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Tiefschwarz chat to MEOKO

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Thanks very much for answering a few questions for us today. It must be amazing to have grown up together and now work so closely with each other on a day to day basis? Did you both always want to be DJ’s and producers, or did one of you spur on the other?

We were both very interested in music, Basti was playing drums in bands and he actually studied it so he was already into beats, and myself I was opening a club which subsequently brought us together as DJs.

Your parents must be proud to see what you’ve achieved now, was there a time when they thought you were wasting your life away djing and going to parties all the time, or did they support you from the start?

They always supported us right from the start. My father actually spent a lot of time at our clubs and our parties. He even worked with us sometime! We saw him almost as a lucky charm for us when he was around.

2004 was an important year for you with your remixes of Spektrum’s ‘Kinda New’ and Phonique’s ‘The Red Dress’ which both had a huge impact on the scene. Thinking back, was there a particular time or event which marked the turning point in your career, or when you realised how successful Tiefschwarz would become?

Well you just named it! These two remixes were certainly a turning point for us and we’re still very proud of them.

Over the years your sound has had many influences from deep house to electro and minimal but always has a firm grounding in quality house and techno. How do you think the sound is developing, do you think there’s going to be a ‘next big thing’ like we’ve seen in the past with electro house, minimal and disco?

Well right now, it seems like it will continue in that direction that several niches of electronic dance music can co-exist together successfully for which we are extremely grateful. This also means there’s a lot of crossover potential between different strands which is always very interesting.

Your label, Souvenir Music, is going from strength to strength. Have you got any upcoming releases which we should all listen out for?

We’re about to release our second compilation called In The City Vol. 2 which is a selection of newer artists who are making their first label appearance. Also, we will release two new singles in the coming months, we have something new from Re.You and also Marco Freivogel of Exercise One.

And besides Souvenir, have you got anything lined up for Tiefschwarz on any other labels?

 We’re working on an exclusive track for Watergate’s ten year anniversary compilation. And our remix of Terranova’s ‘Boogie For The Dollar’ is about to come out on Kompakt.

When you started out, you were throwing your own parties and running club nights. Is this something you see yourself doing again…or was that always just the platform for you to perform?

I would never go back into running a club but we do special one-off Souvenir events all the time. When I do have free time I’d rather spend quality DAYtime!

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You have an extremely busy gig schedule performing all over Europe and the rest of the world. Is there one country or venue in particular that you always love to visit and perform?

Besides Africa, I’ve pretty much been every relevant country in the world but I’ve never stayed very long in Thailand other than Bangkok. So would love to spend a bit more time there and also in Vietnam.

And is there a country you’ve never played but would really like to? (hint hint readers)

I played all other South America except for Colombia so that’d be a good one to happen!

Now then, imagine this scenario…You’re playing at an after party and the wild fan who has been grinning from ear to ear during your set approaches you with a knife and crazed look on their face. Security are suddenly nowhere to be seen and the situation is looking ominous. What do you do?

I’d like to say I’d kick his ass, but like in reality like anybody, I’d be irritated.

 

By: Nick Maleedy

 

Click for event details: Tiefschwarz next at Select*Elect presents a Resolute Night – London Venue tba 

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Blink Presents Fachwerk 25 – Win Tickets & Signed Vinyl

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Having launched in 2011 to critical acclaim, FOUND continue to maintain their stance at the forefront of London’s cutting edge house and bass music scene. This Friday sees them host Frachwerk and Well Rounded Records in conjunction with new night Blink. bringing a tasty blend of deep, raw and rugged house and techno to Vauxhall’s Hidden nightclub. 

As part of the European tour celebrating Frachwerk’s 25th release, the London leg this Friday will see Mike Dehnert play alongside Roman Lindau and Sascha Rydell bringing with them a slice of Berlin Tehno. As a label, Frachwerk were formed ack in 2008 and since then have been injecting dancefloors with bass heavy, deep, dark techno and house. Brighton based Well Rounded Records take over room 2 with James Fox, Leon Vynehall, Hodge and Donga.

To win a copy of Frachwerk’s 25th release on vinyl AND free entry for you and a friend to the party at Hidden on Friday night, just email hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk with ‘Berlin Bass’ in the subject title.

For tickets and more info: https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?349065

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MEOKO chats to Robin Ordell

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Hope you’re well, thanks very much for answering a few questions with us. You’re from beautiful Nice, in the south of France, when and why did you end up in London? Were you following the house and techno dream, or was that something that only happened once you moved to London?

I moved to London in February 2007, because as beautiful as Nice can be, nothing really happens there. It’s a very small city and I always felt very limited while I was there. Moving to London was a need for new horizons, I was already into music back then but most of my love for it grew while I was here.

Do you miss Nice?

I miss my family but that’s about it really. I always enjoy flying back in the summer and am still stunned by the beauty of the area but it’s not enough for me unfortunately! London is much more of a home to me.

Many people are probably most familiar with you from your residency with the amazing Sunday party Half Baked. How did you get together with the crew?

We used to work behind bars together, and had the idea of making a party one day, never thought It’d turn up like that!

What do you think has made it such a great party?

I believe the good thing about HB is that we all have very specifics roles to play within the party and that these roles came quite naturally, Greg and I are playing and thinking of bookings with Bruno also, whom is taking care of the promotion and is so good at it and finally Remi the business man of the family! (us four was the original crew)  Now we have a few additions to the crew also and not the leasts!

 Summer’s fast approaching (hopefully)…have you got any exciting gigs coming up?

This year I’m playing for the first time off Sonar, twice actually, I’m very happy about this I’ve never been to Sonar before and I’m very much looking forward to it. On the Saturday I’m actually warming up for Cassy I think which is a very big thing for me, I’m a big fan of her.

I’m going back to Vienna also with Greg (Brockmann), Ibiza in July, and Gran Canarias sometimes over the summer, not sure yet when.

 If you had to pick a defining moment in your career so far what would it be?

 I’ve had quite a few of these moments, to be honest I’m quite easy to please. A nice crowd, a pair of decks and a nice sound system and I’m on. But of course I’ve had a few highlights, loads of them at Half Baked as we have quite a party there, but also last year in Paris for “Concrete” on the boat and Turin was great too.

Your productions have started making waves in the scene, we LOVE the track you released on Remake Musique. Who is the mysterious ‘Dusty Dream Boat’ that you made the track with?

It’s Rainer! There’s only a few guys I like making music with and he’s one of them!

Have you got any upcoming releases for us to look out for?

Yes Indeed, I’ve been working quite a lot this winter in the studio, started buying some gear and spent loads of time making some new tracks. I’ve got a track I made with my good friend Viudez coming out on his next EP on Remake Musique, and a couple more I gave to Seuil for the 5 years birthday release of his label Eklo. I’ve got a couple of EPs ready at home also but I’m taking my time to find a good home for them, it will be my very first solo EP so I want to make it as nice as possible.

 When you’re not playing or making music yourself, do you have any favourite artists you like to listen to?

As I said earlier I’m a big fan of Cassy as a DJ, and Marc Schneider also, whom I’ve been playing with last Friday and was so impressed with his technique, never quite seen that before! I love listening to Jan krueger’s sets also and as producers I’ve got quite a few favorites, I’m into early French house at the moment, but I’m deeply in love with the Detroit house, Delano smith, Rick wade, and Daniel Bell.

Which of those would you say has been your biggest influence?

Daniel bell has been quite a big influence for me for the past year or so, I love how elegant he always is, plus these jazzy sonorities are definitely what I’m most into.

 Which dj stereotype do you think fits you best? ‘Music geek’, or ‘sex drugs and rock n’ roll’?

