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The connection between Ben Vedren and Concrete will always be special, we asked Ben of his top five moments at Concrete

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Reviews
A sad occassion for all party goers this summer, as we waved goodbye to an integral part of the night scene in, Paris. Sadly Concrete had to shut it’s doors. Ahead of his fantastic ‘In Harmony’ release on his label Reduce Records, we managed to catch up with long term resident and friend of the club, Ben Vedren. The two track EP sees one original from the French artist and co founder Leiris supplies a classy remix. 
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The connection was and always will be strong between Ben and Concrete, so we asked him his top 5 moments since he became a resident at the club… 
 
1. First Live : wood floor 23/07/2012
Probably my strongest memory at Concrete… was hot and sunny summer afternoon, and  many of my dearest friends were here for support! This moment would change my life forever.
 

 
2.  Afterparty first Weather Festival 19/05/2013
When you play at Concrete, you have the privilege to share the lineups with the best artists. This day, I was thrilled to be around all those incredible guys, which I admire the work of most of them.
Playing my live set between Kerri Chandler and Robert Hood in the main room was a blessing to me.
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3. New Years Eve_ main room 31/12/2018
Definitely the most intense vibe I’ve experience at Concrete… that night was completely out of control. Those kind of moment you get stuck for days after!
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I can’t remember which party it was, the only thing I know it was a Sunday afternoon. I decided to invite my dear parents to assist my show, a way of trying to show them what I do as they never been to a party before. My dad was really intrigued and my mum dancing all the way. And every one from staff to public were sooo nice to them. Was just the right moment to do it !
 
5. Closing Party : woodfloor 21/07/2019
Learning that Concrete will be over for good was a shocking news for all of us. But we decided that this moment should not be a sad, even if nostalgia was in everybody’s mind.

 

Keep up to date with all things Reduce Records, Reduce Records Soundcloud, Reduce Records FB. 

Artist profiles Ben Vedren Soundcloud, Ben Vedren RA, Ben Vedren FB, Leiris Soundcloud, Leiris RA, Leiris FB

Listen back to the Reduce Records back catalogue here, Monkey Nenufar – Pusspo/Element and Ben Vedren’s MXA EP, coming soon on digital platforms. Watch this space!

MEOKO and Point are joining forces once more to present Argenis Brito (LIVE) in a secret warehouse location {Friday 11th of October}

By Hot Off The Press, Reviews

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MEOKO and Point are joining forces once more to present Argenis Brito (LIVE) in a warehouse location on Friday the 11th of October. 

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The relationship between MEOKO and Point. has been one filled with incredible memories, great friendships and unforgettable parties soundtracked by the most infectious tunes. It goes without saying that MEOKO are delighted to be collaborating with Point. once more for another one-of-kind event this October. 

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As the weather gets colder, the nights get longer.  And what better way to make the most of it than a warehouse affair.  We are pleased to invite Argenis Brito with a live set to headline the occasion.

MEOKOYou’ve collaborated many times with Ricardo Villalobos using both your original names and the “POX & POL” alias. Where does name come from and why did you start a brand new project?

Argenis: “I and Ricardo are good friends for over 20 years and we‘ve been making music together for a long time. „POX & POL“ is our last project and we actually started this new moniker as an inside joke that is funny only in Spanish. 🙂 Talking about our output, we‘ve wanted to use a different alias to make things more fun, curious and unexpected.” – FULL INTERVIEW HERE 

One of the most experienced artists on the circuit, the Venezuelan born talent is recognised for bringing excitement to dance floors across the globe across a career spanning well over a decade. His prestigious reputation in the underground scene is preceded by a discography as impressive as it is extensive, with quality releases on labels like Crosstown Rebels, Cadenza, Dame Music, Mobilee, and Contexterrior. We are absolutely buzzing to have Argenis Brito on board and look forward to the incredible vibes he is bound to deliver. 

Argenis Brito – June Podcast | 100% own productions

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Supporting duties lie in the capable hands of some of London’s finest:  Gianni, Georgia Girl, Denny Kem and Ludo M. These DJs truly delivered quality with each performance and this event is sure to be no exception. 

