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JALE opens the door of J ROOM, a little oasis to share experiences and visions

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Before you start to read this interview, make you sure to listen to his EXCLUSIVE 100% unreleased productions PODCAST ← and to the premiere of JALE – Orbital Dream [JROOM 001] ←

Click HERE to follow JALE on Facebook and HERE to not miss anything inside the beautiful JROOM!

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  • Hey Julien! You’re here unveiling your new JALE project for the very first time. Tell us more about it. How did the idea about opening a new label (J ROOM) come to your mind?

JALE represents the inner essence of the J ROOM, a place where I’m able to feel completely free to share my own vision of music, without trends and market’s compromises. It’s an bodiless identity which is all about an unstoppable but meticulous sound-research and experimentation. J ROOM is born from my own necessity and desire to create a pristine area to stand out in such a saturated market like today’s one, a little oasis where you can find some musical refreshment.

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  • Your last project called Blind Box has gained immense popularity during the last years. With releases from the likes of Dana Ruh, Subb-An, Diego Krause, Julian Alexander it was definitely a point of reference for all the up&coming labels around. Also, you have two successful projects like the solo Julien Sandre and Jarau (alongside Mennie). What made you decide to start everything from zero with a new alias?

It’s safe to say that this it’s totally a new beginning for me, but this does not exclude my artistic roots and all the experiences that I’ve made so far. The extraordinary journey that I’ve started with Blind Box will continue with a whole new maturity acquired over the years and with the usual and incessant research for a unique and fascinating sound which can clearly represent the main objective of this journey.

  • The support of Priku at Neversea (which was live-streamed on DJ Mag as well) has certainly been helpful to promote the new project. How important do you think it is nowadays to find a video of a DJ playing your record?

Today, the support of talented artists and colleagues is fundamental, especially if documented in iconic events such as the Sunwaves, the Neversea or the Off Week. The support of artists such as Arpiar, SIT, Priku, Barac, Praslea, Janeret, Shaun Reeves among many others, in addition to enormously gratifying our work, allows us to reach a vast audience of enthusiasts who can thus access the contents of our J ROOM.

  • The EP also features a Cosmjn remix. Why did you choose him?

Cosmjn is such an extraordinary artist. He perfectly embodies the sophisticated and visionary sound that we want to propose on J ROOM. His remix is a dreamlike-oniric journey that totally overwhelms the senses.

  • What sound are you going to promote on the new label? With your JALE alias, will you release music only on JROOM?

JALE is musical the materialisation of the J ROOM concept and will always be the protagonist, but firstly, music is sharing; therefore we are totally open to collaborations, obviously selective, with those who will be akin to our vision. We will try to propose a sophisticated and elegant sound, mainly aimed at stimulating the mind of the listeners and creating emotional connections with the dancefloor, then obviously to make the bodies move.

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  • In Italy, and in particular in Naples, where the “tech-Napoli” is very present, a certain type of sound (the “new-wave-minimal”) still struggles to emerge. What does it depend on you?

That’s a very complex and unfortunately very current question. In my personal opinion, the cause of this situation is to be found in many factors that have diminished the absolute priority of music in favour of business and entertainment of dubious taste. A tragic generational change that sees as protagonists hordes of kids dedicated exclusively to denying themselves with drugs and alcohol to the sound of traps and reggaeton (at least here in Italy); the looting of the agencies on artistic fees and the inadequacy or often the complete improvisation of our own promoters, as well as a general cultural impoverishment are for me the general factors of this crisis in Italy. In Naples, we have been trying for a couple of years with a project called Mesmerize to create a small niche where to look for some artistic contents rather than some miserable entertainment. We fight against the windmills but we don’t give up. Obviously, it’s not everything like this, as there are respectable national realities conceived to enhance musical research and a non-trivial sound and above all Italian artists of great depth who represent a flame of hope for the movement, highly appreciated by international audiences and semi-unknown at home: this leaves understand the difficulties of our clubbing.

  • Despite your brilliant productions released over the years with your various aliases, is it still difficult to find space in the various European circuits? Are you going to move abroad?

Being based in Naples has certainly represented a major limitation in my musical career: no contact on site and inadequate musical context. Everything I built was only achievable thanks to music and e-mails. Obviously, I move when I can in the cult places of European clubbing for connections and artistic briefings or gigs but everything is bound to the daytime work I do, which would make it impossible for me to move to artistically more pleasant places. Colleagues who have had the courage and luck to move to Berlin (for example) have finally seen the merits of their work recognized and this will always represent a small regret for me; however, music remains an inexhaustible source of serenity regardless of economic rewards.

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  • Any anticipation on the upcoming releases both as JALE and as JROOM?

We are ready with the J ROOM 002 but for those who want to know more, we invite everyone to follow us and get in touch with our magical room.

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

Ampere Open Air Festival launches Antwerp with 50+ Artists Across 5 Highly Curated Stages

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

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On August 25th, Ampere will celebrate their 5th year of existence with the launch of the inaugural Ampere Open Air. Located at the Middenvijver, in the outskirts of Antwerp, the festival will feature more than 50 international and local artists divided over 5 thoughtfully curated stages and will be teaming up with the infamous Boiler Room as a stage host and live-streaming partner.

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The first wave of artists announced features some of the most influential acts from different corners of the electronic music landscape. Techno purists are in for a treat, with Detroit legend Jeff Mills, joining Berghain Berlin resident Len Faki, Ostgut’s crown jewel Marcel Dettmann and Recondite who will be performing live. For those who like their sounds more stripped back, Romanian stalwart’s Raresh & Praslea will perform as the revered Praslesh duo.

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Complementing the headliners, Ampere has curated a forward thinking line-up showcasing a range of rising and established underground talent from house, techno, ambient to future jazz. Amongst the first confirmed performers, are talents such as Ben Hayes, Synkro, and Dekmantel’s Betonkust & Palmbomen II. In addition, Donna Leake, Dan Shake, Stellar Om Source, David Vunk and rising talent Gabriella Vergilov represent a selection of musicians with creative and broad inspirations, sure to nurture the soul and ears of a receptive crowd. 

Besides a strong international selection, are some of Antwerp’s highest calibre local talents. Ampere Open Air endeavours to give many undiscovered gems a well-deserved platform to showcase their artistry and musical creativity. Accordingly, the lineup favours a strong focus on locals such as composer and live performer Hiele, the rising star Lola Haro, and the illustrious Borokov Borokov Live. 

When it comes to festivals, Belgium’s offering is amongst the most dense in Europe. As such, Ampere Open Air has distinguished itself as a unique offering with a diverse line up, whilst remaining affordable for everyone. Ampere Open Air presents an accessible event with a wide spectrum of musical diversity and opportunities for local sustainable initiatives. Attendees will be given a worthwhile  experience, where music, culture and creativity collide to create something inspiring and renewing. 
 
Ampere Open Air will take place on Sunday 25th of August at Middenvijver (Linkeroever, Antwerp).

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 12th of June at noon. 

FIRST LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT

JEFF MILLS – LEN FAKI – MARCEL DETTMANN – RECONDITE LIVE – RARESH & PRASLEA PRESENT PRASLESH – AWANTO 3 – BEN HAYES – BOROKOV BOROKOV LIVE – DAN SHAKE – DAVID VUNK – DJ ASSAULT – ELENA COLOMBI – DONNA LEAKE – GABRIELLA VERGILOV – HIELE LIVE – BETONKUST & PALMBOMEN II LIVE – PABLO VALENTINO – RENAAT VANDEPAPELIERE – ROD – SAN PROPER – SYNKRO LIVE – SKY H1 LIVE – STELLAR OM SOURCE – SKY H1 LIVE – HAISSEM – ARKLINE – ARNO LEMONS – DJ BOATS – FBQ – JUICY ‘THE DJ’ – LIL LAWAW – LOLA HARO – PIRRÈS

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Roots Herbal presents Cannabinoid Education by Dr Dani Gordon & Carly Barton

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Roots Herbal presents Cannabinoid Education by Dr Dani Gordon &Carly Barton. This Saturday, 6th of April, Roots Herbal will be offering an afternoon of enlightenment and knowledge at Yellowave Beach Sports Venue in Brighton from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.

Roots Herbal will be hosting two incredible women, Dr Dani Gordon &Carly Barton, to share their extensive Cannabis and Cannaboids expertise. Dr. Dani Gordon the CEO & Co-founder of burnout-recovery training platform, UltraResilience.com, a double board certified medical doctor, writer and speaker. She is a leading specialist in clinical cannabis medicine and currently consults with cannabis companies in the UK and Europe.

