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London Always Has A Special Place For Me, The History Of Dance Music Is Vibrant And Is Still Bustling With Energy.’: Maher Daniel Mix & Interview

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It has been a long time coming, join us as we caught up with the natural and humble talent that is, Maher Daniel including a special mix described in his own words;

‘.. it will start of Slow and build nicely telling a story.’

1-      Hey Maher, first of all thanks for your time. How are things so far, how was your Off Week?

Off week was good, great to see and hang out with so many friends, considering I live in barca I took it a little easy and went to specific events. Its gets a little hectic and can’t be everywhere at once. But over all I had a great time and it was definitely a refreshing year.

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2-      Born in San Francisco growing up in Montreal, living in Barcelona; How is life treating you in Barcelona? And please tell us about the scene in Montreal as your Motherland.

Living in Barcelona is fantastic It truly is a central hub in Europe with a lot of shows and artists coming through. The city itself is refreshing the people and the energy is amazing I would not change it for anything. Montreal was considered one of North Americas main party hubs, the city and its dance music culture really brought me to where I am today. From its summer events at Piknic Electronik and its vibrant club scene its still going strong building and growing.

3-      You have recently been to London to play at Apt: x Visionquest alongside Shaun. We heard the event went great. How does it feel for you to visit London to play?

London always has a special place for me, the history of dance music is vibrant and is still bustling with energy. I love coming back to London and playing. The Apt: team were wonderful and the showcase with Shaun was solid. we both had a great time and the party was really good. Looking forward to coming back again.  

4-      Sadly you had a misfortune with your flight which resulted in late arrival to Sunwaves; but you still managed to play last April. Also that picture, Guti and Amir dancing on the bar while Argenis Brito playing, you also appeared in the picture with a big smile. How was your Sunwaves 23 experience overall?

That was a whirlwind of emotions, but I still managed to play on Tuesday morning. All in all Sunwaves this year was truly incredible. Every year it only gets better and better. The team and staff are truly amazing and take care of the artist, Like there own. The vibe and energy is refreshing and inspirational. I always come back from sunwaves with new ideas for production and studio work. It really gets the creative juices flowing.  Arpiar Friday night was on fire and one of the stand out sets for me this year was Petre Inspirecu on Monday morning.

5-      Your Creatures of Habit mix landed at a good time remarking the collaboration. How did you guys meet and decide to play back to back? Any future gigs as COH?

Yes it did, myself and Amir had met a long time ago in Montreal but then he left to work in Paris, on his return to Montreal, I Happened to be playing with Ricardo the same night at stereo and he was there. We connected and the birth of Creatures of habit started then. There are a few gigs in the pipeline including our show at the Bpm festival for my label showcase The Other Side.

6-      Looking at your recent & upcoming gigs, it is pretty heavy. You are played with RPR at SS festival; it sounds like a great lineup. It must be a great feeling to play alongside the Romanian trio. Will it be the first time?

Yes been really busy building a solid schedule for the summer and this is one I was excited for, as it was the first time for all us of playing in Iceland. I have played with the guys 2 other time this will be the third time. It is always exciting playing along side the boys, as they do inspire me technically and musically.

7-      Speaking of upcoming releases, please tell us a bit about your future releases, collaborations and remixes.

Well one that I am really looking forward to came out on July 23rd on circle music. They got the rights to Der Dritte Raum’s album and have reissued one of my all time favourites Hale Bopp, which I have had the honour to remix. Also the first release for the second series of records on my label The Other Side will  see a Creatures of Habit Collaboration with a remix from Barac. Plus much more

8-      An exciting project, The Other Side Series; Any future plans/releases you can share with us?

The Beauty of the label was to always push up and coming artist plus a specific sound and direction and I think with the first releases I was able to do this. Following up in its second year there is a lot of exciting new material coming out. With artists such as Guy From Downstairs, Faster,  Barac, Hokuto Sato and Creatures of Habit.

9-   Thank you for the mix, it sounds quality. How would you describe it?

This is mix is a curated  with loads of new music I have collected and ordered over the last couple months it will start of Slow and build nicely telling a story.

10-   It has been a pleasure to catch up with you. Anything else you would like to add?

Thanks for Having me it really was a pleasure being part of the editorial and thank you for having me. #

 

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Starting September The Right Way w/ Hypnotic School Day Festival

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As we make our final touches on our summer party calendar, we take a closer inspection at what Hypnotic School are serving up in a few weeks time in Barcelona. Starting September the right way.

The Hypnotic organisation pride themselves on proving how much art, music and culture can be combined to make a positive influence on people’s lives, and on September the 1st they will be demonstrating this at an extremely special location. Skate Park BDN plays host to the day festival, an off-key venue located next to the beach, transformed by specialised production staff to enhance the experience.

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Music on the day will be nothing short of amazing, with artists of the highest order on the bill to perform in this perfect setting. The special guest for the occasion will be tINI, a fitting choice for the atmosphere of the day at the skate park. Alt. Society, Cab Drivers, and revered selector, Julian Perez, will join her next to the beach for a day of distinguished sounds. Performing live sets will be the fantastic Ion Ludwig, a raw and natural talent with technology, and exceptional trio Premiesku will be there to take you on a trip on the Funktion One sound system.

