BEAT: A New TV Show about Crime, Techno and Berlin

BEAT: A New TV Show about Crime, Techno and Berlin

Crime, techno, and Berlin: these three words are the perfect keywords to describe BEAT, the brand new TV show that will premiere on November 9th, 2018, on Amazon Prime.

This crime show tells the story of Robert Schlag, a Berlin club promoter. Robert, also known as BEAT, is a real Berlin nightlife lover whose excesses have deeply caught him: sex, drugs and rock’n’roll techno music. Being a real clubber means to be a notorious person in the underground world. Whatever you would need, Beat knows how to get it: he has contacts, he knows the right people and he knows how to handle unconventional situations. His attitude and temperament attracted the German governmental authorities, charged to destroy the growing network of criminality and organ trafficking. But how to defeat crime if not from the underground itself? Beat is the only one who can help them.

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Josefine Aspvik’s Witty Illustrations of the Berlin Techno Scene

Josefine Aspvik’s Witty Illustrations of the Berlin Techno Scene

Partying in Berlin is a whole thing. The ritual of preparing yourself for a long weekend of non-stop techno has its own steps and rules. For the techno lovers and night creatures, it’s like a sacred ceremony of the modern days. It takes time and money that not all Berliners can’t really afford to spend. But in the techno tribe, too much is never enough. They have consecrated themselves to the Club God and they are ready to give it all. For some people it seems almost impossible to get out of the spiral of techno, that drew them in over and over again.

The young Berlin-based illustrator Josefine Aspvik has perfectly captured the absurdity of taking yourself too seriously. Her drawings are honest and witty and I’m sure you’ll recognize in them that friend that refuses to meet if not at Berghain.

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Explore Berlin’s Past & Present through Music

Explore Berlin’s Past & Present through Music

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The Deezer Music Tours, the new project from the streaming service Deezer, is definitely right up our alley! Experiencing a guided audio tour of the city with the right soundtrack in your ear sounds like a great idea to start with! They’ve asked unique personalities from the music industry – Marcus Staiger, DJ Westbam, und Bela B –  to share their first-hand insights on Berlin’s recent history and combined those with iconic songs that take you right back in time. Nothing left to do but hop on a Deezer nextbike and listen to three awesome audio guides that will give you musical trivia no Berliner should miss – and all of that completely for free!

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The Essential Berlin Dance Floor Playlist

The Essential Berlin Dance Floor Playlist

Electronic music seems to pulsate through Berlin’s veins like a never-ending energy flow. A rhythm that has been pushing the city and its people forward for decades, four-to-the-floor, one bass drum at a time. Berlin is a place where raves are endless, where nights become days, and you can lose yourself between beats and lights. Often, the music on the dance floor becomes an energetic swirl. And, already the next day, we forget what the DJ made us move our bodies to all night. What we do know is: We were living for it!

iHeartBerlin to the rescue! Luckily, we are pure dance floor enthusiasts who can’t get enough of House, Techno and everything in between. In the last years, we have spent some time dancing, listening, researching and, with the help of some useful mobile applications, we curated a list of tunes that have fired up many Berlin dancefloors night after night. So, here is a selection of 40 timeless evergreens, recent dance floor hits, and aspiring newcomers – a four-hour pre or post party delight for all electronic music lovers. Enjoy the trip.

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It’s Cold as Fuck – I’m Gonna Go Rave

It’s Cold as Fuck – I’m Gonna Go Rave

photo: Jake Davies

It’s cold in Berlin. So, I’m dancing. I’m dancing more than I do in summer. Does that sound weird to you? It’s solely logical, and here’s why:

Generally, we never really stop raving here – because, well, we can. When the first leaves fall, however, and folks get out their army coats and Doc Martens, it drives me onto dance floors all the more. Am I missing the rain outside when I forgot my rain jacket, again? Am I missing freezing on the streets, tucked in my coat, while sweating in the metro, peeling off all the layers? So, when I’m not outside, what am I missing out on?

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What Techno Can Teach You

What Techno Can Teach You

photo: Alexander Popov

Techno is obviously not a new subject on this blog. After all, whether you like it or not, it’s one of Berlin’s most defining characteristics, the basics of which have already been discussed by Andy, the club culture expert we’re blessed to have on board. But, this time we look at techno from a little different angle.

Like with any social phenomenon that gained cult following, the subject is quite controversial. Although techno in general probably has more advocates in Berlin than it has opponents, there are still people willing (or less willing, but nevertheless reckoning) that they just don’t get it and regard the term ‘’club culture’’ as a modern-day example of an oxymoron at best.

This piece goes out to all of you. As baffling as the notion of gyrating on a crowded sweaty dance floor – only beaten in monotony by the two-hour queue preceding it might be, there are particular things thoroughly positive about it. I really didn’t think so either. But a funny turn of events steered by my own curiosity and the goodwill of some wonderful friends proved me wrong. And here are my takeaways:

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Techno, Salsa & Pharmacy Windows: An Interview with Natalia Escobar

Techno, Salsa & Pharmacy Windows: An Interview with Natalia Escobar

photos: Alicia Kassebohm

A power woman with many careers: Natalia Escobar is many-faced, ‘many-named’ and many-talented’. Ultimately, when she served the first sounds to ever push Berghain’s new Säule floor through wave rhythms, drony Techno and experimental Electro a bigger audience came to realize that Miss Escobar is a Berlin force to be reckoned with. Yet, where others reach artistic capacity, the Colombian beauty seems to only really get going: Art exhibitions in various cities, making her own music under different aliases, DJ sets for Vivienne Westwood or the Techno Temple itself. If you don’t have her on your radar just yet, she should be now! Catch her DJing this Saturday at our 10 Year Anniversary and read on about Natalia’s favorite dancing spots, her beautifully simple love for Berlin, and her upcoming, first ever EP.

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A Berlin Techno Song Against Trump

A Berlin Techno Song Against Trump

The Berlin crowd fosters its inclusive and multicultural status by standing up against intolerance and bigotry. ”Donald” by Uma Burel is yet another example. This time, Berlin expresses its protest with what it does best: techno.

The song comes from Uma Burel‘s very first EP on the OffBeat Music Group record label that comprises two songs reflecting different approaches to the story we can currently see unfolding before us. The hypnotizing beat we’re featuring today – ”Donald” – is a disturbing, gloomy picture filled with hate and dread. The other one, entitled ”Se7en”, is more of a smooth minimal house track to leave you on a positive note, hoping for the light at the end of the tunnel.

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