I did an official remix for the wonderful tune “1993” by German duo 2raumwohnung. I’m very happy with it and can’t wait for your comments.
New Mijk van Dijk Remix out on Schönbrunner Perlen from Vienna. I remixed the track “Horizont” by Austrian artist T Raum,
1. Ilija Djokovic – Pandora – Terminal M 2. Christian Nielsen – Together – Exploited Ghetto 3. Daso – Thujon – Connaisseur
Today 20 years ago my first “Best-Of”-Compilation was released in Japan through Sony Music/ Office 7, the CD “Multi-Mijk” mixed by my good friend DJ Toby Izui aka Tobynation in 1998.
It’s been a while since Marmion’s Schöneberg has been remixed
1. Butch – Countach – Cocoon 2. Tale Of Us – Error Error – Fabric 3. Therapy – Alexa, Can We Make A Dance Track – White Label
I was invited to Rwanda by Goethe-Institut Kigali to give DJ-and producer workshops, hold a lecture on Berlin Techno culture and play a DJ set at Mamba Club.
1. Dapayk Solo – Daydreaming – Katermukke 2. Charlotte de Witte – Brussels – novamute 3. T Raum – Horizont – Schönbrunner Perlen
Here’s the DJ Set I played at packed Club Oil in Shenzhen/ China on New Year’s Eve 2018. What a night to start the New Year.
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”
I was invited to Rwanda by Goethe-Institut Kigali to give DJ-and producer workshops, hold a lecture on Berlin Techno culture and play a DJ set at Mamba Club. Every day was packed with wonderful adventures. Such an interesting country with a very troubled past, but hopefully a good future ahead. The people I met made me feel welcome and confident. I got the chance to experience Kigali: partied at Inema Arts Center, saw Nyamirambo district, Kandt House and the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, exhibiting the history and atrocities that happened in April 1994, when the Hutu majority literally slaughtered the Tutsi minority. Just watching the movie Hotel Ruanda is only scratching on the surface of what really must have happened. It’s also impressive how this torn country over the last decades has drawn conclusions and taken action to help heal the wounds of this desaster. I do hope that the Rwandans may succeed in their complicated path to unity. Before that I took a super-nice walk through the Nyamirambo quarter with Luisa from Goethe-Institut Kigali and our guide Jeando from the Nyamirambo women’s center, who knows his hood inside out. Deep insights into the everyday life of ordinary Kigali people. The walk was organised by the Nyamirambo women’s center, This female collective focuses on the empowerment and independence for women by sowing and selling clothes, bags, purses and other stuff with Rwandan patterns and is a great example for independent micro business in this country. Of course I bought some souvenir stuff to support and take home. They also run a small library. You don’t get to see this, when you just hang at the hotel’s pool. Another must-see for me was a visit to the Kandt-Museum (say that loud in English….), exposing photos, maps, sounds and things from the Rwanda‘s past in connection with German colonialization between late 19th century until WW1. Impressive display of colonial arrogance. Must explore more. My first workshop at Goethe-Institut Kigali, focussed on DJ techniques from vinyl over laptop to USB. Some participants had a solid knowledge, as they are practicing DJs. Some beginners hopefully got inspiration. In a country like Ruanda with no record stores, digital seems like the only option. The second workshop covered Ableton Live production, including remixing of Rwandan popular songs. Thanks to DJ Sharif who helped out with equipment and during the workshop. On Friday first we had a screening of the Techno documentation “Wendeklang/ In A Place Called Techno” at Mamba. After the movie I played a 4 1/2 DJ/Set to a lovely mixed crowd of native Rwandans, expats and tourists. Starting with African Tribal Tech Rhythms (like from the awesome Beating Heart Music compilations) I turned it more and more Techno. 20hz’s “Capricorn”, DJ Hyperactive’s “Wide Open”, even Emmanuel Top’s “Acid Phase” and all those new tunes I love to spin. Techno just works: People were jacking, freaking, screaming, I would have never expected such a blast of a party. I ended my set with special Berlin dancehall greetings from Seeed and “Dickes B”, before DJ Gil Low from Kigali would drop more Dancehall and Afrobeat bombs, until the police came and gently closed the party. Much respect and 1000 thank-yous to Mamba Club, Urban Gorilla Collective and Goethe-Institut Kigali for making this possible. One love – You rock! Mijk van Dijk in Kigali/ Rwanda, Mamba Club, Part 1 of 2...read more
