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ALFIE Chats to MEOKO

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Teenaged producer Alfie has just released his latest EP Uncomfortably Numb on Brighton based record label Blah Blah Blah and is set to play London’s latest inner-city dance music festival, Eastern Electrics, later this summer. With records previously released on Tighten Up, the label founded by his brother, the noted producer A1 Bassline, and graced the hallowed booths of Fabric at the tender age of 16; it’s fair to say that the young artist has already accomplished a great deal more than most, before he’s even reached the legal drinking age.  It’s difficult not to let his young years be the first thing to catch your attention, but the more you discover about him, the more that feels like a disservice. Polite, intelligent, incredibly grounded, with a penchant for making house music that you want to listen to again and again… you can’t help but be charmed by Alfie.

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Hi Alfie, how are you?

I’m good, thanks, cheers for having me.

Most 17 years are doing A Levels and/or annoying people on the bus by playing tinny music on the smartphones. You’re already off achieving things many can only dream of! What do you attribute your success to?

Hard work, dedication to music, not just making music, but also studying music, listening to all kinds of music and not trying to be too single minded about music. Listening to good advice and trying to be a nice person, which is the best advice I ever had; why be a horrible person when it’s just as easy to be nice?

How old were you when you first started making music?

I’ve been around music all of my life through my family, but personally, I started becoming really interested in making it at about 15, I had my first release at 16 on Tighten Up records.

Who are you biggest musical influences?

My brother (A1 Bassline) has been a massive influence on me and in being instrumental in me making dance music. Outside of that, I have a great love for various genres, jazz, r’n’b, old and new hip hop, ska and a lot of different genres of dance; particularly garage, techno and house.  I’ve grown up on a lot of Garage, especially Dem2, / US Alliance (Dean Boylan), as my Dad was his manager and I’ve spent a lot of time around him, he gave me the sampler he used for Destiny (E-Bay…. only joking).

Congratulations on playing Fabric at the tender age of 16. What are your plans to be so groundbreaking at 18 and 21?

Captaining England’s football team, then being Heavyweight Champion Of The World… sorry couldn’t resist that. Honestly, it may sound cliché, but I just want to be doing this for a living, forever. I love music, I live for it, and I can’t stand it when some people don’t appreciate what they have and take it for granted.

What’s it like playing at most world-revered clubs before your peers can even contemplate going there?

Obviously it’s an honour to be playing some of the places I have.  I’m also extremely excited to be playing Eastern Electrics Festival as last time I was at the O2 it was as the main support to The Fall, which I still have to pinch myself about.

Do your friends ever get envious of the lifestyle?

I wouldn’t say so. I still go for a kick about with my mates over the park and go to local parties with all of my mates who I went to school with, plus I still play football of a weekend and have some good friends in my team. That’s my lifestyle really, music and football.

How did you come to be on Blah Blah Blah Records?

Me and my manager (also my old man) had been approached by a few labels, but they came across as the ideal label, the right ideas etc. They are a label going places.

Do you consider Tighten Up to be your home label, one you’ll always release on?

Well that’s a tough question, I don’t think so, it’s a very open label and there is no contract, no terms apart from the cut. If anything comes along, then there is no pressure; I’m a totally free agent. I have a few labels knocking at the door and we are definitely doing another release with Blah Blah Blah in the New Year.

Your hometown of Oxted has produced a number of musical luminaries- your brother A1 Bassline, Joy Orbison… Louise from Eternal… how does it feel to follow in their footsteps?

That Louise better be looking over her shoulder… 😉 You left out a couple, especially FOLD, he’s doing some great stuff at the moment, also with his other act Homepark.  Again it’s an honour to be following in their footsteps, especially Christian (A1 Bassline), he’s my hero. I was gutted when he left home just over a year ago, I hardly get to see him these days, when I do we always spend a bit of time playing tracks to each other, but mainly we just get lost in the TV playing Call Of Duty and Fifa.

You previously did a guestmix for Rinse FM, could you ever see yourself going into radio as well, further down the line?

That’s a way off, but if it were offered I’d love to. Rinse or NTS would be a dream; I’d do one of them in a flash. I’m actually doing a guest slot on NTS on the 26th July on the Deep Shit show with Adam Parylak, Edwin (Foals) and Jack (Friendly Fires),which again, I can’t thank them enough for their support.  After that, I’m straight over to Dingwalls to see K-lashnekoff , another underrated genius.

Your new EP Uncomfortably Numb has had support from Catz N Dogz, Sei A and even from XLR8R. Are you surprised by the great reaction or is it all part of the master plan?

I’d like to also mention the support I’ve had from Claude Von Stroke, Justin Martin, Four Tet, Addison Groove, Oneman, even Skream and Groove Armada.  There is no master plan as such. There is some sort of plan and yes the reaction I’ve had so far has been unbelievable, all of my current day favourite artists bigging up my music is beyond what I expected. It seems to be hard to know when you have made a good tune, I don’t think anyone is really entirely happy with what they have made. I watched a documentary on Roy Orbison and someone asked him what his best tune was and he said “I haven’t made it yet”. He was a genius and a very sad loss.

What DJs and producers are really inspiring you at the moment?

Most of the above plus the likes of Skudge, Levon Vincent, Kyle Hall (who I had the pleasure of meeting the other day), Omar S, Basic Soul Unit, Shed, Mike Huckaby, Boddika, KiNK, Kerri Chandler, Groove Chronicles, Juan Atkins and Boo Williams.

What can people expect from your set at Eastern Electrics festival next month?

A lot of my own tracks, a few new bits and I’ll see what the reaction is from the crowd and go from there really.

