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London Always Has A Special Place For Me, The History Of Dance Music Is Vibrant And Is Still Bustling With Energy.’: Maher Daniel Mix & Interview

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It has been a long time coming, join us as we caught up with the natural and humble talent that is, Maher Daniel including a special mix described in his own words;

‘.. it will start of Slow and build nicely telling a story.’

1-      Hey Maher, first of all thanks for your time. How are things so far, how was your Off Week?

Off week was good, great to see and hang out with so many friends, considering I live in barca I took it a little easy and went to specific events. Its gets a little hectic and can’t be everywhere at once. But over all I had a great time and it was definitely a refreshing year.

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2-      Born in San Francisco growing up in Montreal, living in Barcelona; How is life treating you in Barcelona? And please tell us about the scene in Montreal as your Motherland.

Living in Barcelona is fantastic It truly is a central hub in Europe with a lot of shows and artists coming through. The city itself is refreshing the people and the energy is amazing I would not change it for anything. Montreal was considered one of North Americas main party hubs, the city and its dance music culture really brought me to where I am today. From its summer events at Piknic Electronik and its vibrant club scene its still going strong building and growing.

3-      You have recently been to London to play at Apt: x Visionquest alongside Shaun. We heard the event went great. How does it feel for you to visit London to play?

London always has a special place for me, the history of dance music is vibrant and is still bustling with energy. I love coming back to London and playing. The Apt: team were wonderful and the showcase with Shaun was solid. we both had a great time and the party was really good. Looking forward to coming back again.  

4-      Sadly you had a misfortune with your flight which resulted in late arrival to Sunwaves; but you still managed to play last April. Also that picture, Guti and Amir dancing on the bar while Argenis Brito playing, you also appeared in the picture with a big smile. How was your Sunwaves 23 experience overall?

That was a whirlwind of emotions, but I still managed to play on Tuesday morning. All in all Sunwaves this year was truly incredible. Every year it only gets better and better. The team and staff are truly amazing and take care of the artist, Like there own. The vibe and energy is refreshing and inspirational. I always come back from sunwaves with new ideas for production and studio work. It really gets the creative juices flowing.  Arpiar Friday night was on fire and one of the stand out sets for me this year was Petre Inspirecu on Monday morning.

5-      Your Creatures of Habit mix landed at a good time remarking the collaboration. How did you guys meet and decide to play back to back? Any future gigs as COH?

Yes it did, myself and Amir had met a long time ago in Montreal but then he left to work in Paris, on his return to Montreal, I Happened to be playing with Ricardo the same night at stereo and he was there. We connected and the birth of Creatures of habit started then. There are a few gigs in the pipeline including our show at the Bpm festival for my label showcase The Other Side.

6-      Looking at your recent & upcoming gigs, it is pretty heavy. You are played with RPR at SS festival; it sounds like a great lineup. It must be a great feeling to play alongside the Romanian trio. Will it be the first time?

Yes been really busy building a solid schedule for the summer and this is one I was excited for, as it was the first time for all us of playing in Iceland. I have played with the guys 2 other time this will be the third time. It is always exciting playing along side the boys, as they do inspire me technically and musically.

7-      Speaking of upcoming releases, please tell us a bit about your future releases, collaborations and remixes.

Well one that I am really looking forward to came out on July 23rd on circle music. They got the rights to Der Dritte Raum’s album and have reissued one of my all time favourites Hale Bopp, which I have had the honour to remix. Also the first release for the second series of records on my label The Other Side will  see a Creatures of Habit Collaboration with a remix from Barac. Plus much more

8-      An exciting project, The Other Side Series; Any future plans/releases you can share with us?

The Beauty of the label was to always push up and coming artist plus a specific sound and direction and I think with the first releases I was able to do this. Following up in its second year there is a lot of exciting new material coming out. With artists such as Guy From Downstairs, Faster,  Barac, Hokuto Sato and Creatures of Habit.

9-   Thank you for the mix, it sounds quality. How would you describe it?

This is mix is a curated  with loads of new music I have collected and ordered over the last couple months it will start of Slow and build nicely telling a story.

10-   It has been a pleasure to catch up with you. Anything else you would like to add?

Thanks for Having me it really was a pleasure being part of the editorial and thank you for having me. #

 

Words by Erchin Jon

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I think that an artist always has pressure to deliver something good at anytime’: Under The MEOKO Microscope – Giuliano Lomonte & Mix

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Here at MEOKO, we took the opportunity to interview Giuliano Lomonte as part of our Under the MEOKO microscope feature, where we scout out emerging and underrated talents. He tells us about his musical journeys from his homeland to Germany and paints us a picture of what clubbing is like in both countires. And of course the future plans including his own record label Point of View. Read on…

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Hi Giuliano, thanks for your time! How’s life been treating you lately?

Hello guys, thanks for having me. Life is great now that Summer is finally here and that always puts me in a good mood.

You’re originally from Italy but when did you move to Berlin? What decided you?

I moved to Germany 10 years ago actually, it was 28.08.2008 🙂

During the years before I decided to move, I was actually flying to Germany once a month to go and visit all the best parties that were happening around the Frankfurt area at the time like seeing Ricardo Villalobos playing at Robert Johnson, Love Family Park Festival and many others.

After realizing at some point that I was spending more time Germany than I was in Italy, I decide to relocate to Mannheim, as during that time I met and became friends with many people from there so it seemed like the most logical step.

After an intense 2.5-year experience there I felt there was more for me to discover in Germany especially as it was, and still i, the heart of the electronic music scene so in March 2011 I moved to the city that would inspire me even further to continue to pursue this musical dream, and that was Berlin.

How was the scene like back in Italy?

The scene has been always been strong in Italy. The country has a long history of appreciation for house music and club culture. Italians love to go out and celebrate and there are many nightclubs all over the country for people to enjoy.

We still have many good club that made the history of the italian nightlife, to name a few, Goa Club in Rome, Clorophilla in puglia, Tenax in tuscany, Cocorico in Riccione. Since day one, they all run top quality party!

Do you have any favourite clubs to play? I know we can quite often catch you behind the decks at Club der Visionaere and Hoppetosse…

There are many clubs that are on my favorite list but on the very top is Robert Johnson.

I love playing there so much and it is such an honor every time I get the chance considering this was the place for me where everything started and inspired me to change my life completely!

Of course I really like to play in Berlin at CDV and Hoppetosse too, there is such a feeling of freedom behind the decks there, I can play things I would never be able to in other cities as the crowd is always up for everything and the parties last so many hours that as a DJ you are really able to show a range not possible in short sets like in most other clubs around the world. I really feel home when I’m there.

I must also add, a few years ago I discovered another club that has all the characteristics for a perfect party. It’s called VENICEBERG and is in Verona, Italy.

I recently I had the opportunity to play a 12 hour B2B there and it was magic!

The booth was perfect, the sound system was amazing and the crowd were all so connected to us and each other, so it made the place very special. Im so glad we have a club there like this today, it really makes me proud to be Italian.

