Long-time Berghain resident Fiedel has been immersed in Berlin’s music scene ever since the wall fell in 1989. As a child growing up in Brandenburg in the former GDR, his fervent obsession with music was forged as he obsessively scanned the radio waves, the only available avenue of musical discovery, taping everything he heard.
After moving into the city in 1994, Fiedel discovered famed record store Hard Wax, making connections that would lead to his first gig at now-defunct Subversiv, parties at the Electric Ballroom, and later a three-year residency at Ostgut, something of a predecessor to Berghain.
Working with the Hard Wax crew, Fiedel was also instrumental in the development of Wax Treatment, a beloved party centred around dub, bass and dancehall that utilised a mammoth soundsystem shipped over from Japan in 2001, the Killasan.
Not only a DJ, Fiedel is also an accomplished producer. Aside from his two recent releases through Ostgut Ton, the majority of his work is self-released, a conscious decision Fiedel credits to a desire to avoid the boundaries of being tied to a label.
His latest is part of a techno-focused compilation, the Double Mixpack EP. Released through his own label Fiedeltwo, it’s an 8-track, 2 x 12″ selection that’s said to be “no fillers, only killers.”
In advance of the release, we asked Fiedel to give us a glimpse into ten staples of his Wax Treatment party, picking out a variety of bass heavy classics from Digital Mystikz, Ramadanman, Lil Silva and beyond.
1. SBTRKT – Living Like I Do (Lil Silva Remix). Young Turks 075
This one is master class UK Funky stuff. Full of energy, bass and I especially like the vocals by Sampha.
2. Outlaw Breaks – Dutty (Dub Mix). VTNT 008
Older UK Garage tune, love that dub version. Everytime I play it, people go mad.
3. Anthony “Shake” Shakir – Piper. Frictional 016
My favourite producer of all time. Detroit inna Dancehall style.
4. DJ Marfox – Pensamientos. Principe 001
Electronic Bass music from Portugal. The whole E.P. contains great tracks.
05. MMM – Dex. MMM 5
Our interpretation of UK Funky, a bit wilder than usual I guess.
6. Ramadanman – Work Them. Swamp 81
Powerful and surprising track, by this, back then, very young producer.
7. Luke.Envoy – Honour Kill. Hotflush 012
A production on early Hotflush Recordings. Killer Dubstep tune.
8. Lil Silva – V1. LS Whites 003
More recent stuff. Lil Silva has produced some stunning gems, that I play a lot.
9. Bowly – Idee D’un Tropique. Berkane Sol 015
Very relaxed. I enjoy the oriental feeling that is created by the melodies and the bass.
10. Digital Mystikz – Thief In The Night. Soul Jazz 172
Mystical excursions into Dub, combining classic elements and powerful beats.
The Double Mixpack EP is due for release in March via Fiedeltwo.
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