Tom Clark is an integral part of the electronic music scene in Berlin, a city world renowned for its’ cutting edge musical output. His label Highgrade Records has helped define a fresh new sound for the city and his own productions and DJ sets have blown up dancefloors worldwide for well over a decade.
An insatiable passion for music was ignited at an early age, with Tom spending any of his spare cash on a wide range of music. For as long as he can remember he has been playing his record collection to friends. Using two tape recorders and a lone turntable he mixed up a fusion of hip hop, rock and disco at his school parties. Black music was to be a defining influence as were the jacking beats of Chicago house and the soulful strains of Detroit techno. A progression to clubs followed with Tom and a group of friends holding their own night every Tuesday. It was there where Tom was discovered as a DJ and was asked to spin at the many afthourparties being held in the city.
There his reputation grew with clubbers often missing the main event in order to be fresh for his sets. Residencies at the infamous clubs E-Werk and Tresor followed where Tom supported the world’s elite of house and techno artists. At the moment he is playing regular at the Watergate Club. His hectic DJ schedule has had him playing in almost every European country including several tours of Australia, rocking venues as diverse as small intimate clubs to large open air festivals. His sets build gradually in intensity, encompassing a wide range of moods and sounds that showcase his innate sense of dancefloor dynamics. His music style varies between deep minimal tech/house, detroit techno, and back to house.
Production of electronic music was a natural progression and in 1997 he cofounded Gold Plate Music, a highly influential addition to the city’s label scene. In 2000 Tom went his own way and initiated Highgrade Records. It was kicked off in response to the perception that the quality of house music had been in gradual decline with the ambitious charter of taking the music to the next level. Although Tom owns and runs the label he envisages it as more of a collective of like-minded artists and Djs whom also happen to be close friends. Although the label is now known as pushing a stripped back, bottom heavy, house sound expect to hear downbeat and even slightly tougher records encompassing techno sounds on up-coming releases.
Apart from Tom’s prodigious output on his own labels he has also recorded for Morris/Audio (releasing his debut album “King Tide” in 2003), Superbra, Rampe D and completed remixes for Alexander Kowalski and D.Diggler and several others garnering praise from the music press and his peers alike. In 2006 he released his second album (service station).
clark & schatz – scrible mania– Highgrade 046 January 2008 !
Tom Clark – service station remixes vol.I – Highgrade 38
Tom Clark – service station remixes vol.II – Highgrade 43
Tom Clark – nervous – Highgrade Digital 02
Tom Clark – presents various artists vol III – Highgrade 40
Tom Clark – service station – Album / LP / Highgrade 033
Tom Clark -midnight traveller – Highgrade 21
Tom Clark -circlemaker -Highgrade 06
Tom Clark -circlemaker II -Highgrade 012
Tom Clark -king tide -Album / CD /LP / Morris! Audio
Tom Clark -in the cage -Morris Audio
Tom Clark -laylines 1 -Morris Audio
Tom Clark -laylines 2 -Morris Audio
Tom Clark -laylines 3 – Morris/ Audio
Tom Clark -nightwatch and remixes – Morris/Audio
Tom Clark -glas -Rampe D
Tom Clark -adult membership -Superbra / Swiss
Tom Clark -2 lanes -Laufwerk 02
Tom Clark & Curtis IC -warm up -Raw Elements
Tom Clark -memory -Gold Plate Music / Germany
Tom Clark & Sono Tab -Gold Plate Music 04
Tom Clark & various artists -Gold Plate Music 05
Tom Clark -Spreeathen 1 -Sandy Rec.
Tom Clark -Spreeathen 2 -Sandy Rec.
Tom Clark -exclusive Track for Poker Flat CD/Vinyl
Tom Clark – soul strip – track for Highgrade compilation vol.I
Tom Clark – drop.n plop – track for Highgrade compilation vol II
Tom Clark – legendary times – track for Morris/Audio Compilation vol.I -CD/LP
Tom Clark – box jammin.-track for Morris Audio Compilation vol.II – CD/LP
Ung and Bastos – i dont eat – Highgrade Digital 07 February 2008 !
Crane AK – Force Traxs – January 2008 !
