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The connection between Ben Vedren and Concrete will always be special, we asked Ben of his top five moments at Concrete

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Reviews
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 19/05/2013
When 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.
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3. New Years Eve_ main room 31/12/2018
Definitely 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/
 
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I 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 21/07/2019
Learning 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.

 

Keep up to date with all things Reduce Records, Reduce Records Soundcloud, Reduce Records FB. 

Artist profiles Ben Vedren Soundcloud, Ben Vedren RA, Ben Vedren FB, Leiris Soundcloud, Leiris RA, Leiris FB

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!

“When you listen to nature, you can hear those sounds – it’s music.” Exclusive interview with Russian DJ Andrey Pushkarev

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews, MEOKO Exclusive

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

An alternative Houghton weekend – in the midst of heartbreak, London pulls through again

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews

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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.

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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.

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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

A journey through the years: behind the scene with the unstoppable Quenum

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews

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. 

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  • 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.

 

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  • 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.

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  • 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

MOGA Festival : A mystical place on the Moroccan coast

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, News

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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 ZeroKenny Dope, Enzo Siragusa, Folamour, Lazare HocheBLOND: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.

 

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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.

 

https://www.mogafestival.com

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https://twitter.com/MogaFestival

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FESTIVAL INFO

4 Stages: Pool Stage, Garden Stage, Terrace Stage and So Lounge
Young creators market, wellbeing and relaxation
Hours: 12h – 05h00

Location: Sofitel Mogador Golf & Spa Essaouira

 

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MOGA X-TRAS

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 officials
20h – 00h: OCEAN VAGABOND – BBQ / buffet + Dj set
22h-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

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HOT SPOTS

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.

 


TICKETS

Festival Ticket Only —  3-Day Pass from 150€

Ticket + Transport + Hotel — from 206€

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– Escape the demands of modern life and immerse yourself into the idyllic world of a secluded island paradise – Three Smoked Olives Festival

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, MEOKO Exclusive, Reviews

 

Our 3 Smoked Olives countdown has been underway for a while, as we eagerly await one of the most unique music experiences of the summer. With just under 3 weeks to go, the excitement is truly burning and our time on the island could not come sooner.

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Taking place from July 24th– July 30th, 3 Smoked Olives invites attendees to escape the demands of modern life and immerse themselves in the idyllic world of a secluded island paradise. Now in its seventh edition, 3 Smoked Olives pairs an inimitable location with a faultless soundtrack and a welcome focus on sustainability and self expression.

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Names like Sammy Dee, Herodot, Lamache, Suciu and Francesco Del Garda to name only a few are sure to secure the event’s high calibre status, while more underrated artists like Vlad Dinu and Amir Javasoul (both of whom we have had the pleasure of hosting in our MEOKO podcast series) elevate the lineup’s expert curation. 

THE LINE UP

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Ali Nasser
Amir Javasoul
Andrei Ciubuc
Arapu
Bălașa Percussion
Cally
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Cesar Merveille
Charlie
Clovis
Cosmjn
Denis Korablev
DJ Vasile
Emi
Fabe
Francesco del Garda
George L
Gescu
Giorgio Maulini
Giuliano Lomonte
Herodot
James Mc Hale
Kosta
Kozo
Lamache
Leo Pol
Lowris
Matt Foley
Mihai Pol
Nicolas Lutz
Noizar & Borys
Prichindel
Sammy Dee
Sedee
Sepp
Sublee
Suciu
The Rabbit King
Vincent Lemieux
Vlad Dinu

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Following the inaugural edition of our 3-part mix series giving you a taste of the sounds to expect on the island, we are delighted to deliver the second installment. We welcome James McHale and Giorgio Maulini, who have dug deep into their respective collections to deliver an electric b2b set. The two swiss artists have a reputation for their groove-fueled sets rich with energy and spontaneity, and the hour-and-a-half journey they have delivered to us is no exception. Full of infectious rhythms, robotic basslines, with a healthy dose of swing, McHale and Maulini provide a nimble journey through a selection of electro tinged club cuts. Guaranteed to have you dreaming of the dancefloor, this is the perfect mix to fuel the fire that is the 3SO anticipation! A listen guaranteed to lift spirits and evoke excitement, we cannot wait to see what James McHale and Giorgio Maulini bring to the Island. Dive in head-first to this one and keep your ears close to the ground for our next 3 Smoked Olives podcast.