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It does not end there. To make this experience well rounded there will be various movements located around the venue. Art exhibitions, art performances including live painting, and personal gifts from the Hypnotic School camp. An underlying passion for the brand is to keep vinyl culture alive, so there will be a wide selection records available to buy in the on-site vinyl store. A nice touch for the day is, that party goers will be able to come and go back and forth to the beach as much as they like, so if you need to rest those legs the beach or chill out area will be available throughout. Also taking a focus on gastronomy, and ecological sustainability HS will be providing their own food and one off refreshments for the day session.

There will be a live stream available for those who cannot make the event, but we highly recommend you take the trip and be hypnotised in Barcelona. More than just a party, a full participation for attendees with a sound track like no other.

Enjoy the best of both worlds, urban and nature all in one sitting.

Words by Zac Bidwell

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Into The Valley Journey | A Brand Committed to Beyond the Norm

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With a recent announcement of their second wave of artists, and second release tickets, we look at what the Into The Valley team have in store for us all this September. Taking place on the 28th September until the 30th, and as always a unique and off key location will be awaiting festival goers. A breathe of fresh air and a new start for Into The Valley, as they take their experience and organisation to the picturesque Andalusian Coast in Spain (as south as you can possibly go in Europe). In total 46 artists will travel to the historic realms of Fuengirola a small and remote town that can easily be accessed via Malaga. So far 26 of the artists have been revealed. The recent announcement included an array of special performances including Floating Points (Live), Hunee, Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers (Live), Schatrax and a special Svek (Jesper Dalhbäck x Stephan Grieder) appearance.

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Day time events will be taking place during the hours of 12:00 – 23:00 spread across three stages The Castle, The Theatre, and The Beach. The location is somewhat different to what we have seen in the past, but prepare to be charmed by the historic setting of the Solheil Castle, which leads you to the sunny coast in the south of Spain. The Beach stage will be open to the general public throughout the duration, bringing a strong link between the community and the festival. Alongside these beautiful backdrops, will be a more industrial setting, a non-stop stage, keeping the fun rolling.

The Into The Valley crew work tirelessly to create the most fulfilling experience for all involved, including the local communities. Wherever they may locate their parties, there is strong communication and involvement with the surrounding people. Cuisine is something they account highly for collaborating with local businesses and restaurants ensuring the ultimate healthy food and beverage balance for all attending.

An Into The Valley journey is always a special one, a brand committed to beyond the norm. Many more announcements will be made within the next few months, including the night time artists, the Sunday after party, and several collaborations ITV will make with local businesses.

All information: https://www.intothevalley.com/

Words by Zac Bidwell

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3 Smoked Olives Festival – One of a Kind

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In under a week, a magical annual journey will be taking place on a island on the Danube river, located on the border between Romania and Bulgaria. 25th July – 30th. Coming up to its sixth year, 3 Smoked Olives Festival proves once again why it should become a vital part of your party calendar, and also showing how large festivals can take better care of our environment and the nature they seclude themselves in.  A worldwide cast have been called in for the occasion including over 40 artists such as Akufen, Dan Andrei, Ion Ludwig, Lamache, Losoul and Zendid.

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A five-day music marathon, with no limit or boundaries on the variation of sounds. The musical soundscape will be unlimited with a certain underlying form; people will be dancing whether it is in the summer breeze or beneath the starry night sky. The team pride themselves on their taste in flavours spanning from house, techno, minimal, breaks, soul, jazz, reggae, you name it, and it is welcome on the island of Danube. Allowing the festivalgoers to let loose in their own particular ways.

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3SOF allow you to reach full contentment before the journey has to end, and for us, that is the key.

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Five days can certainly take its toll on the body, but whilst on the island there will be plenty of activities and water sports to get involved with. A small break from the dance. In the sea, you will be able to go kayaking, surfing and wakeboarding.  Also on offer will be theatre shows, movie projects, improvisation classes and documentaries will be shown across the duration of the festival. Catering for everyone when they need that rest bite.

Full LineUp:
Ada Kaleh RomâniaAkim#AkufenAndreiuAndrey PUSHKAREVBonsoBrossCamilo Gil & [ØNE + 1] – CharlieClovisCrihanDan AndreiDj VasileDragos IliciGeorge LGescuGOLANHerodotIon LudwigJunki InoueKosta – AWDDLamacheLosoulMaria Von CMaxi StorrsMihai PolMihai PopoviciuMiss IMṛ RoussosOlga KorolPetra AckerPiticuPrichindelRAHA, Tokyo, JapanRawnessSedeeSeppSergejSuciuSweelyThe Rabbit KingVlad DinuVoi CuZendid

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Submerging itself even deeper in to mother nature, the festival is timed perfectly as two major natural events will be taking place, on the 27th the longest moon eclipse of the 21st century will be taking place (103 minutes), clearly visible due to the lack of urban lights in the surrounding area. The following evening a meteor shower, Delta Aquariid will be taking place, peaking at night time.

