Zone Magazine Issue038 Summer 2023
Zone Magazine Issue038 Summer 2023 – Tim French Cover –
Well Folks, Lots of great things happening here at Zone HQ just for you lot, so keep coming back! Well its Summer 2023, and we have a whopper packed issue with all the regulars, and lots of interviews! Just to let you guys know, we are back to bio-monthly now! We welcome new contributors – Terry Hobbs [UK/Spain], Jay Dobie [UK], Jose De S [Portugal], and Msykes [Ireland].
In our feature interviews in this issue we talk to cover artist and workhorse TIM FRENCH. Tim French is a British DJ Producer based in Plymouth UK. He spent the Nineties playing to large audiences across the South West of the UK including renowned nights Scream & United held at Plymouth’s legendary Warehouse. Also playing at many popular clubs and nights such as Drop Zone & Boss Nova at the Sound Factory (Plymouth UK), The Monastery (Torquay UK), The Grove (Seaton UK) as well as various other venues throughout the South West of England.
“ In 1994, whilst clubbing and living in Dorset, I met friends with turntables and started to learn to mix on belt drives. All my spare cash went into the start of my now extensive vinyl collection ”
From The UK, we speak to an amazing vocalist and songwriter ZOE KYPRI. What a year it has been for London sensation, Singer, Songwriter, Label boss, Zoe Kypri, including releasing one of this summer’s Ibiza Anthems, selling out at The Lower Third & Jazz Café London and performances at Secret Garden party and Glastonbury. Not to mention the collaboration with Made By Pete, and a Black Coffee remix, she continues to go from strength to strength and is quickly becoming one of the most sought after vocalists in the business!!
” I never felt entitled. I really enjoyed the process even though sometimes it was a war of mind and heart. I’ve been doing this professionally for 12 years. I knew it would take me a long time to master. I was willing to do that “
Also, another vocalist and songwriter on the way up in the UK, we speak to MAISY GRACE. Maisy Grace has come seemingly out of nowhere with one of the year’s most exciting albums. Combining multiple genres within underground dance music she has shown a songwriting prowess and depth rarely seen these days. Produced by Simon Tagg (Kouncilhouse) it draws from influences ranging from r’n’b, drum and bass and house, and could well be the underground’s album of the summer. We caught up with Maisy to chat about the whole process of writing the album and also what her journey has been like up to this point.
” Usually, I will sit down with an instrument, like guitar or bass or piano and a song will just come to me, starting with some chords, or a riff or something like that “
From the UK JAY DOBIE joins Zone Magazine. In this issue comes an article about “Blurring the boundries” of Progressive House! It wasn’t that long ago that you’d attend a club night or listen to a DJ and get a bit of a spectrum of music, progressive house blurred the lines between techno, house, and trance. It’s fair to say that this is something that the younger clubbing generation doesn’t get to experience and it always brings up the question in the PHC Facebook group – ‘Why do different genres pop up alongside progressive house in classic mixes?’
Also from the UK, we speak to Ian Carney, from BOSH RECORDINGS. Between 1998 and 2005, Bosh Recordings racked up an impressive 38 vinyl releases featuring artists such as Blakkat, David Duriez, Jason Hodges, Harri & The Revenge, Grant Dell, Chris Simmonds and label owner Ian Carney in his guise as Toka. Spanning the genres of house and techno, Bosh quickly garnered support from the worlds most influential DJ’s including Derrick Carter, Sneak, Andrew Weatherall and Yousef. Releases featured regularly in the worlds music press and were included on a plethora of mix cd’s including Pete Tongs Fashion TV mix, Terry Lee Browns ‘Terrys Cafe’, Inland Knights tech-house phenomena and a couple of Fabric CD’s.
