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The Rise of Orli: a quick look at his first long-awaited EP

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews

It’s been a while since the SW23 anthem of Rhadoo first, and many others then, called “Ynmwnbnct” has been exploding on popularity, making people go nuts all around the world. If you’re familiar with the scene, we’re pretty sure that you know something about this mysterious track… Well, it’s finally unveiled as the first release of Rome based newborn label Lori founded by Orli himself. Today we have a special little interview for you: one question that starts with each letter of the main track to learn more about who’s behind this fantastic tune.

Check out the EP on deejay.de: https://www.deejay.de/Orli_LORI001_EP_LORI001_Vinyl__932931

Or have a listen on Youtube:

  • 1. You literally keep many people in suspense for almost 2 years with this track. Tell us the whole story behind the track.

Yes, the track was made some time ago. When I was working on it in the studio, I really felt something, I was super happy with the final result, from the vocal to each small detail, but honestly, I wouldn’t have expected all this hype. I mean, I do lots of tracks, I constantly work in the studio, and before SW23, when I was preparing the pack of music to send out, I would have never expected that ‘Ynmwnbnct’ would have been the one that was about to be played

 2. Name the biggest inspiration you have for this EP.

I have many inspirations, I like to listen to any kind of music and I like to be very open-minded. I don’t like to have any limitation, not only in music but in any kind of things regarding life as well. I think that an artist should never be limited if the aim is to create something new and unique. You should be open with the world, think in different ways and never be closed with prejudices. The musical inspiration behind the Lori001, and regarding my general approach on music comes from everything that I’ve experienced so far and that surrounds me: parties and festivals around Europe, life experiences, DJs and DJ sets, friends and so on. One of my biggest influences comes from my friends from the Jooice crew. There, every DJ has a specific and refined style which allowed me to listen and discover new sounds and music that mostly comes from the old ’90s and early ’00s. So, right now I’m digging a lot and this helps me to mix new and old sounds, creating something different and near to my own style. And last but not least, probably my biggest influence (talking about the actual scene) was and still is Rhadoo, especially in this last period.

 

 

3. Many people were shocked about this record as soon as the first rumours came out. Did you expect such a huge interest from the internet community?

As I said, I didn’t expect such a huge reaction at all. Every day, I receive a lot of messages and congratulations from people that I don’t know which is just great. I always try to answer and thank everyone. It really means a lot to me. I do music for people to make them feel happy, to forget about their problems and to make them feel what I feel when I make my music. There is no better drug than music.

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4. Where the name come from and what the vocals say?

I’ve done many versions ‘YNMWNBNCT’ which is the acronym of the words that form the vocal. Every day people ask me what does it say and I’m happy to explain it here:  the vocal says ’You and me will never be nothing compare them’ and it has nothing to do with the famous pop track ‘’Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch’’ as some people think.

5. No one other than Rhadoo premiered your track… was that the best moment in your musical career so far?

Yeah, I owe him a lot. When he played it for the first time, I was there listening to his magnetic set at SW23. When he turned up the fader with my track I was really surprised and shocked, what a nice moment! He first put out the track for like 1 minute only and then he turned it off, but after a couple of hours, he played it again and this time for its whole length! That’s some sweet memories!

6. Because of the enormous success of the EP, you’ll get a lot of attention. Did some labels contact you for future projects?

I’ve received a lot of interest from lots of nice labels, some were the ones I would have loved to release on since my first contact with the underground scene – I will not name them but It has been difficult to say no sometimes. So I took a hard decision deciding to create my own label from zero. I felt very attached to ‘YNMWNBNCT’, it’s very personal stuff, and I’ve wanted to put it in my own music universe called ‘LORI’. Finally the record it’s currently on presale in many stores. So now it’s time to focus on future projects.

7. Name some artists you are really looking for in the future.

Honestly, I can’t tell you the names of some artists that I’m looking in for the future. There are lots of good young artists that are making super good music and there are lots of old artists that are keeping up their works beautifully.

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8. Can you please tell us more about the other 3 originals?

 

Yes, sure. Everyone is focusing on the main track, but In this EP there are also some other good tracks and a storyline, an underlying theme that is fully expressed throughout the whole EP. LORI001 is the end and the beginning of a phase of my life – I will not say more on this, I like to keep always a sort of mystery on my works – but I can say that there is a sense and a reason behind everything i did here. About the specific tracks, ‘’Strat’’ is probably my favorite, It sounds so clear and well balanced and when the vocals appear it’s always a nice moment. It Is one of those tracks that I always like to put in my sets and that always gives the right importance to that moment of the story I’m trying to tell. Then we have ‘’Can you remember’’, the track that Pedro played in the closing part of his set this year at SW25. My aim with it was to create a good closing track for the sets, really minimal, with not too many elements and with some vocals that speaks directly to you, straight to your mind for the whole duration of the track. Last but not least, we can find ‘’Majesty’’. Here I’ve wanted to express something different, and this one could fit for an ambient set as well. I do a lot of this kind of music and the feeling the track has, was exactly what I was looking for to complete the EP.

9. Time is key in this world, and it seems that you are a very patient person. Tell us your upcoming projects (if you can of course).