Carly Barton was the first ever patient in the UK to be prescribed Cannabis since the law change in 2018. As a former Lecturer in the Arts who has exhibited at the Tate and the Saatchi gallery, she now advocates for patient access to Medical Cannabis as the Deputy Director of the United Patients Alliance. She is working tirelessly with government organisations in order to convert this to an NHS prescription. She was recently selected to participate in the inaugural Global Medical Cannabis Summit on Necker Island in 2019.

Both speakers will speak passionately about their own experiences and will be there to answer all your questions regarding Cannabis. Also at the event, Roots Herbal will have a range of products for trial and sale.

Tickets available here.

Who are ‘Where We Met’?

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MEOKO Discovers the Forward-thinking Sound Which is Reshaping Underground House and Techno, infusing it with Break-beat and Electro

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Since 2017, Re-UP and Riccardo Piazza teamed up on a new project, forming the Venice based record label Where We Met. Distancing itself from the old minimal tech background that distinguished Re-UP, the multi-faced project is not only a ‘traditional’ record label, but also an independent DJ act, as well as a promoter entity. More importantly, WWM is pushing a forward-thinking sound which is reshaping current underground house and techno, infusing it with break-beat and electro.
Just listen to the first 2017 release from Reedale Rise; the ‘Broken Land’ EP throws a captivating amen break into its first track with impressive smoothness, but also includes minimal house tracks that sound closer to the micro-house style we often hear at our favourite parties lately. Or their last release from 2018, ‘Where is my Prisma?’ by Chicaiza – the astonishing title-track is just something else, a spectral groove which convinces us the label is really doing something special.
We were certainly impressed by the ingenuity of their nearly 2-hours exclusive recording for Meoko. Creating a flow with broken beats is not an easy task for any DJ, and WWM do it beautifully. 10 minutes into the mix and you will be sucked into a space wormhole of rolling electro basslines and lysergic atmospheres. As the mix progresses, house comes onto the game; steady 4/4 kicks and neat hats build an infectious groove, without switching off the note of deepness that characterizes the WWM style. To accompany the mix, we had a chat with Where We Met regarding their upcoming releases and events.
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Hey guys, first of all, thank you for your time. We are very happy to have you on Meoko! 
Could tell me a bit about your background? When was WWM born, and how?
 
Hi, It’s a pleasure to chat with you, guys! As explained in the introduction, WWM is a blend of Re-UP and Riccardo Piazza. Ricky’s history with electronic music had a serious turn when Leo and Omar asked him to go out a dinner in 2.  “I remember I was back from an important business meeting in Milan” Ricky says, “dressed like a boring suited jacket man and I said “let’s meet up with the guys!”Until that moment, I was just a guy with a lot of passion for electronic music, now I can say I have a way to express and share his passion with others. So I really have to thank Omar and Leo who gave me this opportunity, I’m sure that I’m now a better DJ / promoter / whatever you want because of them.” On the other hand, the Re-UP project needed a reboot. The duo, founder of Kina Music, had been around for over a decade. After joining Music On between 2014 and 2016, they felt the need to step back from a mainstream brand that went too far from their musical taste. We’re plenty of good memories of this period, lot of fun and most important, we had the opportunity to see how a big agencies works. Ricky’s has been fundamental to help the Re-UP rebranding because He enriched their musical knowledge and thanks to his different background, he contaminated Re-UP’s sets which are now more sophisticated but still effective.

The name Where We Met celebrates a specific moment in which the three of us had a mind-blowing experience all together, surrounded by inspiring music and funny scenes. Sunwaves 14 is Where We Met and that’s also the story behind the name. Zip’s magical 5 hours set and the unforgettable Ricardo Villalobos set in the middle of a storm were both essential for understanding that we were feeling the same energy , and from there our friendship has been growing with mutual respect and with the security that we share certain human values which are at the core of the WWM project.

That’s why Re-UP suddenly decided to invite Ricky to that dinner. As soon as the meeting started, things flowed naturally. Omar already had the name in mind, ‘Where We First Met’, so we just shortened it and here we are, ready to go!

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What is the fundamental vision behind the Where We Met project? What are your goals?
 
In the beginning we wrote a sort of WWM manifesto that we thought we would have to present to the artists. The picky and meritocratic process we use to select the music for each release allows us to be like a super selector which is composed by our 6 ears and 3 hearts.
WWM’s vision is set on human values first and foremost, and as a reflection we work with artists we empathize with. Our goal is to release high quality music that match our taste. Something to be played in different moment of the day, something that people will hear in 20 years and still enjoy it.
Some of the label releases show a Detroit old-school electro influence, other feature broken beats so neat that they almost sound like they could have been released on Hessle Audio. What inspired you to go in this direction?
 
Thanks for the comparison, hats off to Ben UFO and whole Hessle Audio crew! We know that music is cyclical so it was about time that electro and old school music became popular once again.
What inspires us is the message behind a track and that’s why we didn’t set any limitations to the label. Obviously the first release was an electro package that surely put the label on the map, but after that we felt the need to explore a more deep influenced sound.
With the third we returned into a techno electro mood and luckily, one tracks has been selected by Craig Richard on his Fabric Mix. We will never thank Reedale Rise enough for this! WWM004 represents an excursion from breaks, deep and techno while the 5th was meant to be a dance floor-oriented release.
The Chicaiza EP is very important for WWM because it is something we needed in order to be a bit less predictable. The label was becoming an almost pure electro one because the best music we found at that time was electro, which kind of attracted similar music to us, but it wasn’t completely reflecting who we are and the range of the music we play and like. So We want to have different genres coming from WWM and we would really love that in each of our releases you are be able to hear our trademark which will always reflect our 3 different visions!
The first record of 2019 is already being released in February – the ‘Event Horizon EP’ by Tonnovelle. Can you describe the record for us?
WWM006 is the most rave-ish on the label, an expression of our techno side and something you will need when you play peak time. It’s an intelligent release, pretty contemporary music, something that might have been out on several current “trendy” labels, but beware the A2. 😉
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The influences that Arman and Kamyar had for this one in regard to the Vienna/Berlin connections are pretty clear to us even though it’s a pretty personal record. We also love the energy on this one!
Ricky adds I’m really happy to have Arman on board because he is a longtime friend that I met in a special city, Vienna, and a very special place Metz. It’s a second home for me and it was so important to help me define my taste in music and also what is nightlife to me. I’m so thankful I’ve met the Funkroom crew and all the people that I can now call friends!
 
WWM also has a sub-label, Spaziotempo. It only had one release from Freddy Fresh in 2018 so far, which sounds as brilliant as inventive. It definitely makes us want to hear more!
How does Spaziotempo differ from Where We Met? Do you have anything scheduled for 2019?
Spaziotempo is hard to describe…We felt that Freddy Fresh EP would need a different home rather than WWM. At the very beginning we wanted to create a label for represses and reissues but we immediately realized that this concept would be a limit. As soon as we worked on the Spaziotempo002, the division between the 2 labels was getting clear to us – and if you read between the lines you can spot the artist already. 😉nds like Freddy to be hosted
You are active as a record label and DJ act, but also as promoters in the Venice area. 
How is the scene moving nowadays in Italy? Did you find any particular difficulty in promoting your projects?
Italy is trying to reshape a club culture and many good producers are coming out. At the same time, people are understanding that music and small venues can be turned into intimate spaces that fits perfectly with the party experience we aim for. We had few great shows in Italy last year, there was a living connection with the dance-floor, almost tangible at times. 
Luckily we’ve shown up on Michele’s radar, the owner of Veniceberg, who invited us to host a showcase series in his club. Since the first event, the relationship with Michele grew and we managed to understand the right steps to introduce the WWM project. There’s a mutual faith, he trust our bookings because he knows that we understand his club.
The music we love is neither easy nor popular, so it’s normal that not so many people would enjoy a 3 hours IDM/breaks/whatever set as we do. What we are trying to do is to offer quality music, always making sure that people have a good time at our parties, that’s the key! Behind a successful event there’s a motivated crew which is able to transmit energy and passion, hooking people and giving them the right tools to join the experience. How to do that? Passion plus smiles plus respect to our followers.
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Your next party will be on the 18th of January at Veniceberg, the venue you just mentioned. The underground space in Verona provides quality acoustics thanks to a purposely hand-made sound system. You will play alongside Gwenan, a daring artist who plays tracks ranging from techno to more experimental beats. What is your expectation for this party?
Can you imagine the most comfortable situation in which everything works perfectly? That’s Veniceberg! With this scenario, you just need to focus on being the perfect host for the artist and the people attending to the party.
Gwen is a great Dj, one of our favorites for sure. We love her selection and flow, you can feel a personal touch in her sets and she’s always able to make a good connection with the crowd. Empathy: one of the skills every dj should have!
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Other upcoming parties also have intriguing bookings; Freerotation resident Jane Fitz and Madrid DJ/producer Corp will play respectively in March and May, also at Veniceberg. What guides your booking choices?
As for our releases, we want to book artists that we would love to see at other people’s parties. Being a DJ means to connect with the people and not everyone have the ability to bring the audience through their journey.
Jane needs no introductions, she’s one of the best in the business and it’s such an honor to have her with us: I can’t wait to hear her on the Veniceberg’s sound-system! Ricky still remembers her debut at Panorama Bar, at the end of her set there were literally 15 people waiting in line to hug her (including him): we think that this tells you a lot about the great human being she is (and of course…how good that night was!).
Corp is our bet this year! He’s surely a superb producer, his works for Libertine are outstanding but we heard he’s a good DJ too and we can’t wait to listen to him in Verona! We would also like to give a special mention to Chicaiza, who did a superb set in November. We knew he was skilled but he really nailed it!
Can each of you tell us your favourite record from 2018?

