January 2019 Issue 54 features an interview with British DJ & vocalist D-Vox, news on Circoloco in Thailand as well as an introduction to the new year of music.

January 2019 Issue 54 features an interview with British DJ & vocalist D-Vox, news on Circoloco in Thailand as well as an introduction to the new year of music.


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"Share what you were blessed

with and use it for good,

for spreading love and light."

A u d i a t i o n M a g a z i n e i s a g l o b a l m o n t h l y m u s i c p u b l i c a t i o n

w h i c h i s f r e e t o r e a d o n l i n e a n d a v a i l a b l e f o r o n d e m a n d

p r i n t p u r c h a s e s . W e f e a t u r e a l l s t y l e s o f m u s i c a n d v a r i o u s

l a n g u a g e s i n t h e m a g a z i n e , e a c h p i e c e i s a n e x p r e s s i o n o f

w h a t o u r w r i t e r s a n d f e a t u r e d a r t i s t s w i s h t o s h o w . W e d o

n o t h a v e s e t r u l e s a n d a l l o w t h e w o r d s t o c o m e n a t u r a l l y

w i t h f e w e d i t s . A r t i c l e s a r e n o t c o n s t r a i n e d t o s i m p l y m u s i c

- w e l i k e t o b e b r o a d i n t h e w a y w e e x p r e s s o u r p a s s i o n a n d

i n c l u d e a v a r i e t y o f t o p i c s i n c l u d i n g p o e t r y , f a s h i o n a n d

l i f e s t y l e . E a c h c h o s e n t o p i c w i l l r e fl e c t t h e t h o u g h t s o f t h e

w r i t e r a n d r e v o l v e a r o u n d m u s i c i n s o m e w a y . T h e

m a g a z i n e i s f r e e t o r e a d a s w e u n d e r s t a n d t h e d i ffi c u l t y i n

w h i c h c r e a t i v e i n d i v i d u a l s f a c e w h e n t r y i n g t o g o f a r , t h u s

w e w a n t t o h e l p t h e i r t a l e n t s r e a c h a s m u c h o f t h e w o r l d a s

p o s s i b l e . W e h a v e w o n d e r f u l p a r t n e r s , V i n y l F o r A C a u s e

b r i n g t o g e t h e r t h e i r f a v o u r i t e m u s i c i a n s w i t h a p e r c e n t a g e

o f p r o c e e d s g o i n g t o c h a r i t y , a n d , R i g h t C h o r d M u s i c w h o

h e l p t o p r o m o t e a n d d e v e l o p i n t e r e s t i n g i n d e p e n d e n t

m u s i c i a n s .

W e w i s h t o i n s p i r e m i n d s , e x p r e s s c r e a t i v i t y a n d r a d i a t e

o p t i m i s m t o t h e w o r l d t h r o u g h m u s i c .

w w w . A u d i a t i o n M a g a z i n e . c o m

"Music is much more than

sound. Music can be a

comforter, party maker,

career path or a way of


Ruby, Editor & Owner

"Music is much more than

sound. Music can be a

comforter, party maker,

career path or a way of


Rokuro, Associate Editor

"The birth of one's child is

the only feeling that

comes close to getting

lost in music."

Cessle, Associate Editor

"Music is a form of art

that reveals a truth in a

world full of mystery."

Sarah, Staff Writer

"No matter what's

happening in life, it's

usually great music will

keep you going."

Malachi, Staff Writer

"Music is life. It's a

universal language that

has no barriers. It unifies

people around the world.

It brings people joy."

Andy, Staff Writer

"Music & love are the

same things really. If kids

grew up with music in

their lives, then their lives

would always be filled

with love."

David, Associate Editor

"The moment you feel

happy about music, that is

the very essence of it.

Being in the vibes and

understanding what music

has for your soul."

Steve, Staff Writer

"Music is the way I see the


Mary, Brand Ambassador

"It's an escape, a relaase, a

chance to write how I feel

and allow other readers to

relate. Music has saved

me many times."

Jessie, Staff Writer

"Music is love, you can

feel it. Music binds people

together, ending war and

bringing peace to the


Ashna, Creative Assistant

"Music is a material

artwork of my dreams that

inspires me to overcome

difficulties of everyday

life. I admire people who

can make it!"

Tamara, Brand Ambassador

"You know you are a

music addict when you

get a natural high when

you hear a tune you love!"

Christina, Vice President

"Music is my Truth.

Techno is my Heart. Love

the mediator that led to a

connected, liberating,

beautiful, surrender to my

inner peace."

Sharm, Staff Writer

Thanks to:


In Control Recordings


Neighbourhood PR

Perfecto Fluora

Planetlove Records

Serious Records

Space Promotions

TAG Publicity

Universal Music Group

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8 Shows Guide

10 Three Mood-Setting Tracks

For 2019

12 Top Picks For January 2019

14 D-Vox

20 Alo! Ki zot pe dir? Hello!

What's up?

21 Circoloco In Thailand

23 New Music

38 Events Guide

43 REWIND 2018

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Hi Guys & Dolls...

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c r e a t i v i t y . T h e r e w i l l a l s o b e a f e w c h a n g e s f r o m u s , t h e fi r s t b e i n g o u r

d i s t r i b u t o r s w i t c h o v e r . W e h a v e b e e n w i t h J o o m a g f r o m t h e v e r y b e g i n n i n g w i t h

i t h a v i n g e v e r y t h i n g w e n e e d e d t o b u i l d u p t h e m a g a z i n e a n d r e a c h a l l o f y o u

r e a d e r s . U n f o r t u n a t e l y , d u e t o c o s t s , w e w i l l s o o n d i s c o n t i n u e o u r d i s t r i b u t i o n

t h r o u g h J o o m a g . D o n ’ t w o r r y , t h e m a g a z i n e w i l l s t i l l b e a v a i l a b l e t o r e a d f o r

f r e e w i t h o u r v a r i o u s o t h e r d i s t r i b u t o r s a n d t h e r e w i l l b e n o l o s s o f q u a l i t y .

T h o u g h h e r e w e s a y m a n y t h a n k s t o J o o m a g f o r s u c h a w o n d e r f u l s e r v i c e , w e

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M u s i c a i m e d a t t h e d a n c e fl o o r d o e s n o t h a v e t o a l l b e g e n e r i c . C e s s l e t a k e s u s

t h r o u g h t h e h o t t e s t u p c o m i n g t r a c k s a n d e v e n t s t o c h e c k o u t i n t h e h o u s e &

t e c h n o s c e n e . T h e o n l y b a r r i e r b e t w e e n y o u a n d a c h i e v i n g y o u r g o a l s i s y o u r

o w n a t t i t u d e . S h a r m c h a t s w i t h t h e p a s s i o n a t e , h e a r t f e l t v o c a l i s t & t a l e n t e d D J

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Happy New Year!


London timezone

TV | Radio | Podcast

Spotlight: We've got highlights of Kaz'Out music festival and

Royauté beach party in Mauritius. Two fantastic and unique

events, both showcasing incredible talent from a variety of

genres. Watch the videos on www.youtube.com/AudiationTV


10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1

2pm Danny Blaze | House, UK Garage & Club Classics - Flex FM

4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music


1am What’s Up? | Variety - Radio Plus

10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1

4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music

Sister Bliss In Session | House & Dance

A State Of Trance | Trance


1am What’s Up? | Variety - Radio Plus

10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1

4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music

8pm D3ep In The Underground | House, Garage & Bass - D3EP


1am What’s Up? | Variety - Radio Plus

10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1

4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music

6pm Jeremy Sylvester | House & UK Garage - Urban Dubz Facebook

Toolroom Radio | House & Dance

Global Warm Up | House & Dance

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1am What’s Up? | Variety - Radio Plus

10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1

12pm Lizzie Curious | Dance - Trickstar Radio

2pm Sam Supplier | House, UK Garage & Bass - Rinse FM

5pm The Dirty Outlaws | Variety - Touch FM Live

7pm Annie Mac | Dance - BBC Radio 1

7pm Friday Night Kiss with Steve Smart | Club - KISS FM UK

7pm Vibe And Drive | Variety - Radio Plus

8pm The Queen E Show | Grime, Hip Hop & RnB - DJQueen-E.com

9pm Pete Tong | Dance - BBC Radio 1

9pm Wideboys | House & UK Garage - KISSTORY

10pm Mike Delinquent | House & UK Garage - KISSTORY

Trustnobody | House & Techno

Hospital Records | Drum & Bass

Above & Beyond Group Therapy | Trance

Clublife | Club


1am What’s Up? | Variety - Radio Plus

3pm Kiss Fresh with Swarzy | Hip Hop & RnB - KISS FRESH

4pm Mark Radford | Tech House - Rinse FM

6pm The Music Box | House - D3EP

8pm Saturday Night Kiss with Steve Smart | Club - KISS FM UK

9pm Saturday Night Kiss Fresh with Charlie Hedges | Dance - KISS


11pm Saturday Night Kiss Fresh with DJ S.K.T | House, Techno &



10am Neev | Variety - KISS FM UK

The Beauty Of Sound | Trance

UKF Podcast | Bass

The Chillout Lounge Mix | Chillout

HeavyBeatsRadio | Club

Clubbing Culture | Club



M O O D - S E T T I N G


2019 cuts through the tension of the previous year and brings

an air of strength and optimism. I'm feeling energised right now

by bold guitar-lead melodies, lively tempos and lyrics

surrounding determination. It's the kickstart we all need to fight

back and get empowered.

One song I cannot get out of my head is ‘Banquet’ by Bloc Party.

Although it was released over 10 years ago, hearing it again in

the new Pelaton ‘Inside A Class’ ad has grabbed my attention.

That rebellious attitude, the pumping beat and an electrifying

guitar riff.

The next song choice is of a completely different vibe and

intrigued me just within the first week of the year. The only

problem is that it hasn’t been released yet nor has a title been

announced… All I can say is that it’s by Eli & Fur, as heard on the

Kayak ‘Travel Pros’ advert. The track has an interesting taste of

curiosity and wonder with playful experimentation and

exploration in Japan. The contemporary dance sound also feels

like a teaser of what we can expect to hear this year in the

music world.

The third track? Well, here's where I leave it up to you. This is

where you think about your own journey, emotions and dreams.

This will be a song that strengthens what ever your heart is

saying. For me, I've chosen 'Feel My Needs' by Weiss. There’s

just a huge, beautiful blossoming sensation of love in this song.

The piano melody warms your heart together with the wishes

and desires felt through the vocals.

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Darling I look up at the sun

The rising of another dawn

Things gonna be alright

if love is around...

Jain - Alright 11

With the 2018 festivities having come to an end and

the last party poppers having been popped to see

in the new year, the music industry gets its head

down and back to business. This may be the first

year that we start January with no BPM Mexico but

musically there is so much to look forward to in

2019. Darius Syrossian steps up things with his

MOXY MUSIK project, releasing fresh music and

taking his new brand on tour in February with the

purpose of showing that music aimed at the

dancefloor does not have to all be generic. The 1st

release on the label is entitled “Dance of The

Shaman” and features remixes from Man Power, Doc

Martin, East End Dubz, and Shaf Huse. Talking of The

Shaman, The original chart-topping, all round music

genius, Top of the Pop popping shaman, aka

underground music artist MR C hosts a killer line up

for Superfreq’s 17th birthday. He will be joined by

the likes of Steve Bug, Scuba and Marc Houle for no

doubt what will be a mega night in East London. The

Pickle Factory over in East London has some gem of

events to tickle many a man. In their small intimate

space throughout January they have the likes of Jane

Fitz, Konstantin Sibold and the legendary Andrew

Weatherall gracing the decks. The legendary antics

at Kappa Futur festival and Junction 2 are set to

continue this June as Techno runs riot across Italy

and England.

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9

Melanie Ribbe – Get It Right

The German born, Jamaican

raised artist makes herself

known with her debut

releases on Moon Harbour

Records. This groove filled

dancefloor track is set to to

damage to many a set.

Jacky – Another Place

(Huxley remix)

This remix comes as part of a

4 track package as the 1st

release on Jacky’s new label

Jacky & Friends. Huxley

delivers another masterclass

with a touch of a garage feel

that just rolls.

Darius Syrossian - Dance Of

The Shaman EP

I couldn’t pick between all the

tracks on offer from this EP. on

Moxy Musik Each and every

track offers up a different feel

using the same clever vocals.

There is literally a remix for

every type of set. Shaf Huse,

Doc Martin, East End Dubs and

Man Power all offer up their

own renditions.






