DJ PETE AKA SUBSTANCE DE
Looking at Berlin’s Techno landscape, there’s no way missing the landmark that DJ Pete is. Not only was he a witness to Berlin’s Techno genesis, but he also became one of the early forces shaping the German capital’s underground dance scene for the years to come. He quickly evolved from a simple music amateur to a producer, remixer and an international dj, as well as part of the Hardwax record store crew, writing Berlin Techno’s history.
Listening to DJ Pete at the decks, it is hardly surprising that his experience spanning two decades constantly shines through. His sets comprise a wide range of the most important trends music went through over the last 20 years. His energetic djing is based on loop-y Techno with a tinge of Industrial, tougher House tracks, the proverbial Berlin Sound, as well as classic US Techno.
One of his main strengths is to intuitively keep the balance of pleasing the crowd while always keeping an open mind for new sounds. Moving between those poles is DJ Pete’s main source for inspiration, currently resulting in him spicing up his sets with a lot of Dubstep verging on Techno.
Another fine example of both his variety and open-mindedness is the fact that he - as a DJ still favouring the sonic and haptic qualities of vinyl – released Scion Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks as part of the duo Scion, which was the first commercially available CD ever to have been produced with the then completely new software Ableton Live.
In 1995, Scion released their debut Emerge on Chain Reaction, followed by more productions under his solo pseudonym Substance on Chain Reaction and Scion Versions, as well as remixes for artists like Juan Atkins, Robert Hood and Rhythm & Sound.