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?
Dutch Web Magazine Laptoprockers did an interview with Mijk about his production work and current projects. In English language. MIJK VAN DIJK IN CONTROL Monday, November 13, 2006 Mijk van Dijk, who has been on the forefront of the Electronic Dance Music scene since the very beginning, talks about humans with 10 fat fingers. From 1990, Mijk van Dijk has been acting on the forefront of the electronic dance music scene. He started out as a producer of hard Techno records, later in 1992 he paved the way for more melodic Techno and Trance. At the Start-ab-Remix-Contest last October he remixed a track by English shooting-star artist Sandi Thom in 48 hours together with other VIP-remixers including Chris Liebing, Marc O’Tool vs. Criss Source and Kaizer Souzai. Mijk’s discography is as impressive as long and he seems to be fond of technology helping him create his music as he’s a big fan of Ableton Live …. and Sony’s Playstation Portable too! Let’s find out more about this remarkable man from Germany. You have been around since the very beginning of Electronic Music. How did you experience the change in the way you work in the studio over the years? “For me it was a giant leap from Stone Age to Rocket Age when I replaced my Dual 1 G4 Powermac with a QuaD 2.5 Ghz G5 Powermac. Unbelievable! Suddenly everything was possible which was only a dream before. Now I am doing the whole production in the computer. I mix over a Yamaha 01x and go digitally in certain outboard equipment, before I route back the signal digitally into my computer. I still use a lot of Hardware, but it has got to be unique, like the old Nordlead 1 or even older stuff like Roland SH-101, Juno 106 or TB-303. However I usually record the hardware synths to audio at a certain point of the production to be able to mess around with the audio signal in a more detailed way. “I still have a lot of hardware that I really do not touch anymore, like rack synth expanders. Again we experience, that really unique things (like special electronic instruments) will stay forever and the not-so-unique sound boxes are gonna be abandoned on the cemetery of history.” You were one of the first to work with the Ableton Live software. Have you used more software like that before? What’s your first reaction and how do you use it now? “I first used it for my work on “Decade – The Mix“, a kind of Bastard-Pop-Mash-Up-mix-CD. I mixed over 70 sound snippets of the whole back catalogue of Superstition Records into a 74 minutes mix of constant music, layering beats and basslines, sythns and vocals, to create new music with existing elements rather than beat-mixing 2 tracks into each other. This could have never been done without Ableton Live and I discovered the whole potential of the application and fell in love with its handling and possibilities. Now, with the latest version including MIDI, I have not many more things to ask for.” You scored music for several video games. One of them is the soundtrack of the legendary manga movie “Ghost in the Shell“. The movie is about “Cyberpunks” and “Ghosthacking”, breaking into and taking control of human minds. What will the future...read more
DJ Hell and Mijk van Dijk have been producing together already back in 1994 on the tracks “Herz” and “Hot On The Heels Of Love” for Hell’s debut album “Geteert & Gefedert“. Now they stick their heads together in the studio again and here’s the first result: a remix for “I Go Hard, I Go Home” by Gigolo-Act The Presets (out now on Modularpeople). Go hard or go...read more
Mijk van Dijk debuts with a new project on Dutch label Big & Dirty Records. Out since a couple of days and it performs really well: “Tune Of The Week” on the Dance-Tunes Webshop. High in the Top 15 of the Minimal Charts at Beatport. That’s of course the new “Bass Erstaunt EP” by Mijk van Dijk’s new alter ego Plato on the Dutch Big & Dirty imprint. Especially “Lieb Gewonnen” is winning hearts all over the world and is also being praised much in the DJ feedbacks. Selected DJ Feedbacks: Mike Monday: “This release is the absolute SHIT!!! All 3 tracks doin it for me in my earholes – awesome!” Aldrin (Zouk): “Wow.. mijk van dijk is back.. just received a few tracks of his on kling klong and i like the new sound… this plato release on his label is also another stomer! Blut Geleckt & Bass Erstaunt being my fav cuts… more please!” Fabrice Lig: “Some nice tracks, well done, its a good new concept from mr mijk” Tomaz (Intenze/Intec): “Great return to the scene for Van Dijk. Three very useful tracks of high quality” Stretch Silvester: “I had the honour of mixing marmion on hooj when it was out (as the moonmen stretch & vern) this is superb original, classt and cutting edge, with more than a knod to the past. Dropped bass erstaunt and lieb gewonnen in Lithuania last week. Am supporting all three. blut gelect rocks too. Took the roof off the...read more
