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”
The video premiere of the second a glow single monsters is out NOW: the very fashionable KALTBLUT Magazine presented the stunning video
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
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 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 further complete our first EP we wanted to add a Tribal track, because that was the sound Marcos was totally interested in. He had already jammed around on his Roland R-8 Mk.II drum machine and build the foundation of a tune which would become “The Secret Plant“. I wanted an Ambient track on our EP 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 (one because they did not like “Schöneberg” – I mean: really!), 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. and our own. 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