There will be people you meet in this

world who make an impact on you

before you actually meet them in

person. Daniela is one of those souls.

Our energies collided back in 2016, the

exact date I’m not certain, though her

contagious positive energy left an

indelible mark. Dear World, I introduce

you to a multi-talented female DJ

whose main trajectory is all about the

music. A Beautiful Soul.

Daniela Rhodes aka D-Vox is a multigenre

international DJ, vocalist and

radio presenter. Having played in Ibiza,

Ayia Napa, Switzerland, Australia and

held residency in The Maldives, she is

wowing crowds all over with her head

turning DJ sets incorporating her live,

ambient vocals spreading words of

inspiration out to her audiences. She

hosts a popular and interactive live

radio show on Afro*disiac Live Radio in

Bournemouth UK for the last four years

and holds several local residencies

offering techno, trance, house, breaks,

dnb, electro swing and more.

Daniela has also been collaborating

with producers over the last two years

and is now becoming recognised for

her vocal skills in the studio. Working

completely by ear with no musical

training, she has the ability to create

vocal melodies with meaningful lyrics

to accompany electronic productions,

and has been sealing her professional

reputation within the music

community with a string of drum and

bass, house, progressive and down

tempo collaborative releases. With

more collaborations in progress and

worldwide DJ bookings continuing to

steadily roll in, the year ahead looks

very exciting for this passionate,

driven vocalist and DJ. Who knows

where her music will take her as she

continues to surprise with her

versatility, dedication and

determination to achieve her potential

and spread love and light through

music as far and wide as she can.

Daniela took time out to let us into her

journey of truth. Here’s what she has

to share with the world…

How did it all start for you?

Well, I was about 15 when I heard

Yomanda 'Synth & Strings' on the radio

whilst working my Saturday job at a local

Aquarium in my home town of Leighton

Buzzard in the UK. In that moment, I had

to find more music like it. Daft Punk 'Da

Funk', Basement Jaxx 'Red Alert' and Tori

Amos 'Professional Widow' really made

my ears twitch and I still love to drop

these tracks in my sets when I can fit

them in. Discovering UK Garage had a

huge influence on me as a vocalist too,

I know all the words to most of the


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What do you love playing the most?

Oooh that’s a hard question for me!

Different styles do different things to

my soul. I get lost in deep, grooving,

percussive techno. But I found techno

quite late on my journey. My heart

breathes hard dance of course, as it’s

where this all started. Drum and bass

has a lot of pace and makes me bounce

behind the decks, it gets me really

energized – even when I’m playing

liquid dnb I feel injected with energy.

I’ve recently started playing breaks too,

boy is it fun!

Favourite food?


Who’s your muse in the music world?

Nina Simone - what an inspirational lady

she was.

‘Life opens up opportunities

for you. You either take

them or you stay afraid of

taking them’. Jim Carrey

How would you describe the dance

scene in Sydney?

I stayed in Sydney when I was traveling

on a work visa back in 2006 for three

months and had a great time. I can

remember going to a club all night,

walking out and walking right into

another one and carrying on for another

8 hours! Sydney never slept back then.

What single night out has been the most

memorable for you as a DJ? As an


As an attendee, it has to be Space in Ibiza

witnessing Richie Hawtin play a

mesmerizing 4 hour set in 2012. That

has to be one of the most incredible

moments of my life. The man is a genius

and the light show was unreal. As a DJ,

I’d have to say the whole hour of my set

I played in The Baby Box at Ministry Of

Sound in London in 2015. I literally

couldn’t believe I was there and had

recurring butterflies from beginning to

end. It was an amazing experience and

I’d love to return one day, main room

next time!

What are your future plans for your

music career?

Well, I have been working with a lot of

producers over the last year and a half

and have been releasing a steady stream

of collaborations across genres. My plan

is to continue providing vocals for as

many producers as I can. I love it when

I get a request from a producer asking

me to do something a little different to

what I am used to. I thrive on pushing

myself to experiment and be a better

vocalist. As a DJ, I am loving hosting my

live radio show on Bournemouth’s No.1

station Afro*disiac Live Radio. I have

been with the station for just over 4

years now and I can’t get enough. In

2019 I hope to have a few more

international guests join me in the

studio to share their love of music with

me and the listeners. I would absolutely

LOVE it if you could join me Sharm! I

have also been doing

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some writing work for London based

progressive record label Flemcy Music

and have my feelers our for writing

opportunities with dance music

magazines too. All in all, I’m just going

to keep pushing myself as much as I can

creatively and in turn I hope to

encourage others around me to do the


I was travelling, landing a warm up set

at a club in Switzerland that my friend

networked for me whilst working out

there. Even after doing a great job on

these occasions, I continued to just

dream of being a professional DJ and

vocalist. I certainly never thought I'd be

able to do both of them simultaneously

one day. I have been DJing now for 15

years but only started to believe I could

make a career out of this 4 or so years

ago. I woke up one day and realised I

could achieve my dream, that anyone

can achieve their dream and I use my

platform for spreading this message out

to the masses via the lyrics I sing in my

sets - to take action and put the wheels

in motion to get to work on achieving

their goals and dreams, amongst other

things. If you know you have a musical

gift, don’t waste it. Share what you were

blessed with and use it for good, for

spreading love and light. Sharing what

you do and striving to be better and

grow, will encourage others to do the

same – the positivity that spreads as a

result lifts the spirits of the whole world.

Favourite holiday destination?

What is your advice to emerging talent

and how they can set aside any fears

and pursue their dreams with courage?

Well, I spent a long time dabbling with

DJing, playing in my bedroom, at house

parties and landing the odd birthday

party or club gig here and there. I

remember hustling my way to a back to

back set at a Oceana in Milton Keynes

when I was in my early twenties,

networking for a slot, singing vocals

with a dnb DJ at a bar in Melbourne when

Amsterdam and Berlin. I’d love to live in

both of these cities and I’ll be making

sure I do one day! I’m hoping that music

will take me there, I believe it will!

What are the things that bug you about

the DJ scene?

Hmm. One thing has to be female DJs

who use their body to sell what they are

doing. I don’t have a lot of respect for

these superficial ‘look at me’ DJs. For me

is should be ALL about the music. Let

the music do the talking, not your


skin. Something else is DJs who pay

producers to write tunes for them, so

they can play them in sets and soak up

all the glory. I can’t think of anything

that would make me feel more

uncomfortable than pretending to be

something I am not, playing someone

else’s tune and claiming it’s my own. I

don’t know how these DJs sleep at night,

it’s just not right I my opinion.

Name one track that never gets old for

you no matter how many times you

hear it?

Ahhh.. ‘Latin Fever’ by Wolfgang

Gartner. Every time I drop this in a set

the crowd goes wild – and so do I! It’s

just so funky, chunky and brings that

perfect, percussive, Latin party vibe

every time. That track does crazy things

to me!

If you could get eternally stuck in one

year's music scene, which year would

that be?

I think it would have to be not a single

year but a decade. The 90s without a

doubt. The house music, the rave music,

the trance, the dnb, even the pop music

in the 90s was innovative, creative and


Who do you aspire to and who

influenced you the most?

From a DJ perspective I'd have to say

early Tiesto. I was in awe of him at

Godskitchen's 4th birthday at The

Sanctuary in Milton Keynes back in

2001. He dropped 'Joy Energizer' by Joy

Kitikonti and the crowd went absolutely

mental, including me. I remember

feeling like I wanted to make the crowd

go nuts like that and like I HAD to DJ.

Female techno DJ and producer Nicole

Moudaber has inspired me so much. I

just love her production and DJ style,

her attitude towards her career and to

her fans. She is such a good role model

for the aspiring female DJ community

and represents women in a male

dominated industry with sheer class. I

stumbled upon her playing live at a bar

on the beach around the corner from

Ushuaia in Ibiza, I didn't leave until her

set was over. She was amazing. I love

her! I saw her play the opening

Resistance party at Privilege in Ibiza last

year, she was back to back with Victor

Calderone. They blew my mind!

From a vocals perspective, soulful RnB

singer India Arie has played a huge role.

I must have listened to her award

winning ‘Voyage To India' album a

thousand times since it crossed my path

when I was 19. I think the soulful

element to my voice originates from

singing along to her songs. The emotion

she delivers when singing her deep

lyrics is amazing. She sings from her

heart about her rise to fame, her

struggles and about the important

things we all need to remember and be

thankful for. I try to steer my own lyrics

in this sort of direction to inspire others

to be the best they can be.

Any parting thoughts for emerging


NEVER GIVE UP on your dreams of

making music your life. You can do and

be anything you want in life. The only

barrier between you and achieving your

goals or not achieving them is your own

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attitude. Every now and again I’ll

receive a message from a young DJ

asking me for advice on how to get more

gigs. And my response is always the

same. Go out to the venues where you

want to play, meet other DJs and

promoters. You have to network. Your

dreams are not going to come to you. If

you sit at home looking at others who

are living their dream, the dream you

want, and you think ‘ohhh I want that,

why do THEY have it and I don’t’, the

answer is because they are up and out

of their seat and have chosen not to sit

at home thinking that way like you are.

Stop whining, take a deep breath, start

believing you can make it all happen,

get a piece of paper and write down a

few things you need to do to make a

start. You may not have any social media

pages, so get this on your to do list. You

might not have any recorded mixes, so

start recording some and uploading

them online and share with the world.

You have to put yourself out there or

you won’t be discovered. Every time

you tick something off your list I

guarantee you’ll feel so empowered

about what you have achieved that you

will acquire the inspiration to get more

things done in order to move closer to

your end goals. They may be far away,

but take a baby step a day and imagine

where you’ll be in 2, 5 or 10 years time.

You will have changed your life

dramatically by then and be living your

dream! On your marks, get set… GO!






Alo! Ki zot pe dir?

Hello! What's up?

Greetings from the island, hoping you guys

are doing great and that #twenty18 treated

you well. #twenty19 started some days

back and the overall feeling is that people

around are embracing #change; and that's a

wooing #feelgoodattitude.

When you faced downers and trials, hit to

the ground, one option you have is to

summon all forces deep within, slam the

ground and stand up. Stand for another

chance of facing life and win over whatever

challenges coming your way.

One thing I have learned, is never give up!

Life always brings you gifts to help you out

of your turmoil. Recently I have

experienced fast-paced, oppressing

situations, able to crush you down whilst

getting you twisted in a never-ending

overthinking session. Well one of my

received gifts is the #ambientmix. Soothing

with refreshing notes and bringing positive

vibes as required.

My share this new year are the mixes from



Enjoy and have a blast on this New Year!



Circoloco In Thailand

2019 was not long around the corner and Circoloco

already began preparations to kick things off with a

storm on January 19th. The team behind one of

Ibiza’s most prestigious parties have announced a

first ever show in South East Asia at the awardwinning

Baba Beach Club in Phuket, Thailand with a

sick line up to boot.

The forward thinking eco-friendly Beach Club, which

is located across 200M of white sandy beaches,

collaborates with Circoloco for a mega party to

coincide with their 20th anniversary. Ibiza

heavyweights Seth Troxler, Peggy Gou, Nic Fanciulli,

Richy Ahmed, wAFF, Serge Devant, Ibas Ibellini,

Lauren Lane & more have all been drafted on board

in order to recreate the magic of Monday’s at DC10

on the country’s most powerful Funktion-One sound


A region first, a 12 hour showcase of local talent

mixed with the industry’s best, set across the

Andaman Sea.



W W W . C I R C O L O C O I B I Z A . C O M

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‘Sunday Morning’ by Matoma ft Josie Dunne displays of messy puddle of

emotions. The addictive, yearning vocals draw you in. The killer dance energy

of the track pumps you up. I’ve been wrestling with the darkness. The lyrics

reflect a disarray of the mind, wanting to feel. I can see the light that's in your


In the wake of his debut album ‘One In A Million’, in-demand Norwegian pop

talent, Matoma drops the official music video starring vocalist Josie Dunne. As a

fan favourite from the album, Dunne’s voice possesses a euphoric crossover

house energy. Within the video we see Dunne as a frustrated motel cleaner,

battling through a tiring job and rude customers, dreaming of running far away

to travel the world. An empowering climax, Dunne abandons her job, escaping

somewhere far better.

As a highly dynamic producer, DJ and songwriter, Matoma’s collaboration

roster has seen him lend his hand to a who’s who of modern pop including One

Direction, Coldplay, Jason Derulo, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Paul, The

Notorious B.I.G. and more. Adding another to the list, he invites New Jerseynative

Zookëper, to provide a lively house transformation on the original.

