Deep music doesn’t always have to be complicated. ‘One Hill’ by Glenn Astro & Rasho T is a fine example of how childlike simplicity can be a very effective way of producing a massive house record.

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Artist: Glenn Astro & Rasho T
Title: One Hill
Label: Space Hardware
Catalog#: JIM004
Releasedate: 2014-08-18

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Deep music doesn’t always have to be complicated. ‘One Hill’ by Glenn Astro & Rasho T is a fine example of how childlike simplicity can be a very effective way of producing a massive house record.

To us, there’s essentially two parts to this track. There’s part 1: where very simple, yet jazzy drums accompany staccato melodic stabs that are just a little bit out of tune. A little bit like a nest of young ducklings. The second part, starting around the 2 minute mark mainly consists of one, longer elegant progression of chords, like a larger adult bird sweeping across a blank sky. The interplay between these two simple parts leads to a very cheerful, deep and somewhat complex record, production wise.

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A message pops up on the screen of one of our guys; yes we text in the office. It was his mom: “Did you ever send me this song? I found it in an old folder on my computer and I love it!”. Via this way, this song by Leeon, released on Seventh Sign Recordings, has found its way on our channel.

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Artist: Leeon
Title: Birth Of A Season
Label: Seventh Sign Recordings
Catalog#: 7SR023
Releasedate: 29-10-2012

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A message pops up on the screen of one of our guys; yes we text in the office. It was his mom: “Did you ever send me this song? I found it in an old folder on my computer and I love it!”. Via this way, this song by Leeon, released on Seventh Sign Recordings, has found its way on our channel.

Everybody speaks music, that’s one of the magical properties it has. People can identify with each other just by listening to a song, and it always brings a smile to our faces when we see an unexpected guest at one of our parties. Like the old bearded man who could be your grandpa, who dances for the whole night like an 18-year old on the same spot, crossed through generations and evolving scenes, and who is also experiencing the night in the same way that we are. Music works in mysterious ways, and this is one of the reasons why we love to share our music with you. It connects people, binds them with indescribable and sometimes unexplainable force, and transcends far beyond the written word.

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Our American adventure has come to an end and all parties are home and back at the office again. Time to get back to our regular Dutch life we guess. Luckily we can still visit Boston once in a while, sitting at our desk chair, if we hit play on this recording. Our dear residents Florinsz Janvier & Cursed P set the mood for a great night.

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Artist: Florinsz Janvier & Cursed P

Based: Amsterdam (NL)

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Our American adventure has come to an end and all parties are home and back at the office again. Time to get back to our regular Dutch life we guess. Luckily we can still visit Boston once in a while, sitting at our desk chair, if we hit play on this recording. Our dear residents Florinsz Janvier & Cursed P set the mood for a great night. Cursed P on the quote:

“The Together Boston team has welcomed us with open arms and throughout the week they took us by surprise with their great hospitality. It was an amazing time and they are an amazing team to work with! Florinsz and me were on opening-duties, but already at 8:30pm people were filling up the Middlesex Lounge quite well. I think our set captured that moment perfectly: setting a nice vibe to come in, have a chat with everyone involved and making your first moves towards the dancefloor. No doubt a perfect first timer for us in the U.S.!”

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Sound scaping is hard. It is a craft many artists, both acoustic and electronic, attempt to master. Most of them succeed in a good way, and manage to transcend their feelings and thoughts through sound waves in a very eloquent way, and are able to release their emotions in what they make. And where it is hard to send your message via a non verbal way, it is even harder to figure out how other people will interpret it.

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Artist: Tipper
Title: No Dice
Label: Tippermusic
Catalog#: TIPP00DL9
Releasedate: 01-05-2003

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Casey Fyfe: WEB

Sound scaping is hard. It is a craft many artists, both acoustic and electronic, attempt to master. Most of them succeed in a good way, and manage to transcend their feelings and thoughts through sound waves in a very eloquent way, and are able to release their emotions in what they make. And where it is hard to send your message via a non verbal way, it is even harder to figure out how other people will interpret it.

That is the beauty of music: the result remains at artist discretion, but the interpretation will always lie in the hands of the receiver. This distortion is what creates discussion and opens new fields of interest, and that lies at the heart of what we do at SEKOIA. So linger on, and get captivated by this beautifully crafted work of art by Dave Tipper​

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We’re counting down the days until we can see Dauwd perform again, and this track definitely is one of the reasons why. Ever since Ikopol became a big underground hit, he has slowly but certainly risen to fame with excellent followup EP’s on Kompakt and Ghostly. The latter of which is the one releasing this beast of a remix now too, his remix for Beacon’s wonderful track Fault Lines.

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Artist: Beacon
Title: Fault Lines (Dauwd Remix)
Label: Ghostly International
Catalog#: GI237
Releasedate: 2015-01-13

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We’re counting down the days until we can see Dauwd perform again, and this track definitely is one of the reasons why. Ever since Ikopol became a big underground hit, he has slowly but certainly risen to fame with excellent followup EP’s on Kompakt and Ghostly. The latter of which is the one releasing this beast of a remix now too, his remix for Beacon’s wonderful track Fault Lines.
Free tip: first go listen to the original. It is very different from the music we as SEKOIA put out, but it is a good ride. Plus, if you are into music production and that sort of things, you learn to appreciate this remix so much more. All the elements, from the vocalwork to the bass stabs and small percussional hits, are so well rearranged in order to get that Dauwd feeling. That lovely floating sensation without getting too dreamy as he always does so well. A fantastic addition to the original!

