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_2002464299&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/gabriellavergilov', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1d5c7281_2002464299', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1d5c7281_2002464299' }); });   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_1324152717&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/argenis-brito-meoko-podcast', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_19aa1070_1324152717', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_19aa1070_1324152717' }); });   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 Vanezuela 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 Vanezuela) it's out now on the legendary Raum...musik, get it here: FÆR - Internal Jokes Other Matters (MUSIK109)

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_128667688&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/sepp_music', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_291d6b6f_128667688', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_291d6b6f_128667688' }); });   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_50966194&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_50966194', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_5743e9e6_50966194' }); });   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_1092028139&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/playedby/ricardo-villalobos-b2b-amir-javasoul-live-in-montreal-16062017 ', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e2f175e1_1092028139', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e2f175e1_1092028139' }); });   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_1622764243&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/arapu-exclusive-meoko-podcast-241', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_f5e0bb58_1622764243', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_f5e0bb58_1622764243' }); });   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_526b6f0f_325309761&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/sedee-exclusive-meoko-podcast-218', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_526b6f0f_325309761', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_526b6f0f_325309761' }); });   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_1303865319&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/amir-javasoul-3so-podcast-may-2019/s-JINyt', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_81d8dde3_1303865319', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_81d8dde3_1303865319' }); });   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

First Edition of the Albanian Festival UNUM announces Zip, Raresh, Vera, tINI, Craig Richards and many more

    The brand new festival UNUM, which will held place in the Albanian town of Shengjin from May 31st to June 2nd of this year, just added a second wave of names to its exceptional line-up. Craig Richards, Leon, Adriatique, Raresh, tINI, Vera, Ferro will all be included among the already jaw-dropping line-up, where the first headliners announced were Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Butch, Petre Inspirescu, Praslea, Sonja Moonear, DeWalta and Dyed Soundorom.     The first edition of this new event will bring underground house and techno to such as wide spectrum and level to the Albanian lands for the first time. The location chosen for the festival is by the seaside, on the stunning Mediterranean beauty that is the Albanian coastline; dense with breath taking landscapes which combine maritime pine forests and a mountain background with the coastline view. The festival will have three stages hosting 24 hours of music every day, so bring your sunglasses: sunrise and sunset parties are set to be one of the highlights of this three day stunning party. However the festival will not be focused solely on partying. You will be able to experience watersports, sun bathing, local cuisine and cultural trips and much more.       The last additions to the festival's line-up are stunning. The Fabric long-time resident and Nothing Special label boss Craig Richards with his wide range of expert selections ranging from electro to straight house and techno, as well as the rominimal institution Raresh, who will bring his infectious groove to the party. Perlon’s boss Zip is also joining the party with his eclectic selections. You will also be able to attend sent from Ibiza’s tech house master tINI, and another favorite for minimal lovers, Vera. The other names added are Adriatique, Cap, Cris Rej, Erti Lutaj, Ferro, Franco Cinelli, Hugo Bianco, Igor Vicente, Jonny N’Travis, Joseph Capriati, Leon, Manoloco, Ohmme, Mike Shannon and Traumer. Considering the whole line-up, it will be hard to get some sleep during the three days.   The festival will provide everything you need; the extensive food and drink options include grill, fresh seafood, pizza, a salad-bar and vegan/vegetarian options. Expect also treats like an icre-cream van, a vitamin bar and a wide range of wine and cocktail bar for the more thirsty. A chillout zone with various shops will provide alternative entertainment to the main music of the festival to make sure no one in the audience is ever bored; massages, body-painting and plenty of hammocks will all be found.       UNUM agreed to a collaboration with the Tourism Ministry of Albania to facilitate easy access and avoid any possible issues for its attendants. This means the best accommodation in the local area will be exclusively operated through UNUM in order to provide a secure and quality accommodation for everyone. Package price start from €239 for 3 nights accommodation, transfers, festival shuttle and 3-day festival pass with unlimited re-entry.   Tickets: https://www.ticketarena.co.uk/festivals/unum-festival   The easiest way to get to the festival will be to fly to Tirana, the Albanian capital, which is around 1 hour away. However, the location will be easily accessible from the surroundings with UNUM taking care of all the transfers to and from the festival for just 20€ (from Tirana, Podgorica, Pristina and Durres Ferry Port).     FINAL LINE UP   FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2284889931746328/

'HOME' is where the heart is - Home London at Studio 338 with Praslesh, Cap, Lizz, Charlie, Vlada, DJ Masda, Dragos Illici and more…

