Marcel Dettmann



When you track techno’s transformation towards more pensive, hypnotic dance floor journeys, one of the biggest architects of that shift is Ostgut Ton heavyweight Marcel Dettmann.

Since pushing through the highly competitive ranks of the German capital’s scene in the late 90s, Dettmann has become a name synonymous with the searing, muscular techno that has become the hallmark of Berghain’s main room. Alongside fellow residents Ben Klock, Len Faki and Marcel Fengler, he has been an integral part of building the worldwide allure of the club, and has forged a reputation as one of the genre’s finest behind the decks and in the studio.


Born in a small town in the GDR, Dettmann quickly developed a passion for cutting-edge music that far exceeded his local record store’s stock room. His thirst for electronic music brought him into contact with vinyl powerhouse Hard Wax, and lead him into seminal Berlin clubs such as E-Werk and Tresor in their mid-90s heyday. He would go on to be a resident at Berghain’s precursor Ostgut, before making the shift to the now-legendary club’s main room in 2004.


The ensuing years have seen Dettmann push his boundaries far beyond the dance floor, scoring short films, producing music for ballet and art exhibits. But while the breadth of his artistry expands, Dettmann’s stock as a DJ continues to surge as his uncompromising brand of dark techno maintains its deserved status as some of the most finely tuned in dance music.


Essential listening: Dettmann’s contribution to the DJ Kicks series on !K7 Records