OMAR:

LEO: 

RICKY:

 

And favourite party?
OMAR: Checkpoint meets O300f Recordings at Backyard Barcelona Villa. I
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en Kashawar played one of the best sets i’ve ever heard!
LEO: Experiment Intrinsic France where Gwenan shaped such a lovely and intimate trip through techno, ambient and IDM…
RICKY: Riccardo in Brooklyn (Decantour), amazing vibe, great people there, so many new friends and 2 super acts from Riccardo and from Rasho, a guy we would really love to bring to Europe!
Thank you for reading and enjoy the Where We Met podcast!
Upcoming WWM parties:
15.03.19 – w/ Jane Fitz @ Veniceberg, Verona IT
17.05.19 – w/ Corp @ Veniceberg, Verona IT
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Article by – Giovanni Bodrato

Dont Follow The Hype; Follow The Good Vibes!’ Vibe Anniversary Presents : UVAR Showcase

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

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UVAR is set to do their London debut remarking Vibe London‘s 1st anniversary with a special 8-hour b3b set from Ada Kaleh b2b Nu Zau b2b Sepp. The event will take place at Hackney’s recent addition to the London clubbing scene Studio 9294, an open-air terrace during the daytime with the beautiful canal in the scenery, then the party will move into the warehouse space from sunset until sunrise . The day-and-night event is bound to be a memorable one with the venue’s terrace for the day time part.

Vibe London has already throwed a reasonable number of parties in the capital hosting artists with the likes of Floog, Sepp, Nu Zau, Mahony, vlf to name a few. The next installment is their strongest lineup and no doubt on the quality sound provided over the night. Support will come from Sebastian Eric, Matje and the residents; Yuda and Amih. The Vibe crew has already made a strong impression over their first year and inviting Uvar seems like a perfect setting to honour the anniversary! 

Oh, did we mention the after party? You know how it goes; Good Vibes Guaranteed.

Ahead of the trios London visit, MEOKO caught up with Ada Kaleh to speak about UVAR London Debut and his future plans. 

So there you go: on Nov 10th, it’s in the Wick that the good things are, so it seems. you can already book your tickets here. See you there at the front-left speakers — after-party at The Cause.

1- Hello Ada, it is a great pleasure to interview you. First of all thank you for your time. How has life been treating you so far?

Hey guys and gals, the pleasure is on our side! You know how it is with life, ups and downs, just like everyone else.

2-What is behind Uvar? How did you decide to join forces as a trio?

The trio started all of a sudden, as a natural step forward. I did an EP for Uvar a couple of years ago, so the planning brought us together easily. Well, that and bonding by doing bad jokes on the internet. One day Gabi asked us if we want to do an Uvar showcase in Berlin, so we did it. That ended up in all three of us playing b2b. Worked like a charm, so we decided we should do this more. It’s quite a special thing, so in that regard we did them in a few key places of the European scene, like Rex Club Paris, Supermarket Zurich, FUSE Brussels, Berns Stockholm and a few others, cant remember of the top of my head.

3- Uvar London debut is coming closer. What are your expectations about it? How did the project get structured?

Honestly I don’t really have any expectations, we’ll live and we’ll see. We’ve all played London plenty of times already individually, some bigger events and some smaller ones, some very successful, a couple… strange. But all in all, expectations aside, we think this one is going to be quite good. Not to mention; we are going to play for an exclusive 8 hours, so better rest well until Saturday and be ready for the marathon.

