Looking at Berlin’s Techno landscape, there’s no way missing the landmark which is DJ Pete. He’s not only an eye wittness to Techno’s zero hour in Berlin, but he also became one of the early forces shaping the German capital’s underground dance scene for the years to come. He quickly went from being a consumer to actually write Berlin’s Techno history as a producer, remixer and an international dj, as well as part of the Hard Wax record store crew.
Listening to Pete dj, it is hardly surprising his experience spanning two decades constantly shines through.
His sets comprise a wide range of the most important currents the music went through over the last 20 years. His energetic djing is based on loop-y Techno with a tinge of Industrial, tougher House tracks, the proverbial Berlin Sound, as well as classic US Techno. One of his main strentghs is to intuitively keep the balance of pleasing the crowd while always keeping an open mind for new sounds. Moving between those poles is DJ Petes main source for inspiration, currently resulting in him spicing up his sets with a lot of Dubstep verging on Techno.
Another fine example of both his variety and open-mindedness is the fact that he – as a dj still prefering the sonic and haptic qualities of vinyl – released “Scion Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks” as part of the duo Scion, which was the first commercially available cd ever to have been produced with the then completely new software Ableton Live.
In 1995, Scion released their debut „Emerge“ on Chain Reaction, followed by more productions under his solo pseudonym Substance on Chain Reaction and Scion Versions, as well as remixes for artists like Juan Atkins, Robert Hood and Rhythm & Sound.
TR-101 (Substance & Sleeparchive)
TR-101 is the collaborative live project of DJ Pete and Sleeparchive. Peter Kuschnereit is recognized as one of Berlin’s longest-serving techno figureheads through his work behind the counter at Hard Wax and in the studio as Substance and one half of Scion. Roger Semsroth, meanwhile, has been dabbling in the deepest recesses of minimal techno as Sleeparchive since 2004, releasing a string of low-key 12-inches through his eponymous imprint, and most recently appearing on Tresor with Ronan Point in the middle of 2011.
TR-101 stands for pitch black techno.
The first concert took place at the Hard Wax 20th anniversary party [in 2009]. Both had a great time on stage and got really good feedback and some more booking requests afterwards. The first time using the TR-101 synonym was at a Wax Treatment party in 2010. TR-101 supposed to be a live concept, there are no plans to release a record.
SCION (Substance & Vainqueur)
Scion aka Substance & Vainqueur are Peter Kuschnereit and René Löwe. Peter comes from former West Berlin
and René has his roots in Potsdam, east Germany. They met in Berlin after the fall of the wall. In 1991 they began
their experiments in creating electronic music. René and Peter became a vital part of the Berlin electronic
music scene by djing in most clubs of Berlin, working at the famous record store Hard Wax and producing music.
As several tracks were finished they got released on the new label Chain Reaction. Basic Channel Records
founded Chain Reaction to create a new platform for René’s and Peter‘s music. The first releases came under
the names Scion, Substance and Vainqueur.
„Emerge“, the first track by Scion, came out on Chain Reaction in 1995 and this marked the start of a series of
releases from artist that were connected to the Hard Wax camp. At that time René and Peter, independently
of each other, also worked on their solo projects Vainqueur (René) and Substance (Peter). Both released solo
CD albums on Chain Reaction in 1998. In the following years they were playing in various countries like Japan,
Canada, USA and Libanon.
Together as Scion, one outstanding project was the magnificent Mix CD for Tresor Records. This CD came out
in 2002 with the title “Scion – arrange and process basic channel tracks”. In the following years they created
tracks with an unique mystifying, harmonic, electronic sound. These tracks were resulting in their own label
Scion Versions in 2006. Also remixes for Burial Mix and other labels were made by René and Peter.
A Substance & Vainqueur live performance draws a bow from the original Chain Reaction sound to their
current sound; deep, aquatic, with washes of dub-like reverb echoing. The set includes various releases in a
continuous mix with additional use of single sounds and compact samples. You hear some special material
from studio recording sessions which they have only designed for this showcase. This is pleasing crowds at
concerts across Europe and beyond.