Berlin is fast becoming the only place to go to hear the best house and techno music in the world. Not only is there a fascinating underground and artistic culture it is home to some of the wildest, most iconic and most intriguing night clubs in the world. This issue encapsulates the city where parties are defined and executed.
the cover Kirstin Watt wears black American Apparel poloneck dress and black vintage fishnet cardigan
Contents 3 Contributors With thanks to 4 Playlist Top 15 5 Selected Album Dutch duo Detroit
18 Sneaks, Kicks, Crepes Our favourites reviewed 30 Another City: Fly x Musika “DJ’s are rock stars of
6 Interzone An insight
Swindle release ‘Boxed Out’
into East Berlin & Friedrichstrasse
“I felt like Paranoid London really turned heads when they put out Paris Dub 1, then Paris Dub 2. They stripped dance music back to nothing but a distorted 808 and a 303”
Editorial: Die Nach
48 Editorial: The Sun Comes Up 56 Up & Coming DJ Turkish, Milo Abel
“Music brings people together which is always a good thing but without a doubt can divide opinion as well. I guess that’s why I always want to be involved in it”
44 Berghain The greatest
club in the world; A subculture involved in arts and performance. ‘MASSE’ art installations by Norbert Bisky
Editorial: Clup Trip
CONTRIBUTORS With thanks to;
Kirstin Watt, Gareth James Taylor, Simone Murphy, Hamish Crook, Superior Model Management, Colours Modelling Agency, Bookings Models London, Bernd Borchardt, Halle am Berghain, Norbet Bisky, Al Quinn, Illyus Brown, Milo Abel, Nicholas Hughes, Tom Ketley, Kirk Douglas, Tal Cittone Dickmann, Cabaret Voltaire, Fly Club, Estee Lauder, MAC Cosmetics, Nadine Lohof, Maria Siegismund, SOLEBOX, Overkill
playlist 303 CD
1 IV46 Agoria - Scala 8:22 2 Vaal & Tale of Us - Seahnak (Boiler Room Edit) 5:13 3 Marco Resman - Atomic Insanity 5:00 4 Illyus & Barrientos - Do Anything You Wanna 6:22 5 Romanthony - Floorpiece (Claptone Remix) 4:23 6 Ejeca - Alone (David Jach Remix) (Preview) 3:40 7 Ninetoes ‘Escape’ (Jesse Rose & Playmode Remix) 5:45 8 NiCe7 -Time To Get Physical- (Tube & Berger Remix)(Edit) 3:40 9 Guy Gerber & Dixon - No Distance 4:27 10 Crossing Borders feat. Fritz Kalkbrenner (Booka’s Dub Mix) 3:00 11 Rufus - Sundream (Claptone Remix) 4:57 12 Steve Lawler - Do Ya (Hot Since 82 Remix) 4:00 13 Premiere- Mia Dora ‘You In The Future’ 6:58 14 Tiga vs. Audion - Let’s Go Dancing (Solomun Remix) 7:35 15 Detroit Swindle - 64 Ways Feat. Mayer Hawthorne 3:00
Detroit Swindle ‘Boxed Out’
Since 2012, Lars Dales & Maarten Smeets have released a stream of outstanding house tracks, making their sound iconic in its own right. Their music has been described as thumping, floor shaking and filthy, and their new album ‘Boxed Out’ delivers that raw, Detroit Swindle warehouse vibe that is so irredeemably addictive. Released on the Berlin label ‘Dirt Crew’ the duo call the German capital their “spiritual home.” ‘Me, Myself & You,’ ‘64 Ways’ and ‘The Fat Rat’ are, without doubt, set to be some of the sweetest tracks of the year. Detroit Swindle next play We Are FSTVL, London on May 24th.
Berlin The East of Berlin is home to contemporary designer showroom spaces, chic modern hotels and boutique bars and restaurants. With a regular influx of youthful hipsters this part of the city in particular has an artistic vibe.
Platoon Kunsthalle is an experimental space for artists and creatives located in Schonhauser Allee in Trostrasse. Interactive installations, a night clothing market, photography exhibitions, short film premiers and live DJ sets are to name but a few of the arts performed, displayed and held here. It is a venture that encapsulates the concepts of East Berlin well. More centrally, Friedrichstrasse runs from the Northern part of the old Mitte district to the Hallesches Tor in the district of Kreuzberg. Combining the â€˜Golden Twentiesâ€™ style with the new architecture of Berlin it has an aura of elegance. Sandro, Louis Vuitton, Celine and Prada are a few of the shops found here.
