In recent years Berlin has become a cultural and creative hub pulling people from across the globe. It is renowned for its cheap rent, large warehouse and art spaces, and alterative and bohemian culture, which are said to be major driving factors in its cultural progression.
Berlin´s transformation into the world techno capital is very much linked to the German reunification and the fall of the Berlin Wall. As the wall came down, so did previous patterns of behavior. People took full advantage of their freedom, as well as once-concealed pockets of the city. This enabled alternative neighborhoods lifestyles to thrive – including clubbing culture.
Developments in American-produced techno between 1990 and 1992 fueled the expansion and eventual divergence in Europe. By 1993, Berlin was considered the unofficial techno capital of Europe.
Mali and Tom headed over to the city, where they met local techno artists, such as Escape to Mars and Josh Fox, who told them about their personal experiences of making music in Berlin. By speaking with local urbanists, they also learned how the history of the city, its cultural freedom, and access to open spaces, has helped to shape its unique and internationally recognised sound.
Want to dive deeper into the sound of Berlin? Check out the Bench Music Berlin playlist !