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The Taste Of Printworks 🗓

Sunday 29 January

We’ve all been there. A monumental day of dancing to high quality DJ’s, packed tents with raucous crowds and lots of walking around aimlessly leads to a sizeable appetite… Only to find a burger van that’s seen better days and food coming out of it. Not on our watch.

Seth Troxler, the underground’s much loved character, is the man behind some seriously good food. After opening as pop-up establishment five years ago, Smokey Tails found it’s new home in East London’s Hoxton Square Bar last year taking inspiration from the American’s Michigan hometown upbringing. Marinated kale salad, BBQ Pulled Pork in a top secret sauce and Smoked Halloumi Bun; just some of the mouth-watering orders from three generations of mid-west expertise packed into every bite.

Now out of pop-up stools, where products and ideas were undoubtedly limited, the new restaurant home of Smokey Tails opens up the recipe books delivering the 120 year family story behind the DJ and producer. It unquestionably ties the knot between music and food.

The famous Hickory BBQ Ribs are worked with a cinnamon-heavy rub consisting of brown sugar. These ingredients help to develop the caramelising process but not before the ribs are cooked in smokers that bring out their authentic, sweet tasting flavour. Along with Seth’s Grandma’s crispy fried chicken recipe, Seth’s own mother, Heather, has visited the capital a couple of times to share her wisdom and give the Shoreditch restaurant the Southern US’ blessing. Smokey Tails continues to feature at the heartbeat of private events and functions, also providing  party-goers at UK festivals such as Glastonbury and Wildnerness, along with Holland’s ADE programme to name a few, an unrivalled experience in food.

Also staking a claim to Printworks London is The Cheese Truck; a sensational experience in delivering and celebrating all that is glorious about British cheese. From humble beginnings starting out as a market stall on London’s famed Maltby Street Market, The Cheese Truck has sold over 25 tonnes of cheese… That’s a lot of grilled sandwiches.

To bring out the true character of British, the divine taste is sourced directly from UK based farms innovatively making cheese in a traditional and thoughtful way. These simple cooking methods allow the superior quality of the produce to speak for itself.

Whatever the occasion may be, these cheese connoisseurs have implemented their expertise. They’ve traded from the rolling hills of Glastonbury to high profile fashion events for the late Alexander McQueen, even teaching the Middle-East in Abu Dhabi and Dubai their ways of trade with the notion to informally educate and share how good the essence of British cheese really is.

So just when you thought good music and food wasn’t much of a match made in heaven, be sure to try for yourself over the next action packed 12 week schedule. First up will be Smokey Tails and The Cheese Truck, but the options will change, as will the music.

Kim Ann Foxman: Tracks That Remind Me Of London 🗓

Thursday 26 January

Kim Ann Foxman has gotten 2017 off to a flyer. The Hawaiian born DJ and producer resides in New York these days newly becoming a resident in one of the cities hottest spots, The Good Rooms. Kim’s raised the heat on her two year old label, Firehouse Recordings, with the new ‘Energy’ EP released this month a fitting throwback to her affectionate memories of the late 80s/90’s rave scene.

While the New York-based producer may be taking her homeland by storm, she hasn’t quite forgotten about her cherished partying days in London just yet. Here Kim’s picked out some golden oldies reminding her of the good old days in the capital, with a few thoughts about the memories and emotions each track brings.

LFO – Leeds Warehouse Mix

“That bassline makes it one of my rave tunes of all times. It’s got the perfect ingredients, so simple and so effective. It really is the ultimate warehouse jam.”

 

A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray

“This one never gets old and will remain a staple in everyone’s dance music collection. The TB-303 is used in a very loving way.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emDEFtJIjy0

 

Xpansions – Move Your Body Higher (elevation)

“This hit anthem has such a strong effect on people. It makes people explode with happiness and throw their hands in the air.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaJ6dUot9fg

 

Coco Steel & Love Bomb – Feel it

“This record is one of my favourite house records of all time. I love that bassline, and the samples are magic. It’s a jam that makes the dance floor feel sexy.”

 

In less than a month’s time, British star Maya Jane Cole will be inviting Foxman to Printworks London as one of the leading names of the Maya Jane Coles & Friends night. The multi level 5,000 capacity venue will also be pushing through some serious talents such as UK DJ’s Wax Wings and Alinka.

