A journey through the years: behind the scene with the unstoppable Quenum

Quenum is surely one of the longevous acts in the electronic scene. His first steps as a DJ could be dated in the 80s and since then he has been an unstoppable train in continuous movement, taking part as a co-founder to the legendary Cadenza and giving life to the AZIMUTE project (alongside Cesare vs Disorder) and co-owning Serialism label as well.    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_13ed4da4_616178505&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-podcast-series-pres-quenum-interview', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_13ed4da4_616178505', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_13ed4da4_616178505' }); });       Your first track is dated in 1993… I wasn’t even born! How do you feel about having such a long and prolific career compared to the new generations and how do you see the evolution (from the parties to the music prod) of the whole electronic movement? That's so funny! Actually, I was already DJing professionally in the 1980s. You know I never had a career plan, I just started DJing because I went a lot to clubs, I was a dancer and it was natural for me to be in music. I never thought this would last one year or 20 years, I just go day by day because I love it so much. In this new generation, there's a lot of good stuff and with social media and the Internet you can find out about it, everything is so much easier to access. But the problem is that there's a lot of hype and fashion and people who are in this business for the look, for looking cool on Instagram but they have no depth. That doesn't take away from all the young generation dudes who are doing very good stuff, better than ever. I don't know where we're going really, there are so many people doing electronic music, it's so easy with the evolution of technology. Today we work much faster, at the same time we have so many new things to manage.   The 1993 track is was talking about is also actually the first EP on yours and Luciano’s Cadenza and we know you have such a good relationship with him. Did you expect at that time the success that the label would have had and the importance that Cadenza had (and still has) for all the house lovers around the world? We can still talk about a “Cadenza-ish" style so I think that it really set the standards. Actually, the tracks I was doing in the 90s were my own tracks, as part of a project called Access 58. Luciano and I met in Geneva in 2001, and we started working together in the studio. "Orange Mistake" came out in 2003. It's one of those classic crazy music stories. Luciano and I contacted many labels to release the track but nobody wanted it, and we got impatient. So we were hanging out one day together, with his sister Amelie, and the three of us said why don't we start our own label and then we don't have to deal with this nonsense. Hahaha. So we started Cadenza and our first release was Orange Mistake, and the rest is history. Of course, we had no idea what we had started. We both love music and love working together. It's been a while, but there is a surprise coming soon.     "Orange Mistake" is actually #3 in your Beatport chart! It seems that people still love your roots! How do you feel about that? I'm super proud of this track, it's incredible for an artist to have this happen, to have your creation receive so much love and attention. I love what we did, I think the date doesn't matter, as much as the quality.   Will we have the chance to see you again on Cadenza?  Actually, I released an EP on Cadenza in 2016, called Solitaire. It felt really good to be back on the label. For the moment I have no plans for releases on Cadenza.     You have reduced your music output during the last years, on how it depends on this? Did you focus more on other stuff? Yes, my style of working has changed a little bit. Before I spent so much time in the studio, I was also super open to doing remixes and collaborations with many people. Then I realised I better take care of business too, today there are so many things you have to do with social media, meeting people etc. Also, I've pushed myself in a musical sense, trying to learn new things and explore new ways. So, for example, I've done a solo album, I've worked in the studio on an album with a group of musicians, including some very talented jazz musicians, I've worked on the score for a television series. Of course, all those experiments take time away from the studio, but it makes me very happy because it enables me to grow as an artist.   How’s your relationship with Switzerland? Talking about your country, I only know Caprices Festival, Breakfast Club and Luciano, but it would be sick if you want to introduce me and our readers into more Swiss parties and DJs.                I moved to Switzerland around 1988, I was already working as a DJ (lol). Since then I've moved around, lived a long time in London, then again back in Switzerland. I'm there quite often and it's where I keep my studio. I love being there, I have good friends. For sure there are lots of talented people. Check out Stade, it's an electronic music project with my good friends Pierre Audetat and Christophe Calpini, both music geniuses. The Attias brothers and their label Visions Recordings, great stuff. Also DJs like Dachsund, Ripperton, Laolu, Garance and Reas, all in different styles and so good.     You’ve also started a project with Italian Cesare vs Disorder. How did you guys meet and how did you start the project, despite having already a nice image as a solo artist. We met because I was in Berlin in a recording studio with my friend Sierra Sam and Cesare was there. I was talking about releasing my solo album and was not sure which label to approach. Cesare listened right there in the studio and loved it and he gave me such attention and freedom as a label boss, I thought immediately I want to be there. And then we hit it off and became good friends. We decided to start collaborating and that's how our project Azimute was born. We went on tour all over the world, especially in Asia and Australia. That brought us very close. Both our families love each other, and we're always looking for new ways to extend our work. So now we are organizing parties in Sao Paulo and London.   The Cristi Cons for AZIMUTE's "The Secret" on Cocoon was one of the highlights from last year. Any anticipation for the future? For sure, I love what Cristi Cons did with the track. And also we had great support from Cocoon, always love working with them. So thanks for that! Azimute keeps ongoing 100% and we're currently working on new music. We play together at the Serialism parties we do in Brazil and the UK. Right now we're focusing on work we did for our album, trying to finish it.     Personally, I really like the project of Serialism: from the music to the artwork and the whole idea behind the project. I see you guys are doing a lot of parties in Brasil. How’s the scene/movement in there? The scene in Brazil is captivating. It's a young scene,  so it reminds me of the energy in New York and London years ago. There are great parties, in unusual places. You can still find places like old industrial or warehouse buildings that you can take over to do a party. It's more free. The youth there is very energetic, it's a young population, very cool. I love it. We're very lucky that Fernanda, the wife of my partner Cesare, is a talented graphic artist, filmmaker, designer. Incredible. So she's done all our posters, flyers, promos, album covers, videos. We're just so spoiled to have the best artist in-house (lol).       We know that you're such a healthy person (and I love to run too). Can you tell us more about your hobbies and interests? Yes, for sure! Apart from music I'm really into sports, especially running. More than an interest, it's my survival, my balance, my happiness. I'm totally addicted to running. And I love food too... so I better continue running!!!!     Words by Francesco Quieti

BienAimer Music Free Forest Community Party with MEOKO

Following a spectacular soirée over the May bank holiday weekend, a selection of London’s finest will return to the secret forest again for a marathon 22 hours of enchanting rhythms and mesmerizing beats. The second installment of BienAimer Music’s free forest community party will take place in a new location from 8am on the 25th of August until the sunrise the next morning. Meoko, Bread and Butter London and Secret Roots will be teaming up with the BienAimer crew for the memorable occasion.     The musical offering of the forest party is sure to impress, with many of London’s leading artists packing their bags to the brim with groove-laden selections. In alphabetical order, the event welcomes Alex Celler, Dean Marc, Georgia Girl, Kane Solo & DJayden, Jacob Husley & Peter Pixzel, Julenn & Stany, Lopaski, Ludo M & Tarek Charbonnier, Max. & Davide Decay, Sami Dilla and Silverlining. In addition, two yet-to-be-announced very special guests will also be performing.   The high caliber musical curation will also be matched with a considered focus on event production. The soundsystem for the rager will be powered by Ela:r Sound with Tito Nicolau and Jan Bernet providing videography and photography respectively. A fully stocked bar will be provided for the gathering to keep ravers quenched through day and night.     With many new surprises up their sleeve, it is safe to wager that those behind the forest party will deliver something special. Make sure to click attending to the Facebook event for important updates and keep your ears close to the ground for exciting announcements in the weeks to come. Ravers, we will see you in the forest.

