Luke Black is a music producer and DJ born in Nottingham, England. He is behind the Organic Art Movement, a London based label found in 2011. From his home base in Berlin, he delivered an exclusive podcast for Øbskur magazine. These past years, his own sound has become closer to dub techno while his extended hypnotic sets, at places like Club Der Visionaere, make you feel institutionalized.
How are you finding life in Berlin after relocating here after three years?
Berlin is great, I love it here. I moved here from London so you can imagine the difference. Berlin kind of felt like a ghost town in comparison to London, so at first I was a little unsure if I would be able to settle here. I only planned to come here for 6 months and ended up settling and having a family here, so I must like being here. Berlin is a fantastic city to be creative because you are surrounded by like-minded people most of the time.
I've heard you were bored with the current routine in clubs. Do you intend to reconnect with the scene?
As far as clubbing goes, I have been dancing in dark rooms over half my life. I didn't move to Berlin to party, but I wouldn't say I'm bored of it. I'm still up for dancing now and then and I'm still very connected to the scene. I have regular record releases and have lots planned for the near future.
Your music is often hypnotic, I remember your 24 hour DJ set at CDV. How do you perceive this apparent Berlin Need for never ending parties?
Haha! Yes, that was a long night! It was 20 hours I think. It took me a few days to get over that one. It was back to back with Matthew Burton, so it was 10 hours each. It's something I won't be forgetting any time soon. I love Berlin for all the hours open scene. You can get out of bed pretty much anytime on any day and go to a great event somewhere. There is always something happening here, and the venues are better than anywhere else I have seen. Every month I hear about a new weird and quirky spots by the water, on a rooftop, someone's cellar, back of a lorry! You name it. If you can dance in it, it's happening somewhere in Berlin.
Has your music changed since you moved here? Is it inspired by Berlin?
Yes, I would say my music has changed a lot in the last three years. Before Berlin, I was making a more housy sound, but now it's vibing in a more breaky and minimal techno way. Since moving here, I have saved a lot of money on rent so I have been able to buy lots of hardware, drum machines, etc. It allows my work to flow more easily. I have gone quite far down a dub techno road, which I blame Berlin for.
What is your vision of the music industry? Club culture has become an industry too. DJ's are the rock stars, what do you think of this idolization?
That's a funny one for me. I think it's great that the dance music scene has become so big, but I don't get the attitude of some of the acts headlining it. At the end of the day, we are just standing on the spot playing other people's records and taking respect for it. I mean it's great to be respected as a DJ, but I think some people need to be less vain and get a grip a bit. I think the underground scene is very small; there aren't many places left where you can go and hear something collective and original. Most clubs just want you to go in, bang it out and forget what made the underground scene in the first place! Originality.
I feel less enthusiastic talking to musicians about the same things over and over again. I'm interested in other aspects of their personalities. How do you look at this new order in which we live? Are you worried about it at all?
We're going to need a lot more time to go through this topic. In short, for me to even begin to explain how I feel about it, I wouldn't say I'm worried. Mostly because I don't read into the mainstream media enough to remind myself to be worried. But I think there is some bad shit going down at the moment, let's leave it at that.