After a December-long hiatus, favourite London promoters Toi.Toi musik mark their return to the circuit with a very special event on Friday 25th January. For their first party of 2013, daring duo Claus Voigtmann and Isis Salvaterra rejoin forces with a couple of Toi.Toi regulars, namely Cesar Merveille and Ryan Crosson. 2012 saw the release of DRM, the debut collaborative LP from the pair on Crosson’s own Visionquest imprint. The record was met with high critical acclaim and so Toi.Toi Musik welcome back old friends to perform alongside each other and do their thing as part of their continued album tour.
What else is new? Well, Toi.Toi Musik are beginning the year on pastures new, kickstarting 2013 with a move to a brand spanking new venue. As ever, its currently undisclosed but once you’ve bought your tickets and signed yourself up to the madness, you will receive an email with all the necessary information. Word on the street is this is their best spot yet. On the 25th, support will arrive in the form of residents Voigtmann and Lamache, two of the capital’s most revered residents. Toi.Toi Musik have been known to do things differently; don’t miss out.
For well over two decades, Berlin’s Tresor has stood as one of the founding bastions of the techno movement. Both the club and the record label played a key and influential role in the city’s now burgeoning electronic scene, helping launch the careers of DJs such as Sven Vath, Jeff Mills and Robert Hood. As of 2013, the Tresor franchise officially extends its reach to London, beginning a showcase residency at various warehouse spaces across the capital.
First up, Saturday 2nd February sees one of Tresor’s most celebrated affiliates touch down in as yet undisclosed East London venue. Juan Atkins, one of the professed godfathers of techno, has always been proud to call Tresor his second home, playing regularly at the club since its inception. Joining him will be DJ Deep, a ubiquitously revered and respected member of the new school movement. Promoter and DJ Dasha Rush will provide support with her live show, alongside promising young talent Psyk. Opportunities to see Juan Atkins within the context of Tresor are increasingly few and far between, don’t miss out.
To commemorate this new series of warehouse events, MEOKO have teamed up with Tresor to offer one lucky winner a very special prize. Answer the below question correctly and you could take home 2x tickets to the Juan Atkins party on the 2nd, as well as both a vinyl copy of ‘Tresor 257: s_w_z_k‘ and a CD copy of the DJ Deep mix ‘Kern‘. All you have to do is tell us:
First of all… Thanks for your time…. I can imagine you are very busy and answering questions can be tedious…
2012 was quite a year for you and your label… with a remix for David Lynch’s “Pinky’s Dream”… how did this come about, and what does it mean for you?
We’ve all been fans of David Lynch for quite a while, so when this opportunity came up the term “dream come true” really was happening. The original is also not something we’re normally asked to remix which added to the fun. If I recall correctly our manager bumped into his in an airport and they wanted Seth to do it but Seth decided we should all do it together and so we had a go at it. We did have to bounce it back and forth to Lee in Chicago which I normally hate doing because then people are on different wave lengths but we didn’t have time to all be together so it was the only solution. All and all I was happy with what we were able to turn out.
For me it’s very special you remixed Violett back in 2006. It made me discover not only the Argentinean guys but also you lot, the new skool of Detroit. Back then it felt like the start of something new. Now we’re in 2012 it’s clear you’ve made a success of everything you were spearheading back then. How do you feel it’s gone and what kind of journey has it been for you personally?
It’s been a weird strange ride to say the least with a lot of ups and downs. We were pretty broke and busted upon arriving in Berlin but we slowly got some steam behind us and are doing quite well at the moment. Each of us has had their personal demons to battle at different times but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The whole journey so far has helped me grow so much as an adult I can’t even believe it. And we’re still in that infant stage!!!! The label is only two years old and although it’s not been a blockbuster type label we’re doing great. On top of that, we all haven’t been touring that long…maybe steadily for only 4 years. Very exciting indeed to see what the future holds in store!
Where do you live now, and where do you feel most connected with?
I bounce around quite a bit but am spending most of my time in Berlin and London, I’m also making more of an effort to visit my family in the States more. I’ve been away from home for about 5 1/2 years now but only in the past year I’ve really started to feel homesick. Not for America, but mostly my family. I’m watching my nephew grow up in pictures and it’s frustrating that I cannot be there more. I guess because of more travel I don’t feel too connected to any city but am trying to be more connected with my family.
Can you tell us about some of the artists you’ve unearthed through Visionquest. What kind of sound or esthetic are you looking for right now?
