Just before this Christmas Sunday ends: some midnight vibes from Inge Brandenburg, a true German Jazz Diva from the 60s.Up there with the best!
It’s the time of year again: Christmas season is here. Back in the early 90s, the discontinued Boom Magazine invited several activists from the Berlin club scene
My dear friends and fans in Germany and abroad, I am still shocked about the horrible assault on the Christmas market at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz, an iconic square in the heart of Westberlin, that I know by heart.
Strange and mysterious things happen in the autumn-coloured forests of Oberhavel in the far north of Brandenburg. Problems shrink and people get lost. Like in this wonderful video
a glow are singer/songwriter Jette von Roth and DJ/producer Mijk van Dijk from Berlin. Together they produce crackling campfire electronica. „perfect“ is the first single release
Yesterday night I played once again together with my friend Harald Blüchel aka Cosmic Baby at the Liquid Sky Berlin Ambient Underwater Candlelight Jam at Maze in Berlin. In 1992 we conceived together an early milestone in electronic music history: the compilation Tranceformed From Beyond,
This is my set from my belated B*day party. Big thanks to my boys Ralph Ballschuh and DJ Jauche for their wonderful sets. I truly had a blast, also thanks to the wonderful crowd at Süss.War Gestern in Berlin.
I played my first techno liveset this year at Kassablanca Jena, performing a journey through my music from the last 25 years and also introducing the forthcoming first EP on my label microglobe productions called “Peace 4 All”.
Today I would like to post a recommendation for “Raving Iran”, a movie about the Techno scene in Iran,
Himmelpfort is a special place in Germany – it’s a beautiful small village in the far north of Brandenburg, idyllically surrounded by four lakes and dense forests.
It’s time to play live again. I’m feeling it! Since my last live show at Nature One 2015 I have only been playing DJ gigs and some ambient electronic live jams with my Liquid Sky Berlin family. So I was very delighted when Kassablanca club asked me to play a live show for their “25 […]
What a fine 15th Walfisch Revival Party that was on September 23rd 2016 at KitKat Club Berlin. Steffi, Jay & Felix for the first time ever opened both floors, since it was the 5th birthday of this wonderful Old School Techno event series.
Domo arigato-gozaimasu to all my friends and fans in Japan, who made my 29th tour to Japan like another dream come true. This time it were short and sweet 8 days with 5 performances and a lot of other things to make and do. Day 1 On the day of my arrival I already played with Ram Rider and MOA at DOMMUNE, the famous DJ internet TV. Always so great to be part of Ukawa-san’s “final media”. By playing favourite new Techno tracks and my latest own productions I set the tone for my forthcoming gigs in Nippon. On Day 2 I would go crate-digging in second-hand-record-shops in Shibuya for Japanese Disco-Funk vinyl albums of the 80s by the likes of Tatsuro Yamashita, Minako Yoshida, Taeko Ohnuki and Hitomi Tohyama, to name but a few. A new quest for me, looking for shops and things, I have never been looking before, asking friends for advice and following their hints. Exciting! Day 3 saw me jump on the Shinkansen for my first club gig all the way down south at Kieth Flack in Fukuoka, hosted by my friend Tomoya Matsubara aka Reqterdrumer. I’ve had already two remix releases on his label Blue Arts Music and got to test-play my musical contribution to the next Blue Arts Music compilation which will be out in 2018. Besides DJ Tomoya there were also Sugiurumn, who presented his new album “AI am a boy.” on his label Bass Works Recordings and Poker Flat recording artist Iori Wakasa, who played pumpin’ House music. Sounds great? Yes, it was! Day 4 I had to get up early to catch my Shinkansen to Osaka, because there was a tropical cyclone on it’s way from the South to Japan. I was supposed to play in a bar located in the legendary Misono building, a former cabaret space, the biggest in Japan. I was greeted by the crew all wearing yellow “mijkamania”-T-shirts and that was just the beginning of a wild evening. I had never played in such a small space before, crammed with hardcore fans, so I decided to play only my own tracks, new and old. Good