Paul Kalkbrenner makes rare New York appearance with live performance at Output
It was easy to see why Paul Kalkbrenner is one of Germany’s most legendary electronic music acts during his performance last Thursday in Brooklyn. His enormous draw was made evident at first sight of the crowd of hundreds huddled near the entrance of Output’s doors. Last year, Kalkbrenner made his way state side for Sonar On Tour, bringing his famed brand of techno to cities across America — including a performance at Coachella’s Sahara Tent in April. New Yorkers weren’t as lucky, though, as Hurricane Sandy barred the touring festival’s stop at Roseland Ballroom to take place due to catastrophic damage to the city’s infrastructure. His Output debut would mark his first play in New York in three years, making the occasion a no-brainer for any self-proclaimed electronic music connoisseur.
The special occasion was met with an at-capacity crowd, as Kalkbrenner used the Brooklyn club’s stage to deliver an honorable three-hour live set. His fan base came out in droves as loud chants and cheers came at the first sound of many of his chart-topping records. His live shows rarely wean from his personal production catalog, making each performance a unique and one-off affair. Tracks from his latest Guten Tag LP saw playtime, which included the euphoric “Das Gezabel” and timeless “Der Buhold.”
Paul Kalkbrenner – Das Gezabel
Paul Kalkbrenner – Der Buhold
Everything about Kalkbrenner’s facade exudes authentic Berlin techno; from his album names to track titles, to his euphoric and uplifting, yet dark scope of music. He went on to play “Mad World” and Moby’s “Porcelain” — adding to his timeless impact behind the decks. Kalkbrenner is more akin to playing massive festivals in Europe where he draws tens of thousands of people, all who respect his legendary and prolonged passage as one of Germany’s most acclaimed techno producers. The chance to see him in the intimate setting of Output was a memorable and lasting occasion that only comes about few and far between.
Paul Kalkbrenner – Mad World
Moby – Porcelain