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Win 4 x Cadenza Albums + 4 x Guestlist to Spiritoso Halloween Party + £30 Bar Tab

By Competitions, Hot Off The Press, MEOKO Presents

★Spiritoso Records★★ presents ★★ANTIDOTE★★ “The Halloween”

Spiritoso Records is a brand new London based record label, artist bookings agency and events company headed up by Mark Dubgrafitti and Lan Tschirky, two people who have been following electronic music for over a decade, but also two people who live by the ethos “Don’t take life or yourself too seriously” Our third party sees us host Luciano’s Cadenza Records at the new East London hotspot Basing House with its clandestine nature, exposed brickwork and devastating Funktion One Soundsystem. The experienced design team behind Spiritoso will ensure the venue suites the Halloween mood!

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LINE UP:

*LEE VAN DOWSKI (Cadenza / Bpitch / Mobilee / Swissterzland)

https://www.myspace.com/leevandowski

https://www.cadenzarecords.com/

*DIGITALINE [Live] (Cadenza Records – Berlin )

https://www.myspace.com/lapsdigitaline

https://www.cadenzarecords.com/

* DubGraffiti (DETOX / Spiritoso records)

* LAN (Spiritoso Records)

* Alfredo Ramos (BamBara / Spiritoso records)

* Yiannis Balkizas (Use Your Loaf)

* Fabrizia (maskik Records)

For a chance to win this Amazing prize, email hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk and tell us who are the headlining Cadenza guests for Spiritoso Halloween Party 29th October at Basing House.

PRIZE:

4 x Guestlist
Bar Tab || £30
*1 x Ernesto Ferreyra – El Paraiso de las Tortugas (cd album)

*1 x Reboot – Shunyata (cd album)

*1 x Luciano – Tribute To The Sun (cd album)

*1 x Mirko Loko – Seventynine (cd album)

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Win a Stunning piece of the LoveBullet jewerelly collection.

By Competitions, Hot Off The Press

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LOVEBULLETS is a London based creative house representing a visionary frontier in fashion, art and ideology by inverting traditional symbols of destruction and transforming them into innovative works of art and wearable accessories. The concept evolved from a fantasy story written by Martin Jegede, LOVEBULLETS creative director; whereby five LOVE ANGELES; DESIRABELLE, WILLIAM, MARTIN, LAMBERT AND KOHN defy an evil force; IZOR, by ‘freezing’ his destructive weapons and electrifying them with positive power and beauty. Segments of the LB STORY are revealed every time a new art piece is created.

https://lovebullets.co.uk/

Inspired by LOVEBULLETS ammunition art, this is the signature piece from the ‘Amo Ammo’ collection featured at London Fashion Week as a favourite. The mortar bomb pendant hangs on black beads, on each side there are 2 custom made mini grenade charms and 2 elegant clear crystal spacers. This piece is unisex and can be dressed up or down! Available in silver or gold ammo on black beads.

Win this simple yet striking piece of understated class, the mortar bomb pendant by emailing hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk and tell us which charity is supported through the lovebullets project. Answers can be found on the Lovebullets website: https://lovebullets.co.uk/ Competition closes next Friday.

MEOKO digs deeper behind the mystery of the Krankbrothers

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews

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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….

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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!

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MEOKO chats to La Fleur

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

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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.

 

Review of Half Baked presents Lola Ed

By Hot Off The Press, MEOKO Presents, Reviews

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Half Baked put on an amazing warehouse rave on Friday night with Lola Ed. They kept everyone dancing till dawn with some of the finest French house sounds around!* Hearn Street Car Park is one of the original east London rave spots. Located just inches from the perimeter of the Shoreditch triangle, this car park has been an epi-centre of party in the area over the years, hosting a plethora of proper-good warehouse raves.  Mulletover, Soulclap and Redbull have been amongst those to have it large within these 4 walls. For this one, its infamous Sunday disco crew Half Baked – taking the reigns for a one off Friday night do with French house connoisseurs, Lola Ed. Once past the heavy queue, stressed out bouncers and coat check, we were ready for some serious raving.  The space is separated into 4 tonight – smoking area, coat check and loos, then its room 1 and the bar, then through a big black curtain to room 2 (which feels like the main party spot).

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MEOKO chats with Portable aka Bodycode

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

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Alan Abrahams is a rare breed: a multifaceted dance music artist who has truly conquered that elusive combination of underground club hits, critically-acclaimed artist albums, and compelling live solo performances. He’s a producer, remixer and vocalist who is constantly evolving his artistic point of view, and who has spent the better part of his decade-long career wandering between South Africa, the UK, Germany and Portugal.

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MEOKO chats to Anthony Collins & Seuil Ahead of their London Appearance at Half Baked 30th September

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

Half Baked has grown to become a buzz word meaning ‘very special party’ in East London since it began in 2009. Having grown from being a small Sunday daytime session, masterminded by bar managers and staff from Fabric nightclub, it has since developed into a tight and growing group of party loving people. Calling themselves ‘The Half Baked Family’, this lot never fail to draw the crowds and push the boundaries of deep house music.

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This month, they add an extra special Friday night date to their disco diary. Choosing a secret warehouse location they join forces with French entertainment developers and DJs ‘Lola Ed’ for a special ‘Half Baked meets Lola Ed showcase’. Lola Ed promise to take the half baked party people through a journey of the freshest, most progressive French house sounds they are pushing forward at the moment.

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MEOKO Chats with Audiofly about the Key Ingredients to a Great Party, the Strangest Place they ever woke up on Tour & the Concept behind the Flying Circus Party

By Chats to MEOKO, Hot Off The Press, Interviews

Without question, Audiofly are rapidly in the process of becoming one of the foremost electronic acts on the planet. A ten year working relationship has seen the duo reach dizzying heights – internationally acclaimed producers, DJs and label owners, Anthony and Luca appear to fear nothing and no-one. Their Flying Circus project, the latest string to their bow, has exploded over the past few years, seeing them host a series of unique, successful events everywhere from the rainforests of Mexico to Miami beach. The latest instalment brings them back to their roots – to London, where it all began – making June 4th at the a Secret Location TBA- an event that is under all circumstances, not to be missed.

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