decision: they knew almost every song and every mix was cheered big time. A night to remember! Day 5 once again started with bento box breakfast on the Shinkansen bound for Tokyo for the final club gig of this short tour. I took the chance to visit my brother-in-raw Toby Izui at his Easy Sunday Party at ZuBar for first drinks and talks. In the meantime the cyclone had been following me since three days and finally hit Tokyo a few hours after my arrival. Due to the heavy rainfall the night at club Wall&Wall/ Vent started slowly but would rise in intensity the more people came in from the rain. The fantastic club sound system supported the sets by Siegzeon, MOA, Takami and Ram Rider so well, I was simply blown away by the fat and direct bass in that place. The grand ending was a final B2B by all DJs. Later the remaining DJs and friends would go for morning sushi at Sushizanmai, an infamous 24-hour sushi parlour at Shibuya station. No better way to end the day. Day 6 was finally total chill-out, visiting friends for private dinner in the cute Sangen-yaya neighbourhood. Day 7 marked my last DJ event, a set...read more
I’m very happy to announce my 2017 Japan Tour. This September I shall tour Fukuoka, Osaka and Tokyo and introduce the music of my new label microglobe. Let’s celebrate our unity in our minds and our music. Here are the dates: September 13th: Tokyo, DOMMUNE September 15th: Fukuoka, Kieth Flack September 16th: Osaka, bar 天空喫茶 September 17th: Tokyo, Wall&Wall Watch this space for updates and more...read more
Yesterday I attended the Berlin premiere of a new movie after a book by Element Of Crime singer Sven Regener. It’s a comedy set in the German Techno scene of the 90s. Marmion’s 1993 classic “Schöneberg” is part of the soundtrack. “Magical Mystery” is a kind of sequel to the movie “Herr Lehmann”, also a book and film written by Sven Regener. “Magical Mystery” is directed by Arne Feldhusen and features well-known German actors like Charly Hübner, Detlev Buck, Marc Hosemann, Annika Meier, Bjarne Mädel and Bastian Reiber, to name a few. Modeselektor and Westbam wrote part of the soundtrack and Westbam is also having a short cameo appearance. Let’s see if you guys can spot him. Me and my Marmion mate Marcos López were quite fond of how our track “Schöneberg” appears in the film. I don’t wanna give away too much, but my music is finally the soundtrack for a love scene in cinema. Check! Thanks to Charlotte Goltermann for picking our tune and Katrin Erichsen for the premiere invitation. The Open Air setting next to Potsdamer Platz was just beautiful and the thunderstorm hit in, when the movie was over. And now get a taste of “Magical Mystery”, here’s the official trailer. Out in German cinemas on August 31, 2017. Magical Mystery (Official Trailer) More Info (in German): Originaltitel: Magical Mystery oder: Die Rückkehr des Karl Schmidt Comedydrama, DE 2017 Filmverleih: DCM Filmverleih Kinostart (DE): 31.08.2017 Schauspieler/Darsteller: Charly Hübner, Detlev Buck, Marc Hosemann, Annika Meier, Bjarne Mädel, Bastian Reiber u.a. Regisseur: Arne Feldhusen “Mitte der 1990er-Jahre trifft Karl Schmidt (Charly Hübner) in Hamburg durch einen Zufall seine alten Kumpels wieder. Während Karl am Tag der Maueröffnung einen depressiven Nervenzusammenbruch erlitt und in die Klapse eingeliefert wurde, sind die alten Freunde mittlerweile zu Stars der deutschen Techno-Szene geworden. Mit ihrem erfolgreichen Plattenlabel wollen sie eine “Magical Mystery”-Tour durch Deutschland machen, um den Rave der 90er mit dem Hippiegeist der 60er zu versöhnen. Und genau dazu brauchen sie einen Fahrer, der immer nüchtern bleiben muss. Das kommt Karl Schmidt gerade recht, denn der hat keine Lust mehr auf das triste Leben in seiner Therapie-WG. Es beginnt ein abenteuerlicher Roadtrip durch das Deutschland der 90er, unternommen von einer Handvoll Techno-Freaks und betreut von einem psychisch labilen Ex-Künstler. Was kann da schon schiefgehen?” (taken from the YouTube...read more
German electronic pop duo 2raumwohung aka Inga Humpe and Tommi Eckart just released their 8th studio album Nacht und Tag. The opening track “1993” also carries some inspiration from “Schöneberg”, the tune I wrote with my friend Marcos López under our moniker Marmion in the year of 1993. In this supernice podcast by Songpoeten Inga and Tommi chat with former German music TV personality Nils Bokelberg about the album, their inspiration and also about our song “Schöneberg”, starting at 57:30 minutes. But don’t be too much in a rush: the whole podcast is worthwhile listening – when you understand German language. My Marmion partner Marcos López also wrote nicely about this on his own...read more
