Berghain To Open New Säule Floor In March


The famed Berghain is expanding next month with the opening of a brand-new floor called Säule.

Set to open on Thursday, March 23rd with experimental acts Alessandro Adriani, Natalia Escobar and Deena Abdelwahed billed for the occasion, it is unsure exactly where Säule will be located.

The room, which literally translates to “pillar” from German, is likely to be situated in a ground-floor area underneath the Berghain dance floor that has recently been closed for construction. Following opening night, Säule will be taken over by Dis Fig, Illum Sphere and Laura Clock at midnight on Friday, March 23rd.

Resident Advisor has reported that the long-running Get Perlonized! party held at the upstairs Panorama Bar on March 4th may have been canceled, as the listing was deleted from their site this week. It’s unsure whether the Friday night events held there will no longer occur as of yet.

H/T: Resident Advisor


Watch Ricardo Villalobos Perform Inside Berghain’s Panorama Bar


It is hard if not practically impossible to find quality video or photo footage from inside Berghain/Panorama Bar. Upon entry to the famed Berlin techno institution patrons get their phone cameras blocked off by stickers and they are strictly prohibited from taking videos or pictures or risk getting kicked out at best, although it’s hard to know what really happens if the bouncers catch you sneaking footage of any kind.

Now a 2009 documentary video has surfaced, depicting Ricardo Villalobos performing inside the upstairs Panorama Bar in 2008. The documentary series is entitled “24h Berlin: Ein Tag Im Leben”, which translates to “A Day In The Life” and follows Villalobos from his studio where he is working on music to his DJ set inside Berghain/Panorama Bar.

While the video is understandably meagre as far as satisfying the craving of knowing what the true Berghain/Panorama Bar experience really looks like, it still provides an insight you might not see anywhere else.

Watch the 36 minute documentary below. English-only speakers beware, the audio is in German and there’s no subtitles.

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Marcel Dettmann Releases Free 2016 Edit of “Lattice”

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German techno producer Marcel Dettmann has given his 2008 classic “Lattice” track an updated edit this year, and has nowr eleased it for free to his fans via his official website.

The new version of “Lattice,” originally released on MDR04, is available for stream here. Just click here to download the MP3. This download will be available until January 3rd 2017.

Listen to the original below:

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Where To Go WHEN You Get Denied at Berghain/Panorama Bar on New Year’s Day

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In Berlin to celebrate New Year’s Eve and excited for Berghain/Panorama Bar’s three-day techno and house extravaganza? You might want to check yourself before expectations get the better of you and you find yourself rejected from the club and looking for where else to party 2017’s arrival with no real ideas in mind.

Everyone knows how complicated, for lack of a better word, getting into Berlin’s most coveted nightclub can get, and with lines bound to be extra long and rejection extra possible, we have compiled a selection of alternatives for you should Sven or one of his doorman give you the “Nein!” when you get to the door:

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Berghain Announces Massive 2017 New Year Celebration That Will Last 3 Days

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Berghain surely knows how to party for more than 48 hours, but they might have outdone themselves with 2017’s New Year celebration. The event is split into a two-part showcase with Silvester kicking things off from 1am January 1st and Erste Klubnacht (first club night) following immediately thereafter, and scheduled to go into the early morning of January 3rd at the earliest.

The Silvester lineup includes Ben Klock, DVS1, Kobosil, Skatebård, Massimiliano Pagliara, Muallem, Soundstream, The Orb and many more.

BerghainNewYearThe Erste Klubnacht lineup features Answer Code Request, Boris, Gerd Jansen, Honey Dijon, Len Faki, Marcel Dettmann, Steffi, and Tama Sumo among others. To accommodate these performances, Berghain, Panorama Bar, XXX-Floor and the Elektroakustischer Salon will be open during this time for an all building event!

Queue into Berghain is expected to be lengthy and, given that it’s a New Year celebration, the entry fee is €35. If you were to leave prior to and return by the time Erste Klubnacht has already begun you will be asked for entrance payment again.

