When people hear about the Berlin based techno club Berghain, they automatically make a connection with techno and hedonism. However many might not know that apart from being a club they also have a very successful record label called Ostgut Ton. The label has produced high quality techno releases for over 10 years and has become a staple for many techno DJs around the world. The label named after the original club that would birth Berghain is an outlet where the club residents can present their artistic vision.
I first discovered Tobias when I first moved to Berlin and I was completely blown away by his 2014 album ‘A Series Of Shocks.’ Almost every track on the album was pure gold and it’s not very often that this happens when listening to an artist album. He has followed up that album with this years ‘Eyes In The Center’ and I decided to feature “Vertic” from that album that showcases to me the signature Tobais techno sound. Turn it up loud and let it take you to a new place.
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.