Not only does it capture perfectly well the romanticism of rave culture; it also demonstrates the evolution of Berlin from underground freak haven in the 1990s to current hotspot of the international “EasyJet set” (i.e. tourists). Club owners and dj’s talk about their mixed feelings regarding this development, and how they try to retain some of the original Berlin spirit. By means of restrictive door policies, for instance.
It’s a little unfortunate that there’s no original footage of how Berlin used to be in it, but still the images of Bar25 and Tresor make you wanna go there asap. And like the people interviewed say, there’s still enough secret locations and urban exploring going on, even in the center (plus club owners have their roots in the illegal scene), to last for a long time.
For the third edition of Real Scenes, RA and Bench go to one of the most special places for electronic music in the world: Berlin. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, techno became the underground soundtrack to the reunion between East and West. In recent years, it’s become an international destination for ravers—a cheap place to party with clubs that are renowned throughout the world.
Techno has become a business in the meantime. Yet Berlin still maintains a credibility that other cities lack. To understand why, RA and Bench went to the German capital eager to find out about its unique history and the reasons behind its continued relevance.