If you are as eager to see Dauwd as we are, go check him out at Buiten Westen Festival on the 18th of July, Westerpark, Amsterdam.

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Among other things, Holland is infamous for its weather. You wouldn’t call our little country a sun-bathed paradise, and during a typical mid summer week you can have rain on Monday, hail on Tuesday, sun from Wednesday through Thursday and get stuck in a blizzard storm throughout the weekend. Despite this agony, we’ve learned to live with this over the years and developed rather efficient techniques to harvest the maximum out of those beloved sun beams.

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SEKOIA In Het Zand
07-06-2015
Strand oog in al
Utrecht (NL)
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Among other things, Holland is infamous for its weather. You wouldn’t call our little country a sun-bathed paradise, and during a typical mid summer week you can have rain on Monday, hail on Tuesday, sun from Wednesday through Thursday and get stuck in a blizzard storm throughout the weekend. Despite this agony, we’ve learned to live with this over the years and developed rather efficient techniques to harvest the maximum out of those beloved sun beams.

On the 7th of June, SEKOIA is bringing the Family together at Soia – Strand Oog In Al, to portray our love for electronic music and celebrate the presence of good weather, good people and good music together with you. Our SEKOIA Family exists of dear friends and companions, and will be represented by Cursed P, Florinsz Janvier, Dennis Williams and newcomer to the family, Max Ferdinand. Soia has come up with the perfect solution to our weather problem. The weather forecast will be the determining factor for the party to continue. So we are going to have sunny weather no matter what, and we’re looking forward welcoming you the 7th!

Line up:
✦ Florinsz Janvier
✦ Max Ferdinand
✦ Dennis Williams
✦ Cursed P

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Modesty can be a virtue, where the qualities displayed can be much more explored and appreciated. Less doesn’t necessarily mean more, which is a common mistake, but taking time for things and appreciate them before you move on certainly adds surplus. Quentin has incorporated this trick of the trade in his productions, and manages to keep us focused on a low fi beat with little more then some side percussions and a Fender Rhodes. 

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Artist: Quentin
Title: You Can Do It
Label: Hivern Discs
Catalog#: 7HVN04
Releasedate: 08-11-2014

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Modesty can be a virtue, where the qualities displayed can be much more explored and appreciated. Less doesn’t necessarily mean more, which is a common mistake, but taking time for things and appreciate them before you move on certainly adds surplus. Quentin has incorporated this trick of the trade in his productions, and manages to keep us focused on a low fi beat with little more then some side percussions and a Fender Rhodes. 

Most often it is the secrecy that instigates interest, where one can still fill in the blanks and wonder about. It is like leading someone to an answer with a perfect reasoning, but then leaving him right at the front of the door to the answer. Humans remain a species that have an internal drive for discovery, and self made findings tend to have a longer lasting impact. So then why would you spill everything out, when it is so much nicer to leave a little bit of mystery left to discover. 

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We sat down with the two guys behind Weval, who have been releasing their music in a smooth tempo over the last two years. Their sound can be best described as slow and electronic, incorporating a lot of drama, live percussion and vocals.

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We sat down with the two guys behind Weval, who have been releasing their music in a smooth tempo over the last two years. Their sound can be best described as slow and electronic, incorporating a lot of drama, live percussion and vocals.

They found each other through their mutual education in Utrecht, where they both studied film and art sciences. When the two were sitting down to create a video clip, they showed each other their own music, and from that point it was a go. After putting their music up on Soundcloud they got a call from Atomnation, who were interested in releasing their first EP: Half Age. “We had some expectations from the EP, for all that mattered: we liked it very much. But we didn’t expect it to work so well that we could build a performance around it and actually perform it in front of people. The first year it has been very continual with the EP, and we’re happy with that. Right now we’re getting more and better bookings, and our minds are focused on music for 80% to a 100%. We don’t know it this is our end station, but the main goal is to keep developing. We both finished our studies as well and are still spending time on that. Sometimes you can be so trapped in a little cubical (quite literally) when focusing on music, and film is a great escape to that. We recently wen to Marokko to shot a short film with two friends, and it is a good thing that we can still do that.”

MAKING MUSIC
Weval’s music is quite hard to pigeon hole, because the intensity of the tracks suggest a tempo that is much higher then most of their tracks. Tempo’s around 80 to 100 BPM are no exception, with scattered outliers to 120 BPM. “Yeah, and it is hard to be programmed between DJ’s who can maintain a certain atmosphere and vibe more easily, even when people aren’t fully paying attention. Our songs are maybe more intens in a short way, and we like to divert our current live set into two different sets in the future. One would be to express ourselves better in a club scene, with a live set that is focused more on a large jam and hypnotizing the crowd, with less songs but a more overarching feel to it. In the other live set we like to take an approach that connects more with a band philosophy. For the last live set you would also need more of a popsetting, and we’re still figuring the two out. We like both sides of the different live sets very much, as the concert setup would be more in a ‘now or never’ fashion, and the jam setup would evoke a more timeless experience.”


