About Paul Kalkbrenner (Created June 19, 2013)
It's fascinating to note how a significant and absolutely historical moment in history inspired the career of a popular electronic musician. But that's just what happened to Paul Kalkbrenner when the Berlin Wall came down, sparking the rise of techno and electronic music in Berlin.
Though Kalkbrenner was just a youngster when Berlin was freed from regulations by government (including those that governed music), he ran with the passion and creative freedoms he felt. By the fall of 1992, he began deejaying at local youth clubs and experienced his first taste of the electronic scene in clubs such as E-Werk, Planet, Tresor and Walfisch. Yes, the bug had bitten Kalkbrenner and it wasn't letting go.
Kalkbrenner may have gotten his start by buying all his own equipment to produce his own music, but it wasn't long before the ball started rolling downhill. He met Ellen Alien at a Bpitch-Party, and she would go on to release his tracks for Bpitch Control (under the alias Paul dB+). Next came the albums "Superimpose" (2000) and "Zeit" (2001), officially putting him on the map, but it was 2004's "Self" that would make him a star.
Another project Kalkbrenner got involved in was the soundtrack to a film about a Berlin techno musician in 2006. Not only did he compose the entire thing, eventually he became the star of the screenplay that would be titled "Berlin Calling." And the film, while a smash in its own right, paled in comparison to the success of the single "Sky and Sand," which broke all sales records and stayed on the single charts for 121 weeks.
Though Kalkbrenner's run with Bpitch ended in 2009, he has since established his own label and released the album "Icke Wieder," which contained no singing. His latest project, "Guten Tag," was released on November 30, 2012.
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