Islanders, The countdown has truly begun.

28th of July, Elétrico Festival returns to Porto’s Parque da Pasteleira

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Reviews

From the 26th to the 28th of July, Elétrico Festival returns to Porto’s Parque da Pasteleira. The boutique festival launched last year, born from the charismatic energy and culture of the Porto city. Taking its name “Elétrico” from the Portuguese word for “Tram”, the festival aims to be a “vehicle of emotions”, offering connection, immersion and liberation through a dynamic artistic and cultural experience.

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MEOKO is delighted to be partnering with Elétrico in 2019, celebrating one more year of positive energy through music and the outdoors.  The festival prides itself on its values of cultural sustainability and diversity, which permeate all dimensions of Elétrico. The festival aims to bring the unique Porto character to the world in an inclusive atmosphere, where the musical offering is complemented by artistic exhibitions and a focus on nature and wellness.

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This years’ musical programming fills the big shoes left by last year’s instalment, with a richly curated selection of local and international talent from house to jazz, minimal to funk, and techno to disco. Elétrico’s tasteful line-up caters to heads from all corners of the musical landscape.

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Artists include (in alphabetical order): Apollonia, D’julz, Diana Oliveira, Helena Guedes, Inner City (live), Janus Rasmussen live (Kiasmos), João Dinis, João Tenreiro, Leo Cruz, Levon Vincent, Matthew Herbert, Maria Gambina – Fashion Designer, Marcel Dettman, Magazino, Maayan Nidam (live), Moodymann, Petre Inspirescu, Rui Vargas, Theo Parrish, Tiago Carvalho and Vasco Valente.

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What stands out most about Elétrico’s programming is the selection of highly influential artists that have been at the forefront of their respective genres: names like Dettman, Parish and Inspirescu are undoubtedly synonymous with stalwart status. For those looking for a July weekender away from the hype of commercialism, Elétrico is an excellent choice. If last year’s edition was anything to go by, the festival will enrich and energise while offering you the opportunity for immersion in the beautiful city of Porto. 3 day tickets are currently available for 45,00€ via the Elétrico website.

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The Rise of Orli: a quick look at his first long-awaited EP

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews

It’s been a while since the SW23 anthem of Rhadoo first, and many others then, called “Ynmwnbnct” has been exploding on popularity, making people go nuts all around the world. If you’re familiar with the scene, we’re pretty sure that you know something about this mysterious track… Well, it’s finally unveiled as the first release of Rome based newborn label Lori founded by Orli himself. Today we have a special little interview for you: one question that starts with each letter of the main track to learn more about who’s behind this fantastic tune.

Check out the EP on deejay.de: https://www.deejay.de/Orli_LORI001_EP_LORI001_Vinyl__932931

Or have a listen on Youtube:

  • 1. You literally keep many people in suspense for almost 2 years with this track. Tell us the whole story behind the track.

Yes, the track was made some time ago. When I was working on it in the studio, I really felt something, I was super happy with the final result, from the vocal to each small detail, but honestly, I wouldn’t have expected all this hype. I mean, I do lots of tracks, I constantly work in the studio, and before SW23, when I was preparing the pack of music to send out, I would have never expected that ‘Ynmwnbnct’ would have been the one that was about to be played

 2. Name the biggest inspiration you have for this EP.

I have many inspirations, I like to listen to any kind of music and I like to be very open-minded. I don’t like to have any limitation, not only in music but in any kind of things regarding life as well. I think that an artist should never be limited if the aim is to create something new and unique. You should be open with the world, think in different ways and never be closed with prejudices. The musical inspiration behind the Lori001, and regarding my general approach on music comes from everything that I’ve experienced so far and that surrounds me: parties and festivals around Europe, life experiences, DJs and DJ sets, friends and so on. One of my biggest influences comes from my friends from the Jooice crew. There, every DJ has a specific and refined style which allowed me to listen and discover new sounds and music that mostly comes from the old ’90s and early ’00s. So, right now I’m digging a lot and this helps me to mix new and old sounds, creating something different and near to my own style. And last but not least, probably my biggest influence (talking about the actual scene) was and still is Rhadoo, especially in this last period.

