909originals chats to DJ T. about remixing Marmion’s trance classic, ‘Schöneberg’
Few early trance tracks were as influential as Marmion’s Schöneberg, which was initially released by the Mijk van Dijk and Marcos López-helmed outfit in 1993, on the Berlin EP.
Blending elements of techno, house and trance, the track is an aural time capsule of the German capital’s rave scene in the early 90s, which emerged at a ripe time for electronic experimentation.
Over the years, it has been remixed by a myriad of artists, and now, to mark the track’s 30th anniversary, Superstition Records have released a special 21-track compilation, featuring the best of the remixes to date, as well as two new remixes from DJ .T and Chris Zippel.
Other remixes featured include reworkings by DJ Kid Paul, Man With No Name, John Acquaviva, Moon Men, Thomas Schumacher, Technasia, Yves Deruyter, DJ Hell, Abe Duque, Donnacha Costello, Roberto Rodriguez, Sebastian Krieg, Strobe, Chaim, 2raumwohnung, Der Dritte Raum and Tim Engelhardt.
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As Get Physical co-founder DJ T. tells 909originals, “The original of Schöneberg was one of my most played tracks in the years after it came out. It was one of these tracks that DJs from different musical worlds like techno, trance etc. could agree on.
“Since the 90s I hadn’t touched the track for a long time but I have since re-discovered it for my more house-oriented sets, in which I usually pitch down the BPM significantly.”
According to the Düsseldorf native, Schöneberg evokes a certain time period, incorporating the “essence of a sort of early rave music that could be called trance or trance house but was at the same time pumping enough to work on other dancefloors, too. I remember that I also heard it also at famous German goa trance parties like the VOOV Experience that I used to go to in the early 90s.”
In terms of approaching a classic like Schöneberg for a remix, DJ T. tells 909originals that he generally has a “clear vision” when tackling a remix, which generally goes one of two directions.
“In this case I could have imagined trying something in a disco/indie dance vibe but somehow I felt I should translate it into a more big-room compatible, almost techno-ish style,” he explains.
“For me it was clear that for the interpretation of the main musical themes, I almost didn’t want to use the original sounds but replay them in a way that the original would be still instantly recognised.”
And a fine job he has done too. You can stream the DJ T remix of Marmion – Schöneberg, as well as all the other remixes on the latest release, below.