Preview: Melt Festival Presents 🗓

Thursday 26 January

The creation of Melt! Festival has been one of nomadic beginnings. In 1997, town of Velten claims the birth of the much-loved German festival, starting from humble beginnings with 1,000 festival-goers much derived from Berlin’s techno movement. Two years later, and not before a stint at Larz Airport, Melt! found it’s home in the city of Iron, also known as Ferropolis. In this time the picturesque and imposing setting has unearthed culture and art, bringing together an abundance of history, heritage and life from around the world.

A new level of international festival quality has been set over the past 20 years. A cluster of high calibre names over this time has included Oasis, The Streets, Richie Hawtin (none other than Kylie Minogue) to name a few. Celebrating it’s 20th birthday this year, Melt! is bringing it’s melting pot of talent and experience over to the capital to pioneer a blockbuster of an event at Printworks – London’s new 5,000 capacity, industrial setting. We caught up with Melt!’s artistic Director, Stefan Lehmkuhl, to share some insight on the party celebrations in store this year.

  • Why did you want to get involved with the Printworks London project and what do you think it is about venues like this that makes them so special?

Printworks feels like the perfect match, the venue is very industrial. It will be used for the first time and it’s a day-time party; we have this rather a lot in Berlin and as Melt! Festival is very much linked with the Berlin Techno-Scene. It feels great to bring a similar vibe to London.

  • As a Berlin based Festival, why are now taking your first steps into London? Is this part of a larger plan to do more in the UK?

Melt is a very international festival with an audience from all over the world. London is actually the Top 3 cities of our visitors, and of course London itself has had a musical influence on Melt ever since. So it was time to give something back and finally get involved in similar projects outside of Germany. For the record, more Londoners are very welcome at Melt as we also offer the Melt Festival ticket package including the Printworks party for free.

  • Melt Festival celebrates a fantastic milestone next year as it celebrates it’s impressive 20th anniversary, how has the event evolved over the years? Can we expect a unique Melt experience in London on March 18?

Melt started out as a small stronghold for rave lovers and Berlin Techno enthusiasts and became a major force on the international festival circuit. Even in the early days, Berlin key-players like Ellen Allien, Dixon, Ben Klock, Richie Hawtin and many more got behind the decks. To this day they still have a strong connection to the festival.

In 2004 the program was extended by many more influences beyond electronic music and the infamous Sleepless Floor became the heart of the festival, boasting non-stop directional electronic beats. Apart from the most important artists from electronic music of this time, bands and acts like Phoenix, The Streets or Pet Shop Boys appeared.

In 2008, the festival was extended to three days with Björk taking the stage on Melt!’s very first Sunday festival. In the years to come, Oasis, Atoms For Peace, Portishead, Disclosure, Kylie Minogue and others took over the Sunday slot and made sure the festival would go out with a bang.

Today, Melt! and it’s eight stages make sure you could only hope to see even half of the artists playing at the festival, blurring the lines between genres all together and creating the very unique and infamous Melt! vibe which we will bring to London on March 18!

  • What have been your Top 5 Melt performances of the last two decades?

– Björk headlining the very first Melt Sunday in 2008

– Lana Del Rey at Melt 2012, playing the infamous Matinee’-Slot when she just released her first single.

– The Yo Sissy! Queer stage takeover at Melt 2016

– Ellen Alliens annual Sleeplessfloor Closing set – every year !

– Kings of Convenience in 2010

  • As strong supporters of breakthrough and emerging talent, who are your ones to watch for 2017?

We are very happy to already have artists like Nao or Honne on the bill for Melt 2017. On the other hand there are a lot of upcoming names in electronic music like Aurora Halal, Tijana T, rRoxymore or Julia Govor, who is also playing at our Printworks show. We can not tell just yet, but we have a lot in mind for 2017.

  • The Melt Printworks line-up is one of the biggest of the series, what was the inspiration behind selecting these artists to play for you?