4- What is your general idea about London Underground Music scene?

I see it split in two very differents sides. There’s the smaller but thriving side of promoters doing off events, trying to bring their favorite acts, and then there’s the money driven side of super production, aggressive promotion, ultra cheesy line-ups and horrendous crowds.

5- Uvar showcase has started to take place recently. How does it feel to play as trio and play as solo? Any other events in the pipeline?

For me these are two completely different sides, its like having split personality. When I play solo, I have a long term approach and dip in and out of genres, leading the crowd in certain directions. When I play with the fellas, it’s much more spontaneous, as we tend to surprise eachother with of the stuff that we play. Next up, we have a Paris showcase being planned.

6- What are your main inspirations when it comes to your creative process? Are there any things you could not imagine working without?

Ah jeez! I have no clue how my creative process works anymore and where inspiration comes from. A few years back I thought it was nature and human interraction, now I’m not so sure about that. Well, I used to have a lot more free time back then, and I was a bit more naive. Now with the constant DJing something has changed. First of all it created a struggle between the producer side of me wanting to make odd and very musical compositions and then the DJ side comes in “saying” it has to be functional. So that creates a block that I have to get around. Then there is the time factor, its quite hard to get into a writing state when you’re back home on Sunday evening or late at night, have a couple of days to decompress and then Friday you’re back at it again. I mean there would be plenty of time if you wanted to do all this bullshit music of the new wave of producers, where they download a sample CD, make an arrangement and call themselves musicians, but if you want to write proper music, that needs time and patience. As I see it now, you can’t be a great musician and a great DJ at the same time, you have to separate the two and do them in turns.

7- Anything else you would like to add for our readers?

Don’t follow the hype.

Thank you again and see you all on Saturday night for a magical evening.

We are all much looking forward to our London visit and celebrating Vibe’s first Birthday with you all.

 

Words by Erchin Jon

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Legends 10th Edition w/ Fumiya Tanaka

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This October 13 remarks Legends‘ 10h edition; Created by a bunch of friends in Uruguay, Punta del Este, host city of the South American summer. Legends comes with the dream of bringing true legends from the underground world scene of electronic music. Taking South American landscapes as inspiration, the open space where the festival takes place represents the typical natural places of the beloved land. It has a vast green tree surrounded space and a lake from where you can appreciate the Uruguayan sunrise itself. Guests can develop during the time the festival lasts with multiple recreational activities, of course, in addition to listening to the unique artists presented.

These last 4 years the crew hosted artists with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Raresh, Audiowerner, Argenis Brito, Losoul, Herodot to name a few.

Already 8 months have passed since the last edition of Legends taking place in March with the participation of Nekes, Robin Ordell, Guillermo de Caminos and the farewell of the favorite couple Vale Volpe & Manglus before going on tour in Europe in a b2b alliance.

As the spring season fastly approaches, the tenth edition will be the Uruguay debut of the Japanese legend Fumiya Tanaka, together with another Japanese artist, Yoske. To add more, the new ArgentinIan promise Lautaro Scavuzzo will be playing for alogside the resident dj Manglus after the return of his extensive tour.

For the 4 years aniversary Legends crew are proud of announce the Happy New Year Legends festival for the first time.This new proposal is coming to spend the end of the year among friends dancing under the sky in a 2 day festival format where 12 invited artists from all over the world will play. The whole line up will be made known as the festival approaches us. One thing which is clear to predict is that one of the headliners will be Audiowerner with his first live set presentation in South America. So we suggest you start to get prepared for this special occasion where you all are invited to participate!

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Voigtmann Mix & Interview – 4 Years of Oscuro

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With meticulous dedication to his unique studio productions and versatile DJ sets, Voigtmann quickly gained popularity in the underground party scene and acquired the respect of his peers. After completing his mission with his previous label and party series Toi Toi Musik, Voigtmann went off seeking new musical challenges with the label Subsequent, on which he is releasing his debut LP ‘Sublunary’ this September. His new brilliant podcast for Meoko is dreamy and ingenious; the one-hour recording evolves in a truly natural way touching various influences from micro-house to UK garage, and feels like the perfect soundtrack for morning sunrise after a heavy night out. We are happy to present his MEOKO mix with an interview, discussing his new record and upcoming projects.