Kicking off 2019, Matoma will embark on his HOLY MOLY! tour, with shows

across Europe and North America; playing at venues including Paradiso

Amsterdam, Terminal 5 New York and The Warfield San Francisco. Whilst a

documentary titled ‘Matoma: One In A Million’ is set to drop in December.


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‘Only You’ by Oleg Farrier & Michael Grovetsky gives a bright, sunshine burst

of warmth. The upbeat dance rhythm gets your body moving whilst the joyful

glow of sound choices puts a smile on your face. Feelgood fun!

One of the many stand out progressive cuts taken from our Amsterdam 2018

compilation is this little beauty from Oleg Farrier & Michael Grovetsky. They

arrive on InfraProgressive with the sublime 'Only You'. Packing in a lush, warm

vibe, uplifting melodies and keeping things fresh, the guys have really come

up with a stellar production here. If you need a hit of energy to your set, then

look no further as this will certainly cause the desired effect.



‘Better Than Today’ by Rhys Lewis has a simplistic structure yet shares raw

emotion. The voice is rough at the parts, showing passion and strength to

drive him through the tough times. Just hold on when fear shakes you. The

soothing piano plays the melody, it is understated, allowing the main focus

to shine on the voice. We're gonna find a way.

2018 was certainly a whirlwind year for London-based singer Rhys Lewis.

With his music reaching an ever-growing global fanbase, his music has

become known for dissecting his own experiences with an impressive

honesty and bravery making it irresistible to listeners worldwide.

His new single ‘Better Than Today’ is a New Year’s resolution of sorts.

Speaking of the new track, Rhys says, “We’ve been living through some

pretty turbulent times in recent years. I wrote this song to ease my anxiety

about the state of the world and remind myself that, whatever our

differences are, whatever we choose to believe in, we all live with the same

good intentions common, and we’re all hoping for a better tomorrow.”

This track also marks the start of a new creative chapter for Rhys, having

taken on the role of producer for the first time. Working alongside Aidan

Glover, who he also co-wrote the song with, the track was recorded straight

to tape in their studio in South London.

Originally hailing from Oxford, Rhys is a 27-year-old singer and songwriter

who crafts songs with an emotional honesty and vocal maturity that belie

his young years.

With seven songs and an EP release to date, Rhys is fast catching the

attention of critics and fans internationally. Touring extensively in the past

couple of years, including with Freya Ridings, JP Cooper and James TW, he's

built up a fan base across Europe that queue overnight to be first in to his

electrifying headline shows, selling out shows from London to Amsterdam

to Berlin.

He's had heavy support from BBC Introducing, recording two live sessions,

performing at a BBC Introducing show in London and most impressively,

performing the British Music Embassy stage at SXSW 2018.

‘Better Than Today’ is a sign of exciting things to come for Rhys in 2019.

The track makes a statement, as does he so there should be no holding back

for this fast-rising artist.


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‘Cinnamon’s Diary’ by Marco Torrance & Natasha Jaffe is dazzling. The cool

and steady beat paves the way for delight. Subtle sunset grooves, which hold a

little nostalgia, enter the scene. Smooth and sublime strings capture your

heart. The light feeling and charming warmth washes over you.

Marco Torrance and Natasha Jaffe, who gave their debut on Puretrance, deliver

a one of a kind track. The way Natasha' s Cello blends in the spheric beats of

Marco Torrance is pretty amazing and almost a goosebumps guarantee. As a

goodie you will also find in the package a chill version, that focuses on the

breakdown as an extended version...enjoy!


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The mist clears, I

see my path.

You and me.


‘Introvert’ by Grayson Erhard brings a whirlwind of emotions. The depth of the

vocals, passion radiating, really tug at your heart strings. The love. The need

to step back and reflect. An equally gripping track accompanies with a fierce

guitar-lead melody. The little dips and curves of the dynamic range and

various textural elements are modest yet beautiful. Crawling back to piece of

mind. Keep me in your heart.

Colorado-based musician Grayson Erhard’s “Introvert” video is a visual

romance to the introverts, the lovers of them, and the parts of ourselves that

need solace. Like much of the EP, "Introvert" marks a distinct shift toward a

full-band, lyrically-focused style and away from Erhard’s previously

undressed, stand-alone acoustic sound.

"'Introvert' is a reflection of the internal struggles of an introvert, outlining

battles with constant bombardment of social situations and wanting to get

back to solitude, but ultimately becoming comfortable in one's own skin.

Personally, it’s a musical observation of what I see living with and loving an

introvert." Grayson Erhard

In it, Erhard has weaved together the percussive style of his early love of Metal

and the technically complex percussive guitar style that colored his early

career with a more dreamy, indie rock sound. He purposefully plays with and

disrupts the common chord progressions of pop music, while complimenting

distinct harmonics with EARTHSHIP co-writer Bannigrin’s drum lines.


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‘Push Back’ by Charmes is hot! The striking vocal thrills your senses. The

killer beat drops in with the perfect jump-up tempo. The mood darkens in the

break section, bringing wicked desires. We’re thrown back to the main tune

with lovely little tropical percussion elements.

In Control Recordings is pleased to present ‘Push Back’, from none other than

label bossman Charmes. He keeps bringin' that Rollin' bass and this time

combined it with positive lyrics & uplifting sophisticated disco vibes!

After his club success with "Clap" which is supported by Tiësto, Martin Garrix,

Nicky Romero, James Hype, Chuckie, Chocolate Puma, Mercer and many more,

this is another solid release to check out now!



The ‘Physical Addiction EP’ by Insane

House ft Romarti holds heavy rumbles of

bass with a thick monotonous beat. It

creates a dark techno setting which is

carried through each track.

The set commences with the murky remix

of ‘Arabic’ from Romarti. The next track

’Acid Groove’ plays with a whirlwind of

sharp electronic synths. Produced with

Romarti, third track ’Elements’ has a fresh

and dynamic touch to get the crowd

excited. The title track ‘Physical Addiction’

delivers an experimental structure with a

hard, intense atmosphere. Final track

‘Paradise’ brings a powerful, spiralling

synth and pumping energy.

Insane House gives progressive techno

sounds as well as some aggression in this

release. He explains that the collaboration

with Romarti brings a “radical change” to

his music.


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Bubbles & bass.

Fight for love.


‘Get It Right’ by Phebe Edwards ft Mark Asari is divine! Her

luscious, smooth waves of vocal sound blossom around your

ears. Sugary sweet tones hold a subtle sultry air. The soulful

male voice dances alongside hers, beautifully twirling together

to create a passionate meld of emotions. Baby, just take my

hand. A conversation between lovers. Can I give you my heart?

A test of their love.

Get it Right is the new single from North London soul singer,

Phebe Edwards, currently on tour with Years and Years. The

single was produced by one of the UK’s most talented

producers, Luke ‘G Kid’ Grant, and features ‘The Voice’

star Mark Asari.

“Get It Right takes you back to the 90’s RnB days! We are

talking SWV, TLC and Aaliyah days! The song interprets the

yearning for trust to be re-established in a relationship. Can we

‘Get it right’ again after being hurt? Can the relationship be

restored to what it genuinely was after heartbreak?” Phebe


Phebe Edwards has toured, performed and recorded with some

of the industry’s greats including Liam Gallagher, Stormzy,

James Brown, Adele, Jessie J, Donna Summer and Rita

Ora. Phebe’s debut single Say Suttn charted at #14 in the

ITunes RnB chart within hours of its release. Phebe is compared

to legends such as Mary J Blige, Fantasia Burrino and Aretha

Franklin and her stunning vocals have seen her performing in

arenas all over the world supporting global superstars. She is

currently touring with Years and Years US, UK and Europe tour.

Get It Right is the follow up single to Space featuring Cameron

Bloomfield, released earlier this year. The single was

supported by Music Musings and Such, Lock Magazine, The

Music Site and many more! The incredible Syleena Johnson

featured ‘Space’ on her spotify playlist as one of her ’Chill

favs’. Phebe is currently working on her long awaited headline

London show, details of which will be released on her website

early next year.


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The ‘Abundance EP’ by ORAW is exciting. Hard, driving beats lead the way with

big strength and attitude. The dance floor is sure to be jumping. Mesmerising

plumes of melodic sounds cut through to bring a sense of wonder.

Transcendence into a higher world.

Greek based producer ORAW brings us his Abundance EP containing 3

outstanding psytrance tracks that are both groovy and original, and define his

cutting edge style and production level. In addition to his 2 originals on the

release, ORAW teams up with production partner Seegmo with their

collaboration track Protectors that rounds out this EP with yet another top

quality production. This 3 track EP is not to be missed!


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‘Illuminator’ by Broning is intense! A cold, hard strength powers through. The

pace quickening, the excitement building. The atmospheric shift, a pause for

breath, eyes widening. This electrifying synth melody rushes through your

veins. The drop brings it altogether and gets you dancing.

Broning returns to the Infrasonic stable on our Serious imprint with his latest

tech fuelled single 'Illuminator'.With a raw and edgy vibe, plus that raucous

bassline, Broning is the master when it comes to creating truly unique

electronic music and 'Illuminator' is no exception. From the simple, but

effective melody to the underground throughout this track, there's something

for everyone and it'll certainly appeal to the masses.




