Well Folks, Lots of great things happening here at Zone HQ just for you lot, so keep coming back! Well its Spring 2023, we have a packed issue with all the regulars, and lots of interviews! We would just like to say RIP to our brother Pete Van Payne who passed away recently. He will be missed for his music, his radio show, work. an good soul!

In our feature interviews in this issue we talk to cover superstar LEMON8. Harry Lemon aka LEMON8 has been at the forefront of dance music both as a DJ and producer, whilst producing a soundtrack of a generation at the same time. Model8 – his first ever produced track from 1993 – is now being recognized as a classic and landmark in Techno and dance music in general. The Inner Sanctuary Sessions double album, solely consisting of his original music and remixes is now recognized as a highlight in Progressive House Music with tracks like New York, New York and Lose Control just to name a few. The latter was even voted all-time best record on the iconic Bedrock label in 2020 by the fans by a landslide.

” In 37 years of DJ-ing it’s nearly impossible to just pick one best gig. All gigs are special one way or another. Sometimes it’s because of the set, sometimes it’s because of certain circumstances. It can be anything really… So many great memories and adventures attached to gigs. I could write a book about it “

From The UK, we speak to the newly formed D&B group that is WEISSACH. With the rise of Drum & Bass taking over festivals Worldwide, we caught up with a duo who have just emerged into the scene, although they are no strangers to producing and performing music. Both known for their contribution to the Progressive House scene for many years, Paul Sawyer and Simon Sinfield have been running their Krafted imprint for the past 10 years and have been releasing music on notable labels including Black Hole Recordings, Pure Trance, Perfecto Records, Toolroom, Pattern and many more.

” We’ve already been working with Hannah for a year now and produced her first single ‘Same Old Story’ which ended up being Premiered on BBC Radio 1 last year and have hooked her up with a couple of other artists who have made some shill tracks with her ” – Paul

From N. Ireland we caught up with CHRIS CARGO. An artist with a long, rich and varied history, Chris Cargo has been at the forefront of the underground dance music scene for over 30 years. A career that began in the 1990s has seen the UK star carve out a sizeable niche with his distinctive blend of progressive, deep and melodic house, resulting in over 200 production credits for some of the finest modern imprints and a DJ touring schedule that has seen Chris reach all corners of the globe.

” Ive been releasing music for 25 years and along that way I’ve had the privilege to work with many such as seminal labels; Renniassance, Whoop, Choo Choo, Automatic, and Limbo, to more recent times with the likes of The Soundgarden, Mango Alley, Joof, Beat Boutique & many more “

We speak to UK based owner of Progressive House Classics blog JAY DOBIE. As a 13 year old, in 1980, Jay Dobie, became interested in Electro music predominantly introduced via the Streetsounds label and Became a keen Breakdancer. At 15yrs old he purchased a mobile disco and became a member of DMC which sparked a keen interest in club music, and he spent 2 years on the road with the mobile disco including a residency at the local hospital social club. Sometime around the Autumn of 89′ attended his first acid house party. By December that year he was attending parties weekly and in March of 1990 put on his first party using his mobile disco.Jay also graces us with his all-time top ten tracks and tells us about why!

” I think my favourite nights were with Mike Cosford (Fantazia Club Classics Tour) and Anthony Pappa, we were the first in the area to feature Anthony who I think we booked via Nick Gordon Brown at DMC, it was around the time he was putting together the Freefall – Skydive track “

From Germany we speak to FRANK DUEFFEL. Frank Dueffel from Cologne, Germany, started DJ’ing in 1999. Since then he has had several gigs alongside wellknown DJs like; Paul van Dyk, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Talla 2xlc, Madwave, Pierre Pianaar and TyDi on international events like Amsterdam Dance Event, Nature One and Streetparade. His DJ sets feature a wide spectrum of electronic dance music, a unique mixture of trance, melodic techno, psytrance, breaks and house alongside some darker stuff, always energetic and with a touch to the underground. This can also be experienced on his Needful Things radioshow on Afterhours FM on a monthly base which will be reaching its 100th episode at the end of the year.

” Most of the gigs I have had where more or less memorable but my favorite one was my gig at Paul van Dyk’s SHINE Amsterdam event which took place during the Amsterdam Dance Event 2019 week. The event took place in the famous Panama Club and had a huge line up “

We also talk to USA based label HOUSEHOLD DIGITAL. A Label based in the West Coast of the USA, in the Bay Area of California. Running since 2002, and initially a vinyl label. Tracks released via Household Digital are usually Tech House, Deep Tech, House, Techno, Minimal and Deep House. Their aim has and is always to showcase quality house & techno music producers, with whom they work with and respect as artists.

We speak to long standing and very well respected world wide PAPER RECORDINGS from the UK. Founded in 1993 by Pete Jenkinson, Ben Davis, Miles Hollway, Elliot Eastwick, Andrew Gough and Stephen Page while all working at The Hacienda and Hard Times club nights. The label has commercially released over 2000 recordings, created by over 500 artists, producers, and remixers in over 50 countries across imprints Paper Recordings, Paper Disco, Paper Wave, Repap Records and We Are Woodville Records.

” At the outset there were six of us, and we all worked in various capacities at Manchester’s Hacienda nightclub, behind the bar, DJ and lighting. We were also in the team that set up the infamous Hard Times parties in West Yorkshire, and Manchester’s Robodisco in the noughties ” – Pete

We speak to Costa Del Sol, Spain, and London, England, residents and party organisers WHAT THE HOUSE meets LONDON HOUSE MUSIC. The Event of the year is coming to the Costa Del Sol, Spain this year, with heavyweight brands “What The House Music” and “London House Music”. Coming together for the second year with another killer line up of exceptional house music for their Summer Opening Festival. After one of the best parties on the Costa last year, this power duo are set to take over the whole of Florida Beach, in La Cala De Mijas, (Nr Marbella) for an all day party that starts at 1pm by the pool and finishes inside the club at 4am! As they put it…….8 hours by the pool, then 3 rooms of some of the best house music you are ever likely to get your ears around! London House Music are bringing a wealth of DJ talent over from the UK along with their loyal crowd who are in Spain for the Amor Andalucía festival.

” The festival scene is where everyone seems to be going these days and with that comes more of a tech vibe. The new melodic house/tech stuff is where the future seems to be right now and theres a lot of great stuff in that scene and I do play it, but I’m still soulful DJ at heart ” – Terry

As if all that was not enough of course we have our regular reviews and charts from the talented and dynamic Zone crew. Also this issue we continue Zone Magazine’s FREE exclusive DJ Mix series.

As usual we would like to thank all of our very many talented contributors and friends who provide so much content, love and support for what we are doing, they are listed on the left hand column on this page if you want to contact them directly with the latest news. From myself and the whole Zone crew, we just wanted to say thanks again for your continued support, peace.

Paul & Zone Magazine Crew!

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