Despite big head line ups, techno festivals and events, discovering, hearing and dancing to some tasteful rhythms remains the main goal of what we love and want to share. Techno is all about music and passion, a fact that we can’t deny. In this way, we choose to offer you something fresh, a brand new bangin label named Phonik, co-founded by Yoshitaca, Fasten Musique Concrète Resident DJ among Archie Hamilton, Verrina&Ventura, SIT or Roger Gerressen to just name a few – and friend and partner Julien Lucas.
One release and another one out since yesterday, we had a talk with this last one but least quoted, Julien. 25 y/o French young man livin in Berlin since few years now, talked us about Phonik origins and his vision of the music berliner way of life.
Hello Julien, thanks for having us. I’m glad to exchange with you today.
Hey Dylan, thank you for your welcome and interest in our new project Phonik.
First of all, and as it’s the main reason of our venue, can you tell us few words about Phonik creation, aims and directions.
Everything started in 2016 when Yoshitaca and myself met at the club Hoppetosse in Berlin, during his first gig there. From this time, a strong friendship started and our love for the same music pushed us to make this project together.
In February 2018, we decided to create our own label Phonik. We could define our music by a mix between House and Electro, with some techno sonority.
We all know that the Berlin underground scene is pretty huge and various. It’s a kind of pilgrimage site for every DJ and ravers who want to become more imbued with the electronic music culture. How can you define your place in it?
First of all, Berlin always been for us “the” electronic music city, which is actually the main reason why we both moved here.
The rave culture always been huge here. Clubs like Heideglühen or Hoppetosse have been for us a lot of inspiration in our music direction.
But like we all know, the concurrence here is important and it’s getting harder to stand out from all of these new labels.
Our music wanna stay underground, in the way that we only press 300 copies for each EP and work mainly with new artists.
Phonik has for the moment released two vinyl records : PNK001 Thoughts or Feelings, an whole EP composed by Yoshitaca and PNK002 Members Only EP including four tracks by Mariano, Optique, Yoshitaca and Yoske which is out since yesterday!!
How do you feel about this second EP?
We are really excited to see how the public will react with this various artists composed by four very talented producer. The four tracks are made for the dancefloor.
Bikini Waxx Records located in the famous Kreuzberg district, became one of the most popular record store in Town since there opening five years ago.
A great selection from House to Techno with a warm customer service.
The team is composed by Yannik Zander, Alexander Skancke and the owner Gerd Tammist.
With their cosy mezzanine space, it’s feels good to listen records while drinking a tea or talking with friends.
You have the chance to have Bikini Waxx Records store for your second release party. Can you tell us more about this partnership?
We really wanted to make a partnership with a record store in Berlin, and naturally our choice turned into Bikini Waxx.
We both are regular customers of the shop, and with the time became friends with the team. Like we said, it is really important for us to work with people close to us.
On March 8th, so basically TOMORROW you will be hosting the PNK002 release party over there. What can we expect about it?
It’s gonna be a lovely event starting at (from) 6pm till 10pm. We wanted something familial for this one, and Bikini waxx feels a bit like home! For this event, our special guest will be the talented Velasco playing his finest records.
Of course will follow our two Phonik artists Yoske and Yoshitaca. You will find some copies of the PNK02 directly there.
Fresh beer will be served as well!
What is next for Phonik?
Working at the moment on the third EP, which will be out hopefully beginning of summer!
We’re planning also to make really soon some merchandise goods Phonik T-shirt and tote bags.
Thank you for your time Julien, see you really soon.
Phonik02 Release Party x Bikini Waxx Records promises to be a lot of fun, a perfect way to breathe out after a long week, afterworks golden hours to enjoy with vinyl only sets from Velasco (Nil), Yoshitaca (Phonik) and Yoske (Phonik/LARK).
And ‘cause we love to treat you damn well, one of you will have the chance to win the new PNK002 Members Only EP. One rule, like and share the Facebook publication, Julien will pick the luckiest of us with our help.
Words by Dylan Am