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.
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.
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 video premiere of the second a glow single monsters is out NOW: the very fashionable KALTBLUT Magazine presented the stunning video
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.
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.
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.
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”.
I’m gonna play an Old School LIVE-Set as LoopZone at Tekknozid on February 18th, just like almost 25 years ago. It’s gonna be all live with hardware machines and no strings attached.
The first single release „Perfect“ of a glow aka Jette von Roth and Mijk van Dijk is now remixed by their friends from the Liquid Sky Berlin collective.
Looking forward to play LaLeLu at Humboldthain Club Berlin on Friday, January 27th 2017. That’s tonight, folks. 😉
My dear friends, 2016 has been quite a rough ride, hasn’t it?
It’s Old School months on my microglobe. Although I am still „forcing the future“ (old Frontpage motto), I like to play occasional old school sets. Not out of pure nostaligica: sometimes it’s good to step back and look at the bigger picture. As Westbam put it in his book Die Macht der Nacht: „in the conjuncture of the old and new emerges the really new“. Many tracks from the early 90s sound dated and are „children of their age“, sometimes only enjoyable with reminiscence in your heart and mind. But many tracks from those years sound amazingly fresh especially in these days. Producers like Solee or Alex Niggemann use various 90’s trademark sounds and sequences in their latest productions. Some even go as far as just using a complete tune as a blueprint, like Christian Smith & Webba, who gave the Maurizio remix of Vainqueur’s Lyot a Second Life. Their „version“ even topped the #1 position of the Beatport Techno charts for quite a while. My Japanese friend Toby Izui just recently told me that Nina Kraviz created huge euphoria when she finished her regular DJ set in Tokyo with Energy 52s Café del Mar. And tracks like Kenny Dope’s Jam The Mace, 33 ⅓ Queen’s Searchin’ or Dave Clarke’s mighty remix of In Thee Dark We Live by Aphrohead are mainstays in my regular sets. So as you can see, there’s true inspiration to be found in the old school. But also the retro fans make themselves heard: when Wolle XDP opened a Facebook group about Techno from 1988 to 1992, it was bursting of posts, threads and attention. And there’s love: with 1.365 listeners and counting, my set from last year’s Walfisch Revival Party on March 14th 2014 is by far the most popular of my sets here at Mixcloud. Mijk van Dijk Classic DJ Set at Walfisch Revival Party Berlin, 2014-03-14 by Mijk Van Dijk on Mixcloud So when I was asked to play on the 10th edition of Walfisch Revival, I reviewed the playlist of my 2014 set again and picked (almost) only records, that I did not play on last year’s set, but strictly until 1994 to create another journey into Old School Techno as played at Walfisch Club back in the days, more than 20 years ago. Mijk van Dijk Classic DJ Set at Walfisch Revival Party Berlin #10, 2015-05-08 by Mijk Van Dijk on Mixcloud Already in April I was invited by Eric Fischer from Austria to perform at his regular Nova Flashback Revival with music from 1993 to 2003, which was a welcomed addition to my sets at Walfisch Revival gigs. And on June 13th I am happy to perform in Holland after many years at the Promised Land Open Air along with such heavy-weights like Dr. Motte, Julian Liberator [Stay up forever U.K.], Fierce Rulling Diva [Subtopia], Abraxas & Jeroen Flamman[FRD], Steve Cop AKA Sonic Solution [R&S, BEL.], Remy Unger [Roxy, Silly Symphonies], Jaydee [Plastic Dreams], Erick E [Roxy, Palace], Marcello [It, Chemistry], Dano [Multigroove, Mazzo], Gizmo [Rave the city] and many many more. Again, Houseclassics from 89 to 98. I expect that festival to be super-amazing. All my Dutch friends and fans, I hope to see you there! Here’s the event on Facebook. And last but not least, I...read more