Everyone has embarrassing music tastes lurking in depths of their youth but you’ve been making awesome music instead. Can you please tell us what the most embarrassing record you ever bought was and make the rest of feel a little bit less jealous of your musical prodigy?

I’ve been so lucky, and luck is a big part of anyone having any sort of success, but I’ve never had to buy much music as there has been so much of it around me. There are so many records and CDs in my house in virtually every room and more in the attic, I’ve still got so much more to get through, but my biggest guilty pleasure is probably a bit of Pink Floyd. The first record I bought was Miles Davis a rare 10inch in the Esquire series called Blows.

What’s the best bit of advice that’s been given to you about the music industry?

As I said earlier, work hard and try to be a nice person. Everyone loves a grafter.

Alfie’s new EP Uncomfortably Numb is out now on Blah Blah Blah Records.

Alfie on Soundcloud  

 

Dilo chats to MEOKO + Exclusive Mix

By Chats to MEOKO, Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interview & Exclusive Mix, Interviews, MEOKO Exclusive

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Leaving behind his birthplace Buenos Aires to firmly establish himself in Berlin, mecca of electronic music and THE place to make it not break it in 2012, Argentinean live musician and producer Dilo is known for his exquisite audio. His productions that sound like crystalline experimental techno and house are, quite simply put, some of the most marvelous releases around, and as part of the smooth-sounding dream-cream pop band Monotax, he’s done an incredible job to get electronic music lovers into live band formats again. Regularly surfacing on various labels — may it be on his own imprint, Igloo Records, which has released material from the likes of Pinkler Ismael, From Karaoke To Stardom and himself, manifesting himself as the abstract yet fluffy Elephant Pixel –, he’s published music on Hope Central, Soma, Telegraph, Einmaleins, Trapez, LessIzMore, Esperanza, Adjunct, Minus, We Are, Dumb Unit, Clink, Unfoundsound, Leftroom, Romanphoto, amongst others. And it does not stop there. Teaming up with Los Angeles’s oddball [a]pendics.shuffle, their goofy identity Cascabel Gentz is ruff-shuffling the floors once more. 

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In 2009, Dilo released his first album called “Waheira” on his own label Igloo-Rec. Its title song pushed all the way into Beatport’s Top 10 and hit the De-Bug Magazine chart at number 2. This massive debut was followed up by a double release with remixes by Mark Henning, Agaric, Kate Simko, Someone Else, From Karaoke To Stardom, Elon, and many more. Now, three years down the road, he is about to give birth to his second longplayer, “Ethereal”, a true love child born in the hazy gap in between the floor and outer space. For those in the know, it is clear that his move to Berlin has played an important role in Dilo adjusting his outlook on music, life, and the industry in particular, working even harder to make himself heard. Recently playing at Barcelona’s edition of the ultra-established minimalist Mutek festival, he is now regularly accompanying his live acts with his own vocals, which he also lent to Fritz & Lang. Playing an important role in his current productions, his gentle voice is giving his often clinical and microscopic sound an earthen tone and feel, whilst paying tribute to his everlasting love to the Beatles and their colossal harmonics. 

 His Latin American roots gently shimmer through the cool and often grey Berlin summer vibes, making his MEOKO podcast offering the perfect soundtrack for this summer as well as offering a taste of what it means to be Dilo these days.

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Hey Dilo, great to catch up with you again… tell me about the mix first..

I wanted to express my momentary situation, music-wise….what I’ve been listening and playing lately and which things are influencing me. I also wanted to express what it’s like to live the Berlin summer with its random weather and constant rains.

Where and what are you playing recently, what is being something you consciously dig?

Recently, I’ve been playing a lot in Berlin and Hamburg, as well as the Mutek Festival in Barcelona, in Switzerland, at the Black in Odessa (Ukraine) and I’m excited about what’s next: My Igloo Night at Chalet, the new club by the former Bar25 crew, Azora Festival in Hungary, and then my USA tour in September and South America in November.

How on earth was Mutek? Did you play as Elephant Pixel or Dilo?

I played as Dilo and did vocals live. I played tracks by Dilo, Monotax and Cascabel Gentz, my project with [a]pendics.shuffle. 

It’s been a very good year for you, no?

So far so good…though you cant really relax. It’s work you do pretty much every day and you have to keep it up.

How does this challenge feel for you? Is this what you yearned for when you left Argentina for good?

I try not to think too much about the “challenge” itself. It’s true tho that moving here permanently was a clear challenge in the fact that now I have to play for the whole year and not just for four or five months. I’m glad that so far it’s going well! Truth is that bookings have been going well for the last eight years so I could have moved here before, I just didn’t want to do it. Now I’m sure about it.

So now, playing live has become a mayor focus?

No, I still work hard on the label and on making music. I’ve been working for nearly three years on my new album, “Ethereal”. I also have been doing lots of collaborations with friends in Berlin. I did stuff with my old friend and collaborator Nicolas Stofenmacher and his new project Fritz & Lang, as well as new songs with [a]pendics.shuffle, Justin Nabbs, Pipo Vitch, Shadi Megallaa, just to mention a few. I don’t know when it will come out as I don’t have a label bugging me about this, it will be done when it’s done and it will be on my label Igloo. It will be a double album delivery. Let’s say it’s double but it will be released in two parts. I love my label Igloo and it’s the label that most sounds like me so at the end it’s natural to be released on my own imprint. If this release will generate interest of other labels, that’s welcome too.

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So… how does ethereal feel?

It feels like a lot of work. And it feels like tripping sometimes. In any case… better you tell me how it sounds! On each part of the album are around ten tracks which will be showing all my different faces, but everything will be signed as “Dilo”. So you get to hear Monotax, Elephant Pixel, Cascabel Gentz all together somehow.