After a gig in Stuttgart, Mijk went to the studio together with Kling Klong boss Martin Eyerer for 2 days. On the first day, they worked with Cubase on “Closer”. The phat bass line is provided by a real Minimoog synth tweaked by Mijk. In the meantime Martin was in control of EQs, FX and Cubase. On the second day they finished the track -but there were stil 4 hours left until Mijk had to leave for the airport. So Mijk launched Ableton Live and showed Martin his way of production. And after some more than 3 hours, the track “Wider” was produced. Mijk van Dijk – Closer-EP is record of the month September on Housefloor Webmagazine. Also in the charts of Arnaud Rebotini (Blackstrobe) #2, Mike McKenna #3, Zimbardo #8 Selected DJ-Feedback: Laurent Garnier: Wider is definitely the one for me. GREAT. Will play everywhere Agoria: full support for the the great ep of mijk van dijk who has done here a great record Arnaud Rebotini (Black Strobe): i love the a side it amazing track the melody is wicked Toni Rios: the great mijk van dijk is back. nice tracks!!!!!!! Martin Landsky: yeah…mijk is back….. Hans Nieswandt: Mijk van Dijk gefällt mir auch sehr gut, vor allem die erste Seite… Diringer: “wider” goes deep i like Derek Taylor: Really like both tracks here! but from what i’ve heard the ‘Wider’ track is the best of the two! really cool, grinding tech-housers!! quality!! 8/10 Shinedoe: I like this track. Mark Dynamix: Good to hear Mijk back to his minimial sounds, almost sounding like Pascal FEOS with his new track CLOSER, but more distorted and fucked up! nice 9/10 Wider is good also Tube & Berger: Ist ja echt geiles Zeug vom Herrn van Dijk. Damit werden wir am Samstag den Cocoon damit rocken 😉 Closer: minimal trance in its highest perfection… This will be a hit! Wider: not as strong as Closer, but still a must have. Thomas Neumann: herrlich…jaaaa er lebt noch, er lebt noch, er lebt noch… ich mag ja schon generell die oldskool/progressive house attitüde im ursprünglichen sinn…also wie hier bei wider mit dem verschlepptem garage groove element…favorisiere auf dieser platte aber closer, weil der besser geht, ein tick mehr aktueller sound-zeitgeist und die aufputschenden momente sorgen für entsprechend bessere reaktionen auf dem floor Pelle Buys: die ist ja mal richtig geil!!! die scheibe ist echt so ein killer! Tedd Patterson: Deep!!! great tune Louis Osbourne: Really Really Really diggin this Mijk Van Djik release. One of the best things from you guys in a while. Satoshi Tomiie: I like both tunes, Wider works for me… Oxia: I like “Closer”, good groovy track. ‘wider’ is a good track too. Andry Nalin: mein tune ist definitiv “closer”. coole hook, in my chart for shure. Paul Jackson: Really like “Closer”. More quality music from a quality label. Claude VonStroke: Closer sounds really interesting. The synth line reminds me of old b-boy electro breakdance music. Wider is more minimal and less interesting to me although the drums are a little bit more my style with a funk swing. I can hear Martin Eyerer in this one for sure. Tomaz: just yesterday I got Mijk’s release on Big&Dirty… great to see he’s back Aldrin: Wow.. Mijk Van Dijk.. Haven’t heard that name for a while..and I like the new sound. Closer is a killer track. Another rocket from Kling Klong. Richard Larive (Energy Mastermix): Superding!...read more
Superstition Records from Hamburg is celebrating their 10 years anniversary in grand style. Label head Tobias Lampe asked Mijk van Dijk to do a mix CD in a similar fashion like his track “Super 100” of the 100th release compilation which was constructed only out of samples of the first 99 releases. Mijk used a very early version of the then brand-new music software Ableton Live and produced a new breed of mix CD, using loops, sounds and phrases of 68 songs of the whole Superstition back catalogue. Again he stressed, that he used only non-exclusive stereo mix material and that everyone owning the Supersition back catalogue could have done this mix as well. Around that time Richie Hawtin did his influential DE9: Closer To The Edit mix and 2manyDJs released their bastard pop landmark album As Heard On Radio Soulwax Part 2. Mijk’s Decade mix revisits the Superstition back catalogue in a similar way, but at that time was often mistaken as a DJ mix album with too many tracks. For a proper track list, please check the Discogs page, for more information here