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Mijk van Dijk DJ Charts April 2018

1. Ilija Djokovic – Pandora – Terminal M 2. Christian Nielsen – Together – Exploited Ghetto 3. Daso – Thujon – Connaisseur

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20 Years of Multi-Mijk

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.

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The Schöneberg Shuffle continues

It’s been a while since Marmion’s Schöneberg has been remixed

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Mijk van Dijk in Rwanda

 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.

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Mijk van Dijk Japan Tour 2017

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.

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Magical Mystery: Marmion in the movies

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.

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2raumwohnung Radio Interview, also about “Schöneberg”

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”

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Video Premiere of „monsters“ by KALTBLUT Magazine

The video premiere of the second a glow single monsters is out NOW: the very fashionable KALTBLUT Magazine presented the stunning video

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Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix June 2017

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.

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Mijk van Dijk’s Dusty Dub Mix for Liquid Sky Berlin presentzzz

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.

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Mijk van Dijk Ambient Mix LSB presentzzz April 14th 2017

Mijk van Dijk – LSBprsntzzz Ambient Mix April 14th, 2017

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.

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When 303s Are Dreaming…

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”.

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Decade – The Mix: 10 Years Of Superstition (Mix CD)

Posted by on Oct 11, 2003 in Blog, Discography, DJ, Genre, Labels, Media, Music, Press, Print Media, Remix, Superstition | 0 comments

Decade – The Mix: 10 Years Of Superstition (Mix CD)

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....

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DJ School G. Martell in Mexico-City

Posted by on Jul 29, 2003 in Blog, Mijk van Dijk | 0 comments

DJ School G. Martell in Mexico-City

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...

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Mijk van Dijk im MEMI-Interview

Posted by on Mar 22, 2002 in Blog, Online Press, Press | 0 comments

Mijk van Dijk im MEMI-Interview

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...

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Mijk van Dijk / Toby Izui ‎– Essential Underground Vol. 01: Berlin / Tokyo

Posted by on Sep 11, 2000 in Berlin, Blog, Discography, DJ, Japan | 0 comments

Mijk van Dijk / Toby Izui ‎– Essential Underground Vol. 01: Berlin / Tokyo

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...

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Armored Core 2 Opening Scene

Posted by on Aug 11, 2000 in Blog, Japan, Superstition, Video | 0 comments

Armored Core 2 Opening Scene

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...

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Japanese TV visits Mijk in his studio in 1998

Posted by on Nov 6, 1998 in Blog, Press, TV | 0 comments

Japanese TV visits Mijk in his studio in 1998

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...

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Femme (Short Movie) by Carl Finkbeiner

Posted by on Sep 11, 1997 in Berlin, Blog, Film Music, Video | 0 comments

Femme (Short Movie) by Carl Finkbeiner

This is the short movie Femme by Carl Finkbeiner. I did the original soundtrack in 1997. Maybe you recognize some of the sequences, that I used in different tracks of my work?...

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Marmion Australia Tour 1996

Posted by on Dec 1, 1996 in Blog, Country, Marmion, Media, Projects & Co-Productions, Video | 0 comments

Marmion Australia Tour 1996

In November 1996 I toured with my Marmion partner Marcos López through Australia, playing Marmion shows in Brisbane, Adelaide,  Melbourne and Sydney. While Marcos was playing a long DJ set, Mijk presented a collection of Marmion tracks plus some of his own in a live set. In between gigs there was also time to visit Cairns and Ayers Rock, hang out with Koalas and Kangaroos and meet old and new friends.  Luckily we filmed a lot with a Sony Hi8 video camera (please excuse the poor camera quality, it’s not HD) and Marcos edited these two fine movies. Looking back after 20 years, this is now almost a historic documentation. Thanks to everyone who gave us such an extraordinary experience and I do hope to see you all again one day. Australia 1996 – With Marmion Down Under – Part 1 of 2 Australia 1996 – With Marmion Down Under – Part 2 of...

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Escape To Trancyberia – Studio !k7

Posted by on Sep 18, 1995 in Berlin, Blog, Video | 0 comments

Escape To Trancyberia – Studio !k7

This was one of the first projects of Studio !k7: the experimental computer-animated movie Escape To Trancyberia, which was released on VHS Video on September 18th 1995. The track listing is impressive, featuring Speedy J, X-Dream, Commander Krilly, Masa and more. I’m glad, that the complete video is on on YouTube. My exclusive tune “Behind The Screen” starts at 29:30 minutes. It was conceived especially for this movie and never released on any other format....

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Mijk van plays “Schöneberg” live on German TV (1994)

Posted by on Jun 12, 1994 in Berlin, Blog, Genre, Gigs, Labels, Live, Live-Gigs, Marmion, Mijk van Dijk, Press, Projects & Co-Productions, Superstition, TV | 1 comment

Mijk van plays “Schöneberg” live on German TV (1994)

Marcos López and me were invited to disucss and perform in the music show Eurotops on East-German TV channel MDR. The topic was dance music and how people interact with it. Another guest was Frank Farian, producer of Boney M, Milli Vanilli, and others. Riding high on the wave of success of our Marmion smasher Schöneberg and of Techno in general, we were very self-confident and with the same self-confidence I stepped into the ring and performed Schöneberg live, with no DAT or strings attached, just the way I would play live in a club or rave with my Ensoniq ASR-10.  So why did I bring those fancy dancers? I actually did not bring them, they were hanging around at the entrance of the club, where the show was about to ve produced. When I unpacked my big equipment cases, they recognized us and asked, if they could dance a little, while I play. I told them to check with the TV crew and if staff would agree, I wouldn’t mind either. Don’t know whatever happened to them after this show. So now check some 90s Techno goodness on...

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