Electronic Beats Podcast

Electronic Beats Podcast

Der Podcast für Nachtleben und Clubkultur

Nina Kraviz

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The producer and DJ Nina Kraviz is one of the most famous and successful artists in the techno world. Born in Irkutsk, Siberia, she fell in love with electronic music through listening to radio transmissions. Kraviz initially moved to Moscow to study dentistry, and after a brief stint in her band MySpaceRocket, she went solo with a string of productions on Efdemin's Naïf, Jus-Ed's Underground Quality, and Matt Edwards' Rekids. Her 2011 single “Ghetto Kraviz” and subsequent eponymous debut album catapulted her to into the spotlight, but she continued building her legacy as a champion of the underground with her expertly curated трип label. We spoke to Kraviz hot off the release of her new single “Skyscrapers”—her first solo release since 2019, and a bold journey into pop music. In this rare interview, Kraviz talks about her connection to home, her unusual career journey, and her love of the pop sounds of Roxy Music and using her voice as an instrument.

MISBHV (Tomek Wirski)

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The origin story of Polish brand MISBHV reads like a modern fashion fairytale. In London for a summer job during her law degree, Natalia Maczek fell in love with fashion and music. Back in Warsaw, she started making T-shirts for friends to wear at her creative partner Tomek Wirski’s parties. By 2015, they had set up a showroom in Paris and caught the attention of luxury fashion retailer Browns, who requested to distribute their collection.

Since then, the club-wear / high fashion hybrid brand has shown at New York Fashion Week and launched a music label with contributions by Wolfram, DJ Hell, and Live From Earth’s MCNZI. Worn by Rihanna and most recently VTSS and LSDXOXO in their “Goin Nuts” music video, MISBHV has cemented its status as one of the defining brands of today’s club culture.

In the podcast, MISBHV’s Tomek Wirski explains the ethos of the brand, their intuitive approach to decision-making, and why their latest project is a meditation record.

Gaspard Augé (Justice)

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Gaspard Augé has always been obsessed with making larger-than-life music. Known to many as one half of Justice, the duo that united rock and rave in the mid-2000s and whose smash dancefloor hits defined a generation, his debut album, Escapades, is his most ambitious and satisfying solo effort to date. It's full of bombastic playfulness, sprawling dreamscapes, and heartfelt sugar rushes. In this episode, Gaspard Augé tells us about the cinematic inspirations behind the epic sounds on Escapades and what it was like to record the album in iconic Parisian studios Enterprise, and Motorbass Studios, the former home of the late great Philippe Zdar of Cassius. He also talks us through his formative years shaping the seminal Ed Banger imprint with friends and collaborators So Me, SebastiAn, Mr. Oizo, and the late DJ Mehdi, among others.

#wearefutureproof

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The last fifteen months haven’t been easy. Everyone’s life has been drastically altered without warning, and many young people are left with anxieties about what the future has in store for them. Enter Project Futureproof, a European initiative launched by Deutsche Telekom to give the next generation confidence in their career aspirations and explore new pathways, despite the current situation. Equipped with the new Project Futureproof app, you can hopefully find answers to these questions. After all, there are also many kinds of creative professions out there.In this episode, Jakob dials up three young creatives with vastly different but equally fascinating careers. We’ll hear from 22-year-old fashion designer Zec Elie-Meiré, 26-year-old BBC broadcaster and DJ Jaguar, and 27-year-old character designer Katie Menzies. They tell us how they turned their passion into a profession, how to cope with setbacks, and how, even for them, the journey to a fulfilling creative career was less than clear from the beginning.

Rosa Anschütz

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In der heutigen Podcastfolge spricht Jakob mit der transmedialen Künstlerin Rosa Anschütz. Die junge Künstlerin wuchs in West-Berlin auf und tauchte bereits als Teenager in die Clubs der Hauptstadt ein. Zu ihren Fans zählen unter anderem Ellen Allien und Kobosil, der 2019 zu ihrer Single “Rigid” einen Remix beisteuerte. Letzten Herbst erschien ihr Debütalbum Votive, welches über die letzten drei Jahre hinweg in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Berliner Produzenten Jan Wagner entstanden ist. Auf Votive, was soviel wie ‘Opfergabe’ bedeutet, schafft Rosa Anschütz ein zeremonielles Ambiente. Der Sound ihres Albums ist teils stark mit Effekten beladen. So wechselt ihre Stimme zwischen gesprochenem Wort und Gesang, eingehüllt in wärmende Gitarren-, Bass- und Synthesizer Sounds. Im Interview erzählt sie uns von ihrem kreativen Arbeitsprozess, welcher stark auf Intuition aufgebaut ist, und wie ihr Umzug nach Wien für ihr Studium der transmedialen Künste neue Perspektiven geschaffen hat. Außerdem gibt sie uns Hoffnung auf einen baldigen Repress der Vinyl-Version von Votive, das aktuell bei Discogs für einen dreistelligen Betrag angeboten wird.

