This year’s MEME fest took place last weekend, and from what I gathered being at 3 days of the events, and pix poster online, attendance was greater than last year at the Cube, and the club venues. If you were in Winnipeg, hopefully you made it out to some of the events. It was a great time.
At last year’s MEME fest, one of the highlights for the Manitoba electronic music exhibition, was seeing Noah Pred spin at old market square. ‘Techno in downtown Winnipeg!’ a friend exclaimed. Noah’s deep and funky techno brand was a great introduction to the genre of techno and tech house to any of the people not hip to the genres, who wandered in from the surrounding exchange district.
Noah’s label – THOUGHTLESS MUSIC – has released almost 300 tracks over the past 3 years. To celebrate this accomplishment, label head, DJ and producer Noah Pred, has created a special 73 minute mix called ’ERA ONE’. The mix includes 49 tracks from their catalogue.
Here is a SoundCloud link to the mix. I just finished listening to it, and if you are a fan of the house/techno/tech-house genres, you’ll definitely want to check it out.
This is the second annual event for the one-of-a-kind festival in Manitoba. Like last year, you’ll find a tonne of talent, both local and from abroad. International headliners include THOMAS FEHLMANN (Berlin, The Orb) and DANDY JACK (Geneva) with HITORI TORI(Vancouver) and Winnipeg’s own VENETIAN SNARES and LEBEATO.
Inspired by Montreal’s legendary Mutek festival, MEME’s outdoor performances at Old Market Square are the focus for this year. Every show in this space is free and features all the talent you want to see anyway. Plus, they’ve added a beer garden with local sponsor Half Pints providing my favourite malt beverages (honestly – their beer is soooo tasty!).
The shows at the Zoo, Whiskey Dix and Alive will also highlight more than the usual club fair these venues are known for. As half of THE SHAKE, I’ll be representing the locals on the opening night. LOTEK and I are playing a tag-team set as usual, except we’re patching together two midi controllers for a 6-deck set. We’re in some great company too, playing along side Dan Gilson, Encode, Dubz, Dave Rad, Freaky Alien, Jamal Knight, Just For Kicks, Frankie Wild, and fellow contributor to Manalogue, Owen Reynolds.
This year’s festival embraced the visual aspect of performance with vjs and artists providing additional enjoyments. It’s all led by MRGHOSTY with help from a bunch of others.
Not enough? Well there’s also two half-day workshops on June 24 and 25 on how to make electronic music, with presentations from performing DJs.
Holzkopf originally blew my brain after seeing him play at Henotic (RIP) in Lethbridge, Ab. He was louder than all the boys in Zebra Pulse put together, and was pretty legit about telling me about his craft. After that, we crossed paths again at Typist’s house in Lethbridge, and played a house show together. I remember it clearly because the Dutch lost to the Spanish the following Sunday and I was fairly upset on the drive back to Calgary.
Anyway, Holzkopf drops some serious breakcore. Too loud for ravers, too electro for punks, but still enjoyed by drug addicts and christians alike.
I will be joining Holzkopf on stage at Broken City with Crimson, Lynwirk, Older Godz and Lodestar Supernumerary. For once, I may just be the most accessible artist on the bill. That’s cool with me.
Thursday June 16th 2011
Broken City 613 11 Avenue Southwest
7-10 dollars for cover I’m sure.
More tunes and the track list for that mix after the jump!
Really loving this single from Vancouver’s NINETYNINE. The originals whistle with some electro fuzz but what really gets me going are the broken beats. Deluxe. Have to say, the Nils Jumpen & Don Nola remix wins top marks. Class dismissed.
If you’re in Calgary, then you’ve definitely heard about the pK Sound Crew. For the rest of you, pK is responsible for anything that involves BASS within the bulk of western Canada. Their soundsystems have been the backbone of multiple festivals (including Shambhalla) and their custom made speakers have been installed in multiple clubs.
To show their appreciation for all that is BASS, they are throwing a party of epic proportions alongside Rottun and Contagious.