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Meoko Gets Lost in Miami

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Reviews

 I distinctly remember watching the 6th Rebel Rave ‘Get Lost’ video from Miami’s 2011 Winter Music Conference. Beautifully shot, edited and sound tracked by Jocie Cox and David Terranova, it visually wriggled itself through dark techno tunnels onto sun drenched disco terraces whilst capturing the plotted madness of a beautiful, blue sky punching crowd. The video’s recap made the hair on the back of my neck prickle to the sounds of Maceo Plex, (who at the time had just exploded under that moniker, was making some serious waves and whose unreleased ‘Her Security’ track had me weak at the knees that entire March) Deniz Kurtel, Dyed Soundorom and a colossal 18 other acts who schmoozily pounded their way through 17 hours of the tracks of 2011 that one simply couldn’t escape – no matter how hard you tried. Topped off with guest vox from Trox at the end of the night it was only natural that upon my first trip to Miami WMC this year, there was one party I wasn’t going to miss…the 7th edition of ‘Get Lost’.

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Craig Richards – Photographed by Amin KO Beydoun

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MEOKO catches up with Items & Things

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews

Marc Houle, Magda, and Troy Pierce might have been surprised by the measure of column inches devoted to them in 2011, but minimal’s biggest break-up was always destined to be one of the stories of the year.

The three longtime friends have been affiliated with Richie Hawtin and his Minus imprint through it all: from the halcyon days of warehouse parties in Detroit and Windsor, to the birth of Minus, through the shift to Berlin and the popular rise of minimal techno, and via their each of individual paths as artists and performers – Houle’s wintry minimalism, Pierce’s broad techno palette, and Magda’s oft-quoted position as the most popular female DJ and producer in electronic music today.

Then there were the celebrated releases and the accolades, the tours and arena shows, the ‘cube’ and the documentary, followed by rumbles of a growing backlash. Yet even as the lustre of minimal techno was fading, no-one anticipated the next move: in August Marc, Magda, and Troy unexpectedly announced that they were leaving the Minus family, amicably, to focus their attentions on their joint-yet-dormant imprint, Items & Things.

In the five months since, the trio have proven to be as wholly committed to their mission – to “pursue our own unique musical styles even further” – as stated at that time. Items & Things has been on a hot streak of momentum unearthing new newcomers Danny Benedettini and Madato, releasing new music by its founders, and hosting a number of purposefully intimate parties that take the focus of the label back to its underground club roots.

2011 was a watershed year for the Items & Things trio, so in the pause between that year and this one we fired over some email questions to Marc Houle and Troy Pierce, to get their take on everything that’s happened in the past year, and clue us in on their moves for the future.

If you had to describe Items & Things in one sentence to someone with no background knowledge of the label, what would that sentence be?

Troy: Items & Things is run by three close friends who all share a similar aesthetic when it comes to dance music. Think stripped down spacey disco with a splash of techno funk.

Marc: It’s a label making fun, strange and interesting techno and house tracks.

Were you surprised by the amount of press attention you received when you announced that you were leaving Minus and reviving Items & Things?

Troy: Yeah i was very surprised, I wasn’t really sure anyone would care.


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After Jimmy Edgar’s Funktion Of Your Love EP in 2009 things went quiet with Items & Things for a couple of years. What was that lull due to? And was it always your intention to revive the label at some point?

Troy: after that EP Minus decided to focus on their own projects (they were handling the business end of our label). The three of us were really busy with touring and all of that so we put it to rest for a while. Magda was the first to bring up the idea to relaunch the label and once we found a proper label manager it all made sense.

2011 was a busy year for Items & Things, what were some of the highlights?

Troy: The first Down & Out party we did in Berlin was really special. Cool people into cool music and having a blast.

What unique thing do you think Items & Things brings to what is already a fairly crowded landscape of electronic music labels?

Troy: I think we have an interesting angle; Magda, Marc and myself have each been into dance music for a long time and were lucky enough to grow up close to some of the most influential cities and artists in techno. Because of that, we hear things in a similar way and pick out the music that references our foundation, but with a modern twist.

Can you tell me something about each of your label partners, about a unique quality that they bring to the mix?

Troy: Magda is super picky, in a good way, and obsesses over the details. Marc lives in bizarro Marc-land and has ideas that Magda and I would never dream of… again, in a good way.

Marc: When it comes to finding new talent, Troy and Magda are key. As DJs they can play out all the new demos and find all the treasures. As for the label and releases we really come together to make a sound and aesthetic that is unique. It’s really tough to pinpoint exactly what’s going on but we all make up for each others’ ineptitude somehow.


You’ve all known each other for a long time, do you naturally fall into roles within the label, like one person is great at A&R, or another is great with visual branding, etc?

Troy: Yeah sort of. The three of us try to agree on everything in the end so whatever part of a project gets the focus, each of us gives our input in the end.

Marc: It all sorta blurs together. One week I might slack but the others step up and get things done. The best thing we did was to surround ourselves with a great team. They are really working hard and getting so much done. So we get a giant list of things to go through and have meetings and get work done in between all the joking around.

Are there any lessons or advice that you’ve taken from Richie and Minus that you’re now able to apply as label bosses?

Troy: Of course. It was great to be a part of the label and its success and hopefully that experience can translate into our label.

Marc: For sure. Being on Minus really showed me the difference between a regular label and a label that pushes the boundaries. Minus always had a great aesthetic and a great eye for marketing, so we picked up on all of that and we’re also trying to learn from mistakes here and there. We’re not looking to be a label like Minus but sure, everything we learned has had an impact on our approach.

How do you think the relaunch year of Items & Things has changed you as an artist?

Troy: I feel more focused and more driven to make our own label a success. Taking more control and responsibility for things.

Marc: For me personally it was more or less me taking care of my career because now the days of me just doing what Minus said is over. It was very nice to just sit back and watch as the label did all the work but it’s much nicer to take it into my own hands.

How do you feel that your Down & Out parties have gone so far, and what are your plans for the future?

Troy: Each one has been a massive success I think. We have a few coming up in Mexico, Miami, Chicago, Detroit. I am really looking forward to these parties outside of Europe to see how the rest of the world reacts.

Marc: So far the parties have been great. The music has been very fun, the locations have been special and the people coming out were really there because of the music. It makes the biggest difference when you know that everyone there is on the same page. Our goal of the party is to return to the smaller, less known clubs and do a sound and experience that we all control. It’s great to play in big clubs and festivals but somehow the best shows are always the small underground places with a crowd that loves music and is there to party 100%

Are there any upcoming Items & Things artists or remixers that we should keep an eye on, and is there anyone on your wish list to work with?

Troy: Madato and Danny, these two guys are amazing and I truly believe they will continue to release awesome music. Wish list.. hmmm I hope to get together with Bruno Pronsato and make some ‘adult contemporary dance music’.
by: Christine Kakaire (MEOKO)

James What – Upcoming collaboration with Damian Lazarus

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Reviews

Hi James,
Happy New Year, we’re sure it’s going to be a successful one for you.
How did you spend your New Year? Any glamorous gigs, or was it a chilled one in front of the tv with a pipe?

James: I’ve been giging and travelling in Asia/Australia for the first time since November, flying back to london this week. The gigs were all fun and met some amazing people along the way.


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A word with the lady herself, Nicole Moudaber + Some Great Prize Giveaways

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews, MEOKO Exclusive

Hi Nicole, thanks for joining us. It’s been a busy year so far. What
have been the absolute highlights for you so far?

Space Ibiza with Coxy and various gigs around the world – and all US
sorry can’t list everything ..

You had a very international upbringing. Tell us about how you first
encountered and fell in love with house music?