MUSIC AND FILM
Having a background in film and arts, you could say that the step to music wasn’t really what Harm and Merijn were searching in their study years. But nevertheless, here we are, and Weval is doing really good at the moment. More and more festivals, club events and artist are seeking for a total experience in terms of satisfying the senses, so the combination of music and film seems to be a logical step. “Making music usually begins with an idea from one of us. We then play around with it, use it as a starting point, and see where it takes us. Whatever is left of that idea is irrelevant, as long as the process keeps us triggered. We use a lot of building blocks in terms of producing. Synths, live instruments and vocals, and a lot of tracks exist of different moments. We can hear those moments when we listen to finished tracks, but in the end it doesn’t matter, as long as those moments add up to something special. In terms of adding visuals to our set we’d only do it if we ourselves would like to see it. We’ve seen a lot of shows that had great visuals, but if we looked around, we’d see everyone staring at the screens, and that is not something we want. In terms of making video clips we’d really like the idea to add our film knowledge to our music, and maybe it can also work in a show where the main focus is not on dancing, but that remains an idea for the future. Music can enhance image, but the question is when image starts to enhance the music.”

KOMPAKT AND THE FUTURE
Being signed to Kompakt, they received a certain assurance about your music, and it creates a lot of opportunities by being able to tap into the vast network and relations of the label. Weval is planning a small EP on Kompakt for this September, and they want to focus on their album afterwards, and besides that they’re doing more and more trips abroad. “Our music has developed along with us in a really consistent way, for which we are very grateful. We’ve been really spoiled, if you could say that. We rolled into it the right way, met the right people, and it helps that its two of us doing it. It feels really natural, because we have each other to talk to and experience everything with. Everything is moving much faster then we anticipated, but at the same time it evolves quite gradually. We’re not a one hit wonder, and we grow with what we do. We get that same reaction from the people we work with and from the people that hear us, so that gives us confidence. We feel no pressure, and notice that we have a lot more room to grow, which is the best starting point in our point of view.”

Weval is playing at Buiten Westen festival on the 18th of July fortifying a stage with names as Guy Gerber
Culoe de Song, Dauwd and Some Chemistry. We’re looking forward to seeing them there very much, and you should come and join us as well.

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Loveland is an established Dutch music organisation which has been hosting quality events focussing on techno music and spreading an international sound combined with Dutch locals. Starting out with a small party at our beloved Kingsday, which was still called Queensday back in the days, they have been setting up their musical philosophy since 1995, and are taking the next step in spreading their musical ideas by starting a record label: Loveland Recordings. On their first release are artists that have been playing at Loveland events for quite some time, and have ment something to them in the past and in the future. Vince Watson is one of those artists, and he has created a firm but soothing melodic song.

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Artist: Vince Watson
Title: 20 Years in the Land of Love
Label: Loveland Recordings
Catalog#: LLR101
Releasedate: 18-05-2015

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Loveland is an established Dutch music organisation which has been hosting quality events focussing on techno music and spreading an international sound combined with Dutch locals. Starting out with a small party at our beloved Kingsday, which was still called Queensday back in the days, they have been setting up their musical philosophy since 1995, and are taking the next step in spreading their musical ideas by starting a record label: Loveland Recordings. On their first release are artists that have been playing at Loveland events for quite some time, and have ment something to them in the past and in the future. Vince Watson is one of those artists, and he has created a firm but soothing melodic song.

The funny thing about big melodies that roar, open their bowls and can be quite fiesty, is that they also have a warm and soft side. Vince Watson plays with the frequencies of his arpeggiator very delicately and to prevent the whole song from becoming a big room trance anthem he adds a subtle house orientated bass line and percussions you wouldn’t find in his field of expertise so quickly. Adding another, lighter, bass line, the song adds in drama a lot and works towards a small but efficient break where the subtlety and efficiency of all the elements blend together. The song peaks without losing a trace of tempo and drive, and keeps the whole steady before fading away into oblivion.

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Hey Boston, we’re here! If you’re around, drop by tonight at this awesome venue (which has already been off the charts for three nights in a row!) We’ll start at 8pm and are ready to show you how the Dutchies roll!

Martyn, Tom Trago, Florinsz Janvier and Cursed P in the booth. Heleen Blanken and Jeisson Drenth Graphic Design on visuals. See you tonight!

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Together X SEKOIA
13-05-2015
Middlesex Lounge (Boston)
United States

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Hey Boston, we’re here! If you’re around, drop by tonight at this awesome venue (which has already been off the charts for three nights in a row!) We’ll start at 8pm and are ready to show you how the Dutchies roll!

Martyn, Tom Trago, Florinsz Janvier and Cursed P in the booth. Heleen Blanken and Jeisson Drenth Graphic Design on visuals. See you tonight!

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