 

 

3. Many people were shocked about this record as soon as the first rumours came out. Did you expect such a huge interest from the internet community?

As I said, I didn’t expect such a huge reaction at all. Every day, I receive a lot of messages and congratulations from people that I don’t know which is just great. I always try to answer and thank everyone. It really means a lot to me. I do music for people to make them feel happy, to forget about their problems and to make them feel what I feel when I make my music. There is no better drug than music.

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4. Where the name come from and what the vocals say?

I’ve done many versions ‘YNMWNBNCT’ which is the acronym of the words that form the vocal. Every day people ask me what does it say and I’m happy to explain it here:  the vocal says ’You and me will never be nothing compare them’ and it has nothing to do with the famous pop track ‘’Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch’’ as some people think.

5. No one other than Rhadoo premiered your track… was that the best moment in your musical career so far?

Yeah, I owe him a lot. When he played it for the first time, I was there listening to his magnetic set at SW23. When he turned up the fader with my track I was really surprised and shocked, what a nice moment! He first put out the track for like 1 minute only and then he turned it off, but after a couple of hours, he played it again and this time for its whole length! That’s some sweet memories!

6. Because of the enormous success of the EP, you’ll get a lot of attention. Did some labels contact you for future projects?

I’ve received a lot of interest from lots of nice labels, some were the ones I would have loved to release on since my first contact with the underground scene – I will not name them but It has been difficult to say no sometimes. So I took a hard decision deciding to create my own label from zero. I felt very attached to ‘YNMWNBNCT’, it’s very personal stuff, and I’ve wanted to put it in my own music universe called ‘LORI’. Finally the record it’s currently on presale in many stores. So now it’s time to focus on future projects.

7. Name some artists you are really looking for in the future.

Honestly, I can’t tell you the names of some artists that I’m looking in for the future. There are lots of good young artists that are making super good music and there are lots of old artists that are keeping up their works beautifully.

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8. Can you please tell us more about the other 3 originals?

 

Yes, sure. Everyone is focusing on the main track, but In this EP there are also some other good tracks and a storyline, an underlying theme that is fully expressed throughout the whole EP. LORI001 is the end and the beginning of a phase of my life – I will not say more on this, I like to keep always a sort of mystery on my works – but I can say that there is a sense and a reason behind everything i did here. About the specific tracks, ‘’Strat’’ is probably my favorite, It sounds so clear and well balanced and when the vocals appear it’s always a nice moment. It Is one of those tracks that I always like to put in my sets and that always gives the right importance to that moment of the story I’m trying to tell. Then we have ‘’Can you remember’’, the track that Pedro played in the closing part of his set this year at SW25. My aim with it was to create a good closing track for the sets, really minimal, with not too many elements and with some vocals that speaks directly to you, straight to your mind for the whole duration of the track. Last but not least, we can find ‘’Majesty’’. Here I’ve wanted to express something different, and this one could fit for an ambient set as well. I do a lot of this kind of music and the feeling the track has, was exactly what I was looking for to complete the EP.

9. Time is key in this world, and it seems that you are a very patient person. Tell us your upcoming projects (if you can of course).

