BEN KLOCK

Genre : Techno

Homecountry : Germany

A fixture in Resident Advisor’s top-10 DJs for the best part of a decade, Ben
Klock needs little introduction. Having become a Berghain resident in 2005,
he has since established himself at the forefront of Berlin’s modern Techno
movement, an ever-present symbol of the city’s vast musical landscape. His
long-standing relationship with the notorious Techno institution has formed
the backdrop to his success, providing an invaluable platform that has
allowed him to become one of the most in-demand DJ-producers of the
current generation.
Those who have witnessed him perform will note not only the diversity in his
track selection, but also his ability to create a room rather than just play to
it. Though intense and powerful, his DJ output reflects a certain kind of
fervour, capturing an artistry and emotion that can often appear absent from
the Techno genre. He also possesses a wonderful understanding of how to
adapt his music to the circumstances, a competence that means he can be
found at both large-scale festivals and small intimate club settings around
the world. Much of his early career was marked by marathon sets – a
signature that played a considerable role in nurturing his skills and
reputation – but even the more compressed sets he shares today evidence
an intricate narrative and sense of flow that defines him as a DJ. It was
these inherent abilities that led him to compile the fabric 66 compilation in
2012, before winning the BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix of the Year award in
2015.
Over recent years his focus has been on touring – but his early works, most
of which were released via Ostgut Ton, have become landmarks in the
imprint’s history. 2009’s “Dawning”, the first of his collaborations with
Marcel Dettmann, kickstarted the label itself and remains a stand-out track
in its discography. Other releases of particular note include “Subzero”,
taken from his Before One EP, and the Compression Session EP (2010). For
many, however, it is his album One (2009) that best captures Klock’s talents
as a producer. Still today, this seminal record forms a reference point for all
Techno long-players. His skills as a remixer have also seen him rework
tracks by a wide variety of artists, including Kerri Chandler, Depeche Mode,
Robert Hood and Kenny Larkin.