The 1990s were an interesting period as far as the rave era goes, and especially so in the techno-loving city of Berlin, where the genre pretty much defined the rave scene of that decade. Not to mention of course the wild fun that came with these parties.
When the rave bug hits you, it hits you hard, and no one is exempt from it. Not even cops.
That is exactly what happened when three squads of the Berlin’s police force had to be sent home after partying too hard at a party they threw leading up to the G20 summit next week.
Berlin’s squads 14, 15 and 32 were actually stationed in Hamburg in preparation for the political event, and it is at their headquarters where they were stationed that they instigated a huge party that spiraled out of control. There they drank heavily, urinated in the open on surrounding fences, and engaged in public sex as loud music played.
Heading to Europe for the summer? Still looking to plan a last-minute trip to a festival you have never been to?
Check out this interactive map put together by Electronic Beats, it may come useful in your planning! This handy visual guide highlights all European festivals worth knowing about between the end of May and the end of August, including heavyweights the likes of Awakenings, Sonar, Into The Valley Dekmantel, Sonus and Dimension, as well as a lot other smaller less-known festivals.
This coming May 12th, BPitch Control boss Ellen Allien will release her upcoming LP Nost, her first club-ready album since 2010.
Nost is short for “nostalgia,” each track a homage to her twenty-five-plus years on dance floors all over the world. During her long career Ellen has emerged from Berlin’s fertile, post-wall era and gone on to secure an impressive list of achievements which have undoubtedly made her a consistent positive and progressive contributor to the evolution of the city’s techno scene. Her DJ sets, musical productions and her iconic label, BPitch Control have become intrinsic elements of the city’s effervescent techno culture, as well as that of the techno movement around the globe.
Throughout her career Ellen has remained an avid lover and collector of vinyl, still today choosing to play records at clubs and festivals whenever possible. Her love for vinyl has taken her to launch a series of events called Vinylism that see her perform very intimate vinyl-only sets at some of her favorite record stores around the world.
May promises to be a memorable and exciting month for techno, but then again which month isn’t?
For your listening pleasure we have prepared a Spotify playlist of techno artists scheduled to perform at some of the world’s best techno nightclubs and festivals throughout this month, which we hope you enjoy below:
Watergate, one of Berlin’s iconic nightclubs, is at risk of shutting down.
The new landlord has decided to spike up rent by literally doubling it, following the entire building’s recent sale for €6.3 million. This is in some way a result of the club’s own success, falling victim of gentrification after 15 years of extremely successful operation.
Founder Steffen ‘Stoffel’ Hack spoke to Resident Advisor recently on the subject, staying: “In unbridled capitalism, the market regulates the price and there is no protection of business tenants or rental ceilings to counter this, [which] leaves the successful management of Watergate on very fragile terrain. In the end, we will all leave.”
The rent increase is substantial, meaning that the club could decide to shut down if it’s unable to find creative ways to bring in enough revenue to make up for the added costs. Hack has explained how the club has to “expand conceptually as well as in terms of content.” This includes a forthcoming world tour that will see the venue celebrate its 15th anniversary with stops in Spain, Brazil, Morocco, Switzerland, France and the United States.
Coming up at Watergate in Berlin are acts the likes of Solomun, Soul Clap, Pan-Pot, Adriatique, Coyu, Prosumer, Gui Boratto, Kerry Chandler and many more. Full list of upcoming shows can be found here.
If you have an interest in music history, especially electronic dance music history, then this recently-opened exhibit in Berlin is something you should check out! Called “Good Vibrations,” the exhibit showcases some of the most iconic electronic instruments of the last 100 years, the instruments that helped shape music as we know it today.
Among those are an early Theremin produced in Russsia in the 1920s and a Trautonium, an early monophonic electronic instrument invented in 1929 by Friedrich Trautwein in Berlin. There is also the collection of iconic synthesizers, from the Fairlight CMI, to the Buchla music easel and the EMS VCS 3, among several other models on display. Alongside these vintage classic analogue equipment, visitors are also treated with a glimpse of the future through the selection of prototypes of new inventions on display.
Good Vibrations also features workshops and opportunities to play a selection of the instruments on display.
The exhibit currently runs at State Institute for Music Research at Tiergarten 1, Ben-Gurion-Straße, 10785 Berlin, Germany. Its run will end on June 25.
