South America gents Guti & David Gtronic joined their forces to create a brand new label called "Personality Disorder". Honestly, there's no much to say about these guys whom, although following different paths, have both reached the higher-ups (and the best worldwide stages) of the house & techno scene. Before you start reading this interview, make you sure to check the EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE of their debut-project track → Guti & David Gtronic - The Traveller [Personality Disorder 001]
GUTI & DAVID: Ciao guys! I'm so happy to have both of you here! And I'm even more happy to talk about your new "Personality Disorder" project. Before that, you've never released anything together and personally I think that no one was expecting such a huge collaborative effort of 17 tracks, which is really huge. How did the idea come about and how long have you worked on it?
GUTI: Hey! We’ve been friends for some years now but always on the tour in different cities and always on the go until earlier this year when I found myself spending more and more time in Berlin and we finally had time to hang out for a consecutive period of time without the having to rush to catch a flight. Although I’ve lived in Berlin 10 years ago with Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves, David welcomed me back to the city and we just start jamming in the studio to socialize. We both are studio freaks! David can work for hours and I make music every day so this combination is like an obsession - a personality disorder in a sense. During one of our sessions, We started to jam and at one point we had around 20 songs that we were working for months and every time we would meet, I would come with a new idea to David’s studio and we would just keep going from there. Eventually, we asked ourselves what we do with all of this new music. Starting our own label looked the best option and that’s how it all started.
DAVID: It’s been nearly a year when we first started experimenting together but just about two months ago is when we decided on putting together a mixtape with all of our tracks. Collaborating with Guti has been the optimal workflow for me. Since we met, our chemistry has emerged flawlessly. We typically spend a couple of hours jamming and generating ideas together without any creative limitations. Down the road is where I come in and mix down the tracks, compounding final details that demand a little bit more time and patience.
GUTI: Honestly, after the release of your "The year of the Conga" Album on Cuttin’ Headz, I’ve never expected such a big amount of material in 2019. Why have you decided to release it now?
GUTI: First of all, it’s already been a long year! The Year of the Conga technically came out in March 2019 but was produced about 2 years ago and we actually started promoting the 1st single in October 2018 so to me it’s been a while. I’m constantly evolving with my music which is how I’ve always been and this drive and inspiration to create has to do with the things going on in my life. For example, I moved to Lisbon early this year and also started a new relationship which of course affected my life and led me to make new music. This year involved a lot of transition both personally and professionally which manifests itself creatively for me. On that note, I also produced an incredible new album in Paris with Djebali that will be out in spring 2020.
DAVID: I’m pretty sure that it’s an honour to you to collaborate with an iconic figure like Guti, who’s touring the world for more than 10 years since now. When (and where) have you met him the first time? Would you ever have imagined working with him?
I met Guti back in 2011 during the Miami Music Conference. I remember his album ‘Patio De Juegos’ which was recently released. I recall thinking wow this is an artist that has some serious skills with his fusion of jazz, piano, classical, and house beats. The Desolat crew was one of my favourite labels during the time so his album on the label was an enormous inspiration for me.
GUTI & DAVID: I’ve only listened to “The Traveler” and the track it’s a total dancefloor-destroyer. Where does the track name come from and why have you decided to release it as the first record? Will the projects include different genres as well?
GUTI: This track is a product of total chance since we were mixing another song and in a break, we started changing everything and we came out with “The Traveller”. David adds a lot of details and obsession to a sound that I never had and I think is a pretty good mix of new vibes we have created.
DAVID: The Traveller was, in fact, one of the last tracks we produced together recently to conclude the album. As Guti described, we were in the middle of a mixing session when we decided to take a break and work on something fresh. We had a 16 bar loop and within one hour we had the main idea of the production nearly finished. A few days later after spending some time mixing it and adding the final touches both Guti & I tested the track when we were out on the road and we both agreed this was probably one of the strongest track and it deserved to be one of the main singles. The name emerges from the idea that we have always been free and independent souls travelling around, making music and sharing it with the world. The album will include all sorts of genres from breakbeat to minimal, house and techno.
GUTI & DAVID: Who's got the most "Traveler" spirit between you two?
GUTI: This is very subjective of course, but I would say: me!
