of confusion, but the beat keeps coming back, two tracks that would sit well in a mix. Morgana herself features on the artwork of the ‘Moonside’ Kaleh, is known for his ability to curate atmospheres of an extraordinary variety, sometimes the subtlest of tones go such a long way due to his attention to detail. Never short of magic, with his special touch. Quality of the highest order, for listeners who will immerse themselves in minimalistic and stripped back sounds with a touch of class. She is always there, but only for us to see.    Presale link on Decks: https://www.decks.de/track/ada_kaleh-nedeslusit_in_amurg_ep/cc1-ff   Artwork by Anca Buzilan Words by Zac Bidwell   More Ada Kaleh; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview & Competition: Eagervision presents Cap, Javier Carballo & More

Are you going to Sunwaves? If not… my heart aches for you. If yes, then you know you’ll be tapping your arms for some more of that oh-so-sweet loopy minimal Romanian vibe in the weeks following the festival. Thank god if you live in London, Eagervision’s got your back and is ready to pull you out of the withdrawal-induced bleakness by throwing a party loaded with rolling beats and sunny vibes at Bloc. on May 11th.   Indeed, the headliners are two Sunwaves regulars, and both will be hot on the heels of this year’s 23rd edition. There’s little need to introduce Cap, one of the most revered names amongst the cohort of Romanian DJs that the country gave us in the past decade. But despite the fact his style displays all the hallmarks we love about the Romanian sound — trippy, hypnotic melodies, impeccable mixes, driving beats — Cap is one of the genre’s few DJs able to pepper his sets with tunes encompassing a much wider spectrum, from house to electro. This versatility was manifest in his MEOKO podcast: Javier Carballo, on the other hand, rings perhaps less of a bell than his Romanian counterpart, yet there’s a reason he’s a regular at Sunwaves: as a DJ, his style perfectly encapsulates the festival’s ethos. Javier specializes in hypnotizing, sun-drenched beats, which is a combination we’re always thirsty for. He might fly a bit under the radar to some, but Eagervision knows better and we’re delighted they bring him back on British soil with this booking. Completing the line-up are a few of Eagervision’s protégés, all of them having or about to drop EPs on the label. Alffie, Alwaan and Fernando Montes are sure to make you move.   The best of it all — as if a Romanian party in London was not enough — is that we’re holding a competition for this event, a competition that has not one but two winners. The first prize includes - A 2-hour DJ lesson (whether you already pride yourself with your skills or are a complete newbie, know that the lesson can be for beginner or advanced), - Javier Carballo’s recent double EP on Hector’s label Vatos Locos Silver Smile, so you’ll have something to spin for those lessons, - And of course two entries and some Eagervision goodies, (which the other winner will also get, two entries and some Eagervision goodies.)   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_8b93e9a7_1702740057&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/vatos-locos-official/sets/javier-carballo-silver-smile-ep-vl006', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_8b93e9a7_1702740057', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_8b93e9a7_1702740057' }); });     As usual, all you have to do to participate is email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with the subject heading ’Eagervisions’. Good luck! Join us on May 11 to fight the post-Sunwaves blues, and book your tickets already.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Eagervision; Facebook / Soundcloud / FB Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Harry McCanna Interview & Mix

In recent times, there has not been many more names synonymous with the London scene than, Harry McCanna. Whether, kicking it with his NorthSouth Records family at their local home, The Lion & Lamb, or locking down after parties in off key locations around the city. One thing remains, his unique ability to weave together a wide range of genres with a full understanding of the desires of the dancefloor. A talent that has been acknowledged across the board; with a recent trip playing several cities in Australia, alongside parties in the UK, Italy and Belgium. The curiosity of this young artist does not stop there, as he continues to build a reputation under the production alias, Henry Hyde. A variation of releases on Undersound, Half Baked and joint outlet NorthSouth Records. Check out what went down when we caught up with him ahead of his Oscuro London Showcase this Saturday at 93 Feet East:  Harry McCanna Exclusive - MEOKO 251 So, to kick things off, congratulations on your recent debut tour of Australia, How did you find it? How would you compare it to parties in Europe? Thank you, it was an amazing experience. It was my first time spending a few weeks away ‘touring’ so it will always be a milestone for me. I think it’s hard to compare the two right now, it feels like Australia’s scene for this kind of sound is still growing. However, there’s some real passionate people both involved in the scene and just generally out partying and that’s always great to see. I definitely felt a buzz and an openness to new ideas at each party, especially in Melbourne, we had a lot of fun there. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_8305c39e_2025271914&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/half-baked-records/hb011-a2-henry-hyde-green', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_8305c39e_2025271914', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_8305c39e_2025271914' }); });   It's been many years since we last caught up with you, and I'm sure a lot has changed! Last year saw the launch of your own label North South Records, along side Half Baked resident Sam Bangura and Dale Mussington. Where did it all start? How have you found the reception so far? It was actually December 2015 that we first spoke about starting a label together, then there was about a year of us getting our ideas together and getting in touch with the artists we wanted to work with etc. It took us ages to come up with a name, but when we finally settled on ‘NorthSouth’ towards the end of 2016 everything seemed to move fairly quickly. We didn’t quite know what to expect, so it’s really nice to see that people out there are enjoying it. It is great to see you are releasing frequently now on personal projects and recently Half Baked. It is Coming up to NorthSouth's third release featuring yourself and Chris Geschwindner, who also featured on the debut release. An incredible talent for sure, is there an umbrella of artists which you have in mind for the label moving forward? We’ve always had the ethos of working with friends. We’d known Chris Gecshwindner for a few years already and he was the first artist we knew we wanted to work with. We’d spoken about releasing his tracks long before NorthSouth was properly formed, Christian Jay and Bilal were both on the radar from early as well. We really love the individual sounds each artist bring and we’ll definitely be working with all three of them going into the future. We’ve also got plans to introduce one or two new artists as well, but that will all come soon enough. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_67e5217c_525239784&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/northsouthrecords/chris-geschwindner-live-set-130517', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_67e5217c_525239784', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_67e5217c_525239784' }); });   I love the fact you have an alias when producing, Henry Hyde. What inspired you to use an alternate name for your releases? It's definitely got a ring too it. Ha! Glad you think so. Henry Hyde first came about in 2014 when I made a batch of tracks that all had a certain sound about them. For me they were the first tracks that I felt really represented me and the sound I wanted to produce. 2 of them went on to be the first Undersound release in 2015 and I’ve continued to work under the alias since, although I feel like the actual sound of Henry Hyde is always developing. This May, NorthSouth celebrates its first birthday at The Lion & Lamb, the local pub. Do you see this a fitting home for your label and the sound you portray? We think the opening of this venue was a breathe of fresh air in London. The Lion & Lamb is one of the best things to happen in the scene in London for ages. It feels like a real hub for what we have in London and everyone working there has a real passion for what they’re doing. We didn’t really plan on running parties as NorthSouth until a couple of months before the first release, although I still wouldn’t really call ourselves promoters, we just bring our mates and our records and have a good time. The pub is so well prepared, there’s not much else we need to do! It’s definitely the right place for us. Long live the Lion & Lamb! allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1c4d7794_1273704441&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/northsouthrecords/knoll-beach-promo-beach', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1c4d7794_1273704441', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1c4d7794_1273704441' }); });   There is a always a certain buzz around the scene in London, but recent times feel like it really is thriving with even more incredible line ups and off key after party locations. Would you agree? Yes I would. In the last few years London’s underground has faced some tough times, but I would say that it’s coming back even stronger now. As you say there’s been a lot more interesting new spots used for afters, it’s great to see promoters are always looking for different spaces. It’s nice to see some new venues opening as well, Cell 200 and The Cause both look very promising and the recent reopening of 93 Feet East is good news. The overall level of London-based parties, labels and artists has always been high, but I feel like people are really pushing things forward now. It’s extremely inspiring to look around you and see so many people doing great things. You are known by many for your impeccable selection of records. What are you favourite spots for digging for records? UK and World Wide. I wouldn’t really say there’s any specific places, obviously the internet can be extremely handy, but you can sometimes miss the more personal experience of actually going and having a look. Whenever I’m visiting another city I like to look for any local spots to have a rummage. Visiting a collection is always nice, you can generally find a more varied selection and it’s just a bit more of a comfortable environment. Shout out to Mr Plasticvinyldog, he’s always got the goodies, and makes a great tea. You seem to be pushing out a unique sound under your alias Henry Hyde. What kind of set up are you using in the studio? As I’m still making music from home it’s a pretty bedroom friendly set up: I use an I-Mac with Logic Pro X, a Roland Octa-Capture interface and a pair of Yamaha HS-7s. As for hardware I’ve got a Roland Juno-D, Access Virus B and a Yamaha TX81Z that goes through a Waldorf filter. I also have a Korg Electribe ER-1 and Volca FM that come out everyone now and then. I’ve also got a cheap mic I’ve had for years that I use to record the odd clap or voice when I feel like it. There’s always the quest to get more though! Anything else you would like to enlighten us with, any plans for the summer, releases? There’s a few nice bookings coming up I’m excited about. Oscuro this Saturday is shaping up to be real fun, can’t wait to play b2b with Voigtmann for the first time. Ojoo’s first birthday in Ghent May 27th should be great, I played for them at their first party last year and was one of my favourite gigs of 2016. Leeds Inner City Electronic festival in June as well, that looks like a cracker. I’ve got a couple more tracks coming out on VAs, but I’d like to focus on doing a full length EP soon. I’ve only ever released a maximum of 2 tracks at one time, so I’m quite keen to get something a bit more substantial out. We really appreciate you taking out your time to do this interview and thanks for recording a special mix for us, can you tell us a little bit what the listener can expect? Some old, some new, some unreleased. There’s tracks in there I’m playing out at the moment and some I’ve been saving for a mix. So yeah, a bit of everything really, hope you enjoy it. Lastly, the million dollar question. Three records that never leave the bag? Vengaboys - We’re Going to Ibiza Baha Men - Who Let the Dogs Out Shaggy - It Wasn’t Me       Words by Zac Bidwell   More Harry McCanna; Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview: Love Family Park 2018

Here’s one for our Germany-based readers. Love Family Park, the long-running yearly day-long event returns on July 28 in Rüsselsheim-am-Main, close to Frankfurt. This is the first time the summery celebration settles in this small town, but the settings amongst the green Main meadows promises to be breathtaking. Of course, if the meadows don’t do the trick, then have a look at the line-up: it’s only big-hitters — two or three of them would be your average festival’s headliners, but here there’s more than twenty of them, sharing the decks over the various stages for 12 hours, from 10 AM to 10 PM. Quite a few of them return to the festival, such as Solomun or Chris Liebing, but there’s some new faces too, with the rising techno star from Belgium Amelie Lens, or the more established Maceo Plex. There’s quite a variety of flavours too, with the unpredictable minimalist maestro Ricardo, Detroit-via-Ibiza hero Richie Hawtin, or the ever-amazing Nina Kraviz — I’ll never tire to sing her praises, as no other DJ of her stature is such a risk-taker, juggling hard trance and experimentally-tinged cuts with the techno her crowds expect. Last but not least, Sven Väth is announced for the main stage closing. The German veteran and Love Family Park regular will play in his home turf and is at its best in this kind of big celebrations. Whether it’s your first time or 20th seeing him, there’s no doubt you’ll understand the adoration his fans have for the Cocoon boss. Here’s the full line-up in alphabetical order: Adriatique, Amelie Lens, andhim, Boris Brejcha, Butch, Chris Liebing, Dixon, Dominik Eulberg live, Fritz Kalkbrenner live, Karotte, Lexy & K-Paul live, Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Moonbootica, Nina Kraviz, Oliver Koletzki, Pan-Pot, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Solomun, Sven Väth. If you want a taste of Ibiza in the German countryside, then look no further and book your tickets for Love Family Park.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More LFP; Facebook / FB Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Barac Announces Ibiza Underground Residency and Yoyaku Upcoming Release

Barac announces Ibiza Underground residency, along with an upcoming release on French label, Yoyaku. Shamandrum is the new platform under which the Romanian will host his bi-weekly Ibiza residency, and also appears on the anticipated Yoyaku release. 2018 is shaping up to be another fantastic year for Barac, with the Romanian figurehead announcing an Ibiza residency. Starting just before Sonar in mid-June, and will end in October. Ibiza Underground will be the chosen destination and Tuesdays will be the day to dance amongst great company and surprising lineups on the island. The dates are 12th of Jun, 3rd of July, 17th of July, 7th of Aug, 21st of  Aug & 16th of Oct. Alongside the Ibiza news is the reveal of his latest work, an EP working side by side with Spaniard, Baltazar. The EP will be entitled suggestively "Drums" and will mark the second 2018 release for the Romanian - "It will still be my sound, but this continously evolves, just like we evolve all the time."   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Extended Easter weekend w/ Point & Art of Dark

