Josh Wink’s ‘Meditation Will Manifest’ Gets Reissue 22 Years After Original Release

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In 1994 Philadelphia-based DJ/producer/Ovum Recordings overlord Josh Wink released “Meditation Will Manifest” on Belgium’s R&S Records. At the time Wink was coming into his own as a producer but was still a year away from releasing breakthrough tracks “Higher State of Consciousness” and “Don’t Laugh,” which were both unleashed in 1995. Wink’s epic 14-minute classic recently found its way into the crates of record diggers Nina Kraviz and Ricardo Villalobos. A buzz began to build and that’s led R&S to re-release a remastered version of the track on December 16 (digital) and February 2017 (vinyl).

Says Wink of the cut, “With DJs like Nina and Ricardo playing it recently, people have been wondering what it was… It makes me happy that the track still sounds relevant and still does its damage on the dance floor. We got in touch with the guys at R&S and decided to remaster the original and release it, as it has never been released digitally. Luckily I was able to my find the original DAT in the studio and we were able to make this happen.” Aw, don’t you just love a happy ending?

Contest: Win Tickets to Mysteryland USA

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Get excited! The second installment of Mysteryland USA is taking place May 22-25, 2015 at the site of the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival (ask your parents) at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts in Bethel Woods, New York, and we’re giving away two pairs of general admission tickets to two lucky Big Shot readers.

Mysteryland USA’s three-day bill features killer talent including Richie Hawtin, A-Trak, Maceo Plex, Josh Wink, Matthew Dear, Claptone, Bob Moses (live), Alan Fitzpatrick and more (see flyer below for full lineup).

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Robert Dietz Talks Radio Raheem, Eddie Fowlkes & Josh Wink

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Robert Dietz is fearless. As America collectively muddles through another record-cold winter, the German DJ/producer decided to stare down all of the snowpocalypses and snowmageddons that were in the forecast for the month of March and book a U.S. tour. How hardcore is that? With temperatures cold and snow falling daily, thank goodness he’s made the pilgrimage with his warm, techy, and housey vibes in tow.

It’s no wonder Dietz is feeling motivated and ambitious. Known for releasing top-quality tracks on Desolate, Cecile and Cadenza, he just presented the world with his phenomenal Radio Raheem EP on his newly launched Berlin-based imprint, Truth Be Told.

We caught up with the globetrotting jock and asked him about the impetus behind launching TBT — take note: his Radio Raheem debut EP features a stellar collaboration with Detroit legend Eddie Fowlkes — and what influenced him to use the name of a character in Spike Lee’s classic 1989 movie Do The Right Thing as the EP’s title.

As a bonus, Dietz also shares a slightly embarrassing story about meeting Josh Wink at a wedding in Norway.

Robert Dietz’s Radio Raheem EP is out now on Truth Be Told. Catch Dietz with Josh Wink at Verboten in Brooklyn on March 6. His additional U.S. tour dates can be found here. Continue Reading

HARD Summer 2014 Will Feature Jack U, Disclosure & Josh Wink


The lineup for HARD Summer 2014, taking place August 2 and August 3 at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in Los Angeles, has been made public. While headliners include many of the usual festival suspects — Diplo and Skrillex’s Jack U, Tiësto, Axwell and Disclosure — the bill is rounded out with sets from techno stalwart Josh Wink, Belgian mashup kings 2manydjs and hotly-tipped newcomer Gorgon City. Full lineup is below. You can see a watch trailer here.

Saturday, August 2
Jack U| A$AP Mob | Axwell | Flosstradamus
Baauer | Tommy Trash | DJ Snake | Carnage | Jack Beats
Seth Troxler |Kill The Noise | Justin Martin | Pusha T
Tiga Vs. Audion | The Martinez Brothers | Josh Wink | Griz
What So Not | Tchami | Oliver | Dusky | Rustie | Bro Safari
Alex Metric | Lunice |The M Machine | Cyril Hahn | Henry Fong
Goldroom (DJ Set) | J. Philip | Aeroplane | Juan Maclean (DJ Set)
Justin Jay | Shift K3y | Twrk | Valentino Khan | David Heartbreak
Louisahhh!!! | Sharooz | Worthy | Eprom | Harvey Mckay |
Alesia | Etnik | Cut Snake | Alix Perez + More

