- Published on Tuesday, 05 December 2017 20:29
We are back with Under The MEOKO Microscope feature alongside a very exciting name – Giammarco Orsini. The Italian artist first enriched his musical culture in Italy where he grew up, influenced by the grooves of the 90’s. He further developed his musical identity by spending countless hours of discovering and playing vinyls. Soon enough, Giammarco started showcasing his talents to a wider audience and his first forays into DJ culture happened in Pescara, where he became resident DJ at Zu::Bar, thus kickstarting his career. Havinh many gigs there increased his notoriety in the local scene and allowed him to meet other inspiring talents, pushing him to start producing and to create his own imprint “Heko Records” - the label behind Pancratio’s stand out EP “Pancratio 1”. As well as bringing new producers like Pancratio to the fore, Giammarco Orsini is also behind a number of successful releases himself, his four-tracker « Game of chance » on Partisan an undeniable dancefloor favourite. His move to the German capital further cemented his profile, leading to gigs alongside big names such as Ricardo Villalobos, John Dimas and Shonky to name a few. He is a regular at venues such as Club der Visionäre and Watergate but still finds the time to play in his home country at the famous Goa Club. He has recently got back from a tour in America, and we are happy to learn more about the Italian « Enfant Prodigue ». We caught up with this talent in an interview, so let’s get into this and check his exclusive MEOKO mix.
Hi Giammarco, we are really happy to have you for the new edition of Under the MEOKO Microscope, thank you for taking the time for us.
Hi Guys, I'm happy to be on board and thank you for inviting me for this special feature.
1. How old were you when you started playing music and which influences made you want to be the DJ you are today ?
I started around 14, I was buying all different kinds of music and in the beginning my focus was just improve my technique.
I was mixing from Hip Hop to House and Techno and I was trying to understand the differences between genres and how to mix them. Slowly i started to look more for some specific subgenres that sounded more interesting to my ears like progressive house mixed with breakbeat to get into minimal techno or house lately but basically I was just surfing between genres.
During this process I started to realize what I really liked in the music so I started to produce my own music which helped me to understand which elements in one track are more interesting to me and in general what I feel more in the tracks I play.
2. Did the fact growing up in Italy have any impact on the music you play now, on your inspirations from when you started? Italy have a good history of house music and your selection has always been eclectic, are the 90s Influences still something you explore and re-discover for your sets or even your productions ?
Growing up in Italy has of course had big impact as it’s in my roots and it’s where I found the inspiration of to play and make music. Even now my sets are full of those records that were released in the late 90s. I think it's amazing to discover old records that still sound relevant now but to bring them back under a new light and to a new audience.
3. Your productions range from the groovier sounds on Heko Records to a more minimalistic style on Partisan. How would you describe the differences in your approach when producing on different labels?
I always do different styles of music, blending my influences all together to evolve my sound. I think the Partisan EP for example it's a crossover between my Italian roots and the influences I got here in Berlin.
For example when we chose the tracks, we started from the A2 Divenire and it was just a spontaneous decision to build an EP that reflected my style paired with my evolution and the same time that also fit well on the label.
Same thing happened with the EP on Elephant Moon. You always start from one or two tracks that take the attention of the A&R and then you build an EP trying to find the right balance between your sound and the sound of the label.
4.How did your moving from Italy to Berlin affect you ? Is it an incisive moment in your music career ?
It was a key moment not only in my career but in my life in general. I realized how much I wanted to dedicate myself to the music and Berlin is the place where many artist live and work so being here gave me the opportunity to meet other producers or go to hear DJ’s that I usually wouldn’t have an opportunity to hear play very often. It’s also amazing for record shopping and there are many chances to collaborate with other artists as this city really encourages that community feeling.
In general you get inspired from this whole thing, parties are happening every day of the week and all of this inspire me and make me more productive but still I needed time to establish myself in the city and get into my new life rhythm.
Obviously you have to be focused on your objective otherwise one of the common side effects that I see around is you can lose easily yourself in a black hole of permanent partying.
5. You play often alongside John Dimas, you also just made an EP on his Label Elephant Moon, how did you met and how is his music important to you? Do you plan to work together on any other upcoming releases ?
I met John Dimas a few years ago in Italy during one night in San Benedetto del Tronto and he played 80% of records that I used to play! I was so impressed because I was already a big fan of his music but I never saw him DJing before that night.
Since that day we've always been in contact and especially when I moved to Berlin we became closer. Actually we're also working on some music together but we don’t have a release date scheduled yet.
6. You play often at the famous Goa club in Rome together with Fabrizio Sala ,how can you describe the music scene in Italy compared to Berlin ?
Goa Club is a legendary club which has shaped electronic music in Italy over the last 20 years and I'm really grateful to get the chance to play there regularly along with Fabrizio for the party Nozoo.
In Italy there is always something going on, club culture is still alive and well and especially in the last few years a lot of new promoters started to support underground events and this gave the opportunity to small artists to get booked.
I don't think it's really possible to compare the two scenes. There are too many cultural differences that generate a totally different approach. For instance, the amount of events that are going on in Berlin every weekend don't exist in any city of Italy or in general in any other city in Europe. I think the club culture here has another weight compared to Italy and the other countries in Europe.
People come to Berlin from all over the world specifically to go to parties and listen to electronic music. They call it Techno Tourism actually! This doesn't mean that Berlin is better but it's just a place where the culture is more developed and accepted into the social system.
7. Do you feel the club experience is shaped by cultural differences? When travelling, do you take cultural differences into consideration? How far is your approach as a DJ benefited in different countries and in different crowds?
I think the club culture is definitely shaped on the cultural system. It's a process that is evolving in every country in it’s own way and it changes with the generations.
From my experience as DJ I have observed that in countries like Italy or Spain you always have to bring a certain amount of energy to the dancefloor. Parties are shorter and in general you have to do your best in a smaller time frame as opposed to countries like Germany, Russia or Belgium where the parties are longer, the music is more hypnotic and you have more time to play something special that you cannot do in just a 2 hour set.
I have recently been, for the first time, to Panama and I was so impressed with how the crowd reacted to the music, they were dancing and enjoying every minute till the lights came on. Everything seemed new for them and they were really open to hear records that would be a bit more challenging to play everywhere. The same happened in Austin, Texas as well which was a nice surprise!
8.How do you prepare your set from venue to venue and country to country?
Obviously I try to collect as much music as possible to be ready to play for different crowds. I check my set time and what kind of party it is and if I’ve never been there I like to do a little research so I can be as prepared as possible.
I pack my bags with the thought of always trying to bring a bit of everything because in the end you never know what is going to happen there and sometimes you have to be ready to adapt to some lineups changes or just to play in front of less people. However, in general if I play an afterhour or a warm up I'll always bring something deep and if I play peak time, something more energetic.
For me it's just really important to be aware of what's happening in the club around you and try to play the right records while staying true to your style. It’s nice to be able to express yourself and educate the crowd a little but also people want to have fun so you have to always keep that in mind.
Thank you again for your time and the very energetic podcast you recorded for us, we look forward to hearing more exciting news from you !
Thank you guys for this nice interview, I hope to see you soon in London or somewhere else!
Words by: Natascha Kramer
- Published on Thursday, 30 November 2017 20:59
As December is here, the colder weather is beginning to settle in, and festive celebrations begin. We are under the impression Goa Club are celebrating the whole month, compiling stellar parties each every weekend. The 700 capacity club residing in the Ostiense neighbourhood in Rome, have a reputation for casting in high quality artists, putting themselves firmly at the forefront of the Italian scene since 1996.
Regular displays of electronic music on different club nights has led to the success of the club, a true variance. This December will see Touch the Wood, Nozoo, Goa Ultrabeat, Rebel Rebel and She Made all representing their own sounds and visions.
Slick groove master Fumiya Tanaka will be making an appearance on December 2nd, the Perlon star will play an extended set for Nozoo. On the 7th Planetary Assault Systems’ will be bringing his set up to Rome for Goa Ultrabeat. As far as live sets go we have not quite seen any as intense, a true representation of his legendary sound. Something that needs to be experienced. He will be joined by DJ Red (Electric Deluxe / BPitch Control) and Adiel (Ultrabeat / Danza Tribale).
