Rhythmatic start the New Year with yet another UK exclusive…
Firmly placed within the industry as the go-to party for introducing and showcasing talents from the world over, Rhythmatic seem excited to welcome Avotre to London on 02 February. Avotre is not like the common, genre-specific labels we all know too well. Founded by renowned Berlin producer and DJ Santé, it’s far from another tech-house imprint that’s dropping hardly distinguishable productions every week. While house might the bread and butter, RnB, downbeat and disco flavours are also celebrated by the labels crew including, Santé himself, Gigolo and Souvenir, Sascha Sible, Ahmad Laren, Sidney Charles and of course Rampa. This is a very special event for Rhythmatic as they yet again introduce another label set to make a stamp on this ever evolving music scene.
The same sense and sensibilities as Rhythmatic, Avotre is concerned about the scene’s well being. It’s another perfect match between label, promoter and party. This ethos doesn’t stop with the label; it’s felt through its members and in particular label owner Santé. His latest releases such as “Homegirl” and “Spotlight” have been extremely well received, as each of his new tracks toast to quality music and show off his ability to cleverly cross genres. Philipp has also been bringing the Santé sound as a live act with successful gigs at clubs such as Weekend, Watergate, Robert Johnson, WMC Miami, Fabric and Sonar to name just a few.
It’s been quite a ride for Rampa over the last couple of years. When it comes to DJing, his dedication to the four to the floor-aesthetic has wavered between punk-rock, hip hop, and any other suitable outlet for his genuine passion for music. His attitude and openness places him as an outstanding contemporary producer that still meets all the stylistic requirements of current tech-house. His work includes producing an album with Nomi of Hercules & Love Affair, a live-moniker and paring with likeminded producer Re.You, all while spitting out loads of his own new material. His serious grooves will be felt rumbling through the dancefloor this February.
Rid yourself of January blues and say cheers to health and wealth with an Avotre showcase at Rhythmatic’s first event of 2013. With an anniversary tour on the way and new projects in the pipeline for the Rhythmatic family, make sure you’re with them at the beginning of this significant year!
East London Basement
23:00 – 06:00
For Rhythmatic’s final instalment of 2012 they are going all out, bringing in two very special guests from the infamous Perlon label, Thomas Melchior and Fumiya Tanaka. Berlin based Perlon, run by Zip and Markus Nikolai, hosts the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Baby Ford, Luciano, James Dean Brown and Margaret Dygas.
Thomas Melchior is no doubt one of the key artists to come out on the label and he remains a legendary name in the industry and will be for years to come. From Germany to the US, Spain and finally the UK, Melchior has always championed underground sounds and his music has without a doubt shaped tastes and creativity of many artists on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond.
Never the one to follow trends, he has stayed true to his eclectic music taste, forming part of many projects such as Ohm, Vulva/Yoni and Lady Miss Kiers’ and releasing under various monikers on labels such as Aphex Twin’s Rephlex, Playhouse, Perlon and his own label Aspect. Nowadays, Melchior continues to surprise the audience worldwide with his genre bending sounds and cutting edge performances.
With a musical career spanning over 15 years, Fumiya Tanaka is renowned as a true artist of his genre. Tanaka’s performances and productions have gone from strength to strength, earning him respect of industry professionals and techno lovers worldwide. Recently the artist has been working on the live unit, Dartriix with Radiq aka Yoshihiro Hanno and has already released two EPs and a full length album on Op.disc as well as numerous Perlon releases. Nowadays Tanaka is about to start a new label called Sundance and it is scheduled to be launched very soon. Look out for some fresh tunes and all time underground classics in his technical yet soulful sets which take minimal techno to a new level.
On the same night, Rhythmatic will also be celebrating the birthdays of their very own residents Archie Hamilton and Wesley Razzy. Head of vinyl label Moscow Records and Rhythmatic Resident, Archie Hamilton is a London based DJ, A&R and producer, having released on Fear of Flying, District Raw, Lowpitch, High Strings and Moscow Records.
Brazilian born DJ and producer, Rhythmatic Resident and a regular name on the line ups of Fabric’s WetYourself and Mixmag, Wesley performed alongside artists such as Marco Carola, Matthias Tanzmann, Davide Squillace, Onur Ozer, Cassy, Sascha Dive, Lee Foss and many others.
