Marcus (Tresor Berlin)
DJ Gordon (Asylum / MO)
X.E.N (Asylum / HK)
Mantis (The Mantis Project)
Tresor Berlin 27 YRS Anniversary. China Tour
When Tresor opened on March 13th 1991 in a shack on Potsdamer Platz, beneath which the vault of the Wertheim department store lay, no one would have thought that from there would arise an institution that one day would celebrate 27 years of existence. The venue had only been licensed as an art gallery and received a lease of just three months. Needless to say, in the early days, every single day they expected the authorities to close the venue down.
Instead, the club became the formative stylistic starting point of a worldwide music and youth movement. The Tre- sor cellar, with its dance floor pressed between bank safes, the unique sound and the dense fog, became a symbol of the successful reuni cation of the youth of two formerly separated German states, who danced and celebrated here together from the club’s inception.
DJs and artists from Detroit were the main inspiration for the sound of the vault–the now famous Berlin–Detroit connection resulted in a very special friendship between the two cities. As a club and record label, Tresor had already become a worldwide magnet and advertisement for the city of Berlin.
Over the past 27 years Tresor has created many historic moments in the musical and party history of the city. From Jeff Mills’ rst sets on three turntables, to the grandiose Tresor Park parties, to various chapters of the Lovepa- rade with Sven Väth in the 90s and since then countless generation–spanning parties, that represented for their visitors the highlights of their personal clubbing experiences.
The history of the club was always eventful and not without complications. From the temporary closure by the authorities in the early years, to several raids, all the way to the closure and demolition of the old location in 2005, the years of wandering in exile and the resurrection in the new location Kraftwerk Berlin.
Tresor Club- Then and Now
Back in 1991, post- Wall Berlin used to be a no mans land, which still needed to recover from the aftermaths of the fall of the wall. Nevertheless, the subcultural scene slowly began to flourish and here, the foundation for one of the most influential techno clubs worldwide was set: Tresor. The club first opened its doors to the public in March 1991, back then at Leipziger Strasse 126a in the vault of an old department store. Tresor’s rough, dark atmosphere paired with the yet different, forceful and ecstatic sounds and underlined by minimal light effects, gave the whole of Berlin a new direction. Berlin Techno was born, in the cradle of Tresor and the party hungry youth found a place where the unification of the formerly divided Germany could be celebrated to a full extent. Inspiration music-wise came from Detroit DJs like Jeff Mills, Mike Banks and Robert Hood (Underground Resistance) or Juan Atkins and Blake Baxter, just to name a few.
Oppositional to the predominant fear of being forced to close down quickly after the opening, the first period of Tresor lasted 14 years. With the dawn of 2005, Tresor was finally pushed out of the premises without having an immediate replacement. After a closing party which lasted from April, 1st to April 16th 2005 and involved among others DJ prominences like Joey Beltram, DJ Tanith, Paul van Dyk, James Ruskin &Regis or Ben Sims, the party at Leipziger Strasse finally found an end. Nevertheless, Tresor never perished and thus, exile parties at different locations in Berlin were organized. This bridgeover lasted two years and with the celebration of its 16th anniversary it was announced that the legend finally found a new home.
The former Heizkraftwerk on Köpenicker Straße 70 definitely made Tresor’s reestablishment an easy one. The massive building, in which only a small part is used for the actual Tresor club, suits perfectly fine into the musical concept of the club and underlines it to every extent. Like in the old premises, it is located downstairs, where a long, narrow and dark corridor only tightens the excitement of what is waiting on the other side: the actual dancefloor, with the DJ decks behind the famous metal bars; where stroboscopic light arrangements and a lot of fog connect with each other and form the audience to a huge homogenous and euphoric mass, stimulated by the sound of Techno.
Marcus, alias of Marco de Paulis, is an Italian DJ based in Berlin. Born and raised in Rome, he first approached electronic music when he was very young. Back then he started going to the first clubs and also joined illegal raves in the Italian capital. As he did not only want to be part of the audience, Marcus started djing at the age of 16, followed by his first gigs in the Roman scene some years later. With musical references to the UK and Detroit, he became a perfect fit for Tresor booking. In the club, he is a well- known and welcomed guest at the decks of the New Faces series. With numerous gigs in 2017 and 2018 and further appearances that reach back to 2015, Marcus already has established an individual style and is looking for constant evolution every day.
For him, Techno, is more than music, is more than sounds, is more than noise, Techno is a statement of love and an attitude towards life. Techno is the energy of every day, Techno is technology, Techno becomes his voice when he plays. Marcus is strongly against mainstream and music mode, he believes in the true spirit of music. During his gigs, he uses the music as his voice of riot, believing in the music connections and fighting against the standard canons nowadays.
Further, Marcus is a vinyl collector since ages and is always eager to discover new music, which is against the standard and trendy charts the scene is offering him. He is following his own taste in music being inspired by his personal influencers. Marcus’ DJ sets are characterized by a raw and dirty groove, industrial sounds and with a strong energy impact to the floor and the people, knowing exactly what they want as a DJ coming from the dancefloor as he is.
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