Post-Lockdown Clubbing Worldwide

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In some countries around the world, the pandemic caused only a mere blip in the social calendar. Currently, Europe still remains in the throes of an extended lockdown, with many venues silent for over a year, that it seems only mass inoculation will be able to revive. In China and Taiwan, the unmasked abandon of a packed dancefloor has been a mainstay since last April. In Israel, after over five million vaccinations, the nighttime economy is now nearly in full swing. Meanwhile, in Accra, Ghana, people congregate at open-air venues. Why is this? An overlap of government policies, virus policy precedents, and cultural conduct play a major role. Artists Amichay Matyas, Rui Ho, Tzusing, and Gafacci offer their personal, divergent perspectives on post-lockdown clubbing.

Clubkultur in Krisenzeiten #2

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Die Lockdown-Lage in Berlin ist bedrückend. Während Stars wie Skepta, Virgil Abloh und slowthai im Berghain zu Modenschauen gehen und im Soho House feiern, warten die Akteure der Berliner Musikszene seit über einem Jahr darauf, zu einer Normalität mit gefüllten Tanzflächen zurückzukehren. In dieser Folge des Telekom Electronic Beats Podcasts geht Moderatorin Gesine Kühne auf die Straßen Berlins, um Clubbetreiber*innen, DJs und Tänzer*innen zu fragen, wie sich ihr Leben verändert hat und wie sie psychisch mit der Situation umgehen. Clubkultur ist schließlich auch ein Synonym für Nähe und Gemeinschaft—genau das fehlt uns durch die Pandemie. Außerdem gibt der deutsche Politiker Klaus Lederer, Senator für Kultur und Europa in Berlin, einen Einblick in das komplexe Regelwerk, mit dem die Regierung Clubnächte dennoch erlauben kann.

Digital Art and Decentralized Collaboration

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In the most recent episode of the Telekom Electronic Beats Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Whitney Wei speaks to Ania Catherine and Dejha Ti, an award-winning Los Angeles-based experiential art duo, and American sound artist Tony Cruise. They discuss the nature of decentralized digital collaboration that intersects fashion, art, music, and innovative technologies. Jumping off from their most recent collaboration titled “Automatiste,” a web browser and phone-centric presentation of Chinese luxury brand Mithridate’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection inspired by the subconscious dream state, the three take us through the intricacies of what makes a truly immersive user experience, meanwhile framing creative teamwork as a form of play. Critiques on the sudden “Gold Rush” within digital art and NFTs (or non-fungible tokens) are also within.

Hikmet Sugör – Sneakerkultur und bewusster Konsum

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Kaum ein modernes Kleidungsstück hat so viel Wandel durchgemacht wie der Sneaker. Zunächst in Deutschland als funktionelles Produkt erdacht, ist er heutzutage jedem Club-Outfit immanent. Durch hochkarätige Brand-Kollaborationen oder limitierte Auflagen werden Sneaker außerdem schnell zu wertvollen Sammelstücken, die sich aber nur die Wenigsten leisten können. In dieser Podcast-Folge spricht Gesine Kühne mit einer Legende der deutschen Sneakerszene, der von seinen Fans auch als „Turnschuhpapst“ bezeichnet wird, Hikmet Sugör.

Der 48-Jährige wuchs im geteilten Berlin auf und begann seine Karriere im Sneaker Business damit, die Turnschuhe von stationierten GI's abzukaufen. Später importierte er Schuhe aus dem Ausland für den deutschen Markt und arbeitete mit größeren Marken als Kollaborateur und Berater. Von 2002 bis 2013 leitete er seinen eigenen Sneakerladen Solebox – einer der ersten seiner Art in Deutschland. Dieser schaffte es unter die Top Ten Sneaker-Shops weltweit. 2016 gründete der Design-Autodidakt sein eigenes Schuhlabel, Sonra, dessen „Drops“ stets limitiert und schnell ausverkauft sind. In der Episode erzählt Hikmet über seinen Weg zum Erfolg, den Sneaker-Boom der letzten 20 Jahre, bewussten Konsum und die Frage, ob Nachhaltigkeit in der Modebranche überhaupt möglich ist.

"Behind Bars" with Michailo Todua

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In 2013, Michailo Todua was randomly stopped on the street in Tbilisi and subjected to a drug test by the police. He was found with trace amounts of MDMA in his bloodstream, and shortly sentenced to nine years in prison, which is where he taught himself how to produce music. This week’s podcast, based on a story published on Electronic Beats in 2018 and included in the forthcoming Electronic Beats 20 year book by former deputy editor Chloe Lula, revisits Todua in his home shortly after he is freed. His outsize punishment for consuming drugs is part of the fight for humane drug reform in Georgia, a movement led by the LGBTQ club scene with vocal representatives from the techno venue Bassiani, known as the “Berghain of the Caucasus,” and drug decriminalization activist group White Noise.

Within the episode, Lula and Todua reveal the sociopolitical climate in post-Soviet Georgia since the early aughts, the aftermath of the viral “Behind Bars” article, and how music and music journalism continues to be a driving, progressive force for grassroots reform.

Über diesen Podcast

Der Telekom Electronic Beats Podcast geht den spannenden und facettenreichen Geschichten des Nachtlebens nach. Gesine Kühne und Jakob Thoene treffen DJs, Clubbetreiber*innen, Türsteher*innen, Tänzer*innen und viele weitere Protagonist*innen der Nacht.

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