Kollektiv Turmstrasse

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Biography

  • 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..
    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. 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. Watching their live show reveals how their music connects with crowds on an emotional level, and how its melodic and textural depth works in such synergy with its rhythmic backbone. “We play live with two MacBooks running Ableton Live with over a thousand clips, which gives us a lot of space to improvise. The whole thing is controlled with one iPad each which allows us to work very fast and intuitively.” Their show has been finding them in high demand across the globe, and has helped them to strengthen their relationship with Solomun’s Diynamic label - playing at their international parties while releasing music with them on a regular basis. “They have been friends of ours for over ten years” says Solomun. “It was a mere matter of time for them to join in. Mutual friends, interests and in general a similar perception of music and life brought us together.” While the label’s sound has evolved in recent years, there has always been a place for Kollektiv Turmstrasse within their fabric. “One thing that we all have in common is a certain melancholy and harmony in our productions.” For a duo who don’t like to be pigeonholed, it’s a perfect fit. “The journey has alway been more important to us than the reward” Christian and Nico say on their future with music. “There is a lot to discover along the way and it might just be that the detour is the more scenic route to the next goal.” With such an organic pulse running through their productions, it should come as no surprise that they hope their career progresses in similarly unforced fashion.
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    Selected discography

    Singles and EP’s - 2004 New Weakness - No Response 2006 Musik Gewinnt Freunde - Musik Gewinnt Freunde 2006 Diconnect Me - Ostwind Records 2007 Abenteuer Alltag - Diynamic Music 2007 Grillen Im Park - Ostwind Records 2007 Tristesse - Connaisseur Recordings 2007 Farbenlehre - Musik Gewinnt Freunde 2008 Blutsbrüder - Musik Gewinnt Freunde 2008 Mondscheinprimaten - Baalsaal Music 2008 Holunderbaum - Musik Gewinnt Freunde 2009 Luechtoorn - Musik Gewinnt Freunde 2009 Like The First Day - Diynamic Music 2011 Rebellion Der Träumer (Remixes Part 1) - Connaisseur Recording Remixes - 2005 Nilson - Abzweig Turmstraße (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Ostwind Records / B103 EP 2007 Marko Fürstenberg - Juni KK (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Vocal Rmx) - Rotary Cocktail Recordings / Cocktail Royale 2007 Rolf Imhof & DJ Miguel - Childhood‘s End (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Rmx) - Muve Recordings / Out Of Ordinary 2007 Mar-T & Tobi Neumann - Childhood‘s End (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Rmx) - DJ Center Records / Amnesia Ibiza Underground 7 2007 Terry Lee Brown Jr. - Monosynth (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Plastic City / Terry‘s Café 10 2007 David Keno & Francesco Passantino - Monosynth (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Keno Records / Monosynth 2007 Pele - Childhood‘s End (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Rmx) - Keno Records / Childhood‘s End 2007 Hot Chip - Touch Too Much (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Connaisseur Supérier / Touch Too Much 2008 Satoshi Tomiie - On The Streets (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Let Freedom Ring Remix) - Renaissance / Renaissance: The Masters Series Part 11 2008 Various - Monosynth (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Le Bien Et Le Mal / Deep & Glorious Volumebeige 2008 Raz Ohara & The Odd Orchestra - The Case (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Get Physical Music / Various Remixes 2008 Steffen Albert - Im Juli (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Ferienliebe Tonträger / Im Juli 2008 Various - Morgens Kurz Vor Sieben (Abzweig Turmstrasse Mix) - Ostwind / Ostwind Compilation Volume 1 2008 Various - Meanwhile (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Ministry Of Sound / Clubbers Guide Berlin 2008 Johnjon - Meanwhile (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Baalsaal Music / Meanwhile 2009 Spirit Catcher - Meanwhile (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - NRK Sound Division / Coast2Coast 2009 Federleicht - On The Streets (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Let Freedom Ring Mix) - Connaisseur Recordings / On The Streets Xtra 10“ 2009 Rodriguez Jr. - Tuning (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Boxer Recordings / Tuning 2009 Various - On The Streets (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Toptrax Recordings / Sunshine Live House Edition Vol. 8 2009 Lexy & Felix Kröcher - On The Streets (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - BigCityBeats / SonneMondSterne X3 2009 Estroe - Le Flaneur (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Waldundwiesenrehmix) - Connaisseur Recordings / Le Flaneur 2009 Various - Monosynth (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Budenzauber Recordings / Budenzauber Presents Deep Underground Volume 3 2009 Various - On The Streets (Kollektiv Turmstrasse‘s Let Freedom Ring Remix) - Dance Tunes B.V. / Wicked Wonderland 2009 Paul Brtschitsch - The Dentex (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Rootknox / Me, Myself & Live (Me:1/3) 2009 Various - The Case (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Algorythmik / Endless After Hours 2009 Federleicht - On The Streets (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Brokenheartz Remix) - Connaisseur Recordings / The Remixes 2010 The Duke Dumont - On The Streets (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Let Freedom Ring Mix) - Fabric London / Fabric Live 51 2010 Trentemoller - ...Even Though You‘re With Another Girl (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - In My Room / ...Even Though You‘re With Another Girl 2010 Tigerskin / Pablo Bolivar - Response (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Absurd Recordings / All Star Remix Series 2010 Robert Babicz - Come Closer (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Systematic / Immortal Changes - The Vinyl Edition Part Two 2010 Various - Dogs Of Les Ilhes (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Soma Quality Recordings / Soma Compilation 2011 2010 Silicone Soul - Dogs Of Les Ilhes (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - Soma Quality Recordings / Silicone Soul Remixed 2010 Matthias Meyer - Tout Va Bien (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - liebe*detail spezial / Tout Va Bien Remixes 2011 Joe T Vannelli - Timing (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Rmx) - Halidon / Supalova 3D 2011 Various - Timing (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Rmx) - Cocoon Recordings / Eleven Years Cocoon Recordings 2011 Various - Timing (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Rmx) - Cocoon Recordings / Eleven Years Cocoon Recordings 2011 Matthias Meyer - Tout Va Bien (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) - liebe*detail / Retrospective 2005 -2010 Albums - 2006 Kollektiv Turmstrasse - Verrückte Welt - No Response 2009 Kollektiv Turmstrasse - Live Promo Mix - Ostwind Records 2010 Kollektiv Turmstrasse - Rebellion Der Träumer - Connaisseur Recordings