 

Yes, I have many projects going on, I’m working with some friends in the studio as well. LORI002 is one of my future project for sure, but you will have to wait a bit to know more about it. I have also lots of other things in mind as well, that I think you would love to hear but I prefer to reveal more details at the right time. Let’s give space to my first release now, i think it has deserved it, don’t you think? 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti


UNISON WAX CREATOR DIEGO KRAUSE INTERVIEW & Mix

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

Berlin’s Diego Krause has firmly established himself as one of the finest purveyors of groove-laden, soul-infused and refined house music in the German capital. His productions are a regular in many infamous DJ’s record boxes with an impressive back catalogue of material on the likes of Berg Audio, his own Beste Modus and Unison Wax imprints (run alongside Cinthie and the rest of the Beste Modus crew) and most notably of late, a double LP on the revered Rawax imprint. Up next is a return to his Unison Wax label with a new EP entitled ‘Bring The Noise’ which has already piqued the interest of the likes of Varhat, Enzo Siragusa, Andrey Pushkarev and Yaya to name a few. Here though we see Diego offering up a slice of what you could hear from him in a club environment with a 60 minute journey through swinging rhythms, murky bass lines and ethereal house sounds.

 

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You’ve got some really exciting stuff hitting the shelves over the coming months, a double 12’’ LP format on Rawax and another release on your own Unison Wax, how did the album format come into play with Rawax, did they just have too many tracks they liked and wanted to release a bigger project from you or was it planned to do something like this?

Actually we were planning on doing a follow-up for the „Pale Blue“ EP I released on the label last year. So I put together 6 Tracks for Robert to choose from but he liked them all and suggested we do a Double-EP or LP. I liked the idea so we just went with it. The tracks were produced within 2 weeks or so and I was trying out a more playful and experimental workflow, hence the title of the LP.

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Unison Wax now marks its seventh release this June, the label has acted as platform for your own material predominantly, any plans to expand the roster or will it always remain your own? 

I think it will stay like this. I am planning on doing a collaborative EP though, but not sure if it will be the 08 or 09.

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You’re a founding member of the Beste Modus collective and also Elevate.Berlin, for those people who may be unfamiliar with this could you tell us a little about what Beste Modus represents and what you’ve all been doing over the past five or so years, as well as the recent launch of the Elevate label collective, record shops and events?

Well, Beste Modus was founded in 2012 when Stevo, Ed and I met Cinthie when she was playing in Berlin. We hit it off immediately and started doing parties all over the city. The concept was a vinyl label that brings soulful and groovy house music for the dance floor and we only released our own tracks. During the past 6 years or so our friend group grew and some of us started their own labels. Stevo and Porter started Certain Circles, Nick Beringer launched Rubisco, I started Unison Wax, just to name a few. To bring it all together and support each other we established Elevate. At first it was only supposed to be a label collective and online shop. But unexpectedly we had the opportunity to get a nice space in central Berlin, that we now use as our shop, stock and office.

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You’re a Berlin native, I presume this clubbing Mecca has played a huge part in influencing your sound and style of DJing, could you talk us through some of the influential moments of your formative years growing up in Berlin though. Were there some particular events, promoters or DJ’s from the early years of the developing Berlin scene that played a huge part in your desire to become a DJ and producer yourself?

I started going to clubs fairly late. I come from a HipHop background and didn’t discover the Berlin night life until around 2010. But formative events to me were the Submarine night at Watergate, which was run by Ron Wilson, a good friend of ours. He invited a lot of great US and UK garage house artist to the city and introduced us to the genre. Also very influential were some extended sets by our friends ItaloJohnson at Panorama Bar or when they played solo at the Homopatik parties at ://about blank. There were however so many other moments that in the end played a big role in forming my musical understanding and approach.

Your music seems to resonate quite broadly in terms of the DJ’s supporting it, ranging from more micro house leaning sounds through to more robust deep house and sometimes darker techno aesthetics. What would you cite as some of your main influences when going into the studio, does it come from spending time on dance floor’s and wanting to recreate those special moments or do you take influence from the every day and things that happen to you outside of the club?

I’m always trying to create a certain vibe that I’ve either experienced in the club or in my day to day life.
For me music is about longing so I’m always attempting to build some depth and soul into my tracks. There needs to be a certain narrative to them. Sometimes I’m trying to do a party track just for the sake of it, but it seldom works.

What does your studio set up consist of, are you a gear collector or working mainly in the box and using digital software?

I was working all in the box until very recently. I never was a VST nut though. I always worked with sampling. Mostly old Sample-CDs that still had some character to them. The only Plugins I use regularly are Reaktor and Omnisphere. And of course a bunch of FX. Now I bought a Analog Rytm and it really changed a lot. I love the intuitive work flow and sound of that machine. I’m definitely gonna invest more in gear now.

 

When it comes to DJing what excites you the most, do you prefer to play a really nice warm up set and deeper sounds or keep things moving in the peak hours? Would you rather play a festival to thousands of people or a dark room and intimate vibe to a hundred?

