Berlin minimal-electro-rocking types Martini Bros chatted to Skrufff this week in their Prenzlauer Berg studio and revealed that theyre no longer as relentlessly upbeat about the German capital after thieves robbed their studio last year.
Whenever Id visit my friends in South London, Id always notice they had hundreds of locks, and Id think, wow, Im glad Im living in Berlin. said Mike, But these days its become quite usual that people get robbed here, especially in this area which is full of alternative people and new Berliners who come from perhaps little villages where its so safe they can leave their doors open even when they go on holiday.
Our studio was robbed last year and it really hurt, we loved our machines, Cle agreed, And of course, they only stole the good stuff, the Moogs, for example. They robbed Jazzanova who have a studio in the same complex one month later too.
Mike, the smaller framed of the two, said hes also been forced to use his seven years of karate training a number of times in recent years, both on the street and in Berlin superclub WMF, at a night he was DJing at.
I had my record crate with me and was a bit late and needed to get to the decks but it was really packed with a mainly tourist crowd, he recalled.
Nobody would move or step aside so I pushed a guy and I clipped him on the knee with my record bag and hurt him. I said sorry but he was drunk and started shouting and punching me. There were people round me and he was hitting me wildly so I hit him once, and knocked him down, he laughed.
The brown belt karate expert also had to defend himself more recently from an irate father he crossed by accident in the street, he recalled.
It was hot and this guy, who was with two kids, was shouting and screaming at me. When these things happen youre always careful to keep a distance and check with the eyes but he was trying to attack me, he sent his kids to one side. He was face to face and you start thinking what would happen if? but thats already too late, you should react immediately. Karates a defence mode, its about taking up the energy and sending it back. What we learned at karate is that you dont have much time, so the first stroke has to be the one, he said.
I still do karate and really like it and if theres one thing I can suggest to all clubber in the world, do some sport or exercise during the week, every week, Mike added,
You might not feel any difference at the time but youll feel it ten years after. Definitely, he said.
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)