Sunday, August 3
Tiësto | Disclosure | Nero | Dillion Francis
2manydjs | Martin Garrix | A-Trak | Chase &Amp; Status | Maya Jane Coles
Rudimental (Live) | Sub Focus | Brodinski | Clockwork
Destructo | Julio Bashmore | DJ Mustard | The Chainsmokers
Gorgon City | Cashmere Cat | Mercer | Hucci | Breach
Jesse Rose | Claptone | Danny Daze | Wave Racer | Jacques Greene
Kastle | Jimmy Edgar |Sharam Jey | 100s | Dj Slink
Trippy Turtle | Branchez |Milo &Amp; Otis | Etc! Etc! | Kill Frenzy
Shiba San | Hannah Wants | Blood Diamonds | Mr. Carmack
Vanilla Ace | Djemba Djemba | Wax Motif | Vindata
Kry Wolf | Cory Enemy | Bones + More

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HARD SUMMER 2014 Lineup

14 Questions For Josh Wink


Philadelphia’s Josh Wink helms the mighty Ovum label, regularly rocks dance floors at festivals and clubs all over the world, and has a plethora of amazing albums, singles and remixes to his credit. On the eve of the release of his latest singles collection, When A Banana Was Just A Banana, Wink fields questions submitted by Big Shot’s readers.

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1. I’ve heard some buzz about your upcoming album. What can fans can expect to hear?
Warsaw, Poland

Josh Wink: The album [When A Banana Was Just A Banana] is a collection of singles. I will be working on a different LP next year with more of a concept. This album is solely a collection of tracks that I’ve been playing out in clubs/festivals that need to be released. The [tracks] blur the lines of house and techno.

2. How is your year so far?
Candice Tompkins
Latham, MA

All has been great! I’ve been blessed with being busy DJing, traveling to great locations, and having great crowds to perform for! Ovum Recordings is still going strong, and we look forward to the new releases and doing more Ovum nights around the world.

3. What is your involvement these days with Ovum Recordings? How do you go about signing music, and can I send you a demo?!
DJ Silver
Miami, FL

It’s hard to keep up with all that technology presents us with. We’ve been bombarded with demos in all formats. And it’s hard to make the time to listen to all the CDs, USB drives and links. But Matt Brookman (who runs the office and the ship) listens to a lot [of the submissions]. I get a lot [of music] on the road and sift through the ones that will be released and the ones that get passed on. Time and patience is a virtue! We sometimes take our time, but that’s what happens when we get over 20 demos a week! Once we get something we like, I tend to play it out and get a crowd reaction—that’s a good judge of [a track] being something we’d like to release.

4. I heard a world famous DJ recently play nearly the same identical set in a different city during the same DJ tour. Can you believe the nerve of this guy? I was annoyed. I’ve heard you play many times over the years, and I’m always impressed how you mix it up and always bring something special to each DJ gig. How do you manage to keep things fresh while you’re on the road?
via the Internet

There’s too much good music being released for me to always play the same sets! But we as DJs definitely have our favorites and support them whenever we get the chance. I’m happy that you have been able to catch a show when I’m in your area, and I’m also happy that you are continually impressed. I still have a passion for performing as a DJ, and with this passion, it makes it easy to want to keep doing what I’m doing. I always spend time before tours/trips getting new music together; burning my vinyl to CD, getting new releases categorized, etc. But when it comes to the performance, it’s always a spontaneous process. I really feed off of the club or festival’s vibes and moods, which helps me decide when to go artistically. But it’s always different, hence having different sounding sets.

5. You’ve had a lot of hit records like “Higher State of Consciouness” and have done extremely well for yourself since you started releasing records back in the day. What else do you want to do with your life beyond DJing and making music?
Munich, Germany

Well, it’s a good question. A lot of my friends and colleagues in the music industry are asking themselves the same question, as it’s a difficult time to make a living with Internet file piracy and the recession. I would think I’d be involved the music industry and doing something music-related. If not, maybe [I’d become] a doctor or a cook.

6. I’d like to know when was the last time you made a decision based upon principle?
New York City

A lot. I feel it’s important for one to keep their integrity and do things that work with your beliefs. I don’t do any work with cigarette companies and everything at Ovum is approved and worked on by our teams with our vision. I try and make logical, educated decisions about which events to participate in. Principle is important, when one has control. The problem is nowadays so many things get twisted and are out of the control of an individual.

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