Squarepusher: Melody and Method

Sadist. Self-saboteur. Shit disturber. Over the years, Tom Jenkinson has been called all of the above, sometimes by his beleaguered fans. Like a jazz drummer who refuses to lay in the pocket, his disc…

Anja Schneider: Maximum Mobilee

It’s somewhere in the wee hours at Barcelona’s Raum club, and Anja Schneider helms the turntables, grinning ear to ear. She has reason to smile: tonight’s party, a pre-Sónar showcase…

Sasse: Multiple Personalities

Amidst the influx of electronic music producers claiming Berlin as their new home, Sasse Lindblad is what you might call an early adopter. The 33-year-old producer moved there in the late ’90s t…

Ocean Club: Uncharted Waters

Berlin shot through the electronic music ranks during the first half of the decade, rising from vibrant outpost to the scene’s global epicenter. With a tight-knit community of producers and labe…

K.I.Z.: Girls, Grilling, and Hip-Hop

K.I.Z. seriously loves hip-hop, but their hip-hop is anything but serious. On “Hurensohn” (“Son of A Whore”) they rap “I’m gonna party on your grave/You try the cri…

Native Instruments: Tweak and Twerk

Ten years ago, audio engineer Stephan Schmitt and software developer Volker Hinz created Generator, one of the virtual world’s first modular synthesizers. The pair (both native Berliners) had oo…

Lotterboys' Artist Tips

When Mack Goudy Jr. croons–Tom Jones-on-the-moon-style–”She’s got two of the longest legs/That make the sweetest ass of themselves” on “Heroine” one can only wonder, R…

Westbam: Off The Wall

What’s in a name? Quite a bit if you’re 41-year-old Maximilian Lenz, better known as Westbam. The moniker–a combination of his home province Westphalia with that of his musical idol Afrika…

Marok: Design Power

I track down elusive Lodown editor Marok (born Thomas Marecki) in a non-descript Kreuzberg building that houses the magazine’s office. His desk is in the back of the room, behind a floor-to-ceil…

Panoramabar: Berlin's Underworld

It’s noon on a sunny Sunday. While half of Berlin sits down to brunch, this is the first time some of these people have sat down all weekend. Six shirtless men who look like Russian G.I. Joe fig…

95 Gallery/Nort: A Taste of New York

Simon Schaefer has been paying attention to fashion since he was a hip-hop obsessed pre-teen wilding in the streets of West Berlin. He vividly remembers the divide between the underground-savvy Charlo…

Nu-Dub Allstars: Low-End Fiends

Berlin’s nu-dub scene: Its lineage can be hard to trace, but it involves members of groups The Tape, Al Haca, Tolcha, and Jahcoozi, as well as sometime collaborators like Stereotype, Modeselekto…

Jan Jelinek: Sowing Wild Oats

Berlin-based producer Jan Jelinek has always presented himself as a sound designer; he’s even gone so far as to say he’s “not a musician.” Hacking away at tiny, clicking sample…

Grime Time & Sick Girls

Christian “Fussi” Fussenegger, a video journalist and one of the six heads behind Berlin’s Grimetime, has no problem rattling off ridiculous stories about the UK grime MCs and DJs th…

Berlin Reggae: Break It Down

Reggae permeates Berlin street culture down to the subways. Platform newsstands stock Riddim, a German-founded, German-language reggae magazine, and the trains’ embedded TV screens advertise loc…

Luciano: Running the Techno Mafia

Perhaps no one better typifies the Bohemian artist myth of Berlin than Lucien Nicolet. Better known as Luciano, Nicolet is the Swiss-Chilean artist behind a slew of fêted records for Playhouse, Peacef…

Patric Catani & Gina D'orio

Ec8or’s song title “Discriminate Against the Next Fashionsucker You Meet (It’s a Raver)” caught my eye when I first read about them a decade ago. Ec8or, comprised of Patric Cat…

Apparat In The Studio

“I can’t switch off in Berlin. I always feel like there’s work to be done,” admits Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat) after a four-day production binge. “I completely forget wh…

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