Marcel Dettmann interview

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Q&A With Marcel Dettmann @ The Bunker – Friday, August 6th

by rhythmism

Monday, Aug 2nd 2010, 12:41 PM

When any avid follower of true techno music mentions the name Marcel Dettmann there are a few words which immediately spring to mind. Rough, rugged, and raw are some which make up the famed Berghain residents musical attributes, while adventurous, intelligent and improvisational can be used to describe his philosophy. His sets are known to build in tension and momentum using a slew of hi hats, kick drums, and basslines, both grounded in tradition, as well as consciously working outside the comfortable techno box. Whether it is any number of global headlining performances, underground appearances or multi hour Berghain marathons, listeners are sure to hear a slew of styles and influences when Marcel mans the booth. From British bass music to Chicago’s jacking house sound, from classic Detroit to modern Berlin, Marcel is able to generate mood and connections with sounds that defy age and class. In the past few years, Marcel has also come into his own as a producer and remixer. Remixing the likes of Ellen Allien, Junior Boys, Loco Dice, and Modeselektor, as well as releasing original material on Berghains Ostgut Ton and his own MDR labels. In the studio as well as behind the decks he incorporates the same adventurous philosophy which has made him one of the most respected and diverse figures in the scene.

This Friday, August 6 Marcel Dettmann brings his talents to the place that he has described as one of his top 5 party spots in the world, Brooklyn’s The Bunker. Back in May, The Bunker launched a Berghain and Panorama Bar quarterly residency with Prosumer and Tobias to much acclaim. Now Marcel, and Panorama Bar resident Steffi take to the decks and bring the sounds of two of the world’s best clubs to the underground atmosphere of Public Assembly. Be on the look out for tracks off of Marcel’s debut artist album Dettmann on Ostgut Ton Records which has been gaining glowing reviews for its fluid and experimental take on modern techno. In anticipation of this one of a kind event, Rhythmism.com talks with Marcel about the new album, why it is so difficult for Eurpoean DJs to get work visas on time, and the state of affairs in Berlin’s techno scene.

Marcel Dettmann interview