DAVID: Perhaps as Guti stated he is always in different dimensions within his mind ‘Space out” hahaha. but I believe we both have a big traveller soul within us. We both left our countries in South America a really long time ago and we have been travelling and exploring the world ever since.
GUTI & DAVID: And what about the most "Disorded Personality"?
GUTI: I would say I do, but I’m also more than ten years older. He’s gonna’ catch up though.
DAVID: I would have to agree with Guti on this one, he is like a beautiful mind with a little bit of craziness on the side. Me? I’m pretty chilled but I have my moments too, hahaha.
GUTI & DAVID: Who has chosen “Personality Disorder” as the name for the project and what does it means to you?
GUTI: I came up with the name but also with another 1000 terrible names. We have chosen this one cause it represents us. We are different spectrums of the same disorder. David is an incredibly responsible and hard worker for his age I got to admire his ethic and hard work and he has better ears than me. We also met a painter from Algeria Djamel and he is a complete and beautiful freak so we all came up with this fast passing way to do things we are on the third release now and about to drop our album and have already made the next 10 releases. We are out of control
DAVID: It was Guti’s idea, when he first mentioned it to me I wasn’t too sure about it but then we started brainstorming all the ideas about the art etc and it seemed as this was a project we can really express ourselves creatively in many ways. So the choice was obvious at the end. It was insane the way that everything was flowing so naturally. One night we finished the first single ‘The Traveller’, then we sent it to get mastered by my friend Robin Virag who had it ready for us the next morning. We then came up with the name and Guti had already some of the artwork and videos are done by Djamel. During the same day, we were already announcing the label and the release of the first single. What I love the most about this project is that we are doing everything independently with band camp so we don’t have to wait for the label distributors to release the music which usually takes weeks, months or sometimes even years to come out. Whatever we feel like putting out we can do it right away.
GUTI: Will you release only “Guti & David Gtronic” music on the label or is it open to other collaborations and artists? If is it open to other artists who would you like to welcome to the label? Any name of some artists you’re looking for/upcoming prospects?
GUTI: We've already "signed Guti solo music, and I hope David gonna make some new solo tracks soon too. I also have collaborations coming with Tripmastaz, Fosky, Dani Ramos and Camikazy Uzi - a French rapper-singer. We have loads of our work coming out.
GUTI & DAVID: Who's the most nerd between you two?
GUTI: David! No way!
DAVID: That would definitely have to be me as I sometimes spent hours blending and mixing until I get the right balance. Sometimes I can spend a big amount of time adjusting a certain sound. Where Guti just comes in and jams and drops all his creativity. I like to get more technical with the details that demand patience and time.
GUTI & DAVID: Which is the best track of your "new partner"?
GUTI: I will choose one that is coming out on our album that we both produced called “Waves In The Sun”. I feel it’s one of our best pieces of work to date.
DAVID: My favourite Guti track would have to be ‘Maayancholy’ which it was a collab between Cesar Merveille & Guti. I love the melancholic vibe this track has it's truly a beautiful piece of art for me. Ever since it was released in 2011 it has been one of my favourite tracks to listen to during gloomy days.
GUTI & DAVID: Which is the strangest David's habit (and vice-versa)?
GUTI: Girls! He's the ladies' man in our relationship...
DAVID: Hahaha, I would have to say on many occasions where we go party together he’s always the first one out of the crew to get lost every time!! It must be part of his personality disorder :)
GUTI & DAVID: You guys are both hailing from South America. What’s your opinion on the actual underground scene in your respective countries right now and which are your thoughts (and hopes) for the future? How your “Latinos” background has influenced your sound in this particular release?
GUTI: It's a great moment for the South American scene and The Americas in general. With great promoters, artists and incredible crowds it’s a wave of positive energy and as Latinos, everything we do reflects on that!
DAVID: In reality, I departed Colombia at a very young age, so I didn't get to experience the nightlife scene enough until a few years ago that I began touring in South America. From my recent experience in Colombia during the last couple of years, the scene has been growing rapidly. Nowadays they are delivering so much more minimal artists than ever before. The clubbing environment has always been great there don’t get me wrong, but it's awesome to see the underground sound is catching up. My hope for the future is that more and more European minimal artists can make their way down to South America and expand the music culture there. Guti’s Latin flavour is definitely sprinkled all over the production with Congas, Bongos, Spanish vocals and so much more!
