Marcel Heese is from Berlin, Germany and is resident at the legendary Tresor club. His take on techno is a blend of relentlessness and subtlety using sound design and precise aesthetics. He walks that leftfield path that opens techno out beyond its confines.
Part of the Tresor.Berlin resident team since 2008, Marcel is a DJ who disregards expectations for floor fillers. This stems from an independent minded view on DJing that saw him through a time when hard, ambitious techno was in the state of being regarded as an outlaw. During the minimal legacy of the early 2000s he began buying records, inspired by a Tresor DJ set from Surgeon. Bit by bit he collected his heroes’ records, drawing from them to achieve his own emerging yet diverse aesthetic sensibilities. Labels and artists such as Underground Resistance, Downwards, Basic Channel, Sähkö, Planetary Assault Systems and Plastikman along with proto-techno á la Throbbing Gristle, Nitzer Ebb and Whitehouse, even Italo-disco started filling his record shelves.
He frequented Tresor, seeing it as a place to observe what techno could do and was appointed to their resident team after a gig at its ‘New Faces’ night. Marcel subsequently began hosting ‘New Faces’ himself whilst cultivating his DJing approach in one of Germany’s best booths. Focusing on subtlety and depth, he developed a style that could meander seamlessly through styles, affording him the ability to play any time of night and more than keep up with the best artists on the planet.
His pursuits in the scene have moved further with his label Finitude Music which launched in 2014. Thus far the young imprint has released four records, two of Marcels mutual project with Berlin DJ and producer P.E.A.R.L. called PMH, and two in collaboration with German mastermind Alexander Kowalski aka d_func. Remixes so far have been contributed by none others than Sleeparchive, Regis and Lewis Fautzi.