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Although always taking care of the environment, a particular focus this year results on minimum waste from the festival, plastic straws will be banned from the island, cutlery and glasses are made from biodegradable materials. All waste will be disposed of with local processing agencies. A direction many festivals should be taking in this day and age.

See you there!

Full line up and more info:

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Words by Zac Bidwell

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Moonland Festival & MEOKO – Win Over x40 Vinyl.

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An original creation combining music trends and the most highly regarded media arts, in an otherworldly location.
A place that can only be compared to the geology of the Moon. 6 stages, with over 50 hours of music from the likes of Underground Resistance, Barac, DeWalta, Enzo Siragusa, DVS1 and Ion Ludwig to name a few. Sounds perfect, right? Well we have also lined up a competition in the build up to the main event, even better?

For your chance to win please, like, share AND  email us at hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk with the  TWO artists you would like to see the most at Moonland Festival. – TO SHARE >> CLICK HERE winvinyl

August 3rd-5th the ruins and remains of Rummu, Estonia play host to the first edition of Moonland Festival. The anticipation is building for what is in store within those prison walls as they present the whole spectrum, catering for all desires. Carefully selected DJ’s and artists from around the world, light and laser shows, full video mapping that has never seen the time of day in Estonia before, and interesting workshops. If dancing in the sandy quarry becomes to much and you need to rest those legs, food courts and chill out areas will also be planted around the festival.

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To come up with this fantastic concept and making it all become reality a team of international organisers have come together. From Estonia (Murk & Hall), Russia (system 108, Arma17, Sila Sveta) collaborating with FUSE (London), Broquade Records (Germany) and Estonia 100. There is years of experience there, and we believe this truly is the start of something amazing.

Full Line up:
Abelle(RU) 
Adamov (RU) 
Andrey Vishnevsky (EE) 
Archie Hamilton (UK) 
Artur Laats(EE) 
Barac (RO)
Boris (DE)
Boym (RU) 
Call Super (UK)
Charlise N Chaplin (BE)
Christopher Ledger (IT) 
Cristi Cons(RO) 
Dana Ruh (DE)
Daniel Avery (UK)
Dasha Redkina (UE) 
Denis Punch(EE)
DeWalta(DE) 
Dorian Paic (DE) 
DVS1(US) 
Eisi (EE) 
EL (RU)
Enzo Siragusa (UK)
Exit Safe Mode (EE)
Hipushit (RU)
I-F (NL) 
Ion Ludwig LIVE (DE) 
Janina(DE) 
Juho Kusti (FI) 
Kamran Sadeghi LIVE (US)
Katja Adrikova (EE) 
Koray Tuncel (TUR)
Kovyazin D (RU)
Legowelt Music LIVE (NL)
Mariano (AR)
Mashkov (RU) 
Mava b2b Nebukat b2b Paul / RutmiKa (EE)
Parallax Deep (SE)
MERIMELL (EE)
Mihkel Maripuu b2b Tarmo Paluoja (EE) 
Mike Shannon (CA) 
Momo Trosman (AR) 
Mr. & Mrs. Jonson LIVE (DE) 
Nastia (UA)
Nikita Zabelin (RU) 
Nima Gorji(DK) 
Octo Octa LIVE (US)
Per Hammar (SE)
Perc (UK) 
Philipp GorbachevLIVE (RU) 
PTU (RU) 
Regis (UK)
Ron Morelli official (FR) 
Rossko(UK)
Sariim (RU)
Shaun Reeves (US)
Shutta (RU)
Sleeparchive (DE) 
Sofia Rodina (RU)
Tanel Mütt (EE)
Taran & Lomov (LV)
Volition Immanent (NL)
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE (US)
Yanatacky (EE)
and many others…

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Several pre parties for this magical event have taken place around the world, and will continue throughout July. So far the team have taken their party to Madrid, Moscow, & Tallinn, Estonia. Still to come is Riga, Latvia, Saint Petersburg and Berlin.

MOONLAND FESTIVAL TICKETS

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Luckily for MEOKO readers, we have teamed up with the Moonland team for a very special vinyl competiton from the majority of the artists involved, and it is very simple to enter. The list below consists of the records on offer already, and as we draw closer to the event we will be adding more so be sure to keep an eye out.

Ion Ludwig / Toi Toi Musik /  #6 : Remixes Villalobos / Brito

Dorian Paic / Raum Musik / Sasse – Soul Records : Remixes Ricardo Villalobos

Dewalta / Saluki Master 865109

Shaun Reeves / Shantu 001

Mashkov / TLP004 /

Maher Daniel / TOS / Number 004 : Remixes by Dana Ruh, Agenis Brito and Ada Kaleh

Janina / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YV29POcr3w

Nastia / Propoganda Records / Rayo Lezo

B Voice /  SAKTU001

Momo Trosman / Cure Musik / 006 The Flip

Artur Lääts / Murk / Apollo EP – Artur Lääts

Christopher Ledger / Brouqade / 0044 Chrisopher Ledger

Dana Ruh / Cave Recordings / CR003 Double Vinyl

Mariano / La Montana Discos / LMD001 / unknown artists from Rosario

Mariano /  Mirca / Various Artists / remixes from Federico Mollinari. Gulp

Phillip Gorbacachec / PG-Tune /  Double Vinyl

Abelle /  Arma Records / Number 017 /  Remixes Mick Wills

Archie Hamilton / Moscow Records / Moscow 023 – Archie Hamilton Confused EP

Dasha Redkin – https://www.discogs.com/The-Kicks-Experimental-Boat-Edition/release/11183678

Boym – [BPV018] Rainer – Psilocybin EP

For your chance to win please, like, share AND  email us at hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk with the  TWO artists you would like to see the most at Moonland Festival.