GUTI & DAVID: Any final shout-out or anticipation for what’s coming next?
GUTI: First, we have our album coming out on our new label, then a Guti solo release, then collaborations with Fosky, Tripmastaz & Dani Ramos. We also have our 1st co-produced release, which is an EP called “You Can Still Be Mine” coming out on Dubfire’s label Sci+Tec in November.
DAVID: The full album will be available to download on Bandcamp the week after ADE. Until then, we have been releasing one single at a time. We also have a fantastic four-track EP coming out on Dubfire’s SCI+TEC label on the 15th of November on Vinyl and Digital Format. As Guti mentioned this was some of the first tracks we finished at Dani Ramos studio in Berlin and from there on its when the whole album concept started rolling.
Thank you so much for Guti & David for their time and kindness! Now let's get Personality-disordered!!!!
Words by Francesco Quieti
A sad occassion for all party goers this summer, as we waved goodbye to an integral part of the night scene in, Paris. Sadly Concrete had to shut it's doors. Ahead of his fantastic 'In Harmony' release on his label Reduce Records, we managed to catch up with long term resident and friend of the club, Ben Vedren. The two track EP sees one original from the French artist and co founder Leiris supplies a classy remix.
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The connection was and always will be strong between Ben and Concrete, so we asked him his top 5 moments since he became a resident at the club...
1. First Live : wood floor 23/07/2012
Probably my strongest memory at Concrete… was hot and sunny summer afternoon, and many of my dearest friends were here for support! This moment would change my life forever.
2. Afterparty first Weather Festival 19/05/2013When you play at Concrete, you have the privilege to share the lineups with the best artists. This day, I was thrilled to be around all those incredible guys, which I admire the work of most of them.Playing my live set between Kerri Chandler and Robert Hood in the main room was a blessing to me.
3. New Years Eve_ main room 31/12/2018Definitely the most intense vibe I’ve experience at Concrete… that night was completely out of control. Those kind of moment you get stuck for days after!VIDEO : https://www.facebook.com/benvedrenmusic/videos/343995466196962/
4. Parents_Main roomI can’t remember which party it was, the only thing I know it was a Sunday afternoon. I decided to invite my dear parents to assist my show, a way of trying to show them what I do as they never been to a party before. My dad was really intrigued and my mum dancing all the way. And every one from staff to public were sooo nice to them. Was just the right moment to do it !
5. Closing Party : woodfloor 21/07/2019Learning that Concrete will be over for good was a shocking news for all of us. But we decided that this moment should not be a sad, even if nostalgia was in everybody’s mind.
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Listen back to the Reduce Records back catalogue here, Monkey Nenufar - Pusspo/Element and Ben Vedren’s MXA EP, coming soon on digital platforms. Watch this space!
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MEOKO and Point are joining forces once more to present Argenis Brito (LIVE) in a warehouse location on Friday the 11th of October.
The relationship between MEOKO and Point. has been one filled with incredible memories, great friendships and unforgettable parties soundtracked by the most infectious tunes. It goes without saying that MEOKO are delighted to be collaborating with Point. once more for another one-of-kind event this October.
As the weather gets colder, the nights get longer. And what better way to make the most of it than a warehouse affair. We are pleased to invite Argenis Brito with a live set to headline the occasion.
MEOKO: 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?
Argenis: "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." - FULL INTERVIEW HERE
One of the most experienced artists on the circuit, the Venezuelan born talent is recognised for bringing excitement to dance floors across the globe across a career spanning well over a decade. His prestigious reputation in the underground scene is preceded by a discography as impressive as it is extensive, with quality releases on labels like Crosstown Rebels, Cadenza, Dame Music, Mobilee, and Contexterrior. We are absolutely buzzing to have Argenis Brito on board and look forward to the incredible vibes he is bound to deliver.
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Supporting duties lie in the capable hands of some of London’s finest: Gianni, Georgia Girl, Denny Kem and Ludo M. These DJs truly delivered quality with each performance and this event is sure to be no exception.
