Berghain resident on the best ways to open a DJ set...

Fiedel leads from the front.

The Berghain resident is a highly creative component of club culture, with his sets littered with exclusives, up front releases, and left field picks.

His new vinyl-only label SUPER SOUND TOOL is the perfect expression of this, both in its curatorial mindset and the physical approach to releasing music.

The label launches with a split 12 inch, featuring new music from clinical dancefloor talents Mode_1 and Duncan Macdonald.

SUPER SOUND TOOL #2 lands in December, with the labels set to broaden and deepen its focus in 2020.

Ahead of this, Clash caught up with Fiedel to discuss the best ways to opening a DJ set in Starter For Five...

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Before I start playing a set, I always check out the dancefloor. At this moment I decide how to start and how to continue my set.

It is a distinct sign from me to the audience that a changeover is going to happen, but without doing a five minute ambient intro where all the energy fades down.

I'd rather like to connect with what happened before and prepare myself for the subsequent mixing. 

Robert Hood – 'The Pace'

Many times I start my sets with a Robert Hood track: universal, groovy and with heaps of fresh energy. This track was released on his masterpiece 'Minimal Nation' in 1994 and I especially like to double the vinyl.

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Jeff Mills – 'Automatic


This one is useful for mixing into the last techno track from the DJ before if I don't want to break it down too much for the changeover.

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French Fries – 'Journey To Kepler'

For an energetic re-start, this is the ultimate weapon. But the choice of the second track is equally important.

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Electric Indigo – 'Registers'

I used Electric Indigo's track as the opener for my Berghain Mix. During a four hour set there I broke it down in the middle and started the recording when I played this one. Usable at many occasions.

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Donato Dozzy & Anna Carragnano – 'Parola' (Rework)

In one of my recent sets at Berghain I had to play after a wild live set by Colin Benders.

The solution I found was to make a clean cut and to start with a slow tempo. I continued with a steady acceleration and increased intensity bit by bit over the duration of my set.

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