From Souq to Sour

Another electronic artist we’ve grown considerably fond of is Viken Arman. More and more we keep finding Dj’s and producers who seem to be marrying electronic beats with more traditional and cross cultural sounds. This is something we’ve instinctively grasped hold of as it reflects a lot of what we’re into at Berber & Q.

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Parisian based, and of Armenian descent, Viken refers to himself as a “creative traveler from the Caucasus mountains” His roots seep beautifully into both his productions and his Dj sets, whilst still maintaining an elegant grasp on contemporary electronic music. His most recent release came off of a label we’ve loved for a long time,  All Day I Dream.

Viken has set up a recently launched label in Denatured, bringing together a group of like-minded artists and is also heading up a series of parties under the SOUQ banner. We were fortunate to get ourselves over to Paris for a really special one earlier in the year, which felt very much like “if Berber & Q did parties…” Since then, our respect and admiration have stuck on this guy and we’ll be looking forward to seeing what else he comes up with. We’ve even got our fingers crossed for a SOUQ festival in London at some point, where we’ll be more than happy to fire up the grill! Let us know Viken ; )

You can check out a sterling live mix of his recorded earlier this year at Katerblau, Berlin…

And if you want to see something really special, take a look at this…

And now, like Guy Gerber before him and the summer fling with Kraak & Smack, Viken Arman becomes another DJ immortalised in Berber cocktail form. It’s a juxtaposition of ideas, taking a traditional bourbon sour, but making it more light and refreshing and a lot more green!

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Available now in Berber & Q – Grill House, this is the “Viken Almond” – Four Roses bourbon, fresh cucumber, almond orgeat, lemon, whites & sugar.

By Danny