 

Yes, I have many projects going on, I’m working with some friends in the studio as well. LORI002 is one of my future project for sure, but you will have to wait a bit to know more about it. I have also lots of other things in mind as well, that I think you would love to hear but I prefer to reveal more details at the right time. Let’s give space to my first release now, i think it has deserved it, don’t you think? 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti


UNISON WAX CREATOR DIEGO KRAUSE INTERVIEW & Mix

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Berlin’s Diego Krause has firmly established himself as one of the finest purveyors of groove-laden, soul-infused and refined house music in the German capital. His productions are a regular in many infamous DJ’s record boxes with an impressive back catalogue of material on the likes of Berg Audio, his own Beste Modus and Unison Wax imprints (run alongside Cinthie and the rest of the Beste Modus crew) and most notably of late, a double LP on the revered Rawax imprint. Up next is a return to his Unison Wax label with a new EP entitled ‘Bring The Noise’ which has already piqued the interest of the likes of Varhat, Enzo Siragusa, Andrey Pushkarev and Yaya to name a few. Here though we see Diego offering up a slice of what you could hear from him in a club environment with a 60 minute journey through swinging rhythms, murky bass lines and ethereal house sounds.

 

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You’ve got some really exciting stuff hitting the shelves over the coming months, a double 12’’ LP format on Rawax and another release on your own Unison Wax, how did the album format come into play with Rawax, did they just have too many tracks they liked and wanted to release a bigger project from you or was it planned to do something like this?

Actually we were planning on doing a follow-up for the „Pale Blue“ EP I released on the label last year. So I put together 6 Tracks for Robert to choose from but he liked them all and suggested we do a Double-EP or LP. I liked the idea so we just went with it. The tracks were produced within 2 weeks or so and I was trying out a more playful and experimental workflow, hence the title of the LP.

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Unison Wax now marks its seventh release this June, the label has acted as platform for your own material predominantly, any plans to expand the roster or will it always remain your own? 

I think it will stay like this. I am planning on doing a collaborative EP though, but not sure if it will be the 08 or 09.

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You’re a founding member of the Beste Modus collective and also Elevate.Berlin, for those people who may be unfamiliar with this could you tell us a little about what Beste Modus represents and what you’ve all been doing over the past five or so years, as well as the recent launch of the Elevate label collective, record shops and events?

Well, Beste Modus was founded in 2012 when Stevo, Ed and I met Cinthie when she was playing in Berlin. We hit it off immediately and started doing parties all over the city. The concept was a vinyl label that brings soulful and groovy house music for the dance floor and we only released our own tracks. During the past 6 years or so our friend group grew and some of us started their own labels. Stevo and Porter started Certain Circles, Nick Beringer launched Rubisco, I started Unison Wax, just to name a few. To bring it all together and support each other we established Elevate. At first it was only supposed to be a label collective and online shop. But unexpectedly we had the opportunity to get a nice space in central Berlin, that we now use as our shop, stock and office.

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You’re a Berlin native, I presume this clubbing Mecca has played a huge part in influencing your sound and style of DJing, could you talk us through some of the influential moments of your formative years growing up in Berlin though. Were there some particular events, promoters or DJ’s from the early years of the developing Berlin scene that played a huge part in your desire to become a DJ and producer yourself?

I started going to clubs fairly late. I come from a HipHop background and didn’t discover the Berlin night life until around 2010. But formative events to me were the Submarine night at Watergate, which was run by Ron Wilson, a good friend of ours. He invited a lot of great US and UK garage house artist to the city and introduced us to the genre. Also very influential were some extended sets by our friends ItaloJohnson at Panorama Bar or when they played solo at the Homopatik parties at ://about blank. There were however so many other moments that in the end played a big role in forming my musical understanding and approach.

Your music seems to resonate quite broadly in terms of the DJ’s supporting it, ranging from more micro house leaning sounds through to more robust deep house and sometimes darker techno aesthetics. What would you cite as some of your main influences when going into the studio, does it come from spending time on dance floor’s and wanting to recreate those special moments or do you take influence from the every day and things that happen to you outside of the club?

I’m always trying to create a certain vibe that I’ve either experienced in the club or in my day to day life.
For me music is about longing so I’m always attempting to build some depth and soul into my tracks. There needs to be a certain narrative to them. Sometimes I’m trying to do a party track just for the sake of it, but it seldom works.

