Northern Structures (live)
BOX 2: The Flying Disco Circus
Sound of Berghain/Panorama Bar is a monthly Ostgut Ton label night at Culture Box, showcasing the labels Berghain techno and Panorama Bar house DJs. The Flying Disco Circus in Box 2!
“What matters most, above all else, is what comes through the speakers. It must be the right track for the right time, delivered in the right way.” Nobody knows this better than Detroit’s Ryan Elliott, whose distinction as an internationally respected DJ, remixer, and one-half of Spectral Sound’s A&R team, has grown steadily over his decade-plus behind the decks. The “DJ’s DJ”, the “true student to the purest art form”. They don’t hand a reputation like this out at the club door, and Elliott’s is well-earned and welldeserved.
Influenced by his hometown staples (Axis, Purpose Maker, M Plant, and UR) along with international labels like Perlon, Playhouse, and early Kompakt, Ryan relates most to the utility and function rooted so deeply within the kick drum.
Now legendary residencies at Ann Arbor’s Goodnight Gracies and Detroit’s Shelter gave way as Elliott’s international travel schedule grew. Working crowds at clubs and festivals around the world, from NYC’s Guggenheim Museum to Barcelona’s Sonar by Night, Ryan tailors his approach to each with a meticulous ear and a bottomless record collection.
2009 sees Elliott relocating to Berlin to further his focus on DJing, production, and helming Spectral Sound’s growing roster - only now from a different perspective. “Berlin and Detroit may not look the same, but they feel the same. The connection isn’t just in the music, but also in both cities rough edges and honest hearts” he states.
His sound remains unchanged; bassline-driven techno and house reduced to their essence, thoughtfully calibrated to drive crowds out of their minds. The time is right, the tracks are right, and Ryan Elliott is exactly where he needs to be.
Marcel Fengler’s musical influences present themselves double tracked. His early teenager years are stamped by Hip Hop from crews like NWA, Gang Starr and A Tribe called Quest, who have been his undisputed heroes. Even today, Fengler spins some Hip Hop, but only in private. His interest in electronic music on the other hand has been inspired by continuous experiences in Berlin based techno clubs like E-Werk in the early 90s. The heavy, progressive synth- and acid sounds of this era still wield some magical power on Fengler today.
„As the musical range today is vaster than ever, it is really important to me in which context I’m playing out my records. That’s why I love traditional labels like Planet E, M-Plant and Internal and artists like Ron Trent, Kenny Larkin, Kevin Saunderson, and Chez Damier as much as I like contemporary artists like Sleeeparchive or Lessismore.“
Since the mid 90s, Marcel played at „Club im Park“, a youth club in Fürstenwalde, where he later launched a party series called „SC 93“ together with Marcel Dettmann. In 1997 he started to play at Berlin’s Tresor among other clubs and when Berghain opened in 2004, he became a resident on our big techno floor.
„It is important to me that music tells kind of a story using varied styles from all eras. That’s why I favour to build my sets up, then down again. It has to be varied and it has to snake through the night in waves.“ In 2007 Marcel has started to produce his own music as well. His tracks and remixes are directly influenced by the heavy Techno sound of the Berghain. His complex drum sounds and his generally rough sound design connect seamlessly to his often more than five hour long DJ sets.