To those less acquainted with the concept of mammals, Easter evokes bunnies and, uh, eggs. And to the more devout among us, which perhaps are not the most ardent followers of this site, it remains of course an important religious holiday. But Easter sprung out from the pagan festivities celebrating spring and as such, the Easter Bank Holiday signals more than anything the coming of the warmer days. In a few weeks, we’ll all be enjoying beer gardens, outdoor afterparties and comedowns in the park. For the dance-crazed pagans we are, this bank holiday therefore marks more than any other a turning point in the party calendar — and to celebrate properly, two of the best promoters in town, namely Point and Art of Dark, have teamed up to throw a day-long Easter party over two venues on Monday. Those two forces of the London nightscape probably need little introduction to many of you, but if you’re not lucky enough to have crossed their paths yet, here we go. Point is a London afterparty institution, well-loved among the local community of minimal music lovers. Its regular Sunday night at 512 is a staple for those weekend warriors who still have some energy to spend after two long days and nights of debauchery, but Point also regularly puts on various parties as part of London’s galaxy of minimal promoters where it is a shiny star. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_371b478d_543754516&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/dr0000_0081mp3', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_371b478d_543754516', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_371b478d_543754516' }); });   As for Art of Dark, they’ve now far exceeded their London roots, bringing the party to Spain for instance, or Germany, where they played along Berlin’s infamous Libertine crew. For my money, it’s one of the most consistently reliable party in the capital, and few clubbing moments in my life top their New Year’s Day at Oval Space last year with Ben UFO, Binh, and Andrew James Gustav — just a few of the many names they’ve hosted over the years.  But back to the party. This one will pick you up straight from your Sunday night, with Art of Dark starting the hostilities downstairs at Bow Bridge from 6AM, while Point will take care of the upstairs area from 8AM til 1PM. Then everyone migrates over to Grow in Hackney, where the DJs will keep spinning from 12AM to midnight. Nothing better than a waterside venue for a daytime spring party, innit? Regarding the lineup, it’s decidedly a London affair, with Harry McCanna and Josef (along a still secret guest) headlining the Art of Dark room at Bow Bridge. The former is a local hero close to the Undersound crew, and has played in most of the city’s nicest parties, from the bigger like Half Baked to the smaller like 110. Check out his productions under the Henry Hyde moniker:   Josef is another local DJ that’s shared lineups with McCanna many times. Here’s his interpretation of a night in the Wick, so let’s see on Monday what he’s cooking us for the morning: allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_97310e07_1486656096&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/house-of-sound/house-of-sound-podcast-006-one-night-in-the-wick', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_97310e07_1486656096', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_97310e07_1486656096' }); });   The Point event, for its part, features Gols, a student of the London golden age of tech-house who’s sure to make you move. Georgia Girl and Stefania complete the line-up playing B2B. The two are seasoned DJs from the scene, respectively affiliated with Keep on Going and Eastsunrise. If you’ve ever been to these parties — or many of the others where they’re anyway regulars — and enjoyed your time there, they’re the ones to thank. For the Grow event, the lineup is still pretty secretive at the moment, with only Gols carrying on from Bow Bridge. In any case, we blindly trust Point and Art of Dark to put on the perfect line-up. All in all, this promises to be a glorious spring reunion for the London afterparty scene, so we expect a ludicrous amount of good vibes for this fun-soaked affair. See you on Monday, and Happy Easter.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   Facebook Event: Bow Bridge / Grow More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview & Competition: E1 Presents: Body & SOUL

The turn of the century is often remembered as a dark age for New York dance music. With then-mayor Rudy Giuliani cracking up on parties, using for instance the infamous and racist no-dancing law that only just got repealed, dance music lovers were forced more and more underground. Yet from 1996 to 2002, a cult Sunday afternoon party drew week-in week-out those that no amount of policing could prevent from dancing: starting off as a mere outlet for François K and his friends’ frustration with the state of New York’s nightlife, Body & Soul made a lasting impact on the city’s scene. And now E1 London is bringing the full crew to London for a rare Body & Soul appearance this Saturday. Body & Soul got started in July 1996 as a weekly Sunday afternoon affair by three long-time alumni of the NYC dance scene, and soon acquired a cult status among its crowd of devotees — it is now remembered with the same fondness as the very parties and clubs that had inspired it in the first place. Indeed, François K, Joe Claussel and Danny Krivit — the three masterminds behind the party — all cut their teeth behind the decks of the Big Apple’s most iconic clubs, where they’ve put in a ludicrous amount of time as dancers themselves. The Loft, the Paradise Garage, you name it: here is the DNA running in Body & Soul’s blood. In other words, few people live and breathe dance music as much as those three. A list of their individual accomplishments would be unreasonably lengthy, but suffice to say that Joe Claussel is one of the founders of cult house label Ibadan, while François K is simply one of the most influential producers ever: from pretty much single-handedly pioneering the art of the dance music edit in the late ’70s to collaborating with Mick Jagger and Depeche Mode, the native Frenchman has forever imprinted his mark on the musical landscape.  And as for Danny Krivit, in addition to being one of his city’s most famous DJs, he’s given us what for my money might be the best edit ever: if you want one tune that embodies the ethos of Body & Soul, look no further than his version of “Love Is The Message”. To celebrate this unique occasion to catch the legendary trio in London, MEOKO is putting on a special competition. In addition to two entries for Saturday’s party at E1, the lucky winner will get £30 worth of free drinks and a copy of the first 3x12” compilation put out by Body & Soul (https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/62214?ev=rb), which includes a bunch of the party’s most rinsed tunes, and bona fide New York garage classics. All you have to do to participate is email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with 'Body&Soul' as the subject heading. Good luck!. To leave him the last word, here’s what François K had to say about Body & Soul at its height: “these parties we’re having right now are among the very few I go to where the crowd goes nuts… They’re screaming and hollering, singing and stomping, they don’t want to leave the club. Every week now, it’s become this habit, where we put the lights on and everybody keeps dancing. We turn the music off and they sing, so we have to put more music on.” So if you like your house music soulful, try your chance at the competition and come over at E1 this Saturday. This is one for the books.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More E1 London: Facebook / Soundcloud / RA Ticket / Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Preview & Announcement: Moonland Festival

Festivals usually evoke a sunny imaginary, a scantily-clad, sunglass-wearing crowd bouncing to cheerful music at the height of the summer, bringing home sunburns collected aboard boat parties along with the good memories. But today let’s put ourselves under the sign of the moon, as the promoters behind Moonland Festival, Estonia’s newest festival, invite us to do. Moonland takes place from the 3rd to the 5th of August in Rummu, a former limestone quarry nearby Tallinn, the country’s capital. Rummu, we’re told, “is filled with scars of its past”, calling to mind the moon’s surface with its oceans of “dead volcanoes, impact craters, and lava flows”. Indeed the photos are stunning, eerie even. It’s certainly a one-of-a-kind place that stimulates the imaginary — you get a sense that something special is going to happen here.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_731a6df1_1092213119&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-dorian-paic', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_731a6df1_1092213119', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_731a6df1_1092213119' }); });   In the increasing market of European boutique festivals, Moonland sure manages to set itself apart with this breathtaking setting. That said, it’s not all about the spot, of course. The magic happens when a string of elements are assembled, music chief among them. But there’s no worry to be had on that regard either: our recent interview w/ Dorian Paic will be hot on the heels of yet another season in Ibiza and his label’s 20th birthday, so expect to find him at his usual best. Both Archie Hamilton and Enzo Siragusa from FUSE will come to represent London’s modern tech-house sound, while Barac and Cristi Cons are entrusted with bringing the vibes from Romania. A flurry of live appearances have also been announced, with Ion Ludwig or Philip Gorbachev, as well as a rare appearance from Mathew Jonson and his partner Isis Kuaygarond.  For something a bit warmer, Octo Octa will play live the sounds of her classic house-inflected debut album, Where Are We Going? (well, to Rummu, Estonia, duh). Finally it’s impossible not to mention a veteran of the Canadian scene, Mike Shannon. The guy’s know for a driving yet quirky sound — futuristic vibes that live up to electronic music’s ongoing love affair for all things spacey. Since the moon has always proven attractive for electronic music producers — whether you think about the early Detroiter’s outer-space fantasies, or to Jeff Mills’ recent score for pioneering French movie A Trip to the Moon — Mike Shannon will sure be inspired by Rummu’s unique landscape. Here is the full line-up, with many more names yet to be announced: Abelle Andrey Nechaev Archie Hamilton Artur Lääts Barac Christopher Ledger Cristi Cons Dana Ruh Dewalta Dorian Paic DVS 1 Enzo Siragusa Ion Ludwig live Janina Kamran Sadeghi live Mashkov Mike Shannon Mr. & Mrs. Jonson (Mathew Jonson) live Nastia Nikita Zabelin Octo Octa live Philip Gorbachev live PTU Rossko Sleeparchive Sofia Rodina   And if you’ve spotted the yellow logo on the posters, well, MEOKO is over the moon to announce it’s the festival’s official media partner. You know the drill: more info and exclusive content to come on here. In the meantime, I’d check with my boss about having the 3rd to 5th of August off. See you on the moon.   Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin   More Moonland Festival; Facebook / Facebook Event / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Drums invites Barac, Praslea and Sonja Moonear for Kingsnight

Up and coming Bucharest based event startup “drums” has gone live with another banger for Kingsnight Amsterdam - one of Holland’s most exciting bank holidays of the first half of the year.  After announcing a powerful Off Week Barcelona proposition, featuring all-Romanian micro-house figureheads spread across two nights in two clubs, Drums hits again.  What many people call a mini-ADE, Kingsnight & day (formerly known as Queens Day) is a national festivity filled with parties, club nights and street parades. With this ocassion, on the 26th of April, on top of the city in A’dam Toren, Drums invites Barac, Praslea and Sonja Moonear for an all nighter with a view. Kitted out with a custom soundsystem just for this event, the location sitting on top of A’dam Toren (Madam) is no stranger to micro waves, having previously hosted, in October, an ADE Closing Afterparty with the likes of Priku, Arapu, Laylla Dane & East End Dubs.  The event proposes, apart from the stellar lineup, clear cut sound, a great atmosphere sitting on top of Amsterdam highest bar - this is one not to be missed if you’re in town. Could also be considered a warm SW23 preparty.   More; Drums / RA Tickets / Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Preview & Announcement: Mdrnty Cruise 2018

We’re all down with the nitty-gritty side of dance music, aren’t we? I might just speak for myself, but dingy, spooky warehouses where you dance side by side with nightlife fairies and afterparties zombies is what I live for. Yet we all know this lifestyle can be draining too, and sometimes, just once in a while really, you need to take a break and recharge your batteries. Or… do you? Not if MDRNTY is there to pick you up. There’s the opportunity to keep on dancing while enjoying some of that well-deserved self-care. MDRNTY is a 3-day long cruise aboard MSC Opera, setting sail from Genova in Italy, stopping in Sardinia and Corsica, and heading back to Genova. The self-described “ephemeral epicurean experience” includes unlimited food and drinks; pop-up events such as yoga sessions; film screenings; swimming pools; sports, and so on. Sounds nice for your parents, right? But hey, we’re not a tour operator website, so here’s the twist: during the entirety of the cruise, dance music luminaries will take turns behind the decks, from the moment the anchor raises til it finally drops. Non-stop. Yep, 24-hour music over three days and night. I might want to take back what I said about relaxing — but where else will you sweat it off to Ricardo’s trippy beats and then chill with him by the pool? It’s not only Ricardo, as quite a few MEOKO darlings are part of the adventure. There’s the French trio Apollonia, whose bumpy beats seem to follow us everywhere — we simply cannot get enough of them. A long-time comrade of the trio who shares their pumping ethos will be there too in the person of Djebali. Andrey Pushkarev is no longer Moscow’s best-kept secret and will know how to cool down dancers under the blazing sun with the dubby sounds he likes to distill in his sets. Ion Ludwig will grace the attendees with one of his famed live appearances, just like veteran Mathew Jonson. There’s FUSE resident Archie Hamilton for the bumpier stuff, Berlin hero Dana Ruh for the deeper vibes, and Lazare Hoche repping Paris’ younger generation with a sleek combination of those two sounds. All in all, there’s something for everyone but such a line-up wouldn’t be complete without a nice contingent from our beloved Romanian scene. So to round this up in the best way possible, MDRNTY invited aboard CAP, Herodot, Mihai Pol and Suciu. And who better than the mighty duo of Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia to soundtrack such a sun-drenched experience? If you’ve ever seen them at Sunwaves, you know that nothing beats their driving Romanian vibes in such a setting. Here are all the confirmed names at the moment:   Ricardo Villalobos Black Coffee Stephan Bodzin Apollonia Alci Archie Hamilton Andrey Pushkarev  Audiofly  Behrouz  CAP Culoe De Song Dana Ruh DJ  Reas Djebali  Eagles & Butterflies Edu Imbernon Giorgio Maulini Herodot Hyenah Ion Ludwig (live)  Jan Blomqvist (live) Jon Charnis James Mc Hale Jon Charnis Lazare Hoche Lunar Disco Matthew Dekay  Mathew Jonson (Live) Mihai Pol Nima Gorji Osunlade Patrice Baumel SIT (Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia) Suciu   Sure enough, this cruise is not for the 20-something just getting into dance music. But if you’re a bit older and more affluent, this might be just the right thing for you. You’ve put in the hours on the dark dancefloors of the underground, after all — time to treat yourself. In any case, you’ll see us there, as MEOKO is happy to announce we’re MDRNTY’s official media partner. So watch out for upcoming info on here, and all aboard MSC Opera. See you in June!   Words by Pierre Alexis Chauvin   More MDRNTY: Facebook / Youtube /Facebook Event / Tickets  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Round Up x Drums OFF Week Barcelona: SIT, Praslea, Priku, Traumer & More