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I think that an artist always has pressure to deliver something good at anytime’: Under The MEOKO Microscope – Giuliano Lomonte & Mix

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Here at MEOKO, we took the opportunity to interview Giuliano Lomonte as part of our Under the MEOKO microscope feature, where we scout out emerging and underrated talents. He tells us about his musical journeys from his homeland to Germany and paints us a picture of what clubbing is like in both countires. And of course the future plans including his own record label Point of View. Read on…

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Hi Giuliano, thanks for your time! How’s life been treating you lately?

Hello guys, thanks for having me. Life is great now that Summer is finally here and that always puts me in a good mood.

You’re originally from Italy but when did you move to Berlin? What decided you?

I moved to Germany 10 years ago actually, it was 28.08.2008 🙂

During the years before I decided to move, I was actually flying to Germany once a month to go and visit all the best parties that were happening around the Frankfurt area at the time like seeing Ricardo Villalobos playing at Robert Johnson, Love Family Park Festival and many others.

After realizing at some point that I was spending more time Germany than I was in Italy, I decide to relocate to Mannheim, as during that time I met and became friends with many people from there so it seemed like the most logical step.

After an intense 2.5-year experience there I felt there was more for me to discover in Germany especially as it was, and still i, the heart of the electronic music scene so in March 2011 I moved to the city that would inspire me even further to continue to pursue this musical dream, and that was Berlin.

How was the scene like back in Italy?

The scene has been always been strong in Italy. The country has a long history of appreciation for house music and club culture. Italians love to go out and celebrate and there are many nightclubs all over the country for people to enjoy.

We still have many good club that made the history of the italian nightlife, to name a few, Goa Club in Rome, Clorophilla in puglia, Tenax in tuscany, Cocorico in Riccione. Since day one, they all run top quality party!

Do you have any favourite clubs to play? I know we can quite often catch you behind the decks at Club der Visionaere and Hoppetosse…

There are many clubs that are on my favorite list but on the very top is Robert Johnson.

I love playing there so much and it is such an honor every time I get the chance considering this was the place for me where everything started and inspired me to change my life completely!

Of course I really like to play in Berlin at CDV and Hoppetosse too, there is such a feeling of freedom behind the decks there, I can play things I would never be able to in other cities as the crowd is always up for everything and the parties last so many hours that as a DJ you are really able to show a range not possible in short sets like in most other clubs around the world. I really feel home when I’m there.

I must also add, a few years ago I discovered another club that has all the characteristics for a perfect party. It’s called VENICEBERG and is in Verona, Italy.

I recently I had the opportunity to play a 12 hour B2B there and it was magic!

The booth was perfect, the sound system was amazing and the crowd were all so connected to us and each other, so it made the place very special. Im so glad we have a club there like this today, it really makes me proud to be Italian.

“La Musique” makes me think so much of Sunwaves where it was rinsed last year, it seemed like the perfect place for this tune. So I was wondering, do you produce with a specific context in mind — for example, those aforementioned clubs…?

To be honest I didn’t had anything specific in mind, just the bassline. All the rest came after I had that.

I did go to Sunwaves a couple of years ago so maybe something stuck in my subconscious about a moment I had in that environment that somehow I might have accessed without being aware of it when I started the idea for the track. I always try to allow myself to be free and not think too much when I’m making music as this tends to interrupt the whole process for me and creativity is a very delicate thing that comes moment by moment without having the feeling l have control over it.

And how was it getting back to production after such a hit? Did you feel any pressure to craft another banger, for example?

The La Musique EP was probably the best expression of myself that I have released up until now so it was nice to get such great feedback on the production, and it gave me the confidence to continue and make that my minimum standard to strive for with all my future records.

I think that an artist always has pressure to deliver something good at anytime, and this becomes even more intense once you have some success with a particular track. I had to learn not to be too hard on myself after this came out and got so much attention because you can’t choose what is going to become a hit with the people and what isn’t. You just have to be happy with what you have done for yourself when you put your music out into the world for other people to hear as and then after that’s totally out of your control.

I feel like your style is usually more understated, but would you say you have a “style” yourself? And if so how would you describe it?

Well I was a clubber to begin with and that will always stay with me in the style of music I make as a producer and play when I DJ. I always aim to create an experience where people can feel high on the dance floor even if they are totally sober!

Are you an after-hours kind of person?

I am all all hours kind of person haha . I would say yes i’m also; its the time when finally i let myself go after all the work is done. and if you are surrounded by good friends and people can just be great!

It seems like you’ve had more gigs outside of Germany lately, do you feel like your career’s picking up recently? Did it affect your daily life?