Of course, the party will go on, and as the sun rises we will celebrate with an after party by the canal. The magic of these occasions is like no other. If you know, you know, and if you don’t, you’re in for a treat! Confirmed talent for the after party, is a b2b between Rebecca Prn and Lamine Toure with two other acts to be revealed in due course.
The countdown is well and truly underway for an event we have been anticipating for a while. The word magic may be overused, but this event is sure to be something else. See you there.
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Before you start to read this interview, make you sure to listen to his EXCLUSIVE 100% unreleased productions PODCAST ← and to the premiere of JALE - Orbital Dream [JROOM 001] ←
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Hey Julien! You’re here unveiling your new JALE project for the very first time. Tell us more about it. How did the idea about opening a new label (J ROOM) come to your mind?
JALE represents the inner essence of the J ROOM, a place where I’m able to feel completely free to share my own vision of music, without trends and market’s compromises. It’s an bodiless identity which is all about an unstoppable but meticulous sound-research and experimentation. J ROOM is born from my own necessity and desire to create a pristine area to stand out in such a saturated market like today’s one, a little oasis where you can find some musical refreshment.
Your last project called Blind Box has gained immense popularity during the last years. With releases from the likes of Dana Ruh, Subb-An, Diego Krause, Julian Alexander it was definitely a point of reference for all the up&coming labels around. Also, you have two successful projects like the solo Julien Sandre and Jarau (alongside Mennie). What made you decide to start everything from zero with a new alias?
It’s safe to say that this it’s totally a new beginning for me, but this does not exclude my artistic roots and all the experiences that I’ve made so far. The extraordinary journey that I’ve started with Blind Box will continue with a whole new maturity acquired over the years and with the usual and incessant research for a unique and fascinating sound which can clearly represent the main objective of this journey.
The support of Priku at Neversea (which was live-streamed on DJ Mag as well) has certainly been helpful to promote the new project. How important do you think it is nowadays to find a video of a DJ playing your record?
Today, the support of talented artists and colleagues is fundamental, especially if documented in iconic events such as the Sunwaves, the Neversea or the Off Week. The support of artists such as Arpiar, SIT, Priku, Barac, Praslea, Janeret, Shaun Reeves among many others, in addition to enormously gratifying our work, allows us to reach a vast audience of enthusiasts who can thus access the contents of our J ROOM.
The EP also features a Cosmjn remix. Why did you choose him?
Cosmjn is such an extraordinary artist. He perfectly embodies the sophisticated and visionary sound that we want to propose on J ROOM. His remix is a dreamlike-oniric journey that totally overwhelms the senses.
What sound are you going to promote on the new label? With your JALE alias, will you release music only on JROOM?
JALE is musical the materialisation of the J ROOM concept and will always be the protagonist, but firstly, music is sharing; therefore we are totally open to collaborations, obviously selective, with those who will be akin to our vision. We will try to propose a sophisticated and elegant sound, mainly aimed at stimulating the mind of the listeners and creating emotional connections with the dancefloor, then obviously to make the bodies move.
In Italy, and in particular in Naples, where the "tech-Napoli" is very present, a certain type of sound (the “new-wave-minimal”) still struggles to emerge. What does it depend on you?
That's a very complex and unfortunately very current question. In my personal opinion, the cause of this situation is to be found in many factors that have diminished the absolute priority of music in favour of business and entertainment of dubious taste. A tragic generational change that sees as protagonists hordes of kids dedicated exclusively to denying themselves with drugs and alcohol to the sound of traps and reggaeton (at least here in Italy); the looting of the agencies on artistic fees and the inadequacy or often the complete improvisation of our own promoters, as well as a general cultural impoverishment are for me the general factors of this crisis in Italy. In Naples, we have been trying for a couple of years with a project called Mesmerize to create a small niche where to look for some artistic contents rather than some miserable entertainment. We fight against the windmills but we don't give up. Obviously, it’s not everything like this, as there are respectable national realities conceived to enhance musical research and a non-trivial sound and above all Italian artists of great depth who represent a flame of hope for the movement, highly appreciated by international audiences and semi-unknown at home: this leaves understand the difficulties of our clubbing.
Despite your brilliant productions released over the years with your various aliases, is it still difficult to find space in the various European circuits? Are you going to move abroad?
Being based in Naples has certainly represented a major limitation in my musical career: no contact on site and inadequate musical context. Everything I built was only achievable thanks to music and e-mails. Obviously, I move when I can in the cult places of European clubbing for connections and artistic briefings or gigs but everything is bound to the daytime work I do, which would make it impossible for me to move to artistically more pleasant places. Colleagues who have had the courage and luck to move to Berlin (for example) have finally seen the merits of their work recognized and this will always represent a small regret for me; however, music remains an inexhaustible source of serenity regardless of economic rewards.
Any anticipation on the upcoming releases both as JALE and as JROOM?
We are ready with the J ROOM 002 but for those who want to know more, we invite everyone to follow us and get in touch with our magical room.
Words by Francesco Quieti
Hey Andrey! Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Starting at the beginning, when did you first realise you had a passion for music and what were you drawn to at the start?
Drum & Bass was the first electronic music genre I came across thank to a friend who used to travel to London often - she brought me cassettes from her travels. It sounded different from everything else I listened to at the time and it made me feel like I could be part of something bigger. We were a group of schoolmates in a tiny town of Russia - there was no internet in 1995-1996. Tapes, Cassettes, Films on VHS (“Trainspotting”, “Hackers”, “Acid House”), Russian magazines “Ptuch”, “OM” were the only sources from which we could gather information about music culture.
Growing up in the small town Votkinsk in regional Russia, where we you finding inspiration?
I feel a strong connection with nature since I was a child. Votkinski is a small town but there, because the nature surrounds the city, I could find inner peace and unlimited source of ideas. Trees rustling, rain falling, thunder and lightning, waves crashing. When you listen to nature, you can hear those sounds – it’s music. The natural world has inspired composers to write many famous works of music. At the same time melodies, harmonies, rhythm, tempo and musical dynamics can combine to create the image of the variety of landscapes. If we allow ourselves to spend more time far from the cities, we can hear nature all the time.
Fast forward to today, whenever you play there’s always a very palpable creativity and admirable feeling of ‘freshness’ that not many can sustain over a long career. What are your current sources of inspiration?
There are moments in life which have an impact on your overall state - sometimes we seek those moments because we feel the need of a change, and other times they just manifest by themselves. Those “moments” can be related to a person you meet, a trip somewhere, a dream or just during a solitary walk. Every moment is new and different from the moment before - I feel that if we manage to align to what life brings us every time, we will always be a different & “fresher” version of ourselves.
Having been a touring DJ for the best part of a decade, you’ve had more experience on the road than most. What are the most important lessons about this lifestyle you’ve learnt over time?
Eating healthy, staying hydrated, and trying to keep a regular sleeping schedule when I don’t travel. Being kind to everyone you meet on your way. Keep the focus on what really matters in this music business - it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important and the real reason why you chose to live this career.
I read a while ago that you were particularly drawn to day parties. Is this still the case? What environments do you feel most at home playing in?
Daytime parties have a different energy - people are more in line with their biological rhythm and therefore the mood, emotions and social interactions are completely different than going out at night. I feel they create generally a much more relaxed atmosphere and enjoyable experience.
With a record collection well in excess of 8000 records, how do you approach packing your bag ahead of a gig?
I pick my favorite records of the moment and periodically revisit my collection - I always find something that still surprises me long time after being released.
How much of your time is spent digging for new music today?
I would say between two and three hours per day, sometimes more - it depends on how many promos I receive.
When it comes to the music you play, there’s an admirable amount of diversity (with everything from vibrant house to driving techno and breaks) but always a distinct character and emotive mood. Do you find this is something that comes naturally or are you conscious of it when selecting?
It’s a combination of intuition about how the audience feels in a certain moment, and a conscious decision on the atmosphere I would like to immerse the people in. It’s like taking someone on a journey: you have an idea of where to take your guests but leave room for spontaneity, ending up in places outside of the planned route.
It seems that this ability to create cohesion amidst music that can be so stylistically different is something that distinguishes the truly talented selectors. This brings me to the recording you’ve kindly provided us with, from your back to back set with Stpjche at Echiwaves. Can you tell us a little about this experience?