At the moment, “music geek” without a doubt, I’ve put my rockstar lifestyle on hold since last year which makes me way more productive in everything I do, plus I go to uni all week so I have to focus cause I like to do things well. I’m lucky to do what I do so I intend to make the most of it.

If you had to pick one, would you choose making music or dj’ing?

If I really had to pick one I would go for making music cause even though I enjoy DJing my true love stays making beats. I fell into it a bit over a couple of years ago now and can’t get enough of it. I just love it. Actually I just finished my exams so I had to put that on hold for a couple of weeks and I’m very excited to plug my machines back in the studio and start jamming again.

Finally, put yourself in this scenario. The Queen phones you and tells you she loves a nice bit of house & techno and asks you to play at her private Diamond Jubilee after party for a handsome fee. What do you put on your rider?

A good sound system. This is what I believe people forget too often. I’m very much into sound and I hate going to play to a party with bad PA system. Some tracks I play are quite subtle and I’d love to share that with people on the dance floor, I like to play “clean’’ and can hardly deal with DJs blasting the sound with all gains up all the way and 80% distortion…

Catch Robin playing for excuse the mess at Basing House Friday 1st June alongside Terence: Terry (Lola Ed) Louis Guilhem & Nick Maleedy 

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Words by Nick Maleedy

Win Two Tickets to Gottwood Festival

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One of the things that make an amazing festival so special is the atmosphere. You can have the biggest and best lineup the world has ever scene, but those truly magical moments only occur when all your senses are activated, not just your ears. The mysterious Gottwood Festival set in the woods and near the beach in Anglesey, North Wales, presents something different and refreshing. The beautiful and mystifying setting coupled with the attention to detail and awe inspiring visual displays create an atmosphere before the first track has even been played.

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A real festival for the art and the heart, its musical policy doesn’t disappoint either with area’s hosted by the likes of Krankbrother, Hypercolour, Drop The Mustard, Tief, Absent Minds and Louche. Gottwood offer something underground and fresh, a move away from the same old headline dj’s and the same old festival tents.

To win two tickets to Gottwood Festival (including the camping between 21st June & 24th June) just email hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk with ‘Gottwood’ in the title. Winners will be announced on Friday 8th June. Good luck!

WIN x5 TICKETS TO ZOO PROJECT FESTIVAL

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The infamous Zoo Project in Ibiza has now gained an almost legendary status. At a time when afterparties were being banned and music played in the outdoors was forbidden, the Zoo Project came along at the perfect time; its beautiful surroundings and surreal atmosphere bringing a true Balearic spirit back to the white isle.

Bringing that Balearic vibe to the UK, we’re very excited for the first Zoo Project Festival. Without wanting to lose that same surreal atmosphere that they’ve captured in Ibiza, Zoo have chosen to host the festival in Port Lympne Wild Animal Park between the 14th and 16th September, the first ever festival to be held within the grounds of an active wild animal park!

“Set on 600 acres of stunning grounds, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park features a historic mansion and landscaped gardens with spectacular views over the Kent countryside stretching out to the coast. It is also home to the largest breeding herd of Black Rhinos outside Africa as well as Siberian and Indian tigers, African elephants, monkeys, Barbary lions and many more rare and endangered species”
– Zoo Project Festival

If the location has ticked all of your boxes like it has ours, then the lineup blows all estimations out of the water; literally a who’s who of house and techno. All bases are covered whether you like your beats deep, dubby, driving or just plain hard. Arena’s will be hosted by the likes of Sasha presents Never Say Never, Ostgut Ton, Secretsundaze, Cocoon, Junk, Jaunt, DJ Mag, Kaluki, Louche and of course Channel Zoo.

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If you fancy winning tickets (for yourself and four friends) to see the likes of Visionquest, Raresh, Margaret Dygas, Tobi Neumann, Chez Damier, Dinky, Sahsa, DJ Sneak, Guy Gerber, James Teej, Prosumer, Heidi. Andre Galluzzi, Julio Bashmore, Droog, Wbeeza and many more then simply comment below, telling us which arena we will mostly likely find you in….