FOMO Festival

5 - 13 January


Groove Cruise Miami

10 - 14 January

Fort Lauderdale, United


Verknipt Rotterdam

11 January

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Garasnow - Les Angles

11 - 12 January

Les Angles, France

Unify Gathering

11 - 13 January

Victoria, Australia

Hard Metal Fest


12 January

Mangualde, Portugal

Solution Germany

12 January

Oberhausen, Germany

The Sound Of Q-Dance

12 January

Shenzhen, China

Verknipt 6 Years

12 January

Utrecht, Netherlands


19 January

Karisruhe, Germany


25 January

Paris, France

Bourask Festival

25 - 26 January

Sierre, Switzerland

CTM Festival

25 January - 3 February

Berlin, Germany

Sneeuwbal Winter


26 January

Utrecht, Netherlands

The Beat Festival

26 January

Geneva, Switzerland


26 January - 2 February

Les Orres, France

Rolling Loud Oakland

27 January

Oakland, United States

Trondheim Calling

31 January - 2 February

Trondheim, Norway

Inuit Festival

1 - 2 February

Marseille, France


1 - 3 February

Helsinki, Finland

Iboga Winter Fest

2 February

Madrid, Spain


2 February

Wittenburg, Germany

Party In The Paddock

7 - 9 February

White Hills, Australia


8 February

Ingolstadt, Germany

UnKonscious Festival

8 - 9 February

Phuket, Thailand

Kolorz Festival Winter

8 - 9 February

Carpentras, France

Transmission Jakarta

9 February

Jakarta, Indonesia

On Snow Festival

9 - 16 February


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FAME Florence

14 - 15 February

Florence, Italy

5 Senses Thailand


14 - 19 February

Koh Phangan, Thailand

Mountain Sounds


15 - 16 February

Karlong, Australia

KABOO Cayman

15 - 16 February

Grand Cayman, Cayman


Splore Festival

21 - 24 February

Auckland, New Zealand

In-Door Gijon

22 - 23 February

Gijon, Spain

Let It Roll Winter

22 - 23 February

Prague, Czech Republic

Lancaster Roots & Blues


22 - 24 February

Lancaster, United States

MORE Marrakech

22 - 24 February

Marrakech, Morocco

Waken Winter Nights

22 - 24 February

Wacken, Germany

Hidden Festival

22 February - 3 March

Australia & New Zealand

Overwinteren Festival

23 February

Amsterdam, Netherlands

A State Of Trance

Festival Utrecht

23 February

Utrecht, Netherlands

Gazpatxo Rock

23 February

Ayora, Spain

Roxy Festival

23 February

Guadalajara, Mexico

Impact Festival

23 February

Avignon, France

Ultra Australia

24 February

Parramatta, Australia

Supa Dupa Fly X Dubai

24 - 28 February

Dubai, United Arab


Noise Pop

25 February

San Francisco, United


Elevate Festival

27 February - 3 March

Graz, Austria

Abroad Fest Barcelona

28 February - 2 March

Barcelona, Spain

Shapes Festival

28 February - 6 March

Leysin, Switzerland

Ultra South Africa

1 - 2 March

South Africa

DLDK: Don’t Let Daddy

Know Amsterdam

1 - 2 March

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Farmer & The Owl


2 March

Wollongong, Australia

Les Francofolies De La


8 - 10 March

Saint-Pierre, Reunion

SXSW: South By


8 - 17 March

Austin, United States

A State Of Trance 900 -


9 March

Madrid, Spain

Days Like This Festival

9 March

Camperdown, Australia

I Am Hardstyle

9 March

Manheim, Germany


Gasparilla Music


9 - 10 March

Florida, United States

Tomorrowland Winter

9 - 16 March

Alpe D’Huez, France

Fresh Mountain Festival

9 - 16 March

Les Orres, France

Circus Paradise Music


10 March

Queensland, Australia

Les Nuits De Fourviere

12 March

Lyon, March

Avec Le Temps Festival

12 - 17 March

Marseille, France

SXM Festival

13 - 17 March

Saint-Martin, France

Garasnow - Luchon


15 - 16 March


Transmission Australia

16 March

Sydney, Australia

Roadhouse Festival

16 March

Geiselwind, Germany

Pharaonic Festival

16 - 17 March

Chambery, France

Les Nuits De La Filature

16 - 17 March

Lille, France

Worldwide Festival


18 - 24 March

Leysin, Switzerland


22 March

Lisbon, Portugal

BUKU Music & Art


22 - 23 March

New Orleans, United


Circus X The Festival

23 March

Hook Of Holland,



23 - 30 March

Avoriaz, France

Les Paradis Artificiels

23 - 31 March

Lille, France

Jazz A Megeve

28 - 30 March

Megeve, France

Internationale Jazz


26 - 31 March

Burghausen, Germany

Beat Hotel Marrakech

28 - 31 March

Marrakech, Morocco


29 - 30 March

Antwerp, Belgium


29 - 30 March

Estoril, Portugal


29 - 31 March

Pas De La Casa, Andorra


Stand out from the crowd with Fieldcandy


Bloc Party - Banquet







Eli & Fur




Weiss - Feel My Needs






Jain - Alright






Melanie Ribbe – Get It Right






Jacky – Another Place (Huxley remix)


Darius Syrossian - Dance Of The Shaman









ChillOutDeer - Peaceful | Winter Chill Mix



Circoloco In Thailand




Matoma ft Josie Dunne - Sunday Morning







Oleg Farrier & Michael Grovetsky - Only








Rhys Lewis - Better Than Today






Marco Torrance & Natasha Jaffe -

Cinnamon’s Diary








Halogenix - Don’t You Know






Whitewildbear - Come Back







Grayson Erhard - Introvert







Charmes - Push Back



Phebe Edwards ft Mark Asari - Get It Right







ORAW - Abundance EP






Broning - Illuminator







Insane House ft Romarti - Physical

Addiction EP






Tuff Culture - Elements Part 2






ShockOne ft Cecil - Underloved




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Walshy Fire

1st December 2017 saw

international artist Walshy Fire take

to the stage in Grand Baie, Mauritius.

We were proud to sponsor the event

which was hosted by Urban Pulse.

Summer represented Audiation for

this event...

Walshy Fire was a joy to welcome to

the island with his humble persona.

He was not only interested in the gig,

but also of the history and origins of

Mauritius. When speaking of the

island, he felt it was reminiscent of

his home country of Jamaica, “there

is this pride of everybody mixed

together and creating their own

culture. That sense of fighting

through colonialism and creating

something unique and exciting.”

It is to be appreciated that when

Walshy Fire speaks of music or his

vision of the world, he relates to his

Jamaican roots. His heart is still there

wherever he is, keeping the people

and the love of Jamaica with him.

In regards to this, he also explains the

following, “I represent the region of

the Caribbean. That includes Zouk,

Soca, Kompa, Salsa, Bachata,

Merengue, Reggae, Dancehall - so it

encompasses all. Do I feel like I’ve

accomplished that? No. I feel like this

is going to be a lifelong mission and

I’m thankful for the little

accomplishments, I have gotten

people who have never heard this

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kind of music before and now,

through Major Laser, are able to

research who Celia Cruz or Peter Tosh

is. There’s a lot more work to do for

sure. I’ll be doing this for the rest of

my life.”

When speaking of the crowd’s

expectations, Walshy Fire explained

that all he hoped for is that

“everybody comes with an open mind

and an open heart to receive a good

positive message and a great

atmosphere with a lot of fun.”

On the night of the event, he lit up

the stage from within. Full of energy,

it was not a feeling that he was simply

putting on a show, he really enjoyed

himself and imparted that good

feeling to the audience.

Whilst on the island, Walshy Fire was

also introduced to Kaya - Seggae Man,

which he loved. “I put out a lot of

dancehall and reggae music right

now. I started on something called

ReggaeVival, I’m going to really start

pushing reggae music through that

label, that’s why I would love to meet

Seggae artists. Listening to that beat

- it totally translates to my side of the




Playing The World Around Me

After discovering the creative genius JJ Riordan with you his version of ‘Cola’

using Coca Cola bottles, we’re delighted to present an insight into his mind in

which the whole world is his soundboard. Where we see everyday objects, he

sees music waiting to be played.

The latest creation utilises his new flat by mixing together the percussive wall,

the melodic cooking pots, the synth microwave and more making up your next

house banger! It’s really fun and you watch with amazement, trying to see all

the little sounds and which items they pair up with. Fantastic.

JJ Riordan takes us behind the scenes, revealing the process of turning the

ordinary into something tuneful...

Hello! My name is JJ Riordan and I compose music using everyday items! I was

in the middle of my Masters Degree, in University College Cork, when I began

composing with the world around me and since then, I have become

increasingly invested in how I, or anyone for that matter, can utilise the

everyday locations, rooms and/or items around us to create musical

compositions. I have used a number of these media to create music: from

Coca-Cola cans and bottles, buildings in Cork, my bathroom, a car etc. and it

has been an incredibly fun challenge as I rarely anticipate what the end

product will sound like!

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composing with my location, item, room etc., and to collect these sounds, I use

a handheld microphone system, called the Zoom H5, with various

interchangeable microphone “capsules”. When I collect samples, I use a

shotgun capsule, as it is an incredibly directional pick-up pattern that picks up

little-to-no background sound – offering me a very “raw”, or clean sound,

which is preferable, as it’s far easier to work with these clips in the processing

steps of this composition.

Once I have collected as many samples as I can, I take the recordings to my

computer, where I work with them in my DAW of choice - Logic Pro X. In Logic, I

can listen back to my various recorded sample clips and extract the sounds

that, I believe, have potential as musical “building blocks”.

Once I have chosen a tempo and I’ve decided on a certain “feel”, I tend to start

by building up the percussive components of my track using Logic’s musical

grid interface – using clips and samples that, in my ears, resemble drums of

varying timbres, from kick drums to snares, hats etc.

When it comes to melodic components, I try to find samples with an intrinsic

note, or sonic frequency – and I isolate that frequency using EQ. Once this step

is complete, I can drop my “cleaned up” sample into Logic’s stock sampling

plug in – the EXS-24, and use this plug-in to “play” my sample in a multitude of

notes, and sequences. However, this process is absolutely achievable in every

DAW – including Ableton Live, Reason, Fruity Loops etc.

As soon as one understands the sampling and trimming, necessary to compose

with these everyday sounds, the world opens up to be one massive (potential)

soundboard, waiting to be played by a creative mind.

Sound is - at the end of the day, vibration - and when we realize that

everything vibrates or at least has the potential to be vibrated, they have the

potential to be sounded and utilised in a musical manner – it just takes

creative thinking!

From the streets that we walk everyday, to the rooms we wake up in and the

everyday bits and pieces that are often overlooked in our day-to-day

proceedings, the potential for musical composition in every little thing makes

for an incredibly exciting and musically compelling world.




It is really something special when you

get to witness and support an artist’s

growth right from the beginning, and

Leanne Louise has blossomed

continuously over the past years. She

always works hard and has fun with her

passion. We to chat with Leanne Louise

about her single ‘My Goodbye’.

My Inspiration…

As a singer/songwriter I base a lot, if not

the majority, of my songs around

situations in life that I go through / the

feelings I feel and this particular song

came about very organically. I’d

reached a turning point in my life and

mindset after having my heartbroken, I

found it really hard to write about the

heartbreak so I teamed up with a good

friend of mine and producer Sovereign.

He sent me over an instrumental and

instantly the lyrics and melody line just

flowed out of me. I wanted to write a

song that would empower people, not

just provoke the negative feelings of a

break up but the great ones you feel at

that turning point when you’re ready to

bounce back and achieve everything

you’re made for achieving. Within a

week of me writing the song, we were

in his studio laying down the vocals.

‘My Goodbye’, produced by Sovereign,

is a fantastic fresh little number. The

snappy and assertive side of Leanne

Louise’s voice is paired with a nifty UK

Garage beat. There is a beautiful

surprise of the sublime long vocal notes

and a little twist of dark bass to create

a great contrast.

My Career…

Right now I’m so happy with how things

are turning out because it’s been a good

few years since I released anything

officially (my last official release was ‘Mr

Magician’), but I’ve been experimenting

a lot with different sounds and visions

for the past 2 years and I have a confident

vision of the sort of record I want to

create. So, I’m very happy with what I’m

working on but always moving forward

and keeping an open mind to new


My Goodbye…

It’s always a little bit nerve-wracking

when you haven’t released anything for

a while but everyone has shown me so

much support. THANK YOU.





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It’s that time of the year again! The weather is warm, the sun is out, and

country music is back in style again. I’m one of those people who only

listens to country in the summertime because it is all about sunshine,

beer and backyard parties, so why listen to that any other season?


I was lucky enough to attend Chicago’s Windy City Lake Shake at the

Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (right next to Adler

Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium), so here are my takeaways from the


The festival started on Friday, but it was raining so I skipped that day.

Sorry Blake Shelton.

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Jackie Lee covers

First artist we saw was Jackie Lee, who I totally thought was a girl going

into the festival. The lineup was mostly male, so I was excited to see a girl

on stage. However, I was pleasantly surprised because he is the definition

of an up and coming artist. He captured the entire audience who were

just arriving, and his voice was like butter. Great start to the show. He

also had great covers that got the crowd going, but I can’t remember

what they were! So, Jackie Lee, if you’re reading this, you have great

songs and covers!

Fun fact: He has beaten cancer twice!

Lanco’s guitarist

Lanco is a band that seems like a household name now. If you don’t know

them, you have heard “Greatest Love Story.” The funny thing about this

band is all the band members looked like they were all friends on a

baseball team growing up, but their guitarist (Eric Steedly) just stood out.

How do I explain this… well he was HOT. Long hair, tank top with muscles,

so many guitar solos. Everyone around me kept talking about him,

probably because he didn’t fit in with the band members at all based on

looks, but he was entertaining to watch!

Billy: sweaty

I don’t remember how sweaty Billy Currington was, but he must’ve been

drenched if I made a note about it. He was fun!

Dierks: homeless

No shade to him at all, but

he looked homeless! My

cousin and I were talking

about him, if we saw him

outside of the concert, we

would have no idea he is a

country superstar. He had a

long raggedy beard, but

somehow it worked for him.

As we were leaving his set,

Navy Pier had a firework

show, so it was perfect.



Girls night out / Russell Dickerson - Pop

He was pouring beer down his band’s throats, most likely getting

drunk on stage. You can just tell by his stage presence that he loves

his life right now. The one thing that surprised me is he had a pop

song called MGNO (My Girl’s Night Out). Everyone in the audience

was jumping and dancing to it, but it really was unexpected, since

this is his debut album and touring, so it seems surprising to release

a pop song as well.

We did more walking around the festival today so stopped by a

Barefoot tent to sample the new wine in cans, which were good! I

was drinking the Red Sangria one the whole time. My friends and I

did the photo booth with real guitars and costumes. Fun time! Lots

of the booths were barbeque food, clothes, games, and a swing ride.

Chris Lane has a song on the radio called “Take Back Home Girl,” but

I didn’t know much about him going into the festival. What a

performer, captured the hearts of every girl in there! He’s about

5’6”, but he was cute and sweet to the girls around the stage,

bringing one girl up to sing “All About You.” I can’t wait for him to

come back to Chicago because I am going!

Cole Swindell has a lot of country hits too, so it was cool seeing him.

I was with my co-workers at this point as well, so it was fun dancing

with them. Not much stood out, but he was a good performer.