1. Dapayk Solo – Daydreaming – Katermukke 2. Charlotte de Witte – Brussels – novamute 3. T Raum – Horizont – Schönbrunner Perlen 4. ANNA – The Dansant – Kompakt Extra 5. Symmetrical Behaviour – Drug Design – Soma 6. Filterheadz – Evolve – Unity Recordings 7. Slam – Disconnect – Soma 8. Underbooz – Jupiter – Booz Muz 9. Island Man – Following – Music For Dreams 10. Susumu Yokota – Tambalin – Sublime These are Mijk van Dijk’s DJ charts for January 2018 as submitted to Resident Advisor, With a special tribute to the late Susumu Yokota, R.I.P. and may your music stay with us always and...read more
Here’s the DJ Set I played at packed Club Oil in Shenzhen/ China on New Year’s Eve 2018. What a night to start the New Year. It was part of the Future Mix 20th Anniversary Festival, hosted by Nibing, the presenter of the Future Mix radio show. Even those not listening to his show might know his voice as the presenter on the legendary Technasia Future Mix debut album. You can hear his voice at the very beginning of my set. Check! Mijk van Dijk DJ Set, Shenzhen, Oil Club, 01.01.2018 Playlist Shenzhen, Oil Club, 01.01.2018 1. Technasia – 97.1fm 10pm – Technasia 2. Mijk van Dijk – Kissin’ & Dissin’ – Superstition 3. Konstantin Sibold – Mutter – Running Back 4. Ilija Djokovic – Spectrum – Terminal M 5. Paul Ursin – Turbo – noir music 6. SHDW & Obscure Shape – Gesang der toten Dinge (Konstantin Sibold Version) – From Another Mind 7. Ramiro Lopez feat. Juliet Fox – Twisted – Odd Recordings 8. Radio Slave – Vision (Obscure Shape & SHDW Remix) – Rekids 9. Antonio De Angelis – Inspection – 10. VONDA7 – Decompression – Last Night On Earth 11. Mijk van Dijk – The Floating World – microglobe 12. Ilija Djokovic – Andromeda – Terminal M 13. SHDW & Obscure Shape – Die weisse Rose (Tale Of Us & Mind Against Version) – From Another Mind 14. Valsa – Happy Pink Pills (Marek Hemmann Remix) – HPP 15. Stephan Bodzin – Strand – Afterlife Recordings 16. T Raum – Horizont – Schönbrunner Perlen 17. Technasia – Final Quadrant (The Cosmic Blast) – Technasia 18. Mijk van Dijk & Ken Hayakawa – unreleased – white label 19. Technasia – Decent – Technasia 20. Mark Broom – Myth – ePM Music 21. DJ Hyperactive – Wide Open (Len Faki DJ Edit) – Figure 22. Callahan – Redux – Weapons 23. George Morel – Are You Tripping – Groove On 24. Slam – Make You Move – Soma 25. Heckmann – Reality Lost – AFUltd. 26. Dense & Pika – Crackling – Turbo 27. Thomas Schumacher – Persistence – noir music 28. Marmion – Schöneberg (Technasia Remix) – Superstition 29. Sound Of K – Silvery Sounds (Technasia Hard Mix) – F-Com 30. Mijk van Dijk – Time Is Now – microglobe 31. Mijk van Dijk – Peace 4 All –...read more
Greetings from Shenzhen/ China, where 2018 started 7 hours earlier than in Berlin! My NYE gig at Oil Club in Shenzhen was fantastic. Great sound system, good people and truly great Techno. Loved it!For those of you who don’t know Shenzhen: it’s a ever-growing city next to Hong Kong, now with 13 million inhabitants, the future “Chinese Silicon Valley”. That NYE party was part of the Future Mix 20th Anniversary Festival, hosted by Nibing, the presenter of the Future Mix radio show. Even those not listening to his show might know his voice as the presenter on the legendary Technasia Future Mix debut album. On January 2nd I played an Instore Session at Vinylhouse in Shenzhen, a record store with a fine bar. The set was streamed in China. Thank you to for the opportunity and for taken such great care of me. A big thank you to Ni Bing, Rose, Penna, Ray, Peter and Tomasz and everybody else who took such great care of me....read more
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