The Walfisch club was the first after hour institution in Berlin. Located just at the exit of U-Bahn station Heinrich-Heine-Strasse it was in session from 1991 to 1993 (or so) as the first Afterhour club in Berlin. It would only open by 10:00h on Sunday morning and party people and DJs would come from the other clubs when these closed to celebrate further. Walfisch would get really crowded from noon and peaktime was about 16:00h in the afternoon, slowly fading at 21:00h until midnight, although some parties went much longer into Monday. On Sunday afternoon all the other DJs who had played at Tresor, Planet, Praxis Dr. McCoy, Bunker or elsewhere would come with their record crates and place them next to the DJ booth, to wait for their 1 hour slot to play. I spend hours and hours at Walfisch talking and dancing, often I did not go out on Saturday and would come to Walfisch fresh after breakfast to meet the other creatures of the night that had been raving since Friday already. The music was a good mix out of Techno, Trance and early 90s House, not too academic with an easy and accessible twist to keep the crowd going after a long party weekend. Tanith wrote a good report about Walfisch on his website. Walfisch was situated in what later became the Sage Club and finally the KitKat Club at the junction of Heinrich-Heine-Strasse/ Köpenicker Strasse. And in those very rooms the Walfisch Revival Party is now happening since a couple of years. Yesterday the organizers Steffi & Jay celebrated their 10th installment and besides me had invited an impressive line up of Berlin Old School legends: Roland BPM, Tanith, Der Würfler, they all have been indispensable DJs for the 90s Berlin techno scene. It was a wonderful night full of flashbacks to a time 25 years ago. I’ve had already played the Walfisch Revival party on March 14th 2014 and my recorded set quickly became my most popular set on Mixcloud. In order to narrate further I picked only tracks, I did not play in 2014. And when I play Old School, I play those faithful vinyls and resist to complain about missing digital DJ standards like loops and tings (oopsi)….. So here’s yesternight’s set on Mixcloud and some video impressions, I hope you enjoy it all as much as I do. Playlist 1. Dark Comedy – Without A Sound – Art Of Dance 2. Ongaku – Mihon #3 – pod communications 3. Hallucination Generation – Rollin’ Reptiles – Thunderpussy 4. D-Shake – White Angels (Elevation #1) – Go Bang! 5. Ohm – Tribal Tone – Hubba Bubba 6. Visnadi – Transpassage – UMM 7. Remy & Sven – Piano Power – Global Cuts 8. Underworld – Cowgirl – Junior Boy’s Own 9. Dave Clarke – Protective Custody – Bush 10. Robert Armani – Circus Bells – Djax Up Beats! 11. Tellurians – The Navigator – X-Trax 12. Aphrohead – In Thee Dark We Live (Dave Clarke Remix) – Bush 13. Jim Clarke – Qualification – Overdrive 14. Robot Man – Do Da Doo (Plastikman’s Acid House Remix) – Definitive Recordings 15. Cosmic Baby – Cosmic Cubes – MFS 16. Cosmic Baby – Oh Supergirl – MFS 17. Damon Wild & Tommy Musto – New Millenium (Tranceatlantic...read more
Electronic Beats is about to release a book about the classic Roland synthesizers, drum machines and effects. The book is a tribute to the golden age of Roland Instruments that changed the ways of electronic music as well as to Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi himself, the founder of Roland. While the company walked on somewhat mysterious ways during the late 90s and 00s, almost neglecting it’s glorious past while the whole world deified it’s classic machines, now Roland is back on track again with their AIRA range, that successfully reanimates the glory of the XOX range (e.g. 101, 202, 303, 505, 606, 707, 808 and 909). While there is no better than Jeff Mills to praise the TR-909 in the book, the Egyptian Lover reporting on the TR-808, Mathew Jonson on the SH-101, and of course Lee “Scratch” Perry on the Space Echo, Electronic Beats also asked other producers for a photo with their favourite Roland machine. In my case this has to be my Roland TB-303 with the Devil Fish modification. I originally bought it in 1991 together with a TR-606 drum machine and a KMS-30 synchronizer for DM 300,- Yes, three-hundred