MOGA Festival : A mystical place on the Moroccan coast

  MOGA Festival has announced the full line-up of this exceptional musical gathering taking place this October 11-13th at UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city of, Essaouira, Morocco. The festival spirit combines music and art at various levels with an emphasis on Moroccan, Maghrebian and African culture, alongside top tier international artists and guests. This breathtaking site will host a variey of artists like Bradley Zero, Kenny Dope, Enzo Siragusa, Folamour, Lazare Hoche, BLOND:ISH, Raresh and Praslea (as Praslesh), Amine K, Maher Daniel and more. MOGA creates therefore, a diverse and unique experience during the three-day festival at the beautiful Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa resort. The festival harmoniously combines the local landscape by the sea with its grand and antique architecture and the warmth of the sun, the amazing local cuisine, culture and colour.   The annual MOGA Creation Initiative has also been announced — following dOP and the Maalem Hassan Boussou in 2016 collaboration, and Stavroz and the Essaouira Issaoua one in 2018 — Thomas and Julien de Bie, who form the duo Parallells, will combine their electronic productions with the gnaoua music of Maalem Omar Hayat. After several days of working together in the studio in Essaouira in the days prior to the festival, they will perform the final pieces from their collaboration on the main stage. Other names of the local scene will include top quality acts including Daox, Mr ID, Achil, Noritsu, Amine K and Nomads. For more information, consult the MOGA social media pages and site.   http://www.mogafestival.com http://facebook.com/mogafestival http://twitter.com/MogaFestival http://instagram.com/MogaFestival https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCufCgw_C2SwrK6wSLBm3A8A https://soundcloud.com/mogafestival   FESTIVAL INFO 4 Stages: Pool Stage, Garden Stage, Terrace Stage and So LoungeYoung creators market, wellbeing and relaxationHours: 12h - 05h00 Location: Sofitel Mogador Golf & Spa Essaouira     MOGA X-TRAS The city of Essaouira will vibrate to the rhythms of the Festival, for this new edition of many must-see places will be invested again: Thursday, October 10, 2019 18h: Opening at DAR SOUIRI with officials20h - 00h: OCEAN VAGABOND - BBQ / buffet + Dj set22h-2h: BEACH & FRIENDS - Dj Party Set Monday, October 15, 2019 12h to 18h: CLOSING SIDI KAOUKI Seagulls and Dromedaries - Brunch Electro Other Moga X-tras TBA   HOT SPOTS The attendees that present their entry ticket will be able to benefit from many preferential tariffs on the hiring of Buggy, Quad, Kite-Surf, ride on horseback and camels, shops of souvenirs and crafts, workshops, cooking classes — details announced very soon.   TICKETS Festival Ticket Only —  3-Day Pass from 150€ Ticket + Transport + Hotel — from 206€ https://www.festicket.com/fr/hosted/festivals/moga-festival/2019/shop/?page_mode=hosted&fbclid=IwAR1QMuRuX5UEwtPqq9Q0YUMi6IX0fNVMSz2L5n6NYopSrR_PsTEpx5Z0RzA  

BeAvantGarde - 5 Year Anniversary

The past twelve months have been overwhelmingly successful for BeAvantGarde (B A G) - once a Brighton-based collective, now pushing the boundaries down under. Since 2014, B A G has been involved in curating special nights for their loyal following in the UK - squat parties, church raves, secret locations. With the momentum gained from 4 years of consistent events, a spur-of-the-moment decision to relocate to the Southern Hemisphere was made. Favouring the warm weather, the sand, and the surf, founder Andrea Dev moved to Sydney with main resident and co-founder Manfred Spagnoli earlier on in 2018. Upon arriving in Sydney, the crew got involved with locals dedicated to facilitating the secondary phase of the brand's growth, and a series of secret location parties ensued. The first invite-only event took place in a dilapidated 2nd World War Bunker on the Lower North Shore of Sydney.     After the success of their first party, the BeAvantGarde crew went public, taking a gamble with a much larger war bunker. They took to the headlands for a larger bunker, armed with a sound system, a generator, and proceeded to have 500+ people rock up to one of the spot parties of the year. During the bump out back to the vans on Sunday morning, it was common belief between the members of the crew that they were onto something special. They'd tapped into a situation with demand far out-weighing the supply. Sydney's warehouse scene had always been around, but the makeup of events had traditionally been skewed towards the techno and electro sphere, broken beat, ambient - more left field collectives. Artists in Australia pushing the sounds littered throughout underground communities in Europe simply had less opportunities to present their selections, or more introspective tips. Securing their first private venue in September 2018, B A G hosted London-based selector Junki Inoue, in a collaboration with Losing Control, a Melbourne-based brand. The outstanding visuals and sound set the precedent for quality nights, with as much focus on the experience as the music, and a careful crowd curation policy focused on introducing people to the scene as well as celebrating diversity. Since the party with Junki Inoue, B A G has hosted Giammarco Orsini, caLLy, Mike Shannon, ALCI, Spacetravel, Nu Zau, Etienne, Takashi Himeoka and Magico - with lots more on the way. The nights have become respected for facilitating the platform needed to host overseas talent in the correct environment. Events they run allow the DJ's to spread their artistic sensibilities down under, in a safe space for one to truly "let go". The recent 5th Birthday marks 5 years of parties for BeAvantGarde, and so to celebrate in the best way they know how, a visit to Europe has been planned this August with a series of curated events, some of them in collaboration with MEOKO.   5th Birthday Tour Dates 13.07 ⟜ B A G w/ Magico Sydney Secret Location (12hr) || Sydney, AU   14.07 ⟜ B A G x Losing Control w/ Magico || Melbourne, AU   02.08 ⟜ BAG x MEOKO x COSMO w/ Hamish & Toby - Free Beach Party || Brighton, UK   03.08 ⟜ BAG x AlterHour x MEOKO - Secret Location || Brighton, UK  09.08 ⟜ BAG @TBA || Berlin, GER 11.08 ⟜ Sundays at fabric: BAG x Meoko with Spacetravel & Gene On Earth || London, UK 23.08 ⟜ BAG x Cosmo w/ Oshana || Catania, ITA 31.08 ⟜ Full Scale x BAG - Fête de la Musique || Lille, FRA   For the occasion, resident Manfred Spagnoli has put together a mix showcasing the sounds - check this out! allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_dea08481_756633293&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-x-beavantgarde-5-year-anniversary-manfred-spagnoli', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_dea08481_756633293', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_dea08481_756633293' }); });  

Monika Ross: when Berlin is home (even for a lovely birthday-party)

Ahead of her birthday celebration that will take place at the amazing Hoppetosse in Berlin, we had a lovely chat with the lady herself Monika Ross. Since 2011, Monika had slowly made a name for herself, becoming a staple into the European circuit. Having successful releases on labels such as Serialism, EWax and Druhzba to name a few, she's fresh of her debut on Okain's Talman which is almost sold out on many vinyl platforms. And now let's get "deep" into it...   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_a264cd6e_1953583727&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-podcast-series-pres-monika-ross', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_a264cd6e_1953583727', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_a264cd6e_1953583727' }); });       Hi Monika! You’re from Australia but you’re now based in Berlin. Do you think it’s inevitable to take this step? How much has affected this into your career? I actually left Australia in 2007 - for London! I spent most of my 20's there and now for DJing and electronic music, in general, I feel Europe suits and inspires me more. Berlin is so far the best move I’ve made - I found my extraordinary booker here (Isabelle Beese) which has been a big breath of fresh air - as well a long time personal goal achieved. I also share this profession and time in life with the most fascinating, kind, talented friends and artists who are also my neighbours - it’s perfect.   I see you’ve worked as an audio engineer for BBC! How was that experience? It’s the best job I’ve ever had to be honest. It was hard to leave it for a different city but anytime I come back to London I can still step into the broadcasting house for a little freelance work. I have full respect for the company and the quality content they provide.     The big debate about “female DJs” in the scene is always present. What do you think of it? Do you think it’s safe (as a female DJ) to fight for your rights or maybe could work in the opposite way? Is that in the London scene? In my years of experience, I have felt safe and equal to professional males in the industry. There are so many women with years of experience, content and talent (bringing serious heat right now I must say) but I feel like gender hasn't been a substantial or differentiating point - a lot of guys also really set the standard high. If you’ve got game and you love what you do - you will shine.   You’re going to have a huge birthday party in Berlin alongside Nick Beringer, Diego Krause and many more. Do you think you have reached your “sound” or is it still evolving? Yes! Big up to these legendary humans who have made my time in Berlin the best ever and have also been there for me for during hard times. I am so lucky to be having my birthday at this awesome venue with my most loved crew. I think I play and am represented by a particular ‘sound’ but I can’t define it in one genre. I still love UK garage and feel like its coming back mixed with minimal Reaching a point where you don't play any mismatched/random parties or events has been a big game-changer for me. Also, Berlin has the biggest and best selection of records/shops available so I always tend to be drawn to new and sonically better music. I still adore and play some favourite, old gems.       Which is the release you’re most proud of? It has to be my "Funkt Up" release on Okain’s Talman Records. I was lucky enough to have Malin Genie remix which adds the most delicious icing on the cake. We’ve had a super positive response and have sold a lot :) So I’m really proud to hear and see people really enjoy and support it.     Any future plans? I’m planning to build a studio and own a house. Apart from that, I'm currently concentrating on living the present moment to the fullest.     That's a time to be alive regarding the "deep/tech" movement (if we can even define it). Name 3 young promises that will burn the scene in the future. Phwoargh tough question! The music industry is blowing up so much and there are so many young guns slaying it. Top plays at the moment are Prodot, Sweely, Reiss, Nick Beringer, Christian Jay to name just a few.     We’ve seen a huge rise in the Australian scene in the last couple of years. What do you think of it? Is it better compared with when you moved to Berlin? It seems to have picked up substantially over the years, yes. It’s so nice to see the line ups getting more international and share the summertime in Australia with mates from around the globe. In my opinion, the vibe and clientele can be a little different - I like maturity and manner of Europeans (especially the no photo policy in Berlin clubs - get off your phone and dance - winner!)     You’ve played an ambient set for a fashion show? How was that experience? Do you enjoy playing other stuff? Which genres do you like apart from the 4/4 house & techno stuff? I absolutely love private gigs for clothing brands, fashion launches, lounge bars etc. I can definitely play a full 8 hours of hip hop/funk/broken beats with a lot of pleasure. I miss the Big Chill Bar Sundays in Brick Lane!     Words by Francesco Quieti

