After a very busy first half of 2017, Gretchen took a short summer break as usual. We have managed to fix some stuff wherever it was needed and to install and build some new things here and there. Also the staff had a moment to breathe before going back to work. Now that we have charged our batteries it is time to open doors again and party into the best time in this city, the Berlin summer season. Of course we have a special in store for you to celebrate the re-opening of Gretchen. Coming to play, on July 22, no other than the notorious Gaslamp Killer along with his and our close friend Kutmah!
William Benjamin Bensussen earned his stage name The Gaslamp Killer with his intense and very unique DJ sets, that he was playing in the clubs of the Gaslamp district in San Diego, California, where he grew up. After moving to Los Angeles in 2006, he became a household name known for his outstanding productions and impassioned and highly energetic live performances. Along with Flying Lotus and Mainframe he produced Gonjasufi’s debut album “A Sufi And A Killer” back in 2010. He also played all the major festivals around the world, for instance: the Coachella Festival, the Austin Psych Fest, the Wonderfruit in Thailand or the Voodoo Fest. Numerous singles, EP’s, guest appearances, mixes and 2 albums speak for itself. His latest LP “Instrumentalepathy” was released in September 2016 and just this month he released the music video “Sins: The Instrumentalepathy Album Film”. In not even two decades this man has almost reached the status of a living legend. On top of all he is a wonderful, positive and inspiring personality and we are always happy to have him coming over to play at Gretchen!
Justin McNulty, better known as Kutmah, definitely has a story to tell. Born in Brighton, England to an Egyptian mother and Scottish father, he and his family moved to Hollywood, California, when he was twelfe years old. This is where he quickly became famous for being a young and talented underground artist, DJ and producer. In 2004 Kutmah launched the seminal club „Sketchbook“, which laid the foundation for the now infamous LA beat scene. Everything drastically changed in spring 2010 when armed US Federal agents entered Kutmah’s home and, without advance warning nor any provoking criminal activity, incarcerated him for two months at a New Mexico detention center under immigration charges, and ultimately deported him to the UK. He lived in Manchester and London before relocating to Berlin in 2016. Here is where he worked on his debut album “Trobbb”, which will be released, via Ninja Tune’s sub label for hip-hop music Big Dada, on August 11. We are more than curious and hope to hear some of his new material at the event!
Our lovely resident Soulmind, of Through My Speakers, will be heating up the dancefloor for these two guys and in BOX2 we have Money $ex Records featuring Oye Record Store boss and longtime resident Delfonic. The whole Gretchen crew is looking forward to our re-opening and we are expecting nothing but great vibes all night! See you there!