It was in NYC when i first saw the light – on a dancefloor, it
suddenly struck me so hard and i felt the music then.
got hooked ever since. i live it and breathe everyday, it keeps me
balanced in my life, it’s my daily drug.

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You were bringing dance music into Beirut as it was still recovering
from serious civil and political instability. Do you think the
people of Lebanon embraced dance music, and especially your parties,
as a way to escape and move on from the violence of war?

Lebanese are mediterranean people, and usually people who come from
that area love to party and love life.
even during the war, the lebanese never stopped to party, they’d
wait for the bombs to stop and gather for drinks.
we are full of energy, perhaps it’s the hot weather 🙂

Were you throwing the parties because you really believed in the
power of dance music to unite and entertain?

Fully. and because i wanted to share my love of music. it proved
it could unite, i had all the kids from muslims, christians, druz
and jews dancing all together and loving it. it was incredible and
a powerful moment in my life.

You started off as a very successful promoter. Did you always have
the dj career in mind or was it something that developed as a result
of throwing parties?

I never thought once to put myself on my parties. i’m not sure why
? i was too immersed with everything else, my challenges back then
differed, i wanted the music to be heard and worked hard to get it
up and running over in The Lebanon. Then i moved to London and did
the same as well as running my own label, promoted parties for 5
years at Turnmills London every month and again didn’t even cross my
mind. it was only when i stepped away from music for a bit, i was
building / refurbishing a house in Ibiza, when i completed it, it
dawned on me and i was ready to be creative and do something
different. i guess the house was a creative outlet for me, check it
here www.villabes.com

Carl Cox was one of the first to notice you and gave you your first
big break. Tell us about the first time you played alongside him.
That must have been nerve-racking!

It was !! i get an email from his manager Lynn, asking if i was
free to do a London date with Carl. I nearly shocked.
it was a little venue called Guanabara, held about 500 people, very
exclusive gig to support the launch of a DVD he had out. i played
before him for 2 hours, then suddenly he’s behind me waiting for me
to finish, i turned and saw him for the first time ever.
incredible persona, he had a smile on his face, surely he was happy
with what i was doing. after that, he invited me to play Space ibiza
that summer, and i have been his guest for the past 3 years now.
he did hold me by the hair and tossed me to the world and i’m
forever grateful to him. since then we became very close, i love
him to bits.

There’s clearly something about your dj style that both djs and
clubbers really love. What is it about the way you mix that works so
well? What’s most important to you when behind the decks?

Music speaks for itself, i guess it’s down to taste at the end of the day.
i don’t just play records for the sake of it, if it doesn’t move me
and feel i want to dance to it, i won’t play it.

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Tell us about your relationship with Danny Tenaglia. What’s he like,
both as a person and to play alongside as a performer?

I only played with him 3 times really, Miami, Rio and Ibiza. again
i developed a friendship with Danny like i did with Carl
he’s great, moody sometimes with dark humour 🙂

Ẅhat is it about the big performers like Carl and Danny that sets
them apart from the rest?
He’s just turned 50, do you see yourself djing and making music
until a similar age? Or do you have other, quieter plans for the

No rest for the wicked !! i will keep doing this til i drop

Finally, you’re playing the big Spiritoso warehouse party in London
on the 25th alongside Cristian Varela and Marco Bailey. It must be
very special for you to return to London to play and very different
from the Ibiza gigs. Are you looking forward to it?

So much looking forward to it
i’m a fan of both Cristian and Marco’s work, it’s going to be an
amazing night
thanks and see you then !
ciaooooo x

Win Marco Bailey & Nicole Moudaber Vinyl + exclusive Cristian Varela USBs & T-shirts plus a pair of tickets to Spiritoso Records Showcase with the legendary techno duo Cristian Varela and Marco Bailey b2b set joined by dance music hottest new comer Nicole Maudaber . Only with Meoko!!!

To win, tell us what is the name of Cristian Varela and Marco Bailey record label name:

1. Pornographic
2. Technographic
3. Porno Head
4. Techno Head

Friday 25 November 2011

22.00 pm- 06.00 am

7-9 Crucifix Lane, London Se1 3JW

Cost Early Bird £10/£12/£15/£20 OTD

Line Up:

  • VALO
  • LAN

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After the Cadenza Halloween spectacular, Spiritoso’s next party see them take over the amazing Crucifix Lane Warehouse space. And with such a special venue, who better to provide the soundscape? Two of the world’s best Techno DJ’s will be playing a very special back 2 back set this November. Christian Varela is to Techno, what butter is to bread, being voted best Techno DJ in both 2007 and 2008. His dynamic style, always mixing with three or four decks, and strong list of over 150 productions make him one of the most prestigious names in Techno. His partner on the night, Marco Bailey, needs little introduction. With huge releases on many of Europe’s biggest labels such as Bedrock, Drumcode and Intec, Marco’s diverse Techno sound has hit all the best venues and festivals across the globe. His MB Elektronics and MB Selektions labels have been releasing music from the likes of Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Umek, John Digweed and Christian Varela to much acclaim. A back 2 back set from these two Techno warlords will be simply unmissable.

If that wasn’t enough, Nicole Moudaber will also be joining the show. Her steady rise over the last 5 years has seen her release on imprints such as ViVa, AreaRemote and Intacto. Her dark and driving sets of deep Techno and groovy house rhythms will complement the night perfectly. Featured as the ‘Rising Star’ on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show, Nicole will blow you away with her sets and prodcutions alike.





London’s Artists Cut to the Chase ….

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, News

When dance music culture began to expand from the USA into London in the mid eighties, it slowly but surely spawned a community of aspiring young DJ’s and producers to go with it. Over the following decade, artists began to flock to London’s fertile breeding ground where artistic expression and a sense of community amidst electronic music was forming. London has since become one of the most influential electronic capitals in the world, but what is it that has drawn the multicultural population of musicians here? While clubs are an essential driving force behind the scene with venues such as fabric keeping us firmly on the official map – the unknown and underground sector that allows upcoming artists to be heard is just as, if not more essential to what makes London the creative hub that it is today.

From London’s fabric review and Serialism’s interview about its upcoming ‘London Cuts Volume 2’, I spoke to the compilations artist’s to find out just what it is that has made them migrate or remain here when it comes to developing their craft. Whilst they may now all lean towards house and techno, it hasn’t always been the case – the UK and its capital instigated Dubstep, Breakbeat & Drum & Bass which have all weaved throughout the ‘London Cuts’ artists’ studios and night lives. From fabric to car parks, Herbal to kitchen afterparties and The End to derelict warehouses; ‘London Cuts Volume 2’ and its sounds have all been inspired, moulded and changed through living and working in London. This is their thoughts on a trip through the London Underground…


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Win Tickets, T-Shirts and Free Drinks at Urban Nerds this Friday! BOSH!

By Competitions, Festival, Hot Off The Press

Look Out – Urban Nerds have something special in store for their fans this Halloween, in four years Urban Nerds has risen in the ranks of underground clubbing to become one of London’s biggest bass brands. The amazing Crucifix Lane warehouse space will play host to Hatcha, the Dubstep heavyweight, as well as grime collectives OSsplus Urban Nerds family Marcus Nasty, Klose and Rattus. Headlining is the biggest rising DJ Duo of 2011, KillSonic the latest recruits on MTA records. Room 2 is hosted by Black Butter Records in what promises to be the perfect warm up for Snowbombing festival!

