Marcel Dettman

Genre : Techno

Homecountry : Germany

DJ and producer Marcel Dettmann is recognised as one of the most influential
proponents of contemporary Techno. Widely associated with iconic places –
Berlin, Berghain and Hard Wax – Dettmann stays true to his roots by
consistently innovating his interpretation of electronic music, integrating art
with the scene.
Raised in the former GDR in a small town near Berlin, Dettmann had already
begun to develop his passion for electronic music in his youth days. Bands like
Depeche Mode, The Cure and Front 242, as well as Post-Punk and Industrial,
count as his earliest influences, long before he discovered his affinity for
Techno. Since his hometown lacked a record store specialising in electronic
music, Dettmann started selling vinyl from his own home between 1995 and
1998. He purchased records from various distributers, Hard Wax amongst
others, both to resell to his friends and to cement the foundation for his own
considerable collection.
Like many of his friends, the mid-90s saw Dettmann frequenting Berlin’s
nightlife. This included club institutions E-Werk and Tresor where the resident
DJs of that time aroused his passion for the Chicago and Detroit influenced
sound. In 1999, after many (including self-organised) parties, his turning point
came; Dettmann began to work as a resident DJ at Ostgut, Berghain’s
predecessor. Shortly thereafter upon receiving a job offer from Hard Wax, he
finally moved to Berlin. His apprenticeship as a vinyl buyer and seller as well as
DJ, granted him an extensive depth of musical knowledge and intuition.
Dettmann quests tirelessly for new ways and inspiration to further develop his
own concept of electronic music. His label MDR (Marcel Dettmann Records)
serves as a platform upon which to shape his musical vision, and through its
releases launch new talent onto the Techno scene. As a curator and producer,
Dettmann fosters the call to create in a way which is equally timeless and
innovative. His own releases comprise two albums on Ostgut Ton, numerous
singles and remixes for artists of various genres – Junior Boys, Fever Ray,
Moderat, Commix, Clark and Laibach to name a few. Furthermore, he has
produced compilation albums for London’s fabric club, Berlin’s Berghain, the
Belgian techno label Music Man, as well as one issue each of the DJ Kicks (!K7
Records) and Selectors series (Dekmantel).

Outside of the club context, Marcel Dettmann has established himself as a
multi-faceted artist. He designed the sound concept for New Works, an
exhibition of photographer Frederike von Rauch, contributed to the
contemporary dance project MASSE – together with Frank Wiedemann and
choreographer Nadja Saidakowa in cooperation with Berghain and the Berlin
State Ballet. His single “Seduction feat. Emika” provided the soundtrack to
director and screenwriter Parker Ellerman’s short film of the same name.
As a passionate DJ and one of the faces of Berghain, Dettmann seeks to
inspire his listeners with sounds both reduced and rough, balanced by
emotional and surprising moments throughout his sets. Between pure Techno,
banging Chicago, tracks old and new of the past twenty-five years, Marcel
Dettmann communicates his message with an apparent effortlessness.