Berlin is rich with local electronic music producers and DJs. Privately though not all of them are exclusively listening to electronic music or the kind of music they make themselves. So what else is inspiring them?
Once a month Monarch Berlin invites a producer, artist or DJ to play music he/she would usually not play in a club: music that informs the roots of their styles, obscure songs they love, guilty pleasures, analogue or digital, danceable or not.
Singer-songwriter James Kelly is until recently best known as the sole permanent member and writer behind black metal outfit Altar Of Plagues, who has released three critically acclaimed albums on the labels Profound Lore and Candlelight.
Using found sounds, home made instruments and field recordings as a base, Altar Of Plagues creates music “Full of radical tangents and alien-to-black metal elements, more focused on frailty and struggle than majesty and grandeur” (Pitchfork). These ideas transfer to James’ solo recordings as WIFE, which also reveal his long-standing interest in electronic music.
His debut album “What’s Between”, featuring additional production by Roly Porter and The Haxan Cloak, was released on Tri Angle records in Summer 2014. Fact Magazine described the album as “an intimately crafted pop record that treads that careful line between wallowing and pleasure in the way that all the very best pop records do”.
Since its release, WIFE has toured internationally and appeared at renowned festivals such as Sonar and Decibel.
This event is presented by Digital in Berlin. Check out our Facebook page to win tickets.
Wednesday, 17th February 2016 | 21:00 CET
Monarch | Skalitzer Str. 134 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg