On April 4, 2009 local promoters Particle People welcomed Ben Klock to the First Ave VIP Room. Coming to the USA all the way from Berghain Club in Berlin, this respected producer and deejay was here to promote his new album One and EP Before One out now on BeatPort and where vinyl is sold. Ben was kind enough to grant Tanya Norman an interview opportunity, allowing a glimpse inside his world of Berlin techno and sharing insight into why sometimes less is more…
TN: Who inspires you? Mentors in music?
BK: I don’t know where to begin. I’ve been making music all my life. I listened to all kinds of music. In the 80’s I loved Prince. In the beginning of the 90’s I was beginning to look for new sounds. There are some heroes: old US guys, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Robert Hood. Basically, that’s where it comes from.
TN: What kind of technology and tools do you use? Describe your studio.
BK: It’s not that interesting. [laughs] I changed to complete digital. I really like total recall recording. When I worked on my album I worked on different tracks at the same time. I don’t want to have to reconnect cables…..with digital you can really do a lot of things. I use Logic, a little Ableton… usually a Logic user. And some plug-ins.
TN: Your current record label, Ostgut Ton, how long have you been with them?
BK: Since I’ve been a resident DJ at Berghain, about 3 years. Ostgut Ton is the label of Berghain. The venue they had before the Berghain was called Ostgut, that is why the label is called Ostgut Ton.
TN: You’ve been deejaying for over 10 years now?
BK: For a little over 10 years. The international bookings started about 4 years ago, coinciding with the beginning of my residency at Berghain.
TN: Did you play any instruments as a child?
BK: When I was a kid I played piano. Before I became a DJ I also played in a band and did some songwriting, playing guitar and singing…
TN: Did you find those experiences helpful with your current productions?
BK: Yes and no. Sometimes it is not helpful when you are too educated in music and you want to make a good techno track…you don’t want it cluttered with too many solo parts, well, i don’t want it… [laughs]
TN: Congrats on your first debut album, One.
BK: Thank you.
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