I am happy to present you „monsters“, the second single release of a glow, my project with the wonderful Jette von Roth out of our forthcoming album „of the undergrowth“, due this fall. It is accompanied by remixes by Jette von Roth, Hiroshi Watanabe aka Kaito, Humate and myself, as well as by a spectacular video by the Cologne-based visual artist Uli Sigg. We know him through our collaborations with the Liquid Sky Berlin collective around Dr. Walker. Jette sings about the monsters, fears and thoughts that follow us in our dreams and which we can not banish from our heads. Uli dresses the song into dystopian images of a dissolving world as presented daily by the media. Reality crumbles literally before our very eyes. The video has been premiered exclusively by Kaltblut Magazine on June 16th. The song has been premiered by tsugi. The single is released worldwide on July 7th 2017. Mastering by Sandro Dreßler. monsters is now available in your favourite download shop. Here you can listen to the original and all the remixes and watch the stunning video. And share, if you like! 😉 a glow – monsters EP – Soundcloud a glow – monsters –...read more
The video premiere of the second a glow single monsters is out NOW: the very fashionable KALTBLUT Magazine presented the stunning video that was created by Cologne-based visual artist Uli Sigg in close collaboration with Jette and myself. Jette sings about the monsters, fears and thoughts that haunt us in our dreams and which we can not banish from our heads. Uli dresses the song into dystopian images of a dissolving world as presented daily by the media. Reality crumbles literally before our very eyes. Jette’s lyrics of the song exist for quite a while now. They are basically about the hidden fears that haunt us, the monsters under the bed, the hidden claw, the vampires at our door. However in 2016 we realised that the lifestyle and the decisions made in our societies are more and more based on fears than on facts. Especially by the pictures we see on TV and the WWW, people get scared and irrational. They take non-constructive action and by voting for those parties and leaders, who promise to “make those pictures go away”, we even exacerbate the situation. When we entered the new millennium, many people believed that the future will be shaped by peace, tolerance, rational thinking and equality for all. We were hoping that the internet could be the tool to unite people from all over the world by communication and shared values. Now we discover that the world we thought we knew is crumbling in front of our eyes, just like the walls of Aleppo. Nothing seems safe anymore and people are torn to follow their deepest fears and those, who promise to protect them. Like a child we need to learn anew to separate fears from facts. a glow – monsters – roter...read more
Oh, I know, I did not post a proper monthly mix for quite a while now. So here’s a mix with the type of Techno I like to spin.I included a lot of exciting new Techno from Southern Germany by SHDW & Obscure Shape, Trap10 and Konstantin Sibold, new faces like Clint Stewart and faithful purveyors like Quazar and Slam. I also included some old and new remixes by myself and two new original unreleased tracks. Let me know how you like them? Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix July 2017 Playlist 1. Mijk’s Magic Marble Box – Tokyo Underground – Superstition 2. Ramiro Lopez feat. Juliet Fox – Twisted – Odd Recordings 3. Konstantin Sibold – Mutter – Running Back 4. Trap10 – Tale Of Stu – a.r.t.less 5. SHDW & Obscure Shape – Am Ende der Welt – Rekids 6. Mijk van Dijk – Buddha By The Fish – unreleased 7. Alex Niggemann – Legacy – Aeon 8. Clint Stewart – Let It Go – Terminal M 9. SHDW & Obscure Shape – Gesang der toten Dinge (Konstantin Sibold Remix) – From Another Mind 10. Quazar feat Anonym – The Nightshift – Mary Go Wild 11. Clint Stewart – Breathe – Terminal M 12. Pleasurekraft – Bellatrix – Kraftek 13. Chloé – The Dawn (Dixon Remix) – Lumière Noire 14. MATRiXXMAN & Setaoc Mass – Vortex – Figure 15. Leftfiield – Black Flute (Ben SIms Remix) – fix overlap 16. Slam – Age Of Intolerance – Soma 17. Mijk van Dijk – Soul Survivor – JVC/Victor 18. a glow – monsters (Mijk van Dijk Clubmix) – roter punkt 19. Beroshima – Hexaline (Mijk van Dijk Remix) – Blue Arts Music 20. Mijk van Dijk – Peace 4 All –...read more