How will they finally find together, what will be their faces? Will they all become one?

Basically expect dance floor tracks but not just that, let’s make it a double bet by adding some “songs” and electronic elements like IDM and ambient to it. A bit like how started off with my first album “Waheira”. The artwork was done by a wonderful artist i discovered when i was playing in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His name is Antonio Failache.

Do you like owls?

I love nature and animals, I seem to have something with birds. Owls, penguins, albatrosses.

Last question of this interview before we’re off into the mix. Who is the night owl talking like a journalist in a taxi… at the beginning?

That’s a piece of an interview executed many years ago by a radio station from Munich – recorded at Aula Magna, Seph’s and Pablo Denegri’s studio in Buenos Aires.

Dilo on Facebook

Words by Katrin Richter

Mr.C talks to MEOKO

By Chats to MEOKO, Hot Off The Press, Interviews, MEOKO Presents

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As frontman of The Shamen back in the early 1990’s, Mr. C rose to prominence with the success of tracks such as ‘Ebeenezer Goode’ and ‘Move Any Mountain’. In recent years he is most well known for his part ownership of The End, one of London’s best ever venues, his own night Superfreq which he continues to tour around the globe, his label under the same Superfreq guise which relaunches this year, and of course his legendary DJ sets which incorporate all that is good in electronic music.

From milkman, to MC, to one of the world’s most respected DJ figures – Mr. C chats with MEOKO about some of his secrets to success and the importance of meditation, confidence and a positive mental attitude…

Everyone has a different story of how they got involved in electronic music. Yours is better documented than most with your background in MC’ing and the Shamen. Can you tell us about your very first ‘clubbing’ experience?

I started clubbing at only 13 years of age, first going to the disco pubs in Hackney Road & Shoreditch & then to the Lyceum Ballroom in the Strand & Busby’s in Tottenham Court Road. I then hit all the CB radio clubs which were awesome in the early 80’s & by the time I was 16 I was going to the Titanic in Mayfair & Xenon’s in Piccadilly. It was at 16 that I started to MC in the clubs.

At what point did you decide that this is what you wanted to do?

I knew I wanted to be involved in music & nightlife from about 15 years of age which was why I started writing rap lyrics.

Which point did your parents accept that this is what you wanted to do?

I’m from a single parent family & my mum was always happy with my choice until I hit 21 & gave up my last regular job to be involved in DJing full time at which point my mum went nuts. We had a big row & she told me “We can’t fucking eat vinyl”. 6 months later she ate her words when I was bringing in a comparable wage to my last real job, which was a milkman.

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You left school very early with no qualifications but have gone on to become very successful…what would your words of wisdom be to a young nipper asking for some worldly advice…keep your head in the books and you’ll go far, or work hard but party harder?

I think that if you have a chance to go to college then you should go, but there are many poor families that can’t afford to send their kids to college. To these kids I’d say believe in yourself & your art or chosen profession.

As my lyrics said in “Move Any Mountain”: Put your mind on what you want & you will go higher, put detailed thought into every desire, believe in yourself, you’ll know what you’ll find, there is no can’t in a trouble free mind…

If you work hard for what you want, have vision & visualize in absolute detail, feeling the joy of achievement as though it’s already achieved & work extremely hard to achieve your dreams, then they will indeed come true. The reason I’ve done so well is because of my complete belief in myself. Also, I thoroughly recommend learning meditation as this connects you to the world of the ideas & also makes your belief in yourself more powerful.

It’s been 4 years since ‘The End’ very sadly shut down. Do you miss it and do you ever see yourself opening another venue again?

No I don’t miss The End. I do look back with the fondest of memories as it was the best club in the world & through the sale of the club, I was able to really help out my very poor family financially which alone made it worth closing. As of yet I have no desire to open another venue, I’m very content doing my Superfreq events the world over so no more owning clubs & tying myself down just yet, but never say never.

You moved to LA after the end of ‘The End’. How does your lifestyle differ there to the one you had in London? Would you say it offers you a better quality of life?

The quality of life is way better, just think about the incessant rain that London has had for the last 8 weeks. London is like New York in that’s it very fast. Here in LA things are so much more relaxed, the people a very friendly & the lifestyle is so much healthier. Also I bought an amazing house here in LA which for the same money would’ve got me a crappy 3 bed semi with tiny rooms in a crap area, so on the whole I’d say the quality of life here is way better than in London & because of that I have no desire to move back any time soon.

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Did you know there’s a hotel in LA called Mr. C? This extract was taken direct from their website: “Mr. C Beverly Hills represents a modern version of old-world simplicity, stylish European glamour, providing today’s traveler with a comfortable, elegant and effortless experience…” Sounds like they’ve named it after you??

I did know that there’s a hotel with that name. Maybe I should go along & ask them if I can design one of the rooms.

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2012. The Olympics or the end of the world as we know it?

Well of course, even with all of the people slagging off the Olympics, it will still be a wonderful sporting event that pulls together all of the people of the world & that’s why it’s so important & great that London is hosting it.

As for the 21st of December 2012 doomsday prediction is all nonsense but the shift in consciousness is very real indeed. The Mayans didn’t include leap years so that date would actually be August last year & everyone can see from the use of social networking that the consciousness shift has well & truly happened with so many people talking about things like meditation, positive thinking & being the change that we seek. Also people are being very active in changing world politricks & such like so we’re living in very exciting times indeed.

We loved your track ‘Dark Moon’ on Wagon Repair. Have you got any upcoming releases scheduled?

I have lots of upcoming releases. I’ve just had part 2 of my new EP with [a]pendics.shuffle called Something Strange on Adjunct Audio released on vinyl 1 week ago & the original was out in April. I also have my remix of Money Dish by David Scuba & Mikael Stravöstrand on Riff Raff coming out next month & the month after that I have my remix of Obel by Fractious being released on NB records from Austria. I’m also re-launching Superfreq Records in the Autumn with the first of those releases being a new Mr.C EP & I also have a new project with Affie Yusuf as Indigo Kidz & my Sycophant Slags project with Adultnapper also coming out on Superfreq. I’ve really stepped up my studio activity over the last year or more so expect to see a constant flow on new music as Mr.C, Indigo Kidz & Sycophant Slags from here on in.

You’re a firm supporter of meditation, like you are electronic music. Which do you think has benefitted you the most?

Without meditation & positive thinking, which I’ve been doing since I was 17 years old, I would not be doing so well in my music career.

DJ Polls always bring up a lot of entertaining debate online. If you HAD to choose one, who would top your list as best DJ?

I think all DJ polls are bullshit & detrimental to the music industry as a whole. I have many DJs that I love to listen to which differs depending on my mood & what I want to hear. If I had to pick one DJ though, it would be myself. I used to be conceited, but now I’m absolutely perfect. 😉

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Many people might not be aware that you are selling your entire 14,000 strong vinyl collection on Discogs. How’s that going? That is quite a task!

It’s going great actually. I have friends doing it for me & splitting the cash with them & it’s such a buzz to know now that all of that amazing specialist dance music is no longer sitting in a locked garage gathering duct but being enjoyed by people that have been searching for those tunes. There are about 3500 up now & about the same amount yet to go up.

To check the collection out go to: https://www.discogs.com/sell/list?seller=Mr.C.Collection

What would you say if you received a phone call from Paris Hilton asking you for some DJ lessons?

If she paid me handsomely I’d teach her to be one bad arse DJ.

Now then, imagine this scenario… an alien lands and asks you to follow him. He takes you to one of his alien after hours, where you feel quite at home, and he tells you… ‘When I send you back to earth you will have the power to change one thing’ … what will it be?

It would be that every man, woman & child above the age of 10 years old would meditate for 20 minutes twice each day. With that would come a complete Human consciousness shift & world peace.

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Words by Nick Maleedy 

Basti Grub Jungle House Mantra Style

By Chats to MEOKO, Hot Off The Press, Interviews, MEOKO Exclusive

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MEOKO chats to Basti Grub of Desolat fame about his new album “Primavera” released on his own imprint Hoehenregler this month. Basti Grub loves to dabble with out-of-boundary sounds, styles and rhythms, rare track titles and surprising combinations, making the exotic sound domestic and the domestic cool. His forthright, joyful attempts to take the seriousness out of the contemporary music scene doesn’t stop him from sounding seriously solid, creating multifaceted tracks that do not seek to be fashionable but rather reflect deep playfulness and sincere personal pursuit of expression in a contemporary manner. Celebrating the exuberance of sound from different parts of the planet, he combines what catches his ear – the freaky afterhour conversation about pizza in one of his tracks being a full-grown example and weaves everything into a quirky yet calming stream of perception. The full-grown musician is led by passion and personal taste: Swing, reggae and an aching desire to be able to speak and understand Spanish are some of the keys to decipher Basti´s music.The producer found recognition for his releases on his own imprint Höhenregler as well as hot beds like Desolat, Cocoon, Movida, Suara Records, Compost, International Freakshow, Style Rockets, Dame Music, as well as upheaving the scene with his first album “Dschungelorchester”. With “Primavera”, Basti Grub stirs up the outdoor/ afternoon club fauna in love with eclecticism and novelty sound once more. MEOKO chatted to this talented artist from the Frankfurt country side in various late night sessions via Skype.

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Hola buenas noches. Hope you are great and happy to receive the feedback from our MEOKO music department saying they really love your mix?

Heeey hallo, glad you like it! Really! I also really enjoyed making it. I do and did not have any other objective making it than enjoying the music, and I hope it´s as enjoyable for other. It´s always the same with me, if I like it, I play it, without giving it a thought. 

This is also your “doctrine” when making music… you are very intuitive. So what are the feelings that drive you through music?

Yes I am, it just spills out of me, it´s like a fountain, all kinds of feelings, it depends which music it is I am listening to, making or playing. I am inspired by all kinds of African music, bongos, and Jazz, I also play the piano and other instruments, so I am really open towards any kind of artistic expression.

Which set-up do you use?

For the mix, I simply used Ableton. In my Studio, I mainly work with Logic and Ableton, but of course I also have different synths, drumcomputers, modulars, and instruments. When I play live, I use a drumcomputer (electron) and a controller (apc40) as well as a keyboard and my mac. And when I play in open airs, I have a friend accompanying me, playing live violin.

Did you use many of your own tracks in the mix?

I hardly use my material when I make podcasts that are posted online, which is down to the fact that many of my tracks will never be released. I make songs that are only for my use. But people nowadays do not have problems with taking parts of other peoples productions to play them themselves, no matter how low the quality. And I sincerely believe that a live set should be exclusive so people get to listen to something completely new every time they come out and listen. If I only play what I release, it makes more sense to book a DJ who plays my stuff.

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Are you a harsh self critic?

Yes. I am into self-scrutinizing and tend to criticise my music very harshly. In my opinion, all artists should be doing this, as this would be lowering the amount of below-standard music output washing the shores of Beatport. It´s very depressing to hear the charts and want to believe that that´s what the people want. I know people pay to be charted. I, at some stage, was willing to do everything for fame, so I called them up saying I had an Christmas present in an envelope ready to be posted to them if they would be willing to consider my output. No, just joking. I didn´t. But, it´s quite painful and deglorifying for an upcoming, rather unknown artist to see how the mechanism works and pay your way into publicity via advertising etc. It takes the magic out of music and makes this business seem scumful. Nevertheless, I am really pushing my album right now because I really want to know what people think about it. I really want to know what it takes.

Did you rework your tracks a lot, and how long did it take to make your album Altogether,? 

it was a very long process. Not making the tracks themselves, but the process of filtering out what I wanted to be included in this longplayer. It´s been three years since I released my first album, and since then I have been making a total of four or five complete albums. Nevertheless, they did not appeal to me in the order they were created so I ripped them apart and rebundled what I had. And I made a few new tracks specially to make it feel complete. In total there are nine tracks as there did not fit any more on a CD, but I will also release a tenth track as a digital bonus.

You worked with Andres Zarzuela and Daria once more who add to th especial vibe of the album with their songs and voices… how did this come about and what does their support mean to you?

For me it´s so important. Andres is a super friend of mine and we work together for quite some time now. I really think he has a beautiful voice and I really enjoy it making music with him, even if it does not result in a track. With Daria I have another project going which has nothing to do with the club environment, we so enjoy working together. Same goes to quite a few artists, I sincerely enjoy working and cooperating and I end up learning and giving so much, I do not want to have it any other way.

The album is released on your own imprint, Hoehenregler. What´s happening on this label, what can we expect in the near future?

There will be quite a few really interesting releases, right now my album, then some EPs by Felipe Venegas, Larry Peters and myself. Then I am planning to do a remix album, most remixes are already finished, they come from Butch, Martin Buttrich, Felipe Venegas, Tube&Berger and a few other surprise guests. I am also planning to do a remix contest! Keep your eyes peeled.

 

Thanks you and big thanks again for the great MEOKO podcast.

Basti Grub on Facebook

Basti Grub website 

Words by Katrin Richter  

This is no teddy bears picnic – Gottwood Festival Review

By Chats to MEOKO, Festival, Hot Off The Press, Music Through Pictures, Reviews

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If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise…bounding down into a small valley surrounded by a tall and beautiful forest, you notice the welsh puddles vibrating, the bass reverberating between the trees and a kaleidoscope of colours glowing in the depth of the woods. Twangs of every genre of electronic music begin to reach your ear drums, teasing you into the darkness of the forest, becoming clearer and clearer and evolving into luscious beats as strange figures emerge from the twilight, stumbling, laughing, and dancing into the night. 

This is no teddy bears picnic.  This is Gottwood 2012, and it’s seriously good.

As we trudged to set up our tent in the absolutely tiny campsite in the rain and mud on Friday afternoon (the festival began Thursday evening), I wondered how many spirits had been dampened by the rumours of flying tents and floods the night before, wondering if it had been such a good idea to drive for hours to get here…but my fears were unfounded.  After wondering about 20 steps from tent to forest it was quickly apparent that everyone was on a complete Friday high despite the inches of mud, all wooping and prancing beneath the tall trees. In the marquee named Summer Of the Wood, we caught rising stars The Other Tribe a six-piece group from Bristol (sound producing city of the year?) who combine British indie sounds and infectious electronic beats to produce dance-inducing vocal tracks including their summer anthem ‘Skirts’. 

Delving deeper into the forest we found the Boxford Caravan stage at the heart of the festival, in a grassy courtyard surrounded by stables and some random sofas, swings and haybales, was a caravan converted into a DJ booth, where we experienced one of the best sets of the festival; Max Cooper.  Really starting the night off (and for some climaxing it), Max is a man infamous for his intelligent techno .  Yet with heavy influences from all areas he produced a genre-smashing live set, killer remixes interweaved with beautifully melancholic originals, and he completely entranced the large crowd gathered beneath the caravan, in fact throughout the festival I heard punters continue to sing the praises of the set. Playing tracks from his new EP ‘Mechanical Concussion’ which were pounding and heavy; perfect for the growing crowd, his astutely altered and steadily building festival sets are guaranteed to get the crowd sweating, and this was no exception.

We staggered off having danced perhaps a little too excitedly for the first big set of the weekend to find Tiger and Woods hiding somewhere in the woods, and where we found them proved to be the most magical stage of the festival. Under a stone archway we walked through a small passage into a walled garden, which led to awe-inspiring RFID visual dome.  Not too big, very hot, and very magical, as soon as we entered we found people lying on the ground staring up at the starry night projected.  This was constantly changing to stunning visuals and colours that proved a completely surreal environment, perfect for Gottwood.  The set, like their brilliant ‘Through The Green’ album, was full of their classic disco vibes , combined with bass line tracks like ‘Just An Illusion’ and the encore of fun and dreamily sampled ‘Gin Nation’, perfect for the intimate space that the duo devoured.

The Dome

Dome

Back to the marquee in the woods and It was soon time for what became my absolute favourite set of the festival…Huxley.  This man is at the forefront of the British electronic scene, combining his perfected house with home-grown garage, which has evolved into some kind of beautiful hybrid genre that is huge in the charts and clubs right now, and from his performance at Gottwood its clear to see why.  His music and remixes are infectious and incredibly danceable with a great track selection for the festival.  Highlights included his popular bass driven house tracks ‘Box Clever’ and the deeper and smoother ‘Let it Go’ which has been a favourite of 2012 so far.  He also dropped Bashmore’s ‘Au Seve’, perhaps the festival anthem of this year, which causes a raucous in the crowd, but not as much as his frequent samples of old school garage and early rave.  Mixing Liberty City’s ‘If you Really Love Somebody’ with ‘Rhythm of the Night’, the atmosphere soared sky high and culminated in a hyper young girl performing the splits on the DJ booth….make of this what you will, but it’s safe to claim that every single person in that tent was having the time of their life – Huxley included. This is the effect of a fantastic DJ, and in fact something that Gottwood seems to bring in general– it brings out the best in both artist and crowd to create an amazing electrified feeling.

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Huxley

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Huxley

Late Saturday morning I woke to the shouts of the man with a megaphone pleading for rizzlers and other sodden necessities, which was quickly answered with friendly help.  So far, Gottwood’s crowds must be the friendliest I have known, perhaps it’s a combination of it being such a small festival with quite a hippy vibe, or perhaps it’s the freshness of the line up and diverse entertainment and setting – what ever it was, it worked.  New friends were continuously made, people stopped for chats with one another, everyone seemed happy to help those is need whether it be a spare rizzler, sharing warm cider or carrying an extremely messy person back to their tent.  I should also mention the fact that (for once!) security were absolutely lovely as were bar and festival staff.

We decided to explore our surroundings Saturday afternoon, and semi drunk frolicking in the forest ensued. Everywhere you looked there were random little tipis and huts, artwork, a tree house, make-shift tyre wings, a shisha bar, bunting and ribbons hanging from branches, bails of hail to fall into, and even a forest style sitting room complete with hammocks, 70’s style armchairs, and glowing lampshades strapped to the trees overhead.  Music started at 12.30 and we were more than happy to explore whilst listening to the sounds of rising stars and those already cemented in british electronic music, the crowds had already began to gather and dance already creating a buzzing atmosphere even within the rain, mud and hangovers of the night before.  People had gone to serious effort to create a unique and fun environment that fitted with the Summer of Love theme, but it was night time where the forest really shone.  The ambient lighting sent huge clusters of tree’s alive with colour, while thousands of fairylights lit up pathways and beckoned people to stages. 

Night time was truly magical at Gottwood and as you delved into different parts of the woods beats would ebb and fade until you found a stage filled with happy revellers, and on Saturday, the happiest of revellers could be found at Matanza’s live set in Summer of Wood tent, who epitomised the spirit of the festival, so popular in fact they played three times over the festival.  Their joyous and bouncy home-made South American beats made everyone dance and smile, influenced highly by their homeland, the band from Chile include influences from across the board of musical genres including rock and folk, which lends to the bands unique sound,  building to a euphoric crescendo that sent the Gottwood crowd wild.

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Louche 

Later Dinky received great reviews from her set in the Dome, the DJ has released on some pretty fabulous labels including Crosstown Rebels and Ostgut Ton, and her eight year residency at Panorama Bar has earnt her some serious credit – but her success is all of her own making due to her music which combines deep grooves and gorgeous melodies with quite heavy beats and funk, perfect for the personality of the dome and crowd within.

I’ve yet to mention The Stables, where we continuously stumbled in an out of.  An outhouse building that included some very talented and bass driven artists, we crammed ourselves into the tiny space, which because of this had some amazing acoustics, and some amazing artists to fill it.  The duo Disclosure are huge right now with their new kind of garage and bass music, and although the set wasn’t a stand out for me, they did play some anthemic old garage which the crowd loved, and their own tracks including the great Jessie Ware remix which has really proved the incredible talent of the guys.

The Stables

Stables

Heading back to Summer of Wood for Ed Solo, the man really stole the show in that place playing an intense mix of everything banged together, from hip hop and reggae with his own unique take on bass driven music including the dubby anthem ‘Age of Dub’.  Holding the crowd in the palm of his hand, people went completely mental. 

We also caught a bit of Groj in The Stables who had to fly back to Montreal a few hours after his set, which would have been hard after seemingly having a whale of a time ensuring punters entered a dance induced trance with his beautiful live set full of minimal and hypnotising melodies that built to a sublime climax, finishing the night perfectly, although many in The Stables seemed reluctant to leave.

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Groj

Sundays can be tricky at festivals, many people are hanging on by a thread, pennyless and extremely muddy – and Gottwood was no exception to this – but the festival embraced it, brought everyone together, and happily celebrated the last day of the unique event, even managing a sunshine filled afternoon.  We spent it dancing to Krankbrother artist’s WildKats who with their blend of grooving house and hints of 80’s disco, splashed with some luscious baseline, ensured the crowd fought through the impending thoughts of Monday and real life.  Sunlight on faces, raising their hands and hearts with woops of delight, and the sounds of squelching dancing through the mud; it was simply perfect.

Small means beautiful really fits the bill for this boutique electronic festival, combining the setting of a fantastical acid trip fairytale and the best of underground electronica, talented pioneering producers, and heavyweight masters of the current dance music landscape.   But as we know many festivals can have beautiful settings and a fantastic line up, but what sets Gottwood apart is the people and the incredible atmosphere they create; the vibes from this independent and unique event are unparalleled to any festival I have yet to attend.  In the festival guide the curators invited us to “be ready to embrace a weekend of the weird, wonderful and most importantly, colourful…Festivals will change for the better when we all elect to take part, to take responsibility – if we all come together”; and this is exactly what Gottwood was all about, highlighting the type of other-worldly home we would all be part of for the weekend to come, and what a weekend was in store for each of us, coming together to lose track of every day life and reality; becoming part of something truly special.

 

 Words and Pictures by Rosa Devlin Holmes.

MEOKO chats to Spilt Milk’s Tred Benedict + Win Tickets!

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After their sensational season opening last weekend that was the talk of the town, Spilt Milk return with a Monday afternoon Jubilee Weekend Special. Headlining is the marvellous Dinky, famed for her djing skills and her strong productions on labels as prolific as Cocoon, Crosstown Rebels, Ostgut Ton and Visionquest.

Also on board are locals Canary Fontaine vs Zippy who always entertain with their blend of deep, tech and minimal house. Resident DJ and Spilt Milk promoter Tred Benedict will, as always, be on hand to make sure as much milk is spilt as possible…

With the promise of a special surprise guest (who can’t be mentioned due to other commitments that weekend) the anticipation is brewing to melting point.

Oh, and the weather forecast….SUNNY!

Tred Benedict managed to squeeze in a quick 5 minute chat with us into his busy schedule ahead of this weekends party…

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Many thanks for your time today. Spilt Milk is really going from strength to strength. There were lots of people disappointed to see it leave the Papermill Terrace last summer, the scene of so many adventures, but your opening party last week at the new space
in Hackney Wick was spectacular! We love the name and artwork. How did the party start?

I originally started the party 3 years ago with a friend of mine Charles who I worked with for 2 years, but he has since moved to Australia. I still remember picking the name of the party; we discussed and deliberated all the way up to the night before we had to go live with the event, we had it down to 3 options 1) Uno Mas, 2) Wash, Rinse, Repeat 3) Spilt Milk. It’s kind of funny now to look back at those names and think what was I smoking to even think that they were even in the running Safe to say we came to our senses and Spilt Milk was born and I’ve never looked back!

Were you concerned when you found out that Papermill was no more?

The first time I came across The Papermill I had to have a double take as I must have walked past it 1000 times, but from the moment I stood on that terrace I knew that the space was very special. I was extremely lucky to hit it off with the manager Malcolm who was willing to take a chance on me and let me cause havoc there on Saturday afternoons People took a real shine to The Papermill and everyone has their own special memories of it, so yes, it was a big concern at first not being able to continue there after 2 fantastic seasons. I think my biggest concern was if Spilt Milk would even continue due to the lack of outdoor spaces available in London, but I’m a firm believer of “everything happens for a reason” and after months of searching, myself and Weston (who I now run the event with) found this new space.

Have you found a new permanent home now, or are you planning on moving it around?

It was our opening party last week and it was a big test to find out what people would think to our new venue after being so fond of our previous home. Now located outside of Shoreditch, in Hackney Wick, I can reveal that everyone absolutely loved the new venue as the setup is perfect for what we want to do there, also the new inclusion of 4 Funktion One stacks (which were never allowed to have previously at The Papermill) has gone down very well. I’m very pleased to announce that this location is now going to be our permanent home which we have fittingly decided to call “The Dairy”. However, the most important thing for me is that the venue is totally exclusive to Spilt Milk which makes any event that little bit special if you have that luxury and now we can keep on adding and building to it over the coming summer.

You’ve booked the legendary Dinky for the next event which is pretty exciting. Is there one artist in particular you would LOVE to book but can’t get your hands on at the moment?

Dinky has been a Spilt Milk target for a while now so we are very pleased to have her involved as she is an amazing all round artist. In terms of an artist I would like to see at Spilt Milk I don’t think that I could pin it down to just one but unfortunately this season London has become an extremely hard place to confirm the big headliner bookings due to all the exclusivities now attached to every festival in town, but I think this will only raise the bar with more intelligent bookings-our lineups are looking strong for this season so I’m happy, but I would have to say that Solomun seems to be a hard man to pin down this year but hey, you never know If you book them Wayne……………….. they will come !

You’ve been dj’ing and putting on parties for a while now. The last year has been particularly successful as your recent gigs at Fabric and Cocoon have proved. Have you got any
exciting gigs lined up over the summer months?

Outside of Spilt Milk there are a few things on the horizon but there is one I’m very excited about being involved with, it’s an amazing intimate festival called “Meadows in the Mountains” which takes place in Bulgaria and has some of the most surreal back drops I’ve seen. Some of the images from this place will stay with me forever, for example, last year on the Sunday morning Djing at the top of a valley while the sun rises over a mountain but at the same time being above the clouds, that was pretty breath taking and sticks out in my mind. I highly recommend you check it out as it grows each year.

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Have you got a favourite Spilt Milk memory?

I believe everyone has theirs but I think mine would be from the first season where we had Layo & Bushwacka! play a 4 hour set, which was a huge booking for us and really put us on the map. They finished up with “Love Story” and the vibe at that moment was so electric and captured exactly what Spilt Milk is about with everyone being together and so friendly and all on the level, having such a good time and since then we have gone on to achieve this at every party. Capturing and recreating that vibe is such a hard thing with any event but after seeing last weeks opening party you could see that very special atmosphere has followed us to The Dairy and long will it continue…

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Tred, imagine this scenario…someone offers you £50,000 to be resident DJ at the local kindergarten, do you take them up on the offer and what tunes do you download to play for the kids?

Ok so firstly I’m legally in a school with children and 50 grand cash ? I just wanted to clear that up before we continued as that could come across a bit weird. Ok well I’m picturing lots of free Milk which is a good start. I’m thinking these kids deserve better than a coupe of downloaded tracks so it’s got to be the back catalogue of BlackLace on vinyl I have so many good memories as a child rocking out to all those tunes so I would probably ease them in with abit of “Push Pineapple Shake The Tree” followed up with the ‘Okee Cokey” and then a big finish on “Superman”, the bassline in that tune is still so strong and then party bags and cake for all as nobody leaves this rave empty handed !

Haha, what a very thoughtful response Tred. Thanks very much for your time, see you on Monday afternoon!

To be in with a chance of winning two tickets to Spilt Milk, simply comment below telling us who you would like to see play at Spilt Milk…winners to be announced on Saturday afternoon. Good luck!

 
Words by Nick Maleedy

MEOKO chats to Robin Ordell

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

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

Do you miss Nice?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEOKO chats to Robin Ordell

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

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

Do you miss Nice?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Words by Nick Maleedy

MEOKO chats to Patrick Zigon

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MEOKO chats to Patrick Zigon

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Hi Patrick, firstly, thanks a lot for spending the time to answer a few questions with us. You’re playing at Light Bar in London on Sunday. Have you played much in London before, and how do you enjoy it?

Hey guys, thx for inviting me. Really looking forward to coming and have been in London several times. For example I played at Brixton Acadamy at a big event and last time with Mr. C in the Lighthouse. I really enjoyed it i and i like people fom London, they know how to party!

As a lover of both house and techno (like us 😉 how would you describe your sound to those who are not familiar?

Yeah, i always played sound in between these two main genres. Generally i’m really openminded and i like a lot of different music styles, and i don’t like if people categorize music too much. So I never say i play only techno, or i play house, or whatever – i play hypnotic and deep electronic music without borders.

And how has that sound developed since you first started producing and DJ’ing?

It was almost the same sound, nothing has changed at all. Only the names are changing from time to time. Well, i don’t play the really hard techno stuff i used to play in 1996, i like it more relaxed and intelligent.

We’ve been loving your work on your latest Tanzbar EP ‘With a bigly help of my friends’…what are your future plans release wise? Have you got anything exiting projects coming up?

Well thx, this EP means a lot for me. I produced it with good friends, in different studios and countries, we had a really good time. Beside well-known producers like Martin Eyerer, Todd Bodine, Louis Osbourne and Mark Ash, this EP contains collaborations with talented newcomers such as Lupen Crokan and Niko Doreen. Most interesting of my upcoming project is the launch of my label “Biotop”. The first release will be out very soon, i’m really looking forward, as i planed it for years.

We know it’s sometimes to difficult to pick something when it’s your own work in question, but which of your tracks is your personal favourite?

Yeah, i don’t like to favorite my own tracks, but the most important track for me, and maybe the best work is my remix for Guy Gerber & Shlomi Aber’s “Sea Of Sand” on Cocoon.

Which artists have inspired you and your music?

Like i said before, i’m very openminded to all kinds of music, so a lot of artists inspired me. When i start to name a few, i would have to write a lot of names. Basically i get inspired by music which touches my soul, i don’t care about names, labels or genres.

Vinyl, cd’s, laptop or live. What’s your preference and ultimately do you think it matters?

I started to play with Vinyl, and i really love it! Since Years i play digital, first with Final Scratch, later with Traktor Scratch, so i know both sides and my opinion is, don’t discuss about it, use whatever you want, but use it with your heart, that’s the most important equipment.

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be? We mean ANYTHING…the world is your oyster!

Hmmm…maybe i would not go to that dirty nasty first Techno-Party in my life in Zürich 1994, which completely washed my brain. No, honestly..i believe that everything is perfect how it is, and it happens for a reason, so everything fine…i would change NOTHING!

Imagine yourself in this situation Patrick: A man walks up to you in the street and offers you a pill, one gives you the ability to fly, and the other the ability to read peoples minds. Which pill do you take and what would you do first?

I would ask him, if he got some more interesting stuff in his pocket, as i’m able to fly and read peoples mind for years already..believe me..it sucks. imagine you take a pill, and suddenly all the fakers and haters are gone – i would pay a lot for a pill like that in these times!

Thanks a lot Patrick! You can catch Patrick Zigon playing at Lightbar for Above Zero on Sunday afternoon…

MEOKO chats to Ian F

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Hi Ian, thanks very much for answering a few questions for us, we’re very excited to hear you play at the upcoming Down Under event.  So when and how did you first connect with music?

I think I was 5 or 6 when I got my first mini synthesizer (casio) and
one year later I started with private piano lessons.. After seven years
I quit because I was a teenager and wanted to do teenager things 🙂 …
At that time the rave phenomenon hit Slovenia and I started digging the
music, buying some records and soon I got connected with music again and
became a dj.

What other music styles have influenced your production?

Huh, a lot of everything 🙂 ..jazz, blues, funk, classic, etno, ambient,
trip hop, dub, rock.. whatever I like, it doesn’t matter which genre is
it.

What kind of live artists have you involved in the creation of your
music?

Pretty much friends here in Slovenia are also very good musicians so I’m
very lucky I can work with them. We recorded some drums already, bass
guitars, keys, sax, trumpet, el. and acoustic guitars, vocals, flute.. I
like this kind of collaborations because I always learn something new.

What is the story behind the lyrics you choose to include in your
songs? Let’s take the example of “New York City Broken Hearts”.

Sometimes there’s no story at all 🙂 …it just fits well in the track,
or there’s just a topic connected to some happening… In the case of
“NYC Broken Hearts” is a speech from a movie that Aneuria got when we
were doing the track in his studio. In some other cases it also happend
that we were writing down the lyrics by ourselves.

Is the electronic underground music in Slovenia oriented towards a
certain genre or diverse?

I don’t think so. For sure house and techno are the strongest but there
are some good djs playing also different genres, from dubstep, drum &
base, dub, psy trance to electro, hip hop..

Which Slovenian (European) festival would you recommend to the public
from England?

Well, Slovenia is a pretty small country so festivals here are not
really big but there are a lot of nice venues to check.. In Ljubljana is
definitely club K4, Kino Siska, Metelkova.. And if I would reccomend a
festival in Eastern Europe is definitely Sunwaves in Romania. The best
music experience for me 🙂

What is your next big project?

To start working on my first album.. I’m already writing down some ideas
but it will take some time and don’t know when I can expect it to be
finished 🙂

 

Thanks a lot Ian. Catch Ian playing alongside Suciu and Ken & Davy at Down Under this Friday, the 18th May…

Interview by Tina Geru