Rumour has it that last year’s final party with Fabio Giannelli was a sell out and this one is set to be no different! Perlon is renowned for the sound quality as well as breath-taking performances and Rhythmatic stays true to its artistic versatility yet undeniable quality of performances coupled with a warm and friendly yet underground atmosphere. The two bring together all the elements necessary to create an unforgettable night.
Rhythmatic Get’s Perlonized
East London Location
22:00 – 07:00
Stathis Lazarides has the musical ethos and mentality of an artist who finds it impossible to compromise with trends and to specify genres when in the studio or in the DJ booth. Music has been his foremost priority for 20 years and the concept of sitting down to compose in his studio without a specific plan, mainly working on impulse, is for him the building block of underground music.
Stathis has started his journey into the amazing world of dance music at the tender age of 17. The setting was a small pub in his native country, Greece, but the impact to his life was massive. After spending some time DJing on various Greek Islands and enjoying a residency at the legendary Kinky Bambolina club in Thessaloniki, he moved to London to study sound engineering and gets his first taste of an illegal rave in the middle of a field in Bedfordshire.
After successfully finishing his studies, he started his own record labels, Funktastique records and Bailado Music, and enjoyed a string of releases, favored by some truly renowned DJ and radio stations.
Around the same time, Stathis began his residency at the world famous, club Cavo Paradiso, where he has been the resident DJ since 2000, and had regular appearances at Ministry Of Sound, Turnmills and Egg. He has also been noticed by labels like Azuli, Steve Lawler’s Harlem and Sandy Rivera’s Blackwiz label.
Stathis has also been the driving musical force behind the Rhythmatic moniker, a party that has gatecrashed onto the London scene two years ago and has a impressive roster of guest appearances such as Gregor Tresher, Spencer Parker, Kreon, Lemos, Kabale Und Liebe, Fabio Giannelli to name a few. Stathis has regarded his residency at Rhythmatic as important as the one at Cavo Paradiso and the future holds exciting new projects for the party not only in London but also on the international scene.
It is impossible to define his musical style in a few concise words. Deep evolution, Funky sentiments, Dirty intentions, Atmospheric, non pretentious, quality underground music, Or a reflection to his emotions. His style obviously has a good presence of house and techno surrounded by a range of elements. But imagine what would happen if several people were asked to describe a very large and complex object that they can’t see, but can only feel. In this case the object seems to be music!
Speaking with Stathis Lazarides, it’s obvious that he has an old school DJ’s story of how he came to the scene and his experiences…
You first stepped into the underground scene starting at the age of 17 DJing in a pub back in Greece. But were there any instances or influences before that, which brought you closer to the underground scene or was DJing in that pub and working your way into the scene complete accident?
I lived my teenage years in a small rural village and I wasn’t even aware of the meaning of the word underground back then. Urban society was a world away and my influences were what the radio was playing plus a local record store. I started buying music at the age of 12 with the pocket money I was getting from my summer job as a petrol station attendant but my interest in vinyl started even earlier as my brother was older than me and he was getting music from Germany. We had a neighbour who was driving his lorry to Germany once a month so he was bringing all sorts of things including German electro pop records. I then started a short lived pirate radio station and got my first gig at the local pub at 17. I was playing everything from electro pop to reggae, funk, soul, disco, rock, even Greek music… My fateful meeting with house music happened in 1993 when I visited a gay club in Athens called Factory. By that time, I had already left home after finishing my studies and my army service and was working in a bar in Piraeus, the port town in Athens. I remember coming out from the place in the morning and thinking this is my life path, it was such a revelation!
Back when you first started DJing, how was the underground scene in Greece?
It was exciting, just as it was in all the other big cities around the world when House music started to take over our lives! It was a purist heaven really, no gimmicks, no confetti or lasers, no media hype and no marketing… Plus most of the times we didn’t even know who was DJing. What was powering the whole thing was the anticipation for the weekend to see all those like-minded people and experience a musical revolution together. I remember my residency at a club in Thessaloniki called ‘Kinky Bambolina’ – yes I know it sounds like a prostitutes name, so what! We had 800 people on a Tuesday night with just the residents playing. It was really all about a basement, a red light and a feeling. Happy days!
