Of all the artists playing Awakenings in Amsterdam this weekend, one of the biggest draws will undoubtedly be Ben Klock, who closes the Saturday night in the Area Y arena.
What many attendees will not be aware of, however, is that this year is a notable one for the Berlin native, marking 20 years since he entered the world of production, having released the distinctly housey Clockworks EP back in 1998.
The standout track on the EP is Musical Rush, a low-key house groover akin to the work of Etienne de Crecy or Alex Gopher; a world away from the harder sound he has since become famous for.
The record was released under the pseudonym ‘Ben E. Clock’, back when Klock was the resident at Berlin nightclub Cookies, which closed in 2014.
As Klock himself put it on his Facebook page, ahead of playing the final night at the club, “So tomorrow I’m playing one last time at Cookie’s, which is closing soon after 20 years! That’s where everything started. I played almost every Tuesday night during the 90’s in a couple of locations, the first one held probably only 30 people on the dance floor.
“So 20 years later instead of using clichés like funny how time flies and I never expected to be where I am now, I’ll just say: Congratulations and thank you, Cookie’s!”
See you down the front at Awakenings, Ben!