DJ PETE aka Substance (Scion Versions//Berghain//Chain Reactions//Hard Wax)
Looking at Berlin’s Techno landscape, there’s no way missing the landmark which is DJ Pete. He’s not only an eye witness to Techno’s zero hour in Berlin, but he also became one of the early forces shaping the German capital’s underground dance scene for the years to come. He quickly went from being a consumer to actually writing Berlin’s Techno history as a producer, remixer and an international DJ, as well as part of the Hardwax record store crew.
Peter Kuschnereit, born in Berlin in 1970, has grown up in a historical quarter of the city, Kreuzberg. He still lives and works there. In 1991 he started to work at the legendary record store Hard Wax, the first import record store in the city. Hard Wax is still one of the most important stores in Techno scene, and a place that attracts the cream of Berlin's musical scene. In light of this it is easy to see Pete having an important influence on Berlin’s DJs and producers and vice versa.
Pete is not only a DJ, but also a producer. Inspired by first generation Chicago and Detroit musicians and above all, Basic Channel, Pete, in collaboration with René Löwe (aka Vainqueur), has given life to the Scion plan, whose first Ep “Emerge” (1995) marks the birth of Chain Reaction, twin label of Basic Channel. Subsequently their mentors, Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald (Maurizio/Rhythm & Sound), selected them to represent the sound of the Basic Channel in an experiment that culminated in the extraordinary mix CD “Scion - Arrange & Process Basic Channel Tracks”.
Alongside the Scion plan, Pete carried another project, Substance. His track “Relish”, released in '96, was a pivotal release on Chain Reaction, and was followed by contributions to compilations, including Tresor IV.
As a remixer, Pete has turned his hand to productions from Ectomorph, Juan Atkins, The Memory Foundation, Gys on Zero G, Robert Hood (Monobox), Mikkel Metal on Echocord, Rhythm & Sound (“See Mi Yah” remixes on Burial Mix) and Monolake. He has also released the much respected “Latifah” on Surgeon’s Counterbalance imprint, using the moniker of DJ Pete.
Listening to Pete DJ, it is hardly surprising his experience spanning two decades constantly shines through. His sets comprise a wide range of the most important currents the music went through over the last 20 years. His energetic DJing is based on loop-y Techno with a tinge of Industrial, tougher House tracks, the proverbial Berlin Sound, as well as classic US Techno. One of his main strengths is to intuitively keep the balance of pleasing the crowd while always keeping an open mind for new sounds. Moving between those poles is DJ Pete’s main source for inspiration, currently resulting in him spicing up his sets with a lot of Dubstep verging on Techno.