Home-London one of the city's leading underground music brands will host a very special event on Sunday May 26th that extends from the  early afternoon hours till the morning after at the well-known Studio 338 . This night will be one to remember as Home-London included stellar and familiar djs in the minimal house scene like  Raresh and Praslea (which will perform together as Praslesh), Cap, Lizz, Charlie , Vlada, Dj Masda, and  Dragos Ilici, alongside  emerging acts like E/tape, Timoti, and Pol valls to curate the music selection of this mystical rhythmic and melodic gathering. To top the evening, the visuals will be handled by Pareidolia a visual jockey that has been in constant motion and action alongside the Romanian selectors with a chic-glitch minimal aesthetic of mesmerizing and experimental imagery.  Expect nothing but excellent music all around and experience a Sunday to remember on any of the three rooms of Studio 338. It’s no surprise Raresh and Praslea will headline this special evening , the duo has proven that their musical affinity and friendship creates a special synergy when playing as Praslesh, having performed together mind bending and jaw dropping sets all over the world including cities like New York, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris among others to their list. Every time they go on stage whether individually or collectively as their joined project these Romanian selectors seduce audiences and dance floors with their passion, charisma and taste for unique music in a dreamlike fashion. Be sure to blink once in a while because you might forget you are living a fleeting moment of bliss.    Cap, Lizz and Charlie are some of the newer names from the romanian minimal cast that have also proven to be names to watch in the future as both djs and producers. Cap is one to mix and combine with great versatility blending shades of electro, broken beats and techno to old school house adapting to any dance floor with keen sensitive tact .Lizz is one of those names that has been on the rise due to his ability to produce deep groovy and spacey sounds that take the listener on an ecstatic journey.. Charlie  as well, has gained much deserved notoriety recently within the underground minimal scene, having performed intricate and delightful sets at the infamous Sunwaves Festival in Romania among other local and international stages.   Vlada is a well-known leading female figure in the minimal scene as she has delighted crowds with her sophisticated selection and dazing sounds at Sunwaves Festival among other prestigious venues and places in Europe and North America. These feats have lead to successfully establishing herself alongside other renowned names of the scene. DJ Masda, Japanese born and Berlin based dj will also add his particular style of minimal selection with shades of acid, deep house and technoid sounds to the bill.. Dragos llici will also take part of this multi ethnic and well curated line up, adding his own signature groove and rolling bass lines that keep people`s feet moving in a mysterious trance.  E/tape, Timoti and Pol Valls will provide support to this massive line up with their unique vision of music respectively. These acts are sure ones to watch out in the near future as they have gained support in the local circuit and abroad lately due to quality warm up sets and skilled mixing.  In short, this will be a night for the books filled with the finest curation of music and visuals, so bring your dancing shoes and a positive attitude. Do not forget the marathon will last around the seventeen hour mark, so make sure to keep hydrated and fed and prepare for a long and exciting day of dancing and unforgettable feelings and memories. MEOKO has teamed up with the Home-London Family to offer one lucky person the chance to win a couple of tickets, to Enter, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with "Home is Where the Heart is" as the subject heading.   By  Daniel Ordoñez  

The picturesque stunning Soča Valley, Slovenia will transform into a music lovers paradise - Butik Festival

From the 12th to the 14th of July, the picturesque stunning Soča Valley, Slovenia will transform into a music lovers paradise as the inaugural edition of Butik festival takes place. An intimate gathering built on the premise on uniting like-minded people, Butik promises to offer an immersive experience in impeccable music and breathtaking scenery. Located near the town of Tolmin amidst its emerald green rivers, the festival offers a welcome chance to disconnect from the pressures of society and experience the escapism offered by nature.  It's a welcome respite from the often commercialised larger scale festivals that dominate the European summer.   Butiks finessed vision naturally extends to their music programme, which is seriously impressive. Featuring a tasteful selection of both local and international talent across a range of electronic genres,  Butik have curated a lineup sure to appeal to anyone with an ear for fine electronic music. Headlining the event are world-class names: Raresh, Guy J, Cassy, Etapp Kyle, Priku, Janaret and Nur Jaber. With local support including Alex Ranerro, Aney F, Brlee, Coeus, Christian Kroupa / Alleged Witches, Dipsas, Eliaz (Live), Evident, Ian F, Pepi Jogarde, Kosheer, Kosta, Limc, Mayell,  MOARE, Mornik, Nevena Jeremic, R.Bade, RSN, Tim Kern, Trulson, Tzena, Urban Jeram, Vassallo and Vid Vai, Butik is sure to bring some much deserved international attention to Slovenia's rich scene. With the day and night schedule spread across multiple indoor and outdoor locations, attendees will enjoy an adventurous journey through sound and culture. It’s rare to walk away from a festival feeling rejuvenated, but Butik seems to offer exactly that. With its idyllic environment, immersive ethos and top-quality music, Butik may just be the 3 day Slovenian escape you need.   ●ºfull L I N E - U P Raresh (Arpiar | Bucharest, RO)RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/rareshGuy J (Lost & Found | Tel Aviv, IL)RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/guyjCassy (Kwench | London, UK)RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/cassyEtapp Kyle (Ostgut Ton, Klockworks | Berlin, DE)RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/etappkylePriku (Motif Records, Atipic | Bucharest, RO)RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/prikuJaneret (Yoyaku | Paris, FR)RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/janeretNur Jaber (OSF | Berlin, DE)RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/nurjaber (a-z)Alex Ranerro Aney F. Brlee Coeus (RS)Christian Kroupa / Alleged WitchesDipsasEliaz (Live) Evident Ian F.Pepi Jogarde (HR)KosheerKostaLimcMayell MOARE MornikNevena Jeremic (RS)R.Bade RSN Tim KernTrulsonTzena Urban Jeram Vassallo (GB)Vid Vai ●ºT I C K E T S • super early bird: 27€ (SOLD OUT ⛔️)• early bird: 34€ (SOLD OUT ⛔️)• pre-sale price: 39€ (until 20th of June or sold out)*camping is included in the ticket price*1-day tickets will go on sale later●º  