This is the Dusty Dub Mix I played live on Liquid Sky Berlin presentzzz on April 21st during Superbooth17, featuring new and classic dub tech tunes. I was much inspired by the beautiful dub excursions that our LSB family member Twin Peetz played at the Ambient Jam Session one night before at Maze Berlin. If you like to rock easy through dusty clouds of Dub Tech, this mix is for you. Mijk van Dijk’s Dusty Dub Mix for Liquid Sky Berlin presentzzz, April 14th, 2017 Playlist: 1. Heavenchord – The Mist – hello strange 2. Akiko Kiyama – Take Your Skeleton In The Closet – 31337 Records 3. Maurizio – Domina (Maurizo Mix Edit) – M3 4. TJ Kong & Eric de Man – L’Enfant Terrible (Roberto Dub) – Arthouse 5. Jakob Kranhold – Trial & Error – Gastspiel Records 6. Roberto – Calling Card – Be As One 7. Quadrant – Q1.1/I – Basic Channel 8. Cari Lekebusch – The Naked Truth 2 – 9. D. Diggler – Klartraum (Deep Remix) 10. Seek One – Barac – Lauter Unfug Music 11. Len Faki – Street Dub – Figure 12. Heavenchord – On The Edge Of Silence – hello strange 13. Dense & Pika – Crackling – Hotflush Recordings 14. Quadrant – Infinition – Planet E 15. Heavenchord – Echo On The Empty Street – Gastspiel...read more
This is my jam for “Liquid Sky Berlin presentzzz” , the radio show by the Liquid Sky Berlin posse on Alex Berlin radio 91,00 FM from our show on April 14th 2017. Lots of classics from 1992 to 1994 that fit so well in 2017. Hope you enjoy this as much as my “When 303s Are Dreaming”-Mix. 😉 Mijk van Dijk – LSBprsntzzz Ambient Mix Playlist: 1. The Irresistible Force – Space Is The Place (Wrong Speed Mix) – Rising High 2. The Future Sound Of London – Cascade Part 4 – Virgin 3. Caustic Window – On The Romance Tip – Joyrex 4. Redcell – Paradroid – B12 Records 5. Beaumont Hannant – Couton – General Production Recordings 6. Luke Slater’s 7th Plaim – Seeing Sense – General Production Recordings 7. Aphex Twin – Analogue Ballebath – Mighty Force 8. Autechre – Lowride – Warp 9. As One – You who Never Arrived – Warp 10. AFX – Analogue Bubblebath Vol. 3.1 – Untitled AB3 CD-#8 11. The Irresistible Force – Flying High – Rising...read more
I did this DJ Mix for “Liquid Sky Berlin presentzzz”, the radio show by the Liquid Sky Berlin posse on Alex Berlin radio 91,00 FM on March 3rd to celebrate “303-Day”. The Roland TB-303 is without a doubt one of the most influential bass-synths of all times and still a mainstay in my productions and has a special place in my heart. So I embraced the idea, when Dr. Walker requested a DJ-Mix for the 03.03.2017, the “303-Day”. My focus was on “dreamy 303” sounds. Some tracks are absolute classics, some are very unknown, some are played at unusual speeds, thanks to Traktor DJ Software. Can you feel it? When 303s Are Dreaming DJ-Mix by Mijk van Dijk for Liquid Sky Berlin presentzzzz, 03.03.2017 Playlist 1. ADSX, Sense & Dr. Walker – Tanz der Lemminge 27 2. Omsk Information vs. Dr. Walker – Case In Point 3. Neufeld – Rollfeld 4. Hardfloor – Spook & Spell [slow version] 5. 808 State – Flow Koma 4. Choice – Acid Eiffel 7. Madonna 303 – I Love You More Than Sex Can Say (Tribal Jam Mix) 8. Larry Heard presents Mr. White – The Sun Can’t Compare 9. 808 State – In Yer Face (Bicep Acid Dub) 10. 808 State – Compulsion 11. Danny Daze – Silicon (Ambivalent Remix) 12. Mijk van Dijk – Chasing Ghosts 13. Wink – Higher State Of Consciousness (Tweekin’ Acid Funk) 14. Tigerskin – Happy Birthday 303 Like what you hear? Want more of this? Then switch on your Berlin radio tonight from midnight to 6 am and tune in on 91,00 FM. Or route your web browser to the Alex Berlin Livestream. I’ll be live on air at ALEX Berlin with Dr Walker / Asbest and a few other gentlemen to play chilled and leftfield electronica and talk about subjects like the forthcoming Superbooth synth fair. Guests are: Andreas Schneider / #superbooth / #schneidersladen Cem Oral aka #jamminunit Jason. Sloan & Erik Spangler / Maryland Institute College of Art Mark – Maze #kreuzberg On the mic: Mijk van Dijk & Dr Walker / Asbest Doooooooont miss it,...read more