Audience size doesn’t matter. Audience quality matters! VAT has been cut in UK for concerts and festivals
- Published on Thursday, 16 July 2020 10:06
It's the recent news that VAT has now been cut In the UK from 20% to 5% for concerts and festivals this is an excellent opportunity for venues and promoters to recoup some of the costs lost in recent months. Read more here from theguardian.com
From a club viewers point of view, this is also great news as tickets could be more affordable for events. Again encouraging for us to get back out there and enjoy the party.
- Published on Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:22
Open Music Lab launches Open Culture Lab, a new project for diversity in electronic music, kicking off July 20th with Maayan Nidam
The Open Music Lab is a Berlin-based, space and platform that works as part of the Give Something Back To Berlin (GSBTB) community, a non-profit organization that aims to promote cultural and social projects in the German capital. Their new venture, the Open Culture Lab, is a collaborative project with renowned DJ and producer Maayan Nidam, that further celebrates musical diversity in electronic music.
The Open Culture Lab event series will kick off on Monday, July 20th as part of a series of open-air events promoting a wide variety of musical journeys and cultures. The first event will focus on African musical heritage and culture. The day will start with a panel discussion by Tracy Bakala (Yoyaku’s senior booking agent and partner) Mista Wallizz from (Freak de l'Afrique), and DJ Ukai Ndame, as they will discuss topics around community organization and the heritage of African music. Floyd Lavine (artist and producer from the RISE crew), will host music production workshop and afterwards, attendees will be able to hang out with event hosts, enjoy some food and listen to music by DJ Dede.
Through the experiences of musicians, producers, activists and members of the music industry the Open Culture Lab will bring different key players from the scene together while also promoting diversity and cultural exchange. This holistic approach is distinctive as it mixes cultural and social aspects together for the fostering of creativity and community. The Open Culture Lab is a remarkable initiative, and while we face troubling times, one thing is certain, unity and solidarity are key to continue growing and reinventing the music and arts industry, now even more so than ever.
⇨ Click HERE to register for the event.
Date: Monday, July 20th, 2020
Time: Event runs from 5 P.M. - 9 P.M.
Location: will be confirmed with email registration
Words by Daniel Ordoñez
- Published on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 21:30
For the past 6 years – catching up with the musically gifted trio Wareika has somehow become a tradition here at Meoko and we absolutely love it. This time we are thrilled to premiere this exclusive Live Jam coming straight from Henrik’s studio in Bingen / Rhein (near Frankfurt). Henrik is one of these artists who channels his emotions through music – in his own words “music comes first and foremost from the heart”. After experimenting with hundreds of different devices and their possible combinations Henrik has even built his own custom-made instruments as he couldn’t find what he needed “out on the market”. Such is his artistic genius!
Since school time he and Jakob have been inseparable, creating music together for two decades now. It was however on a warm mid-summer afternoon in 2008 when Jakob, Florian and Henrik met, “just to play a bit around” and through that session Wareika was born. Forming a new sound by the clever use of elements from Techno, House, Jazz and Classical music, they simply felt the need in experimenting with polyrhythm arrangements and developed their very own signature sound.
In this video, Henrik captures the emotion of an Indian Raga (Raga Yaman) and transported it into music that does not sound Indian at all. “I tried to express this emotion without using any typical Indian sounds, to avoid this cliché. Yaman is one of my favourite Indian Ragas, it always evokes in me the feeling of longing for something yet unreachable or yearning for a better life. I feel this emotion very strongly in our world right now, so I tried to express it in music” he explained.
Technically speaking, he continued – “I simply programmed a drone on a Synthesizer with “hold” function to create a background layer of sound, as the tanpura does in Indian Classical music. Then I recorded some congas with a mic and some electronic drums and made loops, then programmed a bass line and additional drones. The bass sound is my beloved “non-vca patch” which sounds especially warm and round. I routed everything to my mixing desk’s channels to be able to arrange on the fly and according to emotion rather than thought (would need a few more arms here, hehe) while playing the guitar. I improvised melodies on the Guitar, using an A Minor Pentatonic scale ascending, and a B Flat Lydian scale descending, which leads to typical phrases of Raga Yaman. In Indian music almost every note is approached with various slides, vibratos and other ornaments, which I avoided, to not sound very oriental in this case. Instead, I tried to embellish the melodies with a more jazz-like approach, with little chords and licks here and there”.
Yaman emerged from the parent musical scale of Kalyan. It is considered to be one of the grandest and most fundamental ragas in Hindustani music and is often one of the first ragas taught to students – but it also has great scope for improvisation. This is an example of the diversity Wareika possess. The club rutted trio is a talented bunch and continues to impress dance floors worldwide.
credits: Photophunk (Wareika at Funkhaus / 01.04.2016)
In recent months Wareika announced the launch of their own record label Wareika Music with a 45-minute track "Tizinabi" put out as a free download on SoundCloud so keep an eye as some really exciting stuff will be released via their own imprint soon! Happy listening!
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Words by Denny Kem
- Published on Thursday, 09 July 2020 14:34
Zurich's Supermarket has become an indispensable reference in the Central European scene over the last years, hosting renowned names such as ro-minimal titans like Rhadoo, Mihigh, Cosmjn, Cezar and Amorf, but also serious grooves like Loco Dice, Felipe Valenzuela, Yaya, Ferro, master of the house Alci and many more.
Born in 1998, the club is located just outside the city centre and during these 20 years has fashioned and shaped not just the nightlife of Zurich, but also that of the whole of Switzerland, affirming itself as a leader in the underground-music panorama.
This next Saturday, after being re-opened by its very own talent Alci, the club see again the Camouflage crew bringing some lovely vibes courtesy of Goa Club resident Fabrizio Sala (NOZOO), Togué (RE.FACE) and residents Rogi and Carmine, for what will be an amazing night full of good music, especially in times like this when we all would need it!
Make you sure to keep an eye on the page as the club will also invite Priku, Guti, Zefzeed, Gianni Callipari and Ricardo Villalobos, so you definitely can't miss them all! The events will take place with due caution, respecting all the necessary COVID-19 preventive measures, click HERE for all the info.
Words by Francesco Quieti
- Published on Wednesday, 08 July 2020 09:14
We talked about a long ago. A time that seemed to us interminable. A time of discouragement, uncertainties and fears, that seems to have finally reached the end. The Amphia night was supposed to take place at the Ampere club on Friday 13th March, but we all know what happened then. With great regret of the organizers, artists and all the music lovers, the night has been delayed indefinitely. Now, almost 4 months after, we're so happy to announce that the event will take place on 26th September, same line-up, same passion, same flavour.
Born from the mind of Romanian studio wizards and musical visionaries Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia, this label has rapidly shaped what we usually used to call the rominimal sound, adding to the usual intricated grooves the right dose of fuzzy synths, futuristic basslines and cosmic pads. The label name itself evokes ancient and epic scenarios, leading us to vast and desolate lands, where once performed deeds that are still remembered today.
The battlefield for the night (if we can say so) will be the magic Ampere club. The titans clashing will include label heads - Vlad and Cristi - under their SIT moniker, going live both as a duo and a trio, because they will be joined by extraordinary pianist Mischa Blanos, with whom they form the Amorf group. The Romanian squad will be completed by Arpiar’s associates Cezar and Dan Andrei whom, through a rich and deep musical selection, will enrich the evening unleashing unforgettable peak times tracks.
Check out the official event for all the info!
Words by Francesco Quieti