1; football themed street art in Friedrichstrasse, 2; street art outside Platoon Kunsthalle, 3; view of the Berlin Tower from Friedrichstrasse, 4; street art in Friedrichstrasse, 5; street view in Trostrasse
al quinn One half of the DJ duo Mia Dora talks about his own unique sound and approach with music, where he sees the link with fashion and who he feels has been influential in dance music recently.
‘An excellent record, but it’s definitely marmite music. The guy’s literally just doing his own thing.’
Last year Mia Dora released ‘You in The Future’ on ‘Madtech,’ Kerri Chandler’s label and ‘Clear’ made Pete Tong’s Radio 1 Essential new tune. Previously the pair have had successes with tracks such as their Roots Manuva remix of Get the Get, Freckles, Awesome Sauce and Random Romantics on labels such as Moda Black, High Sheen and Big Dada/Ninja Tune.
when bands wrote great songs with just 3 chords because they just knew what worked. I look forward to hearing more from them. More recently, Joe of Hessle Audio fame dropped Punters Step Out on Untold’s Hemlock Recordings. It’s a bold offering to say the least. An excellent record, but it’s definitely marmite music. The guy’s literally just doing his own thing.
With dance music ever evolving, changing and developing, could you pin point any artists or tracks that, for you, instigated new emerging sounds?
How would you describe your take on electronic dance music? Both individually and in relation to Mia Dora.
I felt like Paranoid London really turned heads when they put out Paris Dub 1, then Paris Dub 2. They stripped dance music back to nothing but a distorted 808 and a 303, relying solely on their ability to write infectious hooks and catchy vocals. It’s almost like the punk rock of dance music
Growing up I used to be into a lot of metal and hip-hop. When Rob and I first started Mia Dora I was singing in a metal band. I feel like that’s had a big influence on the type of dance music I write. I always find myself writing really dark riffs and loading up a guitar pedal to throw some distortion on a channel. I guess
the good thing about working with Rob is he can reign me back in when I go off on a tangent like that. The Mia Dora sound is a good balance between both our influences.
How closely linked is fashion and music for you? Where do you take inspiration from or shop? I’d say that dance music, more than other genres, has close ties with fashion in the way that trends move seasonally. We definitely find ourselves concerned whether summer or winter is coming up when choosing which records to put out. Beyond that I don’t see any personal ties between them. To be honest I probably still dress like I’m in a metal band, people are always really surprised I write house and techno. I’ve been sporting skinny jeans and converse for a long time now.
The Martinez Brothers recently created the soundtrack for the Givenchy London Collections Men’s AW14 Show, if you could associate your music with any brand who would it be and why? I’d love to do the music for someone like Dr Martens. I love
them as they can be really smart, or really grungy depending what you wear them with. I’d love to write a track that tried to match that by being gritty but also classy.
What’s your favourite track right now? Danny Brown - 30. First tune in the morning and last tune before a night out. Mia Dora next play Lightbox, London on May 31st.
DIE NACH Model: Gareth James Taylor, Bookings Models, London
SNEAKS CREPES KICKS New Balance have had an exciting April with the release of several new trainers including the long awaited 999 Cherry Blossom Mint and the 574 Tropical Fish Pack. Nike are also set to release an impressive array of new sneaks in the coming months to add to their already mighty collection. The Air Jordan 11 Retro Low ‘Concord’ is dropped on May 3rd, followed five days later by the Nike x Liberty London collection. Combining classic Nike styles with bold summer prints the Liberty collection comes in three floral patterns. Each print is celebrated via the Roche Run, the Air Max 90, the Nike Blazer or the Dunk Sky Hi. Joining them in June are the Nike SB Jordan 1 and the Air Jordan 11 Retro Low ‘Turbo Green.’ In suspense of the new kicks we considered some of our favourite trainers to date.
letâ€™s go dancing i wanna go dancing with you all night dancing
ID, Air Max 1, All Leather, ÂŁ250
Vintage Elite, Yellow & Black, ÂŁ50
Air Max 1, Limited Edition, Cracked Leather, ÂŁ90
Air Jordan 5, Grape, ÂŁ135
Available in Berlin at
Solebox Sneaker & Lifestyle Boutique With vast numbers of limited edition releases as well as regular stock of Nike, New Balance, Y3, Michael Sky, Addidas, Puma, Reebok, Asics and Onitsuka Tiger in all colour variations, Solebox is the sneaker shop to go to. We’d challenge you to find a trainer unavailable here.
Nürnberger Straße 16, 10789 Berlin, Germany
& Overkill Streetwear, Graffiti, Sneaker shop Whilst clothing, accessories, magazines and books are also available here, the trainer collection is without a doubt our favourite. With over eighteen brands stocked including an exciting array of Jordans, you can’t go to Berlin and not visit.
Köpenicker Straße 195A, 10997 Berlin, Germany
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fly X musika Tom Ketley & Kirk Douglas
With Sven Vath’s world tour residing in Berlin this month we thought it was fitting that our Another City feature encapsulates the city that hosted Sven Vath, iconically, in a secret location ‘black box.’ He was joined by a few thousand people at the end of last year for a Cocoon debut on Scottish soil. Running successful parties takes more than just good bookings and atmospheric venues. Tom Ketley and Kirk Douglas have both contributed significantly to the underground music
scene that has been established in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. More so recently with weekly nights such as Fly Club hitting full capacity with bookings such as Moda Black, Waze & Odyssey, Detriot Swindle and Finnebassen its fair to say there is a level of buzz about the city in terms of dance music. Tom, originally from Glasgow and coowner of We Own; who host parties not only in Scotland but also Croatia, Ibiza and soon to be London, has been running nights in the city for the past five years. With Stay Gold every Monday night and Fly Club every Friday, We Own has a strong weekly presence in the capital that comes with it a regular club culture following. With Musika previously occurring monthly at Liquid Rooms
but now making bookings for specific dates and parties in various locations, Kirk has been partially responsible for bringing some of the biggest international names in house and techno music to Edinburgh as well as throwing some of the most iconic parties - the ‘black box’ for Cocoon being mentioned previously. We wanted to find out their opinions on the scene within the city and their mindset on what does determine a successful night.
What do you think Fly/Musika brings to the music scene in Edinburgh? TK: In my, obviously
biased, opinion it brings a dose of quality underground music every Friday night. We have a real group of friends that come every week so it’s a community. Plus you don’t see many clubs in Edinburgh where all three rooms have hands in the air; cafe, room two and main-room all at the same time. For us, anyone can book a bunch of big name DJs to give a night credibility but it’s about having this community and more importantly a strong resident crew that makes FLY special to me.
KD: Musika pretty much packs a lot of balls, line-ups with sometimes three big name guests trying to suit everyone across the board, within reason. We have brought together home grown talent and international guests. Our parties range from smaller events right up to packing over 2,500 for Sven Vath.
How would you describe the club culture in Edinburgh? TK: I think club culture in Edinburgh is great at the moment. Obviously the golden era of Pure in the early 90s sort of skipped our generation as we were only three year olds. However, at the moment there are always three to four cracking nights on every weekend with great music, great DJs and more importantly great people. I used to think we were behind
Glasgow and that we didn’t have as good a music scene here. This was when I first moved to Edinburgh 5 years ago but now I think that I was either not looking hard enough and following the realms of a typical student or that it genuinely has got better recently? Who knows, but there is certainly an introduction of a crew of pals all putting on cracking parties at the minute. Maybe that combined with good venues ran by clued up lads such as Flick & McVey at Cab, Nick at Sneaky’s and Huggy at Liquid Rooms means good party times ahead!
How would describe
development in dance music with in the last decade? KD: Its certainly bigger and more accessible. DJ’s are rock stars of the modern-age, you can hear electronic music more frequently on radio and TV shows. It is everywhere, in lots of different forms, not just in clubs. There is a lot of it and with that a lot of soulless music. If you listen to old records by the likes of Kerri Chandler, Jovonn & Norm Talley you can feel the heart and soul of it, but today in 80% of the stuff you hear you feel nothing like that. Can you describe to us your favourite party/club night ever?
TK: Carteblanche at Sub Club with MEDHI and RITON followed by The Unit. It was electric. I was with 4 of my best mates and it was without doubt the messiest night we’ve had but we still laugh about all the stories from it today. KD: Sonar 2012, Innervisions @ El Monasterio Ame, Dixon, Todd Terje, Tale of us, Henrik Schwarz, hands down the best day I’ve ever had musically. The atmosphere was spiritual, the setting of the monastery was ace. The best, friendliest crowd and surrounded by the best
friends you could ask for. The line up was solid and we were all taken on a journey, I’d pay all of money there is to do that day again.
