Isu, Dork + Kiégő Izzók
Berlin born DJ, producer and label owner Ben Klock is without a doubt one of the most significant characters in techno’s recent history. Before and after Isu and Dork, two leading djs-of the Budapest scene will make the night perfect and complete with their sets. Stunning visuals will be provided by the excellent Kiégő Izzók team!
Ben Klock (DE)
A resident at Berghain since its opening in 2004, he has been able to leave his mark on the club’s unique sound, in turn the special space influenced Klock’s approach as a DJ and producer as well. Berlin born DJ, producer and label owner Ben Klock is without a doubt one of the most significant characters in techno’s recent history.
Playing techno sets full of hypnotic, deep and heavy grooves, releasing records on Ostgut Ton and last but not least the aesthetics of his own label Klockworks (founded in 2006), have earned him an excellent international reputation over the last few years. Supported by stringent and enthralling tracks, remixes for such diverse artists as Kerri Chandler, Martyn or Depeche Mode, the revered debut album “One” on Ostgut Ton and his Berghain mix, Ben Klock’s name is synonymous with the vitalization of an essential definition of techno.
His music is free of crippling nostalgia and rather wins you over with consistency, tension, and dynamics and time and time again with a sensibility, one would usually expect from house music. In this vein, Klock pursues an unexacting fusion of quantum jumps and tradition – including effortless melodies or hook lines. Being able to harmonize this method of industrial austerity, natural musicality and an impressive physicality is Ben Klock’s great art and skill.
And of course his monthly marathon sets at Berghain that escort all what’s being said with pure sound and consistently motivate Ben Klock to skip the trapdoor called routine.
The story of Isu, a.k.a. István Kántor, starts around the first half of the nineteen-nineties in the logbook of the Hungarian underground music industry, making his name early on with his organizing skills and “cassette-jockey” sets.
After receiving his first Michael Jackson cassette - Bad – and getting to know black electronic music meant there was no way back: all of his pocket money went towards his ever-growing collection of industrial, techno and EBM records. In secondary school, with his like-minded friends Kalt and Dexter, he became a vinyl-junkie and started to roam the nightlife of Budapest.
In 1998 Isu started his civil service as a technician at the very much acclaimed underground Tilos Rádió of Hungary, where Tizso gave him a chance to broadcast his own radio programme, Eat da Beat, on air ever since on Saturday nights through to Sunday mornings. Not long after he joined Minimalheadz collective, the guys he set up the radio programme with.
He introduces quality electro and techno to the Budapest audience under the umbrella of Minimalheadz, inviting important foreign acts like DJ Assault, DJ Godfather and Matthew Herbert.
At the same time he started to work at the legendary I&I Record Store, gaining experience in the business. He currently runs Akt Records, one of the biggest electronic music record stores in Hungary, the favourite hangout of both the public and the professionals of Hungarian techno and minimal.
His biggest throws were the uniquely mystical Labyrinth parties under the Castle of Buda, brought to life with his friend Tégla, together with Alkotótábor, a mini-festival near the Lake Balaton, realized in 2003 with Fiba és Wuki from Keszthely, attracting more and more visitors every year.
In 2005 meeting Chrom and Crimson, they established Lick the Click!, which in the next five years became the most reliable series of events in Hungarian minimal/techno/house, featuring artists such as Matthias Tanzmann, Frivolous, the Noze, Dapayk Solo, Deadbeat, Moritz von Oswald ft. Tikiman and many others. Around this time Isu launches the Akt Records presents... parties with Szilvia Lednitzky, who also starts helping out in Lick the Click! and later Technokunst. The Akt Records parties enumerated artists like Modeselektor, Mr. Oizo, Apparat, Marko Fürstenberg or Monolake for the Hungarian lovers of electronic music.
In 2010, with acknowledged fine artist DJ Dork, he looks for a new platform to share their ideas on techno: Technokunst comes to life with the expressed aim of bringing quality – instead of commercial - techno back to Hungary. In Budapest’s only stable and quality club that thinks “differently”, the belly of the A38 ship, Technokunst.
Among Hungary’s first generation DJs, Dork has been using music and record players as a means of non-verbal communication since 1996. She makes the valuable dimensions of the style evident by moving along the powerful yet meditative boundary of her human-centred techno.
The parties on Frankhegy - associated with her and by now gaining cultic significance -, together with the house-sized raypainting oeuvres she creates as a branch of attendant art have always been motivated by removing the limitations of time and space and by seizing the uplifting experience of transforming the audience into a community.
During her fifteen-year career, Dork has intended her selections to principally serve as a form of therapy, whether appearing at the Tresor Club in Berlin, or the run-down DJ deck of an open-air festival. Be it primary minimal, pitch black or abstract detroit techno, grotesquely outspoken and funny getto tech or energetic chicago house, she aims to reveal common human denominators valid there and then and the day after, emphasising her interaction with and intent towards the public. Her whole attitude holds the sincerest possible distorting mirror to the world of today’s parties that are lost in hollow glitter.
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