Two very lucky winners could not only win a free ticket to the Urban Nerds Halloween Extravaganza, but also a free Addict T-Shirt and two free drinks coupons for the party. To enter the prize please email: hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk with ‘BIG BASS’ in the title…

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Very limited early bird – £8 + bf

Standard advance – £10 + bf

£15 on the door

MEOKO chats to La Fleur

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


Every year there is a deluge of new DJs and producers all proclaiming to be ‘the one to watch’, but Sanna ‘La Fleur’ Engdahl is one of the special ones who has broken through and made her mark. Bursting out of the gate in February with her debut DJ set at Fabric, she’s been on the up ever since. The groundswell of DJ support for her Flowerhead EP in 2010 – the debut of her own vinyl-only label Power Plant – continued into this year when WhatPeoplePlay launched their new label with La Fleur’s Flowerhead Revisited EP, including Spencer Parker’s chart-topping remix.

The Swedish-born and Berlin-based artist has steadily developed into the fully-fledged artist that she is now: a DJ, producer, radio presenter, label owner and fashion designer, with a creative spirit, a clear artistic vision and the need to stay continually inspired.

For our readers who aren’t familiar with you, how would you introduce yourself?

 I’m a Swedish dj, producer and label manager. Fours years ago I decided to move to Berlin to get going with my own productions so I left my pharmacy career behind me in Sweden. Well in Berlin I also started my imprint Power Plant, which is mostly known as Power Plant Records. Power Plant is a foundation and breeding ground with branches within music, art and we put the power in different creative projects that we would like to see grow.

Why do you think you’ve ended up following a few different paths at the same time?  It all started out with the love for music, and through that it has developed and built up to what I’m doing now. The different paths are just different artistic expressions coming together through music somehow. I always did a lot of different things. I danced for eight years, I played the piano, the flute, stuff like that, and I have an interest in art and clothes. So in some way I’ve just continued doing the things I like, maybe in a different way but still with the same urge to create or express myself. Therefore Power Plant is an outlet for all the creative things I’m interested in. On our label nights we usually have a lot of installations. Last labelnight in Stockholm we made 200 pin wheels (the logo for Power Plant) and arranged them into a huge field in the basement, where you walk through to take the elevator up to the club. There were also an installation with three of the samples from the forthcoming clothing line and on the dance floor we had an interactive audio installation. For me music is the nourishing part, the core from which everything grows and come together.

What was your first introduction to electronic music?  I always loved to dance, and I think for me the love for electronic music comes from the dance. When I discovered electronic music, at night clubs at first, it was a ‘wow’ feeling. I could dance to that for hours, with people or by myself, without rules. I was really blown away.

What came first for you as an artist?  DJing. Even when I was listening to other genres like rock or pop I was always at home recording mix tapes for friends saying ‘please listen to this’. I really tried to convince them to listen to the music I liked, preaching about the music I loved. Early on when I was first in clubs and saw the dj playing, I thought ‘I wanna do that too’.

How long did you spend honing your skills for before playing out?  I started in 2004. So I was at home practising a lot and I got a gig from the guy who introduced me to mixing in 2004, so kind of soon after I got started. First I I tried it out with CDs and then i got my turntables in mid 2004 and thought ‘wow. THIS is fun’.

What was that first gig like?  I’m not sure it was the very first one but one of the first gigs was at a festival and at that time hip hop was mainly being played in Sweden and everyone asked me ‘why house music? why don’t you play hip hop?’. I remember that there weren’t that many people on my dance floor, but there was a older famous Swedish artist from a rock band, and another famous Swedish hip hop artist, and they were dancing!(Ulf Lundell & Timbuktu) It was a weird first gig but it was fun.

Where did you go after leaving Örebro your home town?  I went to Uppsala where I studied to my master of degree in Pharmaceutical Science, and at the end of my studies I started djing and had my first gigs. Then I moved to Stockholm where I worked as a pharmacist and started to dj more and more.

Why did you decide to leave for Berlin when there was so much going on for you in Sweden?  I felt like I needed inspiration in my everyday life. I was working full time and had a good job but it was taking up a lot of time, and I was playing every weekend and I really wanted to get going with my productions but it was hard to find the time. So I thought I need to go somewhere where I don’t know anyone, where I could lock myself into the studio but still feel inspired. I’d visited Berlin and I really fell in love with the city and thought, why not go there and feel inspired?

