German label Permanent Vacation released a new Schöneberg remix by label co-founder Tom Bioly aka TB, which is included on his Night Heat EP. It’s slow and cool and very true to our Marmion original from 1993.
My concert at “S3kt0r UFO” at Funkhaus Berlin is on YouTube now. Smashed!
909originals did an interview with me. And it became a long one.
Someone uploaded my Microglobe tune “High On Hope” to YouTube, with video coverage from the legendary first X-Mix-1 video,
Bonedo asked me to write about my love affair with the Roland SH-101.
Watch Mijk van Dijk’s transition from DJ Hyperactive’s “Wide Open (Len Faki Edit) to George Morel’s “Are You Tripping”, filmed by Jesko Straub at Berlin’s club “Suess. War Gestern”, November 3rd 2018.
Wow. Force Inc./Mille Plateaux is back. I’ve had the honour to contribute two tracks to their first new compilation “Ultrablack Of Music”.
Mixmag just listed my 2001 track “Bass On Canvas” in their Overlooked Classics Spotify Playlist on position 24.
Finally the video of “Peace 4 All” is up, the main tune of my first EP on my new label microglobe musikproduktion.
Red Bull Radio is streaming my liveset from the 30 Jahre Techno in Berlin at Funkhaus Berlin on September 14th 2018.
Makoto and Yutaka Sakamoto are the Japanese duo Sub Human Bros. We met in those happy days at legendary culture club house Neu West Berlin
microglobe is Mijk van Dijk’s new label for his very personal vision of Techno and House. Since his first record release in 1990 he has been a mainstay of the Berlin Techno scene.
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
Music that I have recorded 30 years ago is finally out on Tapete Records from Hamburg. The album “JETZT! – Liebe In Grossen Städten (1984-1988)” contains recordings from several formations of the band “JETZT!” by singer/ songwriter Michael Girke. I have been the bass player of the final band formation before Michael went solo in 1987 and I turned to electronic music completely. Together with drummer Oliver Mills we have been recording five songs in Frank Werner’s Fast Weltweit studio on Bad Salzuflen, with such illustrious co-musicians like the very young Jochen Distelmeyer (now famous with Blumfeld) and Bernadette Hengst. These recordings have only been released as a demo tape back then. Now they are finally out on CD and vinyl. JETZT! translates “NOW!” and our goal was to bring back good and meaningful German lyrics, a few years after the NDW (Neue Deutsche Welle) had collapsed and lyrics by German bands very either dork or in English. JETZT! understood themselves as part of a label collective called Fast Weltweit which was established in Bad Salzuflen by youth friends Bernd Begemann and Michael Girke. While Bernd moved to Hamburg and established the band Die Antwort (not to be confused with South-African Die Antwoord), Michael Girke would move to Westberlin and establish JETZT! with several band formations. Michael and I were living in the same house in Kreuzberg 36, so we spend a lot of time listening and discussing music, literature and life in general. We loved bands like The Smiths, The Style Council, John Lennon and authors like Franz Kafka and Bertold Brecht and were always on the hunt for that “good pop song”. I guess you could have called our music “Northern Soul with German lyrics” but we were far from promoting us like that. We played several gigs in Berlin, but this demo was the only recording of our band. It was recorded by Frank Werner in his studio in Bad Salzuflen, who was the recording mastermind of Fast Weltweit: all the recordings of Fast Weltweit acts were done in his studio. It was also my first studio recording experience, recording each instruments seperately and building the mix from there. On songs like Herbst in Berlin and Kommst Du mit in den Alltag? (translates roughly: “Will you come with me into every everyday life?”) we had choir support by then Fast Weltweit rookies Bernadette Hengst and Jochen Distelmeyer, who also played the trumpet. Distelmeyer covered this song 12 years later with his band Blumfeld on their Old Nobody album. My most memorable gig with JETZT! was probably the Fast Weltweit label showcase for the BID (Berlin Independence Days) festival at Café Swing at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin-Schöneberg (now an American Burger Dinner). Since Frank Spilker‘s band Die Sterne and Jochen Distelmeyer’s band Die Bienenjäger did not have a bass player then, I had to fill in as a bass player for their bands as well. Drummer in both bands at that time was Mirko Breder. This concert was also on the day of my birthday. My little excursion into the Fast Weltweit universe wouldn’t be complete without mentioning fellow bands like The Time Twisters and Der Fremdeaka Achim Knorr, who is now performing as a comedian as well as TThomthom Geigenschrey, music journalist, violinist, manager of Michael Girke and deep believer in the mission of Fast Weltweit to re-introduce crucial German lyrics in the...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
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.I included a lot of exciting new Techno from Southern Germany by SHDW & Obscure Shape, Trap10 and Konstantin Sibold, new faces like Clint Stewart and faithful purveyors like Quazar and Slam. I also included some old and new remixes by myself and two new original unreleased tracks. Let me know how you like them? Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix July 2017 Playlist 1. Mijk’s Magic Marble Box – Tokyo Underground – Superstition 2. Ramiro Lopez feat. Juliet Fox – Twisted – Odd Recordings 3. Konstantin Sibold – Mutter – Running Back 4. Trap10 – Tale Of Stu – a.r.t.less 5. SHDW & Obscure Shape – Am Ende der Welt – Rekids 6. Mijk van Dijk – Buddha By The Fish – unreleased 7. Alex Niggemann – Legacy – Aeon 8. Clint Stewart – Let It Go – Terminal M 9. SHDW & Obscure Shape – Gesang der toten Dinge (Konstantin Sibold Remix) – From Another Mind 10. Quazar feat Anonym – The Nightshift – Mary Go Wild 11. Clint Stewart – Breathe – Terminal M 12. Pleasurekraft – Bellatrix – Kraftek 13. Chloé – The Dawn (Dixon Remix) – Lumière Noire 14. MATRiXXMAN & Setaoc Mass – Vortex – Figure 15. Leftfiield – Black Flute (Ben SIms Remix) – fix overlap 16. Slam – Age Of Intolerance – Soma 17. Mijk van Dijk – Soul Survivor – JVC/Victor 18. a glow – monsters (Mijk van Dijk Clubmix) – roter punkt 19. Beroshima – Hexaline (Mijk van Dijk Remix) – Blue Arts Music 20. Mijk van Dijk – Peace 4 All –...read more