Ben Klock is one of the top 10 DJs of the last decade for Resident Advisor – and for most of us that’s the truth.
Ben Klock became a resident of Berghain in 2005, and has since established himself as an avant-garde artist in the modern Techno movement in Berlin, a ubiquitous symbol of the city’s vast music scene. His longstanding relationship with this notorious Techno institution has been the backdrop to his success, providing a platform of inestimable value that has enabled him to become one of the most in-demand DJs and producers in the world.
Ben Klock at Magazzini Generali on December 13th.
Though intense and powerful his DJ output reflects a certain kind of fervour, capturing an artistry and emotion that can often appear absent from the Techno genre. He also possesses a wonderful understanding of how to adapt his music to the circumstances, a competence that means he can be found at both large-scale festivals and small intimate club settings around the world. Much of his early career was marked by marathon sets – a signature that played a considerable role in nurturing his skills and reputation – but even the more compressed sets he shares today evidence an intricate narrative and sense of flow that defines him as a DJ.
It was these inherent abilities that led him to compile the Fabric 66 compilation in 2012, before winning the BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix of the Year award in 2015.
Over recent years Ben Klock’s focus has been on touring – but his early works, most of which were released via Ostgut Ton, have become landmarks in the imprint’s history. 2009’s “Dawning”, the first of his collaborations with Marcel Dettmann, kickstarted the label itself and remains a stand-out track in its discography. Other releases of particular note include “Subzero” taken from his Before One EP, and the Compression Session EP (2010). For many, however, it is his album One (2009) that best captures Klock’s talents as a producer. Still today, this seminal record forms a reference point for all Techno long-players. His skills as a remixer have also seen him rework tracks by a wide variety of artists, including Kerri Chandler, Depeche Mode, Robert Hood and Kenny Larkin.
Can’t wait to listen to Ben Klock on the stage of Magazzini Generali, this will be the last date of Club Nation in 2019, ready to rock 2020!