Antony Collins – cannibale – Highgrade 44
James What – Merestief Recordings
Mike Sheridan -alt & intet – Mis/Rec
Pink Noise – radical specs – Fear of Flying
Scsi-9 -wild flowers – Highgrade 031
Gang Bang – no rabbits – Rhythmetic 03 -
Dario Giuliano – full one – Inminimal / Electrocasbah
D.Diggler -Cherrypoppers -Raum Musik
Soopa-fi -rock that spot / Highgrade
Dialogue -bin 444 / Highgrade
Soopa-fi -talkin. large / HighgradeFunkwerkstatt – Konterschwung – SFR Records
Releases under Projectnames :
Magnetic Base – spree riveira – Highgrade 30.5
Magnetic Base – mad racket remixes – Highgrade 029
Magnetic Base – maneater – Highgrade 024
Magnetic Base – acid bitch – Highgrade 020
Magnetic Base – no name boogie – Highgrade 015
Magnetic Base -superiour lounge -GPM 012
Magnetic Base -Casablanca -Sandy Rec / Germany
Interpol -the usual suspects -Highgrade 05
Interpol -non stop unterwegs -Highgrade 013
Bones of Men -bones to bones / Laufwerk 03 / Germany
Klark Teknik -Sling -Amtrax Rec. / Germany
Klark Teknik -Overdub -Amtrax Rec. / Germany
Klark Teknik -drive by shooting -GPM 03
horseshoe 2 -Bright Night -Cabinet Rec. / Germany
X -Men -Wild Disco -Tanjobi Rec. / Germany
Schach Matt -Spiel der Konige -GPM 002
TH Reingold -gold rush -GPM 007
TH Reingold -all that glitters -GPM 010
Mad Max & TH Reingold -sophisticated -GPM 011
Stacey.s Gamble – Gold Plate Music 08
Jakob is a Berliner, from Kreuzberg to be exact. As all good parents do, his wanted him to play an instrument. After years of successfully dodging music lessons and his parent’s wishes, he finally at the subtle age of 15 decided that he desperately needed a bass guitar, which then through diligent practice manoeuvred him from hardcore bands to funk and jazz bands. But suddenly, there was a small problem: he liked Techno parties much better than rock concerts. So, as one does, he began buying the odd techno maxi here and there until one day little Jakob thought to himself: “Why heck, I can do that too!” So off he went and bought himself an overpriced Atari St40 and a cheap synthesizer, only to realize that oops those guys from Detroit really do know what they’re doing and that it wasn’t that easy after all. Well, that is basically where Jacob’s ambitiously planned out life suddenly took a screeching of the wheels turn in another direction....
Franziskus is from Erfurt, a small and rural part of Germanys quite rough and wild East, which didn’t stop him from starting piano lessons at the innocent age of 6. His musical interests took him from the usual suspects like Michael Jackson and The Pet Shop Boys through to Hardcore (obviously not on the piano). But then one day, or night to be exact similar to Jakob, all was to suddenly change..... A fortuitous night out at the legendary E-Werk in 1993, made this young mans heartbeat skip from Chopin over to a 4/4 beat where it was to remain, probably forever. Three years later Franziskus took up residency at the infamous Sub ground Lighthouse After hour, resulting in numerous further bookings.
The paths of these two young men crossed whilst they were both studying to be sound engineers. Seeing as all the other students in there year were long haired Metal heads it was only a matter of time until their paths crossed. So, after spending a few long Berlin party nights together they decided to see if they could start a project together. And so the story ends or better yet, begins with Format:B.....
„Slaps“ /EP 12“ / Highgrade Records No 22/ Word and Sound/ January 2005
“Like A Techmachine” /EP 12”/ Highgrade Records No 30/ Word and Sound/ February 2006
“Gunface EP” /EP 12”/ Stil Vor Talent Records No 07/ Word and Sound/ June 2006
“Cosanostra Funk” /EP 12”/ Opossum Records No 09/ Word and Sound/ August 2006
„Bronson Road“ /EP 12"/ Highgrade Records No 39/ Word and Sound/ April 2007
“Vivian Wheeler” /EP 12”/ Stil Vor Talent No 15/ Word and Sound/ August 2007
“Magnetic Base Mad Racket Remixes”/ Ep 12” Format:B RMX/ Highgrade Records / Word and Sound No 29/ November 2005/
“Funkwerkstatt Hitkompass Nummer Zwei EP“ /EP 12"/ Windrose (Format:B Remix)/ Superfancy Recordings No 11/ Februar 2007
“Ptoile Bird EP“ / EP 12"/ Return Of The Birds (Format:B Remix/ Trenton Records No 19/ May 2007
“Dave Shokh & Jaxon Itzsamna EP” /EP 12"/ Itzsamna (Format:B Remix) Dipolter No 04/ August 2007
“Rainer Weichhold Bamboo / Very Nice” /EP 12”/ Bamboo (Format: B Remix)/ Great Stuff Recordings No 0556/ Oktober 2007
Highgrade Compilation Various Artists Vol. 2/ Track “Deep Doodoo”/ VA Double 12”/ Highgrade Records No. 25/ Word and Sound/ Juli 2005
2 VARIOUS - People Like Us/ VA 12”/Trenton Records No 15/ Word and Sound/ September 2006
H2O Club - Electro Feelings (2xCD) Knarzer Roller Babaorum Records 2006
Private Fiction - DJ Adriano Presents Freak Show (CD) Cosa Nostra Funk Universal Music (Switzerland) 2006
Street Parade 2006 Underground Mix (2xCD) Isaac Newton Was Wrong EMI Music (Switzerland) 2006
Trax Sampler 092 (CD, Smplr) Like A Techmachine Trax Sampler 2006
Ibiza 07 With M.A.N.D.Y. (CD) #69 Bronson Road Mixmag 2007 Karotte's Kitchen Vol. 1 (CD) 69 Bronson Road Alphabet City 2007 Minimal Techno (2xCD) Gunface ZYX Music 2007
My Electro Generation (File, MP3) Cosa Nostra Funk Laka-Tosh-Music 2007
Sub Culture - Electronic Clubtunes Vol.3 (2xCD) 69 Bronsen Road ZYX Music 2007