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Mark Reeder's 50 @ Tresor

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Thursday, 20 December 2007
Berlin clubbing icon Mark Reeder will be celebrating his 50th birthday at Tresor on 4 January 2008 when his newest protege Fideliy Kastrow headlines the Batterieraum alongside London rocking electro-tech type
Jonty Skrufff.

"The plan for my 50th is to have a really nice party in a very cool setting and the new Tresor is a truly wonderful location for it," said Mark.

"It's a huge industrial looking complex, almost like a technological temple. When Dimitri (Hegemann) has finally finished preparing it, I'm convinced it will become the most important cultural centre for
underground arts in Europe, not only for music, but painting and film too. Everyone who knows me is welcome to the party, though I guess its up to those that despise me (for whatever reason) to let bygones be
bygones," he chuckled.

The one time Factory Records' man-in-Berlin, former member of cult 80's synth-bands The Unbekannten and Shark Vegas, MFS party promoter at venues like the legendary Berlin E-Werk and man who discovered and
made Cosmic Baby, Paul Van Dyk and Corvin Dalek remains one of the most respected figures in global clubland though is unimpressed with the current scene.

"Today's club culture is quite bland, the colour and freedom which washed over from the 1980s has all but ebbed away," he suggested, "I hear many young people whine that we had so much more freedom and creativity in the 80s and 90s (and by today's standards we certainly did) but what is stopping these people from doing the same today- The fear of failure and the fact that promoters are only interested in a safe bet," he suggested.

"The fact is, hardly any one is prepared to take a risk anymore. Many clubbers seem to be going through the motions and just accepting the blandness as it's better than nothing. They dance to sexless music, with bored expressions and horrid non-clubbing-type drugs. I get the impression that for many young people they don't want to be noticed and so it's much easier to fade into the background than be flamboyant and expressive; they are the mild-youth," he declared.

Mark stressed he nevertheless remains inspired by clubbing and privileged to be still living his life in music.

"I've been directly involved with the Manchester punk rock scene, Factory Records and the new German music scene of the Berlin of the 80s and later the techno and trance scene of the 90s and Wet&hard in the beginning of the noughties," he said.

"I admit, I've tried my best to be creative and influential and share my views and ideas and provide the stepping stones for young unknowns like Paul Van Dyk, to become "superstars". I realise I've had quite an adventure and experienced many things which I wouldn't otherwise have done undoubtedly, if I hadn't moved to Berlin in the 80s," he added, "I would probably be divorced now or something and I definitely
wouldn't be celebrating with Fidelity and Jonty in Tresor's Batterieraum."