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Of course, the party will go on, and as the sun rises we will celebrate with an after party by the canal. The magic of these occasions is like no other. If you know, you know, and if you don’t, you’re in for a treat! Confirmed talent for the after party, is a b2b between Rebecca Prn and Lamine Toure with two other acts to be revealed in due course. 

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The countdown is well and truly underway for an event we have been anticipating for a while. The  word magic may be overused, but this event is sure to be something else. See you there. 

FULL EVENT INFO HERE 

JALE opens the door of J ROOM, a little oasis to share experiences and visions

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

Before you start to read this interview, make you sure to listen to his EXCLUSIVE 100% unreleased productions PODCAST ← and to the premiere of JALE – Orbital Dream [JROOM 001] ←

Click HERE to follow JALE on Facebook and HERE to not miss anything inside the beautiful JROOM!

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  • Hey Julien! You’re here unveiling your new JALE project for the very first time. Tell us more about it. How did the idea about opening a new label (J ROOM) come to your mind?

JALE represents the inner essence of the J ROOM, a place where I’m able to feel completely free to share my own vision of music, without trends and market’s compromises. It’s an bodiless identity which is all about an unstoppable but meticulous sound-research and experimentation. J ROOM is born from my own necessity and desire to create a pristine area to stand out in such a saturated market like today’s one, a little oasis where you can find some musical refreshment.

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  • Your last project called Blind Box has gained immense popularity during the last years. With releases from the likes of Dana Ruh, Subb-An, Diego Krause, Julian Alexander it was definitely a point of reference for all the up&coming labels around. Also, you have two successful projects like the solo Julien Sandre and Jarau (alongside Mennie). What made you decide to start everything from zero with a new alias?

It’s safe to say that this it’s totally a new beginning for me, but this does not exclude my artistic roots and all the experiences that I’ve made so far. The extraordinary journey that I’ve started with Blind Box will continue with a whole new maturity acquired over the years and with the usual and incessant research for a unique and fascinating sound which can clearly represent the main objective of this journey.

  • The support of Priku at Neversea (which was live-streamed on DJ Mag as well) has certainly been helpful to promote the new project. How important do you think it is nowadays to find a video of a DJ playing your record?

Today, the support of talented artists and colleagues is fundamental, especially if documented in iconic events such as the Sunwaves, the Neversea or the Off Week. The support of artists such as Arpiar, SIT, Priku, Barac, Praslea, Janeret, Shaun Reeves among many others, in addition to enormously gratifying our work, allows us to reach a vast audience of enthusiasts who can thus access the contents of our J ROOM.

  • The EP also features a Cosmjn remix. Why did you choose him?

Cosmjn is such an extraordinary artist. He perfectly embodies the sophisticated and visionary sound that we want to propose on J ROOM. His remix is a dreamlike-oniric journey that totally overwhelms the senses.

  • What sound are you going to promote on the new label? With your JALE alias, will you release music only on JROOM?

JALE is musical the materialisation of the J ROOM concept and will always be the protagonist, but firstly, music is sharing; therefore we are totally open to collaborations, obviously selective, with those who will be akin to our vision. We will try to propose a sophisticated and elegant sound, mainly aimed at stimulating the mind of the listeners and creating emotional connections with the dancefloor, then obviously to make the bodies move.

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  • In Italy, and in particular in Naples, where the “tech-Napoli” is very present, a certain type of sound (the “new-wave-minimal”) still struggles to emerge. What does it depend on you?

That’s a very complex and unfortunately very current question. In my personal opinion, the cause of this situation is to be found in many factors that have diminished the absolute priority of music in favour of business and entertainment of dubious taste. A tragic generational change that sees as protagonists hordes of kids dedicated exclusively to denying themselves with drugs and alcohol to the sound of traps and reggaeton (at least here in Italy); the looting of the agencies on artistic fees and the inadequacy or often the complete improvisation of our own promoters, as well as a general cultural impoverishment are for me the general factors of this crisis in Italy. In Naples, we have been trying for a couple of years with a project called Mesmerize to create a small niche where to look for some artistic contents rather than some miserable entertainment. We fight against the windmills but we don’t give up. Obviously, it’s not everything like this, as there are respectable national realities conceived to enhance musical research and a non-trivial sound and above all Italian artists of great depth who represent a flame of hope for the movement, highly appreciated by international audiences and semi-unknown at home: this leaves understand the difficulties of our clubbing.

  • Despite your brilliant productions released over the years with your various aliases, is it still difficult to find space in the various European circuits? Are you going to move abroad?

Being based in Naples has certainly represented a major limitation in my musical career: no contact on site and inadequate musical context. Everything I built was only achievable thanks to music and e-mails. Obviously, I move when I can in the cult places of European clubbing for connections and artistic briefings or gigs but everything is bound to the daytime work I do, which would make it impossible for me to move to artistically more pleasant places. Colleagues who have had the courage and luck to move to Berlin (for example) have finally seen the merits of their work recognized and this will always represent a small regret for me; however, music remains an inexhaustible source of serenity regardless of economic rewards.

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  • Any anticipation on the upcoming releases both as JALE and as JROOM?

We are ready with the J ROOM 002 but for those who want to know more, we invite everyone to follow us and get in touch with our magical room.

Words by Francesco Quieti

“When you listen to nature, you can hear those sounds – it’s music.” Exclusive interview with Russian DJ Andrey Pushkarev

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

Hey Andrey! Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Starting at the beginning, when did you first realise you had a passion for music and what were you drawn to at the start?

Drum & Bass was the first electronic music genre I came across thank to a friend who used to travel to London often – she brought me cassettes from her travels. It sounded different from everything else I listened to at the time and it made me feel like I could be part of something bigger. We were a group of schoolmates in a tiny town of Russia – there was no internet in 1995-1996. Tapes, Cassettes, Films on VHS (“Trainspotting”, “Hackers”, “Acid House”), Russian magazines “Ptuch”, “OM” were the only sources from which we could gather information about music culture.

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Growing up in the small town Votkinsk in regional Russia, where we you finding inspiration?

I feel a strong connection with nature since I was a child. Votkinski is a small town but there, because the nature surrounds the city, I could find inner peace and unlimited source of ideas. Trees rustling, rain falling, thunder and lightning, waves crashing. When you listen to nature, you can hear those sounds – it’s music. The natural world has inspired composers to write many famous works of music. At the same time melodies, harmonies, rhythm, tempo and musical dynamics can combine to create the image of the variety of landscapes. If we allow ourselves to spend more time far from the cities, we can hear nature all the time.

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Fast forward to today, whenever you play there’s always a very palpable creativity and admirable feeling of ‘freshness’ that not many can sustain over a long career. What are your current sources of inspiration?

There are moments in life which have an impact on your overall state – sometimes we seek those moments because we feel the need of a change, and other times they just manifest by themselves. Those “moments” can be related to a person you meet, a trip somewhere, a dream or just during a solitary walk. Every moment is new and different from the moment before – I feel that if we manage to align to what life brings us every time, we will always be a different & “fresher” version of ourselves.

Having been a touring DJ for the best part of a decade, you’ve had more experience on the road than most. What are the most important lessons about this lifestyle you’ve learnt over time?

Eating healthy, staying hydrated, and trying to keep a regular sleeping schedule when I don’t travel. Being kind to everyone you meet on your way. Keep the focus on what really matters in this music business – it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important and the real reason why you chose to live this career.

I read a while ago that you were particularly drawn to day parties. Is this still the case? What environments do you feel most at home playing in?

Daytime parties have a different energy – people are more in line with their biological rhythm and therefore the mood, emotions and social interactions are completely different than going out at night. I feel they create generally a much more relaxed atmosphere and enjoyable experience.

With a record collection well in excess of 8000 records, how do you approach packing your bag ahead of a gig?

I pick my favorite records of the moment and periodically revisit my collection – I always find something that still surprises me long time after being released.

How much of your time is spent digging for new music today?

I would say between two and three hours per day, sometimes more – it depends on how many promos I receive.

When it comes to the music you play, there’s an admirable amount of diversity (with everything from vibrant house to driving techno and breaks) but always a distinct character and emotive mood. Do you find this is something that comes naturally or are you conscious of it when selecting?

It’s a combination of intuition about how the audience feels in a certain moment, and a conscious decision on the atmosphere I would like to immerse the people in. It’s like taking someone on a journey: you have an idea of where to take your guests but leave room for spontaneity, ending up in places outside of the planned route.

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It seems that this ability to create cohesion amidst music that can be so stylistically different is something that distinguishes the truly talented selectors. This brings me to the recording you’ve kindly provided us with, from your back to back set with Stpjche at Echiwaves. Can you tell us a little about this experience?

For me b2b it’s a pretty intimate thing, cause first of all I always trying to “read” my partner, what he is doing while playing, and what he is playing, to make a transiting more smooth. I experienced playing accidentally b2b sets and I must admit that weren’t so smooth (from my point of view). I try to choose very carefully with who I share the decks keeping in mind the musical taste, personality and more generally vision about life. I feel that when three elements are aligned you can build up something really nice, like our set with Roger Gerressen and Exos.

Lastly, looking to the future, what are your goals for the remainder of the year?

I’m preparing myself for the upcoming All Night Long tour At the same time we are working on a new release on Luck of Access with young and talented Russian producer.

A night with Parisian label LA CLAP

By Hot Off The Press, News

If you’re passionate about electronic music, and more particularly by minimal rhythms and living in Paris, you definitely have heard about LA CLAP, at least once. With their distinctive but true and recognizable visual identity made by Léa Charée, LA CLAP has become one of the labels in vogue of the French capital.

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This label was founded in 2013, by Jean Cedric Alisonn, better known by his artist name Alisonn

His dedication to djing started when he was 16, and still living in the south of France. He grew up in the middle of time of rave parties, and begun to play some techno beats according to this movement. His first residency at “Le Club House” back in the days allowed him to gain confidence and some improvements in his DJ sets by playing old groovy house and techno music.

It’s during the early 2000’s that he discovered the minimal style and imprint he wanted to share with labels such as Minus and Perlon to quote a few, and DJs like Steve Stoll, Daniel Bell, Richie Hawtin or Ricardo Villalobos. In this direction, Alisonn has begun to create some tasteful music, working in a vinyl shop in Paris and has gained the opportunity of learning about electronic music in general. This allowed him to start playing in all of the biggest clubs in Paris and around. It also marked the creation of LA CLAP.

LA CLAP has for goal to share his passion for music to everyone touched by electronic music and to promote minimal artists from the underground mid. The collective is already well known from the French people but also from foreigners like Romanians as it already has invited big micro-house headliners such as Barac, Petre Inspirescu, Nastia, Archie Hamilton, Arapu, Julietta, Triptil, Cezar Lazar, Praslea, Alex Celler, Denis Kaznacheev, SIT, Suciu, (iO)Mulen just to name a few of them.

With some serious releases from Dubsons, BirdMakingMachine, Alex Celler, Bruno Pronsato, CNTRL, Suciu, LA CLAP has already made their proof. 

LACLAP004 is actually on the way, with some special guests : Fabe and Federico Molinari.

This time, Alisonn chosed to invite one of Reciproc best assets ALCI, to Nouveau Casino, that will become the next LA CLAP playground this week end. In addition of it, Ben Resist and Jesus will be playing as well. Expect some groove and weapon tracks all night long.

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Noctuary Vol. IX: Alci // Tamer

By Hot Off The Press, Reviews

Following the success of their last outing, July’s Yoyaku showcase with Varhat and Janaret, Dubai’s Noctuary return this Thursday the 12th of September to present Swiss Maestro Alci.

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Noctuary have steadily established themselves for their events where both atmosphere and music are of exceptionally high quality. Alci is one of the circuit’s most in demand acts, with a touring schedule that has seen him perform around the world at some of electronic music’s most respected dance floors. Alci’s accolades in the studio are similarly as impressive. Since emerging on the scene, he has released on imprints including Apollonia, Meander Æternum Music, Be As One Imprint, Sunday Breakfast Records, Spoon and his own imprint SEEING SOUNDS. Alci’s distinct groove is undeniably infectious, and his presence in the booth is that of a master. Alci will be supported on the evening by Noctuary’s resident Tamer for a night of positive energy and exceptional tunes. Doors open at 10pm, RSVP on Noctuary’s Facebook event.

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An alternative Houghton weekend – in the midst of heartbreak, London pulls through again

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews

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Just before arriving on site Thursday morning and receiving the heartbreaking news that Houghton Festival had been cancelled due to predicted 60mph winds by the Met Office, the underground electronic music family all shared a quiet moment of reflection about not getting to experience the magic of one of the finest festivals in the land again this year.

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Leaving 8000 ravers with four free days to fill with dancing, alternative parties immediately sprung up online, featuring many of the artists due to play over the weekend and resulting in some of the quickest sold out events in recent months due to the eagerness of the crowd, intimacy of the venues and the gargantuan popularity of the DJs due to play. Some of the immediate events to surface were Voigtmann at Lion & Lamb and Cartulis at FOLD, both of which I quickly jumped on and therefore had something to look forward to and ease the blues.

The tiny capacity of pub venue Lion and Lamb meant that it was almost full upon arrival at 14:00 in the afternoon, with bodies eager to let off some steam and find solidarity on the dance floor. The pub has close connections with Houghton festival curator Craig Richards who can often be found on Thursday and Sunday nights playing here alongside many special companions who you rarely ever find in such a small setting. Voigtmann, another regular here, had today handpicked another very select bunch of artists including Bruno Schmidt, Patrick Klein, Silverlining, Taimur, Mr Shiver and Thoma Bulwer.

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Tucked away off the main stretch of Hoxton, the traditional London boozer is cosy and familiar, with an outside terrace that allows you to chill with a pint before getting warmed up to hit the dance floor. Outside I met ravers who had travelled from as far as Malta and New York for Houghton and although as disappointed as they may have been, they still had smiles on their faces in anticipation of a day of quality music in these surroundings ahead. The family spirit associated with the festival and its deep-rooted connections across the country and further afield there for all to see.

Suitably limbered up, when I made my way past the leather sofas and rugs, and under the arty stereo jack lined ceiling, the party was already in full flow, with Bruno Schmidt making arms move and feet step in front of the small booth that included a simple set up of technics and a rotary mixer. Voigtmann could be seen interacting with the crowd, hugging both friends and newcomers alike and dancing behind the decks throughout. This set the tone and he embodied the collective enthusiasm. Taimur provided deep, hypnotic house, equally lapped up by the adoring faithful who were now crammed in and finally letting off some much-needed steam.

The party was just getting into its prime when I had to unfortunately cut it short and make my way over to Canning Town to FOLD to ensure I would be able to get a place in the again fully sold out event being hosted by Cartilus. Again, this featured some favourite underground heroes and masters of the turntables including the formidable Nicolas Lutz and My Own Jupiter label mates Omar, Unai Trotti, Kino and Michelle.

This was my first time at the club and I was impressed to say the least in its approach. Located in an industrial space far removed from anything that it might disrupt, it boasts the loudest sound system in London, with its 24-hour license and no-filming policy it has a European feel, and this was also represented in the diverse crowd in attendance. The door staff are friendly but selective and ensure that only those who are there for the music gain entry. From the outside it appears as abandoned as the other surrounding warehouses, but inside it becomes a rave paradise, with huge pillars, metal supports and shutters alongside the far wall. Lockers are available to return to throughout the night which provides safety and security for endless hours of dancing.

Inside the venue impressive lighting and sound filled the main room, with warm red lasers capturing the mood of the soundtrack of slow breaks that was initially being provided by both Kino and Unai Trotti, robotic sci-fi synths putting the early crowd into an early trip inside the former paint factory. The fascinating projections on the back wall behind the DJ of a bookshelf fading in and out accompanying the spellbinding records.

As the 600-capacity main room started to fill to the maximum and a dim blue hue filled the air, OMAR took the reins and played an engrossing set of stripped back house, experimental sounds from the Panama native enthralling stomping ravers. The sound system sounded fine-tuned wherever you were placed, and the room has an intimate yet dominating atmosphere.

The dystopian feel of the club that looks onto electric pylons and concrete rubble felt perfect as headliner Nicolas Lutz mesmerised the audience with menacing slow electro jams featuring long breakdowns that provided brief respite, before hitting into bombastic bass lines not of this planet. As the daylight began to pierce through the shutters creating an eerie, enchanting atmosphere, the appreciative and varied crowd were happy to be taken in whichever direction Lutz saw fit, as he didn’t make the path easily digestible, but it was ever exciting and the crowd seemed to welcome hearing new and completely unexpected tunes, many of which I’m sure may never see the light of day for some time yet.

Following a day break, the final party I checked out was a special collaboration between Meoko and BAG at the world-famous Fabric. Relative Perlon newcomer and extraordinary hardware wizz kid Spacetravel was headlining alongside Gene on Earth. The tunes throughout the night were exceptional as anticipated, with a fun, playful and heartwarming blend of abstract house selections that ended the weekend with a fitting sense of positivity.

This was one of the busiest times I have encountered at Fabric on a Sunday evening and the dancefloor was completely full right from the beginning of the night to the very last record, the surrounding of the caged booth right to the raised terrace at the back of the main room packed with familiar faces who were making the most of the additional days they had booked off on Monday and Tuesday. Keep a close eye on Meoko for more forthcoming events that will surprise and excite in the autumn and winter months.

Even though it wasn’t the weekend everyone had anticipated, with many sold out events across a whole host of venues and spaces, it was an opportunity for those who may not have otherwise received such a spotlight to get some well-deserved recognition. Old friends were reunited, new ones made, and it was great to see the community of the scene come together and make the best out of a bad situation, the days proving that London is still one of the friendliest and most interesting places to party in the world.  No one in attendance at these events had a bad word to say about Houghton, warm feelings remained inside, and all will be seen back there in 2020.

Words by Tom Warner

Serialism London & MEOKO this Sunday at 93Feet East – Win Entry & Wax

By Hot Off The Press, Reviews

The highly respected and established Serialism Records arrives to London this September 8th at 93 Feet East to host its first series of events by the name of Serialism London in collaboration with MEOKO. The promising new party will focus on an amazing curation of sophisticated music along with new and established talent at this unique and special location of the British capital.  This coming Sunday afternoon will be a musical gathering not to be missed, Serialism London will bring an overall vibe of endless dancing and harmony signature of Serialism’s parties all over the world.  Last but not least, MEOKO and Serialism will sort two VIP free entrances plus a rare vinyl by Jichael Mackson at the event so keep posted of our social media for more information regarding the event and the VIP prize. 

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Serialism London will host a stellar bill: The Mole (Live), Alexkid, Alex Arnout, Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum (both residents, with the former being founder and the latter co-owner of Serialism Records respectively), and Oli Silva to kick off the anticipated party series that has already made waves in cities like Berlin, Brussels and Sao Paulo among other cities around the globe.

Check out our Interview with Quenum – A journey through the years: Behind the scenes with the unstoppable Quenum

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The Mole (Canada) is not only a veteran and avid record collector with a career that spans for over twenty years of constant digging and experimentation with music. This artist’s passionate digging and careful selection has continued to delight crowds with his groovy yet eccentric sound that flows effortlessly in the dance floor, making his live performance one to be off the books.

Alex Arnout and AlexKid also well-known names in the industry will showcase their own takes on house music and its nuances which will induce the public into constant motion.  Likewise, Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum will bring in the heat to London with their signature Serialism Records’ sound, a perfect balance of groove and energetic beats that continues to seduce audiences internationally. Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum will showcase their skillful mixing and cultivated selection separately this Sunday afternoon, which is nothing new to them as they have constantly enchanted crowds as well in their joint performance as Azimute.   Warm up duties will be handled by Oli Silva, so expect nothing but a tasteful musical curation at Serialism London, a new event series that arrives to the city synonym of freedom, no boundaries and prejudice and most importantly love for music.  

Azimute MEOKO Mix – Click to Play

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After twelve years of cutting edge music (since its creation in 2007) and top artist releases (Jichael Mackson, Dewalta, Mathew Jonson, Cassy, Mike Shannon, Loquace, Cristi Cons, Sublee etc.) and having hosted parties including: (an eight-year residency at the infamous Watergate club in Berlin), Paris, Sydney, Moscow, Ibiza, Brussels, Bangkok, Geneva and Sao Paulo to name a few, Serialism London will surely provide a dynamic and inclusive space for music lovers. The last couple of years, Brazil and more specifically Sao Paulo, has been the latest stronghold to the label’s events, bringing avant-garde music to new frontiers. Having booked several major artists (Rhadoo, tINI, Dan Andrei, Rich NXT, Anthea, Denis Kaznacheev, Janina, Lamache, Losoul etc.) the label’s showcases and events certainly contributed positively to the development of the underground scene in the giant Latin American country. Surely, Serialism London promises to be another successful musical venture and will provide the local scene with top quality music and experiences as they have done before.

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Words by Daniel Ordoñez

 

A journey through the years: behind the scene with the unstoppable Quenum

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews

Quenum is surely one of the longevous acts in the electronic scene. His first steps as a DJ could be dated in the 80s and since then he has been an unstoppable train in continuous movement, taking part as a co-founder to the legendary Cadenza and giving life to the AZIMUTE project alongside Cesare vs Disorder and co-owning with him, since 2016, the prestigious Serialism label. 

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  • Your first track is dated in 2003… I was only 7 years old! How do you feel about having such a long and prolific career compared to the new generations and how do you see the evolution (from the parties to the music prod) of the whole electronic movement?

That’s so funny! Actually, I was already DJing professionally in the 1980s. You know I never had a career plan, I just started DJing because I went a lot to clubs, I was a dancer and it was natural for me to be in music. I never thought this would last one year or 20 years, I just go day by day because I love it so much. In this new generation, there’s a lot of good stuff and with social media and the Internet you can find out about it, everything is so much easier to access. But the problem is that there’s a lot of hype and fashion and people who are in this business for the look, for looking cool on Instagram but they have no depth. That doesn’t take away from all the young generation dudes who are doing very good stuff, better than ever. I don’t know where we’re going really, there are so many people doing electronic music, it’s so easy with the evolution of technology. Today we work much faster, at the same time we have so many new things to manage.

  • The 1993 track is was talking about is also actually the first EP on yours and Luciano’s Cadenza and we know you have such a good relationship with him. Did you expect at that time the success that the label would have had and the importance that Cadenza had (and still has) for all the house lovers around the world? We can still talk about a “Cadenza-ish” style so I think that it really set the standards.

Actually, the tracks I was doing in the 90s were my own tracks, as part of a project called Access 58. Luciano and I met in Geneva in 2001, and we started working together in the studio. “Orange Mistake” came out in 2003. It’s one of those classic crazy music stories. Luciano and I contacted many labels to release the track but nobody wanted it, and we got impatient. So we were hanging out one day together, with his sister Amelie, and the three of us said why don’t we start our own label and then we don’t have to deal with this nonsense. Hahaha. So we started Cadenza and our first release was Orange Mistake, and the rest is history. Of course, we had no idea what we had started. We both love music and love working together. It’s been a while, but there is a surprise coming soon.

  • “Orange Mistake” is actually #3 in your Beatport chart! It seems that people still love your roots! How do you feel about that?

I’m super proud of this track, it’s incredible for an artist to have this happen, to have your creation receive so much love and attention. I love what we did, I think the date doesn’t matter, as much as the quality.

  • Will we have the chance to see you again on Cadenza? 

Actually, I released an EP on Cadenza in 2016, called Solitaire. It felt really good to be back on the label. For the moment I have no plans for releases on Cadenza.

 

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  • You have reduced your music output during the last years, on how it depends on this? Did you focus more on other stuff?

Yes, my style of working has changed a little bit. Before I spent so much time in the studio, I was also super open to doing remixes and collaborations with many people. Then I realised I better take care of business too, today there are so many things you have to do with social media, meeting people etc. Also, I’ve pushed myself in a musical sense, trying to learn new things and explore new ways. So, for example, I’ve done a solo album, I’ve worked in the studio on an album with a group of musicians, including some very talented jazz musicians, I’ve worked on the score for a television series. Of course, all those experiments take time away from the studio, but it makes me very happy because it enables me to grow as an artist.

  • How’s your relationship with Switzerland? Talking about your country, I only know Caprices Festival, Breakfast Club and Luciano, but it would be sick if you want to introduce me and our readers into more Swiss parties and DJs.               

