smalltown with Marcel Dettmann

smalltown with Marcel Dettmann

21st February 2014

Brown Alley


I look outside to see you

because i always miss many things,

though i cant be sure what they be

but you promise youll be back again

and i say alright – i get in the car

and go fast around the corners,

i have to get there you see

so I can be done and come home,

honking at all the slow burners,

Get out of the way,

i try to keep my composure,

i am always chasing —

you must wonder how,

then i sit back down again and look outside

and desire differently  


smalltown Est. 2011





Techno action hero, The Un-Yielder, from Fürstenwalde is coming to fight the good fight. Wearing the Ostgut Tonträger colours, he is relatively unknown as the GDR judo champ — Marcel Dettmann. 

Oh, you know him do you? We thought we might have to give you a bit of backstory but lets not.

The album, Dettmann II, was released earlier this year much to the solid rapture of his throng of supporters. The first track released, Seduction, features the haunting vocals of pure Czech delight Emika, giving us a sparse enlightenment to his hand with delicate samples. Marcel has long advocated for soul within sound, likening bad examples to machinery and the real stuff to sounds of the future. His marathon sets deliver a certain intensity that can only come after mastering a trade. Marcel is essential.

Recently he described his music as something that should be revered or despised  and nothing in between. We think the sounds of Marcel remind us of climbing the highest tree and running really fast. Other times we think of hugging a soft toy in the dark, succumbing to supple, Neapolitan fur. 

Don't tell us what you think. We'll see you there.


Krasser Kram




smalltown presents:

Marcel Dettmann

At Brown Alley Friday February 21st 2014



Marcel Dettmann (Ost Gut Ton)

For Dettmann Techno depicts a determination of both his life and music. At the same time it opens up the needed space to develop thoughts, actions and creations. Eventually Dettmann is having only this space in mind: Berlin, Berghain, the Club …

Consequently nothing but the Club as a musical and cultural lifeworld forms and defines the life of Marcel Dettmann, who was born in the GDR in 1977 and raised with east-german youth culture. Influenced by EBM and Wave he faces the offspring of virgin Techno in early nineties’s Berlin and gets socialized with this new-born subcultural scene, whose way of life he shall live and develop until today.

On the one hand he has spinned records since 1994 including residency continuum at Berlin’s Ostgut/Berghain right from its opening in 1999. On the other Dettmann started to produce and release tracks and remixes in 2006. Beside Ostgut Ton first and foremost his self-run label MDR provides the necessary and appropriate outlet: no compromise, free, independent, facilitating the “quest for the optimal track”. His engagement at Berlin’s Technosaur Hard Wax also supports his innate quest: the continuous exploration of electronic music development.

Dettmann’s persistent reply to inquiries on his DJ-style – no doubts about its foundational and just natural club-oriented functionality – simply and sparsely reads “dark” and “the dark side”. At a closer look this brings to light a certain fascination in Techno: a futuristic medium inherently pointing towards the new and unseen, unexplored and unknown, undefined and unexpected.