Tale of Us and Footprintz have been the two standouts in my mind that we’ve “unearthed” I guess you could say and while we may not be uncovering any unknowns at the beginning of 2013 a lot of the releases are from artists that are new to our roster… Terje Bakke, Wareika, Voigt & Volta and Subb-An will make their Visioquest debuts next year. Clarian (one half of Footprintz) will also be releasing an EP and an album. As everyone knows the aesthetic is always changing with us so I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.
How do you decide on the future releases?
Ha, umm. Some are no brainers and some we go back and forth. No fist fights just yet 😉
If it says ‘Visionquest remix’ on the package, who of you four is behind it? Or is it all four who get together in the studio? How do y divide responsibilities?
It really depends. I’m working all the time and I don’t mind transferring files over the internet to bounce ideas back and forth but some of the guys can’t handle it and it becomes a nightmare quickly. After the last go I think we’ve made it clear to each other that if 3 out of 4 can’t sit and do it together, it won’t be titled Visionquest. When we do manage to get together normally one person will be on the computer and the other two will be playing with synths on the side until a framework can come together. Once we have our basic framework it goes quite quickly and we can really flow on an idea. A basic rule is that If you’re sitting at the computer and you’ve got nothing going on, get up! Let someone else take a shot to keep things moving forward. Food/cooking breaks are also very frequent 😉
Tell us all about your album with Cesar. How did it come about, what does DRM stand for?
We have been longtime friends, and the situation just came together. The album idea really took shape after an EP we made for thesongsays didn’t come out due to complications with the distributor. That process took forever, so we just decided, “Hey, let’s work towards an album”. DRM is an acronym for “drum” and “dream” – both essential to us in making the music we make.
What kind of studio set up did you use, how did you work with Cesar?
We were using a mix of computers and hardware. We’ve both acquired a bit more kit since finishing in June so the next one together should have a slightly different sound although we want to continue recording live musicians and chopping them up. 90% of the work was done with us sitting in the same room together. Some bits I was travelling to London to work at his, some bits he was at mine in Berlin. I think that’s part of the reason it took us so long from when we actually decided to go forward with the album we weren’t down the street or a short train ride away.
If you had to define what you do, how would you sum it up?Trial and lots of error. Did you ever imagine as a child that you would be DJing all around the world?
I feel very fortunate to be doing what I’m doing with my life right now. Even when we moved overseas I wasn’t sure if it would pan out to where I could continue to live from DJing. At age four or five I told my parents I wanted to be a steam shovel operator. They probably weren’t too thrilled to hear that even though it was coming from a preschooler. Then about 20 years later I told them I was quitting the family business to move to Berlin to become a full time Dj, They weren’t too ecstatic about that either but they’ve been super supportive the whole way. That has meant so much. When times weren’t the best they were there too pick me up, that support has been everything.
Seth has just been voted number 1 DJ on the RA polls. Do the polls matter and do you personally take much notice?
I’m extremely happy and proud of Seth and all the success he has had in such a short period of time. Knowing him for over 10 years now, it’s been crazy to watch the transformation in his DJ career. But to me and the guys he still just plain old Seth and he’ll always be that to us, no matter what number he’s tagged with in whatever reader poll. A lot of people put too much stock into those end of the year, “best of” things. I understand how they can help a career or DJ fees or a booker but I’m pretty apathetic about them overall. There’s a limited number of electronic music publications and because of that I think too many people put too much stock in the opinions of these writers, whether it’s good or bad. Fan polls can be cool but then you find out that only England and Italy are voting so that’s not so accurate either. The bottom line is that no poll can ever tell you who the best DJ is, who the best live act is, label, track etc because everyone’s taste is different…and that’s a good thing.
How do you define success?
Being happy with yourself.
You’re finishing off 2012 with a gig at Cargo in London! Why is this a special night for you, and what kind of expectations do you have?
I really am hoping it’s special. New Years Eve can always be a bit disappointing but this will be my first in London and I know when friends have played London in the past on NYE they said it was great…so my expectations are quite high. Hopefully this years turn will prove to be just as memorable for us at Cargo as it was for my friends in past years.
What does 2013 have in store for you…?
Hopefully a bit more mental stability and more focus. I’d like to complete my solo album plus EP’s for Life and Death and Supplement Facts and get started on another album with Cesar. There are remixes in the cue of course. We’re going to launch the new Visionquest website hopefully by February which will include a lot more user interaction, podcasts, webshop and online MP3 sales. We’ve also discussed doing our own sample packs. Visionquest 13 will also be kicking off in late March (www.yourvisionquest.com).