We did warn you, the summer dates are coming thick and fast; and certainly packing a punch. Every June, OFF Week in Barcelona is a time for party promoters and label heads to display what they offer in off key and historical locations around the city. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_408fccba_941602999&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-priku-oct-2017', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_408fccba_941602999', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_408fccba_941602999' }); });   This year two dates firmly allocated amongst this hectic week of music is the 13th and 14th of June, as Prague based Round Up agency and newly formed Romanian promotion team Drums join forces for two parties, taking over two separate locations for journeys in to the early hours. A combination of special guests and several artists from the Round Up agency roster. On the Wednesday (13th June), the debut party of this original combination will take place at This Side UP, a new movement in the city created in recent times. SIT (Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia) bring their melodic hypnotic sound to the city, joined by what is set to be a spectacular journey in the form of Praslea b2b Cezar. Familiar face in Prague and Round Up representative Bruno Curtis will also play bringing fellow artists Agustin Alvarez, JADA, Dafoe and And.re along for the ride. Cue Barcelona will play host to the second day (14th June) of festivities with more sounds of Romania from Liniar founder Arapu, and masterful mixer Priku. The raw talent that is Traumer will be blessing the surroundings with his organic and genius music. JADA and Dafoe will be rounding off what is set to be a special experience this summer. As an official media partner of these magical events, working with Round Up Agency and Drums, you can visit our site or keep up with our socials for more information. More on times and event info is to follow, also keep an eye out for more collaborations further down the line. It’s worth it.   Words by Zac Bidwell   More Round Up: Facebook - Drums: Facebook / Faceook Event Page / Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

'Cosmic cats riding through electro space on the psychedelic disco train.' Magda Interview & Mix

Join us as we take a trip in to the world of Detroit raised, Magda. Not many words are needed to introduce such a high caliber artist from over the years, a sturdy reputation built upon a dare to be different ethos. Taking music in directions beyond the imagination. The definition of an artist, combining a wide range of aspects; audio, visually and the surroundings they can be experienced. We discussed exciting new projects regarding Perm Records, and her unique alias under the name Blotter Trax. Live set ups, upcoming festivals and mention of a particularly random trip from Colombia to Margarita Island, Venezuela. Check it for yourself… allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_03eb3fd7_1346291630&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/magda-exclusive-meoko-podcast-x-up-festival', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_03eb3fd7_1346291630', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_03eb3fd7_1346291630' }); });     First of all, many thanks for your time and catching up with us again after almost six years. How have you been? I have been well, thanks for asking. So yeah, let’s catch up! ;) Just a little bit about your past. It has been an incredible twenty years since you first signed with Minus, touring with Richie Hawtin. Is there any particular memories that really spring to mind when you think of these times? How would you say the scene has changed since then? It’s crazy to think two decades have passed since I began all of this... Some memories feel like another life. Those early days were pretty crazy, especially moving to Berlin in 2003. Everything felt so raw and free and completely wild, it was a real shock coming from NYC where the nightlife was restricted by no dancing laws and curfews. Berlin was the opposite and I loved it. My first gig was at the old Panorama Bar when Zip invited me to a Perlon night. I’ll never forget asking him what time I was playing and he said 11 AM. I was shocked. I’ve never heard of such a thing, and it was even more shocking to find out that it was completely packed the entire day. That’s the truly unique thing about Berlin, which has also taught me how to play long sets. There are so many funny memories I have of first tours, travels and crazy adventures. One that springs to mind is being on a jet in Colombia, sitting on the pilot’s lap with a bottle of vodka en route to a show on Margarita Island, Venezuela, where we got into a car crash and got help from a transsexual prostitute. I know it sounds like I’m making this up but I’m not. Regarding the scene, things will always change and we adjust the best we can. I would love for artists and managers to come down to earth a bit more and work with promoters with more realistic expectations so that they can build the scene as they want it. When you look at future events you have planned across the year such as Time Warp, UP Festival and Houghton Festival, it does not really get much bigger than that. Would you say you prepare differently for these types of high profile gigs than smaller events? Is there any particular parties you always look forward to playing the most? I usually think about every gig beforehand, but I do prepare a bit more for festivals and shows I find dear to my heart. I particularly look forward to parties where I play alongside my friends in special venues. Houghton Festival, for example, was just that. Playing in the woods, and in nature in general, is incredible. It’s just such a good vibe. Speaking of Festivals, A fresh addition UP Festival taking place at a new destination for the festival land; Czech Republic. Do you think a festival can play a vital role to a country's exposure? Absolutely. I must say I usually don't play there and many of my friends don’t either, so it is a great opportunity to expose the Czech people to what we do and hopefully grow something new. This April your next release under your psychedelic alias Blotter Trax with T.B. Arthur will see the light of day, how did this collaboration originally begin, and what separates these ideas from your other projects? TB Arthur and I were introduced by our mutual friend BMG of Ectomorph because I was obsessing over TB’s first releases. We immediately hit it off and connected through our shared love of the sound from the midwest growing up. From our first studio session, it was clear we were onto something, and things just flowed after that. The workflow is exactly what makes this project different: we don’t use a computer and we base everything on long studio jams recorded straight to tape. It’s a fast and exciting process because of the limitation of not multitracking anything. Whatever happens, happens, and we have had some wonderful surprises and happy mistakes along the way. These recordings were about capturing great live performances and playing off each other, much like recording a band. The Blotter Trax outlet is based around all analogue machinery, is this something you have always had an interest in? I’ve always worked with both digital and analog formats but never strictly analog, and it definitely feels different. You are constantly refining the instruments, how they interact with each other and who you are recording with. It’s about listening and performing, without the visual distraction of a screen. Last May your first live modular set took place together, can you explain to us a bit about your set up? Would you say you connect with the crowd/audience differently when playing live as opposed to DJing? We were still figuring out the right set up last year and for that live PA we used a mixture of gear and a laptop. We had an 808, TB’s modular Eurorack, a Roland Space Echo, a Simmons SDS9, and a laptop controlled by Maschine. I had never played live before so it was a whole new experience for me. It’s quite a different feeling to be limited to your own sounds. I felt quite impatient and wanted things to change faster because I'm used to that in my DJ sets. However, once I got into the groove of this different way of performing I really enjoyed it and understood it much better. In 2016 you launched Perm, a home for innovative visual and music ideas. What triggered the birth of Perm? With new material and events on the way, can you give us a bit more information about what is in store? What is it that draws you towards Berlin? PERM is a project inspired by my musical and aesthetic influences growing up in Detroit and always searching for the lines between things. It’s a collaboration between myself, Baby Vulture, Hamid, and our visual artist \ // \\\ . I wanted to create a cozy living room atmosphere where PERM can sit at the crossroads of art and club culture, showcasing anything from an ambient performance to a left-field club set. A huge part of the project is its overall production quality with emphasis on sound and visual installations. These change with each PERM event so none are quite the same. It has been a lot of work and experimentation resulting in an amazing learning experience. I'm very excited to launch the PERM label in the next months and start doing events again. Our first one is scheduled for April 26th with Jan Jelinek live and Melina Serser as special guests. We are working with a great new venue called Arkaoda and looking forward to utilizing the space in a new way. What draws me to Berlin is its rich and diverse musical palette: there’s something interesting happening every night of the week and that is a huge reason PERM was born. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_a08e54e1_234557516&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/permrecords/perm-podcast-04-baby-vulture', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_a08e54e1_234557516', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_a08e54e1_234557516' }); });   The Perm podcast series is nothing short of magical with luscious downtempo and experimental rhythms. When you began the project, did you have certain artists in mind to carry out such a unique vibe? We wanted to keep the focus on more eclectic non-dance mixes from various artists and friends we like, and respect who have been a part of our events. I'm very happy with the range of the mixes and they definitely carry a unique vibe as a whole. Is there anything else you would like to enlighten us with from the world of Magda? Yes, actually I want to mention that TB Arthur and I will be performing live as Blotter Trax May 3rd at Superbooth in Berlin with a very special visual performance by Lillevan. I’m very much looking forward to this.  Thank you so much for the mix, we have been wishing for this to happen for a long time. How would you best describe it for the MEOKO listeners? Cosmic cats riding through electro space on the psychedelic disco train.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_c6fc5a17_1628266351&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/dario1986-1/dbx-losing-control', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_c6fc5a17_1628266351', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_c6fc5a17_1628266351' }); });   Last of all, a question we like to ask, can you name three records that have rarely left your bag over the years? A Number Of Names; Shari Vari (Ectomorph Remix) Chaka Khan - I Feel For You (Silent Treatment remix) DBX - Losing Control   Words by Zac Bidwell   More MAGDA; Facebook / Soundcloud More UP Festival; Facebook / Soundcloud / Facebook Event More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