“La Musique” makes me think so much of Sunwaves where it was rinsed last year, it seemed like the perfect place for this tune. So I was wondering, do you produce with a specific context in mind — for example, those aforementioned clubs…?

To be honest I didn’t had anything specific in mind, just the bassline. All the rest came after I had that.

I did go to Sunwaves a couple of years ago so maybe something stuck in my subconscious about a moment I had in that environment that somehow I might have accessed without being aware of it when I started the idea for the track. I always try to allow myself to be free and not think too much when I’m making music as this tends to interrupt the whole process for me and creativity is a very delicate thing that comes moment by moment without having the feeling l have control over it.

And how was it getting back to production after such a hit? Did you feel any pressure to craft another banger, for example?

The La Musique EP was probably the best expression of myself that I have released up until now so it was nice to get such great feedback on the production, and it gave me the confidence to continue and make that my minimum standard to strive for with all my future records.

I think that an artist always has pressure to deliver something good at anytime, and this becomes even more intense once you have some success with a particular track. I had to learn not to be too hard on myself after this came out and got so much attention because you can’t choose what is going to become a hit with the people and what isn’t. You just have to be happy with what you have done for yourself when you put your music out into the world for other people to hear as and then after that’s totally out of your control.

I feel like your style is usually more understated, but would you say you have a “style” yourself? And if so how would you describe it?

Well I was a clubber to begin with and that will always stay with me in the style of music I make as a producer and play when I DJ. I always aim to create an experience where people can feel high on the dance floor even if they are totally sober!

Are you an after-hours kind of person?

I am all all hours kind of person haha . I would say yes i’m also; its the time when finally i let myself go after all the work is done. and if you are surrounded by good friends and people can just be great!

It seems like you’ve had more gigs outside of Germany lately, do you feel like your career’s picking up recently? Did it affect your daily life?

Since I signed with Solid AM in 2017 it has been really great especially to have the support from an agency like that, based in the city i live, which represents so many other great artists such as John Dimas, Vera, Steve O’Sullivan and Sammy Dee.

Actually I was working full time as a professional chef for the last 15 years and just doing music and DJing on the side in my spare time but I had to make the decision last year to quit that so I could focus all my time and energy on the music as it was really taking off so much I couldn’t manage both any longer.

How was it playing across Europe, and even Japan and Australia recently?

It was incredible! Japan was totally insane! Such a different culture for me to experience, it was like taking a glimpse into the future! I have to say though that Australia was the biggest surprise and shock. So many great gigs, especially SASH in Sydney and then Breakfast Club at 161, I couldn’t believe so many cool people were out in Melbourne on a Monday afternoon going crazy and so into the music! They really should do this party all over the world. I was very impressed with the Australian way of life. It felt so relaxed and easy with so many friendly and happy people but 6 days was definitely long not enough to be there and I can’t wait to get another chance to visit there again but next time I would love to stay much longer.

Let’s talk about the label now if you’d like! What’s your motivation with Point Of View, and how did it come about?

I wanted to start my own label as a place to be free to release my own music and music from other artists I believed in without the time pressure or difficult release schedules from other labels where sometimes you can be put in a position where you need to wait for years before they finally are able to release your tracks. This can be incredibly frustrating as it can also happen that over those years you are waiting, the tracks feel so old to you that by the time they finally come out you could be in a totally different place musically and creatively which can also be confusing for people that do love and follow your music.

How do you choose the producers you’re going to release on the label?

It’s usually friends i believe in which I feel is the most important. We all share music in our daily lives with each other and if I hear something i feel i can support with the label I really like to do this. I feel the personality of an artist is so important as it comes through in the music they create as its the expression of the artist’s soul and I really believe in all the people I have around me.

Speaking of which, what can we expect from you and Point of View in the near future?

There has been a full concept behind the label since I started it which revolves around the number 12 which has always been a very significant number to me. There are 12 letters in Point Of View, and there will be 12 releases on 12 inch vinyl and a big surprise for the last release which is going to be something very special from me personally and will tie up this whole project in a really interesting way. I feel it’s so important these days to do something with meaning, there are so many labels out there, to stand out you have to be unique in your concept and deliver quality music consistently.

The next point007 that will be out in September is going to be the third original EP from me on the label which I’m also very excited about.

Finally, thanks for your mix! What were you aiming for with it?

Well I wanted to give you guys something very special. It’s a part of my last set recorded live from Robert Johnson which I think shows exactly what people can expect of me as a DJ for any club set I play from opening, to main and also to after-hours. And considering how special this club is to me and my whole story, I hope you will all enjoy listening to it as much as i loved playing it.

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Djebali Mix & Interview x MDRNTY Cruise 2018 ‘just have to go with the flow.’

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A Parisian club kid in the early 2000s, Djebali has grown into one of the most accomplished house producers from the city’s new generation of talent, leading to his Rex Club Residency. It is with great pleasure that MEOKO caught up with the French Star, ahead of his appearance at MDRNTY Cruise alongside a special mix recorded live at Rex Club in March at the Ideal Juice Showcase with Fumiya Tanaka.

 MEOKO Exclusive Podcast No: 256 – DJEBALI

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Q1- Hey Mehdi, first of all thank you for the mix and your time. How is life so far; what have you been up to?

Hi guys, All’s good so far! Even though I recently had a flood in my studio area, meaning I had to spend an entire week cleaning up the mess and reorganizing & testing the machines, thanks god everything’s working well. Again; Summer is finally here, and I just can’t wait for all those outdoor sunny parties to happen!

Q2- Rex Club is a big player in Paris Club Scene. It must take a lot to be a resident at Rex Club and it is surely a great match. How did it feel when you used to go there to party and how does it feel now to be in charge of the club during your set?

Rex Club is celebrating his 30th anniversary this year. That means something special, I guess it’s a dream for loads of clubs (all?) to be able to get this longevity whilst keeping on offering since day one quality music and DJs performance from around the world.

Of course I am honored to be part of the club history. As you mentioned, I’ve been going to rex club since my tender age, been then invited to play a few times before eventually becoming a resident. It’s been 4 years now that I have been holding Ideal Juice residency, and that goes beyond all expectations!

I love playing there, the audio set up sounds amazing, the Rex crew is always making you feel like home and I have the freedom to bring the dj’s / performers I fancy like recently Fumiya Tanaka, Ion Ludwig, Satoshi Tomiie… it’s a perfect match! 

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Q3- It is definitely one for the diary; MDRNTY Cruise 2018, a 3-day paradise across the Mediterranean Sea. You played at the first edition and it is nobody’s surprise you are back for the 2nd edition as well. How was your experience there last year and any expectations on this year?

Well, I feel very lucky to return for the 2nd year in a row as it is a total renewed line up for this second edition!

Last year was simply amazing, I didn’t know what to expect because it was my first “cruising” experience! Everything was so well organized!

An incredible line up, 24/7 music, food and drinks, sunshine, day & night parties, but also some great boat facilities like spa, sport, casino… you could do whatever you want, whenever you want, so easily! On top It was so much fun walking around the boat and bumping into the crowd, the other djs, the staff.. it was a friendly vibe all over and big fun all cruising long! I had the chance to stay on board for the whole journey last year and I am looking forward to doing it all over again this June.. 3 days long no less!

A lot of friends are playing there too amongst which Guti, Mathew Jonson, Archie Hamilton, Lazare Hoche, Cassy and of course Dan, Dyed and Shonky as Apollonia, as well as a ton of very good artists.. Once on board, you’ll just have to go with the flow.

Again a big Thank You to MDRNTY crew to offer this special cruise to the electronic crowd!

Q4- Approaching the middle of 2018 already; how has your year been so far and what have you got planned for the rest of the year? Any upcoming releases, gigs, plans to share with MEOKO readers?

The year has been great so far, I had the chance to play some big events for the first time like Caprices Festival in the Alpes, or to return to The Block in Tel Aviv, or to PIV events in Amsterdam etc..

Closer to us, the season in Ibiza looks already amazing. I will play several shows in Amnesia for Pyramid x Keep on Dancing on Mondays, which is meant to be my new home for the summer, also I’ve been invited by Black Coffee  to play his residency at HÏ Ibiza and one play at Heart Ibiza in august. No need to say that I am very excited. 😛

Releases wise, there is that OAM (once a month) project I’ve been running since January. The idea is to offer every month of the year a track for free Download. Subscribe to my channel on youtube to be warned when a new track is available with a video trailer. Caution! each free download will be limited in time to 3 weeks. May’s just been released via XLR8R.

On another note, I had the chance to remix a track called Fall from Legend DJ Pierre as part of his album Wild Pitch (Story) named after one of his alias and released on Get physical in May. On the remix duty, look out too the one I did of Enzo Siragusa and Nima Gorji “Foreal” and out too. Several 12” coming out: one collab with POD, coming out on POD Cross, and another one called “ Into the depth” on Reda Dare’s label Signatune.

Another highlight will be the remix I did for Guti’s album that will be out on the martinez brothers’ label, cuttin’ headz

Regarding my own labels, a new EP from Chris Stussy is just out on ( djebali ) presents, and the following one will be an EP from Italian friends Jonny n’Travis! ( djebali ) reworks will add to the catalog, remixes from Audio Werner and Rossko, and ( djebali ) extra an EP from NTFO with a remix of mine.

Q5- It is a great pleasure to see you join our mix series. It has been on our wish list in a while. Was it a live recording or you recorded in your studio? How would you describe it?

A shared pleasure it is! It s a mix I recorded live at Rex Club back in march at the occasion of the Ideal Juice with Fumiya Tanaka. That night I first opened the night, and closed it too afterwards.

Here I present the first part, the start. The recording is 2h30 long. This was Fumiya’s warm up so expect a deep start to an ongoing journey until I passed on the decks to Fumiya; Enjoy the mix!

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Thank you again and see you on the Magic Boat. We hope to see you in London sometime soon as well!

Thank you! See you on the boat and also for sure in London soon!

Words by Erchin Jon

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A MEOKO Exclusive & Special Mix: tINI b2b Molly

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Well, we didn’t see that one coming, but looks like two of our favourite DJs have struck an unlikely alliance. tINI and Molly have been orbiting each other lately with invites to their respective parties, but they’re now taking things to the next level with a string of b2b sets across Europe.

Any profile-raising news for Molly is sweet as honey to my ears. It’s heartwarming when people finally get their dues, and that’s exactly what seems to be happening to her at the minute. The Paris-based DJ has come a long way since starting her ongoing Rex Club residency. Initially a behind-the-scenes employee at the club, she slowly but surely established her mark behind the decks on the boulevards all the while gigging around town, leading her to become a fixture of the French capital. Resident DJ at Paris’ most historic club? Check. Appearances at Concrete and their yearly Weather festival? Check. Ties to the beating heart of French minimal, that is Yoyaku? Che-e-e-e-ck. Molly is one of those local heroes that shape a scene, and if she remains an untiring champion for the best of underground house and techno, her increasingly minimal inclinations reflect Paris’ embrace of the sound. Indeed, with Yoyaku she seems to have struck a chord, with the Belleville outlet releasing her first EP last year.

Not that she’s a newcomer to the genre though, as a look at her list of guests in the past years at Rex Club is testament to her versatility — American underground warriors like Aybee, Kyle Hall or Fred P have rubbed shoulders with the cream of the crop of the European minimal scene, namely Zip (!), Eli Verveine, Vera or Onur Özer — and a look at her schedule is even more revealing: Molly is jumping from Panorama Bar, to dates with the twee Giegling crew, to brasher Ibiza parties, like it’s nothing at all. With her abroad dates showing no sign of slowing down, it’s Paris’ loss, but the rest of the world’s benefit.

MEOKO Exclusive Podcast 254: tINI b2b Molly

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tINI, on the other hand, has already been a powerhouse on the house and techno circuit for years. Instead of a Rex Club, it was her ties to Loco Dice and Desolat that broke her through the scene, but she soon enough established her own tINI and The Gang residency in Ibiza — a favourite on the White Isle, whose beach party vibe and free-entry policy until a few years ago marked her as a bit of an outlier amidst the island’s superclubs. Having played the biggest scenes in the world — Coachella no less — The Gang shows tINI’s constant attachment to the music firstly, something all too rare in a corner of the industry that at times seems to have more to do with the stock exchange than with the transformative experience of clubbing. The Gang is tINI’s loose group of affiliates, a Justice League for bumpy beats that pairs more established names like Bill Patrick — with whom tINI’s epic b2b have become the stuff of legends — or Cologne’s own Andy Kolwes with a pool of fairly unknown up-and-comers, and some carefully selected guests, that have included all from Alexandra to Giammarco Orsini. Sure, the brand is centered around tINI’s figure, but its rotating cast makes it about the vibes rather than the names. As Andy told us, she’s “the living proof […] that it’s possible to stay true to yourself and even gain a bigger audience at the same time.”

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So now those two names are joining forces, with a series of b2b sets that started on May 9th at Frankfurt’s beloved Robert Johnson, following tINI’s invitation to Molly’s HEAD—ON residency at Rex Club back in January, and continuous appearances with The Gang for Molly over the past few years. This collaboration is a win-win-win situation: tINI maintains her appeal as a big name DJ that still knows what’s hot, Molly’s continuing ascent to DJing royalty is propelled by the partnership, and we, the public, get to see those two unique DJs get face to face. Beyond their respective knack for working a crowd into a frenzy, the two have more in common than it seems. Most importantly they’re DJs first and foremost: although both have made forays into production with success, it’s primarily their skills as party hosts that ground their respective appeal — which in this day and age where everyone seemingly is a DJ is no small feat. While many turn to production to stand out from the mass, those two have mainly relied on the old art of DJing: the ability to select the right tune at the right time, and to string those good tunes over hours into something greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a skill that shines most through their residencies — where you can’t merely fly in, soundcheck, play some bangers, but have to think out the entirety of the night, from the warm-up to the last encore, as a continuous whole, and have to maintain this continuity month-in month-out.

