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MEOKO Ongoing Internships

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, MEOKO Presents, Music Through Pictures, News

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MEOKO is a forward thinking and creative lifestyle brand, with a primary focus on the global underground electronic music and events scenes; passionate about promotion and high quality event services.

MEOKO Ltd, the event and promo agency, offers event and physical/online promotional services to a strong network of London and the UK’s best promoters, artists, record labels, clubs/bars, PR agencies, artist agencies, management companies, festivals and charities. Beyond music, MEOKO opens up its interests to culture, art, fashion and food…

Some of our clients have included fabric, We Are FSTVL, Sonus Festival, Lovebox, SW4, Sunwaves14, Street Feast, Kerb Food, LWE, Egg, Fire, WYS, Spilt Milk, Oval Space, Found, DJ Mag, Firefly International, Camden Lock Brewery and Westminster City Council to name just a few. As well as promotion, MEOKO is passionate about top-quality journalism and regularly hosts reviews, interviews and features on its website written by some of London’s finest journalists.

We are currently looking for two hard-working, passionate individuals who have a strong knowledge of electronic music and are organised and reliable.

We are willing to take on board a Graphic Design Intern and an Editorial Intern.

Both positions represents a great opportunity for whoever is interested in pursuing a career in music or events industry.

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

 

OVERLOOK

You should share an interest in electronic music and promotion as well as holding either a PR/Journalism degree or a Design/Creative background. Any extra skill will be a bonus.

He or she must have excellent people skills, be creative, be able to communicate well as an individual or part of a team. This is a hands -on roll so please only apply if you feel you have what it takes to work as part of an extremely busy, sometimes stressful yet very exciting environment.

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

 

EDITORIAL INTERN – press & social media

 Main Duties will include but not be limited to:

  •          writing features and news pieces
  •          writing events and albums previews/reviews
  •          writing mix descriptions
  •          contributing to the daily running of the magazine
  •          managing and maintaining websites contents
  •          contacting Dj’s, producers and record labels (client liaisons)
  •          managing social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  •          managing MEOKO Soundcloud page
  •          copy editing texts
  •          contributing to MEOKO series (e.g. Music Through Pictures, Sound of the City, Not so Serious)
  •          organizing and writing interviews
  •          listing hottest London’s event by week
  •          admin duties

Requirements:

  •          applicants must be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience
  •          must be able to work efficiently in a fast pace environment
  •          being a great team player as well as being able to work on own initiative
  •          excellent English skills, both verbal and written
  •          must be computer literate (word, photoshop or gimp)
  •          good presentation skills, in writing and person
  •          must have enhanced multi-tasking skills, be able to work in fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment
  •          have an eye for details
  •          excellent organizational skills and the ability to cope with a demanding workload
  •          self-motivated, friendly and positive
  •          social media literate
  •          enhanced research skills
  •          be able to work on close deadlines

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN

Main Duties will include but not be limited to:

  •          creating banners and designs of different natures for MEOKO
  •          contributing to the daily running of the magazine
  •          managing and maintaining websites contents
  •          uploading contents on the website
  •          occasionally help with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  •          looking for interesting pictures/videos to publish on social media or to work with
  •          helping with MEOKO series (e.g. Music Through Pictures, Sound of the City, Not so Serious)
  •          admin duties

Requirements:

  •          applicants must be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience
  •          proficiency in Photoshop (or Gimp)
  •          being IT literate
  •          must be able to work efficiently in a fast pace environment
  •          being a great team player as well as being able to work on own initiative
  •          excellent English skills, both verbal and written
  •          good presentation skills, in writing and person
  •          must have enhanced multi-tasking skills, be able to work in fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment and respect deadlines
  •          have an eye for details
  •          excellent organizational skills and the ability to cope with a demanding workload
  •          self-motivated, friendly and positive
  •          social media literate

 

MEOKO is looking for creative individuals to come up with always new and interesting ideas. If you have a good idea, we are more then happy to have you realizing it!

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

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

Please write ‘MEOKO Winter Internship 2015 – editorial’ or ‘MEOKO Winter Internship 2015 – graphic design’ in the subject case.

Music Through Pictures with Acid Mondays

By Hot Off The Press, MEOKO Presents, Music Through Pictures

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Negghead and Lex Wolf, aka Acid Mondays, were on the receiving end of support from the likes of Villalobos, tINI, Laurent Garnier and Dan Ghenacia since early on in their relatively fledgling career. Backed up further by strong releases on labels such as 2020 Vision, Circus Recordings and most recently on Adam Shelton and Subb-an’s One Records, the duo like to get psychadelic as their name suggests, a characteristic that seeps into their cosmic sets. Moreover, they aren’t ones to take themselves too seriously and this fun-loving attitude has seen them become part of Yousef’s Circus family and they play in the Circus showcase alongside the label boss Yousef, Matthias Tanzmann, Patrick Topping and Ten Walls on 29 November.

 

 

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Girl Trees Lake

 

There’s a very ‘Earthy’ quality to this picture so we’ve chosen this beautiful composition by Leon Vynehall. It has lots of organic sounds in there with a classical edge that matches the picture perfectly.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrceB6LaG64

 

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Shark Graff

 

This reminds us of our time spent in Australia where we started out on the long Recorrido (Journey) to finish this track… 3 years, was worth every second!! What do you think?

 

 

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Lips Cage

 

First thing that came to mind was this remix by Pepe Bradock, it’s one of our favourite house tunes by one of the best producers out there.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMwC5sB0aYg

 

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Spider

 

This is a creepy weird track that never leaves our record bag, let’s hope it doesn’t get washed away…

 

 

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Psych

 

5th dimension traveling soundtrack just sit back and relax.

 

 

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Tianenmen

 

 Underground Resistance at its best.

 

 

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Breast Groin

 

 

This picture reminds us of Ibiza and the abundance we feel from living in paradise.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na9ee4Cbub0

 

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Winter

 

Last winter was spent mostly in the studio and we were very grateful to be asked to remix this tune by one of our all time favourites!!

 

 

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Miro

 

 

New York in the mid-80’s would have been a special place to be and this track defiantly takes us back there… productions sound timeless from this 1985 masterpiece.

