Melt Music 5 with Nick Hoppner & Tama Sumo photo gallery
Nick Hoppner ( OstGut Ton - Panorama Bar Residents -Berlin)
Tama Sumo (OstGut- Panorama Bar Residents -Berlin)
Arnaud Le Texier ( Safari Electronique-Cocoon-Melt Music)
Maura ( Leftroom Records-Melt Music )
Monika Ross ( Serialism-Uberbeat-Melt Music)
We hope you are sitting comfortably as you are reading this...because our next line up may knock your socks off! Given our next Melt party falls on bank holiday Saturday (5th May), we thought we'd go the extra mile and bring you two of today's house and techno underground legends: NICK HOPPNER and TAMA SUMO.
Don't miss two of Berlin's finest sharing the decks with our residents Arnaud Le Texier, Maura and Monika Ross...you may want to catch your early-bird tickets on Resident Advisor to avoid the road block See you down the front!
Nick Hoppner (OstGut Ton-Panorama Bar-Berghain-Berlin)
Currently residing in his home of choice and calling, Berlin, Nick Höppner skillfully balances, explores and contributes to a dramatically wide range of musical professions, proving him to be one of the backbones of today's house and techno underground.
Be it through his monthly residencies at the inimitable Berghain/Panoramabar and Watergate clubs, his solo releases for Ostgut Ton, his expansive DJ touring, his acclaimed co-production and live performances alongside Lee Jones as MyMy, or indeed his creative involvement and management of the Ostgut label since its inception, Nick stands out as a unique, long-serving and truly dedicated figure in today's electronic music world.
As a producer and DJ, Höppner displays all the characteristics of a life-long music lover. Sensitive to the history, emotions, stories and situations that derive from this music, for Nick the scope and eclecticism available within the 4/4 rhythm allows him great freedom to express his tastes and musical instincts. Throughout his two solo 12''s on Ostgut Ton, we find lush, uplifting house ('Violet'), deeply melodic techno dub sessions, spooky percussive workouts ('Makeover') and lashings of richly produced musical statements. As a remixer too, Nick's passion for storytelling comes through with great enthusiasm, as his interpretations of Richard Davis on Was Not Was, Ed Davenport on Liebe*Detail or David Durango on Meerestief have all recently shown.
To immerse one's self within Nick's typically extended DJ sets rewards similar multi-faceted discoveries. Always telling a tale, weaving an exciting path across his chosen musical spectrum - whether its a tough, raw and energetic house-party set, a dramatic big-room techno adventure, or anything in between - Nick's mature, confident approach and depth of character sets him apart from his contemporaries behind the decks.
Attracting attention since their first release in 2005 on the rock that is Playhouse records, to their beautiful debut album 'Songs For the Gentle', via showcases on Circus Company, Aus and Cocoon, to recent bombs like 'Everybody's Talkin' (Playhouse) or 'Southbound' on Ostgut Ton, the gentleman duo of MyMy have brought their uncany vision of dance music to the worlds most important stages with their energetic Live shows.
Working together with long-time compadre Lee Jones, Nick's invaluable studio touch, and love for addictive, rump-shaking grooves has helped fuel the pair's musical endeavours to great public success. Together the duo have held their monthly 'MyMy & Friends' residency at Berlin's Watergate club for over 3 years, and have completed a plethora of stand-out remixes for labels such as Get Physical, Liebe*Detail, Four:Twenty, B-Pitch Control and many more besides.
His open minded love and knowledge of music, along with a professional background working with labels like the delightful Morr Music, his own fledgling 'Just' imprint with partner Lee Jones, or as editor for the important Groove magazine, that led to his current position as manager for Berghain/Panoramabar's in-house label, Ostgut Ton. Since the label's birth in 2005 Nick has played a defining role in its growing success, spreading the club's musical message through the productions of its residents, and selflessly working to push the platform forward, nurturing its growth.
Tama Sumo (OstGut- Panorama Bar-Berlin)
I started out in a bar called Drama in Kreuzberg, which has been an important hang out for the scene and one of the first bars ever to feature its own djs at the weekend. The Drama has been one of the few locations featuring house music, instead of techno dominating all the other clubs and bars at that time.
I used to play a lot of soulful vocal house and quickly became a resident at Globus/Tresor, as well as at the gay Saturdays at Café Moskau.
„My motivation is and has been a mixture of fun and communication. Verbally as well as non-verbally. I love to create and play with different moods and atmospheres. I’m still fascinated by the fact that music can release a huge amount of energy and how music creates fun, jollying anyone along without any reason or principle. Music and bass in particular make people happy!“
Since 1997, when I have been a resident at Globus/Tresor, I gradually opened up stylistically and didn’t feel the need anymore to go along the lines of the techno and house division.
Since 2001 I regularly played at the gay/lesbian „Dance with the Aliens“ parties at the old OstGut and consequently at the end of 2004 I became a resident at the new Panorama Bar and later at Berghain.
In the meantime I developed a varied style ranging from new and classic House to Techno with and a pinch of Acid, Electro and sometimes (Italo-)Disco. Altogether in my sets i want to display a
lot of bass with an optimistic swing and melody.
It is fundamental to my work as a dj that I manage to let the music, the crowd and myself run freely. I have to turn off my head and go with the flow. This always is the challenge and if it works it is big fun. Me and my crowd have to get cosy with each other.
And if I manage to build my set up and down, to go to lots of different places, it is perfect!
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