For me b2b it’s a pretty intimate thing, cause first of all I always trying to “read” my partner, what he is doing while playing, and what he is playing, to make a transiting more smooth. I experienced playing accidentally b2b sets and I must admit that weren’t so smooth (from my point of view). I try to choose very carefully with who I share the decks keeping in mind the musical taste, personality and more generally vision about life. I feel that when three elements are aligned you can build up something really nice, like our set with Roger Gerressen and Exos.
Lastly, looking to the future, what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
I’m preparing myself for the upcoming All Night Long tour At the same time we are working on a new release on Luck of Access with young and talented Russian producer.
If you’re passionate about electronic music, and more particularly by minimal rhythms and living in Paris, you definitely have heard about LA CLAP, at least once. With their distinctive but true and recognizable visual identity made by Léa Charée, LA CLAP has become one of the labels in vogue of the French capital.
This label was founded in 2013, by Jean Cedric Alisonn, better known by his artist name Alisonn.
His dedication to djing started when he was 16, and still living in the south of France. He grew up in the middle of time of rave parties, and begun to play some techno beats according to this movement. His first residency at “Le Club House” back in the days allowed him to gain confidence and some improvements in his DJ sets by playing old groovy house and techno music.
It’s during the early 2000’s that he discovered the minimal style and imprint he wanted to share with labels such as Minus and Perlon to quote a few, and DJs like Steve Stoll, Daniel Bell, Richie Hawtin or Ricardo Villalobos. In this direction, Alisonn has begun to create some tasteful music, working in a vinyl shop in Paris and has gained the opportunity of learning about electronic music in general. This allowed him to start playing in all of the biggest clubs in Paris and around. It also marked the creation of LA CLAP.
LA CLAP has for goal to share his passion for music to everyone touched by electronic music and to promote minimal artists from the underground mid. The collective is already well known from the French people but also from foreigners like Romanians as it already has invited big micro-house headliners such as Barac, Petre Inspirescu, Nastia, Archie Hamilton, Arapu, Julietta, Triptil, Cezar Lazar, Praslea, Alex Celler, Denis Kaznacheev, SIT, Suciu, (iO)Mulen just to name a few of them.
With some serious releases from Dubsons, BirdMakingMachine, Alex Celler, Bruno Pronsato, CNTRL, Suciu, LA CLAP has already made their proof.
LACLAP004 is actually on the way, with some special guests : Fabe and Federico Molinari.
This time, Alisonn chosed to invite one of Reciproc best assets ALCI, to Nouveau Casino, that will become the next LA CLAP playground this week end. In addition of it, Ben Resist and Jesus will be playing as well. Expect some groove and weapon tracks all night long.
Following the success of their last outing, July’s Yoyaku showcase with Varhat and Janaret, Dubai’s Noctuary return this Thursday the 12th of September to present Swiss Maestro Alci.
Noctuary have steadily established themselves for their events where both atmosphere and music are of exceptionally high quality. Alci is one of the circuit’s most in demand acts, with a touring schedule that has seen him perform around the world at some of electronic music’s most respected dance floors. Alci’s accolades in the studio are similarly as impressive. Since emerging on the scene, he has released on imprints including Apollonia, Meander Æternum Music, Be As One Imprint, Sunday Breakfast Records, Spoon and his own imprint SEEING SOUNDS. Alci’s distinct groove is undeniably infectious, and his presence in the booth is that of a master. Alci will be supported on the evening by Noctuary’s resident Tamer for a night of positive energy and exceptional tunes. Doors open at 10pm, RSVP on Noctuary’s Facebook event.
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Just before arriving on site Thursday morning and receiving the heartbreaking news that Houghton Festival had been cancelled due to predicted 60mph winds by the Met Office, the underground electronic music family all shared a quiet moment of reflection about not getting to experience the magic of one of the finest festivals in the land again this year.
Leaving 8000 ravers with four free days to fill with dancing, alternative parties immediately sprung up online, featuring many of the artists due to play over the weekend and resulting in some of the quickest sold out events in recent months due to the eagerness of the crowd, intimacy of the venues and the gargantuan popularity of the DJs due to play. Some of the immediate events to surface were Voigtmann at Lion & Lamb and Cartulis at FOLD, both of which I quickly jumped on and therefore had something to look forward to and ease the blues.
