Marlon Hoffstadt’s ethos when it comes to the club is pretty simple. Turn off your phone, savour the moment, communicate through the music on the dancefloor.
The vitality of communicating with one another on a human level, in not allowing ourselves to be sucked entirely in the 24/7 of digital life, is at the core of his outlook, and even informed the robotic voice on his recent melodic electro cut, ‘Captain’s Announcement’, a track that could essentially be the party’s national anthem with the words “savour the moment” and “turn off your phone” echoing over trance melodies and a rubbery bassline.
It’s all too often that industry bullshit has seen DJs, musicians and performers face burnout or worse. The tragic story of Avicii, who died by suicide last year, sent a shock through the system of the dance music world about the dangers of the industry that few on the outside see, and how the overwhelming pressure to meet the expectations of others can take an immense toll on both the body and the mind.
Vitally, Hoffstadt emphasises the importance for breakthrough DJs and producers to surround themselves with people who genuinely care for them, at put their best interests first.
Looking to the future then, Hoffstadt has a lot coming up before he becomes a father. Savour The Moment returns in August and so far he’s book “Merve, Lucid Stannard, Toni Yotzi, John Beltran aka Placid Angles, Ex-Terrestrial, Jordan and many others” for the occasion.
With Midnight Themes too, there’s a new record on the way.
A protest rave is taking place in Berlin this Saturday (25th May) to rally against planned extensions of the city’s A100 highway.
According to the organisers, activist group Aktionsbündnis A100 stoppen, continued plans for the A100’s extension through Treptow, Friedrichshain and Lichtenberg threaten several popular local cubs including ://about blank, FIPS, Osthafen, Polygon, Else and Wilde Renate.
Berlin-based experimental audio-visual platform oqko will release the debut outing from PANG™ this Friday 5th of April.
The release – with track titles as apt as ‘PANG PANG PANG’ and ‘PANG PANG PANG PANG PANG PANG’ etc – is comprised of six cuts of haywire experimental techno and hi-def electronics. And that’s basically all we know.
CCTV Radio will launch in Berlin next month.
Nike has unveiled a new Air Max 180 BLN trainer inspired by Berlin - and it’s more colourful than you’d imagine.
The shoes are accentuated by splashes of lime green and pink, while the soles have the words ‘Unity’ and ‘Freedom’ on.
Costing a hefty €150, you can get them on Air Max Day from 26th March , and then via the SNEAKRS app on 30th March.
Catch Honey Dijon and more at the Defected Festival in September.
An artificial intelligence programme has been taught to create 231 producer names, and they're alarmingly believable.
Berlin-based Swede Olle Holmberg is a producer and photographer with a great affinity for one of Berlin's most renowned record shops, Hard Wax. So much so that he trained an AI to scan and analyse every artist name on the store's website, and subsequently create its own names.
Berlin's legendary techno mecca Arena Club will close its doors at the end of next month with its long term future up in the air.
The vast space near the banks of the River Spree, renowned for parties like Live From Earth and Dystopian, will be converted into a "fancy" location fit for commercial events. It coincides with a large scale theatre project, called Caveman, which will operate across the warehouse district of the Spree.
DJ Mag doubts "fancy" commercial events will sustain the same hedonistic heart and soul which Arena Club inspired in its thousands of fans.
Johannes Albert has announced a new album, 'Lichtenberg', his first LP since 2013's acclaimed debut, 'Hotel Novalis'.
A resident at Berlin's legendary nightspot Salon Zur Wilden Renate, one of the venues involved in last year's rave protesting the far right group AfD, on his latest work the German artist charts acid, 1990s rave, New Wave and EBM (a genre we ran a special on last year).
Farbfernseher, one of Berlin's best small clubs, is set to close.
Three million club tourists spent over €1.4bn in Berlin last year, it's estimated.
The Berlin Clubcommission, a group which upholds the interests of clubs and nightlife businesses, published a report stating that while club industry turnover was €216m in 2018, their overall spend on accomodation, food and other activities eventually accumulated to €1.48bn.
The report found that one third of all Berlin visitors fall into the club tourist bracket, and that they spend an average of €205 per day (seemingly they're not on the white ciders for pre-drinks...)