There are few artists operating in the house/techno milieu who offer much beyond functionality in their music.
Those who bring more than this to the table always stand out from the crowd. Hamburg/Berlin duo Kollektiv
Turmstrasse (Christian Hilscher and Nico Plagemann) are one of those rare acts whose music caters for both
body and soul.
Already performing in clubs with their own solo endeavours – Nico as a live act, Christian as a DJ – the pair met
back in 1998 at a party they were both booked for, and immediately struck up a rapport. “There weren‘t many
music nerds in the region” they recall. “It was almost inevitable for us to become friends.” Their musical
bond deepened swiftly through regular record store pilgrimages and late nights in clubs and at festivals.
Swapping music and throwing parties together, they soon made their first joint studio venture in 2000 “without
really heading into a specific direction. It all began in our first shared apartment in a street called
Turmstrasse.” It was their record dealer who proved to be the catalyst for their production career, urging them
to bring their music to the world and releasing the track Turmstrasse on his Electronic Parliament imprint in
2001. “Without him we wouldn‘t be where we are today. He believed in us and enabled us a lot.”
Their cinematic take on 4/4 electronica has won praise from all quarters via releases on Diynamic,
Connaisseur and their own Musik Gewinnt Freunde imprint. Debut album Rebellion der Träumer (‘The Dreamer’s
Rebellion’) demonstrated a prowess beyond the realms of the dancefloor, laden with frosty electronic melody,
downtempo rhythm and classy vocals. A busy remix schedule has seen them grace the likes of Cocoon, Get
Physical, Soma, Poker Flat, Defected, Systematic and Traum, reworking multifarious acts including
Trentemøller, Hot Chip and Terry Lee Brown Jnr. along the way.
In 2015 the duo released the incredibly successful and much-anticipated “Sry I’m Late EP” on Diynamic. A
three tracker that has matured over years and been road tested in their live sets all around the globe for a
while. The track “Sorry I Am Late” turned out to be one of the most hyped anthems of the summer. Not only is
it Beatport’s „Top-selling Deep House Track“ of 2015. It also made it on #1 of „Longest Time In Global Top 10“
and it was the „Most Tagged Track of 2015“.
Their sense of emotion – informed by their upbringing on Germany’s visually arresting Baltic Sea coast – lends
their productions a human warmth, allowing them to slot effortlessly into both club and home listening
scenarios. “Wide; open; top-heavy; all-consuming; shifted; simple; these are the words we use to describe
our sound. We use both digital and analog. First and foremost we produce music for ourselves. We don‘t
predetermine whether it’s suited for home or club environment.” This lack of contrition serves them well.
Electronic music is an art for them; not a science.