H/T: The Vinyl Factory
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Boon & Bane is an exciting long player of Berlin techno DJ/Producer, Daniel Boon, a highly intelligent man who likes to think outside the box, creating a unique blend of underground sounds. His long-awaited first album which have been carefully built over the last year, reveals Daniel Boon’s widely rich musical identity through 10 awe-inspiring tracks!
The debut album comes out comes out on his own imprint Neuhain Recordings, a techno label with recent releases from David Ternessi, Crazy
Sonic and Superstrobe. Boon is responsible for numerous parties throughout Berlin in the late ’90s and early to mid 2000s, including club nights at the legendary old Tresor club and the now closed Maria Am Ostbahnhof. Furthermore Boon also founded Ostfunk Records with Oliver Tatsch in 2005 which became one of Berlin’s leading techno labels.
Boon & Bane is an exploration of textures. Each track has its own sonic character whether that’s the growling rumbles in “Fade Array” or the noise explosions in “Inside Symmetry”. The percussion is warm and expertly laid, often within the form of polyrhythms. “Demand Echoes” for example
bleeps in and out while carrying a crunch of a clap which is a welcome theme throughout. The reverse synth percs in Fallback Audio show Boon’s minimalistic calibre while tracks like “Rattle Blade” and “Shadow Forecast’s” vocal-use give rave nostalgia. “Humo Routine” sticks out as a garage house influenced shuffle techno hybrid with a wobble-esque bassline, perfectly giving the middle of the album a breath.
We spoke to Daniel ahead of the forthcoming release, from which we are also premiering “Rattle Blade”
Want to own a piece of techno history? You now can if you get your hands on one of Berghain’s most treasured souvenirs!
The iconic mural that used to line up the club’s famed entrance has recently been taken down, with pieces now up for sale. The tiled mural, made by artist Piotr Nathan, was called Rituals Of Disappearance and had greeted club goers and Berghain rejects alike since the venue opened back in 2004.
Berghain ownership is renovating the club’s entrance area, which is why the art work was dismantled and all 171 aluminum panels of Rituals Of Disappearance put on sale. There is no denying that a piece of Berghain’s iconic entrance would be a pretty amazing art addition to any techno lover’s home.
Piotr himself explained that he hopes the pieces find their way into the home of those who have come to celebrate Berghain and inside it, “After all, this massive mural, although conceived in form and content for a museum, was ultimately designed and realized in this extraordinary club. I compare partying at Berghain to cultic celebrations of indigenous tribes.”
The price for each tile isn’t cheap, at $500 each. Pieces of Piotr Nathan’s Rituals Of Disappearance can be bought via an exclusive website hosted by Berghain.
No we are not making this up: Airbnb seriously thinks they can pair travelers up with Berliners for the ultimate clubbing experience inside Berghain/Panorama Bar.
The San Francisco tech giant is rolling out a new service soon which will focus on on allowing Berliners to offer “experiences” to those visiting the city as tourists. Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Airbnb, stated Friday that Berliners on Airbnb will be able to welcome visitors to the city as well as curious locals on paid experiences, beginning this coming May. These experiences will supposedly include going out for drinks and clubbing.
The app’s offerings are expanding, added Blecharczyk, “We’re really repositioning Airbnb as a platform for the entire trip.” According to his speech to entrepreneurs and tech workers at the Factory hub in the German City, soon Airbnb will aim to offer flights and other travel services through its app. The experiences idea isn’t new for Airbnb, with the company offering the service in 13 other cities throughout the world. The plan is to expand this to a total of 51 cities by the end of 2017, exponentially growing the list of experiences provided from the current number of 700 available through the app.
The billionaire explained how currently travelers can use the company’s experiences feature to go foraging for mushrooms, hiking, marathon training in Nairobi, or cycling in San Francisco. “Our most popular one [city] so far is Havana, Cuba,” he added. “You go to Havana and it’s really hard to get plugged into the local scene or know how to find things and experience the culture. It’s really a bi-directional thing. It’s not just a way to make money. It’s a way to meet people.”
It’s unclear how exactly Airbnb seems to intend to guarantee guests entry into Berghain, a feat considering the club’s door policy and the reason it exists in the first place is to prevent this type of situation from occurring. While a Berghain experience seems a little questionable, it’s entirely possible for Airbnb experiences to offer a more realistic clubbing experience in the city, with plenty of other options to choose from on any given weekend night.
After all, it happens to almost everyone to get turned away from Berghain at least once, and it hardly ever means that the party stops there!
H/T: Business Insider
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