"Noctuary X yoyaku with Varhat b2b Janeret

    Dubai-based outfit Noctuary sit at the vanguard of their regional scene, pushing high-calibre minimal sounds in the Middle East. After a brief hiatus, Noctuary are returning on Thursday the 25th of July for their Season 2 launch with an event of serious magnitude: a Yoyaku showcase with Varhat b2b Janeret on headline duties and Noctuary’s own Hameed supporting.   The event will take place amidst the divine ambience of Level 5, the home of Noctuary’s previous chapters that have played host to the likes of Ion Ludwig, Thomas Melchoir, Traumer, Barac and more.    Artwork by: Nour Milhem   Given the calibre of talent Noctuary has previously welcomed, it was only a matter of time before a Yoyaku showcase took place. Yoyaku is one of the scene’s most respected 360 degree contingents, pioneering forward-thinking sounds through their label, agency and record distribution.  The name Yoyaku now stands synonymous with gold-standard minimal around the world and discerning ears can quickly identify the distinguishable ‘Yoyaku sound’.  Yoyaku veterans, Varhat and Janaret, have established themselves as two of the scene’s most consistent artists, in both the studio and the booth. Both artists have catalogues of admirable proportions in terms of both quality and quantity, with their distinctive and diverse sound, both driving and delicate, found across the many Yoykau Joule imprint, YYY series, Hostom, AKU, Tartouffe and YoY.  Both individually and back-to-back, Varhat and Janaret are deservingly in high demand, revered for their ability to seamlessly weave together considered selections and tell a story through their sets.  Playing together, the two have an inimitable connection and a knack for choosing records that speak to each other with synergy.     Noctuary look forward to showcasing their talent in a night that will truly give meaning to the saying “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Support for the evening lies in the capable hands of Ahmed Hameed. A rising star in the scene, Hameed will be returning to Noctuary where he has previously supported SIT and Traumer. Aside from his experience in his home region, Hameed has also performed in the UK alongside Apollonia, Wareika, Ion Ludwig and Barac at the unleash open air. Sure to be a night of intricate soundscapes and classy grooves, Noctuary Vol. VIII is not one to miss. With just under two weeks to go, it’s time to lock those plans and get excited. The event will commence at 10pm with tickets available cash only on the door for AED 100.   Facebook Event Click attending on Resident Advisor    Words by Lily Dalton       

Jamahr: between melodies, friendship and their new label

After huge releases and outstanding supports from the likes of Enzo Siragusa, Archie Hamilton, Chris Stussy and Janeret, it's practically impossible not to know the Italian duo of Jamahr. Having EPs on Yaya's "Tamango Records", Rich NxT's "What NxT", Mulen Records, and Politic Of Dancing to name a few, Mario and Jacopo have made a name from themselves during the last years, always providing energetic melodic dancefloor cuts. We sat down with them after their big performance at the last Tamango Records showcase alongside Yaya and Alex Ground @ After Caposile (Italy).   Make you sure to follow Jamahr on Facebook, Instagram, and Soundcloud.     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_cd935e95_1901931702&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/jamahr-x-meoko-july-podcast', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_cd935e95_1901931702', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_cd935e95_1901931702' }); });   Let’s start the interview with a proper Italian question: pizza or pasta? M: Pasta J: Pasta   As every duo, I’m sure that you guys are more DJ-side or producer-side… tell us more about this.  M: Jacopo is so powerful in the studio, he is way more careful on the little details than me. He’s also very skilled speaking of technical stuff (even if sometimes he makes me go mad because he thinks too much). I think that when we are behind the decks I’m 100% focused on the track selection and I always try to find the right track for the moment                                                        J: I think that I’m better in the studio, I can really focus on the production side even if I’m alone, I don’t know what Jacopo said but I’m a true maniac.      Remaining on the producer-side who works better on the groove and who on the melodic parts? M: I'm responsible for many of Jamahr's melodies... I really like to make huge trips in my mind, finding the right melody, sometimes I get it, sometimes I don’t. J: We both have a lot of ideas when we catch up in the studio, but Mario is the melodic wizard for sure!   What’s the key-element on your productions? M: Definitely the melodic part, which is our main goal in the last couple of years. J: Some melodic stuff for sure. We really enjoy something “extra” above the standard 4/4 groove.     What would have happened if you have not had met 9 years ago? M: I don’t have a crystal ball, so it’s hard to say. It’s good that has been gone that way! J: Who knows… better not think about it.     When you guys met each other did you get along since the first time? M: Yes, we met in a club (as often happens to the deejays). It’s a very spontaneous friendship. J: Yes! We know each other for a long time but we’ve always got along on almost everything!   Who did decide the name of your alias? M: We had the same idea almost at the same time! J: It was very easy to pick this alias. Still, nowadays, people ask us what “Jamahr” means… well, it’s simply the fusion of our names: Jacopo + Mario = Jamahr!   How do you see each other in 10 years?        M: I will definitely have white hair! J: In the studio!     Who is the sexiest? M: If you see us in the dark we are both pretty good!  J: Mario… no doubts about it!   Sunset or sunrise? M: Sunrise J: Sunrise     Best warm-up track? M: Andy Kolwes – Sometimes J: Ricardo Villalobos – Widodo   Best closing track? M: Rodney Bakerr & Kenny K Collins – Beat My House J: Beanfield feat. Bajka - Tides (Ripperton Mix)   Which is the record you love the most? M: Petter – Petter Some Polyphony. It’s the first one I’ve ever bought back in the days. J: The Doors’ album “Strange Days”     Do you guys have any secret wish? M: Cadenza! J: Cadenza (I’m pretty sure that Mario said the same)   What's the most inspiring DJ-duo? M: Livio & Roby with no doubts. They have quite a long career and they’ve always shown style and elegance in every production, always looking at new influences but without losing their trademark imprint. J: Livio & Roby. They’re such amazing producers and a big source of inspiration for us.     Which is the best track on the podcast? M: DJ Buck – Highlights J: Jamahr – Kamigawa (out soon...)   We’re getting close to the end of this interview… any advice to the newcomers of this world? M: We still have a long road ahead of us before giving any tip. First of all, I would say “humility” but this doesn’t mean to lower your heads. And then I would say to listen to a lot of music of any kind… there is a lot of good music that we even don’t know about. J: We still have to improve a lot both as DJs and producer but I would say to listen to a lot of music is the best thing, and of course always believe in yourself!   What are your next steps? J    M & J: We have three upcoming various artists: one for the 5 years birthday of French label by Politics of Dancing, one for Muzi Cartel (which is currently releasing a lot of quality music) and another one for (we can’t say atm). We’re very hyped for this also because we will “share” these compilations with a lot of friends. And lastly, we will announce very soon the born of our own label! It’s going to be called “CAPTEA” and we would like to thank Memoria Distribution for this great opportunity. Stay tuned for more info.          Words by Francesco Quieti        

- Escape the demands of modern life and immerse yourself into the idyllic world of a secluded island paradise - Three Smoked Olives Festival

