Live at Hansa Studios Meistersaal
Recorded at Hansa Studios Meistersaal in Berlin Germany
As part of the Berlin stop of the RBMA World Tour 2011, the Academy paid tribute to the legendary Meistersaal room of the Hansa Studios II. A special night with artists from across the spectrum celebrated the legacy of the big hall by the wall. This live performance comes from Radio Slave, featuring Thomas Gandey, building an immersive set founded on samples from Hansa’s storied past.
Rekids mastermind Radio Slave and Thomas Gandey aka Matom with a special live performance at Berlin’s Hansa Studios Meistersaal.
Hansa Studio is a German music institution with a distinctively cosmopolitan flavour. Much of what was recorded at Köthener Straße represented a large swathe of popular and experimental German music – _(artist-name)Tangerine Dream_’s unsettling space horror OST, _(album-title)Zeit_, was created in the same space that inspired _(artist-name)Nina Hagen Band_’s outrageously expressive rock records and the rose-tinted schlager songs of Udo Jürgens and Costa Cordalis. But some of Hansa’s most famous album-length exports were quintessentially British affairs. _(artist-name)David Bowie_’s so-called Berlin trilogy – _(album-title)Low_, _(album-title)Heroes_, and _(album-title)Lodger_ – proved hugely beneficial to Bowie, and offered the world an intoxicating glimpse into a city of artists and punks who perhaps couldn’t have existed anywhere else. Though much has changed in the decades since, Bowie and Berlin is a double act that still inspires: a debut album from _(artist-name)Radio Slave_ and _(artist-name)Cagedbaby_ (aka Matt Edwards and Thomas Gandey), together as _(artist-name)Matom_, is a case in point. Originally the result of a commission to make an hour of music based on Bowie’s _(album-title)Low_ period and _(artist-name)Iggy Pop_’s _(album-title)The Idiot_ (an album also recorded at Hansa and produced by Bowie), the Matom project took off in 2011 and played in venues such as Berghain Kantine and the Meistersaal, the iconic chamber music concert hall built in 1910 that was, for a time, attached to Hansa. As electronic music producers, Edwards and Gandey aren’t obvious candidates to put together an album conceived in tribute to the Thin White Duke, but Hansa’s dance music roots are stronger than you might imagine: _(artist-name)Nitzer Ebb_, _(artist-name)Depeche Mode_, and _(artist-name)Erasure_ have all spent time in the Berlin studio. Matom’s _(album-title)Love Mistakes_, then, is a tribute album of sorts, but more importantly, it’s a document of two producers working with a renewed focus to make something that has moved far beyond its original remit, showing a scope and ambition not dissimilar to that of one of Europe’s most storied studios.