Since its beginning in 2009, Grounded Theory has grown from a bracing new idea in Berlin techno to an institution of artistic nightlife both at its home and around the continent. Directed with acute vision and unerring judgment, its philosophy extracted from Henning Baer’s long years at the front lines of electronic music, it remains diverse and cutting edge. Grounded Theory combines music from different eras and areas, remaining rooted in techno while shedding light on sounds less frequently heard on Berlin dance floors: forward UK music, experimental electronics, and underground techno names from across the globe, both new and established. Welcome to tonight celebrating of 10 years innovative, extraordinary of quality electronic dance music.
We welcome back Hamburg native and highly esteemed DJ and producer, Helena Hauff. She has been extremely busy touring lately and is one of the few DJs left who still plays almost all vinyl. She is a deep appreciator of punk music which reflects in her selection and style, she really has the ability to move a crowd and get the heads banging. Tipped as being one of Rotterdam’s best kept secrets in Techno, DJ/producer Stranger moves in mysterious ways and has quickly proven to be one to watch. His first musical appearance in 2014 was quickly picked up by established names as Dave Clarke, Sven Vath and Marcel Dettmann, giving his career as well as his own Self Reflektion label a major kick-start. While remaining in the background pushing forward talented artists and working on various projects such as the highly anticipated Paling Trax label, Stranger’s DJ career is on the rise. Grounded Theory mastermind Henning Baer is a DJ of worldwide renown for ability and tastes, who forged his enviable résumé with his own hands. The launch of his own MANHIGH imprint buttresses the foundation of his own work, to be built up alongside a select few whose productions meet the curatorial acumen of one of techno’s finest ears. Already a respected artist, Henning Baer is building further upon these impressive accomplishments, profoundly shaping contemporary techno from recent memory into the foreseeable future. Coming from a punk/crust background and drawing from a lot of different influences, Solaris became a very eclectic DJ based on breakbeat Techno, UK, Wave and old school classics. She made her first steps in Techno with parties in Dresden. After she moved to Leipzig a few years ago she became the main booker of Institut Für Zukunft in 2014. You can witness Solaris for example at her own Sunday nights at IfZ called Sunday Service every two months. Furthermore she’s the cofounder of PH17 records and one half of Monsanto High. In the +4Bar: if you want to trace the beginnings of DJ Pete‘s status in Techno culture, you have to go back a very long way. He emerged as a DJ in the pioneering days of the Berlin scene during the late 80s and joined Hard Wax in 1991. As a producer he made his name with the first release on Chain Reaction in 1995, a sub-label of the Basic Channel imprint, together with René Löwe aka Vainqueur as Scion. Scion also released the first commercially available CD ever produced with the then newly developed software Ableton Live in 2002 and later continued their collaboration as Substance & Vainqueur on the label Scion Versions. DJ Pete earned similar respect behind the decks, combining highly individual yet refined mixing skills with both his vast encyclopedic knowledge of Techno history and an unquenchable thirst for new sounds that carry the potential to push all boundaries. Beyond that his energetic sets also incorporate elements of pure Techno, the Hard Wax tradition and powerful House tracks. DJ Pete‘s lauded signature style also benefits from his numerous experiences as part of the cherished live acts TR-101, Scion, and gigs with many other like minded DJ innovators. True to Techno’s original claim, innovations in sound and technology are intuitively employed to achieve a floor sensation that manages to involve the crowd on as many levels as possible. Rob Ellis, better known as Pinch, is a dubstep artist from Bristol, United Kingdom noted for his fusion of styles such as Reggae, World Music, and Dancehall with dubstep. Pinch released his first album, Underwater Dancehall in 2007, on Tectonic records, which he founded. One of Pinch‘s most well-known tracks is “Qawwali”, which references the devotional singing of the same name and features samples of harmonium and singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, which was released on Planet Mu records. Tonight DJ Pete and Pinch play back-to-back for this 10 year anniversary. Andreas Thamsen is Tham, a Synoid artist with a 2018 release “Cthulhu Nation” on acid-post punk-EBM- dirty rave sonorities label Lebendig. Tham’s reputation is playing a mix of acid-techno, industrial techno and techno.