MINOS is an Italian/Colombian techno and electro producer based in London. Her music blends complex drum-work with rich and powerful synth harmonies, built on the foundation of her background as a classical pianist. With influences that range from synth music legends – notably Depeche Mode and Jean Michael Jarre – to underground masters such as E.R.P. and Shedbug, MINOS’ tracks are designed to transport listeners to an alternate and immersive reality, one in which introspection is fused with fantasy. This is certainly the case with her debut EP, Compose Urself, which is dropping on June 18 via the New York label, Abu Recordings. MINOS’ electrifying DJ performances – which have seen her open for such acts as Harrison BDP, Paleman and DJ Aakmael – continue to captivate audiences across the globe: from New York, to London, to Dubai and San Juan and beyond.
How / When / Why did you start playing?
I was always obsessed with music and I was classically trained as a pianist. It was when I moved to Manchester in 2015 that I really discovered electronic music and its divine magic. I learned to produce and to DJ and I became obsessed with that amazing feeling you get when you’re gigging and you take a crowd on a fabulous journey and they love it and they’re happy and you’re happy and you all enter this happiness vortex and together forget about the rest of the world for a sec. That’s how the MINOS journey began!
Where do you draw from to get new music? / What is your musical exploration process?
The universe has a crazy way of bringing new and amazing music into my life. But one of my main sources of musical inspiration has always been my friends (and my dad, gracias Rodri <3). I’ve been blessed with so many people around me with amazing taste in music and when they share it with me is when I feel happiest and most inspired.
3 Qualities that all DJs should have in your opinion and why
Firstly, a DJ should be versatile and resourceful. Like a ninja. A gig can either be like the hunger games or like Project X. A good DJ will be prepared for everything!
Secondly, a DJ should be intuitive. Good DJs are like mind-readers. They’ll immediately know where your energy level is at and they’ll know what to do with it. This makes them like omnipotent wizards. They can bend you to their will and influence your mood, your physiology, your behavior, your understanding of yourself and of existence, and you won’t even realize they’re doing it. They’ll just hit you with some musical sorcery and determine how your night will go and where you’ll end up. All depends how they’re feeling.
Lastly, a DJ should be a fun-loving party animal. How will a DJ make your night awesome if they don’t know the meaning of this!
What has the pandemic meant for you? What impact did it had on your personal life?
I feel like a completely different person since the pandemic started. It gave me the time to slow down, reflect, develop and evolve. It was during the lockdowns that I was able to finally complete my debut EP, Compose Urself, which came out on June 18th via Abu Recordings! I need to shut myself in a room for weeks in order to finish a track that I’m happy with so the pandemic was great for that. MINOS really came to life while everything outside was dead.
What do you think of clubs and discos closed due to the pandemic? Positive and negative aspects from your point of view.
It’s been so long, I forgot what clubbing or being at a live gig feels like. But, I’ll tell you something, dear friends. DJs and performers everywhere have been busy creating some crazy shit and practicing their asses off for when everything opens up again. It’s going to be a renaissance fused with anarchy. It’s going to be intense, so compose yourselves;)
3 names of producers or DJs that inspire you
I have so many inspirations from so many different genres! But 3 producers whose sounds are inspiring me a lot at this very moment are Minor Science, E.R.P., and Theo Parrish. I would give anything to sit in a studio with these magicians.
Future projects, are you working on something specific at the moment?
London has been super inspiring lately and I’m currently working hard on my next EP, which I’ll also release via Abu Recordings. The vibe will be similar to my previous EP, but with some refinements and developments, I’ll see how far I can push the boundaries. Apart from that I can’t fucking wait for all the gigs when the world goes back to normal. See you all on the dance floor!!!
CoType is the London based type foundry of Mark Bloom and Co.
They design contemporary typefaces for use in digital and print applications. In addition to their retail offerings, they also offer design of bespoke typefaces and modifications of their existing font library.
Altform from @cotypefoundry is a solid and deceptively simple sans serif family with an alter-ego. Resulting from the marriage between a geometric sans and a grotesque, this typeface has a universally neutral appeal.
Upon closer inspection, the reader will notice tiny exquisite curves in some characters like R, t, and k, which give Altform a subtle sophistication and recognisable character.
Altform is available in seven weights, each with italics, ranging from Thin to Black. The extensive language support allows type setting in most European languages written with the Latin script.
CoType™ Foundry offer a FREE 88pp, A5 type specimen book with exposed red stitched spine and printed in Pantone Red throughout on all Altform Essential and Full Family purchases.
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Callin Mackintosh is an independent, London-based Scottish graphic designer specialising in typographically driven editorial and identity design. Callin’s 9 years of industry experience include working at established London studios, as well as leading the design output during his 3 years as design director helping establish a newly founded studio.
He is experienced working with a wide range of clients including art galleries, architects, book publishers, start-ups, breweries, jewellery designers, film festivals, musicians and fashion designers.
Notable projects include creating the identity and brand guidelines for the Sundance Film Festival 2020 in Utah, USA.
Callin’s passion for designing books also lies in collecting them. It was this dedication that led to him starting OOP (Out of Print Books), a small online bookshop selling rare, hard-to-find, art & design books. The aim being to get these important books back into the right hands to inspire and educate a new generation of designers.
Rhiannon Rebecca Salisbury and Arusha Gallery have called upon eighteen selected artists to invoke and create an ancient deity. The chosen deity from each artist as reflected in new artworks (painting, sculpture, sound and installation) are presented in a new group exhibition which seeks to reawaken a host of awe inspiring and mystical entities, bringing them back to the forefront of people’s consciousness.
The exhibition identity created by Callin Mackintosh takes inspiration from researching ancient alphabets and deity symbolism, exploring their simple, geometric forms. The selected display typeface feels both primitive and alien much like the gods themselves. The addition of a crucifix and inverted crucifix in place of the letter ’T’ represents the good and evil of these mythological beings.
The folded concertina invite works both as a poster and functional document with all additional exhibition details on the reverse.