I’m getting more and more into warm-up sets. It’s definitely something I had to learn to be good at. Setting the tone for a night is extremely important and a big responsibility. But there’s nothing like playing an extended early morning set at an intimate club and taking people on a trippy ride.

Could you tell us of something in your life you find inspiring right now outside of music, maybe a place you like to visit and relax, a book you’re reading to escape, a person you enjoy spending time with to feed your creativity or a movie that’s piqued your interest? Something outside of what you’re known for essentially?

I’m currently spending a lot of time in Paris, where my girlfriend lives. The city is very inspiring to me, especially the architecture. I love strolling around the streets with my camera. I find it very interesting how visual stimulation can feed into my music productions. That’s why at some point in my life I would love to work on movie scores, for me that would be the ultimate musical challenge. Another way for me unwind is to read. I’m not into fiction, but very fascinated by the sciences. Everything from Psychology and Neuro-science to Philosophy and Cosmology. Right now I’m reading‚ Meditations‘ by the stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius.

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What’s next for Diego Krause, Unison Wax, Beste Modus and anything else you have planned in terms of shows etc?

There’s a lot coming. I really had a great time at our Elevate Open Air at IPSE, Berlin in the beginning of June. We invited D’julz and my good friend Fabe. We programmed a nice day and night party, outdoor and indoors with the whole crew.
Also I’m very excited about a new label project I am working on. But nothing official yet.

Words by MEOKO

EZO Festival (Georgia) w/ Zip, Dygas, Gerd Janson & More

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Reviews

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Now its fifth year, Tbilisi’s EZO festival returns for their season opening from the 14th to the 16th of June. The festival will also return later in the high summer from the 13th to the 14th of July for their season closing. The music and arts festival is organised by Mzesumzira (Sunflower) Community and is held on Mtatsminda Hill overlooking city of Tbilisi, Georgia.

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The festival’s musical offering features many of electronic music’s most seminal artists: a diverse range of legends who have made their mark on their respective genres. Spread across three stages, the 2019 edition of eZo will host Zip, Margaret Dygas, Derrick May, Derick Carter, Chez Damier, Ata, Tod Terry, Gerd Janson, Jeremy Underground among others. With a well-rounded approach to curation, eZo’s offerings will satisfy the tastes of traditional house purists, minimal heads, and those with a penchant for a disco boogie. In addition, eZo will play host to a showcase of the iconic Sysiphos, bringing with them a slice of Berlin through their resident DJs, stage design, and even sandy beach.

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The festival’s strong musical direction is complemented by a healthy focus on culture and arts, with bars, terraces, chill out spots, artisanal food and various activities on offer to provide punters with a well-rounded and immersive experience.

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In the years since the festival’s inception, the ups and downs in the country’s politics and the radical changes in society have driven those in the Georgian creative scene, to break free and express themselves. The collective continuation of this movement manifests today in sincere emtoions and an energy on the dancefloor like no other. This unique vibe will be undeliably palpable during eZo festival; a celebration of the rich culture of forward-thinking inspiration that permeates the countries music scene.

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Positioning itself as a gathering filled with rays of joy and waves of happiness, eZo Festival is sure to satisfy hearts and minds alike. For those looking for a unique experience in one of the world’s most inimitable underground scene’s eZo festival should certainly be at the top of the bucket list.

Tickets are available to purchase from the eZo website: HERE 

Ampere Open Air Festival launches Antwerp with 50+ Artists Across 5 Highly Curated Stages

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

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On August 25th, Ampere will celebrate their 5th year of existence with the launch of the inaugural Ampere Open Air. Located at the Middenvijver, in the outskirts of Antwerp, the festival will feature more than 50 international and local artists divided over 5 thoughtfully curated stages and will be teaming up with the infamous Boiler Room as a stage host and live-streaming partner.

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The first wave of artists announced features some of the most influential acts from different corners of the electronic music landscape. Techno purists are in for a treat, with Detroit legend Jeff Mills, joining Berghain Berlin resident Len Faki, Ostgut’s crown jewel Marcel Dettmann and Recondite who will be performing live. For those who like their sounds more stripped back, Romanian stalwart’s Raresh & Praslea will perform as the revered Praslesh duo.

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Complementing the headliners, Ampere has curated a forward thinking line-up showcasing a range of rising and established underground talent from house, techno, ambient to future jazz. Amongst the first confirmed performers, are talents such as Ben Hayes, Synkro, and Dekmantel’s Betonkust & Palmbomen II. In addition, Donna Leake, Dan Shake, Stellar Om Source, David Vunk and rising talent Gabriella Vergilov represent a selection of musicians with creative and broad inspirations, sure to nurture the soul and ears of a receptive crowd. 

Besides a strong international selection, are some of Antwerp’s highest calibre local talents. Ampere Open Air endeavours to give many undiscovered gems a well-deserved platform to showcase their artistry and musical creativity. Accordingly, the lineup favours a strong focus on locals such as composer and live performer Hiele, the rising star Lola Haro, and the illustrious Borokov Borokov Live. 

When it comes to festivals, Belgium’s offering is amongst the most dense in Europe. As such, Ampere Open Air has distinguished itself as a unique offering with a diverse line up, whilst remaining affordable for everyone. Ampere Open Air presents an accessible event with a wide spectrum of musical diversity and opportunities for local sustainable initiatives. Attendees will be given a worthwhile  experience, where music, culture and creativity collide to create something inspiring and renewing. 
 
