it’s all gone Cocoon : Win Entryx2 for opening fiesta, CD and more
As we enter 2016 Cocoon Ibiza, brainchild and musical outlet of techno guru Sven Väth, will be entering its 17th season. Based at the long-standing Balearic club Amnesia, Cocoon will be making the island dance every Monday for 6 months straight, starting with a colossal opening party on 30th May.
The Cocoon brand is more than just an event, and has gone on to become an institution at the forefront of electronic music; with label ‘Cocoon Recordings’, Sven compliments his series of club nights in Ibiza and worldwide, alongside the iconic Cocoon in The Park festival.
This month, the long awaited line up for Cocoons mega season has announced, and without further ado, let’s see which turntable titans will be gracing the decks, shaking their stuff with the glamorous Cocoon dancers…
Of course, the man behind it all Sven Väth will be readily stamping his signature sound throughout the event and will be taking over the main room all night long on various dates throughout the 19-week season, with 15 appearances set in total.
Other long running stalwarts of electronica have been invited backincluding Richie Hawtin, Scuba, Joris Voovn, Ricardo Villalobos, Adam Beyer, Dubfire and Craig Richards. Villalobos and Beyer will be playing for 6 shows, with many other artists also coming back for repeat performances throughout the season.
Ibiza regular tINI will be gracing the terrace early on in the season alongside Danah Ruh, whilst cocoon favourite Butch takes over the main club.
Âme will be performing live to close off the month of June, with tINI joining again with another much loved Ibiza regular, wAFF. Other live performances can also be seen from the mighty KiNK and Gaiser too, in the opening party.
Nina Kraviz will be bringing her warped out acidic beats with Sven Väth in the club in July, whilst the terrace gets minimal with Ricardo Villalobos and Zip. Other huge names include Berhain maestro Ryan Elliott, Raresh, Rødhåd, Mono le Tough and DJ Koze – to name just a few.
Already the acts on offer are a jaw-dropping snippet into what is in store for the whole season, and the full line-up can be seen here.
On 30th May, Cocoon Ibiza will be holding its grand opening party for the season with lineup:
Meoko is offering the chance for one lucky reader to gain a guestlist spot +1 to the opening fiesta, alongside a CD mixed by Daniel Strefanik, 1 Cocoon tote bag and stickers to make the musical memories live on beyond the party.
Intrinsic is a truly unique event concept, called into existence by of a group of like-minded individuals who – instinctively and very heart-felt – single-handedly created a multi-sensuous experience that offers a stand-out vision of electronic music. In order to be able experiment freely and intuitively with sounds, visuals, space, and possibilities, its makers came up with something of great depth, and deepness.
Now in its second edition, Intrinsic‘s presentation and production is evolutionary: It is a hand-crafted voyage into the unknown, full of moments of “improvisation, unusual sound structure, sound effect and instrumentation” – innovative and unusual, to say the least.
belonging naturally; essential.
“access to the arts is intrinsic to a high quality of life”
Whilst its original ideas – to create an event where artists are encouraged to “enhance their spirit and go beyond their imagination by offering them the freedom to experiment and explore” – were transported into a state of transcendence, very much in the vain of an experimental festival, its character is that of ultimate intimacy, with only a few hundred people being able to actively participate in this experience where a “spiritual atmosphere” closes the gap between artists and audience, space and time, sound and visuals.
In a disused powerstation – encountering the right location by chance was of paramount importance and led to the actual creation of Intrinsic – which hovers on the shores of a lake, space, light and darkness set the scene whilst the architechtural structures become the backbones of the projections of visual artist COTE whose art has morphed into a vital ingredient of this project.
The Romanian, together with his visual collective Videogram, has pushed the boundaries of CAD-inspired 3-D-like projections that transform space into a canvas and the locations of his performances into real-time canvasses of spiralling cosmic creation. Staying clear of alluring and all-assuring force-fed visual imagery he approaches the mind with unparalleled subliminality. Innovation and simplification of themes are COTE’s core items during this Intrinsic expedition. (Make sure you check back here on Meoko soon to read a full interview with Intrinsic resident COTE).
In an unrivalled and previously unknown approach to offering the aural space to artists who feel similarly inclined to push the boundaries of exploring the “dead-ends of sound”, this free improvisation of a collective trip is far from a one-way journey into the clichees of the unknown. It is a serious and ongoing and above all honest approach to not being different from the indifferent sound of no distinction, but also just giving way to a real quest: making interesting art of real value.
In Intrinsic’s first edition, Praslea and Cezar aka AFUMATI were not only surrounded with “people who lifted their creation higher”, but also anticipated the power of creation and pushing it to a new level – by leaving behind safe comfort zones of previously tried and tested sounds – they and the crowd collectively entered the uncharted territories of true experimentation while being lifted by heated floors that invited people to float away on them.