Do you think Berlin has had an effect on you as a DJ or a producer?  Yes, Berlin has given me a lot of influence and inspiration! I often get the feeling that it’s happening first in Berlin. You really feel like you’re in the middle of it here. Of course it effects you in some way, in a good way I hope (laughs).

Your track “Flowerhead” really blew up and was then chosen to launch the WhatPeoplePlay label, how did that all come about?  Flowerhead EP, with the tracks Et La Fleur and Flowerhead, was the first release on my limited vinyl only label Power Plant Records. These two tracks were really special to me and I had wanted to start a label for many years so thought: OK lets do it! The EP was released in May 2010 with a beautiful artwork by German illustrator Olaf Hajek. I was really nervous because people told me ‘no, you’ll lose so much money, don’t do it’ and I had also shopped the tracks around to other labels with no success so I thought I would have to buy the 500 copies myself! But then it turned out that people liked it, and it sold out very quickly. I was really happy about it and got support from a lot of great artists and Spencer Parker was one of them. He was one of the first who really took it up and then he asked me if he could do a remix of the Flowerhead track. And around the same time the distributor Word & Sound contacted me and wanted to distribute and/or license the EP from me for their new label Whatpeopleplay. I didn’t want license the whole EP since I released it as vinyl only so we decieded to go with just the Flowerhead track. They suggested Spencer Parker to do a remix, so it was perfect. Like it was meant to be.

Why did you decide that Power Plant would be a vinyl only label?  I love vinyl, I love the feel, the look and the sound of it. Also the cover artwork is a big part of my label, and you don’t get that if you only release in digital. And if you do digital you wouldn’t really see the artwork. I had people that bought the vinyl because they liked the tracks and cover and sent in pictures of themselves with the vinyl, saying ‘I don’t actually have a turntable, can you send me the digital?’ (laughs) which I did. The promotion was also done digitally as well so its not like it’s not available, of course i want people to listen to it so it’s up on Soundcloud and Youtube etc. Every vinyl comes with a special artwork, first out was Olaf Hajek, the second release on PPR had an artwork from visionary illustrator and collagist Sätty. I want every release to be special and beautiful, a piece of art to hang on the wall when it’s not in the record bag.

Have you thought of venturing into live shows as well?  Yes, that’s been on my mind for some time now. I’m learning Ableton at the moment so next year I’d definitely like to have a live set ready, that’s a goal.

What’s up next for you and Power Plant?  I have a release coming out on Power Plant Records, in the near future and I have some other exciting things coming up that I can’t talk about yet! Power Plant are also in the making of the alternative to the merchandise t-shirt; a five pieve collection that will be ready for A/W 2012. We also plan a labelnight in Malmö in the beginning of December. I’m also doing a cooperation with a Swedish headphone company, Zound Industries, they’re starting a new headphone label and I’m going to be involved with that.

You’re quite an inspirational character having forged your own path and created opportunities for yourself, do you have any word of advice for other people who may be thinking about making their own way in this industry?  Just do it! Follow your heart, don’t be afraid, aim high and you’ll get there eventually, in some way.


MEOKO digs deeper behind the mystery of the Krankbrothers

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews


It’s Sunday afternoon and MEOKO is here with Dan and Kieran Clancy, otherwise known as the Krankbrothers , with all the mystery behind the guys, we decided to dig a little deeper and find out the real story behind the Krankbrothers.

We hear you just got back from Burning man Festival in the desert, tell us a little bit about your trip.

Kieran: Yeah we just got back two weeks ago from six days, it was good, I mean it’s a week long but we just went in on the second day and left on the last day, we were there with a load friends partying and then got to DJ a few times, it was amazing.

Dan: It’s the best place to go to do anything you want to do.

