Massimiliano Pagliara | Answer Code Request | Terence Fixmer (live) | DJ Nuhhhh
Two years on from their monumental takeover at Jæger for the release of Zehn, Ostgut Ton and residents return to install themselves in Jæger over the course of two nights and two floors. Featuring Massimiliano Pagliara, Answer Code Request, Terence Fixmer, Roi Perez, and Steffi, there’s whole new cast of DJs on this tour, with Nick Höppner who makes a return appearance. They're joining DJ Nuhhh and G-Ha & Olanskii for Retro and Frædag x Ostgut Ton Nacht II/II respectively.
Ostgut Ton, the in-house label of Berghain / Panorama Bar, has been releasing house, techno and experimental electronic music since 2005. Sonically, the label’s common denominator is the club, where Ostgut Ton artists are either residents or have a longstanding and personal musical relationship. Over the past 12 years, 107 12-inches, 25 LPs, 16 mixes and various one-off collaborations with visual artists, dancers, writers and photographers, Ostgut Ton has consistently sought to push the boundaries of electronic music while never losing site of the dancefloor. Musically, this has meant moving both between – and beyond – techno, EBM, house, breakbeat, dubstep, industrial, and ambient toward a musical ideal – one in which sound and space, like in the club, are both a physical and aesthetic experience.
With this in mind, the Ostgut Ton Nacht as a traveling event aims to translate both the label's musical output and Berghain / Panorama Bar’s sensibility to other dance floors. For this edition, assembled in close collaboration with Jæger, the Ostgut Ton roster will return to Oslo after the label's two anniversary nights in December 2015. Spanning two nights, Berghain / Panorama Bar's residents are joined by Jæger's very own G-Ha & Olanskii & DJ Nuhhh. Retro has Massimiliano Pagliara and Answer Code Request share decks with Jæger resident DJ Nuhhh while Terence Fixmer plays live and the next day Frædag sees Nick Höppner and Steffi present DJ sets in context of their respective 2017 Ostgut Ton album releases, completed by sets from Roi Perez and G-Ha & Olanskii over two floors.
Massimiliano Pagliara went from a small village in Itlay, where he and his friends created a small musical world for themselves, spending a lot of time every day playing records in his basement and at private parties, to one of the most bookeable DJs in Europe. After finishing school he ventured to Europe’s underground capital Berlin, where he continued studies in contemporary dance, but also dived into the city’s explosive techno nightlife, particularly the renowned Ostgut, and found a penchant for electronic music that would lead from the booth to the studio. Ever since he’s been spinning at some of the most popular underground venues in Germany (among them Tape Club, Berghain/Panorama Bar, SchwuZ, Tresor, ://about blank (Berlin) and Robert Johnson (Frankfurt/Offenbach)) as well as playing across the world. Massi describes his style as an eclectic mix of house, disco, electro and techno – one may call it current-yet-classic.
Before Answer Code Request became his project to be in 2010, he spent his youth in the same small hometown near Berlin as Marcel Dettmann and Marcel Fengler, sharing their experiences of hitting the big city as a teenager, in search of the records and clubs that formed the tradition in the 90’s, then taking up DJing and producing shortly after, and sticking with it, and being successful with it as well.
If you listen to the music of Answer Code Request, be it on his astonishing records, as accordingly astonishing live act, or in the shape of his diversified and tremendously executed DJ sets, it all fits together. It seems it only took Answer Code Request a bit longer to enter the spotlight because he wanted it that way. He waited until everything was perfect and ready to go. And then it took him way shorter than almost everybody else to break through, and stay, just because of that. From first public appearance to internationally acclaimed artist, performer and Berghain resident DJ, it only took Answer Code Request a year.
In a career that spans two decades, Terence Fixmer reached worldwide recognition with the release of his debut album Muscle Machine on DJ Hell’s seminal International Deejay Gigolos imprint in 1999. The album opened a whole new genre by combining Electro, Industrial, EBM and Techno into a more dance floor-focused EBM style, simply called ‘Techno Body Music’. Tracks like “Electrostatic”, “Body Pressure” or “Electric Vision” today remain modern classics. Ever since the release of this groundbreaking debut LP, the French producer and live act has consistently explored and redefined the boundaries of modern Techno – and he is not slowing down. Terence Fixmer's sound deftly avoids repetition by developing soundscapes which maintain musical depth and integrity. He above all preserves an original style, an increasingly experimental, simultaneously ruthless and instantly recognizable aesthetic that’s best experienced through his enigmatic live shows.