A certain highlight taking place the following day is Praslesh and Giammarco Orsini. Raresh and Praslea are known for bringing the heat worldwide under their duo alias, it will be somewhat of a beautiful combination once amongst the exquisite decor of Goa. Orsini’s recent productions on Partisan and Heko are a stamp of the outstanding sounds that will be served up on the night.
Thursday 14th sees Chicago house pioneer Boo Williams make an appearance in Italy. An impressive discography with releases on Peacefrog, Cajual and Rush Hour (to name only a few) sum up how this night will be nothing short of amazing. A master class in the game. The day after this heavy night; Nina Kraviz will take control of the club alongside ZERØ at Rebel Rebel night, on 15th of December.
Vlada and She Made resident Ameliee join Partisan chief Anthea just days away from Christmas, Dec 23th. Let the Christmas dinner settle, get the gifts out of the way and get ready for Nozoo Christmas AfterTea. Heading up proceedings is Discobar’s very own Lamache, crate digger and true selector. Laurine (Slowlife) joins him for the festive extravaganza on 25th of December with Marcolino Ultrasuoni, Christopher Ledger, Alberto Gerardi, and Fabrizio Sala.
Rounding off the busy month at Goa; Ultrabeat & Rebel Rebel night will take place on Friday, 29th of December with Hunee (Rush Hour) alongside ZERØ (Rebel Rebel).
Plus many more special names on the bill, throughout December.
You do not need to let the frost get to you, call it an early Christmas treat and get flights booked up. It makes sense.
Words by Zac Bidwell
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- Published on Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:44
London promoter LWE has just announced the end of their association with Printworks, Canada Water’s recently opened venue, where they acted in the position of events producer.
LWE and Printworks seemed to be a match made in heaven; the former is renowned for hosting dance music’s top tier at bigger-than-life events, while the latter, a gigantic repurposed newspaper printing facility, offers the necessary infrastructure to suit such events’ scale.
Indeed, the venue’s opening run was certainly a resounding success and one of the capital’s most important dance music news this year — a success to which the London promoter, which brought the likes of Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock or Luciano among others, was integral, since they have effectively curated the entire Printworks' programmation as well as production and operation.
The parties booked at Printworks till the end of the year, including the Chemical Brothers, Paul Kalkbrenner or Richie Hawtin, will therefore be the last ones curated by LWE. This run will come to an end with the venue’s NYE/NYD double-batch.
It will be interesting to see how other promoters will manage to take over, and which direction they bring Printworks into. Meanwhile, LWE is headed for a busy 2018. It will start off with their New Year’s Day party and will include another Junction 2 festival. Their ongoing collaboration with Elrow will also return, and we’re told to expect “a new outdoor event on the South Coast, Arcadia's arrival in London, some amazing shows at Tobacco Dock and a plethora of other exciting projects.”
- Published on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 21:43
London in December is a far cry from the warm and inviting climate we tend to associate with our beloved Romanian grooves, but you can count on Oscuro to bend over backwards and rectify this. Hot on the heels of their 3rd birthday celebration, which saw them invite French duo Zendid and Romanian legends/master hypnotisers/all-around dance floor smashers SIT, the crew is throwing their last party of the year at the Hackney Wick haunt Bloc, on December 15th.
With the party season incoming, no one knows for sure if the team behind Oscuro can prepare a decent Christmas feast, but they can sure cook up a mouth-watering party. This time again, it’s a familiar figure of the Romanian pantheon gracing the decks: Praslea returns to London after his and Raresh’s spooky and sweaty performance for Art of Dark’s Halloween party. The [a:rpia:r] affiliate will show he can shine just as bright without his illustrious partner, and make London that little bit warmer for four hours. If you wanna check beforehand who’s coming to town, have a go at his own productions: those are few and far between, but it’s one of those cases of quality priming over quantity. Or treat your ears to his label Understand’s stellar discography — they just released Arapu’s latest roller — but hey, trust us: steady rolling basslines and a hell of a good time, that’s what you’re in for.
