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Dimitri Hegemann, techno and the clubbing scene in Berlin

We dare say that Berlin and techno were made for each other. The many abandoned buildings left to rot after the fall of the Berlin Wall served as the perfect “raw material” for unique club venues where techno was the music to dance to.

That’s why we were thrilled when our partner Telekom Electronic Beats invited us to collaborate, giving you the opportunity to learn more about Berlin’s nightlife (hi)story.

In this new Telekom Electronic Beats Podcast, you’ll hear from none other than Dimitri Hegemann, one of the most important figures in Berlin’s nightlife. No need to mince words: without him, the club scene in the German capital would definitely not be what it is today!

The cultural manager and techno mastermind recounts his experiences in the local music scene: the creation of the nightclub Tresor and the eponymous record label in the early 1990s and the direction of the avant-garde music festival Atonal in the 1980s. Both are world-renowned references when it comes to quality music!

Dimitri tells us about his involvement in Berlin’s cultural economy and how the electronic music scene has changed over the decades. He talks about what made him move to Berlin, his love for the city, describing how Berlin sounds to him while also not forgetting include details of his youth in West Germany and the alternative music scene in 1980s West Berlin.

He also touches on his participation in numerous cultural projects, including Berlin restaurants, and and his latest project Happy Locals, which aims to counteract the exodus of young people from their communities by creating a space for experimentation.

Don’t miss this chance to (re)discover an important part of the Berliner nightlife by checking out the podcast here!

And if you want to know more about the multifaceted nature of the nightlife, you can find others podcast episodes at, Apple, Spotify, SoundCloud, Mixcloud and Deezer. Already on its second season, a new podcast is posted every 14 days, using storytelling to share nightlife experiences and passion for electronic music.

*This post was graciously sponsored by Telekom Electronic Beats.

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