WYS! & MEOKO Present: UP Festival London Showcase at fabric

As summer draws closer, the MEOKO calendar begins to fill with various events and partnerships across Europe. This summer a new concept and musical movement will take place in Prague, Czech Republic (11th-13th May), and it goes by the name of UP Festival. A 72-hour journey of discovery via a wide spectrum of sounds and artistic measures. The sole purpose of this project is to drive diversity and new realms in to the already rich culture in arguably one of Europe’s most beautiful countries. An open table of opportunity for artists to bring forward their interpretations of sound, exposing to hungry ears. However, it would not be fair to celebrate the longer days and endless summer nights without something much closer to home. On the 23rd of April we partner up with one of the longest serving Sunday parties on the London circuit, WetYourSelf. Supplying you with a first taste of the UP Festival concept, alongside residents Jacob Husley and Peter Pixzel. Prague meets Farringdon, as we take over room one at fabriclondon for a fine selection of records. Heading the bill is a touch of class from France, as Yoyaku heavyweights Varhat and Janeret present you with one of their prestigious b2b sets. Recent times have seen the light of this effective combination, a duo that present similar energy and atmospheres. Layers of dreamy dub techno, with a certain familiar sound from the two artists will be sure to set well on the system on this Sunday. Chemistry that must be witnessed, and an insight of what can be expected from them when they tell their story this May in Prague. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_7dd3d5a9_1358364457&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-janeret', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7dd3d5a9_1358364457', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7dd3d5a9_1358364457' }); });   Joining them on the night is UP Festival resident Bruno Curtis, an artist who continues to build a solid reputation for himself in his base city, Prague and now plans to expand his horizons; rightly so. Born in New Zealand, but it was his experiences when travelling that fuelled his fire for his current sound of deep melodic grooves with a minimalistic outlook. An opportunity for London to discover this raw talent, come and see for yourself. See you on the dancefloor.   Words by Zac Bidwell   More UP Festival; Facebook / Soundcloud / Facebook Event More WetYourSelf!; Facebook / Facebook Event / Event Tickets More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

RPMM Festival in Porto Announces Full Line Up

Picture this: a cool drink in hand, good vibes all around, and chilled electronic beats in a beautiful 12th century UNESCO Heritage Site along the Douro River. Are you sold yet? Well, you will be when you hear the full line-up for RPMM Festival in Porto. The new festival will be hitting many different venues in the historic city centre with a series of day and night parties over the 28th and 29th July. The festival is not only full of big names, but also will show the brilliance of Porto's local talent, party scene, and general relaxed atmosphere. It's also not a bad excuse to over-indulge in some famous Port Wine....infact, it would be rude not too! Already announced are big names such as Âme, Guy Gerber and Francesca Lombardo, but this next announcement is a gamechanger. The HUGE names added today include scottish party starters Jackmaster and Jasper James, along with Matt Tolfrey, Margaret Dygas, Barac, D’Julz, Mella Dee, Patrice Scott, Jasper James, Matthias Tanzmann, Art Department, Death on the Balcony, Kenny Glasgow, Nitin, Robin Ordell, Geddes, Varhat, Alexis Raphael and many more. Half Baked, Ibiza Voice, Keep On Dancing, MusiK@ll and You Are We are all hosting stages and after parties at various venues around Porto, which means - we are naturally delighted that we get to host a stage among such big names and friends within the industry! Yep, we have partnered up with RPMM Global and are hosting a stage at this groundbreaking festival, bringing some exciting sounds to Portugal. MEOKO / Room 2 @ RPMM Global After careful plaqnning, we very excited to announce the line up for MEOKO stage. We're bringing Barac, Joseph Williams, Varhat, Cleymoore and Geddes to the table. Headlining is one of our favourites -  Romanian Barac uses careful melodies sparingly. His sound has changed from dance floor bangers to enchanting and spiritual music meant for more than just dancing. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_6a628f09_1460957399&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/barac-5-years-of-quality-music-meoko-exclusive-podcast-15', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_6a628f09_1460957399', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_6a628f09_1460957399' }); });   Varhat is a very exciting name in the French scene. He produces minimalist tracks under a few different names, and decides which track goes under which alias depending on what the track "communicates" rather than what it sounds like.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_ab902d98_1061206808&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/concreteparis/concrete-finest-varhat-october-8th-2017', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ab902d98_1061206808', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ab902d98_1061206808' }); });   These guys will be joined by one of London's most up and coming talents Joseph Williams, Berlin-based Cleymoore, and techno pioneer Geddes. We cannot WAIT to see them all.   The line up of over 50 local and international artists will be joined by mind-blowing visual artist Jonny TV, who has created epic sets for the likes of Primal Scream and Chemical Brothers, will also be at the festival making sure all your senses experience bliss. Porto as a place is also a magical event to come for in itself. For collector enthusiasts, there's a wide selection of record shops, and for those who love a party there's a vast bar scene and endless clubs/ live music venues. For the travellers amongst you there's beautiful history, walking, and stunning views. RPMM is made to suit everybody, and one thing's for sure, you won't get bored! So what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets for RPMM now and we'll see you there!   More RPMM Global: Facebook / Facebook Event / Online / The Facebook Group More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