  Our 3 Smoked Olives countdown has been underway for a while, as we eagerly await one of the most unique music experiences of the summer. With just under 3 weeks to go, the excitement is truly burning and our time on the island could not come sooner.     Taking place from July 24th– July 30th, 3 Smoked Olives invites attendees to escape the demands of modern life and immerse themselves in the idyllic world of a secluded island paradise. Now in its seventh edition, 3 Smoked Olives pairs an inimitable location with a faultless soundtrack and a welcome focus on sustainability and self expression. Names like Sammy Dee, Herodot, Lamache, Suciu and Francesco Del Garda to name only a few are sure to secure the event’s high calibre status, while more underrated artists like Vlad Dinu and Amir Javasoul (both of whom we have had the pleasure of hosting in our MEOKO podcast series) elevate the lineup’s expert curation.  THE LINE UP AlexandraAli NasserAmir JavasoulAndrei CiubucArapuBălașa PercussionCallyCapCesar MerveilleCharlieClovisCosmjnDenis KorablevDJ VasileEmiFabeFrancesco del GardaGeorge LGescuGiorgio MauliniGiuliano LomonteHerodotJames Mc HaleKostaKozoLamacheLeo PolLowrisMatt FoleyMihai PolNicolas LutzNoizar & BorysPrichindelSammy DeeSedeeSeppSubleeSuciuThe Rabbit KingVincent LemieuxVlad Dinu Following the inaugural edition of our 3-part mix series giving you a taste of the sounds to expect on the island, we are delighted to deliver the second installment. We welcome James McHale and Giorgio Maulini, who have dug deep into their respective collections to deliver an electric b2b set. The two swiss artists have a reputation for their groove-fueled sets rich with energy and spontaneity, and the hour-and-a-half journey they have delivered to us is no exception. Full of infectious rhythms, robotic basslines, with a healthy dose of swing, McHale and Maulini provide a nimble journey through a selection of electro tinged club cuts. Guaranteed to have you dreaming of the dancefloor, this is the perfect mix to fuel the fire that is the 3SO anticipation! A listen guaranteed to lift spirits and evoke excitement, we cannot wait to see what James McHale and Giorgio Maulini bring to the Island. Dive in head-first to this one and keep your ears close to the ground for our next 3 Smoked Olives podcast. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_b40807b6_1708207896&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/james-mc-hale-giorgio-maulini-meoko-x-3-smoked-olives-island-festival-exclusive/s-Sl23s', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_b40807b6_1708207896', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_b40807b6_1708207896' }); });     Islanders, The countdown has truly begun.

28th of July, Elétrico Festival returns to Porto’s Parque da Pasteleira

From the 26th to the 28th of July, Elétrico Festival returns to Porto’s Parque da Pasteleira. The boutique festival launched last year, born from the charismatic energy and culture of the Porto city. Taking its name “Elétrico” from the Portuguese word for “Tram”, the festival aims to be a “vehicle of emotions”, offering connection, immersion and liberation through a dynamic artistic and cultural experience. MEOKO is delighted to be partnering with Elétrico in 2019, celebrating one more year of positive energy through music and the outdoors.  The festival prides itself on its values of cultural sustainability and diversity, which permeate all dimensions of Elétrico. The festival aims to bring the unique Porto character to the world in an inclusive atmosphere, where the musical offering is complemented by artistic exhibitions and a focus on nature and wellness. This years’ musical programming fills the big shoes left by last year’s instalment, with a richly curated selection of local and international talent from house to jazz, minimal to funk, and techno to disco. Elétrico's tasteful line-up caters to heads from all corners of the musical landscape. Artists include (in alphabetical order): Apollonia, D'julz, Diana Oliveira, Helena Guedes, Inner City (live), Janus Rasmussen live (Kiasmos), João Dinis, João Tenreiro, Leo Cruz, Levon Vincent, Matthew Herbert, Maria Gambina - Fashion Designer, Marcel Dettman, Magazino, Maayan Nidam (live), Moodymann, Petre Inspirescu, Rui Vargas, Theo Parrish, Tiago Carvalho and Vasco Valente. What stands out most about Elétrico’s programming is the selection of highly influential artists that have been at the forefront of their respective genres: names like Dettman, Parish and Inspirescu are undoubtedly synonymous with stalwart status. For those looking for a July weekender away from the hype of commercialism, Elétrico is an excellent choice. If last year’s edition was anything to go by, the festival will enrich and energise while offering you the opportunity for immersion in the beautiful city of Porto. 3 day tickets are currently available for 45,00€ via the Elétrico website.   Tickets for Elétrico Elétrico on Facebook Elétrico Facebook Event Page

The Rise of Orli: a quick look at his first long-awaited EP

It’s been a while since the SW23 anthem of Rhadoo first, and many others then, called “Ynmwnbnct” has been exploding on popularity, making people go nuts all around the world. If you’re familiar with the scene, we’re pretty sure that you know something about this mysterious track… Well, it’s finally unveiled as the first release of Rome based newborn label Lori founded by Orli himself. Today we have a special little interview for you: one question that starts with each letter of the main track to learn more about who's behind this fantastic tune. Check out the EP on deejay.de: https://www.deejay.de/Orli_LORI001_EP_LORI001_Vinyl__932931 Or have a listen on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtysAWrzsfA     1. You literally keep many people in suspense for almost 2 years with this track. Tell us the whole story behind the track. Yes, the track was made some time ago. When I was working on it in the studio, I really felt something, I was super happy with the final result, from the vocal to each small detail, but honestly, I wouldn’t have expected all this hype. I mean, I do lots of tracks, I constantly work in the studio, and before SW23, when I was preparing the pack of music to send out, I would have never expected that 'Ynmwnbnct' would have been the one that was about to be played  2. Name the biggest inspiration you have for this EP. I have many inspirations, I like to listen to any kind of music and I like to be very open-minded. I don’t like to have any limitation, not only in music but in any kind of things regarding life as well. I think that an artist should never be limited if the aim is to create something new and unique. You should be open with the world, think in different ways and never be closed with prejudices. The musical inspiration behind the Lori001, and regarding my general approach on music comes from everything that I’ve experienced so far and that surrounds me: parties and festivals around Europe, life experiences, DJs and DJ sets, friends and so on. One of my biggest influences comes from my friends from the Jooice crew. There, every DJ has a specific and refined style which allowed me to listen and discover new sounds and music that mostly comes from the old ’90s and early ’00s. So, right now I’m digging a lot and this helps me to mix new and old sounds, creating something different and near to my own style. And last but not least, probably my biggest influence (talking about the actual scene) was and still is Rhadoo, especially in this last period.       3. Many people were shocked about this record as soon as the first rumours came out. Did you expect such a huge interest from the internet community? As I said, I didn’t expect such a huge reaction at all. Every day, I receive a lot of messages and congratulations from people that I don’t know which is just great. I always try to answer and thank everyone. It really means a lot to me. I do music for people to make them feel happy, to forget about their problems and to make them feel what I feel when I make my music. There is no better drug than music.     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_cc527db7_1028956413&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/continuumevents-ro/continuum-podcast-001-orli', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_cc527db7_1028956413', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_cc527db7_1028956413' }); });     4. Where the name come from and what the vocals say? I've done many versions ‘YNMWNBNCT’ which is the acronym of the words that form the vocal. Every day people ask me what does it say and I’m happy to explain it here:  the vocal says ’You and me will never be nothing compare them’ and it has nothing to do with the famous pop track ‘’Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch’’ as some people think.   5. No one other than Rhadoo premiered your track… was that the best moment in your musical career so far? Yeah, I owe him a lot. When he played it for the first time, I was there listening to his magnetic set at SW23. When he turned up the fader with my track I was really surprised and shocked, what a nice moment! He first put out the track for like 1 minute only and then he turned it off, but after a couple of hours, he played it again and this time for its whole length! That’s some sweet memories!     6. Because of the enormous success of the EP, you’ll get a lot of attention. Did some labels contact you for future projects?   I’ve received a lot of interest from lots of nice labels, some were the ones I would have loved to release on since my first contact with the underground scene - I will not name them but It has been difficult to say no sometimes. So I took a hard decision deciding to create my own label from zero. I felt very attached to ‘YNMWNBNCT’, it’s very personal stuff, and I’ve wanted to put it in my own music universe called ‘LORI’. Finally the record it’s currently on presale in many stores. So now it’s time to focus on future projects.   7. Name some artists you are really looking for in the future. Honestly, I can't tell you the names of some artists that I’m looking in for the future. There are lots of good young artists that are making super good music and there are lots of old artists that are keeping up their works beautifully.     8. Can you please tell us more about the other 3 originals?   Yes, sure. Everyone is focusing on the main track, but In this EP there are also some other good tracks and a storyline, an underlying theme that is fully expressed throughout the whole EP. LORI001 is the end and the beginning of a phase of my life - I will not say more on this, I like to keep always a sort of mystery on my works - but I can say that there is a sense and a reason behind everything i did here. About the specific tracks, ‘’Strat’’ is probably my favorite, It sounds so clear and well balanced and when the vocals appear it’s always a nice moment. It Is one of those tracks that I always like to put in my sets and that always gives the right importance to that moment of the story I’m trying to tell. Then we have ‘’Can you remember’’, the track that Pedro played in the closing part of his set this year at SW25. My aim with it was to create a good closing track for the sets, really minimal, with not too many elements and with some vocals that speaks directly to you, straight to your mind for the whole duration of the track. Last but not least, we can find ‘’Majesty’’. Here I’ve wanted to express something different, and this one could fit for an ambient set as well. I do a lot of this kind of music and the feeling the track has, was exactly what I was looking for to complete the EP.   9. Time is key in this world, and it seems that you are a very patient person. Tell us your upcoming projects (if you can of course).   Yes, I have many projects going on, I’m working with some friends in the studio as well. LORI002 is one of my future project for sure, but you will have to wait a bit to know more about it. I have also lots of other things in mind as well, that I think you would love to hear but I prefer to reveal more details at the right time. Let’s give space to my first release now, i think it has deserved it, don’t you think?    Words by Francesco Quieti

