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Q&A with Matthias Meyer: His New Remix, Pacha Ibiza, and Watergate

Born in the quiet small German town of Lueneberg, near Hamburg, Matthias Meyer’s love and dedication for the hi-tech sounds of Detroit and Chicago ultimately drove him to become a prominent seven year resident of the prestigious club and brand Watergate.

This October, Watergate deservedly celebrates its 15th year anniversary with an exclusive compilation where Matthias joins forces with an old friend and producer to contribute a special track.

Best known for his remix of Ryan Davis’ Brun, which was religiously supported by All Day I Dream label master Lee Burridge, Matthias continues to make his mark on the underground by becoming a new resident for Hot Since 82’s Labyrinth series at Pacha Ibiza.

Now, as a world renowned DJ and producer, Matthias talks to us about his forthcoming release, new Pacha residency, and a nomination for the Best Deep House Artist by the DJ Awards.

Your remix of Butch’s ‘Shahrzad’ has been one of the highlights in your sets over the last year. What about the track do you think resonates with crowds?

The flute part in the track is the main hook and that really gets people into the mood. The string parts in my remix are carefully picked from the original and put in new context to create even more euphoria. I added more of a straight beat and amped up the hypnotic groove and the result turned out to work really well. I’m always happy to see all the smiling faces on the dance floor each time I play it.

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What did you love about the original and what did you want to bring to your rework?

I loved the break of the original so much, I wanted to create a new track out! For me the strings and flute melody are the magic of the whole track and I wanted to extend this magic throughout the whole track. That’s how the whole idea of the remix came about. I’m happy to now have my own house approach to Butch’s original track.

What elements of remixing someone else’s productions do you enjoy and what do you find challenging?

It’s always a challenge to remix music from another musical genre. Working off other people’s ideas and sounds and putting them in a totally new context. That is what remixing is about, for me. There’s so much good music out there but not all of it is made for the dance floor. I like transforming sounds and melodies that I like into a dance track. Take the Ryan Davis Remix I did for AnjunaDeep, for example – all I had was an orchestra part and a bit of baseline and it became a tune you can really dance to. That was one of the strongest remixes I ever did.

What elements of creating your own productions do you enjoy and what do you find challenging?

I just love creating grooves. I can spend days in the studio trying to get the right groove. When it comes to the melodies, I find it hard sometimes. I am not that much of a composer in terms of finding the right notes for a melody. I often find other ways to get the result I’m looking for. I.e scale, audio to midi, or sampling.

You’ve been a resident at Watergate for many years now, what is it about Watergate that you feel differentiates itself from the rest of the clubs in Berlin?

I have been connected to the club for a while now as a resident and as part of the agency. The lineups are always quality, the team is very professional, the club provides good sound in one of the best locations in town. The whole vibe of the place is just amazing!

You’ve been touring a lot this summer with Watergate in celebration of the club’s 15 year anniversary. How have those gigs been going? What has been the best part of being able to tour with Watergate and how has the experience differed from playing at the club?

That’s true, I actually just returned from a 2-week adventure through Brazil for the Watergate tour and that was super special. We went on an adventure through the best clubs in Brazil with other DJs including D’Edge, Warung and Beehive just to name a few. All shows were sold out, we had some great crowds and the shows received some amazing feedback. It is a very compressed and intense experience to play 6 shows in 2 weeks with a gang of 3 Watergate Residents – that’s what makes the tour a different experience to the normal club where you play every other week. It has been a special experience and some of the best shows I’ve played in my career.

You’re also featuring on the club’s 15-year anniversary compilation, what can we expect to hear on this?

I have done a track with Ryan Davis called ‘Hope’ that will be on this compilation. We’re both big fans of movie soundtracks and ‘Hope’ is very much inspired by the soundtrack of the movie ‘Lion’. I am playing it out a lot right now and it’s been receiving good feedback! Look out for the compilation release in October.

You’ve joined HS82’s Labyrinth party this year and are in the midst of playing six dates at Pacha. Any highlights from these parties so far?

The residency at Labyrinth has introduced me to a wider audience and I am thankful for that. I’ve known Daley (HS82) for a while now, the moment he invited me to warm up his new night at Pacha was pure bliss. I have had amazing nights with Pete Tong and Carl Craig and just last Friday was magic again, warming things up b2b with Anja Schneider at Cafe Mambo and finishing off the party b2b with Hot Since 82. The Labyrinth concept and vibe is great and I’m just really happy to be a part of it.

What does it mean to you to be nominated for Best Deep House Artist in the Ibiza DJ Awards? How will you celebrate if you win?