IN CONVERSATION WITH HERCK.ro + MIX

If you ask anyone well versed with the scene to name its most promising rising stars, there’s a sure-fire chance they’ll mention Herck. Hailing from Arad, the young Romanian has garnered a stellar reputation for his intricate productions that rich in texture, solidifying his place at the forefront of an emerging generation of talented artists. Since his 2017 LP, Sonetul Noptilor Fecunde, on Curtea Veche, Herck has exhibited a somewhat unstoppable momentum, releasing music on labels including Roche Madame, Muted Noise, Complatt and Otomoji, showcasing his distinctive brand of psychedelic infused minimal groove. As a DJ, Herck’s trajectory is equally as promising, with an increasingly busy touring schedule across Romania and Europe. We are incredibly excited to welcome Herck to our mix series with a live recording of his set on the 12th of January earlier this year at the Puls Romania clubnight at D’arc, Timisoara. An incredibly agile mix with enviable selections, Herck showcases his dexterity with the mind-bending soundscapes he has come to make his own. Strap in for a trippy, 2 hour journey through the collection of an artist on the rise. A teasing taste of what to expect when Herck makes his Farringdon debut back to back Haydn at the Steppin' Motion fabric showcase on the 19th of May. Exclusive Mix - HERCK / MEOKO 286 - CLICK  ____________________ Thank you so much for taking the time to be featured in our podcast series. Could you tell us a little about the mix you’ve put together? Where was it recorded?Hello, and thank you for having me here ! Well, this set it’s what defines me as an artist and producer. It was recorded in Timisoara @ D’arc - Puls Romania.   How long have you been making music? I read that you began experimenting with electronic music at 15 – how did you get into it so early?I started experimenting with electronic music around 2004. I already had some friends who listened to this kind of music back then, but I didn’t pay so much attention to it that much until I dug into it more and more. Around 2009 I realised that, I really have to do this, this is for me. Also my friends told me and supporting me…”you have to do this, you have what you need, music knowledge, and especially EARS for this”. Then I started producing and one year later I released my first EP.    What’s the music scene like in your hometown Arad?Well, Arad it’s not a big city, but the scene is growing from year to year and when new people discover this kind of music. Surprisingly they really enjoy it and that’s a good thing.  You have such a distinct texturized sound, did it take you a while to figure out your musical identity or is this something that came naturally?Thank you, I appreciate it. Well…as a producer, you have to find your music identity at some point, but until you reach your goal as in sound and style you want to adapt, you need to dig, work hard and listen to lot of music, play and produce different styles. And yeah, it took a while until i realised that…yeah, this is it, this is what defines me. All the things came naturally, I didn’t force nothing.   Do you find that the way you make music is constantly evolving or has your workflow remained relatively consistent over time?Depends on your mood of course. But as a producer, you evolve from track to track and that is what keeping you focused. If you are trapped in that loop/pattern over and over again, you will become monotone and the sound will be the same without changing too much. The thing is…always surprise the audience, that’s the beauty of a producer and that is what defines you as a producer. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_e0528304_365757384&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/herck', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e0528304_365757384', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e0528304_365757384' }); });   What are your studio essentials?I don’t have a professional studio…I work on a home studio with my laptop, a pair of Adams, a Blofeld synthesizer, a keyboard and my DAW. I’m happy with what  have, but my future plans is more gear of course.    The last two years have been pretty stellar for you, with an album on Curtea Veche, three EPs in 2018 alone and already this year a stunning appearance on the Otomoji compilation, each release with substantial support. Would you be able to tell us a little about what’s in store for 2019?   Yeah, 2018 was amazing for me as in releases, and I was really happy with it. 2019 will be more surprisingly, even for me. New Curtea Veche EP, remixes and VA’s on very nice labels.   Approaching the Summer season, what are your favourite parties to play?As in playing in the Summer season…i don’t have a favourite one, but I’m happy that i will share the decks with Inspirescu, Barac, Mihigh and more @ Arad Open Air festival on June 28-30.   Are there any events on your bucket list that you hope to be able to play at soon?Indeed, I would love to play in Romania at Sunwaves of course and Mioritmic. Outside Ro, would love to play at Hoppetosse, Gazgolder, Caprices.   Lastly, what’s inspiring you most at the moment?My family, nature and of course…music :) Catch Herck Playing at Steppin' Moton alongside Fabe, Lee Burton and more. Check it Out, Not to be Missed, Happening At fabric London 19th May. ..... Full Event info and Tickets HERE   Interview by LILY DALTON 

Sundays at fabric: Steppin' Motion with Fabe, Lee Burton & More

Parisian outfit Steppin’ Motion are set to cross the channel for their Room 1 debut on Sunday the 19thof May. The fabric takeover marks a new chapter for the Steppin’ Motion crew, who have established an estimable reputation for their tasty offering of events and releases that champion music for the body and soul. Last year hallmarked the label’s first release, a stunning two-part split EP by don Mihai Popescu (MP), in addition to the launch of their Motion event series at Nouveau Casino in Paris, that welcomed guests including Lee Burton, Enrico Mantini, Janeret, Djebali among others. For their inaugural Farringdon outing, Steppin’ Motion have curated an attractive line-up of their all-star friends and family, with Fabe, Lee Burton, Haydn and Herck joining residents Swoop and Mooglee. Salty Nuts label head, BE9mainstay and one of Mannheim’s finest, Fabe has garnered a reputation wide and far for his slick brand of infectious minimal. A dancefloor connoisseur with a penchant for digging deep, Fabe will be bringing his formidable vibes and timeless taste. Lee Burton is at the forefront of a handful of artists pushing the scene forward in Athens. With a coveted catalogue of releases on labels including Finest Hour, Elephant Moon, Taverna Tracks and Raum…Musik, Lee Burton has steadily honed his sound. Expect classy, stripped-back groove with a healthy dose of heard and unheard gems.   Rounding out the lineup is a B2B for the books: Curtea Veche all-stars Haydn and Herck. With Haydn at the helm of the highly respected, Fake, Curtea Veche and DreamsAreNotInside & OGE lables, it goes without saying that his ear for quality sound translates impeccably to the his impeccable track selection and dexterous mixing style in the booth. One of Romania’s most exciting rising talents, Herck has been making waves globally for his instantly recognisable productions that are rich in texture. Haydn and Herck have been increasingly appearing together at events and label showcases, growing into a talked-about combination for their spontaneous magic and faultless flow. Capping off the stellar lineup, are Steppin’ Motion residents Swoop and Mooglee, embodying everything that excites us about the creative hotbed that is the Parisian scene.       Block out your calendars, as something tells us this is one worth taking Monday off. To celebrate the excitement, MEOKO are delighted to be collaborating with Steppin’ Motion to offer an exclusive prize. Steppin’ Motion have put together a fresh stack of wax, including some of the hottest releases from those on the lineup. The prize in question includes Julien Sandre’s Melancholia EP on Fake (FR012), Viceversa’s forthcoming three tracker on OGE (OGE010), Lee Burton’s outing on Finest Hour (FH12), Part 2 of Fabe’s Sketch EP on Valioso Recordings(VAL019) and of course Mihai Popescu’s stunning Still 1 Measure EP - Part 2 on Steppin’ Motion (SMR002). For your chance to fill your bag with these treats  To be in with the chance of winning this very special prize to this exciting event, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //  with  'Steppin' Motion' as the subject heading. Good luck!  

