Borderline and Switzerland go hard–
Borderline and Switzerland go hard. When you think of hardtechno, it’s easy to think of the major players: Germany, Brazil, Spain.
A country that doesn’t automatically spring to mind is Switzerland.
Normally, when we think of Switzerland, it’s easy to think of rolling hills and snow-capped mountains. In terms of music, yodelling can springs to mind, as does folk and even a bit of anarcho-pop.
But right now, Switzerland is in the middle of a hardtechno resurgence. The help hasn’t always come exclusively from within the country alone; Switzerland is a notorious melting pot of diverse languages and cultures, which makes promoting a genre as fiery and niche as hardtechno difficult.
Club Borderline in Basel, for example, has welcomed German promoters through its doors to help get parties started. Promoters such as Simon Says Bookings have held numerous popular parties in the Borderline Club, with recent event “We Are Different” playing host to 13 DJ’s across two floors.
Club Borderline is committed to the techno cause, and holds regular club nights that showcase some of the best talent, local and continental, in hardtechno, dark strong techno, as well as powerful techno.
Upcoming events include a hardtechno night with Fernanda Martins, A-Brothers and the czech artist, Golpe. Other events this month include regular night Absolut Techno with Rebekah on the 30th, while on February 27th Drumcomplex headlines the same night. Absolut Techno is held in Borderline on the final Friday of each month and is always jam-packed with techno lovers looking for a good time.
As well as German promoters, Switzerland’s emerging hardtechno scene is also helped by Army of Techno, a group of dedicated promoters based in Basel with a strong work-ethic, who are determined to give the locals some banging hardtechno to party down to at the weekend. Army of Techno will be celebrating their first anniversary on 15th April at Club Borderline, and over 500 guests are expected.
Techno, and all its colourful sub-genres, has found it hard to grow in Switzerland. Banging the hardtechno drum in such a diverse place is not easy, so the genre has only been popular for just shy of 2 years.
But Club Borderline, the promoters, organizers and Dj’s we have mentioned are going some way so spreading the word, and the hardtechno scene is growing here all the time.
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