Ampere Open Air will take place on Sunday 25th of August at Middenvijver (Linkeroever, Antwerp).

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 12th of June at noon. 

FIRST LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT

JEFF MILLS – LEN FAKI – MARCEL DETTMANN – RECONDITE LIVE – RARESH & PRASLEA PRESENT PRASLESH – AWANTO 3 – BEN HAYES – BOROKOV BOROKOV LIVE – DAN SHAKE – DAVID VUNK – DJ ASSAULT – ELENA COLOMBI – DONNA LEAKE – GABRIELLA VERGILOV – HIELE LIVE – BETONKUST & PALMBOMEN II LIVE – PABLO VALENTINO – RENAAT VANDEPAPELIERE – ROD – SAN PROPER – SYNKRO LIVE – SKY H1 LIVE – STELLAR OM SOURCE – SKY H1 LIVE – HAISSEM – ARKLINE – ARNO LEMONS – DJ BOATS – FBQ – JUICY ‘THE DJ’ – LIL LAWAW – LOLA HARO – PIRRÈS

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Set Sail with 3 Smoked Olives this Summer + Exclusive Amir Javasoul Mix

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

From July 24th– July 30th on a remote island located on the Danube River between Calarasi Romania and Silistra Bulgaria, the 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival will be hosted, one intimate gathering that brings music, nature and people together. As in previous editions, 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival 2019 offers a highly curated line up from the minimal house scene, bringing names to the bill like Sammy Dee, Nicolas Lutz, Amir Javasoul, Arapu, Gescu, Herodot, Mihai Pol, Alexandra, Sedee, Sublee among other artists will set the tone to this magnificent experience in a remote natural paradise. As with any festival but particularly due to its exotic location, attendees will share respect to the island by taking care of the landscape through their no straws policy, recycling reusing and disposing properly of garbage.  People from all over the world will travel to the Danube River to find a place where electronic sounds and nature welcome those who open themselves to an adventure, one that connects people and their environment through music.

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In order to attend the event visitors must follow the registration process at the 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival websitwww.3sof.com ,in order to purchase their tickets. Follow the instructions, which include uploading an ID card and your social media profile. After validating the information provided, islanders will be able to purchase their tickets for a price of 65 euros until June 15th, when the full line will be revealed. The festival has a cap of two thousand islanders, making this event one intimate gathering that offers a comprehensive lifestyle experience that ranges from recycling initiatives, outdoor activities (cinema, yumeiho massage, ostho massage, stand-up paddle, kayak-canoe, volleyball, boat rides), quality people, great food and a billion star hotel as a unique setting. For more information about the logistics, line up and activities of the festival connect to their facebook and instagram accounts below.

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3 Smoked Olives Island Festival Facebook 

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3 Smoked Olives will host a brilliant international line up with talent hailing from Germany, Romania, Canada, Italy, Russia, Uruguay and Venezuela to name a few.  Among these artists, we find Sammy Dee, one of the leading figures of minimal and electronic music who has been active since the late eighties. These decades of experience have shaped his sound and music collection with plenty of unique records and his impeccable technique. Having worked with other big names in the industry like Zip and Ricardo Villalobos, Sammy Dee is one of those few artists that has a trajectory that extends for decades full of knowledge and love for electronic music. His work with the iconic and forward thinking label Perlon, his joint live set project with Bruno Pronsato, Half Hawaii, presentations at international stages like Epizode festival in Vietnam, the legendary Superlongevity showcase at Closer Ukraine, Get Perlonized nights at Berghain/Panorama Bar, and performances at Concrete in Paris and Fabric London are just a few of the many sides and events that the german selector has under his belt. Sammy Dee is definitely a major highlight to the festival, a true djs’ dj, that will delight crowds with his vast expertise and masterful selection of trippy and spacey sounds inducing dancers in a timeless journey.

Nicolas Lutz is another name that continues to marvel crowds across Europe. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay and based in Berlin Lutz is one of those djs that has grown professionally and personally along with his music through travelling and experimenting across musical genres. A regular resident at Toi.Toi.Musik. in London and at Club Der Visionaere in Berlin, Lutz is a true music collector and dj, that has developed a complex, diverse and refined mixing style.Having played at well-known venues and events in Europe, North America and Asia, Lutz will add his sophisticated and multifaceted style to the bill, making his performance at the festival a surprise that’s not to be missed.

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Amir Javasoul, Canada based and Iran born will also showcase his masterful selection and technique as a dj. Constantly playing in established parties and venues in North America and Europe like Montreal’s Stereo, Washington D.C.’s Flash, New York’s Resolute and Concrete Paris, Javasoul is a dedicated audiophile worth watching. If you want a preview of what to expect, back in 2017 he did an incredible back to back set with Ricardo Villalobos at Stereo in Montreal that still feels fresh to listeners and continues to hit right in the soul.

Arapu, Gescu, Herodot, Mihai Pol, Alexandra, Sedee and Sublee will also take on the bill as they are part of the usual suspects at the infamous Sunwaves festival among other local and international stages. Arapu is one to manage skillfully the relationship of rolling bass lines and spicy rhythms that drive feet into unceasing motion. Gescu, will showcase his selection as he uses subtle textures and beats to seduce the listener with extreme care. Herodot and his distinctive style that incorporates somewhat reminiscent percussion sounds of old school hip hop infused with minimal house and breakbeat are sure to draw people into a syncopated trance. Mihai Pol is one to create a sophisticated blend of minimal house with deep house. His productions use luscious pads, delicate melodies, profound atmospheres and textures that evoke leisure and groove with beautiful hints of vintage house and the golden days of house music.

Alexandra will be the cherry on top of the icing at 3SO, as she explores the trippy yet melodic aesthetic of minimal, mixing music with an enchanting gracefulness and extraordinary technique. Her sets at the incredible Sunwaves Festival, Robert Johnson in Frankfurt and De School in Amsterdam are just a few places where she has drawn smiles and feet with seamless charisma. If vinyl is your thing, then Alexandra’s performance will definitely be one worth witnessing.

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Sedee and Sublee will also bring their repertoire full of introspective yet powerful technoid sounds combined with darker shades of minimal. These artists are ones that deliver sounds that surely make any dancefloor at two in the morning go into a complete frenzy of adrenaline and euphoria within the darker tones of heavy, deep basslines and mysterious melodies. 

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Fabe, Kozo, and Giuliano Lomonte will also feature in this year’s edition of the festival, bringing their respective styles and expertise to the island. Fabe is known for his groovy percussions and quirky melodies, blending minimal house with techy elements creating a rare and yet familiar Mannheim sound. Kozo is an artist that continues to amaze crowds with his hidden gems of minimal that drive people into a dancing hypnosis.  Giuliano will bring dynamism to the dancefloor combined with a relaxed flair as his characteristic Italian minimal sound has shades of deep, trippy and groovy tech sounds. Vlad Dinu (Romania) and Giorgio Maulini (Venezuela born) respectively, are newer faces in the game that have shown great technique and amazing music selection that continues to dazzle audiences throughout Europe and abroad. These two selectors among the other names on the bill are proving that quality is more than quantity.  So be sure to give each artist a careful listen while enjoying the beautiful European summer at 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival, where musical vibrations and nature will converge in a unique and profound experience.

MEOKO and 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival have teamed up to bring you an exclusive three-part dj set series from some of the artists that will perform at this amazing event. First one up is Amir Javasoul on 31/05, take a listen and keep updated for more carefully selected sounds. 

See you on the Island! 

By: Daniel Ordoñez 

For more info on 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival 

First Edition of the Albanian Festival UNUM announces Zip, Raresh, Vera, tINI, Craig Richards

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, MEOKO Exclusive, News
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The brand new festival UNUM, which will held place in the Albanian town of Shengjin from May 31st to June 2nd of this year, just added a second wave of names to its exceptional line-up. Craig Richards, Leon, Adriatique, Raresh, tINI, Vera, Ferro will all be included among the already jaw-dropping line-up, where the first headliners announced were Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Butch, Petre Inspirescu, Praslea, Sonja Moonear, DeWalta and Dyed Soundorom.
 
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The first edition of this new event will bring underground house and techno to such as wide spectrum and level to the Albanian lands for the first time. The location chosen for the festival is by the seaside, on the stunning Mediterranean beauty that is the Albanian coastline; dense with breath taking landscapes which combine maritime pine forests and a mountain background with the coastline view. The festival will have three stages hosting 24 hours of music every day, so bring your sunglasses: sunrise and sunset parties are set to be one of the highlights of this three day stunning party. However the festival will not be focused solely on partying. You will be able to experience watersports, sun bathing, local cuisine and cultural trips and much more.
 
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The last additions to the festival’s line-up are stunning. The Fabric long-time resident and Nothing Special label boss Craig Richards with his wide range of expert selections ranging from electro to straight house and techno, as well as the rominimal institution Raresh, who will bring his infectious groove to the party. Perlon’s boss Zip is also joining the party with his eclectic selections. You will also be able to attend sent from Ibiza’s tech house master tINI, and another favorite for minimal lovers, Vera. The other names added are Adriatique, Cap, Cris Rej, Erti Lutaj, Ferro, Franco Cinelli, Hugo Bianco, Igor Vicente, Jonny N’Travis, Joseph Capriati, Leon, Manoloco, Ohmme, Mike Shannon and Traumer. Considering the whole line-up, it will be hard to get some sleep during the three days.
 
The festival will provide everything you need; the extensive food and drink options include grill, fresh seafood, pizza, a salad-bar and vegan/vegetarian options. Expect also treats like an icre-cream van, a vitamin bar and a wide range of wine and cocktail bar for the more thirsty. A chillout zone with various shops will provide alternative entertainment to the main music of the festival to make sure no one in the audience is ever bored; massages, body-painting and plenty of hammocks will all be found.
 
 
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UNUM agreed to a collaboration with the Tourism Ministry of Albania to facilitate easy access and avoid any possible issues for its attendants. This means the best accommodation in the local area will be exclusively operated through UNUM in order to provide a secure and quality accommodation for everyone. Package price start from €239 for 3 nights accommodation, transfers, festival shuttle and 3-day festival pass with unlimited re-entry.
 
 
The easiest way to get to the festival will be to fly to Tirana, the Albanian capital, which is around 1 hour away. However, the location will be easily accessible from the surroundings with UNUM taking care of all the transfers to and from the festival for just 20€ (from Tirana, Podgorica, Pristina and Durres Ferry Port).
 
 

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HOME’ is where the heart is – Home London at Studio 338 with Praslesh, Cap, Lizz, Charlie, Vlada, DJ Masda, Dragos Illici and more…

By Competitions, Festival, Hot Off The Press

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Home-London one of the city’s leading underground music brands will host a very special event on Sunday May 26th that extends from the  early afternoon hours till the morning after at the well-known Studio 338 . This night will be one to remember as Home-London included stellar and familiar djs in the minimal house scene like  Raresh and Praslea (which will perform together as Praslesh), Cap, Lizz, Charlie , Vlada, Dj Masda, and  Dragos Ilici, alongside  emerging acts like E/tape, Timoti, and Pol valls to curate the music selection of this mystical rhythmic and melodic gathering. To top the evening, the visuals will be handled by Pareidolia a visual jockey that has been in constant motion and action alongside the Romanian selectors with a chic-glitch minimal aesthetic of mesmerizing and experimental imagery.  Expect nothing but excellent music all around and experience a Sunday to remember on any of the three rooms of Studio 338.

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It’s no surprise Raresh and Praslea will headline this special evening , the duo has proven that their musical affinity and friendship creates a special synergy when playing as Praslesh, having performed together mind bending and jaw dropping sets all over the world including cities like New York, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris among others to their list. Every time they go on stage whether individually or collectively as their joined project these Romanian selectors seduce audiences and dance floors with their passion, charisma and taste for unique music in a dreamlike fashion. Be sure to blink once in a while because you might forget you are living a fleeting moment of bliss. 

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Cap, Lizz and Charlie are some of the newer names from the romanian minimal cast that have also proven to be names to watch in the future as both djs and producers. Cap is one to mix and combine with great versatility blending shades of electro, broken beats and techno to old school house adapting to any dance floor with keen sensitive tact .Lizz is one of those names that has been on the rise due to his ability to produce deep groovy and spacey sounds that take the listener on an ecstatic journey.. Charlie  as well, has gained much deserved notoriety recently within the underground minimal scene, having performed intricate and delightful sets at the infamous Sunwaves Festival in Romania among other local and international stages.  

Vlada is a well-known leading female figure in the minimal scene as she has delighted crowds with her sophisticated selection and dazing sounds at Sunwaves Festival among other prestigious venues and places in Europe and North America. These feats have lead to successfully establishing herself alongside other renowned names of the scene. DJ Masda, Japanese born and Berlin based dj will also add his particular style of minimal selection with shades of acid, deep house and technoid sounds to the bill.. Dragos llici will also take part of this multi ethnic and well curated line up, adding his own signature groove and rolling bass lines that keep people`s feet moving in a mysterious trance. 

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E/tape, Timoti and Pol Valls will provide support to this massive line up with their unique vision of music respectively. These acts are sure ones to watch out in the near future as they have gained support in the local circuit and abroad lately due to quality warm up sets and skilled mixing. 

In short, this will be a night for the books filled with the finest curation of music and visuals, so bring your dancing shoes and a positive attitude. Do not forget the marathon will last around the seventeen hour mark, so make sure to keep hydrated and fed and prepare for a long and exciting day of dancing and unforgettable feelings and memories. MEOKO has teamed up with the Home-London Family to offer one lucky person the chance to win a couple of tickets, to Enter, email us at meokolondon@gmail.com with “Home is Where the Heart is” as the subject heading.

By 

Daniel Ordoñez

 

The picturesque stunning Soča Valley | Slovenia | music lovers paradise | Butik Festival

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

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From the 12th to the 14th of July, the picturesque stunning Soča Valley, Slovenia will transform into a music lovers paradise as the inaugural edition of Butik festival takes place. An intimate gathering built on the premise on uniting like-minded people, Butik promises to offer an immersive experience in impeccable music and breathtaking scenery. Located near the town of Tolmin amidst its emerald green rivers, the festival offers a welcome chance to disconnect from the pressures of society and experience the escapism offered by nature.  It’s a welcome respite from the often commercialised larger scale festivals that dominate the European summer.

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Butiks finessed vision naturally extends to their music programme, which is seriously impressive. Featuring a tasteful selection of both local and international talent across a range of electronic genres,  Butik have curated a lineup sure to appeal to anyone with an ear for fine electronic music.

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Headlining the event are world-class names: Raresh, Guy J, Cassy, Etapp Kyle, Priku, Janaret and Nur Jaber. With local support including Alex Ranerro, Aney F, Brlee, Coeus, Christian Kroupa / Alleged Witches, Dipsas, Eliaz (Live), Evident, Ian F, Pepi Jogarde, Kosheer, Kosta, Limc, Mayell,  MOARE, Mornik, Nevena Jeremic, R.Bade, RSN, Tim Kern, Trulson, Tzena, Urban Jeram, Vassallo and Vid Vai, Butik is sure to bring some much deserved international attention to Slovenia’s rich scene.

With the day and night schedule spread across multiple indoor and outdoor locations, attendees will enjoy an adventurous journey through sound and culture. It’s rare to walk away from a festival feeling rejuvenated, but Butik seems to offer exactly that. With its idyllic environment, immersive ethos and top-quality music, Butik may just be the 3 day Slovenian escape you need.

 

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Raresh (Arpiar | Bucharest, RO)
RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/raresh

Guy J (Lost & Found | Tel Aviv, IL)
RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/guyj

Cassy (Kwench | London, UK)
RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/cassy

Etapp Kyle (Ostgut Ton, Klockworks | Berlin, DE)
RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/etappkyle

Priku (Motif Records, Atipic | Bucharest, RO)
RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/priku

Janeret (Yoyaku | Paris, FR)
RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/janeret

Nur Jaber (OSF | Berlin, DE)
RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/nurjaber

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Alex Ranerro
Aney F.
Brlee
Coeus (RS)
Christian Kroupa / Alleged Witches
Dipsas
Eliaz (Live)
Evident
Ian F.
Pepi Jogarde (HR)
Kosheer
Kosta
Limc
Mayell
MOARE
Mornik
Nevena Jeremic (RS)
R.Bade
RSN
Tim Kern
Trulson
Tzena
Urban Jeram
Vassallo (GB)
Vid Vai

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T I C K E T S

• super early bird: 27€ (SOLD OUT ⛔️)
• early bird: 34€ (SOLD OUT ⛔️)
• pre-sale price: 39€ (until 20th of June or sold out)

*camping is included in the ticket price
*1-day tickets will go on sale later

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IN CONVERSATION WITH HERCK.ro + MIX

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

If you ask anyone well versed with the scene to name its most promising rising stars, there’s a sure-fire chance they’ll mention Herck. Hailing from Arad, the young Romanian has garnered a stellar reputation for his intricate productions that rich in texture, solidifying his place at the forefront of an emerging generation of talented artists. Since his 2017 LP, Sonetul Noptilor Fecunde, on Curtea Veche, Herck has exhibited a somewhat unstoppable momentum, releasing music on labels including Roche Madame, Muted Noise, Complatt and Otomoji, showcasing his distinctive brand of psychedelic infused minimal groove. As a DJ, Herck’s trajectory is equally as promising, with an increasingly busy touring schedule across Romania and Europe.

We are incredibly excited to welcome Herck to our mix series with a live recording of his set on the 12th of January earlier this year at the Puls Romania clubnight at D’arc, Timisoara. An incredibly agile mix with enviable selections, Herck showcases his dexterity with the mind-bending soundscapes he has come to make his own. Strap in for a trippy, 2 hour journey through the collection of an artist on the rise. A teasing taste of what to expect when Herck makes his Farringdon debut back to back Haydn at the Steppin’ Motion fabric showcase on the 19th of May.

Exclusive Mix – HERCK / MEOKO 286 – CLICK 

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Thank you so much for taking the time to be featured in our podcast series. Could you tell us a little about the mix you’ve put together? Where was it recorded?

Hello, and thank you for having me here ! Well, this set it’s what defines me as an artist and producer. It was recorded in Timisoara @ D’arc – Puls Romania.

 

How long have you been making music? I read that you began experimenting with electronic music at 15 – how did you get into it so early?

I started experimenting with electronic music around 2004. I already had some friends who listened to this kind of music back then, but I didn’t pay so much attention to it that much until I dug into it more and more. Around 2009 I realised that, I really have to do this, this is for me. Also my friends told me and supporting me…”you have to do this, you have what you need, music knowledge, and especially EARS for this”. Then I started producing and one year later I released my first EP. 

 

What’s the music scene like in your hometown Arad?

Well, Arad it’s not a big city, but the scene is growing from year to year and when new people discover this kind of music. Surprisingly they really enjoy it and that’s a good thing. 

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You have such a distinct texturized sound, did it take you a while to figure out your musical identity or is this something that came naturally?

Thank you, I appreciate it. Well…as a producer, you have to find your music identity at some point, but until you reach your goal as in sound and style you want to adapt, you need to dig, work hard and listen to lot of music, play and produce different styles. And yeah, it took a while until i realised that…yeah, this is it, this is what defines me. All the things came naturally, I didn’t force nothing.

 

Do you find that the way you make music is constantly evolving or has your workflow remained relatively consistent over time?

Depends on your mood of course. But as a producer, you evolve from track to track and that is what keeping you focused. If you are trapped in that loop/pattern over and over again, you will become monotone and the sound will be the same without changing too much. The thing is…always surprise the audience, that’s the beauty of a producer and that is what defines you as a producer.

What are your studio essentials?

I don’t have a professional studio…I work on a home studio with my laptop, a pair of Adams, a Blofeld synthesizer, a keyboard and my DAW. I’m happy with what  have, but my future plans is more gear of course. 

 

The last two years have been pretty stellar for you, with an album on Curtea Veche, three EPs in 2018 alone and already this year a stunning appearance on the Otomoji compilation, each release with substantial support. Would you be able to tell us a little about what’s in store for 2019?  

Yeah, 2018 was amazing for me as in releases, and I was really happy with it. 2019 will be more surprisingly, even for me. New Curtea Veche EP, remixes and VA’s on very nice labels.

Approaching the Summer season, what are your favourite parties to play?

As in playing in the Summer season…i don’t have a favourite one, but I’m happy that i will share the decks with Inspirescu, Barac, Mihigh and more @ Arad Open Air festival on June 28-30.

 

Are there any events on your bucket list that you hope to be able to play at soon?

Indeed, I would love to play in Romania at Sunwaves of course and Mioritmic. Outside Ro, would love to play at Hoppetosse, Gazgolder, Caprices.

 

Lastly, what’s inspiring you most at the moment?

My family, nature and of course…music 🙂

Catch Herck Playing at Steppin’ Moton alongside Fabe, Lee Burton and more. Check it Out, Not to be Missed, Happening At fabric London 19th May. ….. Full Event info and Tickets HERE

 

Interview by LILY DALTON 

The underground producer that loves to go deep – Guti

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews

Argentinian producer Guti is one of the most exciting and evolving artists electronic music has to offer. Best known for his groove-loaded take on house and techno that comes to life in his dynamic live set, Guti’s musical roots go deep. After years spent touring in Argentina with a well known rock band, Jovenes Pordioseros, Guti found himself drawn to the dancefloor. Whilst living in Germany, Guti made the acquaintance of Loco Dice and released his debut album Patio De Juegos on Desolat in 2011.

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In the years since, Guti has ascended on an exponential trajectory as an in demand artist with a unique sound. Now, Guti is making a return to his South American roots with his latest album, The Year of the Conga, released on the 29thof March on the Martinez The Martinez Brothers’ Cuttin’ Headz imprint.  The album is testament to Guti’s veteran status, showcasing his breadth of influences across 14 tracks, each rich with South American rhythm and percussive flair. Right in time for summer, Guti is currently touring his album globally. Amidst his packed schedule, Guti found time to chat with us at MEOKO. Read his interview below.

Hey Guti! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us at MEOKO, it’s a pleasure to have you!

Let’s start with you’re forthcoming album ‘ Year of the Conga’ on Cuttin Headz. Could you tell us a little about the inspiration behind the album?

 The inspiration of the album is coming back to the dance floor. Is our rhythm. The Latino in me. It’s all the music I grew up listening to transformed in this electronic artist of a thousand battles that I am today. It’s something we always speak about with the Martinez Brothers and it is what we are. Our essence.

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Listening to the album, it exudes that kind of well-considered sense of ‘sureness’ that only comes from an artist who has truly come into their own. Did it take you long to find your own identity as an artist?

 Thing is I am many artists in one! I am the jazz musician. The underground producer that loves to go deep! I always wanna experiment but I am also the house guy that plays Latin rhythms and enjoys dancing and to make other people dance. I think I finally got in tune with all my sides and I can express myself.

 How would you describe the evolution of your sound over time?

 When I changed scene after all my years with rock bands I was thrilled with making people dance. Was addictive. Then I have some years experimenting. Now I’m back on the dance floor. Synthesizing everything. More direct. The message is more direct.

 What is inspiring you at the moment?

All my inspiration comes from three parts. My life. My love. My issues. I am floating in an endless self discovery trip. And every music I do taps into that.

Aside from working in the studio, you’ve got a pretty packed touring schedule. How do you find balance?

 Well I am pretty unbalanced! Been touring for 20 years! I do my best. Culture and sports. Hang out with my girl and my friends as much as I can. Go to museums. Different socio cultural activities that take me a bit out of my touring that makes me feel I have almost a normal life.

Having played across the globe, are there any particular scenes that attract you most?  

I love to play in South America. I love Latin people and I love Asia. I’m doing this interview from Malaysia! In the end every scene has more in common than what you would think!

 Looking ahead, you’re already set for a pretty stellar summer, with Off Week and Awakenings already announced and more to be confirmed. What’s your favourite part about playing big festivals?

Now I am on a mission. That is to present the album to as many people I can. That’s why I am on this world tour and I’ll pretty much do the whole world in the next couple of months. From Australia, to India, to Latin America, to Europe to the states and back. It’s a challenge to play the album in small clubs and big festivals. And I love it!

Coming from an incredibly diverse musical background, we have to ask, what do you listen to when you’re at home?

 I listen to jazz and salsa. I have an obsession with Oscar Peterson and Hector Lavoe.

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Wrapping things up, what does the future hold for you?

Life goes on. And I am already writing the next album. It’s from our band with Francesco Tristano “Another Paa,dise” and we are also launching a label together and preparing a big live show. We already played Mutek last year and it’s a project that really got me excited.

Interview with Guti by Lily Dalton 

Guti’s new album ‘THE YEAR OF THE CONGA!’  is now available at Beatport, Juno, deejay.de, itunes store and boomcat. – CLICK to buy