Ben Klock was born in Berlin and continues to work there as a DJ, music producer, and record label owner, evidently as one of the most well respected and influential figures in the recent techno era. As an original resident of the city, Klock was able to DJ at the Berghain club since its opening year in 2004. Accordingly, his performances at the club have enabled him to leave his mark on the club’s musical character and vibe, while the energy and uniqueness of the venue has in turn influenced the DJ’s approach to his musical work as well. Indeed, both his work and his Klockworks record label, which was created in 2006, have earned an international reputation.
Klock continues to build his reputation as an A-list DJ and producer. He consistently works for popular music artists like Kerri Chandler, Martyn, and Depeche Mode, as well as released his own debut album called One. The DJ also released his Berghain mix, which gained popular acclaim. Without a doubt, Klock has become one of the hottest names both in Berlin and abroad. According to some, his name is synonymous with the very definition of the word “techno.” Regardless, despite his fame and successes, the musical star has proved to maintain his characteristics of humility and kindness that are often hard to find in those with success in the electronic music industry. By keeping in touch with his roots and at the core his love for music, the star continues to amaze the music world
Interestingly, Klock did not immediately know that he wanted to pursue techno. As a child, he took piano lessons and hoped to attend university to study jazz piano. However, later turning to playing guitar instead, he yet again sought another way to channel his musical desire to compose and explore different sorts of sounds. He finally found his voice in techno music, to which he admits was “all new to me” in the 1990s. When he first played at Berghain, Klock claims that he felt that he had finally made it and that he had finally found a place to call home, at least in the sense of the techno music industry.
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