The one act everyone was looking forward to was Florida Georgia

Line. Lots of fire, lots of energy, two friends that really made it in

country music. People around me kept yelling for their song “Dirt,”

so when they played it people went crazy.

I think that’s enough country for all of you readers. Hope I filled you

in on the best songs for the summer of country music.

Thanks for another great year LakeShake!!!


Sarah's Thoughts

Inner translation

Body and soul want to connect

Deeper vibration

I don't want to neglect

My own self I might forget

The best version of me ahead

Looming temptation

Easy routes and white lies

No deviation

The old belief dies

Elevate my soul

Let go and no control

Lead me to salvation

Being aligned to my soul path

Resilient; I am holding on

Not looking at the aftermath

My heart taking a new step

My soul taking a further step



Nev G

Full of enthusiasm and positive

energy, Nev G enjoys sharing her

creativity with the world. The female

DJ holds a huge passion for oldschool

music ranging from various genres

including RnB, Hip Hop, Jungle, Soul

and Dance. She also puts other

interests into focus alongside this, for

example her special shows contain

horoscope themes in which the artists

featured are chosen to correlate with

the current month in the astrological

signs - the early June show featured

Gemini artists. Nev G shares her story

with us,,,

Tell us a little about yourself.

I guess it started as soon as I had access

to a tape recorder. As an only child in

the early 80's - when I was about 6, I

was a bit obsessed with recording my

voice and playing it back. I still have

those tapes believe it or not! I also

used to record Soul music off the radio

at the age of 6 and 7 too. By the time

I was 12, I was very into Pirate Radio

stations; unfortunately this was in

1988, so the Acid House era had kicked

in and I was too young to go out and

rave! So I'd spend a lot of time in my

bedroom listening to stations like

WNK, Lazer, LWR, Kiss, Fantasy and

Dance, familiarising myself with the

music. By the time I was 13, I was down

the record shop every Saturday,

spending all my pocket money on

vinyl. I also grew up singing in front of

large crowds, so I didn't have stage

fright or anything like that. Any time I

saw a band at a function, I used to ask

them if I could sing and they'd let me!

While I was at Barnet College

(1992-1994) I heard Jungle Music on

someone’s walkman and was instantly

converted. I was a self-renowned

Junglette and adored the Junglistic

way of life from that time onwards; the

raves, the production on some of the

tracks, the chemistry between the MC's

and DJ's on stage. The ability to hear

my name being shouted on London's

Number One radio station at the time

- Kool FM. It was a magical time. Music

had changed from the 1988 Acid

House and Hardcore eras and Junglism

was an entirely new and fantastic

movement that I still follow and rave

to - to this day!

Then after I left Barnet College in 1994,

I was studying Performing Arts again

at uni when I had a penny drop

moment; why am I pretending to be

someone else on stage (as an actress)

when I have this big personality and a

serious eclectic love and collection of

music? I should be in radio! So I left uni

in 1997 and sought out a job in Hospital

Radio just for the experience. Within

a few months I landed myself my first

radio show on London Turkish Radio,

Tuesday nights 10pm - 12am called

Nev G's Niteride playing R&B, D&B and

HipHop. I stayed there for 9 years

before moving on to Xtreme FM and

then on to Deja Vu FM - where I have

been doing Nev G's Nostalship for 6

years now, every Sunday between 6 -

8pm. It has given me a

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illiant opportunity to interview

some great artists and be as creative

as I want, incorporating themes to

most of my shows.

I do love presenting my own show on

radio, but there's something quite

priceless about playing to a dance

floor as well; the reactions are instant.

Your Nostalship shows take us

through old school music together

with astrology episodes… Can you

tell us a little about this?

I am very intuitive about people’s

energies but I don't tell everyone or

put this fact out there on social media.

My spirituality is a very personal thing

for me. Along with a lot of other stuff,

I hold it close to my heart, my feelings

intensify more that way and my

intuitive side is quite private for me.

I have been in to astrology since I was

a teenager; it's not about your daily

horoscope in the paper that you need

to go by, more the adjectives of

characters described in astrology that

is a really good guide to get an idea of

what people’s characters are like. I

have always enjoyed combining my

two passions together, so every month

I do a read up during my show on the

particular sign that we're currently in.

When I have a guest in the studio, I

read directly to my guest on air. I can

happily say that the high majority of

the time I have been congratulated on

my accuracy.

Oh gosh - that's a big question - there

are sooooo many! I always say that

1994 is my favourite year for R&B and

Jungle but I am going to go with all the

R&B artists from 1992 onwards

because that was such a memorable

era and one from which New Jack

Swing was still about too. These old

skool artists would include Jodeci,

Aaliyah, Mary J Blige, Mariah (my

number one of all time), Guy, Boyz II

Men, SWV etc!

In addition to this, I also love PROPER

OLD SKOOL artists like Frank Sinatra,

Nat King Cole and Dean Martin. They

bring out the old soul in me and I just

adore jazz music. I DO have a major

soft spot for Old Skool Reggae too - so

you see, I am very eclectic which I pride

myself on. I have done this feature on

my show which started with Nev G's

100% 1988 Nostalship and I did every

year in-between through to 2006. It

took me nearly a year to do. I enjoyed

it so much that when I got to the end,

I did it all over again! My most

enjoyable ones were 1989, 1994,

1995, 1996 and 2001.



Favourite old school artists?

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W h a t h a p p e n s i f y o u r h a r d

d r i v e f a i l s , C D s a r e s c r a t c h e d ,

t a p e s a s k e w o r v i n y l s m e l t e d ?

W h a t i f t h e w o r l d g e t s c h a o t i c ,

fi r e s a b l a z e a n d y o u r p r e c i o u s

m u s i c c o l l e c t i o n r e d u c e d t o

s c a t t e r e d e m b e r s ? W h a t i f t h e r e

w a s a r e a l w a y t o p r e s e r v e i t ? A

l i f e f o r m t h a t c o u l d e n d u r e a n y

d i s a s t e r s .

‘ T h e P r e s e r v i n g M a c h i n e ’ b y

P h i l i p K . D i c k i s a n i n t r i g u i n g

s h o r t s t o r y o f o n e i d e a l i s t i c ’ s

a t t e m p t t o p r o l o n g t h e l i f e o f

m u s i c , g i v i n g i t l i f e . B y t u r n i n g

a s h e e t o f m u s i c i n t o a l i v i n g

a n i m a l , t h e t h e o r y i s t h a t t h e y

w o u l d w i t h s t a n d a n y d i ffi c u l t i e s

a n d b e a b l e t o r e t a i n t h e m u s i c

i n s i d e o f t h e m t o b e c o n v e r t e d

b a c k w h e n d e s i r e d . B u t l i f e i s

n o t t o b e t o y e d w i t h , a s h e s o o n

fi n d s o u t . T h e c r e a t u r e s t a k e o n

t h e d i ff e r e n t s t y l e s o f m u s i c

t h r o u g h t h e i r c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s

a n d , e v e n t u a l l y , t h e y b e g i n t o

a d a p t t o t h e o u t s i d e w o r l d .



The musical group from Azerbaijan are

mesmerising with their artistic nature.

Their music ranges across incredibly

deep and moving pieces, bright and

quirky moments, mellow and

contemporary songs and more.

Their single ‘We Shall See Them

Sometimes’ featuring Uran is a special

release to support those with mental

health issues, it comes together with

the following statement: A society’s

mental state is determined by its

attitude to people with mental health

problems. The story follows a young

boy who has had to battle mental

problems for the most part of his life,

but he is pushing through and

following his dreams. The tones

encompass the good and bad times

very well together with the heartfelt

video, the contrast with the tough rap

vocal against the soft chorus further

pulls at your emotions.

Dihaj proudly represented their

country in Eurovision Song Contest

2017 with the powerful ‘Skeletons’

and their debut album ‘The End Of

Sunsrise’ was also release later in the

year. We had the pleasure of speaking

with the group’s singer Diana.

Diana, tell us a little about yourself and

how you started in music.

I was born in a family where everyone

loves music with all their hearts. So at

the age of 3 when I was singing, my dad

recognized a song “You’re simply the

best” by Tina Turner. So it was obvious

that my parents brought mw to music

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school where at the very beginning I

launched a folk/jazz ensemble called

“Bary Bakh”. The time passed and I went

through lots of transformations. I

graduated from Baku Music Academy as

a choir conductor, then from the

Institute of Contemporary Music

Performance in London, was developing

my love for jazz music singing at Baku

Jazz Center etc. In 2014 I finally

understood that I am ready to make my

own band and brand. So now Dihaj is


Who are Dihaj?

Dihaj is the name of project lead by me.

We are three of us. Ali on drums and fx,

Anar on guitar and synth and me on

vocals, keys and controllers. When we

met we all were playing in different

bakuish bands. The time came, we got a

friendship and the same and familiar

“mood” in creation of music. We started

and there are no plans to stop. We

describe our trio as a triangle where all

the corners are equal. We found

soulmates in each other so working

together is pretty much easy. This is how

it should be. So our unique sound is the

conclusion of our hearts, souls and of

course brains.

You represented Azerbaijan at

Eurovision Song Contest 2017, can you

tell us about the experience?

For me Eurovision was a side but very

serious project. Besides an honor, it was

a huge responsibility. Eurovision itself

is a school of stage performance, artistic

behavior and stabilizing of vocals. So it

was a priceless experience which I am

not regretting at all.


I a m n o t a p r o f e s s i o n a l s p e a k e r b u t m o s t o f t h e

t i m e s m y m e s s a g e i s “ L o o k a r o u n d , a l l t h e s e

b e a u t i f u l t e c h n o l o g i c a l t h i n g s w e r e d o n e b y a

h u m a n . C o n t i n u e t o b u i l d u p a c l e a r a n d c l e v e r

f u t u r e r a t h e r t h a n d e s t r o y i n g e a c h o t h e r . S p e a k f o r

y o u r s e l f a n d l i v e Y O U R O W N l i f e ” .

The country is well-known for unique

talent, can you tell us a little about the

creative industry there?

We celebrate 100 years of democracy

in Azerbaijan this year. But at the same

time it’s only 27 years as we are out of

pressure of USSR. So we are a pretty

young country in independency. That

means that we are developing in all the

fields with a very fast speed. Now I can

say that we have a little but strong

artistic community which reprints arts

of Azerbaijan abroad and, at the same

time, tries to shake post Soviet Union

society plus showing them alternative

ways of thinking/living/listening. For

example, I am part of an entertainingly

educational community called

“VarYox”. We have a web site where we

share local subcultural life side by side

with a worldwide artistic life. We do

speak about art performances,

musicians, share information about

historic figures in an “easy going”

attractive way, we do concerts, events,

exhibitions etc. I am proud of being

Azeri as I live in a unique place, which

is situated really in a very splice of

cultures, religions and world outlooks.

Here you can build up and present

whatever interesting things you want.

The main key is to work hard.

What does music mean to you?

If I say that I love music with all my heart

I say nothing. As I think music is the most

truthful manifestations among arts. It

gives you space to create and share your

mood journey in real time with audience

right here right now. Each time you listen

to your favorite tune, you live through

atmosphere and moods of the author’s

idea. And it happens every time. Isn’t it






Photography by Sitara Ibrahimova

On having a trip to Baku, Azerbaijan,

there is a high chance to be amazed by

its very hospitable people, who honour

traditions very much, and are openminded

to all new and modern. Baku is

like an old vinyl being remixed

nowadays, sewing different cultures

together. This is the place for Formula 1

Grand Prix, Eurovision Song Contest,

mainstream pop, rock, jazz artists and

many more.

The sound of


i d e n t i t y

Music in Baku is one of their main values. You

may notice the very first banknote is

dedicated to musical instruments. The

unique carpet museum has many carpets

in collection, one of which respects

famous outstanding Azerbaijan composer,

professor and academician Uzeyir

Hajibeyov. You may experience that the

traditional sound is an essential part of the

most famous museums in Baku, presenting

its importance and variety.

Music forms cultural richness of various

peoples and nationalities, as well as

the world as a whole. Nice examples

of Azerbaijani national music

legacy rising on the foundation of

their cultural heritage with

centuries. It is worthy to mention that

a performance of ‘tar’, an ancient

stringed music instrument, has been

entered by UNESCO on the

Representative List of Intangible

Cultural Heritage. Azerbaijan’s rich music

art has developed over centuries.