Here is the breakdown of who is playing where:

January 1st – Silvester

Ben Klock, DVS1, Etapp, Kyle Fiedel, Kobosil, Somewhen

Panorama Bar:
Efdemin, Margaret Dygas, Muallem, Nick Höppner, Nitam, Roi Perez

Chris Cruse, Discodromo, Marcus Marr, October, Skatebård, Soundstream

Elektroakustischer Salon:
Barker, Drama, Gonsher, Martyn, Massimiliano Pagliara, Prurient, The Orb

January 2nd – Erste Klubnacht

Answer Code Request, Anthony Parasole, Boris, DJ Pete, Len Faki, Marcel Dettmann, Norman Nodge

Panorama Bar:
Gerd Janson, Honey Dijon, nd_baumecker, Ryan Elliott, Steffi, Tama Sumo, Virginia

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Watch Video of Conan O’Brien Getting Rejected at Berghain

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We knew this was coming when social media alerted us that late-night TV talk show host Conan O’Brien was spotted filming outside Berghain earlier this year for a Berlin special of his show.

The footage went live on US television last night, and the clip of him outside the iconic Berlin club can be viewed below:


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Play Sven Marquardt In This New Berghain Card Game

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It seems that everybody wants to know how to get into the elusive Berghain, dubbed by many established publications as the hardest club to get into in the entire world.

Those attempting to get into the Berlin club plan ahead, working to perfect their strategy to ensure that Sven Marquardt, the club’s head bouncer, and his team allow them in. Arrival time, attire, facial expression, arriving in a group versus solo, etc. are all taken into consideration when planning a visit to the techno venue. We evaluated all of those factors when we partied in Berlin for 24 hours straight last month, getting into the club successfully as a result.

You might remember how earlier this year the often-frustrating Berghain door experience was turned into a simulation game. Well now it has also been translated into a card game. The catch? The roles are switched and you play Sven’s position rather than that of the club-goer attempting to be granted access to the club.

Berghain ze Game has players act as bouncers of the notorious club, and places you in Sven’s position. Specifically, the game’s creators specify that, “your job is to let the right people into legendary Berlin techno club Berghain. Take turns as the most powerful man in Germany and learn more about gay culture in the process!”

Of course the cards that come in the deck allow for a variety of differing characters, drawing inspiration from the diverse crowd that visits the high-culture venue each weekend. Included are a ketamine head, clueless tourist and of course a leather-clad patron or two.

Want to play the game? Help launch it via the Kickstarter campaign that is about to go live. You can view the promotional video and stay up to date on the Kickstarter launch date via Berghain ze Game’s Instagram page:




Q&A & Global Vibe Radio: Jeff Derringer and Oktave’s 7 Year Anniversary


Next week Chicago’s Oktave is celebrating 7 years at the forefront of the ever-changing landscape of techno. In an industry that sees clubs open and shut down in the span of a few short years, only a few venues and parties stand the test of time to remain open past the 5 year mark and beyond. The fact that Oktave has done so in a city with heavy focus on house music is but a testament to how well it has been curated over the years.

Oktave originally began in New York City, the child of producer, DJ and event organizer Jeff Derringer. After a year in the Big Apple Jeff moved the party to Chicago, ultimately finding his home at the iconic Smartbar.

Since then, Oktave has been featuring top-tier names in the world of techno, including DVS1, drumcell, Truncate, Perc, Regis, Function, Sigha, Chris Liebing, Slam and many, many more. As a DJ Jeff has allowed his music to speak for him, receiving invitations to play in the Netherlands, England, Georgia, Canada, France, at Movement Detroit, throughout the United States and perhaps most notably at the one and only Berghain in Berlin.

In fact, just a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to witness him play a peak time Sunday morning set at the infamous German club — one of the most unbelievable techno experiences of my life.

