Every DJ has an artist who inspires them to do what they do and for me that artist is Ellen Allien. The Berlin based queen of techno has been on the scene since the early 90s and there is not one person in the techno scene that doesn’t know her name. Ellen’s music spoke to me as a young boy growing up in a city where techno wasn’t popular and I just happened to stumble onto her by accident at the time. She became the driving force behind the beginning stages of my passion for underground electronic music.
This week I decided to share one of the latest tracks from Ellen Allien’s latest album Nost that just came out last Friday. The nine-track album takes us through a journey of the world of Ellen with a nice acid flair, a direction that she has been going in for the past couple of years. The track I chose “Physical” takes the listener on a journey through the mind of an alien with Ellen’s own vocal adding the finishing touch, this brings it all together with Ellen’s signature stamp all over it.
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.