The tiny capacity of pub venue Lion and Lamb meant that it was almost full upon arrival at 14:00 in the afternoon, with bodies eager to let off some steam and find solidarity on the dance floor. The pub has close connections with Houghton festival curator Craig Richards who can often be found on Thursday and Sunday nights playing here alongside many special companions who you rarely ever find in such a small setting. Voigtmann, another regular here, had today handpicked another very select bunch of artists including Bruno Schmidt, Patrick Klein, Silverlining, Taimur, Mr Shiver and Thoma Bulwer.
Tucked away off the main stretch of Hoxton, the traditional London boozer is cosy and familiar, with an outside terrace that allows you to chill with a pint before getting warmed up to hit the dance floor. Outside I met ravers who had travelled from as far as Malta and New York for Houghton and although as disappointed as they may have been, they still had smiles on their faces in anticipation of a day of quality music in these surroundings ahead. The family spirit associated with the festival and its deep-rooted connections across the country and further afield there for all to see.
Suitably limbered up, when I made my way past the leather sofas and rugs, and under the arty stereo jack lined ceiling, the party was already in full flow, with Bruno Schmidt making arms move and feet step in front of the small booth that included a simple set up of technics and a rotary mixer. Voigtmann could be seen interacting with the crowd, hugging both friends and newcomers alike and dancing behind the decks throughout. This set the tone and he embodied the collective enthusiasm. Taimur provided deep, hypnotic house, equally lapped up by the adoring faithful who were now crammed in and finally letting off some much-needed steam.
The party was just getting into its prime when I had to unfortunately cut it short and make my way over to Canning Town to FOLD to ensure I would be able to get a place in the again fully sold out event being hosted by Cartilus. Again, this featured some favourite underground heroes and masters of the turntables including the formidable Nicolas Lutz and My Own Jupiter label mates Omar, Unai Trotti, Kino and Michelle.
This was my first time at the club and I was impressed to say the least in its approach. Located in an industrial space far removed from anything that it might disrupt, it boasts the loudest sound system in London, with its 24-hour license and no-filming policy it has a European feel, and this was also represented in the diverse crowd in attendance. The door staff are friendly but selective and ensure that only those who are there for the music gain entry. From the outside it appears as abandoned as the other surrounding warehouses, but inside it becomes a rave paradise, with huge pillars, metal supports and shutters alongside the far wall. Lockers are available to return to throughout the night which provides safety and security for endless hours of dancing.
Inside the venue impressive lighting and sound filled the main room, with warm red lasers capturing the mood of the soundtrack of slow breaks that was initially being provided by both Kino and Unai Trotti, robotic sci-fi synths putting the early crowd into an early trip inside the former paint factory. The fascinating projections on the back wall behind the DJ of a bookshelf fading in and out accompanying the spellbinding records.
As the 600-capacity main room started to fill to the maximum and a dim blue hue filled the air, OMAR took the reins and played an engrossing set of stripped back house, experimental sounds from the Panama native enthralling stomping ravers. The sound system sounded fine-tuned wherever you were placed, and the room has an intimate yet dominating atmosphere.
The dystopian feel of the club that looks onto electric pylons and concrete rubble felt perfect as headliner Nicolas Lutz mesmerised the audience with menacing slow electro jams featuring long breakdowns that provided brief respite, before hitting into bombastic bass lines not of this planet. As the daylight began to pierce through the shutters creating an eerie, enchanting atmosphere, the appreciative and varied crowd were happy to be taken in whichever direction Lutz saw fit, as he didn’t make the path easily digestible, but it was ever exciting and the crowd seemed to welcome hearing new and completely unexpected tunes, many of which I’m sure may never see the light of day for some time yet.
Following a day break, the final party I checked out was a special collaboration between Meoko and BAG at the world-famous Fabric. Relative Perlon newcomer and extraordinary hardware wizz kid Spacetravel was headlining alongside Gene on Earth. The tunes throughout the night were exceptional as anticipated, with a fun, playful and heartwarming blend of abstract house selections that ended the weekend with a fitting sense of positivity.
This was one of the busiest times I have encountered at Fabric on a Sunday evening and the dancefloor was completely full right from the beginning of the night to the very last record, the surrounding of the caged booth right to the raised terrace at the back of the main room packed with familiar faces who were making the most of the additional days they had booked off on Monday and Tuesday. Keep a close eye on Meoko for more forthcoming events that will surprise and excite in the autumn and winter months.
