General Assembly Hosts TV Clubnacht at TWEN FM (live broadcast)
Special Guests Ghostly International & SoundCloud
Friday, January 18th from Midnight – 4:00 am (Berlin time)
Twen FM is proud to present amazing startups + artists based in Berlin. This evening will showcase their employees’ artistic roots in a wide range of styles and genres. The arts have always been prominent in Berlin and the tech startup scene has always taken inspiration from this. It’s time to join the two. Have fun listening.
Hosts & Artists:
Matthew Brimer co-founded General Assembly and leads global partnerships and business development. He is responsible for many of the key partnerships General Assembly has created with Fortune 500 companies, including American Express, General Electric, PepsiCo, Viacom, JP Morgan, Facebook, Amazon, and McKinsey. His passion for online + offline education and community-building has helped thousands of talented students develop the mindsets and skills in technology, business, and design needed to succeed in an increasingly digital environment. Brimer was most recently named to Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment”, Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30″, and Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100″. Prior to General Assembly, Brimer founded and managed several startups, including PickTeams.com and Aloysius Properties. Brimer holds a BA in Sociology from Yale University and currently lives in New York City.
PocoLoco (SoundCloud) is a Berlin based DJ born in the obscurity of the city of Schweinfurt. He made his first musical steps by playing self-taught guitar and bass guitar before he discovered the depth of electronic dance music. With the age of 15 he spent all his salary of a summer vacation job on his first decks and has never regretted it. After relocating to study in Hamburg, a short stop in South America he finally came to Berlin where he found the right input to give his creativity free reign.
He started playing in bars and cafés every couple of weeks and rocked several private parties in his hometown. Elaborating his own style over the past years he recently played smaller and bigger clubs in Berlin paired with events and parties from dark basements to sunny rooftops. He’s known for extended DJ sets of 4 or 8 hours into the sunrise spinned with a skilled ability to create a unique experience with an arc of suspense of an epic story but never loosing the deep red line. He’s gathering his inspiration from the sound of artists like Kane Roth, Butane, Cesare vs. Disorder, Camea, Martin Buttrich, tINI, Ricardo Villalobos, Wehbba, Maya Jane Coles and more.
Some people filter through the record bins, taking what are on the wall or record store employee suggestions. Then there are people who dig deeper into the dusty crates, and absorb music like a sponge; ignoring labels, bucking trends and are forever on a quest to find the perfect record. The ones that make the staunchest of chin stroking, note taking trainspotters lose their shit on the dancefloor, hanging on every record from one to the next.
Derek Plaslaiko unquestionably falls into the latter category. As a teen equally transfixed by Mojo and Wizard cassettes and Minor Threat 7”s, Plaslaiko followed the beats from his hometown 20 miles south of Detroit to the epicenter of Detroit techno, then enjoying its third wave of success. He quietly paid his dues on Detroit’s rave circuit, and was a crucial piece of the puzzle for the legendary Poorboy and Syst3m parties of the mid-nineties. He quickly earned a reputation for forward thinking DJ sets that were clinical, sophisticated and extremely sensual. This combination resulted in a residency for Family, the weekly party at Detroit’s legendary Motor.
Jess Erickson is the Berlin Producer for General Assembly, a campus that helps individuals create opportunities through community and education in technology, entrepreneurship and design. She is also the founder of Berlin Geekettes, a non-profit uniting, mentoring and promoting women in tech of Berlin, Germany. Jessica holds a MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. On her freetime, she hosts international artists on TVClubnacht at TWEN FM studios.
About Ghostly International
Ghostly International is a multi-platform cultural curator, a tightly knit aesthetic universe fulfilling the roles of art gallery, design house, clothing designer, technology innovator, music-publishing company—and, yes, record label—in one. In the years since its birth in 1999, Ghostly has grown from a boutique label known for its experimental-pop and -techno acumen to an internationally recognized platform for the work of the world’s best visual artists, designers, technologists, and musicians.
And what does Ghostly sound like? “Genre-less” was a term thrown about a good bit in the early days, and that idea still holds true: Ghostly’s music—all of its artistic output, really—gracefully straddles (or else entirely ignores) stylistic divisions, transcending musty categories like “electronic”, “pop”, “house”, or “techno” and carving out a space in which sounds and ideas can cavort without inhibition. The label itself is twofold: Ghostly International’s output falls under the heading of “avant-pop”—nominally, music of electronic means and pop methodology, but encompassing much more—and sibling label Spectral Sound, Ghostly’s dance-music imprint.