What we did

Plus Mi­nus feat. Ben Klock @ Level 41

Infusion Magazine - - LOOKING BACK - – Stephen Day

Estemed Amer­i­can Jour­nal­ist Philip Sher­burne once de­scribed Berghain as ‘ quite pos­si­bly the cur­rent world cap­i­tal of techno.’ For the unini­ti­ated, Berghain is a Ger­man in­sti­tu­tion based in a dis­used Ber­lin power plant where the doors to this tem­ple of techno open on a Thurs­day and close again on a Mon­day night. Well, that is if you’re lucky enough to be let in, as their door pol­icy is no­to­ri­ous yet all part of the fun. To have one of their res­i­dents in Dubai for the first time was ex­cit­ing enough but when that res­i­dent is Ben Klock, it’s off the scale. Ben has built him­self a rep­u­ta­tion on de­liv­er­ing driv­ing techno of the high­est or­der, his name ap­pear­ing on list af­ter list of ‘ who to watch out for’ and af­ter some bang­ing lo­cal sup­port he took to the decks for the Plus Mi­nus crew up on the 41st floor of The Me­dia One Ho­tel for more than 3 hours of what I will de­scribe as a wall of industrial sound, the Ger­man Phil Spec­tor. Each tune was a bel­ter, the ma­jor­ity of which I’ve never heard any­where else be­fore. Whilst the room is busy, there is enough space to dance about for the re­spect­ful crowd full of bound­less en­ergy, each track met with de­lighted noise from all. Ben, dressed in stan­dard is­sue Techno DJ Black T- Shirt, looked to­tally in con­trol and en­joyed him­self on his de­but. Let’s hope he re­turns and word gets round to a few more peo­ple next time as he de­serves a larger venue and a big­ger au­di­ence..

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