We tried to show a taste of Melt’s past, present and future and our connection to the electronic music scene in Berlin. We have Ellen Allien who has been playing almost 20 years as resident at Melt. The upcoming Techno-Queen Julia Govor or Berlin’s infamous Recondite with his live-set. Exciting times are ahead!
An explosion of talent awaits with techno innovator Chris Liebing stepping up to the plate on March 18. Italian giants Mind Against will feature as well as Recondite set to steam roller al those in front of him for an uncompromised live set, packed with plenty of low end punch and drone sounds.

MARCH 18 FULL LINE UP

Room 1: Melt Festival Presents

Chris Liebing

Ellen Allien

Julia Govor

Kiasmos (DJ Set)

Mind Against

Recondite Live

Room 2: Superstition

Tommy Four Seven

Indigo Kennedy

Tijana T

Pathworks (CSGRV + Jamie Haus)

Tapefeed

Pleiades

Flaminia (Live)

Ossa Di Mare (Live)

Kim Ann Foxman: Energy EP. 🗓

Wednesday 25 January

American DJ Kim Ann Foxman has a delivered uncompromising quality over the years. The Hawaiian born DJ rose to lofty heights as the vocalist for New York’s disco lords Hercules and Love Affair and has since settled down on conquering the cities clubbing scene becoming resident in one of Brooklyn’s finest institutions, The Good Rooms.

With a distinctive flavour in records tracks, Kim pushed her talents forward with the launch of her own label Firehouse Recordings two years ago, in partnership with The Vinyl Factory. Foxman believes the label represents New York’s flavour and talent in abundance, inspired by her love for the cities house and Latino flavoured freestyle beats.

Kicking off 2017 with a bang, set fire to Firehouse Recordings with the charismatic release of her ‘Energy EP’ – four new tracks weighted in Foxman’s vocals, with a mix of her own gifted vocals with a throwback to the nostalgic sounds of the early house and techno scene; symbolic with the ‘U & Me Electricity’ track featuring Foxman’s vocals. Energy and life is increased with ‘E4 Energy’ before ‘UR Magnetic’ sets the tone with some devilishly good hooked vocals. ‘2 The Source’ finishes with a mind-bending twist.

1. A1. UR Magnetic
2. A2. E4 Energy
3. B1. U & Me Electricity
4. B2. 2 The Source

In less than a month’s time, British star Maya Jane Coles will be inviting Foxman to Printworks London as one of the top names of the Maya Jane Coles & Friends night. The multi level 5,000 capacity venue will also be pushing through some serious talents such as UK DJ’s Wax Wings and Alinka.

Void: The Exclusive Sound Of Room Two. 🗓

Friday 20 January

“Printworks in London is an amazing space that instantly captured our hearts. The industrial setting mirrors London’s underground music scene and is perfectly located near the center of the capital. The forthcoming events at Printworks feature some of the biggest names in the industry and we have specified a sound system to match the quality of the artists that will perform at the venue” – Jake Manley, UK sales manager at Void Acoustics.

The innovative team behind Void Acoustics, established in 2002 by founders Rog Mogale and Alex Skan have immersed themselves in the project with a no compromise approach. The team will design and install a custom sound system at Printworks with the aim of delivering as even a coverage as possible. The ability to achieve this feat is one of the hallmarks of a Void Acoustics sound system, which is able to unite everyone in the room and provide the audience with the same experience wherever they are.

One of the loudspeakers that will be installed in Printworks is the Air Motion; Void’s revolutionary three-way bi-amped sculpted loudspeaker array which sets an entirely new standard in audio aesthetics.

“When I designed the Air Motion, I threw away the box. No box, no resonance. I then selected the very best transducers I could find and matched them to horns with minimal coloration. I’m proud that we achieved a product totally without compromise, either sonically or visually,” Rog Mogale – Creative Director at Void Acoustics.

Void Acoustics Stasys 218 low frequency enclosures will be installed to deliver a thunderous and dynamic low end. The double 18″ reflex loaded low frequency enclosure is a phenomenal package with state-of-the-art performance that has well and truly left tradition behind.

Void Acoustics comprehensive range of installation products have become world renowned for their sonic perfection, reliability and revolutionary looks. Prominent installations include many of the largest and most prestigious clubs and venues around the world. Void is proud to be at the cutting edge of aural design, incorporating ground breaking technological advances with visual styling that harmoniously complements the surroundings.