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As I have spoken to so many nationalities, this report will be in my best English…

IT’S NOT OVER!

Normally one doesn’t check out the program of clubs in other countries. Only when you have plans for travelling elsewhere its good to check upon for what they have in store for you. But this weekend everything happened the other way around. As soon as I found out Tresor was closing, I made plans to be there. To say goodbye.,and thank them for the most heavy, bizarre, dark and long hours I spend there!

 

So I went to Berlin. I do not know if you ever have been there, but if you did, (as a dance lover) you will know Tresor! In the good days of the one and only LOVEPARADE, this club never closed its doors during the Loveweek. And not only the Loveparade-parties made Tresor unique! For 14 years many famous DJ’s around the world played their sets there. Tresor holds its own label. You can book DJ’s there, and you can get quite some merchandise. Tresor is not just a Berlin Club. Tresor has meaning.

The first time I was there I wondered where the hell I was, but now I know a big part of the atmosphere is because of the location. It used to be a big warehouse, and the basement (Tresor-floor) was a huge vault. Inside you see the very skeleton of the building. No paint. No smooth walls. Going down the stairs you can see there are heavy steel bars everywhere. And they are not supposed to keep you in but were once to protect valuables which were stored down there. And if you look around you see many small boxes in the walls. Imagine in those boxes there were once treasures in safe-deposit boxes, forced open… Again, Tresor has meaning.

We arrived at 10.00 pm Friday and as we entered the gate (guarded with Hells Angels) it was as if I never had left this place. Coming in, you walk into the exterior square with a huge relax-ball (you can sit in it), seats and a bar, and doors to the Globus-club inside. Straight on you will find a magical lighted garden with fountains, bushes, seats and large trees. If you are not tripping on anything you will do so anyway for the garden is that strange; you feel it up to your spine! And if you look up there is a strange pattern projected on the walls of where once a building stood. Here you can find the direct entrance to the Tresor-floor (the heavy techno dance floor within the vault with the prison like atmosphere) and the small but oh so nice Tuna bar.

Inside it became busier and busier. There was even a lady from the city of Berlin (culture department) Warm became hot. I took some pictures and than started to lose myself this party. The unbelievable good –and always changing- music was uplifting!
They played not only heavy techno, but I’ve heard it all! New wave, progressive, club, tribal, electronic! And it was so good!! I remember finding myself downstairs stamping on such melodious hard bass beats, I thought it was impossible…I was loving teckno! The water of the ceiling dripped into you neck to mingle with your sweat before it soaked your clothes. I tried to take pictures, but because of the moist you could hardly see through the lens. And it was to dark anyway. It took me more than an hour to find my friend, for there was only strobe light.

In the small bar (tunabar) there was such good dance music, especially by the Tresor DJ Poliphem. He was the best I danced to!! Can’t we get this guy over here to Holland for a good party?? Check the pictures. He’s the one with a red cap and a cigarette.

I met so many nice and interesting people down there! Of course there was Gina and her Friend Wolfgang (a Tresor-crewmember) which turned out to be true friends when we lost our car key and could not drive home on Monday! And not only from Berlin! There were many Dutch people! Like Aad Handgranaat. He invented a “turblow�, a device which makes it easy to inhale deep and good. (if you are interested: he is looking for investors!) But I also talked to guys from Liverpool and Dublin who travelled especially to be here this last weekend. So did a girl from Italy! The pretty and very good dancing Cinzia also noticed that Tresor was closing and travelled to Berlin. The most amazing part was the couple from Copenhagen. Mia and Rajan. Rajan has got the Tresor-logo tattooed on his back, as well al the Loveparade logo. He did this because he believes in these movements. �You can do anything here, this is what I stand for!� He has a lifetime membership graved into a keychain and took Mia here for this last weekend so she will know what Tresor actually stands for. She thought it was amazing of course and as they partied the whole night trough, he proposed to her. Again a story. We are invited for the wedding…

And in the Globus –upstairs- I have had so much fun as well! I do not know anymore where Friday ended or Sunday started. Or whether it was day or night. We danced till early Monday morning. The hotel was very close and in my memories this weekend is for sure the best party I ever had. You just did not want to stop because it was so special. That’s why we continued from Friday till Monday 02.00 with only small breaks for a little sleep, food and some fresh clothes. The party lasted until Monday 13.00. What a way of saying goodbye! TRESOR NEVER SLEEPS!

Of course the crew is in search of something new. Until they do, they will be in exile at Club Maria am Ufer in Berlin every Wednesday. Not everybody believes finding a new place is going to happen (Berlin is a poor town these days). And coming from Rotterdam I compare it looking at our situation during the closing of Now and Wow. Or Las Palmas. Berlin and Rotterdam have much in common. Maybe that’s why I feel so at home.

Thank you very much TRESOR! It was unbelievable!

The last record was “I Love You�, a yet unreleased track from Juan Atkins – exclusively provided by Mr. Atkins for the occasion – and played by Tresor Club founder and director Dimitri Hegemann at approximately noon on Monday, 18 April, 2005.

Tresor Club History: Leipziger Strasse 126a (WEBSITE INFO)

Tresor’s history actually goes back to 1988 when the Interfisch label team opened the „UFO“ club. Even today „UFO“ is considered the birthplace of the Berlin house and techno movement. Following its closing, Interfisch label head Dimitri Hegemann and partners unearthed a new location in the eastern half of the city on Leipziger Strasse. It was custom-made for the new underground scene. These subterranean steel vaults of the former Wertheim store (once Europe’s largest department store during the 20’s) were redesigned into a club that quickly became the „hippest“ place in town. From day one it was clear that only first-rate talent played and performed. Party people from all over came to the club in droves to see Berlin turntable legends Tanith, Jonzon, Rok, Paul van Dyk, Kid Paul and Dr. Motte.
Everything began in March 1991: a new club „Tresor“ opened in the basement vault-rooms of the Wertheim department store located in the „Mitte“ section of Berlin, next to the famous Potsdamer Platz.