In this new edition, E/TAPE has been found to be the next guardian of dalliance. This rare species of a sound welding artist resides in Ibiza, only plays a few handpicked gigs a year, and is a cosmic mind affair truly out of this world. So how will he react on this spacial cross-breading with COTE’s visuals? And the crowd’s prosperous whisper? Only we will know, as we are all Intrinsic.
Setting the scene is resident GYORGY ONO, a Georgian sound artists who recycles found sounds and experiments with fragmentation to make a solemn yet adventuous world of his own. He invites Intrinsic to follow him wander the outer scapes of imagination, with closed eyes.
So who is behind this? Some of the most amazing, humble people in the electronic music scene, fuelled by desire to explore its deepness. Their cultivated understanding and sensitivity about this culture became a mission: to protect and maintain the unique feeling by creating a spiritual connection between all partaking people, and creating a community.
MEOKO is proud to be a media partner of such a unique concept and is offering one lucky person the chance to win two tickets to this truly amazing event. To win, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘ART” as the subject heading.
The after party of the LWE New Years Day 2015 at the Tobacco Dock will be held in the Renaissance rooms. Maya Jane Coles has lined up a very special back-to-back-to-back showcase with three of the finest artists on the international circuit combining for the first time. They not only belong to the top of electronic music, but these three masterminds are also girls, which makes this performance even more exciting. Together with the already legendary Maya Jane Coles, Heidi and Kim Ann Foxman will play for the first time in unison on the evening of New Years Day. Prepare for an unprecedented collaboration!
This after party is organized by LWE. This stands for London Warehouse Events, which was established in July 2010 when two individuals, Will Harold and Paul Jack, found a breath-taking venue, the Great Suffolk Street warehouse, to put on a Pryda night with Eric Prydz, Gui Borrato and Popof. Later, Alice Favre joined this amazing squad to be a director and subsequently LWE parties were born. The blueprint for these events consists of tree characteristics. To start with they found different unique locations, secondly they provide an enormous sound system and lastly they always equip the line-up with world-class talent. Some of the unusual locations their events take place are the Tobacco Dock, the Renaissance rooms and Village Underground. Besides their charming locations, they present an infinite range of styles to their events such as House, Electronica, Dubstep, Techno and Drum & Bass to Electro and everything in between.
Like stated before, the line-up will be headlining three of the most exciting artists of today: Maya Jane Coles, Heidi and Kim Ann Foxman. They will be colliding their individual influences and inspirations together for one night of tag-team mayhem. For those who do not knew Maya Jane Coles, she is an omnipotent female sound engineer, even able to design her own sleeve artwork. She is since the mid 2000s the most promising and rising star in the deep house scene. Today she already released some of her astonishing music on labels such as Mobilee, Dogmatik Records and 20:20 Vision. Besides that, she is a gifted DJ that she already repeatedly proved in clubs and festivals all over the world and on mix series like fabric and Resident Advisor.
Furthermore, British Heidi has worked hard over the past decade to make her mark on the new house and techno music generation. You only have to visit her worldwide brand of Jackathon parties or listen to her BBC Radio 1 show to experience her passion for music and fiery nature.
Former singer of the neo-disco collective Hercules and The Love Affaire, Kim Ann Foxman will be the third girl behind the decks. She stepped away from singing to return to her fundamental passions, which are rocking clubs as a DJ and producing raw electronic music. Channeling such a revived focus she also unleashed a brand new record label Firehouse in a promising collaboration with London based music and art label The Vinyl Factory.
On top of that there’ll be an extended set from the Swiss DJ, Deetron, whose fusion of moody techno and soulful house has put him at the top of fan’s bucket lists. He has released on labels such as Intec, Music Man and Ongaku.
LWE also called on the very capable hands of Dense & Pika to join in on the action. This techno duo emerged in 2011 with a series of handstamped white-label releases and will now deliver the audience a stunning extended set.
Max Wing, Brendan Long and many more DJ’s will be added to this unforgettable night.
This incredible party will take place in the Renaissance Room, more known for its roller disco nights, which will off course not take place on New Years Day. The address is Miles Street, London SW8 1RZ, but it is just a short walk from the Vauxhall Station.
Thursday 1 January 2015
22:00 – 06:00
Maya Jane Coles X Heidi X Kim Ann Foxman
Dense & Pika (Extended set)
Venue: Renaissance Rooms, Miles Street, London SW8 1RZ
As part of our regular competition series, Rebel Butterfly has kindly offered some great prizes for one lucky Meoko reader:
1x Vinyl copy of Maya Jane Coles ‘From The Dark’ EP on mobilee
1x Vinyl copy of Kim Ann Foxmann ‘It’s All About You’ – out on Firehouse (fist release from her label)
1x Vinyl copy of Various Artists Heidi Presents Jackathon Jams.. – with Rob Amboule ft. Derrick Carter & Serge & Tyrell.
