It’s no secret that Berlin is the techno and electronic centre of the world. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Berlin’s abandoned buildings and industrial spaces became home to pioneering techno clubs, securing a place in the history books and shaping our definition of club culture. This unique artistic and creative culture inspires producers, DJs, event organisers and record labels from around the world to relocate to Berlin. The German capital is also home to some of the most groundbreaking music technology companies: SoundCloud, Ableton and Native Instruments – businesses that have revolutionised the global music landscape – were all founded in Berlin.
It’s for these reasons and more that BIMM chose this thriving musical epicentre as a campus location. From Masterclasses with DJs from Berlin’s most exclusive nightclub to exclusive access to one of the world’s leading companies in digital music tools, studying at BIMM Berlin puts incredible opportunities right at students’ fingertips!
Here are some of our favourite production-based experiences that BIMM Berlin students have been involved in so far. In fact, there are so many it was hard to choose just five!
THE TEACHES OF PEACHES
BIMM Berlin students were treated to an amazing Masterclass with electronic and performance artist extraordinaire Peaches, who came to the world’s attention in 2000 thanks to her album ‘The Teaches of Peaches’. Since then, she’s been busy pushing buttons and boundaries with her sexually charged blend of electronica, hip-hop and punk rock, delivered via one of the most raw and creative stage shows in popular music. Read the full story here.
MASTERCLASS WITH BERGHAIN’S RESIDENT DJ, STEFFI
We brought the industry directly to our BIMM Berlin students when the celebrated Berghain DJ, producer and label owner, Steffi, came to deliver an inspiring Masterclass. Students were fascinated to hear her tips and tricks for making it as a producer. Check out the full story here.
INSIDE NATIVE INSTRUMENTS
During an exclusive industry visit to Native Instruments’ world headquarters, two company executives – Chief Legal Officer Tom Kurth and Head of Education Alexander Stamm – led students through the company’s history, as well as the philosophy behind their world-renowned products. Students were also lucky enough to visit a state-of-the-art Native Instruments sound studio – something, it’s fair to say, probably every producer and creator of electronic music would like to do at least once in their lifetime! Sound Designer Antonio de Spirt shared insights about his work, and demonstrated how the studio allows for every little detail of a music piece to be processed, with even the smallest changes and differences able to be perceived. In learning about Native Instruments’ pioneering spirit, students came to understand the need to be courageous themselves – to try new things and then turn them upside down. Read more about the visit here.
MEETING NICK HÖPPNER
DJ, producer, label manager and resident Berghain DJ Nick Höppner paid students a visit and delivered a fascinating Masterclass. Nick talked about moving to Berlin for his former job as editor of Groove magazine, and how he met the right people at the right time to form the pioneering label, Ostgut Ton.
SONGWRITING CAMP WITH STAR PRODUCER P*NUT
The BIMM Berlin Songwriting Camp was hosted by the esteemed London-based producer P*nut, whose repertoire includes Paloma Faith, Wiley, Emeli Sandé, Jennifer Lopez, Faithless and – perhaps most notably – the late Amy Winehouse. Previously signed to Sony BMG as an artist, P*nut, aka John Harrison, co-wrote the track ‘He Can Only Hold Her’, which appeared on Amy’s Grammy Award-winning album ‘Back to Black’. And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, P*nut took a group of lucky students under his wing last month to work on a series of real-life briefs for several big-name artists. Read the full story here.