What does your studio set up consist of, are you a gear collector or working mainly in the box and using digital software?

I was working all in the box until very recently. I never was a VST nut though. I always worked with sampling. Mostly old Sample-CDs that still had some character to them. The only Plugins I use regularly are Reaktor and Omnisphere. And of course a bunch of FX. Now I bought a Analog Rytm and it really changed a lot. I love the intuitive work flow and sound of that machine. I’m definitely gonna invest more in gear now.

 

When it comes to DJing what excites you the most, do you prefer to play a really nice warm up set and deeper sounds or keep things moving in the peak hours? Would you rather play a festival to thousands of people or a dark room and intimate vibe to a hundred?

I’m getting more and more into warm-up sets. It’s definitely something I had to learn to be good at. Setting the tone for a night is extremely important and a big responsibility. But there’s nothing like playing an extended early morning set at an intimate club and taking people on a trippy ride.

Could you tell us of something in your life you find inspiring right now outside of music, maybe a place you like to visit and relax, a book you’re reading to escape, a person you enjoy spending time with to feed your creativity or a movie that’s piqued your interest? Something outside of what you’re known for essentially?

I’m currently spending a lot of time in Paris, where my girlfriend lives. The city is very inspiring to me, especially the architecture. I love strolling around the streets with my camera. I find it very interesting how visual stimulation can feed into my music productions. That’s why at some point in my life I would love to work on movie scores, for me that would be the ultimate musical challenge. Another way for me unwind is to read. I’m not into fiction, but very fascinated by the sciences. Everything from Psychology and Neuro-science to Philosophy and Cosmology. Right now I’m reading‚ Meditations‘ by the stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius.

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What’s next for Diego Krause, Unison Wax, Beste Modus and anything else you have planned in terms of shows etc?

There’s a lot coming. I really had a great time at our Elevate Open Air at IPSE, Berlin in the beginning of June. We invited D’julz and my good friend Fabe. We programmed a nice day and night party, outdoor and indoors with the whole crew.
Also I’m very excited about a new label project I am working on. But nothing official yet.

Words by MEOKO

EZO Festival (Georgia) w/ Zip, Dygas, Gerd Janson & More

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Reviews

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Now its fifth year, Tbilisi’s EZO festival returns for their season opening from the 14th to the 16th of June. The festival will also return later in the high summer from the 13th to the 14th of July for their season closing. The music and arts festival is organised by Mzesumzira (Sunflower) Community and is held on Mtatsminda Hill overlooking city of Tbilisi, Georgia.

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The festival’s musical offering features many of electronic music’s most seminal artists: a diverse range of legends who have made their mark on their respective genres. Spread across three stages, the 2019 edition of eZo will host Zip, Margaret Dygas, Derrick May, Derick Carter, Chez Damier, Ata, Tod Terry, Gerd Janson, Jeremy Underground among others. With a well-rounded approach to curation, eZo’s offerings will satisfy the tastes of traditional house purists, minimal heads, and those with a penchant for a disco boogie. In addition, eZo will play host to a showcase of the iconic Sysiphos, bringing with them a slice of Berlin through their resident DJs, stage design, and even sandy beach.

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The festival’s strong musical direction is complemented by a healthy focus on culture and arts, with bars, terraces, chill out spots, artisanal food and various activities on offer to provide punters with a well-rounded and immersive experience.

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In the years since the festival’s inception, the ups and downs in the country’s politics and the radical changes in society have driven those in the Georgian creative scene, to break free and express themselves. The collective continuation of this movement manifests today in sincere emtoions and an energy on the dancefloor like no other. This unique vibe will be undeliably palpable during eZo festival; a celebration of the rich culture of forward-thinking inspiration that permeates the countries music scene.

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Positioning itself as a gathering filled with rays of joy and waves of happiness, eZo Festival is sure to satisfy hearts and minds alike. For those looking for a unique experience in one of the world’s most inimitable underground scene’s eZo festival should certainly be at the top of the bucket list.

Tickets are available to purchase from the eZo website: HERE