I moved to Switzerland around 1988, I was already working as a DJ (lol). Since then I’ve moved around, lived a long time in London, then again back in Switzerland. I’m there quite often and it’s where I keep my studio. I love being there, I have good friends. For sure there are lots of talented people. Check out Stade, it’s an electronic music project with my good friends Pierre Audetat and Christophe Calpini, both music geniuses. The Attias brothers and their label Visions Recordings, great stuff. Also DJs like Dachsund, Ripperton, Laolu, Garance and Reas, all in different styles and so good.

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  • You’ve also started a project with Italian Cesare vs Disorder. How did you guys meet and how did you start the project, despite having already a nice image as a solo artist.

We met because I was in Berlin in a recording studio with my friend Sierra Sam and Cesare was there. I was talking about releasing my solo album and was not sure which label to approach. Cesare listened right there in the studio and loved it and he gave me such attention and freedom as a label boss, I thought immediately I want to be there. And then we hit it off and became good friends. We decided to start collaborating and that’s how our project Azimute was born. We went on tour all over the world, especially in Asia and Australia. That brought us very close. Both our families love each other, and we’re always looking for new ways to extend our work. So now we are organizing parties in Sao Paulo and London.

  • The Cristi Cons for AZIMUTE’s “The Secret” on Cocoon was one of the highlights from last year. Any anticipation for the future?

For sure, I love what Cristi Cons did with the track. And also we had great support from Cocoon, always love working with them. So thanks for that! Azimute keeps ongoing 100% and we’re currently working on new music. We play together at the Serialism parties we do in Brazil and the UK. Right now we’re focusing on work we did for our album, trying to finish it.

  • Personally, I really like the project of Serialism: from the music to the artwork and the whole idea behind the project. I see you guys are doing a lot of parties in Brasil. How’s the scene/movement in there?

The scene in Brazil is captivating. It’s a young scene,  so it reminds me of the energy in New York and London years ago. There are great parties, in unusual places. You can still find places like old industrial or warehouse buildings that you can take over to do a party. It’s more free. The youth there is very energetic, it’s a young population, very cool. I love it. We’re very lucky that Fernanda, the wife of my partner Cesare, is a talented graphic artist, filmmaker, designer. Incredible. So she’s done all our posters, flyers, promos, album covers, videos. We’re just so spoiled to have the best artist in-house (lol).

 

 

 

  • We know that you’re such a healthy person (and I love to run too). Can you tell us more about your hobbies and interests?

Yes, for sure! Apart from music I’m really into sports, especially running. More than an interest, it’s my survival, my balance, my happiness. I’m totally addicted to running. And I love food too… so I better continue running!!!!

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

BienAimer Music Free Forest Community Party with MEOKO

By Hot Off The Press, News

Following a spectacular soirée over the May bank holiday weekend, a selection of London’s finest will return to the secret forest again for a marathon 22 hours of enchanting rhythms and mesmerizing beats. The second installment of BienAimer Music’s free forest community party will take place in a new location from 8am on the 25th of August until the sunrise the next morning. Meoko, Bread and Butter London and Secret Roots will be teaming up with the BienAimer crew for the memorable occasion.

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The musical offering of the forest party is sure to impress, with many of London’s leading artists packing their bags to the brim with groove-laden selections. In alphabetical order, the event welcomes Alex Celler, Dean Marc, Georgia Girl, Kane Solo DJayden, Jacob Husley Peter Pixzel, Julenn & Stany, Lopaski, Ludo M & Tarek Charbonnier, Max. Davide Decay, Sami Dilla and Silverlining. In addition, two yet-to-be-announced very special guests will also be performing.

The high caliber musical curation will also be matched with a considered focus on event production. The soundsystem for the rager will be powered by Ela:r Sound with Tito Nicolau and Jan Bernet providing videography and photography respectively. A fully stocked bar will be provided for the gathering to keep ravers quenched through day and night.

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With many new surprises up their sleeve, it is safe to wager that those behind the forest party will deliver something special. Make sure to click attending to the Facebook event for important updates and keep your ears close to the ground for exciting announcements in the weeks to come. Ravers, we will see you in the forest.