A successful residency shows great curatorial skills, and the next logical step, which funnily enough they’ve both decided to take around the same time, was to launch their own labels. Kicking off last year with a 

 EP courtesy of Florida’s Michael Zucker and associate Pete An under the Prophets of A New Generation moniker, Molly’s RDV carried on with an Aybee record smothered in his gently psychedelic percussion-heavy style and has already reached its third release, this time crossing the Pond back to Paris for an Aleqs Notal/1977 split. 

And now tINI’s taking the plunge, too. Little do we know yet about her Part of The Gang endeavour, except that the first record, out this summer, will mark her return to production and come backed with a Mr. G remix. What more do we need to know, really?

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After a gig at Sankey’s on the 10th of May, Molly and tINI will be back together in Barcelona with the whole Gang on June 13th. Last; but not least, the duo will gather again for a Tuesday treat on the island for tINI and the Gang Ibiza Showcase. It seems like we can expect more from this collaboration in the future — a chance to catch two exceptional curators at the top of their games, having a bloody good time together and sharing it with us. 

To remark the occasion, MEOKO proudly presents tINI and Molly Exclusive Podcast (2-hour cut of their Rex Club Set). Nothing much to say, turn the volume up and ENJOY! 

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I love music with feeling.’ Joseph Williams – Interview & Mix

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A true enforcer of timeless rhythms, with an ability to draw the listener in with a wide spectrum of sounds and moods. A unique thought process when digging for records, searching way above and beyond the ordinary. Over recent years, a reputation has been built solidly around his passion and raw ability to structure records whether playing in a club or after party atmosphere. A journey of all kinds. With successful releases on London based labels Fuse, Infuse and Arupa, the energy does not end in the booth.

It has been a long time coming, join us as we caught up with the natural and humble talent that is, Joseph Williams; he will be joining us this summer on the MEOKO stage at RPMM Festival in Porto (and rightly so).

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1. First, thank you for your time and recording a mix for us. Where did your journey with music begin?

It’s a pleasure to finally do a mix! I would say my journey did not begin with electronic music; my taste was varied growing up from Hip-Hop to Blues and Folk. A lot of the electronic music I heard was filtered through my older sister who would play it at home and took me to my first parties when I was around 17/18. I would pair up with her friend who was older so I could get in to over the 21 nights with my baby face!

I was always more inclined to listen to electronic music as I got older. After my first club nights I began collecting for myself, starting with classic/soulful and funky house. From there I was constantly discovering new sounds and different variations of our music. It felt like I stumbled across all the parties and music I now enjoy, but my path makes sense when looking back.

2. What would you say influences you amongst the scene right now?

I value my time spent with friends the most. This could be at a party, or the countless hours we spend playing and discussing music in between. It’s these moments that are influential for me and I draw energy from. Even a simple conversation with a friend Shauny could spark and renew my enthusiasm. Connective moments of shared passion fuel and drive our scene forward and we all experience them in some capacity – these are fundamentally what inspire me to be creative.

3. Where would you say you enjoying playing the most, either past or present?

Can we make it a time during the night? If so, after-parties. It’s where I am most relaxed, I feel less pressure and I can play the music that I enjoy collecting the most. I think there is a certain expectation from the crowd for the main gig of the night and this includes the DJs living up to their expectation of the event. I can definitely appreciate this and to some degree, it can’t be helped.

The after party, however, is where people are (mostly) open to DJs experimenting, so it is a space where the DJ and dancer can subconsciously both transcend the expectation and convention of a standard party and experience sound differently, together. With this comes an atmosphere that permits more freedom, which is always good when playing. 

4. Having released on Fuse, Infuse and Arupa which are highly respected labels, are there any labels in particular you would love to work with in the future?

It’s been great working with these labels as the people behind them have been friends and have somewhere along the line, helped me on my journey. I’ve not thought about any other labels to release on, my main focus for now is to simply make the music.

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5. Do you have any releases in the pipeline you can reveal to us?

I’ve been working on a first EP, its something that’s not come naturally in terms of creating and selecting. I’ve had loads of ideas but none I feel have represented me. Although now I have one more track I’m working on which completes a 4 track EP.

6. This July you will be playing along side many fantastic artists at the brand new RPMM Festival in Porto. It sounds like a great concept they have, how does it feel to be part of such an exciting project? You will be able to pack some special records for that trip.

I’m looking forward to it! The main stages of the festival host loads of different styles of music, so it will be nice for the Meoko room to continue in that fashion and provide alternative and deeper sounds.

Ultimately you can’t fully plan for a gig, but lately when finding music I’ve been saying ‘yep, that’s for the festival’ – some feel-good sunshine groovers. 

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7. You recently played at the refurbished 93 Feet East, how did you find it with the new makeover? It is refreshing to see a club being given a new lease of life. Do you think this could have a knock on effect in the city, maybe more day time focused clubs opening?

I think its great that its back. The club was home to a lot of my first parties and raving experiences; it is of course synonymous with Sundays at Fuse. In a way, this club and party was a preamble of things to come for me. The makeover has given it a stripped back no-nonsense feel, and this has been mirrored by the extensive quality on the line-ups every week. I recently had a convo with my friend Zack who is involved with the events in the club and we spoke about the potential it has for so many different types of parties and events.

I hope it does have a knock on effect! I have seen a few cool new spaces pop up recently and have been to some great parties, there is still a lot of passion in London and the city can still be the clubbing capital if we are not limited by restrictions and closures.

8. What can the listeners expect from the mix you kindly made for us, how do you go about compiling online mixes and podcasts?

I’d like to think overall, it represents distinct moods and sounds that I enjoy most and look for when collecting. I love music with feeling. Some of the tracks in the mix I connect with when I’m home or daydreaming with headphones somewhere (which I do a lot). Despite appreciating loads of different styles, on a whole, my taste is definitely dictated by synths, melodies and the feeling they give. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bass line! But I am a listener of music first, and these are the tracks that catch me, so its only natural it follows in my selection when I play. I hope this mix is a snapshot in to what I groove to and reflects parts of my personality.

When compiling the mix I wanted to focus more on my personal connection with the tracks and tried to subdue the ever-enticing factors of novelty and obscurity, as they don’t always help the cause. In regards to the structure, I try to be gradual with the intensity in mixes and leave the end dreamy, I left this mix on a lighter note as I try not to take everything so seriously all the time 😉

9. A question we like to ask, if you could choose three records that never leave your bag, what would they be?

I wouldn’t say they never leave my bag, but here are three tracks that I always come round to at some point and have done for a while:

1. Wamdue Kids – Echoes and Instruments

Timeless Wamdue on the seminal label, Guidance.

2. Ricardo Villalobos – H.E.I.K.E. (Ricardo Villalobos Mood Mix)

The man is a major influence for me, probably not one of his most cited tracks – but the simplicity and percussion groove always catches me. It circles round in to my sets every so often.

3. B12 – Debris

 

Bags of emotion and a record I’ve played towards the end of many after after parties.

Thanks a lot for your time Joseph, see you in Portugal J.

Interview by Zac Bidwell

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Harry McCanna Interview & Mix

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In recent times, there has not been many more names synonymous with the London scene than, Harry McCanna. Whether, kicking it with his NorthSouth Records family at their local home, The Lion & Lamb, or locking down after parties in off key locations around the city. One thing remains, his unique ability to weave together a wide range of genres with a full understanding of the desires of the dancefloor.

A talent that has been acknowledged across the board; with a recent trip playing several cities in Australia, alongside parties in the UK, Italy and Belgium. The curiosity of this young artist does not stop there, as he continues to build a reputation under the production alias, Henry Hyde. A variation of releases on Undersound, Half Baked and joint outlet NorthSouth Records.

Check out what went down when we caught up with him ahead of his Oscuro London Showcase this Saturday at 93 Feet East: 

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So, to kick things off, congratulations on your recent debut tour of Australia, How did you find it? How would you compare it to parties in Europe?

Thank you, it was an amazing experience. It was my first time spending a few weeks away ‘touring’ so it will always be a milestone for me.

I think it’s hard to compare the two right now, it feels like Australia’s scene for this kind of sound is still growing. However, there’s some real passionate people both involved in the scene and just generally out partying and that’s always great to see. I definitely felt a buzz and an openness to new ideas at each party, especially in Melbourne, we had a lot of fun there.

It’s been many years since we last caught up with you, and I’m sure a lot has changed! Last year saw the launch of your own label North South Records, along side Half Baked resident Sam Bangura and Dale Mussington. Where did it all start? How have you found the reception so far?

It was actually December 2015 that we first spoke about starting a label together, then there was about a year of us getting our ideas together and getting in touch with the artists we wanted to work with etc. It took us ages to come up with a name, but when we finally settled on ‘NorthSouth’ towards the end of 2016 everything seemed to move fairly quickly. We didn’t quite know what to expect, so it’s really nice to see that people out there are enjoying it.

It is great to see you are releasing frequently now on personal projects and recently Half Baked. It is Coming up to NorthSouth’s third release featuring yourself and Chris Geschwindner, who also featured on the debut release. An incredible talent for sure, is there an umbrella of artists which you have in mind for the label moving forward?

We’ve always had the ethos of working with friends. We’d known Chris Gecshwindner for a few years already and he was the first artist we knew we wanted to work with. We’d spoken about releasing his tracks long before NorthSouth was properly formed, Christian Jay and Bilal were both on the radar from early as well. We really love the individual sounds each artist bring and we’ll definitely be working with all three of them going into the future. We’ve also got plans to introduce one or two new artists as well, but that will all come soon enough.

I love the fact you have an alias when producing, Henry Hyde. What inspired you to use an alternate name for your releases? It’s definitely got a ring too it.

Ha! Glad you think so. Henry Hyde first came about in 2014 when I made a batch of tracks that all had a certain sound about them. For me they were the first tracks that I felt really represented me and the sound I wanted to produce. 2 of them went on to be the first Undersound release in 2015 and I’ve continued to work under the alias since, although I feel like the actual sound of Henry Hyde is always developing.

This May, NorthSouth celebrates its first birthday at The Lion & Lamb, the local pub. Do you see this a fitting home for your label and the sound you portray? We think the opening of this venue was a breathe of fresh air in London.

The Lion & Lamb is one of the best things to happen in the scene in London for ages. It feels like a real hub for what we have in London and everyone working there has a real passion for what they’re doing.

We didn’t really plan on running parties as NorthSouth until a couple of months before the first release, although I still wouldn’t really call ourselves promoters, we just bring our mates and our records and have a good time. The pub is so well prepared, there’s not much else we need to do! It’s definitely the right place for us. Long live the Lion & Lamb!

There is a always a certain buzz around the scene in London, but recent times feel like it really is thriving with even more incredible line ups and off key after party locations. Would you agree?

Yes I would. In the last few years London’s underground has faced some tough times, but I would say that it’s coming back even stronger now. As you say there’s been a lot more interesting new spots used for afters, it’s great to see promoters are always looking for different spaces. It’s nice to see some new venues opening as well, Cell 200 and The Cause both look very promising and the recent reopening of 93 Feet East is good news. The overall level of London-based parties, labels and artists has always been high, but I feel like people are really pushing things forward now. It’s extremely inspiring to look around you and see so many people doing great things.

You are known by many for your impeccable selection of records. What are you favourite spots for digging for records? UK and World Wide.

I wouldn’t really say there’s any specific places, obviously the internet can be extremely handy, but you can sometimes miss the more personal experience of actually going and having a look. Whenever I’m visiting another city I like to look for any local spots to have a rummage. Visiting a collection is always nice, you can generally find a more varied selection and it’s just a bit more of a comfortable environment. Shout out to Mr Plasticvinyldog, he’s always got the goodies, and makes a great tea.

You seem to be pushing out a unique sound under your alias Henry Hyde. What kind of set up are you using in the studio?

As I’m still making music from home it’s a pretty bedroom friendly set up:

I use an I-Mac with Logic Pro X, a Roland Octa-Capture interface and a pair of Yamaha HS-7s. As for hardware I’ve got a Roland Juno-D, Access Virus B and a Yamaha TX81Z that goes through a Waldorf filter. I also have a Korg Electribe ER-1 and Volca FM that come out everyone now and then. I’ve also got a cheap mic I’ve had for years that I use to record the odd clap or voice when I feel like it.

There’s always the quest to get more though!

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Anything else you would like to enlighten us with, any plans for the summer, releases?

There’s a few nice bookings coming up I’m excited about. Oscuro this Saturday is shaping up to be real fun, can’t wait to play b2b with Voigtmann for the first time. Ojoo’s first birthday in Ghent May 27th should be great, I played for them at their first party last year and was one of my favourite gigs of 2016. Leeds Inner City Electronic festival in June as well, that looks like a cracker. I’ve got a couple more tracks coming out on VAs, but I’d like to focus on doing a full length EP soon. I’ve only ever released a maximum of 2 tracks at one time, so I’m quite keen to get something a bit more substantial out.

We really appreciate you taking out your time to do this interview and thanks for recording a special mix for us, can you tell us a little bit what the listener can expect?

Some old, some new, some unreleased. There’s tracks in there I’m playing out at the moment and some I’ve been saving for a mix. So yeah, a bit of everything really, hope you enjoy it.

Lastly, the million dollar question. Three records that never leave the bag?

Vengaboys – We’re Going to Ibiza
Baha Men – Who Let the Dogs Out
Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me

 

Words by Zac Bidwell

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Preview & Announcement: Moonland Festival

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Festivals usually evoke a sunny imaginary, a scantily-clad, sunglass-wearing crowd bouncing to cheerful music at the height of the summer, bringing home sunburns collected aboard boat parties along with the good memories. But today let’s put ourselves under the sign of the moon, as the promoters behind Moonland Festival, Estonia’s newest festival, invite us to do. Moonland takes place from the 3rd to the 5th of August in Rummu, a former limestone quarry nearby Tallinn, the country’s capital. Rummu, we’re told, “is filled with scars of its past”, calling to mind the moon’s surface with its oceans of “dead volcanoes, impact craters, and lava flows”. Indeed the photos are stunning, eerie even. It’s certainly a one-of-a-kind place that stimulates the imaginary — you get a sense that something special is going to happen here. 

