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?
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
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?...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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...read more
In 1993, my friend Marcos Lopez and me composed a classic which two decades later still spreads ecstasy and goose bumps on the dance floors around the world. The Marmion Berlin EP was composed and produced in my studio in Schöneberg and hence one tune was in fact called “Schöneberg”. It became a classic in House/ Techno/ Trance by it’s combination of all these elements and by the love of the people. Marcos and me met each others as students at Berlin Free University. Both infected with the virus of House music we often talked about music or went clubbing. Marcos was already playing as a DJ in those years and when I gave him the orange Microglobe High On Hope EP, he offered to do a remix together with me. So we did the MDML-Version of that track which appeared on the blue High On Hope EP. Working with Marcos was fun so we decided to produce together. The first track we did was “T-Dancer“, dedicated to the Gay Berlin Tea Dance, where Marcos used to play. The second was already “Schöneberg” , which was produced on a Monday after we both played a fierce back to back DJ set at Bunker CLub Berlin. We were quite lucky that a friend left his Roland Jupiter-6 synth at my studio and Marcos started playing around with it, finally finding the sound and feel of that chordal hook in the grande finale of the track. To complete our first EP we wanted to add a Tribal track, because that was the sound Marcos was totally interested in, which became “The Secret Plant“. I insisted on an Ambient track that would slowly build up to a strong sequence that would be great for mixing in a fat bassdrum and so we created “Marmion’s Island (Part 1: The Landing)“, which was a track that I loved to start my DJ sets with in the following years. After several well-known labels turned down our first EP (some because they did not like “Schöneberg”), we decided to give the track to Tobias Lampe, our friend from Hamburg, who just had started his own label Superstition Records. Lucky for us that Superstition was soon on every DJs map due to great releases from Jens Mahlstedt, Kid Paul, Henry Stamerjohann and Gary D. Good for Superstition that our first Marmion EP found so much love everywhere on this microglobe. I guess part of the magic of “Schöneberg” is that it always worked in all kinds of DJ sets, sometimes too slow, sometimes too fast, but always with that special emotional vibe. Thank you for your support! P.S.: Here you can find some info on “Schöneberg” on Marcos López’ website. If you like Marmion, like us on Facebook. Marmion – Schöneberg (Original) – Superstition Marmion – T-Dancer – Superstition Marmion – The Secret Plant – Superstition Marmion – Marmion’s Island (Part 1 The...read more
Little did Mijk van Dijk and Marcos López know back in 1992 that they would only one year later release an EP with a track called Schöneberg which would stand as a classic of Techno music even decades later. In 1992 Mijk had just released his first EPs and in conjunction with Cosmic Baby produced the ground-breaking mix compilation Tranceformed From Beyond on MFS Records, often called “the first Trance compilation in history”. Soon-to-become Marmion partner Marcos López hosted a radio show on East German youth radio station DT64 and invited Mijk to introduce the compilation and talk about his music. Thanks to DJ Little M aka Mike Dub from Dresden who recorded the show back then on analogue tape and 2 decades later uploaded it on Mixcloud, let me give you this historical piece of Techno radio journalism. Mijk van Dijk Interview /// DT 64 /// 21.06.1992 by Mike Dub on...read more
At the end of 1991, East-German youth radio DT64 did a 24-hour-radio show called “The Night Of The DJs”, hosted by DT64s Techno anchor people Marusha and Marcos Lòpez. Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot and me would often hang together, copying safety backups of our latest productions on DAT tapes (we had only one DAT Recorder each) or just listen to music together with Hanin.For the Night of the DJs we wanted to do something different. We decided to do a jam session with our drum machines and acid synths in the DT64 studios. Starting with a sample from Flash Gordon, we lost ourselves in modulation. Strange to listen to this now, but nevertheless a historic recording at the radio station in the same building where I soon would start my first radio show House Arrest on Rockradio B. Alec Empire & Mijk van Dijk LIVE on EastGerman YouthRadio DT64 by Mijk Van Dijk on...read more