Since I signed with Solid AM in 2017 it has been really great especially to have the support from an agency like that, based in the city i live, which represents so many other great artists such as John Dimas, Vera, Steve O’Sullivan and Sammy Dee.

Actually I was working full time as a professional chef for the last 15 years and just doing music and DJing on the side in my spare time but I had to make the decision last year to quit that so I could focus all my time and energy on the music as it was really taking off so much I couldn’t manage both any longer.

How was it playing across Europe, and even Japan and Australia recently?

It was incredible! Japan was totally insane! Such a different culture for me to experience, it was like taking a glimpse into the future! I have to say though that Australia was the biggest surprise and shock. So many great gigs, especially SASH in Sydney and then Breakfast Club at 161, I couldn’t believe so many cool people were out in Melbourne on a Monday afternoon going crazy and so into the music! They really should do this party all over the world. I was very impressed with the Australian way of life. It felt so relaxed and easy with so many friendly and happy people but 6 days was definitely long not enough to be there and I can’t wait to get another chance to visit there again but next time I would love to stay much longer.

Let’s talk about the label now if you’d like! What’s your motivation with Point Of View, and how did it come about?

I wanted to start my own label as a place to be free to release my own music and music from other artists I believed in without the time pressure or difficult release schedules from other labels where sometimes you can be put in a position where you need to wait for years before they finally are able to release your tracks. This can be incredibly frustrating as it can also happen that over those years you are waiting, the tracks feel so old to you that by the time they finally come out you could be in a totally different place musically and creatively which can also be confusing for people that do love and follow your music.

How do you choose the producers you’re going to release on the label?

It’s usually friends i believe in which I feel is the most important. We all share music in our daily lives with each other and if I hear something i feel i can support with the label I really like to do this. I feel the personality of an artist is so important as it comes through in the music they create as its the expression of the artist’s soul and I really believe in all the people I have around me.

Speaking of which, what can we expect from you and Point of View in the near future?

There has been a full concept behind the label since I started it which revolves around the number 12 which has always been a very significant number to me. There are 12 letters in Point Of View, and there will be 12 releases on 12 inch vinyl and a big surprise for the last release which is going to be something very special from me personally and will tie up this whole project in a really interesting way. I feel it’s so important these days to do something with meaning, there are so many labels out there, to stand out you have to be unique in your concept and deliver quality music consistently.

The next point007 that will be out in September is going to be the third original EP from me on the label which I’m also very excited about.

Finally, thanks for your mix! What were you aiming for with it?

Well I wanted to give you guys something very special. It’s a part of my last set recorded live from Robert Johnson which I think shows exactly what people can expect of me as a DJ for any club set I play from opening, to main and also to after-hours. And considering how special this club is to me and my whole story, I hope you will all enjoy listening to it as much as i loved playing it.

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Under the MEOKO Microscope with MARLIE

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Marlie,  a talented and passionate selector born in Sydney has certainly made her stamp on the music map. Recently just signed to Round Up Agency, Marlie has fast tracked her career by playing her unique and signature sound with a flawless and professional manner that has earned her respect throughout the industry in a very short time. Having kicked off her career properly in 2015, Marlie already has co-founded one of Londons biggest parties Point, established her own project roots which seeks to explores many differnt avenues of the industry and puts its focus on the local community and exposing the sound that she loves to her native country aswell as having played many high profile gigs including CDV, WYS and Up Festival to name just a few.

MEOKO can’t wait to see whats instore next for this young and promising artist.

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Which is the track that changed your life? The one that made you understand that music is really a particular emotion, more intense than others.

Taking me back to my very first days in East London before I started playing… It’s a track called Jacausa by one of our mates who’s artist name was Circus Line at the time. It was my first time at Keep on Going and I’d just discovered the wonderful world of minimal music. I’d often get goosebumps when I’d hear it – It just took me somewhere else..

Which are the DJs and producers with whom you feel more affinity, and with whom you would always like to share words, music and goals?

In the past couple of years I’m so happy to have met & connected with two of my favourite artists, Priku & Barac. I’ve seen both of them play multiple times & I continue to have so much respect for them. Priku played the best set I’ve ever experienced at Sunwaves and Barac’s set at Up Festival this year was just so special. Aside from their music they are both beautiful souls which is what makes them more of an inspiration to me. It’s no doubt that RPR are also a huge influence on me musically and artists that I admire. 

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How has your year been so far and what have you got planned for the rest of the year? Any upcoming gigs or plans to share with MEOKO readers?

 I’ve had such an incredible year so far! I’m still trying to get use to Winter here in Sydney as I recently got back from two months in Europe where I had some awesome gigs. I was based in Prague with Round Up agency however I was constantly travelling. I went to Sunwaves for the first time which was mind-blowing & I played at my very first festival too Up Festival. It was amazing to be able to listen & dance to my favourite artists at some of the best parties, connect with old friends & make new ones. I arrived home feeling pretty exhausted but very inspired nonetheless. 

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My plans for the rest of the year are to continue building my brand Roots here in Sydney & enjoy what Australia has to offer when Summer comes around. I’m stoked to finally be getting my European passport this August after 4 years of waiting! This means I’ll be heading back to live in Europe early next year and hopefully continue chasing the Summer between there & Australia. 