 

 

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Baby Panda

 

Handsup who still likes Ricardo Villalobos? Well we defo do!! One of the most inspiring DJ’s & Producers around and although this might be considered one of his more accessible tunes, it’s an absolute killer and we love it!

 

 

 

 

Acid Mondays debut EP “Schlurptastic” is out now on One Records and can be bought here.

 

Acid Mondays play “Yousef presents Circus” in Liverpool on 29 November. Tickets can be bought here

 

 

 

By Geoffrey Chang

 

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Music Through Pictures with &ME

By Hot Off The Press, Music Through Pictures

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You &ME, always. Confusing names and romantic wordplay aside, &ME is yet another piece in the Keinemusik jigsaw. Recently we saw Rampa offer his thoughts in a Not So Serious feature, but here we have label mate and fellow Berliner &ME serve up some responses to evocative visual stimuli. The latter’s first release, “F.I.R” on Keinemusik was something of a breakthrough clubhit. Since then he has gone about establishing himself on the international circuit as a master of big room house in both production and DJing. A DJ to whom building tension and creating a sweat on the dancefloor comes naturally, &ME doesn’t mess about in his sets that infuse rolling basslines, tribal rhythms and frenzied high-pitched interjections that will set off the most placid of dancers.

 

 

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Rain Drops  

 

Can’t really tell what is in the picture. It might be snake skin but it could also be latex with some water drops on it. Either way – you can touch and feel it.

 

Kevin Yost, Peter Funk – Close to my Skin (Touch & Feel Mix) 

 

 

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Amoeba

 

Don’t know if this thing exists but it has to be somewhere out of space. Slick will take you right to it.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LNEl3wYpPY&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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Facebook Lookout

 

Everybody is complaining about Facebook about its “Big Brother” attitude that the picture is quoting. My buddy Re.You even made a song about it 😉

 

 

 

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Owl

 

This is easy. I have to confess that I had to check if an owl is really a bird but – yes! Enter the birdland.

 

 

 

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Salt Flats

 

“Gonna take you to a place – that you’ve never been before” is Rob’s line in this track and he is right. Never been to that place before.

 

 

 

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Tower of London

 

The first thing that came into my mind was Game of Thrones but the techy background doesn’t fit in that picture. I guess Wamdue Project describes the cheesiness best.

 

 

 

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Haunted House

 

Haunted house galore. Must be right out of a horror flick so sit back and enjoy the 10 hour mix of the Halloween theme while staring at the picture.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdfN6b7lyoU&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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Tiger not a Lion

 

Could be a scene out of Lion King where little Susi pretend to be Kimba’s child but I never watched it so I totally don’t know.

 

 

 

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Moustache

 

Always need to think of old Rampa or Rebolledo when I see a moustage. I know that he is from Chile and the picture is showing a Mexican guy I guess, but I love the track so let’s drop it.

 

 

 

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Jaws Theme

 

And another theme is coming into my mind. Definitely not Flipper – it’s the other thing with a fin.

 

 

 

Keinemusik’s label-crew sampler Workparty Five is out now featuring &ME’s track “Birdland”. The vinyl includes stunning artwork by Monja Gentschow and can be bought here

 

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By Geoffrey Chang

 

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Venturing Out Of The Capital – 002: Newcastle by Ghetec

By Hot Off The Press, Interviews, Music Through Pictures

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The MEOKO heart and soul lies in London, where we are based, but with so much going on in the capital it can be easy to forget what our neighbouring cities are up to.

Well it’s time to shine a light on some exciting regional haunts that deserve not to be overlooked. In our new series, we welcome a trusted expert from each city to shine a light on where they work, play, eat, drink and most importantly, live. 

In this unique and personal insight into the smaller scenes out there, we urge you to open your eyes to what the rest of the UK has to offer, and take a venture out of the capital.

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For number two we head up north to Newcastle with the help of Alexandria, Kathryn Dodds, Genevieve Taylor and Michael Johnson of techno outfit Ghetec, event promoters and blogging acid enthusiasts, these guys have been causing a stir on the sweaty dancefloors of Newcastle since they formed over a year ago, with exciting plans for the future.

Be prepared to discover a darker side to the Newcastle you thought you knew..

How long have you been living in Newcastle and how did you end up there?

For me (Alexandria), it was a move that needed to be made. I loved music and needed to get out of the small town i lived in and explore, meet like-minded people and experience city life. It was a very important move. Gen moved over from Belfast for university, then Mike and Kathryn are pretty local from Heaton and Sunderland. Meeting these Guys has been so important, most definitely fate!

Are there any stereotypes in Newcastle that you think need banishing?

I think we all know what they are hahah but lets not focus on that side of the city!

Tell us about the first place you bought a record in Newcastle…

Beatdown records – on all four counts haha!

Where is your favourite place to pick up records at the moment?

586 records is this QUALITY new shop in some office blocks on Pilgrim street. Just how it should be, tucked away, boxes on the floor full of wicked tunes, cheap prices and the friendliest owner, Antony. Known for throwing some of the best parties in Newcastle over the last decade – Reverb and Suono – he can be always found DJing quality techno, house and downtempo grooves around Newcastle. Another would have to be Earworm in york, I have had some amazing acid and Detroit techno from there, once again ran by some great guys who have created a welcoming hangout for vinyl lovers.

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Is there anywhere in particular here that played a part in influencing your sound when forming Ghetec?

Not a specific place so the speak, its the city itself we’ve been inspired by, its beautiful!

Our choice bookings, is a combination of all of our four tastes, which is glued together by a love for cutting edge, experimental techno(New and Old) and head spinning 303.

The aim is push up and coming artists and support those who we feel don’t get enough credit. Previous guests Lo Shea, Sunil Sharpe and Regal are all amazing artists and the parties are totally passion fuelled with a true love and belief in what we do. 

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Tell us about the nightlife in Newcastle…

The thing is… I lived in Newcastle for a year, so i can only comment on what I have seen in that period of time. It seems that currently a lot of nights and promoters are in competition with one another, the Facebook bitching status culture has more time invested it into the nights themselves!

We’re just not into that, its not a competition and we’re happy for all of the other nights, we just do ours a little differently in the sense we keep it all off Facebook, the DJs name doesn’t pull the crowd in, the atmosphere we create does.

We’re really inspired by how people ran nights back in the day, that’s what we respect and love. The reason why its invite only and there’s no Facebook event, each location is different and you get a text a few hours before with directions to the location. We don’t care what anyone else thinks, Its ran for one reason only and that’s all four of us having this massive 

urge to contribute as a collective by putting amazing artists on we otherwise wouldn’t see in Newcastle!

Who has inspired and supported the night throughout its formation?

There’s a guy who does all of our artwork and videos called Oisin O’Brien. He runs this amazing night/label in Belfast called DSNT and his work is ground breaking, it really is. We have his full support and we always turn to him for advice, we aspire to have something like he does one day. 

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Chris Bungoni & Rob rain are cousins and local Djs, they put on some incredible parties and there Djing is incredible they warmed up our first guest Lo Shea for 4 hours and the crowd loved them, they are charming, play groovy records and have that level of communication with the crowd when playing, that wins everyone over!

Lo Shea kicked off our parties and was our first guest, he was nothing short of incredible. He has always been behind our ideas and said he felt so at home playing for us, he’s great. And of course, everyone who comes the Gheteckerssss haha we’re one big family! 

And any track/artist that you think sums up the local sound?

Joonipah (Johnny Phethean) is probably at the forefront of the younger generations sound, we would all say. He’s a really talented producer, he makes a range of things but primarily cutting edge bass and he sums up everything that is good about British techno really.

Another person who is perhaps the most influencing to me personally is Chicago Damn (Gavin McClary) he taught for a while at Newcastle College, I learnt a lot from him there. He makes some really raw, filfhty, music for the soul, however his last album was different. It was so cleverly thought out like this fresh acidic, whirling experimental techno so to speak. You never know what to expect with him, and his music is just real, ‘Experiments must continue’ was his last album I would recommend checking out, along with my favorite release of his ‘The filth’ on his own imprint Chicago Damn.

 

Where is the place to go to let your hair down?

Intermezzo cafe, which is attached to the Tyneside cinema, its a favorite with amazing coffee and snacks, and highlights some of the quirky tucked away places Newcastle has to offer.

9 Bar is a great coffee shop too! Hoochie Coochie on a night, a brilliant live music venue, with a warm welcoming atmosphere, the best funk/soul music, beautiful cocktails plus the owners ethics are spot on ”WE DONT PLAY REQUESTS AND WE’RE NOT SORRY”. Haha you must visit!

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What is the first club in the city you went to? Who did you see/what kind of night was it ?

For me it was Tessela in cosmic ballroom, that was a really good night.

For me (Kathryn) it was a Jaunt party at Legends back in 2010.  Jaunt consistently put on good bookings both in Newcastle and London and their nights have helped shape my music taste today.

Where is the best place to go for a comforting meal the day after a heavy night out?

NUDO – in china town. Its a cozy little Chinese/Japanese restaurant, with a mouth watering menu and warming jasmine tea :).

If we wanted a cultured day out where would you recommend us to go?

The Tyneside Cinema firstly, a gorgeous old fashioned cinema where you can feel the subway pass under your feet as your watching film. Comfy seats too! Then take a stroll down the quayside and enjoy the view Newcastle has to offer.

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Is there anywhere we should avoid in Newcastle?

The big market haha although there are some good restaurants there. Cafe neon is gurrrrrd.

Tell us about the place where you met your closest friend in Newcastle ?

Beatdown records. Haha the collective spot for record lovers and i’ve met many great friends at Newcastle college.

Where/what is the most picturesque place in town?

The monument, looking down Grey Street, at Christmas time. Magical.

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Spending a Sunday afternoon in Tynemouth. Nothing beats browsing the market, catching some sea air and the best fish and chips to blast away a rough morning after!

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Where/what is the place you go in town that is your guilty pleasure?

 Bubble cha for Taiwanese bubble tea (its crackers) and waffles!!

Good Times Sandwich Co – quirky little cafe on beautiful Grey Street with a massive choice of fresh lunches daily – best jacket potatoes and lattes in town. Their little record player provides a soundtrack to city workers on their lunchbreaks – every day theres a different record on from Miles Davis, Pokey La Farge to The Clash the Timewriter and classic soul compilations. The owner Tommy is a proper music head known for putting on mischievous parties and djing all over the toon warming up for the likes of Joey Negro and Dimitri from Paris.

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What are the local artists/nights/labels you think we should know about?

Artists- Joonipah, Hedgewald, chicago damn.

https://soundcloud.com/hedgewald/prsnr-1/

Labels –  Krispy Kreations/Chicago Damn/ FatDogRecords/Dead Cert Records for future reference Ghetec will be setting up a label too, so keep your eyes peeled 😉 

Nights – CTRL, Noc Noc, Box, Jaunt and if you’re into your funk and soul ……. Souljam at WHQ is a winner with resident selectors pulling out some of the biggest grooves around. World Headquarters is also a great club full of friendly familiar faces and a wonderful ethos for supporting independent nights and upcoming DJs across the North East

Check out the Ghetec blog here.

Details of there next party below, sign up to the Ghetec mailing list for invites and more information…

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Written by Eileen Pegg

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Music Through Pictures with Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts

By Hot Off The Press, Music Through Pictures

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A producer who’s range of influences leave the listener in a state of mystery. Somewhere between the atmospherics of dusk time house music infused with jazz and an under growth of techno, Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts is another fresh talent from Montreal to bless the Northern Hemisphere. An elegant producer who’s sound stays true to the roots of dance music giving that sought after organic feel to his sound. Despite his strong place in the ever-blossoming world of Berlin dance music, his experiences in Parisian nightlife and releases on the likes of Karat and affiliations with Circus company have shaped his spiritual yet dynamic attitude. Long lasting influences in stripped back percussion and folk music carries seamlessly into his sound and provided a great opportunity to be a part of our Music Through Pictures Series. See what Guillaume had in response to some images from MEOKO HQ.

 

 

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The first thing that came to my mind while looking at this picture is that famous clip where you see James Brown inviting a young Michael Jackson on the stage who in time invites a young Prince to join them. What an incredible piece of history right there.

Prince… what a genius maniac (another must see is Kevin Smith telling the story of his failed attempt in documenting the release of The Rainbow Children).

My favorite album of his is probably Sign ‘o the times.

Gotta love this one. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNTo2tl1qdM

 

 

 

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Undercover, unexpected… unexpected guest. One of my all time favorite electronic music track ever.  That melody…wow. It’s such a great hook. I remember hearing this one for the first time and rushing to my studio in Montreal to try and recreate something similar. Incredibly inspirational timeless piece. 

 

 

 

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Daniel Lanois is a great inspiration to me because of his music and because of the intensity he immerses himself in his project. A great artist and craftsman that I hold in high esteem. I can imagine him driving down to Oaxaca on his motorbike (his studio following him in a eighteen wheeler). That trip became the inspiration for Belladonna.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njxB7t9DNQ8

 

 

 

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A Japanese adaptation of Harmony Korine’s Gummo?

 

Or possibly this if Pikachu turns out to be a flesh hungry zombie.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpAAQrJ93w8

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At first I thought of Edvard Grieg’s music. It looks like a frozen Norwegian sea… but then I remember the cold, solitary and soul searching music of Bohren & Der Club of Gore.

Beautiful, introspective and potentially dangerous.

 

 

 

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1982 Indian proto acid house. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=conwt8Dy27Y

 

 

 

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Hmm… I have to admit I thought about EDM at first.  But since there is just no way I’ll put a link for something like that, here is a link to a unbelievable song. From Paul White’s new album Shaker Notes. Constant rotation in my living room.

 

 

 

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I remember one time my kid waking up at 3 am when I was listening to this song with a friend of mine. We were just hanging out, sipping a good cognac and listening to great music. He hung out with us, totally cool, listening to the grooves and sniffing our glasses. He was 3.

This song is  perfect. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVsoH1P1TEM

 

 

 

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Ha. Here’s a track I made with a friend a few years back. The break makes you gasp for air. It’s called Mission Sous-Marine (but almost inherited of the name Mission Sous-Martine) and our project was called Destination Danger. An ode to the british cult serie Danger Man. 

 

 

 

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Wow, memory works in weird ways… I used to water ski with my cousin. For some reason I remembered a party we had in her basement in Quebec city. I recall that song playing a few times that night.

I love that game.

 

 

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Venturing Out Of The Capital – 001: Sheffield by Lo Shea

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews, Music Through Pictures

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The MEOKO heart and soul lies in London, where we are based, but with so much going on in the capital it can be easy to forget what our neighbouring cities are up to.

Well it’s time to shine a light on some exciting regional haunts that deserve not to be overlooked. In our new series, we welcome a trusted expert from each city to shine a light on where they work, play, eat, drink and most importantly, live. 

In this unique and personal insight into the smaller scenes out there, we urge you to open your eyes to what the rest of the UK has to offer, and take a venture out of the capital.

Starting off our new feature we go to Sheffield with Lo Shea, an integral driving force to his local scene and founding member of  ‘Hope Works‘. Responsible for producing and nurturing a string of quality releases on his labels Seaghdha and 100years, Lo Shea can now be seen making dancefloors sweat across the globe, his talent most recently being recognised with a set at the infamous Panorama Bar. 

Here, we bring it all back to where it began…

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How long have you been living in Sheffield and how did you end up there?
Since 1991.came here to university from Nottingham where i was born.

What is Sheffield famous for historically? 
Steel industry, and through Harry Brearley (a sheffield man) , the invention of stainless steel.Sheffield stainless steel is known all over the world.From the production of cutlery to gun barrels, we have historically donned the process.You can still see all kinds of steel products being made here today in big factories like Forgemasters to Little Mesters making knives or small factories making railway carriage springs.

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Are there any stereotypes in Sheffield that you think need banishing?
I suppose because of the importance of steel from the 19th century onwards it has been easy to see the place as a one horse town.In reality we have a great creative industry sector and our music scene is fantastic.We have internationally renowned design agencies like TDR who recently did the new Aphex Twin album as well as being responsible for the original WARP records sleeve designs so embedded in electonic music’s history. We also have spawned Cabaret Voltaire,The Human league, Heaven 17,   more recently Pulp and of course arguably one of the biggest bands in the world right now…Arctic Monkeys. So we are not all flat cap wearing miserable Yorkshire men working in a steel foundry.Importantly for me is the fact that i find the people here very warm and friendly.Its something that people consistently say who visit here. Sheffielders can be rough and ready, but they are generally friendly and like to party.

Sheffielders do have a REIT strong accent tho.

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Tell us about the first place you bought a record in Sheffield
Warp records…when it was on divison street in the town center. Chris Duckenfield (fellow Resident at Hope Works and a true veteran of Acid House/Rave ) worked there…i got my formative record buying experiences reading his distinctive handwriting on the sleeves of old WARP releases.I met lots of people in that shop who i still see today, still loving their music.Oh, those were the days…an actual busy record shop…here…in Sheffield!

Where is your favourite place to pick up records at the moment?
I look everywhere, but lets just say Phonica is always a quality purveyor, as is Piccadilly of Manchester but i also do the obligatory Juno for ease and i also use discogs and direct to labels via their bandcamps.No weekly trips to hardwax yet i’m afraid….

Is there anywhere in particular that played a part in influencing your sound when producing music?
I think my music is a reflection of all the experiences i’ve had here in Sheffield, but it also goes back to my formative Raving back in Nottingham in 1990 where i went to Marcus Garvey Center a lot.Jungle rave style…on a full on Ragga Tip!

I started djing in the old Arches club in Sheffield way back in the day, so from the start i was into the warehouse / reused industrial space / Acid House /Rave aesthetic.I also got into jungle as well as techno and rave from the start.I’ve always liked the grimier side of things and i’ve always liked good bass in dance music.Sheffield has also always had a great sound system culture going on and it’s traditionally big on free parties out in the Peak district.

I think a combination of all this led me into djing the way i did.First eclectically in The Arches then i spent a few years concentrating on Drum n Bass in the mid 90’s where i was resident at a night called NY Sushi (while releasing my first records on formation records of leicester), I also worked for the guy who ran Niche so i saw the whole development of bassline /Niche happen in Sheffield.I was there at the time, its undoubtedly affected me, tho i never directly wrote speed garage…time spent listening to this music and then its move into dub step with early pioneers from Sheffield like Oris J has to have had an effect.

I djed House, hip Hop, Jazz ..all kinds of stuff in clubs and spaces throughout sheffield as well as doing electronic stuff on pirate radio stations, i even started a Blues Boogie + Rock n Roll night that i still run monthly to this day called “The Boom Boom Room” .

One thing though, i’ve always been slightly on the fringes…i’ve never seemed to fit snugly into whatever genre was going on at the time…..i’ve always liked doing things my own way i suppose.Its meant a longer road for me…but one thats developed a particular style and technique based on all this time spent in all these areas of music and what i’ve observed and learnt from these strands of music culture.

And any track/artist that you think sums up the local sound?
No one person does that.There are different people/artists who kind of represent various peoples perspectives on Sheffields “sound”.

Arctic Monkeys,Toddla T,Jarvis Cocker/Pulp,The Black Dog,Cabaret Voltaire,the Human league,Heaven 17, Hoods Underground could all be “The Sheffield Sound” to different pockets of people. I like to keep a really broad view on this though and with a firm ear on contemporary underground music in Sheffield there are many other mini movements going on that represent different clans of taste within this ever changing vibrant creative cauldron.

God knows where i fit into that picture.I think ultimately its virtually impossible to sum it up as its a question of demographics, and then how you define whats popular.

Where is the place to go to let your hair down?
wow.its all dependent on taste. really. if you mean where do you go to relax i’d say walking in the peak district on the edges of the city is the ultimate one.if you mean to loose yourself and forget reality in a separate dimension of sensory body music pleasure i’d say Hope Works…obviously.

What is the first club in the city you went to? Who did you see/what kind of night was it and who did you go with?
First club was probably something like The Palais (now a Sainsbury’s Local) .I went with my best friend (to this day) jamie who i was in a band with at the time.It was an industrial night run by a guy who became our friend who dj’ed there under the charming name of “Dr Death Tone”.

Where is the best place to go for a comforting meal the day after a heavy night out?
Silversmiths. My friend justin runs it. It didn’t do well at first, then he went on Gordon Ramseys kitchen nightmares and got ripped apart!But….credit to the man, he’s turned that business around into one of THE most successful restaraunts in Sheffield now.

Superb locally sourced food, served with love and a lot of style:)

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If we wanted a cultured day out where would you recommend us to go?
I’d wait until the international Documentary festival comes to town (which it does once a year and it’s a serious event in the calender) and go to some upfront/cutting edge documentary screenings then zip across to the winter gardens before checking out Millenium gallery to check out its renowned metalwork collection.

Then go to Magna science and industial heritage centre to witness the magnitude of a steel making facility and learn about what it was like for a steel worker in sheffield (if you’re good you could even get a special tour around Forgemasters steelworks which is currently still in operation).

In the evening grab a meal in Silversmiths or at Electric candleLight, and then go watch a contemporary dance show at the Lyceum or see a classical concert in The Crucible theatre before smashing the doors off in various pubs around the city and ending up in Hope Works dancing to Ben klock till 7am.

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And where would you send us to go and pick up some fresh disco garments for a Friday night?
SAKIS on Division Street is always a solid option,Syd n Mallory KNUF on Ecclesall Road, Balance on Devonshire Street , Cow on West street or A New Shop Sheffield on Division street and if you really want to splash out and get fully dapper Collard Manson on Division street too.

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Where do you spend most of your time in Sheffield?
in my studio or walking really quickly between meetings.

Is there anywhere we should avoid in Sheffield?
the inside of one of our prison cells if you can help it.Also avoid sneaking into the vast victorian storm drain system by the railway station after a heavy downpour…you’ll die….100%

Tell us about the place where you met your closest friend in Sheffield
I met my closest friend in Sheffield in Nottingham.I think that kind of kills that one there:)

Where/what is the most picturesque place in town?
To me..its sitting on the grass by the newly restored glasshouse in The Botanical gardens in summer.Its so nice to chill in this spot in summer.it always gets full of people when the suns out.We are so sun starved here that people get a barbeque going as soon as theres a 15 second break in the clouds!

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Where/what is the place you go in town that is your guilty pleasure?
my sort of guilty pleasure is lying in bed all day ordering pizza and watching films.I work a lot and don’t like to take time off…so for me, relaxing after a long a gruelling stint of all nighters is my guilty pleasure.

Is there a particular day that is your favourite day in the city? 
I love sundays.Love the energy of sundays…so i get that boon every 6 days (when i’m in sheffield). In the yearly calendar i think the International Documentary festival is a big deal for my inquisitive mind and Tramlines Festival in the summer for my party head.

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Is there any hidden gems in Sheffield you can tell us about?
Its all about the peak district.Taking the long walk upto the old roman road from Encliffe park through the woods is just wonderful.

Ecclesall woods are beautiful too, but getting onto somewhere like Stanage Edge and breathing in the brisk air and taking in the view is always so inspiring to me.It right sizes me.its like medicine for my soul.

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What are the local artists/nights/labels you think we should know about?
There are lots of really talented people here in Sheffield and some great designers, artisans and craftspeople.

On the music side check out Ross Ortons work with bands (He produced most of the new Arctic monkeys album as well as working with rising start Drenge ) Chris Duckenfield,Steve Edwards,Squarehead,The Dj Pipes, Winston Hazel, I Monster, Thtmanmonkz, Pedram, Danimal swainger, OffmeNut Records, Linnemann, Rhombohedral and many of the Soundsystem crews who put on good jams like Dedication Audio and >20Hz as well as parties like Kabal, Bunga Bunga, Ohm Sweet Ohm, STI, Roots, Banana Hill, Gold Teeth, Catch Connection, Ambush,Dusk Till Dawn, Thrillhouse, Lunar and many more doing their thing in the city and clubs like The Night Kitchen, Corporation, Plug, Fez Club, Tank, 02 Academy, Yellow Arch, The Leadmill  and the University itself putting on events to satisfy a buoyant market as far as music is concerned here.

Visual artists wise theres a huge list of which the iceberg tip might look like Pete Mckee,Phlegm,Kid AcneRocket 01 ,Mute,David Gee, Geo Law, Colour Art, Chard RemainsRichard bartle at Bloc Studios and Matt Jones. Also there are loads of great artists at Yorkshire artspace, persistence works

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Design wise, look for TDR, Human Studio, DEDass,Peter and Paul and the world renowned Universal Everything donning the high end multimedia project solutions category on a global scale.

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For some crafts we have Jessica Flynn jewellery and Lui. 

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Labels wise…WARP records was founded here and so we Sheffielders have a strong affinity with it.More recently however The Black Dog’s DUST Science , CPU records, OffmeNut Records , 5andseven, .Shabby Doll, Itchy Pig, R8 , and of course Seaghdha and

and now Hope Works.

Theres so much more…but i need to draw the line somewhere….

Catch Lo Sheas recent R.A mix here

Lo Shea’s ‘Deep Draw EP’ is out on Hope Works now, find out more here.
Hope Works 2nd Birthday with Jeff Mills is November 22nd, grab a ticket here.

 

By Eileen Pegg

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MEOKO winter internship 2014

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, MEOKO Presents, Music Through Pictures, News

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MEOKO is a forward thinking and creative lifestyle brand, with a primary focus on the global underground electronic music and events scenes; passionate about promotion and high quality event services.

MEOKO Ltd, the event and promo agency, offers event and physical/online promotional services to a strong network of London and the UK’s best promoters, artists, record labels, clubs/bars, PR agencies, artist agencies, management companies, festivals and charities. Beyond music, MEOKO opens up its interests to culture, art, fashion and food…

Some of our clients have included fabric, We Are FSTVL, Sonus Festival, Lovebox, SW4, Sunwaves14, Street Feast, Kerb Food, LWE, Egg, Fire, WYS, Spilt Milk, Oval Space, Found, DJ Mag, Firefly International, Camden Lock Brewery and Westminster City Council to name just a few. As well as promotion, MEOKO is passionate about top-quality journalism and regularly hosts reviews, interviews and features on its website written by some of London’s finest journalists.

We are currently looking for two hard-working, passionate individuals who have a strong knowledge of electronic music and are organised and reliable.

We are willing to take on board a Graphic Design Intern and an Editorial Intern.

Both positions represents a great opportunity for whoever is interested in pursuing a career in music or events industry.

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

OVERLOOK

You should share an interest in electronic music and promotion as well as holding either a PR/Journalism degree or a Design/Creative background. Any extra skill will be a bonus.

He or she must have excellent people skills, be creative, be able to communicate well as an individual or part of a team. This is a hands -on roll so please only apply if you feel you have what it takes to work as part of an extremely busy, sometimes stressful yet very exciting environment.

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

EDITORIAL INTERN – press & social media

 Main Duties will include but not be limited to:

  •          writing features and news pieces
  •          writing events and albums previews/reviews
  •          writing mix descriptions
  •          contributing to the daily running of the magazine
  •          managing and maintaining websites contents
  •          contacting Dj’s, producers and record labels (client liaisons)
  •          managing social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  •          managing MEOKO Soundcloud page
  •          copy editing texts
  •          contributing to MEOKO series (e.g. Music Through Pictures, Sound of the City, Not so Serious)
  •          organizing and writing interviews
  •          listing hottest London’s event by week
  •          admin duties

Requirements:

  •          applicants must be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience
  •          must be able to work efficiently in a fast pace environment
  •          being a great team player as well as being able to work on own initiative
  •          excellent English skills, both verbal and written
  •          must be computer literate (word, photoshop or gimp)
  •          good presentation skills, in writing and person
  •          must have enhanced multi-tasking skills, be able to work in fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment
  •          have an eye for details
  •          excellent organizational skills and the ability to cope with a demanding workload
  •          self-motivated, friendly and positive
  •          social media literate
  •          enhanced research skills
  •          be able to work on close deadlines

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN

Main Duties will include but not be limited to:

  •          creating banners and designs of different natures for MEOKO
  •          contributing to the daily running of the magazine
  •          managing and maintaining websites contents
  •          uploading contents on the website
  •          occasionally help with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  •          looking for interesting pictures/videos to publish on social media or to work with
  •          helping with MEOKO series (e.g. Music Through Pictures, Sound of the City, Not so Serious)
  •          admin duties

Requirements:

  •          applicants must be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience
  •          proficiency in Photoshop (or Gimp)
  •          being IT literate
  •          must be able to work efficiently in a fast pace environment
  •          being a great team player as well as being able to work on own initiative
  •          excellent English skills, both verbal and written
  •          good presentation skills, in writing and person
  •          must have enhanced multi-tasking skills, be able to work in fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment and respect deadlines
  •          have an eye for details
  •          excellent organizational skills and the ability to cope with a demanding workload
  •          self-motivated, friendly and positive
  •          social media literate

MEOKO is looking for creative individuals to come up with always new and interesting ideas. If you have a good idea, we are more then happy to have you realizing it!

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

Travel expenses will be covered.

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

Please write ‘MEOKO Winter Internship 2014 – editorial’ or ‘MEOKO Winter Internship 2014 – graphic design’ in the subject case.

ADE Review

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interview & Exclusive Mix, MEOKO Exclusive, MEOKO Presents, Music Through Pictures, Reviews

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Amsterdam Dance Event 

The annual Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is one of dance music’s meeting points in Europe and its 19th edition lived up to its reputation. ADE is so much more than another electronic music festival, it’s both a conference and a festival. ADE is also a melting pot of artists, managers, labels, journalists and all kinds of industry representatives, coming from the four corners of the world. It’s an opportunity to learn from the business’s A-list names, to network and to have fun. Unlike most festivals, which take place at a single venue, ADE turns the whole city of Amsterdam into a festival, as almost all of its clubs and bars are part of the festival programme.

The festival, which by the way is widely promoted by the Amsterdam municipality, attracted a total of 350,000 visitors this year. ADE’s conference programme was attended by 5,200 professionals, whereas the Playground’s attendance numbers hit 15,000. Over 2000 artists played at 400 events dotted around the cities 80 venues, during the five days of ADE.

 

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ADE Pro, comprising the professional part of the festival programme, was hosted at several locations throughout Amsterdam, with its epicentre at the monumental Felix Meritis building in downtown Amsterdam. The conference panels included Q&A sessions with DJs and producers, panels with important industry figures and discussions on a broad range of topics like events organisation, music management and music journalism.

 

The Conference

The best part of Thursday’s conference agenda was Seth Troxler’s speech. The eccentric DJ has never hidden his thoughts on the state of dance music. Recently, he has expressed his opinion in a thorough feature on Thump, emphasising the abundance of parties and festivals weighs on the quality side of the scene. He wrote that EDM has bred a generation of festival-goers who lack any understanding of club culture. Cool as always, Troxler set foot in the Felix Meritis building sporting a noir et blanc suit. You might have expected him to talk some more about the war between the underground and the mainstream. On the contrary, the Detroit-born and raised artist was very positive, emphasising the strength and the future of underground music. In Seth’s eyes, the underground is stronger than ever. It is some kids listening to music we have never heard of in their basement, forging dance music’s future without even knowing it. The US DJ didn’t miss the opportunity to talk about media’s responsibility when writing about music, because of its influence over young kids. As candid as he is, Troxler found the time to talk about equality. We’re different, but we’re all the same”, the DJ said. When asked about the polarised paradigm between the commercial and the underground, Troxler said that the two scenes could coexist, but that they are fundamentally different. He concluded that the underground has always been a means to differentiate yourself; it is more of a culture, than just a business.

 

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On Friday it was hard to decide which panel to attend such was the strength of the programme. The speakers ranged from Live Nation’s James Barton, to Trouw’s Olaf Boswijk and Monsieur Laurent Garnier himself. The most interesting panel, in my opinion, was the talk entitled “Brave New World of Dance Music Journalism”. The distinguished speakers included Mixmag’s editor in chief Nick DeCosemo, Reddit’s Rafael Weiss, XLR8R’s Shawn Reynaldo and Thump’s Zel McCarthy. The discussion looked to explore the troubles of print media, freedom of speech struggles and the quality of music writing. As print media has been declared if not dead, than at least not the most successful business model in any media nowadays, the media gurus talked about the importance of offering other things to your readers, such as web features, events, video, live streaming, exclusive downloads and podcasts. Still, artists want to see their interview in the print edition, because it’s a tangible thing, says Nick. The editors in chief agreed that electronic music media should report controversies, instead of provoking them, when referring to the so-called “Bathgate” – the enormous media attention to Nina Kraviz’s bubble bath interview for Resident Advisor. Another opinion the media heads all confirmed is that the quality of music writing has definitely declined, due to the fact that music journalism does not always pay the bills and most media hire interns to do real journalism work for free or for very limited cash. The music journalism experts also shared their experience in dealing with management frustration over critical editorial they had done for certain artists and concluded that this was part of the job.

 

The Festival

The clubbing experience at ADE kicked off on Thursday with DGTL presents: Life and Death – an event hosted at a warehouse club in the north part of Amsterdam dubbed Scheepsbouwloods. The line-up of this rave was amazing – Tale of Us, DJ Harvey and DJ Tennis. On the downside, Scheepsbouwloods is located in the northern part of the city, which makes it reachable only by car or by ferry. Nevertheless, the venue is so underground and industrial, it makes the entire experience even more enjoyable. Tale of Us were the main act on the line-up and they did not disappoint. On the contrary, they played just what you would expect to hear from them at such an event. Their trippy atmospheric techno was the perfect soundtrack to this obscure location. At the same time in the other room DJ Harvey was enchanting the ravers with his groovy disco set.

 

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Friday was the most interesting night in terms of events. At festivals such as ADE or Sonar, you have to make tough choices as to what to see and what to miss. Maceo Plex and Danny Daze’s gig at the marvellous Koncertgebouw concert was one of the best parties at the entire festival. It was not just about the killer line-up though. The eclectic location turned the entire event into an exciting amalgamation of classical music and techno, thus turning it into a completely different experience. What is more, the crowd were very cool underground people, no teens and definitely no EDM kids. The vibe was intoxicating, as the techno sounds mixed with the amazing interior of the hall. Can you imagine watching Maceo Plex play his sexy beats in the dark hall, right in front of a huge classical music organ? The view is indeed overwhelming. There was even a second room, where the music was more on the house side, thus allowing clubbers to take a breath of fresh air after having danced for hours to the raw techno in the main room.

Another interesting event on Friday’s agenda was Defected in the House’s party at club AIR, with the live performance of Hercules and Love Affair being the highlight of the evening. In addition to the infamous band, the line-up featured also the likes of Noir, Sonny Fodera and Oliver $. Hercules and Love Affair played their new album Feast of the Broken Heart, along with songs from their previous two LPs. Their performance was so blissful, as the angelic voice of Gustav mixed with the husky voice of Rouge Mary. In AIR’s small room, Sonny Fodera was playing fine house music that could make anybody dance. This was a great chance to hear high quality house music at a festival so dominated by techno.

 

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Seth Troxler’s Big Tittie Surprise party on Saturday at Roest was probably the best event all together, not only because of the smashing line-up, but also because of the wonderful work the organisers had done to the place. Right at the entrance there was a huge inflatable vagina. You could actually get inside the inflatable body part. Moreover, a guy wearing a dolphin mask and fake boobs was hanging out in front of it, luring festival-goers to take pictures with him. As tacky as it may sound there was a karaoke booth, playing mostly cheesy pop songs, from Britney Spears to Robbie Williams. Next to it, there was a sauna cabin and surprisingly, another party was going on inside. The walls in the main room were decorated with sex dolls and planet models were hanging out of the ceiling. The DJ booth was located between a pair of female legs -that were wide spread and gigantic. The party started with Jackmaster’s heart-stopping set, and that was one of the evening’s highlights. After Jackmaster, Seth Troxler himself stepped behind the decks sporting a blond wig and a crop top. Listening to his mixes is always a pleasure, as they are never alike. You never know what he will play and that is what makes it fun. After Troxler, the legend Kerri Chandler took over. It goes without saying that he delivered.

ADE is one of the very few festivals in Europe that offer a clubbing experience to festival-goers. That is a big plus because it turns ADE into a completely different experience. It’s a mixture of club and festival culture. Nevertheless, ADE is also a festival that offers both mainstream acts and underground avant-garde, but located at different venues. ADE is the perfect hybrid between the intimacy of a dark nightclub and the abundance of a big outdoor festival.

 

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By Mira Karadjova

 

 

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Music Through Pictures with Georgio Oniani

By Hot Off The Press, MEOKO Presents, Music Through Pictures

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Georgio Oniani these days is synonymous with DAMAGED, a super cool East London underground party of which he founded with fellow DJ friend, Matteo Manzini. Along with playing as a resident for DAMAGED, you can spot his afro locks bouncing to his sophisticated & stylish sets at other similar events such as Keep On Going, OM and Half Baked. An aspiring artist as well, this creative all rounder inspired us at Meoko to ask him to be featured in our Music Through Pictures series, where we ask artists questions via images and they reply with their thoughts and tracks. Check out Georgio’s impressive artistic knowledge and diverse musical taste as he writes poetry and shares tracks from Ricardo Villalobos to Marilyn Monroe

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A clouded mind, reflecting in isolation, but you are never really alone. It might be dark for now but the sun will rise again.

 

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“Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.” – Marilyn Monroe

Autumn is simply charming, it’s the time when nature decays, while creativity rises. It’s also the ideal time to say bye bye to some things and open the doors of fresh perception.

 

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The Eiffel tower (not the one in Las Vegas) is a cultural icon of France. It was built by Gustave Eiffel, who initially compared it to the Egyptian Pyramids. The tower was highly criticised by French intelligentsia, especially by the architect Charles Garnier, who addressed it as a “hateful column of bolted sheet metal”. Ironically, a century later another Garnier juxtaposed the word “ACID” next to it, whilst irrevocably shifting the course of French electronic music.

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Some people find those who live in their own little bubble are out of touch with “reality”. One could say that Dali lived in his own bubble, but I think we have all benefited from that. Don’t you?

Basically what i am trying to say is that there is nothing wrong with a talking white rabbit with a giant clock… 

 

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I always respected skateboarding as it demands commitment, style, creation and attitude. It also means taking risks and getting hurt. It is practiced by anti-establishment nonconformists, rebel stoners and free-thinking street smarts, who largely reject rules and love a good chill. I can’t skate btw…. but its ethos has always been embedded within me.  

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In 1983 John Cage began a composition named Ryoanji (Peaceful Dragon) a highly conceptual piece with complex methodology. It was inspired by 15th Century minimalist art of  the Zen garden in Kyoto. The garden is a collection of 15 rocks, placed in a landscape in seemingly random clusters.

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Apparently white peacocks are not necessarily considered to be true albinos, but who cares?

This image almost identically reminds me of a dream I once had where I saw a peacock, which was so utterly beautiful but it was blocking my view to something even more stunning…it was some sort of magical dream house. I tried my hardest to get to it, but the charming peacock kept getting in my way. It is important to look beyond the peacock sometimes…

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If you ever get trapped in a special place with the wrong person, the best thing you can do is to pick up your ipod or whatever (If you were clever enough to bring it)  and listen to something that can take you away and relocate you sonically.

 

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I have always found nature so musical, both visually and audibly, because of its complexity, as well as minimalism, structural and dynamic tendencie and depth. Its infinite world of sounds can make a composition almost from any standpoint that one listens from. Symbiosis of chaos and harmony coexist together, allowing organic interaction for the similar as well as the opposite forces.

 

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Repetition is something we encounter on a daily basis, like seeing a moon each night for example but things are never exactly the same, are they? There are always micro changes that occur – repetition has its own flux.

For me, Moondog’s rhythms resemble this idea of the repetition in flux. His music was characterised by what he called “snaketime”, describing it as a “a slithery rhythm, in times that are not ordinary … ” Moondog categorically refused to die in 4/4 time.

 

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If you wait patiently, a new wave always come to the shore. The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock defines the term ‘New Wave’ as virtually meaningless, I guess because differences between the original idea of the new wave and other music genres are vastly blurred these days. Nevertheless, every now and then a modern wave always brings some special presents to us.

 

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The subconscious is an invisible space that we can enter through our dreams, thus its visual representation is often quite surreal. Sound is also an invisible phenomena of a transient nature, which can appear no less surreal for our imaginations.

 

Catch Georgio play next for much anticipated Half Baked party as they celebrate their 5 year anniversary, or for his next DAMAGED event. 

 

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Music Through Pictures with Death on the Balcony

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Music Through Pictures

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The UK double Mark Caramelli and Paul Hargreaves have fused a range of their musical styles and influences together into their Death on the Balcony alias which has seen the duo delve through disco orientated techno and all things deep with an eclectic fall back selection suited for any party atmosphere. In a time where genres combine and cross seamlessly their approach has seen great success of recent and they continue to cause a stir. We joined the Balcony based twosome for a Music Through Pictures session for an insight on their image to music based creativity. How the pictures make them feel and the type of sound they see best fit. Some unrelated pictures accompanied with some tracks. Enjoy.

 

 

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“And they really do care. Lokee is always a proper party.. A family of party people who are there to dance hard and lose it. It is always a pleasure to play the party. The last time we were here we closed a rave under a bridge somewhere in hackney and the only way to access it was via a boat. This just shows their level of commitment to finding those special spaces! 

 

 

 

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This is a spooky picture, with the ghostly spectre in the forefront seems suitable we connect this equally haunting track from Japan we edited and gave away for free. 

 

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A religious construct, complete with a nice balcony we see 😉 if we don’t burn up on entry we would be heading straight for the confessions booth! 

 

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“This reminds us of our amazing time in Bogota, Colombia. We went straight of the plane with no sleep to an interview on Colombian Radio followed by the best crepe’s we ever ate! The gig for our friend, Miguel lega was one to remember but perhaps the most memorable is the trip into the favela’s for the afterparty featuring a woman who appeared to have a wooden leg and various other interesting characters. One we will definitely not forget! 

 

 

 

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This picture conjures up images of the festival season we just left behind and also looking out of the window now we are into autumn/winter and the change in the seasons!

 

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Them 3 Words! “I Love You!”  

 

 

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Ahoy there! This track sounds good on a boat! We played a set for Drop the mustard purely of our own material at Hideout festival… this one got a great reaction… ( FYI , track also works on land too 😉 ) 

 

 

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PIC 8

 

This one’s easy, “Country Roads”, one of our first release’s on a Japanese label. Even though one of our first records, we still think it’s relevant and playable today.

 

 

 

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PIC 9

 

Is this an explosion? While Speaking on the Subject of explosions we have been told this track is a “bomb” by a few people! 😉

 

 

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PIC 10

 

We wish we knew what to say for this one !! 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQHFgI_ZLl8

 

 

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