In the increasing market of European boutique festivals, Moonland sure manages to set itself apart with this breathtaking setting. That said, it’s not all about the spot, of course. The magic happens when a string of elements are assembled, music chief among them. But there’s no worry to be had on that regard either: our recent interview w/ Dorian Paic will be hot on the heels of yet another season in Ibiza and his label’s 20th birthday, so expect to find him at his usual best. Both Archie Hamilton and Enzo Siragusa from FUSE will come to represent London’s modern tech-house sound, while Barac and Cristi Cons are entrusted with bringing the vibes from Romania. A flurry of live appearances have also been announced, with Ion Ludwig or Philip Gorbachev, as well as a rare appearance from Mathew Jonson and his partner Isis Kuaygarond

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For something a bit warmer, Octo Octa will play live the sounds of her classic house-inflected debut album, Where Are We Going? (well, to Rummu, Estonia, duh). Finally it’s impossible not to mention a veteran of the Canadian scene, Mike Shannon. The guy’s know for a driving yet quirky sound — futuristic vibes that live up to electronic music’s ongoing love affair for all things spacey. Since the moon has always proven attractive for electronic music producers — whether you think about the early Detroiter’s outer-space fantasies, or to Jeff Mills’ recent score for pioneering French movie A Trip to the Moon — Mike Shannon will sure be inspired by Rummu’s unique landscape.

Here is the full line-up, with many more names yet to be announced:

Abelle
Andrey Nechaev
Archie Hamilton
Artur Lääts
Barac
Christopher Ledger
Cristi Cons
Dana Ruh
Dewalta
Dorian Paic
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Enzo Siragusa
Ion Ludwig live
Janina
Kamran Sadeghi live
Mashkov
Mike Shannon
Mr. & Mrs. Jonson (Mathew Jonson) live
Nastia
Nikita Zabelin
Octo Octa live
Philip Gorbachev live
PTU
Rossko
Sleeparchive
Sofia Rodina
 

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And if you’ve spotted the yellow logo on the posters, well, MEOKO is over the moon to announce it’s the festival’s official media partner. You know the drill: more info and exclusive content to come on here. In the meantime, I’d check with my boss about having the 3rd to 5th of August off. See you on the moon.

Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin

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Cosmic cats riding through electro space on the psychedelic disco train.’ Magda Interview & Mix

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Join us as we take a trip in to the world of Detroit raised, Magda. Not many words are needed to introduce such a high caliber artist from over the years, a sturdy reputation built upon a dare to be different ethos. Taking music in directions beyond the imagination. The definition of an artist, combining a wide range of aspects; audio, visually and the surroundings they can be experienced.

We discussed exciting new projects regarding Perm Records, and her unique alias under the name Blotter Trax. Live set ups, upcoming festivals and mention of a particularly random trip from Colombia to Margarita Island, Venezuela.

Check it for yourself…

First of all, many thanks for your time and catching up with us again after almost six years. How have you been?

I have been well, thanks for asking. So yeah, let’s catch up! 😉

Just a little bit about your past. It has been an incredible twenty years since you first signed with Minus, touring with Richie Hawtin. Is there any particular memories that really spring to mind when you think of these times? How would you say the scene has changed since then?

It’s crazy to think two decades have passed since I began all of this… Some memories feel like another life. Those early days were pretty crazy, especially moving to Berlin in 2003. Everything felt so raw and free and completely wild, it was a real shock coming from NYC where the nightlife was restricted by no dancing laws and curfews. Berlin was the opposite and I loved it. My first gig was at the old Panorama Bar when Zip invited me to a Perlon night. I’ll never forget asking him what time I was playing and he said 11 AM. I was shocked. I’ve never heard of such a thing, and it was even more shocking to find out that it was completely packed the entire day. That’s the truly unique thing about Berlin, which has also taught me how to play long sets. There are so many funny memories I have of first tours, travels and crazy adventures. One that springs to mind is being on a jet in Colombia, sitting on the pilot’s lap with a bottle of vodka en route to a show on Margarita Island, Venezuela, where we got into a car crash and got help from a transsexual prostitute. I know it sounds like I’m making this up but I’m not.

Regarding the scene, things will always change and we adjust the best we can. I would love for artists and managers to come down to earth a bit more and work with promoters with more realistic expectations so that they can build the scene as they want it.

When you look at future events you have planned across the year such as Time Warp, UP Festival and Houghton Festival, it does not really get much bigger than that. Would you say you prepare differently for these types of high profile gigs than smaller events? Is there any particular parties you always look forward to playing the most?

I usually think about every gig beforehand, but I do prepare a bit more for festivals and shows I find dear to my heart. I particularly look forward to parties where I play alongside my friends in special venues. Houghton Festival, for example, was just that. Playing in the woods, and in nature in general, is incredible. It’s just such a good vibe.

Speaking of Festivals, A fresh addition UP Festival taking place at a new destination for the festival land; Czech Republic. Do you think a festival can play a vital role to a country’s exposure?

Absolutely. I must say I usually don’t play there and many of my friends don’t either, so it is a great opportunity to expose the Czech people to what we do and hopefully grow something new.

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This April your next release under your psychedelic alias Blotter Trax with T.B. Arthur will see the light of day, how did this collaboration originally begin, and what separates these ideas from your other projects?

TB Arthur and I were introduced by our mutual friend BMG of Ectomorph because I was obsessing over TB’s first releases. We immediately hit it off and connected through our shared love of the sound from the midwest growing up. From our first studio session, it was clear we were onto something, and things just flowed after that. The workflow is exactly what makes this project different: we don’t use a computer and we base everything on long studio jams recorded straight to tape. It’s a fast and exciting process because of the limitation of not multitracking anything. Whatever happens, happens, and we have had some wonderful surprises and happy mistakes along the way. These recordings were about capturing great live performances and playing off each other, much like recording a band.

The Blotter Trax outlet is based around all analogue machinery, is this something you have always had an interest in?

I’ve always worked with both digital and analog formats but never strictly analog, and it definitely feels different. You are constantly refining the instruments, how they interact with each other and who you are recording with. It’s about listening and performing, without the visual distraction of a screen.

Last May your first live modular set took place together, can you explain to us a bit about your set up? Would you say you connect with the crowd/audience differently when playing live as opposed to DJing?

We were still figuring out the right set up last year and for that live PA we used a mixture of gear and a laptop. We had an 808, TB’s modular Eurorack, a Roland Space Echo, a Simmons SDS9, and a laptop controlled by Maschine. I had never played live before so it was a whole new experience for me. It’s quite a different feeling to be limited to your own sounds. I felt quite impatient and wanted things to change faster because I’m used to that in my DJ sets. However, once I got into the groove of this different way of performing I really enjoyed it and understood it much better.

In 2016 you launched Perm, a home for innovative visual and music ideas. What triggered the birth of Perm? With new material and events on the way, can you give us a bit more information about what is in store? What is it that draws you towards Berlin?