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Which artistic achievement of you are most proud of so far ?

In London I had spent a lot of time building my party Point, with Dean Marc. When I moved back home to Sydney I felt like I was leaving a big part of me behind. I didn’t know anyone in the music scene in Australia so it was quite overwhelming at first – I felt like a stranger in my own city. It was only a matter of time before I started to miss the European music culture I was use to as well. I was determined to start my own new project here, so Roots was born. The brand began to grow in such a short period of time through a couple of illegal raves, podcasts, radio shows and live streams. We’ve now been doing parties in clubs for just over six months and I’m really happy with the direction it’s going – We’re playing our part in bringing that European vibe over to Australia!

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Exploring A Spectrum of Electronic Music | House and Techno Flavour: SONUS 2018 Preview

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With less than two months remaining until the yearly pilgrimage, we decided to look at what is in store at this year’s Sonus Festival, Croatia, presented to you by Time Warp. Five days, and five nights of parties on the beach (or some special boat parties) exploring a spectrum of electronic music, with a house and techno flavour. A handful of names on the bill; Craig Richards, Dixon, Enzo Siragusa, Nicolas Lutz, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Vath, Praslesh and Sonja Moonear

After celebrating their 5th birthday last August, Sonus Festival continue to grow each year bringing you some of the most loved artists in the world to a unique location. An opportunity to see your favourites, and take a dip in the crystal clear waters all in one place. Many high quality outlets and brands will be collaborating with Time Warp for this year’s event, including Sunwaves, Club Der Visionaere, Fuse London, Junction 2 Festival, Nordstern and many more.

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For the 2018 addition almost 70 artists will make the trip to the Island of Pag, just off the coast of Croatia. A beautiful destination, waiting to be explored. Each year the marathon party takes place on Zrće beach, a party haven consisting of 3 clubs where each of the parties will take place day and night. Whether you are looking forward to the reputable Fuse after party in Kalypso, or seeing Marco Carola take over the setting of Papaya, there is something for all dancers.

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Line-Up

Adam Beyer – Adriatique – Agoria – Âme DJ
Amelie Lens – Andrea Oliva “Official” – Archie Hamilton – Binh – Boris Brejcha – BUTCH (DJ / Producer) – Cassy – Cezar – Charlotte de Witte – Chris Liebing – Craig Richards – D’julz – Dana Ruh – Digby – Dixon – Dorian Paic – Dr. Rubinstein – 
Eats Everything – Enzo Siragusa – Ian F. – Jackmaster – 
Jamie Jones – Jennifer Cardini – Johannes Brecht live – 
Joseph Capriati – Kölsch – Konstantin – Len Faki (OFFICIAL) – LOCO DICE – Luigi Madonna – Maceo Plex – Marco Carola – MEAT – Nastia – Nicolas Lutz – Pan-Pot – Peggy Gou – 
Praslesh (Raresh & Praslea) – DJ Ralf – Recondite live
Rhadoo – Ricardo Villalobos – Richie Hawtin – RØDHÅD – Rossko – Ryan Elliott – Seth Troxler – Dj Skizzo – Solomun (Official) – Sonja Moonear – Stephan Bodzin live -Sven Väth – Tale Of Us – The Martinez Brothers – Valentino Kanzyani

Locals
Andrea Ljekaj – Felver – Groovyman – Kristijan Molnar – 
Mariano Mateljan – Marina Karamarko – Yesh

 

MEOKO recommends: Enjoy the special after party mornings, & catch up with the local heroes if you have the opportunity.

Keep an eye out for stage splits and full timetable including boat parties. See you at Zrće beach, who is ready for the marathon?

Hit up the Sonus Festival official website for any ticket/lineup/accommodation information plus more: https://www.sonus-festival.com/

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‘Part of a Community Brought Together for the Love of Great Music’ Gottwood Festival

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Now in its 9th year, Gottwood Festival has become known as one of the best small festivals in the UK, with a loyal following who keep returning year upon year, for a lineup of the best in underground music and beautiful location. After hearing so many glowing reviews, I felt it was time that I had to experience it this year.

Setting off first thing in the morning on Thursday to reach the site at Holyhead in Anglesey, there was already a magic in the air. I travelled through tunnels and over bridges, passing sheep and mountains, before arriving at the campsite, overlooking calm seas on the Welsh north-west coast.

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After pitching up the tent and getting to know the neighbours, who were Gottwood regulars and who soon became friends, I went to check out the arena where the stages lie. Walking into this area it was a joy to the senses. Initially walking through lush green woodland with tall trees, where the sun was breaking through, this plays host to lots of the smaller stages. Individual pieces of interesting, colourful, hand painted artwork are scattered throughout. The largest stage named ‘The Lawn’ is an open grassy area from the trees and is opposite an old manor house bathed in ivy; this is where the majority of the live acts and more chilled out sounds would feature across the weekend. In the middle of all the stages is a shimmering lake with lily pads and fountains, providing relaxing tranquility. With pure blue skies overhead it couldn’t have been more perfect and I spent some time just taking it in sat down next to the lake, I couldn’t think of anywhere more picturesque for a festival.

