DVD Paris/Berlin: 20 years of underground techno
by Amélie Ravalec
"This is what techno was about, this is what it should be about, and hopefully this is gonna stay this way for a while now.." Adam X (Sonic Groove)
This 52” documentary tells the story of an underground movement, from its beginning until now. Born in Detroit in the late 80s, techno met its audience a few years later in Europe, as the UK, Germany, France and many others countries started to host the foundations of a techno scene.
It is mostly focused on Paris and Berlin. Two different cities, two different tales, but techno grew up in both, from secret underground parties to huge clubs, from a small faceless movement to an established business, and from vinyl to digital.
The documentary features those in the scene who kept it true to its original spirit. About twenty people trace the evolution of techno over the years. They all have different profiles - dj, producer, label manager, promoter, record shop owner.. but all share a common passion : techno.
With Adam X (Sonic Groove), Regis (Downwards), Ancient Methods (AM/ Downwards), Kareem (Zhark Berlin), Function (Sandwell District), Lucy (Stroboscopic Artefacts), Laurent Garnier (Fcom), Nick Höppner (Ostgut ton), Terence Fixmer (Planète Rouge), Christophe (Toolbox Records),Tama Sumo (Ostgut ton), Dasha Rush (Full Panda), Henning Baer (Grounded Theory), Milton Bradley (Do not resist the beat), Lupo (Dubplates&Mastering), Tobias Rapp (Berlin, techno und der Easy Jet set), Electric Rescue (Skryptom), Fabrice Gadeau (Rex Club), Laurent Baylet / Patrick Bamberger (Dimuschi), Mathieu Guilien (Paris III-Sorbonne), Remote (Kill the Dj), Heartbeat (Dement3d)