What are you Promoting here Lee Foss? This ain't House Music...

  It is very rarely, even fair to say ever that MEOKO blogs about these EDM popstars however people are furious over Lee Foss's tactics which saw him having his gig cancelled July 4th rooftop BBQ at Monkey Loft by the promoters which promote live streams of electronic music in California. This came off the  backlash of a flyer which can only be described as vile-  the flyer indicate a woman performing oral sex with her head coverd up - tasteless to say the least, this is not what the music industry stands for, this is NOT the msg we want to put out.  Infact Lee Foss, what exactly are you promoting here? It certainly doesnt belong in the electronic music industry.  He will not play our event quoted the promoter in a earlier FB post,  I will lose thousands of dollars which I've already paid, but I cannot work with a guy who objectifies women much less as a form of self-promo. Disgusting"  "Such gross behaviour. If this was sport, he and his management would be suspended without pay and have to go through counselling / rehabilitation before he could return, meaning there was a chance they could learn from the experience rather than being named and shamed, without any constructive resolution. Imagine if we had some sort of structure of accountability within our industry." Clare Dickins (PR Professional) "This is everything that is wrong with the world and our industry" Unamed industry professional 

UNISON WAX CREATOR DIEGO KRAUSE INTERVIEW & Mix

Berlin’s Diego Krause has firmly established himself as one of the finest purveyors of groove-laden, soul-infused and refined house music in the German capital. His productions are a regular in many infamous DJ’s record boxes with an impressive back catalogue of material on the likes of Berg Audio, his own Beste Modus and Unison Wax imprints (run alongside Cinthie and the rest of the Beste Modus crew) and most notably of late, a double LP on the revered Rawax imprint. Up next is a return to his Unison Wax label with a new EP entitled ‘Bring The Noise’ which has already piqued the interest of the likes of Varhat, Enzo Siragusa, Andrey Pushkarev and Yaya to name a few. Here though we see Diego offering up a slice of what you could hear from him in a club environment with a 60 minute journey through swinging rhythms, murky bass lines and ethereal house sounds.    Diego Frause MEOKO Exclusive - Listen Here    You’ve got some really exciting stuff hitting the shelves over the coming months, a double 12’’ LP format on Rawax and another release on your own Unison Wax, how did the album format come into play with Rawax, did they just have too many tracks they liked and wanted to release a bigger project from you or was it planned to do something like this? Actually we were planning on doing a follow-up for the „Pale Blue“ EP I released on the label last year. So I put together 6 Tracks for Robert to choose from but he liked them all and suggested we do a Double-EP or LP. I liked the idea so we just went with it. The tracks were produced within 2 weeks or so and I was trying out a more playful and experimental workflow, hence the title of the LP.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_a0bffb0d_883976581&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/dbh-music/rawax-s00-diego-krause-pale-blue', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_a0bffb0d_883976581', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_a0bffb0d_883976581' }); });     Unison Wax now marks its seventh release this June, the label has acted as platform for your own material predominantly, any plans to expand the roster or will it always remain your own?  I think it will stay like this. I am planning on doing a collaborative EP though, but not sure if it will be the 08 or 09.       You’re a founding member of the Beste Modus collective and also Elevate.Berlin, for those people who may be unfamiliar with this could you tell us a little about what Beste Modus represents and what you’ve all been doing over the past five or so years, as well as the recent launch of the Elevate label collective, record shops and events? Well, Beste Modus was founded in 2012 when Stevo, Ed and I met Cinthie when she was playing in Berlin. We hit it off immediately and started doing parties all over the city. The concept was a vinyl label that brings soulful and groovy house music for the dance floor and we only released our own tracks. During the past 6 years or so our friend group grew and some of us started their own labels. Stevo and Porter started Certain Circles, Nick Beringer launched Rubisco, I started Unison Wax, just to name a few. To bring it all together and support each other we established Elevate. At first it was only supposed to be a label collective and online shop. But unexpectedly we had the opportunity to get a nice space in central Berlin, that we now use as our shop, stock and office.       You’re a Berlin native, I presume this clubbing Mecca has played a huge part in influencing your sound and style of DJing, could you talk us through some of the influential moments of your formative years growing up in Berlin though. Were there some particular events, promoters or DJ’s from the early years of the developing Berlin scene that played a huge part in your desire to become a DJ and producer yourself? I started going to clubs fairly late. I come from a HipHop background and didn’t discover the Berlin night life until around 2010. But formative events to me were the Submarine night at Watergate, which was run by Ron Wilson, a good friend of ours. He invited a lot of great US and UK garage house artist to the city and introduced us to the genre. Also very influential were some extended sets by our friends ItaloJohnson at Panorama Bar or when they played solo at the Homopatik parties at ://about blank. There were however so many other moments that in the end played a big role in forming my musical understanding and approach.     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_ebd326b6_1442391860&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/suprematic/diego-krause-bring-the-noise-original-mix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ebd326b6_1442391860', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ebd326b6_1442391860' }); });     Your music seems to resonate quite broadly in terms of the DJ’s supporting it, ranging from more micro house leaning sounds through to more robust deep house and sometimes darker techno aesthetics. What would you cite as some of your main influences when going into the studio, does it come from spending time on dance floor’s and wanting to recreate those special moments or do you take influence from the every day and things that happen to you outside of the club? I’m always trying to create a certain vibe that I’ve either experienced in the club or in my day to day life.For me music is about longing so I’m always attempting to build some depth and soul into my tracks. There needs to be a certain narrative to them. Sometimes I’m trying to do a party track just for the sake of it, but it seldom works.   What does your studio set up consist of, are you a gear collector or working mainly in the box and using digital software? I was working all in the box until very recently. I never was a VST nut though. I always worked with sampling. Mostly old Sample-CDs that still had some character to them. The only Plugins I use regularly are Reaktor and Omnisphere. And of course a bunch of FX. Now I bought a Analog Rytm and it really changed a lot. I love the intuitive work flow and sound of that machine. I’m definitely gonna invest more in gear now.   When it comes to DJing what excites you the most, do you prefer to play a really nice warm up set and deeper sounds or keep things moving in the peak hours? Would you rather play a festival to thousands of people or a dark room and intimate vibe to a hundred? I’m getting more and more into warm-up sets. It’s definitely something I had to learn to be good at. Setting the tone for a night is extremely important and a big responsibility. But there’s nothing like playing an extended early morning set at an intimate club and taking people on a trippy ride.     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_c2ece0a2_334893570&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/organic-music/c1-immersion', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_c2ece0a2_334893570', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_c2ece0a2_334893570' }); });     Could you tell us of something in your life you find inspiring right now outside of music, maybe a place you like to visit and relax, a book you’re reading to escape, a person you enjoy spending time with to feed your creativity or a movie that’s piqued your interest? Something outside of what you’re known for essentially? I’m currently spending a lot of time in Paris, where my girlfriend lives. The city is very inspiring to me, especially the architecture. I love strolling around the streets with my camera. I find it very interesting how visual stimulation can feed into my music productions. That’s why at some point in my life I would love to work on movie scores, for me that would be the ultimate musical challenge. Another way for me unwind is to read. I’m not into fiction, but very fascinated by the sciences. Everything from Psychology and Neuro-science to Philosophy and Cosmology. Right now I’m reading‚ Meditations‘ by the stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius.   What’s next for Diego Krause, Unison Wax, Beste Modus and anything else you have planned in terms of shows etc? There’s a lot coming. I really had a great time at our Elevate Open Air at IPSE, Berlin in the beginning of June. We invited D’julz and my good friend Fabe. We programmed a nice day and night party, outdoor and indoors with the whole crew. Also I’m very excited about a new label project I am working on. But nothing official yet.   Words by MEOKO