Interview by Katrin Ritcher
Catch Ryan next at Cargo NYE presents: Post Apocalypse with Ryan Crosson (Visionquest), Omid 16B & Shane Watcha – Get Your Ticket Here / 8pm – 6am / 83 Rivington Street; Hoxton; London EC2A 3AY; United Kingdom
Famed for their ever wonderful nights, complete with a delicious and intelligent array of the crème de la crème of electronic music, I know where many will be welcoming in 2013. NYE see’s Border Community hosting a 9 hour marathon topped by James Holden, Nathan Fake (live), Luke Abbott (live), Ivan Smagghe, Koreless and Redshape (live) and the list goes on. We’re promised a psychedelic and trippy journey into the New Year and we expect nothing less from these musical wizards.
As a new year treat, MEOKO are giving away a pair of tickets to this much anticipated event – grab tickets while you can and enjoy the very best on New Year’s eve.
To win yourself a couple of tickets, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Border Community NYE‘ as the subject heading.
Full Line Up
Main Room – Border Community
James Holden Nathan Fake (live) Luke Abbott (live) Wesley Matsell Special Guest: Ivan Smagghe
Room 2 – Warm
Redshape (live) Mark E Fort Romeau Warm DJs
Room 3 – Pictures Music x South
Koreless (live) Dauwd Bobby Champs South DJs
But the fun doesn’t end there, come New Year’s Day the Electric Minds powerhouse is putting on a party that has to be experienced to be believed. 12 hours of Henrik Schwarz (live), Mosca, Shed, Levon Vincent, Will Saul, Dusky, Jay Shepheard and many more, plus a special guest still to be announced. With a line up this good and Broken and Uneven’s usual lovely and happy crowd, there’s only one place to spend the first day of 2013…enjoy folks!
With New Year’s Day often hounded the better New Year’s Eve, more and more revellers are saving themselves for the cutting edge parties and incredible line ups now on offer on January 1st. This year Junk Department is no exception. With a forward thinking music policy and party first, ask questions later ethos, Junk comes back to the capital for a New year’s Day feast loaded with underground talent. Serving up a showcase for Berlin based label Upon.You. at the convenient Factory 7, the likes of M.A.N.D.Y. and Steve Bug, will be delivering a platter of delectable beats from the far corners of house, techno and between. Alongside these two electronic music veterans, they are joined by Marco Resmann, Emerson Todd, Gunnar Stiller, Luca Pilato and Junk residents, bringing London a little taste of the action for the famous German city.
Exclusive Mix by M.A.N.D.Y. ahead of Junk Department NYD
Heavyweights of the UK clubbing fraternity, Junk Department has grown out of Southampton’s very own Junk Club, a regular nominee for DJ Mags Best Of British Small Club award. The Junk family bring together everything they know from the South Coast, Bristol, London, Eastern Europe and more, with one collaborative aim in mind, to put on the best parties in the world. Working closely with the likes of Cocoon, Moon Harbour, Circo Loco, Superfreq and Crosstown Rebels to name just a few, Junk Department have made a name for their warehouse parties that storm through the scene with distinguished line-ups and an ethos for music loving and appreciation. Finding its home at Factory 7, it’s garage style space and East London location make for the perfect setting Junk Department devotees have come to know and love.
This NYD we see the Junk crew set the bar for what NYD parties are all about, getting down with your friends and you celebrate new beginnings and fresh starts to quality music from quality DJs. The main man, one third of the Upon.You founders, Marco Resmann never fails to deliver and neither does his label. Having put out a marathon of releases that such young labels are rarely able to achieve, it’s also maintained a sort after quality, evident by constant presence in the charts. This is one label showcase that really will focus on the output, so expect a cleverly considered soundtrack to you new year’s day.
Check out Junk Department Presents Watergate 10 Years
Highlights will include Get Physical label bosses M.A.N.D.Y., who have achieved massive success in colluding to create music that simply makes bodies move. These two will be showing you how it’s done. Poker Flat head honcho, Steve Bug is a dream behind the decks. For those who haven’t seen him, this really will be a treat for the ears and he lays on one face screwing track after another, a dedicated, energetic and constantly surprising talent. Emerson Todd, also shouldn’t go a miss, along with the rest of the stellar line-up.
In conjunction with the NYD event, MEOKO have a stomping competition to offer one lucky winner. You and 3 friends could spend the first day of 2013 Berlin style AND win some top notch vinyl straight from the Upon.You release catalogue, all you have to do is tell us…
Who are M.A.N.D.Y. most famous for collaborating with?
