1988-1992: How Berlin became the capital of techno
By Thomas Theodore
How did a genre of music unique to Detroit find its heartland on the other side of the world? Thomas Theodore explores the early days of Berlin’s electronic musical landscape in the company of two pioneers.
During the 1980s West Berlin felt like an island. Adrift from the landmass of the Federal Republic, the city attracted a young and open-minded population, with the benefits of low taxation, immunity from military conscription and 24-hour licensing. ‘A special subculture grew by night,’ says Dimitri Hegemann, founder of Tresor, Berlin’s leading underground venue of the early 1990s.
Having been involved in the new wave, post-punk scene of 1980s West Berlin, Dimitri had been banned from crossing the border…
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