2018 Rewind: Rituals of Mine

Rituals of Mine

How was 2018 for you?

2018 was super productive, healthy, mostly positive (compared to previous years). I felt very inspired this year.

Highlights?

Touring with Garbage
Making our debut in the UK
Losing 25 pounds (hollllla)
Being chosen as the Yerba Buena City of the Arts/San Francisco as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring People of 2018

Lowlights?

The current administration (every single day)
The terrible fires going on right now in California

Song of the year?

Tirzah – Do You Know

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

To remain focused and stop doubting myself. To go for what I want – every single time.

@RitualsofMine

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2018 Rewind: Khan (Of Finland)

khan of finland

How was 2018 for you?

Khan (Of Finland): 2018 was a great year for me. I live in Berlin and the local techno all-stars Killekill and Metabanana.airforce invited me to curate a new 12” label for them. So I started Temple Traxx specializing in sleazy drum machine music. It is also directly connected to Temple Records, my record shop and label back [which I ran] in the ’90s out of NYC. I started with a few re-issues but also dug out some unreleased material by Bizz O.D., 4E or Jammin’ Unit and Kerosene as Izmir Acid (out 2019). I have tons of acid tracks in my archive including unreleased mixes by Air Liquide, Alec Empire, Gusgus, and endless more. I think I transferred something like 150 hours of electronic music from DAT (digital audio tape) to my computer. I guess that is enough material to keep Temple Traxx going until 2099.

Highlights?

I started a tea dance party with Eric D. Clark here in Berlin called the T, every last Sunday of the month at Paloma. It’s a house-music party with a bit of disco sprinkled in. The party starts at 3pm during the day and is over by 11pm. The promotion was only word of mouth and some business cards we handed out personally. It brought me back into DJing house and disco music, and I totally love it. People only come for the music and the amazing chill vibe. It’s a party with no zombie factor and non of that elite Berlin door bullshit. It’s 100 percent how I want a party to be like: deep!

Lowlights?

I think the lowlights of 2018 is the rise of right-wing and conservatives all over the world. I grew up in Germany with a Turkish passport. I lived in NYC on a Turkish passport until 9/11. Life changed after that date, and I left the United States. I realized how fragile a society is and how important it is to keep everybody’s rights equal. The club has always been a utopian place for me. There is no race, religion or gender in the disco lights.

Song of the year?

Childish Gambino – This Is America (and best video, too)

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Don’t get sour in this acidic environment!

@Khan(OfFinland)

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2018 Rewind: Andres Campo

Andres-Campo

How was 2018 for you?

Andres Campo: It was superb! Achieving goals, learning and having fun doing what I love so … pretty amazing.

Highlights?

Releasing music on some of my idols’ labels, Pan-Pot’s Second State, Matador’s RUKUS and also signing an EP to Paco Osuna’s Mindshake — artist goals. And of course joining with my beloved Dan in our new adventure, our label called EI8HT, that is launching soon.

Lowlights?

Seeing the Spanish government doing nothing to help the nightlife in my country. We need to fight for our right to party!

Song of the year?

Not my personal favorite, but I’m going to be honest and say “Your Mind” from Bart Skils and Adam Beyer.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

That the best of 2018 is the worst of 2019!

@AndresCampo

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2018 Rewind: J.Manuel

J.Manuel Werk Music

How was 2018 for you?

J.Manuel: Way better than 2017! Lots of good music came out. Electronic music is on a good path again.

Highlights?

Putting out our second record, which is my first solo EP. This year’s highlight was just the music that came out! SO MUCH GOOD STUFF!

Lowlights?

The costs of running a label as young starters! In general, the politics nowadays…

Song of the year?

Objekt – Secret Snake (PAN)

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Bring out more releases, co-operate with interesting labels and crews to gain new, exciting experiences!

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