are some contemporary interviews that Mijk did in 2003 about Decade – The Mix. ——————————————————————————————————– Mijk van Dijk – Decade: The Mix – Superstition Reported on Tuesday, Sep 23, 2003 by JeffDrake for InTheMix/ Australia. Decade is quite simply unlike all other mix cds. This 70 minute journey deep into techno and intelligent trance features an astounding 68 tracks; all from the Superstition back catalogue; and all creatively mixed by Mijk van Dijk. With over 820 titles and 10 years in the industry, Superstition is a mainstay of dance music and this mix demonstrates the spirit of this history. Superstition has over the years been home to some of dance music’s most respected artists such as Rabbit In The Moon, Humate, L.S.G. and Thomas Schumacher and they all feature heavily, along with many others on Decade. This is the type of mix that is an absolute must for those who enjoy the melodic yet harder side of techno. No review can really do this mix justice. It really is something that must be heard to be fully appreciated. That said, I will try to paint some kind of picture of what can expected. Starting out with soaring synths and tribal techy percussion, the mix grabs your attention immediately. It proceeds to transcend effortlessly through slamming techno, tribal rhythms, sweeping pads, detailed intelligent melodies, classic vocals and even the hint of quirky electro in this constantly evolving mix. While being harder in nature, it never becomes too much or one dimensional and this is largely thanks to the variety of music used and the creative programming and mixing of Mijk van Dijk. One moment in the mix that deserves particular mention is about half way through Part 2 when the tribal rhythms and slamming kick give way to the absolutely outstanding Thomas Schumacher remix of Humate’s ‘Choose Life’. This kind of creativity and unexpected moments are typical of this fantastic mix. For tech trance lovers this is sure to be an absolute pleasure. For those however looking at there first outing into techier sounds, this is probably a fantastic place to start. And for those looking for something creative and genuinely different, Decade is sure to please....read more
Today I gave a workshop at the DJ School G. Martell in Mexico-City together with my friend DJ Klang. I explained my philosophy of DJ and production work and also showed how to quickly mash-up some randomly chosen traditional Mexican music with a modern dance beat. Later I had the honour to give a print of my two hands to be hung at the wall in the school. If you should be there and see it hanging, please make a picture with yourself and send it to me. 😉 http://www.gmartell.com...read more
Here’s an interview in German language for MEMI Musicbase. Mijk talks frankly about his new album Everyground, his musical origins and how he works in his studio, all in German language. Mijk van Dijk im Interview In diesen Tagen erscheint mit “Everyground” das aktuelle Album von Mijk van Dijk. Timo Hummel hatte die Gelegenheit, den Techno-/House-Künstler in seinem Berliner Studio exklusiv für MEMI zu interviewen. Hallo Mijk, fangen wir doch mal ganz am Anfang an: Wie bist du eigentlich zur Musik gekommen? Mijk: Durch die Gitarre. Zuerst habe ich habe angefangen, Gitarre zu lernen und habe dann in einer Band gespielt. Da ich von drei Gitarristen der Schlechteste war, ging das so, dass der beste Gitarrist Lead spielen durfte, der zweitbeste Rhythmusgitarre und der Schlechteste musste Bass spielen. So bin ich dann zum Bass gekommen.Später bin ich nach Berlin gezogen. Mich hat es immer genervt, mit Bands zusammenzuspielen. Die richtige Band zu finden, in der alle das gleiche wollen, ist fast unmöglich. Insofern hat mich auch schon früh elektronische Musik interessiert, also angefangen von Kraftwerk über Kevin Saunderson, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell bis hin zu all dem, was mit der elektronischen Wave-Musik passiert ist.Ich stand sehr auf Funk, gerade auch elektronische Funkgeschichte, und wollte sowas in der Richtung produzieren. Zu der Zeit, Mitte der 80er, wurden elektronische Instrumente auch langsam für Normalsterbliche erschwinglich und so habe ich mir dann einen alten Yamaha cx5m Computer gekauft. Der hatte 32Kbyte Arbeitsspeicher, ein eingebautes FM-Modul mit 8 monophonen Stimmen und einen kleinen Sequencer, und damit konnte man dann schon richtig Musik machen. Dazu kamen noch eine Drummachine und der erste eigene Sampler.Dann habe ich 1988 einen Freund über eine Kleinanzeige kennen gelernt, und da haben wir unser Equipment zusammengeschmissen und gleichzeitig auch die Housemusik entdeckt. Dann haben wir gesagt: House, das ist es. So muss es sein. Das war für mich irgendwie die Weiterentwicklung bzw. die Minimalisierung von Disco und elektronischer Funkmusik. Straight, ohne Gimmicks, einfach nur der Groove, sehr funktional. Dadurch bin ich dann auf House hängen geblieben. Ich habe damals noch Hiphop mit einer Rapperin produziert, aber eigentlich war dann immer House und Techno unsere Linie.In Berlin war es dann ab 1990 so, dass wir eigentlich immer härter werden wollten. Es war damals echt ein Wettbewerb: Wer macht die härtesten Platten? Eigentlich haben damals noch nicht sonderlich viele Leute Platten gemacht, sondern es ging eher darum, welcher DJ die härtesten Sets spielt. Ich rede jetzt von Geschwindigkeiten um 135 bpm, das war damals irre wahnsinnig schnell.In dieser Phase habe ich dann auch meine erste Single bei Low Spirit unter dem Projekt “Loop Zone” herausgebracht. 1991 kam dann das Label Bash Records mit Tanith zusammen. Da habe ich dann die Produktionen von Tanith co-produziert und meine eigenen Loopzone-Produktionen fortgeführt. Das Label Bash gibt es jetzt übrigens auch wieder als “Bash Again”, dort habe ich mittlerweile auch schon einige Remixe veröffentlicht. 1992 war dann das Jahr, in dem mir der ganze harte Techno ein wenig auf den Senkel ging, vor allem weil ich auch Stücke gemacht habe, die ein wenig melodiöser waren. Da habe ich Kontakte zu dem Label MFS Records bekommen. Da kamen dann die Projekte Microglobe und Mindgear raus. Zu der Zeit war das gerade so, dass alle möglichen Leute, allen voran Cosmic Baby und Dominic Woosey von Neutron 9000, angefangen...read more
In 2001, DJ-Mix-CDs were still the hot shit and DJ-sets.com asked me and my dear friend Toby Izui to contribute 2 DJ mixes to their series of city mixes, where one DJ from Berlin would partner with a DJ from another influential Techno city. Other mix compilations would feature sets by Marco Remus & DJ Rush (Berlin/ Chicago), DJ Rok & Claude Young (Berlin/ Detroit), Miss Yetti & Marco Bailey (Berlin/ Bruxelles), Frank Müller & Angela Flame (Berlin/ Singapore) and André Galuzzi / John Selway (Berlin/ New York). DJ-sets.com head honcho Hannes Hoffmeister put a lot of work into the promotion of his DJ mix series until the internet and free online mixes killed the business of commercial Mix-CDs. I did the DJ mix at home with 2 Technics 1210s, 2 Pioneer CDJ-50s, a Roland MS-1 Minisampler and a Korg Electribe ES-1, that just served with it’s delay function for sound effects like that JFK drop in the beginning. But of course the main thing with ANY DJ-Mix is the track selection – and I am still pretty happy with it. PLAYLIST 1. Marmion – Telepathic’s “First Contact” Inspiration (Fred Gianelli Remix) – Superstition 2. Vincenzo – The Way Of Thinking – Dessous 3. Mijk Van Dijk & Namito – Dance-A-Pella – Confused 4. Samuel L. Session – Centrafrique Part 2 – Cycle 5. Gary Martin – Black Forest – Teknotica 6. Technasia – Evergreen III – Technasia 7. Monika Kruse @ Voodoomat – Stringrise – Terminal M 8. Jay Denham – Smoker’s Delight – Mechanism Industries 9. Don Williams – Resounded – Tokomak 10. Christian Morgenstern – Hawaii Blue (Heiko Laux Mix) – Forte Records 11. Takeichiro – Vass – Plusquam Records 12. Joel Mull – Midmelantonik – Superstition 13. Härter – Too Close To Call – Confused 14. Icarus – Descent – Jericho 15. John Tejada & Arian Leviste – 2 Speakers Dream – Palette Recordings 16. Subvoice – Subvxxx A-1 – whit label 17. Laurent Garnier – Greed (Fabrice Lig Remix) – F-Com 18. Tone King – Pneu – Cyberfugu 19. Frankie Bones – My House Is Your House (Mijk van Dijk Remix) – Bash Again 20. Technasia – Peach Flower – Technasia 21. K-Jim + Y-Bot – Summer And You (Mijk van Dijk Remix) – Grand Casino Essential Underground Vol. 01: Mijk van Dijk Essential Underground Vol. 01: Toby...read more
In 2000 I had the honour to provide music for 2 PlayStation 2 video games: Ridge Racer V, a starting title for the PS2 and Armored Core 2, a robot fighting simulation. I’ve been a fan of the predecessor of both games, so I was very delighted to work on this. The opening scene of Armored Core 2 is so amazing, pretty advanced CG for the year 2000. One year later my track got remixed, reworked and released on vinyl on the Game Trax Vol.2 EP on Superstition Recordings. Armored Core 2 Opening...read more
Japanese TV visited Mijk in the summer of 1998 in his Berlin studio next to Wittenbergplatz and produced a nice video feature . Long-haired Mijk explains how he works with drum machines, synthesizers, samplers and Cubase on his first Macintosh computer. Note from 2014: this is how we did Techno in the late 90s, still with hardware and without any...read more