Tag: Watergate

Balance Series Recruits Berlin’s Alex Niggemann For Next Edition

Following Patrice Bäumel and Darius Syrossian, Balance Music latest offering comes from from Germany’s Alex Niggemann. Alex Niggemann’s work has always been focused around deep atmospherics and mysterious melodies. His AEON imprint has also seen him play tastemaker, while releases on Poker Flat Recordings, Watergate Records and Sasha’s Last Night On Earth, he has built up an enviable body of work. On the mix, Alex describes: “For me it was important to create new ‘songs’ between each track during the transitions between them. For me, a “mixtape” was always about that; trying to avoid obvious changes and create a fusion ... Read more

Interview: Butch

Butch. Real name Bülent Gürler. Born in Alzey, raised in Mainz, Germany. Currently residing at Watergate, Berlin. Previously Sankeys Ibiza and Robert Johnson in Offenbach Germany. Voted “Best Producer” in magazines Groove and Raveline two years in a row. Is collaborating with Ricardo Villalobos under the name ButRic. Has released records on Desolat, Cocoon, Rekids, Sei Es Drum, and Moon Harbour. His latest release, “Dope”, included into Seth Troxler’s DJ Kicks episode. But everything actually needed to be known about Bülent, aka Butch, by far does not fall under the facts. First and foremost, he is one of the most ... Read more

Mix #156 By Makcim

The latest edition of our mix series comes from Amsterdam based artist Makcim. This Russian born but Netherlands based DJ and producer takes his inspiration from an array of music.  Listening to Joy Division, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Blondie and Jazz legends such as Miles Davis and Marcus Miller in his childhood, Makcim laid the foundations for a career in music early on. When he moved to the Netherlands at age 12 he already sensed that this might be his future profession. It really started, though, when Makcim started buying records in 1996, inspired by the sound of House music. ... Read more

Welcome to the Future Podcast #001 + Exclusive Interview With Alex Niggemann

Alex Niggemann has had an established name within the international dance scene for quite some time now. The German DJ and producer is often described as persistent, stubborn and straight forward, showing how much he truly cares about his music and the scene at-large. Since 2005 Alex has released music on labels like Poker Flat, Compost Black Label, Get Physical, Tsuba, Soma, 8bit, Last Night On Earth and Watergate and, of course, on his own imprints AEON and Soulfooled. We sat down with Alex for a relaxed and open talk about the life of a DJ, AEON and Soulfooled, festivals, and his vision for the ... Read more

Free Your Mind Podcast #003 By Butch

Bülent Gürler aka Butch is known for squeezing the best out of every set, whether an after hour party or club night floor, be it Sankeys Ibiza, Robert Johnson, Time Warp or his continuing residency at Berlin’s Watergate. Butch may well be one of the hardest working men on the scene, always bringing the vibes and personal touch to his unpredictable, existential sets. Butch received his first record player and some second hand vinyl 22-years ago, as a 12 year old. Back then, Butch looked to the masters of the craft at the DMC World Championships, which was the very ... Read more

15 Off Week Events To Attend

In June, Barcelona will turn into the capital for electronic music lovers once again as the renowned Sonar festival returns to the picturesque Catalan city.  A big part of the Sonar experience revolves around the slew of Off Week parties and label showcases for which artists, imprints, journalists and globetrotting clubbers fly into the Southern Spain for a weekend of celebration, as well as a glimpse into the future of the scene. Sonar is widely known for as a destination uniting established artists with emerging talent, in all areas of musical and audiovisual production. The festival is constantly progressive and on the pulse of the current electronic music landscape. Now, we ... Read more

FACT Celebrates 5 Years With 5 Days Of OFF Week Poolside Events

As we are quickly approaching June, Europe (and most of the global dance community) eagerly countdown to celebrate summer’s unofficial kick-off in Barcelona. As they have for the past few years, the FACT Music Pool Series returns to OFF Week, continuing its commitment to bringing multiple electronic shades in a unique open air location, designed for the first rays of sun to be enjoyed.  The FACT Music Pool Series is a carefully orchestrated event series in which five brands have taken part in every production detail, aimed at improving the overall poolside experience, from rare Off-Week acts to line ups compounded entirely of heavy hitters. Expect ... Read more