Even though it wasn’t the weekend everyone had anticipated, with many sold out events across a whole host of venues and spaces, it was an opportunity for those who may not have otherwise received such a spotlight to get some well-deserved recognition. Old friends were reunited, new ones made, and it was great to see the community of the scene come together and make the best out of a bad situation, the days proving that London is still one of the friendliest and most interesting places to party in the world. No one in attendance at these events had a bad word to say about Houghton, warm feelings remained inside, and all will be seen back there in 2020.
Words by Tom Warner
The highly respected and established Serialism Records arrives to London this September 8th at 93 Feet East to host its first series of events by the name of Serialism London in collaboration with MEOKO. The promising new party will focus on an amazing curation of sophisticated music along with new and established talent at this unique and special location of the British capital. This coming Sunday afternoon will be a musical gathering not to be missed, Serialism London will bring an overall vibe of endless dancing and harmony signature of Serialism’s parties all over the world. Last but not least, MEOKO and Serialism will sort two VIP free entrances plus a rare vinyl by Jichael Mackson at the event so keep posted of our social media for more information regarding the event and the VIP prize.
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Serialism London will host a stellar bill: The Mole (Live), Alexkid, Alex Arnout, Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum (both residents, with the former being founder and the latter co-owner of Serialism Records respectively), and Oli Silva to kick off the anticipated party series that has already made waves in cities like Berlin, Brussels and Sao Paulo among other cities around the globe.
Check out our Interview with Quenum - A journey through the years: Behind the scenes with the unstoppable Quenum
The Mole (Canada) is not only a veteran and avid record collector with a career that spans for over twenty years of constant digging and experimentation with music. This artist’s passionate digging and careful selection has continued to delight crowds with his groovy yet eccentric sound that flows effortlessly in the dance floor, making his live performance one to be off the books.
Alex Arnout and AlexKid also well-known names in the industry will showcase their own takes on house music and its nuances which will induce the public into constant motion. Likewise, Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum will bring in the heat to London with their signature Serialism Records’ sound, a perfect balance of groove and energetic beats that continues to seduce audiences internationally. Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum will showcase their skillful mixing and cultivated selection separately this Sunday afternoon, which is nothing new to them as they have constantly enchanted crowds as well in their joint performance as Azimute. Warm up duties will be handled by Oli Silva, so expect nothing but a tasteful musical curation at Serialism London, a new event series that arrives to the city synonym of freedom, no boundaries and prejudice and most importantly love for music.
Azimute MEOKO Mix - Click to Play
After twelve years of cutting edge music (since its creation in 2007) and top artist releases (Jichael Mackson, Dewalta, Mathew Jonson, Cassy, Mike Shannon, Loquace, Cristi Cons, Sublee etc.) and having hosted parties including: (an eight-year residency at the infamous Watergate club in Berlin), Paris, Sydney, Moscow, Ibiza, Brussels, Bangkok, Geneva and Sao Paulo to name a few, Serialism London will surely provide a dynamic and inclusive space for music lovers. The last couple of years, Brazil and more specifically Sao Paulo, has been the latest stronghold to the label’s events, bringing avant-garde music to new frontiers. Having booked several major artists (Rhadoo, tINI, Dan Andrei, Rich NXT, Anthea, Denis Kaznacheev, Janina, Lamache, Losoul etc.) the label’s showcases and events certainly contributed positively to the development of the underground scene in the giant Latin American country. Surely, Serialism London promises to be another successful musical venture and will provide the local scene with top quality music and experiences as they have done before.
Words by Daniel Ordoñez
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 with him, since 2016, the prestigious Serialism label.
Your first track is dated in 2003… I was only 7 years old! 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
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 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.
4 Stages: Pool Stage, Garden Stage, Terrace Stage and So LoungeYoung creators market, wellbeing and relaxationHours: 12h - 05h00
Location: Sofitel Mogador Golf & Spa Essaouira
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
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.
Festival Ticket Only — 3-Day Pass from 150€
Ticket + Transport + Hotel — from 206€
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!
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...
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
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.
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Words by Lily Dalton
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.
Let’s start the interview with a proper Italian question: pizza or 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?
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?
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