Dark techno shows its darker side–
Someone once said there is darkness in all of us but many of us are just not aware of it! What BTS know for sure is that there is definitely a darker side of techno, even darker than which reached our ears some years ago.
Dark techno – which is also sometimes referred to as drone techno – is defined by a strong rhythm section, unusual sounds and glitches, moody ambience, and a pinch of complexity.
At the forefront of this pitch-black sub-genre are Djs such as Lukas Freudenberger, Björn Torwellen, Silvano Scarpetta, Sutter Cane, Drumloch, Cortechs and many more.
Above all, there is currently a lot of newcomers artists that are revolutionizing the dance floors with an overly powerful dark sound.
Perhaps the darkest techno that has been coming out of Europe in recent times is that emanating from heavily industrialised German cities such as Mannheim and Cologne. The brand of dark techno played here is a potent mixture of techno and dark ambience. One of the main exponents of this sound is the artist from Cologne Björn Torwellen.
Dark techno belongs in the dimmest basement clubs where light is at a premium, and the Cologne style of Björn Torwellen in particular embodies this ethos; it’s ominous at times but it never becomes un-danceable. You always want to move to the point where you feel hypnotised and entranced.
On the other hand, Lukas Freudenberger´s soundscapes are sparse, complex, dark – but utterly danceable.
Along with Germany, Hungary are the major players at the moment when it comes to dark techno, and it’s probably unsurprising that former Communist cities in particular are hot-spots for this particular style of music. In Hungary, the popular techno magazine Art Style: Techno is constantly promoting dark techno. Based in Budapest, they regularly release podcasts (literally dozens a day) and keep listeners up to date with all the latest happenings.
In Germany, Mannheim-based Dex!t Events hosts monthly parties that often include dark techno DJs on the decks. Hosted and founded by celebrated Dj Seimen Dexter, the no-frills Dex!t Events parties to the darkest and dirtiest techno on the first Friday of each month, pumping out some of the rawest techno to crowds of over 1,000.
Welcome to the darker side – we’re sure you can handle it!!
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