PREMIERE: TEV004: Guti & Roustam Present Grusti – Re:Introduction EP ft. East End Dubs Remix

Guti. Roustam. Equals Grusti. The outcome of several years of priceless moments performing together and many late nights spent jamming in the studio; sharing their musical flavours and knowledge. Here, they deliver three personal productions accompanied by a remix from prolific producer East End Dubs. The vinyl only release comes on Tervisio, an outlet born last year as a rebellion to the conventional, bringing forward new sounds and textures with high energy. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_418c11be_514247143&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/tervisio/sets/guti-roustam-reintroduction-ep-tev004', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_418c11be_514247143', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_418c11be_514247143' }); });   The percussive influences of Buenos Aires meet the raw and cutting edge of Moscow, for a masterful release. An insight of the magic that happens when these two worlds combine, the years of experience between them reflect in the solidarity of their sound. A long-term friendship of two accomplished artists that have paved their own paths as solo musicians, have decided it is time to present us with their creations.   The title track aptly named ‘Re:introduction’ certainly has a healthy groove to it, a particular bouncing loop leads you in to a blissful breakdown fitting the title perfectly. Straight off the bat is the dancefloor ready remix from East End Dubs. A sound we have become accustomed too from the UK artist, distinct punching kicks and a ready to roll ethos. One for the peak time flow. Touching down on the B-side from outer space is ‘Dating a Comet’. A journey of broken rhythms, and brushing highs help to build a special atmosphere, allowing the listener to escape in the moment. Rounding things off pleasantly is ‘Rude Track’. A heads down affair begging to be played on a club system, rotating percussions coming in and out bring something unique to the track. The Re:Introduction of two familiar names under one alias. A personal release from Grusti; a concept that Guti and Roustam have spent much time creating and built a solid friendship upon. You can sense the pride and energy within the release that they created in all corners of the world, Barcelona, Miami and Moscow. Check out the full East End Dubs remix only here on MEOKO; allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_08ca4bf3_209736744&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/a2-guti-roustam-reintroduction-east-end-dubs-remix-tervisio004', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_08ca4bf3_209736744', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_08ca4bf3_209736744' }); });     Words by Zac Bidwell   More Tervisio; Facebook / Soundcloud  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Interested in a career in the music/ events industry? MEOKO is looking for two interns for Spring 2018

  MEOKO is a forward-thinking, cutting-edge and creative lifestyle brand, with a primary focus on the global underground electronic music and events scenes. We are passionate about promotion and high-quality event services. Beyond music, MEOKO opens up its interests to culture, art, fashion, and food. With incredible clients such as fabric, Sonus Festival, UP Festival, Round Up, Studio 338, Rekulture, WYS and RPMM to name just a few, MEOKO has garnered a strong, reliable reputaton within the industry. On the events, marketing and promotion side of things, MEOKO offers 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. MEOKO is also passionate about top-quality journalism and regularly hosts reviews, interviews, and features on its website written by some of London's finest journalists. This is a really exciting time for MEOKO as we have lots of huge projects coming up, which the successful candidates will be heavily involved in. These include:       Hosting a stage at new Porto festival RPMM Hosting a showcase night for the Czech festival UP at fabriclondon Partnership with a legendary herbalist/ marketing and selling and educating about CBD Launching our new website Media Festival Partnerships Loads more to be announced MEOKO is on the lookout for both a Graphic Design intern and an Editorial intern. This opportunity is great for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the music and/ or events industry. We are looking for two hard-working, passionate individuals, who have a strong knowledge of electronic music, are organised and reliable, and enjoy social media. 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 at 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. “A highly beneficial experience within the industry, and an opportunity to discover how things work behind the scenes. An open end of freedom and possibilities when working, however, the professional guidance and experience are right there when you need it. The MEOKO team are always welcoming to new and exciting projects creating a blank canvas for your creative ideas. Have made friends for life, and built relationships with invaluable contacts.” - Zac Bidwell OVERLOOK You should share an interest in electronic music and marketing/ promotion/ events as well as hold either a PR/ Marketing/ Journalism degree, or a background in music, sales, design or creative. Any extra skill will be a bonus. Knowledge of Photoshop would be helpful but isn’t necessary. He or she must have excellent people skills, be creative, and be able to communicate well as an individual and as part of a team. This is a hands-on role, meaning getting involved in all areas of the agency from press & PR, to sales, new business events, account management, creative writing, social media, website management, admin work and other random tasks. 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. “My internship at Meoko was a great experience. It really was a stepping stone into the music industry and allowed me to gain experience in a lot of different areas as the role was so diverse. Nix and the rest of the Meoko team are all so passionate about music and what they do so it was a great team to be a part of.” - Helayna Kohlinsky 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 the 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-paced 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-paced 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 “My internship at Meoko was an amazing experience. I got to try out so many different areas of work such as social media, editorial, interviewing people, running competitions and a lot more. They really let you try out what you're interested in too so the internship can be catered to you. If you're interested in getting involved in the music industry and want to make contacts it's definitely worth doing!” - Laura Hely Hutchinson "I thoroughly enjoyed my internship with Meoko, it was a very valuable experience. We all know that practical experience is the best, and quality internships are essential to develop key skills such as multitasking, and communicating that you can't get in a classroom. It has also been a great way to network with people in the industry." - VaLy LaMo This is a remote internship. Successful candidates must own their own laptop and be able to work at least 3 days a week, from 10 to 6 over 3/4 months. To apply for the internships, please send your CV and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // , explaining why you would like to work for MEOKO, what you will bring to the position and list your three favourite artists and three favourite labels. Please write 'MEOKO Summer Internship 2018 – editorial' or 'MEOKO Summer Internship 2018 – graphic design' in the subject case.   P.S.: Both interns will be asked to work remotely, so the candidates can apply from any city/country; but ideally Europe.   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Under The MEOKO Microscope - DJ Schwa & Mix x UP Festival