The underground producer that loves to go deep - Guti

Argentinian producer Guti is one of the most exciting and evolving artists electronic music has to offer. Best known for his groove-loaded take on house and techno that comes to life in his dynamic live set, Guti’s musical roots go deep. After years spent touring in Argentina with a well known rock band, Jovenes Pordioseros, Guti found himself drawn to the dancefloor. Whilst living in Germany, Guti made the acquaintance of Loco Dice and released his debut album Patio De Juegos on Desolat in 2011.   In the years since, Guti has ascended on an exponential trajectory as an in demand artist with a unique sound. Now, Guti is making a return to his South American roots with his latest album, The Year of the Conga, released on the 29thof March on the Martinez The Martinez Brothers’ Cuttin’ Headz imprint.  The album is testament to Guti’s veteran status, showcasing his breadth of influences across 14 tracks, each rich with South American rhythm and percussive flair. Right in time for summer, Guti is currently touring his album globally. Amidst his packed schedule, Guti found time to chat with us at MEOKO. Read his interview below. Hey Guti! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us at MEOKO, it’s a pleasure to have you! Let’s start with you’re forthcoming album ' Year of the Conga' on Cuttin Headz. Could you tell us a little about the inspiration behind the album?  The inspiration of the album is coming back to the dance floor. Is our rhythm. The Latino in me. It's all the music I grew up listening to transformed in this electronic artist of a thousand battles that I am today. It's something we always speak about with the Martinez Brothers and it is what we are. Our essence. Listening to the album, it exudes that kind of well-considered sense of ‘sureness’ that only comes from an artist who has truly come into their own. Did it take you long to find your own identity as an artist?  Thing is I am many artists in one! I am the jazz musician. The underground producer that loves to go deep! I always wanna experiment but I am also the house guy that plays Latin rhythms and enjoys dancing and to make other people dance. I think I finally got in tune with all my sides and I can express myself.  How would you describe the evolution of your sound over time?  When I changed scene after all my years with rock bands I was thrilled with making people dance. Was addictive. Then I have some years experimenting. Now I'm back on the dance floor. Synthesizing everything. More direct. The message is more direct.  What is inspiring you at the moment? All my inspiration comes from three parts. My life. My love. My issues. I am floating in an endless self discovery trip. And every music I do taps into that. Aside from working in the studio, you’ve got a pretty packed touring schedule. How do you find balance?  Well I am pretty unbalanced! Been touring for 20 years! I do my best. Culture and sports. Hang out with my girl and my friends as much as I can. Go to museums. Different socio cultural activities that take me a bit out of my touring that makes me feel I have almost a normal life. Having played across the globe, are there any particular scenes that attract you most?   I love to play in South America. I love Latin people and I love Asia. I'm doing this interview from Malaysia! In the end every scene has more in common than what you would think!  Looking ahead, you’re already set for a pretty stellar summer, with Off Week and Awakenings already announced and more to be confirmed. What’s your favourite part about playing big festivals? Now I am on a mission. That is to present the album to as many people I can. That's why I am on this world tour and I'll pretty much do the whole world in the next couple of months. From Australia, to India, to Latin America, to Europe to the states and back. It's a challenge to play the album in small clubs and big festivals. And I love it! Coming from an incredibly diverse musical background, we have to ask, what do you listen to when you’re at home?  I listen to jazz and salsa. I have an obsession with Oscar Peterson and Hector Lavoe. Wrapping things up, what does the future hold for you? Life goes on. And I am already writing the next album. It's from our band with Francesco Tristano "Another Paa,dise" and we are also launching a label together and preparing a big live show. We already played Mutek last year and it's a project that really got me excited. Interview with Guti by Lily Dalton  Guti's new album 'THE YEAR OF THE CONGA!'  is now available at Beatport, Juno, deejay.de, itunes store and boomcat. - CLICK to buy 

''I'm Trying To Play Music That I Feel Strongly About, and I don't Want To Get Into The Hype.'' Melodie Interview&Mix