Exclusive Interview With Thyladomid

Thyladomid is a German producer and DJ. He was born in Cologne into a musical family and began learning piano at the age of 5. His first impressions of club culture started in 2006, however, when he had the opportunity to accompany a well-known DJ at the time. Immediately infected, he decided to invest all the money he managed to earn into buying production equipment. All his time and energy went into producing electronic music and, within a short period, achieved a professional level. In 2007 the project “Thyladomid” was born and in the same year Charles Thiemann alias “Thyladomid” ... Read more

ADE Event Special: Germany’s Finest

It won’t be long before Amsterdam and its club scene will be under the spell of the mighty ADE. The Amsterdam crowd will meet those from abroad, all joining forces over a span of five mezmerising days full of cool daytime events, seminars, networking possibilities and of course, 300+ parties to choose from during the late (and early) hours. But with so many events, we thought it was a good idea to give some guidance as to what are the best events in a specific theme or sound. To kick off our ADE Event Special we give you the best German-flavoured ... Read more

Diynamic Shaping Up For Open Air Berlin 2014

This weekend Fly Watergate will be lifting up Berlin to higher grounds with its third installation of their Open Air events. Next week, on the third of August, Watergate will invite Diynamic to host Open Air #4. At their trusted Rummelsburg visitors will be dancing and splashing away during the highly anticipated musical festivities that the Hamburg label will bring along to the German capital.  After their grand-scale festival in Amsterdam a while back, Diynamic Open Air in Berlin will be more cozy and intimate, with a small selection of some of the best artists signed to their label. Hailing ... Read more

FLY-Watergate Open Air Festival Back In Rummelsburg

Watergate Berlin is of course known for its majestic clubbing experience. Each weekend the sprawling hotspot treats its visitors to carefully chosen line-ups that sport both the best German underground artists, labels and international headliners. During the summer months Watergate also hosts one of the city’s most anticipated festivals: the Open Air series. On the 27th of July the third Open Air event will kick off at the trusted Rummselsburg location and Watergate will play the central role this time. In June, FLY–Watergate kicked off their festival season with a Life And Death takeover and a Mobilee x Suol label ... Read more

Mix #109 By Jimi Jules

Zurich based DJ and producer Jimi Jules is one of the most promising upcoming artists within the international underground dance music scene. Together with his partner in crime Oliver $, this groovy multi-instrumentalist recently shook up the scene with his smash-hit ‘Pushing On’, occupying the beatport number one spot for over two weeks. Their tune emanated centrifugally, inducing shaky legs from the centre of Europe to the beaches of Miami and the shores of Japan. But let’s be clear: Jimi Jules ain’t no one hit wonder! Descended from a tribe of Caribbean voodoo-sorcerers and a Central Swiss farmer and musician’s ... Read more

A Night at Watergate

Photography by Timo Steenvoorden A few weeks back we were invited to come to Berlin and check out a DJ that we have been keeping our eyes on for some time now. The Swiss Jimi Jules would play a 6-hour set at Watergate, one of the most eminent clubs in Berlin’s roaring nightlife. The event at Watergate was hosted by a duo with some hefty experience in throwing succesful parties with a clear-cut philosophy. Because we can never refuse an opportunity to check out how people party outside of our little country, we packed our bags and hopped on a ... Read more

Exclusive interview with H.O.S.H.

He is renowned as one of the leading innovators, functions as one of the indispensable pillars of the Diynamic family and has enough interesting solo projects planned that some people would need two lifetime’s for to achieve. We are talking about Holger Behn, aka H.O.S.H. Who is first and foremost a DJ, sequencing shaman-like musical journeys for his worldwide audience. His second raison d’être is producing music of the future, never letting musical categorisations or the status-quo be an impediment for his creativity. We had a little chit chat with the German all-star, and discussed matters like his successful new ‘Forever Young’ adventure, how to stay fresh ... Read more