1608 Dundas Street West
Ontario M6K 1T8
Techniques Berlin (Live)
Saturn City (Live)
Formed in 1984 by high school buddies Andreas Gregor and David Rout, the band started experimenting with synthesizers, drum machines and guitars. In the early stages, TECHNIQUES BERLIN was heavily influenced by UK new romantic acts The Human League, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, and Depeche Mode as well as rising Canadian synthpop bands Men Without Hats and Trans-X. It took them a few years to master their electronic toys and create a unique blend of addictive electropop melodies and beautifully crafted alternative beats.
The band decided to release their material on their own Bombshelter label. TECHNIQUES BERLIN went on to record 3 albums which received frequent local airplay and resulted in the band opening for bigger Canadian acts, such as Images in Vogue and The Spoons.
Eventually the band members had developed a strong interest in the burgeoning electro-industrial scene. Both Dave and Andreas founded !Bang Elektronika and were working with Digital Poodle as live drummers which were soon picked up by record labels. TECHNIQUES BERLIN played their last show at the University of Toronto, debuting the final track they had recorded, fittingly called Time Fades to Nothing. Or so they thought.
The proliferation of Internet radio and streaming music platforms introduced the band to a new generation of fans, enabling TECHNIQUES BERLIN to stage a remarkable comeback! Within the past five years, THREE compilation albums of their best material have been released, including the highly sought-after “Suburban Playgrounds and Concrete Beaches” (released by Fabrika Records on vinyl). This encouraged Dave and Andreas to bring TECHNIQUES BERLIN back to life. A series of shows in Toronto and Montreal saw the addition of keyboardist and backing vocalist Dina Naskos to the line-up.
Andreas, Dave, and Dina have completed an album of brand new material, titled BREATHING released in February of 2018 as a 2LP set. In addition to the ten new tracks, it includes a bonus disc of previously unreleased material from the their vaults. A 2CD version will be released in November 2018, which will include an additional disc featuring remixes and cover versions by established artists as well as up and coming bands from Canada and around the world, such as Tony Marinello, Kevin Komoda, Images in Vogue and Rational Youth. Techniques Berlin recently performed to a sellout crowd in Mexico City for a second time, much to the delight of their strongest fan base.
Siviyex is Toronto duo Castelvi (Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synths, Vocoder) and M. Gomes (Synthguitar, Programming). Combining elements of Shoegaze, Electro, Italo and New Wave, their debut LP is forthcoming later this year on Disko Obscura.
Memorex is synth-soloist David Lush. Performing live with all-analog vintage synth equipment, Memorex combines Factory Records-style drum machines and bass guitar with Mute Records sounding mono synth sounds for a futuristic take on post-punk and synth wave – somewhere between Section 25 and Cabaret Voltaire. Not content as a nostalgia act, Memorex’s lyrical content aims to remind the listener of the unsettling hierarchical possibilities offered by our decade-long obsession with our smart devices and their lasting social implications.
Saturn City is the solo electronic project by M. Joakim of Processor.
Her music explores the vast reaches of ambience and formation, floatation and flight, waves and glaciers.
Visuals by Adam Scott