The hero of the global techno scene Marcel Dettmann will lead a trio of Berghain’s famous club residents at the new Apgrade event on the 14th of October in the warehouse of Belgrade’s port (Hangar Luka Beograd). This will be a continuation of an antological night for the local audience which was premierly hosted last year by the publishing house known as Ostgut Ton, musical foundation of Berghain. In addition to its biggest stars, impeccable reputation of this institution will defend Berlin and leader of their new generation Kobosil, and recently signed French techno legend Terence Fixmer! His first EP for a new house at the well-known address Wriezener Am Bahnhof, entitled “Beneath the Skin” (O-TON 97), was released just today! Limited amount of the “early bird” tickets for “Apgrade with Ostgut Ton” is available at the box offices of Eventim and Gigstix as of today, at the first pre-sale price of 890 dinars.
One of the most prominent figures of contemporary electronic music, Marcel Dettmann, a passionate collector of records thanks to whose efforts in the music publishing and distribution have grown many generations of German artists. Access to a large number of rare editions through personal record store gave Dettmann an exceptional breadth of music, but also made his early sets true techno marathons. Today’s main star of many festivals and their biggest stages, Dettmann becomes a resident even in the old Berlin, now fallen Ostgut club, from whose ashes arose today’s Berghain, the largest global clubbing phenomenon of all time whose fame got personally disseminated by his uncompromising techno sets and the foundations of modern production. In addition to the publishing house Ostgut Ton, which admits his as one of its undisputed symbols, Dettmann has carefully created the sound of his MDR label with artists such as Answer Code Request, Francois X, Anthony Parasole and his main protege Max Kobosil.
Rare are the names of the techno scene, whose work is so vast and varied, but manage to remain in the shadows for so long, as is the case with Terence Fixmer. His releases are present since 1993, and his obsession for EBM (Electronic Body Music, not to be mistaken with EDM) scene and bands like Nitzer Ebb, crucially contributed to the birth of electro-techno scene. Fixmer’s fascination with massive synthesizer lines in conjunction with a distinctly percussive sound of Detroit, created a new school within Europe, without which one can not imagine today’s techno set. Album “Muscle Machine” (International DeeJay Gigolo, 1999) brought him global recognition, followed by the albums for other capital publishers such as Music Man, Electric Deluxe and Liebing’s CLR. Fixmer’s impressive list of 2015 got rounded by the cult Ostgut Ton through the re-release of his single “Aktion Mekanik Theme” from 2003, which were then remixed just Dettmann and Kobosil and his new EP “Beneath the Skin” is currently the most recent edition of the Berlin techno institution.
Alongside the “champions” of the house performance will be held by a 25-year-old Max Kobosil, a representative of an entire generation that grew up between the colossal columns of Berghain, concrete and music. After a well received remixes for the duo Barker & Baumecker, and the later mentioned Fixmer classic, Kobosil continues with independent publications on Ostgut Ton, whose culmination is his highly acclaimed debut album “We Grow, You Decline”. Today his performances are accompanied by the audience across the globe, from Tokyo to New York, a basic Klubnacht in Berghain and Ostgut Ton specials almost impossible to imagine without his name on the marathon program.
Apgrade with Ostgut Ton 2015 – Aftermovie:
The culmination of the summer clubbing season in Belgrade, second year in a row is the Apgrade Weekend, which will be held on the 2nd and the 3rd of September at the Kalemegdan fortress, in the trench beneath the Military Museum. During the two nights under the open skies of Belgrade, some of the most sought after names in the electronic scene will perform, such as the undisputed ruler of the Resident Advisor lists and unmistakable German maestro Dixon, and the world’s most wanted DJ duo Tale of Us. The ultimate “live techno” master Recondite and the absolute electro-heroine Miss Kittin will be sharing the same stage as the previously named icons of electronic music. Local support in the most beautiful stretch of the Belgrade Fortress, will give them our internationally acclaimed performers Marko Nastić, Tijana T and Vladimir Ivković and the experienced Apgrade residents Gordan Paunović and Vlada Janjić. Two-day tickets for the entire Apgrade Weekend, are sold at the box offices of Eventim and Gigstix after the first, early price of 1590 dinars for the ground floor and 2,590 for the VIP terrace, and the following ticket prices will be higher. Tickets for individual nights will be available later on, unless the weekend tickets get sold out beforehand. Capacity is limited to 2,500 visitors per night, and the weekend tickets will be exchanged for wristbands in front of the entrance.
Apgrade brought some of the leading electronic artists to Belgrade in the past year, such as Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar, Loco Dice, Chris Liebing, Mathew Jonson, Dave Harrington, Mike Huckaby, Function or Efdemin, but also many new talents among which are Valentin Stip, Julian Jeweil, Sebastian Mullaert, Fabio Florido, Caleb Calloway and others.