The winner will be announced on Friday 6th July. Best of luck

WIN x5 TICKETS TO ZOO PROJECT FESTIVAL

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

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The infamous Zoo Project in Ibiza has now gained an almost legendary status. At a time when afterparties were being banned and music played in the outdoors was forbidden, the Zoo Project came along at the perfect time; its beautiful surroundings and surreal atmosphere bringing a true Balearic spirit back to the white isle.

Bringing that Balearic vibe to the UK, we’re very excited for the first Zoo Project Festival. Without wanting to lose that same surreal atmosphere that they’ve captured in Ibiza, Zoo have chosen to host the festival in Port Lympne Wild Animal Park between the 14th and 16th September, the first ever festival to be held within the grounds of an active wild animal park!

“Set on 600 acres of stunning grounds, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park features a historic mansion and landscaped gardens with spectacular views over the Kent countryside stretching out to the coast. It is also home to the largest breeding herd of Black Rhinos outside Africa as well as Siberian and Indian tigers, African elephants, monkeys, Barbary lions and many more rare and endangered species”
– Zoo Project Festival

If the location has ticked all of your boxes like it has ours, then the lineup blows all estimations out of the water; literally a who’s who of house and techno. All bases are covered whether you like your beats deep, dubby, driving or just plain hard. Arena’s will be hosted by the likes of Sasha presents Never Say Never, Ostgut Ton, Secretsundaze, Cocoon, Junk, Jaunt, DJ Mag, Kaluki, Louche and of course Channel Zoo.

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If you fancy winning tickets (for yourself and four friends) to see the likes of Visionquest, Raresh, Margaret Dygas, Tobi Neumann, Chez Damier, Dinky, Sahsa, DJ Sneak, Guy Gerber, James Teej, Prosumer, Heidi. Andre Galluzzi, Julio Bashmore, Droog, Wbeeza and many more then simply comment below, telling us which arena we will mostly likely find you in….

The winner will be announced on  Wed 22nd Aug. Best of luck

MEOKO Easter Preview 2012

By Event Previews and Reviews, Hot Off The Press, MEOKO Exclusive, MEOKO Presents, News

 Bank Holiday Easter Weekend 2012 – London’s Top 10 Parties


With well over a hundred events taking place in the capital over the course of the upcoming Easter Weekend, Meoko thought it only polite we try and provide you with a much abridged rundown of the Top 10 best parties London has to offer between Thursday 5th and Sunday 8th. Starting with..

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WIN VIP Entrance for YOU + Three friends into “Joris Voorn presents …..” + a signed Vinyl by Joris and some Ministry of Sound goody bags.

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Joris Voorn Presents…….

Ever since his first EP “muted trax pt.1” on Keynote followed by a hugely successful track “Incident” on the Sino label, Joris Voorn has been on the forefront of the Dutch techno movement. However it was the “A dedicated mind” that really gained Voorn a global success. Now with two artist albums “Future History” on Sino and “From a deep place” on Green under his belt as well as own record label Rejected ( founded with Edwin Oosterwal) Voorn is one of the most recognized names in the industry.

This time Voorn brings us an exclusive short interview with Lauhaus by the man himself ahead of his 7 hour set on the 29th of October in the Box of the Ministry of Sound. Ministry of Sounds turned 20 this year and alongside its global tour continues to bring only the best names in house music. Aside from Voorn the other artists showcasing on the night include Dutch Lauhaus (Intacto), Kabale und Liebe (Soweso) and Anton Piete (Rejected) playing at 103 and UK’s own Deepmilo (Cubism) in the Baby Box.

Email: hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk with subject heading: Joris Voorn at Ministry.

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Joris: As all artists at the night are from Amsterdam, what connects you, (besides being from the same city)?

Lauhaus: a craving for rocking the crowd and a ‘nice guy’ mentality.