As the winter months begin to dawn upon us, we are reminded it is not long until Christmas, a time known for mulled wine, roast dinners, John Lewis adverts and most importantly for the tradition of giving back to loved ones…
At MEOKO we are not one to miss out on this joyous spirit, and so we have been busy behind the scenes assembling a huge prize package consisting of contributions from some of our favourite brands and labels. Consider it our way of saying thank you for all your support.
Everything from festival and club tickets to a stay at a boutique hotel, flight vouchers, NOT to mention a tonne of vinyl, CDs, clothing and other goodies to warm your cockles – we’ve got it all covered! The prize package has a combined value of well over £1500! And one lucky reader will win it all. The saying “You’ve got to be in it, to win it” has never rung more true.
We have been itching to make this competition announcement so here’s how you can enter in three simple steps*:
In our latest Art of Sound episode, where we list our favourite albums and EPs based on music and art work, we showcased Chris Carrier’s True Step Locomotion. Intrigued by who was behind the amazing artwork, we scouted out artist Allan René to give us the low down on how he transforms a painting into a record sleeve. Part of the SlapFunk “crew”, Allan designed cover art, a flyer and stage background for the record label and its events. SlapFunk is a record label seriously worth noting with exciting releases from artists such as Larry De Kat, Malin Genie and Chris Carrier. Both SlapFunk and Allan are based in Utrecht, where they originally met and embarked on their artistic careers. While the guys over at SlapFunk started their musical escapades, Allan worked on his art. He holds a strong DIY ethos and is not afraid to show it with his “Fuck Your Gallery”, a type of bandcamp for art initiative, where works are sold directly to buyers without relying on intermediaries like galleries (as the name blatantly suggests). He has also opened his own clothing label, Bangladash, with its famous tag line, “Stay Humble, Smoke Loud”. Find out more about this talented and outspoken individual in our following interview…
Can you give me some background information about yourself? Where are you originally from? You look like you could be mixed, and some of your paintings have an Asian theme to it (i.e. Muy Thai, Noodles, chinese characters, BangladAsh).
I’m born and raised in Utrecht, the Netherlands. My dad is Dutch, but my mom is from the Philippines. So yeah I’m double blooded.
Maybe not always intentionally but still I find it important to counter the lack of Asian influences in western Pop culture. I think Asian or eastern culture is underrepresented in western pop culture, so I’m doing my part to shine (a little) more light on it. Although everything I make is in a way a reflection of myself. Logically you will find a lot of Asian influences because that’s a big part of me.
Your art could be seen as quite controversial. Do you take influences from graffiti art?
Yes I do, but not really. I find most graffiti not that controversial. I’m more influenced by street art, but if that’s considered graffiti than yeah you’re right. Although I like Fuck the gallery’s type of attitude: We don’t need a gallery or museum to express ourselves to the world.
What influences your art?
My biggest influence is mainly pop culture. Music, movies, fashion and the culture around it. Also classics are always a big influence. I always seem to be looking for some classic shit to insert into my artworks. Shit that’s recognized by certain people and makes them feel a type of way.
The theme of music is very present in your artwork. How important is music for your work and yourself?
Music is life right.. I mean everything in this universe is a frequency. So yeah for me music is very important. I always play music when I paint and of course I enjoy going out, festivals and all that. Music inspires, gets people together, relaxes the mind, gives people a voice. It’s life.
What makes you attracted to hip hop music? Is it the lyrics?
I like hip hop because of the aggressiveness, the go getter mentality that goes with it. It can be very motivational for me. And I’m a fan of the culture and all the ridiculousness that comes with it.
I like the attitude that comes with listening to hip hop. I ride on my bike faster when I listen to hip hop, I train harder when I listen to hip hop.
How did you come to design and create the cover art work for SlapFunk?
Slapfunk are my homies. We all know each other for almost 15 years now. We all represent the same tribe from Utrecht so we’re basically all brothers. All those years while they were doing their music thing, I was trying to do my art thing. So eventually when it was time to get someone to do some art for their label, I guess it was a organic thing to ask me for some stuff.
Your personal pop art is somewhat different to the paintings you made for SlapFunk. Can you describe the main differences between this work and your personal work?
Everything I make for myself is meant for me to like and is a pure reflection of me and my choices. When I make something for Slapfunk it has to be a reflection of them, the artist, and myself as well. So it’s not just what I would like, but also what they would like to see in the artwork or concept. It makes it a little more difficult because ultimately my choices have more effect than on just myself. My own art I make for myself, I may not hang it in my house, but I paint like that’s the purpose. When I do a cover it’s meant to satisfy the label, the artist, the buyers and myself at the same time. So it’s kinda different, but that makes it cool to do.
You turn commercial objects into art by reproducing them on a painting, and you turn your paintings into commercial objects (records to sell) for SlapFunk. Was this intentional?
I’m intrigued by art that isn’t supposed to be art. So I like to make stuff that isn’t supposed to be a painted onto a canvas and hung on a wall. And I also like it the other way around, making a record cover as an actual painting that you can hang in your office. I guess I like the contrast. Or the unconventional approach to making stuff.
How do you come up with album cover designs for SlapFunk? What do you consider when designing a cover? Do you take into account the music? Do you collaborate with the artist?
It’s always a collaboration. Sometimes between the label and me and sometimes between the artist and myself. There’s always a lot of communication in the decision making of the actual concept. When the concept is clear on both ends, they’ll take their hands of the project and I get to do my thing and convert the concept into an painting and after that into an actual cover. I do that by just trying to find out what works for me along the way. Nobody knows what the cover is going to look like until it’s finished.
What techniques do you use when designing album covers?
I mostly paint on wood with acrylic paint, make pictures of the painting, and fine tune that image into the actual cover ready image with Photoshop and an online editing program I must keep for myself.
What design are you making for Anil Aras’ newest release, ‘Slapcity’?
I’m doing a portrait of him in front of the pride of Utrechts called: De Domtoren (The Domtower). He came to me with this idea and a couple examples of the style he was looking for. So the concept was already made up and I did the rest. It’s not my everyday style but that’s fun for me. Playing around with different styles. I’m still working on it but I will finish it soon. I guess the release will be out in a couple of months or so. So get excited for that one.
You have a clothing brand called “Bangladash”. Can you describe to me your brand’s concept? What do the Chinese characters mean? What does Bangladash Stay Chiefin mean? What is the smokers club?
With BANGLADASH I’m trying to build a brand that puts some positive energy into this world and represent a different kind of lifestyle. I guess if a bunch of hippies would make street wear, something like BANGLADASH would come out. All the designs have a deeper meaning and are meant to inspire, educate and effect people positively. We have a couple of design and this Stay Chiefin Smokersclub shirt is one of them.
With this particular tee we want to represent our smokers out there that smoke cannabis with a conscious mind, respect the herb and feel a deeper connection with this plant, beyond smoking just for a laugh.
The Chinese text says: 星星之火，可以燎原 (xīng xīng zhī huǒ, kě yǐ liáo yuán) – A single spark can start a prairie fire. It’s a famouse Chinese saying that fits the concept well. As like: ‘Stay Humble, Smoke Loud’, you might notice we appreciate ambiguous terms.
The Slapfunk boys always have been very supportive of me and the brand, wearing the tees while playing. So shout out to them. If you want to know more about the brand go to: www.banglada.sh.
Thank you for your answers, Allan! As part of our regular competition series, Allan and SlapFunk have kindly offered some great prizes for one lucky Meoko reader:
Ever wondered who was behind Smallville records’ quirky cover art? Stefan Marx, an artist/drawer and part of the Smallville family, successfully represents Smallville as it is: A unique, friendly, open minded and creative “institution”. Smallville stands out due to many reasons, one important reason being Stefan’s art work. He has designed record sleeves for artists on the Smallville roster such as Christopher Rau’s Asper Clouds and Moomin’s The Story About You, and he is the designer behind Smallville’s idiosyncratic logo:
Stefan Marx, like most of his Smallville people, is based in Hamburg. Aside from designing awesome record cover art work and covering Smallville’s windows with extraordinary creatures, he also runs his own T-shirt label, “The Lousy Livincompany“, designs skateboards for Cleptomanicx, and publishes his own zines and books with Nieves Books. His latest exhibition took place in his home town, Hamburg, where he showcased his “This Sounds a Bit Like Goodbye” (2012) art work at the “IM FRÜHLING, DARLING” exhibition, which invited international artists to create postcards, with the theme of longing. Stefan’s poignant quotes never fail to create an emotional response. It is no surprise therefore, that many of his quotes he uses in his art work come from musical lyrics. Curious to find out which tracks inspired him to represent the lyrics in a bold white statement behind a black background, and the back stories behind the rest of his works, we asked Stefan about some of our favourite works by him:
1) The quotes you use for your art are a defining characteristic of your style. You have said before that your quotes are taken from lyrics from songs or sayings that you’ve heard voiced from friends and random passersby. Can you tell me who originally said these quotes?