Deutschmarks, the equivalent to 150 Euro. Everybody wanted MIDI and digital sounds back then and the 303 seemed like an inferior machine to most musicians. Not for me: this 303 has travelled the world and seen many a live stage, has been used on many of my productions, proudly starting with High On Hope and even the bass sound on 3phase feat. Dr. Motte’s Der Klang der Familie is a sample of my very own TB-303. You may also have seen it in the famous Techno City Berlin 1993 documentation. So why the Devil Fish modification? After several gigs it was very dirty and my then girlfriend wanted to clean it – with nail polish remover. The first thing she wiped off was – the Roland lettering. Aaaaaarghhhh!!!!!!! That was also shortly before a tour to Australia in 1996 which also would bring me to Melbourne. There had been a lot of talk about the famous Devil Fish mod in the Techno Scene, hardly any of us had seen one back then and since the internet was yet very slow, there was only little information about it. But I found out that it’s maker Robin Whittle resided in Melbourne, so I brought my optically wasted 303 to him so that he could build in the mod. We decided to place all the switches for the increased sequence memory where the Roland lettering used to be. And while discussing the mod I inspired him to build in a red button that would allow to manually punch between the A+B versions of a sequence in order to manipulate the sequence itself. The Devil Fish mod unlocks some more of the great sound potential of the 303. But while an ordinary 303 sounds great in basically every position of it’s parameter knobs, a Devil Fish 303 is more delicate to use and modulate. I recently used my Devil Fish 303 on my remix of Superstrobe‘s forthcoming single The Future and I’m still in love with it. Microglobe – High On Hope (Twisted Version) is probably the first recording that I ever used my TB-303 on (not yet Devil Fish modded). I’m also a fan of the new AIRA series, especially the TR-8, that I use in all of my last production and sometimes even live in my DJ...read more
1. Green Velvet & Carl Craig – So What – Relief Recordings 2. Sasha – Vapourspace – Last Night On Earth 3. Meggy, Paskal & Urban Absolutes – Baby Love – Suol 4. Awoke – Untitled 2843 – Fresh Meat 5. Daniel Steinberg – Lonely – Arms & Legs 6. Lydia Eisenblätter – Agua – Kling Klong 7. Sugiurumn – Bike (OWL aka Satoshi Fumi Remix) – Bass Works Recordings 8. Kyodai – Marea – OFF Recordings 9. Ruede Hagelstein – Soul Dynamic (Douglas Greed Remix) – Watergate 10. Shin Nishimura – Acid Eye (Mijk van Dijk Remix) – Bass Works Recordings These are Mijk van Dijk’s DJ charts for April 2015 as played in Mijk’s sets and featured on his radio podcast show music 4 the microglobe on BLN.fm (every third Thursday 6 pm CET), cuebase-fm (every third Thursday 8 pm CET) and XLTRAX (every Thursday 11 pm...read more
Spring is here and the time is right for dancing in the streets. Or protesting. In Spain people do this because of rigid demonstration laws already via hologram. Green Velvet & Carl Craig release their Riot House Tracks on Relief Recordings and the mini album “Unity” is a dry and smart cracker. Mijk van Dijk introduces it as always “in the mix”. Also a label spotlight on the hyper-busy Bass Works Recordings from Japan and many new tracks and remixes by Ruede Hagelstein, Douglas Greed, Joeski, Awoke, Lucien-N-Luciano, Daniel Steinberg, Kyodai, Plastik Perversion, Lydia Eisenblätter, Mario Aureo, Einmusik & Dirty Doering, Sasha, Meggy, Paskal & Urban Absolutes. Beware, you might like this. And please unite! Because: „We Are The Microglobe!” Playlist: 1. Green Velvet & Carl Craig – Intro – Relief Recordings 2. Marco Unzip – Flight Of Seagull – Random Numbers 3. Ruede Hagelstein – Soul Dynamic (Douglas Greed Remix) – Watergate 4. Joeski – XXX Part 1 – Poker Flat 5. Awoke – Untitled 2843 – Fresh Meat 6. Lucien-N-Luciano – Rickson Trephala – Cadenza 7. Sugiurumn – Bike (OWL aka Satoshi Fumi Remix) – Bass Works Recordings 8. Sugiurumn & Zane – Lost In Asylum (Higher Concept Main Mix) -Bass Works Recordings 9. Green Velvet & Carl Craig – So What – Relief Recordings 