Features: 6 Years Gretchen.

This weekend, October 6 and 7, we are celebrating our 6th Anniversary. Yeah!

For Friday we have invited Richard Dorfmeister, one half of the legendary  Austrian duo Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Henry Wu, a leading figure in the new generation of electronic music producers, strongly influenced by soul, jazz, blues and funk. Also behind the decks our most musical open-minded residents Delfonic, Soulmind and Marc Hype. Saturday we are welcoming the German drum’n’bass label Neosignal with label-founders Phace and Misanthrop. They also bring The Upbeats, all the way from New Zealand and Netherland’s shooting-star Posij. They will be accompanied by our Recycle-residents N’Dee, Survey, Mr. Jay, Flower and MCs Mace and Jamie White. Also to be mentioned: In BOX2 the Impulse Basskultur crew from Berlin is celebrating their  7th Anniversary.

Another year has passed by and we are looking back at many wonderful club nights, concerts and live shows. We have danced, laughed and cried tears of joy with you at countless events during the last 365 days. Now as most of you might know, every year on our beloved Dragonerareal is a win. The ongoing “fight” about our future here is quite nerve-wracking and kept us awake numerous nights. But hey! We are trying to focus on the positive, as we are still here, and looking forward to come together this weekend and celebrate the Gretchen birthday with all of you!

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Features: Mr Scruff 5h DJ-Set at Gretchen to download.

You have been to the party at Gretchen last weekend, with Mr Scruff, and you have had a lot of fun and would love to have his 5h DJ-Set to listen to it over and over again? Ooor.. You have not been to the party and you are sad because you missed an epic event and could not listen to his 5h DJ-Set? Well, in any case, we have a little surprise for you!

Just follow the link below and you can download the whole set on Mr Scruff’s home page. Enjoy!

klick here: Mr Scruff 5h DJ-Set at Gretchen.

Features: Soul In Motion is coming to Berlin.

On September 16 London’s Soul In Motion event series is making their way to Gretchen for the very first time. Whereas many promoters have failed launching a new event series in the number one City for drum’n’bass music, Soul In Motion quickly became one of the most popular parties to go. Who are the heads of operation and what is the secret behind their success? We took the time to find out to give you all the background information about it.

It all started in 2014 when Michael Bailey, better known by his stage name DJ Bailey, and Joe Moses, also known as Need For Mirrors, came together to realize their visions of a own event series. A location was soon found with the Basement, a cozy club, only moments away from Soho and Oxford Street. Unfortunately the club had to close in 2015 and so they had to move on, but it did not took them long to find a replacement. The self proclaimed “mysterious” Miranda night club right beneath the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, one of London’s trendiest and most vibrant artistic areas, became their new home. The Britain’s capital made it up to number six of the 2016 Top-Ten of Europe’s most expensive cities, which of course also includes London’s nightlife, but the Miranda night club is keeping most events and entry absolutely free. This also counts for the Soul In Motion nights but in order to get in you have to be on the guest list, for those who are planning a trip to London and would like to go: any information are to be found on their home page. When most promoters are holding their events on the weekend Bailey and Moses had other plans and so Soul In Motion became a biweekly club night, held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The list of guest-DJ’s that have played at a Soul In Motion night reads like a “Who’s Who” of drum’n’bass. From Grooverider to Fabio, Roni Size to Krust, Randall to Optical, Dom & Roland to Brian G, in short words: nearly everyone who has had an influence on the development of the genre. This created such a hype that the name Soul In Motion

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Features: The Sample Music Festival 2017 at Gretchen.

Already for the third time the Sample Music Festival returns to Gretchen this weekend, September 2nd and 3rd. This unique event was invented to give people the chance to have a closer look on how producers work these days. It puts the spotlight especially on the so called turntablism – the art of manipulating sounds and creating new music, sound effects, mixes and other creative sounds and beats – the controllerism – the art and practice of using musical software controllers – and sampling – the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece.

The Sample Music Festival is meant to be “A podium to exchange expert knowledge, discussion, and high quality live performances.” and, as far as we know, the only one of its kind at least in Europe if not worldwide. During the last two years we saw workshops and performances by no other than Eskei83, Marc Hype, Alex Sonnenfeld, D-Styles, Doshy, DJ Raedawn and many more. For the SMF 2017 the organizers have again invited a few of the most notable protagonists of each of their categories to give you a view on their work, such as Symatic & Moschops from the UK, Dr. Ryan Ross Smith from New York or Akila Be Water from Paris. Continue reading “The Sample Music Festival 2017 at Gretchen.”

Features: What So Not is back!

Chris Emerson a.k.a. Emoh Instead a.k.a. What So Not is once more paying Berlin a visit to, as usual, play at Gretchen on August 25! After the release of his latest EP “Divide & Conquer” end of last year, which was praised by fans and critics, he recently published a new video to the Song “Trust”, also to be found on the EP. The track was produced together with Los Angeles based producer, DJ and songwriter  Matthew James Burns, better known just as BURNS, and has the potential to be a absolute club-hit.

In anticipation of the event we have thought to put this out there for those who are not familiar with What So Not so far and of course for those who know but might have not seen the video yet.

See you on Friday!