Real Scenes: Berlin
The third chapter of the “Real Scenes” series, made by Resident Advisor, is about Berlin. Like the Bristoland Detroitones, the report focuses on the socio-economic and cultural factors that made the city one of electronic music's epicentres and a sacred place for any self-respecting clubber. The piece tells the political and social changes the city experienced in the early nineties and analyses the legacy of those days in its present electronic idiosyncrasy. Some main actors in that evolution - such as producers Apparat and Dixon - the owners of clubs like Tresor, Watergate and Weekend, and crew members of institutions like the Hardwax record store, all have their say. That, and an impeccable realisation, helps to draw the map that took Berlin from post-Wall uncertainty to becoming the indisputable world capital of techno. From division to freedom, with dance music as the background and fuel.