Jeff was kind enough to provide us with a one hour exclusive mix for Global Vibe Radio, following which we caught up to discuss Oktave’s milestone 7 Year Anniversary Party and his plans for the coming future.

Q: Seeing you play in Berghain a couple of weeks ago was something else. The energy, the crowd and the music altogether were unreal. Tell us a little about how it feels to be behind the decks there.

A: Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you could be there and experience it with me. Playing at Berghain is a privilege and a huge thrill. It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Every time I play there it gets better. I’d say that this last time around was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had behind the DJ booth, period. The audience at Berghain is so educated and they’re willing to go on a ride with you, wherever you want to take them – in fact, that’s the reason they come. You really are free to do what you want, and the staff and techs there are top rate. The Ostgut staff are the most professional and pleasant people I’ve ever worked with in the music industry – they work really hard to make you feel comfortable and welcome in the club and in Berlin. Everything people say is true – as an artist working in techno, there is nothing else like it.

Q: Would you say you play differently there than elsewhere?

A: I’m not sure I’d say I play differently, but definitely more adventurous. Believe it or not, I’m less worried about mistakes at Berghain. The audience there is tolerant and, as I said, educated about techno. I feel free to take risks there, and play tracks I wouldn’t necessarily play elsewhere. The Berghain audience is ready for challenges, and they appreciate it. They don’t really want to hear the set you play at other clubs. They want your Berghain set.

Q: Next week you are celebrating 7 years of Oktave. What does this milestone mean for you as both a party-curator and DJ?

I definitely did not think Oktave would go for 7 years, that’s for sure. When I started it in New York, I had been playing gigs and working in the music business already for a long time, but not in the techno milieu. As far as techno and DJ events went, I really knew very little. So to see that it’s come as far as it has is pretty surreal.

Oktave is the place where I developed as a DJ and as a techno artist. No question, without it I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now. It has also allowed me to meet so many great artists I admire. Many of the opportunities I’ve had are a result of the relationships I made and nurtured through this project. It really did put me on the map.

I’ve been very fortunate to work with a lot of great people and clubs through the last 7 years. From National Underground in New York to Smartbar in Chicago and everywhere in between, I’ve been lucky to have the support of clubs and bookers who might not have taken a chance on me in other circumstances. I do not take that for granted.

Q: Can you tell us about your favorite Oktave night in these 7 years?

A: There have been a lot of awesome nights at Oktave, and it’s special when an emerging artist who wasn’t very well known in Chicago (or New York) has a great night and a great reception. It’s especially gratifying when I wasn’t expecting it. Several artists in this respect come to mind: Dasha Rush, Rrose, Paula Temple, Samuli Kemppi and Sigha come to mind here.

That said, the one show that really sticks out to me was something I did in New York back in 2011 – both Cio D’or and Traversable Wormhole played in our tiny little basement dungeon in New York, National Underground. Soon after this show they renovated the club and made it more DJ friendly, but at this show it was still a relative dump. We were using a discarded closet door as a DJ table, held up by cinder blocks. There was no air conditioning and bad ventilation, no lights – it was really, really raw. I liked that to a certain degree but I underestimated how popular the night had become, and how eager people were to see Cio and Adam. The place was ram packed to the point where it felt dangerous, and sweat was pouring from the walls. We had about 150 people crammed down there (capacity was under 100) and no one could move. I had to stand in front of the DJ booth for the entirety of Cio D’or’s set, because people kept bumping into the rickety booth and knocking her control vinyl. I was worried the whole rig would just collapse. It was nuts! But it was super intense, and the crowd was absolutely rocking. Adding to this memory is the fact that Resident Advisor happened to show up and review the event. They gave us a very positive write up, and I think that helped Oktave get to the next level.


Q: You’ve decided to play all night long this time which I think is amazing. What was the reasoning behind this choice and what can the Smart Bar crowd expect?