PERM is a project inspired by my musical and aesthetic influences growing up in Detroit and always searching for the lines between things. It’s a collaboration between myself, Baby Vulture, Hamid, and our visual artist \ // \\\ . I wanted to create a cozy living room atmosphere where PERM can sit at the crossroads of art and club culture, showcasing anything from an ambient performance to a left-field club set. A huge part of the project is its overall production quality with emphasis on sound and visual installations. These change with each PERM event so none are quite the same. It has been a lot of work and experimentation resulting in an amazing learning experience. I’m very excited to launch the PERM label in the next months and start doing events again. Our first one is scheduled for April 26th with Jan Jelinek live and Melina Serser as special guests. We are working with a great new venue called Arkaoda and looking forward to utilizing the space in a new way. What draws me to Berlin is its rich and diverse musical palette: there’s something interesting happening every night of the week and that is a huge reason PERM was born.

The Perm podcast series is nothing short of magical with luscious downtempo and experimental rhythms. When you began the project, did you have certain artists in mind to carry out such a unique vibe?

We wanted to keep the focus on more eclectic non-dance mixes from various artists and friends we like, and respect who have been a part of our events. I’m very happy with the range of the mixes and they definitely carry a unique vibe as a whole.

Is there anything else you would like to enlighten us with from the world of Magda?

Yes, actually I want to mention that TB Arthur and I will be performing live as Blotter Trax May 3rd at Superbooth in Berlin with a very special visual performance by Lillevan. I’m very much looking forward to this. 

Thank you so much for the mix, we have been wishing for this to happen for a long time. How would you best describe it for the MEOKO listeners?

Cosmic cats riding through electro space on the psychedelic disco train.

Last of all, a question we like to ask, can you name three records that have rarely left your bag over the years?

A Number Of Names;

Shari Vari (Ectomorph Remix)

Chaka Khan – I Feel For You (Silent Treatment remix)

DBX – Losing Control

Words by Zac Bidwell

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Interested in a career in the music/ events industry? MEOKO is looking for two interns for Spring 2018

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MEOKO is a forward-thinking, cutting-edge and creative lifestyle brand, with a primary focus on the global underground electronic music and events scenes. We are passionate about promotion and high-quality event services. Beyond music, MEOKO opens up its interests to culture, art, fashion, and food.

With incredible clients such as fabric, Sonus Festival, UP Festival, Round Up, Studio 338, Rekulture, WYS and RPMM to name just a few, MEOKO has garnered a strong, reliable reputaton within the industry.

On the events, marketing and promotion side of things, MEOKO offers services to a strong network of London and the UK’s best promoters, artists, record labels, clubs/bars, PR agencies, artist agencies, management companies, festivals and charities.

MEOKO is also passionate about top-quality journalism and regularly hosts reviews, interviews, and features on its website written by some of London’s finest journalists.

This is a really exciting time for MEOKO as we have lots of huge projects coming up, which the successful candidates will be heavily involved in. These include:    

 

  • Hosting a stage at new Porto festival RPMM
  • Hosting a showcase night for the Czech festival UP at fabriclondon

  • Partnership with a legendary herbalist/ marketing and selling and educating about CBD

  • Launching our new website

  • Media Festival Partnerships

  • Loads more to be announced

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MEOKO is on the lookout for both a Graphic Design intern and an Editorial intern. This opportunity is great for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the music and/ or events industry. We are looking for two hard-working, passionate individuals, who have a strong knowledge of electronic music, are organised and reliable, and enjoy social media.

During this internship, you will able to network with promoters, artists, agencies, labels, press agencies, festivals, designers and so on. You will get a very close look at the industry across many different sectors. Moreover, you will be able to build a professional portfolio, by being actively involved with all MEOKO Projects and by producing features/designs on a daily basis.

A highly beneficial experience within the industry, and an opportunity to discover how things work behind the scenes. An open end of freedom and possibilities when working, however, the professional guidance and experience are right there when you need it. The MEOKO team are always welcoming to new and exciting projects creating a blank canvas for your creative ideas. Have made friends for life, and built relationships with invaluable contacts.” – Zac Bidwell

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You should share an interest in electronic music and marketing/ promotion/ events as well as hold either a PR/ Marketing/ Journalism degree, or a background in music, sales, design or creative. Any extra skill will be a bonus. Knowledge of Photoshop would be helpful but isn’t necessary.

He or she must have excellent people skills, be creative, and be able to communicate well as an individual and as part of a team. This is a hands-on role, meaning getting involved in all areas of the agency from press & PR, to sales, new business events, account management, creative writing, social media, website management, admin work and other random tasks. Please only apply if you feel you have what it takes to work as part of an extremely busy, sometimes stressful yet very exciting environment.

The successful candidates will be supporting the team and be an effective and trusted interface for MEOKO, providing a point of contact for external collaborations and enquiries.

My internship at Meoko was a great experience. It really was a stepping stone into the music industry and allowed me to gain experience in a lot of different areas as the role was so diverse. Nix and the rest of the Meoko team are all so passionate about music and what they do so it was a great team to be a part of.” – Helayna Kohlinsky

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EDITORIAL INTERN – press & social media

Main Duties will include but not be limited to:

  •         writing features and news pieces

  •         writing events and albums previews/reviews

  •         writing mix descriptions

  •         contributing to the daily running of the magazine

  •         managing and maintaining websites contents

  •         contacting Dj’s, producers and record labels (client liaisons)

  •         managing social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

  •         managing MEOKO Soundcloud page

  •         copy editing texts

  •         contributing to MEOKO series (e.g. Music Through Pictures, Sound of the City, Not so Serious)

  •         organizing and writing interviews

  •         listing hottest London’s event by the week

  •         admin duties

Requirements:

  •         applicants must be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience

  •         must be able to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment

  •         being a great team player as well as being able to work on own initiative

  •         excellent English skills, both verbal and written

  •         must be computer literate (word, photoshop or gimp)

  •         good presentation skills, in writing and person

  •         must have enhanced multi-tasking skills, be able to work in fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment

  •         have an eye for details

  •         excellent organizational skills and the ability to cope with a demanding workload

  •         self-motivated, friendly and positive

  •         social media literate

  •         enhanced research skills

  •         be able to work on close deadlines

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN

Main Duties will include but not be limited to:

  •         creating banners and designs of different natures for MEOKO

  •         contributing to the daily running of the magazine

  •         managing and maintaining websites contents

  •         uploading contents on the website

  •         occasionally help with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

  •         looking for interesting pictures/videos to publish on social media or to work with

  •         helping with MEOKO series (e.g. Music Through Pictures, Sound of the City, Not so Serious)

  •         admin duties

Requirements:

  •         applicants must be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience

  •         proficiency in Photoshop (or Gimp)

  •         being IT literate

  •         must be able to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment

  •         being a great team player as well as being able to work on own initiative

  •         excellent English skills, both verbal and written

  •         good presentation skills, in writing and person

  •         must have enhanced multi-tasking skills, be able to work in fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment and respect deadlines

  •         have an eye for details

  •         excellent organizational skills and the ability to cope with a demanding workload

  •         self-motivated, friendly and positive

  •         social media literate

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My internship at Meoko was an amazing experience. I got to try out so many different areas of work such as social media, editorial, interviewing people, running competitions and a lot more. They really let you try out what you’re interested in too so the internship can be catered to you. If you’re interested in getting involved in the music industry and want to make contacts it’s definitely worth doing!” – Laura Hely Hutchinson

“I thoroughly enjoyed my internship with Meoko, it was a very valuable experience. We all know that practical experience is the best, and quality internships are essential to develop key skills such as multitasking, and communicating that you can’t get in a classroom. It has also been a great way to network with people in the industry.” – VaLy LaMo

This is a remote internship. Successful candidates must own their own laptop and be able to work at least 3 days a week, from 10 to 6 over 3/4 months.