The latest exciting artistic and creative space to hit South Africa’s Cape Town is It’s a House. Officially just opening, it has been pretty difficult to unearth any information on this mysterious new venture, so it’s probably best we leave it to the people in charge to tell us in their own words about the project: “It’s a House is a ‘bespoke lifestyle” , a creative concept geared toward creating an environment where people can embody and express their inner creative.” Wow, that sounds enriching. From what we can gather, it is going to be a space used for creative purposes – from cinema screenings and exhibitions to just being somewhere where you can sit down, have a drink and surf the web.
Ah, and we should mention that they will also be hosting club nights, starting off with a very special inaugural celebration next Saturday 8th December. Presenting A Nomadiq Rooftop Experience, It’s a House will be decked out in all manner of hedonistic colour, with a soundtrack sourced straight from the finest dance-floors of the European house scene. Oslo Records boss Nekes will be bringing his unique, celebrated blend of deep house to Cape Town, alongside DJ Shane Watcha of Zombie Soundsystem fame, who actually started his DJing career not too far away in the small clubs of Durban, SA. There’s a certain air of enigma hanging over this rooftop party; best you get yourselves down there and find out what all the fuss is about.
Even better, you could be going for free. MEOKO have very kindly been offered a pair of tickets to next Saturday’s event. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to is tell us:
Oslo is the capital of which Scandinavian country?
As mobilee records head honcho alongside Anja Schneider, Ralf Kollmann has seen the label grow from its homegrown roots to the cutting edge house and techno lynchpin it is today. As both label boss and DJ, Ralf always impresses with his style and musical integrity…
Hi Ralf, Hope you’re well and thanks for answering a few questions. Mobilee are obviously one of the biggest and most successful labels on the European circuit…what do you have lined up next for the label release-wise?
We are all working hard and putting a lot of love in everything we do. Next on the mobilee release schedule is Ray Okpara with his debut album “Good Times”. Its’ coming with a special coloured vinyl edition in 2 parts. Followed up by David Labeij and Hector before the year ends. We just got the new Sebo K ready for Mastering with release January next year. And Mark Fanciulli contributed a release for our sister label Leena Music. And last but not least Rodriguez Jr. is in charge for the next mobilee back to back vol. 7! It´s not getting boring in the mobilee house!
Mobilee have also been hosting their very own crazy ‘Mobilee Session’ parties across the world on rooftops, by swimming pools and in the very best clubs and event spaces. Do you have any Mobilee showcases planned for London for us to look forward to?
We are really looking forward to bring the first bigger 100% mobilee show to London on Dec 8th. We partnered up with LWE for the mobilee warehouse session with Anja Schneider, Sebo K, Rodriguez Jr. –live-, Geddes and myself.
Talking about event spaces… We are working on “mobilee on Ice” taking place in Berlin Jan 2013!
What makes London such a special place to play?
London has so much to offer with its versatile club scene and i have some really great friends living and working there. I never feel like a stranger when i come to London. The people are musically well educated, look great and party hard.
I´d live there, if i could afford the rent 😉
Do you have a favourite London memory?
If it comes to London memories the list is long. I saw Prince playing live at the Millennium dome. 3rd row in front of the stage!
You can catch Ralf playing alongside Anja Schneider, Sebo K, Rodriquez Jnr, Geddes and Raymundo Rodriguez at the London Warehouse Events presents Mobilee Records showcase on Saturday December 8th .
From his Nigerian roots, to Mannheim and then Berlin, Ray Okpara’s pulse beats firmly to the sound of house. Alongside his Oslo records label mates, Ray has pushed his upfront and groovy sound at the forefront of the scene for the last 5 years. This year has seen him release his first solo album ‘Good Times’ on Berlin’s uber-label Mobilee Records. The album is multi-layered house music that fuses through deep, warm and percussive grooves to more minimal and tech orientated club tracks, that represents the fun he had making it with various friends dropping in to collaborate. Ray Okpara caught up with us to give MEOKO his Not So serious thoughts of the week……
My dream line up would be…..
with Johnny D, Nekes and Federico Molinari. The way it has always been andlike back in the day when we all were living in Mannheim Germany. But actually it still happens once in a while when we play back2back2back.
Before bed …
I always masturbate! You guys said “not so serious first!!! 🙂 hahaha ….Maybe a “funny cigarette” as well before watching a TV show and fall asleep…
When I am playing records ….