Tresor came at the right time, in the right place and with the correct music. As Berlin’s first techno club, it corresponded to the public’s search for innovative music and newly found freedom in a post-Wall Berlin.

Lasting notoriety wasn’t in everyone’s mind during the beginning and sometimes the factors were unfavourably mixed. Besides an entirely new music style being represented, the club’s rough, apocalyptic atmosphere ruled above all: condensation dripped down the raw concrete walls of the old vault rooms; rusty steel bars separated visitors from the bar; several hundred forced-opened safe-deposit boxes lined the walls that spoke of wealth long forgotten; strobe lights and fast, hard beats dominated the dance floor. Only here could electronic music correspond with such architecture – the senses were left equally numbed and brutalised. Tresor’s extreme but pioneering example trail-blazed Berlin’s entire club culture.
Tresor Club immediately became an ideal forum for the international electronic dance music scene, meeting and celebrating together while mutually inspiring all sides involved. The club created a world-wide name for itself within the first year. The Detroit techno scene brought forth some of the most beautifully minimalist yet roughest music to date: spearheaded by „Underground Resistance“ (Jeff Mills, Mike Banks, Robert Hood), other forefathers such as Juan Atkins and Blake Baxter regularly appeared in Tresor to perform. Forging such strong bonds with these prominent artists in the techno scene brought the „club label“ idea back, and Tresor Records was born. As a sub-label of Interfisch Records, Tresor Records kicked off in September 1991, releasing Underground Resistance’s „Sonic Destroyer“ as the first part of their „X-project“ album trilogy („X-101, X-102, X-103“) – all instant classics in the genre.

Along with techno’s rapid rise in popularity, the club has also expanded over the years. The Globus club area on the upper floor of the Tresor building initially began as a long bar with a transistor radio sound system, and has continually gone through renovation and enlargement. In contrast to the foggy basement below Globus, where it’s strictly about techno and strobes, Globus’ first residents Minsky, Clé and Terrible groomed the groove: acid jazz was the code word and artists like the James Taylor Quartet, Ronni Jordan and Gilles Peterson played under one roof with the best of the techno world.

Just as rapidly as the beats came, so the new styles and tastes of the club community developed: when acid jazz went back into the bars, house and breakbeats held their own in Globus, and the new and modern variations of the Tresor party concept continue through the present day.

Simultaneous with the club’s interior developments, ambitions took to the exterior: the 1993 opening of the Tuna Bar and outdoor „chill-out“ area (Tuna Garden: the club’s „backyard“) which became a main after-hours spot; and 1995’s debut of the „Aurora“ cocktail lounge which occasionally doubled as an art gallery for young Berlin artists, initially under the direction of Danielle de Piccioto.

Ever since the beginning Tresor earned respect from all corners of the world, functioning doubly as safe-house for the preservation of techno. In spite of changing trends and the media’s fixation on closing the club, Tresor remains loyal to Underground Techno: a Berlin magazine once called the club a „monument in stubbornness“. Although the music itself isn’t re-invented each week, in Tresor the techno universe became further refined and provided a space like no other for the most interesting DJ’s and live acts from Europe, the Americas and Japan.

In the early weeks of 2005, shortly before Tresor Club’s 14th birthday, the news hit hard: Tresor Club was finally being pushed out from its little corner of Potsdamer Platz and the land would be used to build a high-rise insurance company building. In February it was announced that the last party in Tresor Club on the Leipziger Strasse would be on Saturday April 16, 2005.

The entire Tresor crew flexed their muscles and a closing program was quickly put together: Tresor Leaving Home. Between 01 – 16 April, 2005 Tresor held a club party every night, DJ’s and clubbers from all over the world came to say goodbye during two weeks that became known as The Final Cut: It’s Not Over. Among the prominent national and international guest artists that played:

Abe Duque, Alan Oldham, Alexander Kowalski, Angel Molina, Ben Sims, Blake Baxter, Chris Liebing, Dave Tarrida, Der Dritte Raum, DJ Hell, DJ Julien & Gonzague, DJ Rush, DJ Shufflemaster, DJ Tanith, Dr. Motte, Gary Martin aka Teknotika, Good Groove, Jason Leach, Joey Beltram, John Acquaviva, Jonzon, Josh Wink, Justin Berkovi live, Kelli Hand, Marusha, Mike Grant, Monika Kruse, Namito, O/V/R feat. James Ruskin & Regis, Oscar Mulero, Paul Kalkbrenner live, Paul van Dyk, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Savvas Ysatis live, Scan 7 live, Steve Bicknell, Terry Donovan, The Advent live and of course the entire Tresor resident DJ team.

Starting on April 20th, 2005 the Tresor Club’s Bonito House and Tresor Headquarters parties find themselves in exile at Club Maria am Ufer in Berlin every Wednesday night. The spacious, cool club will be home for Bonito/Headquarters until the search for a new Tresor Club location is over. But the Tresor concept and the memory of Leipziger Strasse 126a remains all that it is: a monolithic rock in the turf and a magic place where the most intense experiences techno can provide will continue to ring through the asphalt and buildings of Potsdamer Platz.


 

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