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1- Hi Claus! First of all, thank you for the mix and for taking the time for the interview. This month Subsequent is releasing your mesmerizing full-length debut album “Sublunary”, which got support from the likes of Zip, Ricardo Villalobos and Sonja Moonear, to name a few. How did the record come to life? What is the concept behind it?

Hi Meoko! Firstly, thank you for the interview and glad to be back on your lovely series. In regards to the album, I believe it should be defined by the music on the two black slabs rather than by the people who support it. I think it’s an old-fashioned way of defining quality. Yes, I am happy I got the support, but new people with new ideas are on the rise and always falling back on to the same 4 people for definition is pretty boring and I believe they aren’t comfortable with that either, they are just like us, doing what they love.

The decision to make an album came about because I felt very comfortable in my studio. I had the best setup I could imagine in my little room and also felt I knew where I am going to take the album style-wise. I always knew I wanted to keep my debut album as classy as possible. The word ‘timeless’ is overused but I wanted to be able to look back in a few years and still be able to listen back without cringing.

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Halfway through writing it, I realized that I literally don’t care if people like it or not. I fell in love with the process. As an artist, you are ideally maneuvering outside your comfort zone, hence you are instantly faced with judgment from other people. The process of writing the album showed me that the result isn’t the main focus. For me, the beauty is in the process of writing and the amount of thought that went into it. Along the way, my sound changed to something wider, more grown up, more technical. I tried to circumnavigate any trend and really establish a very own body of work.

2- The LP features club sounds ranging from minimal house to techno and breakbeat but also presents an elegant touch in the style that feels closer to ambient music. Can we expect more of this coming from you?

I always had an affinity for sounds outside of house and techno… For instance, I have been collecting 70’s funk records for years now. It’s beautiful NOT to work result-oriented in the studio and just see what comes out… Sometimes it’s really weird stuff, sometimes it’s beautiful ambient pieces. I am planning to seek different challenges outside the 4/4 under different aliases next year… For example venture into broken beats/future jazz under V-Man (who would have thunk). I feel, I fulfilled a first milestone with the album and I am now open to all kind of influences.

3- The album shows impressive and versatile production skills. How did your studio set up evolve in the last few years? Can you name a piece of gear which was especially used for this record?

Thank you very much. The studio evolved more and more towards an analog side. I added drum machines and synths I love and could not live without anymore. The album heavily features the Analog Rhythm, The Oberheim OB6, and my computer. I do a lot of textures and the entire arrangement in Ableton while all the rhythm section and the main melody elements are analog. The digital bits sit very naturally behind the analog bits. It’s the best combination for me.

4- Can you tell us about the development of your DJ career in the last few years?

I am very proud and happy where I got to, mainly in the last year. I broke free from some chains and expectations holding me back. I also overcame the whole digger mentality; before I tried to fit into what everyone was doing and as an effect, I would sound similar. It’s bonkers, sometimes I felt I have to perform only for the chin scratchers on the floor. I couldn’t care anymore, my aim is to spread positivity on the floor and make people dance, dance happily, dance wildly, dance weirdly. My DJ sets got a lot more energetic but less heavy if that makes sense. The funny thing is that by simply being yourself you present a unique style already, you dig for your own style, you are unique. Once this penny dropped in my head I feel complete freedom behind the booth, playing an old vocal house track and bits I would have never touched before…it’s very liberating. Try it.

5- This Saturday you will be playing at the fourth birthday party of Oscuro in London. What is special about it compared to otherplaces?

The boys are doing a great job and pulled together a top-notch lineup. I played for them before and just feel my music is very well-received. I am succumbing a lot more UK influences these days and I feel the Oscuro crowd embraces that.

6- Can you share your highlight from summer 2018?

Houghton, Houghton, Houghton.

7- How would you describe your new mix for Meoko?

All my recent mixes were very fast and energetic, this time I wanted to create a very slow-evolving, unpretentious afterhours mix with simply a lot of unreleased material and tracks that I consider great music. No need to cram a mix full of the weirdest tracks you know, I find it quite relaxing just listen to the music evolve in one flow.

8- Do you have any other upcoming plans or projects you wish to share with the Meoko readers?

I am off to my beloved South America for a two-weekend tour. I had a studio break for a couple of months after the album but from October onwards, I will shift my attention back to the production/studio life. My book is filled with EPs and remixes this year so I will work through them and simply be a happy (V)man in my little studio. I plan to be positive and happy. 

See you on Saturday at 4 Years of Oscuro.

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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.

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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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