What’s your favourite track at the minute? TK: This week I can’t stop playing James Welsh - Craven & Francisco – Moon Roller (Extended Mix) KD: Just now: Arto Mwambe - Ombala Mbembo. A friend recently played it when I was in London, every time I’m there I come away with tracks I love and this is the most recent one, it’s a fun track and a good dance floor track.
Model: Kirstin Watt, Superior Model Management
illyus ‘My gran always says everything has been around already’
Originally starting out as a hiphop DJ, Illyus made the shift into house music production due to his love of DJ Sneak, Theo Parrish and Kerri Chandler. Late last year ‘The Issues’ EP was realeased on Morris Audio and more recently so ‘Do Anything You Wanna’, his collaboration with Barrentios, has had big success. A regular at home in clubs such as Chambre 69, Saint Judes and Subclub the Glasweigan DJ is set for an exciting year. We asked him about his influences musically, current in-club trends and his favourite places to shop.
What influences your music? My influences come from a lot of old school hip hop, soul & funk. I always enjoy making an old school house vibe because you can take it in various directions (club, feel good, moody).
My current project with Barrientos is much more up to date sounding, the aim is to make people dance, have fun.
As a DJ would you say you recognise trends/ certain styles emerging within clubs? My gran always says everything has been around already, suppose she has a point. I always feel people are becoming more and more expressive in the club scene - no boundaries are set. Maybe most things have been around already but carried much differently. You can always tell when something new is about to take over, most of the time it starts with a few people getting those funny looks because the spectators can’t quite figure out if that’s meant to be or not.
How would you describe the crowd that follows your
music? I’d like to think my music attracts people that are into music. I’m very much at the start of my music gaining a little attention, hopefully more and more people want me to keep making it.
How connected is fashion and music for you? Where do you take inspiration from or shop? I would say an element of fashion is inspired by music and vice versa, always has been the case. You can look at examples like hip hop in the 90s, the punk era in the 80s and funk phase in the 70s. I feel like that still applies today. I don’t have a specific shop I go to, for trainers I like exclusive pairs from ‘size’ or a great store in Berlin called ‘overkill’ (they also have great clothes.) Other than that I like vintage stuff a lot, random t-shirts and shirts that look ‘bout
100 years old.
Can you describe what music means to you? Music means various things to me. Again it depends on mood. Sometimes it’s an escape, other times it’s expression & sometimes just plain fun. It brings people together which is always a good thing but without a doubt can divide opinion as well. I guess that’s why I always want to be involved in it.
Do you have a favourite fashion designer? Can’t say that I have a favourite designer, but mostly just buy
What’s your favourite track right now? At the moment I’m really feelin ‘Crackazat - Candle Coast’
The Mecca of house and techno music lies in the German capital
Sex fueled and x-rated the parties last from Friday until Monday and are subject to sets from an array of world class DJ’s including residents such as nd_baumecker, Cassy, Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock. The high caliber of music and drugs combined ensure the parties hosted at Berghain fall second to none. The intense nature of the club culture in Berlin is consequence to the city’s history. Segregated and financially unstable for many years before unification the city found itself with little to offer industrially. Half of Berlin was walled in and the city was politically aligned with the left; it had a very militant character, which expressed itself in a very aggressive, minimalist, raw form of techno. On our route to the defunct East German heating and power station we crossed through a deserted industrial estate and quickly noticed gravitating bodies heading in the same desolate direction. A faint but building sleazy tech baseline gradually becoming more distinct. The structure itself externally is huge and seems threatening as it towers over the surrounding grounds. Thomas Karsten explains “it is similar to that of a cathedral of the Middle Ages.” He was one of the two architects responsible
for the renovations in 2004. The building was originally constructed in 1953 but was later abandoned in the 1980’s. “There’s something almost spiritual about the atmosphere.” The monumental dance floor is dense. A crowd collated of gay men in leather bondage, youthful hipsters sporting bomber jackets, septum piercings and tiny-framed females indulging in hard techno absorb every second. Most people sustain at least twenty-four hours within the walls or Berghain assisting their stamina with MDMA, speed and Ketamine. Panorama Bar is a more chilled vibe. Spacious, the bar is toward the back of the room and the DJ decks on your left with small leather seating lining the walls. Upstairs is equally as vast as downstairs. House music is predominantly played here in conjunction to the techno heard in the main room, however policy is that both rooms are open ended in genre. The bouncers are world renowned for their strict approach on who passes through the doors. Hundreds of people are turned away every night. Vital to the aura of Berghain the crowd selection is essential. Berlin now attracts more tourists to its outstanding nightlife than it does its
eventful history that instils a certain fear in the club cult that the hardcore crowd should become diluted and commercialised. The vibe of Berghain is one that envelops the entire culture of its goers, not only musically but also in terms of art and performance. The MASSE collaboration debuted in May of last year between the Staatsballett Berlin and the Berghain and performed at Berghain am Halle. The act consisted of music especially composed for the performance by house and techno producers Henrik Schwarz, Marcel Dettmann, Frank Wiedemann and DIN. The performance chorography addressed varying ideas of the social and physical concept of ‘Masse’ or mass as a modern day phenomenon. Renowned contemporary artist Norbet Bisky created the installation for the performance. He described his artwork as “an artistic engagement with the atmosphere of the catastrophe of the past few years as well as with the burgeoning scepticism towards unchecked growth.”