What made you move to London to study Sound Engineering and did the experience live up to your expectations?
My decision to move to England was taken after I spend 6 months here with my girlfriend in the winter of 1994, were I met a rave crew from Luton called Exodus.They showed me for the first time the machines they were using to make electronic music and this was revelation number 2! It was easy to decide to come here permanently and I started working in a factory in Slough in order to save money to study at SAE. I remember the first time I went record shopping in Soho, I came out at Oxford Street tube station, turned towards Soho and was then led to the shops by the sub bass I could hear coming from different directions, it was as if I just landed in promised land.
Studying at SAE was one of the best decisions I have ever taken in my life, it was the best kick-start in production I could have wished for.
Once you had finished your studies you started up your own record labels; Funktastique Records and Bailado Music. Although you enjoyed a string of releases that gained support from Sasha, James Zabiela, Seb Fontaine, Steve Lawler, John Digweed, BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM, how easy or difficult was it to run your own labels and achieve that kind of success?
I decided to release most of my early productions myself as I wasn’t a fan of waiting answers from record labels. Most people back then were doing the same thing, it was easy to do a P&D (Press and Distribution) deal, all you had to provide to the distributor was the music! Although promotion played a part on the success of your projects, it was easier even without promotion to sign a track on a good label after it got noticed because you pressed 300 copies and distributed them around London. There were probably 100 record shops, possibly even more, so the industry knew if a track would cut it or not. I miss the good old ‘just vinyl’ days to be honest with you, there was such a buzz around London on Saturday mornings, thousands were out shopping records, people even knew delivery times so they could be there first.
You became resident DJ at Cavo Paradiso, in Mykonos. How did that come about and how would you describe the vibe at the club?
The promoter from the Kinky Bambolina club in Thessaloniki introduced me to Cavo Paradiso in the winter of 1998/99. They were interested to book Erick Morillo and I had a contact with him through Tim Deluxe, so I made the deal, flew over with Erick, did my first gig and they offered me a permanent position as a resident DJ and artist booker, plus I was responsible of looking after the artists. Next year will be the club’s 20 year anniversary and my 15th consecutive season there, what can I say, it’s my home from home. The vibe cannot be described, you have to be there to experience it. I don’t think there are many clubs in the world located by the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea plus I am sure there are only a handful of clubs that can have a 40 back 2 back show schedule with the biggest names of the industry. Cavo Paradiso should be on people’s “things I have to do before I die” list.
Since then you have become resident at one of London fastest growing underground nights, Rhythmatic. A night which has played host to many outstanding DJs. What’s the principle behind the night?
The principle of our party couldn’t be any simpler: punter satisfaction!
There is no better feeling than receiving comments of appreciation and gratitude from people that trusted their Saturday night out to you. I mean, of course other things come into the equation such as breaking musical boundaries, reaching a togetherness on the dance-floor and so forth but if you zoom out and see the bigger picture, the party is the people, without them there can be no revolution!
Having played at numerous clubs and parties, which club would you say has been your favourite to play in and which party has been the craziest for you?
The first time I played at the Ministry was memorable for sure. I also love playing in Italy. I remember back in 2006 playing alongside Carl Cox in front of 5000 crazy Neapolitans at the famous Angels Of Love party. Rhythmatic events are always very special to me and the craziest of them all was at Cavo Paradiso in 2001; It was myself and John Digweed, I played from midnight to 4am and then John did the longest ever career set from 4am to 4pm. We went for a kebab afterwords and John passed out halfway though his on the way to the hotel. I think the word epic was invented for situations like this.
You have also played with some of the scene’s greatest DJs, which DJs are top of the list for you personally and has there been a DJ that really impressed you unexpectedly?
If I had to single out one DJ then I have to say Louie Vega, he influenced me so much on my early years in House music, so much that I named my son after him. The person that has impressed me the most recently is fellow Rhythmatic Archie Hamilton. I knew nothing about him before I was introduced to him by my partners and I was pleasantly surprised by his DJ sets. He has a matureness that is difficult to see in young DJs these days and I am sure he has a bright future in front of him.
As a DJ, what has been the most important tool or instrument for you?