10. Green Velvet & Carl Craig – Murder Of The Innocent – Relief Recordings 11. Daniel Steinberg – Lonely – Arms & Legs 12. Kyodai – Marea – OFF Recordings 13. Plastik Perversion – I Don’t Know Why – Family Grooves 14. Lydia Eisenblätter – Agua – Kling Klong 15. Jochen Pash feat. Joseé Hurlock – Keep On Trying (Mario Aureo Remix) – Kowalski Music 16. Einmusik & Dirty Doering – Lucid – Katermukke 17. Sasha – Vapourspace – Last Night On Earth 18. Meggy, Paskal & Urban Absolutes – Baby Love – Suol Post on the BLN.fm website. More infos and playlists here: http://microglobe.de/radio/m4tm Showtimes on Thursday April 16th 2015: BLN.fm (German presentation): 18:00h CET cuebase-fm (English presentation): 21:00h CET XLTRAX.com (English presentation): 23:00h EDT Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix April 2015 as heard on music 4 the microglobe English version as heard on cuebase-fm & XLTRAX on April 16th 2015 German version, as heard on BLN.fm on April 16th 2015 More info and playlists here: http://microglobe.de/radio/m4tm Pssst: download the DJ mix at hearthis.at… (Foto: Albumcover – Green Velvet & Carl Craig – Unity – Relief Recordings,...read more
Like that last Friday in March, again we’re gonna celebrate at Neu West Berlin on 4 floors on 3 storeys with many DJs and Live Acts. studio r° and Liquid Sky Berlin will provide their own floors, bars and artistic friends and Neu West Berlin will be buzzing once again. I’m very happy to welcome legendary DJ Dr. Motte to our party alongside our friend from New Delhi, India’s techno master Rummy Sharma. Come by and feel the unique Neu West Berlin vibe while it’s still there. The event on Facebook. The event on Resident Advisor. Neu West Berlin FloorDr. MotteRummy SharmaMijk van Dijk more TBA studio r° Floor TBA Liquid Sky Berlin Basement Henriko S. Sagert adsx Hendrik Mokry Dr. Walker Dario Mindwalker Alexander...read more
Bass Works Recordings is a respected Techno label from Japan, which is relatively unknown in Germany. However, they are already celebrating their 100th release now with this compilation called “Nessie”. I’m proud to be featured on this compilation with a remix that I did for my friend Shin Nishimura.I met Shin for the first time when I played in Shanghai (China) in 1999. He was a part of the early Hong Kong-based Technasia crew, originally consisting of Charles Siegling and Amil Khan (now represented only by Charles). Later Shin moved back to his home country Japan to lead Plus Records Tokyo and become a major force of Japanese Techno ever since. Outspoken and passionate, he’s a strong and respected voice of Japanese club culture. However we’re still fighting over who’s better in PlayStation Football “Pro Evolution Soccer/ Winning Eleven” 😉 Listen to Shin Nishimura – Acid Eye (Mijk van Dijk Remix) on Beatport. Listen to Shin Nishimura – Acid Eye (Mijk van Dijk Remix) on Soundcloud. Here’s the promo text by the label as taken from the official release website: BASS WORKS RECORDINGS’ 100th week!! We’ve come a long way to 100th title, devoting ourselves to releasing on rainy days, windy days, and sunny days!! We really appreciate all your support.Celebrating the distinguish work of 100 week-releases in a raw, 3 weeks compilation series is on now!!Fascinating super tracks by super producers are compiled from 50s-99th works, which are released after 1st year anniversary physical and DL releases,”BIG FOOT” and “FOOT PRINT 1&2″. Every track was devotionally created to make people go crazy at the night club by a dance music master!!The 100th anniversary title, ” NESSIE” compiles amazing 20 tracks by 31 artists!! These are fascinating exclusive tracks you can only listen and purchase here!!You shouldn’t miss it!!BASS WORKS RECORDINGS keeps running!! Thank you everybody!! We, BASS WORKS RECORDINGS will never let you down!! TRACKLIST SUGIURUMN & SUNSEAKER / Q (Original Mix) Satoshi Fumi / Good Things (Ryan Pamatmat & Pav Parrotte’s FreQ Remix) SUGIURUMN & SHINKAWA / Bushman (Original Mix) Koutarou.A ＆ The Bodyshakers / Musik (Jeremy Bass Remix) Tarot, DJ Ohnishi & Yoshi / Code301 (Original Mix) Tenten One / Light Is Dark (Original Mix) Ogawa & Unic / SAGRADA FAMILIA (Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile Remix) SEKITOVA / Formal Strip (Original Mix) Sugiurumn & Hideo Kobayashi / Hypnorex (DJ SODEYAMA Remix) PHAN PERSIE / PP2 (Dope Mix) FOOG / Slumber (Original Mix) OSAKAMAN / Float (Original Mix) SUGIURUMN / Natural (Original Mix) Osamu M & Hiromat / Play That Noize (Original Mix) Remy & Sugiurumn / Libero (Original Mix) TECHRiDERS / Harmonizer (Original Mix) SUGIURUMN / I Don’t Know The Bad Trip (Original Mix) Shin Nishimura / Acid Eye (Mijk van Dijk Remix) Ryoh Mitomi / Extreme Cinema (Original Mix) Sugiurumn & Mr. STERNE / Melon (Original Mix) Japanese version >>HERE<< The complete compilation on...read more
Remember Moving Schöneberg? That sweet little party in the heart of my Berlin home district Schöneberg, where DJs switched bars in a round-robin-style to bring some party atmosphere back to the district that started Acid House and so much more in Westberlin? One of the main DJs next to Cedric Solowin aka CHUD-1 always has been Milan Surlan. SInce faithful Fischlabor days he’s been a part of the earliest Berlin scene and just loves to play. Vinyl Records! “Der will nur spielen!” like we say in German – about young playful dogs. And just like a puppy you just gotta love Milan on the decks. So we are gonna bring some of that good old Schöneberg spirit into Prenzlauer Berg, in revenge to Prenzlauer Berg bringing some new strange spirit to Schöneberg: external double-income pseudo hipster couples with Boogaboos. Thank God, after all the good clubs died a death of being “too artistic” (aka “LOUD”) for all those new-rich Prenzlberg residents who liked to move into an artistic district in the first place, there’s a small candle of hope for Prenzlauer Berg Club Culture: Phono Club, established by Armin & Mitch of Melting Point record store. This basement club is LOUD and SAVE: you won’t hear a wink on the street and you’ll be taken your socks off on the dancefloor. That’s good news for Milan and me since we plan to make your socks burn red-hot! Take it off!!!! We’re gonna make sure, Good Friday turns out real good! Official Website! The event of...read more
Great news: Neu West Berlin will keep going. Just when we thought it’s all over, we got extra time until the end of May. Or maybe even longer? Who knows? We take the chance and continue to dance. And we love the traction that Neu West Berlin has finally got. Last weekend our house was buzzin’ with people on every floor. On Easter weekend we expect the encore. And Easter starts early: already on Maundy Thursday April 2nd 2015, my friend Namito will help me rock the showroom floor. Our paths met already in the 90s thanks to our common friend, my Marmion partner Marcos López. Out of our passion for football and our Berlin club Hertha BSC we created the project Härter on Oliver Hiuntemann’s label Confused Recordings, which was not really “hard” at the time, but sounds very fast today. I recently created a slower edit, check the video below. In 2007 we got together again and produced the bleepy Bassfood EP for Circle Music. And in between we often played in former Berlin clubs Sternradio and polar.tv. Remember any of these club legends? Very happy to perform with Namito again at Neu West Berlin. And yes; we’re GONNA DANCE! 😉 The event on Facebook.The event on Resident...read more
1. Howling – Signs (Rodhad Remix) – Monkeytown Records 2. Solee & Boss Axis – Still Here (Solee Club Edit ) – Parquet 3. Mark Henning – Swingers – Poker Flat 4. Atelier Francesco – Akaino (Few Nolder Remix) – BOSO 5. Robert Babicz – Black Lion – Babiczstyle 6. The Glitz – Dirty Bride – Voltage Musique 7. Underworld vs Misterons – Baby Wants To Ride – Junior Boy’s Own 8. Justin Marchacos & Second Format – Giants Cast Shadows – Cityfox 9. Jad & The Ladyboy – The Swazi Techno Funk Truck – Toy Tonics 10. Julio Bashmore feat. BIXBY – Kong – Broadwalk These are Mijk van Dijk’s DJ charts for March 2015 as played in Mijk’s sets and featured on his radio podcast show music 4 the microglobe on BLN.fm (every third Thursday 6 pm CET), cuebase-fm (every third Thursday 8 pm CET) and XLTRAX (every Thursday 11 pm...read more