Joris: What distinguishes you from the other artists this night?

Lauhaus: I think we all share our taste in music, but you could say i’m a bit more housy then the rest of the guys who are playing this weekend.

Joris: What is great (or not so) about the Amsterdam electronic music scene, and does it have any influence across the borders?

Lauhaus: I love the amsterdam electronic music scene. Two years ago the amsterdam sound was a bit of a hype, and that really put amsterdam back on the map as a party and music city. since then many young artists and promoter have stood up.

Joris: What city anywhere in the world comes close to the Amsterdam experience?

Lauhaus: Kingston, Jamiaca.

Joris: What comes after your dj career, or will you spin till you drop?

Lauhaus: I will always keep on spinning but are definitely other things i’m getting involved in. We will see what the future brings.

Joris: What are your 7 favourite Amsterdam tracks?

Lauhaus: sandy huner – rare tap | lauhaus – back to ipanema | kabale und liebe feat. daniel sanchez | mumbling yeah william kouam | djoko – hard loving | boris werner – let’s boogie | david labeij – shakedown | julien chaptal – mamdaye |

Joris: What’s your lucky number?

Lauhaus: 69

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Win 4 x Cadenza Albums + 4 x Guestlist to Spiritoso Halloween Party + £30 Bar Tab

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★Spiritoso Records★★ presents ★★ANTIDOTE★★ “The Halloween”

Spiritoso Records is a brand new London based record label, artist bookings agency and events company headed up by Mark Dubgrafitti and Lan Tschirky, two people who have been following electronic music for over a decade, but also two people who live by the ethos “Don’t take life or yourself too seriously” Our third party sees us host Luciano’s Cadenza Records at the new East London hotspot Basing House with its clandestine nature, exposed brickwork and devastating Funktion One Soundsystem. The experienced design team behind Spiritoso will ensure the venue suites the Halloween mood!

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LINE UP:

*LEE VAN DOWSKI (Cadenza / Bpitch / Mobilee / Swissterzland)

https://www.myspace.com/leevandowski

https://www.cadenzarecords.com/

*DIGITALINE [Live] (Cadenza Records – Berlin )

https://www.myspace.com/lapsdigitaline

https://www.cadenzarecords.com/

* DubGraffiti (DETOX / Spiritoso records)

* LAN (Spiritoso Records)

* Alfredo Ramos (BamBara / Spiritoso records)

* Yiannis Balkizas (Use Your Loaf)

* Fabrizia (maskik Records)

For a chance to win this Amazing prize, email hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk and tell us who are the headlining Cadenza guests for Spiritoso Halloween Party 29th October at Basing House.

PRIZE:

4 x Guestlist
Bar Tab || £30
*1 x Ernesto Ferreyra – El Paraiso de las Tortugas (cd album)

*1 x Reboot – Shunyata (cd album)

*1 x Luciano – Tribute To The Sun (cd album)

*1 x Mirko Loko – Seventynine (cd album)

ADVANCE TICKETS:

https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?290387

Review of Half Baked presents Lola Ed

By Hot Off The Press, MEOKO Presents, Reviews

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Half Baked put on an amazing warehouse rave on Friday night with Lola Ed. They kept everyone dancing till dawn with some of the finest French house sounds around!* Hearn Street Car Park is one of the original east London rave spots. Located just inches from the perimeter of the Shoreditch triangle, this car park has been an epi-centre of party in the area over the years, hosting a plethora of proper-good warehouse raves.  Mulletover, Soulclap and Redbull have been amongst those to have it large within these 4 walls. For this one, its infamous Sunday disco crew Half Baked – taking the reigns for a one off Friday night do with French house connoisseurs, Lola Ed. Once past the heavy queue, stressed out bouncers and coat check, we were ready for some serious raving.  The space is separated into 4 tonight – smoking area, coat check and loos, then its room 1 and the bar, then through a big black curtain to room 2 (which feels like the main party spot).

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