Features: STÖÖKI SOUND

Stööki Sound is back at Gretchen, on February 4, to drop the bass. The duo, formed by DJ Lukey and the lead vocalist Jelacee, is known for their intense performances. Wherever they show up the crowd goes crazy like there is no tomorrow. But Stööki is more than just a Sound! Since its foundation in 2012 the two London boys have rapidly build a whole movement. According to their website the three keywords are Sound, Vision and Play and the collective’s mission is to Design, Produce and Curate. What exactly does this mean? Let’s find out.

London has always been a place for musical innovations, no other city in Europe has set so many trends during the last three decades. From Breakbeats to Jungle, Drum’n’Bass to Garage, Grime to UK Bass music and numerous sub genres, the creativity seems to have no limitations in the British capital. This is where Lukey and Jelacee grew up and into. They both started at a very young age to make music. Lukey (28) produced his first beats with only 13 years and Jelacee (23) started making music at the age of 14.

What must have brought them together might be their passion for Grime, Hip Hop, Trap and Bass, which is kind of what to expect when they enter the stage. This passion brought them all around the globe and back. Besides playing in the U.S. quite regularly they traveled to Australia, China and Southeast Asia with their sound and of course Stööki is a household name all over Europe. In 2016 they have launched their own indie record label Ö.N.E. Worldwide and have released the “Osiris” EP. Seven tracks that give you a feel of what Stööki stands for and Jelacee’s debut, proving he’s more than just a live MC. Continue reading “STÖÖKI SOUND”

Features: Icon Undead – Memorial Day ft. EATBRAIN

Traditionally we come together on the first Saturday each year and celebrate the golden times of the Icon club (1996 – 2012). It all goes down on January the 7th at Gretchen, this time we have invited Eatbrain to party with us and Berlin’s bass lovers. But before we talk about our guests for this event let us talk about the Icon club, a place that meant so much to us and the Berlin scene.

Already in our feature for the 20 years Recycle – Berlin’s finest Drum’n’Bass event we spoke in details about this historical place, which was our home before Gretchen. What made the Icon so special? To be honest .. we have no idea. Of course we gave our best to promote and run events there, but there is no formula about how to create the right atmosphere. Obviously we somehow managed to do it, probably it was a mixture of the right bookings and the right staff that gave people the feeling of partying with friends, no matter if you lived just around the corner or you were a tourist. Up to now regular guests of the Icon would mention the familiar atmosphere between staff and crowd, the friendly door and the peaceful vibe on the parties, no matter how packed it was. Continue reading “Icon Undead – Memorial Day ft. EATBRAIN”

Features: 15 YEARS PROJECT: MOONCIRCLE

Project: Mooncircle 15th Anniversary Label Showcase: 06.01.2017 @ Gretchen

The Berlin based cult label Project: Mooncircle is about to celebrate their 15th anniversary at Gretchen on Friday, January 6. They have put together a huge lineup with many many live acts and DJ’s who are related to the label. Also that night, the PMC 15th anniversary documentary premiere and a meet and greet with the legendary british comic artist Dave Mckean and the Italian freelance illustrator Lorena Assisi. We were always close with Gordon Gieseking, the founder of PMC who even has made some great artwork at our club, so it felt only natural to give the label the attention that it deserves and write a little article about it.

The story behind Project: Mooncircle is the classic version of how almost every successful indie label starts.It needs somebody who is very passionate about music and willing to do the job that most of the artists don’t like to do, basically planning, organizing, promoting and anything else that has to be done. Gieseking was that “somebody”. Growing up highly influenced by the whole Hip Hop culture movement he decided to pack the bags and jump on a flight to Miami, Florida, where he did a few internships at some of the local underground music labels.This was probably the time when the idea of doing this for a living himself first came to mind. Back in Germany he immediately started to make plans and when he met Thomas Ulrich, who is running the mailorder HHV.de, in 2002 things were kicking off. First it all started with artists he met during his time in the states but step by step it went more and more international. Continue reading “15 YEARS PROJECT: MOONCIRCLE”