Our DJs: Mark Hawkins (LIVE) – from 7 til 8:30 am – Pista 1

I you are really into techno, then this post will be no news to you. Yes, we’re talking about Mark Hawkins, this acclaimed Dj and producer who took over dance floors worldwide with his cult 2001 Djax Up Beats debut “Ctrl Alt Delete”. Fusing raw Chicago styled beats with melancholic synth melodies in an abrasive fashion, Mark has been headlining parties all over Europe, from UK to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, discovering many previously unknown scenes, events, Djs and producers. We are seriously excited to hear his live set at Festa Junina Berlin 2011. Check out his awesome website for more news about him and lots of cool mixes from various talented people at http://signalsfromsouthwark.com/ This is what he’s got to say: Festa Junina Berlin: Who are you? Mark Hawkins: I make music I like, influenced by sounds from the mid 90s coming out of Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Eindhoven and many other places. I made records for Djax and Mosquito. I played in a lot of different clubs around the world, but this isn’t important to what I do right now. The moment is important, and making good music right now is important, much more important that any “Claims to fame” I might have.’   FJB: What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of music? MH: Making it the centre of my life was probably the craziest thing I ever did for music, because it can mess with everything when you’re in that situation, your finances, your relationships, everything. Luckily I have now found an equilibrium, so these things aren’t so much of a problem. Getting into cars with random strangers and feeling lucky to still be alive just to get to the gig, and dealing with strange wannabee Ukranian gangster types probably also ranks up there quite highly!   FJB: We are taking you to a desert island now, but only for the weekend. What CD/vinyl are you taking with you? MH: Com Truise’s new album which comes out next month. FJB: YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!   FJB: What is your favourite movie quote? MH: ‘We are all wired into a survival trip now. No more of the speed that fueled that 60’s. That was the fatal flaw in Tim Leary’s trip. He crashed around America selling “consciousness expansion” without ever giving a thought to the grim meat-hook realities that were lying in wait for all the people who took him seriously… All those pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they could buy Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their loss and failure is ours too. What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped create… a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old-mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody… or at least some force – is tending the light at the end of the tunnel.’ FJB: What is love? MH: Being able to be totally yourself with your partner, shedding a tear to some part of a film or music.. stuff like that FJB: 🙂 FJB: What tune will kick ass at the Festa Junina Berlin 2011? Zoidar by Boner M