As a DJ in the techno capital of world of Berlin I’m constantly hunting for new gems that will bring the dance floor into a frenzy of high energy. It’s our jobs at DJs to connect with the audience in a magical way that builds and releases tension in the club. In the moment this usually happens very organically and is never forced.
During my weekly hunt for new music to play in my upcoming sets I stumbled across a new artist that I never had heard of before. Justin Cudmore’s track “Moment” is a track that is meant to be used in those special moments in the club where as a DJ you know you have the audience at your finger tips and it bring you nothing but joy to keep building it up to the delight of the audience.
Moment delivers some solid acid house vibrations that remind me of magical moments at Panorama Bar here in Berlin. A techno lover by heart I often take refuge from the darkness of Berghain to find some lightness in the comfort of the clubs other dance floor that brings more disco and house vibes then straight Berlin techno. I believe this track truly represents those moments I often experience during my own club adventures. Turn it up and get ready to move!
Women in techno are a hot topic at the moment within a scene that for years has been dominated by men. One thing that still remains true as more and more women join the ranks that blatant misogyny becomes more vocal.
Currently I’ve been putting a lot of focus on the 90s in the playlist because I feel it was really such an important time for the underground sound. Not only was it when I personally got into the music, it was also a time where Europe really helped to propel it into the limelight.
This week I decided I wanted to dig a little deeper into some of the great techno classics from the earlier days of techno. Immediately Joey Beltram came to mind, one of the early heroes of techno, his most famous track “Energy Flash” continues to be a staple in many DJ sets today.
Musically inclined at a young age, Matthew would play many instruments and perform in musical theatre until he became a teenager. It was during these years that he discovered techno music from attending his first rave parties. These fated events would start a chain reaction love affair that has continued now for 18 years.
Finding an immediate passion as a DJ his musical persona James Demon was born. While navigating through the house and techno scene worldwide he would eventually relocate to Berlin and launch his record label Occultists. The record label features mystical electronic music with an esoteric and occult flair.