The Under The MEOKO Microscope series is back with a bang, as we call upon Czech producer DJ Schwa. We caught up with this talent in an interview to speak about his recent work, plans, Czech Republic and UP Festival. Let’s get into this and check his exclusive MEOKO mix.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_fb7b2357_1912476801&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-dj-schwa-up-festival', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_fb7b2357_1912476801', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_fb7b2357_1912476801' }); });   1.Hey Michal, thanks for your time and having us. How are things with you so far? Hi, no worries. I am great. Currently touring Australia. It’s great to escape the winter for a few weeks. And the gigs were all great so far. 2. It barely takes a pair of ears to tell that you have a real passion for electronic music. As a musician's son, How were you first exposed to these sounds and what artists did you grow up on? Firstly I was exposed to all different genres of music, mainly jazz, through my dad. I would hung out in the studio a lot as a kid and there I would hear whatever he was recording or working on - from classical to pop, rock, jazz and even tv / film scores. Later on, in the 90ties, I got introduced to electronic music through my brother and also through Radio 1. Bands like Underworld, Leftfield, Deep Forrest, Propellerheads, Ltj Bukem, Herbaliser. From there it took a drastic turn into the electronic music world and I started discovering music pretty much 24hrs a day. It became an obsession. 3. As being a Czech, how its scene shaped your music? Please tell us more about Czech underground scene, clubs, records shops, parties, favourite destinations. I don’t really know how being Czech shaped my music. I left Czech Republic when I was 19 and came back when I was 26. I lived in Australia and I have also spend some time in US. Australia had a huge impact on me. I somehow felt more connected to the world of electronic music as I ever felt in Prague. Even though Sydney is s far away it made me realise that it’s somehow very close and connected to the UK/EU scene. Prague was always a bit disconnected - but that is changing now drastically and I am very very happy for that. 4. What’s one thing that you don’t see enough of in the music industry that you’d like to see in Czech Republic? Czech scene is very healthy now. But I would like to see more and more clubs equipped with top class soundsystems and well managed Dj equipment. 5. You have your own label 'Beef Records', what made you start your own label? and we also love the name, what made you choose 'Beef Records'? It was a bit of coincidence. 12 years ago I was co-running label called Tribal Vision and I was working on an electro/techno CD compilation. I had a name for it which I found at local meat shop - Prime Cuts. On the comp I had track by artists like Trentemoller, Martinez, Mos, Peterski etc. When it was all ready we realised it doesn't fit the labels sound. So I decided to start my own label. I have kept the Prime Cuts name for the VA and started Beef records as it was a perfect match :) 6. In regards to your own productions, what projects are you working on at the moment and what do you find the most challenging aspect of producing your own music? Right now we got back together with Nick West and we are working on the new Shades of Gray album. I am in Australia for about 2 weeks and we wanted to get most out of my stay - so no beach for me. It’s studio time and gigs. One of the tracks I played at SASH this Sunday and it sounded great. Hopefully the album will be ready for release later this year.    7. You clearly spend alot of time in the studio. Would you like to talk us through your studio, and your favourite equipment when making some magic? We have multiple studios going. One of them is Nick’s studio here in Sydney where we like to use some classic synths (Moog Voyager, SH101, Juno 106, Nord Lead and Korg MS2000). On the last track we triggered the SH101 with Arturia Beatstep sequencer and somehow we got amazing groove out of it. Something you would never come up with by playing the keyboard. I personally love using the DSI Tempest Drum synths but I didn't bring it here as it was too heavy to carry around while travelling. 8. Please tell us about your projects; Shades of Gray, Komiks Events. Komiks is a warehouse party concept what we run together with Fatty M and Lumiere for about 4 years now. It became quite successful and it found it’s sweetspot in Pragues underground scene. We are happy that Komiks is doing so well and that many people, even out of Prague, travel to it. So far we hosted artists such as Derrick May, Robert Hood / Floorplan, Fort Romeau, Recondite, Kink, Catz n Dogz, Palms Trax, Baba Stiltz, Makam, San Proper, Dorisburg, Bjarki, Roman Flugel, Cleveland, Trus Me, Artefakt, Monoloc and many others. We also launched a new podcast series; allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_8678071e_1776170648&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/komikswarehouse/komiks-podcast-01-fatty-m-schwa-live-the-block-tel-aviv', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_8678071e_1776170648', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_8678071e_1776170648' }); });     9. If you had a chance to move to another city; which city would it be and why? Sydney is my second home. So if I had to move somewhere it would be Sydney for sure. 10. How did first touch with UP Festival Crew take place? How does it feel to be going to play at a major festival alongside many other respected names? I know Bruno for many years. To be totally honest I wasn’t sure that this will ever happen in Prague and that he will be able to pull it of. But it’s clearly happening and he has my respect and full support. Not just Bruno, the whole crew of course. I am excited to play alongside Ricardo, he has been a great inspiration for so many years. I am not a huge fan of big stages and crowded festivals but UP Festival seems to be shaping just perfect. 11. The venue of the festival looks stunning, have you ever attended an event there yourself? What are your advises to our followers (that includes myself as well) who will visit Prague for UP Festival? I haven't been there for ages. Maybe like 15 years so I am quite excited to see how it changed. However, it is fair to say, festival-goers wont be dissappointed by the beauty of Prague and yes the venue is stunning. 12. Thank you for the mix, it sounds amazing. Could you tell us a little about the mix you made for MEOKO? What was your approach and how would you describe it? The mix was made on a fly. Pressed ‘record’ at one of the gigs I played at Sisyphos few months ago. Then I cut 1,30 from it as it was too long and did some basic levelling and mastering. I rather catch the live djing element even if it’s not perfect then doing a studio mix. 13. Last of all, do you have any exciting more exciting news you would like to share with everyone? Dates, releases, collaborations etc? You should check out Beef records. We have lots of great new music coming out. LP by BUSZ (Pier Bucci & Oskar Szafraniec), 12” by Rico Casazza another 12” by Dircsen with Florian Kupfer remix and much more. Check: www.beefrecords.net and www.facebook.com/beefrecords/    More DJ Schwa; Facebook / Soundcloud  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube