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MOGA Festival : A mystical place on the Moroccan coast

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, News

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MOGA Festival has announced the full line-up of this exceptional musical gathering taking place this October 11-13th at UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city of, Essaouira, Morocco. The festival spirit combines music and art at various levels with an emphasis on Moroccan, Maghrebian and African culture, alongside top tier international artists and guests.
This breathtaking site will host a variey of artists like Bradley ZeroKenny Dope, Enzo Siragusa, Folamour, Lazare HocheBLOND:ISH, Raresh and Praslea (as Praslesh), Amine K, Maher Daniel and more.
MOGA creates therefore, a diverse and unique experience during the three-day festival at the beautiful Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa resort. The festival harmoniously combines the local landscape by the sea with its grand and antique architecture and the warmth of the sun, the amazing local cuisine, culture and colour.

 

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The annual MOGA Creation Initiative has also been announced — following dOP and the Maalem Hassan Boussou in 2016 collaboration, and Stavroz and the Essaouira Issaoua one in 2018 — Thomas and Julien de Bie, who form the duo Parallells, will combine their electronic productions with the gnaoua music of Maalem Omar Hayat. After several days of working together in the studio in Essaouira in the days prior to the festival, they will perform the final pieces from their collaboration on the main stage. Other names of the local scene will include top quality acts including Daox, Mr ID, Achil, Noritsu, Amine K and Nomads.
For more information, consult the MOGA social media pages and site.

 

https://www.mogafestival.com

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https://twitter.com/MogaFestival

https://instagram.com/MogaFestival

 

FESTIVAL INFO

4 Stages: Pool Stage, Garden Stage, Terrace Stage and So Lounge
Young creators market, wellbeing and relaxation
Hours: 12h – 05h00

Location: Sofitel Mogador Golf & Spa Essaouira

 

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MOGA X-TRAS

The city of Essaouira will vibrate to the rhythms of the Festival, for this new edition of many must-see places will be invested again:

Thursday, October 10, 2019

18h: Opening at DAR SOUIRI with officials
20h – 00h: OCEAN VAGABOND – BBQ / buffet + Dj set
22h-2h: BEACH & FRIENDS – Dj Party Set

Monday, October 15, 2019

12h to 18h: CLOSING SIDI KAOUKI Seagulls and Dromedaries – Brunch Electro

Other Moga X-tras TBA

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HOT SPOTS

The attendees that present their entry ticket will be able to benefit from many preferential tariffs on the hiring of Buggy, Quad, Kite-Surf, ride on horseback and camels, shops of souvenirs and crafts, workshops, cooking classes — details announced very soon.

 


TICKETS

Festival Ticket Only —  3-Day Pass from 150€

Ticket + Transport + Hotel — from 206€

https://www.festicket.com/fr/hosted/festivals/moga-festival/2019/shop/?page_mode=hosted&fbclid=IwAR1QMuRuX5UEwtPqq9Q0YUMi6IX0fNVMSz2L5n6NYopSrR_PsTEpx5Z0RzA

 

BeAvantGarde – 5 Year Anniversary

By Hot Off The Press, Reviews

The past twelve months have been overwhelmingly successful for BeAvantGarde (B A G) – once a Brighton-based collective, now pushing the boundaries down under.

Since 2014, B A G has been involved in curating special nights for their loyal following in the UK – squat parties, church raves, secret locations. With the momentum gained from 4 years of consistent events, a spur-of-the-moment decision to relocate to the Southern Hemisphere was made. Favouring the warm weather, the sand, and the surf, founder Andrea Dev moved to Sydney with main resident and co-founder Manfred Spagnoli earlier on in 2018.

Upon arriving in Sydney, the crew got involved with locals dedicated to facilitating the secondary phase of the brand’s growth, and a series of secret location parties ensued. The first invite-only event took place in a dilapidated 2nd World War Bunker on the Lower North Shore of Sydney.