Cristi Turodache, better known as Melodie, has deservedly earned his status as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Bucharest’s scene. Over the past five years, Melodie has injected the scene with a vibrant, fresh sound, incorporating new influences and exploring new terrain.  His polished, and continually forward-thinking productions, can be found on coveted releases across some of the scene’s most respected labels: Metereze, RORA, and Vivus, among many others. While his output positioned him at the vanguard of a new wave of Romanian talent, Melodie’s biography offers only a small glimpse of dedication to his craft. An artist with an unwavering commitment to constant learning and development, Melodie’s most recent endeavour, the Redesigns album, is the conceptual realisation of his desire to continually offer something new. The digital-only release features refreshed ‘redesigns’ of eight of Melodie’s previously released tracks and is currently available via Melodie’s bandcamp. We are incredibly honoured to welcome Melodie to our podcast series with two hours recorded from his set Saturday 9th of March at Club Eden. The podcast is testament to Melodie’s ability to create a sense of coherence amidst vast stylistic and emotional diversity. Traversing mind-melting textures from a range of genres and soundscapes, this mix is an escapists delight beggint the listener to get lost it.  Accompanying the podcast, we are delighted to feature an in depth interview with Melodie about his Redesigns Project, his production processes, and his evolution as an artist. We are incredibly excited for what the future holds for an artist whose patience and passion are palpable.  Let’s start by talking about your most recent project.  Could you tell us a little bit about the concept behind the Redesigns Album? Some people, over the years, asked me for digital versions of the tracks, because some records were sold fast, or I don't know, they don't play records maybe, or they don't collect vinyl. Digital is cool, sometimes I also play digital, and why not? Also it's nice to have different versions, retakes. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_62747fa8_260353582&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/feeder-sound/melodie-redesign-viii', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_62747fa8_260353582', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_62747fa8_260353582' }); });   What sort of things did you change up when you were ‘redesigning’ the tracks. Well, one of the things was that the tracks were made many years ago, and over the years, I kind of changed the way I make music, and with the redesigns, I made them in two weeks or so, and they're all more my recent take on music. Could you expand a little bit on this recent take? What’s your new approach like? It was more like the way I make my mixes on tracks, and the way I work now. I'm always into developing my workflow and the way I work, and learning more and better. And I changed some gear also, some tracks, they were with my old sound card, and I have a new one which sounds better. And most of it, this was the way I make the mix downs. Because of the equipment I use now, the overall sound of the tracks has changed. I think now I'm getting closer to a cleaner sound, more transparent, where you can understand all the instruments pretty well. Yeah, I can definitely hear that everything sounds really refreshing and new – it’s exciting! Yes, it was a moment idea when I thought initially to remaster them, but then I was like, "Why don't I make them like new?" Some people tried to say, "This is the rework of that track," but I wanted to perceive them as something different, new. What about your workflow? How has that developed over time? My workflow, yeah, it changed over the years, and since a couple of years, I've been trying a lot working with hardware synths more, and I guess because for many years, in the beginning, I used to work only on computer. And I kind of got tired of it, being always on the monitor, and clicking with the mouse. So now I try to make tracks kind of in a live session. Yeah, so a lot of jamming? I don't do so many jams, but rather, I make the tracks like a piano player does. I just make live takes until I make the track the way I want it to be, from just one take, from one take. If I make a track and I make a mistake after three minutes, I just start it again. That must take a lot of patience. Do you get frustrated, ever? Not really, it's interesting, because sometimes I do, but in the end it goes well, or if it doesn't go in a way, maybe the track is not ready yet to be finished. I also feel that it helps me to understand better the trials, what the track actually needs as a build. I think I worked too much on the computer for many years in the beginning. Like on this album (redesigns), there are two tracks, I think it was six and seven, that I made with the mouse, like the block kind of arrangement thing, because yeah, I'm doing different things from time to time, because I don't want to be stuck in just that thing. I want to expand a bit and try different things. It seems like you're someone who just loves constantly learning. Would you say that's true? Yeah, I like that. There is many things I know now that I had no idea in the beginning. Somehow they come with time, I think. What was this process like for you? At the start I thought I'm making interesting things, but actually I was just playing around with loops before I started to release anything. I think yeah, that's why I started making music in '98, when I was 13 or 12, I don't remember exactly. And I got serious into it in 2005 or 2004, because for that period, I was just playing around with it, like you play a game or video game. And I guess also the internet brought a lot of knowledge available that you can read and find about. In Romania also, if you are not in this environment already, I don't know how easy it is to get in touch with people who have studios and great equipment. I mean, the first time I went into a professional studio was I think in 2005, 2004. I just was there for a few times, and it pushed me a bit to start to learn more, and to work more on music. I tried many things: in the beginning, I was working with loops, and just putting them there together. After a while I tried some edits, like in that period, and then I worked with samples and presets, and it was just, I guess, I was still learning a lot. What were your inspirations back then, and have they changed? Yeah, I had a long time, I think, making music that I was not so satisfied with. I mean, it was, I guess, decent, but I was not so satisfied. The tracks I released on Metereze were the ones that I started to believe a lot in, and they pushed releases with other labels. But yeah, Raresh liked them. I think it's the same now, it's not the same reasons as there were at that point, but I'm kind of the same. I get inspired by many things, like by equipment, by sounds. That's the thing with the acid tracks. I like = the acid style, and I was inspired by that. I just woke up one day and I was like, "Wow, I want to make an acid track." I know what you mean by that. It just comes to you sometimes. And sometimes it's just, I don't know, some feelings or ideas about gear, or trying some new technique, or sometimes even what's happening in my daily life, if I get inspired by that. Now I'm working more on sound design, and I feel have a more flexible way of doing things. I have this modular, and I'm kind of making sound from the scratch somehow. I don't use presets anymore for a few years now, and for example, I was in nature last year, and I got so inspired by the sounds of the birds and the bugs on the leaves. And I came home, and somehow I managed to transpose that into a track that I'm going to release in a few months I think. Awesome, that's so exciting! Speaking specifically of the Romanian scene, you would definitely be considered as someone shaped the direction of it and sort of filled the sound with this kind of emotional warmth. What do you think the difference is between someone who makes a good track in that style and someone who makes a really great track? Oh, thank you. For me, I think I always felt like this when I started to go to parties. I felt that music has to create a build inside me. I want to feel exciting, excited about what I'm hearing, and surprised somehow. And also emotion, you have to have a feeling of something. I think music should have a story in it. Whatever kind of story, I don't know, happy, sad, linear. I used to listen to minimal music in 2004, 2005, like Richie Hawtin, and there are a lot of other people. And even though they were minimal, with a few elements, they had a story, like a small build there. And nowadays, a lot of this minimal sound and tech house minimal sounds a lot like a loop and it doesn't create a story somehow in it. Yeah, that’s an interesting perspective, I think with the sheer volume of stuff that’s released now a natural corollary of that is that there’s going to be a lot of average, mass-produced stuff that doesn’t create a story, I guess. I definitely feel there’s so much to get excited about when it comes to the music emerging at the moment. Yeah I do agree. Changing direction a bit, let’s talk about your experience as a DJ. Do you think your approach as a DJ is quite reflective of your style as a producer? When you're performing a set, are you trying to conjure similar emotions that you are when you create tracks? Yeah, I don't know. I'm trying to play music that I feel strongly about, and I don't want to get into the hype. Of course, I'm getting inspired by othcer people. For example, I was out this weekend, and over the years, I went out to a lot of parties in Bucharest where my friends played music, and I was inspired. I guess you can't avoid it too, you can’t not be inspired by the evolution, and the whole collective movement. Because I used to play rougher music, house, back many years ago, and now I've evolved. I'm still not playing minimal too much. I want to have a bit of diversity into my sets, but I'm not going too much into extremes. I think the one thing that I find I aim for in my sets, in my mixes, is a coherence, just like my tracks. I want them to have a coherent story, and the whole mix sounds more like a track somehow. You mentioned you’re getting more and more into sound design now. what drew you to wanting to be interested in it? Was it sort of a natural progression from producing and DJing? Yeah, I guess one of the things was being super unsatisfied with using presets, and the limitations it gave me. And also, sample packs. I don't have sample packs in my computer, I have just a few samples like drums. You know, the percussion bongos, congas, and all these tambourines, because I feel like I had an idea, but then I have to go through some presets, and I feel like they always have to be different. And now, in the last two or three years, I started to make sounds specifically for a track, and many times I don't use them again. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_6a031684_719848944&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/alma_nah/sets/melodie-alderaan', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_6a031684_719848944', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_6a031684_719848944' }); });   I mean, this is besides the drums, because you can have a drum machine and use the drums they make, you maybe process them a bit, put some EQ and compression, and you can't get too far away. Many times, I find it easier to use drum sounds from a drum machine, and I don't think they're so important, like the basic kick snare, hi-hat. I think more of the synths, the bass, and some other percussive elements, you can play a lot with them, and with the effects. And you can achieve more interesting sounds, at least this is what I like. And like I said, if I'm not evolving, I get bored. I feel like the possibilities for evolution are endless. There's always going to be something new to create. Yeah, I'm kind of losing my inspiration if I'm not into thinking too much on to it. Like, thinking up new things, "How can I approach these gears differently?" or what combination I haven't tried. Sometimes, I just make some music just to make something, but what moves me the most is trying new things and getting new ideas. I think I'm starting to focus even on making music, DJing is cool, but lately I kind of lost a bit interest in it. I find myself spending more and more time on making music rather than digging for music. Do you find it more inspirational to sort of create your own stuff? So and so. I mean, I like to listen to other people's music, because sometimes I work on a track, and it takes me 10 hours, and I realize that, for the last 10 hours, I was listening just to this thing, and I want to listen to something else. Because, of course, if you don't listen to anything it's harder to get inspired. I enjoy music a lot, I still go to parties and I find myself as a listener. When I was younger, I used to think, to listen a lot to what's happening technically, like when I was starting to DJ. But now I don't give it too much attention. I mean, you can hear, of course, things, but I'm not focusing too much on that. That's a much more enjoyable way to spend your time on the dancefloor, personally I definitely fall into the trap of letting my focus on the technical side of whats happening take away from the experience and story. Wrapping things up, could you tell us a little about what you have planned for the future? Are there any releases you can tell us about? I have some music that I want to release planned already, but I'm going to work on music for some other labels as well. The thing with vinyl, is it takes such a long time, you make some music, and then it takes three months or four months to release it. I feel like I want to release stuff that I'm super satisfied with.   Words by Lily Dalton   More Melody; Soundcloud / Facebook More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Meoko x Point This Saturday with Piticu