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With the sun starting to drop behind the trees it was time to get stuck into some music. What better way to kick it off than with FUSE boss Enzo Siragusa and label stalwart Archie Hamilton. Playing on The Curve stage, a fairly large tent, the boys had got it filled from early on. Archie was first up playing some of his own signature tracks with distinctive percussion such as ‘Confusion’ on his own label Moscow. Enzo then took over, by which time the tent was bouncing. He played a festival party set laden with house and tech-house bombs including ‘What was Missing’ by Jamie Trench forthcoming on Seb Zito’s ‘Seven Dials’ label. To cap things off the pair then finished the night going b2b with some classic house tunes, smiles and hands raised all round. This was a great energetic start to proceedings.

Following a good sleep and with the sun continuing to glow, waking up on the Friday was made easy, with the prospect of plenty of sunshine vibes to come on the day. It became a ritual over the weekend to head to The Lawn first thing to recover, listening to some down-tempo, live electronica and dub/reggae. Ready to dance again after eating some delicious wood fired pizza, just one of many outstanding food stalls; it was time to head to the Trigon Stage.

Arguably one of the most impressive, the area is surrounded by walls of hay bales, with a wooden triangular tunnel structure leading it’s way to the DJ booth. Secretsundaze were playing, with music perfectly suited to the blistering skies, including the Dusky remix of ‘Do You Want Me Baby’ by Cloud 9. One thing worth mentioning here is the friendly attitude of everyone at the festival, it was easy and comfortable to strike up a conversation with everyone who I bumped into, including the bar staff and security. Due to the small capacity of 5000 you would often come across the same people you had been chatting to at the campsite on the dance floor and this added to a great feeling of unity and positivity that I haven’t really experienced at a festival before.

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Special Request aka Paul Woolford continued the mood, moving things up a gear as it progressed into the evening, with music from his UK rave inspired album ‘Belief System’ including the wobbling bass and euphoria of ‘Make it Real’. For the night time hours it was all about the Hypercolour stage at the Walled Garden, another outstanding venue that is situated in the garden behind the manor house. It has a secret garden feel to it, as you pass under the old brick walls, through the low hanging plants, before reaching the stage that is sunk into the garden with a terraced grass area behind it. Kate Miller was playing here and was one of my surprise highlight sets of the weekend, a diverse blend of electronic music summed up by the classic dubstep anthem ‘Night’ by Benga & Coki. The legend that is Andrew Weatherall closed out the night, taking the crowd on a journey and telling a story through a progressive nature that only someone with such knowledge in the game can.

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Saturday fast came round and the daytime hours were again spent with some down time in the open areas of the festival. Some amazing live music featured on The Lawn all weekend such as the stripped back meditative rhythms from the Cuban Iranian group Ariwo and uplifting worldly inspired melodies of Africane 808. This was the perfect tonic after a night of heavy raving. The night held some of the most anticipated sets of the weekend with Half Baked in Ricky’s Disco, featuring Zip and Margaret Dygas headlining and playing for a combined 7 hours. Ricky’s Disco was a great tent and felt like one of the most intimate, spherical in shape, with a large disco ball and hanging flowers. The vibe inside was probably the standout of the weekend for Margaret Dygas. She played an awe inspiring set, with long flowing mixes and plenty of unknown and unreleased grooves. A discerning crowd of Perlon and Half Baked supporters loving every moment, particularly big receptions came when she dropped the timeless classic acid tinged beat of ‘The Sun Can’t Compare by Larry Heard, the vocals on everyone’s lips.  Zip continued the raucous atmosphere with music like ‘I Have You On My Sound’ by Son of Sound & Jus Ed, a peak time Underground Quality US house stomper. Cheers, whistles and hugs between friends and strangers could be seen and heard all around the tent for the duration. There was even time to catch the final hour of Ben UFO who was constructing a mix at Trigon of music without the borders usually put up by genres.

At many festivals I have been to Sunday can often feel like a downer as people are tired and ready to go home, but this was not the case at Gottwood. With radiant skies still overhead reflecting on the lake, it was easy to get out of bed to grab a Bloody Mary and get back to a spot on the lawn, where Craig Richards was playing the first of two sets, a special dub and reggae set. Wearing a trademark patterned shirt, he demonstrated the diversity of his record collection, pulling out 7 inches like ‘I Man Can’t Live Like this’ by Barry Brown. A pure Sunday afternoon ambience was being created, almost as if you were on a beach, as I sipped a drink with my toes in the lake to cool off. It felt like a real honour to be part of such a special event and it was great to see the owner of the Gottwood site, an older gentleman, walking around the site and enjoying seeing people appreciate the natural charm of the landscape around them. In the afternoon I caught City Fly Records over on the other side of the lake at the open Cpt. Cabeza stage. A label based in my hometown city of Leicester, they played a great disco and house set that even got what looked like the youngest member of the crowd, a small young boy (not sure how he passed the challenge 25 policy!) dancing.

