Exercise One (DE)
The techno scene is full of people who take themselves very seriously; their music, their perception and their image. The Exercise One duo stand out against this po faced uniformity for their warmth and mischievous manner, with a DIY and DGaF attitude running through their music and electric live performances. This close duo have spent the past 10 years recording and performing live, collaborating, remixing and running two independent labels all their own way. Perhaps it's Marco's early years spent absorbed in goth culture & IDM music that makes him view techno as a vibrant and playful genre, as much as Ingo's double life as the drummer of a Berlin punk band fuels their old school Kreuzberg DIY vibe. What is clear is that they both love what they do and that comes across in every infectious performance and their exuberant records. In their own words they are "driving a car called Techno off a cliff, into the sea of endless possibilities". Marco Frievogel and Ingo Gansera met in Berlin while they both worked for !K7 and began to play together, experimenting and producing. But both were seasoned musicians before they met and in a short time their respective backgrounds as live performers combined with the energy of Berlin to create an outfit with an abundance of creativity. This helped to forge their joint musical world-view, that production and live performance have a symbiotic relationship. Building their first studio space in Kreuzberg saw them sharing rooms with musicians like Luciano and Jeremy P Caulfield - an inspiring environment that spawned the synthesised hypnotic and atmospheric sound synonymous with their name. Their latest studio complex with Deadbeat and Jacopo Carreras has been in full effect for 5 years now and built the foundation for their recent work. True to their explorative nature their musical ventures have stepped into more experimental realms and song recordings, yet keeping the production of striking club music for themselves and others at the core of it.