To apply for the internships, please send your CV and covering letter to info@devmeoko.co.uk, explaining why you would like to work for MEOKO, what you will bring to the position and list your three favourite artists and three favourite labels.

Please write ‘MEOKO Summer Internship 2018 – editorial’ or ‘MEOKO Summer Internship 2018 – graphic design’ in the subject case.

 

P.S.: Both interns will be asked to work remotely, so the candidates can apply from any city/country; but ideally Europe.

 

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Under The MEOKO Microscope – DJ Schwa & Mix x UP Festival

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The Under The MEOKO Microscope series is back with a bang, as we call upon Czech producer DJ Schwa. We caught up with this talent in an interview to speak about his recent work, plans, Czech Republic and UP Festival. Let’s get into this and check his exclusive MEOKO mix.

1.Hey Michal, thanks for your time and having us. How are things with you so far?

Hi, no worries. I am great. Currently touring Australia. It’s great to escape the winter for a few weeks. And the gigs were all great so far.

2. It barely takes a pair of ears to tell that you have a real passion for electronic music. As a musician’s son, How were you first exposed to these sounds and what artists did you grow up on?

Firstly I was exposed to all different genres of music, mainly jazz, through my dad. I would hung out in the studio a lot as a kid and there I would hear whatever he was recording or working on – from classical to pop, rock, jazz and even tv / film scores. Later on, in the 90ties, I got introduced to electronic music through my brother and also through Radio 1. Bands like Underworld, Leftfield, Deep Forrest, Propellerheads, Ltj Bukem, Herbaliser. From there it took a drastic turn into the electronic music world and I started discovering music pretty much 24hrs a day. It became an obsession.

3. As being a Czech, how its scene shaped your music? Please tell us more about Czech underground scene, clubs, records shops, parties, favourite destinations.

I don’t really know how being Czech shaped my music. I left Czech Republic when I was 19 and came back when I was 26. I lived in Australia and I have also spend some time in US. Australia had a huge impact on me. I somehow felt more connected to the world of electronic music as I ever felt in Prague. Even though Sydney is s far away it made me realise that it’s somehow very close and connected to the UK/EU scene. Prague was always a bit disconnected – but that is changing now drastically and I am very very happy for that.

4. What’s one thing that you don’t see enough of in the music industry that you’d like to see in Czech Republic?

Czech scene is very healthy now. But I would like to see more and more clubs equipped with top class soundsystems and well managed Dj equipment.

5. You have your own label ‘Beef Records’, what made you start your own label? and we also love the name, what made you choose ‘Beef Records’?

It was a bit of coincidence. 12 years ago I was co-running label called Tribal Vision and I was working on an electro/techno CD compilation. I had a name for it which I found at local meat shop – Prime Cuts. On the comp I had track by artists like Trentemoller, Martinez, Mos, Peterski etc. When it was all ready we realised it doesn’t fit the labels sound. So I decided to start my own label. I have kept the Prime Cuts name for the VA and started Beef records as it was a perfect match 🙂

6. In regards to your own productions, what projects are you working on at the moment and what do you find the most challenging aspect of producing your own music?

Right now we got back together with Nick West and we are working on the new Shades of Gray album. I am in Australia for about 2 weeks and we wanted to get most out of my stay – so no beach for me. It’s studio time and gigs. One of the tracks I played at SASH this Sunday and it sounded great. Hopefully the album will be ready for release later this year. 

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7. You clearly spend alot of time in the studio. Would you like to talk us through your studio, and your favourite equipment when making some magic?

We have multiple studios going. One of them is Nick’s studio here in Sydney where we like to use some classic synths (Moog Voyager, SH101, Juno 106, Nord Lead and Korg MS2000). On the last track we triggered the SH101 with Arturia Beatstep sequencer and somehow we got amazing groove out of it. Something you would never come up with by playing the keyboard. I personally love using the DSI Tempest Drum synths but I didn’t bring it here as it was too heavy to carry around while travelling.

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8. Please tell us about your projects; Shades of Gray, Komiks Events.

Komiks is a warehouse party concept what we run together with Fatty M and Lumiere for about 4 years now. It became quite successful and it found it’s sweetspot in Pragues underground scene. We are happy that Komiks is doing so well and that many people, even out of Prague, travel to it. So far we hosted artists such as Derrick May, Robert Hood / Floorplan, Fort Romeau, Recondite, Kink, Catz n Dogz, Palms Trax, Baba Stiltz, Makam, San Proper, Dorisburg, Bjarki, Roman Flugel, Cleveland, Trus Me, Artefakt, Monoloc and many others. We also launched a new podcast series;

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9. If you had a chance to move to another city; which city would it be and why?

Sydney is my second home. So if I had to move somewhere it would be Sydney for sure.

10. How did first touch with UP Festival Crew take place? How does it feel to be going to play at a major festival alongside many other respected names?

I know Bruno for many years. To be totally honest I wasn’t sure that this will ever happen in Prague and that he will be able to pull it of. But it’s clearly happening and he has my respect and full support. Not just Bruno, the whole crew of course. I am excited to play alongside Ricardo, he has been a great inspiration for so many years. I am not a huge fan of big stages and crowded festivals but UP Festival seems to be shaping just perfect.

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11. The venue of the festival looks stunning, have you ever attended an event there yourself? What are your advises to our followers (that includes myself as well) who will visit Prague for UP Festival?

I haven’t been there for ages. Maybe like 15 years so I am quite excited to see how it changed. However, it is fair to say, festival-goers wont be dissappointed by the beauty of Prague and yes the venue is stunning.

12. Thank you for the mix, it sounds amazing. Could you tell us a little about the mix you made for MEOKO? What was your approach and how would you describe it?

The mix was made on a fly. Pressed ‘record’ at one of the gigs I played at Sisyphos few months ago. Then I cut 1,30 from it as it was too long and did some basic levelling and mastering. I rather catch the live djing element even if it’s not perfect then doing a studio mix.

13. Last of all, do you have any exciting more exciting news you would like to share with everyone? Dates, releases, collaborations etc?

You should check out Beef records. We have lots of great new music coming out. LP by BUSZ (Pier Bucci & Oskar Szafraniec), 12” by Rico Casazza another 12” by Dircsen with Florian Kupfer remix and much more. Check: www.beefrecords.net and www.facebook.com/beefrecords/

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