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The survival of electronic music scene – panel discussion and party in Berghain Kantine

29. Dezember 2015

BerghainInvite extraordinary guests to talk about an exciting topic in a perfect location. – What else do you need for a successful panel discussion?

Ein Gastbeitrag von Anita Jóri

On 27th May over 160 guests listened carefully to the discussion on the current situation of the electronic music scene. Anita Jóri (research assistant – Macromedia University of Applied Sciences) asked Szilvia Lednitzky (Lower Order Ethics; Office Manager & Head of Logistics – LittleBig Music Agency), Martin Maischein (Goner; Sound Engineer – Berghain), Brian May (Beam Up and DJ Delay) and Dr. Botond Vitos (Researcher – Monash University, Melbourne; Art Director and Production Editor – EDM Journal “Dancecult“) about their
experiences on the electronic/dance music scene in Berlin and beyond with giving an overview on the actual situation of managers, artists and the various audience groups.
“Berlin is the clubbing capital of the world“ – announced the city government’s website. Thousands of tourists travel to the city every weekend to experience the happiness and freedom of the local club scene. Those groups of people are often called “Techno Jetset“ or “EasyJet Set“. The panel guests summarized their opinions on this often discussed topic from a professional point of view.

Clubs are opening from one week to another and the developing commercialization of the originally underground scene (in the late 1980s, early ‘90s) is obvious. Therefore, the panel discussed the different meanings of the commonly (and many times loosely) used terms such as “underground”, “scene” and “mainstream”, through Berlin’s example.
Historically, after the Wall came down in Berlin, empty spaces were waiting for creative people to discover them and use them for their new ideas. Different groups of ravers started to organize Illegal warehouse parties in the ‘90s and gained experience in organizing events. Therefore, the early rave culture strongly influenced shaping, contouring and energizing the entrepreneurial character of the new creative industries. Many central figures of the ’90s rave generation (“Gen-Xers“) turned to be club promoters and cultural entrepreneurs. Their economic activities are based on the scene’s specific cultural institutions and productive relations (networking). Beside these historical questions, the panel guests also talked about their “do-it-yourself methods“ when it comes to event management and about their multi-entrepreneur profiles (doing many things at once: DJing, music production, label or event management, etc.).
The panel had a special format, because the documentary “Real Scenes” (by Resident Advisor: www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx) was shown in pieces and led the conversation into different discussion fields.

After the exhilarating discussion live acts and DJ-sets of Lower Order Ethics (HU/DE) (https://www.mixcloud.com/lowerorderethics/), Beam Up (UK/AUS/DE) (https://soundcloud.com/beamup) and Berliner Bass Geschichten DJs (Macrophon.fm) (https://soundcloud.com/berliner-bassgeschichten) encouraged the audience to dance.
The first Macromedia event on electronic music tried to summarize the most crucial questions of the local scene and opened up a prominent discussion topic what has to be followed up. Therefore, the next event in October 2015 will focus on one specific segment of the scene: the female artists’ situation. More details coming soon!

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