On Saturday the 13thof April, Point and Meoko are incredibly excited to be joining forces for a one-night journey in a formidable warehouse setting. Over the last few years, Point has grown into an unground institution, with exceptional music and freedom of expression always at the forefront of their vision. The evening ahead will offer an escapists delight, set to the musical backdrop of the intricate sounds you know and love. We are delighted to unveil the lineup, featuring an impressive stack of talent: Piticu, Lamine, Denny Kem, Gianni Ardito, Dean Marc. Bucharest’s Piticu sits amongst the stalwarts of the scene, with over a decade of experience honing his taste and skills. The Sunwaves regular is revered for sets that are rich in textural intricacies; sounds that we cannot wait to welcome back to London. The calibre of talent joining him is equally as exceptional, with a tastefully curated selection of London’s finest set to offer a sonic journey through their flawless selections, each with a uniquely crafted musical identity in their own right. Of course the evenings antics would not be complete without a tastefully curated visual backdrop, which we are incredibly honoured to bring to you by our new sub project: Vivid. Vivid is an Agency with a heavy focus on visuals/motion graphics and design, and will be executing the artistic vision of the evening. Sure to be an evening of unerring magic, this is not one to miss. Keep your eyes peeled on the facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/368695330374661/ for all you need to know.

Sunwaves Completes Line-up With 2nd Wave of Artists

Sunwaves just publically announced the second waves of artists completing the line-up for this year. Reading through the long list of long-time key figures and booming talents, we are looking forward more and more to this year's special week on Mamaia's beach coming up at the end of the month. All the names added below!     AlciAmir JavasoulAndrei CiubucApolloniaAural Eye (ᴠɪsᴜᴀʟs)Cesar MerveilleChad AndrewCharlieCotė (ᴠɪsᴜᴀʟs)Craig RichardsDamian LazarusDan AndreiDavid GtronikDeWaltaDerekDubtilEmiFasterFloog (live)Gevorg SimonyanGiuliano LomonteGutiHerodotIon LudwigJames McHaleJamie JonesJamie Lie A KwieJavier CarballoJay BlissJean PierreJohn DimasJoseph CapriatiK!d ChrissLivio & RobyMaher DanielMarco FaraoneMargaret DygasMelchior Production Ltd (Live)Mihai PolMihighMiss INoetic (ᴠɪsᴜᴀʟs)Nu ZauPareidolia (ᴠɪsᴜᴀʟs)Petre InspirescuPiticuPrasleaPrichindelRamona YacefRandall MRareshRhadooRobin OrdellRoustamSakroSeppShaun ReevesSonja MoonearSubleeTraumerValentino KanzyaniVladaZip