Praslea will be supported by London’s very own Christian AB. It’s not the first time the two share the bill — in fact, Christian has played with most of minimal’s royalty (including a rare back-to-back with Praslesh at Art of Dark Halloween Theatre), and may well end up being considered part of it if he keeps churning out the sort of tunes he released on new label London In Transmission’s first two EPs. He’s been touring Europe lately, even spinning at minimal mecca Club Der Visionaere, but be sure to catch him on his home turf for full effect.
To round this up, who else than Oscuro’s trusted residents? There’s no great party without a great warm-up, but this task will doubtless be easily fulfilled by Jayar and Kadow. The two have made a strong impression at the third birthday, and they’ll definitely outdo themselves one more time. So remember, do come early.
- Published on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 19:48
‘Join us as we delve inside the world of Adrian Niculae, known by many as, Priku. Last week we saw the landing of his latest concoction 'Consensual', the fifth release on his own outlet of quality over quantity sounds, MOTIF. Perfect timing for an exclusive feature paired with an outstanding mix; extracted from his recent set for the Duo family at Casa Quien, Dominican Republic.
A humble genius , and a true craftsmen amongst the scene. Ensuring himself as a staple name for around ten years now. The Romanian artist is known for his ability to seamlessly weave together hypnotic loops and rhythms creating a unique flavour of grooves only he can capture. Repeatedly his productions are nothing short of masterpieces. You can count on that.
After joining Sunrise in 2007 grabbing the attention of the right people soon followed, after a steady amount of releases, and high profile gigs this gave him the recognition he deserved. Early years saw releases on [a:rpia:r], Only 300 Family and Concrete Music. In 2011 came a record that will always have a place in the heart of the MEOKO record bag, this being the 'Bercelona EP' on All Inn Black.
Naturally, with a work rate and raw talent such as this the years to come became filled with many more genius productions. Atmospheric journeys with a real attention to detail. Pressure Traxx, Eastenderz, and Liniar are just a handful of standout names Priku has assigned his music too. Whilst delivering stellar records, and extended sets all over the world, the Bucharest based artist still managed to engage with two labels of his own MOTIF (2013) and last year Atipic. MOTIF is an open landscape for his deepest thoughts and desires, signed sincerely with passion, expressing his personal tastes and agendas. This is where you will find him releasing under his own name, and inviting special friends such as Arapu, as they team up under the alias of Super Moon. With a fantastic reception in such a short space of time, his latest fine article is ‘Concensual’. A two track release. The A side ‘Seesaw’ sways back and forth, driven continuously shifting through the gears, as enlightening percussions aim to enforce a balance. ’24.00’ is a stripped back affair, waiting for the right listener to maximise its full potential. An open mind, in an amazing setting and this track will create something particularly memorable.
With Atipic there are simply no rules to break, expect the unexpected, and experience a truly magical platform for the trained ears out there. This special imprint has included Jorge Savoretti, Vincentlulian and Andu Simion. After working behind the scenes for a long time, this year has seen the birth of Atipic (Live). The live performance from Adrian first see light at Sunwaves 21 (setting the stage perfectly for Villalobos), The Block (Tel Aviv) and just a few weeks ago in the forest at Mioritmic festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The up close and personal construction of sound does not venture too far from your typical expectations from Priku, but leaves you in admiration of how talented this artist really is. He has stepped up to the next level with ease, but was there really ever any doubts? We cannot advise you enough to let loose, and discover amongst the sounds of Atipic Live. In the not so far future the performance will be making its awaited London debut. January 13th 2018 you will have this opportunity, as Atipic meets fabriclondon.
In the coming months Priku’s forthcoming single release on Savor Music will become available to the world. His track ‘In White’ features on part one of a series of various artists compilations from the Argentinian born label. Joined by high caliber artists all round including Franco Cinelli, Le Loup, Martinez, Ernesto Ferreyra and fellow Romanians Livio & Roby.
Words by Zac Bidwell