that’s three blocks away but too far already with the rain that crashes and the people walking but i’d rather sit here a little longer and i don’t think you care and i don’t think you’re really waiting and even if you do this is just kind of what i owe you for what happened before and tell me all about it: “were you drunk or not when you said you missed me?” i want a haircut that kills, i want it in front of my eyes i wanna wear tight jeans and raglan sweaters and dance at your luau night and drive away with your best friend and make you cry sipping on gin and tonic and talking about my band telling everybody how fun it is to be touring across the new world when you alone would listen and know how it hurts sometimes and i would tell you all about it and you would kiss my forehead and smile i don’t know where i’m going, baby i don’t know where i’m going, baby i don’t know where i’m going, baby i don’t know where i’m going, going i don’t know where i’m going, going
This is one of my favorite Songs from Yo La Tengo, its name is
. It is originally a song by Big Star, and Yo La Tengo covered it… Georgia Hubley sings it in such an amazing way.
2) Are your drawings based on people you’ve seen as well? Why do you turn them into cartoon characters?
Yes, these drawings are based on people I see. And I just draw them, I don’t turn them into Cartoons. I publish these drawings mostly in Zines and Books, after a good time of traveling. Mostly with my publisher NIEVES.
3) What is so special about sunsets?
I think mostly the light.
4) What do you feel about Mondays?
I kind of like mondays, people are awake again, things are getting back to the process. My favorite place opens again on monday. The Goodbye Mondays is a zine I made for my exhibition Goodbye Mondays in New York in 2012, at PRIMETIME. I left the city on wednesday and it was a one night only drawing exhibition after I spent some good weeks in the city. It was a fun goodbye party too.
5) If you could get rid of something, what would it be?
All the difficult situations in the future.
6) Who is this? And what brought you to Marriott, Financial Center Hotel in New York?
I once had a meeting there and took the notepad.
7) What are some of your rarest pleasures?
Long distance flights
8) What is the saddest song you’ve ever heard?
Take Care by Yo La Tengo:
9) What do you like to do during the weekend? Are you a weekender?
I like weekends but hate Sundays. I think I’m not such a good weekender. I can have fun, but l like doing things people do on weekends during my week.
10) What does Smallville mean to you?
Smallville means freedom, friendship, places, music and record covers.
11) What is something nice to say to Mule on their 10th birthday?
Happy Birthday Toshiya! Toshiya is great, Mule is great, Japan is great, so looking forward to all the future Mule releases.
To win, please email us your favourite quote represented by Stefan Marx to email@example.com with ‘Stefan Marx’ in the subject title. Winner will be announced in 3 weeks. Thanks to Stefan Marx and Smallville <3
What do COCOON Ibiza girls, DJ Cassy Briton, Ella Eyre, Jaime Winstone and Kelis have in common?
Cassy wearing The Gypset Diary’s multi gem sequin body in Soho, London
Kelis in The Gypset Diary headpiece
Ella Eyre performed at Glastonbury and T in the Park wearing Gypset Diary’s sequined jumpsuit
They are today’s wonderful gypsets! A Gypset is an independent woman. She is an entrepreneur, an artist, a DJ, a designer, a surfer, a yoga instructor, or anyone she wants to be thanks to her adaptable nature and DIY approach to life. She jet sets around the globe, picking up treasures from Indian and African markets to add to her bohemian jewelry collection and soaking up the sun at private pool parties in Ibiza. She loves beautiful things that life has to offer, is down to earth and of course, she loves to party.
Cassy playing in The Gypset Diary’s Cosmic Disco body
You can see her exotic and sophisticated style in The Gypset Diary; a fashion brand founded by Stylist & Art Director Liz Mendez and model Sarah Qaiser. Both gypsets themselves, Sarah is based in Ibiza while Liz Mendez runs Kubicle, London’s lengendary underground and Grace Jones inspired party.
The Gypset Diary stall at The Wick Festival (the Old Baths), a Saturday market and party run by Kubicle and Project Sound.
MEOKO Competition: Win The Gypset Diary’s black sequin Cosmic Cape (pictured below)! Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why you are addicted to sequins. Write ‘Gypset’ in the subject title. The winner will be announced on Friday, 19th of September.
Add a Gypset Diary’s black sequin Cosmic Cape to make any outfit look glamorous at any event from a dinner party to a festival. This cape could be yours! Enter the competition by e-mailing us at email@example.com and tell us why you are addicted to sequins.
MEOKO spent a late afternoon chatting with talented and imaginative Maggio. A London based Italian artist, muralist, performer and more, Maggio founded Imaginary Beings art collective. She has worked on a mix of creative projects from a live theatrical show in Dalston to painting murals in Mexico, to a documentary about ayahuasca in Central America. She travels around the world, going deep into Central America’s jungles to live and breathe in nature with indigenous tribes. Delving deeper into her art pieces you are transported into a world of mysticism and lovely surprises. She exhibits the richness of her imaginative mind through her coffee stain concept; Le Stain Desire and her chromolithographic Visions wearable art, including her new beautiful collection of stained silk scarves. She explains the ideas behind her projects and gives us insight into her thoughts about her two lives in the jungle of South America and the concrete one of London.
Hi Maggio! You are based in London, in the east I assume?
Yes I live in Stoke Newington
Oh we are neighbours then. Meoko is based in Stoke Newington Studios!
How do you find living in Stoke Newington?
Oh I love Stockey. It’s like a pink bubble of great coffee and healthy food and the park near by is such a treat, and the cemetery’! I filmed some music video there.
How long have you been living in London for?
I moved to London in 2005. I was 16 and mad for London and its creative Babylon, but I never stayed longer than two years in a row. It’s like a passionate love story and London can drive you really out your mind uh? So I take breaks to South America or anywhere in jungles. Find sanity back….but I lived in New York too for a while and one year in Mexico and one in Portugal…but hey I always come back to London.
Yes, I get that. This concrete jungle is too wild sometimes! You have been to some beautiful places! What is it like living in the jungle?
The jungle is the closest I have ever been to my natural state of mind. Imagine: You wake up hearing the most extraordinary singing birds at best, or otherwise it’s monkeys having sex which is not as charming. You wake up and everything is green and infinite shaded of exotic flowers.
You go and swim in a river. You are probably with good friends or keep people who are there to find peace from the city. You can sit with the natives and talk about life, learning from their immensely different perspectives, or just venture to explore nature, which is wild and keeps you on your toes. It makes you very respectfully and awake all the time and if we are talking about the Amazon you get to take ayahuasca which is a vine from there, highly psychoactive and very powerful self-knowledge brew. Have you heard of it?
It sounds like a paradise. Nature, travelling and meeting different people… I’m sure they give you many different perspectives. Yes I have, but I’ve never tried it before. I heard that you should be in a particular state of mind in your life to do the ceremony.
Yes! Worldwide perspective is so vital to produce art with honesty, or it’s easy to get stuck in one’s egotistical ideas . About aya, yes, when you want to dive in and if some inner troubles that don’t seem to have a solution.
Can you tell me about your ayahuasca experience? How was your experience and what did you learn from it?
I took aya few times, always different, but what all those times have in common is that the separation (the duality of you and the rest of the world, or you and life) disappears, you are experiencing oneness, the most powerful feeling of love for everything that is…but it’s no airy fairy, it so unbelievably grounding. When you come down it’s not like taking a pill, you don’t feel down, you feel clean and lucid and you swear you won’t forget and will live life accordingly! But damn it’s hard!!
That’s beautiful. It seems like a significant awakening .
You would love it.
Do you experience any hallucinations?
Yes, but depends I think if you’re a visual person- I saw giants, the first time I became a tree and disappeared in the jungle, had no past, the huge hands took me away, I met dragons and talked with entities which invited me to go back. I argued as I didn’t want to!
You are definitely a visual person. When I look at your art I see many different fantastical, mystical images of creatures, women and objects. How do you find inspiration? Do you improvise? And is there usually a theme behind your designs?
I have always been fascinated by the subject of Oracles. The ancient Delphi, the muses of the poets and generally the contact in between the present and the future. In ancient times was simply part of reality, now it’s new agey or seen as superstition… but what fascinated me is the oracular object (the end of a coffee, tea leaves, anything that the subconscious can read things in) and bring to life what I see, like looking at the clouds (when I was a kid and I needed advice I stared at the clouds to find answers) so when travelling in Mexico and I couldn’t paint (couldn’t carry material) I started to see much more, I kept in it. Until one day it exploded and I could see images everywhere. I then read it was a kind of condition called apophenia. Everything was not only the thing itself but there was a whole imaginary world in every shape. I realised I could just bring to life what I saw, so I used the stains I found around the world to tell me what to paint. This meant that I didn’t need to struggle for inspiration, I just had to let my subconscious unfold. Suddenly I realised that that was what oracles do. And somehow became a whole practice and the more I am lucid and clean inside the more my inner eye see more things. So to answer, no there’s never a theme, it’s pure download.
You came up with your coffee stained idea after you accidentally dropped some coffee on a paper, which created an image for your eyes. Can you describe to me that image?
oh yes! It was monstrous! I didn’t keep it, it was scary! A monster of terrible features, very dark. But yet I was amazed, it was as if it asked me to be created! Almost to get out of my system. In fact, the entire first stains series were rather dark and became gradually more positive and inspiring. I realised it was a proper subconscious washing machine! I see it as when you open a tap that has been closed for a long time and the water is dirty, and the more you let the water run it finally clears up. So my first stain was really nasty!
It seems like your coffee stain work has been quite therapeutic! Am I right to say this?
Ah yes super therapeutic! I made a therapy method from it! Here it a short documentary on it:
Is that partly why you changed your concept from Le Stain Desire to Vision?
Yes, when I created Le Stain Desire it was because the wedding dress of a friend in Mexico- she had it from her mother- was the same one she used and it was stained in wine from her dancing at the wedding. The memory was so beautiful but the dress was trashed and she thought it ruined. I asked her to let me turn the stains into art and something amazing came out! The stains were all about love and celebration, I believe because I was influenced by the story. So I thought that every story can make the stains unique and very personal to who carries them. Le stain desire was born with this ‘desire’ but it was me who wasn’t liberated enough to see the colours as well as the shadows. Recently, few months ago, remembering the wedding dress I remembered how important is to dive into the right state of mind before creating an artwork, the subconscious will do all the work! So I started to focus on positive visions and the whole thing changed, massive saturation levels! So Visions Wearable Art was born to be all about colours and positive thinking, to see a stain for the heritage and story it tells rather then as something that ruins a fabric. It’s basically the concept “circumstances don’t matter, only your state of being matters”
I love your Le Stain Desire statement: “a symbolic act where chaos turns into harmony, ruin into renew”. What excites you the most? The act or the result of turning chaos into harmony?
Great question. The act. The act it’s something of the magical, it’s like becoming part of that chaos, those random shapes, till disappearing. It’s adrenaline meeting control, yet letting go of all expectation of what will come out, you can’t stop until your mind will register the presence of beauty in a way when the result comes up it,s not yours anymore, it’s outside you, but it’s comforting and gives you a sense of peace.
In your daily or private life, do you like stepping into problems and finding solutions? or do you that enough with Le Stain Desire?
Ah ah I really do that actually! Very perceptive! The world is a big chaos playground.
Your art work is a whole world of projects and collaborations! You are a performer, a muralist, a painter and more. What will you be doing this Sunday at Gaza Toy Drive’s event? Can you describe what type of art you will be showcasing?
I am going to do a live piece where I create stains art live, this one I have sold already but this is the concept, blowing colours on canvas and then drawing on it:
Wow, I am looking forward to seeing them in person! You literally blow the colours! That is great!
Hyperventilation! Maybe I just can’t stay away from getting high? It brings all the emotions to surface! Breathing is the secret to it all!!
Thank you Maggio for your beautiful words.
If you have been touched by Maggio’s positive words please check out Maggio’s blowing colours therapy documentary! She will also be blowing colours this sunday at Vibe Bar for Gaza Toy Drive. On the way to Vibe don’t forget to check out legendary graffiti bar, Monty’s on Brick Lane. Giggle at her Lilth, watch the tower of babel fall to her shoes or let yourself fall into Aya’s Vision!
Maggio has very kindly offered give away a very special prize to one of our very lucky MEOKO readers. She will paint someone’s wall and give away one of her lovely stained silk scarves from her new Visions collections. To win, please email us your favourite London Street Artist at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Maggio’ in the subject title. Winner will be announced on Friday, the 26th of September.
Come join us as Meoko, Keep on Going, Colors lnd and DAMAGED residents come together to show support! There will be a great selection of live street and visual art, including Maggio’s live painting, an art auction, a photography exhibition, market stalls and more, all for a good cause! Check out our review here.
A day party on a Bank Holiday is no new occurrence, with the extended weekend welcoming all sorts of hedonism all around the clock; but this Saturday at The Old Baths marks the launch of the new weekly project with a difference from a fusion of creative minds. Kubicle and Project Sound have teamed together to create multi faceted arts, shopping and entertainment extravaganza ‘The Wick’, and welcome Luca Cazal to kick-start their first party with an exclusive preview of his debut solo ep ‘Mariri’.
Opening at 12 noon, entrance is free and children are welcomed until 6pm, where as evening dawns it is adults only as proceedings move indoors and the party within a party begins.
Firstly, the daytime brings a vibrant market place to the Old Baths in hackney, supporting the local creative scene and urging to help the east London community thrive, this is a project with a purpose.
Stalls will be manned by up coming new talent and designers alongside luxury vintage and interior décor merchants, merging the old with the new for a well rounded and unique shopping experience. Gourmet food stalls and a Tiki bar will provide refreshments, all the while DJs and a hot tub provide the atmosphere to ease you in or out of the weekend nicely, depending on your plans.
Here is just a selection of the vendors who will be present on Saturday to whet your appetite for things to come:
Gypsy East: A traveling clan making things by hand – Illustrations -Floral Crowns – Jewellery
The Gypset Diary: One who is gypset – the wiles of a gypsy mixed with a sophistication of the jet set. Festival line formed from the love of disco and sparkle
Lucy In Disguise Vintage: The highest quality labels, designers and looks are brought to the customer at prices that make looking a million dollars for that special night out an affordable luxury
Journey Through Sound: ‘Kids Hour’ Leave your children to play with instruments supervised whilst you explore the market
Shopping and eating aside, this event also pays special attention to the music; curated by reputable promoters ‘Kubicle’ combined with the creative flare of ‘Project Sound’ this side is sure not to disappoint. Alongside the launch of Luca Cazals latest ep, tunes will be also provided by Brigante, Robert Outch, FB Julian and special guests.
Luca Cazal may be more familiar to some as ‘Luca C’. Together with Brigante, also present at The Wick, they produced some of 2012’s catchiest tributes to 80s synth and slow rolling love songs that were impossible to miss. Now residents at DC10, The Wick launch party hosts a special preview of Luca Cazals latest solo mission.
All in all this looks to be a gathering of creative minds, beautiful sounds and off-beat culture and not one to be missed by those looking for more than just a dance experience this bank holiday and beyond.
To be in a chance of winning a day/night out at The Wick for you and a freind (2 Cocktails from the Tiki Bar each, 2 Pizzas, 2 Hot Tub sessions and entry to the evening event with Luca C, email us at email@example.com and tell us what you think makes Hackney Wick special and why you want to spend your bank holiday there. Write ‘The Wick’ on the subject line… Good Luck!
Excellent, personally sourced fabrics and minimal designs are the key elements behind the success of SDG East London.
Founder and head-designer Stefania Di Ghionno achieved a degree in Costume and Fashion History from the University of Bologna and soon moved to London to follow her passion. She started engaging with the fashion market in the UK by selling vintage garments and customized vintage clothes in the hottest spots of the city: Camden Market, Portobello, Spitafield and Birck Lane’s Up Market.
Back in 2010 she decided to move on and create their very own brand: SDG East London, a brand that could represent their ideas and deliver the best quality and design, rigorously handmade in London with love.
Stefania personally sources each material: fabrics arrive and are ordered from all over the world. In her studio precious silks from the east are piled together with modern high-tech materials. Each jacket from the Match collection is a colourful, spot-on clash of different patterns and textures. Patterned cotton, velvet, faux and real leather, jacquard and quilted fabrics enrich and distinguish every single design. The combination of different patterns and textiles results in never ending possibilities of matches, which spice-up the basic, well cut shape of the SDG jackets and make each one unique.
Beyond quality, commitment and passion, the focus of the brand is on delivering pieces that can be worn in several ways and all around the year, for an effortlessly chick look. SDG Match Jackets are perfect on both, laid back clothes or elegant ones. The attention to details and care for quality will always make them the right choice to complete an outfit.
Easy-to-wear is the word that better represents the brand concept, as jackets are unisex and has also been recently launched Puffetta, the baby line for those mums and papas who can’t escape the matchy-matchy charm.
Fell in love with a pattern and would like to mix it with another? SDG provides also a bespoke line. Just book in an appointment to come over to the showroom in East London and choose your favourite materials amongst the rich stock. Sleeves, bust, pockets and even the zip colour can be combined accordingly to the customer’s tastes.
Charlie from Soul Clap wearing Match Jacket N2
For our dearest MEOKO readers SDG has raffled a beautiful, unisex jacket that boosts a dark, plain body brought to life by the warm coloured, African print sleeves. The jacket is from the Match Collection, which SDG has created after receiveng an order from her friend and promoter at BP (Beautiful People). The contact with the music scene triggered the idea of developing a collection from that first prototype – which is the exact same we are giving away – and to launch the collection with the aid of the Crew Love, collaborative concept from Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap and Double Standard. For this year Sonar Festival she made 14 jackets especially tailored for Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, Pillow Talk, Slow Hands, Tanner Ross, Nick Monaco, No Regular Play, Navid Izadi and other members of the Crew. Being mostly Djs, she opted for colourful designs which can easily stand out amongst a big crowd, altering her usual minimal style in order to play with patterns and details.
Baby Prince from Wolf&Lamb wearing Match Jacket N1
To get a chance of winning a Match Jacket like SDG East London on Facebook and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write SDGreat on the subject line and explain in which occasion you’d use the jacket.
Have a look to the complete SDG East London collection on the blog or shop them on-line.