SUMMER FESTIVAL - HILVARENBEEK
JULY 7, 8 & 9 2023
He trained to play the piano at an early stage resulting in his first job aspiration ever: Jazz pianist. Around this time, he encountered the concept of minimalism for the first time by listening to SteveReich’s „Music For 18 Musicians“, which still holds a strong fascination for Ben up to this day. In an atmosphere of departure, Berlin’s club scene blossomed in the early 90s capturing young Klock’sattention with full force: „For me, the 80s epitomised Pop and very superficial music in general. I really loved how things went more serious, how all stops were pulled when the music got more intense and physical.“
In 1994, Ben started to play his first gigs in Berlin clubs like Cookies, WMF, Delicious Doughnuts and Tresor, where he held residencies. At first, he mainly spun house, but after a while, his sets became more raw and powerful. When Electroclash took over in the late 90s, his interest in nightlife ebbed away for a few years, so he focused on his day job as a graphic designer.
The opening of Berghain in 2004 rekindled his passion with a vengeance, though: „The architecture, the sound: That was how this music was meant to be presented. Everything finally fell into place. When I go record shopping, I think in 2 categories: ‚ PanoramaBar and ‚Berghain’. They are my center and pulse generator.“
Over the last few years Ben Klock’s tracks, be it solo or with his sparring partner Marcel Dettmann, found their way into a lot of DJ’s boxes. His debut album „One“was released in February 2009 on Ostgut Ton, and marks the preliminary highlight of his creative output.
Similar to his DJ sets, his music is steeped as much in the experience of Techno in the 90s, as it is breathing fresh air into a more than 20 years old genre. Hence, fusing the old with the new comes naturally to him. He also learned how to adapt to different expectations brought to him in clubs outside of Berlin. „My development as a DJ in the last two years has been dominated by playing two-hour sets, which pretty much are the standard in clubs all over the world. I’ve learned how to play shorter, compact sets keeping the energy up throughout. Being able to play very longest still is very important to me, though, as you can tell a longer story. But I really enjoy taking this kind of feeling abroad, where people sometimes literally hunger for it.“
Sat Jul 08 2023 · Hilvarenbeek
Adam Beyer, DJ Rush, Nina Kraviz, Klangkuenstler and many more