Sounds a bit like your nights that you promote, you have a reputation for throwing these really crazy off the wall events across London, how did it all start?

Kieran: Yeah I think the main ambition originally was to do something a little bit different, we were both quite bored with what was going on in London, you know obviously nightclubs had sort of been closing down the last five years, there were loads of warehouse parties but we just wanted to do something that really focused on the venue rather than purely on the music. We started out as a private party where we used to do these massive crazy fancy dress parties, then it got to the point where we had 300 people turning up so we thought we might as well do it every couple of months and let members of the public come and that was basically the start of Krankbrother.

And so Krankbrother? Tell us, where did that name originate from then? What does it mean?

Dan: I think it was after a few drinks in a pub when we wanted to keep the name brother cause we’re both brothers and so we were just messing around with a few words and we decided that krank seemed to fit with brother, and then it was only afterwards we realized there were a few negative connotations attached with the word (laughs)

You do look quite different actually…negative connotations, what do you mean?

Dan: A few things, one is a grumpy man, the other one means jacking off and crying at the same time (laughs)

You guys seem to be abroad in Europe a lot, Ibiza especially, are you planning to expand and run your nights out there?

Kieran: we’ve been talking about doing a little tour in 2012 , maybe going to a few European clubs and putting some events on, taking on a room and taking a few djs with us. We’re going to be doing about 2 or 3 boat parties in Ibiza next year.

Dan: Yeah, I think the boat parties are really going to be the focus of the abroad stuff next year. I just did my 30th birthday over there in Ibiza with 80 close friends on a boat which was an amazing vibe. We’ve got a beautiful yacht lined up for about 150 people and some really good acts lined up too.

Kieran: We will just be pushing the outdoor thing as much as possible, we really have found that the outdoor parties are what people want more than anything. I think people are sort of very desperate to get out of these crap basements and actually party in nice locations.

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How do you always find these locations, must be tough to always find a new venue each time? How do you manage?

Kieran: it’s just through having lived in the area for a while and knowing quite a few people I guess.

Dan: word of mouth, speaking to friends, seeing what other promoters are doing, just keeping your ears to the ground, it’s difficult, it becomes more and more difficult the bigger party you do….just trying to stay ahead of what other promoters are doing. Also, not being afraid to move around…our last one was in West London and the one before that was in Pekham and our parties started in Elephant and Castle, so our crowd have always been good for moving around. As long as you guarantee the venue is good enough, people don’t mind it.

Sounds like you have quite a lot of other exciting projects on at the moment, we hear you just launched a DJ agency?

Yeah the Krankbrother DJ Booking Agency launched this week actually, so we have seven people on the agency starting with ourselves, and then Alexis Raphael who you probably know, had a massive track this summer, ‘Kitchens and Bedrooms’. We’ve got WildKats who are putting up some great stuff, they’ve got a hot creations EP coming out so they’re making waves with all the right people. We got Nick Lawson who’s got a Visionquest tune out already and runs a really good night out in Nottingham. I got Tad Wily, who’s kind of the disco king of the agency. No Artificial Colours who are two young guys from south London and then DZeta N’ Basile . They’re two Italian guys who are also making some nice stuff so it’s all good.

“This is something MEOKO is really supporting, up and coming talent across the UK.”

So we have to know, you two are brothers, what’s that like working so closely with each other? Has anyone got any annoying tendencies? (laughs)

Dan: its easy working with your brother actually, you know where you are, it’s the easiest person I have ever worked with and in terms of djing, it’s great fun to dj with as well. We both started playing out by ourselves – we both used to play warm ups and closing acts at parties and ended playing back to back a few times and our sound went so much better together with the crowd and everything. It’s just much more fun partying with someone in the dj booth than on your own.

Kieran: I think especially when you playing back to back as well, you need quite a good understanding of the other dj to follow each other’s lead as you can’t plan your set like when you’re playing on your own, you can only plan as far as the next track cause you never know what he is going to play.