EZO Festival (Georgia) w/ Zip, Dygas, Gerd Janson & More

Now its fifth year, Tbilisi’s EZO festival returns for their season opening from the 14th to the 16th of June. The festival will also return later in the high summer from the 13th to the 14th of July for their season closing. The music and arts festival is organised by Mzesumzira (Sunflower) Community and is held on Mtatsminda Hill overlooking city of Tbilisi, Georgia. The festival’s musical offering features many of electronic music’s most seminal artists: a diverse range of legends who have made their mark on their respective genres. Spread across three stages, the 2019 edition of eZo will host Zip, Margaret Dygas, Derrick May, Derick Carter, Chez Damier, Ata, Tod Terry, Gerd Janson, Jeremy Underground among others. With a well-rounded approach to curation, eZo’s offerings will satisfy the tastes of traditional house purists, minimal heads, and those with a penchant for a disco boogie. In addition, eZo will play host to a showcase of the iconic Sysiphos, bringing with them a slice of Berlin through their resident DJs, stage design, and even sandy beach. The festival’s strong musical direction is complemented by a healthy focus on culture and arts, with bars, terraces, chill out spots, artisanal food and various activities on offer to provide punters with a well-rounded and immersive experience.   In the years since the festival’s inception, the ups and downs in the country’s politics and the radical changes in society have driven those in the Georgian creative scene, to break free and express themselves. The collective continuation of this movement manifests today in sincere emtoions and an energy on the dancefloor like no other. This unique vibe will be undeliably palpable during eZo festival; a celebration of the rich culture of forward-thinking inspiration that permeates the countries music scene.  Positioning itself as a gathering filled with rays of joy and waves of happiness, eZo Festival is sure to satisfy hearts and minds alike. For those looking for a unique experience in one of the world’s most inimitable underground scene’s eZo festival should certainly be at the top of the bucket list. Tickets are available to purchase from the eZo website: HERE   

Ampere Open Air Festival launches Antwerp with 50+ Artists Across 5 Highly Curated Stages

On August 25th, Ampere will celebrate their 5th year of existence with the launch of the inaugural Ampere Open Air. Located at the Middenvijver, in the outskirts of Antwerp, the festival will feature more than 50 international and local artists divided over 5 thoughtfully curated stages and will be teaming up with the infamous Boiler Room as a stage host and live-streaming partner.  The first wave of artists announced features some of the most influential acts from different corners of the electronic music landscape. Techno purists are in for a treat, with Detroit legend Jeff Mills, joining Berghain Berlin resident Len Faki, Ostgut’s crown jewel Marcel Dettmann and Recondite who will be performing live. For those who like their sounds more stripped back, Romanian stalwart’s Raresh & Praslea will perform as the revered Praslesh duo. Complementing the headliners, Ampere has curated a forward thinking line-up showcasing a range of rising and established underground talent from house, techno, ambient to future jazz. Amongst the first confirmed performers, are talents such as Ben Hayes, Synkro, and Dekmantel’s Betonkust & Palmbomen II. In addition, Donna Leake, Dan Shake, Stellar Om Source, David Vunk and rising talent Gabriella Vergilov represent a selection of musicians with creative and broad inspirations, sure to nurture the soul and ears of a receptive crowd.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1d5c7281_1566709842&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/gabriellavergilov', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1d5c7281_1566709842', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1d5c7281_1566709842' }); });   Besides a strong international selection, are some of Antwerp’s highest calibre local talents. Ampere Open Air endeavours to give many undiscovered gems a well-deserved platform to showcase their artistry and musical creativity. Accordingly, the lineup favours a strong focus on locals such as composer and live performer Hiele, the rising star Lola Haro, and the illustrious Borokov Borokov Live.  When it comes to festivals, Belgium’s offering is amongst the most dense in Europe. As such, Ampere Open Air has distinguished itself as a unique offering with a diverse line up, whilst remaining affordable for everyone. Ampere Open Air presents an accessible event with a wide spectrum of musical diversity and opportunities for local sustainable initiatives. Attendees will be given a worthwhile  experience, where music, culture and creativity collide to create something inspiring and renewing.  Ampere Open Air will take place on Sunday 25th of August at Middenvijver (Linkeroever, Antwerp). Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 12th of June at noon.  FIRST LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT JEFF MILLS - LEN FAKI - MARCEL DETTMANN - RECONDITE LIVE - RARESH & PRASLEA PRESENT PRASLESH - AWANTO 3 - BEN HAYES - BOROKOV BOROKOV LIVE - DAN SHAKE - DAVID VUNK - DJ ASSAULT - ELENA COLOMBI - DONNA LEAKE - GABRIELLA VERGILOV - HIELE LIVE - BETONKUST & PALMBOMEN II LIVE - PABLO VALENTINO - RENAAT VANDEPAPELIERE - ROD - SAN PROPER - SYNKRO LIVE - SKY H1 LIVE - STELLAR OM SOURCE - SKY H1 LIVE - HAISSEM - ARKLINE - ARNO LEMONS - DJ BOATS - FBQ - JUICY ‘THE DJ’ - LIL LAWAW - LOLA HARO - PIRRÈS MORE Ampere 

Argenis Brito - when a (short) break it's the best choice (+ 100% own productions mix)