Roots Herbal presents Cannabinoid Education by Dr Dani Gordon & Carly Barton

Roots Herbal presents Cannabinoid Education by Dr Dani Gordon &Carly Barton. This Saturday, 6th of April, Roots Herbal will be offering an afternoon of enlightenment and knowledge at Yellowave Beach Sports Venue in Brighton from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Roots Herbal will be hosting two incredible women, Dr Dani Gordon &Carly Barton, to share their extensive Cannabis and Cannaboids expertise. Dr. Dani Gordon the CEO & Co-founder of burnout-recovery training platform, UltraResilience.com, a double board certified medical doctor, writer and speaker. She is a leading specialist in clinical cannabis medicine and currently consults with cannabis companies in the UK and Europe. Carly Barton was the first ever patient in the UK to be prescribed Cannabis since the law change in 2018. As a former Lecturer in the Arts who has exhibited at the Tate and the Saatchi gallery, she now advocates for patient access to Medical Cannabis as the Deputy Director of the United Patients Alliance. She is working tirelessly with government organisations in order to convert this to an NHS prescription. She was recently selected to participate in the inaugural Global Medical Cannabis Summit on Necker Island in 2019. Both speakers will speak passionately about their own experiences and will be there to answer all your questions regarding Cannabis. Also at the event, Roots Herbal will have a range of products for trial and sale.   Tickets available here.

Meoko goes underground with the Bulgarian loop lover.