I feel like I’m in the year 2000. Wish I could travel back in time to see all DJs playing only vinyl again. But time changes and we develop. Still love to play my vinyls.
I will never forget that time …..
Johnny and I had to pitch our old record player with a screwdriver. And the record players were two old reloops with a belt drive. It was so hard mixing on those. But we did it…crazy days!
Australia, South America, Asia, Europe, Antarctica, North America…our home. To be taken care of.
If I could have one wish, it would be …
To wish to have more wishes.
Growing up ….
is not really what I am doing…:) Rather I’m getting old. But wiser? I would say. YES.
My first vinyl ….
Was Michael Jackson’s Bad LP. I really don’t know how many times I have heard it or tried to dance like him. The Moonwalk never worked out for me. I wish I could do it though.
My biggest inspiration is
Berlin.. .when I first moved here in 2005 I was flashed by this amazing city. And was just sucking everything up I could find. Music, art, flee markets, parties, clubs, people, crazy after parties in wired venues. I also met some friends who will travel with me through life. The city has changed a lot since then, but I can still say I love Berlin. It’s my mum’s hometown as well, so maybe that’s why it was always calling me.
My favourite place on earth….
Is Costa Rica!
If I could go back in time …..
I would go so far and check if Darwin was right, see how dinosaurs really looked like or what I was like when I was a child. Yes, I was stubborn!
I am not very good …
At drawing. Really, I’m terrible at drawing anything at all! Also I’m not very good at “talking through the flowers”. I am mostly very direct.
Is the best thing what could happen to me. It has been there always. LOVE!
It’s that time of the year when we’re forced to think about all the important things in life…Halloween, Guy Fawkes, roasting Chestnuts, Christmas presents and of course New Years Eve. The NYE conundrum is always a tough one – how do you spend one of the biggest nights of the year??
Well luckily we’ve teamed up with our good friends over at Eastern Electrics, who are throwing another one of their huge NYE events, to make the decision that little bit easier for you with this fantastic prize…
Picture by Ben Douch – EE festival 2012
As far as NYE events go, EE have been at the forefront for a number of years hosting their sellout events with likes of Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus, Anja Schneider, Matthew Dear, Steve Bug and MANDY at some of the capitals best venues. This year will be no different with man of the moment Eats Everything playing alongside Joy Orbison who tore the roof off last summers stand out new Eastern Electrics Festival.
Bristol’s Daniel Pearce aka Eats Everything has had an impressive year showcasing his unique and modern blend of ultra bass heavy house and techno, whipping crowds into a frenzy wherever he plays. Joy Orbison’s slightly more experimental take on house infuses dubstep, breaks and garage has seen him release successful EP’s on the likes of Hotflush as well as his own Doldrums imprint. Mulletover main man and house and techno connoisseur Geddes has just been added to the bill alongside rising house and garage star Huxley, promising to make this another NYE to remember at Elephant & Castles infamous uber-venue The Coronet.
If this wasn’t enough we are very excited to be giving away the following as a prize for one extremely lucky winner:
– 1 pair of VIP tickets for EE NYE
– 1 USB stick of Eats Everything music
– 1 signed copy of Huxley’s ‘Trax 3’ Compilation
– 1 Mulletover T-shirt
To be in with a chance of winning simply comment below telling us your New Years resolution….
After previous sell out events with the likes of Heidi, DJ T, Clockwork, Kate Simko and Daniel Bortz, Unleash return this Saturday showcasing the sensational Life & Death records. As the first London showcase of its kind, Unleash have pulled out all the stops in securing Life and Death’s Tale of Us, Clockwork and DJ Tennis, whilst Diynamic Music’s freshest DJ production duo Hunter/Game complete the exceptional bill.
For those unfamiliar, Life & Death have taken the scene by storm with their blend of avant-garde pop and dark synthesized house and techno, mixing the melancholic with the melodic and presenting us with a truly unique sound and concept.
Headlining this weekend are Tale Of Us whose releases on both Life & Death and Visionquest have seen them receive huge air play and an even busier gig schedule. Alongside them Clockwork and label boss DJ Tennis will help London celebrate one of house music’s freshest labels.
MEOKO have teamed up with our good friends at Unleash to offer you the chance to win x4 tickets to this weekends Life & Death Showcase as well as a signed copy of their latest vinyl: LAD007 which includes tracks by Ryan Crosson and Tale Of Us. To win, email us at email@example.com with ‘This is a matter of Life & Death’ in the subject title. Good luck!