From Spain we speak to D4MAIN. D4mian Smith is a Deejay, electronic music producer and event promoter. He began his journey with electronic music at the end of the 90’s. He has been a resident DJ at Crow (Madrid) 2002. Penelope (Benidorm) 2005Ursula Black (Benidorm) 2006Moai (Benidorm) 2007.For 20 years he has not stopped growing as an artist both in musical production and in his DJ sets. He has also been a Columnist since 2023 in Jaader magazine.
” For me, Vinyl, I like the sound and You have to know what are you playing……You must know the songs…..it shows a better connection and It is nice to touch it……..It is just more REAL than other formats! “
We also talk to DJ CYNTHIA from the Netherlands. Cynthia always knew she loved music. Becoming a DJ began in 2017, his focus was sparked after she won the Dutch DJ Championship. After a respectable number of hours spent on practicing, she decided to focus on the music style Bigroom and Techno. But she wanted to do more …
We speak to SILINDER from Ireland. Silinder, from Dublin in the Rep. of Ireland has been producing electronic music for over 22 years now. ‘deep, dark & hypnotic with a melodic theme’ That’s how Gavin describes his productions. Growing up on his parents & older brother’s vast taste in music ranging from 70’s Irish Folk & Disco to 80’s Italo & Synth Pop.
” I’m known mostly for my remix work, which I love to do. I love to reinterpret another artists work. But over the last couple of years I’ve stopped doing official remixes and been focusing on getting more original work done and just self release on Bandcamp “
Also from Ireland we speak to DoC. Døc is a musical project by Irish DJ and producer Darren Doherty. A well established name on the Irish clubbing scene, Døc’s first real experience of dance music happened after he snuck into a nightclub at the tender age of fifteen, instantly falling in love with the tunes, atmosphere and vibes, Doherty promised himself that one day he would return to the club, Privilege, Longford, as a DJ. He then devoted himself to achieving that goal and eventually enjoyed a very successful residency there.
” It always inspires me seeing people be successful in things they love to do. It inspires me to put the effort in seeing them succeed “
Another artist from Ireland we speak to is GARETH MURPHY. Gareth started DJ’ing when he was 16 and has always been a lover of Hard Trance / Hard Style, during this time he has played in some of the biggest clubs in Dublin and Ireland… Biggest influences would have to be Hennes & Cold, DERB, Scot Project, ASY*S, DJ Isaac.
Our new man from Portugal José de Sousa joins us from “2 intense weeks in Ibiza” To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his 1st time in Ibiza, In September 1998, He spent the 2nd half of June in Ibiza. Opposite to the most recent years, where he went to Ibiza to relax and almost didn’t go out to nightclubs, this year, he went to several clubs and venues, to review for Zone Magazine, some for the 1st time – Ushuaia, Freddies, at Pikes and Club Chinois.
Are new man based in Spain and the UK, Terry Hobbs, has been on the ball this issue with plenty of great reading! 25 YEARS OF KINKI MALINKI to start with! Kinky Malinki, put simply, is one of the most successful and longest-running House Music events in London. Since its launch in 1998, Kinky Malinki has established itself as one of clubland’s best-known brands, hosting events all over the UK and around the world. It has maintained a monthly residency in London for a staggering 25 years with no breaks or time off. Alongside its main residencies in Ibiza, Marbella, and Australia, it has organized international club nights in more than 20 countries.
Terry also takes some time to chat with Beachgrooves Radio on the Costa Del Sol. Bringing you quality house music from DJs from around the world, as well as local talent from Marbella and surrounding areas, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Broadcasting since 2010 feeding the House heads of the Costa Del Sol, we just had to send our man Terry Hobbs down to chat with Marc van Meeuwen!
Thorsten Benders takes us to the San Hejmo Festival in Germany. 50,000 Celebrate San Hejmo’s Second Edition With A Weekend Full Of Live Stars And Urban Art. The second edition of the San Hejmo Festival at Airport Weeze (Germany) goes with all in all 50,000 visitors successfully and smoothly to an end. It is exciting to see that the size of the festival has doubled compared to the premiere last year. One can only imagine what next year will be planned for this new festival.
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!