Technics SL 1210 direct drive turntable system….Period!!!!
What do you have planned for the near future?
Lots of time in the studio with Archie Hamilton and Alex Celler, great Rhythmatic parties coming up and also looking forward to start writing about the scene and the politics of it all!
Cavo Paradiso hits London with a class line-up to kick off the season…
Cavo Paradiso, the afterparty only venue turned world-renowned club is largely known for a gloriously diverse seasonal event schedule, with everyone from Sander Van Doorn to Ricardo Vilallobos playing to the masses that visit the beautiful island of Mykonos every year. But, the true ethos of Cavo Paradiso is a more humble affair where its makers and creators revel in an underground sound and atmosphere, one that fits and has fitted in London perfectly for the past three years.
Cavo Paradiso return for their yearly city stint in the big London smoke. Last year’s came with a treasured four hour back-to-back UK exclusive set by Matthias Tanzmann & Davide Squillace in celebration of Cavo Paradiso’s prestigious album compilation series which is now in its eleventh year. The 2011 episode has been lovingly created by Circo Loco legend and underground pioneer, Davide Squillace and is due for global release in July.
This year the club brand returns to its favourite city with a collection of artists that speak volumes of the clubs musical philosophy, made possible by one of London’s home-grown & shining promotions, Rhythmatic. Their always trustworthy line-up has seen the Rhythmatic parties superbly sound-tracked by some of the world’s greatest spin wizards such as Marco Carola, Carl Cox, Damian Schwartz, Luna City Express, System Of Survival, Glimpse & more.
A carefully thought out and tailored line-up with Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu, Grecian musical mastermind Alex Celler and 13 year Cavo Paradiso resident, Stathis Lazarides, is being brought to London to showcase a more intimate and relaxed Cavo Paradiso vibe alongside a way to open the season’s doors, celebrate a new age of Cavo Paradiso in London and of course, not to break tradition…
This weekend is surely going to be a storm for everyone involved in Cocoon’s visit to England, as well as for Liverpool’s Nation and London’s Fabric.
Cocoon will be making a double date tour this weekend, kicking on Friday at Nation, Circus presents the Cocoon night with a line-up of some of the industry’s most established DJs; Booka Shade, Guy Gerber, Raresh and Onur Ozer. Not to mention Circus top man Yousef and Cocoon legend Sven Väth.
With Circus’ involvement in hosting a Cocoon night with such a line-up, Liverpool’s Nation is going to be electric.
Moving on to Saturday night and Cocoon will be landing at Fabric and how are we pleased to see the legendary Sven Väth gracing Fabric once again. Here Sven will be joined in Room 1 by Turkish DJ Onur Özer, known to music lovers for his offering on the Green and Blue mix series last year, as well as London’s very own Matt Tolfrey, who are surely going to be shaking things up. Room 2 will be just as momentous with Chile’s Dinky being joined by Italy’s Ilario Alicante and Marcus Fix, who has acclaimed releases on Cécille, Oslo and Cocoon. And last but by no means least, the intimate Room 3 will be given a run through its paces with Craig Richards and Jozif rocking through the night.
If after this weekend of madness you still feel like you could do with some more, make sure you get yourself down to Cable, London Bridge, for Jaded’s 6th Birthday where you are sure to experience possibly the greatest after party in the Capital. Running Sunday morning from 5am till 2pm the renowned Raymundo Rodriguez will be joined by Bass Culture boss D’Julz, Circo Loco legend’s System of Survival, Rythmatic’s Stathis Lazarides and Wesley Razzy. As well as Tommi & Colette Delalez. A morning not to be missed!
You can guarantee that Guerilla Sounds will be at Fabric for Cocoon and we might even pop in to Jaded for a bit of after hours shenanigans!
Circus presents Cocoon @ Nation
22:00 – 06:00
Booka Shade (Live)
+ more TBA
Cocoon @ Fabric
Faringdon, London 23:00 – 08:00
Sven Väth Onur Özer Matt Tolfrey Dinky Ilario Alicante Markus Fix Craig Richards Jozif
Jaded 6th Birthday @ Cable
London Bridge, London
Raymundo Rodriguez D’Julz System of Survival Stathis Lazarides Tommi & Colette Delalez Wesley Razzy