Mary & Tamara


The Dirty Outlaws

Three cheeky chaps in music, The

Dirty Outlaws have a really cool

eclectic taste in music from garage,

bass, indie, pop and more. Their fresh

and somewhat eccentric attitude also

extends into the new Love Sick

London clothing line which has a

distinctive urban style. We got to chat

to the guys about their work.,,

Who are The Dirty Outlaws and how

did you all come together?

The Dirty outlaws are 3 best mates: DJ

inspiration. Mc Mista Mee & Mc Logo.

We met through a love of Garage music

& going out clubbing in the 90’s.

Your music tastes are very varied

from bright pop to dark bass… how do

you guys come up with new ideas and

can we expect to hear any new tracks

from you soon?

Yeah our tastes in music range from

punk to classical. Pop to Dubstep. We

tend to just get in the studio have a

few beers. Laugh & bounce ideas off

each other till something sticks. We’re

in the studio now making fresh music

for release this year. So, watch this


get one up on each other. You can

always feel the love when we get

together in the studio. It’s a family


Love Sick London - what’s it all about?

Love Sick London is a lifestyle &

clothing brand that was created off the

back of the dirty outlaws vibe. London

living. Tattoos & out out culture.

What influences the Love Sick London

style & designs?

A lot of things influence the style &

design. Defo a big part of it was

growing up in the 90’s. Iceberg /

Moschino and the whole 90’s club


Anything else you’d like to say?

We just wanna say thank you to

everyone that’s tuned in to our shows

over the last 20 years & taken time out

to listen to our music. We’ve got

nothing but love for you guys. Thanks!





You all look like you’re always having

fun doing shows and projects, what is

the vibe like together in the studio?

Yeah it’s always a laugh when we get

together. We’re like 3 brothers.

Always taking the mickey or trying to

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My Crazy Summer

The last weeks of the summer were quite hectic for me, 10 flights in less

than 2 weeks, from north to south, from east to west.


29 August: My flights to the most northern part of Norway, Kirkenes… I

have been asked to play at the club night for Grenselos Festivalen, the

biggest festival of the north of Norway. It takes a full day to get all the

away up north from Amsterdam to Oslo, from Oslo to Kirkenes, with a 5

hour stopover in Oslo. I always love to go for a walk there and check out

the town and nature. Weird detail, at the end of my set, from 23:00 to

02:00 I step outside and it's still light. I play here at least twice a year and

they always take great care of me. Amazing food, champagne and a

weekend full of fun and crazy Norwegians! I flew back on Sunday.

3 - 5 September: I am home to work on new music and do the stuff I need

to do at home.

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6 September: It's time to fly again. This time I play in Kyrenia in the

northern (Turkish) part of Cyprus. This is a big gig, in the famous Cage

club, voted as the best club of Turkey and North Cyprus. I am headliner

on the Friday and it's always very exciting to play here. Normally I stay at

the hotel that belongs to the club, but this time I stayed at my friend's

place. He has a great house with pool, BBQ and a Playstation. I arrive on

Thursday night and I kicked his ass with FIFA a few times.

7 September: During the day we spent most of the time in and around the

pool with a few more friends and a few cold beers. Around 22:00 we

hook up with the managers for a really nice dinner with way too much

food. My set starts at 01:30 till 03:00 and it was amazing! The famous

AKON came over to check out my set as well.

8 September: More good food, more FIFA, more cold beers and more pool


9 September: In the morning I fly back home, with a short stopover in

Athens. Another weekend full of great memories.

10 September: I can rest and prepare for the next trip: Ibiza!



11 September: Another flight! This time Ibiza. I've got the good news that

my friend will join me on this trip. We booked an extra day and a car, so

we could enjoy some of the island as well. After a very turbulent flight

we arrive at Ibiza around 13:00, time to pick up the car and check in at

the hotel. We have the rest of the day to chill and we do some great

sightseeing like Cafe del Mar sunset, Mambo and some nice beaches. My

set starts at midnight at the legendary Es Paradis, I played some of my

new tracks and it all went well. The next day we had a full day of free

time and we spent most of it on a few beaches. At night we had VIP

tickets for Armin in Hï, so we went to see the show. Great thing he played

my new track during his set.

I am looking forward to next summer already!

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Every song ends, is that any

reason not to enjoy the music?

- Jessie


Awakening hearts along her journey, Sharm Pillay imparts good energy

through the 5 dimensions of Techno. Originally from South Africa, she now

resides in Australia and spends her time uniting people through the power of

music as well as expressing her soul through this medium. Sharm Pillay

shares her journey with us…

The Awakening

Raised in a musically motivated family, music has been a constant throughout

my life. Both my parents and fraternal grandfather were actively engaged in

the music world. My grandad was South Africa’s first Hindu Drum (Thabala)

Gold Medalist (1927). Filthy, sexy basslines run deep in my blood.

It was April 2014 when I unwittingly activated my DJ journey. The short story

is that a random thought led to an idea which led to exciting actions, and here I

am four years later. It’s been a journey of note. I intuitively followed the

stirrings of my heart, taking heed to that persistent, enthusiastic feeling when I

tuned into music. Prior to this I’d experienced nothing like it. When I doubted

myself, the confirmation that I was on the right path came from friends,

followers and strangers who supported my journey.

Passionate about music, I’ve experienced many genres during the course of my

life that set the tone for a keen musical ear: House, RnB, Rock, Soul, Jazz, Hip-

Hop, Reggae, Blues leading to Techno. My enthusiasm for DJ'ing has

everything to do with “Music that gets me soul dancing”. Though, Techno is my

first true love.

Favourite motto is “To thine own self be true”.

My DJ journey in essence? It’s been a Spiritual Awakening kinda experience.

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The Frequencies Of Techno

If you listen to Techno with your heart you will hear whispers of the Universe

vibrating within your being.

It’s no secret that music is an ageless and timeless vibration. These are my

views. Use it or lose it. Music is the melody, the timing, the pulse of my soul.

Music is a Universal Language, Love the Universal Healer and Light the

Universe itself in action. Drop Techno in the mix and you've a magical formula

that would have Nikola Tesla wishing he's attending a Techno throw down.

Techno is a whole different animal. Techno is a game changer.

Its vibration, frequency, energy (Spirit) seeps through the cracks of our DNA. It

touches us in places we never knew existed or may have forgotten. It breaks

open hearts, stretches minds and exposes us to our soul. Techno is a healing

frequency channeled straight from Spirit. It's a Spiritual thing, the 5D kind. You

can't touch it.

First you sense it. Then you feel it. It’s an intUItion thing… it exists within U & I.

To aspiring artists: never give up on your dream! Never. Tend to your soul’s

voice and awaken to your heart’s passion.

The planet is undergoing a huge shift and it’s a beautiful time to balance our

masculine and feminine divine energies within.

This is my truth... I own it.

This is my journey... I’m so walking it.



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Music helps me...

I have been fascinated with Music for as long as I can

remember, my mother told me stories of how she used to unplug the stereo

to stop me from playing records in the middle of the night when I was 2

years old, only for me to plug it back in and carry on, waking up neighbours

and leaving her to explain to them that the toddler was the one to blame, I

was clearly hooked.

Music for me is so many things, as a whole it's unlike anything else I know, it

sets moods, explains and portrays emotions, helps expression, unites


Sometimes I use music as a form of therapy to reflect on and deal with

emotions, find a sequence of chords that fits my mood and play for as long

as I need to feel resolve, I suppose something about the notes singing my

own feelings back to me creates a feeling of understanding.

Music helps me focus on work, I find that listening to instrumental music,

especially from something with warm memories, like an old computer game

that I played as a kid, is not only relaxing, but also somewhat engaging and


Music helps me out of bad spells of anxiety, since late 2016 I have suffered

with both anxiety and panic attacks, which can descend my normally clear

thinking mind into a struggle for control and worst case leave me wondering

if I will see another day, there have been many times where listening to

music has diverted my attention and brought me back to normality.

Just last night my wife and I were at Bluedot festival in Manchester to see

The Chemical Brothers headline, of course they were absolutely amazing as

always, after a fair amount of beer and cider (which surely played a role in

this) we were jumping up and down in arms with total strangers, everyone

smiling, letting the euphoria take over and screaming our enjoyment at each

other as if we were all best mates, I don't even know their names, how many

times have I been in the same situation with Music? How many times have I

been in the same situation with anything else?

Is there any art form more exciting? More able to elicit emotion? More

helpful? More universal? Not for me there isnt, what a gift it is.

- Rdubz



Audiation magazine has always been

about keeping our ears to the ground,

looking at break-through acts and

trying to have our noses poking

around in the right places sniffing out

what’s hot and fresh on the

underground scene. It was 3 years

ago when we had our attention drawn

to a New York based duo by the name

of Eskuche & Nu Sky. This was around

the time when the boys had begun

to make that step up from local circuit

DJs to recognized DJ/Producers

across the world. As a duo they racked

up releases on acclaimed labels such

as Material, Viva LTD, Lost Records &

Hot Creations, just to name a few, and

it was their distinctive drum-based

groovey dancefloor sound that

began to build them well deserved

recognition. The past couple of years

have no doubt been a journey for the

guys, with both guys taking time to

work on new solo projects, notably

Eskuche delivering a number of

releases on respected labels such as

Elrow, Jesse Perez’s imprint Mr Nice

Guy, Repopulate Mars and a big new

EP due for release on Hot Creations

this October. We manage to catch up

with Eskuche ahead of his upcoming

gig in his home town of New York City

for Jamie Jones’ Paradise.

Easy bro, how’s tricks, all good no

doubt? It’s been about 3 years since

the last time you spoke to Audiation

Magazine and since then you’ve

been racking up the air miles and

have begun a lot more on solo

projects as ‘Eskuche’. Where in the

world are you now & what’s been

going on since we last spoke?

In the last 3 years things changed

completely for me, in a good way. I’ve

done some amazing solo releases on

labels like Repopulate Mars, Elrow,

Mr. Nice guy, Deeperfect and many

more. Also I played some cool gigs

with Elrow, toured South America and

Russia playing Schimasnki, Output

and spending now my 2nd season in

Ibiza as an Ibiza talents resident.

Seeing some of the biggest DJs

supporting my music really inspired

me for more. I’ve some big stuff

coming soon.

You’ve spoken in the past about your

memories of Ibiza, and about how

magical and inspirational the island

is. Ibiza is constantly changing and

growing but last year you spent the

season living on the island through

the summer, how did you find it and

was the magic still there for you?

I think Ibiza is all about balance, you

need to take time off sometimes from

the parties and just enjoy life on this

magical island. Drive in to some

hidden beaches, eat in nice and not

so popular places, go for a walk and

just enjoy simple things.

Any memorable moments that left

you fully motivated to get straight

in the studio or inspired the way

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" I t h i n k I b i z a i s a l l a b o u t b a l a n c e , y o u

n e e d t o t a k e t i m e o ff s o m e t i m e s f r o m

t h e p a r t i e s a n d j u s t e n j o y l i f e o n t h i s

m a g i c a l i s l a n d . "


you play music that you wish to

share with our readers?

I always try to start something after

I come home from the party, I try to

capture some inspiration from a

night. At least an idea, then next day

I like to work on it properly. I’ve

discovered that its then, after I’ve

woken up, that I feel at my most


Your favourite party on the island?

Of course it is Paradise. I’ve been

going there almost every week and

the vibe is always incredible. I really

like the new place in Playa Den Bossa

“El Patio”, I played there for Ibiza

Talents and it was great. Originally it

started as an after party for Music On

on Saturdays. Also the Elrow parties

are super dope, especially the one in

Ushuaia which was off the hook.

Great show. I’ve also been digging

day parties like Rumors at Destino

and Blue Marlin.

What was the idea behind the

‘Activator’ EP on Hot Creations?

business. Its been really amazing to

see how this track was picked up so

quickly by big artists like Jamie Jones,

Darius Syrossian, Leon, Detlef,

Latmun and lots of people have been

asking me about this tune. I’m really

happy to release it with Hot Creations

as an EP along with my track “Pleasure

Beat”. October will be massive.

When it comes to producing tracks

do you have to get yourself in a

certain mind set? What’s the process

for you?

As I mentioned above I like to capture

some ideas after parties. Sometimes

inspiration comes in different forms,

groove on mind or a bassline you

remember or some nice vocals you

really wanna use. But also I think its

all about discipline as well, you just

need to sit down and get sh*t done.