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After the success of their first party, the BeAvantGarde crew went public, taking a gamble with a much larger war bunker. They took to the headlands for a larger bunker, armed with a sound system, a generator, and proceeded to have 500+ people rock up to one of the spot parties of the year. During the bump out back to the vans on Sunday morning, it was common belief between the members of the crew that they were onto something special.

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They’d tapped into a situation with demand far out-weighing the supply. Sydney’s warehouse scene had always been around, but the makeup of events had traditionally been skewed towards the techno and electro sphere, broken beat, ambient – more left field collectives. Artists in Australia pushing the sounds littered throughout underground communities in Europe simply had less opportunities to present their selections, or more introspective tips.

Securing their first private venue in September 2018, B A G hosted London-based selector Junki Inoue, in a collaboration with Losing Control, a Melbourne-based brand. The outstanding visuals and sound set the precedent for quality nights, with as much focus on the experience as the music, and a careful crowd curation policy focused on introducing people to the scene as well as celebrating diversity.

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Since the party with Junki Inoue, B A G has hosted Giammarco Orsini, caLLy, Mike Shannon, ALCI, Spacetravel, Nu Zau, Etienne, Takashi Himeoka and Magico – with lots more on the way. The nights have become respected for facilitating the platform needed to host overseas talent in the correct environment. Events they run allow the DJ’s to spread their artistic sensibilities down under, in a safe space for one to truly “let go”.

The recent 5th Birthday marks 5 years of parties for BeAvantGarde, and so to celebrate in the best way they know how, a visit to Europe has been planned this August with a series of curated events, some of them in collaboration with MEOKO.

5th Birthday Tour Dates

13.07 ⟜ B A G w/ Magico Sydney Secret Location (12hr) || Sydney, AU

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14.07 ⟜ B A G x Losing Control w/ Magico || Melbourne, AU

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02.08 ⟜ BAG x MEOKO x COSMO w/ Hamish & Toby – Free Beach Party || Brighton, UK

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03.08 ⟜ BAG x AlterHour x MEOKO – Secret Location || Brighton, UK

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 09.08 ⟜ BAG @TBA || Berlin, GER

11.08 ⟜ Sundays at fabric: BAG x Meoko with Spacetravel & Gene On Earth || London, UK

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23.08 ⟜ BAG x Cosmo w/ Oshana || Catania, ITA

31.08 ⟜ Full Scale x BAG – Fête de la Musique || Lille, FRA

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For the occasion, resident Manfred Spagnoli has put together a mix showcasing the sounds – check this out!

Monika Ross: when Berlin is home (even for a lovely birthday-party)

By Hot Off The Press, Interviews

Ahead of her birthday celebration that will take place at the amazing Hoppetosse in Berlin, we had a lovely chat with the lady herself Monika Ross. Since 2011, Monika had slowly made a name for herself, becoming a staple into the European circuit. Having successful releases on labels such as Serialism, EWax and Druhzba to name a few, she’s fresh of her debut on Okain’s Talman which is almost sold out on many vinyl platforms. And now let’s get “deep” into it…

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  • Hi Monika! You’re from Australia but you’re now based in Berlin. Do you think it’s inevitable to take this step? How much has affected this into your career?

I actually left Australia in 2007 – for London! I spent most of my 20’s there and now for DJing and electronic music, in general, I feel Europe suits and inspires me more. Berlin is so far the best move I’ve made – I found my extraordinary booker here (Isabelle Beese) which has been a big breath of fresh air – as well a long time personal goal achieved. I also share this profession and time in life with the most fascinating, kind, talented friends and artists who are also my neighbours – it’s perfect.

  • I see you’ve worked as an audio engineer for BBC! How was that experience?

It’s the best job I’ve ever had to be honest. It was hard to leave it for a different city but anytime I come back to London I can still step into the broadcasting house for a little freelance work. I have full respect for the company and the quality content they provide.

  • The big debate about “female DJs” in the scene is always present. What do you think of it? Do you think it’s safe (as a female DJ) to fight for your rights or maybe could work in the opposite way?

Is that in the London scene? In my years of experience, I have felt safe and equal to professional males in the industry. There are so many women with years of experience, content and talent (bringing serious heat right now I must say) but I feel like gender hasn’t been a substantial or differentiating point – a lot of guys also really set the standard high. If you’ve got game and you love what you do – you will shine.

  • You’re going to have a huge birthday party in Berlin alongside Nick Beringer, Diego Krause and many more. Do you think you have reached your “sound” or is it still evolving?

Yes! Big up to these legendary humans who have made my time in Berlin the best ever and have also been there for me for during hard times. I am so lucky to be having my birthday at this awesome venue with my most loved crew. I think I play and am represented by a particular ‘sound’ but I can’t define it in one genre. I still love UK garage and feel like its coming back mixed with minimal Reaching a point where you don’t play any mismatched/random parties or events has been a big game-changer for me. Also, Berlin has the biggest and best selection of records/shops available so I always tend to be drawn to new and sonically better music. I still adore and play some favourite, old gems.

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  • Which is the release you’re most proud of?

It has to be my “Funkt Up” release on Okain’s Talman Records. I was lucky enough to have Malin Genie remix which adds the most delicious icing on the cake. We’ve had a super positive response and have sold a lot 🙂 So I’m really proud to hear and see people really enjoy and support it.

  • Any future plans?

I’m planning to build a studio and own a house. Apart from that, I’m currently concentrating on living the present moment to the fullest.

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  • That’s a time to be alive regarding the “deep/tech” movement (if we can even define it). Name 3 young promises that will burn the scene in the future.

Phwoargh tough question! The music industry is blowing up so much and there are so many young guns slaying it. Top plays at the moment are Prodot, Sweely, Reiss, Nick Beringer, Christian Jay to name just a few.

  • We’ve seen a huge rise in the Australian scene in the last couple of years. What do you think of it? Is it better compared with when you moved to Berlin?

It seems to have picked up substantially over the years, yes. It’s so nice to see the line ups getting more international and share the summertime in Australia with mates from around the globe. In my opinion, the vibe and clientele can be a little different – I like maturity and manner of Europeans (especially the no photo policy in Berlin clubs – get off your phone and dance – winner!)

  • You’ve played an ambient set for a fashion show? How was that experience? Do you enjoy playing other stuff? Which genres do you like apart from the 4/4 house & techno stuff?

I absolutely love private gigs for clothing brands, fashion launches, lounge bars etc. I can definitely play a full 8 hours of hip hop/funk/broken beats with a lot of pleasure. I miss the Big Chill Bar Sundays in Brick Lane!

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

“Noctuary X yoyaku with Varhat b2b Janeret

By Hot Off The Press, Reviews
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Dubai-based outfit Noctuary sit at the vanguard of their regional scene, pushing high-calibre minimal sounds in the Middle East. After a brief hiatus, Noctuary are returning on Thursday the 25th of July for their Season 2 launch with an event of serious magnitude: a Yoyaku showcase with Varhat b2b Janeret on headline duties and Noctuary’s own Hameed supporting.
The event will take place amidst the divine ambience of Level 5, the home of Noctuary’s previous chapters that have played host to the likes of Ion Ludwig, Thomas Melchoir, Traumer, Barac and more.
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Given the calibre of talent Noctuary has previously welcomed, it was only a matter of time before a Yoyaku showcase took place. Yoyaku is one of the scene’s most respected 360 degree contingents, pioneering forward-thinking sounds through their label, agency and record distribution.  The name Yoyaku now stands synonymous with gold-standard minimal around the world and discerning ears can quickly identify the distinguishable ‘Yoyaku sound’.  Yoyaku veterans, Varhat and Janaret, have established themselves as two of the scene’s most consistent artists, in both the studio and the booth. Both artists have catalogues of admirable proportions in terms of both quality and quantity, with their distinctive and diverse sound, both driving and delicate, found across the many Yoykau Joule imprint, YYY series, Hostom, AKU, Tartouffe and YoY.  Both individually and back-to-back, Varhat and Janaret are deservingly in high demand, revered for their ability to seamlessly weave together considered selections and tell a story through their sets.  Playing together, the two have an inimitable connection and a knack for choosing records that speak to each other with synergy.
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Noctuary look forward to showcasing their talent in a night that will truly give meaning to the saying “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Support for the evening lies in the capable hands of Ahmed Hameed. A rising star in the scene, Hameed will be returning to Noctuary where he has previously supported SIT and Traumer. Aside from his experience in his home region, Hameed has also performed in the UK alongside Apollonia, Wareika, Ion Ludwig and Barac at the unleash open air. Sure to be a night of intricate soundscapes and classy grooves, Noctuary Vol. VIII is not one to miss. With just under two weeks to go, it’s time to lock those plans and get excited. The event will commence at 10pm with tickets available cash only on the door for AED 100.
Words by Lily Dalton
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– Escape the demands of modern life and immerse yourself into the idyllic world of a secluded island paradise – Three Smoked Olives Festival

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

 

Our 3 Smoked Olives countdown has been underway for a while, as we eagerly await one of the most unique music experiences of the summer. With just under 3 weeks to go, the excitement is truly burning and our time on the island could not come sooner.

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Taking place from July 24th– July 30th, 3 Smoked Olives invites attendees to escape the demands of modern life and immerse themselves in the idyllic world of a secluded island paradise. Now in its seventh edition, 3 Smoked Olives pairs an inimitable location with a faultless soundtrack and a welcome focus on sustainability and self expression.

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Names like Sammy Dee, Herodot, Lamache, Suciu and Francesco Del Garda to name only a few are sure to secure the event’s high calibre status, while more underrated artists like Vlad Dinu and Amir Javasoul (both of whom we have had the pleasure of hosting in our MEOKO podcast series) elevate the lineup’s expert curation. 

THE LINE UP

Alexandra
Ali Nasser
Amir Javasoul
Andrei Ciubuc
Arapu
Bălașa Percussion
Cally
Cap
Cesar Merveille
Charlie
Clovis
Cosmjn
Denis Korablev
DJ Vasile
Emi
Fabe
Francesco del Garda
George L
Gescu
Giorgio Maulini
Giuliano Lomonte
Herodot
James Mc Hale
Kosta
Kozo
Lamache
Leo Pol
Lowris
Matt Foley
Mihai Pol
Nicolas Lutz
Noizar & Borys
Prichindel
Sammy Dee
Sedee
Sepp
Sublee
Suciu
The Rabbit King
Vincent Lemieux
Vlad Dinu

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Following the inaugural edition of our 3-part mix series giving you a taste of the sounds to expect on the island, we are delighted to deliver the second installment. We welcome James McHale and Giorgio Maulini, who have dug deep into their respective collections to deliver an electric b2b set. The two swiss artists have a reputation for their groove-fueled sets rich with energy and spontaneity, and the hour-and-a-half journey they have delivered to us is no exception. Full of infectious rhythms, robotic basslines, with a healthy dose of swing, McHale and Maulini provide a nimble journey through a selection of electro tinged club cuts. Guaranteed to have you dreaming of the dancefloor, this is the perfect mix to fuel the fire that is the 3SO anticipation! A listen guaranteed to lift spirits and evoke excitement, we cannot wait to see what James McHale and Giorgio Maulini bring to the Island. Dive in head-first to this one and keep your ears close to the ground for our next 3 Smoked Olives podcast.

Islanders, The countdown has truly begun.

Jamahr: between melodies, friendship and their new label

By Hot Off The Press, Interviews

After huge releases and outstanding supports from the likes of Enzo Siragusa, Archie Hamilton, Chris Stussy and Janeret, it’s practically impossible not to know the Italian duo of Jamahr. Having EPs on Yaya’s “Tamango Records”, Rich NxT’s “What NxT”, Mulen Records, and Politic Of Dancing to name a few, Mario and Jacopo have made a name from themselves during the last years, always providing energetic melodic dancefloor cuts. We sat down with them after their big performance at the last Tamango Records showcase alongside Yaya and Alex Ground @ After Caposile (Italy).