Installation by Norbert Bisky Copyrights: VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2002. Photography: Bernd Borchardt Courtesy of: Halle am Berghain Staatsballett Berlin
THE SUN COMES UP
Having recently supported an impressive array of DJ’s, our Up&Coming Londoner, Turkish, talks to us about what he’s looking forward to in the coming year and where his inspiration in terms of music and fashion originate.
How would you describe the music you play? I guess the music I play is centred around deep house, but I like going from techno on one end of the scale to soulful, old-school house on the other. I also produce hip hop instrumentals for a side project with a friend who’s an MC.
What has been your favourite night you’ve
ever played and why? I think a packed out house party can be the best place to DJ if the mood is good, and there have been a few recently when you can play an old banger and it’s all hands in the air. Warming up for Sir David Rodigan recently was an honour too, and an experience on a proper reggae sound system.
Who are some of your favourite DJ’s and why? I really love Erol Alkan, Daniel Avery and the Phantasy Label, they make and play great techno that’s also pretty accessible. I’m also very keen on UK hip hop master
Nightmares on Wax, and of course Mr. Theo Kottis.
What is your approach to fashion? How do you decide what to wear/where to shop? I don’t tend to look specifically for brands or anything, but I always end up picking out the same sort of clothes. I used to want to be a 90’s rapper with everything I wore, I’ve toned it back a bit but it’s still all XXL tees and white kicks.
When did you first decide you wanted to DJ? Probably a combination of watching Theo play Cab Vol every week,
‘I used to want to be a 90’s rapper with everything I wore’
‘a packed out house party can be the best place to DJ’
and seeing Erol Alkan make a crowd break down to near tears with ‘Forever Dolphin Love,’ before blowing the roof off with his remix of Metronomy’s ‘The Bay’ a few years ago.
What are you looking forward to most in the coming year in terms of parties/festivals? I’m playing next opening for Waze & Odyssey for Fly Club which I’m excited about. Further in the future we’re taking Fly to Ibiza for opening parties with Troupe Records and Together Ibiza in June. We’ve also got a lot planned over the summer and into next year, big parties in Edinburgh as well as London, Glasgow etc. Personally I’m looking forward to seeing Brodinski and Gesaffelstein at XOYO in London, and Erol Alkan at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh.
What’s your favourite track at the minute?
I’ve been listening to MF DOOM’s beat tapes, ‘Special Herbs’ on repeat and my favourite is probably ‘Patchouly Leaves,’ but to play out it’s got to be an old classic, Boo Williams’ ‘Mortal Trance.’
What has been the best party/night you have attended, why, and who played? My birthday this year was the same day Daniel Avery played at Sneaky Pete’s, just after releasing his new album. Such an intimate venue, my best friends and some acid and techno made that the best night I’ve been to.
How would you describe the ethos of the underground music scene? For me it’s all about the music, and I think that’s what makes it great - you’re there to dance and that’s pretty much it.
If you could play any club in the world, where would it be? If I had to chose somewhere, probably Panorama Bar. Berghain obviously has a special attraction, but the music that’s played upstairs is more my style. Plus, the list of fantastic DJ’s who have played there just goes on and on.