Alexander Barck (DJ)

Alex Barck’s rise to world fame was as a member of Jazzanova in the late 90’s. Also as the A&R manager at Berlin based label Sonar Kollektiv he was, and still is, responsible for some of the finest ever releases, spanning the horizons from soulful Pop and witty Dance music. His first gigs were at the Club Akbar Lounge followed by the infamous Delicious Doughnuts. Only ten years after his beginnings he has played at almost every renowed club as the likes of Tokyo’s Yellow to Zouk in Singapore, Trouw in Amsterdam, Goa in Madrid, Dachkatine in Zurich, Plastic People in London, Elephant Festival in Croatia, and of course the Berlin landmarks WMF, Cookies, Weekend, Watergate and Panorama Bar – just to name a few. He has also played alongside an endless list of luminaries including but not limited to Francois K., Gilles Peterson, Norman Cook, Andrew Weatherall, Carl Craig and Basement Jaxx. As well as being a passionate, challenging and, oft times, revolutionary DJ for over twenty years, Alex Barck has also worked as a selector, compiling several acclaimed and trendsetting series (Secret Love, Computer Incarnations etc.). He hosts a number of radio shows on different German radio stations and is also revered for his remix work. As of 2011 he and producer Christian Prommer have been recording together as Prommer & Barck (Derwin Records) and have been touring as a club/live act all throughout Europe. So busy is his schedule and so explosive is his constant creative output. There’s probably only one leitmotif to his career: A deep, honest and never ending love for music.


Now, it’s official: Alex Barck is back in his home town Berlin. For a whole year he lived together with his family on the small, remote island La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. To recover from his turbulent life as a DJ, as member of Jazzavoa, as A&R manager of Sonar Kolletiv, as one half of Prommer & Barck and as a busy record digger? Far from it! Now with his debut solo album in the luggage he returns back to the party capital of the world. The island, the ocean, the African influences, the detachment from the hectic club scene must have done Barck especially good. „Reunion“ is a mature club album with harsh pop appeal, lots of soul, a deepness as abyssal as the Sunda Trench and a very unique, characteristic thumbprint. For nine of the total of twelve album tracks Barck invited guests over the ocean. No less than three songs feature the Swedish voice extraordinaire of Jonatan „Ernesto“ Bäckelie. „We Get High“ and „Don’t Hold Back“ came already out on two of the three pre-release 12“s. With „Doubter“ the LP has its dignified opener which sets one in the right mood for what kinda brilliant songs, club anthems and infinitely optimistic pop Barck has in store. Pete Josef from Bristol (one half of The White Lamp) is another voice like tailor-made for Barck’s productions. That’s why it’s almost a bit of a bummer that we get only two of these fruitful collaborations (the club monster „Re-set“ and the boogie-esque „Spinning Around“). However the pleasure is much bigger to hear the La Reunion native Christine Salem on „Oh Africa“ and that the old companion, Stee Downes breathes life and soul into the bass-heavy „Like A Drug“. Another artists of the Sonar Kollektiv roster presents himself on „Why & How“ in a surprisingly new way. FETSUM elevates the already super euphoric song into staggering heights. You suddenly feel like you’re at a high-spirited beach party at peak time. Without degrading the brilliancy of all the other titles, one almost has to say that „Atmosphere“ is probably the best track Barck has ever produced during his adventerous career. A masterstroke of club music with a bass line you will feel almost for days in you guts. With „Move Slowly“ Barck (together with singer Bea Anubis) throttles the tempo slightly and reminds us in patches of his teamwork with Christian Prommer on „Alex And The Grizzly“. The thundering final blow comes with „Reunion“ and is so enchanting that you start to think about spending yourself a year on a little island somewhere in the far Indian Ocean. In short, this is an album full of songs that have slumbring within Alex Barck for an eternity. But they all needed the time to mature and are now laying in all their full glory and matchingly in front of us. All of them children of the reunion. Also in a musical sense.


04.10.  DE Berlin // WEEKEND (Record Release Party)
12.10.  RO Cluj // CLUB MIDI
13.10.  DE Berlin // J.A.W. x STEVE REID FOUNDATION
16.10.  FR Paris // MOMA
16.10.  FR Paris // INITIATIVE MUSIK
25.10.  RU Moscow // GLAV CLUB
26.10.  RU St. Petersburg // MORE CLUB
03.11.  JP Tokyo // VISION
16.11.  UK London // SOUNDCRASH@KOKO
22.11.  DE Berlin // DEAN CLUB / KALEIDOSKOP
21.12.  ID Jakarta // LUCY IN THE SKY w/ Prommer & Barck
27.12.  DE Berlin // DEAN CLUB / KALEIDOSKOP
24.01.  NL Rotterdam // BIRD
29.03.  DE Jena // KASSABLANCA