I started this track right after Paradise

closing last year. The idea was to

make something underground with

a DC10 terrace vibe. I’d finished it

before the Music On closing party

and my friend Leon was the first who

played it there on the terrace. This

was special for me, to see it played a

few hours after I finished it. I knew

after that this track will do the





Nick Sarpa

Music is an ageless and timeless

vibration where all is one. Present, past

or transcending our 3rd dimension,

music is a world language, love the

universal healer and light the universe

itself in action.

In enters passion filled with creativity.

Drop music in the mix and you could

quite possibly have a purpose to raise

vibrations. Given our fast-evolving

world and revolutionary rise of

consciousness, special souls around

the world are awakening to their truth.

Some are doing it with their educated

skills, some with learned talent and

others still with inherent ancient gifts.

What’s important is that they are

following their hearts.

Nick Sarpa from Sydney, is a promising,

authentic and passionate emerging DJ

with heart. He took time out to let us

into his journey of truth. Here’s what

he has to share with the world...

How did it all start for you?

My love for music started as a child

around the age of 5, watching and

listening to the weekly Video Hit Charts.

Over the years it continued to grow,

opening my eyes to different genres. It

wasn’t until I was 14, that I was

introduced to Classic Trance & Hi NRG

which drew me into the idea of

electronic music, where my passion for

music really kicked off. The idea of

being a DJ grabbed me when I went to

my first nightclub in Sydney, being DCM,

which allowed me to hear and see what

a DJ can do to a track, to manipulate and

blend it with another to create a form

of art. I wanted to be that person.

What do you most love playing?

Currently I’m journeying through Tech

House & Techno as I’ve new found love

for it and want to continue to focus and

grow in these two genres. However, if I

ever get the chance to go back to my

roots and play occasionally with the

unique sound of HI NRG, Hard House and

Classic Trance, then this is where all the

fun is.

Who’s your muse in the music world?

Growing up with music, I encountered

several idols as my love of music

evolved, starting with Paul Van Dyk &

Tiesto in their classic days from 1998 -

2004. But now I get majority of my

inspiration from the one and only king,

Carl Cox!

How would you describe the dance

scene in Sydney?

The dance scene in Sydney is still

continuing to grow after there was a

setback with laws. This caused a lot of

venues to close. However, due to the

growing popularity of Tech House &

Techno, parties are still going very

strong, attracting large crowds, which

gives hope for the Sydney scene to turn

around dramatically.

What single night out has been the most

memorable for you?

As a DJ, my most memorable night to

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date is the Halloween party I hosted in

Sydney. The vibe inside the place was

screaming as the venue was almost at

full capacity. What made this even more

special was the crowd being in the

Halloween spirit, coming dressed for

the occasion. My recent visit to the

magical island of Ibiza has to be my

highlight. Even though I wasn’t behind

the decks this time, being a part of the

crowd for Jamie Jones’s Paradise party

at DC-10 will be something I’ll never

ever forget.

at their peak.




What is your advice to emerging talent,

and how can they set aside any fears

and pursue their dreams with courage?

My advice is to be authentic and not

follow the crowd. If you want to be

recognised for something, stick with

your own style and idea, and persist

with it. Staying focused on your goals

is the key, and making small steps every

day. It can be a bit nerve-racking in front

of crowds, but feel the fear and do it

anyway, it gets easier.

Name one track that never gets old for

you no matter how many times you

hear it?

The one track that will never get old for

me has to be Kamillian – Guidance

(Space Brothers Mix). For me this is

something I would hear every weekend

in the nightclubs in Sydney and it would

never disappoint.

If you could get eternally stuck in one

year's music scene, which year would

that be?

I would love to be taken back to the year

of 1999. To me, all genres of music,

whether it was hip hop, rap, house,

italodance, trance, eurodance were all


SEKSiCuLLTURE - Awakening Hearts

Let It Be

In our pain and sufferings,

When all hope seems lost,

Give light to the opportunity of acceptance.

In times where troubles cripple us,

When there seems way for us to redeem,

Find refuge in the present, even if we're down and wary.

When you feel like giving up,

Overwhelmed by darkness,

Close your eyes and let it be.

No time of tomorrow,

No more worries from yesterday.

No wonders in today.

Just let it be.

There is a light in the present.

There is an answer in acceptance.

Take a chance on your presence.

And just let it be.

Inspired by The Beatles - Let It Be



I was hit with a burst of immense,

bright energy as I walked in and all

of my senses were intrigued.

L’Aventure Du Sucre played hosts to

the biggest music festival of

Mauritius on 3 November, Kaz'Out.

Over to the Dan Vilaz stage as the

group Rasinn Kare gave a colourful

performance with a lovely, lighthearted

flow and a touch of soulful

grooves. Fusing the modern with the

traditional, they expose emotions

through their music.

I found myself weaving through

nooks and crannies, hazily widening

my eyes at the various curious things

around me, holding one first

intention of following the music. I

found my way to the front of the

Kanbar stage and was welcomed by

rock / grunge group UnMind. Their

wild, fist-pumping, jump-up sounds

had me rocking out! It was so cool to

even see little kids going crazy to this

untamed music. They have a

signature of powerful guitar riffs and

are inspired by the likes of Nirvana,

Seether and Foo Fighters.

Simultaneously over on the Kanbar

stage, DJ duo Revival brought fun,

flavourful island dance vibes and got

my hips wiggling. They were also

joined by live percussions from a

conga player. With Afro-oriented

rhythms, they are influenced by

Bernard Desmarais, John Digweed

and Sasha.

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Off to the Kaz-Apero stage where the

musical group Ziskakan entertained

the crowd. They commenced with a

lively folk style and then moved to a

bold, sort of rock edge which was

really cool. This maloya genre is

native to Reunion islands and was at

one time banned by authorities, the

band maintain these roots whilst also

developing it with a modern concept.

Finally I got the opportunity to watch

the band Patyatann perform on the Dan

Vilaz stage. Their music was so pretty

and versatile. The songs were so unique,

each with a different state of mind and

energy. It was audio poetry and you were

pulled, like a magnet, to their emotions.

Using native instruments, they

celebrate the island’s cultural diversity

and spirituality.

Kaz’Out was such an incredible

experience. Fantastic musicians, your

curiosity being excited at every turn and

a joyous atmosphere. The people were

bundled together in a carefree daze. We

were all at one, united by the love of




Trendy DJ group Økuna took to the

Kanbar stage with rhythmic and

melodic house music. Bouncing and

swaying to their set, you’re lulled by

their warm tones. Their music is

described as a journey between dream

and reality, with the fine balance of

choppy beats and mesmerising sounds.


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Acoustic Truth

When I heard Acoustic Truth’s recent song ‘You Make Me Great’, I was once

again moved by their warm, harmonized voices. They fit together like a hand

and glove.

When Ryan and Sarah Lendy met at Chicago summer camp for children with

special needs, neither knew how significant they would become to each other

and how they would influence the lives of so many others through their music.

In 2011 these best friends wrote their first song together. After several years

and several life changes, their songwriting is stronger than ever. No longer

solely best friends, they are now husband and wife, and mother and father to

son Jeremiah.

The pair have always hoped their music would provide hope and inspiration to

others. Prior to the birth of their son the couple had been touring, playing for

audiences throughout the United States. Once Jeremiah was born, they took

some time to focus on their songwriting. They began playing more in their

church and moving towards outreach for Christ.

Initially their music while inspirational was mostly secular and they were not

sure how their established fans would take their transition into the realm of

contemporary Christian music. Thankfully though, their fans have been very

supportive and, through the transition, they have gained a tremendous

number of new fans. It seems people are finding their music, which focuses on

personal stories and daily struggles, to be a relatable and welcomed influence.

This choice has been a blessing to this talented team. It has opened the doors

to many new opportunities which are currently in the works. They have also

had the opportunity to team up with the Christian network, Gods 411. This

pairing has been a tremendous help in spreading their music with their latest

video reaching five million people in a matter of 28 days. They never imagined

that was possible. However, they continue to remain humble and stress that

for them it is about the music and about the people.

The future is looking positive for this uplifting couple with current talks in the

works surrounding their music and their songwriting. Hopefully, we will see

some big announcements from them soon.



The Sassy Yank


2018 not only came in with a bang, but

it appears to be going out with a bang

as we see the original Artful Dodger

duo continue to make a comeback as

Original Dodger. Legendary producers

Pete Devereux and Mark Hill have been

back in the studio and have released

the 'Momentum' album.

Let’s begin with a little trip down

memory lane. Artful Dodger are wellknown

to be amidst the huge buzz of

UK Garage in the 90’s and early 00’s.

They quickly rose to fame with hits

including ‘Movin’ Too Fast’ ft Romina

Johnson, ‘Re-Rewind’ ft Craig David

and ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On’ ft Lifford.

This movement eventually came to a

end with many stating that the genre

died, but this is simply not true.

Producers never stopped making great

UKG, it just went back to the

underground scene. A lot changed for

the duo too in that phase and they

ended up selling the usage of the

“Artful Dodger” name. Fast-forward to

the present day, we see that name on

events and many still assume that they

are the former stars. However, that

identity is now formed of new

members and a whole new concept.

Neither one of the original producers

have sat idle over the years. They both

have continued their musical

endeavors. Mark Hill continued

producing under the name Artful with

tracks including ‘Could Just Be The

Baseline’ ft Kal Lavelle and ‘Architect’

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ft Cairo. He also launched 60hz, an

underground, artist-controlled record

label for garage, dance and RnB souls

of the future. Pete Devereux continued

producing house and garage music

under the name DEVolution together

with Tom Devos. Their most notable

track is ‘Good Love’ ft Amy Pearson,

which has become a timeless dance


August 2016, this is the first glimpse

we had of a reunion for the pair. That

selfie. The two with finger’s to their

lips in sign of a hushed secret, a teasing

hashtag of #mumstheword and the

mention of talking about “some stuff”.

I think it’s fair to say that the majority

of UK Garage fans went crazy! The

rebranding was unveiled and we were

introduced to Original Dodger. May

2017 saw the release of their first

single ‘Millionaire’ ft Daecolm X P

Money X DaVinChe which was a fresh

and lively number. ’Find Space’ ft

Shakka came next in December of the

same year, with emotive vocals and an

appealing track. This start not only

showed off their skills once more, but

also made the statement that no matter

how long it’s been and what has

passed, these two are still legends.

Released in September 2018, the

Momentum EP is a fun and lively set of

tracks. ‘Give You Up’ ft Ida has a nononsense

attitude and a sexy edge to

the bass. The Vybz Riddim Mix takes

down the pace and adds colourful

beats. The second instalment is

‘Bubblin’’ ft Daniel Bedingfield which

has a gorgeous bouncy rhythm and fire

in those vocals. The DVRX VIP Mix

twists this with a choppy house style.

We are loving the new EP and are

looking forward to many more releases

from this talented duo. We’re also

thrilled to have the lads chat with us as

they embark on this new journey...

Tell us about yourselves and how you

started out in the music industry

Mark: I’ve been interested in music as

long as I remember, both my

grandfathers were very musical and I

loved messing about with instruments

and singing when I was young. While at

school i decided to change from

pursuing a career in architecture to

study music properly, and then set up a

studio in Southampton while at uni. It

was at that studio I met Pete and Craig


Pete: I have played the piano since the

age of 4 and began DJing in

Southampton soon after I finished

college in the mid 90’s, at which point I

picked up the Yellow Pages and called

Mark’s studio to book some time in,

which was the beginning of the original

Artful Dodger project. I took some time

out after the shenanigans of AD and

began working on a project called The

Midnight Circus for a few years before

forming DEVolution, which was all a lot

of fun.

The Momemtum EP., what were the

ideas behind it?

If we’re honest the title was a little ironic

and born out of frustration of the sheer

time it was taking to get tracks released.

We also wanted to make a commitment

to ourselves and fans that


the intention moving forward is to

create much more momentum with

music coming out and shows, as we have

been doing lately.

Do you find your fan base to be more

spread across the globe now than

before? If so, do you believe that is due

to the accessibility of social media?

It certainly is more widespread, as are

most things these days, which is such a

refreshing feeling as we always felt

back in 2000 that we weren’t getting

the chance to push the tracks overseas

as much as we would have liked. Social

media is at times a blessing and a curse,

but it is brilliant that you can connect

music with people all around the globe


Let’s rewind, how do you feel now

looking back on your past stardom?

Well looking back we could say that we

made a lot of bad moves but, I think we’d

both say that, ultimately some of the

bad moves lead to good things so it’s

hard to say that we would have changed

anything. We survived it most

importantly and still love doing what

we do and there were so many

incredible moments like playing to

enormous crowds in Glastonbury,

performing on the now defunct Top of

the Pops was pretty cool, not to mention

Jools Holland. The only regret would be

not getting a Blue Peter badge!

chatted and suggested we meet for a

coffee to think of a solution. After

posting a selfie on socials, the positive

response was overwhelming and it

seemed a natural point to get back in

the studio

What are your aims ?

Just to enjoy it, work with good people,

carry on a legacy that we’re proud of and

get back out in front of people to see

their reaction to the music

Advice for those in the music industry?

Stick at it and never stop learning and

honing your craft. It’s so easy to make

music these days that sounds finished,

but there are few people that will

consistently produce timeless music,

you need to put the hours in and enjoy it.

Which artists are you really into right


Mark: I’m really enjoying Kastle, Mind of

a Dragon, James TW on an acoustic tip

& Tom Misch.

Pete: I love 21 Pilots and every time

Mantra by Bring Me The Horizon comes

on in the car I nearly blow the speakers!

Great to see Purple Disco Machine

crossing over to a bigger audience too.



The reunion, simply how did it occur?


We were both making dance music

again and frustrated with the confusion

over the name, our management

The Sassy Yank & Ruby

Aussi libre que moi

Greetings from the island hoping you are all well!

My share is about Calogero, a French artist I first listened to

back in early 2000's.

I love his style, music and lyrics. A Frenchie Rock with much drive

and groove. What I love the most is that Calogero is a bass player

and his bass lines are awesome, punchy and catchy. His song

"Aussi Libre Que Moi" was sounding some weeks ago. The lyrics

were enticing; do not resist, come and embrace a new relationship;


Back at the start of June, days were quite hard especially from a

career perspective, and #tbh was not in a mood to talk about it

or even talk to people. Well, the physical stress was here; being on

the job reveals to be more complicated as the feeling of ownership

(from the top) was nowhere to be found. I needed direction and


Guess what, I'm about to jump from an unknown height to reach

out my goal of being my own boss! The major shift was that I

needed to free myself from old beliefs, standards or preconceptions

of life and embrace a new way of thinking. Reaching out for my

essential needs, and most of all be happy. Things are shaping up

as I am closing my last day as an employee.

I'm sharing with hope that it could be a positive boost for others,

knowing that people are changing, willing to take risks and most of

all believing in their own capacity and dreams.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Take care at your end. Be showered by light and be blessed.



Sunset beach party Royauté by PURE,

was held on 2 November at the beautiful

location of The St. Regis Mauritius

Resort, Le Morne. The luxury rendezvous

theme allowed guests to unwind,

indulge in fine tastes and be compelled

by the music.

Matsonic kicked off the event with

warm grooves and a chilled

atmosphere. There were hints of soulful

and funky elements in his set to wet our

appetites. From a young age Matsonic

has been immersed in music with

influences of rock, jazz and classical

being fused into his electronic music


Tess was next onto the decks. She

heated things up with a combination of

flavourful sounds, upbeat tempos and a

touch of the dark side. She really stood

out, imparting her own excitement and

joyful energy to the crowd. With a love

for music through every moment in life,

the underground scene gives Tess chills

and she aims to inspire women to follow

their dreams.

Guy Mantzur completed the trio. When

he stepped onto that stage, the crowd

went wild! This fire did not burn out as

he brought the party to a climax like an

unstoppable adrenaline shot. His set

was comprised of lively rhythmic

pulses, hard-hitting power and sinful

waves of deep intensity. With a unique

blend of hypnotic melodies and

seductive grooves, He made us feel the

music, feel its soul and get lost in it.

“Everything was perfect: people

were happy, the weather was

perfect, music was great and the

energy was fantastic."

- Javed Vayid, Event Organiser

Royautê was simply electric. From an

initial state of beauty and pleasures, the

frame of mind transitioned to a spark of

excitement. The sense of serenity

remained and you just let loose in that

moment. The cherry on top was seeing

Javed, the event organiser, dancing on

stage madly with a huge grin on his face!

That’s what life is about - putting your

all into something you love, and

enjoying it.

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Four years ago, legendary DJ/producer Grant Nelson

launched a new radio station. Little did he know that it

would not only be a radio station but would also

become a family of it’s own!

It's the 1st of September. 4 years ago today I launched something a little bit

different, never expecting it to become what it has today. The concept was to

provide a platform and space for the music I loved without having to resort to

any form of advertising, sponsors, click bait, customer tracking / analytics or

any other kind of stuff that I felt (at the time, and even more so now) was

ruining the once free and open internet.

I spent months going through mixtapes, literally listened to thousands of

them from DJs all over the world, searching for what I considered to be some

of the best undiscovered (in some cases) talent out there. We dropped our first

beats at 00:00 on the 1st September 2014 and have been non-stop ever since.

Over a hundred DJs from every corner of the planet and 4 years later and I

couldn't be any prouder of the D3EP family. Not just for their skills and music

selection and not just for their endless dedication to deliver the best of the

best to our ear holes week in, week out, but also for the incredible world-wide

community that they have created through their raw passion for the music.

I honestly can't thank everybody involved enough, whether behind the scenes

or front of house and, of course, to all of you that tune in as it's your ears that

make this all worthwhile.

Lastly, watch out for some brilliant new additions to our DJ family over the

coming weeks and thank you once again for keeping it D3EP!

- Grant Nelson




Always a reason to dance

There is nothing wrong with dancing or going out to party. I refuse to

accept it when I hear people tell “Oh I’m too old for all that now. I don’t

go out dancing. I don’t rave anymore.” I’m of the conception that age has

no bearing on if you should go out and shake a leg. Whether you have

smooth dance moves like MJ or have 2 left feet like the old fella down

the boozer smashed from too many lagers and a couple of jaeger bombs,

you should always feel free to dance. We’re all accustomed to that age

old saying “Dance like nobody’s watching” and there is many a reason to

take note of those words, little more important than that dancing is good

for the mind, body & soul.

Picture this, it’s 7am on a cold Monday morning and you’re starting your

daily journey. It might even be raining a little, but yet there is a random

commuter avidly smiling whilst head bopping, foot tapping or even

outright dancing whilst somewhat oblivious to the reactions of anybody

else. Involved in their own private silent disco. Your first thought, most

likely would be to think they were perhaps a touch crazy, but the chances

are, it’s the signs of happiness that you are witnessing. An individual

absorbed in a vibe that they feel right through their body. There has been

extensive research into the connection between music, dance and health,

all of which conclude with the answer that music and dancing is good for


“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those

who could not hear the music.” - Friedrich Nietzsche.

The correlation between music and mental health is something that

cannot be doubted. For many a generation it has long been noted that

the sound of music has a bearing on ones mental well-being and German

philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was one of many who picked up on this.

The great philosopher wrote numerous books on music and the mind but

one of his aphorisms that always stands out is one written in 1889. “What

trifles constitute happiness! The sound of a bagpipe. Without music life

would be a mistake.” On a personal note I find this is a statement to be

wholly true, as I view music as being life. We all live our lives in our very

own way, tailor-made to a manner which suits us best but in the end we

are all chasing the same target. HAPPINESS.

Happiness is like the wall bracket that keeps your plasma TV attached to

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the wall, stable and secure stopping you from falling. If that bracket

somehow manages to defect, it can leave things hanging in the balance,

just like happiness. So it comes as no surprise to hear that many of us see

the dancefloor as a sanctuary, a safe place or even an escape from the

real world. The dancefloor is a place where music rules and good vibes

are usually amplified. It’s a scientific fact that music releases dopamine

into the brain giving us that feeling of euphoria that we can get from

music, and dopamine is directly linked to happiness. Such things as

depression, apathy and chronic fatigue can all be linked to dopamine

deficiency - therefore making music essential to life. Music is therapeutic

and it can also have the power to amplify your mood. Whether your

mood be one of pure elation or a mood of a more downbeat nature, the

sound of notes can have a part to play in how that mood manifests and

undeniably your mood can affect your state of mind.

“Where words fail, music speaks.” - Hans Christian Andersen

Music therapy has long been a part of Western medicine since the 1950’s

and there have been numerous studies into the correlation between

music & health. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal found in

a study that listening to music that you enjoy can increase dopamine

levels by 9% in individuals. Mental health is an issue that affects us all in

some way as we are all prone to having highs & lows within life. It’s just

natural but I’d always advise that a person seek help if they ever feel like

they need it. As they say, prevention is always better than cure, so it’s

important to not hang up your dancing shoes.

You’ll find that when dancing, an ample flow of mood-improving

chemicals are released helping to elevate our mental state; even one

lively dance session has been proven to reduce depression in

comparison to vigorous exercise or listening to music, according to

research conducted by The Arts in Psychotherapy. In the UK we may be

finding it harder to find cool places to go dancing, especially for

underground music lovers but there is always a place to dance. So for the

sake of a positive mental health I encourage you all to grab your glad

rags, dig out them dancing shoes and go dance the night away.



An Introduction To Mac Miller

After the passing from apparent drug overdose at his studio city home In

California in September of Pittsburgh born and raised rapper, artist and

producer Mac Miller, it seems fitting to say a few words about him. As a

relatively late starter to Mac Miller, I’ll admit I only became aware of Mac's

work after the release of the excellent laid-back groovy track ‘Dang’ featuring

Anderson.Paak. I soon realised this young 20-something year old white rapper

had a lot more about him than just rapping. Producing under the name Larry

Fisherman amongst other pseudonyms, real name Malcolm McCormick could

play bass, lead guitar and drums. He was an excellent keyboardist, produced

his own beats and sang, all by his early twenties.

In 2010, he signed a record deal with Pittsburgh-based indie record label

Rostrum Records and released his debut album ‘Blue Slide Park’ which was

released on November 8, 2011. In July 2011 the title was announced, having

been named after a section of Frick Park (which is known as Blue Slide Park) in

Pittsburgh. The park section is at the corner of Beechwood Blvd and Nicholson

Street which is just two blocks from Taylor Allderdice High School where Miller

attended, and was his childhood hang out.

Many people in Europe only really knew Mac Miller from dating Ariana Grande

but had he not passed on 6th September 2018, with his ever constantly

evolving music style, Mac Miller could do it all. And, I’m sure he would have

undoubtedly gone on to be a massive worldwide artist having already

achieved house-hold name status in the USA. But, unfortunately it seems Mac

Miller finally lost his battle with drugs, depression and demons which he

talked openly about in many interviews. Even with all his problems, it did not

stop Mac releasing five studio albums before his untimely death at the age of

just 26. He has since received countless tributes from other artists in his field

including Travis Scott, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Maroon

5, Elton John and many more.

I’ve personally been producing and realising many records since 1991 and I’m

astonished how much Mac Miller learned and contributed to the music world

by his mid 20’s. A true talent and engaging character that will be sorely


Who says a white guy can't have soul?

RIP Malcolm Mccormick, 19 January 1992 - 7 September 2018



Every music piece needs a

rest... Sometimes we get so

into life and we keep playing

our song, we forget to give

ourselves a little space and

perspective to breath in.



Guy Mantzur has risen through Tel

Aviv’s underground movement and is

now a worldwide sensation. I was able

to chat to him about the event and his


Tell us about yourself and how you

started in music.

It all started way back when I was 6 years

old, I discovered my love for music and

started playing piano for five years, then


At the age of 17 I started producing and

got more and more into electronic

music, it started from chill out and

developed into what I'm doing today.

You rocked Mauritius, what did you

think about the event?

I really loved the show in Mauritius. The

place was magic for my music and the

event was well-produced, but the big

thanks goes to the amazing crowd who

came and danced non-stop. Definitely

one of my favorite spots from now on.

You have releases on Lost & Found,

New State Music, Kompakt and

more... What inspires you when

producing music?

place, watching the sea, clear mind

always helps me to set up my

thoughts and get focused regarding


You co-own PlattenBank Records,

what are the aims of the label?

Plattenbank is my label in the last 12

years, it became our life project. We

are planning every move with the

label and always trying to move

forward with our sound and music.

One of our goals is to give a platform

for artists, just by their music and not

by their success or profile. For us

music comes first and it always feels

good to discover new pearls.

What advice do you have for aspiring

DJs & producers?

Avoid following trends, they all have

a short life time and they will end at

some point . Be loyal to your true love

and music style, and always keep

what you are doing exciting.



I can be inspired by many things, it

can be a movie I saw, new or old songs

i hear, people I meet or DJ sets I

discover... I found lately that one of

the most inspiring things for me is

just take to some time off in a magic

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