Make you sure to follow Jamahr on FacebookInstagram, and Soundcloud.

 

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  • Let’s start the interview with a proper Italian question: pizza or pasta?

M: Pasta

J: Pasta

 

  • As every duo, I’m sure that you guys are more DJ-side or producer-side… tell us more about this. 

M: Jacopo is so powerful in the studio, he is way more careful on the little details than me. He’s also very skilled speaking of technical stuff (even if sometimes he makes me go mad because he thinks too much). I think that when we are behind the decks I’m 100% focused on the track selection and I always try to find the right track for the moment                                                       

J: I think that I’m better in the studio, I can really focus on the production side even if I’m alone, I don’t know what Jacopo said but I’m a true maniac. 

 

 

  • Remaining on the producer-side who works better on the groove and who on the melodic parts?

M: I’m responsible for many of Jamahr’s melodies… I really like to make huge trips in my mind, finding the right melody, sometimes I get it, sometimes I don’t.

J: We both have a lot of ideas when we catch up in the studio, but Mario is the melodic wizard for sure!

 

  • What’s the key-element on your productions?

M: Definitely the melodic part, which is our main goal in the last couple of years.

J: Some melodic stuff for sure. We really enjoy something “extra” above the standard 4/4 groove.

 

 

  • What would have happened if you have not had met 9 years ago?

M: I don’t have a crystal ball, so it’s hard to say. It’s good that has been gone that way!

J: Who knows… better not think about it.

 

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  • When you guys met each other did you get along since the first time?

M: Yes, we met in a club (as often happens to the deejays). It’s a very spontaneous friendship.

J: Yes! We know each other for a long time but we’ve always got along on almost everything!

 

  • Who did decide the name of your alias?

M: We had the same idea almost at the same time!
J: It was very easy to pick this alias. Still, nowadays, people ask us what “Jamahr” means… well, it’s simply the fusion of our names: Jacopo + Mario = Jamahr!

 

  • How do you see each other in 10 years?

       M: I will definitely have white hair!

J: In the studio!

 

 

  • Who is the sexiest?

M: If you see us in the dark we are both pretty good! 

J: Mario… no doubts about it!

 

  • Sunset or sunrise?

M: Sunrise

J: Sunrise

 

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  • Best warm-up track?

M: Andy Kolwes – Sometimes

J: Ricardo Villalobos – Widodo

 

  • Best closing track?

M: Rodney Bakerr & Kenny K Collins – Beat My House

J: Beanfield feat. Bajka – Tides (Ripperton Mix)

 

  • Which is the record you love the most?

M: Petter – Petter Some Polyphony. It’s the first one I’ve ever bought back in the days.

J: The Doors’ album “Strange Days”

 

 

  • Do you guys have any secret wish?

M: Cadenza!

J: Cadenza (I’m pretty sure that Mario said the same)

 

  • What’s the most inspiring DJ-duo?

M: Livio & Roby with no doubts. They have quite a long career and they’ve always shown style and elegance in every production, always looking at new influences but without losing their trademark imprint.

J: Livio & Roby. They’re such amazing producers and a big source of inspiration for us.

 

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  • Which is the best track on the podcast?

M: DJ Buck – Highlights

J: Jamahr – Kamigawa (out soon…)

 

  • We’re getting close to the end of this interview… any advice to the newcomers of this world?

M: We still have a long road ahead of us before giving any tip. First of all, I would say “humility” but this doesn’t mean to lower your heads. And then I would say to listen to a lot of music of any kind… there is a lot of good music that we even don’t know about.

J: We still have to improve a lot both as DJs and producer but I would say to listen to a lot of music is the best thing, and of course always believe in yourself!

 

  • What are your next steps?