I didn’t expect to be nominated at all. When I found out I was, I was stoked. It’s amazing to be nominated for an award like this amongst so many other quality artists. It’s already an honour just to just be nominated for the award, even if I don’t win. BUT if I do win, I will book a jet from wherever I am on this planet just to come and accept the award!! 😉

We hope you win, too! See below for upcoming tour dates:

06.09.2017 – BABY BOA, GENEVA (CH)
07.09.2017 – THURSDATE AT WATERGATE, BERLIN (DE)
15.09.2017 – WATERGATE, BERLIN (DE)
16.09.2017 – 15 YEARS WATERGATE AT CORSICA STUDIOS, LONDON (UK)
17.09.2017 – OASIS FESTIVAL, MARRAKECH (MA)
22.09.2017 – RODNYA, MOSCOW (RU)
29.09.2017 – DO NOT SIT, MIAMI (US)
30.09.2017 – CITYFOX, NEW YORK (US)
06.10.2017 – LABYRINTH AT PACHA, IBIZA (ES)
20.10.2017 – 15 YEARS WATERGATE AT WESTERUNIE, AMSTERDAM (NL)
04.11.2017 – 15 YEARS WATERGATE AT SILODOM, SAARBRUCKEN (DE)
05.11.2017 – KATER BLAU, BERLIN (DE)

All tour dates here

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Sasha To Release “Trigonometry” on Watergate Debut

Grammy Award-nominated DJ Sasha is making his debut with Watergate Records. To mark this milestone, he is set to release a hot track off his GameOvr EP — the long-awaited “Trigonometry”.

The EP will also include another original track, the title track “GameOvr’, as well as first class remixes of the track from Cassy and La Fleur. “Trigonometry” has long been a highlight in Sasha’s sets over the last year. For fans who have debated over the track online, pleaded for a Track ID, and/or have asked for the release date, the wait is finally over.

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Watergate Berlin Could Close Down As Landlord Doubles Rent

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.

 

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

Sven Marquardt Nein

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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Field Trip 06: Watergate, Berlin

Flyer Nov 21

There are many club nights that we can dream of attending, but this Friday at Watergate Berlin easily comes in at the top of the list. Berlin is a city that is known as a hub for artists and musicians, especially in the techno industry, and nights like this shed light on why the city is so special. This Friday Watergate will host an all-star German lineup including Santé, Alex Niggemann, Metro, Robin Drimalski, Tiefschwarz, and a special live set from Âme. An extended party with a lineup like this can only mean one thing; one damn good time!

They don’t call it Watergate for nothing. The club is a two level institution overlooking the Spree River in Berlin, and is home to a phenomenal soundsystem and light installation that makes this a must-visit for anyone visiting the city. And with consistent lineups like this Friday it shouldn’t take much convincing even for the seasoned international clubber.

This lineup would be impressive regardless of what club plays host, but there is always something special when artists play on home turf. All of these artists have their own distinct style, and with them all coming together under one roof the vibe is sure to be proper from start to finish. For a small preview you can take a listen to Tiefschwarz’s Hello Watergate Podcast here:

So now after listening to sets and dreaming of setting foot in this iconic club, it makes me think…is it too early to book the next flight to Berlin? A stacked lineup of German talent in a relatively small club on the Spree River sounds like a dream come true. According to the Watergate Official Website, it will be Âme, Tiefschwarz, and Metro on the main floor while Santé, Alex Niggemann, and Robin Drimalski handle the soundtrack to the water floor. This is exactly where you’d find me if I were taking a techno Field Trip this weekend.

Watergate-Berlin

Field Trip Series: Watergate, Berlin

Flyer Nov 21

There are many club nights that we can dream of attending, but this Friday at Watergate Berlin easily comes in at the top of the list. Berlin is a city that is known as a hub for artists and musicians, especially in the techno industry, and nights like this shed light on why the city is so special. This Friday Watergate will host an all-star German lineup including Santé, Alex Niggemann, Metro, Robin Drimalski, Tiefschwarz, and a special live set from Âme. An extended party with a lineup like this can only mean one thing; one damn good time!

They don’t call it Watergate for nothing. The club is a two level institution overlooking the Spree River in Berlin, and is home to a phenomenal soundsystem and light installation that makes this a must-visit for anyone visiting the city. And with consistent lineups like this Friday it shouldn’t take much convincing even for the seasoned international clubber.

This lineup would be impressive regardless of what club plays host, but there is always something special when artists play on home turf. All of these artists have their own distinct style, and with them all coming together under one roof the vibe is sure to be proper from start to finish. For a small preview you can take a listen to Tiefschwarz’s Hello Watergate Podcast here:

So now after listening to sets and dreaming of setting foot in this iconic club, it makes me think…is it too early to book the next flight to Berlin? A stacked lineup of German talent in a relatively small club on the Spree River sounds like a dream come true. According to the Watergate Official Website, it will be Âme, Tiefschwarz, and Metro on the main floor while Santé, Alex Niggemann, and Robin Drimalski handle the soundtrack to the water floor. This is exactly where you’d find me if I were taking a techno Field Trip this weekend.

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