Currently residing in his home of choice and calling, Berlin, Nick Höppner skillfully balances, explores and contributes to a dramatically wide range of musical professions, proving him to be one of the backbones of today’s house and techno underground. Be it through his monthly residencies at the inimitable Berghain/Panorama Bar, his solo releases for Ostgut Ton, his expansive DJ touring, or indeed his creative involvement and management of the Ostgut label since its inception, Nick stands out as a unique, long-serving and truly dedicated figure in today’s electronic music world.
As a producer and DJ, Höppner displays all the characteristics of a life-long music lover. Sensitive to the history, emotions, stories and situations that derive from this music, for Nick the scope and eclecticism available within the 4/4 rhythm allows him great freedom to express his tastes and musical instincts. Throughout his four solo 12″s on Ostgut Ton, we find lush, uplifting house, deeply melodic techno dub sessions, spooky percussive workouts, and lashings of richly produced musical statements, always ably avoiding musical pigeonholes As a remixer too, Nick’s passion for storytelling comes through with great enthusiasm, as his interpretations of Richard Davis on Was Not Was, Ed Davenport on Liebe*Detail or Airhead on Brainmath have all shown.
To immerse one’s self within Nick’s typically extended DJ sets rewards similar multi-faceted discoveries. Always telling a tale, weaving an exciting path across his chosen musical spectrum – whether its a tough, raw and energetic house-party set, a dramatic big-room techno adventure, or anything in between – Nick’s mature, confident approach and depth of character sets him apart from his contemporaries behind the decks.
His open minded love and knowledge of music, along with a professional background working as editor for the important Groove magazine, that led to his current position as manager for Berghain/Panorama Bar’s in-house label, Ostgut Ton. Since the label’s birth in 2005 Nick has played a defining role in its growing success, spreading the club’s musical message through the productions of its residents, and selflessly working to push the platform forward, nurturing its growth.
End of June, he released the mix CD ‘Nick Höppner Pres. Panorama Bar 04′ on Ostgut Ton. The mix features new exclusive tracks from Jon McMillion, Matthew Styles, The Mole and Dexter, which has been released on an un-mixed 12″ (O-TON56).
Nick Höppner Top 10 October 2012:
01. Basic Soul Unit – Late Night Shift (Midnight Shift)
02. Stephen Brown – Fuego (Theory)
03. Trevino – Tactical Manoeuvre (3024)
04. Christopher Rau – New Stuff (Lerosa Rebuff) (Never Learnt)
05. Mike Huckaby – Baseline 89 (Synth)
06. Nyra – Configure 8 (Tobias remix) (Secretsundaze)
07. Mass Prod – Sonagli (Mus Records)
08. Recondite – DRGN (Hotflush Recordings)
09. Randomer – Freak Dub (Hemlock Recordings)
10. Nick Höppner – Seaweed (Echochord Colour)