J    M & J: We have three upcoming various artists: one for the 5 years birthday of French label by Politics of Dancing, one for Muzi Cartel (which is currently releasing a lot of quality music) and another one for (we can’t say atm). We’re very hyped for this also because we will “share” these compilations with a lot of friends. And lastly, we will announce very soon the born of our own label! It’s going to be called “CAPTEA” and we would like to thank Memoria Distribution for this great opportunity. Stay tuned for more info.

 

       Words by Francesco Quieti

 

 

 

 

28th of July, Elétrico Festival returns to Porto’s Parque da Pasteleira

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Reviews

From the 26th to the 28th of July, Elétrico Festival returns to Porto’s Parque da Pasteleira. The boutique festival launched last year, born from the charismatic energy and culture of the Porto city. Taking its name “Elétrico” from the Portuguese word for “Tram”, the festival aims to be a “vehicle of emotions”, offering connection, immersion and liberation through a dynamic artistic and cultural experience.

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MEOKO is delighted to be partnering with Elétrico in 2019, celebrating one more year of positive energy through music and the outdoors.  The festival prides itself on its values of cultural sustainability and diversity, which permeate all dimensions of Elétrico. The festival aims to bring the unique Porto character to the world in an inclusive atmosphere, where the musical offering is complemented by artistic exhibitions and a focus on nature and wellness.

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This years’ musical programming fills the big shoes left by last year’s instalment, with a richly curated selection of local and international talent from house to jazz, minimal to funk, and techno to disco. Elétrico’s tasteful line-up caters to heads from all corners of the musical landscape.

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Artists include (in alphabetical order): Apollonia, D’julz, Diana Oliveira, Helena Guedes, Inner City (live), Janus Rasmussen live (Kiasmos), João Dinis, João Tenreiro, Leo Cruz, Levon Vincent, Matthew Herbert, Maria Gambina – Fashion Designer, Marcel Dettman, Magazino, Maayan Nidam (live), Moodymann, Petre Inspirescu, Rui Vargas, Theo Parrish, Tiago Carvalho and Vasco Valente.

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What stands out most about Elétrico’s programming is the selection of highly influential artists that have been at the forefront of their respective genres: names like Dettman, Parish and Inspirescu are undoubtedly synonymous with stalwart status. For those looking for a July weekender away from the hype of commercialism, Elétrico is an excellent choice. If last year’s edition was anything to go by, the festival will enrich and energise while offering you the opportunity for immersion in the beautiful city of Porto. 3 day tickets are currently available for 45,00€ via the Elétrico website.

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

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interviews

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

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

Or have a listen on Youtube:

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Words by Francesco Quieti


UNISON WAX CREATOR DIEGO KRAUSE INTERVIEW & Mix

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Words by MEOKO

What are you Promoting here Lee Foss? This ain’t House Music…

By Hot Off The Press, News

 

It is very rarely, even fair to say ever that MEOKO blogs about these EDM popstars however people are furious over Lee Foss’s tactics which saw him having his gig cancelled July 4th rooftop BBQ at Monkey Loft by the promoters which promote live streams of electronic music in California. This came off the  backlash of a flyer which can only be described as vile-  the flyer indicate a woman performing oral sex with her head coverd up – tasteless to say the least, this is not what the music industry stands for, this is NOT the msg we want to put out.  Infact Lee Foss, what exactly are you promoting here? It certainly doesnt belong in the electronic music industry. 

He will not play our event quoted the promoter in a earlier FB post,  I will lose thousands of dollars which I’ve already paid, but I cannot work with a guy who objectifies women much less as a form of self-promo. Disgusting” 

“Such gross behaviour. If this was sport, he and his management would be suspended without pay and have to go through counselling / rehabilitation before he could return, meaning there was a chance they could learn from the experience rather than being named and shamed, without any constructive resolution. Imagine if we had some sort of structure of accountability within our industry.” Clare Dickins (PR Professional)

“This is everything that is wrong with the world and our industry” Unamed industry professional 

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