If you pay even the slightest bit of attention to techno, you’ll know Marcel Dettmann. Between his residency at Berlin’s Berghain club and his productions for its affiliated Ostgut Ton label, he’s done as much as anyone to define the sound of techno in the late ’00s and early ’10s. Dettmann’s productions can be forbiddingly, almost punishingly dark, but they never lose sight of an essential sensuality. And Dettmann’s long, winding sets range far beyond the boundaries of your typical four-to-the-floor chug, taking in elements from ambient to EBM.
We were thrilled to have Dettmann swing by our Berlin offices last week to play a two-hour set on our Ustream channel, and we were over the moon when he kicked off his set with nearly 45 minutes of dark ambient and experimental music. Diving into grainy dub techno, Berlin machine minimalism and pure Detroit deepness, Dettmann led us on a personal tour of his expansive musical universe.
Read on to check out the archived audio and video from the session, and read a few words with the selector himself. And don’t miss Dettmann’s new mix for Music Man Records, Conducted, featuring tracks from Sandwell District, Morphosis, Redshape, Shed and more.
Thanks for stopping by Beatport to play for us! What’s it like to play in the Beatport booth, and have you done other live Internet mixes like this?
Thanks for asking. I think it was the first time I’ve played a DJ set in front of a camera. It was good fun seeing the Beatport crew dancing in the office.
Could you tell us a little about your track selection today?
The track selection was a mix of unreleased stuff on CD and my latest favorites on vinyl. The first hour of the mix was more of a background-music track selection, like I’m listening to when I’m working. The second part of the set was more of the stuff I usually play in the club.
Are there any upfront, new or unreleased tracks you played that we should be keeping our eyes open for?
EQD – EQUALIZED #005 B [EQD]
REEL BY REAL – FATE [A.R.T. LESS]
What’s your preferred DJ setup?
In the clubs, my ideal setup is two Technics, two Pioneer CDJ 2000s and a Funktion One FF 6000 mixer.
For listeners who want to check you out in person, could you tell us about any club residencies you may have, and where you’ll be touring next?
Well I’m a resident at Berghain, in Berlin, which means I’m playing there once a month. My next gigs are Friday 25th of November at DV1 at Lyon followed by a gig in Germany at Gotec Club, Karlsruhe. And on December 7th I’m already looking much forward to the first MDR [Marcel Dettmann Records] night at Fabric in London.