As soon as the Berlin Wall fell in the summer of 1989 the city had the spotlight of freedom. The ground had been fertile for expression amongst the young.
‘Berlin was always Hardcore’ Dj Tanith has said. ‘Hardcore hippie, Hardcore punk and now we have a very hardcore house sound. The tracks i am playing are an average one hundred and thirty-five beats per minute and every few months we add fifteen more.’
For DJ Tanith, the peaceful revolution that brought down the Berlin Wall immediately cranked up the volume: "It was like the wall crushed and the sounds crushed. It was the perfect soundtrack for it and we were lucky that it all came together."
(( In Berlin, A Beat That Bloomed From Rubble))
Berlin was always known for hard, raw, architectural & structural techno. A characteristic nowhere else in the world. When DJ Tanith played ‘Universe’ in 1992 it was the first time 95% of the audience had ever been exposed to full on, banging, German Industrial Techno.
From 1987 to 1996 TANITH was one of the most popular German techno Djs, starting as a resident DJ in Berlin's first Acid House club, the UFO, organising his own night session, the CYBERSPACE, djing on many TEKKNOZID raves and at the WALFISCH after hour. In 1991 UFO became the legendary TRESOR Club and Tanith is resident there. He also djed on the very first MAYDAY and became resident for 8 following Maydays and co-founded the legendary tekkno label BASH RECORDS. TANITH was the first Tekkno DJ and is considered one of the founders of the Tekkno culture.
Here we have the privilege of an interview that helps us understand more about the legend’s personality. Enjoy.
1. What plays in your car ?
Crossbreed and hard as fuck Drum & Bass (my 6 year old son loves it!)
2. How did it all start for you?
it started in 1985 with Industrial sets, I never wanted to become a DJ, but I got all the records as a Vinyl Junkie, so they forced me into it, kind of. It was a Punk venue and they didn’t like it, they wanted their Billy Idol and Depeche Mode back, whereas I was playing SPK, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Einstürzende Neubauten. So I got bored of it and only came back to it 1988, 2 years after I moved to Berlin, and the Acid hell broke loose.
3. What is one subgenre you think doesn't get the attention it deserves?
4. What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
Humanoid by Stakker Humanoid
5. As both a Dj/Producer , which side are you on : entertainment or educational ?
It’s a mixture, can’t decide which side I’m on, I’M only satisfied when both sides are in balance and I have the feeling the people leave different as when they came
6. Do you walk around humming melodies?
7. Your message to Report2Dancefloor Radio ( including your plans ahead )
I’m more a goalless person, as life teached me that goals lead to a tunnel vision, which keeps you from finding the real gems. So I got a biweekly radioshow on saturday on FluxFM, a really good station here in Berlin, which you can access via HYPERLINK "https://www.fluxfm.de/stream/#technoug"https://www.fluxfm.de/stream/#technoug I keep my Blog HYPERLINK "http://www.tanith.org"http://www.tanith.org updated, where you can also see my next dates and hopefully I find more time producing in the near future.