Watergate – Mathew Jonson [Live], Konrad Black, Sebo K
Huge Canadian influence set to take control of Watergate…
February seems to be the month where Watergate demonstrates why it is one of the best clubs in Berlin, Europe, and according to past polls, the world. yet, most likely the club does this almost effortlessly, as booking quality is second nature to the venue. And February seems to be that little bit more special.
The one in particular is also that, which will be looking to kick start the month, as we get a double dose of Canadian class with Wagon Repair’s Mathew Jonson and Konrad Black.
He’s developed one of the most distinctive voices in electronic dance music: when you hear one of Jonson’s tracks, you almost immediately know it’s his. And yet there’s no mistaking any given track for another. His music offers a rare fusion of populist intensities and nuanced musicality. With a keen understanding for the needs of the dancefloor and the universal laws of house and techno, he’s thrown out the rule book time and time again, sneaking tricks learned from electro and even drum’n'bass into minimal clubs, and loading up his B-sides with tracks that do what they damn well please.
His first record, in 2001, was the first release on the B.C. label Itiswhatitis, appropritately titled “New Identity”. Another followed in 2002, and in 2003. That year, he also made his first appearance on Perlon, “Alpine Rocket” — a track he recorded alongside Luciano during his first trip to Europe. And then, suddenly, Jonson was everywhere: Itiswhatitis, Sub Static, Arbutus, Kompakt, M_nus and every track an anthem.
Mathew Jonson – Live Mix
Time has accelerated ten-fold for Konrad over years since the dark, shadowy tones of “Draconia” & “Medusa Smile” enveloped dancefloors around the Globe, christening his influencial Wagon Repair label in style as well as establishing him as a highly innovative producer and much sought after remixer. His relocation to Berlin also gave him the opportunity to express himself more regularly as a DJ, resulting in a fast expanding reputation for sending crowds into a frenzy wherever the call of duty takes him. Konrad knows it’s about living and breathing the music, it’s not just a question of turning up, spinning a few tunes and then disappearing back into the night, it’s about getting to know the people, understanding what makes the club tick and always delivering a night of memorable tracks and seamless transgressions. He quickly found himself holding down one of the much coveted residencies at the Legendary Panorama Bar as well as regular spots at dance musics epicenters; Fabric in London, Rex in Paris, Tenax in Florence, Privilege in Ibiza to name a few…
There’s certainly a Byronesque quality to Black, a perpetual struggle between external light and inner darkness that unearths moments of beauty in the darkest corners of our collective consciousness. But fortune seems to favour the brave and it’s with this firmly in mind that he leads the crowd through the night towards another Berlin sunrise.
Falckensteinstrasse 49, Kreuzberg, Berlin
04 Feb 2012
Mathew Jonson [Live]