French born, Australian at heart, Berlin based and full time globe trotter, over the last few years YokoO has floated, dreamed and swooned his way across the world to some of the loftiest echelons. YokoO is no stranger to house music in all its deepest forms. A studio head in the true sense of the word, he spends much of his time pondering basslines and warm synth riffs that heat up dancefloors the world over. With releases on highly regarded labels such as All Day I Dream, Musik Gewinnt Freunde, Kindisch, Get Physical, Moodmusic and Plastic City, YokoO has marked out a spot for himself in the global house music scene with talent being sought after from every corner of the world. In October 2019 he creates the next podcast for trndmsk.
trndmsk: YokoO, what can we look forward to in the next few minutes?
YokoO: 150mins of a YokoO style journey through different shades of ever groove based house music.
When did you record the set? What surrounded you at the time?
The set was recorded during a warm summer night at Audio Club in Geneva, Switzerland end of July, just before Francesca Lombardo jumped on the decks.
How did you choose the tracks? Did you make a plan before the gig?
I was going for more of a warm up vibe as I organised my music earlier that night. The DJ before me happened to be quite smashing, on the more grooveless man trance side. The crowd seemed into the banging stuff. I didn’t particularly wish to compromise and decided to stick to my groove based music and fasten the pace a little.
How would you describe the atmosphere during your performance?
It was heaving. Vibe was absolute fire. Switzerland is always wild, and its crowd very responsive.
Do you have a favorite track included in the mix?
They’re all pretty solid in their own respect.
What three songs do you tend to use in your current sets?
Matthew Dekay’s “Spellbound” and SAM’s “Money Blues”. And one of my own recent creations: “Looking Out The Space Shuttle Window”, which I haven’t sent to any label yet.
Summer is over. What moments or festivals do you like to remember?
Is it over? Really? It doesn’t quite feel like it as I am typing this laying by the pool in Queretaro Mexico.
It’s truly hard to narrow down the highlights to a few gigs. Every show has its ways of bringing some light to my heart. The first ones that come to mind are the ADID opening and closing parties in Ibiza, the closing of Exit Festival in Serbia, that one gig at Audio Club in Geneva, Wakana Festival in the South of Spain, Playa Padre in Marbella, The Dunes Of Babylon in Holland, Brunch in the City Barcelona, ADID summer opening in NYC, my whole Brazil tour in June (Warung, Sharp Movement and Beehive), Bassick in Quito, Gardens Of Dreams in Sarajevo, and a little party we put together at Yamba in Lisbon with my pals Leo Grünbaum and Matthew Dekay.
What are your near future projects? Are you working on any other projects?
I am currently working on launching my own label and hopefully series of events as well as planning a bunch of back to back shows with Matthew Dekay. More details coming your way shortly. Keep your eyes peeled!