On the final evening I was spoilt for choice with One Records at Ricky’s Disco, Butterside Up at Trigon and The Nothing Special at the Walled Garden. Fortunately due to the long set times, another great feature of the festival, I managed to catch a bit of everything. One Records had John Dimas, Voigtmann and label owners Adam Shelton b2b Subb-an playing their brand of always high quality house and techno, aimed squarely at the dance floor and with rolling beats aplenty. Over at the Trigon it was a slightly different affair to the daytime flavours, as Nicolas Lutz went b2b with Binh. Another highlight of the weekend, the pair made their way through a devastating set of some of their cosmic electro, spacey house and garage tinged minimal tracks on vinyl, from their respective My Own Jupiter and Time Passages labels. This included the forthcoming ‘Tschuss’ by Draculas Lutz & Omar. The Trigon at its best underneath the dark red lasers and smoke cannons, with the crowd going for it and using every single last drop of resource in their limbs. The anthemic reach for the sky ‘Atmosphere’ by Luca Lozano came out the stacks and provided another boost. Sonja Moonear maintained the high intensity, producing another all vinyl masterclass of house and techno.

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To close out the weekend it only felt right to catch the end of Craig Richards hosting The Nothing Special all night at The Walled Garden. A far cry from his earlier set, this time he was in the midst of a high octane mix of techno and electro. A DJ that is arguably one of the most experienced in underground music, with his long running residency at fabriclondon, where he has played before so many names. He crafts together mixes that include multiple genres and records that you may never have stumbled upon before.

Also painting abstract art outside of DJing (some may be fascinated by his label artwork) his expression through music is always mesmerising to watch and the tent was a carnival of warm emotion as a chant of DJ Otzi’s ‘Hey Baby’ rang out on top of the serious music, bringing a smile to Craig’s face. As the last track was played and I made my way back to the campsite, I was immediately thinking of when this enchanting, all-encompassing musical and arts experience could be absorbed in again. My mind was on Houghton, Gottwood’s sister festival, curated by Craig himself and where many of the people I had spoken to over the weekend would be heading to next. Four days had taken place where we were blessed with outstanding weather, an extraordinary location and you become part of a community brought together for the love of great music, the Gottwood family as it is described. You return with new friends, inspirations, favourite artists and a yearning to taste what is a truly unique environment once again.

Words by Tom Warner

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REPLAY SUNSET PARTY TURNS 6 AT CAJA MAGICA, MADRID

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Madrid is a city of many charms. You may have heard about its amazing weather, its astonishing architecture made over centuries, its museums, its extraordinary and delicious gastronomy, even its electronic music scene which is in fact excellent.

Replay Sunset Party, one of Spain’s leading electronic music brand turns six years old in a very special location : CAJA MAGICA , in the Spanish Capital.

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Made out of steel, wood and glass, it is one of the capital’s major architectural reference points, with a stunningly versatile and functional design. In the past already hosted a number of unforgettable festivals like ‘ Mad Cool’ and will bring again the public an overwhelming space for a party that seems like a 12-hour daytime festival.

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Sunday 15th of July will be the stage of an incredible line up, entirely filled by the high finests top DJs of the underground scene with a very Special Guest on top of that; Sonja Moonear.

Her sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity and lead her to perpetually redefine her style specialises in trippy style of house and techno whose spiritual home is Club Der Visionaere. In Sonja’s hands, you might hear minimal sounds mixed with acid house, or electro into dub techno, but always connected by subtle transitions that never sound rushed or disjointed, she has the best ear for groove.

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In action as Headliner smasher, the Perlon Co-Founder aka Dimbiman aka Zip is a familiar name for lots of us. Famous for his epic minimal shifts within the 4/4 scheme, he has an illustrious musical history which began in 1986 as singer in the band Second Voice to turn up on 1996 in Frankfurt where he got together with Markus Nikolai and Chris Rehberger to form the audio-visual project Pile, very interesting fact this one which took them in 1997 to found the banging Perlon labeI.

From Jupiter to Madrid we’ll see the master of mystery and implacable seeker, Nicolas Lutz alongside the old ruler at the Farringdon local and recently active in one of the most cosy venue of music quality in London with his new concept : Craig Richards & Friends that has seen a sequence of high class performances from the beginning of this year. This time together for a very elegant and awaited B2b.

For an impeccable Live Master Ion Ludwig, a fundamental key on the Toi Toi roaster, actively producing in the studio places like Weekend Club and Club der Visionaere helped shape is live performances to perfection . Synthesizers, drum machines combining with his sound spreades an endless story and energy.

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A key innovator representative of a new class of producers who are reaching melody, moving away from the classic Romanian sound towards something more bumpy and colorful, Barac will perform on the Madrilenian stage to deliver a powerful minimal set.

The support will be from Simon Garcia and Alvaro Medina, both masters at Replay’s parties, standing out for them genuine, timeless, personal, hypnotic and futuristic sounds are going to close this interstellar line up!

Last but not least, the Brunch will be hosted by Roots with a London figure and Eagervision Records resident Alffie b2b Hons and Maryo.

If you are a music lover and you’re looking for a reason to travel, you can now stop. You’ve already found the perfect plan!

Words by Aghnes

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