  Booooomin’ vibes from the legend that is Argenis Brito. Ahead of his interview, the man himself serves one filthy-hour of dope music which includes 100%  all of his own productions only. This mix features classy distorted beats, marvellous synths and tight grooves, all combined by Argenis’ unmistakable fine and gentle touch, even when it comes to raw basslines, broken percussions and deep & dusty pads, this man knows how to make it sounds like heaven… enjoy! allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_19aa1070_1740315428&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/argenis-brito-meoko-podcast', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_19aa1070_1740315428', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_19aa1070_1740315428' }); });   You’ve just returned from a wicked night at the “Accusi” party in Lausanne where you’ve shown your ability with your impressive live act. When did you start working on a live set and why? Yes, I have a long time residency in Lausanne, first at La Ruche, and now at Folklor, which is an amazing club with a great crowd and massive sound system, I’ve really enjoyed that night. Talking about how I play, I’ve always played live since the beginning of my career back in 2000. For some reasons I’ve never switched to the standard DJ-set and that‘s not because I didn’t want to, but just because I‘ve always felt more comfortable playing live and performing with my own music. I think that this is related with the fact that I‘ve started as a musician: in fact, my first (electronic music) projects were basically live sets, so I got used to playing this way and never developed as a DJ.      In the last couple of years, you’ve released only a few tracks. Did it depend on the (saturated) market or you have not been 100 % satisfied with your productions lately? You came up with a mix for us full of unreleased gems so maybe something’s going to happen soon… Yeah, that’s right. My output during these last couple of years hasn’t been very abundant, mainly because of the market saturation that makes very difficult (at least in my case) to find a proper platform to get to the right audience. At some point, I realised that putting out a lot of music didn’t make much sense because most of it was getting lost in the immense amount of tracks that are released every day. So I decided to take the „quality over quantity“ approach and I’ve started to release only what I’m most proud of. I’ve got lots of unreleased tracks as a solo artist but also collaborations with good friends of mine, including the ones I did with my dear Felipe Valenzuela under our new project called „FÆR“. Hopefully, all of this stuff will see the light very soon. During those years I’ve been looking for a different sound as well, a different approach to the way I write and produce music, and that takes a lot of time and dedication because it’s hard to leave what you are comfortable with. It tends to happen, at least to me, that I get tired of the way I do things and I need to look for a different workflow to obtain new and fresh results. During your prolific career, you’ve collaborated with some of the most gigantic artists in the worldwide electronic panorama: from Ricardo Villalobos to Luciano, from Tiefschwarz to Pier Bucci. What is it like working with such brilliant people? Do they have a different workflow strategy compared to other artists? I‘ve always enjoyed collaborating with other artists more than working alone. I think it’s because, as I said before, I come from being in bands and I guess that this stayed with me over the years. Working with a different person makes the production side even more interesting, everyone has a different approach, a unique way of seeing and arranging the music, and that’s why it’s so important to me. Collaborating with other artists widens my horizons and refreshes my approach on both writing and producing music. Besides, I think it makes the final product much stronger, more powerful, like the saying: "two heads think more than one". You’ve collaborated many times with Ricardo Villalobos using both your original names and the “POX & POL” alias. Where does name come from and why did you start a brand new project? I and Ricardo are good friends for over 20 years and we‘ve been making music together for a long time. „POX & POL“ is our last project and we actually started this new moniker as an inside joke that is funny only in Spanish. :) Talking about our output, we‘ve wanted to use a different alias to make things more fun, curious and unexpected.   You’ve started producing music way back in 2006 during the rise of the big minimal-wave. What do you think about the evolution that both yours (if you feel an evolution for yourself) and the “other DJs” sound has changed so far? Since I’ve started making music, the sound has mutated a lot as also the tendencies and the tastes of the generations. I generally look to create a more personal sound, a personal style that can be recognised, that inspire me and it’s the reflection of what I have in mind at the moment. When I’m in the studio I make that specific track and for me, that’s the real goal. I do not follow trends doing what everyone is doing, I think that’s a mistake that many producers make. Lots of producers try to imitate a sound that they think is more accepted and this makes the whole scene less interesting and diverse, and again, that’s my point of view, I don’t like to tell people what to do or what to feel. We are currently living into more “minimal” years, with the Romanian scene being very influential at the moment. What do you think of it? Do you think it will get bigger and bigger, competing with the other “tech-house” more mainstream stages? I have a lot of respect for these guys, we have known each other for a very long time with the guys of RPR. They‘ve created their own sound and put Romania in the global map of electronic music, every year they grow a bit more but, even though they are getting a lot of attention, they stay true to their sound and ideas without compromising it just to cut more tickets, and that for me deserves respect and admiration, they are serious artists with long and prolific careers. So no, I don’t think they are going to turn into another massive circus. What are the main elements that you find you always make sure to have on a track? For me, it’s all about the idea. I think that a track must have strong elements and a clear idea behind. Music can be full of effects and small details but I find that having a theme and a coherent arrangement it’s the most important thing. Talking about DJ-side, you are currently playing a lot all around the world. Which is your favourite place to play so far and why. This is a hard question for me, I have a few favourite spots to play, Club Der Visionäre in Berlin, Bar Americas in Guadalajara, Papaya Club in Tulum, Quba Club in Mar del Plata, Piknic Electronic in Santiago de Chile, Sunwaves, and the list goes on and on. What I enjoy the most is an open-minded crowd enjoying the music and having a good time, and I have been very lucky to find that in many places. The parties, the clubs and the crowds are very different from place to place and that makes impossible for me to have only one favourite place in the world to play.     We know you have a good relationship with fellow-Argentinian Felipe Valenzuela and Dani Casarano… do you think you 3 guys had an important role in the Argentinian scene?  Ok, just to clarify, I’m not from Argentina, I was born in Venezuela and have been living in Berlin for 17 years. Felipe is Chilean and Dani is Swiss he but lived 15 years in Chile. For some reason, people think I’m from Argentina or from Chile but that‘s not the case, I lived in Chile for 5 years and that can be the confusion. I share the studio with Dani and Felipe and we have been producing a lot of new music in the last couple of years. They have played an important role in the Chilean electronic music scene creating prestigious labels like Melisma and Cure Music, as well as regularly touring the globe. At the beginning of the boom of electronic music, Chile played a key role in the development and evolution of the movement in South America. Electronic music had an early impact in Chile in the ’90s and since then has been growing exponentially, but this phenomenon also took place in other countries like Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay. If I have to tell some of my favourite Argentinian producers I have to say, Ernesto Ferreyra, Franco Cinelli, Jorge Savoretti, Guti, Alexis Cabrera, Cape, Fosky, Barem, Fede Molinari, Manu Desrets. Recently a compilation was released that features 50+ tracks from Argentinian tracks only called Musica Lunar. It’s a pretty unusual thing because it put together well-known (Barem, Alexis Cabrera, Federico Molinari) and upcoming artist (Nektar Agu, Bernat). What do you think of the Argentinian scene and of a venture like this? I don’t think is that unusual to put together in one record well-known artists with newcomers, I have seen it happen a few times and I find it’s refreshing to have different names and sonorities on a VA. I really like what is happening with the Argentinian scene, there’s a good bunch of excellent producers and DJ’s making amazing quality music. Luckily the global scene is starting again to open up towards different sounds and approaches which are so necessary for a healthy and ever-changing scene, and that compilation is the living proof of it. What’s the record that you have produced that you love the most? And why? I have a special place in my heart for my first double vinyl in Cadenza called “Micro Mundo”. It was one of my very first records to come out, and I‘ve dedicated plenty of time to produce it and it was made in a very special period of my life. And which is the one that you think is the best one? Honestly, I don’t think that I have made my best record yet. Let’s see what happens in the future… Do you have other interests apart from music? Music takes the most of my time, but besides that, I have a few things I do when I have time off. I like photography, writing (sometimes), I appreciate street art, I like to cook, ride my bike and going kayak when there’s good weather.  Any future goals for the future (labels to release, places to play)? I would love to keep working on music, making a new FÆR album, a new Los Refrescos album, a new downtempo project (still in process), and continue travelling and bringing my music to whoever wants to enjoy it and dance to it. Thank you :)   Argenis' latest EP as FÆR (with Felipe Valenzuela) it's out now on the legendary Raum...musik, get it here: FÆR - Internal Jokes Other Matters (MUSIK109) If I have to tell some of my favourite Argentinian producers I have to say Ernesto Ferreyra, Franco Cinelli, Jorge Savoretti, Guti, Alexis Cabrera, Cape, Fosky, Barem, Fede Molinari, Manu Desrets.

Syzygy x MEOKO present Petre Inspirescu 4 Hour Set @ The Cause {20th July}

After a sold out launch party in March, Syzygy returns to The Cause on the 20th of July for a 16 hour showcase of the Underground’s finest. For the occasion, MEOKO are teaming up with Syzygy to host the Cage, which will play host to an extended set from a very special guest.  We are delighted to announce that the not-so-secret secret headliner is [a:rpia:r] royalty: Petre Inspirescu.  One of Romania's most influential DJs, Petre Inspirescu brings an inimitable magic to his sets, bringing a wave of feeling to dancefloors. From the very beginning Pedro has been strongly affected by the emotive side of house music, injecting pure sensation into selections. If you know, you know - you are in for something special. Rounding out the lineup in the Cage, MEOKO welcomes close friend and respected artist Matje to bring his infectious and hypnotic take on rolling minimal grooves. Completing the musical offering is Bucharest-born, London-based Rada, who over the past year has been making his mark on London’s underground. Expect the same top calibre across the other rooms of the venue.   The Bunker will be hosted by Still Life with Melliflow powerhouse Alexandra joining the enigmatic Eastenderz stalwart Viceversa on headline duties, alongside their residents Manalou, Mabbam & Reis.   The Vibe takeover on the Terrace will see artist-of-the-moment Sepp mesmerise with his organic and subtle sound.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_291d6b6f_873832654&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/sepp_music', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_291d6b6f_873832654', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_291d6b6f_873832654' }); });   It goes without saying that Syzygy’s second outing will be nothing short of a proper party. For anyone who enjoys their sounds stripped back and celestial, this is certainly not one to miss. Prelase tickets are currently available on RA for £10.00 - don’t sleep on it. TICKETS HERE 