Your styles are quiet different as DJ’s…

Kieran: I think so, Dan used to traditionally play more funked up house stuff and I used to play more harder German techno but now it seems to have switched and I m going a little funkier and Dan is going a little harder (laughs)

Who are your biggest influences as DJ’s?

Kieran : Just probably the people we have booked, the people we have played with, I think that is really what has shaped where we have gone with our sound.

Dan: There are a few key labels who we have always respected like Mobilee, Bpitch, Get Physical, Dirty Bird and Crosstown Rebels, all those guys have been a really big influence on us and our djing in particular.

Have you guys ever thought about starting your own record label?

Dan: We’d love to one day, I mean its every boys dream to set up a record label its just if and when, it’s definitely a long term project!

Kieran: I think we’ve got the talent on the agency now whereby we could put out really good music. It’s just a question of getting the agency to the point we want to and then thinking about the label.

What other projects have you got in the pipeline?

Dan: Yeah, I just launched a new warehouse space in Shoreditch. Last weekend we launched with Vice Magazine so it’s a big creative event space . We do everything from fashion shows to product launches, club nights, concerts. We’ve been crazy busy with that already, we literally finished building works about 5 minutes before we opened!

Where abouts in Shoreditch is the space?

Dan : it’s just off Curtain Road, so we’ve got some really interesting stuff coming up….


You guys are real experts in what you do, there is something we want to ask you, what do you think is the next big thing in dance music?

Kieran: it goes in cycles and it’s been really housey and funky for the last year but I think its going to start going a bit more brooding and harder again, a bit more edgy!

Dan: yeah, I think we’ll see some deeper techno again as the last two summers have been very housey with the incorporation of some UK garage elements. The Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Hot Creations sound is huge…. I feel its going to swing back a little. London really seems the forefront of electronic music at the moment, Crosstown and Hot Creations in particular.

What are your main requirements for the successful nights with Krankbrothers?

Kieran: Just finding the right venue, we don’t like doing these really skanky warehouses were you sit and get covered in dust and shit, actually a nice environment to party with rather then people paying money to go to a place where the place is dripping in sweat and the rest of it, so yeah the emphasis for us was always finding places that are ‘nice’ and ‘interesting’.

What up and coming events have you got on the go?

Dan: The next one we’ve got lined up is at the end of this month. It’s in a beautiful huge loft, its going to be fancy dress. It’s an incredible loft with windows all down the one side, it’s really difficult to find the right space that’s big enough but this one is just an unbelievable site, I am probably looking forward to that party more than any other party this year.

Kieran: I can honestly say when I walked in there, it’s the best space I have seen for a party in London, it’s just unbelievable.

Dan: we’ve got Shonky and Matt Tolfrey joining us for that one, nice deep line up so should be fun…

What’s been your favorite party you have done so far…

Kieran: I think probably the roof party for me with Heidi, 900 people, amazing weather, great music , Heidi absolutely killed it, she had the whole place hopping up and down, Lee Curtis was brilliant, really got it started, built it up slowly, it was jut perfect.

Dan: The other thing about that party is there was torrential rain for the first two hours, I did not think we were going to open , the weather was so bad you could not even see 10 meters, then came this beautiful sunshine, and almost as a result of that the energy was ridiculous!

Unseen footage of rooftop party with Heidi and Lee Curtis..

We feel you have created this new club experience, it’s not a club, it;s not a warehouse, it’s something different…..

So the final question for today, what is your favorite tune of the summer 2011?

Kieran: Alexis Raphael – Kitchens and Bedrooms

A little biased there maybe…?

Kieran: (laughs)perhaps (laughs)no, but really, it’s been played all over DC10, Space and everywhere else this summer. And the original too, not the remix because the original is the best!

Dan: for me I think it’s probably Nhar – Innerplace, which has a nice eighties kind of vibe to it, quite euphoric but works really well.

Thanks guys for having us in your home, best of luck with everything!