A: Jason (the Smartbar talent buyer) approached me with the idea as we were trying to decide who to book for the show. Obviously, I jumped at the chance. I played for 6.5 hours in Montreal earlier this summer, so I’ve done something similar recently, and I’m ready to lay it down all night, for sure.

One of the reasons I really wanted to do this is that Chicago audiences generally only see me in an opening capacity. As the Oktave resident, I almost always open the show, and I play mellower tracks to set up the headliner. When I play in other cities or overseas, I play headlining sets, utilizing different types of tracks that deliver a higher energy than what I normally play in Chicago. I’m excited for the Chicago community to finally see and hear what I do in that light.

Q: Perhaps understandably Chicago is big on house music and, some would agree, lacks a little on the techno front. Why do you think that is?

A: So this is a very loaded question that could probably get me in trouble. I have a great respect for the history of Chicago’s house and techno scenes, and in the city responsible for the birth of house music, it’s definitely understandable that techno can take a back seat to the house community.

I continue, however, to be surprised at the relative lack of tolerance for new, diverse and modern sounds in Chicago. For a city that has such rich musical roots and history, it has always mystified me that the Chicago underground community is so infatuated by and tied to its past. At Smartbar, the majority of artists who sell out the club have been playing there for over 20 years. I’ve seen excellent, cutting edge, internationally successful DJs who are hugely popular all over the world tank at Smartbar. And I mean tank – 30, 40, 50 people in the room. This has not really improved through the years that I’ve been doing Oktave here. Excellent artists are oftentimes ignored in Chicago because there just isn’t the interest or the curiosity about new sounds. It’s a shame. There was a time where I thought I could change that. That time has passed.


Q: What is your vision with Oktave in the coming years?

A: As my profile as an artist and a DJ continues to improve, Oktave sometimes has to take a back seat to my own needs and schedule. A lot of artists ask me why I continue to do it – I hear a lot of people say I should stop focusing on promoting other artists and work harder on promoting myself. I definitely feel that and I have moved to do less Oktave shows and focus more on my records, gigs etc.

I do plan, however, to continue doing Oktave events and to bring the type of techno I love to Chicago. My personal belief is that someone in my position has a civic responsibility to bring new music to the people in the city where I live. Despite the frustration and the limitations of living here, I still want Oktave to be at least a small part of the fabric of this community.

Q: One last question, is there an act you’ve always wanted to see play Oktave that you just haven’t been able to secure yet? Maybe we can let him know through here.

A: One good thing about having done this for 7 years, I can pretty much get to any artist, especially with Smartbar in the mix. Between the names ‘Smartbar’ and ‘Oktave,’ most techno DJs will at least answer my emails. Regardless, there are always artists who seem to slip through your fingers, or schedules just never work out, or there’s not enough money, or there are political slash immigration reasons they can’t come, that kind of thing. That list is currently headlined by: Surgeon, Shifted, James Ruskin, Blawan, and Voices From the Lake.

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The BBC Tells You How to Get Into Berghain

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Two weeks ago we got into Berghain on a warm September Sunday afternoon, exactly 24 hours before the club was granted “high culture” status by a German court and allowed to pay at a lower tax bracket than pure entertainment venues.

But what makes Berghain a high culture venue? BBC’s Lisa Ludwig explores the venue’s door policy and morefor “The Cultural Frontline” programme. Listen to the clip in full below or via the BBC iPlayer.

We can’t say we fully agree with her though, as our play-by-play of our 24 hours in Berlin demonstrates.

H/T: Resident Advisor

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24 Hours in Berlin: Berghain/Panorama Bar, Club der Visionaere, Lollapalooza and more


How much can someone party in 24 hours? I put that question to the test last weekend whenI decided to do as much as I could in a 24-hour period beginning the moment I was meeting a friend at the Milan Malpensa airport to catch a flight to Berlin. Although we were meant to leave the evening of September 10th, our flight was delayed to the next morning, meaning that we were both only going to get a couple of hours of sleep before beginning our adventure.

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