Set Sail with 3 Smoked Olives this Summer + Exclusive Amir Javasoul Mix

From July 24th– July 30th on a remote island located on the Danube River between Calarasi Romania and Silistra Bulgaria, the 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival will be hosted, one intimate gathering that brings music, nature and people together. As in previous editions, 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival 2019 offers a highly curated line up from the minimal house scene, bringing names to the bill like Sammy Dee, Nicolas Lutz, Amir Javasoul, Arapu, Gescu, Herodot, Mihai Pol, Alexandra, Sedee, Sublee among other artists will set the tone to this magnificent experience in a remote natural paradise. As with any festival but particularly due to its exotic location, attendees will share respect to the island by taking care of the landscape through their no straws policy, recycling reusing and disposing properly of garbage.  People from all over the world will travel to the Danube River to find a place where electronic sounds and nature welcome those who open themselves to an adventure, one that connects people and their environment through music. In order to attend the event visitors must follow the registration process at the 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival website www.3sof.com ,in order to purchase their tickets. Follow the instructions, which include uploading an ID card and your social media profile. After validating the information provided, islanders will be able to purchase their tickets for a price of 65 euros until June 15th, when the full line will be revealed. The festival has a cap of two thousand islanders, making this event one intimate gathering that offers a comprehensive lifestyle experience that ranges from recycling initiatives, outdoor activities (cinema, yumeiho massage, ostho massage, stand-up paddle, kayak-canoe, volleyball, boat rides), quality people, great food and a billion star hotel as a unique setting. For more information about the logistics, line up and activities of the festival connect to their facebook and instagram accounts below. 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival Facebook  3so_Island_Festival Insta  3 Smoked Olives will host a brilliant international line up with talent hailing from Germany, Romania, Canada, Italy, Russia, Uruguay and Venezuela to name a few.  Among these artists, we find Sammy Dee, one of the leading figures of minimal and electronic music who has been active since the late eighties. These decades of experience have shaped his sound and music collection with plenty of unique records and his impeccable technique. Having worked with other big names in the industry like Zip and Ricardo Villalobos, Sammy Dee is one of those few artists that has a trajectory that extends for decades full of knowledge and love for electronic music. His work with the iconic and forward thinking label Perlon, his joint live set project with Bruno Pronsato, Half Hawaii, presentations at international stages like Epizode festival in Vietnam, the legendary Superlongevity showcase at Closer Ukraine, Get Perlonized nights at Berghain/Panorama Bar, and performances at Concrete in Paris and Fabric London are just a few of the many sides and events that the german selector has under his belt. Sammy Dee is definitely a major highlight to the festival, a true djs’ dj, that will delight crowds with his vast expertise and masterful selection of trippy and spacey sounds inducing dancers in a timeless journey. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_5743e9e6_378348814&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/toitoimusik/toi-toi-mix-series-19-by-sammy-dee-at-sunwaves-festival-23-may-2018', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_5743e9e6_378348814', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_5743e9e6_378348814' }); });   Nicolas Lutz is another name that continues to marvel crowds across Europe. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay and based in Berlin Lutz is one of those djs that has grown professionally and personally along with his music through travelling and experimenting across musical genres. A regular resident at Toi.Toi.Musik. in London and at Club Der Visionaere in Berlin, Lutz is a true music collector and dj, that has developed a complex, diverse and refined mixing style.Having played at well-known venues and events in Europe, North America and Asia, Lutz will add his sophisticated and multifaceted style to the bill, making his performance at the festival a surprise that’s not to be missed.   Amir Javasoul, Canada based and Iran born will also showcase his masterful selection and technique as a dj. Constantly playing in established parties and venues in North America and Europe like Montreal’s Stereo, Washington D.C.’s Flash, New York’s Resolute and Concrete Paris, Javasoul is a dedicated audiophile worth watching. If you want a preview of what to expect, back in 2017 he did an incredible back to back set with Ricardo Villalobos at Stereo in Montreal that still feels fresh to listeners and continues to hit right in the soul. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_e2f175e1_2050439730&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/playedby/ricardo-villalobos-b2b-amir-javasoul-live-in-montreal-16062017 ', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e2f175e1_2050439730', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e2f175e1_2050439730' }); });   Arapu, Gescu, Herodot, Mihai Pol, Alexandra, Sedee and Sublee will also take on the bill as they are part of the usual suspects at the infamous Sunwaves festival among other local and international stages. Arapu is one to manage skillfully the relationship of rolling bass lines and spicy rhythms that drive feet into unceasing motion. Gescu, will showcase his selection as he uses subtle textures and beats to seduce the listener with extreme care. Herodot and his distinctive style that incorporates somewhat reminiscent percussion sounds of old school hip hop infused with minimal house and breakbeat are sure to draw people into a syncopated trance. Mihai Pol is one to create a sophisticated blend of minimal house with deep house. His productions use luscious pads, delicate melodies, profound atmospheres and textures that evoke leisure and groove with beautiful hints of vintage house and the golden days of house music. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_f5e0bb58_810645376&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/arapu-exclusive-meoko-podcast-241', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_f5e0bb58_810645376', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_f5e0bb58_810645376' }); });   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_526b6f0f_431793805&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/sedee-exclusive-meoko-podcast-218', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_526b6f0f_431793805', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_526b6f0f_431793805' }); });   Alexandra will be the cherry on top of the icing at 3SO, as she explores the trippy yet melodic aesthetic of minimal, mixing music with an enchanting gracefulness and extraordinary technique. Her sets at the incredible Sunwaves Festival, Robert Johnson in Frankfurt and De School in Amsterdam are just a few places where she has drawn smiles and feet with seamless charisma. If vinyl is your thing, then Alexandra’s performance will definitely be one worth witnessing. Sedee and Sublee will also bring their repertoire full of introspective yet powerful technoid sounds combined with darker shades of minimal. These artists are ones that deliver sounds that surely make any dancefloor at two in the morning go into a complete frenzy of adrenaline and euphoria within the darker tones of heavy, deep basslines and mysterious melodies.  Fabe, Kozo, and Giuliano Lomonte will also feature in this year’s edition of the festival, bringing their respective styles and expertise to the island. Fabe is known for his groovy percussions and quirky melodies, blending minimal house with techy elements creating a rare and yet familiar Mannheim sound. Kozo is an artist that continues to amaze crowds with his hidden gems of minimal that drive people into a dancing hypnosis.  Giuliano will bring dynamism to the dancefloor combined with a relaxed flair as his characteristic Italian minimal sound has shades of deep, trippy and groovy tech sounds. Vlad Dinu (Romania) and Giorgio Maulini (Venezuela born) respectively, are newer faces in the game that have shown great technique and amazing music selection that continues to dazzle audiences throughout Europe and abroad. These two selectors among the other names on the bill are proving that quality is more than quantity.  So be sure to give each artist a careful listen while enjoying the beautiful European summer at 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival, where musical vibrations and nature will converge in a unique and profound experience. MEOKO and 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival have teamed up to bring you an exclusive three-part dj set series from some of the artists that will perform at this amazing event. First one up is Amir Javasoul on 31/05, take a listen and keep updated for more carefully selected sounds.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_81d8dde3_519134587&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/amir-javasoul-3so-podcast-may-2019/s-JINyt', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_81d8dde3_519134587', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_81d8dde3_519134587' }); });   See you on the Island!  By: Daniel Ordoñez  For more info on 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival  http://www.3sof.com  

x8 Tracks of the Summer by Bruno Curtis (Round Up)

  When we caught up with Round UP head honcho Bruno Curtis back in February, it was clear that him and the Agency were looking at a very hot summer. Now, things are in full swing, with the Round UP - Open Air at OFFweek on the 13th of June just around the corner. For the occasion, Bruno and the Round UP crew have curated an impressive all-star lineup with just the right amount of variation. Dub maestro Andrey Pushkarev and scene veteran Thomas Melchoir will join the rising Dutch Spokenn duo (comprising the accomplished Ferro and Reiss) as headliners. Support has been left in talented hands: Round UP’s own ANBC the collaborative project between Bruno Curtis and Alex Neival), in addition to Augustin Alvarez and Dafoe. Given Round UP’s exceptional reputation when it comes to their multi-dimensional artistic direction, Cote’s visuals should certainly complete the audio-visual experience. Ahead of the OFFweek open air, and in between all his other endeavours, we found time to catch up with Bruno Curtis, who chose 8 tracks of the summer to share with you. Here they are and to listen, simply click the name of the track.  Kamran Sadeghi - Rise - Ritual Signal EP   Florian Meffert - 01 (Loopdeville remix) - We Are EP  DJ Puma - something in the face   Fumiya Tanaka - Deep Columbia - Dark Pad EP - Perlon   Hugo - Cursor - Plankton EP   Legowelt - Danger in the Air - The Paranormal Soul LP   Ricardo Villalobos - Mandela Moves - Mandela Move EP   Ezikiel - Trinidad (Ricardo Villalobos Remix) - Trinidad EP   Don't miss this show down, its going to be one for the books. Round UP - OPEN AIR at OFFweek June 2019 - Barcelona   By our lovely Lily Dalton