No history of Bulgarian electronic music would be complete without a mention of Deyan Zlatinov. You might not have heard of him but there's a good chance you've danced to his music - particularly when you consider that Loopdeville has been engaged with electronic music since the 90s. Deyan has kept a low profile for much of his career, touring only occasionally while remaining an active producer. In the past 10 years he has played in countries like Switzerland, Germany, UK, Romania & Bulgaria and played on festivals like Meadows In The Mountains plus other Open Air Parties. To hear a Loopdeville record is to peer into Zlatinov’s soul: every broken drum sound, every old school pad, every dusty sample reflects something lurking in his subconscious. His aesthetic has arguably been best showcased in his standout mixes, with efforts for Introspections (Half Is Enough) and Project London Radio in more recent years. It was 2013 when he released his first digital and vinyl EP’s under the name Loopdeville, respectively Karton Label and Knock Knock Series from Kiara records, Body Parts and his own label Delooped Records which he launched that year with his partner in crime Georgi Panchev. Through Delooped he began putting out an array of new music from the likes of Sublee, Pepp, Anima Mundi, Anton Pau as well as his own music and soon developed a close relationship with kindred spirits such as Lorenzo Chiabotti, Suciu and Harry McCanna to name a few. In 2014 he released on Moss Co., Odd Music and a remix on a vinyl only release for Moral Fiber with one track on a VA for Karton (vinyl only), also with a remix for Body Parts and recently on Rotate 005 “Mini Rotations I”. Like many producers, Loopdeville eventually wound up in London, and it was there that I met him for the first time about five years ago. Since then I have spend considerable amount of time with him at his studio, either observing him producing music or spinning records. What I’ve witnessed was a passionate collector with an extraordinary drive to take the crowd on a musical trip. In short, Zlatinov is an important ambassador for Bulgarian electronic music and is an artist with something to say, which is why we decided to sit down and have a chat with him! We also got him to record an exclusive mix for all of you so double treat right here for our Meoko readers!    Hi Deyan! Thanks for being part of our series! I appreciate that you made time out of your busy schedule for this interview! It barely took a pair of ears to tell that you have a real passion for minimal and techno. Can you tell us how all of this started and evolved over the years? Hey Denny thanks for having me. Great to be part of these series for Meoko. Well, it all started with me wanting to be a singer actually. I tried, but somehow I could not see me practicing by myself at home singing to the walls. It all started when I joined a private singing school and at some point we went to a studio to record a dreadful song of mine... It was at that time when I had my first real touch with a studio and observed what the producer was doing.. since then everything changed. After a while I quit the singing lessons and got myself a PC, met another producer who was making music mainly for fun and he got me into music software so we started making beats. What influences did your home country Bulgaria have on the music you make? Were there any particular people, parties, labels or moments that significantly influenced you in the early days? Back in the early days of acid and techno / house music there was a very unique and famous club called Comics Club which was simply awesome! It was an old cinema theatre with high ceiling and some amazing DJ's over the years. There I fell deeply in love with this music genre which inspired my productions and allowed me to develop a “old-schoolish, broken, repetitive & dusty” style. Artists from Mazi a.k.a Audio Soul Project, Dj Ali (Canada), Hipp-E & Halo, Joey Youngman, Terry Francis, Nathan Coles, Eddie 'Evil' Richards, Tony Thomas, Silicon Soul (they were the city favs actually at some point) to some crazy techno DJ’s from the great techno scene that Sweden had back in the day; Cari LEKEBUSCH, Hertz etc. All these artist were from the beginning of 1990s when the club was active. Nowhere else in the country, was there a place like that...it was a sanctuary for the new kids on the block. I should also mention Club "Weekend" where it all started for me as a performing DJ. A  year or two after that I was playing b2b with the owner at that same Comics Club, presenting his new line of parties - we went on to have some glorious b2b with the guy and yeah it was a perfect beginning for me. If you add some broken beats inherited by my country’s folklor - (the roots you know) and the influence of hip hop, soul and jazz on top of everything else then you get the idea behind Loopdeville. It’s been about 4 years now (more or less) since you left London and moved to Gibraltar. How do you find the city? Are you enjoying your life there?   Yes we moved out of London as it was getting too much for us (me and my fiancée). We went to a place called Tarifa and there we decided it was time for a new chapter for us and I couldn’t have agreed more. We live on the other side of Gibraltar, which would be Spain and there we had our little daughter Sofia. I was devoted full time on raising my daughter, especially the first 1.5 years which was an amazing experience, trust me (laughs). Gibraltar is an interesting place I must say with a nice little scene that has some proper big names and also current underground figures are making their appearance at parties here and there. I have much love for the people who gave me the chance to play music here - the guys from Noroc, but it wouldn't be possible without the kind help of a man like Rossko who introduced me to them as he played here too. Enjoying life here Denny you should come and experience the city yourself!   And what about your record label Delooped? What is the concept behind it and what should we expect in the near future? Delooped is our baby - mine and Georgi’s! It is still kicking and will be kicking again soon as we have prepared a double 12” for our next release. This release comes from Bulgarian artists called Sumrak - a truly amazing duo - but more about them very soon… The idea behind Delooped is to stay within a small circle of artists and of course always push Bulgarian artists that make the kind of music we like and believe in. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_864f7112_1603535571&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/delooped-records/sets/various-artist-del003', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_864f7112_1603535571', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_864f7112_1603535571' }); });   We are also in the process of bringing back our second label Erorr or Catalogue Of Erorrs and we are working on a third label where we will be presenting a sound that would be similar to the one Delooped has already established after 5 releases. At the moment lots of things are being finalised and I will be revealing more when time comes. Erorr will be presenting slightly braver ideas and out of the box kind of productions - all mastered by our good friend Tom Gillieron. Just check our first release on Erorr and you will see what I mean. Vendi was the producer behind it and as always he did a flawless job.    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_3bf41843_557427392&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/errorscatalogue/sets/erorr', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_3bf41843_557427392', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_3bf41843_557427392' }); });     You are also an artist in your own right - which of them two is more important? The label or your own music, or do they go hand in hand? The label and my music both go hand in hand. I have always been interested in the idea of creating a circle of like minded artists who embrace the philosophy of having a good and clean relationship between us and also making sure everyone is appreciated by the label; be it artists getting paid or invited to a showcase party and so on. Surely we have made mistakes along the way but after all we are here to learn and we hope there hasn’t been any artist who we didn't treat well.   What are you looking for when it comes to finding new music and signing artists to your label?   What I am personally keen on is artists who got the “humpty dumpty” flow in their beats if I can say and it makes sense. There must be character in their music, funk, jazz, that techno-minimal magic dust; the kind of music where you can jack your body - don't really care if it is minimal or techno or house or electro tango. If you listen to what we have released so far, or the music I’ve done, you would probably get a better feel of what I’m trying to describe. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0c4f2cd5_1700691153&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/delooped-records/sets/loopdeville-grooves-part-1-del005', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0c4f2cd5_1700691153', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0c4f2cd5_1700691153' }); });     In regards to your own productions, what projects are you working on at the moment?   At the moment I’m not really working towards anything in specific rather than a remix I will be starting soon. Usually I would  sit down and make beats whenever I find time for it and let emotions do their job. It has always been more of a hobby of mine rather than a regular thing, even though I have had many unsocial months, maybe even years of my life devoted on crafting my sound and all the rest that followed. Making beats is probably the only thing I have been patient and consistent with in my life - in terms of interests and work wise too (laughs)!    Is there anything that you don’t see enough of in the music industry that you’d like to see?  The music industry as it is stands has more than enough and as every fairy-tale you got the dark side of it - here too, but I am not going to elaborate on that as it is a long subject. At the end of the day it will be what it will be. We can only keep our heads down and work towards always changing things for the better for our environment and the industry as we know it. What I aspire is to create a sustainable life for the labels - me and Georgi are already presenting and investing towards this and will continue to do so in the future. We’ve been off the grid for a while, although behind the scenes we’ve worked hard in order to come up with ideas on how to reach closer to our goals. In addition we have always been on the look for fresh artists with fresh ideas.   Coming on to the mix you’ve made for us, what can you tell us about the music on it? This is a mixture of the tracks I love listening and playing at the moment. Probably only one or two of them are released, again from artists whose music I love; Dj Ali, Afriqua and also this sick up and coming artist from Manchester called Samuel Padden feature in this mix together with my good friends Maruntelu with a cover of RHCP track by the end of the mix. In the beginning of the mix you will find out a forthcoming track on our Erorr label from an artist that requested to remain unknown. Not only to us, but to everyone who is about to hear the music and we totally respect that as we absolutely love the productions and the final product. By mid way the mix builds up with tracks from forthcoming releases on both our labels. Those are productions from our newly signed Bulgarian artists that will be having a double 12" for Delooped and later in the year on all other labels. Basically these tracks will be available at some point this year through our labels.   Words by Denny Kem   More Loopdeville: Facebook / Soundcloud More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube  

Yoyaku are set to descend on London this weekend for one of the most anticipated gatherings the agency has seen.

  Yoyaku has garnered somewhat of a cult following of late, and for good reason. The French outfit have gradually risen to the vanguard of the scene for their distinctive offering of avant-garde minimal, house, techno and electro across all facets of their impeccably curated brand.    Keeping the momentum of their last two massive outings, at Hoppetosse on the 24th of February, then at a Paris warehouse on March 2nd, Yoyaku are set to descend on London this weekend for one of the most anticipated gatherings the agency has seen.     Held on Saturday, March 30th, the London Yoyaku showcase will feature a full roster: with Cabanne, Janaret, Lamache, Lowris, Oshana, Roger Gerressen, Varhat and Zendid each bringing their unique taste and faultless technique that has helped define the Yoyaku sound. London’s Hackney Wick space, Studio 9294, will be transformed into a blank industrial canvas for the evening’s magic to unfold upon.   For those who have not yet secured their tickets, now is not the time to sleep on it. Block out your calenders, for this will be nothing short of a top-shelf weekend.  TICKETS    www.yoyaku.agencywww.yoyaku.io